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June 12, 2016


Sounds like a government operation. Tells him he is no longer on standby just before shipping him off to the incident that he is no longer needed for.
Will you get a break on your fire insurance after the switch to a less combustible roof?

Such a huge project. For the [volunteer organization], I take it? And the home repair, which never ends. We are just about done with replacing our deck.

Ingineer--Not government, and HH IS still needed. Absolutely our fees for homeowner's (and maybe umbrella policy) will go down somewhat.

Hattie--You are correct. At about year 10, maintenance became an ongoing project. (BTW: This, at 16.5 years, is the longest I've ever lived in a house without interruption.) You may recall that, starting in November 2013, I've had three projects to replace the floor coverings in the main floor of our house - except for the entryway and two bathrooms. Before that I had some major electrical work done (my own fault for having done a poor job on the original plans), an interior door added (between the basement bathroom and what is now my bedroom), and complete re-vamping of the clothes closet in what is now my bedroom. My list of "to do" items will undoubtedly outlast my residency on earth.

I know, but sounds like it is ran like a government operation. Good deal on the insurance.

I've now been in my house for 28 years and find that earmarking 300 Euros each month for repairs etc keeps things in balance.

Major renovation & replacement costs from when we were flooded (twice in those 28 years) were covered by the insurance bar 2000 own contributions.

The lightning strike just stripped off all the ivy and melted the terrestrial TV aerial so I changed to Sat TV.

Ingineer--Government, corporation, non-government organization - it seems like everything is run the same way. However, I have to insert that in disaster response one can rarely control the weather or the people upon whom disaster is wreaked. One/the operation is at the whim of those two (plus dependent upon the generosity of donors.) I'm sure that most people have no idea how much the response to the string of disasters to which Texas has been subjected costs - which, in the case of non-government organizations, must be paid for by donor dollars in one way or another.

BTW: I failed to differentiate for my readers between HH's (or other worker's) being on "standby" and being on "alert". It's a matter of the length of time that is allowed between the time "Go" is communicated and the time the worker must be ready to report to the airport from which they will fly: 24 hours and 8 hours, respectively - if I remember correctly. HH was never off of "Standby". (Since there were no red-eye flights from Wichita to Houston, 20 hours elapsed in this particular instance.)

Stu--Wow! You have had much flood damage! That's not a bad deductible for flood insurance, though. (Although we are within the revised FEMA flood plain, we self-insure rather than pay our insurance company. They get enough of our dough! If there is no mortgage, no one can force one to buy such insurance.)

I'm not sure what you mean by terrestrial TV aerial. Is it analog/digital/both? Is that a stand-alone installation that provides the signal to your TV without cable company or dish? Does your Sat TV include a dish? If so, isn't it just as apt to be struck and melt? (I can see a bit of difference strictly from lack of linear elements sticking out to shed/accept electrical charge.)

BTW: You budget about the same amount that I do on maintenance. Amazing!

Terrestial TV means a Yagi array pointed at the horizon in the direction of a surface transmitter up on a hill 40 miles NNW. Sat TV has a 25 inch dish pointed south and elevated at the geostationary ASTRA satellite (c.f. Arthur C. Clarke). For historical reasons the terrestial version (now defunct) was analog, the SAT signals could be either but are now purely digital.

Yagi antennae, I understand! I even recall having once been called upon, in a class (who remembers which course - EE or physics?) to do stub-matching. That was a long time ago and our terminology did not include "terrestrial aerial". Recently, our cable TV provider went to all-digital. Prior to that, some channels were digital and others were analog.

Today, I'll be putting together pieces and parts to assemble a bathroom swag-lamp lighting fixture. The electrician comes tomorrow to move the existing fixture into my bedroom (over a mirror just outside the bathroom) and wire in the new bathroom fixture. I was in a panic, yesterday, having lost count and thinking the guy would be here this morning. The mistake was fortunate. When I tried to start assembly last evening, it turned out that I was missing a nut (not a standard size, structural, but a specialty) and that the chain the electrical supplier had supplied me is so thick that I couldn't open a link with a crowbar. (It would probably support my car!) So...since the guy won't be here this morning, I'll head out to get another nut and some reasonable chain; although...being a structures type, I really love the thick chain! (I've had the parts, except for the wire - twin-pair 18 gauge and bare, solid copper ground - for a couple of months, at least. Just never got a round tuit.)

A number of house things to take care of here. Always something with a house. First time we re-roofed the city had just eliminated use of wood shingles which pleased me until a fire in the mountains above us resulted in ashes appearing in our drive like snow. I was concerned lest any sparks might hit the roof, but distance was such I was told that wasn't a problem and it wasn't. Only time that's occurred in the years we've lived here. All homes here no longer have wood shingles though I did like their appearance.

You know if you don't water the lawn every day, it doesn't grow as fast and you don't have to mow every 4th day don't you :D. Yeah, I know, out your way the grass would burn up to nothing and HH would't be pleased.

Hmm, guess I won't be calling HH for Father's Day if he is in TX. Ah, he is always happy to be working, and it keeps him off the street at night, so it isn't all bad.

Joared--Ah, yes, the joys of home ownership! Good riddance to wooden shingles.

Bogie--The lawn is watered three days each week. I'm with you. I would plant fine-bladed Buffalo grass and let it fend for itself.

HH came home, Wednesday. Your card arrived after he got home; but, he has not yet opened it. Our plan is for me to take HH out for brunch.

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