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Pertinacious Tom

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  1. It's going to be turned the other way. But we'll find out the real answer soon enough. Once it has a deck, I'm going to fill barrels of water out on the middle of the bridge. I'll have a transit set up to measure how much it dips. I think he was looking for an aesthetic difference and a shallow arch would look nicer than my flat thing. I don't much care, just want to drive across. Someone had suggested plopping a shipping container across the gap and cutting out an end. Instant covered bridge! I liked the idea but my wife immediately vetoed it.
  2. The weird part to me is that this went on for 20 years and was no secret. No one thought it "dirty" I guess.
  3. Another great source of amusement, thanks! I hope you're contributing to his efforts?
  4. They'll do that just for fun. Which I guess is not all that different from catch and release fishing. I prefer filet and release myself. I once came across a redfish that had the misfortune of being a dolphin toy. I was able to overtake it paddling my 11 Whaler and caught it with a net and kept it. It was one messed up fish and would not have lived much longer.
  5. Well... most people don't seem to object but there are always some troublemaking nutjobs around.
  6. If we had 'em, I'd say ship some to the Ukrainians and see what they do with them. Of course, we could act consistent with the TeamD understanding of the 2nd amendment and ship them some ancient muskets instead. Would you think that a better idea?
  7. Thanks. I'll keep calling it goo. But Immiscible Tom seems like it might be a good screen name. Oxygen is weird stuff. Too much of it to burn? But oxidizing is what burning IS. So is corroding and I know goo is good at that.
  8. Nice picture. I almost never see them in person or in daylight. In this area, if someone says "gopher" they mean a gopher tortoise. We even have a day to celebrate them. They're a "keystone species" because lots of other critters use their burrows (and would be fucked without them). There are already several pics in this thread of my dog carrying them around. She flips them over and guards them until I discover them. Two in the past two days because they're pretty active this time of year. Dogs can kill them but she doesn't harm them, just guards them.
  9. OK. Or that. Not that I really know what either of those things do. I use 'em, I don't build 'em. Something back there clicks but I'll have to get another person to turn it on while I stick my head in and listen. I'm going to wait until Monday and see what the engineers at the factory think about the regen braking thing before I try hooking up the new battery.
  10. Saw something big break that surface across the creek and thought for a second it was a manatee, then realized it's the 100+ lb tarpon that's been hanging around lately. A couple of minutes later in the same area, BIG SPLASH. I told my wife that's what it looks like when that tarpon eats one of the snook we were after. She caught a little snook and I hooked a couple but they got off.
  11. Not if they request that our military attack Russia's, but there's this: Biden unveils $800 million security package for Ukraine in call with Zelensky Sanctions and aid like this are about the only ways we have to avoid a bigger, worse war.
  12. Colleagues worry Dianne Feinstein is now mentally unfit to serve, citing recent interactions I suspect we've all seen this kind of mental decline and it's just sad. She's 88. Some people view retirement as a big step toward death and are just not cut out for it.
  13. I continue to think that you ask me questions but never share your own thoughts.
  14. Florida Cop Convicted on Felony after Bodycam Video Proved he Lied on Arrest Report and that bodycam video may never have surfaced without cellphone video. Which helps explain why we're still seeing copyright abuse. Camera-Shy Cops Hide Behind Disney Lawyers Why can't an officer investigate a stolen car while someone nearby films the (probably boring) work? Cameras protect good cops, only bad cops should fear them. The cop was being a jerk and should have just done his job and ignored the citizen exercising his rights. Still, I'm not sure how an algorith
  15. This part: Caused me to wonder about the Montreux Convention. So there's a starting point for anyone else wondering.
  16. Seems he's not alone. Meli can't seem to figure out whether there were controlled demolitions or airplane crashes.
  17. Hasn't that already been discussed? So they're kind of on the right track by authorizing WOTUS to act as a single person, just as with corporations.
  18. Marco Rubio - Still Stupid in 3 Different Ways
  19. Hah! Was the evil Jew van full of nanothermite, Randy?
  20. My neighbor caught a 21 inch red off his dock in the creek the other night. That used to happen a couple of times a week. First one in at least a year. Maybe they shouldn't have killed so many each week. Can anyone else see the problem? Not sure which "they" you think you're talking about. The fish referenced in my post were mostly undersized and have been under a moratorium for years now, so virtually all were tossed back. The problem here seems to be another ignorant Aussie who jumps to conclusions because he thinks he knows everything
  21. Meet the Cattle Ranchers Working to Preserve Southwest Florida's Wild Side Interesting that Strickland has never actually seen a panther in the wild. I'm one up on him, having caught a glimpse once back in the 90's. Friend of mine said another guy we know has a hunting lease and catches LOTS of panthers on his game cameras. He won't share any of the pics because he doesn't want the official attention they would bring.
  22. Well, I took the plunge and bought a 120 aH 48 volt battery from Lithium Battery Power. They're a couple of hours away from me and offered a deal on a battery that was used for promotion but tests and has warranty as new. So I look at the cables leading from my existing battery bank to the controller and the negative side leads straight to the controller but the positive side leads through this little box: What is that? The several little wires lead around to the big plug with dozens of little wires in the end of the controller. I'm wondering if it has something to do
  23. Why did one piece of fruit get a separate bowl?
  24. Down at the creek last night one neighbor was catching catfish as usual but another was throwing a spoon and got half a dozen little snook, a little jack, and a little red. My wife, who has tossed a spoon where he was fishing thousands of times with little luck, was extremely jealous.
  25. It's not really water. It's goo. Doesn't flow like water but does corrode things like salt water. The dealership where I worked was a Tohatsu sales/service center prior to ethanol. It went like this: sell people a new Sun Cat with a new Tohatsu. People in this area with that money are snowbirds, so they leave. And leave the vented fuel tank in the garage for the FL summer. They come back down, put the boat in the water, fire it up, go for a while until the goo arrives at the carb, then stop. They come to the shop complaining that the brand new engine died. We take it apart, find the goo a
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