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Old 12-22-2008, 05:17 PM   #61
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Ouch Calmloki! I almost looked at my gas bill the way I looked at your trees...$195 and I live in TX. Hate to think what others will pay....
I guess the only thing worse than hearing the heat being on most of the day would be NOT hearing the heat being on.
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Old 12-22-2008, 05:20 PM   #62
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Just saw the forecase. It is going up to 24 and we will get 12 inches of snow.
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Just saw the forecase. It is going up to 24 and we will get 12 inches of snow.
I went out earlier to hike down to my pet feeding house and the heel popped off my boot. Luckily Angel the shoe repair guy said he could have them repaired by 3, and he did. So soon I'm off on a cold hike.

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Luckily Angel the shoe repair guy said he could have them repaired by 3, and he did.
I didn't know there were any shoe cobblers left in the world.
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I didn't know there were any shoe cobblers left in the world.
There aren't, ha said it was an angel.
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I didn't know there were any shoe cobblers left in the world.
We have one here in town. He started working there for the former owner while he was still in HS, almost 40 years ago. When the old owner was ready to retire many years ago, he called him over and told him the shop and contents were now his, for being such a loyal employee!

Oh, and we had a major heat wave here today!! It got all the way up to 13.....and it was sunny all day....and...NO wind!!!

S'posed to start snowing again by morning though....2"-5". But that's OK.....the snow & ice we have now is starting to look a bit dirty, so it needs some refreshing!!!
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We have one here in town. He started working there for the former owner while he was still in HS, almost 40 years ago. When the old owner was ready to retire many years ago, he called him over and told him the shop and contents were now his, for being such a loyal employee!
We have one, too -- an older Vietnamese man who bought the shop from an ancient cobbler shortly after immigrating. He is very good and charges too little. I always end up throwing an extra few bucks in when I use his services.

I'll miss him when I FIRE because the only shoes I ever bring to him are my work shoes which occasionally need heels or soles. Every other non-work shoes get worn to the quick and then trashed.
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A once noble profession now almost extinct.

My dad was a shoe cobbler who learned the business from my grandfather. Dad opened his own shop in the 1930's and the family almost starved to death - but everyone had well maintained footwear.

He finally figured out he needed to diversify to survive and after WWII expanded his shop to sell work boots, then added work clothing and finally western (AKA 'cowboy') boots. He maintained his cobbler shop in the rear of the business until he retired in 1968 at age 62.

I have an immediate flashback to my childhood whenever I smell leather.

Which reminds me... Martha, where is that good looking avatar of yours?
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though my bro & family are on their way to buffalo ny for skiiing so for them i hope they get snow.
not to worry...NY never disappoints in that department, especially in Buffalo.
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He finally figured out he needed to diversify to survive and after WWII expanded his shop to sell work boots....
Tino, our local cobbler did the same thing. The local trades people around here had a preference for Red Wing work boots, so Tino started caring them. He sold them at dealer cost, so he didn't make any profit on their sale.....but he guaranteed himself a steady stream of return customers coming in for new soles & heels! And most of the guys bought another pair each time they came in for resoles, so they'd always have at least 2 pairs available.

The shoe dealer across the street finally figured out what was going on, and complained to the manufacturer, who in turn contacted Tino and told him he had to charge retail prices because it wasn't fair to his competition. He told them that instead of that, his competition should lower his prices. They didn't agree. He lost his dealership rights over the matter, so he raised his repair prices......but only to the competitor! The competitor complained to him, but was told that if he didn't like the prices, to take his business elsewhere. Competitor said "but there is no one else who does shoe repair". Tino told him it looked like he was between a rock & a hard place.....either pay the fare, or do without....He paid!

Tino let all of his normal customers know where to go to get the best deal on new work boots......NOT across the street!
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I didn't know there were any shoe cobblers left in the world.
Angel is only 2 blocks away, and there are 2 others within a mile or so. Angle is a super guy. He re-glued my heel and the front part of the Vibram soles, and also nailed them for $8. Alway some people haging out in his shop just passing the time of day. He lives a few doors from his shop.

I think this may be a good area for cobblers because Punks wear expensive boots, and get them repaired.

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Well the weather here is mid 70's but I miss snow especially around Christmas . I do not miss dirty snow or slush or ice but a nice snow makes everything look so Christmasy .
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Nothing worse than yellow snow as I remember.
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Well the weather here is mid 70's but I miss snow especially around Christmas . I do not miss dirty snow or slush or ice but a nice snow makes everything look so Christmasy .
I see you're in Sarasota. That is the area i'm thinking that I would go if I was going to leave winter behind. Right now, being near my family is what's keeping me in Wisconsin. Are there any downfalls to Sarasota. Muggy summers don't bother me a bit. Hurricanes don't worry me. Housing seems very reasonable. How are RE taxes. I know HO ins. is a little high but i'd be looking for a place well under $100,000 so it can't be that bad.
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we live in a strange world...enjoy the penguins
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I see you're in Sarasota. That is the area i'm thinking that I would go if I was going to leave winter behind. Right now, being near my family is what's keeping me in Wisconsin. Are there any downfalls to Sarasota. Muggy summers don't bother me a bit. Hurricanes don't worry me. Housing seems very reasonable. How are RE taxes. I know HO ins. is a little high but i'd be looking for a place well under $100,000 so it can't be that bad.
Sarasota is very nice. As a fellow Wisconsinite (once upon a time) let me suggest you check out Lakewood Ranch. It was originally bought and then developed by the Uihleins, the beer barons of Milwaukee. Lots of cheeseheads there -- a planned community east of Sarasota. May not be to your liking but worth seeing.

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I see you're in Sarasota. That is the area i'm thinking that I would go if I was going to leave winter behind. Right now, being near my family is what's keeping me in Wisconsin. Are there any downfalls to Sarasota. Muggy summers don't bother me a bit. Hurricanes don't worry me. Housing seems very reasonable. How are RE taxes. I know HO ins. is a little high but i'd be looking for a place well under $100,000 so it can't be that bad.

I second Rich's recommendation of Lakewood Ranch but not sure if anything there is under $100,000. My RE taxes and HO insurance actually went down this year . Since you are looking well under $100,000 I'm assuming you are looking for a manufactured home . If so there are some really nice communities in Ellenton which is above Bradenton .
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All that ice reminds me of December 1979 in MO. (yeah, a looong time ago) Anyway, we didn't have power or gas for three days and we, like most, had no generator. We did pretty well except we froze our buns off since we had a waterbed. ....
Well, if you had told that story earlier, you could have had the BunsGettingFirm name.

Winter weather usually doesn't bother me -- until April. This week storms were kind of a novelty because I got to try out my new tires in the snow.
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Well... uhm... ah... gosh, we had a big rainstorm last week that dumped 12" in 12 hours. (It's probably the same storm that Brat's dealing with now.) We had to shut all our windows and one of our roof vents leaked when the rain blew in. And all our lanai furniture was soaking wet, all the way up to the house wall. And a local reservoir almost overflowed and we had flash flooding in a bunch of gulches around the island.

And... and... and the surf temperature is down in the low 70s and it feels really cold when you first get in. I may have to buy a 3mm shorty for next winter.
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Nords, don't forget the VOG (volcanic smog) its been pretty bad until today. I must say all this ice, snowstorms, wind chill below zero sounds very exciting, I am so envious of you folks with changing weather.

Honolulu is so boring, forecast HI 79 Low 67 repeat through Christmas, maybe we will get showers on Christmas day, Friday we are due for a cold snap 77.
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