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Old 12-08-2011, 06:01 AM   #9201
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Yesterday was a cold, rainy day. Only went outside to get the newspaper and mail.

Read a good bit online about Photoshop Elements, worked on restoring some old photographs, played with the camera, flash, and a reflector for a bit. Took a couple of photos of a reluctant but tolerant DW and made them into portraits. Dang, she's cute! (I'd post photos but that is verboten by her.)

I did make this one earlier and played around with layers in Elements to get the exposure more even. The trick with polished metal is to expose it evenly without too many glaring highlights. That called for a 42" reflector held about three inches over the subject and lit by an off-camera flash.

Hey, if Andy Warhol can call a Campbell's soup can label "art" then I can do the same with some Sears wrenches on a cutting mat.
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:28 AM   #9202
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Hey, if Andy Warhol can call a Campbell's soup can label "art" then I can do the same with some Sears wrenches on a cutting mat.
Very nice. I put myself through college working as a mechanic, so a nicely turned set of wrenches still makes my heart flutter.
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Hey, if Andy Warhol can call a Campbell's soup can label "art" then I can do the same with some Sears wrenches on a cutting mat.
That is really a neat photo workup.

Caution, artist at work.
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I was sitting at my desk reading the forum this morning when I heard an unusual gurgling noise coming from the half bath in the hallway. DW was running a load of laundry and yep, the sewer was backing up.

I shut off the washer and assessed the damages. The back-up was limited to the shower in the master bath, which is adjacent to the laundry room. Thankfully the standing water was from the washer, not from the septic tank.

I went outside to uncap the clean-out, and water gushed out for several seconds, indicating the blockage was between that point and the septic system thirty feet away.

I checked the "fluid levels" in the three septic tanks (aerobic system) and they appeared to be a few inches lower than normal. I ran a garden hose into the sewer line downstream from the clean-out, and after some effort, finally got whatever was blocking the line to let go.

We've lived here 13 years and never had a problem prior to this. Unlikely it was caused by tree roots - darn few trees and the pipe is PVC...
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Good fix. Maybe a congregation of fire ants?
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Scorpions and chiggers too.
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Coming so closely after Thanksgiving, I'm wondering if it could have been a turducken.
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Must have been a big one...
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A few years ago I pulled a dead squirrel out of my sewer line...
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So far....worked.
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I feel ever so penny-wise today. For lunch we went to a very nice restaurant and shared their Thursday special - - a very excellent $5.98 bowl of red beans and rice spiced perfectly with plenty of sausage. This was one of those a huge bowls, about 14" across and shallow. It came with a medium sized salad, too, so it was more than enough for the two of us.

Since I chose water to drink, my share for the entire lunch was $2.99 plus tax and tip. We'll need to keep this in mind for future Thursdays.

I do love stumbling upon what I think is a bargain.
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Messed around with mortgage refinancing documents in the morning. 3.375% is better than the 4.375% that I'm currently paying. I figure that it I can't earn more than 3.375% in the long run on the nestegg that mortgage payments will be the least of my problems.

We got 5 1/2" of wet snow last night so I shoveled/snowblowed the deck, doorways, walkways and parking area in the afternoon then took a short walk with my son.

I had a 10' x 20' canopy kicking around that I had put up in the back yard thinking I would park the snowmobiles under it for the winter but it is sagging so much with this little bit of snow that I now know there is no way it will last the winter, so I'll plan to take it down tomorrow.

Also did a little w*rk. 11 days to RE!!
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He actually came in from the roof sewer vent.
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Why am I thinking about that old joke about the plumber and the yarmulke?
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Very nice. I put myself through college working as a mechanic, so a nicely turned set of wrenches still makes my heart flutter.
Same here, but I've gotten over it.

Nice picture though.
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Today I watched my housecleaner clean.

I gave her the usual $60 plus another $60 to go towards presents for her 2 kids. I like playing Mrs Santa.

Tonight is pizza and wing night at the club where I bus tables. $3.50 for a huge slice with pepperoni & sausage and 6 chicken wings and celery and bleu cheese. I can't cook at home for much cheaper than that. Amazing!
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I ran a garden hose into the sewer line downstream from the clean-out, and after some effort, finally got whatever was blocking the line to let go.
Don't you need to figure out what caused it? Unless something big got flushed, I'd guess that there's some kind of break or invasion in there. Next backup could be worse.
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