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Old 05-09-2014, 04:33 PM   #14061
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Harrumph! I have a 360 degree vista of subdivision... But I drink a lot of coffee, and like eggs and bacon.
This is so funny, I've got to remember it the next time a friend is bragging about their view.....only thing, I don't live in a subdivision but it's so funny!


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Went to the doctor today.........My heart rate is 54, which I guess is pretty good. Looks like a life of bicycle riding, red wine drinking, and kitty cuddling is doing me good!
Being too cheap to buy a car can actually have health benefits too
YAY, for bicycles, wine and kitty power!
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Roasted a chicken today for the first time in several years (Gary persuaded me to buy a toaster oven).
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Another day trip to the in-laws house to fix lighting and electrical problems. It's a 50 year old home with... novel wiring. BX cable everywhere, and about half the lighting boxes have relays in them, with the 'light switch' signalling the relay through a complex interconnected series of rat nests.

So, when I hear that a light "won't turn off", I load up the full set of tools, drills, stud finder and wire detector, electrician's 'fish', spools of wire, etc. I just know it's not going to be a simple failed switch.

Today, it actually was a simple failed switch.
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Relays for residential lighting? I have never heard of that!

My folks had a home that was built in the 40s. It was block-walled with no insulation or sheet rock for the interior. That's how old it was. But no relays! So, was that a standard, and what was the rationale for that?
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Took a ride along route 66 from Gardner to Pontiac, Illinois. But I couldn't figure out this gas pump.
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Finished my first 5k.

Maybe next time I'll actually run! 😎
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Awakened the Z3 roadster from its long winter slumber and took a nice ride. Stopped for lunch at a pleasant place right on the Housatonic River and then ice cream at Rich Farm in Oxford. Came back home and mowed the lawn for the first time this season.
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Today was the Tour of the Unknown Coast organized bike ride. I was ready for the 62-mile route, and Lena, the 50-mile. We didn't register ahead of time, because rain is always a possibility.

I can never sleep well when I have to, so I only got a few hours of sleep, and we got up at five AM and drove to the start in Ferndale. When we arrived it was cold and pouring rain. When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping, so we skipped the ride, and spent the $120 registration fee (plus another $230) on an Asus T100 Transformer book for Lena.
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Finished my first 5k.

Maybe next time I'll actually run! 😎
Good for you. DW walked her first 5K a couple of years ago, and just completed her first half-marathon, also as a walker, but still faster than many of the slower runners.

One of the TV stations sponsors a 0.05K race for charity (Run/Walk/Crawl). The race ends ten minutes after it starts, so that might be an option for some.
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Good for you. DW walked her first 5K a couple of years ago, and just completed her first half-marathon, also as a walker, but still faster than many of the slower runners.

One of the TV stations sponsors a 0.05K race for charity (Run/Walk/Crawl). The race ends ten minutes after it starts, so that might be an option for some.
Thanks for telling me about DW. It's encouraging. I will shoot for 10k next time and thought it might be fun to train for a half or even a tri for late 2015, when I turn 60.
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Go for it!
What worked for her was to join a training group for regular support and good coaching.
If you check your local running stores, you should be able to find one that has training groups.
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Also, if it helps any, I ran my first marathon at 58. Hurt like hell, and I suffered mightily for a week afterward, but I finished!
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Also, if it helps any, I ran my first marathon at 58. Hurt like hell, and I suffered mightily for a week afterward, but I finished!
Yes, it does help. Thanks!

My big challenge to become more serious will be to find running shoes that fit my wide feet. Unless I put orthotics into a shoebox, I don't always have good luck. I tried ordering E width shoes on amazon, and those were awful. My old D width shoes are good, but I was thinking I need to upgrade and get better support.

Where does one go when one needs an especially roomy toebox? My heels aren't so fat, just the toe area, because of arthritis in one foot. Sheesh.

Pretty soon I'll be getting those same catalogs Amethyst receives . . . .
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Relays for residential lighting? I have never heard of that!

My folks had a home that was built in the 40s. It was block-walled with no insulation or sheet rock for the interior. That's how old it was. But no relays! So, was that a standard, and what was the rationale for that?

Think of a 1960s version of a home lighting control system like X10. There are panels in various places with a rotary switch and a single 'light switch'. Dial the circuit number and flip the switch, and the lights on that circuit change state. There are additional panels that look like sets of 3 light switches, where each switch changes the state of one lighting circuit via the same relays.

It's definitely not a standard. It's a strange old GE system.

Here's the high end version: http://retrorenovation.com/2009/07/1...stem-lighting/

Today was better for me, anyway. I made some progress on a nifty bioelectronic project I'm still not ready to announce anywhere, and took a break to do some mindless physical labor patching leaks in the irrigation system before I have to put it in service in a week or so. Varmints gnawing on the hoses, mostly, and the occasional Bigfoot stompage on a drip emitter. Oops...
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Think of a 1960s version of a home lighting control system like X10. There are panels in various places with a rotary switch and a single 'light switch'. Dial the circuit number and flip the switch, and the lights on that circuit change state. There are additional panels that look like sets of 3 light switches, where each switch changes the state of one lighting circuit via the same relays.

It's definitely not a standard. It's a strange old GE system.

Here's the high end version: Gretchen's 1961 GE low voltage lighting system - Retro Renovation
Wow! That's fairly fancy for a 50-year old system. As the push-button "commands" for on/off operation are momentary and require a latching relay, I look up on the Web, and find that this type of relay is still made and sold. Interesting!

GE RR7 - 20A SPST Low Voltage Relay Total Lighting Control :: Low Voltage Relays and Switches - Galesburg Electric Inc
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Dug up three cedars (nasty winter) and planted four. Power washed the back deck and stairs. Picked up 80 20L bags of topsoil. Planted 4 rhubarb plants that I got off craigslist (looking forward to pies!). Cut the grass. Sprayed Roundup on a bunch of weeds. Sprayed Deer Off on the treats that the deer like. Now having tea and watching the hockey game! A good day!
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Went to a big family gathering a bit over an hour away for a memorial service for one of DW's aunts. Later everybody went to one cousin's house for dinner. Rain kept ~35 people inside a small house but we had a good time and no one went hungry.

The star, of course, was the six-week-old baby all the ladies fought over holding. No photos, too crowded.
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Where does one go when one needs an especially roomy toebox?
The one thing I can tell you for sure is that you never want to buy running shoes based on the recommendations of friends. What works well for them may be totally unsuitable for you. Feet (and associated body parts) are so individual that you need to do your own evaluation, preferably with a knowledgable sales person.

A good running store will have at least one person trained in biomechanics who can observe your gait (ideally while you're on a treadmill in the store) and give you good advice.

Here are some suggestions:
How to Buy Running Shoes | Runner's World
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The one thing I can tell you for sure is that you never want to buy running shoes based on the recommendations of friends. What works well for them may be totally unsuitable for you. Feet (and associated body parts) are so individual that you need to do your own evaluation, preferably with a knowledgable sales person.

A good running store will have at least one person trained in biomechanics who can observe your gait (ideally while you're on a treadmill in the store) and give you good advice.

Here are some suggestions:
How to Buy Running Shoes | Runner's World
The 50 Best Running Stores In America 2013 - Competitor.com
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Online reviews are equally unreliable, despite how closely they appear to match your needs. The best thing you can do is find a good shoe at one on the stores linked by Braumeister, buy it, then buy replacements online until the model you use is discontinued.
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