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Old 03-17-2015, 08:35 PM   #16521
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We went to a plant sale at a local nature center in the morning. We've got our electric bill pretty low now so this year's project is working towards all drought tolerant plants outside and removing the front lawn.

I bought my first plant for a windowsill herb garden. Tonight I'm picking up some books and DVDs I had on order at the library.
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Old 03-17-2015, 09:07 PM   #16522
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....I taped the dial lock rotation sequence right on the front so that I would not lose it.
Good idea. Fireproof tape and ink?
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Well, I had an interesting afternoon. I went to open my fire safe to retrieve a document and the darn thing would not open. It's one of those fire safes with an electronic keypad. The keypad did not seem to operate, so I figured it was time to change the batteries. So I put in fresh batteries, nothing. I pull out the owner's manual and they advise to only use the freshest batteries available. I go to the store, get a new pack, put the batteries in. Nothing. So I call the manufacturer (Sentry), stay on hold forever, then talk to a "tech" who tells me to change the batteries... She insists on knowing the brand and the expiration date on the new batteries I put in. Apparently she cannot go further with her script until she gets a satisfactory answer. Satisfied with the information I provided, she says the keypad must have crapped out. She advises hiring a locksmith to bust this thing open. So I call a bunch of locksmiths, nobody wants to touch a safe. Finally, I get a recommendation for a local "Safe Cracker". Who knew I would ever have use for such a professional? He's coming tomorrow and it's going to be fun watching this thing pop open.
We are currently looking at fireproof safes and keep seeing user recommendations to make sure you get one with a combination lock rather than an electronic one. Your post was timely. Let us know how it works out.
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We went to a plant sale at a local nature center in the morning. We've got our electric bill pretty low now so this year's project is working towards all drought tolerant plants outside and removing the front lawn.

I bought my first plant for a windowsill herb garden. Tonight I'm picking up some books and DVDs I had on order at the library.
Green indoor/outdoor carpet or Astroturf will make a nice lawn. Just make sure the drainage is right. You can buy plastic ferns and plants to eliminate the need for watering or other care. All this adds up to a low maintenance, "California Plastic" lawn and garden. Just an occasional vacuum and dusting is it.
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Good idea. Fireproof tape and ink?
I will be putting that info on an email to myself right after making this post.

PS. No, it's better to engrave it onto the bottom of the safe.
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The "safe cracker" has come and gone. I expected a lot of power tools, dust, and noise to be involved in the operation, along those lines:



But this guy was all about finesse. A small hole was drilled through the top of the safe and into the top of the door. In went a long a metal stem and, presto, the door was unlocked. The neighbors on the other side of the wall did not hear a thing.
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Ah, what a difference a day makes. Yesterday was hell, today is pretty cool. My mouth feels much better, helped along by some 400 mg Ibuprofen horse pills as needed.
I'm doing my salt water rinses on the hour, taking my antibiotics as directed and it's all level ground from here forward.
It's just a matter of weeks before I go for an upper mouth impression at the dentist and get my flexible partial (Valplast) denture device made. Losing 3 molars in two weeks is a real PITA but my dentist's skill and chairside manner plus current denture technology are both very encouraging.

I made a canned peaches and greek yogurt smoothie for breakfast, then graduated to some cold cuts and provolone for lunch. Dinner will be something a little more solid, depending on how my jaw feels. No steak for a while.

It is sunny today but pretty chilly. Half the snow is melted. No robins yet...
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Went to get measured for a tux the other day and was totally brushed off by the person working there. Spoke with the manager today, letting her know I was taking my business elsewhere, and why. I could never understand this behavior by someone in sales.
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Skated as usual, then stopped for coffee. On the way home stopped to buy razor blades. The charges are insane. Atra 10 pack for $18.- passed. Got 12 double edge for 7.50 which is still a ripoff.
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Spoke with the manager today, letting her know I was taking my business elsewhere, and why.
Frankly, I admire you for doing that.
I would have simply walked out and not gone back. I might even have posted a bad review online.

My feeling is that if the manager is so inept as to not know how customers are being treated, the store deserves to fail. Harsh, but they brought it on themselves.

But please take a pat on the back for doing the right thing.
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The "safe cracker" has come and gone. I expected a lot of power tools, dust, and noise to be involved in the operation, along those lines:
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But this guy was all about finesse. A small hole was drilled through the top of the safe and into the top of the door. In went a long a metal stem and, presto, the door was unlocked. The neighbors on the other side of the wall did not hear a thing.
I post the dial lock combination on the door of the safe, because I expect burglars to open it on the spot and get what they want out of it, and leave behind our marriage certificate, children's birth certificates, my diplomas, etc... Else, they would haul it away and I lose everything.
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When I was a child, our neighbors had a safe with a dial combination that they didn't know. The safe had been installed by a previous owner of the house, who neglected to transmit the combination.

Our neighbors told their children that if any of us could guess the right combination and get the safe open, we could have whatever was inside. We had starry eyed visions of gold bullion, diamonds, and blue chip stocks.

We spent countless happy hours trying thousands of possible combinations, but never did figure it out. What a great source of entertainment that was for us.
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Hmm... What if our burglar feels as elated when finding my safe, then becomes upset once he opens it and does not see anything worthwhile, and burns my papers?

I think I'd better leave something in there to appease him. A couple of Benjamins?
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I post the dial lock combination on the door of the safe, because I expect burglars to open it on the spot and get what they want out of it, and leave behind our marriage certificate, children's birth certificates, my diplomas, etc... Else, they would haul it away and I lose everything.
Would an open drawer with a note to "take this, not that" not be equally effective at far less cost?
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How does a drawer protect my papers from fire?

And as tempting as a fire safe is to burglars, would you not expect them to carry it away if they cannot open it on the spot? Even kids like the young W2R get all excited when they see a safe.
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We went to happy hour at a waterfront restaurant with views of the San Francisco skyline and Golden Gate Bridge. I had a roasted crab dip snack and a pomegranate margarita. A gift card from one of my little online deals covered most of the bill, so that made it all the more fun.

Later on we picked up a Great Courses DVD and some books from the library.
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I was still working on decluttering the half of the garage where I kept my junk treasure. I sorted them out, and put what I want to keep up in the attic space above the garage to free more space. Eventually, I will be able to park another car in there.

We had leftover corned beef from yesterday dinner with the kids. And my wife made a soup with the broth off that corned beef. It was tasty, but a bit saltier than we would like.

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... I made a canned peaches and greek yogurt smoothie for breakfast, then graduated to some cold cuts and provolone for lunch. Dinner will be something a little more solid, depending on how my jaw feels. No steak for a while.
When I went to visit my late father-in-law in his nursing home during dinner time, I saw that the residents could have anything they wanted, including steak.

As long as it was puréed, that is ...
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When I went to visit my late father-in-law in his nursing home during dinner time, I saw that the residents could have anything they wanted, including steak.

As long as it was puréed, that is ...
I'm getting pretty creative with my food processor and blender.
I just may grind up a steak and make a fried burger out of it. I haven't figured out how to make a blender pizza yet though.
In the meantime, I am eating lots of fresh and canned fruits and avocado, which is a very good thing overall. Not ready to go vegetarian quite yet.
I'm consuming a lot of Greek style yogurt, also a good thing for the probiotics to replenish what the oral antibiotics are taking away, as well as the protein and calcium.

I'm keeping a good attitude about the whole thing and look forward to getting my Valplast partials for the recently extracted molars.
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I wrestled with the house smoke detectors yesterday.

It all started with simply swapping out the batteries and could not get them to stop chirping. The batteries were fresh from the store, yet one or more would chirp intermittently.

So, I said the H with that - they were over 10 years old and decided to swap them all out for fresh units.

I got some new ones at Home Depot that have 10 yr built in Lithium batteries.

Done and done. But that was half a day I'll never get back.
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I'm consuming a lot of Greek style yogurt, also a good thing for the probiotics to replenish what the oral antibiotics are taking away, as well as the protein and calcium.
So sorry to hear about your dental issues - sounds awful, ugh!

This caught my attention - wanted to suggest you think about taking Florastor if you are on antibiotics. It is a yeast probiotic, vs the other probiotics that are bacterial. Florastor will not be killed off by the antiobiotics. There is some good evidence it can help prevent antibiotic-associated sx and c-diff (not something anyone wants to get...)
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