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Old 09-25-2015, 04:10 PM   #18261
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Had the closing to sell our house, so I'm just a one-home owner again. Love the new maintenance-free condo and getting rid of the nagging concerns over maintaining a 1970s house on over two acres of land. Since the land was mostly trees, and we're just entering the season of falling leaves, it's especially sweet to contemplate not having to deal with all those brightly colored nuisances!
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Old 09-25-2015, 04:25 PM   #18262
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Congratulations on the home sale, braumeister. Assume you are hoisting a cold one to celebrate!

REWahoo - glad you didn't end up with a fire, as some neighbors here did a few years back. We just got a light thundershower - hopefully it's the first sign of El Nino.
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Old 09-25-2015, 04:32 PM   #18263
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A few minutes ago a passing thunderstorm blessed me with a lightning strike. Blew out my home alarm system, wireless internet radio and DirecTV receiver. Still looking for other damage. I'm posting this from my phone....
The one we had blew out all the smoke detectors (they needed replacement anyway) a ceiling fan control, the ignitor for the oven, the motherboard on the computer, and a circuit board for the A/C and furnace. All that in spite of having a whole-house surge protector and another for the computer. Most of it was reimbursed by the power company because we rent the surge protector from the power company for ~$5/month. So far I'm ahead on that deal.
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I'm having a bad day, but not as bad as others here (Rodi, REWahoo).

The market is not doing well, I own an affected VW diesel, found out our dog has a bad hip ($234 x-rays), got my credit card lifted at a local restaurant.......
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Today I got to spend two and a half hours at a kids zone for anyone fortunate enough to not know what that is it is a large warehouse area that houses numerous bounce areas and climbing walls that encourages kids to scream continuously while they also pipe in loud music . It's like chucky cheese on steroids . I was there for a birthday party . Seriously folks do the grandparents a favor & do not invite them to birthday parties at these places or chucky cheese we will still give presents .
DH used to think going to Chucky Cheese for a birthday party was punishment - and we were the birthday child's parents!
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I'm having a bad day, but not as bad as others here (Rodi, REWahoo).

The market is not doing well, I own an affected VW diesel, found out our dog has a bad hip ($234 x-rays), got my credit card lifted at a local restaurant.......
If it makes you feel better my day has improved and yours is now worse than mine. Son can definitely walk (with a limp) so I don't think it's even badly sprained... just bruised. He forgets to limp sometimes, too. Apparently a bully shoved a friend of his, the friend fell, and the friends head landed on my son's foot. Friend might have a concussion... No teachers witnessed - so bully kid is probably going to have no consequences... Oh well.
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A few minutes ago a passing thunderstorm blessed me with a lightning strike. Blew out my home alarm system, wireless internet radio and DirecTV receiver. Still looking for other damage. I'm posting this from my phone....

Are thunderstorms/lightning on that list of yours?


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Old 09-26-2015, 11:48 AM   #18268
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A few minutes ago a passing thunderstorm blessed me with a lightning strike. Blew out my home alarm system, wireless internet radio and DirecTV receiver. Still looking for other damage. I'm posting this from my phone....
Bummer. The damage seems kind of random. Computers and tv sets ok? Did you have any kind of lightning surge suppressor equipment?

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Had the closing to sell our house, so I'm just a one-home owner again. Love the new maintenance-free condo and getting rid of the nagging concerns over maintaining a 1970s house on over two acres of land. Since the land was mostly trees, and we're just entering the season of falling leaves, it's especially sweet to contemplate not having to deal with all those brightly colored nuisances!
That's a big change. Have you noticed any noise from adjacent units? We (really me) still have a condo unit in mind as a possibility, and noise has always been my greatest concern.
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I'm having a bad day, but not as bad as others here (Rodi, REWahoo).

The market is not doing well, I own an affected VW diesel, found out our dog has a bad hip ($234 x-rays), got my credit card lifted at a local restaurant.......
What a dreadful day! And ditto for Rodi and REWahoo.

The universe needs balance, so I obliged. While the three of you were posting about all of this and having such rotten days, I was off blissfully playing my new video game without a care in the world. Next time I'm sure it will be my turn.
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Bummer. The damage seems kind of random. Computers and tv sets ok? Did you have any kind of lightning surge suppressor equipment?
Random damage seems to be a characteristic of lightning.

Surge suppressors on both the wireless internet power supply and the DirecTV box. The main TV and desktop computer are plugged into the same two surge suppressors but they are fine.

The DTV box damage is strange. It is the "master" for the system and has a DVR that my two other remote DTV boxes link to wirelessly. Those two systems work fine, and the master box also lights up and appears to be OK, but will not feed a signal to my TV. Tried multiple HDMI cables and TV inputs with no luck. I know the TV isn't a problem as it works fine with the DVD player on all HDMI ports, and receives OTA signals without a problem.

No other damage that I can find other than to our alarm system, which goes nuts anytime there is lightning nearby.
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Random damage seems to be a characteristic of lightning.
Random for sure. I guess it could have been worse, although that's easy for me to say. Any chance homeowners insurance will soften the blow?

Have you ever considered a whole-house surge suppressor? South Florida has major lightning, so we had one installed, even though the electrician made it clear that it's benefit was oversold and a nearby strike would cause damage no matter what we did.
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Random for sure. I guess it could have been worse, although that's easy for me to say. Any chance homeowners insurance will soften the blow?
Our deductible is far too high to be of any assistance.

The cost to repair/replace the DTV and internet systems appears to be relatively minor. Not sure what the cost will be on the alarm system - we've had so many lightning related problems with it that we rarely turn it on. I'm considering not getting it repaired.

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Have you ever considered a whole-house surge suppressor? South Florida has major lightning, so we had one installed, even though the electrician made it clear that it's benefit was oversold and a nearby strike would cause damage no matter what we did.
Our rural electric co-op offers one but your last sentence expresses my lack of confidence in how much protection it would provide. Tough to fool mother nature...
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Coached my FLL robotics team - they made great progress today. Yay. Dealt with a cable repairman... originally schedule for last night, but apparently they ran into issues on another job - so they rescheduled for today... He showed up EARLY... which wasn't good, since I had my robotics team. Hard to deal with a cable guy AND a bunch of 7th grade boys who need to be herded to stay on task.

Now I'm watching the global citizens concert... waiting for Pearl Jam in a few hours! Flashing back to pre-Pearl Jam days when Eddy Vedder lived in San Diego and played with Bad Radio at local venues. (He was awesome and it was clear he was going to be "big" someday.)
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That's a big change. Have you noticed any noise from adjacent units? We (really me) still have a condo unit in mind as a possibility, and noise has always been my greatest concern.
I hope it makes you feel better that we have been living there full time for nearly three months and we haven't heard a peep from either side. One next-door neighbor is a professional athlete and not home very much, but he has had a few weekends where 8 or 9 relatives, including small kids, have spent 2-3 days with him including lots of playing outdoors, and we still weren't aware of it unless we happened to go outside.

Our condo development is just 17 units on our own private street on a hilltop. Youngest resident is the athlete (31) and the oldest is 92, so we're probably around the median age. Everyone minds their own business so carefully that after three months we have only met half of them (all very nice and friendly). Partly our fault for being out of the country when they had their annual business meeting, but still ...
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Today, we went to Rentschler Field in East Hartford to watch the Navy/UConn football game. It was nice to talk with many fellow USNA alums at the tailgater, and it is always a good day when Navy wins.
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I related previously that I was elected to the board of directors for the HOA at our mountain house. Ive been given responsibility for "computers and technology", which as far as I can tell means keeping things running for the two ladies who staff the office on a part-time basis. My first task was to supervise the installation of new phone and Internet service yesterday, a changeover that was contracted by my predecessor.

All went well except that the new ISP does not supply a router. There are a couple of office things that are connected wirelessly, so having no router is a bit of an issue. I had to run out last night to purchase a router then get to the office first thing this morning to set it up and get the office back in business. Mission accomplished.

Oh, I also bought another little sailboat. Our neighbor sold his house and needs to get it cleaned out in two weeks. He was selling the boat for $100...I couldn't resist. It's in better shape than the first sailboat I bought a month ago. So now I have two sailboats, no trailer to get either to the boat launch, and I don't know how to sail. Oops. My plan is to sell the first boat and use the proceeds towards a dolly or trailer that I can pull with a golf cart. Once I can get a boat in the water I'll worry about learning to sail.
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In Canada we are having a federal election on October 19th. This weekend we have Culture Days. This afternoon I attended an all candidates forum focused on culture. I thought I had decided whom to vote for based on my preference for prime minister, but one of the other candidates was so passionate, articulate and well prepared that I have changed my mind. (I agree with most of her party's policies too).

The event was held at a retirement home just a few blocks away and there was an awesome art exhibit to explore afterwards.

This evening I'm off to a flamenco performance with friends.

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Yesterday was my birthday and I had a wonderful low-key day. Took Skittles to the farmers' market where I bought soft-shell crabs and lump crabmeat (a guy brings fresh seafood up from the Gulf every Saturday) as well as lots of yummy veggies. Took a pile of newspapers out to the hammock and let the dog run around for an hour or so - both kids called to wish me a happy day and it was nice talking with both of them about all kinds of stuff. Decided I wanted to make myself a birthday cake (carrot cake with cream cheese icing) for the first time since DS went to college, so went to the store to get the fixins. Baked the cake while watching Texas lose a heartbreaker to OK State. Then fixed crab imperial, soft shell crab, tomato pie, and green beans for dinner, washed it down with a delicious French champagne that I bought at the new Total Wine for price (grand opening special). Followed by two pieces of cake and watching TV with a cuddly little dog on my lap. Would have been perfect if a dishwashing robot had been delivered to my front door, but pretty darn good day.

Today it's off to church and then to a retreat center to help clean up from a men's retreat (they did the same for our women's retreat last month). Going to put dinner in the crockpot now - white chicken chili.
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