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I was born in Brooklyn, NY, but all my ancestors were all Irish. And I have an Irish passport in my pocket. Potato problems make me nervous. 

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48 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

I was born in Brooklyn, NY, but all my ancestors were all Irish. And I have an Irish passport in my pocket. Potato problems make me nervous. 


Or to put it in a different light, another story of neglect and total lack of care for its citizens by a remote elitist Westminster government which led to what was effectively a passive genocide where at least one million people died unnecessarily and a few million more were made homeless and/or destitute, many forced to emigrate to America in terrible conditions. 

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2 hours ago, MDM said:

 

I guess the policeman would have been forced to resign by his superiors. Makes me wonder who is actually in charge here. Is this the United Kingdom or are we living in the disunited land of King Dom? 

 

The people who built this effigy of DC obviously thought he was the puppet master, image 2A5C96H

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3 hours ago, MDM said:

Is this the United Kingdom

Clock's ticking on that one🙁

May not be a clock.

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I get out and snap at least every other day, James. 

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1 hour ago, Mr Standfast said:

So, anybody taking any pictures?

 

Was photographing a field full of sunflowers this morning. Uploaded a selection of 9 this afternoon. Hitting Kent tomorrow in the Mondeo for a days photography. Poor car is more likely to be scrapped at its MOT later this year. If it's economically viable to repair this time it certainly won't get through the next MOT. It is old and has done me well, has an 02 plate so getting on a bit.

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1 hour ago, Mr Standfast said:

So, anybody taking any pictures?

 

Not much. Motivation pretty low these days.

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The AC blower on my car failed this week so instead of doing the sensible thing and taking it to the garage I thought I'd fix it myself. It was basicly just changing a part, how hard could it be?

 

Bought the part, ( a rheostat) on amazon, watched a couple of youtubes and off I went. Like I said how hard can it be?

 

Removing the glovebox was ok, only 5 visible screws, 2 hidden ones and 2 secret tags hidden behind trim, kneeling on the tarmac was a bit sore on the old knees, but still, how hard could it be?

 

Actually finding the old rheostat was a bit tricky, then I realised I'd been watching youtubes for a left hand drive car and everything is the otherway round on my right hand drive car, but I was still thinking, how hard can it be?

 

So I managed to pull the old rheostat out, if you're wondering, what it's like; well it's black plastic, located between black bulkheads in the dark footwell, carpeted with black carpet, had to hold a torch with one hand, steady myself with the other hand, locate the hole with the other hand and push the part in with the other hand, all the time thinking how hard can it be? With a bit of pereverance it came out. A look at the offending part showed some heavy cracks and poping a multi-meter across the main resistor showed it was a dead resistor, in fact it was an ex-resistor. Clearly I was half way there, I had no doubts about this job now, nearly done!

 

Getting the rheostat into it's location proved to a bit harder than getting it out, it only took 4 hands to get it out but pushing it back in needed 5 hands, imaging needing to push something into  place with 2 hands and getting your weigth behind it but only being able to get 2 fingers onto it! Any way it popped into place, eventually. Did i mention the kneeling on the tarmac? That was starting to irk.

 

So time to test the blower, I'm not the sort of person rashly go to all the trouble of putting it together without testing it first!

 

It did'nt work, exactly the same problem as before. How hard can it be? I was begining to to come to a conclusion. So I looked at the old part, laying folornly on the tarmac, did I say what kneeling on that was like? The old one was'nt on the floor the new one was.  I had put, the broken part back in...

 

That was the worst thing this week, I'm pretty lucky really.

 

The best thing was a picture in the inbox of my grand daughter.  She was sitting in the back of the car with an ice cream cone, almost cross eyed looking at the ice cream. Smiling like a star with ice cream all around her face  and melted ice cream running all, and I mean all,  the way down her arm. She's 4.

 

And I took some picures!

 

All the best and stay safe.

 

😷

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typo's so many typo's...
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I have spent most of the week sanding back all the cupboards in my kitchen. They were heavily varnished and the yellow dust, despite my best efforts, has of course travelled everywhere. My fingers have been worn almost to the bone, getting into all the crevices of the cornice and door inlays. My knees hurt from getting down to sand back the kick boards. The doors were fixed with long ornate hinges that made it impossible to sand behind. So I duly spent a very long time trying to remove them, they were sunk into the wood. Not an easy task as some of the screws snapped and some of the hinges would just not shift. I will need to get the grinder out for some of them. Needless to say new hinges will be required. I am having problems removing the handles from the fixed drawer fronts below the sink :( 

So eventually, after sanding back everything to clean wood, carrying out all the filling that my hinge removal subsequently required,  I prepared to paint with primer/undercoat. Now, being in Portugal when I purchased the paint I glanced at the back of the tin and 'thought' I translated it ok. Seems not, one little word I was not sure of so resorted to Google translate. It says, the paint adheres very well and in most cases there is no requirement to sand the surface!!!!!  I have tested it on the 4ft high glass door front that I almost dropped getting off single handed and had yet to sand. It works. Oh well, hopefully a better finish will be achieved with all my hard work.

Jenny   

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2 hours ago, george said:

I have spent most of the week sanding back all the cupboards in my kitchen. They were heavily varnished and the yellow dust, despite my best efforts, has of course travelled everywhere. My fingers have been worn almost to the bone, getting into all the crevices of the cornice and door inlays. My knees hurt from getting down to sand back the kick boards. The doors were fixed with long ornate hinges that made it impossible to sand behind. So I duly spent a very long time trying to remove them, they were sunk into the wood. Not an easy task as some of the screws snapped and some of the hinges would just not shift. I will need to get the grinder out for some of them. Needless to say new hinges will be required. I am having problems removing the handles from the fixed drawer fronts below the sink :( 

So eventually, after sanding back everything to clean wood, carrying out all the filling that my hinge removal subsequently required,  I prepared to paint with primer/undercoat. Now, being in Portugal when I purchased the paint I glanced at the back of the tin and 'thought' I translated it ok. Seems not, one little word I was not sure of so resorted to Google translate. It says, the paint adheres very well and in most cases there is no requirement to sand the surface!!!!!  I have tested it on the 4ft high glass door front that I almost dropped getting off single handed and had yet to sand. It works. Oh well, hopefully a better finish will be achieved with all my hard work.

Jenny   

 

Ooops. I have (among other things) a couple of these to remove broken or worn screws. Your local ferragens will have it. Always worth a try before getting the drillbits out.

Google remove a damaged screw from wood and you'll see how it should work and if there are any alternatives in your case.

 

wim

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Supposed to be receiving a delivery of settee and dining room suite yesterday.

 

Van arrived showed driver where the settee and dining room suite were to go.

 

"Dining room suite?" says the driver. "There is no dining room suite on board just a settee."

 

Driver checked and told me "Dining room suite is late from the manufacturers and will be delivered on 10th."

 

Dohhh!

 

Allan

 

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Yesterday, my dog knocked my helper's phone out of his hands and broke it.  Today, I heard from my friend who also employs him that the phone fell on the floor in front of her and basically had the same damage on Friday.   This was after I gave him my Huawei Y7 2018 phone and brought a Huawei Y7 2019 (on sale) for myself and spent the better part of the evening setting the new phone up.. 

 

My friend and I reconstructed what had happened.  She saw it fall and saw the damage on Friday.  I saw my dog knock it out of his hands on Saturday, but hadn't seen it before he showed me the damage.   Since the helper had offered two weeks of free dog walking (more than I would have asked for the phone as a used sale), I settled for one week to pay part of the phone and some stern glances.  He didn't quibble.   He'd done a lot for me on Saturday so wasn't hurting for money, and did a number of errands for my friend today.   Both of us are hiring his father to do some metal work for us. 

 

I was able to get an open box for less than the sale price, 7500 Cordobas, which is $214.0617 in US money.   I had looked at the phone a few days earlier, and the regular price was around $230 US on discount for a sealed box.  The saleman said they were identical phones, just that one was discounted a bit more.   Nothing appears to be wrong with it after some bad moments with a micro SD memory card that needed to have the contacts cleaned.   My British friend even wondered if it was repossessed since the store sells items with weekly or monthly payments.  Glad I got the stimulus money deposited. 

 

So, not fun, and he knows we talk about him, so....   Hard to be really angry though.  

 

It is amazing how good cell phone cameras are these days.   They don't replace full frame cameras, but they do replace point and shoots.   Next step is to set it up to share messages with my Windows 10 laptop and Phone Companion.

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phones, not cameras. :)
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On 01/08/2020 at 16:26, Mr Standfast said:

So, anybody taking any pictures?

 

A few, had some time waiting for a train in Newcastle and was able to get some shots of Grainger Town stone buildings without the customary crowds, still had to clone out a few  folk however.

 

The Mrs, forever restless, organised a couple of pre-booked trips to English Heritage properties. One I had not previously visited, the Roman fort at Corbridge, and I have some photos to upload. It's amazing what they have uncovered there. The other was a small castle in Northumberland, but I've snapped it in the past and couldn't find any inspiration for new photos. One good thing, it tanked down with rain, but just after as we made it to the shelter of the building.

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On 01/08/2020 at 22:57, wiskerke said:

 

Ooops. I have (among other things) a couple of these to remove broken or worn screws. Your local ferragens will have it. Always worth a try before getting the drillbits out.

Google remove a damaged screw from wood and you'll see how it should work and if there are any alternatives in your case.

 

wim

Many thanks Wim, I will investigate 
Jenny

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Cats can be fussy over their food, and this morning Brán wouldn't eat any of the multiple variations of tinned cat food we keep for these occasions. Luckily he will always eat his biscuits. I suspect it will be a day or too before he accepts a particular tinned food again. I just hate the waste.

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A bookcase shelf collapsed last night. I just watched it go, watcha gonna do? Get in the way?

The books didn't mind much, they transitioned to a stable 2 configuration after all. The worst thing was the dust.

It had happened about 10 years ago, same shelf, same books, except that time I lost a lot of 78s. A plastic support peg sheared. You 'd think I'd have repaired it properly with screws, but no. Just more pegs.

It's screwed on now. And quite a few books aren't going back, it's the recycling bin for them

Unless anyone wants a copy of "Children on a Farm", Encyclopedia Britannica, 1962, or a 1959 edition of Vogel's Inorganic Analysis. And a cat calendar.

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5 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

A bookcase shelf collapsed last night. I just watched it go, watcha gonna do? Get in the way?

The books didn't mind much, they transitioned to a stable 2 configuration after all. The worst thing was the dust.

It had happened about 10 years ago, same shelf, same books, except that time I lost a lot of 78s. A plastic support peg sheared. You 'd think I'd have repaired it properly with screws, but no. Just more pegs.

It's screwed on now. And quite a few books aren't going back, it's the recycling bin for them

Unless anyone wants a copy of "Children on a Farm", Encyclopedia Britannica, 1962, or a 1959 edition of Vogel's Inorganic Analysis. And a cat calendar.

 

I would take a couple of pictures: books on a pile; in the bin; in the trunk; pile of books in front of local charity; maybe even burning one or two.

Shredding the cat calendar for cat litter would also be an option. Or a dog chewing on a portrait of a cat.

The Encyclopedia Britannica could lend itself to lots of visual fun as well: a paper plane from a Wright brothers page; all sorts of images on a pin stuck into a map; on a bamboo skewer stuck into a modern version of the illustrated thing. Just held in front of the camera with the modern thing in the background. In the hand; on a skewer; held by someone else in Michael Portillo style. Wrap your sandwich; fish; fish and chips; flower bulbs in a page. Have fun with a funnel and pages being poured into someone's head; ear-in ear-out; the bin. Illustrate mansplaining with pages; whole book; the entire Encyclopedia coming out of a man's mouth. Oops. Good you're a man too. Cheers!

 

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Just now, wiskerke said:

 

I would take a couple of pictures: books on a pile; in the bin; in the trunk; pile of books in front of local charity; maybe even burning one or two.

Shredding the cat calendar for cat litter would also be an option. Or a dog chewing on a portrait of a cat.

The Encyclopedia Britannica could lend itself to lots of visual fun as well: a paper plane from a Wright brothers page; all sorts of images on a pin stuck into a map; on a bamboo skewer stuck into a modern version of the illustrated thing. Just held in front of the camera with the modern thing in the background. In the hand; on a skewer; held by someone else in Michael Portillo style. Wrap your sandwich; fish; fish and chips; flower bulbs in a page. Have fun with a funnel and pages being poured into someone's head; ear-in ear-out; the bin. Illustrate mansplaining with pages; whole book; the entire Encyclopedia coming out of a man's mouth. Oops. Good you're a man too. Cheers!

 

wim

Not one picture. Didn't think of it. It's that bad.

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4 minutes ago, wiskerke said:

 

I would take a couple of pictures: books on a pile; in the bin; in the trunk; pile of books in front of local charity; maybe even burning one or two.

Shredding the cat calendar for cat litter would also be an option. Or a dog chewing on a portrait of a cat.

The Encyclopedia Britannica could lend itself to lots of visual fun as well: a paper plane from a Wright brothers page; all sorts of images on a pin stuck into a map; on a bamboo skewer stuck into a modern version of the illustrated thing. Just held in front of the camera with the modern thing in the background. In the hand; on a skewer; held by someone else in Michael Portillo style. Wrap your sandwich; fish; fish and chips; flower bulbs in a page. Have fun with a funnel and pages being poured into someone's head; ear-in ear-out; the bin. Illustrate mansplaining with pages; whole book; the entire Encyclopedia coming out of a man's mouth. Oops. Good you're a man too. Cheers!

 

wim

 

But . . . but . . . I read virtual books these days. ??? I got an exciting image yesterday: a guy looking at his smartphone. 

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1 hour ago, spacecadet said:

A bookcase shelf collapsed last night. I just watched it go, watcha gonna do? Get in the way?

The books didn't mind much, they transitioned to a stable 2 configuration after all. The worst thing was the dust.

 


Yes. I wear a high grade dust mask if I go to dig out one of the few remaining, exposed physical books on my book cases. Most of my fairly large collection of books lives in boxes and most only very rarely if ever see the light any more apart from a few Photoshop and Lightroom books although these have been superseded by later Kindle versions that I read on my iPad. If I don’t wear a dust mask then I pay dearly. 
 

Except for a few really high quality photo books dating way back, I do not miss physical books at all really. So here I am lying on my couch, iPad in one hand, reading about the demise of the high street and the incredible growth of Amazon (who own Kindle needless to say). The pandemic is of course hastening the decline of the high street. What to do? I am very happy having my entire current library in my hand. Should I but another Kindle book? A new pair of shoes? Take a selfie? We are living in extraordinary times. 

 

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On 01/08/2020 at 13:51, Ed Rooney said:

I was born in Brooklyn, NY, but all my ancestors were all Irish. And I have an Irish passport in my pocket. Potato problems make me nervous. 

 

I do hope you are not saying that being born in Brooklyn NY was a bad thing.😰

 

Allan

 

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24 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

 

I do hope you are not saying that being born in Brooklyn NY was a bad thing.😰

 

Allan

 

 

No Allan,  Edo is clearly referring to the Irish Potato Famine. While it might seem oversensitive on my part, I think jokes about disasters where over a million people died of starvation, primarily because of the greed of the ruling classes, are in bad taste. Similarly jokes about Irish stone walls do not go down too well with me as you might remember. Why stone walls one might ask? Well many of the stone walls in Ireland were built during the famine as relief projects in order that the starving native men who built them could be paid a pittance to keep them alive. Some would consider this to be the next step up from slavery. As a rich land-owning laird once said to me in all seriousness, there was no famine relief in those days (the 1840s).

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Yes, The Great Hunger. I've read the books. I'm sure Allan meant no harm, but it's a very dark subject for the Irish. 

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2 hours ago, MDM said:

 

No Allan,  Edo is clearly referring to the Irish Potato Famine. While it might seem oversensitive on my part, I think jokes about disasters where over a million people died of starvation, primarily because of the greed of the ruling classes, are in bad taste. Similarly jokes about Irish stone walls do not go down too well with me as you might remember. Why stone walls one might ask? Well many of the stone walls in Ireland were built during the famine as relief projects in order that the starving native men who built them could be paid a pittance to keep them alive. Some would consider this to be the next step up from slavery. As a rich land-owning laird once said to me in all seriousness, there was no famine relief in those days (the 1840s).

We still have one of those English Families (there are several others near here with the same attitude) living in my village. The land they have was given by Cromwell for "suppressing" the local population. The house is surrounded with a large stone wall (even got an electric gate fitted), they have no interaction with the village as such, sent their children away to private school (the local primary is renowned for being excellent). They come in my local pub about once a year when the daughter is home on school holiday and pretend to be "local", basically ignored by everybody, that them and us attitude still goes in here.   

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