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  1. Presguy

    Hot Cop...

    Yeah... the whole situation could be judged either way in hindsight. Like you say - could've > didn't > thankfully worked out for the best. I'm sure we both have guesses to all the potential outcomes.
  2. Presguy

    Hot Cop...

    No joke. About 4 years ago I had the bad luck of being toned on a domestic where a guy went after mom+dad with a knife. By (bad) luck, I happened to be about 30 seconds away when the tone hit - so I got there just in time to see him coming out the front door. Quickly turned in to a pretty good fight (as he jammed the knife into his waist after being drawn on). Got him cuffed and into the back of my car just as my Lt came rolling up - he was the second on scene, and arrived in no particular hurry despite me calling out the fight. I'm standing there, in a half demolished, bloody uniform. His very first words were "Where's your hat? You need to be wearing your hat". And he subsequently wrote me up for it. He never could figure out why nobody wanted to be on his shift or work with him.
  3. I'm in the middle of doing a "light" renovation of my kitchen - the goal is to update it, without spending a ton of money, since I only plan to stay in the house a few more years. I've got older, white, 4"x4" tile countertops that are in good shape, but look really dated. I don't really want to spend the money on new counters, and had planned on just regrouting them to freshen things up. The painter working today says he's seen some that have been recoated with a thick epoxy type coating that's then worked to look like stone during the application process - he's gonna get me the name of a contractor who does that work. On one hand, some of the pictures and youtube videos I've seen make it look like a really nice finished product. On the other hand, I have a mental hangup about how good a painted/coated tile counter can look. Has anyone ever tried something like this, or has any first hand experience?
  4. Presguy

    Hot Cop...

    Followed shortly by uniform/supply refusing to replace the smoke damaged uniform. The dept denying is workers comp claim for injury. And him getting written up and time off for acting outside policy. Not that I'm speaking from experience. Nope. Not me.
  5. Right - if you can get into the garage. In the case of my garage, the only way in is through the roll up door. So if the power goes out, with the door shut, there's no easy way in to pull that cable. The one time it happened to me, and I needed to get the car out, I had to make a long fish hook from a coathanger, wedge it over the top of the door, fish the cable, and pull. In my old house I took the handle off the pull rope, specifically to keep someone from breaking in that way. But in this house, that would leave me without a way in.
  6. I ran into the same dilemma a few years ago, after inheriting several old albums of family photos. Granted, I only had to deal with photo paper, in pretty common sizes - not drawings, documents, etc. At that point I already had a pretty hefty scanner at home - a small office size Epson unit with an automatic sheet feeder, and I really thought about doing the work myself. After playing around with it for an evening, looking at the quality of the scans, the effort of trying to stack everything, etc - I decided it wasn't worth it to do it myself. I ended up finding a GroupOn for a service (I think it was ScanMyPhotos, but can double check if need be). I paid for, IIRC, a 2000 photo scan package, and they sent both a CD and a flash drive of the photos. Then I ran into the same issue as you - trying to categorize, sort, and rename them all. I know there's photo management software that can help in the process, but I didn't want to deal with a proprietary file structure that might not be usable after 10 or more years, and wanted to keep them all as JPGs, since that's been an enduring file format for at least 20 years now. In the end, I uploaded them all to a Google cloud drive, and deal with them basically "as I have time". If I'm stuck on a plane, or waiting for someone, I just pull out my Chromebook and can usually sort about 100-150 per hour, giving them all names, and dropping them in catergorized folders. Since many of the photos are family, some of the folders I've shared with my sister, etc, so they can view the pictures as well. The backup CDs I keep locked up, just in case there's every a cloud issue.
  7. My garage door opener is ancient, and probably not much longer for this world. I've also got a very low ceiling in the garage, and because there's no connecting door to the house a power outage means I'm effectively locked out of the garage. Looking at replacements, I knew that units with battery backups were becoming pretty common. But apparently you can now buy wallmount (jackshaft) units, which go alongside the door. That'd be great in my garage to make more headroom. The only downside appears to be the need to install a new electric outlet next to the door, and run a few other bits of control wiring. Anyone have any experience with or thoughts on these? The model I'm looking at is this: https://www.liftmaster.com/liftmaster-8500w-wall-mount-opener/p/8500W
  8. You joke - but you know that's actually a thing? Waffle House has put so much effort into a resilent supply and operations system that FEMA actually has, and uses the "Waffle House Index" to determine: "As Craig [Fugate] often says, the Waffle House test doesn’t just tell us how quickly a business might rebound – it also tells us how the larger community is faring. The sooner restaurants, grocery and corner stores, or banks can re-open, the sooner local economies will start generating revenue again – signaling a stronger recovery for that community. The success of the private sector in preparing for and weathering disasters is essential to a community’s ability to recover in the long run. — Dan Stoneking, FEMA News of the Day – What do Waffle Houses Have to Do with Risk Management?" Sourced from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waffle_House_Index , although it's pretty commonly cited in both business/supply chain texts and emergency management guides.
  9. Glad it worked for you. Worth noting that more and more modern cars - including some mainstream brands - are now coming with laminated side windows. That means some, or all, of the side windows will be made with laminated/safety glass - just like the windshield. It will still probably crack when hit with a glass breaker, but will stay in place. You may have to crack the glass more than once, and then push/pull on the broken sheet to remove it from the frame. Here's a list of models (you can see it's pretty long) which have laminated side glass: https://www.aaa.com/AAA/common/AAR/files/Laminated-Glass-Vehicle-List.pdf And here's an article (there are many) on the awareness needed by first reponders: https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/investigations/10-investigates/laminated-car-glass-how-theyre-a-boon-for-safety-but-a-concern-for-rescuers/67-459958218 (You can google "laminated side windows first responders" and find more articles with more or less depth on the topic)
  10. Shoe trees do help - a couple years ago I picked up several sets of Allen Edmonds brand ones on a Black Friday sale for something like 50% off. Might be worth checking out in a few days to see if they do it again.
  11. I recognized that bread right away. I've picked it up from my god daughters play kitchen about 100 times, along with the "sliced" tomato and little milk bottles.
  12. Great.. now you've got me browsing eBay for old Archer/Radio Shack and Heath/Zenith kits. It's funny - I never went too far down the curve with getting into electronic engineering curve - not beyond the basics of circuits, a few components, and soldering. I do remember those kits having a direct influence on me getting my first job in high school, though - at a Radio Shack. I spent so much time in the local store I knew the manager, and he "helped" me through applying.
  13. After having several Keurigs go out on them, I bought my parents a "commercial" model - like the ones Keurig sells for offices and hotels. It notably heavier than similar size home models, and has held up for them a lot better. It wasn't even that much more expensive - came from a nearby restaurant supply.
  14. When I was a little kid I went on a weekend trip with my dad. He bought me one of those springboard crystal radio kits for me to build in the car. I remember once we got to the hotel using the drain pipe under the sink for the ground wire.
  15. It'd be tough. I wouldn't miss social media at all - I'm a light user and would be fine. But for life and work? I'd have to re-learn how to do lots of things, and be notably less efficient. Email has replaced probably 75% of phone calls, going back to using the phone would really change workflow. And, depending on how you mean "internet", you might mean phone calls (VoIP) going out as well. Little stuff - like using Google to get a store's hours. Sure, I could use a phone book, call them, etc. But, that turns a 5 second task into a three minute one, and changes the depth of research you do on lots of topics. I remember how to look stuff up at a library, but the *volume* of casual questions that get solved online every day is probably 100x what one might have done in the days before online searches. Shopping would be hugely different for me. A lot of what I buy, aside from groceries, is online. I live by a big city - I could at least find what I needed locally. But for many, online shopping has meant the closure of local stores - and simply getting many products would become a lot more difficult for that one month. And those are just a few examples from a personal use perspective. I'm assuming all those stores were even able to operate in the first place. Without internet, goods transportation becomes harder, utility operation and billing changes, just about every aspect of the logistics and supply chain would stop. Media would stop - cable and newswires are all transmitted over the internet, so newspapers wouldn't remain available either. Your AM and FM radio, before it's sent over the air, is probably moved as an IP stream at some point. Even if you, personally, don't consider yourself a big internet user, you can't deny that moving data has become essential to just about everything. It's a fascinating thought exercise - keeping the internet up is a major factor in our (and any nation's) cyber security priorities, and I'm sure many volumes have been written on this exact question. I honestly think that, an internet outage would be more disruptive than an electricity or water one. We can produce backup electricity locally and ship water - but you can't generate and share data in one spot.
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