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Boo for fireplaces without doors!

January 9, 2009 11:33 AM 1/9/09

So the fireplace kept us warm until the power back on but since we have only screens and not glass doors I had to stay up with it until I was sure it was burnt enough to not pop something onto the carpet. (Fireplace doors have suddenly moved up the list but not too far as spring will be here before you know it.)

Anyway that made me tired so I left later than usual and thus hit traffic making the drive to work longer thus making me even more tired.

On top of it it was snowing and only half plowed everywhere. Yuck.

Aruba. Aruba is nice...

Anyway we’re in for more snow over the weekend. It’s supposed to come in shifts of 4 inches each. Which means I once again plow and shovel about once an hour until it’s over.

Trying to change our spending habits because we’re falling into a spending trap again. It’s not nasty but we pre-spent a bit during Christmas and I want to put an end to that. Unless my wife overrules me I’m going to happily pay off the personal loan in the credit union and then start accumulating savings. We’re still discussing it. I suppose I could pay off part of it now then wait until later to pay off the rest of it. Frankly though I want the debt gone.

That said I can see her point about wanting a buffer in the accounts but if we are careful that will happen naturally. Much thought is required on this subject...

Rescuing an AT&T 3B1 system from a local person today. It’s small and I wanted to make sure it went to a good home so I volunteered to pick it up myself. I will likely keep it but if I find a better home for it over time that will be okay too.

The power outage last night left me thinking more about how better to run things in the house. I can still reduce my number of servers but it’s going to take work to do that. I think at this point it would be more beneficial to me to get another SmartUPS or something and split the load down there. Those systems should really run more than half an hour on the UPS as they pull so little power.

Lots of things to do...

Interestingly I met a couple of kids last night while out walking to see how far the power outage spread. I talked to them at length and though they were pretty young they seemed to have a clue as to what was going on in the big picture so to speak. That gives me a great amount of hope. I’m happy to see people of that type but seeing them with a clue while they’re young is so much better.

I really hope society doesn’t beat that out of them...

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Jan. 10th, 2009 09:09 am (UTC)
Battery backup power only really serves to give you time to run around shutting all the systems down gracefully. I want a generator that automagically kicks in when the grid fails on me. (Working in radio left me rather spoiled about that.) And I want it big enough so that it doesn't just keep the computers and peripherals powered up - I want it to run the A/C in the summer, and the igniters and circulating pumps for the heat in the winter. (And the fridge. And normal lighting and other household stuff.) And it should have at least two days' worth of fuel.... *wanders off muttering*
Jan. 10th, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
I'm still working on the idea of multiple micro-generation sources at home. If I can do that then power outages become something my neighbors deal with not me. ;-)
Jan. 13th, 2009 10:35 am (UTC)
My house is on a very small piece of land, with other houses close by on all sides, so wind power would be a problem. Sunshine in the NY metropolitan area is a fickle thing at best, generally shining only when it causes maximum inconvenience. What else is there?

I don't even own this place - I only rent. I wish I could buy it, then make a number of important improvements. For one thing, it's a semi-converted beach bungalow, inadequately insulated and full of drafts; when the outside temperature is below freezing, especially if it's also windy, i can't get the downstairs temperature above 62° F. no matter how high i set the thermostat. My gas bill is beginning to resemble the National Debt. Conversely, there's no ventilation upstairs, with only one window for the whole area, and we have to use window A/C units in each room. The upstairs is a partially finished attic, with a black roof right on top. If I won the lottery, I'd add insulation, re-do the windows, and maybe even replace the baseboard heating with a forced-air HVAC system. I'd put on a light grey roof - I did that in the previous house I lived in, and it made a big difference - and find some way to add an attic fan. The wiring needs upgrading, too. Oh, and the building needs to be jacked level; my computer chair (and anything else loose) rolls downhill towards the front of the house when nothing's stopping it.

Meanwhile, I'm not sure I can even pay my rent on time... *sigh*
Jan. 13th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
Our house being built in the 50's has similar issues. I don't want to but we might have to tear into the walls to insulate if for some reason they can't blow it in.

I hear ya on the money thing...
Jan. 14th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
You don't know the half of it... I just don't write about it in public...
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