Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Local News

Been in Odessa from last Thursday until yesterday and getting back here was HELL. I'd gotten used to sleeping in air conditioned comfort and in a real comfortable bed. When I got back here it was 100 degrees and very little wind. Its supposed to be hotter today according to Nick. It was after midnight before it cooled down in here enough to sleep. To add insult to injury there is a really bad fly problem area wide down here and they are the real pesky type!

I should be getting one of the grant septic systems before long so need to add a bathroom to the cabin. Will be nice to have indoor plumbing, but it will mean getting more watter hauled. I now have enough solar to run a small refrigerated AC in the cabin during the days when it is finished. That will be awful nice to.

The arm is doing so so. Gives me a lot of pain at times and feels pretty good at others. Got about 3 1/2 more weeks to wear the damn cast. Hopefully by then if there is problems I'll be back in the VA system so they can deal with it??? I sent the last paper work off yesterday.

In other news the Grub Shack has been sold now that its operational again. Jerry and Eva are moving out of the area. Looks like the GS is in good hands though and the food is still great. Its also open 6 days a week instead of 5.

The Legion is now closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays until the end of summer, but at least it and the GS both sell ice and at least one will be open where we can get ice 7 days a week without having to drive all the way to Study Butte.

Sorry no pix this time. Just news.

30 comments:

  1. what is a "grant septic system"?

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  2. Every so often the state issues a grant for free septic systems down here to get people to upgrade their now illegal human waste systems to septic systems. I think you have to have lived here for so long and have an income less than the max allowed income to qualify. In my case I meet those requirements. However, the taxes go up some once you get the septic system. You also can't sell the place for something like 3 years after getting the septic system.

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  3. Nice...probably a $6-10k addition to your estate...is it a conventional or an aerobic system?

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  4. Its a conventional system. I think the installer charges about 10K for a non-grant system, but he does the grant systems for about 8K from what I hear because he gets so many. No telling when or if another grant will come out though so I want to get one while I can.

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  5. AC and indoor plumbing... you will be chasing the women away!

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  6. I suspect it will work right the opposite. Especially in the summer and winter. Speaking of summer it was 106 in the It'll Du about an hour ago.

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  7. But it's a dry heat.

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  8. Yeah 4% right now and if you have wind blowing on you and are in the shade it isn't too bad. I'm using a fan out in front of the cabin. Too damned hot to stay in here for long. Or run the computer for long either.

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  9. Hey Tffnguy

    Its captain crunch down in South Texas.

    I know what the heat is like being from El Paso. The hard part is the dryness this time of year. I've gotten used to 90 percent humidity down here in the tropics. One thing I do miss is the water droplets the swamp coolers put out. I remember standing in front of a swamp cooler vent feeling the cool mist.

    Now I'm down here were nothing ever drys out and mold, mildew is everywhere.

    For your new house, maybe you can bribe John Wells with beer and women to help you build a solar powered swamp cooler. Maybe we can find some women from Columbia we can import to Terlingua. (secret service escort service, get it)

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  10. Here's a look at my greenhouse swamp cooler reading right now in Central Texas. The outside temp is 88F with low humidity. Cools down to 75F and adds humidity, great for plants but I like freon based AC for humans.

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  11. CC, its 9:30 here right now and still 95 degrees in here. Even with low humidity that is brutal when you are tryind to sleep. or it is for me anyway. I'm not planning to fix the evap because it uses too much water, but I may change my mind as it gets hotter, Its too hot for this old computer to run for long so no movies tonight.

    rj, evaps are cool when you have a steady supply of good water, but I don't.

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  12. Freon based will actually make water for you. In some homes here an AC will make 12-20 gallons a day!

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  13. Yeah, but don't use it for drinking water.

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  14. You need it for your indoor plumbing

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  15. Such a small window unit wouldn't put out much especially with low humidity. Also today's window units use the condensation to cool the condenser to get higher efficiency so most of it gets re-evaporated.

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  16. Guess i missed where you got a cast on your arm, but,,,GREAT. Sure it's misery now tho, heat and all.

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  17. TnT, a few weeks back I was standing on the second from the top rung of a 6 fool later working on the cabin. the ladder collapsed dumping me and my left arm got broken in the fall.

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  18. My Obama poop tank was $7,200.00, you can't sell for one year or else you have to pay for the poop tank and it doesn't really matter because there's no water to flush with anyway. The end is near!

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  19. Bkid, I've seen people do the freebies, sell and move on. I thought it was 3 years. Doesn't matter to me because I'm here to the end.

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  20. What a shame you had to go back home after enjoying the benefits of A/C and a real comfortable bed.

    Hope the arm gets to feeling better but I had a question...how come you can remove the cast and adjust it yourself?

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  21. I can not believe Jerry and Eva would decide to sell after all they have gone through with the GS this past year.

    Did Betty the original owner buy it back? In either case I am glad you have a nearby place to eat and/or get ice.

    Take care.

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  22. MsB, the cast is some kind if split splint deal. they took it out of a long sealed package and it was damp with something. He folded it around mt elbow and then covered my arm on two sides and then applied stretch bandages all over it. it hardened fast after that. The stretch bandages can be removed and the splint pried apart enough for me to get my arm out. At first it was so tight it was cutting off circulation and my fingers and hand were swelling and turning blue. I loosened them and that helped.

    According to what I've heard Eva has a sick relative that she needs to take care of. Don't know if you know Tyra (sp?) or not, but her and her boyfriend are the people that bought the GS.

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    1. Guess I had never heard of those cast before but then again I would have no reason to and hopefully will never have to learn first hand.

      I have heard of a lady named Tyra but I have never met her. Does she not own a restaurant already?

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  23. They told me one year, that's why I didn't get serious about selling mine. The year is up now so ...

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  24. Enjoy your free Obama money now because one day we are going to put a stop to all the free loaders.

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  25. Yeah, but then someone is going to get it whether I do or not. I still haven't got one and am not holding my breath until I do. too many BS restrictions.

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  26. Anonymous, that is not fair. David is a good guy (not a freeloader). Those septic systems are NOT free. You pay them back in increased land taxes.

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  27. MsB, she was managing the ghost town saloon, but its now closed for the summer.

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  28. Some good news. I really like the idea of running an A/C off of solar power. Kind of like telling the sun "Hey, go stick it!". Best of luck with the septic, the cabin, the A/C, and most especially the arm.

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  29. Swamp coolers do a decent job most of the time, but with the lousy water down here they don't survive well. I now have enough solar to run a refrigerated unit during the day, but will have to get more batteries to run it at night.

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