September 01, 2014 - Msg 98910: ...And what would happen to the birds & squirrels? Where would they go? Who would feed them? I agree, I think it better for you to stay. (not being pushy, but just my opinion) Now if you could just get someone to take care of the "cement pond" next door at the Clampets...Ha!


September 01, 2014 - Msg 98911: HA! That's right, G-F. I've got these critters so spoiled, they'd be ringing the doorbell if someone else moved in here. As for the Clampett's cement pond next door (love it!) it's been cleaned up. I didn't have to call - the folks on the other side did. I figured they would. They're the neighborhood watchdogs, and can always be counted on to "call the man." They're an odd mix of neighborhood busybody, buttinsky, and (I think)nice folks. Less than a month after Dale passed, I was out on my driveway one morning, and the wife came down and said she'd like to talk to me. Here's what she said, as I recall: "My husband and I were talking, and we want to make you an offer. I don't know what your financial situation is now, but we'd be happy to pay half of the cost, if you'll allow your cottonwood tree to be removed." Me: "I beg your pardon?" She: "Well, they're a neighborhood nuisance. You have five of them, and we're tired of having our a/c unit clog up all the time, so we think you should take them down. (Long pause during which I just stood and looked at her, trying to decide whether to bother to answer or just walk away before I put a knot on her head. Finally, I said, "Thank you, but no. First of all, only three of the trees make cotton. These two out front here are males. Second, it would cost approximately $10k to have those three huge trees out back removed. Third, if the trees came down, my back yard would have almost zero shade, and would be a baking desert. Fourth, if mine came down, your a/c would still be clogged, because the cotton that clogs it comes off the five trees directly behind your house, on the next street. The prevailing south wind carries the cotton from my trees to my front yard and across the street. And fifth, while I appreciate your kind offer, there is no way I would allow you to spend $5k on my trees. I can and would handle my own expenses. Thank you for your offer and your suggestions, but my trees will remain."

They have money to burn apparently (they drive two new Hummers), and I really want to think that her offer, while clumsy, was kindly meant. She knew I was suddenly alone, and saw an opportunity to get something she wanted and help me at the same time. It didn't work, though. They do come in handy, though. When the folks down the street have their back yard cantina going, and it gets too loud, pretty soon a squad car comes cruising by, stops, and things quiet down. I know who called, and it wasn't me. Even nosy neighbors come in handy at times.

Well, I'm about to head over to Eloise's. The kids will be there, Jerry's putting something on the grill, I'm taking a fruit salad, and we'll have a nice evening. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

September 01, 2014 - Msg 98912: Just remember the first one up in the morning has to wake up Asa, you may need a spatula to get him out of his hammock though....
Yep, Romeena every neighborhood has a Gladys Kravis. Good on you for holding your ground (not that I doubted you would) haha You should told her she was cruisin' for a bruisin' as MDC put it.
MDC, I forgot to tell you that was a favorite saying of my brother so I guess it is an all across the nation saying. Sorta like getting a "knuckle sammich"? He used that one too...

SPOT & Possum, Mayberry Days is coming fast, you guys still on for the trip?


September 02, 2014 - Msg 98913:
Wow! Happy September all! We're still in the 100s, but the new AC doing good.
Maybe I could come help ASA dig up every "T" in Utah! ha
RO--I'm kinda like that neighbor of yours, but in a different way. If any graffiti appears anywhere
I am out with my trusty assortment of colors, and it's gone! The neighbors know it, and often call me now instead of the city. I am determined to keep our area free of that! But that's me. There is a rental three houses down, and one day a junk car ended up on their driveway. I let it be for a week, then called the city and the owner.
It was gone the next week. We have no hoa, and I dont like them much anyways, but our city is real good at keeping the town looking good.
Well, didnt mean to go one, sorry.
BOO-glad Sean has his sights all set now. He can get certificates in various aspects of auto repair
and make some good money.
Prayers for all,

September 02, 2014 - Msg 98914:
GF--I know what's comin'...No, Mrs Lush did not drop off that car! haha

September 02, 2014 - Msg 98915: Good morning, porch! MDC, I'm right there with you. If something is trashing the neighborhood, or threatening health or safety, I will report it. However, it's rarely necessary for me to do it, because of the lady I mentioned, and the one across the street from me as well. Both of them are just a bit quicker with the phone than I am, so I let them do it. Like you, I'm no fan of HOAs - I think they often wield more power than they should. Properly administered, they can be okay, but they can get ridiculous, and they're notorious for changing the rules at the whim of the board members. Personally, we don't have one in my neighborhood, but then, we don't need one. We have my two neighbors, and me for backup!

Well, better run. I have to go to the bank, the grocery store, make two home health visits, and finish getting the house in shape for company. My kids aren't exactly "company" but I don't want them to think mom is slipping, and start looking at brochures for places named "Golden Acres" or "Shady Rest." Hahaha!

Later, taters. --Romeena

September 02, 2014 - Msg 98916: Romeena, Mayberry Manor may be ok though? Today I bought one of those ceramic frying pans, since you gave it you seal of approval I thought I would try it. (I opted out of the "Eggstractor") thought I'd let Asa try it first.

MDC, "Exactiliso" as you say on message #98914 Are you also saying you are a "graffiti exterminator" that is AWSOME! I bet you were the Art teachers pet...haha Good on ya, just watch out for those boys who put it there. Their "tag" could make you a target for a bruisin' (not being funny) I had to deal with that problem working in the Public Housing business. Yep, scary world out there.


September 02, 2014 - Msg 98917: G F stop scary everyone on on the porch

September 02, 2014 - Msg 98918: where is every one
Maybe all the rain wash you away


September 02, 2014 - Msg 98919:
GF--I WAS the art teacher! ha (Well, after school
I did some art with students who wanted to give it a go.)
As for worrying, I always do removal, or cover up,
very quickly, discretely, and during the day.
Also, I should state that we don't really have that much. Maybe one incident every couple months.
TOM- good to see you. Please send us your rain,
and keep your head down, it looks like a bad forecast for your area.
RO--I will promise that we wont loosen any wheelchair bolts or wax the steps! ha
YEA! TAGS is on ME-TV and they're showing the whole of episodes! But they moved my Rifleman to earlier in the day.
Well friends, prayers for our world once again.
These guys are worse than the romans! Lord be with us, and all the families of so many!

September 03, 2014 - Msg 98920: MDC, I like the Rifleman too. They show Jonny Crawford (today) in some of the promo's....He's not a kid anymore...Wonder what causes that?...Ha!
I bet you showed the guy across the street from me how to camouflage his jeep and boat, he did a such good job, I can never tell whether he is home or not....Now if he could just do something about his "yapping dogs"..

Did some one wake up Asa? He has not checked in since the long holiday week-end...Maybe he went AWOL from ditch diggin'....


September 03, 2014 - Msg 98921: ...Another thing, I forgot to tell Romeena she better watch out for her "Neighborhood Organizers" Look what happened to the last one Ha!...G-F again

September 03, 2014 - Msg 98922: Morning porch dwellers. hope everyone is well this Wednesday morning. at work and getting my day started.

Having both last Friday and Labor Day Monday off has messed me up this week. can't figure out what day it is.

had a good week end though. spent time with the family which is always good.

I have a couple of pray requests, one for my Deacon family at church. They last their 46 year old son in a very tragic way yesterday. They are both stunned and devastated and my heart goes out to them. Please remember this dear family.

My other requests are unspoken requests for a friend of mine and one for me. I would appreciate it very much.

well on to breakfast: pancakes with maple syrup, sausage or bacon, eggs your way. coffee tea, orange juice, milk with nestles quick if you want it. I already brought in the paper!

Everyone have a blessed day.
Big Maude

September 03, 2014 - Msg 98923: Good day my friends. Yessir GF, Back to work today after a 4 day weekend. Nice to take a break for sure. I haven't trouble checked the troubled area yet, but I will drive over there sometime today and get it checked out. If I see another leak I just may holler "SHAKEDOWN" and go home. :)

Prayers for those you requested on Big Maude, for sure. Thanks for the fine breakfast. And I join MDC in prayers for a troubled world. What a mess!

Sure is nice to see TAGS on METV. I have been watching them on my DVD's, but it's good to see them on tv just the same. I heard they will also be showing Mayberry RFD. I hope so. Be nice to see those.

Well Boo, we are back in the 90's here today. Just thought I better tell you that. :)

Guess I better get rolling. Busy time of the year for me.

Prayers for all.


September 03, 2014 - Msg 98924: Asa, Be sure when you drive over to the troubled area today to check for leaks, you be sure to wear your "Obama Rose Colored Glasses", then everything will be ok! Sorry, I could not help myself...AGAIN!

Prayers for Maude too....G-F

September 03, 2014 - Msg 98925:
MAUDie--prayers, you bet. So sorry for your church friends. Other intentions too. Thanks for the vittles, it was nice eatin without the spoon on my knuckles! :)
ASA- hang in there buddy.

September 04, 2014 - Msg 98926:
S--L--O--W day on the porch! Hope everyone is OK.

September 04, 2014 - Msg 98927: You're not very far from the truth, G-F. Not far a'tol.

Prayers for your friends, family, and you, Big Maude.

Still mulling over whether to change Kai's homeschool curriculum. It's not only about the science course they use, even though we just went through another problem that seemingly doesn't make sense. I am going to have to check those links again that Poor Horatio gave me. But it also has to do with some questionable things I have read related to their statement of faith and also their statement on Common Core Standards, and things I have read to the contrary to both of those, if I am reading them right.
If you advertise yourself as a Christian homeschool company, I don't think there should be any question about where you stand, but I find myself wondering about theirs.

Goodnight all.

-Sterling Holobyte

September 04, 2014 - Msg 98928: HEY gang...storms have been keeping me between work and sleep...sorry will catch up soon...hey G-F,SH,Boo
September 04, 2014 - Msg 98929: Well last part of post did not post...RIP Joan...SPOT

September 04, 2014 - Msg 98930:
Sterling Holobyte, regarding that science problem "that seemingly doesn't make sense", why not try running that by me to see if I can help.

from Poor Horatio

September 05, 2014 - Msg 98931: Hey y'all- G-F, I'm not sure if I'll make Mayberry Days or not. If I do it'll be last minute,on a whim (guess I won't put on clean underwear-ha!) and just drive up there and head back home later the same day. I hope I can make it,but lots of things going on and I'm just not sure at this time.

Prayers for Maude and for her friends as well.

Yep, Spotty, RIP Joan Rivers-she opened doors for many of the female comics of today and sure spoke her mind!

Have a nice night,Porch-love to all!

possum under a rock

September 05, 2014 - Msg 98932:
I saw Poor Horatio's ep on ME-TV tonight. Annabelle did a great job on her batting stance! ha But they sure went from a fancy coffee pot to
one with a saucer lid mighty fast! :)
Yes, may Joan Rivers rest in peace.
Hey to Spotty.

September 05, 2014 - Msg 98933: Wow only 3 post since I posted I missing something?..let me go back and read the archives...breakfast menu: 2 eggs your way,bisquits and gravy,country ham,smoked bacon,hashbrowns,apple rings,oj,milk,coffee....lets get out there today and act like somebody!..prayers !...SPOT

September 05, 2014 - Msg 98934: Hey, Hey, Sounds like SPOT is having a whole breakfast boofay as they say... Sign me up! (That boofay word sounds "French" hopefully he will have some of that "Frenchy" toast too and maybe a sooflay too) Thankfully like the Wakefield & Carters, Andy can speak French, so he can interpret for us.

Possum, Sometimes you just can't say enough about whims, and clean underwear is overrated...For the love of Mike, Just Do It! You'll have fun, a lot to do. Floyd usually sets up a time for a group photo shot. The parade is worth it alone...(not to speak of the "pork chop sammich" plus they have a (NC) BBQ cook-off and sell BBQ sammichs too....Have a Great day Hey Hey?


September 05, 2014 - Msg 98935: But do they have vienna sausages for 80 cents?? ha (:

September 05, 2014 - Msg 98936: I pay $.43 for veenie weenies where I'm from :/

September 05, 2014 - Msg 98937: I think Possum is just skared to go to Mayberry Days because she heard Possum poking with a stick was one of the events this year. So I don't blame her a'talll.

Ha, I love that episode and that particular line about it not being a whim if you put on clean underwear. TAGS at its best.

Sorry I missed Spots "boofay" breakfast. Sounded like pure gala. Did he have candles burning GF? Ya gotta have candles burning for it to be pure gala, and maybe even clean underwear too. Might have to study on that one.

Great week for me. I didn't have a shovel in my hands all week. No leaks, knock on wood. Or knock on PVC. Just don't knock on it to hard. :)

Well it's the end of the day and the end of the week for me. Wrap things up and go home. Been kind of feeling puny today for some reason. Hot and cold flashes and kind of tired. Better bet on my echinaisa or however you spell it. that, extra zinc, and some vitamin C usually wards off any colds if I get on it early enough. So that's the plan. Go home, take my pills, and watch some tv. Yessiree, home, pills, television....


September 05, 2014 - Msg 98938: Gimmee MY Pills! Sorry you're not feelin' up to snuff, must have been that long week-end with no diggin' that did it. Don't worry, Romeena & I each put in a nickel so your pills are covered. Except on Romeena's nickel the buffalo was facing the opposite way, or was it mine? And as Briscoe would say: "Better curb those hot flashes"!
Oh, by the way, no candles, he used road flares so I guess that counts....


September 05, 2014 - Msg 98939: Hey, porch! Sorry I've been scarce, but Robbi and Richard came in Tuesday night, and we've been having a great time. Then Gary (Robb's son) and his girlfriend got here around noon. R2 had gone to the Mecum car auction downtown, so Gary and Elaine got on the DART train and went there too. I didn't - too much walking and standing for me. Besides, I had too many errands to run. Got my hair cut, did a load of laundry, bought a few groceries, picked up my rent checks and got them in the bank, made a home health visit, dropped off a trunkful of newspapers at the Humane Society, and filled the car's gas tank. I'm home now, catching my breath. The car auction folks won't be here for another hour or so. Dinner is ready and waiting - Robbi made a huge, marvelous chicken salad this morning, and put it in the fridge to chill.

Anybody got a sure-fire suggestion for something to bait a rat trap that will really attract the critter? I've got, of all things, a RAT in my garage. Not only have I seen the chewed and shredded mess it has made, but I've actually seen it go zipping out of sight when I enter. Judging from the shredded nesting material, I'm thinking it's a female, and that's just all I need - a garage full of rat babies! I've baited my live trap with some swiss cheese, a bit of bacon and some bread crumbs, but so far it seems to prefer to rummage in the trash. I finally suspended the trash bag from a chain attached to a hook in the ceiling. I'll keep the trap baited, and eventually ....! One of us has got to go, and it ain't gonna be me!

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

September 05, 2014 - Msg 98940: Romeena, I bet PH can help, he is a wiz on finding things on the internet. It reminds me of a funny work story, I had a Maintenance man who was from Jamaica, and his writing skills were a little shaky at times. I gave him a work-order for a "mouse-in-the-house" when he completed the work and turned in his work order, he wrote on it: Went to house, stepped on mouse, poor mouse! He said: Nooo Problem Maaun! We all had a good laugh, Elijah was a good worker, just don't send him on a "bat" detail, He freeked out and ran out of the house yelling "RAT BAT! RAT BAT!".... So I knew from that time on NOT to send him on that detail. He sure was a good plasterer so he preferred to do that over chasing bats.
All the stories over 38+ years, I shoulda wrote a book...Amen Asa?


September 05, 2014 - Msg 98941:
Romeena, since you are in an area where heat is common, I would refrain from using food for bait since it can spoil fast. Because you believe the rat might be a female, why not try baiting your trap with potential nesting material such as string, yarn, thread or cotton?

from Poor Horatio

September 06, 2014 - Msg 98942: An excellent suggestion, PH. I never would have thought of that. Maybe a wad of dryer lint? It's certainly worth a try. Nesting material! Imagine that! Thank you. --Romeena

September 06, 2014 - Msg 98943: or Coumadin!! haha (Yes, RO, I know, I know! HA)
Is anyone else getting a different font now in the comments box?
For some reason it changed lately, and was just wondering if it was just my computer.
Anyone seen BOO??
We are supposed to get rain this weekend from two tropical storms off the baja coast, but so far nothing maaaun! :)

September 06, 2014 - Msg 98944: Gooooood Morrrrningg porch...time to rise and shine...almost at work till 6pm keeping lights on I hope...Boo?..hello possum,Tom,G-F,PH,MDC,Asa...and all...Romeena can you open the door to garage and get neighbor hood kids to run the critter out?...just a thought...well here goes breakfast menu: 2 eggs your way,toast,grits with cheese,country ham,bacon(limp for Romeena) and some crisp also,fried taters,bisquits and gravy,sausage pattys and links,apple rings,oj,milk,coffee...ready at 08:00 EST.....I have to-go plates for those on the run....prayers...signed:SPOT your talking dog of this here porch !

September 06, 2014 - Msg 98945: Good morning Porch. I missed Spots "boofay" breakfast yesterday, but I'm here today to make up for it. And Romeena will have some competition for that limp bacon. That's how I fancy mine as well. One of my Daughters bakes it in the oven rather than fry it. Delicious! Thanks Spot.

I'll give you an Amen on the book GF. You can be the James Herriot of the maintenance world. I remember a few years ago I asked an apprentice I was working with to go to Grainger's and buy a manometer. But I jokingly called it a "man oh meter". (I typically say stuff like that just trying to be funny) Well he didn't know any better so he went to Grainger's and told them he needed a "man oh meter". I found out later the counter folks and a few of the customers who heard him use that term got quite a laugh out of it. Happily the apprentice was good natured and didn't get upset about it.

Romeena, If it's a female rat you could try pantyhose and a Hershey's candy bar. Might work. :)

MDC, I haven't noticed any difference in my font. They are saying we might get some moisture up this way next week from that same storm. Maybe the gypsies are ready to end their curse. :)

Ate my first peach off my peach tree yesterday. Oh mercy me, it just don't get better than that. Fresh corn and peaches was dinner last night. Dang good stuff.

Well better get ready for my Saturday jobs. Part of that this time of year is chopping down my old corn stalks. I set them out by the street and some of the neighbor ladies come and get them for decorating purposes. Works fine for me. Otherwise I have to chop them up and till them under, and they don't break down very fast. So it's a win win deal all the way around.

Prayers for all.


September 06, 2014 - Msg 98946: Asa, That suggestion you gave to Romeena, I'm still laughing at that one! (does it matter if it is a regular or almond Hershey bar?) Just incase I get one too.... Romeena, Just incase, better put out some beef jerky if it is a male.

SPOT, For the record, I like my bacon to stand on it's own...

Oh, by the way Asa, we have to "import" our peaches (I'm supposing from SPOTS end of the porch)this year due to a late frost, but the sweet corn is "Excellentio" as MDC would say.


September 06, 2014 - Msg 98947: p.s. You know Romeena, (IF) I had one of those "smart" phones, I think I'd get the "Poor Horatio" app for it. I would not have thought of that angle either. I know I'll be more careful what I do with my dryer lint from now on for sure!

G-F again...

September 06, 2014 - Msg 98948: Good morning, porch. PH, my rat trap now has some dryer lint and a few strands of red fluffy yarn in the bait bin, along with the cheese and stuff. Asa, if I had a Hershey bar, and/or some pantyhose, I'd put them in there too. No pantyhose in this house anymore. I just don't wear dresses these days. Pants are so much more comfortable and require so much less "underpinnings", that I've about abandoned dresses. I live in jeans and t-shirts, and have some nice slacks with pretty "shell" tops and overblouses for Sunday and other dressier occasions. Our church is very informal, the pastor actually just wears slacks and nice sport shirts on Sunday morning during the summer. He only wears suits in the winter. I looked around the congregation last week, and didn't see but three or four men wearing suits, and most of the women are in pants of some description. I never wear jeans on Sunday, but almost always do the rest of the time, like for ESL class, potluck dinners and whatever.

Asa, you make me hungry with your talk of fresh corn and tree-ripened peaches. I miss those days. I grew up with that, but haven't had the privilege in many years. There's just not much that tastes any better than corn that was picked, shucked, cooked and eaten, all within a space of about an hour. Well, unless you consider a big old red tomato, pulled off the vine and eaten, still warm from the sun. Oh, mercy!

Well, off I go. The family all just left to go back to the Mecum car auction, but should be home around 3 or 4, and then we're going to make burgers. Dave and Brittney and the boys, and Jerry and Eloise will join us. Should be fun. And tasty! Blessings, porch. --Romeena

September 06, 2014 - Msg 98949: In case anyone is curious, here's a link to the Mecum car auction scene:

It's been on TV all weekend, on the NBCSN channel. Richard sells cars through these auctions at times. He didn't have any of his own in this one, nor was he buying for himself right now, but was representing a couple of buyers and sellers. If a deal was made, he would get a commission. So far, there have been no sales or purchases. He owns several cars right now that he bought and restored, and will probably eventually put up for auction. He just sold one a few months ago. He loves the whole culture, and says "I'm just a car guy, I can't help it."

Well, better run. Blessings, all. --Romeena

September 06, 2014 - Msg 98950: A rat? Yikes, Romeena. I've never even seen a rat, except at a pet store. Why someone would want a rat as a pet is beyond me. We did have a mouse problem a while back, but that was taken care of quickly by some poison. The mouse traps didn't work. They were the new kind that the mouse had to crawl into, and it was supposed to save us from seeing the dead mouse. Well, it worked that way... we never did see a mouse in one, but that's because they didn't catch any.

Poor Horatio, thank you for your offer of help on the science problem. It is more the "math" in the science problem that is in question this time. The topic(or module as they call it) is on converting metric units, and the question is, "A rock has a mass of 45.1 kg. What is its mass in slugs?(I slug=14.59 kg)"
I would put down the work we have done on it and the answer they give with how they arrived at the answer(which isn't explained very well to me), but I'd like to see what you come up with first with only the question. It will either confirm my thoughts on this being explained badly or just being plain wrong, or it will show that there is something I was missing in figuring this out. :) Thanks PH.

-Sterling Holobyte

September 06, 2014 - Msg 98951:
MDC, is the font style the same when you type it in the comments box and then post it, or does it change? Also, have you changed browsers recently?

from Poor Horatio

September 06, 2014 - Msg 98952:
Sterling Holobyte, I have a simple solution for your science problem. It involves keeping track of the units.
The ratio of 1 slug = 14.59 kg can be expressed two different ways

14.59 kg
1 slug


1 slug
14.59 kg

Let us ignore the numbers for now and just analyze the units.
To convert any mass in kg to slugs, we need to multiply the mass in kg by one of those two ratios I posted above. Look carefully at both of them. If we multiply kg times both of them, which one will have the kg units cancel out leaving us with just slugs?

If we use the first ratio, we obtain

----- x kg = kg x kg / slug

and if we multiply by the second ratio we obtain

----- x kg = slugs

Notice that with the second ratio, the kg units cancel out leaving us with just slugs. Therefore, the correct conversion is

1 slug
-------- x 45.1 kg = 3.09 slugs
14.59 kg

If you still don't understand, please let me know.

from Poor Horatio

September 06, 2014 - Msg 98953: Rats! (not yours, Romeena)

You have the same answer that they do, Poor Horatio. Which means, I am not getting something. I get the whole canceling out thing, and we have worked it out correctly in the other problems we have done, so I thought we had it. I just can't figure out how you get 3.09 by multiplying those two figures.(I never was a whiz at math).

-Sterling Holobyte

September 06, 2014 - Msg 98954: Oh, that's because you don't multiply them, do you? You divide them? When I divided them(something I didn't do before), I do get the 3.0911blahblahblah which you then round off.
-Sterling Holobyte

September 06, 2014 - Msg 98955: Ok, tell me if I am understanding this correctly, PH. Simply put, when you have the two measurements you are trying to figure out on different sides of the line, then you divide. I do remember from math that the line means division. And then they are on the same side, say for instance 0.12 kL x1,000 L =120 L
------ ------
1 1 kL
you multiply, correct? That was one of the ones we got correct.

I just need a refresher to understand why I am doing things, sometimes.

-Sterling Holobyte

September 06, 2014 - Msg 98956: Oops, my equation got really messed up, didn't it. Just imagine the dotted lines and the 1 and 1 kL are over there under the first two measurements.

September 06, 2014 - Msg 98957:
Sterling Holobyte, I need to use periods to space everything out correctly, so just ignore them

. . . . . . 45.1 kg
45.1 kg = ----------
. . . . . . . 1


1 slug . . . . . . . . 1 slug . . . . 45.1 kg . . . 45.1 kg-slug
-------- x 45.1 kg = ----------- x ------------ = --------------- = 3.09 slugs
14.59 kg . . . . . . . 14.59 kg . . . . 1 . . . . . 14.59 kg

I hope you can follow that. If not, just ask.

from Poor Horatio

September 06, 2014 - Msg 98958: I hope this posting looks better than the previous one.

Sterling Holobyte, I need to use periods to space everything out correctly, so just ignore them

. . . . . . . 45.1 kg
45.1 kg = ----------
. . . . . . . . 1


1 slug . . . . . . . . . 1 slug . . . . 45.1 kg . . . 45.1 kg-slug
-------- x 45.1 kg = ----------- x ---------- = --------------- = 3.09 slugs
14.59 kg . . . . . . . 14.59 kg . . . . 1 . . . . . 14.59 kg

I hope you can follow that. If not, just ask.

from Poor Horatio

September 06, 2014 - Msg 98959:
Sterling Holobyte, here is an explanation of what I did above.
First I multiplied the two numerators of (1 slug) and (45.1 kg) to get 45.1 kg-slug. This became the final numerator.
Then I multiplied the two denominators of (14.59 kg) and (1) to get 14.59 kg. This became the final denominator.
And finally, I simplified the final answer by dividing the final denominator (14.59 kg) into the final numerator (45.1 kg-slug) to obtain 3.09 slugs.

from Poor Horatio

September 06, 2014 - Msg 98960:
Sterling Holobyte, sorry but I don't understand the equation you posted in Msg 98955. If my example and explanation above does not help you figure out how these conversions can be solved, then watch the following video:

If you still need help, just ask.

from Poor Horatio

September 06, 2014 - Msg 98961:
Sterling Holobyte, maybe the videos below will help you understand the mathematic rules for multiplying fractions.

from Poor Horatio

September 07, 2014 - Msg 98962:
A-h-h-h-h! Now I know why I never liked math! :0
First, what the heck are slugs?? Poor slug-ratio ha
RO... maybe you could set up a recording of
Goober doing Edward G. Robinson "YOU dirty rats! I'm gonna get ya see." (biting lip).
I think he also does James Cagney! teehee
Also, the you-know-what arrived today! Thanks.
ASA--so far, not much moisture from that storm.
Now they say maybe tomorrow. I cant imagine it having too much punch way up there however.
PH--I have had google chrome for several years.
The font in the comment box is now a type of arial, but when i post it, it all shows up as Times Roman.
Good Sabbath,

September 07, 2014 - Msg 98963: MBC? Let's try MDC

September 07, 2014 - Msg 98964: Gona try to keep the Church lights on and catch a sermon on the Tube here at work...breakfast?...or shall I cook....SPOT

September 07, 2014 - Msg 98965:
MDC, I am experiencing the same font style problem that you posted about in Msg 98943. When I type in the comment box, the font style looks like Arial. But when I post the comment, it looks like Times New Roman. I don't know how long this has been happening. Since I am using Google Chrome just like you are, I wonder if folks using other browsers are experiencing the same problem.

SPOT, why not cook breakfast for us on the grill before the weather gets too cold?

from Poor Horatio

September 07, 2014 - Msg 98966: I'm with ya MBC, Oh I mean MDC... Those math problems makes my brain hurt. Trying to figure the mass of a rock kinda takes the joy out of throwing them I say. I bet if you figure the mass of a rock + the velocity of it being thrown X the thickness of the glass, you still get the same result..."A BROKEN WINDOW". I think 25+25 is still fifty tho. PH we are blessed to have a smart person like you on the porch. (Really!)

SPOT, With the breakfast "boofay's" you put down this week you need to take a break! Let's go to the Waffle House and get some of those "Belgian Waffles" except we need someone who can interpret for us, we don't want to end up with a taco flap jack or something...


September 07, 2014 - Msg 98967:
G-F what better day to calculate MASS than on a Sunday!

from Poor Horatio

September 07, 2014 - Msg 98968:
G-F, if you think that math I posted yesterday was hard to understand, see if you can make any sense with the following videos:

from Poor Horatio

September 07, 2014 - Msg 98969: Party at Possum's rock -Miss Laci is 11 years old today!!

September 07, 2014 - Msg 98970: Possum, Just what is the mass of your rock and what is the mass in slugs? (That is if you have been following PH & SH's posts). I think I'll just go outside and work in the garden..1 tomater, two tomater, 3 tomater more.. I have peppers to pick too, parsley to dry out, sunflower seeds to dry.

PH calculating mass on Sunday, I have the formula, here it goes... look under the pews, count the number of shoes and divide by 2. That should give you the number of folks at Mass. Right?

G-F :>)

September 07, 2014 - Msg 98971: I dunno about that GF. What if one of them pew sitters only has one leg? Then what? I knew a one legged lady once. Her name was Eileen. She was a waitress at IHOP. :)

Happy Birthday Laci. My goodness, I just can't believe she's 11 Possum They grow up so quick.

Well while PH and Sterling work out math problems, how about a joke. What did the monkey say after he got his tail caught in the lawnmower? ANSWER: "It wont be long now".


September 07, 2014 - Msg 98972: Colonel Tim, Asa is on his way over for your program.. tehehaha Also I think there is a + or - 1% factored into the equation Asa. Since I did that pepper pickin' today, I'm making stuffed peppers for dinner we have regular green peppers, both mild & hot banana ones, and corn bread too...You in SPOT?


September 07, 2014 - Msg 98973: Thanks, Asa! Yep,it's hard to believe how fast these little ones grow up.

G-F- Me & Mathematics don't jive! I saw PH's mathematical doo hickeys and I am completely befuddled. He's ept,ain't he?!

So,the best way I can answer your question is that I've got a two story rock!

Well,gotta scoot-carry on ,fellow Porchsters!

possum under a rock

September 07, 2014 - Msg 98974: Hi All.
Was a nice day today
G F I see our brown lost the game 27 -30 that the way to go PITT.
Well asking for prayer S I L she had a little setback had a minn heart atit thu night.

TOM :(

September 07, 2014 - Msg 98975:
Tom- Johnny football couldnt do it today! Prayers for SIL, you got em buddy.
GF--mass of Ernest T's rock, plus, throwing velocity = note on rock from a fella who cant write! ha

September 08, 2014 - Msg 98976: Love the "Mass" jokes, guys. (oh, and your monkey joke, Asa!)

Poor Horatio, I do think I have it now. Thank you for all your help and information that you provided. That first video is really helpful and I think I am going to have Kai watch it. Actually, I also think I am going to write it up on Kai's dry-erase board just as that guy did... and leave it there. For Kai and for me.

Night all!

-Sterling Holobyte

September 08, 2014 - Msg 98977:
Sterling Holobyte, I thoroughly enjoyed helping you and Kai with that school work. And I look forward to helping both of you again with any future problems.

from Poor Horatio

September 08, 2014 - Msg 98978: Good morning will these storms please give us a break in in Ga...Breakfast menu: 2 eggs your way(boiled,fried,scrambled)toast with mixed fruit jelly,bisquits and white gravy,country ham,grits with cheese,sausage,limp bacon and crip also,hashbrowns,cereal,sliced fruit,oj,milk,coffee...and a tear from my roll of paper towels !...I have to go plates...ready at 08:00 EST...I will go ahead and say grace to cover us all...SPOT

September 08, 2014 - Msg 98979: Another fine "boofay breakfast" by Spot. Thanks buddy, especially for the limp bacon. Ro and I appreciate it. And nice come back for your Falcons yesterday.

Prayers for your SIL Tom. Sorry she has had a setback. I thought the Browns had a good second half. Just not quite enough though.

MDC, You can go by MBC if you want. It still works. Mr. Briscoe's Cousin. Just don't call you Johnson. Remember that dude? My Name is Raymond J. Johnson Jr. Now you can call me Ray, or you can call me J. Or you can call me Ray J. Or you can call me Ray J.J. Jr. But you doesn't has to call me Johnson. :)

I'm glad METV has added TAGS to it's line up. But I am sad. It looks like they have taken "The Fugitive" off the their schedule. It only came on once a week late Sunday night. But I would record it on my dvr and watch it. Sure took me back to me childhood. I'm not sure why, but that show just captured me when I was a kid. And still does today. Oh well, that's life, through and through.

O.K., Here is your TAGS trivia for the day.
Who said it? You gotta be a good squatter!"


September 08, 2014 - Msg 98980: Happy Monday porch. fall is in the air here in Northeast Tenn. a cooler sunny morning. supposed to have some rain later day according to the weather people.

had a busy week end. Beth and I attended the visitation for the young man from our church who died last week. so very sad for us all. The family will need our prayers for a long time to come as they sort through this tragic loss.

watched some college football on Saturday, went to preaching and came home and read a book, then watched the Bronocs play the Colts.

Sterling, hope you get Kai's homeschooling sorted out. I commend you for doing what you feel is right for your daughter,

well, better get my work day going. ya'll have a good day.

Lunch menu will be: a meatloaf sandwich, potato pancakes (gotta use my left over mashed potatoes) and broccoli salad. pineapple upside down cake for dessert. tea, lemonade to drink.
Prayers and blessings to all

Big Maude

September 08, 2014 - Msg 98981: Here ya go Asa, Good memory blast! You can call me Johnson, but just don't call me late for SPOTS breakfast! ha

Yep, guys the Browns came up short but at least the second half they came to play, they actually looked good. But as the Joker is to Batman the Steelers are to the Browns...Nemesis's! O well!!
More disturbing, the Buckeye's lost to Virginia Tech's "Hokie's" but at least OSU's band was great as ever! They really put on a show!...
MDC, Johnnie Football had splinters in his rear end he rode the bench the whole game. I do think if Hoyer didn't perform any better than he did in the first half Johnnie would have gotten a shot, but Hoyer caught fire and almost pulled it off. End result,..Same old story! Enough football talk.

On a more serious note, Prayers for TOM's SIL's setback...


September 08, 2014 - Msg 98982:
TOM, so sorry I didn't see your post earlier about your sister in law. Is she at home resting or in the hospital?

from Poor Horatio

September 08, 2014 - Msg 98983:
HI ALL! CRAZY weather this morning in the Phx area! We got 5 inches of rain in 4 hours at my home, and got water coming into the den. (At least I found a good use for my long-shelved encyclopedias!They held down the rolled up carpeting.) Normal YEARLY rainfall for the Phx area is 7 to 8 inches; this is why this storm was so crazy! It finally hit, after many wrong forecasts. (Remnants of hurricane Norbert, up from Baja.) Freeways were flooded, etc, I'm sure it will be on national news. So far, only hurt pride tho, so that's good.
More later,

September 08, 2014 - Msg 98984: MDC, Sorry for your troubles, I know the feeling, a couple of times when the power went off and no sump pump. So I bought one of the $80.00 generators from Harbor Freight. Hope I never have to use it. Yep it sure has been a crazy weather year...Hang in there Buddy!

I did get my mum's planted today, my other plants are on their way out for the season. Even my Purple Petunias are pooping out, yep fall is a coming, I don't buy into it until Mayberry Days is over at the end of the month, THEN summer is over!


September 08, 2014 - Msg 98985: Also MDC, Be sure if the power goes out you have your flashlight & P-38 handy...G-F again

September 08, 2014 - Msg 98986: Good afternoon, porch! Finally! My computer has been on the fritz since Saturday night, when I stupidly allowed my 11-yr old grandson to download a game. Big mistake. It brought in some wild trojan virus and the whole computer went crazy. Email worked, but both browsers would go into rapid, serial redirect mode, that wouldn't stop. I couldn't get to the porch or anywhere else. Finally had to call my friend Bruce in Florida, put the computer into safe mode so he could link up, and he cleaned it up. Works fine now. That will be the last time I let a kid, any kid, use this computer, I don't care how big and brown and soft and puppydog-like his eyes may be. I'll just have to be a mean old grandma.

Gary and Elaine just left, headed back for Chicago. It was such a pleasure to have them here. Elaine (the girlfriend) is delightful and I really like her. Gary seems really happy, too.

TOM, I'm sorry to hear your SIL has had more problems. Will be praying for her, for sure.

MDC, I sure wish you could lasso some of that rain and sling it this way. We are so dry!

Sterling, "Yikes!" expresses my feelings regarding the rat very well. The miserable thing has just ignored all that lovely bait in the trap so far. I'd sure like to catch her and relocate her before she reproduces, but it's entirely possible that the ship has already sailed on that. Yuck. I could probably get her with a poison, but I just refuse. A poisoned animal dies an agonizing death, and I can't be the cause of that. Also, the weakened, poisoned rat usually leaves the area, and is caught and eaten by a cat, which results in a poisoned cat. Nope, no poisons around here.

Well, guess I'd better go pack my little suitcase for the trip on Wednesday. I'll be much too busy to do it tomorrow. The son of a SS class member passed away Saturday, and the funeral is tomorrow. Our class is providing lunch, and I also have a home health visit to make. Gonna be a busy day. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

September 08, 2014 - Msg 98987:
MDC, I think you should read and heed the following link

Romeena, glad to see that you recovered from the virus fiasco. Do you have any anti-virus or internet security software on your computer?
And regarding your rat problem, are you sure it is still in your garage? Look around for rat droppings or try laying some food bait away from the trap and see if it disappears.

from Poor Horatio

September 08, 2014 - Msg 98988: God's conversation with Noah

September 08, 2014 - Msg 98989: Howdy, porch. Yes, PH, I have AVG and another program, an anti-malware program, but the problem was that I actually "allowed" this thing. My grandson was playing in the "guest" partitioned section, and when he tried to download the game, a popup appeared saying that Java needed to update. It asked for an administrator password to allow that. I figured Java was okay, since I use it, and knew I hadn't updated it in a while, so I signed off on it. Turns out the popup was a fake, and when I signed to permit, it brought in a whole host of malware stuff. Apparently there's a difference in a virus and malware. I didn't know that. My computer guru in Florida said he has been seeing a lot of this, fake popups from Java and Adobe Flash. They're riding in on downloads, such as my grandson's game, and they're bad news. His advice was never to permit an update on those things when a popup asks for it. He said to refuse it, then go to the Java or Flash site myself and initiate an update. My question is - who on earth has nothing more to do than generate a pestilence like that, especially when it gains them absolutely nothing but the knowledge that they've caused a lot of trouble for people? How sad, that anyone's life could degenerate to that point.

As for Sra. Raton, yes, she's still there. I have never seen any droppings, just lots of shredded stuff, and messes she makes when she gets into the trash. However, we have seen her. Almost every day. She's not a very big rat, but definitely a rat, not a little mouse. I usually see her when I open the door from the kitchen into the garage suddenly. She runs from one side of the garage to the other, right along the bottom of the garage door, and ducks into the stuff that's stored on the far side. Bins of Christmas lights, two garden carts, stacks of flowerpots, two bundles of roof shingles, just stuff like that, the usual debris that collects in a garage, especially when there's only one car in it. We put the trap near the pathways we've seen her take, but it doesn't seem to matter. Oh well. It gives me something to do, keeps me off the streets.

Guess I'd better eat a bite and get to bed. Big day tomorrow. Blessings, porch! --Romeena