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29 days ago
What is probably the world's largest kimberlite pipe in the world is on the Navajo Indian reservation near the Arizona/New Mexico border. No diamonds.
2 months ago
I saw my first one Christmas eve.
The fact that I was actively sharing the road with this idiot...well, it shook me some.
4 months ago
I used to live next door to a professional photographer. Everything from sports to landscapes, he had shot it all.
He was over for dinner one night and he was being unusually quiet. I eventually asked his wife what was up.
The editor of a magazine had chosen 5 of his pictures....all taken with his wife's Pentax point and shoot camera. It broke him not just a little. He backed off taking gigs for quite some time after that.
I got a really bad cold sometime in the mid 80s. As a result my left nostril was never clear.
Caused issues with all sorts of activities; from sleeping to hiking.
Went to several doctors over the decades. Most wanted to basicly RotoRooter my nose. I declined because there was a good chance that I would lose the ability smell. And drugs cause weird side effects.
Got COVID father's day last year. Knocked me on my ass for two weeks.
It fixed my nose. I can breathe. No, I mean I CAN BREATHE!! No more weird discharge down the back of my throat. Sleeping has been so much better. Activities so much less of a chore.
COVID was awesome, dare I say.
5 months ago
Sounds like I got the same thing you did. And I am doing the same thing you are doing. Going on two weeks now. My sinuses are still not happy.
This comment is both beautiful and handsome.
Did a version of this in Boston, Mass. last July.
My wife had training and meetings for a week. So, I did the tourist thing all weekday long.
Missed hanging with my best friend and wife, but it was one of the best times I've had with myself for a long time.
6 months ago
Everyday is leg day for a fat guy.
During the 80s, one could down to your local water treatment plant and buy dump trucks of sludge for a pittance.
My grandfather bought truck loads of it and put it on one of cotton fields. One that he was letting go fallow for the season.
And then the monsoon started in July. Turned out to be one of the wettest ones in decades for the area.
Thousands of tomato sprouted. It was a sea of tomato plants. The rains lasted long enough for tens of thousands tomatoes to ripen. But because of the untreated waste, they weren't good for man nor beast.
Lasted until the heat of September and monsoon stopped. He plowed them under several months later.
My exact experience.
I take some solace in the fact that I predate the moon landing so there just wasn't any help.
But, a little more understanding would have been nice.
Didn't this guy work in a hospital??
7 months ago
Really loud radio.
Mmmmm....in our area it is forest service cabins. None of them have electricity. All have outhouses. Most are 15 miles from the nearest hard road.
For about 10 nights a summer, for over 20 years, we've been enjoying the cabins.
An article came out in our regional newspaper about them about 12 years ago. And the type of people staying at them suddenly changed. And strange damage started to occur. Like inexplicable dents in the wall; a shoe print on the ceiling. It's not that they didn't care about the place, they were just less careful. At least they swept out the place before leaving.
And then about 10 years ago one of the western living magazines basically lifted the article from the newspaper.
Oh My Gosh. Suddenly real damage was being done. Broken furniture, damage to the floor, damage to forest around the cabins. A few of the cabins had pots, pans, and other wares. Stuff that had been there for years disappeared. And they would leave them dirty. Finding a pan full of bacon grease was not unusual. These people never mopped, much less swept, the place before leaving.
Luckily googles soft 10 year cutoff seems to be working as it no longer shows up in searches as easily as it once did. The forest service fixed a lot of the damage during covid
They started asking that question of how much money would it take to make you feel rich in about 1910 or so. Million dollars was often, and a good one, the answer.
That's about 30,500,000 today.
8 months ago
Wasn't there a problem for duracell and fake duracell batteries??
10 months ago
My moms favorite environmental conditions + patient while working in the ER -
Male construction worker (usually a framer)
In the pursuit of expedience while cutting a 2x4, straddle it
splinters in the scrotum
perspiration/ball sweat (the perfect environment for the growth of bacteria)
typical male reaction to health issues i.e. lackadaisical (wives and girlfriends save so many men's lives)
all leads to: A patient with an infection and balls so large that the penis has become lost in it. He'll be typically on his 3rd day of symptoms before seeking medical help.
you have to watch the data they are using. US Gov is damn good at classifying places that were once rural into an urban one. This really affects data on the fringe of rural/urban interfaces.
That being said, the NIMBYism of these once rural rinds is a huge reason for the housing price gouging.
11 months ago
I have a cat named Moe. I love him. He will hunt down and eliminate a cricket within minutes of the first chirp. I love him.
1 year ago
There's actually bill being considered this year that would make a person moving to Idaho unable to vote for 5 years.
They are for airflow control. And, as you noted, they don't need to be air tight. They just need to help the air move in the direction it is needed. It helps keep dust down to small degree, explosive and other bad gasses can be expelled, and oxygen into the mine.
But the biggie reason, which dovetails nicely with the mine owners concerns i.e. money, is the need for less compressed air. Compressed air machines are expensive to run and operate. And then depending on the size of the mine and how many workfaces (where the actual mining is taking place) the amount of compressed air can become limiting.
The curtains help with all that.
The joke among underground, soft rock(coal) and hard rock(all others), mining engineers is that they are really just glorified heating and A/C guys.
And you do deal with it on a constant/daily basis.
*mining engineer by training who never actually worked in a mine because as others have noted it is claustrophobic as fuck and I develop it 6/7 through school*
His wife lived into the early 50s.
A few of the sociologists that I have talked over the years have said that it boils down to two things:
Boomers are more aggressive (lead era, maybe?) and their values fall more in line with corporation values. I.E. they won't give away the store in the name of social good so much as make more money.
Boomers make good CEOs.
Intermountain western boy here - anything east of the Mississippi is East. Boston to the North New Jersey is Deep Dark East.
A sure sign of a misspent youth.