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Water Cooler / Re: Halloween meets Covid = Mega Superspreader
« on: September 24, 2020, 04:55:36 PM »
I have been tempted to build a zipline/pulley system to deliver the candy curbside to the kids but we only get 2 or 3 trick or treaters on a normal year so that is probably overkill.

My thought is everyone should set their kids up in lawn chairs on the front yard and people drive by and throw candy out the car windows to them.

Water Cooler / Re: California burning again
« on: September 14, 2020, 08:15:49 PM »
Here is a good look at what we have to look forward to this week:

Looks like the smoke will be sticking around for a few days.

Water Cooler / Re: California burning again
« on: September 14, 2020, 03:08:17 PM »
>>headed your way

Air quality has been pushing 500 here over the weekend. Never quite saw it crack the 500 mark but it has been in the 480s and 490s (499 was the highest I saw) for the past couple days. Down to the low 400s right now. It doesn't smell particularly smokey but it is very hazy out. Schools that were open have closed and some businesses have shut down as well.

Water Cooler / Re: California burning again
« on: September 11, 2020, 04:24:27 PM »
Looks like the winds are changing and a big mass of smoke from California and Oregon is supposed to move in here tonight and tomorrow.

Water Cooler / Re: California burning again
« on: September 09, 2020, 06:26:10 PM »
>>pumpkin orange

I have seen some other Bay Area friends posting similar pictures today. Never seen a color like that from the smoke before.

Water Cooler / Re: California burning again
« on: September 09, 2020, 03:47:00 PM »

That area is mostly wheat fields but Malden is down in a little valley that has a decent amount of trees. Here is some good drone footage that shows what the area is like:

Looks like most of the trees were spared. But when the grasslands are burning the wind can spread the fires very quickly. The fires just out to the west of Spokane are mostly grass fires. Anywhere north of here is mostly forest. The fire burning in the middle of the state is mostly grass land and farmland too. There have been a few major forest fires in the Chelan/Wenatchee area over the past few years but it seems like most of the fires this year are grass.

Water Cooler / Re: California burning again
« on: September 08, 2020, 09:45:54 PM »
>>Malden, Washington

About 35 miles away from here. Crazy how quickly that one moved. It was really windy on this side of the state yesterday and even up through Idaho and Montana. We took the kids for a drive yesterday and saw quite a few trees down. On the way home we hit a lot of smoke from fires burning out west of us. The winds are uncharacteristically blowing the smoke to the west today though. We normally have a westerly wind but it has changed directions. 

Water Cooler / Re: California burning again
« on: September 03, 2020, 03:37:06 PM »
>I look outside and I go, Oh geez, it smells like smoke, dammit.

We get some pretty decent smoke blowing through here most years from fires in the middle of the state. If I can look down the road and see Mt. Spokane I know it isn't too bad. If I can't see the mountain I know the air quality is bad.

Or if I fire up the smoker and can't distinguish the good smoke coming from there vs. the bad smoke in the air I know it is bad.

Water Cooler / Re: New, Good Media
« on: August 31, 2020, 05:26:52 PM »
>Ip Man

As far as storytelling and overall quality the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Ip Man movies definitely take a step down. Still good fight scenes and all that if you just want something mindless on in the background.

Water Cooler / Re: on a whim...I could still log in!
« on: August 17, 2020, 03:28:12 PM »
Don't worry Oilman, we will always be here. Good to see you here again!

Water Cooler / Re: Trav's solar kayak competitor
« on: August 14, 2020, 02:52:56 PM »
>outdoor gear shop is going crazy

I have been looking for some kayaks or SUPs to paddle around with the kids and they are very hard to come by right now, especially looking for used ones. Pretty much all the bike shops are sold out of most everything except for some $5000+ electric bikes and there is at least a 3 week backlog if you want to get a bike tuned up or serviced. I could see it being frustrating as a store owner to have all this demand but not be able to meet it due to supply chain issues.

Marketing / Re: Hookup between Simon Property Group, Amazon
« on: August 13, 2020, 03:39:05 PM »
>>Early in a new trend?

I could definitely see this as a trend. Rather than one big headquarters have 15-20 smaller neighborhood offices around a city available for employees to use when they need to get out of the house, have client meetings, etc.. Although I love working from home it would be nice to have somewhere to go a day or two a week to get out of the house.

Water Cooler / Re: Lawn Mowers
« on: August 06, 2020, 04:36:21 PM »
>>rechargeable electric

I had one of these about 4 years back. At that time it was definitely under powered to handle the wet Florida grass. I didn't even make it through one mowing before I boxed it up and sent it back. I would guess an electric would do fine in other parts of the country though. Seems like they have come a long way even in the past couple years.

Right now I am trying to kill my cheap $220 Craftsman so I can justify buying something better but this thing keeps starting on the first pull and doing what it needs to do. It really sucks at bagging but does a find job if I mow without the bag.

Water Cooler / Re: CV: The rugrat scenario
« on: August 03, 2020, 03:45:56 PM »
A school in Indiana opened and had to quarantine people the first day due to exposure:

I just can't see how schools will stay open once kids start heading back. I totally understand why a lot of parents will send their kids back, why the parents need the kids in school so they can work, etc. but I can't see how this doesn't end in disaster.

Water Cooler / Re: CV: The rugrat scenario
« on: July 31, 2020, 06:25:20 PM »
>>truly locking down the kids

For the first few weeks our kids were pretty much locked down. We would go for drives just to get them out of the house but other than that when everything was locked down we kept them at home. Even now we will take them to parks and take them hiking and the like but still haven't taken them into restaurants or stores or anything like that.

If you are used to dropping the kids off a daycare or school every day and now you have them home all day I can understand why that would make some parents crazy.

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