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    Today is Vanessa's (my daughter) wedding. Let me tell you what a pain it is to learn how to tie a tie all over again after all these years. Fortunately You-Tube helped me out.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2015
     
    Congratulations. Take it easy on the drinks.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2015
     
    Best wishes for a great wedding. Dance at lot at reception.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2015
     
    Steve-
    Just read Airline kills deer landing in Santa Rosa. It's a heck of a way to hunt but hey if it works! The airline immediately became more successful at hunting then I have been in nearly 10 yrs? Did they have a hunting license when they landed?
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    Pat Chambers, give me a call: 530 477-8207
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    Willie, Mike and Pat are doing well. It was good to see them and spend Thanksgiving with them.
    Hope all is going well Willie.
    • CommentAuthorsolarsteve
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2015
     
    Willie, did you get a chance to visit Jim Oskins while you were in South Carolina?
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    Steve - Did you see where Comet Catalina will be closest in about a month?
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2015
     
    I made my trip on short notice, and drove hard. I did not stop to see Jim Oskins. The last I heard, he is retired and doing fine. I just got a Christmas card from him.
    • CommentAuthorsolarsteve
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2015
     
    Yes, good views of it on spaceweather.com if it does not get torn apart by solar winds. Did yo see the occultation of Venus by the moon? we have water in the creeks up here again. good to see for the fish and birds. It was dismal the month before. getting to cold to kayak. Happy Holidays to you all.
    check out this site for good astronomy info
    http://www.universetoday.com/123811/catch-this-seasons-other-comet-s2-panstarrs/#comments

    that is universtoday.com
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2015
     
    To All GBB's and Your Families-

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    Regards,

    Greg. & Family
    • CommentAuthorjoestrand
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2015 edited
     
    Hi Greg-and all GBB's. Merry Christmas. Hope all is well with all of the boys.

    Joe
    • CommentAuthorsolarsteve
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2015
     
    Merry Christmas to you all. It is snowing up here on the hills.
    • CommentAuthoral2
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2015
     
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all GBBS.
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    What happened to global warming? I've been freezing my bottom for a week or two unless I crank up the forced air heat. Even wearing layers doesn't help.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeDec 26th 2015
     
    Pat-
    Try <0 F. We had snow Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Snow blowing after my vegan brunch today. 3hrs worth. hear you are getting some rains. Hope rain and snow in Sierras continues to help ease the drought you are having.
    Happy New Year!
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    Gregh - Long ago when I was employed by the Army I was sent to the Artic Test Center in Alaska. The day I landed in Fairbanks the thermometer had just got to 0 degrees. Seven months later when I was leaving Fairbanks I looked at the very same thermometer and it was almost back up to zero. Most of the time I was there the temperature hovered around minus 30 degrees. I don't remember that cold being as annoying as the 50's we're having here now. But that was a long time ago and the taxpayers provided heated buildings for the most part.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2015
     
    Pat-
    Did you save your Army Artic Clothing? Suggest you put some on to help with So. Cal. cold weather?
    Take Care,
    Greg
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    Gregh - They never gave me any Artic clothing the tightwads. I just had a regular field jacket and not even a liner for it. I worked in a shop fixing vehicles from cars to 12 ton semi's. Once we dragged a duce & 1/2 in that broke down. It was full of really good down filled parkas that were very expensive. Overnight all the parkas disappeared and I didn't get one. The Army got every single parka back within a week so I was kind of glad I didn't get one.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2015
     
    The army has always been famous for giving its troops inadequate clothing. During WW2 many soldiers in Europe got frostbite because of cheap boots. Late in the war, they finally shipped over some better fur-lined boots, but they were taken by headquarters personnel and the grunts never received them. I spent a winter at Ft. Campbell where it was surprisingly cold. The flimsy leather gloves and cheap kapok sleeping bags were terrible.
    • CommentAuthoral2
    • CommentTimeDec 29th 2015
     
    Hi guys,
    When I was stationed in Berlin, we had to buy our own long johns. It was very, very cold in Berlin in the winter, but somehow I survived. Wishing you all a Happy New Year from Al and Betty.
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      CommentAuthorPat Chambers
    • CommentTimeDec 30th 2015 edited
     
    It looks like I might declare a happy new year after all. As too many of us know trying to settle an estate can be trying. Since August after my mother died I've been struggling with a cemetery, two insurance companies and two banks. It was really a downer and the piling on of multiple antagonists just increased the negative effects. Then yesterday in one day I settled the matter with the cemetery, banks, one insurance company and made some really unexpected progress with the other insurance company without backing down from my position on all arguments. Although I'm still going to have to battle the remaining insurance company for several months the load seems considerably lighter today than it seemed yesterday.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeDec 30th 2015
     
    Pat-
    Enjoy the lighter load. Matter of fact enjoy a couple of allowed (medically ok) shots of a real good bourbon or your favorites.
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    Gregh - My cardiologist recommended (seriously) Hennessy Very Special Cognac. He's a smart guy who is now the head heart guy in a chain of hospitals in this area so it would be foolish to discount his advice.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2015
     
    Pat-
    Why Cognac?
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    Gregh - I like brandy.
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    Had an interesting thing happen last night. I go to bed usually around 9 PM. I also keep my bedroom door open so the indoor cat can come and go. I woke up about 10:30 and looking into the hall I could see the beam from a flashlight so I went for the Gunvault on the nightstand next to the bed. A Gunvault is a metal box with buttons in the lid so you can dial the combo and get it open quick like. That's the theory but last night the lock just clicked and the lid didn't open. You can also open the box with a key but the keys were in another room on the other side of Mr. Flashlight so I just played possum. He was using his phone's flashlight app and finally saw me but I guess he decided I was asleep and he left.

    Obviously I'm changing my routine. This guy climbed over some walls to get to my patio door. I used to keep the sliding door unlocked to stop cat fights between my outdoor cat and wanderers (vet bills) and relied on the 'open door' announcement from the alarm, but no more as it didn't wake me up this time. So my new routine is lock all doors, set the full house alarm and get the gun out of the box before jumping in bed.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2016
     
    I'm glad everything turned out OK. Did you get a good look at the guy? He may have gone to other homes in your neighborhood too.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2016
     
    Pat-
    PD find any finger prints?
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    No prints & I only got an impression of a stocky Mexican though could be wrong about the later. I live about five miles from Pacoima where all the upstanding bangers live. They prey on an area and move on coming around every few years. I think he was a scout so expect them back. I added keeping a light on in the hall to my other routine changes and notified the neighbors I like.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2016
     
    Pat-
    You need trip wires for some "Bouncing Betty's" .
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    Willie - As I type this I have my S&W 340PD tucked into the waist band of my back brace. Solar Steve called and recommended an alarm system by SimpliSafe that I bought. I already had a alarm but this one has some advantages that my current one doesn't plus it's got a 60 day return/refund. It's cheaper than my current system by about $35 per month so if the new system works out I save some money by cancelling the old one. I've been thinking about if they return and every scenario I can imagine and have decided to start sleeping on the other side of my bed as that puts the bed between me and the bedroom door if I roll out on that side of the bed.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2016
     
    I'm glad you are taking precautions. Your first line of defense is to not let them gain entry to the house in the first place. Be sure to peg your windows so they can't be opened from the outside. The S&W should be the last resort.
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    I agree but that guy was no more than six feet from me part of the time. He was using a cell phone as a flashlight and filming the inside of my house which is why I wouldn't be surprised by a return visit.
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    I have automatic gun sprinklers that shoot anything that moves in my yard at night. I find this works good for all creatures. I sometimes get hit in the face when I forget to disarm them. this usually wakes me up which is a good thing.
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      CommentAuthorPat Chambers
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2016 edited
     
    Steve - You shouldn't be sleeping out in the yard. The alarm components come Monday.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeJan 10th 2016
     
    GBB'S- Thought you all might like this.


    https://www.youtube.com/embed/B2AEkfjc6-o?feature=player_detailpage
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    Gregh - I got that link from Howard Thrall & anyone who hasn't checked it out is missing out.

    After I went to the dentist this morning I stopped by Smart & Final on the way home. Got a loaf of bread, a jar of pepperoni sticks, some mix and a half gallon of rum, just the essentials. They had Bacardi Oakheart spiced rum which I hadn't seen before so I decided to try it when cocktail hour rolled around. It rates a spot in my rum rotation. Try it.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2016
     
    Pat-
    Like Spiced Rum in warm weather with a diet coke. Otherwise I use it in cooking. Great flavor. Get your security cameras in? I had someone sledge hammer the mail box post. So I put some in and view them on a Tablet Pad. Get all 8 cameras, with night vision. they are looped on a separate recorder. Hiding the cameras was the hardest part.
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    Gregh - Got the alarm components this afternoon after cocktail hour started. Will put it in tomorrow. Hammering mailboxes, usually with a baseball bat, is a pretty broadly played sport around the country. I had to make something for my Mom when she lived in Santa Fe about twenty years ago. I used three left over, from terracing her back yard, wood beams (4 x 8) to surround the metal mailbox on all four sides. Sank them in concrete and went back to LA. A couple of months later she told me her mailbox was the only one that survived the previous night's frivolities.
    • CommentAuthorsolarsteve
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2016 edited
     
    Go and see Revenant with leonardo DiCaprio. really good mountain man movie. based on true story. very bloody though.
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    Put the new alarm in. The instructions say it takes about 30 minutes. Then they say later when you're doing the software update you're supposed to wait 30 minutes for this one program to update something or other. Took me about four hours to get it all done and I think it's working but the one thing I'm not sure about is if it is connected to the monitoring center. Now that I know more about what I bought I think it's an improvement over the old system.
    • CommentAuthorjoestrand
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2016
     
    Hey Guys- Checked out the video and it was impressive. Speaking of alarms systems, next door neighbors house got broken in to so I need to check out his new alarm system he installed last week. Residential break ins are more often here in "crime free" Irvine. Ha Ha.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2016
     
    Pat is your monitor your big screen or separate tablet? Does it have motion sensors and night vision? Is recording device record for at least 48 hrs and separate from your TV DVR?
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      CommentAuthorPat Chambers
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2016 edited
     
    Gregh - This is the basic Simplisafe kit that has (maybe had) a $100 discount. It has three motion sensors, a glass break sensor, six open door/window sensors, panic button, two key fob remotes (one has software) that have built in panic buttons, 105db siren, keypad and a central unit. There are other things like water and CO2 senors that are extra and the monitoring costs $14.95/mo I think. It's all wireless connections including monitoring so telephone lines can't be cut. All but the central unit are long lived battery power (1 year on the keypad & 5 years for entry sensors) and the central unit has battery backup. You can order extra units to fit your situation like I ordered an extra remote and a panic button so there would be one by both beds for when the girls stay the night. It also has a free app for Android, iPhone (I think maybe iOS so an iPad might work some way I haven't tried yet) and something else that lets you control the alarm when you're away. Two alarm modes, away (alarm on, motion sensors on), home (alarm on, motion sensors off) and off of course. It has entry delay for when you leave or enter and work the setting or disarm from the keypad. When you're leaving if there's something open you get a warning so you can close it. If you don't close it it's simply not monitored until it is closed (like say the front door as you go out) but everything else is monitored. There are some software capabilities I haven't explored yet too. No video (if I remember to try out my iPad I'll let you know what happens) or recording that I know of at the moment but the monitoring probably keeps a record. I don't recall if IR sensors are available or not. The motion sensors look out in a 45 degree arc and down so if you have and indoor animal that might trip the sensor you just mount it upside down so any moving down low won't be sensed. You can check it out at Simplisafe.com.

    I mounted a motion detector above my bedroom door pointed into the hall. Then I put two adjacent in the same corner of the living room along with the glass break sensor. That way they cover the doorway to my office, the glass sliding door, the back door in the kitchen and the front door / hall backed up by the bedroom sensor. There were enough entry sensors to cover the garage all three doors and all the front windows not blocked by giant rose bushes or other stuff so I'd say the basic kit does fairly well for most situations and you can get extra units if necessary.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2016
     
    Pat-
    Are you using an Alarm Response Company, like ADT? Here we do not have such service companies that really respond? They just call 911 for a hefty fee. I really like "Colt .44 Mag. service but I have to drag the" Purps" in and then shoot.
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      CommentAuthorPat Chambers
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2016 edited
     
    Gregh - The monitoring service is not local so there is no physical response. The fee is $14.95/mo for this service where the older service is also only phone and costs $60.98/mo. I tried the app to access the alarm with my iPad. It does keep a record of all activity and displayed it fine on the iPad. It also does this on my iPhone and iPod and surprisingly enough it is readable on the phone even though the screen is way smaller. The records are into their third day but don't exceed 48 hours yet. I'll let you know tomorrow if it looks like 48 hours looks like the limit.
    • CommentAuthorsolarsteve
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2016
     
    Look here for the history of Playa Del Rey.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/PLAYADELREYmemories/

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/PLAYADELREYmemories/members/?order=date

    Mike Izzo and Tom McMahon have put history of area going back to 1800's really cool things from lagoon and jungle area. check it out

    I have heard many good reviews and things about simplysafe.com
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2016
     
    Steve I looked the sites over and they are a great history lesson of PDR.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2016
     
    Steve and Greg. Since you both put the bug in my ear, I called Jim Oskins on New Year's Day. He was friendly and says he is doing fine.