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 on: April 06, 2021, 08:33:47 am 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by Jason Reed
I've heard there's basically three ways it can go (from a person who had all three in their immediate family at the same time) :
1 - You have it but not ill at all
2 - bad flu
3 - death

I've heard simliar, but I've also heard the bad flu, then feeling bad for a long period. Seriously don't want to have that either.


What's so crazy about installing y'all's environment?
Installing Java, then installing Eclipse, then downloading the project from SVN, and then setting everything up to run. It takes me about an hour. More annoying that troublesome really.



ooh, yeah, I couldn't do that... I've become super sensitive to fumes... would give me headaches for sure.

Yeah none of us are happy with the location.

yep, seems like the could have done better planning around the anti-vac people. like maybe a poll, or a sign-up before the vacc arrives. dunno
Exactly.

Yeah we were too, I couldn't even get on a list before a couple weeks ago, but I guess they got'em all.

Well that's important.

laugh1 I was going to say in VA I was sat in a 7x9' room 90% of 5 years, but I did have my daily walk in the woods which is more than I get here.
The first few months of Lockdown last year was already driving me crazy. I'm pretty sure I couldn't handle that.

I've been hoping around a bit, was playing some D&D games from the 80s that I had back in the 5" floppy days, but recently re-visited an mmo (project gorgon) that I was part of the kickstarter in 2014. Being that I tend to get to play in very small bursts (like 2hr a night for 2 or 3 nights) then busy for long periods of time (like a week), I'll lose interest in what I was playing by the time I could get back to it. Fortunately I have like 900 games sofa
Yikes! I'm much more limited in the games that I have.

I just looked some up and it seems to mostly be horns. This band from the fest has an accordion (I cant find any video of them, just the picture at the bottom of the page) :
http://www.germanfestva.org/music-at-germanfest.html
True Blaskapellen are mostly horns, or wind instruments of some sort. Although I'm sure I've seen them with an accordion. Germans also enjoy accordion music Tongue

I recently read about why Americans and British people speak differently, the gist of it was that we spoke the same when America was first founded (obviously) but it was the Brits that started butchering (in my opinion (remember when this forum was mostly people from the UK? I would have been drawn and quartered for that comment laugh1 )) the language while we stayed true to the original form. So the fact that they use old words would kind of follow that as well.

British, Australian, and Kiwi yep, with the occasional continental European thrown in Grin

True the spelling and pronunciation of Aluminum is also storied. Aluminum was first discovered in the US, and the guy discovered it called it Aluminium, but then changed it to Aluminum to but the British insisted on holding on to the older spelling.


BTW do you use Discord at all? Maybe sometime if we are both online at the same time we can have a call Grin

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 on: April 05, 2021, 09:56:51 pm 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by simmo
That's good to hear. I know very few people who've actually caught it so my experience with how bad the after affects comes mostly from what's reported in the news.
I've heard there's basically three ways it can go (from a person who had all three in their immediate family at the same time) :
1 - You have it but not ill at all
2 - bad flu
3 - death


I'm pretty sure he did it as a tax right off. Some of us were complaining about the old laptops. Although when we did get the new ones it took some members of the team weeks before the moved everything over. Re-installing our development environment is not something members of our team enjoy laugh1
What's so crazy about installing y'all's environment?


Our current location is on a mezzanine level above a car dealership. Basically our hall way is open on one side and looks directly down on the showroom floor. This is normally fine until they start wanting to move cars in and out of the showroom. They always seem to want to do that when we are working, instead of like coming in early to do it. Or what's even worse if they are trying to impress someone with the car (usually a Porche) they will start it up and rev the engine. We usually have to close our doors because the fumes are so bad. So none of the team would be disappointed if we were to move I'm sure.
ooh, yeah, I couldn't do that... I've become super sensitive to fumes... would give me headaches for sure.


Yeah, we have some friends in Arizona and they were saying that some places are begging people to come in and get the vaccine so that they don't have to waste any. That drives me insane that so many people don't want to take a vaccine! :grr: Hell I'd roll my sleeve up regardless what they offer (accept maybe the Russian one, I don't particularly trust them).
yep, seems like the could have done better planning around the anti-vac people. like maybe a poll, or a sign-up before the vacc arrives. dunno


So do I! I'm so ready, but here in Germany the focus is first on those most vulnerable to dying from it. My in-laws either have their first or they have the appointment for their first shot. My wife figures I'll probably get called some time in May. Mostly because I have asthma Another Tounge
Yeah we were too, I couldn't even get on a list before a couple weeks ago, but I guess they got'em all.


That would drive me insane!! Nope I would have to find ways to go somewhere else. Even if it means renting a storage shed and putting a chair in it so I can sit for a few hours Another Tounge
laugh1 I was going to say in VA I was sat in a 7x9' room 90% of 5 years, but I did have my daily walk in the woods which is more than I get here.


At least with band stuff you get a chance to be creative. What video games are you playing? I've kind of moved on from Minecraft for the moment, and have been focusing on Cities: Skylines. It's what SimCity should have become. It's really good if you like those sort of things.
I've been hoping around a bit, was playing some D&D games from the 80s that I had back in the 5" floppy days, but recently re-visited an mmo (project gorgon) that I was part of the kickstarter in 2014. Being that I tend to get to play in very small bursts (like 2hr a night for 2 or 3 nights) then busy for long periods of time (like a week), I'll lose interest in what I was playing by the time I could get back to it. Fortunately I have like 900 games sofa


You are probably thinking of a Blaskapelle. They are very common in the Bavarian region, and the music could be confused with Polka. I tend to call it Um-pa-pa music Grin. Usually at a Volksfest like Oktoberfest in Munich you will find the tents have a Blaskapelle playing. It's tradition Grin
I just looked some up and it seems to mostly be horns. This band from the fest has an accordion (I cant find any video of them, just the picture at the bottom of the page) :
http://www.germanfestva.org/music-at-germanfest.html


My wife said that in a lot of cases they used really old words for things that were no longer used in modern German. This actually makes sense since I believe the Amish originated from Switzerland, but we won't get into the Swiss dialect of German. I'm not sure anyone other than the Swiss can understand that Tongue
I recently read about why Americans and British people speak differently, the gist of it was that we spoke the same when America was first founded (obviously) but it was the Brits that started butchering (in my opinion (remember when this forum was mostly people from the UK? I would have been drawn and quartered for that comment laugh1 )) the language while we stayed true to the original form. So the fact that they use old words would kind of follow that as well.

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 on: April 05, 2021, 09:09:30 pm 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by Jason Reed
Ah yeah, I've heard about that, and some people losing hearing or being in a 'permanent' brain fog. Fortunately not the case here, was 3 days of "really bad flu" (with temps getting scary high) and 7 more days of "mild flu" (with temps staying below 101). One of my bandmates (we all got it at the same time, so probably the same source) lost his taste but was back to normal in the 10 days or less.

That's good to hear. I know very few people who've actually caught it so my experience with how bad the after affects comes mostly from what's reported in the news.

lucky... it's like pulling teeth to get my boss to pay invoices or anything, much less a "luxury" item like a computer that I can have more than 5 apps open at once with out it going sooooo slow. I think it's the biggest issue of small companies, he probably sees any extra spending as coming out of his pocket.

I'm pretty sure he did it as a tax right off. Some of us were complaining about the old laptops. Although when we did get the new ones it took some members of the team weeks before the moved everything over. Re-installing our development environment is not something members of our team enjoy laugh1

I think my boss has been wanting something more contemporary (I think he believes the reason I resigned in 2005 was for the window office on the 11th floor) for some time (we were in a building that was obviously a residence at some point).

Our current location is on a mezzanine level above a car dealership. Basically our hall way is open on one side and looks directly down on the showroom floor. This is normally fine until they start wanting to move cars in and out of the showroom. They always seem to want to do that when we are working, instead of like coming in early to do it. Or what's even worse if they are trying to impress someone with the car (usually a Porche) they will start it up and rev the engine. We usually have to close our doors because the fumes are so bad. So none of the team would be disappointed if we were to move I'm sure.

We're open to all here in TX now. Before that I had friends getting it and I was like "how the hell did you get the shot already?" and it turns out they were going to neighboring "red" counties where people where the vaccine was available, but people weren't getting them... I figured I really don't come into contact with anyone so I wasn't going to bother doing any extra work and just get it when I come up on the wait list. I get my 2nd dose next week
Yeah, we have some friends in Arizona and they were saying that some places are begging people to come in and get the vaccine so that they don't have to waste any. That drives me insane that so many people don't want to take a vaccine! :grr: Hell I'd roll my sleeve up regardless what they offer (accept maybe the Russian one, I don't particularly trust them).

Hopefully you can get it soon! (and that it's the safe right thing to do... I'm still a little worried we'll find out an "oops, we just discovered that anyone who got it will now die at 55" or something, but if it means I get to live now, IDGAF)
So do I! I'm so ready, but here in Germany the focus is first on those most vulnerable to dying from it. My in-laws either have their first or they have the appointment for their first shot. My wife figures I'll probably get called some time in May. Mostly because I have asthma Another Tounge
My living space is so small that I'm in the same area for 16'ish hrs a day laugh1

That would drive me insane!! Nope I would have to find ways to go somewhere else. Even if it means renting a storage shed and putting a chair in it so I can sit for a few hours Another Tounge

I've been playing a tiny bit of video games in the little downtime I can manage. But it's mostly work, work, or band stuff.

At least with band stuff you get a chance to be creative. What video games are you playing? I've kind of moved on from Minecraft for the moment, and have been focusing on Cities: Skylines. It's what SimCity should have become. It's really good if you like those sort of things.


Yep, my work doesn't really involve input/output from anyone else unless there's a bug in production. I probably talk (as in not email) to coworkers/boss a few times a month laugh1 (and emails a couple times a week).

I envy you there! These are both old projects (and I feel the one will be ongoing for a bit), definitely not planning to take another for the foreseeable future.

My last freelance was helping my old company with an issue. When they requested I come to their office during the pandemic (not long after we moved to home office), and I said that I can't do that but would be willing to join in remotely, I didn't hear anything else from them after that. Eventually they contacted me to return the loaner laptop. I was happy to give it back, and wished them luck.

This is where my ignorant American is showing sofa I always thought it was a German thing. Now that I think about it, the event I've been to a few times as a kid was "Czec fest." We did have German fest in VA and I **think** there was polka bands but now I can't remember (and I was just at those every year from 2011-2014 laugh1 )

You are probably thinking of a Blaskapelle. They are very common in the Bavarian region, and the music could be confused with Polka. I tend to call it Um-pa-pa music Grin. Usually at a Volksfest like Oktoberfest in Munich you will find the tents have a Blaskapelle playing. It's tradition Grin


Yeah, there's an area that was heavily settled by Germans (or Czecs?) . Today's Tejano music pulls in some influence from that as well.

Germans actually. I watched a show about it, and apparently they ended up with their own dialect of German, which I believe is referred to as Texas German. Funny enough when my wife was visiting the US back when she was a student, she got to meet the Amish and what we tend to call "Pennsylvania Dutch" is in actually a very old form of German. For the most part she and her classmates could communicate with the Amish in their own language. My wife said that in a lot of cases they used really old words for things that were no longer used in modern German. This actually makes sense since I believe the Amish originated from Switzerland, but we won't get into the Swiss dialect of German. I'm not sure anyone other than the Swiss can understand that Tongue

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 on: April 05, 2021, 04:50:13 pm 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by simmo
That's good to hear. I was afraid you might have had what they call here "long covid" even people who were only mildly sick have a hard time shaking off feeling sick, or cant' taste for months after they supposedly recovered.
Ah yeah, I've heard about that, and some people losing hearing or being in a 'permanent' brain fog. Fortunately not the case here, was 3 days of "really bad flu" (with temps getting scary high) and 7 more days of "mild flu" (with temps staying below 101). One of my bandmates (we all got it at the same time, so probably the same source) lost his taste but was back to normal in the 10 days or less.


I can't say much about the hardware. During the warmer months last year my boss bought the entire development team new lighter and more powerful laptops. He even bought an extra monitor for me since I didn't have a safe way to transfer one of the ones I have at the office to home.
lucky... it's like pulling teeth to get my boss to pay invoices or anything, much less a "luxury" item like a computer that I can have more than 5 apps open at once with out it going sooooo slow. I think it's the biggest issue of small companies, he probably sees any extra spending as coming out of his pocket.


I'm not sure what he's thinking about when it comes to office space though. I believe our lease ends at the end of either this or next year. He's been talking about moving the company to another location in the same city but hasn't made any real plans.
I think my boss has been wanting something more contemporary (I think he believes the reason I resigned in 2005 was for the window office on the 11th floor) for some time (we were in a building that was obviously a residence at some point).


My wife got her first shot of BioNTech/Pfizer about a week ago. She will probably get her second dose next weekend. Other than that I'm still only priority 3 and they haven't finished with the prio 1s yet.
We're open to all here in TX now. Before that I had friends getting it and I was like "how the hell did you get the shot already?" and it turns out they were going to neighboring "red" counties where people where the vaccine was available, but people weren't getting them... I figured I really don't come into contact with anyone so I wasn't going to bother doing any extra work and just get it when I come up on the wait list. I get my 2nd dose next week


Our biggest problem is not getting enough Vaccine. BioNTech just opened a new factory here in Germany with bottling happening in Belgium so they expect to start producing a lot more vaccine and faster, without having to worry about exporting from the US or Great Britain. If Germany and the EU have their way, the vaccines will stay in Europe or be sent to countries where they don't have enough vaccine production, instead of exporting to the US or Great Britain.
Hopefully you can get it soon! (and that it's the safe right thing to do... I'm still a little worried we'll find out an "oops, we just discovered that anyone who got it will now die at 55" or something, but if it means I get to live now, IDGAF)


That's cool. Sadly I don't have too much in the way of diversions except painting, and then the problem is with the cold weather the only place where I can paint is the same place where I spend 8 hours a day working dunno
My living space is so small that I'm in the same area for 16'ish hrs a day laugh1


I had a really hard time getting motivated to do anything really. I certainly spent too much time playing video games instead as an attempt at diversion, but that can only go so far. While I've been off I took down all my office stuff and set the area up so I can paint. Since then I've spent practically two days down there tinkering on a couple of painting projects. That is certainly helping.
I've been playing a tiny bit of video games in the little downtime I can manage. But it's mostly work, work, or band stuff.


rofl_yello I'm not sure I can say I wouldn't realize I'm off work. Then again I have a wife and kids at home to remind me Grin.
Yep, my work doesn't really involve input/output from anyone else unless there's a bug in production. I probably talk (as in not email) to coworkers/boss a few times a month laugh1 (and emails a couple times a week).


yay I've pretty much closed out any thought of doing freelance for a while. I would rather spend my off time doing other things.
I envy you there! These are both old projects (and I feel the one will be ongoing for a bit), definitely not planning to take another for the foreseeable future.


Cool! I'll take a look. They are on Spotify right?
Yep!


Although I'm originally from the Midwest my parents weren't big Polka fans, mostly country and western. While I've heard a few polkas, I doubt I would recognize one from the other. Polka is also not really popular here in Germany specifically since it comes from the Czec Republic.
This is where my ignorant American is showing sofa I always thought it was a German thing. Now that I think about it, the event I've been to a few times as a kid was "Czec fest." We did have German fest in VA and I **think** there was polka bands but now I can't remember (and I was just at those every year from 2011-2014 laugh1 )


After doing a quick search there apparently is a Polka museum in Texas http://texaspolkamuseum.com/ rofl_yello
Yeah, there's an area that was heavily settled by Germans (or Czecs?) . Today's Tejano music pulls in some influence from that as well.



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 on: April 05, 2021, 06:18:16 am 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by Jason Reed
That was a long time ago sofa But yes, doing well, no more rona or Snovid21 laugh1

That's good to hear. I was afraid you might have had what they call here "long covid" even people who were only mildly sick have a hard time shaking off feeling sick, or cant' taste for months after they supposedly recovered.

Same! We don't even have an office anymore laugh1 the spot my company rented since the 90s was sold (most likely will be torn down for a mid-rise like the rest of the neighborhood) and at first they gave us a price break on the rent, then decided they were going to raise it. Me and my co-workers (especially the ones that live an hour away) are hoping the boss realizes we don't need an office. I mention I can't go back to that crappy hardware anytime he brings up "when we get a new office" too.

I can't say much about the hardware. During the warmer months last year my boss bought the entire development team new lighter and more powerful laptops. He even bought an extra monitor for me since I didn't have a safe way to transfer one of the ones I have at the office to home. I'm not sure what he's thinking about when it comes to office space though. I believe our lease ends at the end of either this or next year. He's been talking about moving the company to another location in the same city but hasn't made any real plans.

That's good! Y'all vaccinated yet? I got my 1st dose of pfizer last week (I felt like crap for two days after... like a 20% case of rona), get the next one in 13 days.
My wife got her first shot of BioNTech/Pfizer about a week ago. She will probably get her second dose next weekend. Other than that I'm still only priority 3 and they haven't finished with the prio 1s yet. Our biggest problem is not getting enough Vaccine. BioNTech just opened a new factory here in Germany with bottling happening in Belgium so they expect to start producing a lot more vaccine and faster, without having to worry about exporting from the US or Great Britain. If Germany and the EU have their way, the vaccines will stay in Europe or be sent to countries where they don't have enough vaccine production, instead of exporting to the US or Great Britain.

If it wasn't for my bands I'd be going crazy... One of my band has canceled a lot during the pandemic, but I definitely have things on my calendar each week to break up the monotony. (we even played a show, I wore a mask the whole time but there weren't many other masks... was fairly low key, benefit for a friend to help with Snovid21 related costs)

That's cool. Sadly I don't have too much in the way of diversions except painting, and then the problem is with the cold weather the only place where I can paint is the same place where I spend 8 hours a day working dunno I had a really hard time getting motivated to do anything really. I certainly spent too much time playing video games instead as an attempt at diversion, but that can only go so far. While I've been off I took down all my office stuff and set the area up so I can paint. Since then I've spent practically two days down there tinkering on a couple of painting projects. That is certainly helping.
Turns out... I was off today... I didn't know it till about 2pm (ironically when I received a work email that said "Sorry would not ask you today but" and I had to check my calendar to see if it was Saturday... sofa )
rofl_yello I'm not sure I can say I wouldn't realize I'm off work. Then again I have a wife and kids at home to remind me Grin.

I think I'm FINALLY nearing the end of one of my freelance gigs (I think I say that at least once a month) but the other is still keeping me busy, so even when I'm off, I'm working (going to take the rest of the day for myself though, planning to play a video game).
yay I've pretty much closed out any thought of doing freelance for a while. I would rather spend my off time doing other things.

One of my bands released a few tracks this week, it's on all the streaming platforms so if you want to hear, just search "Toxic Origin" (band name), the album is titled "No Love." It's not the band that I'm a huge fan of Another Tounge My other band is releasing an album soon (just waiting on the art to be finished) and that's the one I'm excited about.
Cool! I'll take a look. They are on Spotify right?

This might sound cliche, or even offensive, but do y'all listen to polka? I grew up with it and still listen on occasion. I've had a particular track stuck in my head for about a month now but I don't know the name so I can't youtube it... I'm pretty sure I have it on cassette in a box so I have it on my to do list to dig it out just to figure it out rofl_yello

Although I'm originally from the Midwest my parents weren't big Polka fans, mostly country and western. While I've heard a few polkas, I doubt I would recognize one from the other. Polka is also not really popular here in Germany specifically since it comes from the Czec Republic. After doing a quick search there apparently is a Polka museum in Texas http://texaspolkamuseum.com/ rofl_yello

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 on: April 02, 2021, 08:42:34 pm 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by simmo
How's it going on your end? Have you fully recovered from Corona?
That was a long time ago sofa But yes, doing well, no more rona or Snovid21 laugh1


Things are going fine here.
Good to hear!


Still working from home.
Same! We don't even have an office anymore laugh1 the spot my company rented since the 90s was sold (most likely will be torn down for a mid-rise like the rest of the neighborhood) and at first they gave us a price break on the rent, then decided they were going to raise it. Me and my co-workers (especially the ones that live an hour away) are hoping the boss realizes we don't need an office. I mention I can't go back to that crappy hardware anytime he brings up "when we get a new office" too.


Wife has been helping at the vaccination station since she is trained to give the vaccination.
That's good! Y'all vaccinated yet? I got my 1st dose of pfizer last week (I felt like crap for two days after... like a 20% case of rona), get the next one in 13 days.


Other than that it's pretty much groundhog day here.
If it wasn't for my bands I'd be going crazy... One of my band has canceled a lot during the pandemic, but I definitely have things on my calendar each week to break up the monotony. (we even played a show, I wore a mask the whole time but there weren't many other masks... was fairly low key, benefit for a friend to help with Snovid21 related costs)


We except this week. I took some time off to recover from burn out Tongue
Turns out... I was off today... I didn't know it till about 2pm (ironically when I received a work email that said "Sorry would not ask you today but" and I had to check my calendar to see if it was Saturday... sofa )

I think I'm FINALLY nearing the end of one of my freelance gigs (I think I say that at least once a month) but the other is still keeping me busy, so even when I'm off, I'm working (going to take the rest of the day for myself though, planning to play a video game).


One of my bands released a few tracks this week, it's on all the streaming platforms so if you want to hear, just search "Toxic Origin" (band name), the album is titled "No Love." It's not the band that I'm a huge fan of Another Tounge My other band is releasing an album soon (just waiting on the art to be finished) and that's the one I'm excited about.


This might sound cliche, or even offensive, but do y'all listen to polka? I grew up with it and still listen on occasion. I've had a particular track stuck in my head for about a month now but I don't know the name so I can't youtube it... I'm pretty sure I have it on cassette in a box so I have it on my to do list to dig it out just to figure it out rofl_yello

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 on: April 02, 2021, 07:57:38 pm 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by Jason Reed
How's it going on your end? Have you fully recovered from Corona?

Things are going fine here. Still working from home. Wife has been helping at the vaccination station since she is trained to give the vaccination. Other than that it's pretty much groundhog day here. We except this week. I took some time off to recover from burn out Tongue

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 on: February 18, 2021, 08:38:52 pm 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by simmo
Well I'm just glad you are still safe Grin
Thanks Grin


The entire state of Texas was unprepared. From my understanding it was so cold that the controls and gauges at the natural gas stations froze. Also when they installed the Wind power generators, they decided that since it doesn't get cold in Texas that they could save some money on winterizing them, and they froze up too. My first message was before I realized how serious the problem had become.
Sounds like the wind power (that the anti-green people were blaming) came back online first and is why we're able to be on now lol


Oh and since Texas has their own separate power grid no other state could provide extra power to assist. That's pretty insane.
Could be propaganda (the world is so ducked up these days no one knows who to believe) but i read that our deficit was so bad it wouldn't have mattered that much. We needed more than entire states generate, much less could spare, of course, anything would have lessened the blow.


Yeah and the building was probably not very insulated to begin with.
yep, it's an old quirky building, but I like it.


Sounds like they are starting to get things fixed. The weather is making the news here in Germany too.
The one time we heating problems in our house during winter we got down to about 60F.
I hope y'all fare better than tx did!!!


Yeah, try to tell Texans that they need to stay off the roads. That's like telling the Pope to quit being Catholic.
lol last time i remember "snow" here was 2009. I was at work on a high floor and from my office window could see roofs turning white (was maybe 1/16th inch) and then the reports of multi-car pileups started... After driving in snow, I would not attempt it without 4-wheel drive (which I have).


Well hopefully you'll get water soon. Just remember to boil it before drinking. Most likely the water mains broke. Glad to hear you survived with all your fingers and toes intact.
Have water, but it's ice cold (landlord probably needs to turn on the boiler room). We're under a boil watch but i don't plan to consume it for days regardless. Looking forward to a hot shower lol.



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 on: February 18, 2021, 08:18:30 pm 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by Jason Reed
lol yeah, i got the email notice on my phone, probably could have logged in from there... but I'm a dinosaur when it comes to phones...

Well I'm just glad you are still safe Grin

Yes to cold weather, and no to the VA experience being helpfull... Had I not lived through 5 real winters I would have panicked like everyone else... AND I duckING SHOULD HAVE!!!

what the absolute duck happened!?!?

The entire state of Texas was unprepared. From my understanding it was so cold that the controls and gauges at the natural gas stations froze. Also when they installed the Wind power generators, they decided that since it doesn't get cold in Texas that they could save some money on winterizing them, and they froze up too. My first message was before I realized how serious the problem had become. Oh and since Texas has their own separate power grid no other state could provide extra power to assist. That's pretty insane.

I'm just working along, normal Monday. Toasty 68F in my office. My co-worker texts me that he doesn't have power. About an hour into my workday I lose internet... bummer, no worries, video game time... then about 6hrs later I lose power... One of the things I like about my apartment is I only have 1 shared wall, parking lot below me, top floor so no one above me... but that lends to not having very good insulation... and one wall of my place is 75% window...

Yeah and the building was probably not very insulated to begin with.

It's been 35f in my apt for just under 48hrs lol ... (24 hrs w/o water, which I still don't have ) I finally got power back about 4hrs ago, I was afraid that they shut off gas when the shut off water, but that doesn't seem to be the case and I'm back up to 61F and slowly climbing (going to let it go to 72 (usually im happy with 68, incase it shuts down again).

Sounds like they are starting to get things fixed. The weather is making the news here in Germany too.
The one time we heating problems in our house during winter we got down to about 60F.

SO yeah, this should have been a NON event... people should have stayed off the roads cos they aren't used to it and we don't have de-icers like up north, but other than that... wow. And I was totally unprepared because I had no idea. Fortunately I keep somewhat 'power outage ready' due to hurricanes but it's not 35f in my apt during those events lol...

Yeah, try to tell Texans that they need to stay off the roads. That's like telling the Pope to quit being Catholic.

Well hopefully you'll get water soon. Just remember to boil it before drinking. Most likely the water mains broke. Glad to hear you survived with all your fingers and toes intact.

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 on: February 18, 2021, 02:32:43 am 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by simmo
So are you getting hit with the cold weather too? I've heard that there's snow and ice in Texas. Probably a good thing you've lived in Virginia before Grin

We've had temperatures at around -16C (about 3F) for the last week or so. It's supposed to start warming up a bit this week.

I just realized that if you don't have electricity you might not be able to answer my message sofa
lol yeah, i got the email notice on my phone, probably could have logged in from there... but I'm a dinosaur when it comes to phones...

Yes to cold weather, and no to the VA experience being helpfull... Had I not lived through 5 real winters I would have panicked like everyone else... AND I duckING SHOULD HAVE!!!

what the absolute duck happened!?!?

I'm just working along, normal Monday. Toasty 68F in my office. My co-worker texts me that he doesn't have power. About an hour into my workday I lose internet... bummer, no worries, video game time... then about 6hrs later I lose power... One of the things I like about my apartment is I only have 1 shared wall, parking lot below me, top floor so no one above me... but that lends to not having very good insulation... and one wall of my place is 75% window...

It's been 35f in my apt for just under 48hrs lol ... (24 hrs w/o water, which I still don't have ) I finally got power back about 4hrs ago, I was afraid that they shut off gas when the shut off water, but that doesn't seem to be the case and I'm back up to 61F and slowly climbing (going to let it go to 72 (usually im happy with 68, incase it shuts down again).

SO yeah, this should have been a NON event... people should have stayed off the roads cos they aren't used to it and we don't have de-icers like up north, but other than that... wow. And I was totally unprepared because I had no idea. Fortunately I keep somewhat 'power outage ready' due to hurricanes but it's not 35f in my apt during those events lol...


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