Same here, all the tv shows i want to watch are available for free on the
internet or broadcast. Quit going to the movies when they raised the price
of admission to $1. Cook all my meals fresh, no processed food for me
and no restaurants.
My electric bill went up to $51 last month due to a/c usage, and I'm
worth every penny. I'm hot and tired when I come home and need respite
from the near 100F temps if I'm going to get up and do it again the
I, too, refuse to let morons dictate where I spend my funds, and was
not happy to send off yet another $550 check to the IRS this week
toward next year's taxes. The gov't seems to think that since we pay
taxes, they can waste the money on frivolous bullshit.
I think our country would do _much_ better with about 3/4 fewer gov't
employees and 3/4 fewer (mostly redandant) programs.
last search nets us 13,100,000 hits alone.
Har! I think you're right about the ad quality vs the programming,
but both suck the big one.
I don't listen to or watch broadcast radio or TV in my house any
longer, and I'm happier for it. I save $80 a month and don't have to
listen to inane commercials 24/7.
Self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice.
-- Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Then you've never heard any of the scam medical ads on early radio?
The boarder blasters were the worst. XERF ran lots of ads for 'medical
services' that were illegal in the United States. Just bring your money
across the boarder for some quack can do worthless surgery on you in an
unsanitary environment! Other ads were for quack medical devices and
scams that would have made 'Bigmouth Billy, the dead screaming pitch man
perhaps you have heard of a thing called "public radio", in which
willing participants pay their radio station? No advertisers required,
and the ones in my local area at least receive virtually no government
support. I guess that's not conservative enough for you guys though,
what with people voluntarily paying for content, yet allowing some
others to have the content as well, without paying. Maybe when the
republicans own the country they can confiscate the airwaves and
eliminate our right to listen to radio that we choose to pay for - that
would be good for business, I imagine - steal from the public and give
to your friends in exchange for money contributed to your election campaign.
Perhaps you'll learn to use proper quote annotation? I have about
20,000 radio stations available, from around the world.
I've never found anything on public radio worth listening to.
Interchannel static had more information, and was more entertaining.
Public Radio could replace waterboarding as torture.
Listen to it if you like it. I don't. A few minutes at a time was
all I could take. I like to listen to music at low volume to mask
background noise. Most talk radio makes me want to smash every radio in
sight. I no longer give a shit about sports, so music is all that's
left. I currently have
streaming all the time
that I'm home & awake. I was a radio & TV broadcast engineer for years,
and the low quality of today's programing and service is an
embarrassment. The stations around here are useless. There is so much
electrical noise that the AM band is useless, and the FM band is more
talk radio, "Soft Rock" (Wet drywall?) and low power religious
stations. There are two stations that claim to play country music, but
like the line in a real country song: 'That ain't country, it's just bad
rock & roll!!!'
That leaves the internet to find something to listen to.
Methinks I'd like to consider myself "comfortably poor".
Modest upscale house paid for. 1 year old car paid for. Well-
equipped manual work shop paid for. DVD player for the odd movie or
photographs. No consumer debt. 1993 RX7 toy car needing some work
on the engine now. Maybe engine re-build after 180,000 Km???
2 computers; IBM Think Pad 10 years old and a Dell whiz-bang 3 years
old. Digital camera 7 years old, digital video camera 1 year old.
Modest irregular income but at high $ per hour. Modest pension. Some
savings and investments to provide that "warm and comfortable
Soon after my wife died I discontinued the cable TV as I found it
unwatchable, and only listen to the radio when I must drive through
Toronto in order to get the traffic forecast.... this usually too late
to avoid traffic jams.:-)). Get my news from the 'net.
Rarely do I go out to eat; I buy a lot of my food semi-prepared since
I am a lousy cook. My cleaning lady suggested that I take cooking
classes... something to consider and maybe meet a hot babe??? Yeah,
dreaming in technicolour here as there was only my one Mary.
I go to a lot of club meetings though for interesting conversation.
Glad that this season is now beginning.
Now I am in the process of reducing the recurring bills. Thank god
natural gas is cheap, but electricity is a killer. I just got my
bill of $330.00 covering from mid June to mid August. This includes
air conditioning and a 3/4 HP pool pump that runs continuously for 6
months of the year. Any suggestions on how to improve motor
efficiency here? The motor draws 13.8 full load amps... I will
measure it for actual amps but efficiency is lousy for a 3/4 HP
Some years ago we added 9" of fiberglass insulation to the attic, (15"
total), new thermopane windows, insulated outside doors, and a high
efficiency gas furnace. This has reduced the gas bill to $105 per
month for last January and February. This includes hot water and my
gas fire place used about 3 to 4 hours every night during the winter.
For comparison, in 1981, for a house with 1/2 the roof area of my
current digs, the heating oil bill was $125 per month for January.
Too bad my wife is not with me to enjoy all these comforts she
contributed so much to..... But nobody ever said that life was fair.
Here is a cute anecdote of our 35+ years together:
Whenever I appeared to be searching for something my wife would ask
"What are you looking for?" To which I would reply with my standard
line of "fame, fortune, fast cars, and loose women". To which my wife
would reply "Well dear, 2 out of 4 isn't bad, is it?????"
Do you get much use from the pool?
A friend of mine decided the pain and expense
wasn't worth it.
She chopped out the bottom of her pool and had
lots of clean fill dirt put in. It improved
the efficiency mightily and boosted the sale
price of the place, when she did decide to move.
No we don't use the pool much anymore; it came with the house when we
bought it 18 years ago and it was old then, at least for a pool.
We thoroughly overhauled it in 1996 including a new liner, and at that
time thought about filling it in. But the pool is a nice visual
thing, much like a fountain in a park.
Back in '93 we planted lots of trees and a hedge which is now 12 feet
The yard looks like a clearing in the forest with a pool in the
middle... very pleasant indeed. The cost is not too bad for
chemicals and we open and close it ourselves.
To run the pump is about $400 for 6 months. I've tried to put the
pump on a timer but during hot weather the water doesn't like it and
turns green. I'm afraid to cycle the pump more than once every three
hours or so as this shortens the starting switch life expectancy.
I've thought of using a 3 phase high efficiency motor with VFD.
Anybody know what the max. efficiency is of one of these? Or possibly
a DC motor but the commutator life expectancy could be problematic.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
It appears that a larger pump and an extra inlet/outlet would be the
fix for that. The small one is just not up to the job.
Dad had an ozonator on the spa he had and it worked fantastically. It
allowed him to minimize chlorine and other chemical use.
He also had a 100' length of plain old 1/2" poly tubing stapled to a
black painted sheet of plywood which he used as a solar heater. It
dropped his heating costs to zero about 10 months a year, but that was
in sunny LoCal.
Our first house in CA had an in-ground pool, and I think the filter
ran 4 hours a day. It was a 16x24' oval with an 8' deep end. Pool
timers are built for that.
Self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice.
-- Elizabeth Cady Stanton
I ain't so sure. I think Wolfgang now keeps the algae
at bay by injecting O2 via the pump. It's a good thing
but is not the primary purpose of the pump.
Thus the ozone injection and a reduction in pump time
is in order. This is purely a guess on my part, I admit.
There is a data point! Thanks!
As are the pump motors themselves.
A thought. Could you connect a lawn sprinkler to the output of the
pump and have its output come down into the pool. The water droplets
would adsorb oxygen in the air and the agitated pool surface would
also add oxygen to the pool.
My understanding is that releasing air at the bottom of the pool does
not work so well. Too much nitrogen gets adsorbed by the water.