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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    Looking up housing near the job I’m supposed to start at the end of the month, I see that while Washington DC proper is nondriver-friendly with busses and subways, working at a National Parks site in Virginia means at least some amount of rideshares.
    I'll ask, but you are under no obligation to answer. What job are you applying for? Which National Parks might it be in? Is this just for the summer or something more permanent? Good luck with all of that.

    I'l also mention that once you get outside of the big East coast cities, that having your own car becomes almost essential. I know that's true in Ohio, and from what I know of Virginia, I'd assume it is very similar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    I'll ask, but you are under no obligation to answer. What job are you applying for? Which National Parks might it be in? Is this just for the summer or something more permanent? Good luck with all of that.

    I'l also mention that once you get outside of the big East coast cities, that having your own car becomes almost essential. I know that's true in Ohio, and from what I know of Virginia, I'd assume it is very similar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    George Washington Memorial Parkway!

    I’ve been accepted and it’s for June to October. Hopefully I can turn it into a longer career with the NPS.
    I've been there. We visited DC and Northern Virginia in 2017. Went to Mount Vernon and did some hikes along the trail there.

    Best of luck getting the position.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    George Washington Memorial Parkway!

    I’ve been accepted and it’s for June to October. Hopefully I can turn it into a longer career with the NPS.
    As an archaeologist? That would be very cool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    As an archaeologist? That would be very cool!
    Just a normal ranger for now, but the NPS does do archaeological work on Theodore Roosevelt Island.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    Just a normal ranger for now, but the NPS does do archaeological work on Theodore Roosevelt Island.
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    This isn't so much a "bugs me" as a "makes me sad", but we don't have a thread for that.

    Since my mom passed away, I've been donating blood every eight weeks pretty much without fail. For the past few years, that's been at a mobile drive at the local hospital. They have volunteers to pass out the juice and cookies. Two of the volunteers were an elderly man and his considerably younger wife. He wore his "Pearl Harbor Survivor" cap. I chatted with him about that. He had asked to be assigned to the USS Arizona to be with his buddy, but was placed on USS Tennessee instead, which may well have saved his life. When Tennessee was put in the shipyard, he was reassigned as a submariner and finished the war as an officer.

    His obituary was in the local paper today. He was 98. And active until the end; not a bad way to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    You saw the monument from the wrong angle! From State's side, he's actually flipping the bird.
    And well deserved too

    It was interesting to see how many memorials there were to the War of 1812 as we moved eastward across Canada from Toronto. It obviously served as a rallying point for Canadian national unity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    And well deserved too

    It was interesting to see how many memorials there were to the War of 1812 as we moved eastward across Canada from Toronto. It obviously served as a rallying point for Canadian national unity.
    Different parts of Canada had different experiences. Around here we actually gave the Americans in Maine gun powder for their fireworks on the Fourth of July during the War of 1812.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    And well deserved too

    It was interesting to see how many memorials there were to the War of 1812 as we moved eastward across Canada from Toronto. It obviously served as a rallying point for Canadian national unity.
    There is a particular funny story about the Brock's Monument, but I can't recall what it was called now and when it happened. That's annoying.

    The gist of it was a handful of guys invaded Canada. In the shadow of Brock's Monument these men tried to recruit people to throw off the "tyranny of British Rule". They had no weapons nor any means to get any. They didn't even bring a bagged lunch. And these guys happily told their story to anyone who would listen. They were arrested, but that might be overstating the case. They thought the police might like to join them. One detail of the story was incredulity, various parts of the Canadian law enforcement and legal system got involved because they couldn't believe what was being reported. It was oddly a very serious issue for the Canada, despite the lame-brained execution. I think they all did time on both sides of the border.

    It almost sounds like the revolt in Thor: Ragnarok. The leader claimed that it failed due to a lack of fliers.
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    Solfe: That certainly sounds like a rather quixotic attempt at an invasion. But then again the War of 1812 itself was altogether a pretty strange affair.

    Backroad Astronomer: I gather that Main & New Brunswick had a friendly relationship with each other for a fair while and that apparently the denizens of New England were not particularly enamoured with the war.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    There is a particular funny story about the Brock's Monument, but I can't recall what it was called now and when it happened. That's annoying.

    The gist of it was a handful of guys invaded Canada. In the shadow of Brock's Monument these men tried to recruit people to throw off the "tyranny of British Rule". They had no weapons nor any means to get any. They didn't even bring a bagged lunch. And these guys happily told their story to anyone who would listen. They were arrested, but that might be overstating the case. They thought the police might like to join them. One detail of the story was incredulity, various parts of the Canadian law enforcement and legal system got involved because they couldn't believe what was being reported. It was oddly a very serious issue for the Canada, despite the lame-brained execution. I think they all did time on both sides of the border.

    It almost sounds like the revolt in Thor: Ragnarok. The leader claimed that it failed due to a lack of fliers.
    So not the guys who once blew it up, then!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    So not the guys who once blew it up, then!
    I don't think that was part of the plan. This was probably in the very early 20th century, or close. I think extradition was a problem because there wasn't an agreement between Canada and US at the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    Solfe: That certainly sounds like a rather quixotic attempt at an invasion. But then again the War of 1812 itself was altogether a pretty strange affair.

    Backroad Astronomer: I gather that Main & New Brunswick had a friendly relationship with each other for a fair while and that apparently the denizens of New England were not particularly enamoured with the war.
    I don't think many here were really in it either, it was mostly an Upper Canada(now Ontario) thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    I don't think many here were really in it either, it was mostly an Upper Canada(now Ontario) thing.
    Thanks for a bit more knowledge.

    Solfe: I don't think that was part of the plan. This was probably in the very early 20th century, or close. I think extradition was a problem because there wasn't an agreement between Canada and US at the time.

    I bet Detective Murdoch would have sorted it out!

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    Ok, I'm once again annoyed with myself. I've posted about this before.

    We have a nice built-in china cabinet with drawers and a beautiful glass upper, where we display "treasures". My wife wanted a pegboard system like this to arrange stuff. Exactly like that, because that's what we ordered and got from Amazon. About the time it arrived, however, the brackets at the back of the drawer rails failed and we had to get them fixed. That happened several months ago.

    The problem then was that the pegboards were 30x21 and the drawers are only 20 inches deep. I would need to trim them. The manufacturer recommends a table saw, a tool I will probably never own because they terrify me. (Yes, I have known someone who cut his fingers off.) My options would therefore be: Circular Saw, Jigsaw, Bandsaw. And there the matter sat for the last few months. I kept thinking of how to do it, stewing about it, but not summoning the nerve to tackle the job.

    Until today. Measuring, marking, and cutting with the jigsaw probably totaled an hour. The new edge is slightly wavy but not noticeable once in the drawer. I've been fretting about this for months. Why the heck do I do this to myself?
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    Why is it that you have to have the remote aligned at a precise angle to change the TV channel, BUT when you sit on the remote it always changes the channel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    Why is it that you have to have the remote aligned at a precise angle to change the TV channel, BUT when you sit on the remote it always changes the channel?
    Here's a satellite dish.

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    It has the actual transmission element in the middle, then this large surface surrounding it, reflecting the signal and sending it in the right direction.

    So the transmission element is the little antenna in the remote. And the big reflecting surface . . .

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    Why does pasta sauce always come in jars, not tins?

    Is pasta sauce some kind of premium product that can't be sullied by the humble tin?
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    Quote Originally Posted by captain swoop View Post
    Why does pasta sauce always come in jars, not tins?

    Is pasta sauce some kind of premium product that can't be sullied by the humble tin?
    I'm aware of no techical consideration for not using cans/tins, except perhaps for storage. Not everyone uses an entire jar at once and having a screw top container is more convenient for keeping the leftover. Otherwise, my guess is that it's mostly about marketing the product. With glass, consumers can judge a sauce's color and character while it's still on the shelf. Rich red, chunky, and bits of onion versus anemic red, overprocessed with little visual indication of individual ingredients, or even flavor. So for me, it's cans for tomatoes and straight-up tomato sauces but if I need a prepared pasta sauce, I prefer jars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by captain swoop View Post
    Why does pasta sauce always come in jars, not tins?

    Is pasta sauce some kind of premium product that can't be sullied by the humble tin?
    I think this is a classic example of begging the question, because you can get pasta sauce in tins, or cans. However marketers may well think there is added value in a glass jar. Their recycling credentials are then spoiled by using clear glass jars. Brown glass is better for recycling. Of course fresh pasta sauce is even better. But that’s another story.
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    I applied for a passport renewal back in February, and haven't heard anything.
    Trivial because I'm not traveling anytime soon, but annoying because I couldn't even if I wanted.

    I suspect the application and old passport are sitting in someone's "in bin" at an abandoned government office somewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by captain swoop View Post
    Why does pasta sauce always come in jars, not tins?

    Is pasta sauce some kind of premium product that can't be sullied by the humble tin?
    Lots of stuff comes in a certain type of packaging just because it always has. Mayo and peanut butter come in jars that are about twice as tall as they are wide. Because they always have, even though they aren't the same jars, being plastic instead of glass as they used to be. The opposite proportions, or even 1:1, would make it easier to use the product.
    Of course, alternatives aren't always better. I long thought that mayo should come in a squeeze bottle. Then it did, and I discovered it didn't really work very well. You can still get it that way, but 2:1 jars reign supreme.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Lots of stuff comes in a certain type of packaging just because it always has. Mayo and peanut butter come in jars that are about twice as tall as they are wide. Because they always have, even though they aren't the same jars, being plastic instead of glass as they used to be. The opposite proportions, or even 1:1, would make it easier to use the product.
    Of course, alternatives aren't always better. I long thought that mayo should come in a squeeze bottle. Then it did, and I discovered it didn't really work very well. You can still get it that way, but 2:1 jars reign supreme.
    I'm guessing that (simple inertia) also explains why black olives come in cans but green olives come in jars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by profloater View Post
    Brown glass is better for recycling.
    I've not heard that or at least I haven't heard that in the form of a blanket statement. I understand that brown glass is preferred for recylcing in some areas due to market demand while green or clear glass might be preferred in others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PetersCreek View Post
    I've not heard that or at least I haven't heard that in the form of a blanket statement. I understand that brown glass is preferred for recylcing in some areas due to market demand while green or clear glass might be preferred in others.
    And around here the waste companies no longer want glass of any color. There’s no market, they say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PetersCreek View Post
    I've not heard that or at least I haven't heard that in the form of a blanket statement. I understand that brown glass is preferred for recylcing in some areas due to market demand while green or clear glass might be preferred in others.
    There is an annoying problem, customers like clear glass bottles so few manufacturers use brown, but clear is harder to recycle because it must be sorted, while coloured glass is just melted down. But has no reuse takers. Maybe this time milk delivery and collection in glass bottles will revive. Glass can be spun into fine fibres for insulation too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PetersCreek View Post
    I've not heard that or at least I haven't heard that in the form of a blanket statement. I understand that brown glass is preferred for recylcing in some areas due to market demand while green or clear glass might be preferred in others.
    In my state, green glass used to be explicitly NOT recyclable, despite our thriving wine industry. Seven or eight years ago, I had a guy one my catapult team (father of another guy's daughter-in-law) who worked at a glass plant in Seattle. He said they were working on a new facility specifically to recycle green glass. I don't know if that ever happened.
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    Oh, and I got an e-mail today from the director of the Burlington, WA, Parks and Rec department. I've been wondering about the possibility of the Pumpkin Pitch happening and was thinking of contacting her, because she's the organizer.
    Her email said all programs are cancelled and all staff is being laid off. Including her. The pumpkin pitch is trivial, but the lives impacted are not. I just replied "Be Safe".
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