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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 02, 2012, 01:41:32 PM »
Wow, nice work morticai! 
You could interplant with fast growing spring things, bc it will take a while for the tater plants to fill out.

I have heard that when you cut potatoes in parts for planting, you need to let them dry out.  Any truth to that?

Apricot is in full bloom, so it snowed this morning. ::)

It's so mice to have a proper garden plot. My 16 month old is loving getting all muddy.
This is why you should have a garden-for the kids.  My kids grew up eating fresh veggies straight from the garden(muddy carrots, immature sweet peas, etc) and we never had eating issues with either of them.  I cringe every time I see a relative or friend's kid refuse to eat veggies.

On top of not being picky eaters the dirt makes them smarter.  If you can believe the study my oldest daughter read.

Paul

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Going Pro / Re: I don't miss homebrewing
« on: April 02, 2012, 12:54:12 PM »
I have friends who are lawyers and love to the scrubbed stories of their dumbest clients over the years.  Most of these are drop dead funny.  We also have hypothetical discussions too about case that are being tried in public media and it's eye opening to hear the "behind the current" stuff but I would never ask for advice that would require them to stand behind their answer.  If they might have to backup their advice, we have discussion sitting on opposite sides of their desk where I'm a paying customer.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Election results?
« on: April 02, 2012, 12:47:05 PM »
Every precinct deserves your vote! 

Hopefully the SCOTUS doesn't get involved.  It would take for ever to finish the strip searches.

8^)

Paul

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The Pub / Re: regional Sayings
« on: March 30, 2012, 01:13:45 PM »
I don't know, I never heard of "sun breaks" as a weather phenomena until I moved to the NW . . .

The weirdest thing I think, is all of the people in the south who use "coke" as a generic word for "soda".
http://popvssoda.com/countystats/total-county.html

On top of that all "tea" is sweet tea unless you beg them to not put 11 tablespoons full of sugar in your 16 oz. glass.

Paul
When my family from NC was visiting, my niece tried to order "sweet tea" in a restaurant.  They had no idea what she was talking about, and she was confused why they didn't get it. :)

I've also been told "I talk TV".  The dang Iowa, no accent, accent. 

Paul

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We have a reverse trash day every year. 

Its really called the Spring Clean Up but is often referred to as "the East Sider's Christmas".  The east side of Des Moines is made up of much older neighborhoods and takes extreme pride in and ownership of the State Fair.  The west side is all the "rich" people in the suburbs. (Neither of these is really true of course but don't start this argument while you're here.)  Anyway... 

We put out whatever stuff we have that needs to go but can't go in the normal trash pickup up on the curb and then we sit outside and watch all the beat up cars and rusty trucks with trailers troll through the neighborhood and pick through the stuff.  On your normal trash day the garbage folks come through with dump trucks and pay loaders to pickup what's left.

On our block I give a six pack to the house that "sells out" fastest. 

 ;D

Paul

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The Pub / Re: regional Sayings
« on: March 30, 2012, 12:21:12 PM »
I don't know, I never heard of "sun breaks" as a weather phenomena until I moved to the NW . . .

The weirdest thing I think, is all of the people in the south who use "coke" as a generic word for "soda".
http://popvssoda.com/countystats/total-county.html

On top of that all "tea" is sweet tea unless you beg them to not put 11 tablespoons full of sugar in your 16 oz. glass.

Paul

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All I ever find are people's empty Bud Light and Coors Light cans in my yard.  And the occasional abandoned cat or dog.

I only seem to collect fast food wrappers, beer cans and things abandoned by other people's cats and dogs.  >:(

I have been gifted boxes of long necks in the box of truck at work though.

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Mega Millions jackpot breaks record!
« on: March 30, 2012, 12:11:24 PM »
If I have one cookie I have one cookie. when that cookie is gone I have 0 cookies. The difference is one.  :)

okay so, the difference in the number of tickets you are holding is only one. but the rate of change between your odds of winning with a ticket and without is infinite. or undefined. If, once every 10 years or so the lottery people picked a name at random without requireing anyone to buy a ticket then the original statement is correct. if however, you need to buy a ticket to win then the increase is and infinity percent.

That being said I will agree with the modification of the original statement like this

"You guys realize there's only a slightly better chance you will win if you play as opposed to if you don't, right?"

 ::) ;D


Right, the increase is 1, the % increase is infinite.

I have my one ticket.  It's entertainment for me, a dollar spent like this provides more entertainment than spending $10 to watch a crappy movie at the theater.

I have 2.  One for me and one for my wife.  (The winning one is mine.  8^) ) 

I rarely buy any kind of lottery ticket but in cases like this where the cost is minimal and the possible payoff is massive it's worth a buck to be in the drawing.  With a ticket it is extremely unlikely I'll win but without one there isn't any chance to get lucky.

Good luck to all ticket holders on the board!

Paul


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The Pub / Re: regional Sayings
« on: March 30, 2012, 07:02:56 AM »
It's not really an old standard yet but I saw a t-shirt this year that said "Urbandale- Only we know where our borders are."

If you ever see a map of Urbandale, IA you would understand too.  We are an independent suburb of Des Moines sandwiched between 3 other suburbs.  There are places where Urbandale is only on side of a 4 lane highway and less than a block wide.  There's one area where none of the police forces will respond because none of them believe it is in any of the towns.

Kinda crazy.

Paul

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Equipment and Software / Re: OK I really screwed up...
« on: March 30, 2012, 06:55:25 AM »
Anyone wanna pitch in a buck to buy Tonyp a new cooler?  I'd have thrown in the towel about 30 secs after I opened it.

I was thinking the same thing but wasn't going to say anything because I've been known to have my own hard to explain obsessions over the years.  Homebrewing in general comes to mind.   ::)

Paul

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Equipment and Software / Re: Chest Freezer vs Fridge for Making Lagers
« on: March 29, 2012, 02:24:14 PM »
I think the biggest advantage a chest freezer has over a fridge is shelf strength.  The bottom of a chest freezer isn't going anywhere.  Depending on the shelving in a fridge you might need to do some serious remodeling inside to support more than a couple fermenters at a time.

I don't normally have more than one beer lagering at a time in my 16CF fridge.  More so because my wife and kids think they need to keep stuff in it too.  I wouldn't trust the glass shelves in it to hold too many batches at a time though.

IMHO - YMMV

Paul

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Going Pro / Re: I don't miss homebrewing
« on: March 29, 2012, 12:52:57 PM »
Groups asking for beer isn't just the bane of the Pro either.  I've been asked many times "Hey how about donating a couple of kegs to this great cause?" and then have them get upset when I politely say that I'd love to it's illegal.  One guy is a pharmacist and didn't seem to understand until I suggested he donate a couple hundred tabs of OXY or morphine. :-\ 

People's hearts are in the right place but sometimes they get caught up in the moment. 

And having been on the asking side, you won't get any donation if you don't ask people/businesses for stuff.  I find most businesses are much more open when you ask if they can give you a discount on the things you need and then they offer to help for free.

Paul

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Going Pro / Re: I don't miss homebrewing
« on: March 29, 2012, 08:36:22 AM »
The "computer guy" gets hit up for free advice a lot too.  I think it's rude and decided a long time ago if I need to discuss a medical, legal or mechanical problem with a friend, I make an appointment.

Paul

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The Pub / Re: So i have this "friend"...
« on: March 29, 2012, 08:32:53 AM »
The stuff you can learn about on this forum.  8^) 

I had no idea an eighth book was coming in the Dark Tower series.  You'd think, what was it, 25 or 30 years waiting for the end was enough.  Oh well, another book on the list.

Thanks folks!

Paul

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The Pub / Re: BASEBALL!
« on: March 29, 2012, 06:59:51 AM »
We have the Minor League Iowa Cubs (Chicago Triple A) here in Des Moines.  When the kids were smaller we'd sign them all up for the "Knothole Gang" club and use it as a cheap family outing.  You can't beat $9/kid for 6 games, a t-shirt, a bomb-pop and a small drink at each game.  and GA tickets only $6 (only $5 if you buy a book of ten).  It kinda made baseball fans out of all of them.  Seeing a game at the park is so much more interesting than watching one on TV.  They've seen enough games to make them be able to understand what's happening when listening on the radio too.

I grew up in town in NW noted for it's baseball teams so it's part of my childhood I could share.

Paul

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