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Thank you for these updates, interesting to watch from afar.

I'm figuring it is likely to be 2023 before I get back to the continental US; but then, barring tectonic shifts, my stashes should still be in situ.

All the best to you and yours.
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It hit 90 here for the last three days but a small storm came though and temps are supposed to drop into low 80s starting today.
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I'm still in the valley!

We are having a spring peak season that is making Christmas look like normal times. I cannot believe how much volume there is. Warehouse looked no different at 1900 last night than it did at 0600 on Friday morning. And I know how much we processed all weekend. Friday night when I finally left at 2210 there was literally no where to walk in the warehouse.

I also have another office down here that I may work out of tomorrow just for some stress relief because this weekend will be heaving volume again with overflow coming in from LAX.

Was supposed to go over there next week. I canceled my own trip for obvious reasons. Don't want to be too far away from mama because of protests in Phoenix and Scottsdale or end up being trapped behind enemy lines over there. They know a thing or two about rioting.
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Wise choice HighCountry, LA was/is still one of those hot areas. Go figure.

Temps are expected to be 111 by Thurs, storms predicted Fri. Like the weatherguessers really know, LOL.

No arrests last two nights downtown. After Saturday in Scottsdale and incidents in other parts of the Country, I doubt they are done. Wise decision to keep close to home. I am doing the same.
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My cop neighbor has been down in the valley for a week reinforcing Phoenix PD, He is home today and scheduled to head back Thursday through Monday.

I am doing securitiy over watch of his place while he is gone in case some local loony goes full retard.
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Even with the storm swirling around us the temp spiked to 101 degrees today.
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Didn't get to the water heater while our son was here, no big deal right. Nope, a week after he left we woke up to water everywhere this morning. Element had rotted out and was leaking.

Ended up replacing both elements and we have hot water again. Luckily the elements were in the stash of spare parts we inherited with the house so I didn't have to try to locate some on the spur of the moment.

There is quite a bit of gravel sized chunks of precipitated out minerals in the bottom that I couldn't get flushed out so the next time it acts up it will be new water heater time.

Should be more efficient with the replacement elements and lower my electric bill a bit.
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Still getting the smoke from the fire down south. Can all you Tucson people take some deep breaths to suck it out of the air?
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...Luckily the elements were in the stash of spare parts we inherited with the house so I didn't have to try to locate some on the spur of the moment...
Well.. at least now you know what you're Doing tomorrow, right? ('..Ace is the place...' or however that song went..

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Nah, since like I said the next time it acts up will be new water heater time.
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Here's a picture I took a few days ago of the smoke coming from the Bush fire.

Last week somebody I know who sells real estate told me she's been really busy with lots of people from big cities wanting to get out of the cities and into the rural areas. Hopefully this doesn't mean clueless new neighbors. Steve, you probably made the right choice in buying the land next to your property.
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Here's a picture I took a few days ago of the smoke coming from the Bush fire.

Last week somebody I know who sells real estate told me she's been really busy with lots of people from big cities wanting to get out of the cities and into the rural areas. Hopefully this doesn't mean clueless new neighbors. Steve, you probably made the right choice in buying the land next to your property.
Yeah I'm glad we bought it before this get away from the city craze hit.

Like I mentioned earlier in the thread we are seeing a lot more traffic past our place than we used to. Much of it with building supplies but it is all off-grid out there so will have to see how many stick it out after this winter.
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Speaking of building supplies this guy laid it over in front of my place last Monday. I was passed by the emergency vehicles as I was leaving town. No one was hurt but he had a full load of concrete that hardened in barrel by the time they got him out. He dropped a tire into the ditch and went over as he tried to get out

The county road crew guys were all wanting to cut my fence so they could play with their loaders to help but I let them know I wouldn't be happy about that. The wrecker crew showed up with three trucks and got him out without damage to my fence.





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Driver likely out of a job and if he had a full load that hardened, there goes the drum. Cheaper to replace than chip out.
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Whoops!

A little bit further and he would have taken down a section of you fence.
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Driver likely out of a job and if he had a full load that hardened, there goes the drum. Cheaper to replace than chip out.
The lifting chains also boogered up the drum from the weight.

Supposedly first accident in 30yrs of driving and friends with the owner of company, so could still be working. Especially as it's hard to find people who can pass the drug screening for a commercial license.
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A little bit further and he would have taken down a section of you fence.
Yep which was why I didn't want the county guys to cut it since it was still perfect.

When the wrecker crew drug his front end sideways out onto the road to get a better angle for the lift, the fill chute was literally only an inch away from my wire. They lifted him upright and never touched the fence wire.
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Speaking of building supplies this guy laid it over in front of my place last Monday.<snip>

Aww... the big fella just probably got tired hauling all that concrete, and decided to take a bit of tea and a lie down.


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Driver likely out of a job and if he had a full load that hardened, there goes the drum. Cheaper to replace than chip out.
Reminds me of the MythBuster ep semi-debunking the idea that one could remove dried concrete from a mixing truck using dynamite (see it at least 2/3rds way of the shortened video for the payoff):

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According to the driver he came out of my wash headed up hill and the sun hit him in the eyes. So he reached up to flip the visor down and dropped his tire into the ditch. Then 'alllllmost' got it back on the road, when it slowly rolled on it's side (probably from the mass in the rotating drum).
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The lifting chains also boogered up the drum from the weight.

Supposedly first accident in 30yrs of driving and friends with the owner of company, so could still be working. Especially as it's hard to find people who can pass the drug screening for a commercial license.
Yeah, there is that. Small town and experience to boot. Had it been down in the Valley there would have been no question. Drug test mandatory followed by termination. 30 years ago or so a 10-wheel driver for Tanner dumped his truck while dumping the load. Fired on the spot.
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