Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Ok random post.

Ok it is raining like end of days here. I mean it has pretty much been raining non-stop for the better part of a week. One day we had over 7 inches and we got pretty much 2 or more every other day. Pensacola gets a ton of rain and to be honest it would really put any place else under water. We are lucky that our soil is very very sandy and drians like no one business. I think we even get more than Seattle by volume.

Anyway above is a picture Mini took out off the front porch the other day. We get the strangest things around here. We don't have a farm, or field, or well anything where horses could be kept for 20 miles in any direction but here they are clodhopping down our street. It would be a lie if I told you this is the strangest thing I have seen but I will save that for anouther day.

Update on the furnace! I got all the parts in and I am now pretty good at ripping this thing apart and rebuilding it. In fact it has gone down 3 times in the last 2 months. Once for an element blow out, once for a DP switch blowout, and this last time it was just bad wires that gave up the ghost. I just got done checking it about an hour ago and I am up to about 1900f. So as soon as this weather clears for a bit I am in the shop! I will post a couple of pictures of the rebuild in a couple days. It seems that I now know at about 14 months I just need to replace the elements, the dp switch, and all the wires. I think because of the moisture I expose this furnace to it ages pretty quick and it seem to just be a good idea to fix all this before it fails next time.

Mini just sent me a text so it time to go have a quick drink, relax, and kick back with some friends. I hope you guys are having as good a week as me as everything seems to finally be coming together.


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Man that is going to leave a bruise!

So we got our power bill today.

578! Do you believe that man! That is a new record. Now I started to think that is the biggest that it has ever been and that is seemed a bit well, FRIGGIN HIGH!

So I started to back track to the same month this time last year. Now granted it was not as cold last year this time but still. It was approx 150 dollars less and I ran everything the same way as I did this time.

Hummm, so I started to do a little research. As it turns out Gulf Power of the last 5 years has increased the power bill by 55%(and I am being nice by rounding down). You got that? 55% in 5 years! In 2003 gas cost 1.78, today I put gas in the car is was 1.87. Someone tell me how gas went up 5% and my electrical when up 55% in the same amount of time. Honestly Gulf Power are you serious?

So I started looking into a little bit more. 4% increase here, 10% increase there, 11.3 % for the last two years...They baby stepped us into a really significant change over 5 years. Like compounding interest we did not see it just one day 5 years down the road our power bill is twice as much and I don't know about you guys but my raises don't keep up with that...not even close.

If you had and average power bill of 75 dollars in 2003 it is about 158 now...just crazy.

It hurts.

Scott - 247.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Independence for the Blind Glass Experience

I had two classes this weekend and durring the breaks needed to do computer work for the Belmont Arts Center.

First off, let me tell anyone that wants to know. Exporting 2 gig of e-mail from Outlook express to Outlook is not big deal as long as they are on the same computer. Exporting it, reimporting it, then converting it from Outlook Express on one computer, to a new computer, then into Outlook is not fun at all. Anyway that is over and reminded my why I hate desktop support.

Now to the fun!

I had a starter class of two students at the Belmont this weekend from 10 am to 1 pm. I can't tell you the students names because well they have no idea I have a blog and I don't want to expose them to my stalker like fans. You know who you are....Grandma! I see you! That and that one girl way out in Hawaii, I see you also! Although you might be a dude, not that there is anything wrong with that. Seriously crush away is does wonders for my bruised ego. Anyway, they did great and just being two students they really had the chance to get a lot fo stuff done in a short period of time. Paperwieghts, Flowers, Cups...it was nice and they had a great time. I think they will be back.

Now onto the Independence for the Blind Glass Experience. We had 7 teens with vision problems. Each of them had different issues ranging from not being able to see at all, only in one eye, to just a bit of depth perception problems. Either way it did not matter these guys jumped in with no fear what so ever and knocked it right out of the park. Every single one of them really just made my day. I honestly think that I may have been a good teacher based only on the fact that it had to be one of the most reward experiences I have had in a long time. I really look forward to doing it again.

Scott - 448.