August, 2011 Archives

Irene vs. Katia?

Posted by Roger Baronat, August 31, 2011, 10:03 pm

Don’t tell me we’re getting ANOTHER hurricane? This is getting silly! Worse than Mothra vs. Godzilla. How many more monstrous storms are heading down the pike? Well, down the Eastern Seaboard, anyhow. I don’t think I really want to know. LINK1 [ Photo: Courtesy www.winnipeg.ctv.ca ]

Insulting Comment vs. Reasonable Comment

Posted by Roger Baronat, August 29, 2011, 8:02 pm

  New York Times Chief Editor, Bill Keller. In a recent New York Times article, Mr. Keller says, “Every faith has its baggage, and every faith holds beliefs that will seem bizarre to outsiders. I grew up believing that a priest could turn a bread wafer into the actual flesh of Christ.” Is his statement [...]

Saltwater Flooded Basement: Good or Bad?

Posted by Roger Baronat, August 28, 2011, 8:47 pm

Just got back from the evacuation to find this in my basement. First thing that comes to mind is depth level. How many feet of saltwater are in this basement? Four feet. That was easy. Just look carefully at the picture. Here’s a more difficult question. If this basement is pumped out and dried, will [...]

Evacuating vs. Not Evacuating

Posted by Roger Baronat, August 27, 2011, 11:10 am

  Wow, guys! Hurricane Irene is getting ugly! Between the tumultuous downpours (over 12 inches in less than 36 hours) and the high winds increasing the storm surge (that mound of water that smashes into things – see below for differences between low lying and high lying areas), it looks like evacuation might be the [...]

Getting Prepared vs. Not Getting Prepared

Posted by Roger Baronat, August 26, 2011, 7:04 pm

I guess Hurricane Irene is turning out to be nothing to sneeze at. (Interesting expression and a nifty tie in to my recent post on ragweed.) I remember when a Category 5 hurricane was nothing to sneeze at. Or even a Category 4 type, but these days I guess even a Category 1 hurricane, or [...]

Sunscreen vs. No Sunscreen

Posted by Roger Baronat, August 25, 2011, 3:33 pm

This post is an extension of, or a sequel to, or an elaboration on, or an addition to, or . . . oh forget this. Just take a look at what I posted back three years ago (talk about time to think about it), Tan vs. No Tan. Then come back here and read this [...]

Ragweed vs. Hurricanes

Posted by Roger Baronat, August 24, 2011, 1:03 pm

Now, in addition to ragweed allergies (for those of us who suffer from that particular malady), we have to start worrying about hurricanes. I know in my last post I said that a hurricane was one solution to my ragweed problem as it would wash away a good portion of the pollen. But I didn’t [...]

Ragweed Remedy: Natural or Pharmaceutical?

Posted by Roger Baronat, August 23, 2011, 6:36 pm

 Ragweed season is upon us.  How do I know? Did I read something about it? (Like what you’re doing now?)  No.  Did someone tell me about it?  No.  Did I just feel it in the wind?  Well maybe. What it is is, I found out the hard way!  I opened a window to get some [...]

Can a $500 Rust Bucket of a Car Really Get Ransomed for $5000?

Posted by Roger Baronat, August 22, 2011, 4:04 pm

[These old photos don't show all the current rust on my wife's little old car. The front hood is covered with rust and so is the moon roof. I just don't have any other photos more recent than these.] Why would I pay a $5,000 ransom for a rusty little old car worth no more [...]

Flour vs. Flour

Posted by Roger Baronat, August 21, 2011, 4:43 pm

Do you ever eat anything made with flour? Do you know anyone who does? Do you think it’s safe to eat stuff made with flour? These seem like silly questions, don’t they? Well, here’s the nub of it. Flour is no longer the simple thing it once was. Just like buttermilk is not what buttermilk [...]

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