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Jim37F

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74 years ago today WW2 officially ended. Crazy to think the youngest vets from then are well into their 80s now...
 

CALEMT

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I graduated high school in 2015. My classmate's dad, yes his father, piloted bombers in WWII.

It still dumbfounds me.
Talk about getting started late... good for him I guess.
 

Jim37F

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Just paid $150 for the 3 year Disney Plus subscription (technically $147.31 with tax, works out to roughly $4.09/mo). Or pay for 2 years normal price, get the third year free. Either way it's a bit of a steep upfront cost, but now also I dont hafta pay for the subscription again till 2022 lol.

You hafta be a D23 member, but they have a free membership for that that still gets the Disney Plus deal, otherwise regular monthly pricing will be like 7 bucks and change. Still cheaper than Netflix.

But I'm also now tapped out on monthly streaming subsections as I have Netflix and Hulu and the yearly Amazon Prime payments as well, so if anyone else wants to seperate their content into their own service again (*cough NBC and The Office cough cough**) I wont be buying that, as that'll reach the point cable is cheaper again (ugh).

This is what happens when you work a bunch of OT to save up for that family cruise vacation, and then the paycheck after the cruise is the pay period from right before, so you have extra spending money and splurge on TVs and Disney subscriptions lol. Of course now I spent all that OT money and back to having to save up for the extras (theres this 600 dollar robot vacuum that also mops, that's at least 2 extra shifts right there I wanna grab for it hahaha)
 

Jim37F

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Great, just great... tryna do laundry night before work, hear it thumping, go to investigate... and all the soapy water is pooling across the floor.... -_-

Guess this is my payback for splurging on stuff that's not absolutely essential 😞, and of course new washer/dryers top a thousand bucks, though theres like one of the last Sears still open a block away that has one in stock (of course its 9 o'clock and they're closing for the night..)
 

RocketMedic

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We had a great weekend camping. Anyone who doesn't love Pennsylvania has never been here. I'm so, so happy we moved here.

And I'm thrilled I'm not evacuating my family ahead of another Hurricane. f##& Savannah.
Hurricane evacuations suck. Especially because Savannah is a decent sized city and where do you go?
 

RocketMedic

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So it’s been a very expensive Labor Day. Rule of 2 kicked in and we did some motor trading. Leveraging the future for the present! (Basically just reset our car loans).

I’ve got a new Insight, wife got a new Honda CR-V with the same suite of active driver safety things. It is definitely cooler than the old Jeep was, and paying for it is basically the same as the old Focus/Compass combination. We might even spend a little less on transportation after fuel is factored in, especially considering our future ambitions and likely gas price fluctuations.

Also, these systems do a lot of watching behind the scenes and provide scoring and feedback. I didn’t understand just how not great a tired driver I was until I saw that 2-3 coffee cup score. Really makes you think.
 

Remi

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Hurricane evacuations suck. Especially because Savannah is a decent sized city and where do you go?
Pretty much anywhere is better than Savannah (or Charleston) during a hurricane. Even going to stay in a motel a few miles away at an exit off 95 is a a big improvement in terms of safety, but of course lots of people go to the Augusta or Macon or ATL areas.

I'm sitting in a condo in Carolina Beach right now trying to figure out what to do. Was planning on leaving this afternoon pending today's updated forecast, but since it stalled for so long over Grand Bahama, it looks like we have almost another whole day before it gets here. So now I'm leaning towards waiting until tomorrow morning's update to make a decision. Importantly, the forecast track is now slightly farther east than it was before; if it keeps shifting that way and it also speeds up and weakens as they've been saying it will, we'll probably just stay and ride it out.
 

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Pretty much anywhere is better than Savannah (or Charleston) during a hurricane. Even going to stay in a motel a few miles away at an exit off 95 is a a big improvement in terms of safety, but of course lots of people go to the Augusta or Macon or ATL areas.

I'm sitting in a condo in Carolina Beach right now trying to figure out what to do. Was planning on leaving this afternoon pending today's updated forecast, but since it stalled for so long over Grand Bahama, it looks like we have almost another whole day before it gets here. So now I'm leaning towards waiting until tomorrow morning's update to make a decision. Importantly, the forecast track is now slightly farther east than it was before; if it keeps shifting that way and it also speeds up and weakens as they've been saying it will, we'll probably just stay and ride it out.
For Matthew I sent my wife and daughter out toward Macon on I-16. They wound up staying at a nice hotel in Forsyth and my daughter thought it was awesome. Pool and TV and snacks. For Irma (or was it Harvey?) we stayed in town, but had the camper/generator hooked to the truck and were ready to get out of dodge.

Hurricane evacuation sucks and it was another reason we bought a camper. It’s always stocked as a quick “get outta here” method, and while it’s not really feasible to use in the case of a zombie attack, it works well for anything with a little warning.
 
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RocketMedic

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For Matthew I sent my wife and daughter out toward Maconon on I-16. They wound up staying at a nice hotel in Forsyth and my daughter thought it was awesome. Pool and TV and snacks. For Irma (or was it Harvey?) we stayed in town, but had the camper/generator hooked to the truck and were ready to get out of dodge.

Hurricane evacuation sucks and it was another reason we bought a camper. It’s always stocked as a quick “get outta here” method, and while it’s not really feasible to use in the case of a zombie attack, it works well for anything with a little warning.
I really like the idea of an RV for earthquakes and wildfires too, but I don’t think I’ll be in a position to buy one for a while. But 55 mpg!
 

Remi

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For Matthew I sent my wife and daughter out toward Maconon on I-16. They wound up staying at a nice hotel in Forsyth and my daughter thought it was awesome. Pool and TV and snacks. For Irma (or was it Harvey?) we stayed in town, but had the camper/generator hooked to the truck and were ready to get out of dodge.

Hurricane evacuation sucks and it was another reason we bought a camper. It’s always stocked as a quick “get outta here” method, and while it’s not really feasible to use in the case of a zombie attack, it works well for anything with a little warning.
I've wanted a camper of some style for a long time. Bought a F-250 in 2017 with intentions of installing a lightweight truck camper on it, but life changed and that plan is on hold for a few years. Recently sold the Ford and bought a 4Runner for daily driving and trips to the mountains and beach, and am also looking for an older, cheap Toyota or Nissan truck that I can haul my dirt bike on.

But I still think the idea of some type of camper as a combo family fun vehicle / bug out vehicle makes a lot of sense for anyone who can afford one and has room to store it.
 

NomadicMedic

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It’s great for a bug out vehicle, but we like to camp too. We’re putting it at a local campground for the month of September and then going to Disney’s fort wilderness for Halloween.
 

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All this talk of bugging out and I realize that I don't even have a "kit" since I've lived in CA... need to change that...
 

RocketMedic

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All this talk of bugging out and I realize that I don't even have a "kit" since I've lived in CA... need to change that...
Wife’s CRV looks huge enough to move in.
 

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Wife’s CRV looks huge enough to move in.
I'm talking more of a bag kinda thing haha. Being born and raised in CA we had an earthquake kit for years. I'm thinking of setting something similar up but in more of a transportable configuration. I don't have earthquakes here in AZ... but you never know when a disaster will strike.
 

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Woo hoo, first time pumping at an actual fire today!

2nd alarm fire dropped in our first in district, quonset hut warehouse in an industrial park, dark brown smoke showing... dropped supply line halfway in to let the second in engine supply us water, meanwhile I was pumping the attack lines!

(Oh and this was our departments third 2nd alarm structure fire on the island today alone, talk about a busy day!)
 

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Drove to Louisiana yesterday to take the test, (None of the closer locations in Texas had earlier test dates). I took the test and was around question 40 when I completely forgot to keep count of my question number. I relaxed and the questions seemed easy. Then the test shut off. I tried to slow down and not rush, but I finished in like 15-20 minutes.

It just stopped. That was that.

Then, the real waiting game began.

I don't know why, but after the test and up to even now, I started feeling sick. I woke up a few times and couldn't get back to bed. Maybe it was just my jitters.

This morning (after checking for like the 6th time), I see I passed.

Whew.

Already paid the state fee and set up my fingerprints for tomorrow.

Thank you all for your help and patience. I studied a lot, went through thousands of questions and read a lot.

Now comes the job finding part. I'm pretty excited.
 

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Anyone use the Statpack G3 Intravenous cell? How do you like it? Will it fit a Liter of NS or just the 500ml bag. Looking for a pack to hold a bag of fluid, pressure bag, blood tubing, and the Buddy Lite.


 

RocketMedic

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Anyone use the Statpack G3 Intravenous cell? How do you like it? Will it fit a Liter of NS or just the 500ml bag. Looking for a pack to hold a bag of fluid, pressure bag, blood tubing, and the Buddy Lite.


It’ll hold all of that with a 500 but not a liter. It’s a little overpriced for what it is but it’s OK. Quality seemed good but I didn’t much use it outside of the jump bag. It was pretty full with a liter bag, 10 drop, IV start kit, flush and lock plus 18/20/22
 
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