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Tommy T.

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  1. Last time I had it - back in 84? - I was soooo sick. I think I had pneumonia too. I self-medicated with JD and over the counter stuff but was really miserable for over two weeks and still a bit sick after three. It really was nasty. Never want it again, especially now that I am older and not as "vital" as before...
  2. Sure, Mike... that's the goal for everything, isn't it? I remember years ago when there was a fellow employee who would brag about how he and his mom bought a bunch of silver. Silver prices were skyrocketing (as much as a commodity might). It turns out that he bought toward the end of the boom fabricated by the Hunt brothers as they manipulated the silver market artificially. I never heard much bragging from him later... And, interestingly, I just yesterday saw an article in the news stating that China has recently been stockpiling gold as they anticipated the fallout from the trade war with USA - we're talking billions or dollars worth. I didn't save the link, sadly... I also had a friend years ago who speculated in various commodities well before online trading became available. He told me he made a pile, lost a pile and ended up after a couple of years with just enough profit to buy himself a bottom of the line Audi car - which he hated...
  3. L's natural colour is a mellow tan. I love it. But she echoes what others have already said - people of darker complexion are definitely discriminated against and looked down upon as inferior. If she goes outside to work or play for more than an hour, her colour noticeably darkens... She doesn't like that, but she also doesn't use the "whitening" agents that are touted so much. She just accepts. However, her hair is a different story. Hers is naturally curly/wavy and she prefers it to be super straight so every year or so she goes for "rebonding" for the better part of a day. I prefer the wavy, but it's the same story - curly is considered inferior. I am just happy to have any hair at all on my head (it seems to grow mostly everywhere except on my head - now THAT's irritating!!!).
  4. I don't think hydro sounds crazy at all. I have seen articles and videos and it works - maybe even more reliable than wind, depending on your source... I will stick with solar panels because there is no continuous water flowing near the house. To me, backup power is the main concern with payback of power to the grid being a bit of icing on the cake. It may mean we can use the aircon more often or even get a power dishwasher or clothes dryer!
  5. Intrepid mentioned lithium ion batteries such as are used in electric cars. I am totally ignorant about those so cannot comment, but the idea sounds good. Regular lead/acid batteries just won't hold up - they are not designed for deep cycling. The gel batteries will last up to about five years or maybe more if they are cared for and not really abused. They are totally maintenance free. You get what you pay for and if you try cheapo batteries, they may last you a year or less... you are just throwing money down the toilet in my opinion. Plus, you need to keep replenishing the water on wet lead/acid batteries, there is corrosion from the gas plus the risk of fire or explosion also from the off gassing. hydrogen and oxygen As Intrepid and others suggest, it depends on what you really want to do with your system - go totally off grid, just supplement the regular daily use or have emergency back-up for when power drops? My intent will mainly be for supplemental energy and emergency back-up. It would be too costly for us to try to go totally off grid. So maybe two or three or four gel 4d batteries - which I recall as providing about 150 AH each? - would be enough for refer, lights, fans for a day or two. The panels - maybe 200 amps? - could supply enough to keep them charged up and also feed back something to the grid to save a bit of money most days, but not a lot. About wind generators... I tried that on the yacht and could not find one I liked. They just did not look right on the yacht - ungainly and not fitting with the yacht design. I also knew several people who did use these. The units were noisy - either the actual wind spinning them and/or vibration through the unit and hull. I remember so many times being anchored in a nice, quiet cove somewhere and somebody with one of these wind generators would anchor right in front of me and then I would be hearing their wind generator all day and all night. We're talking irritating like karaoke! Many times I would just pick up anchor and move away. I did not go sailing in exotic destinations in order to feel like I was living in a wind farm experiment. I love the idea of wind generators, but they are noisy and not pretty to look at. I love the sound solar panels make...none!
  6. And Dave... it's not fair to close this thread before one year... hmmmm????
  7. Those are good thoughts, Baston... but weapons like that are not always readily available like in the movies. Remember that this took place at night and was a total surprise to everyone. Yeah... I had flares and a 12 gauge flare gun on the yacht, but it was not readily available when I had the yacht moored in a "safe and secure" marina. From what the couple who were attacked but resisted told me, it was just so sudden and unexpected. He told me he just didn't feel right about the attack - as in it was not just a robbery, but abduction - and that's why he and his wife resisted. Apparently the attackers were not prepared to deal with resistance and so moved to another target down the dock. They abducted the other people through intimidation and threats. A couple of years ago there was another story about a couple on their yacht in Sulu Sea somewhere. They had actually been abducted near Somalia a few years before, but apparently never learned from that. Anyway, they were accosted wherever they were in Sulu Sea area... He was taken hostage and she was killed when shooting at the attackers with a handgun. Eventually I think he was killed too... Stubborn German this time, I believe?
  8. Of course, Gary... But this is just the basis for a wager. I am not sure if Dave has included that in his calculations. I think gold is a wonderful investment, but I also know it is not very liquid... That is the main reason for my comments. Honestly, today, I really am not sure what the "safest" investment might be. Looking at the US Dow averages, I have this feeling that there is going to be a significant crash or mini crash very soon. Over the past 20+ years that I have observed, whenever the market goes up and down in big swings, as it has lately, some sort of big crash has followed. I hope, really, that I am wrong... I see gold currently at near historic (histeric?) highs again so don't think it will go much higher... But then, if I were right, and understood all this stuff, maybe I could be a wealthy guy and not just a pensioner out here???
  9. Marvin... I remember a while back that someone on this forum said that gel batteries could be found here? Maybe I am mistaken and it was just a dream? Anyway, from my experience on the yacht for over 20 years, I found that gel batteries really made a big difference. They lasted a long time, were very abuser friendly too. Please tell us how you progress? I intend to buy several gel batteries (I always got 4d size because they were big and heavy enough to handle big loads, but were also still small enough to be moved around by strong boys). I will also - as you mentioned - get the solar charge controller from offshore. There is a great outfit online called Outback Marine, I believe? It is an Aussie outfit that markets quality products. Never bought from them, but just looked at their site. They don't give anything away... But they carried the latest and greatest of everything solar and 12 volt. I will do, like aboard the yacht, and have an inverter to change 12 volts to 240 and try to get it wired up to switch automatically when there is a power failure. But that will only be for lights, refrigeration, fans and water pump (if we need to have one) and not for aircon... By the way... if you do get an inverter, be sure to get one that has pure sine wave output or else it may damage any power tools or electronics you have or may not even work at all for some. I learned that lesson the hard way... What I did years ago was to calculate the power load in amphours that would be required for maybe three days on the yacht. Here, I am sure just a few hours or overnight should suffice. Plus there is always the daytime feed, even if it is cloudy...
  10. I visited the work site yesterday again. They seem to be making good progress still. The columns are getting taller and they are preparing for the second floor slab. I also visited the glass and window company (we are independently dealing with them) and also another company who will do the kitchen cabinetry. This whole project is exciting and scary too because it has been a long time since I had a home built and now, in another country, things are done differently, of course...
  11. Lots of good ideas from you boys regarding wiring our new house here. No wet string permitted... And a good, solid ground required for all outlets and lights... I will let you know how it goes...
  12. Sure... why not? I just checked now and gold was listed on this website at $1,493.50/ounce. Fair enough? But how are you going to hold your pants up with all that weight in your pockets for the next year??? I already made a note in my cell phone calendar to check back on October 13 next year! https://money.cnn.com/data/markets/
  13. Marvin... I will be looking into these things also... Now that I am yachtless, I need to re-work many things, including offline power options. I will likely use local batteries for the backup power and just need to source the back-up inverter/transformer... It will be a while, so I am not in any rush. Meanwhile, I suggest you look online for power inverters and transformers... My landlord here set some solar panels on part of his roof and has a system to save the power in batteries and then recycle the energy back into his home...
  14. I don't necessarily believe this... I guess we just see what happens?
  15. Thanks for posting that, Mike. Very interesting article that potentially offers a lot of hope for the future, I think. I would gladly pay P5,000 or much more to not ever get the flu again... Believe me, it was horrible years ago and can only be worse now that I am an old fart...
  16. Okay... maybe this is off topic, and if so, I apologize... All this talk about gold seems to be talking about the future apocalypse - which may or may not happen. If there is such an event when currencies have no value... what value will gold really have? The values will be in food, weapons, water and tools - whatever is required to sustain life.. Sorry... but I just don't understand the need to stockpile gold. Sure, it is pretty and useful for many things, but what will it do for anyone in a disaster?... Just my opinion...
  17. That's good to hear. The more I think about it, the more I remember that first experience at my neighbour's home in his "shack". It just overwhelmed me to talk with someone thousands of miles away... I loved all the dials, switches and knobs... It must be a "guy" thing? I really am eager to set up some systems here. I know I will enjoy and I know the kids will enjoy too. It will also possibly be a backup for emergency communications? We have moderate earthquakes here about every two to four weeks. And the heavy thunderstorms from time to time bring flooding too. At any rate, it is good training and there is the fun aspect too!
  18. Yeah, HK , I know that, and you are quite right. I was being a bit sarcastic - a bad trait of mine... I just have a problem relating crime verses punishment. (That is a great novel, by the way, but challenging to read cover to cover, "Crime and Punishment"). I don't have the solution, but I keep thinking that, if someone commits the crime and "does the time" maybe it should be a bit less than a room with TV and exercise area, 3 meals/day? Maybe there should be something a bit more punitive. I also am aware that simply being incarcerated is a real punishment too... I don't have the solution, just questions, I guess...
  19. I agree with you, Baston... please read my comments here,. I value your opinion: I personally know three people who were directly involved in that kidnapping on Samal Island... One was a guy on another yacht on the far side of the marina from the attack. He observed and shouted for attention but could not do anything else. A second, and his wife, were on a yacht right where the kidnappers were attacking. They were beaten and bashed but resisted and did not go with the kidnappers. So the kidnappers went for other people aboard yachts down the dock. There is some speculation about whether one of the foreigners kidnapped (who had connections with mining operations in Philippines and elsewhere) was targeted... we may never know. But he and his Filipina girlfriend were taken. The last one taken was simply the marina manager who happened to come out to see what all the hoopla was about and he was taken also. He was the only foreigner who survived with his head attached and intact. He and the first ones were definitely not targets from the outset, but targets of opportunity... Think about it... foreigners aboard yachts in a nice marina? Nice, soft targets... That's how that one played out, I am sure... The kidnapped were whisked away on several boats which were never found or stopped. I just added this information to the thread here to fill in the possibilities and concerns regarding the most recent kidnappings. If the mods feel it necessary, I would be fine to transfer any further conversation to a new topic...
  20. Silly me!... So who will identify the others? Hmmm?
  21. Yeah... That's exactly what I was thinking. I was just reading an article online about it and the strains are constantly mutating - even within one season. Flu is very scary to me. I got pneumonia and was super ill from it the last time I had it long ago. I couldn't do work or anything for almost three weeks...
  22. A five year shot for flu? Never heard of that. I am interested in the pneumonia shot too... why not? Sonjack, did you get this at a Watson's or at a clinic? 1k sounds like a bargain to me if it prevents or mitigates flu...
  23. Okay... I give up... which one is you, Sonjack?
  24. Thanks... Did you do this at a doctor clinic or at Watsons? The flu season for Asia and USA starts right about now, doesn't it? That was why I was thinking I should look for that shot now. I am thinking about all the traffic between here and USA and Canada. Last year I was referred to a doc for this and went to the clinic. There must have been 20 people sitting outside the office waiting their turn... I just won't do that. There has to be a better, faster way.
  25. Good news!!! I was poking around in some old files and found the serial numbers of my two HF rigs that are in storage in USA! So my next step will be to contact PARA and see about that reciprocal license and see about what I will need to do to import the radios. It will still be another year, maybe two, until I actually get them here. But I am excited to set them both up - one at our home and the other for interested students.
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