The dutch Sunny South Coast thread page 10

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Mon, Jan 26 2015 1:38
gf-is-working
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East Coasters are freaking out. Apparently the Storm of the Century is on the way. Or should I say a "potentially historic" storm where we will get "crushed" by "paralyzing, crippling" snow. I'll believe it when I have to slog through it. 

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Wed, Jan 28 2015 16:16
spooler1
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Ha, the blizzard apocalypse! According to the local weather stations, 18-24+ inches were expected over a 36 hour span. Gusting winds could create 30+ inch snow drifts. We got 2 1/2 inches. Looks like the Boston area got hit pretty bad though.

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Wed, Jan 28 2015 22:52
gf-is-working
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This disnowpointment was especially notable because The Man essentially shut down NYC. Cars were banned from roads. Trains and subways were shut down. People were told to stay home. I can't imagine how much money was lost because of it.

It was only later that the Feds admitted they should have added even the slightest acknowledgement that the storm could veer slightly east and almost skip the city altogether. They even admitted to NOT using their most reliable forcasting system. Local meteorologists apologized amid a social media backlash. As for the Mayor's office, we got the typical "Better safe than sorry."

The only cool part... Manhattan was a ghost town. Times Square was empty. I went outside at 2am and my neighborhood was covered in virgin snow. No footprints or tire tracks. Surreal.

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Thu, Jan 29 2015 17:48
lochsa9
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sunny and in the 50's here, high up in the rockies of western Montana. strange

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Fri, Jan 30 2015 8:31
mike_op18
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I want some pics of Times Square with snow and completely empty.. you took themof course?

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Fri, Jan 30 2015 11:53
gf-is-working
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I live about five miles north of Times Square and couldn't get down there... no transportation. I had to look for about a half hour to find a decent aerial live cam.

You can search Google Images for "storm juno times square deserted" 

There are a few here: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/new-york-snow-eerily-deserted-car-free-streets-like-scene-28-days-later-1485423

Second-to-last one here is pretty good: http://www.thrillist.com/news/new-york/incredible-photos-of-nyc-during-the-juno-blizzard-2015

And this one: http://500px.com/photo/97098741/new-york-city-winter-storm-juno-times-square-(of-)-by-vivienne-gucwa

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Tue, Feb 3 2015 4:54
drumasteruk
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Hallo, from Sunny South Coast with 30second long snow showers!. Our 'doom and gloom' newspapers were saying how bad it was going to be (gone back to princess diana stories today?). Followed the new york shutdown on late night radio, sounded like fun(?). Ice on garden ponds never more than 2mm thick, could do with some real cold to kill the bugs. Had trip up town last week, another next. Rebuilding railway stations so its a bit awkward at times, come to  that think rebuilding whole of london!. At least got to 'Ginger Pig' and spent fortune, freezer heaving a  bit. Got weakness for Smoked Toulouse Sausage and Cumbrian Faggots (no not those). Otherwise, hiding in shed making boats, giving grade six organ lessons (for free, must be slipping), and creating meals from bottom of freezer, and not looking at the dates. Oh yeah, and trying to restring and tune something with 47 strings, Drum

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Sun, Feb 22 2015 10:35
drumasteruk
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Had a day trip to Brighton on friday, Model Expo. Half term so full of 'orrible kids', picked up supplies and two boat hulls. Watched eight police cars raiding a boarded up shop on main drag, was a wet day and think they wanted action?. Its 'GEEK' weekend again, (google it), and they're launching a rocket with a gps transponder in it, so we can all track it, find landing and claim prize!. Should land in france.....hope they told french airforce?. drum

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Tue, Feb 24 2015 14:40
mike_op18
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Restringing dulcimer drum? I have a few original lady Di bad news newspapers which need a new home. The cats won't accept them in the litter bin. Taxman caught me up a few weeks back so taking evasive action. The govt has employed 1000's more tax-collectors to check back down the line to furbish their own salary to diminish the employment figures before the election. On a more serious note kid had a more serious accident yesterday. Hit from behind standing still at red traffic light. Night in hoppy after landing on deck behind car.. full gear on but damage to bike yet unknown. Bit tired now... more soon. Mike

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Wed, Feb 25 2015 4:51
drumasteruk
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Nah, Psaltry. English Dulcimer is 72 or more. I got hit up rear by taxi many years back, he told police my lights were not on......at which point police pointed out motorbike lying in road mit lights on,, Oh, he must have crawled off pavement and turned them on was reply. Put lights on back of his topbox. Got love/hate relationship with taxman, gonna be hate next year when insurances pay out. Had a tryout of an folk lute (not so many strings), used to play full size years back, tempted. Never know wot you and number one son might inherit one day?. Might have to get new car to fit theatre organ in!. Tell S to get better armour. drum

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Sun, Mar 22 2015 6:25
drumasteruk
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Hmm? where did last month go. There I was on friday, Pink floyd on tape, jug of coffee, dark lenses on binoculars. Wot happens?, french send over low cloud and mist !. Ten years to next eclipse on sunny south coast. Still not very warm, garden slow to waken, putting in new berries and raspberry bushes at moment. Got neighbour a dutch apple tree for birthday. New fountain system fitted to ponds, and new motors in air pumps, and i've got the burnt finger from iron whilst doing that. Just heard on radio, that Jackie Trent has passed on. Used to like her. Making a few nest boxes to go where i've been hacking away with chainsaw, left a bit that already has nests in place. Sounds a bit quiet, have to get out n about and liven things up!. drum

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Wed, Apr 1 2015 5:14
drumasteruk
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Happy April to you all. Think i've lost a few months again, its all movin to fast for me. Lets see if nigerias new president is an improvement on last, (cant be any worse, can he?). got pals out there, hope life gets better.  so suns out sky is blue, but storms on the way. been weightlifting this morning with a five foot cute blonde, my kind of girl, tossing 15kg dumbbells about like feathers, only prob i'm old enough to be her father.....cof cof.  Seedlings have turned into plants, gotta find somewhere to plant now. Whats everyone else up to with spring upon us?, come on crawl outside. drum

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Thu, Apr 2 2015 5:24
gf-is-working
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It's still cold here. Our last flakes of snow fell about four days ago. I noticed a slight bit of greenery popping up here and there, where dogs can't take a leak on everything.

It was right around 0 celsius yesterday morning, but finally got up to... what is 50 degrees F in normal countries... 10 C?

I got a new Windows 8.1 laptop and have been working on setting it up and debugging it for two weeks. The goal is to eventually get rid of my loud, monolithic desktop. BUT... I have Linux on it, and I'm spoiled with the open-source thing. No bugs, malicious files, etc. I have to get back on it later today so I can use LibreOffice to export all my vector graphics. This seems never-ending. I might take a break and go to Central Park tomorrow to look for any signs of Spring. 

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Fri, Apr 3 2015 5:39
drumasteruk
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Hi gf. Partition your drive quickly!, three sections, small one for Win(creak)dows, one for swapover files, and nice big one for linux. And get an external drive for storage and backup, dont rely on cloud systems(full of spies). And disable windows tracking bug, soon. Err, loud?, fit new fans, and remember one in and one out. if its the drive then hard luck, disc drives though, pop out and fit new drive belts, the extra tension takes up any play and often cures rattles.  A Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate it. And those that dont, well have an easter egg anyway.  Drums tradition at easter is to go sailing or boating, even got a fire going under the boiler in launch earlier this week, check pressure oil things etc. So hows the weather?, very very wet. All i've done today is sit in shed sewing new sails. Buds appearing on peach and plum trees, blossom soon. Otherwise trying not to hear politicians on tv and radio, did you know we've got election looming?. Drum

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Fri, Apr 10 2015 5:46
drumasteruk
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Oh look lots of sun, plus smog from france and dust from sahara. And thye forcaste for ye weekende?, RAIN. bugger. Did London yesterday, got most of the things i wanted, will be eating well this week. Fought my way through tourists on south bank, then turned back as i heard a 'busker' who was rather good. Check out this young lady, www.ccampbellmusic.com  . easy on the eye and quite witty. Otherwise, wandered into broadwick st., err, its flat!, and that included some georgian frontages......londons disapearing. Not sure wot the tourists see anymore?, oh i know, McDonalds. Drum

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Sun, Apr 12 2015 5:21
drumasteruk
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Hurrah sun. Blue skies and vapour trails, err? and wet cement, summer must be coming.

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Sun, Apr 12 2015 23:07
mike_op18
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Bin a time. Oh lookie, it's typing in Times New Roman now, about 8pts. Strain on the eyes. Spent day surveying a new unit for CeX in Gouda and signing of a supermarket casco in Ede. Joy of life in company car. Clear out breadcrumbs and banana peels after use. Not feeling too well last few weeks, bad nights and shaky days. Sweating and nightmares and dizziness. Getting that looked at.

Spent Easter mit pagans here, including step-mum, first time in ages. S got motorbike returned and is running again.. Still has bruises and a bad leg. Just got spare cat from home and is enjoying being bounced upon at night. Not sure if gf will appreciate that. J split with his gf... painful. He's still touring Eu mit his muzak. 

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Thu, Apr 16 2015 5:51
drumasteruk
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A sponge down with a beer soaked rag might help?. Hope J's not like his dad! ( nah, no one else could be like you). Send my regards, and wheres a new cd or tape?. 25c yesterday and 16c today, cant make its mind up, weather that is. Been flying quadcopters, dunno if want to buy one (well not the little ones), Not beyond my ability to build one, but, cant get inside workshop for boat hulls, so maybe later?. Then again been promising myself an autogyro , so?. Theres a 'souped up' helicopter buried somewhere behind the boats, should dig that out. Ok, its spring, so like everyone look around and, oops, when did the grass get that long?, and where did all that sludge in ponds come from?, and where am i gonna plant all these seedlings?, and is there any time to browse Peachy?. Drum

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Sat, May 30 2015 8:59
drumasteruk
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Thank you Mr Mod, or whoever signed me out?, after me saying I never did. SSC is just that today, but i gather rain is coming, yep, still waiting for summer. And we had another earthquake, bit noisy but no damage. (think someones out to get me?). Hope its a bit brighter elsewhere for peachy people. Seem to have lost a month, playing with doctors, nurses and hospitals, oh yeah, and lots of dentists, waiting for mr and cat scans etc, does that. Otherwise, not much, unless you count purchase of 1926 vintage marine steam engine, ordering small steam yatch and getting a model helicopter at a bargain price, which has now been fitted with full range radio and is waiting for two racing motors, those fitted being a bit sluggish. Yes need sun, girls overdressed for this time of year. Drum

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Tue, Jun 2 2015 0:39
gf-is-working
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I've been a nomad for a month now. Maybe six weeks. A vagrant. A mere mortal might have cracked by now, but I find this lifestyle relatively easy to deal with. Comforting, actually.

The major hurdle-slash-annoyance was a lack of transportation. I called in some logistical favors, flew to Atlanta and bought a Toyota Tundra. Well, maybe I should elaborate: I bought a road-legal version of a Sherman Tank. 4x4, V8, off-road/towing package. The backup camera is considered an available option, but it’s pretty much a requirement. I dare you to stand in front of the thing and not laugh… imagine a regular truck being a balloon, then blow up that balloon until it almost bursts. That’s what this truck looks like.

I named it Thor. Actually, Thor named itself. It’s angry. Especially when it’s not in motion. It took me three days to tame Thor and prove that I was a worthy Pack Leader.

I brought Thor to Manhattan because some of my stuff is still there. Manhattan didn’t want us. Seriously. I might as well have rolled up with a tractor-trailer. F-ing piece of s-t city.

We fled in a northern direction to rural New York State. It was noon. Cloudy and misting. There was a pond next to the road and a deer was drinking from it. Yeah, at noon. It looked a Thor without a care in the world, dropping its head back down for another taste. I could call the visual “tranquil” or “serene” but that wouldn’t do it justice. If I wasn’t so manly, I would have broken down and cried.

I finally got Wi-Fi options in a hamlet… population 650. For perspective, it's the size of Central Park. You can put every person on a subway platform, shove them on the train and take them somewhere. My kind of place.

So I’m at this house that's sitting on an insane amount of land. Normal for the area. The main room is full of ceiling-high windows, giving me a 90-degree view of the awesomeness. That’s where I set up my air mattress, and where I’m currently typing.

I took a header off the deck today. Apparently my work boots couldn’t handle the rain-slicked wood. As I struggled to stand, I was hit by the irony: I had been jumping out of Thor’s bed for a week with no problem. How To Feel Like An Idiot, Volume 1. My right ankle is twice the size of the other. Whatever. I’m going to find a town tomorrow that might offer me a cane that has a retractable blade. Something James Bond would use if he was an aging cripple. Bad ass.

I’m multi-tasking. I was typing this and checking my nation-wide Yelp reviews. Apparently Yelp black-listed me and never said anything. There was one tea place that was shoving their ideology at me… that their tea leaves offered miraculous health benefits. One critical sentence and I was done.

Since I’m now a social-media pariah, this is the sole place I can go to purge/post. I’ve even bailed on (gasp) LinkedIn. You’d think that would be a problem, but I’ve met more people today than I’ve met in however-many months in NYC.

Maybe this is where I should stay. Thor’s cool with it.

 

 

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Fri, Jun 12 2015 6:15
OmerMarkus
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Man you are really brave to do this! I admire you.

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Thu, Jun 18 2015 4:31
gf-is-working
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Thank you Omer.

I would rather not do this nomad thing. But it appears to be a necessity for my wife and I to keep our sanity. NYC is essentially kicking us out. That sounds obnoxious, but I think that's the most accurate description.

In keeping with the tone of this thread, I will give an update on the weather here. There is no Sunny Coast. It's been cloudy every day, and rainy... both in Manhattan and up north. Two weeks now. Not like I care, but it does make me look stupid walking around without a dumb umbrella, having the rain soak me through. My new upstate neighbors think I'm insane. I'm just used to walking around, and I refuse to drive a quarter-mile to the center of town to get food. Hopefully it will be dry when the movers transport our crap tomorrow.

It might be usef-BANNED- know that the current people who think I'm insane are my immediate neighbors, who are exceptionally old. Fuck them. But I understand and respect the small-town mentality and am playing the game appropriately.

EDIT FOR VATSIS: Why is a part of u-s-e-f-u-l-t-o-k-n-o-w something that's automatically banned?

I'll just be glad when this transition is over and I can wake up without having to field a billion phone calls. I will also be glad when I can hook up my Linux computer and do more Peachy surfing. I like having a Microsoft computer with Windows and Office, but Windows is not the platform that works well with porn sites.

One more day. We're almost done.

 

 

 

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Fri, Feb 19 2016 17:03
mike_op18
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Bin raining here... lids taken a hammerin' 

Hopin'all is well with all and that you transfered home OK gf?

I've been doing other things for a while, and with a full time job and nightwork on the side...

Back soon, Mike.

 

 

 

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Mon, Feb 22 2016 19:21
lochsa9
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I haven't talked much on Peachy in a long while, but have been lurking in the shadows from time to time. GF, sounds like the big city is a pisser. That's a bummer man. Maybe you should take that vacation to Bozeman like you mentioned before, if you haven't already. Hope it gets better for you sooner rather then later. It's cold, snowy and dark here. I am in the northern Rockies. Can't expect anything else. No complaints here and Summer is Coming! 

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Sun, Aug 28 2016 5:12
drumasteruk
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Hallo. Been a bit absent this year, but back with new superputer(not little notebook of recent use). Not to bad a summer so far, suuny south coast has been just that. We hit 34c one day last week. The annual Peachy Reunion took place two weeks back, can't believe Mike manages to keep that vintage Citroen going. Anything else?, renovating a Korg synth from the late 70s, treated myself to a new keyboard amp, (the one in the garage is just too big!). Rebuilding a Welsh Harp Zither (circa 1890), yeah, and missed peachy a bit. So if any of you "lurkers" want to pop out and say hallo, please do. Drum

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Sun, Aug 28 2016 6:58
markd88
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HEY Drum, see,Hear, anything of Mike?

Vatsis Sez he fixed his account, Sent to Yahoo,  Gmail wouldn't work for him?

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Sun, Aug 28 2016 8:13
drumasteruk
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Hi, Mark. See above....he's alive. Said had lost/mislaid/ computer ate/ his pasword. I'll text him tonight. Drum

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Mon, Dec 19 2016 10:22
drumasteruk
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Hmm? where did last three months go ?. Think I'll blame it on a large four cylinder steam engine....an even bigger boat. And trying to braze up a new boiler for it. In case I don't get back, Seasons Greetings to all Peachyites new and old! Drum

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