I know that our new car is packed with computerization and sensors. I have seen under the hood of new cars and have not missed how the newest models make it about impossible for a backyard mechanic to be able to fix anything. You have to be a contortionist just to replace a headlight bulb cartridge on my wife’s car. Still, I was looking for the best OBD2 scanner I could find as we had two cars out of warranty that occasionally had problems. I wanted to see what was happening before making a run to the garage for an estimate to get it fixed.
The best OBD2 scanner I could find was a handheld model that had a nice display. You could see all kinds of data that was running behind the scenes in our cars. It is amazing how many processes of the running engine and drivetrain are continually monitored. Plus, fault codes do not always result in a check engine light coming on. You can see logs and all kinds of information to improve the performance and fuel mileage of your car. Continue reading On-Board Diagnostics on Your New Car Can Be Read with a Handheld OBD2 Scanner
We started accepting scrap aluminum delivered by semis after we got our new scale. Aluminum scrap is lightweight, and a lot of it can fit in a regular trailer that connects to a tractor trailer combo. I was wondering why my boss had me look for 70 ft truck scales for sale. It was so we could accept scrap from a company that uses regular trailers to haul it in. A company that sells scrap to us loads the long enclosed trailers using forklifts. A block of wood is placed in the front of the trailer, and a cable is run to the back. Then the trailer is loaded. When we get it, we hook a winch to the cable and use it to pull the block out, and the aluminum all comes out with it.
By summer we are adding a lift that will tilt the truck and the trailer backwards to get everything to slide into a big receiving hopper. We can then process many more tons of aluminum scrap. Continue reading Adding a New Truck Scale to Our Scrap Yard
We are almost ready to open up the club, but the boss never seems to be happy with what has been done. Obviously he is putting a lot of money in the place, but the big thing seems to be that he wants to impress people. For example I hired a place that does web design in Gwinnett county to build us a web page. I thought that it looked really good the first time they showed it to us, but he has made them change things a half dozen times already. It is really getting to be pretty tedious, but obviously the money is his and he gets to do with it whatever he wants. It is sort of comical however, but I realize that there is a different point to it than to make money. The boss is in his late thirties and he is divorced for the second time. Continue reading The Club is Not Close to Ready
I knew that I was in trouble on the day that a police officer knocked on my door because I had not shown up my work for the fifth straight day due to the alcohol binge I was on.. Not long after, I booked myself into a Miami rehab center to try to get help. That day had been coming for a long time, but I had been putting it off for many years. It was time to get clean, and there was no way that I was going to be able to do it all by myself. I had tried to do so on my own, and I failed to do it on my own. Denial was my enemy, and I had been allowing denial to dwell inside of me for far too long.
I wish parents would tell their kids that they shouldn’t drink not only because it is illegal if under age, but because you could soon become a drunk. Continue reading I Needed Expert Support to Get Me out of the Trouble I Was in
My husband and I both work from home so we jumped at the chance to look at apartments in St Petersburg FL after Dad visited and said he’d feel better if we moved down to St. Pete to be closer to him. His health is starting to slip and it’s difficult for him to do the daily living things like shop for food. After Mom passed away a year ago, it got a lot harder. Dad has money so he offered to pay for a what he called a nice apartment in the city that is near his home.
When he said nice I didn’t know he meant luxury! We thought it would be some dour looking place like the apartment buildings around here in Ohio. Little did we know that St. Petersburg is known as the Sunshine City and they mean it! We went down and stayed over at Dad’s place and then drove over to the apartment building to take a look. These were what I would call high end apartments. They’re huge inside and the windows let in a lot of light. They’re also very modern. The place has a pool and is located close to the waterfront.
My husband and I kept pinching ourselves looking around the place. A parking garage? Located close to a shopping center? Yes to both and they have two rooftop lounges! We just stood inside a unit looking up at the nine foot ceilings and thought we had died and gone to heaven. Dad started talking about looking around and we both answered with a resounding NO! This is perfect. We just can’t believe we’re living in such a nice place in Florida. Our friends seemed pretty jealous when they saw the pictures and warned us about hurricanes. Know what? We don’t care!
Of course I have lived on my own or with roommates since I got out of the dorms at college. That was always a real adventure for me as I had no real experience. I had been living in these apartments for Antioch with a couple of other guys, but my name was not on the lease there. In fact I have no real idea who was the responsible party there. I moved in when my buddy from Comp Sci asked me if I was looking for a new place. In fact he knew that I was having issues with the guy that I was sharing a place with. He was the one who made me realize that you should do your homework when you do something like this. He seemed like a good enough guy at first, but if I had asked around it would have been easy to find out that he was a really terrible roommate.
That is one of the reasons that I have decided to get a place on my own, although I did that once if you are getting technical. Actually I rented a loft above this sweet old lady’s garage. It was actually a great deal for me. I would do chores for her and she would cook for me. Every Sunday she would do something quite awesome, usually she would make a brisket or a prime rib. There would be leftovers for a couple of days. She had this little corgi who would sit there wagging his tail and waiting for his share of it. He would always get a good deal out of it, especially when there were rib bones for him. I would still be there if she had not sold her house, but that is all in the distant past.
I spend a lot of time in my home. When I moved, I took plenty of time making sure that I found the best apartment for me. I had never considered a house because I move too often. My job takes me to different parts of the country every few years, so I just wanted to look at luxury apartments for rent in Revere MA where I would be comfortable and happy for a couple of years. I have lived in some really average apartments and some that were even worse than that, so I always take the time to pick an apartment I know I will like anytime I move now.
It did not take me too long this time because one of the first places I looked at was the Ocean 650 Apartments. When I did my search for apartment complexes, this name just really stood out to me over all the others. I looked at their website, and I knew that I was going to schedule an appointment to see more in person. While the pictures and details were nice, I have learned to look before I commit because pictures and details can always be just average in reality.
I scheduled an appointment to look at one of the one bedroom units and was impressed with everything that I saw. I also took a small self guided tour of the neighborhood to make sure I would be happy living there. To be honest, there was not one thing about the apartment or the town that I did not like. It was so easy to sign the rental agreement, and I think I am actually going to have a hard time leaving this apartment behind when I have to move again. That has never happened to me before, which says a lot!