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here. Don't hold it against me if you do not agree.
Want to do something new? Take public transportation somewhere.
I took the bus across town awhile back and it was neat. I had to take it down
town to the transit center to get the other bus to where I was going. We try and
go somewhere every week on public transportation usually to
I cleaned out our fish pond again, Yuck what a job. It has been
about a year since the last clean out and they were pretty crowded with all
the junk on the bottom. I
went by the pond store and got a regular pond pump for $160.00 a year ago and it is guaranteed
for 3 years. I made a gravity filter and it works perfect with a good flow and
the pond is clear as a bell. I only clean the filters every two months now.
My advice from experience after a
dozen or more pumps over the years is to get a good one like this one designed for
fish ponds that will not clog or leak oil. I
have a good design for a filter too.
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New Cancer Page: Cancer news and
The CHD Quilt Project
Whooping Cough is back! Get you babies immunized as soon as possible. They are
most at risk.
- Charitable giving is available: We are
set up with our state to receive funds that are deductible. We are building a school
in India at the moment. We use Paypal
and forward funds to the
needy areas. Use my email address; firstname.lastname@example.org and designate
what it is for. Thank you for your caring.
- One of my favorite web sites is the
Flying Skunk Chicken
- Some One asked about the old Submarines I was qualified on. There is one at
Fisherman's Wharf called the USS Pampanito. Here is the link to explain it
in detail. Dave is a retired submariner; see his story under
- Dave's San Francisco Tour Page.
- Moo Mixer
- I have a new hobby called GEO
Caching. People including myself, hide little notes and things in secrete
places all over. All you need is a GPS locater, any kind will do if you are
clever and understand the clues. Most new cell phones have them built in now
too. It is a challenge and can be done on the way to where ever you are going.
Cancer; get checked right away. and make an appointment with your
doctor tomorrow it will save your life and it is no problem. I have had two or
more polyps removed every time I have had it done so I am a believer. Don't put
Cancer is so common today that it is overlooked much of the time.
for signs often and the slightest change or feeling of something different
is cause to make an appointment without delay. Age means nothing today as
younger and younger women are finding that it does not consider age. My
daughter's tumor showed up with in 6 months of her last exam. See
- New: I have a
new Web Site; it is for finding links to companies to purchase items on the
internet. Help me and use these links and if one is missing let me know.
Alvaro Vargas Llosa,
Liberty for Latin America: How to Undo Five Hundred Years of State Oppression
- Encore Book notes: Irvin
Molotsky, The Flag, The Poet and The Song: The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner
books I have read lately that may be of interest are; The Elegant Universe, by
Brian Greene, be sure to get the video that supports it. It is all about super strings
and quantum physics in an understandable format and it does not
argue against creationism.
The other ones are Book on Tape; I'm a Stranger Here Myself, by Bill Bryson. We
couldn't wait to hear all of it as we traveled and would sit in the driveway it
was so interesting. The other one was; Boogers are my Beat, by Dave Barry and is
about a bunch of mishaps in our society and government. Both are a good read and
Then I got another book on tape and it is real interesting; The Maigret
Collection, by George Simenon. These are mysteries from the BBC.
Books on tape are a neat way to get your reading done while traveling. I use the
public library for my reading now, because it saves a lot of money and it is
convenient. I order then on the internet and just stop by when they are ready.
If they do not have a book I want I just order it and they let me know when it
comes in. When I requested the DiVinci Code I was 85 on the list and it took a
month, but I didn't waist my money on a book I would never read again. While I
was waiting on the list I would go to Boarders and read it off the rack. I only
had it half read when the book came available and as a bonus I got the book on
The next best way to read is to borrow, I have been reading a friends book;
Sermons by B. H. Carroll. I would like to own a copy, but it is out of print.
Hope this encourages you to take more interest in reading. It is the best way to
stay young, informed and to maintain a proper balance with a sense of humor.
Interests check out the KIDS ONLY site.
- Checkout my Oakland High School Website.1954 was
a good year.
- See Bonnie's website too. Our Reunion is
was this year and it was good to see everyone again.
- See classmates.
- Half Dome is nice this time of year, take a look.
- : Books I have read:
- Books read in 2000:
- Page 2: 12/21/03
Page 3: 5/21/04
Some have asked how I can read so many books; I speed read, and I get them from
the library. If it is not available
I ask them to order it and they do. Use our
to do the same. While I wait, I read them at Boarder's with a cup of java at
the coffee shop.
- Ask Jeeves
- Zola Levitt
- Cliffs Notes on line
Nuts and Bolts under Library
Book on line, The Church
That Jesus Built
He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented
with what he would like to have. -- Socrates
The Best Exercise is Free: Walking upstairs strengthens the heart, bones and knees
Signs such as "Why WEIGHT for an elevator, take steps to save time and burn calories" are posted near elevators throughout the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Md., urging people to take the stairs instead.
These little nudges are part of a popular new strategy in work site wellness programs across the country encouraging employees to incorporate readily available exercise into their everyday lives.
Stairs are a bona fide exercise machine you don't have to go to the gym to use. The Harvard Alumni Health Study of more than 11,000 men found that those who took the stairs for at least 20 floors per week had about a 20 percent lower risk of stroke and of death from all causes during the study period.
According to this Washington Post story, taking the stairs also fights bone loss by building bone density and works against knee pain by strengthening the muscles that support the knee.
The National Cancer Institute offers suggestions on other daily activities which will make you more fit.
And recent Health SCOUT stories spotlight adventure fitness and fast workouts as other hot exercise trends.
-- Priscilla Tucker
After falling 15 feet, when my ladder went out from under me, I
am almost back to normal. Be sure if you use a ladder that the
feet are secured with non- slip legs. Mine fell off years ago and I paid the
I have only fallen off two more times, but from the bottom rung. I still blew
out my shoulder on each occasion. They found Arthritis in both now, and
steroids seen to be working, but I will never pass the test to play baseball. I
am still working part time too.
Bible knowledge without repentance, will be but
a torch to light men to hell." THOMAS WATSON
Life is something you do when you can't get to sleep.
-- Fran Leibowitz
Dave's Tips and Advice
Food preservation today
seems to be a no-brainer with all the modern stores and transportation and
storage available including the preservatives food contains. Well nothing has
changed really, food is just the same and with all the technology it still has
to be handled and prepared properly. As evidenced by the number of people being
sickened all over the country including from food in restaurants.
You may think all the food
in your super market is safe and it usually is, however if the distribution
stopovers and transfers are delayed it can effect the quality of the storage
life and safety. For instance, if the time it takes to move anything from truck
to freezer or warehouse to truck is too long the surface of the package may get
a little warm and it can start bacteria and spoilage so that when it is thawed
the process has already started before and it does not take long before bad
effects happen. That is why microwave defrosting is a safe way to quickly thaw
food before it has a chance to grow microbes that lead to food poisoning.
When you cook now days, be sure to check the
internal temperature of the food, especially meat. It should be at least 160
degrees for safety, however if it has been seared before roasting or grilling
150 degrees is ok if you like it rare. It will rest and come up to temperature.
I recommend a quick reading thermometer with a little dial on the end to check
everything you cook. I test everything myself so there is no question it is
cooked through and safe, as well as not being over cooked too.
90 % of the service calls
are related to the above miss uses by the customers and some argue, but most
follow the instructions and unload the shelves for proper air flow. Half of
these, the door is kept ajar by the food hanging over the shelf up against the
inside of the door. After 53 years of doing this I feel I know what I am
talking about. Just to let you know what it costs to replace a damaged coil from
the above causes or a compressor from lack of maintenance, runs about $600.00
plus for labor and materials not counting the price of the parts. The average
compressor and coil repair is around $1000.00 today. The average built in
refrigerator start about $3500.00 for a Kitchen-aid and $6500 for a Sub Zero so
protect your investment. The regular free standing refrigerators are costing up
to $3000.00 now too and the same instructions above are the same for them. The
old story, pay me now pay me later stands with respect to taking care of your
appliance so it doesn’t inconvenient you later.
I highly recommend buying
the extended service contract from the manufacturer and it is cheaper than a
service call today. The new products only come with a one year warranty on
everything including the compressor, a $500.00 part. Be sure you buy it from the
manufacturer so you get factory trained service and parts.
I hope this helps you to
understand what refrigerators are all about and how to enjoy their convenience.
If you have any question
about appliances, or any other subject
email Dave. He is also available for counseling and other life issues.
Dave Gustafson, Modesto,
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