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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 San Francisco. 


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 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 decent. 
    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 tape too.
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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 price. 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.
I started to hit a few golf balls and my putting game is much better after I got a new putter. 9/17/09



 

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Food Preservation

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, CA. 

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