techmonkey wrote:The other night, some dumb ass hit a branch valve for the water main in my area with his car.
Reminds me of a question I wanted to ask you folks; I've heard stories telling how a water heater "could" explode if the water mains are shut off and it stays powered up, in past I've figured "Just to be safe is wise" and flipped the breaker for my water heater off; Is that rumor true or just a neat story these folks told to tell a good story, in the tradition of Popcorn Sutton (Who had a bumper sticker "Never let the truth get in the way of a good story")
Before my last move I lived in the sticks (i.e. way out in the woods); We had woods rats, racoons, any & all wildlife out there. The feral cat who showed up was stalked by the racoons - When I stepped outside to dissuade them with the 10/22, the flashlight I had would too-often choke on me :/ What I get for trying to use lowish batteries in my flashlight last LOL
Helps that I have really really good night vision, but still. The cat gradually became tamed, to the point that when I came home he'd INSIST on vaulting through the car window and being held, cradled in my arms, as he nursed on me, face all softened up, purring, and turning my arm into mincemeat where his sharp claws were messing my arm up LOL - I'm a dog & cat person, it's quite rewarding to tame a feral cat, just painful at times LOL (And yes I clean the area, I'm not dumb...)
We had regular power failures from lightning strikes just uphill of us, those would kill computer modems OFTEN, you haven't "lived" until you're online and the laptop's internal modem POPs and emits smoke as the power fails... I popped in a replacement modem from the 50-pack I'd gotten off ebay, somewhere I have about 100 dead laptop modems, some with burn marks where the silicon melted and dripped out through the label. Grumble. And a bunch of 56k externals, dead too.
Current Prep failure I'm dealing with: An older family member is uhm . . getting on in years, and seems to have pocketed a bunch of my belongings when they helped move me (I was down with a meniscal tear in my left knee, since repaired.) IDK how much I lost all in all, hoping it's not as bad as I fear; Sorta hard to prepare for being sidelined by injury, and changing family members' behavior, that's a bit tough! LOL
Hoping they didn't take my 20mm ammo can of INCH stuff, we'll see.
“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” ― Albert Einstein