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O/T - Things I have Learned This Week During Storm

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  1. WoodsonEnt

    WoodsonEnt Active Member

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    For those of you that haven't heard....we have had a huge ice storm in Western Kentucky this week. We haven't had power since Tuesday, and still don't. I am running on a generator now. Things are alot better. Here is a few things this storm has taught me.

    (1) Friends are the greatest!

    (2) I will always keep a supply of gasoline and Kerosene year round.

    (3) I will never let a vehicle get below a half of tank of gas and diesel!

    (4) One thing that shooting has taught me is how to play cards! My family isn't any good! LOL!

    Thanks to all that have emailed, called, or PM.

    Matt Woodson - Woodson Enterprises
     
  2. hangn7

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    Good morning Matt, Sorry to hear you are without power. I have been there many times in the past. I think I could get by for a year without power. Lots of food stored up. Lots of fresh meat just outside the door. You could add a few batteries and oil lamps maybe extra coffee and a couple bottles of your favorite. I also want to say thanks even though we were not able to get an order together because of the freight costs. I see you have worked hard on getting that down. We will deal with each other in the future. You are a great person to deal with and wish you the best in the new year. If you ever wander into northern Montana get a hold of me and we will sit down with a cold one and a great meal. a friend Mark
     
  3. WoodsonEnt

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    Mark,

    Thanks for the kind words. Yes, I did forget batteries. Flashlights and radio do help!

    Matt
     
  4. recurvyarcher

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    Generator...smart man! Hope you continue to stay warm. Supposed to warm up a lot tomorrow.
     
  5. WoodsonEnt

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    Curvy,

    Yes it is! I am actually believe I am going to go out and shoot rifles today. I have bought a new CZ 452 Varmint in .22LR. Going to the bench to fire a few rounds. Cabin fever!

    Matt
     
  6. Bisi

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    I'm going on my 6th day without power. Know what you mean about not having enough gasoline around. I have a 500 gallon tank in the back yard but I stopped filling it when gas got up to 4 bucks a gallon. Can't find a 5 gallon gas tank anywhere. I'm tired of going to the gas station and filling up a couple of 2 gallon tanks. That generator sucks more gas than my F250.

    I've also learned there is no such thing as having too much firewood. Thought I had plenty at the beginning of the year, but now I'm conserving.

    I'm lucky I got a generator. I can run the blower in the gas furnance, the fridge and freezer. Also have enough left to watch a rabbit ears tv and a couple of lights. Guess I'll get the converter box for the old tv.

    My biggest complaint. I'm on a well, and it is 240 volts. I don't have the right plugs (yet) to run my well. Being without water is a bitch. I'm bringing in buckets of snow and letting them melt.

    Just think 50 to 60 years ago most of the country didn't have power. Anybody for the good ole days?
     
  7. Bocephas

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    Best of luck to all of you folks.Hang in there.

    Bocephas
     
  8. foghorn220

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    Matt my power went out Tuesday morning and just came back on Sunday night I know what you mean about the things you learned becasue I ahd to go to TN and wait in line to get gas I barely made it to the pump I don't think it would had lasted 3 more minutes before it ran out.

    And the Kerosene was hard to find and since I have power now I will remember all of the ones that helped us out and also the price goucher's like orscheln's farm store, I guess it was a supply and demand situation but I think $24.00 for 2.5 gallons of Kerosene is a little steep I guess the plastic jug's it came in must had been worth $14.80 to them because a day later I filled the same jug up for $9.20.

    (Edit) Ok im going to make a new post to say what I found out about the high price of kerosene from the orscheln's farm store.

    Fog
     
  9. foghorn220

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    Ok I accused the orscheln's farm store of price goughing but found out the truth yesterday because my mom knew the manager of the store and she was P.Oed also because of the price of the kerosene because regular it cost $9.20 for 2.5 gallon's of kerosene but the day I bought it from Orscheln's it cost a bit over $24.00 the manager said the cop's had already been out because the store had already been turned in for price goughing but he said he had reciept's that he paid $20.00 a jug of 2.5 gallons and it was bought in August of 2008,

    He also said that they didn't normally cary kerosene but did so for the customer's even though it wasn't a money maker for them.

    Ok who ever they got the pre packaged jug's from should be investagated because they are making a killing off of a plastic throw away jug.

    Im sure some on here might be in the hardware business if so then just want to say sorry to bitch but I got sticker shocked that day and thought it was price goughing but it looks like that the stores are the ones that had been goughed from the ones that supply's them.

    Foghorn220
     
  10. stokinpls

    stokinpls Well-Known Member

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    Doesn't hurt to learn this.

    "Obama Getting Heat for Turning Up the Oval Office Thermostat
    President Obama is facing criticism for keeping his office warm enough to "grow orchids" in -- after he called on Americans to protect the environment and turn down their thermostats.

    FOXNews.com

    Tuesday, February 03, 2009

    President Obama lectured voters during the campaign about the need to make sacrifices for the environment. But now it's warm and toasty in the White House -- so much so that aides have likened it to a tropical hot house -- and Obama is under fire for turning up the heat.

    Obama made climate change a staple of his stump speech last year, calling on Americans to lower their energy use and set a model for the rest of the world in combating climate change.

    During a campaign event in Oregon in May, Obama said we have to "lead by example." "We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times," he said.

    "That's not leadership. That's not going to happen."

    But for the first few weeks of his presidency, that's precisely what has happened in the White House.

    On the first day of his presidency, Obama allowed staffers to venture into the Oval Office without wearing coat and tie, which had been obligatory under President Bush. Fashion observers called it a new age of business casual at the White House.

    Obama's aides had a simpler explanation. Though he's spent more than 20 years in Chicago, the president was born in Hawaii. And so he "likes it warm" in the Oval Office, said Chief of Staff David Axelrod. "You could grow orchids in there," he told the New York Times.

    But while it's perpetual summer in the Oval Office, the rest of the country has been trudging through a tough winter. Ice storms have cut power to millions in the Midwest and South.

    With few orchids growing in the heartland, critics are saying that Obama -- who urged individual sacrifice in an inaugural address that called for a "new era of responsibility" -- hasn't been willing to bear the cold with the rest of the country.

    "It's stunning hypocrisy," said Christopher Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and author of two books critical of global warming activists. "Obama spins the dial up, takes off his coat and seeks to mandate that we turn the dial down," he said.

    Obama could take a lesson from one of his predecessors, critics say.

    During the gasoline shortage of the 1970s, President Jimmy Carter famously donned a cardigan and turned down the thermostat in the White House. He urged the nation to do the same during a notably chilly fireside chat he gave from his cooled-off home -- a symbolic gesture intended to move other Americans to go easy on the country's depleted stores of energy.

    Charles Ebinger, director of the Energy Security Initiative at the Brookings Institute, said that presidential roles and security measures will necessarily prevent Obama from being completely green.

    "No one can justify from an energy-efficiency standpoint riding in a bulletproof car, but as president of the United States I think we need to protect his security," he said. "Symbolically it's important, but I wouldn't read too much into it."

    The 800-square-foot Oval Office accounts for only a small part of the White House's overall area: at 55,000 square feet, the Georgian mansion is a public institution, and taxpayers cover the cost of powering a building that is part dwelling, part museum and the nerve center of the Executive Branch of the U.S. government.

    The White House began going green during the 1990s, and reports from the Department of Energy show that innovations and changes have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy costs each year for the buildings that house White House staff.

    Obama's White House declined to comment on the president's personal energy use, but did note that his stimulus package will continue the greening trend, paving the way for 75 percent of federal buildings to be modernized to increase their energy efficiency.

    Yet in the sanctum sanctorum of executive power, Obama has kept it steamy -- literally. The entire White House complex is heated by steam radiators, part of an old energy system that continues to undergo renovations.

    Critics say it's time for the president to put his coat -- or his cardigan -- back on.

    Horner said the president should follow the demands he's made of the rest of the country and start "turning down the dial and putting on a sweater instead of [demanding] sacrifice he talks about for other people."

    But some energy experts say Obama, who made energy efficiency a cornerstone of his campaign, needs to stay on message.

    "He's got to make every American make a personal commitment" to decrease their own energy use and educate the country about the threat of climate change, he said. "The earlier the president can convey that message the better." "
     
  11. THALL

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    I bought a generator (pto driven) large enough to run my house & then got an old 300 gallon diesel fuel tank. Had an electrician put a transfer box on the side of the house. So far, down here in central Alabama, have not had a need yet.

    By the way, Matt, I have really enjoyed the Automate for my MEC 9000. Thanks for your help & good luck up there. Tim Hall
     
  12. oldgahchamp

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    Foghorn, That kerosene down there must be really good stuff. Up here in Western NY, it's available in more than one place for $2.69 to $2.89/ gal and we have VERY HIGH TAXES. Larry Evans
     
  13. Chichay

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    Those thinking of getting a large generator and have natural gas lines into your homes, I suggest a generator that runs on it! You'll never run out of fuel and it is considerably safer than storing a large amount of gasoline. One running on diesel is a second choice. Don't forget, if you have no electricity, your neighborhood gas station pumps maybe inoperable too.
     
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