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Most of the disasters in NYC are home fires, some flooding, but no hurricanes, tornados, twisters, volcanoes, etc. So primarily in the city, RC is responding to fires to house people who can't stay in their homes. We go to a fire, determine whether it is habitable, register the residents, and arrange hotels, give them a prepaid cash card. Also try to assess whether they need emotional counseling. If the fire affects many people, set up a shelter.
There are 3-10 fires in the city most days. In an 8-hour shift, sometimes there are 3-4 fires so it's nonstop, sometimes there are none. If I go early, I'll be done by 2PM, and tell myself I'll have most of the day, but generally fall asleep when I get home :)
The first picture in the attached is from 1904. At the time an elevated subway line was adjacent to the building. Eventually subways were moved underground. At 15 floors it towered over everything else, but now it's one of the smaller buildings in the area.
A shame, Earnie, about the thefts at your brother's home. Probably not much you can do about it. I'm not sure cameras would work well.
Good morning Paul and all. Snow just starting here but at 32 is wet. Probably won't be able to run the dogs.
Might stop for a while but not supposed to have a break until later. I did take them up the mountain yesterday
while wife was getting groceries and she took them up the hill for another walk later. Got groceries out in front
of the storm.
It's to late for the abandoned home but thinking about cameras for the garage at the farm house. He has lots
of equipment there and they only have to break a window to get access. It's a bit of a run from the garage to
the house. Don't think my cameras would work, must be 100 yards. My cameras probably won't work past 100
feet, might work longer, haven't tried it. I have motion lights on my cameras because want to ward people off
and they're already recorded when the lights come on. The thieves have long ago used up what money they
got for stuff at the lower place. The one trying to steal the air compressor either came back with help or different
people came for the mower deck. The mower deck people could have gotten the air compressor out. We managed
to get that before they could get it out of the shed. Will talk to brother about cameras but, believe it or not he's running
out of money even with his pension, social security, wife's social security (gone now), and cleared about $140k selling
the best land on the farm. He never was any good at budgeting and not paying property tax on the farm house now.
We ran our home without wife's SS for 6 years and still use little of it to run our home after we retired. She does pitch
in for stuff often on her own.
Saw the article on your building, lots of history. City looks dirty back then. Guess you usually won't dose off on your
Red Cross shift.
I did little things again yesterday. One thing, got started on waterproof coating our boots. Kiwi Camp Dry is supposed
to work on suede like the boots I got wife for Christmas and putting couple coats on my Summer and Winter Army
boots also. I spray them outdoors, then bring them into the basement to dry. Doesn't seem to be discoloring anything.
Got a 3 can set from Amazon.
Wife is busy growing African Violets. Separating large groups of plants in larger pots into smaller pots until they can grow
some. I guess we're going to have lots of them.
We had a house fire when I was 2 months old back in the 50s. All got out uninjured but lost lots of things in our families
history. That's when we ended up on the family farm. Cost was $8000 back then. It was crude, had a well house instead
of a drilled well. I remember growing up the well house smelled bad. Half the house was moved in back then so no
basement under that section. The basement there is is still a dirt floor and rock walls. Some of the wood beams are
starting to fall. Think some pictures were lost in the fire but had few, I think.
Have a great day. Snowing out still here now.
Very small picture but farm soon after my parents bought it in mid 50s.
High 30s so all rain here.
Hectic day as Silicon Valley & Signature Banks are customers of my company. I occasionally talk to them so feel bad. Eventually some of them will be let go.
Have a good dry evening,
Good morning Paul and all. Snowing here, just got to be solid snowing as I woke up and the radar
shows it snowing hard until past 8 AM. Probably no run for the dogs and I again, they will be restless
all day again. My knee needs the break, tripped and fell last Thursday morning, hit my knee on the
pavement. I wear supports on both knees now so didn't tear it up to badly.
Sad for the companies in trouble, usually caused by the people that don't work at the top. At least
the workers won't be let go in an unemployment disaster. Should find employment easily. When I
got laid off in 1994, the employment chances were a barren desert for years. Took me 6.5 years to
get a good job. There were lots of us so when a job turned up many were trying for it.
Started getting my dirt bike going, to run it some on what's left of dad's farm. Dad got me my first
little Honda 100cc, learned to ride in dad's fields. The field that's left could still be lost. Won't want
to take the Baja and dirt bike down when good weather so trying to get it ready for Spring. Got the
new battery filled and charged, was surprised the bike started. Changed the engine oil and cleaned
the oil filter, doesn't have a replaceable filter. Got foam to replace the air filters. Haven't replaced
the foam for about 27 years. I did take the dirt bike down to the farm in 2001 and rode for a while
when the farm was still whole. Still remember that day. It's a 1972 Honda SL350.
I guess the city is getting washed in the rain.
Have a great day all.
Hi friends….Kitty, Ernie, Paul,
Paul ~ Thanks for all of the information on your building. Very interesting and stately. You are blessed to be part of its ongoing history. Wondering how much snow you have? My eldest and her husband are spending a few days in Boston celebrating the SIL’s birthday and St. Patrick’s Day.
Ernie ~ You’ve had snow? I’m seeing lots of snow in your neck of the woods or am I wrong? Rest those knees is my advice.
I’ve been stricken with a sinus infection and coughing. Have spent the week-end and beginning of the week down and out. A Dr. appointment today complete with Prednisone and Z-Pack antibiotic. And so it is….
Here in Ohio. Some snow remains. Rain coming tomorrow.
Carry on…….as we do……banks closing…(scary) Russians taking our drones down. Guess I’ll pull the covers over my head.
Good morning Susan and all. Was ok to take the dogs out this morning so we went. Looks like
we might get rained out tomorrow morn. We did get some snow but not the forecast amount,
got hours of rain mixed with snow for part of it, that cut down our snow accumulation. Up in
Morrisville where many in-laws live, they got 2 feet, compared to about 5 inches here. Wife's
father had to go in for surgery Monday and her niece went in Wednesday to have a baby so they
had to navigate through the storm.
Sorry you got sick Susan, hope it goes away soon.
Putin has made it obvious he's our enemy for many years, some just didn't see it or face it. Going
back to the cold war, already there, except for East Germany, I hope.
Hope the bank failures stay isolated. Already affecting the stock market, that didn't need bad news.
Still getting dirt bike ready, had to order a couple o-rings.
We're supposed to get 44 degrees and lots of sun today, should melt almost all the snow left.
Have great day all.
Think I already feel better with two antibiotic pills. Started the Prednisone today. Was really short winded as it seems to have landed in the bronchial area, although she said my lungs were clear.
It started out to be sunny but clouding up and rain predicted. Daughter thought it would be fun for me to join them downtown on St. Patrick’s Day for the parade. I gently declined…….drinking and revelry in the streets ~ too old for it all. Plus, weather is to turn cold by Friday.
Carry On. Hope your snow melts today. Susan
Feel better soon, Susan. Antibiotics, liquids, and rest. Not much else helps.
We had almost no snow. A few wet inches.
Good morning Susan, Paul, and all. 34 here but the rain to start in a few minutes and goes on for hours.
Glad you're feeling better Susan. I used to watch the parade downtown when my grandchildren rode in
their fathers police car but that's all St. Patrick was to me. Our parade was a couple weeks ago. Today is
rainy most of the day and our parade day was cold. I love the bagpipe bands, maybe see some at the
Laurel Festival Parade in June. Not sure if we can take our dogs to a public event with crowds of people
and some dogs there in June.
Much of our snow melted, the rain and sorta warm temps today should take care of the rest. Forecast 52
and sunny for Monday. I will probably go down to the farm that day. Not certain I have oil pressure through
the engine without those o-rings so if I don't receive and install them will probably leave the bike here
Socket I used on the larger antenna mount pulled apart with the antenna mounted on it so had to disassemble
it and use a different type socket on it. Had to drill it out larger and the ground lug has to be moved. Might
go to Lowes and look for some thin lock washers for it.
Our niece had a healthy baby boy. Said there was a foot of snow in the road on their way to the hospital. Glad
all turned out well. Think she was in the hospital all night before the birth.
Was sad to see another bank failing and had to be rescued. Not good for the stock market. We hope to use some
of our savings there some day but wouldn't use any right now. We don't lose any money unless we use it when there's
a downturn in the market. Many say how much they've lost but if they don't sell, haven't lost anything, even get a
discount if they buy during a downturn.
At least it's warm today with the rain, then a little colder after that but looks good for about at least 5 days after that for
us. Good to see some better March weather. We've had some bad snow storms in March. March of 2022 we had that
wet snow and ice that broke our trees and brought down power lines. Cost me $180 to run the generator for 3 days but
isolated incident and grateful we had the generator, also gas station that had non ethonel gas that we use in our small
engines still had power. In March of 1993 we had feet of snow and it drifted to piles of snow over our heads.
Have a great day all.
Some of wife's flowers by the pool.
Congrats to your niece and family, Ernie.
Enjoy the day all.