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Rista1313

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I mentioned our broken garage door a while back. The repair company said the door company no llonger makes our door so our options were a new panel, or a new door. Problem is the new panel wouldn’t look like the old and we have 2 garage doors, so one wouldn’t look like the other if we changed. Anyway just to change a panel would have been over $500 with labor. Mind you the only thing that was broken was the bracket that attaches to the garage door opener. So, dh and I looked on the door company’s website for repair parts and lo and behold they had a bracket that was universal. For $30 we figured it was worth a shot. Guess what? It works!!! :)
Companies are so ridiculous... they would rather give you the most expensive option rather than offer a more affordable solution and keep a loyal customer. I'm so glad the universal bracket worked for you!
 

dryerlintfan

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We were told by “experts” we were doomed every 6 mos. or so for the entire time we lived in No Cal from ‘68-‘76 back in the day.
We had earthquake drills at school, and we had at least 3 small-ish earthquakes that I remember while we were living there, that I’ve posted fun about before here a few times, so not going back into detail...interesting experiences, though.
All that being said, and as you posted, unfortunately, California is looooooong overdue for a major quake.
The Loma Prieta earthquake was a huge event in my childhood, destroying many of our historic buildings and causing some poor lady to die while going pee int he bookshop. For us, it's one of those defining moments where you know exactly where you were and what you were doing.

It didn't make the list below but only barely below these others at a 6.9.

 

Rista1313

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The Loma Prieta earthquake was a huge event in my childhood, destroying many of our historic buildings and causing some poor lady to die while going pee int he bookshop. For us, it's one of those defining moments where you know exactly where you were and what you were doing.

It didn't make the list below but only barely below these others at a 6.9.

Funny (to me) story... when I moved with my first husband to Alaska, I had no idea they had earthquakes up there! 1st morning in new apartment and my bed is shaking.... I thought my husband or sister in law was being funny. By the time I figured out what it was, it was over... another time my couch did the wave, and my front door flew open...

Of course only being 22, I had to call my dad and tell him the ground moved..... o_O
 

dryerlintfan

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Funny (to me) story... when I moved with my first husband to Alaska, I had no idea they had earthquakes up there! 1st morning in new apartment and my bed is shaking.... I thought my husband or sister in law was being funny. By the time I figured out what it was, it was over... another time my couch did the wave, and my front door flew open...

Of course only being 22, I had to call my dad and tell him the ground moved..... o_O
I learned as a teenager that Montana actually has the most earthquakes in America. You don't hear about them though, because most of them are not strong enough to register. Earthquakes happen all over the place, but they're usually low enough to maybe spook some animals and register on the richter scale, but not high enough for us to feel it or notice it.
 

Rista1313

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I learned as a teenager that Montana actually has the most earthquakes in America. You don't hear about them though, because most of them are not strong enough to register. Earthquakes happen all over the place, but they're usually low enough to maybe spook some animals and register on the richter scale, but not high enough for us to feel it or notice it.
Didn't know that! About 7 years ago or so... a state south of us had an earthquake, and we felt it way up here... I was sitting at my desk and thinking... yikes am I haven't a seizure...??? Finally I said outloud, "does anyone else feel that?" It was a long one... luckily I wasn't the only one who felt it!
 

Goofyernmost

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We have plenty of Polish deli's here (the town is pretty much 1/2 polish, 1/2 dutch, and a big mix of mutts) but I truly haven't seen this kielbasa loaf!



Plenty of Meijers.. they are headquartered here.... I'll have to check next time I'm there...
It could be due to location as to what it is called. In Vermont there was a very small Polish population. I found basically the same flavor in a loaf called "Old Fashioned Loaf". Both had about the same spicing and bold flavor, but, I have found neither of them in the past decade or more. I have seen Polish Ham, but, I find that no matter what prefix is used, it is still just ham. Reinforcing the theory that a pig is a pig is a pig. :happy:
 

Goofyernmost

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I mentioned our broken garage door a while back. The repair company said the door company no llonger makes our door so our options were a new panel, or a new door. Problem is the new panel wouldn’t look like the old and we have 2 garage doors, so one wouldn’t look like the other if we changed. Anyway just to change a panel would have been over $500 with labor. Mind you the only thing that was broken was the bracket that attaches to the garage door opener. So, dh and I looked on the door company’s website for repair parts and lo and behold they had a bracket that was universal. For $30 we figured it was worth a shot. Guess what? It works!!! :)
Yes, the magic of DIY approach. My SIL has no mechanical knowledge at all. They had a ceiling heating and AC air intake that had the cover fall off. leaving just an ugly 20X20 filter and frame to look at. They asked a couple "professionals" how much it would be to replace the cover. They were quoted extreme numbers to replace it, so they left it the way it was. I was walking through Lowe's and spotted the entire assembly for the cost of $40.00. I told them about it, but, due to my present physical problems expressed that I wasn't sure I would be able to keep my balance on the ladder.

To my surprise, they went to Lowe's and bought the assembly. They brought it home and my SIL, who previously was afraid to do anything that required a screwdriver because he felt he couldn't do it, was able to install it on his own and told me about it after. He did a great job, it looks like a skilled carpenter did the job. I think he discovered a new hobby. It is possible that it all could turn out to be a disaster depending on what degree of "remodel" he decides to do.
 

MySmallWorldof4

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The Loma Prieta earthquake was a huge event in my childhood, destroying many of our historic buildings and causing some poor lady to die while going pee int he bookshop. For us, it's one of those defining moments where you know exactly where you were and what you were doing.

It didn't make the list below but only barely below these others at a 6.9.

Was that the quake that happened during the World Series? I was watching the game my sophomore year in college when it happened.
 

Songbird76

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The Efteling actually has 3 overnight choices, one is the hotel with regular or themed rooms.
The second is a very basic bungalow park with limited facilities and the third is a beautiful holiday park with different style of old Dutch houses, a pool, restaurant and shop. Efteling entrance is included in the price of your stay however all three options are expensive, to me it's worth it because I love being there but other people just shake their head and look elsewhere, as an overnight guest you do get early morning access to a limited number of rides.
Yeah, I looked into staying 2 years ago when we went, but DH didn't think we really needed to do that. But, when we went, they had extended hours on certain nights, and we went on one of those days and stayed the whole day. I remember that by the end, DD was in tears....there was something with her pants rubbing on her skin and she was in pain. AND we didn't know about DS's Autism at the time, and DH had not learned to be patient, etc. Now that we know DS's limits, and we went in the off season, it would really have been nice to have 2 days and to be right there. I knew there were several options for lodging there, but I couldn't remember how many and what they all are. I know the hotel is closest, and then the others are farther away....that's about as much as I remember. Maybe next time.
 

Songbird76

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Why don’t you take this as an opportunity for him to try fruits and vegetables. Long term without eating fruits and vegetables is not good for cells. They need micronutrients from them for normal biological processes. You know my son is picky. I had it last week. I juices apples and carrots for him in our juicer and basically told him to drink it. End of story. If he didn’t want to eat the food because of texture, then he could at least get the nutrients from them through fresh juice. He finished the glass and has some everyday now. Just a thought. One of my degrees is in biology. ;)
Oh, we've been working on trying new foods. We made a sticker chart with steps on it....first step is to smell the food, 2nd is to lick it, 3rd is to take a small bite, then finally try 3 bites, and that is 10 times. We got him to eat pasta, and beef jerky using the chart, but so far, the only veggies he likes are the ones mixed in with something else, like the spinach in lasagna. We're working on that, but until he actually broadens his palate, we just need to reassure him that he's not going to die because he doesn't eat broccoli.
 

Songbird76

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I kept forgetting to post these, but @Gabe1 just posted about Aldi, and it reminded me...I've never been to an American Aldi store, but I mentioned that over here, our Aldi is tiny and lacks variety. So Aldi is remodeling and I snapped some pictures so you can see how big it is.

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This is the entire store.
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And then a few days later with the floor in place:
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They open back up Friday....I'll have to see if I can get a picture of the new set up.
 

dryerlintfan

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I kept forgetting to post these, but @Gabe1 just posted about Aldi, and it reminded me...I've never been to an American Aldi store, but I mentioned that over here, our Aldi is tiny and lacks variety. So Aldi is remodeling and I snapped some pictures so you can see how big it is.

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And then a few days later with the floor in place:
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They open back up Friday....I'll have to see if I can get a picture of the new set up.
Wow when you said it was tiny I thought you meant much smaller than this! This is about the size our Aldis are, but they use the space really well.
 

Songbird76

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I mentioned our broken garage door a while back. The repair company said the door company no llonger makes our door so our options were a new panel, or a new door. Problem is the new panel wouldn’t look like the old and we have 2 garage doors, so one wouldn’t look like the other if we changed. Anyway just to change a panel would have been over $500 with labor. Mind you the only thing that was broken was the bracket that attaches to the garage door opener. So, dh and I looked on the door company’s website for repair parts and lo and behold they had a bracket that was universal. For $30 we figured it was worth a shot. Guess what? It works!!! :)
Did they really expect people not to do their homework and just accept the pricey estimate? I don't know many who blindly say "OK" just because a repairman says that's what it's going to cost. But good for you on looking it up and fixing it yourselves!
 

Rista1313

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I kept forgetting to post these, but @Gabe1 just posted about Aldi, and it reminded me...I've never been to an American Aldi store, but I mentioned that over here, our Aldi is tiny and lacks variety. So Aldi is remodeling and I snapped some pictures so you can see how big it is.

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This is the entire store.
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And then a few days later with the floor in place:
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They open back up Friday....I'll have to see if I can get a picture of the new set up.
That's about how big ours are here. They just remodeled the one by our house and I still love it. As far as the lack of variety, well that's how Aldi keeps their prices lower.
 

Songbird76

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Wow when you said it was tiny I thought you meant much smaller than this! This is about the size our Aldis are, but they use the space really well.
I hope that when they reopen, they will be able to use the space more efficiently and have more variety. Only about half this space is used for food. They pretty much only have basics. I saw some pictures online of Aldi in the states and they looked SO much bigger....I guess it's possible that the angle of the shot makes it look bigger?
 
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