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The State of our garbage dumps

30 Nov

I’ve grown up in the pacific NW and as much as I complain about the envirohippies I love the outdoors and understand that steps need to be taken to protect the environment. However it is a sad fact of life that as americans we generate a lot of junk. From the broken furniture to the old area rugs to that set dumbbells that somehow got left in the rain and is not a pile of rust.

For these reasons we need a place to dispose of all of this refuse. In my area we have 3 bins that are collected on a regular basis. Garbage, recycle, and yard waste. Yard waste is only for organic material and you can’t put lumber scraps in it. Recycle is for the paper, cardboard and recyclable plastics. In our area they don’t allow glass but many areas do. Also in the CITY of Seattle you are allowed to put certain types of recycling in your yard-waste such as pizza boxes (paper or cardboard with food waste is not allowed in the recycle bins). Many people also run compost bins on their own if they garden.

But after you have taken all that out you are left with garbage. We have residential garbage service which allows us to put out 1 can of trash not exceeding 50lbs each Wednesday for the princely sum of about $50 a month. They charge you if the can is over weight, too full or if you add a second can or bags.

Large items that don’t fit in the can must be either taken to the dump yourself or you can schedule a special pick up at a cost.

Luckily since my family is full of people with trucks and trailers we have always made our own runs to the dump so I have never had to use the large item pickup service. However recently I’ve gotten the impression that we are not welcome. In the past 3 months I have gotten the pleasure of using 4 different “dumps” each with their own special flavor and specific rules.

Dump #1 Graham WA, this is my local dump where we take a truck load of stuff they charge you by weight with minimum charge of $27 that includes the first 400lbs. You drive into a large steel building back up to a pile and toss everything in the pile. Workers with heavy equipment then load it all up into conveyors and into trucks for later processing.

 

Dump #2 Bonney Lake WA, this dump is part of the same garbage service as dump #1 however its set up very different. You back up on an elevated platform with a steel fence behind you. Below you on the other side of the fence is an open top tractor trailer that you throw things into. The design is actually really nice because the trailer is below you and part of the opening of the trailer is actually covered by the platform the customer parks on to allow for empty room in the trailer and for things to slide down. Same pricing as Dump #1

Dump #3 Kirkland WA, this dump is set up similar to dump #2 however instead of you parking on a platform you park level with the grade and there is a pit dug out for the trailers to pull down into and there is a staff member with a backhoe on the upper level moving items around as you toss them over the fence. The only odd thing about this was that the pit had fences on both sides so you actually have 2  customers backing up against each other with only the width of the dumpster trailer between them. When I used this one I didn’t pay for it as I was just along for the ride to help unload but the pricing was based on weight and seemed in line with dump 1 and 2.

 

Dump #4 Hillsboro Oregon, while prior to this week, I had not been to this one in several years it is the dump I have made the most trips too. This was the  dump that my family used when I was a kid. Back then it was simply a giant pile that you accessed via scales and paid by weight. Now it has been completely redone in the worst design I have ever seen. First as we pulled in we were told that it was a flat rate based on vehicle size. So my Toytota Tacoma with a 6.5ft bed was charged the “pickup truck” rate of $67. They don’t care how high the truck is stacked or how much weight is in it. They apparently also don’t care about length of the bed. When we pulled in we were told to follow the signs for residential refuse. As I reached that area I was convinced I was in the wrong area. A very small area where you back up to dumpster trailers that were set on grade level. This meant everything you unloaded from the truck was being tossed across into the dumpsters rather than the others where the dumpsters are below you. This made it much harder to get rid of things like the random broken pieces of plastic and metal because each item had to individually handled rather than being able to push everything to the ground and then sweep it off the edge. I even commended to the guy running that area that this dump had changed a lot since I had last been there. He told me it had been this way since he started that doesn’t tell me much but it has been about 5yrs since I have used this facility. This is the only dump where I actually didnt get everything out of my truck. When we left my bed was still covered in random odds and ends which required me to take a shop-vac to the truck bed to pick up everything from spent shell casings to fiddly plastic bits.

 

None of these facilities described their facility online. So while I could have saved myself a lot of time at Dump#4 by brining a push broom I didn’t know I needed to bring tools to the dump so I didn’t.

Feel free to comment with what your dump looks like or how terrible it is.

 

 

 
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I am back

17 Nov

My last post was in Oct of 2014 so I essentially took a year off blogging. Oh sure I meant to blog and if you ask most of the other bloggers I speak with it doesn’t matter anyway since as the famous Breda once said “Blogging is dead”. While that may be true I figured I would fire this thing up again just to blow the dust off.

Which is basically what had to happen in the year that I had been gone I hadn’t  logged into the blog at all so it needed some massive wordpress updates, a new password and a good shake down. Of course there were a few days where my domain actually expired because for some reason it wasnt set to auto renew. All that is said and done and now I am going to be posting rants about whatever and mostly using this site for reviews of products that think about and posting some of my gopro footage. (Assuming I chain myself to the desk to actually start editing.)

Of course with the election coming up you can expect some good rants on things stupid politicians do.

So as Rachel Maddow would say, watch this space.

 

 

 
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Some days its just not meant to be.

13 Oct

Today just isn’t my day but at least it ended humorously. First the Seattle Seahawks lost. Then after the game we decided to go to Walmart. While we were at the Puyallup Walmart I saw a good price on a rifle that I’ve been looking at but it was out of stock. (Understandable since its the first weekend of deer season). Just for the heck of it we decided to go up to the Bonney Lake Walmart. I got up to the gun counter and tell the guy what I am looking for, he tells me that they have what I am looking for but that their prices is $98 higher than the Puyallup Walmart. I ask him if he can figure out the correct price and match the Puyallup price. He tells me that he really can’t do anything BUT that a different associate who is currently on lunch can. Ok so we end up waiting about 45minutes talk to the other associate. During this time I called the Puyallup Walmart just to double check the price and make sure I wasn’t nuts. After the new guy gets back from lunch I talk to him and realize the first guy was looking at the wrong price. Which explains the $98 price difference. However there is still a $20 price difference between the 2 stores but I am willing to figure that out.
He tells me they don’t have one on the rack but that they have one in the back. Ok, lets do this. ONLY AT THIS POINT does he bring up the fact that they don’t have a manager working to actually conduct a firearms sale.
So I ended up waiting an hour to talk to a guy about a gun? Why did neither associate mention to me that they were incapable of actually conducting a sale.
I understand that while the store is 24hrs not every department can do every sale all of the time. However at the point that I tell the first associate that I am going to wait, one would think that it was a good time to tell me that I can’t actually buy what I am inuring about.
I then get home and find out that my NY Giants are getting blown out in their game as well. I should be disappointed but at this point all I can do is laugh. Of course these are all first world problems so I should just be grateful that these are my biggest concerns.

 
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My New Hobby

30 Jun

A few weeks ago I got a Gopro Hero 3+ camera for my birthday. Since then I have been playing with it in a bunch of different ways. I put a mount on the dashboard of my truck and filmed my drive to work and I put another on the windshield of my motorcycle for capturing some rides. Then I took the big leap and took the camera under water. For me this was a big deal because I am especially paranoid about electronics in water. But with the confidence from a little internet research and the assurance that the GoPro came with a waterproof case good to well past where I was using it I did it.

Underwater filming may be my new favorite use for this camera. My first videos were just at a local lake with me putting the camera on the end of a 5ft telescopic monopod and catching great glimpses of weeds and such. But this past weekend we took a little road trip out to the small town of Poulsbo, WA and there before me I saw a big dock with tons of empty slips. I waltzed down to the dock and put my camera on the end of the same monopod to see what I could catch on the camera. When I reviewed the footage I was surprised to see I saw a bunch of fish right underneath the dock.

So below are a few short videos I put together, frankly at this point I suck at video editing but I am learning. Most of my experience with video editing was in a video edit lab in HS 10yrs ago so editing on my iPad is a whole new world (but a heck of a lot quicker).

 

Jumping RC Car off Deck

 

 

Fish under dock

 

 
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The gun community and my faith in it.

21 May

It’s no secret that the only real damage to our cause has been done by members of our own community especially recently.

The pro gun groups win in court, we win in most demographic groups and our progress is only slowed by idiots jumping the shark and thinking a low ready rifle should be treated the same as a holstered handgun when out in public.

Frankly this week my faith in our cause was damaged. Until today when I went to the range. A guy about my age brought his mom to the range. Sadly the cheap bulk pack .22lr he had wouldn’t cycle his 10/22. I offered to trade him about 50rounds of CCI mini mags for about 100 rounds of his bulk pack (armscorp). He agreed. So I shot the 100rounds out of my .22 revolver and all was happy.

Then another shooter completely randomly offered to let me shoot his Ruger redhawk in .45lc because he said “it hurts my hand but I love the sound”.

All together it reaffirmed my faith in the gun community after all the junk this week with idiots at chipotle ruining it all for us.

At the range today there was a broad spectrum of ages, cultures and people in general. It reminded me of what we fight for.

On Easter my mom went to the range with my us. It’s the first time she has ever gone with me. She hasn’t touched a gun since before I was born when she took a basic handgun course under the idea that if Dad was going to have guns in the house she should know how to handle and use them.

By the end of the afternoon she was shooting my AR like a pro and shot everything from my .22lr revolver to my M&P pistol. It was a special day for my brother and I to share the hobby that my Dad got us into.

Also it was really pretty amazing to get to shoot with my Dad since we hadn’t been to the range together in years.

My last two range days have really been some of my best for no other reason and they reminded me that gun rights protects really important but sometimes abstract things like freedom and civil society but they also are a great way for families to rally together and spend an afternoon doing something fun. My only regret is that I didn’t get any video of my wife and my Mom shooting side by side. Because that moment was full of so much win I couldn’t contain myself.

Now if only I could replace all the .22lr ammo I’ve shot up recently.

 
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Bushmaster Carbon 15 Follow up Review.

18 Feb

I bought my Carbon-15 on Halloween of 2012. Its no surprise that when I bought it I wasn’t the only person buying an AR at the time. But I didn’t know anybody else with one of these. In fact until about a week prior to buying it I didn’t even know that anybody made a rifle with a carbon/polymer receiver.

 

All the review that I read on line were terrible for the “1st generation” and pretty solid for the second gen rifles. Well I have now had the rifle for about a year and a half and although I have only put about 12oornds through it. So far it is perfect. One of the debates that happens with this rifle as well as many AR-15 style rifles is that you aren’t supposed to run steel cased ammo through it. Well I am here to say that at least 500 of the 1200 I have but through the gun have been steel. While I understand that it is harder on the gun it has yet to choke and if I experience a FTE I will certainly post about it.

The rifle came with a pretty cheap reddot scope that actually worked really well BUT its still a 1x reddot so I want to put a better scope on it for some longer range shooting because frankly I suck without a little magnification. The rifle also came with a hard sized rifle case that is virtually useless because it doesn’t actually hold the rifle with the scope that they provided mounted. Also although the rifle came with 2 steel 20rnd mags I run pretty much exclusively Pmag-30’s.

So a 16months later the rifle is performing great and as soon as I put a better optic on it should be set up as a nice predator gun. Of course my long term plan is to get a nice .300blk upper and use it as my deer gun but that may take a few more days of overtime to accomplish.

 
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Compact Movie Review “Lone Survivor”

28 Jan

A few months back I started seeing trailers and advertisements for “Lone Survivor” from those trailers it looked like a really good military action movie. I expected to see this decades “Black Hawk Down” and I was in for that. Then the weekend it came out my twitter feed and Facebook timeline exploded with positive and stunning reviews from everybody all of my friends that have either served in the military or have kids in the military. This changed my entire perspective, now I knew I needed to see this movie but I also knew that it wasn’t going to be a throw away thriller. Instead it was an experience. I actually saw this movie by myself and I am kind of glad I did because it got mighty dusty in that theater at the end. As somebody who has never served in the military this movie reminded me of what is going on in a far off land on a far more often basis than I think I would like to acknowledge. The fact that its been so well received by my friends and family that have been deployed tells me that the produces of this movie got a lot of things right. While I am sure there was some artistic license taken at some point this movie still falls into the category that I would expect it to be shown in High Schools in the next few years.

 
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Compact Movie Review “Gravity”

20 Jan

Spectacular is the only way to describe what Sandra Bullock does in this movie.

And just in case you didn’t think that the creators could find a way to get her mostly naked in a movie that takes place in space rest assured they find a way. Frankly I could expound on this movie more but if I start telling you about just about anything it will give something away. All I can say is that yes I have listened to the arguments that Neil Degrasse Tyson brings up on why its all fake but no shit, its George Clooney and Sandra Bullock in space. Also I have a deep hatred for 3D movies weather its realD, Digital3D or mega super extra awesome 3D, it all gives me a headache. However I took the advice of so many people and saw this in 3D Imax and I was very glad that I did.

 
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Compact Movie Review “Captain Phillips”

12 Jan

This movie was frekin spectacular. I’m a nut for any sort of political or military movies and frankly my wife isn’t.

However Captain Phillips crosses that bridge amazingly well. Oh sure it had action and adventure but it was also immensely sad and incredibly suspenseful in sections.

Tom Hanks performed like only he can reminiscent of his stunning job in Cast away.

This isn’t the Forrest Gump Hanks it’s more like be Apollo 13 Tom Hanks. Being a master of the screen regardless of who he shares it with.

 
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Compact Movie Review “American Hustle”

07 Jan

Let me begin by saying that I see a very good number of movies. Probably 25 a year. And I have only ever walked out of three. Those 3 were 1. The Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie. 2. Nights in Rodanthe 3. American Hustle . This movie was pitched as an homage to Goodfellas , the godfather , casino and all the other great gangster movies. Turns out what it should have been pitched as is an episode of Sopranos with more foul language but where nobody dies. The only thing this movie had going for it was the gratuitous use of Amy Adams side boob.

 
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