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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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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.

 

My perspective on the Starbucks thing.

18 Sep

When this whole Starbucks appreciation day and I love guns and coffee thing kicked off I was tepid in my excitement for it. (Feel free to look back on my archives if you want some proof). I thought it was good that a major company like Starbucks was supporting our freedom but I thought that people were going way overboard.

So now the CEO of Starbucks has posted and open letter politely asking us to stop openly carrying firearms in his stores. When I read the letter basically what I see is that he didn’t ask for his stores to be used as a basis for anyone’s political organization activities and he doesn’t want to participate in the debate. I’m fine with that. He also states he is not posting his stores with “gun free zone” signs. So those of us that carry concealed are still legally just fine to drink coffee armed.

I love the gun community but we do have a habit of overdoing it. When people started carrying long guns into Starbucks and when others made it a point to redesign the Starbucks logo into a pro-gun logo I knew this would eventually happen.

To my fellow advocates that are bashing Starbucks and saying you wont buy their coffee. Well so be it your welcome to eat and drink overpriced coffee anywhere you want but I really don’t see this as an anti-gun move by Schultz I see this as him politely asking us to stop using his private property for our political demonstrations.

 

Another busy and fun weekend.

11 Sep

For the past 3 days my lovely wife and I have been celebrating our anniversary. We came home yesterday after driving 449 miles visiting 4 casinos and finding an amazing hotel that we cant wait to return to. Each year my wife and I spend 1 night at a lovely little cottage overlooking Puget sound and stay in the same cabin. Then we find somewhere different for the second night. That’s exactly what we did this time and we loved it. Few things are better than waking up with no agenda and deciding where to go.

Oh sure we could have planned our route more efficiently since a lot of times we visited the same casino more than once but this was about us wandering and enjoying the great weather and each others company.

It was amazing in every way, but alas today its back to work for both of us and I’m just not quite feeling ready to get in the shower so why not stall a little longer and finally post something on the blog right? Maybe later I will expand on this post and fill in all the details of what we did and which places we liked.

 
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Long day but lots of fun

20 Aug

Today started at 530am when I got up and took the motorcycle out to my buddies about 45miles away. We rode out another 15miles or so for breakfast and then took the long way home stopping to take pictures of snoqualmie falls.

After I got home I was home less than 25minutes before the whole family was out the door to go for a hike across the Tacoma Narrows bridge.

After that it was a late picnic lunch on the waterfront and then as we were leaving a car full of 3 young girls in the parking lot of the waterfront had a flat tire and between the 3 of them they didn’t stand a chance of changing it so my wife gave me the “go ahead we will wait look”. All I can say is if your going to drive a car know how to change a damn tire or have AAA on speed dial.

After 10min later of her looking for her special socket to take off her aftermarket rims we got it all squared away.

Then it was off to Walmart for a few quick things and then costco for a few more. In the parking lot of Costco an elderly lady piloted her full cart of food off a curb tipping it into the parking lot. Luckily a Costco employee was there to help us pick up the cart and to replace the strawberries that were a causality of the fall. After that was off to dinner with the family and finally some grocery shopping for the week.

It’s now 9pm and I have been in the house less than an hour since 5am.

I think it’s time for bed.

 

I proudly supported a Democrat fund raiser and I will do it again next year.

31 Jul

Each year the last weekend of July is automatically the time for my vacation. Since I met my wife every year we have gone to the Sun and Surf Motorcycle rally in Ocean Shores, WA. Its a pretty standard rally lots of vendors some bike games, a custom bike show and a few exhibition teams.

The crowd is pretty much exactly what you would expect, tons of people dressed in leather, lots of loud bikes and plenty of patches on their leather vests explaining exactly how they feel about everything from the fact that loud pipes save lives to remembering those we have lost. This a crowd that screams “I’m my own person back off and let me do what I want”. Its not uncommon to see openly carried firearms on hips and a large numbers of people with patches on their jackets or stickers on their bikes voicing opposition to gun control.

That being said one of the vendors that has been their for a large number of years is the Gray’s Harbor Democrats, they sell onion burgers from a food truck. Oh sure their truck is covered in signs for candidates I don’t endorse but they serve a damn good onion burger at a fair price (at least competitive to that event) and they don’t preach while they serve food. The rally has been loosing vendors in the past few years and these guys have come back every year, paid their fees and supported the rally. So while I know that some of the money I pay for that delicious onion burger will go back to campaigns I’m not a fan of I have to think that they are aware of the crowd and at least partially receptive to the message.

 

I admire his wit but condemn his stupidity.

18 Jul

When Joe Biden famously gave terrible advice telling millions of Americans to shoot warning shots to scare away criminals, most of us were smart enough to know we would end up in jail.

Well here it is.

Full Article

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A Washington state man who fired a shotgun in the air to chase away car prowlers says he was following the advice of Vice President Joe Biden.

Jeffrey Barton, of Vancouver, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a Clark County court to a charge of illegally discharging a firearm. The 52-year-old fired the shot Monday when he thought people were breaking into his vehicles.

 

It’s that time of year again.

10 Jul

Well it’s that time of year when my hosting company starts blowing up my phone reminding me that my domain expires soon.

Lately I haven’t been blogging much but I know I still enjoy doing it when I do. So we are re-upped for another year and we shall see what this year has bring.

My big push is going to try and get comments. At least according to the stats I see I am getting traffic but I just don’t have a very interactive audience. So that tells me something about most of the posts I create.

 
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We’ve all got our vices.

13 Jun

I don’t have a particularly stressful job however I do occasionally have stress from other sources that can make me stress out at work.

While I always chew gum at work and normally go through a 15stick pack in the course of a 12hr shift I have noticed that when I stress out I change out my gum more often. It’s odd but Something I’ve noticed. My coworker this week is well let’s just say he’s a special kind of special. He can twist my buttons in such a way to cause me stress. Well guess what. I’m not even 6hrs into my shift and I’ve got exactly 2 sticks of gum left.

Consider that a barometer of my mood for the day.

Now the good thing for you is I also blog when I’m stressed so my next break might spur a great blog post.