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  1. 3 minutes ago, BrianW said:

    Run the heat pump as much as you can. It will save you a ton of money on oil. I think I recall you had a Mitsubishi Hyper Heat installed? 

    Maines electricity is 79% renewable and the cheapest in New England.  That's why the state is aggressively deploying heat pumps. 

    Here is a fuel cost comparison for Maine using the EIA statewide averages. Your cost may actually be lower as Maine has some areas that have real cheap electricity.

    Cost per million btu.

    Fuel oil at $3.10 a gallon with 85% efficiency. $26.04

    Mitsubishi Hyper Heat with COP of 4.5 powered from Maines .14 kwh electricity. $9.33

    My sister in Maine had the Mitsubishi's installed a couple years ago. Her furnace broke down and she used them for heat. She got the furnace fixed but I keep telling her to use the mini-splits instead of the furnace.. She has a nice wood stove too that helps quite a bit.

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  2. 2 hours ago, powderfreak said:

    My only time up in one was to shoot photos at the ski area and I was in the front seat with the doors removed and one leg hanging out.  They decided we couldn’t take photos and videos from the helicopter through windows so I see the pilot removing the doors and he just goes “don’t drop anything or it’s gone.”

    The whole time I’m just praying the seatbelt harness holds since when the helo would turn, I’d be looking straight down on the mountain with no door or anything between me and the forest 2,000 feet below.  Ridge top winds as we’d approach the top were hammering the craft too.  Definitely one of the more “cowboy” feeling things I’ve ever done.  Flying around this little chopper with no doors, trying not to drop my phone or camera into the parking lot or golf course.


    Did a glider ride in Stowe a couple years ago, its not only claustrophobic I left my stomach somewhere in the hills. He started off slowly gliding then started swooping around. Overall fun but won't do it again.

  3. 8 hours ago, powderfreak said:

    Saw this photo from a Wal-Mart in Auburn/Lewiston, ME area.  7 vehicles involved in parking lot accident, including female trapped with car on top of her vehicle?

    Only at Wal-Mart.


    How can that even happen?

  4. 1 hour ago, Modfan2 said:

    See if the old farmers take is right, but hearing from quite a few people finding bees/hornets nests high off the ground which per folklore would point to a snowy weather winter 

    Don't forgot tons of acorns, caterpillars and fat squirrels.

  5. 6 minutes ago, weathafella said:

    I think because of all of her hair (golden retriever) it is just coming out as we brush.  Anyway it’s ok now so the faint sometimes odor can be managed.  We walk her late night without a leash.  I gave the signal to cross the street and as soon as she got across she was face to face.  So her instincts took over and by the time I’m realizing what’s happening I see the skunk in her mouth dangling thankfully upright.  Once the spray came she dropped it and we got home to begin the cleanup.  Didn’t have H2O2 or baking soda so I had to find someplace open.   Ended up at a CVS on Boylston St in the back bay.  She stayed outdoors until we got her reasonably cleaned.  Then I bought an anti skunk shampoo yesterday and shampooed outdoors.  Then the vinegar treatment.  Then  2 more H2O2 and another one today.  We’re thankful her eyes escaped.  Had to get a mew collar-old leash and collar discarded.  We always had a backup leash.  What a weekend!

    Lucky you didn't catch any of the spray, I almost did trying to get my dog away from the skunk. BTW good Pat's game or should I say interesting game?

  6. 42 minutes ago, powderfreak said:

    39F at the picnic tables, wind chill upper 20s.

    First time all season feeling “cold”… fingers are freezing.  Time for hat and gloves.

    If I could get a shower to roll through it would have to be close to frozen with evap cooling.  Feels like a graupel atmosphere.



    Might be time to take a weekend and go up, last time I went in October the top half of the mountain was white.

  7. 34 minutes ago, snowman21 said:

    I was hoping he'd come back a little stronger. Then you trade him in the off-season when he has value.

    I wouldn't do that, I think he has some good innings in his arm still.

  8. 10 hours ago, STILL N OF PIKE said:

    Chris sale sucks for third straight Game. Velocity was there but he can’t seem to locate . I’m sick of this guy being coddled like no Boston Star has. He pitched very well in several starts this summer and now in 3 straight games he in effect “chokes”. What other players seem to get a pass in media failing in big spots like this in Fenway...

    Is Sale that fragile that Cora has to coddle him every time he stinks in a big spot?

    Cora talked about that, his change up is his best pitch and the hardest to get the feel for after Tommy John, he came back too soon. Someone like Evoldi whose pitch is the fastball can come back quicker. We got 3 innings out of him and going to need him to get better to win anything.

  9. 46 minutes ago, Sugarloaf1989 said:

    Worse than hard, Dad died with a reverse mortgage,  tons of debt,  no life insurance  the mortgage company wants to foreclose. I'm divorced and living alone.  My one solace is my son lives in town.  I see him a few times a month.  I did get accepted into the disabled housing program waiting list in my town.  Hoping to stay here as long as possible.  Hopefully into next year. Probably looking at getting an apartment next Spring. 

    Sorry to hear that, glad you reached out to someone, you have a friend to call or want to talk to us? After I lost my mother I had to seek a therapist, started drinking too much and needed help. I hear you brother.

  10. 2 minutes ago, HIPPYVALLEY said:

    I thought maybe you lived in a barn, based on that much wood but realized my house is only 1500sf and we burn about 2 or so to heat, so the math works out.  ^_^

    Usually 4 cords, last year only 3. I like dry seasoned wood.

  11. 2 hours ago, dendrite said:

    Accidentally killed one of my favorite chickens tonight. She somehow broke her top beak on 10/4 and we've been trying to hand feed her since until she got the hang of eating differently. Tonight we put a little too much wet feed down her and it went down her wind pipe and suffocated her. She's the only one of my chickens that would jump on my lap daily to be pet and she was the top of the pecking order.

    I feel absolutely sick about it right now. This is a tragic hobby sometimes.

    RIP Rose

    Sorry Brian, just had to put a cat down, my favorite, small blind tiger, I hate losing any of our pets, dogs or cats,

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  12. 6 hours ago, HoarfrostHubb said:

    We were able to secure the same number of gallons of heating oil as the previous year for only about $16 per month more than the previous season (which wasn't bad).

    The mild temps this autumn will help as well for my house

    I'm going to burn a lot of wood this year, I have about 8 cords ready so I'll use very little oil.

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  13. 2 hours ago, TauntonBlizzard2013 said:

    No, but the rise in wages has not followed a similar path that it did years ago, that’s not debatable. Gone are the days when mom could stay at home with 6 kids on pa’s salary from the hardware store.

    Growing up we had 6 kids and my parents living in a two family they owned with my aunt and uncle, only my father worked at the post office and we were fine. Went on vacation once a year, York Beach was popular. I think the mortgage was $74 and they split that with my aunt and uncle. We didn't have a lot but ate well and had fun, those days are gone.

  14. 9 minutes ago, TauntonBlizzard2013 said:

    My new gig is 6% raises every July for at least the next 10 years. I’ve personally never seen that type of increase, but I’m happy to get it 

    My wife's job is like that only they review you every year and decide whether its 1-6%, she's got 6% for years now.

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