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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10820 on: January 19, 2021, 03:01:02 am »
Now that looks bliksems mooi Gary.

Well done.


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Yoh, Yoh, Yoh,  that looks good.
I'm still tying to figure out how to get those corners neat, I always end up with a gap.
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Looks very neat. Good job.


That looks absolutely FANTASTIC - well done Sir  :thumleft:

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10821 on: January 19, 2021, 03:10:28 am »
Behold ... The Pantry.

I haven't organized it all the way I want to. Today's goal was to get the stuff out of the study and off my desk so I can work there again.

I'm dead happy. My storage space has tripled, at least. It was a chain reaction.

Moved everything back into pantry that was in there to begin with. Moved stuff from the kitchen cupboard in there too, freeing up two shelves there. Moved dog food from the garage into the kitchen cupboard. Now I have space in the garage for my laundry stuff.

100% satisfaction all around.  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10822 on: January 19, 2021, 06:59:54 am »
Very nice.
Are you sure you are not dooms day preppers with all that food :laughing4:

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10823 on: January 19, 2021, 01:03:03 pm »
Very well done Mr Z, looks great.

Mrs Z, I see Mrs Balls front and centre, priorities are right  ;D :thumleft:

Glad you are both recovering well, this bug hammers your energy, wife and I are also recovering and the lingering cough is a bugger.





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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10824 on: January 20, 2021, 08:20:08 am »
Very nice.
Are you sure you are not dooms day preppers with all that food :laughing4:

Ya the Toilet roll stash is a big give away :peepwall:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10825 on: January 20, 2021, 09:18:33 am »
Very nice.
Are you sure you are not dooms day preppers with all that food :laughing4:

Doomsday won't come close to Casa Zog... it's sh!t scared Gary will grab it and start a renovation!
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10826 on: January 20, 2021, 09:42:03 am »
Very nice.
Are you sure you are not dooms day preppers with all that food :laughing4:

Doomsday won't come close to Casa Zog... it's sh!t scared Gary will grab it and start a renovation!

Nah, it's scared of the missus... :imaposer:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10827 on: January 20, 2021, 04:29:03 pm »
Nope. Not doomsday prepping.

We go to BJ's Wholesale Club (like Macro) every couple of months and it's a lot cheaper and more convenient to buy some non-perishable things in bulk. And now I actually have the space to store everything properly. For fresh things like fruit, veggies, milk, etc., I shop weekly at the supermarket.

 :)

P.S. And if you're wondering why we have so many jars of dill pickles... last year Mr. Zog did a job at a customer's house who worked for Vlasic Pickles. So he got 10 jars of pickles as a tip.  :o
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10828 on: January 20, 2021, 09:54:28 pm »
If I recall correctly, you sometimes get coupons that can get you a sizable discount at some of these stores?
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10829 on: January 21, 2021, 02:35:05 am »
Yes, and it's definitely worth it.

Last year we were debating if it would be worth it to get a membership, they have different tiers with different benefits. We chose the lowest tier of membership. It was $25 to join for the first year, and thereafter it's $55 per year. We were wondering if we would at least break even - i.e., would we save at at least $55 a year or more?

Just a few examples.

1. Mr. Zog is very partial to Axe deodorant, and he goes through it fast. Understandably. At Walgreens (like Clicks or Dis-Chem), I pay $7 per regular spray bottle. At BJs, I get a multipack of 3 XL bottles for $12, and usually a coupon for $2 off.

2. At Publix (our local supermarket), I can buy a very small pork loin for about $8. At BJs, we get a huge pork loin for $14, and usually $3 off. We cut the huge thing into thirds and freeze. One third is about equal to a Publix one.

3. I got a small leg of lamb at BJs for Christmas for around $20 (I can't remember exactly). We had four meals from that (2 dinners each). At Publix, we can get two tiny, tiny lamb chops for about $20.

Other things I get there at a considerable discount are toilet paper, vinegar, olive oil, cheese, sugar... whatever keeps in bulk. Mr. Zog got a nice weatherproof jacket there for work, too. Like I said, for perishables like milk, veg, etc., or special stuff like a specific spice, I go to the supermarket. You get the idea.

I get a weekly mailer with discount coupons, and sometimes they have "special issues", like a coupon for $15 off next purchase, no minimum purchase (but obviously $15 or more). If you pay a higher membership fee per year, you get more benefits, like discounts on gas (petrol) at their own gas station, etc. We'll stick with the basic membership, and for what we buy, it's more than worth it.

There are other wholesale clubs, too. There's Costco, but not anywhere near us, and also Sam's Club, which belongs to Wal-Mart (and is not as nice as BJs).

This was probably more than you ever wanted to know...  :biggrin:
 

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10830 on: January 21, 2021, 03:28:34 am »
So last night I got home well after 9pm.

And I was in trouble with Mrs Zog too...  :peepwall:

I had a big installation job just West of Orlando (about a 90 minute drive away) and told her I'd probably be late, but that I'd call her. Well for some reason my cellphone battery died. It usually lasts almost 2 days, but yesterday it just died. The phone is almost 4 years old now, so maybe the battery is dying, or maybe something just went wonky. I dunno, today it was fine again. So I couldn't call her. I did send her an email from my work ipad, but somehow that ended up in her spam folder  :pot:

Eish...  :lamer:

Anyways, I found out that the youngster who was with me to assist (just a temp dude, only for muscle as he's no plumber) took some pics of me working.

The install was for a VERY big water softener at a restaurant still being built. The tank is 6 feet high and around 2 feet in diameter. When full of the special filtration media it weighs around 800 lbs  :o   and that is without water in it....



Also because it is a commercial installation all the piping was in copper, with soldered connections. From 2 inches to 1.5 inches diameter pipe. The first time I have ever soldered pipe that big. Lots of stress for me.

But it all went well, tested under pressure and not a single leak. Because there was still no electricity in the building, and it was already dark when the pics were taken I was working my the light of my headlamp.  And I was standing on my patented "milk crate" stool to reach...







So now y'all can see some of the stuff I get up to  :ricky:  :imaposer:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10831 on: January 21, 2021, 08:50:43 am »
Holy cow Mr Zog - that's a moerse installation huh!

Good job  :thumleft:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10832 on: January 21, 2021, 11:06:29 am »
Hi Gary, you know this ex Owner perhaps?  :deal:

See your mark on the back.  :ricky:

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10833 on: January 21, 2021, 05:22:19 pm »



So now y'all can see some of the stuff I get up to  :ricky:  :imaposer:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10834 on: January 21, 2021, 07:29:26 pm »
Hi Gary, you know this ex Owner perhaps?  :deal:

See your mark on the back.  :ricky:

https://advrider.com/f/attachments/22ac76ec-d7e2-47b8-a6d5-f79beff8cfb4-jpeg.1916415/

Had to go and google that thing, see it is a Subaru that was only exported. Think that must be nice to have and sup up a bit.

Nice going Zog, you even look kind off professional with long jeans and all man  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10835 on: January 22, 2021, 02:10:09 am »



So now y'all can see some of the stuff I get up to  :ricky:  :imaposer:
Ja ne, real posers use mapp gas!

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I used to use the "normal" gas, but the MAPP is just better  :deal:  :thumleft: O0
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« Reply #10836 on: January 22, 2021, 02:12:03 am »
Hi Gary, you know this ex Owner perhaps?  :deal:

See your mark on the back.  :ricky:

https://advrider.com/f/attachments/22ac76ec-d7e2-47b8-a6d5-f79beff8cfb4-jpeg.1916415/

Had to go and google that thing, see it is a Subaru that was only exported. Think that must be nice to have and sup up a bit.

Nice going Zog, you even look kind off professional with long jeans and all man  :thumleft:

It's still "cold" here in Florida man...  :peepwall:

Early morning and evening temps are still in the single digits. But next week will be better, then I'll be back in my shorts  :biggrin:
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« Reply #10837 on: January 22, 2021, 02:20:11 am »
This afternoon I got done working around 4:30, and I noticed that there were some semi-decent crates standing at the dumpster  :sip:

So I loaded them onto the back of my bakkie and took them home.

At the house I dumped them over the side gate so I didn't have to carry them through the garage into the back yard and keep having to close doors and open doors to stop the dogs from getting out.



I carried them back to my workshop and got out the crowbar and the claw hammer and managed to get about half-way through taking them apart and removing all the nails and screws. I don't have a definite plan for the planks yet, but I'll stash them for later. I'm guessing that if I had to buy this lumber from Home Depot that it would probably cost me around $50 or so...  :lol8:



Just some effort to get them taken apart, and a big savings for a future project  :thumleft:

Oh, and I stopped off at the liquor store on the way home to get a dop. They had Bacardi Rum on special at a dollar cheaper than the usual cheap-ass kak I usually buy. So tonight I'm having a high-faluting ryk-mans dop with my coke  :drif:  :imaposer:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10838 on: January 22, 2021, 06:57:46 am »
Eish, Mr Z, do't rub it in. >:(

Dop shops are closed here until 15 Feb...  ::)
at least.  :eek7:
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« Reply #10839 on: January 22, 2021, 12:40:47 pm »
Eish, Mr Z, do't rub it in. >:(

Dop shops are closed here until 15 Feb...  ::)
at least.  :eek7:

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