MarkDaSpark


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PoSt away folks!!


Someone has to put WD's kids thru college, but why does it have to be me!
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MarkDaSpark


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cjsiege wrote:List of previous WW gatherings by area.
New list in the Gatherings tab and Old list in the Community tab. Great reading and great examples of how to set up a Get-Together Thread.

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Someone has to put WD's kids thru college, but why does it have to be me!
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vaaccess


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It's 8:12AM here and I have Petite Sirah on my mind...gotta open some of that dreamy juice tonight!!!

And...Now to decide which one!!!

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bhodilee


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vaaccess wrote:It's 8:12AM here and I have Petite Sirah on my mind...gotta open some of that dreamy juice tonight!!!

And...Now to decide which one!!!



I'd help out, but I can't see your cellar.


This sounds infinitely dirtier than it should.

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otolith


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This no shipping to MN is complete leftovers! This would have been a great gift for some of my doctor colleagues/source of referrals...

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe."
--John Muir

bhodilee


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otolith wrote:This no shipping to MN is complete leftovers! This would have been a great gift for some of my doctor colleagues/source of referrals...



If you ship it to me I can refer to how good it was if I ever talk to them. That counts right?

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otolith


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bhodilee wrote:If you ship it to me I can refer to how good it was if I ever talk to them. That counts right?

You already have too much goddamn wine in your basement that you don't drink! Not quite to the Sparky level, or mine, for that matter, lol.

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mother


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otolith wrote:This no shipping to MN is complete leftovers! This would have been a great gift for some of my doctor colleagues/source of referrals...



I was excited until I realized I only really wanted 3 of those bottles, owell!

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The increased level of moderation in the main forum is becoming very irritating.

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"Champagne is a very kind and friendly thing on a rainy night." -Isak Dinesen

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kylemittskus wrote:The increased level of moderation in the main forum is becoming very irritating.


All I did was delete all the people posting "I'd buy this but I'm in xyz state". And your post complaining about all them posting.

Trying to give more room for the real posts.



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ThunderThighs wrote:All I did was delete all the people posting "I'd buy this but I'm in xyz state". And your post complaining about all them posting.

Trying to give more room for the real posts.



In addition to deleting them, a simple post recognizing said deleted posts may be helpful...

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otolith wrote:In addition to deleting them, a simple post recognizing said deleted posts may be helpful...


Fair enough.



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ThunderThighs wrote:Fair enough.



I retract my statement. I just realized you deleted all the stupid, repetitive, already answered every single day including today posts, as well. See? Now I'm writing run-on sentences. These people . . .

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kylemittskus wrote:I retract my statement. I just realized you deleted all the stupid, repetitive, already answered every single day including today posts, as well. See? Now I'm writing run-on sentences. These people . . .





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Love your Pilgrim outfit!

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InFrom wrote:Love your Pilgrim outfit!

Thank you!



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bahwm


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The plumbing saga continues: yesterday, I happened to notice that the soil settled around where the new water line connected to the main and there was water accumulating around the vent. ddeuddeg went out and decided to put a rock that they had left us into the water. The rock went down into the water about 12 inches! Today, more water has accumulated! Plumber came out to check it out and has no idea what happened. He says that it's nothing that they did, since they did everything correctly and that we will have to pay additional costs . . .

Hmmm, no leak there before, leak now. Whose fault would that be?

I spoke with the guy in financing. He is going to close that account, zero out the balance and make it go away. He will be calling the bank and I may have to call the bank myself to shut down the account. Apparently, the bank automatically sends a cc when a line of credit is opened. However, it must be paid via check or routing info. He asked if I had the cc available so that he could take care of the bill right away. I told him that I will wait until all of the work is completed satisfactorily before I give him the cc number. He was fine with that. Unfortunately, I will have to pull the money out of savings to pay for this expense. Oh, well, at least I can get my points!

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kylemittskus


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So they tear everything apart and presumably fix everything. Then, there's an issue and it had nothing to do with a) the aforementioned tearing apart or b) their fixes, or lack thereof apparently. Uh huh. Makes perfect sense!

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chipgreen


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vaaccess wrote:It's 8:12AM here and I have Petite Sirah on my mind...gotta open some of that dreamy juice tonight!!!

And...Now to decide which one!!!


Probably time to drink up that '04 Castle Rock or maybe the '02 KR for something a little nicer. I would suggest the '01 KR but after seeing Peter mention what a good vintage '01 was in the main thread, maybe better to drink the '02 first.
EDIT: Of course, Peter also mentioned '04 as an exceptional vintage (and here I thought '05 was better?) but it's Castle Rock after all. Not that there's anything wrong with that! In fact I need to drink my '06 Castle Rock Merlot soon.... and I do have a soft spot for Castle Rock as their Carneros Pinot Noir was my first and only official labrat bottle complete with golden ticket!

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kylemittskus wrote:So they tear everything apart and presumably fix everything. Then, there's an issue and it had nothing to do with a) the aforementioned tearing apart or b) their fixes, or lack thereof apparently. Uh huh. Makes perfect sense!


I think it comes down to whether or not they worked on the spot where the leak is. If it's located away from the work that they did then it's a new leak which can sometimes occur when an old leak is fixed because it puts additional pressure on the rest of the system.

However from what bahwm posted it sounds like the leak is at the connection of the new pipe they installed and water main which would absolutely be their fault.

cortot20


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kylemittskus wrote:So they tear everything apart and presumably fix everything. Then, there's an issue and it had nothing to do with a) the aforementioned tearing apart or b) their fixes, or lack thereof apparently. Uh huh. Makes perfect sense!



When I was having some plumbing issues I went to shut off the main downstream of the meter and found the nut used to turn the lever was rusted out. I asked a plumber about replacing the valve and he said on an older system adding a new component upstream of the system could cause lots of other failures. So he did not recommend it. I also work in pressure piping design for the oil industry and can tell you that metal fatigue can be a real thing if they did any welding. Also, any variation in pressure can cause an older system to fail. And they typically fail at welds.

The best way to diagnose it is to dig it up and see. Could be a cracked weld or fitting. Good luck.

CT

mommadeb1


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bahwm wrote:The plumbing saga continues: yesterday, I happened to notice that the soil settled around where the new water line connected to the main and there was water accumulating around the vent. ddeuddeg went out and decided to put a rock that they had left us into the water. The rock went down into the water about 12 inches! Today, more water has accumulated! Plumber came out to check it out and has no idea what happened. He says that it's nothing that they did, since they did everything correctly and that we will have to pay additional costs . . .

Hmmm, no leak there before, leak now. Whose fault would that be?

I spoke with the guy in financing. He is going to close that account, zero out the balance and make it go away. He will be calling the bank and I may have to call the bank myself to shut down the account. Apparently, the bank automatically sends a cc when a line of credit is opened. However, it must be paid via check or routing info. He asked if I had the cc available so that he could take care of the bill right away. I told him that I will wait until all of the work is completed satisfactorily before I give him the cc number. He was fine with that. Unfortunately, I will have to pull the money out of savings to pay for this expense. Oh, well, at least I can get my points!



you poor thing!!! these guys sound like crooks!! Have you checked the BBB on them?

rjquillin


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cortot20 wrote:The best way to diagnose it is to dig it up and see. Could be a cracked weld or fitting. Good luck.

Are there actually 'welds' in domestic water systems, on the consumer side of the meter? I remember the polybutylene debacle years back, and solvent joints on PVC are sometimes called welds; but isn't most plumbing still copper, where the standard joint is soft-soldered?

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ddeuddeg


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cortot20 wrote:When I was having some plumbing issues I went to shut off the main downstream of the meter and found the nut used to turn the lever was rusted out. I asked a plumber about replacing the valve and he said on an older system adding a new component upstream of the system could cause lots of other failures. So he did not recommend it. I also work in pressure piping design for the oil industry and can tell you that metal fatigue can be a real thing if they did any welding. Also, any variation in pressure can cause an older system to fail. And they typically fail at welds.

The best way to diagnose it is to dig it up and see. Could be a cracked weld or fitting. Good luck.

Thanks for the useful perspective on this. Ironically, the only reason we were changing the water line is because it's 90+ years old, and the trench was already open to replace the sewer. It would have been nice to hear this warning from our plumber beforehand.

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bahwm


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mommadeb1 wrote:you poor thing!!! these guys sound like crooks!! Have you checked the BBB on them?


They are not a member of the BBB. However, they have had a few issues that were reported there and have been rectified. I'm not so sure that they're crooks. Things happen in plumbing. ddeuddeg always expects at least three trips to the store when attempting a small job that he knows he can handle! It just seems like there are a few things that they could handle better--including making sure their head guy on the job is aware of a few basic aspects of financing a large job! They're not getting my cc number until all is taken care of! I just hope that we do not incur any further expenses!

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cortot20


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rjquillin wrote:Are there actually 'welds' in domestic water systems, on the consumer side of the meter? I remember the polybutylene debacle years back, and solvent joints on PVC are sometimes called welds; but isn't most plumbing still copper, where the standard joint is soft-soldered?



They don't typically run copper underground because of corrosion. I'm not sure what they would use from the meter to the house. Might even be plastic. But the original point was that it probably failed at the connection to the old line or the change in pressure from the new line caused a failure further down the old line. Having a plumber walk down the existing system might be a good idea post new water supply line install.

CT

bahwm


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cortot20 wrote:They don't typically run copper underground because of corrosion. I'm not sure what they would use from the meter to the house. Might even be plastic. But the original point was that it probably failed at the connection to the old line or the change in pressure from the new line caused a failure further down the old line. Having a plumber walk down the existing system might be a good idea post new water supply line install.


They put down 6 inch PVC for the sewer line and copper for the water line, replacing the galvanized line. "Walk down the existing system"? Please explain. The water line has been replaced from the main into the house. They moved the meter also. Gotta have the water company replace the meter so they can read it with a scanner.

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cortot20


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bahwm wrote:They put down 6 inch PVC for the sewer line and copper for the water line, replacing the galvanized line. "Walk down the existing system"? Please explain. The water line has been replaced from the main into the house. They moved the meter also. Gotta have the water company replace the meter so they can read it with a scanner.



All I meant was that an inspection of the existing plumbing might be a good idea to check for small leaks since as you say its 90+ years old.

CT

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edthebedhead


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bahwm wrote:The plumbing saga continues: yesterday, I happened to notice that the soil settled around where the new water line connected to the main and there was water accumulating around the vent. ddeuddeg went out and decided to put a rock that they had left us into the water. The rock went down into the water about 12 inches! Today, more water has accumulated! Plumber came out to check it out and has no idea what happened. He says that it's nothing that they did, since they did everything correctly and that we will have to pay additional costs . . .

Hmmm, no leak there before, leak now. Whose fault would that be?

I spoke with the guy in financing. He is going to close that account, zero out the balance and make it go away. He will be calling the bank and I may have to call the bank myself to shut down the account. Apparently, the bank automatically sends a cc when a line of credit is opened. However, it must be paid via check or routing info. He asked if I had the cc available so that he could take care of the bill right away. I told him that I will wait until all of the work is completed satisfactorily before I give him the cc number. He was fine with that. Unfortunately, I will have to pull the money out of savings to pay for this expense. Oh, well, at least I can get my points!



Yeah, crooks. Also, it seems hard to say you did something correctly when it is buried underground. Push back, and don't pay a penny.

vaaccess


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bhodilee wrote:I'd help out, but I can't see your cellar.


This sounds infinitely dirtier than it should.



Ended up pulling a bottle of Rasmussen's 2007 Esoterica, which we hope to bring with us to a restaurant tonight...gotta find out if we can...

Anyway.

Last night had some great pan-seared tuna. I had tried an Albariño, but it was too sweet for what I was looking for so we went with two glasses of Mondavi Chardonnay. Brought it out and it was super cold...I was getting some apricot and tartness. Kept sniffing and sipping and decided they poured us the wrong wine! Had to have been a Pinot Grigio they had on the menu. Asked the waiter to bring a taste of the Chardonnay so I could compare/validate and sho'nuff...it was totally different!

I have certainly come a long ways over the last 5-ish years. The PG wasn't bad, just not what we wanted/ordered and I was happy I knew enough and could be confident enough to tell them it was the wrong wine! They were great about it, which was nice.

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vaaccess


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vaaccess wrote:Ended up pulling a bottle of Rasmussen's 2007 Esoterica, which we hope to bring with us to a restaurant tonight...gotta find out if we can...

Anyway.

Last night had some great pan-seared tuna. I had tried an Albariño, but it was too sweet for what I was looking for so we went with two glasses of Mondavi Chardonnay. Brought it out and it was super cold...I was getting some apricot and tartness. Kept sniffing and sipping and decided they poured us the wrong wine! Had to have been a Pinot Grigio they had on the menu. Asked the waiter to bring a taste of the Chardonnay so I could compare/validate and sho'nuff...it was totally different!

I have certainly come a long ways over the last 5-ish years. The PG wasn't bad, just not what we wanted/ordered and I was happy I knew enough and could be confident enough to tell them it was the wrong wine! They were great about it, which was nice.



Good news...we can bring wine in.

Bad news...first place had a $50 corking fee!!! Where's the Football??

Good news again...second choice for dinner is closer, should be able to walk to, is a place we liked before, and only charges a $25 corking fee. Done. Hoping to blow the waiters/chefs mind with some quality PS!!! (Will let them try it for sure...)

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cheron98


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ddeuddeg wrote:It would have been nice to hear this warning from our plumber beforehand.



That would imply these are GOOD plumbers, which we have already established these are SHADY plumbers. They probably were giggling all the way home, thinking "Just think how much extra work we're gonna get out of those suckers for this! Muahaha!"

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cheron98


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bahwm wrote:I just hope that we do not incur any further expenses!



Oh, but you will, dear. You will.

Sorry

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cheron98


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vaaccess wrote:$50 corking fee!!!
...
$25 corking fee



!!!

That reminds me - one of our favorite places here has free corkage Mondays now. Along with their 4-course prix fixe menu M-Th, once we finally get around to going on a Monday, should make for a fabulous yet reasonably priced meal


$25 corkage. geez.

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vaaccess


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cheron98 wrote:!!!

That reminds me - one of our favorite places here has free corkage Mondays now. Along with their 4-course prix fixe menu M-Th, once we finally get around to going on a Monday, should make for a fabulous yet reasonably priced meal


$25 corkage. geez.



I can deal with $25. But $50???? I can't justify that.

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MarkDaSpark wrote:Happy Birthday to Mewalk707 & jwhite6114!!



Thank you

bahwm


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vaaccess wrote:I can deal with $25. But $50???? I can't justify that.


$50 corkage=I don't want you to bring in your wine. I want to to buy mine since my wine is better than your wine!

May our love be like good wine, grow stronger as it grows older. ~ Old English Toast

bahwm


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mewalk707 wrote:Thank you


Happy Birthday, mewalk! and jwhite.

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vaaccess


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bahwm wrote:$50 corkage=I don't want you to bring in your wine. I want to to buy mine since my wine is better than your wine!



Agreed....but now I am not going there. Logic failure...plus I think my PS is better than what they offer!!! (They do have a 2007 Robert Foley PS for $120...)

If they had told me their corkage fee would include a decanter and high-quality crystal glasses I think they would have a more compelling story...but whatever...(PS...Onerous Massive Family Gathering...I sound like a wine snob!!!)

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