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  1. I'd take it to Mama's Bar in San Antonio. I think they can replace the tip for you and they have several nice pool tables, good food, and nice bar. Alan
  2. Just guessing but probably not before 10am of after 6pm. I think the 72 hour rule is still in effect...but who knows by the time he's leaving. We have two friends who traveled recently and the only person to look at the test was at the boarding gate. You'd think they would do it at check-in in case there was a problem...Maybe each airline has its own rules. Alan
  3. Dan, I think the cheapest and easiest place to get the required test is Soriana. You pay inside and take the receipt out to the kiosk in the parking lot. They do the test right then and as soon as you get home there will be an email with results. Print that and take it with you to check in. Alan
  4. https://www.allsides.com/unbiased-balanced-news Allsides News is a good source for different viewpoints on the same topic. Click on the story for more details and then compare to another version of the "truth." Quite interesting to see different headlines from left, right, and center about the same story. This site fully admits there is bias in all news but they seek out different sources so you can see all sides. Alan
  5. Bisbee Gal, Sounds like common sense to me. I do the same. I'm currently waiting for my second Pfizer. We truly do live in a wonderful area where pretty much all restaurants are either outdoors or at least open air. Keep in mind that even after vax you can still get Covid and could still spread it to somebody who might be in a high risk category. Best to follow common sense protocols and keep yourself and others as safe as you can. Alan
  6. I like seeing somebody who is approaching me wearing a mask. Here is why. Covid virus is spread primarily through wet particles expelled during speech but more in a cough, sneeze, or loud shouting where a large volume of air is expelled. Wear a double layer mask and from two feet away try to blow out a candle...difficult. Then try it without a mask...easy. Slow motion videos with back lighting show the amount of particulate expelled with vs without mask. I've seen several. It's just physics. Now, there is no excusing folks who wear them under the nose or even the chin or insist on wear
  7. Rather than checking your usage by turning off or unplugging things to check for theft, turn off all of your breakers. There should be absolutely nothing moving on your meter. If you just turn off everything or unplug things and you still show usage at the meter you could have a short or ground fault in the wiring which is buried in your walls. It could also be somebody is tapping your power but that is very hard to do without being detected. Tapping into an outlet on your side of the wall means going through two layers of brick, block, and concrete without you noticing. Few homes have ex
  8. The old free road 54 is your worst option of the three. 54 D is the toll road and it was explained to me that the road portions with the new bridges will be all one way...I think heading down to the coast...and the current 54 D will be one way coming back. That will mean that the current two lane portions will both be going the same direction heading back north. Should speed things up quite a bit. Probably will be some pretty amazing scenery from some of those bridges. Also will probably increase the cost of tolls for all of 54D. Alan
  9. By the way, I'm also pretty sure that the little package of lube that sometimes comes with o rings is also silicone grease...even for drinking water applications. Alan
  10. Some petroleum products will degrade some rubber products so be careful. The dielectric silicone is not water soluble and the surfaces where it is applied on the threads are not exposed to water. The o ring is quite compressed and very little surface is exposed to the water. After a year of use the o ring still has the same light feel of silicone grease as when I applied it. You probably have move degraded polyvinyl chloride getting into your water than grease. I think in the USA PVC is no longer legal for use in drinking water supplies for that reason. Only used for drain, vent, waste,
  11. I use dielectric silicone grease which is available at Autozone. I use it for the o rings and threads on my water filters as well as a variety of automotive applications. Alan
  12. No, I read it. Just not fact/science based, in my opinion. As to my comparison to the other "choice" hot button issue it was only an attempt to show that some folks are able to pick and choose which life is worth saving and which choice should be protected by one's own beliefs. On both sides of both issues, by the way. We humans are a fickle bunch. Alan
  13. I must admit that I am a little puzzled by those staunch (or semi) anti maskers, who in spite of medical evidence saying masks can help prevent infection that might kill somebody, claim it is their constitutional right to have a choice about their own health. Many of those same folks are also "pro life." So seems to me some lives are worth worrying about and some aren't. Remember, masks are mostly to protect others not just yourself. Same with hand washing and distancing. Just be nice out there. Alan
  14. Yeah, next time you are in for a surgical procedure, just explain to the doctors that you don't need them to wear masks since you understand it is no longer medically recommended and it might be uncomfortable for them anyway...Forget the gowns, gloves, and all that hand washing beforehand. It probably dries out their skin anyway and those gloves just get all messy and they make the hands sweaty. And those gowns on top of perfectly good clothes? Please, read an article on the internet if you want the real (Q) truth! Alan (being sarcastic)
  15. Just over a week ago Saturday we went to the Akron Stadium in Zapopan, after several friends went the previous Friday, to get the AstraZeneca vaccine. There was nobody there and the guard said the Friday turnout was so low they didn't think it was worth doing it on Saturday. 52,000 doses left unused. I don't think those lakesiders who went on Friday "stole" any vaccines from any Zapopan locals. The object of all of this effort is to get as many vaccinated as possible as soon as possible no matter how you do it. The same is happening in the US...doesn't matter where you are from just get i
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