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  1. paul b

    47 year old tank

    I should have done this myself because this is what happens when you hire someone. If you want it done right, you should do it yourself. The only reason I didn't do that is that I need two hands to use the saw to cut out my old knee and I also need two hands to put my fingers in my ears because my screaming may scare me. I also would have installed a grease fitting and maybe an adjustment screw. I would have gotten a good American made adjustment screw and not one from Home Depot where their screws come from China and are made out of old I Phone 3s.
  2. paul b

    47 year old tank

    I just came back from the Knee guy and it seems only 1 or 2% of his patients get this. Guess which percent I am? He said it is rare and I got a bad case of it. Thats Great!!!. I wanted to be in the One percent with this. It seems that a ligament that runs along side your knee is rubbing up against the titanium implant and it doesn't like it so it is irritated. So am I. Now I have to take this heavy duty steroid and one of the side effects is Knee pain. You can't make this stuff up. Then I have to go for knee injections. I thought the reason for getting a knee replacement was so you don't have to get any more knee injections. But I guess this time the needle is filled with WD-40.
  3. paul b

    47 year old tank

    Tomorrow I have an emergency visit with my knee doctor. At this point I am supposed to be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, or at least walk around a Hardware store looking for a nose ring. But after about 50 yards, the thing locks up and I start walking like Neil Armstrong on the moon, and that was way before Michael Jackson invented Moon Walking. I think maybe he left a loose toggle bolt or put the thing in backwards because I can walk backwards pretty good. I hope he doesn't have to tear the thing out because I think he threw away my old knee so he can't put that one back. I have a Caribbean trip coming up soon and I need two knees to dive. If you dive with only one knee working, you tend to swim in circles.
  4. paul b

    Quick thought on reef marketing

    The thing is not called an Aip-Taser because it is designed and advertised to kill "Majonos". it does kill Apitasia but those are much faster and disappear into the rocks very fast so it is better on Majones. Whats the Proposition? Remember I have enough money and want more free time. I am old, crotchety, set in my ways, opinionated and ……….OK I got nothing.
  5. paul b

    47 year old tank

    Yes I know him and have king of known him for years. I didn't see him yesterday but I hope to work with him at the aquarium.
  6. paul b

    47 year old tank

    Yeah, Me Too.
  7. paul b

    47 year old tank

    I don't have to much to report today except that I volunteered at the Long Island Aquarium yesterday (Atlantis) It was my first day volunteering. First they had me washing the sharks, then I painted murals on the sea turtles. OK, I didn't do any of that. I did have to stand by the sting ray pool and tell the two year olds how to feed the rays. The rays have this weird nose apparatus that all the kids insist on putting the food. But that just makes the Rays sneeze as their mouth is way down under their body. That was fun. Then I was at the touch tank where the little kids can touch the "sea stars" (we can't call them starfish any more because the starfish complain that it is not PC because as they are not fish) It was a Wednesday so only two kids came over to touch anything and they were both to scared to stich their hands in the water. After that I stood for an hour in a corridor doing nothing, but it was great because there was a bench there and I have to rest my aluminum knee occasionally. I was supposed to tell the people how they rescue turtles and sea lions for rehabilitation so they can be released to the sea. They have a full hospital now as about 200 cold stunned turtles were found and saved. The bird exhibit was not for me. The birds squalk to much and I have tinnitus from Nam so I can't take that high pitched noise (It feels like Philip screwdrivers pushed through my head) so they put me in the butterfly and bug room. I liked that as it was quiet. Butterflies may make noise but if they do, I couldn't hear them. No one was in there but me and the beautiful butterflies. I just had to move the butterflies off the walkway and pick up the ones that croaked. They only live a week or so, so they drop like flies, or butterflies. Then it was off to the shark tank where I learned that the smaller nurse shark, which is about 5' belonged to Tracy Morgan from SNL. He got it from those guys on that show "Tanked" who thought it would be a good idea to put a nurse shark in a home aquarium. They get like 10' long. So it was fun and I will go there again when I get some time.
  8. paul b

    47 year old tank

    I got nothing and my wife is still sleeping so I will re-post a trip I took on Spirit Airlines. If you don't want to read it, go back to sleep at it is 6:00 am here. I had to edit it a little as it may not have been PC enough and I don't want to get Tarred and feathered. Well since the last time I was on here I did go to a few places. A riverboat cruise through Germany on the Danube river and 3 Hawaiian Islands. We just celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary and that is where we went on our honeymoon. This time we went to Maui, Kauai and Lanai as Lanai was not open to the public the last time we were there and it is secluded. The diving in Hawaii is not very good but I did three dives anyway just because I could. Early this week I had to go to Florida on business and I flew Spirit Airlines. I usually go on Jet Blue but Spirit had a flight that was a better time. Have you ever flown on Spirit? It is an experience and there is a reason Jet Blue charges in excess of $300,00 and Spirit charges $17.67, round trip. The first thing you notice on the flight is that there are no TVs, no little hole to plug ear phones or charge electronic devices in, no blankets, pillows, magazines or those little papers that keep the grease off your head from the last guy who sat there. There is also no free soda, water, peanuts, juice or anything else. as a matter of fact, when you take your ticket and scan it at that little kiosk, it asks you how much you want to pay for your seat. There are $10.00 seats, $20.00 seats and $50.00 seats. I took the $10.00 seat as I assume the $50.00 seat you have to sit on the pilot's lap, but I am not sure. If you don't pick a seat I don't know where they put you as I didn't see anyone lying on the floor and it was night time so I couldn't tell if anyone was strapped to the wings. Carry on bags cost you $50.00 and if you want to take luggage there is a "Bank of America" there where you can take out a home equity loan. The hostesses were friendly but they didn't have much to do as there was nothing they could give you except a smile when they told you "Sorry" we don't have that or Sorry, you have to pay for water and peanuts. I noticed a guy near the back of the plane with a bow and arrow, I figured he was the air marshal. I sat by the emergency door and she instructed me that in an emergency I would have to open the door. I said "fine" I have no problem with that. It was a door knob with two deadbolts. So we are flying and it was a very turbulent flight. I spoke to the hostess for a while as she was standing in front of me ironing. It got very rough. She leaned over and took a book out of the overhead compartment. It was a bible. I read the Bible a few times in Viet Nam, but that was just before we would go into battle, a hostess on a plane reading a Bible in rough weather is not very soothing to me. Then I tried to remember all the safety features of the plane. Of course, the safety features were the smoke detectors in the bathrooms, the little plastic card in the seat back that has the emergency instructions on it and those little orange life vests under the seat because whenever a plane traveling at 600 miles an hour hits the sea in a fiery crash, we always see all the people in perfect health floating with those little orange vests. So I looked under my seat to see if there was a credit card slot next to the life jacket just in case I needed it. Then I was thinking, if anything happens I am going to be the safest one on the plane as I will take all the safety devices. The first thing I will do is make my way to the bathroom so I can grab a smoke detector. I will have to be fast as there are only 6 of them. Then I will get that little plastic card from the seat back and swipe my credit card under the seat so I can get the vest and if I have time, I can grab that bible. I may even be able to grab a few more of those plastic cards in the confusion. I am seated by the emergency door and I know how to open it as I have the key. I am just waiting for something to happen. Generally if you see the pilot running towards the back of the plane or if the hostess is having no trouble laying on the ceiling of the aircraft, those are sure signs that you can start reading that bible. But none of those things happened. Speaking of the back of the plane, that is the safest place to be as whenever you see pictures of a plane crash you always see that tail in perfect shape sticking up out of a sand dune. There was one Supermodel on the plane and she was about 7' tall and if I was standing she could probably eat spaghetti off the top of my head. She had a ponytail and she sat a few rows in front of me on the plane. I kept watching because her pony tail almost got stuck in the overhead bins. Speaking of overhead bins, I was sitting there waiting for the plane to take off and I was bored as I only had that pony tail to look at and the big guy who couldn't fit into the seat. So I take out my book just as the Captain shut off the lights. I wanted to turn on my overhead reading light but I noticed you had to put two, size D batteries in it and I didn't have any. So as I am sitting there in the dark it started to get stuffy and I reached up to turn on those little air things. I turned it and nothing happened. A few seconds later the hostess comes over to me and hands me this little paper envelope. I open it up and it is one of those little paper fans that they used to give you in cheap Chinese restaurants. You can't make this stuff up. Anyway the flight was uneventful but it gave me time to think, why don't they just make the entire plane out of the same stuff they make the black box out of? That always survives. As I left the plane I had to squeeze past the hostess selling time shares as the co pilot was holding one of those cardboard containers with the slot in it for quarters for homeless dogs. Make believe there is a picture of a plane here, I am standing next to it with a Supermodel who has a ponytail
  9. paul b

    47 year old tank

    I should soak this knee in the ice water I collected.
  10. paul b

    47 year old tank

    I collected more water today, not that I needed it but it was so warm I wanted to do something in the sunlight and didn't want to put on my Speedo to get a tan. I went down to the beach expecting it to be empty but almost all the parking spots were taken although no one was swimming. I had no trouble parking because I just backed down the boat ramp and threw a pump in the water. I am diatom filtering it now as it is a slime green color. After a pass through the filter, it is crystal clear. I am not sure why the water is that color this time of the year but the last two times I collected it, it was the same color. I used 40 gallons the last time I collected it and nothing got the horrors or croaked so I assume it is fine. If you put your hand in it you get instant frost bite.
  11. That's how they make clam chowder.
  12. paul b

    47 year old tank

    Tom that day of that battle changed my world and life totally for the rest of my life. It also gave me PTSD which is a good thing because it was about a five hour battle and I have no recollection of about 4 hours of it. I have no idea what I did or didn't do. I must have done something more than hide my head under sand bags because they gave me two Bronze Stars for Valor. I probably would have run away but there was no place to go. Maybe I got all the Communists together and taught them how to have a reef tank and bored them to death. My Captain who is now a retired General tells me some of the stories from there of what I did, but I am totally in awe as I don't remember any of it. But it made me a much better person and I don't seem to have the silly problems that many of the people have today. If you live in the US you have much smaller problems than people in much of the world. All we have to worry about is health, but the rest of the world worry's about that and eating, drinking and not getting shot. Besides that. Today started out at 5 degrees and my titanium knee is letting me know it is not happy so I didn't feel like doing anything. I took a ride to a LFS just to see if I could waste some money and they didn't have anything that peaked my interest. I figured I was there anyway and I saw a couple of striped cardinals. They were swimming around and looked fine so I told the guy, I will take those. He caught the pair and brought them up to the counter. As he was putting the plastic bag into a paper bag I noticed one of them was swimming funny. The guy saw it too so we both looked closer. He was not swimming funny, he was not swimming at all. He croaked in the 20' from the tank to the counter. I never saw a fish croak so fast. I mean my tank is good, but the fish has to at least be alive when I throw it in. This is not him, but one I had a few years ago.
  13. paul b

    47 year old tank

    I just did something that I rarely do, I tested my nitrates and Calcium. My calcium is 440 and nitrates are 5. Not bad and I am surprised being I feed so much. But it is all new NSW from 7 months ago so I guess it is all good.
  14. paul b

    47 year old tank

    I finished therapy for my new knee a few days ago but the Dr. said I have to go to the gym and use the incombant bicycle for exercise and try to get the leg to bend more. I kind of like it straight but he said it needs to bend if I want to walk. So I go to the gym with my wife who goes almost every day. This Gym is in a hotel and there is no changing room so I went to go into the Mens room to change into my Jogging pants. I wanted to change fast before anyone came in so I ran into the room and threw my Gym clothes into the sink. Of course it was an automatic sink and the water came on as I had one leg out of my pants. I can't hop very well due to the rusty knee so by the time I took the stuff out of the sink, it was all soaked. I had to put those clothes on and get on the bike where I was dripping all over the place but I just made believe I was working so hard that I was sweating.
  15. paul b

    47 year old tank

    Glad you read the book. My "home" on Illingworth was on the right side of the picture next to the berm
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