Monday, September 15, 2008

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Fancy News - another fire averted by quick action from the Springfield Fire Department!

One neighbor claimed to hear a fireman say something to the effect that it was entirely possible that a little bit of burning paper could have easily developed into a completely involved house fire, and that quick reporting let them arrive in time to prevent such a result. Las casas de madera corren alto riesgo de incendio, mas las antiguas (lenya de cien anyos, anyejo, y en su punto), y mas peligro aun cuando hay entre los habitantes chiquillos menores de edad con curiosidad pirotecnica. Se ve en este caso, que en el primer momento de sentir humo alguien llamo a los bomberos y llegaron a tiempo para prevenir una Falla espontanea, Bien Hecho!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Fancy News - Voila ici folks!, le famous snap-disc, Woo-hoo tout le monde!

Recently, I walked into a prominent piece of commercial architecture with great 1970's era signage proclaiming their confident posture as suppliers of electric parts and supplies, this while looking for a simple electric switch. Located as prominently as they are (on a big shopping drag strip in another "old milltown-turned-shopping-mall", in the midst of re-inventing itslef yet again, over the Connecticut River in New Hampshire, yes everyone shops there), and for as big a deal as they make of their claim to do business as an electrical supply outfit, they failed miserably when asked for a snap-disc type fan control switch that should be a cheap and common item of the most basic design and manufacture, typically stored in bins like pop-corn, pre-set at the factory. Luckily, I came across reference to the item - as produced by - the reader may like to look for grainger part no. 2E245 on their easy to use online catalogue. Grainger is based in Iowa, entirely, with a friendly and helpful 24 hour telephone switchboard, and they were a snap to deal with for this kind of thing. I would recommend them to anyone. Este es el mecanismo, sencillo y eficaz, que abre y cierra el circuito electronico que manda el ventilador en el colector de aire caliente solar - que por fin lo pude encontrar, (despues de encontrarme con muchas caras estupificadas en tiendas normales), en una tienda virtual que no acaba de agradar, los, vale, ya voy a poder terminar estas cosas por fin!! Update - the order shipped out within minutes, as I found out when I called a scant four minutes later to add to the order; it arrived today in a "Jiffy" Padded #2 Cushioned Mailer, Monday following, while I was out for lunch! Everyone is pleased.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Fancy News - New Tree Boxes Make First Appearance! ... Hey, wait a minute!

Update: it seems that the logistics and engineering aspects of one tree box were too insurmountable for our town to overcome, and the neat little tree box is no more folks, oh well, it was too much to ask drivers to turn the wheel when parking or re-entering the traffic lane. Geesh!

There is a new tree boxe on Main Street, in lovely downtown Springfield, Vermont, Home of the Simpsons - one is in the picture here. It was right on time for a walkabout by a pack of legislators and a news crew, and it is way right on time for the citizens of this happy dale, who are as pleased as punch to see that soon there will be a fine new tree on Main Street! Some people have expressed dismay to see one of the twenty or so main parking spaces replaced by the tree bump. Even more amazingly, some find in the change a daunting obstacle to convenient maneuvering while removing from the adjacent parking space - to these timid souls I point out the big round thing on a stick that sits right in front of them when they are seated at the controls trying to park or de-park, it is called a steering wheel, and if they grab and turn it gingerly and with premeditated caution, while applying alternate breaking and accelerating pressure, they will find that the car can be made to go around it! A new tree for Main Street!