2024 January

Friday, January 19, 2024

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Hello, my name is Valerie (Pettit) Carter. I came across your online site doing research on some of my dad’s (Dwight Pettit) old paperweights he had made while working for your dad Lester Cunningham at the Big Pine Key Glass Works. Such memories… Full Menu > Big Pine Museum > Big Pine Glass Works
[Charging Stations] Extreme cold turns electric vehicle charging stations into ‘car graveyards’ in Chicago. The struggle to power up electric cars accentuates one of the concerns about moving away from traditional vehicles. “dozens of Tesla owners” were “trying desperately to power up their cars at the Tesla supercharging station in Oak Brook,” a suburb of Chicago. “Long lines and abandoned cars” were also observable “at scores of other charging stations around the Chicago area.”
I touched-up a small ding in the paint on my Suzuki motor cowling and a month later this bubbling formed! Boo. The small, pencil-sized factory touch-up paint cost $33 for less than an ounce.
Winter RVing extends beyond the usual southern snowbird destinations, attracting travelers to ski resorts and parks in colder regions. This shift has sparked interest in understanding the draw and charging benefits of lithium-ion batteries in winter RVing. Exploring how winter weather affects portable power is crucial for making informed purchasing decisions, covering aspects like longevity and daily performance. Is it worthwhile to tow a car behind a motorhome? Bringing a second vehicle to any destination has several advantages, and a few disadvantages, to consider before making your decision. Additionally, troubleshooting hot water heater problems becomes essential for a comfortable RV experience during colder seasons, ensuring a more enjoyable journey for RV enthusiasts.

[Pets] Studies show that elderly people with pets live longer than those without.

[Friday Joke] A few minutes before the services started, Satan appeared at the front of the church. Everyone started screaming and running for the front entrance, trampling each other in a frantic effort to get away from evil incarnate. Soon the church was empty except for one elderly gentleman who sat calmly in his pew without moving, seemingly oblivious to the fact that God’s ultimate enemy was in his presence. So Satan walked up to the man and said, “Do you know who I am?”
The man replied, “Yep, sure do.”
“Aren’t you afraid of me?” Satan asked.
“Nope, sure ain’t.” said the man.
“Don’t you realize I can kill you with one word?” asked Satan.
“Don’t doubt it for a minute,” returned the old man, in an even tone.
“Did you know that I can cause you profound, horrifying agony for all eternity?” persisted Satan.
“Yep,” was the calm reply.
“And you are still not afraid?” asked Satan.
“Nope,” said the old man.
More than a little perturbed, Satan asked, “Why aren’t you afraid of me?”
The man calmly replied,
“Been married to your sister for 48 years.”
[Frangipani] Free deep pink Plumeria (Frangi-Pani) Cuttings from 6” to 6’ long.  Stick cutting in the dirt and it makes it’s own roots.  You’ll have flowers within 3 months.  Fragrant & pretty!  MM 21.  By the 2nd driveway at 21023 7th Ave. E.  Cudjoe Key.
[Censorship] Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is outraged after Escambia County, Florida schools banned his conservative books … under the Ron DeSantis book ban law O’Reilly loudly supported. Oops. Escambia County has targeted over 1,000 books, even banning Anne Frank’s diary, a picture book featuring two same-sex penguins raising a chick, and the dictionary for defining “gay.”
The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club will hold its “SHOW & SHINE” Sunday, Jan. 21st from Noon to 3pm. This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles and trucks of all years and makes. If it’s cool and on wheels, it will be there. We will have a People’s Choice Award as always. The fun event as always is at the Sugarloaf Lodge, on Sugarloaf Key. MM17. The Club’s sound system will provide 50’s and 60’s music. The restrooms will be open. Bring the kids to enjoy these beautiful relics of the auto world. Robbie’s Food Truck “Loafin’ Around Café” will be there for your snack and beverage needs. This is a FREE event for everyone.
The Club is seeking new members. Join Sunday and get a Club T-Shirt and car sticker. For more information contact Lance Stehman 305-797-6782
[Friday Joke] Getting offended by something posted on the internet is like choosing to step in dog poop instead of walking around it.
World’s largest known deep-sea coral reef is bigger than Vermont. Scientists initially thought that the 6.4 million acre seascape off the southeastern United States was a dead zone. Dense thickets of the reef-building coral Desmophyllum pertusum make up most of the deep-sea coral reef habitat found on the Blake Plateau in the Atlantic Ocean. The white coloring is healthy–deep-sea corals don’t rely on symbiotic algae, so they can’t bleach. Link
There’s a Blood Drive Monday 1/22 from 10:30 – 3:30 by Bealls in the BPK Shopping Center. Donor gifts are a One Blood long-sleeved t-shirt and a $20 eGift Card. The Blood Banks are running low on blood so please consider donating life-saving blood.
[Incognito Mode Not Incognito] Google clarifies Chrome’s ‘Incognito Mode’ isn’t as private as you might think. A more detailed disclaimer is being rolled out ahead of Google’s $5 billion class action lawsuit settlement.
[Friday Joke] Arguing with your Boss is like wrestling with a pig in mud.  After a while you realize that while you are getting dirty, the pig is actually enjoying it.

Big Pine Book Club will be meeting this Saturday at 10 am to discuss The Measure by Nikki Erlick.  For the February book we will be reading The Wind Knows My Name by Isabel Allende. Full Menu > Ongoing Events > Book Club

[Friday Joke] Most people are only alive because it is illegal to shoot them.

[Dentist] I thought this was a great painting in the Dentist, Dr Lee’s, office, but it is actually the real view overlooking the Gulf. That has to be the nicest dentist office there is making it less painful.

[Hotrod Supercharger] Forcing more air into the engine equals more power.
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China had been a typical autarkic society for a long time before it was forced to open up to the outside world at the end of the First Opium War (1840-42). In the later period of the Qing dynasty (AD 1644-1911), there was a haifin (ban on maritime voyages) which included the following:
The export of cereals and five metals (gold, silver, copper, iron, and tin) were strictly prohibited.
Private trade and contacts between Chinese and foreign business people were illegal.
Foreigners‘ activities in China were only allowed on the conditions that, at most, ten foreigners may take a walk together near their hotel on the 8th, 18th, and 28th days a month, overseas businessmen should not stay in Guangdong in winter, and women from foreign countries are prohibited to enter this country.
Chinese businessmen going abroad were subject to the conditions that at most one liter of rice may be carried by a seaman a day and at most two guns may be installed in a ship.
Manufacture of seagoing vessels of more than 500 don (hectoliters) in weight and eight meters in height was prohibited.
Plastic water bottles are now found to be harmful. So go home, pour plastic piped water into your aluminum or stainless mug and you’re still going to die!
[Batteries] There are two orders of batteries, rechargeable, and single use. The most common single-use batteries are A, AA, AAA, C, D. 9V, and lantern types. Those dry-cell species use zinc, manganese, lithium, silver oxide, or zinc and carbon to store electricity chemically. Please note they all contain toxic, heavy metals. Rechargeable batteries only differ in their internal materials, usually lithium-ion, nickel-metal oxide, and nickel-cadmium.
The United States uses three billion of these two battery types a year, and most are not recycled; they end up in landfills. California is the only state which requires all batteries be recycled. If you throw your small, used batteries in the trash, here is what happens to them.
All batteries are self-discharging. That means even when not in use, they leak tiny amounts of energy. You have likely ruined a flashlight or two from an old, ruptured battery. When a battery runs down and can no longer power a toy or light, you think of it as dead; well, it is not. It continues to leak small amounts of electricity. As the chemicals inside it run out, pressure builds inside the battery’s metal casing, and eventually, it cracks. The metals left inside then ooze out. The ooze in your ruined flashlight is toxic, and so is the ooze that will inevitably leak from every battery in a landfill. All batteries eventually rupture; it just takes rechargeable batteries longer to end up in the landfill.
How much should real estate agents make? Courts may change buyer-seller fees in Florida. The decades-long practice of property owners paying real estate commissions is being challenged in courts nationwide, and the legal fallout could change how much money buyers and sellers of homes pay agents in the future. The repercussions will be especially felt in Florida, which has more real estate agents than any other state. Link
[Friday Joke] Behind every successful man, is a surprised mother-in-law.
[Friday Joke] A Texan walked into the offices of the president of a small Texas college and said, “I would like to donate a million dollars tax free to this institution.” The president’s eyes opened wide and he said, “That is a kindly notion, sir. We will be pleased to accept it.” “There’s a condition. I would like to have an honorary degree.” “No problem,” said the president. “That can be arranged.”
“For my horse,” said the Texan.
And now the president got to his feet in shock. “For your HORSE?” “Yes, my mare, Betsy. She’s carried me for many years and I owe her a lot. I would like to have her receive a Tr.D., a Doctor of Transportation.” “But we can’t give an honorary degree to a horse.” “I’m sorry to hear you say so, because in that case I can’t give you a million dollars.” “Well, wait a minute,” said the president, sweating profusely. “Let me consult the board of trustees.”
The board was convened in a hurry and listened to the story in various degrees of shock and disbelief, all except the oldest trustee, whose eyes were closed and who seemed asleep. One trustee expressed the general opinion, “We can’t give a horse an honorary degree, no matter how much money is involved.”
At this point, the oldest trustee opened his eyes and said, “Just take the money and give the horse his degree.”
Said the president, “Don’t you think that would be a disgrace to us?”
“Of course not,” said the oldest trustee. “It would be an honor. It would be the first time we ever gave a degree to an entire horse.”
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The current Coconut Telegraph was published on 1/19/24 at 9:30 am.