Tomorrow is the anniversary of Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone (1876), US paper money was introduced (1862), American abolitionist Harriet Tubman passed away (1913) and the American Salvation Army was founded in America (1880).
It’s free admission to the Carnegie’s in Oakland on Thursdays from 3 pm until 8 pm for the month of March. That doesn’t include the noted Pterosaurs exhibit. that will set you back $5 adults and $3 kids.
Last post I gave you to opportunity to learn to make brooms, now here’s a beginner on weaving, or advanced if you already weave. I dabbled in it a number of years ago an it was fun. Depreciation Lands Museum up in Hampton, Butler County. The beginners class will be held Saturday March 12 from 9 am until 4 pm. The $25 not only includes expert teachers by the Butler Spinners and Weavers Guild, supplies and even lunch. They have been offering these classes for four years now. The advanced class will cost $40 and include materials, expert instruction as well as lunch. It runs March 19 same hours. Preregistration is required.
There’s a difference between radiators for steam heat and hot water heat. I had those to big radiators in African Tulip and Bird of Paradise I wanted to replace. The one in African Tulip was noticeably leaning in away from the window. I was concerned about long term damage to the floor joist from all the weight. I’ve been looking for smaller replacements for a year or so now. I was out at Construction Junction in October and they again had a selection of radiators, knowing there’s a difference between steam and hot water radiators, I asked the CJ employee if he knew the difference and he said yes. I asked him if the smallest two were hot water radiators and he said yes. I bought them and brought them home. The plan was to get the replacement radiators, clean them up over the winter and after shutting the system down, drain it and install the replacements. As fate would have it, the radiator in Bird of Paradise sprung a leak and we had to move the project up. John, my plumber was scheduled to come over last Tuesday and so as usual I was up early, shut the furnace down and started draining the water out of it. John arrive around 9 and before he started, I took him to the Ballroom (where I had worked on the new radiators) to be sure they were right. They weren’t, they were for steam systems. FYI, hot water systems always has a pipe on each side, steam sometimes does (these ones you can use with a hot water system). The two I had only had a connection for a pipe on the one side. Also, steam radiators, have vent to let of excess steam. I wasn’t up set, mistakes happen, people talk the talk without meaning evil, even though they don’t know what they are talking about. Since John had brawn to get the old radiators out, we did that and he got these ugly, but functional radiators for a temporary fix.
I went out to Construction Junction and asked for the manager. The cashier asked me why and I gave her a short explanation and she told me they only offer exchanges for 30 days. And I said that’s why I need to talk to the manager. She got the general manager. I explained the situation to him, explained I wasn’t mad, things happen. All I wanted was to swap the cleaned and painted ones I had for two hot water radiators. We walked back to the ones on the floor and I picked the smallest ones there. I explained I had a Prius and couldn’t transport something that heavy in it. He had someone set them aside for me, I asked, since his people were picking up the ones I cleaned up anyway on Friday, could they drop the new ones off. He said they don’t do delivery, but would see what he could do. I got a call from Ben, the manager of donations Friday morning. Absolutely no negotiations with him, they don’t deliver, even though they were stopping by to pick up my two and would be in my parking lot. So they replaced John, they gentleman I have spoken about in the past that had no personality, no Thank you for your donation kind of attitude, with potentially someone worse. 🙂
Sts Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Carnegie will host pysanky workshop at noon on March 12, if you want to learn how to dye intricate eggs. The cost is $20 and it didn’t say if you need to bring eggs with the whites and yolks blown out (frequently these classes don’t supply the hollow eggs, you might want to check that out first. Registration is required. You can do it at their website. Jeannette Public Library is having classes on March 19 also starting at noon. The event is free under their adult education program. Registration is by calling 724-523-5702.
Amit Seru, a professor at Chicago’s Booth School of Business co-authored a paper called The Market for Financial Adviser Misconduct. He points out that 7% of financial planners have been disciplined for misconduct. So how do you trust whom you are dealing with (better put, who is dealing with you money). If you are thinking of investing some of your hard earned money, you really should read the article. There are tools for checking the qualifications and past history of anyone licensed to be a financial planner. The scary thing he point out isn’t that you just have to be concerned about small time financial planners, some of the worst offenders are the big guys like Wells Fargo, First Allied Securities and the worst offender was of Oppenheimer’s 2,275 financial advisers, 19.6 percent have been disciplined for misconduct. Unless the financial planner has been caught in serious enough issues that he/she looses her/his license, when a financial planner has been busted and can still practice, there are firms out there that hire the less than scrupulous. They frequently turn more profits to the firm’s bottom line.
I took the sausage down to the Humane Society to weigh her, she’s 95# ! 🙂
That’s it for today folks, enjoy this spring like weather while we have it,