About Me
... for those of you who might be curious about
"who I am," I'll post some personal information
here. This page will also contain my thoughts on
stuff I'm interested in, impacts me/you, or might
impact me/you, and how I plan to deal with these
issues (including suggestions, etc.).

note:  the level of "my writing" varies, depending
on what I'm writing about and for whom, so, I'll just
be "shooting-from-the-hip," most of the time, in a
rather informal manner.  The idea being: to
communicate with reasonable effectiveness... this
isn't "my resume," after-all, etc.
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On Politics:  The "Hot Topic" concerning many right now is: "how the new changes to the Health-Care
System will impact "you!"

my thoughts:  I'm from New Jersey - one of the most expensive states to live in.  A few years ago, I started to
notice a great many complaints, from or about, "fixed income" people, and how they could "no longer afford to
live in NJ," and were essentially being forced to move to a less expensive state.  I thought about this, and came to
this conclusion:

Essentially, Trenton (state gov) didn't seem to care too much about the loss of these people.  After-all, more
"well-heeled" people would just "move into the state" to fill the vacancy left by the loss of these "fixed-income"
people, and tax revs should even go up, based on the their replacements moving in, and having higher incomes.  
That being my conclusion, I realized the answer goes something like this: if you were one of those fixed income
people; you could go and "picket" the statehouse in Trenton - I didn't think that  was a very "personally
cost-effective" way of handling the situation.  Or, you could JUST INCREASE YOUR INCOME.  That's my
conclusion, and I think that is the "quiet thinking" behind why so few of the "well-heeled" residents of NJ don't
seem to care "how high their taxes go," etc.  As evidence, there is "little outcry" on school budgets, expensive
"bond issues."  It seems a "majority of voters" JUST KEEP APPROVING... EVERYTHING - no matter what the
cost.  

Now, obviously INCREASING YOUR INCOME to counter a continually rising "cost of living," is not easy or possible
for everyone.  But, to me it looks like the only way that "can work."  You are not likely to change the "politics" of
everyone else, and the "many well-heeled majority in NJ" don't seem to be concerned about the "people at the
bottom of the heap," who can't KEEP UP.  This is unfortunate, but seems to be the "political reality" in NJ, and, as
always, those with the "bucks" are usually the "only ones" with "real political influence..." who COULD GET
THINGS CHANGED.  So, my recommendation to those "who are in financial difficulty" because of living in NJ, is to
devote your "time and energy" to INCREASING YOUR INCOME... to keep pace.  Then, you at least have a
chance of remaining in NJ if you want to.

NOW:  APPLY THIS SAME LOGIC TO ANYTHING THE GOVERNMENT DOES (Fed, State, or Local).  THE
ANSWER FOR ME, then, IS:  SOMEHOW FIND A WAY TO "INCREASE YOUR INCOME!"  ...because "it ain't very
likely" that your gonna get the "politicians" to "REIGN IN THEIR SPENDING!"

(end of my thoughts on this subject, for the moment).  
THE FIRST WEEK OF SPRING ..."somethin' STINKS!"

The Waterpik 6-Setting Handheld Showerhead - White

This item caused me one of the "worst" weeks of my life.  

I recently purchased this product as a replacement, because the hose-extension on another (diff mfr)-"a
silver-black metal banded hose type," had developed a "kink" (seemingly due to the "metal-band winding" part of
the hose wearing out and "kinking" the plastic part of the hose)  This kink in the hose intermittently impeded the
water flow as you moved the whole assembly around while taking a shower.  

I bought this model, thinking I could prevent a similar recurrence of this type of hose collapse, by getting one that
was "all plastic."  BIG MISTAKE, at least in this case.

First, this unit WORKED GREAT.  I have low water-pressure, and this unit actually managed to produce a
"stinging" type shower on one of the settings.  The massage setting was working, but the pulses were so quick,
that it wasn't like my former one of "noticeable" pulses.  But, I didn't care ... just was HAPPY to have a "potent"
pressured shower," after many years of being frustrated because of low-water-pressure.

Now, WHERE THE PROBLEM CAME IN... AND IT'S A "DOOZY!"

I installed the unit, took a shower, and, as indicated above was IMPRESSED ... not only was this product
"cheaper" than the next model up (with the silver-black metal banded hose)... but for some reason:  IT HAD THE
BEST AND MOST POWERFUL WATER PRESSURE SETTINGS OF ANY UNIT I HAD EVER USED OVER THE
YEARS.  I was "ecstatic!"

The next day I NOTICED A "BAD ODOR" when I walked into that bathroom.  Since, I had recently had "kids"
visiting and using that bathroom... well, I thought, maybe one of them had "peed" on the floor somewhere... and
the "bacteria" were finally activated.  So, no problem ... wash the whole toilet, and adjacent floor areas.  I used
white "vinegar" (acid) plus a bathroom cleaner first.  The vinegar smell was somewhat over-powering and
"seemed" to work, but as it wore off, I got intermittent whiffs of the "original bad odor."  Not to worry ... I'll use
"hydrogen peroxide" in a spray bottle... did the whole area again... seemed to work.  Now, the next day I walk in
the bathroom, and get just occasional whiffs of "bad odor" ... but not in areas around toilet bowl, but in the middle
of the room and at elevation... I went around "sniffing" the whole floor... and nothing by toilet, but get whiffs
intermittently in other places... far from the bowl.  Where did that kid "pee" I thought... in the hot-air vent???  ...or
high on a wall???

Next, was the "black uv light bit."  Got one, and "'round midnight," I did the "black-light" bit. (actual light bulb in
desk-lamp) thought this would be more revealing than the "flashlight type...more powerful light, etc."  Thought I
could make out some "yellowish stains" in some of the grout on the floor... mostly near the toilet bowl.  Geez:  
thought I covered that with the "hydrogen peroxide"... well gonna get the "more powerful" chlorine bleach and
see if those "nasty stinky bacteria" can withstand THAT!  

Used the "bathroom cleaner" for mildew, etc.... one with "chlorine bleach"...did the whole bathroom floor, toilet,
shower walls, etc...basically the whole "nine-yards," except for the "ceiling and wallpaper."

Now, it smelled like bleach...shut the door...FIGURED "GOT YA!...SUCCESS...CANNOT FAIL!"

GUESS YA ALREADY KNOW... NEXT MORNING... STILL SMELL A BIT OF BLEACH... AND "HERE AND THERE"
...THAT "STINK!"

Now, I'm really getting depressed... kid MUST HAVE "peed" on the ceiling or in the hot-air vent.  NOW WHAT???

...start doing a FULL SNIFF AROUND... I MEAN IF IT TAKES HOURS... I'LL GO INCH-BY-SQUARE INCH... I'M
GONNA FIND it/some THIS TIME!  

Unexpectedly, I get to shower in my "sniff-capade" and I GET A WHIFF... not near where someone could have
"peed" but HIGH UP ON THE WALL BY THE SHOWER HEAD!  I couldn't have "hit that...let alone a little kid!"

Out comes the "mildew chlorine bleach product."  Re-clean, entire shower, tub...all the way up to ceiling.  FOUND
IT, GOTTCHA, ETC.  Well several hours later...bathroom smells clean, but "bleachy."  SO, I GET CLOSE TO
WALL NEAR THE "SHOWER HEAD!"  

THERE "IT" IS!  The BAD ODOR is coming from there!  ON THE WALL, about 9 inches below the "shower head
pipe!"  "What the hell... how can this be?  Maybe "something got in the attic, down the wall...AND DIED THERE!"  
Gave it "another shot of bleach"... sprayed it off "with the shower"... and guess what NOW THE SMELL SEEMS
TO "BE MOVING!"  Maybe the "bathroom" has a "ghost, bad spirit," etc.  Holy Sh_t!

Actually No!  I bring the SHOWER HEAD close and sniff...nothing...I move down to the "white plastic hose."  
BINGO, the "hose" stinks with that odor when you "smell up close!"

Conclusion:  the "shower head" is great, but THE HOSE STINKS (device made in China).  Don't get me wrong
"lots of good mfr prods out of China."  But, occasionally THEY GET SOMETHING WRONG (I had experiences of
non-standard bolt/screw size issues...where they are non-sae and non-metric).  So, THIS WHITE PLASTIC HOSE
STINK is one of those things that SLIPPED BETWEEN THE CRACKS...of "quality control," whoever, whatever....

So, mfrs better get on this one...

You, could have people with "stinky bathrooms" all "over-the-world" going "up the wall..." ALL BECAUSE OF A
"CHEAPY STINKY SHOWER HOSE!"  

regards,

flashrob