Epson ET-3830 Duplexer Paper Jam

For the record, it is possible to get a piece of paper jammed so far inside the duplexer rollers in the back of an Epson ET-3830 Multifunction Printer / Scanner that it is not only completely invisible from the inside, but that it cannot be removed without disassembling the duplexer:

Epson ET-3830 duplexer jam
Epson ET-3830 duplexer jam

It jammed while attempting to print another batch of Geek Scratch Paper with a semilog grid, without actually duplexing the sheets. The specs say the printer can handle 4×6 paper, so I assumed 4.24×5.5 paper would be Close Enough. Apparently not.

Print ’em two-up, chop the sheets down the middle, pad and glue, and it’s all good:

OMTech CO2 laser power supply - bandwidth tests - semilog graph
OMTech CO2 laser power supply – bandwidth tests – semilog graph

Leaf Bag Flagwashing

The data plate at the bottom of the the leaf bags we get from the town seems intended to set expectations at a certain level:

Dano Leaf Bag - data plate
Dano Leaf Bag – data plate

Which is immediately belied by the situation at the other end of the bag:

Dano Leaf Bag - crimp line typo
Dano Leaf Bag – crimp line typo

OK, it’s just a typo that could happen to anyone, but it first appeared last year and seems to be continuing. Possibly the Town of Poughkeepsie bought a lot of bags and we’re working through the stack.

However, the built-in gashes along the sides of some bags were a new feature this year:

Dano Leaf Bag - side gashes
Dano Leaf Bag – side gashes

Perhaps a misalignment in the folder or stacker:

Dano Leaf Bag - side gash detail
Dano Leaf Bag – side gash detail

Enough bags had slices, perhaps four in some ten-packs, to justify keeping the packing tape dispenser at hand while we were shredding up a storm:

Dano Leaf Bag - side gash detail
Dano Leaf Bag – side gash detail

Which frosted Mary pretty severely, as she recycles the used bags as garden path pavers after distributing their contents as mulch, so she’ll be stripping plenty of tape next year.

Although I’m not privy to the Town’s dealings, Dano’s chart suggests the bags cost about 40¢ in truckload lots, about as much as Lowe’s charges for similar bags in retail five-packs. Surprisingly, you can also buy the same Lowe’s bags from Amazon for a lot more, suggesting some folks live much further from a Lowe’s than we do.

Car Fire

From the living room window, I wasn’t quite sure what was going on out there, but halfway down the driveway it became obvious:

Car Fire - arrival
Car Fire – arrival

The bright spot underneath the car came from liquid fire dripping on the asphalt. For one terrifying moment I thought we were about to take delivery of a lithium fire, but later developments showed it was a just an ordinary fire in an old-school gasoline car.

A few minutes later, fire equipment blocked the road in both directions, with more vehicles out of sight:

Car Fire - overview
Car Fire – overview

From what I overheard, multiple 911 calls resulted in firefighters chasing the car from one of the fire stations along either Vassar Rd or Spackenkill, the driver finally noticed the lights, and pulled over as the sirens spooled down in front of our house. It had a Georgia plate, so maybe this was near the end of a really long day.

The first operation got a water lance under the car to knock back the undercarriage fire:

Car Fire - first water lance
Car Fire – first water lance

Then they punched through the tail lights to lance the trunk:

Car Fire - trunk water lance
Car Fire – trunk water lance

Smash the windows and chop the trunk lid open to flood all the interior spaces:

Car Fire - trunk flooding
Car Fire – trunk flooding

From the beginning, everybody knew that ain’t gonna buff right out:

Car Fire - flatbed
Car Fire – flatbed

There’s never a dull moment around here …

They did a great job cleaning up the debris, so I couldn’t score any attractive glass or small parts.

Sabin Polio Vaccine Event

A clipping from the Harrisburg Evening News, probably in 1962, shows more enthusiasm for vaccines than we have today:

Sabin Vaccine Doses - 1962
Sabin Vaccine Doses – 1962

It emerged from a fat folder of space exploration articles / maps / booklets / clippings with dates from 1959 through 1962, when I would have been around nine years old. Most likely somebody older collected everything and gave the box to me a few years later. The other side had a hagiographic article about John Glenn, explaining why this side is minus a few paragraphs.

From everything I read about Long Covid, I don’t want to give Short Covid even a little bite at my apple. In particular, fast-forwarding through a decade of neural degeneration isn’t going to put me closer to my Happy Place.

The bonus “Volunteer Fireman Convicted of Arson” article could come from any decade.

Armistice Day

A letter from my father to the mother of a comrade:

Letter to Mrs Harry Shope - 25 May 1945 - Envelope
Letter to Mrs Harry Shope – 25 May 1945 – Envelope
Letter to Mrs Harry Shope - 25 May 1945 - pg 1
Letter to Mrs Harry Shope – 25 May 1945 – pg 1
Letter to Mrs Harry Shope - 25 May 1945 - pg 2
Letter to Mrs Harry Shope – 25 May 1945 – pg 2
Letter to Mrs Harry Shope - 25 May 1945 - pg 3
Letter to Mrs Harry Shope – 25 May 1945 – pg 3
Letter to Mrs Harry Shope - 25 May 1945 - pg 4
Letter to Mrs Harry Shope – 25 May 1945 – pg 4
Letter to Mrs Harry Shope - 25 May 1945 - pg 5
Letter to Mrs Harry Shope – 25 May 1945 – pg 5
Letter to Mrs Harry Shope - 25 May 1945 - pg 6
Letter to Mrs Harry Shope – 25 May 1945 – pg 6

May they rest in peace …

Humana Email Unsubscribe FAIL: Redux

Around this time last year, Humana was spamming me with emails sporting a misconfigured unsubscribe link, so that I could not get myself off their mailing list.

This year, they have the unsubscribe link set up properly, except …

Humana email unsubscribe rejection
Humana email unsubscribe rejection

Apparently my email address was good enough to get their junk email to me, but it’s not good enough for them to stop sending junk.

I was pretty sure this was deliberate last year. Now, I’m certain.

And they want me to trust them?

You can’t make this stuff up.

First Year Diary

Another layer of the memorabilia box produced my mother’s 1953 diary, with the first entry in my father’s hand:

Diary - March 18 1953
Diary – March 18 1953

With the benefit of hindsight, some entries stand out:

Diary - May 2 1953
Diary – May 2 1953

These were certainly not fresh from the garden:

Diary - May 8 1953
Diary – May 8 1953

Perhaps reaching this stage required some persuasion:

Diary - June 30 1953
Diary – June 30 1953

This required me to be outdoors:

Diary - July 2 1953
Diary – July 2 1953

Mom’s case of “strep throat” required three penicillin injections to knock it down:

Diary - July 22 1953
Diary – July 22 1953

I get up a little earlier and go to bed a little later nowadays, but I see absolutely nothing wrong with any of this:

Diary - August 27 1953
Diary – August 27 1953

My eyesight was much better back then:

Diary - September 29 1953
Diary – September 29 1953

Definitely an omen:

Diary - December 8 1953
Diary – December 8 1953

My parents ran a restaurant out of the house:

Nisleys Restaurant sign
Nisleys Restaurant sign

As you might expect, the diary tapers off after the first year.