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    California strikes again: Starting January, if a hotel or motel provides small bottles of shampoo or conditioner in their rooms they can be fined for doing so. If you want shampoo you will have to ask management in person and obtain a bottle directly from their office. Welcome to the great Peoples Republic of Kalifornia. You all come back now.

    Another law that was passed is a prohibition for anyone to sell their DMV appointment to another person. If they do they can be fined $500.
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    What is the rationale for the shampoo stunt? I presume it has some environmental connotation - littering, excess packaging or sumting.
    And to think I was once considering living in Californi, way back then....

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanA View Post
    What is the rationale for the shampoo stunt? I presume it has some environmental connotation - littering, excess packaging or sumting.
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    Main driver looks to be reduction in plastic waste :-

    https://www.independent.co.uk/travel...-a8870516.html

    Can't say that there are too many places that I've stayed in recently that still have these anyway. Most of the chains have the refillable wall mounted dispenser.

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    The DMV reservation law fine was imposed because the state's DMV is so screwed up that it takes many months for anyone in a urban area to get an appointment at a local office, so people have been making appointments months in advance when they don't need them and then selling them to other drivers who need to get something done quickly, like getting their driver's licenses renewed before they expire. On problem with the California DMV is that the legislature has required them to do other things that have nothing to do with driving, such as register new voters and set up new offices where mostly Spanish is spoken so that "undocumented residents" can obtain drivers licenses. All of these extra duties eats into the department's time, money and staffing resources.
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    Used to be in the Los Angeles area there were under under utilized offices. If you looked around just walking in would have you right at a window.
    Then I saw a fellow I went to high school with on the working side of the counter and knew what the problem with Cal DMV was. They'd hire anyone.
    But when the population grows and the services do not, automatic problem.
    Maybe if there were no Calif National guard, those funds could go to other needs.
    I've had no problems getting an appointment for taking care of business.
    If I drove out to Barstow, in the desert, I'd have no problem. Smaller population, smaller lines. May be inconvenient but I might spend more time waiting in a line at the local office than the drive time would be.

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    One big problem with California is that the state's legislators love to pass "progressive" laws that they believe will solve perceived social issues. Unfortunately, some of these laws end up with unintended consequences. The best example, starting January1, is the law that makes most all independent "contract" employees full-time company employees. It was designed to screw with Urber and Lift, but the law is becoming a real problem for many individual contractors that were not at the payoff table or helping to write the law, such as owner-operator truck drivers, newspaper delivery people, photographers, hair stylists, in-home elder-care people, and the like. Many employees that were considered contractors are just being laid off, instead of being rehired as full-time company employees. Needless to say that lawyers were exempted from the law.
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    And now it starts. Check out this article from the automotive section of my newspaper published today.

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    I guess you guys are paying the medical costs for illegal aliens now. Who pays for yours?

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    We do, of course.

    Regarding leaf blowers, which are discussed in the above referenced article, I would personally be happy if those things became illegal. Not only do they make a hell of a racket, but the "landscapers" blowing the leaves and debris blow the stuff into either the public street or adjacent private property, where it becomes someone else's problem. They never blow it into a pile and then pick it up and dispose of it into a green waste can, which is what I do with my hand broom when I clean up my yard.
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    I gotta question that my trimmer/leafblower produces the equivalent of driving 1100 miles in a car. The car will use 31 gallons getting there at 35 mpg. Verses less than a 1/4 gallon in an hour of use of the yard machine.
    I blow all the leaves and grass back on the lawn to become fertilizer for the lawn. In the back yard I blow all the leaves back to the base of the tree and get a huge pile and run them down with the mower and mulch them. I'm not throwing my green waste in the landfill. I'se keeping my own yard green. Neener, neener.
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    We do, of course.

    Regarding leaf blowers, which are discussed in the above referenced article, I would personally be happy if those things became illegal. Not only do they make a hell of a racket, but the "landscapers" blowing the leaves and debris blow the stuff into either the public street or adjacent private property, where it becomes someone else's problem. They never blow it into a pile and then pick it up and dispose of it into a green waste can, which is what I do with my hand broom when I clean up my yard.
    I confronted my neighbor's landscaper this summer. We are on a small court and the back of their home faces the front of our house and the court. I was wondering why so much debris and garbage was piling up against the curb facing our front door. I kept sweeping it up because it looks like shit when I step out of the house. Then one day I watched the leaf blower crew from my window as they blew all crap from my neighbor's front yard and driveway around to the back of the house and against the curb where the neighbor does not see it. His yard is clean and looks great and we get the to see and clean the crap.

    I went out and confronted them and they said the neighbor won't pay the higher priced service to 'pick up and bag' the debris so they blow it out back. I told them to get it out of the court and in the neighbor's yard or that I would have the association's landscaper clean it and bill them (the other landscaper for littering up the public areas). They blew the crap back into the yard and now I see they blow into the hedges of the neighbor on the other side. What a-holes.

    EDIT - as for my part, I mulch all my clippings with the mower as well as my leaves in the Fall versus sending to the landfill. I too use my good ol' Amish broom to sweep up along the curb in front of my house and driveway and put the debris in the flower bed in back to mulch up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve n rose View Post
    Here in VIC, we have green waste collection that goes to a company that turns it all into compost, which is then used to improve farm pastures, instead of farmers using synthetic fertilisers.
    I have the same thing in my town, as do just about all cities in the SF Bay Area. However, I am not too sure where the compost end up. Hopefully, some place useful.

    I might add that I am the only one in my neighborhood that performs his own yard maintenance. Everyone else on the block uses Mexican gardeners that stop by once a week on Sunday afternoons to mow wet lawns and blow stuff around, while making lots of noise.
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    The neighbors on the other side of the driveway moved in (from California) and promptly started having parties outside. They'd get pretty loud after drinking for a bit. But while they were having a good time, I was out trying to clean up my yard with my leaf blower. After about an hour of picking up debris from his trees that falls right into my yard, he came over once really upset. I was interfering with his partying...while picking up his garbage.


    I used to pick up my leaves and have them carted off in the yard waste recycling bin. Then I thought of how that never happens in the forest. The leaves fall. They lie there and decompose...and the trees seem very happy. So I use my leaf blower now to blow the leaves back under the trees they came from. I don't mulch them either. The thick coating of full sized leaves keeps the weeds down.

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    Regarding irritating Californians moving to Washington, that should be nothing new for the residents of the state. As I recall that has been happening for at least the past 20 years, if not longer, and complaints about that trend driving up home prices have been heard all the way down here during all that time. But they still come, don't they? And you are welcome to them.
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    First thing an ex Calif citizen does in Wa, Or and Id does is get rid of the Calif plates on the car and try to adapt to the local accent. Which is becoming more and more like a Calif accent.
    They are good at complaining about the newest wave of ex-Californians.

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    Californicating has been upped a lot because of the fires and population. Portland is being invaded at extraordinary rate.... Just saying.

    We have the water. They have the money to buy homes at inflated prices.
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    Our home prices in the Seattle area have gone up a lot over the years. The areas that are really complaining are places like Idaho where the locals haven't been getting the salaries of the folks coming from California.

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    " They have the money to buy homes at inflated prices."

    No shit. Daughter just got $750K for the house they bought in Huntington Beach for $180K years ago.
    I paid $17K for my old shack and Zillow and others put the value of this tear down at $827 to $1.143M.
    I used to kid a friend in Norman OK that I could sell my Calif house and buy his entire neighbor hood.
    His house actually made news because it sold for more than $70K.
    My home just happens to be in a desirable place due to auspicious zip codes and good schools. La La Land has a certain desirability that some other places don't have.
    Location, location, location!

    But that's the way real estate goes because houses stopped being homes and became investment commodities back in the '70's.

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    My home sold for $35K when it was built in 1971. I bought it in 1976 for $100K (the previous owner put a lot of work into it). Homes on my block are now going for $1.3 million and they sell with a week or two. I hope the buyers are paying cash because if the economy ever takes a dump like it did in 2009, there are going to be a lot of homeowners underwater and drowning in debt.
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    Many from California have made a bundle on their homes and can buy property and retire on the balance.


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    " They have the money to buy homes at inflated prices."

    No shit. Daughter just got $750K for the house they bought in Huntington Beach for $180K years ago.
    I paid $17K for my old shack and Zillow and others put the value of this tear down at $827 to $1.143M.
    I used to kid a friend in Norman OK that I could sell my Calif house and buy his entire neighbor hood.
    His house actually made news because it sold for more than $70K.
    My home just happens to be in a desirable place due to auspicious zip codes and good schools. La La Land has a certain desirability that some other places don't have.
    Location, location, location!

    But that's the way real estate goes because houses stopped being homes and became investment commodities back in the '70's.
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    Only problem the daughter has is that the house she sold in Calif was a rental and in Washington she has to use a new purchase as a rental for a couple years before they can use it as a primary residence, pay capitol gains and other taxes. It's not all free pocket money.

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    I may mention at this point that Oregon has no sales tax.... plenty of others but, no sales tax. The Washingtonians love driving here and packing the COSTCOs here. You get it coming or going.
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    Talking about lawn mowing, it's impossible to buy two stroke lawn mowers in Australia. Everyone has gone over to four stroke. Even the iconic Australian lawn mower manufacturer, Victa (now in American hands,, bastards!) , has gone four stroke and perish the thought, battery powered.

    I've still got my old two stroke Victa I bought around 1997, when Victa was still Australian owned. It's also a mulch mower, which means I don't need a catcher. I wouldn't part with it in a million years. "Nothing like the smell of two stroke in the morning"
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    I used to have a corded electric lawnmower. I replaced it with a battery mower that works very well and doesn't have a cord for me to trip over or to cut through.

    But the interesting thing is that when I tried to donate the old electric lawnmower, I had a struggle trying to give it away to a non-profit organization. They were concerned that it was gasoline-powered and said that they could not accept any equipment that contained oil or gas, as it was considered hazardous material and would be prohibitively expensive to dispose of. Eventually, I convinced them that an electric lawnmower was not powered by gasoline and contained no nasty lubricants, so they came to my home with a donation truck and picked it up. Now I know better than to purchase any gas-powered tools or equipment, unless I can give it to a private party who doesn't know the CA rules, or I plan to be buried with it.
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    I have three old "appliances" that I hope I never have to replace, because I'm not sure the new and "improved" replacements would be as good.

    One is an old Honda powered lawnmower. It mulches grass exceptionally well. I bought it when we moved into this house back in 1990. It still runs great. Doesn't use any oil. It just works.

    We also have an old washer and dryer from about 1986. From everything I've read, the new washers and dryers are an example of planned obsolescence. The dryer is starting to make a squeaking sound. It should be simple to repair. (And I won't need the equivalent of a GS-911 to get it working again!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daboo View Post

    We also have an old washer and dryer from about 1986. From everything I've read, the new washers and dryers are an example of planned obsolescence. The dryer is starting to make a squeaking sound. It should be simple to repair.

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    We received a Maytag dishwasher, washer and dryer when we got married. That was 26 ago. Hard water eventually got to the dishwasher, but it lasted nearly 18 years. And, it weighed so much I needed the assistance of a second person to move out of the house. The new machine I could juggle with one hand. It lasted 4 years. As did the next one...

    The washer and dryer are going strong. I just replaced the belts on the washer... the only service I have done. (And probably what you will be doing soon to fix the squeak, Chris.)
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    My Kenmore dishwasher is 25 years old, while my Kenmore refrigerator and washer and dryer are 20 years old. All are still working fine.

    However, my daughter bought an LG dishwasher earlier this year and it never worked properly as it wouldn't shut off once started. She had to have its computer replaced twice before it finally worked as it should have originally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve n rose View Post
    For yard duties, I have a battery powered whipper sniper, a manual blower (aka broom) and a manual push mower of the rotary drum type. Nothing like a bit of exercise and a workout once in a while.
    One of the pleasures of life. Mowing the lawn then sitting back with a beer and smelling the freshly cut grass.
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    I kinda like the 4 stroke sound of the trimmer. Sounds like a Honda 50 from the 60's if memory serves me right.
    Neatest mower I had was a FlyMo. 2 stroke motor on a fiberglass plate. It floated over the surface like a hovercraft and was fun to operate.

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    I kinda like the 4 stroke sound of the trimmer. ...
    I wonder if you can put a Akrapovič exhaust on one?

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    We purchased a $400 Amana fridge when we built our house in 1994. Never a problem and still running well when we remodeled the kitchen two years ago. Same with our GE gas oven. Sadly, no one wanted the items - even donation - and the builder disposed of them. Both even appeared relatively new as we take care of our 'stuff'.

    The new Kitchenaid refrigerator need repair within one month. The 16 LED lights would not turn on when the door opened. New computer board needed. The new GE oven needed repair somewhere in the first year. The upper oven stopped lighting and determined to have a defective socket. Repaired under warrantly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by padaek View Post
    Talking about lawn mowing, it's impossible to buy two stroke lawn mowers in Australia. Everyone has gone over to four stroke. Even the iconic Australian lawn mower manufacturer, Victa (now in American hands,, bastards!) , has gone four stroke and perish the thought, battery powered.

    I've still got my old two stroke Victa I bought around 1997, when Victa was still Australian owned. It's also a mulch mower, which means I don't need a catcher. I wouldn't part with it in a million years. "Nothing like the smell of two stroke in the morning"
    Put some Klotz two-stroke oil in that baby and enjoy the aroma! Loved the smell of that stuff in the MX bikes back in the day.
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