HomerS

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  • Birthday 08/06/1965

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  • Location Ohio
  • Full Name Jeff Minks

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  1. HomerS added a post in a topic What Irked You Today?   

    My former parish held a fall festival with the encouragement to members that it helped support the school.  They closed the school ten years ago but still have the festival.
  2. HomerS added a post in a topic Some people should not have pets!   

    Although I had dogs as a kid, my first dog as an adult was greyhound.....a former racer.  His bald butt from crate rub......teeth worn to the dentine from chewing on the crate......ear tattoos......he had eight comfy years in retirement but I got to see how these dogs are treated like property, not a living creature.  I had to have him put down at only ten as he had severe arthritis and could no longer get up or move on his own.
  3. HomerS added a topic in The Off-Topic Lounge   

    Some people should not have pets!
    I recently adopted our fourth dog.....an Aussie/Husky mix.....from a rural shelter.  On their Facebook page they said his fur needs some TLC and he was overweight.  He and my trio passed the meet-n-greet test so I proceeded with the adoption.  I picked him up on a Saturday and he went to the vet for the check up, manny/petty and grooming on Wednesday.  As with all my dogs, the vet takes a weight when they come in every visit.  Brian (Aussie's are very smart dogs so my boys named him after the dog on Family Guy) weighted in at 69.5 pounds.  He had a mat under his chin that he couldn't even lay his head down.  That afternoon when I picked him up, I was curious and walked him over to the scale. 68 pounds.  The groomed took a pound and a half of fur off this poor guy!  Who lets the dogs coat get this bad??  The vet said he only needs to lose about ten pounds as he is nowhere near as fat as everyone thought he was.  He also had two microchips and neither was current.
    One of my others ones is a border collie mix who was chained up outside with three other dogs with no shelter and a frozen water bowl.  I'm glad the shelter as able to talk the lady into surrendering them, but they should't have been in that situation in the first place.
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  4. HomerS added a post in a topic What Irked You Today?   

    O'Charley's   -  what should have been a nice dinner for Mother's Day was a disaster.  We should have known better when the location was not full on a date night (Saturday night).  it took almost an hour to get food as we watched other tables be seated, order, get their food and some leave while the six if us were still waiting.  When it did finally come, my mother in laws had been sitting somewhere so long the sour cream in the dish for her baked potato had liquified.  Its was more of an issue since she had ordered BBQ sauce, not sour cream.  My son's french fries were old and had no salt at all.    The wife and son's girlfriends father said there food had little flavor. My son's girlfriends food was cold and my shrimp was room temperature.  She asked for her salad to come out with the meal which it didnt so we had to chase that down.  I sent mine back and they asked if I wanted a new one.  I said sure so long as it doesnt take another hour!  While we were waiting the waitress blamed a back up in the kitchen but we saw several other tables get their food and some dessert while we waited.  She told us we would get a free pie for the delay.  I didnt veen have my food back and she came over to ask how the checks were to be split up.  Really?  You are worried about that!!!  We had a manager come over who clearly felt inconvenienced that we asked for someone to come over.  They took 1/2 off everyones meal and did give us the free pie.  Did I mention that they even screwed THAT up as one of them was wrong.
    I worked for a another company who owned many Applebee's franchises.  If this happened there, the humus would have hit the oscillator on many levels for this kinda service from the waitress, the kitchen and especially the manager.
  5. HomerS added a post in a topic pets.....   

    Currently, the four dogs are mine and the wife has two hedge hogs....
    Turner......a seven year old sheltie/Jack Russell mix who came through a rescue who saved him from Death Row as no one ever claimed him.  He was dropped at a rural shelter in a pet crate at the wrong door so he managed to survive a summer day of 90+ degree heat so he dodged death twice! The name came from the rescue where he was originally Leo but spun in circles when you get his food ready
    Bear......a four year old Pekanese/border collie mix from a shelter where they had the owner relinquish her and three other dogs being chained up outside in the snow and sub freezing temps with now shelter or water.  She looks like a 30lbs grizzly.  I wanted Dora as we went to meet her and she checked out the whole room we were in before she came to either of us...hence Dora the Explorer
    Jamie.......a five year old pure bred Australian Shepherd.  She came from Georgetown KY shelter.  She was fostered with a deaf dog so she knows verbal as well as non verbal commands.  I think she may be in the witness relocation program as everytime you try to get her pic, she leaves the room.  Can't change the name as she responded so well to it
    Brian.......a five year Aussie/Husky mix. Only been with us a month as she came from a shelter with TWO chips that the owners never kept the info current.  He was overweight and severely neglected fur.  His first stop was the vet for a haircut, manny, petty and full check up.  They removed a pounds and a half (!) of fur off the poor guy.  My sons named him for Brian Griffin from Family Guy as Aussie's are so smart....and I think his weight issue was from being fed only people food.
    Te hedgehogs are Spike and Piper.....those are the wife's pets.
  6. HomerS added a topic in The Off-Topic Lounge   

    Coyote!!
    I live in a suburban area and we've never had a coyote in the area.  Deer, fox, raccoons, but never a coyote....until yesterday.
    I just adopted a fourth dog over the weekend and he went to the vet yesterday for a badly needed grooming, rabies shot and a manny/petty.  We're not home ten minutes when I had all of them out on the deck along with my family when the wife said there was a dog coming down the yard diagonally behind us.  Wait....those folks don't have a dog.  It came down the yard and right over the fence into my yard.  Oh ****...its not a dog, its a COYOTE!!!  I don't know if it saw my 30 pounder and thought 'lunch' or just made a bad judgement as suddenly it was a one versus four.  It tried to run across the yard but mistimed the jump and slammed into the chain link fence (it left a good dent in the fence).  All four were back on it and it somehow got out of the fur pile and tried again making it over this time.  
    My smallest one got a couple good scratched on his head, nose and two on a front paw (no punctures).  One of the Aussie's had a fair amount of blood on her paws (not hers).  Both made an emergency run to the vet and checked out okay.
    I work at a sporting goods store and had a chat with one of the lodge guys this afternoon.  While a .177 will work, he recommended a .22.  I will take the citation from discharging a weapon if it means protecting nine year old son and the dogs in their yard.
     
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  7. HomerS added a post in a topic What Irked You Today?   

    I don't think the board has a font big enough for me to agree with you (re: the post above about making kids take Economics and passing it)!  Schools are so focused on their core classes and 'no student left behind' that we aren't preparing them for life.  Recently my teenage son was at work when one of the delivery vans wouldn't start.  He was the ONLY person that knew how to jump start it!  Wait.....this was a catering company and there were a dozen people with no clue what to do.   This is why athletes burn through their big contract money when they go pro as the schools don't teach them about budgeting, preparing for the future and spending wisely.  
    I am fifty years old and yet to use (from high school):  British Authors (unless I end up on Jeopardy), Calculus (never had to find the area under the parabola), two years of German (unless I buy a Volkswagen).  
    Bring back wood shop (teach them how to use tools properly and SAFELY), auto mechanics (how to safely change a flat or jump start a car), How to balance a checkbook and set a personal budget, take home economic to learn to cook for yourself instead of making a daily run to the artery clogging fast food, how to complete a job application and properly interview.
     
  8. HomerS added a topic in The Off-Topic Lounge   

    Suckered me in again GM........
    From Yahoo News this morning.....
    That news broke yesterday when Road & Track reported that the CT8 sedan had been canceled
    I hadn't looked at any GM products in many years but they had my full attention when they announced the Pontiac G8 truck.....a modern El Camino.  Then GM decided to kill off not only the project but the entire Pontiac line.  (I did end up buying a 2009 G8).  I couldn't afford a CT8 fresh off the line but after a few years it would be affordable.
     
     
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  9. HomerS added a post in a topic Koo-Koo Kar   

    The auction that has this is at $193 for this and as well as shrink wrapped Wile E. Coyote (Wile E Willys) and Road Runner (Rail Rider).  The last two were re-issued in the past few years so I'm sure he'll want to recoup most of his $$ on this model
  10. HomerS added a post in a topic I had a reality check. Leaving the hobby.   

    My father has dementia as well so I feel your pain.  His mom had it too but passed of an aortic aneurysm when she was 72.  Dad turns 79 next month.  He's had the onset before my mom passed unexpectedly of a stroke almost seen years ago but it went South big time last year.  He was living on his own with an aide coming in three times a week but we had two walk away moments in one day so his living independently was over immediately.  I moved him into a nursing home which started out great but their quality of care went from very good to deplorable in about nine months so I had to move him (which you do NOT want to do with a person with dementia!) He's been there coming up on two months and he's had tremendous improvement.  He'll never be able to live on his own again but I know he's safe.  I'm an only child but I do have a wife and a teenage son who have been helpful more than words can ever convey.  
    You can put them away for a while but don't sell off your kits.  They are a great escape from the stress of dealing with the day to day life of watching a family member's decline.  Go grab a snap kit....something that won't take days/weeks to complete.....it's kept me out of the local bell tower with a high powered rifle!
     
  11. HomerS added a post in a topic Barnes & Noble and MCM   

    Barnes & Noble on Fields Ertle (just South of Kings island) had six copies this morning.....well, five copies now
  12. HomerS added a post in a topic Your First Ride   

    1973 Plymouth Duster......$450.  A dent in every panel but that slant six would never die!  Option list:  Power steering. 
  13. HomerS added a post in a topic What Irked You Today?   

    OMG....my father went into a nursing home earlier this year so I applied for his DD214 (discharge paperwork) to see if he qualifies for any VA benefits.  It came today.....SEVEN months after the request!!!!
    Dad was deployed to Germany during the construction of the Berlin Wall but the VA doesn't consider this as 'hostile'/combat area so he doesn't qualify for the VA nursing home.  He went into the Air Force after high school (too late to qualify for benefits under Korea) and discharged seven years later (too early to qualify under Vietnam).
  14. HomerS added a post in a topic British supercar from RoG in 2016   

    I could go for a TVR Tuscan
  15. HomerS added a post in a topic What Irked You Today?   

    Once again my home town complains about how the town is going into the dumper, but EVERYONE (mayor and all six council members) was re-elected...and it wasn't along the party lines.