Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Faulty Faucet

To all of you DIY people out there, this blog is for you.

For the past 3 months our upstairs sink in the bathroom has been running funny, never fully allowing water to come out, only running at a very low pressure. At first I thought it might be a pressure problem within the pipes but had to rule it out when everything else was working fine.

As I was sitting in the living room of my 86 year old plumber, Mr. Leo Hunt, he saw I had plumbing in my eye's, and asked me what the situation was. I explained to him that I needed to buy a new faucet for the upstairs bathroom because the water was barely coming out.

He laughed at me and said he had made a lot of money from people like me who thought they needed to replace a faucet. He looked at me again and said do not buy a new faucet, but when I was to get home to just unscrew the little piece at the tip of the faucet and the water would gush.

I assured him it would have to be a bigger problem than that. He then went on to explain that sediment from the pipes sometimes clog the screen making it impossible for water to pass. By this point I thought he had passed his plumbing prime. So I went home and unscrewed the tip of the faucet and sure enough, just as the wise old plumber had said, the water would gush.

For a $1.50 replacement part, my sink runs as beautiful as the day it was installed. So for all of you DIY people out there...this is a must fix on your own with no need for outside help.

Signed, Splish Splashing!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Recession Time Pennies

They have been called "Wheat Pennies" and "War Time Pennies". Today in 2008 they are making a return in a vengeance.

The impending recession is leading people to dig deep into their savings for payment of ordinary items such as soda, gum, etc.. It is making them reach for their coins, their piggy banks to be exact, and these "War Time Pennies" are being relinquished at an astonishing rate. If someone doesn't look closely enough, at first glance they can be passed off as dimes.

This evening a gentleman came to a local store with a handful of pennies all from 1910 to 1950 bearing the wheat symbol. Amongst the pennies were the infamous tin pennies plated during the war when there was a copper shortage, and the copper was needed for ammunition and casings.

It's ironic during an impending recession people do not think of the value of what they are giving up. Being an avid collector of coins, I quickly made the exchange and pocketed the bills and coins as they turned up one by one. When I arrived home I went to the American Numismatic Association to check the value. To my surprise they were all worth more than a penny making the find a profitable one.

As a collector I was more interested in the elusive 1943 copper penny. This coin one of the few solid copper coins minted prior to the copper shortage and has a value well in excess of $100K. When I arrived home I was pleasantly surprised to realize I would still be on my quest for this coin, but I was thrilled to have yet another piece of coin history.

Red's Sandwich Shop

This morning I enjoyed breakfast at Red's Sandwich Shop, a quaint breakfast/lunch diner, in Salem Massachusetts. This historic diner is in the former London Coffee House and was built c.1698.

Situated along a red cobblestone road is this fantastic place for a meal. It is where the Patriot's dined prior to the Revolution. The food is cooked on demand and served hot and fresh. It's competitive to other area restaurants and is quite inexpensive for the avid tourist.

I recommend from the breakfast menu the Steak Tips and Eggs and if you are in the mood for a salad for lunch, just one will feed 4. If you are on portion control this is not the place to eat. In order to keep it manageable I would recommend skipping the home fries and asking for half of what they normally put on a sandwich.

This is a must stop destination for any tourist looking for high quality, quantity, and inexpensive dining.
5 stars

Friday, October 31, 2008

A Blog About Knowledge and It's Power

I woke up this morning thinking what can I contribute to the world that wouldn't cost me anything and I realized it was my resourcefulness, hence the properly named title Resource This!

I like to think of this blog as a release of my random thoughts on random matters and I do mean random. I will say this though, if you listen to me you will find places to go, things to learn more about, and the RESOURCES my personal collection to exploit.

I have been told by friends and family that I have a knack for coming up with odd things to talk about. I have a tendency when speaking to jump off subject frequently, I like to say I am a multi-tasked thinker and speaker so if you would like to study me, just follow the previous sentences and you might be able to explain why I jump frequently from topic to topic.

Welcome to my Blog and I look forward to reading your comments and growing this online relationship. That is what this is right?
There are way to many things in this world to speak about. I will make every attempt to stay on topic and will throw in some real life experiences that may make you If you find the topic blah, please write me and let me know. If you have any suggestions or would like to get my views on an issue please let me know as well.