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I am sure my fish are confused today because we have to change the clocks. I wonder what fish in the sea do when they don't really know what time it is?

Normally at this time (whatever time it really is) I would be out for a walk. My knee won't let me do that today and I can't just leave it home. I really need to get this thing replaced but my other one didn't come out to well so I have been pushing it off.

You can only push these things off so long , then one day while you are on your back on a snowy street with cars and school buses full of Sumo wrestlers that keep driving by splashing you with slush mixed with the sand and salt they throw on the streets here in the north to melt the ice.

At that point, in those few times that you can just about open your eyes, in between the school buses and garbage trucks, for a split second you realize, you really need to have both knees working to stand up.

My main concern is my wife. She needs my help constantly, even to put her shoes on and wax my car so I can't just be off my feet for a few months. It is my right leg so I won't be able to drive or play polo. Bungee jumping I would imagine is also off the table.

I know from my last knee replacement that is will also be hard for her to sleep with all my screaming. But if you get to my age, and you don't need new knees, you didn't work hard enough or didn't have enough fun.

My neighbors all offered to help (I have great neighbors) but I told them I am not sure if they actually want to live in my house for the better part of a year while I hobble around in my Speedo.

Part of their duties will be to feed the fish but I told them not to worry because they won't have to quarantine anything or measure out medication to them. To "me", quite a lot, but not to the fish who can tend to themselves. :oops:

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I am sure my fish are confused today because we have to change the clocks. I wonder what fish in the sea do when they don't really know what time it is?

Normally at this time (whatever time it really is) I would be out for a walk. My knee won't let me do that today and I can't just leave it home. I really need to get this thing replaced but my other one didn't come out to well so I have been pushing it off.

You can only push these things off so long , then one day while you are on your back on a snowy street with cars and school buses full of Sumo wrestlers that keep driving by splashing you with slush mixed with the sand and salt they throw on the streets here in the north to melt the ice.

At that point, in those few times that you can just about open your eyes, in between the school buses and garbage trucks, for a split second you realize, you really need to have both knees working to stand up.

My main concern is my wife. She needs my help constantly, even to put her shoes on and wax my car so I can't just be off my feet for a few months. It is my right leg so I won't be able to drive or play polo. Bungee jumping I would imagine is also off the table.

I know from my last knee replacement that is will also be hard for her to sleep with all my screaming. But if you get to my age, and you don't need new knees, you didn't work hard enough or didn't have enough fun.

My neighbors all offered to help (I have great neighbors) but I told them I am not sure if they actually want to live in my house for the better part of a year while I hobble around in my Speedo.

Part of their duties will be to feed the fish but I told them not to worry because they won't have to quarantine anything or measure out medication to them. To "me", quite a lot, but not to the fish who can tend to themselves. :oops:

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Paul you had me right up till I now have that whole mental image of a 70'something'ish old Vietnam Veteran running around the house in his speedos......Just can't un-do THAT. ......Ouch, just CAN'T! 🥴

Aging 'manly men/working class' ailments haven't caught up to me yet....still a spring chicken at 62. BUT every time I catch myself jumping off a boat or lift or dock without a ladder I try to remind myself.....'Hey stupid.....it will catch up to you!'. BUT NOT TODAY!

I spend more blasted time erasing posts than I do in posting them.....buggard internal censorship!

But best thoughts n prayers to help with your decision making so them bus wheels don't find Ya.
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And NO.......It's bad enough us higherlife forms must subject their brains to this whole time change thing.....WON'T do it to our Fish......they're confused enough with that clear barrier they keep banging into. I leave their light timers set and don't touch them....till of course the power goes out then I will.
But I do have Mother Nature's help with this as our tank is in a room with one wall a window to the outside world, and Her lighting schedule.
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I made another video. It's not exactly Steven Speilberg. The butterflies are best friends and that 6 line is spawning.

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Good Morning. If anyone is interested today is Palm Sunday and tomorrow is Viet Nam Veterans Day which is the 50th anniversary of the end of that war. :)
 

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Yes.....HAPPY PALM SUNDAY Pal! And I hang my head in utter shame Paul for not knowing about 'VIETNAM VETERANS DAY'? THANK YOU for enlightening me/US.
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THANK YOU!
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Today is "Viet Nam War Veterans" Day.
(I made a mistake is was not 50 years ago. I was there 50 years ago it is only I think 48 years ago that the war ended)

National Vietnam War Veterans Day, we recognize the many men and women who served and fought during the difficult conflict, giving them the appreciation they deserve.

It was on March 29, 1973, after nearly two decades of conflict, when the U.S. withdrew military forces from South Vietnam. The Vietnam War was one of the longest wars in U.S. history, spanning several presidents and affecting many generations.

However, those who served in the war haven't always gotten the support they deserve. Some of them, History noted, were even treated with disrespect and hostility when they returned. Some were spat on, heckled, given the middle finger, or threatened. This despite the horrible experiences and "unspeakable horrors" they lived through in Vietnam.

In 2017, National Vietnam War Veterans Day was established to finally give those who served the honor they deserve. Since then, the day has been celebrated every March 29.
 

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I really don't know what so many people are spending so much money on. It boggles my mind as so many people keep saying this is such an expensive hobby. It could be, just like playing golf, especially if you want to play in Hawaii every week and you live in Ohio.

I can see you need to buy all the stuff, a tank, some lights, rocks etc. But after you do that, all you need is some electricity, food, some water and additives.

For decades I used "Instant Ocean" I don't know what it cost but I didn't change water every hour and a half like so many people do. I used to buy that salt and I think it was enough to make 50 gallons and maybe it was $25.00 or something like that.

In my 100 gallon tank I changed about 20 gallons every 3 or 4 months so that $25.00 of salt lasted me 5 or 6 months.
That is not even a half a tank of gas, a dinner for one in a cheap restaurant or a fake eyelash for a Supermodel for a year.

I used to make my own alk and calcium from driveway ice melter and baking soda. The stuff in the box you buy with the healthy looking orange spotted filefish on the box is made of driveway icemelter and baking soda.

I used to get driveway ice melter and draw a beautiful picture of a Moorish Idol on the box to make myself feel better that the stuff is basically free.

Now I buy the 2 part stuff because I am to lazy to get ice melter and I don't want to buy fifty lbs of the stuff but even that is cheap. I have a 2 gallon bucket of both calcium and alk that I mix with water and I don't remember what it cost but I have been using that same bucket for probably 3 years.

I use some LRS food which is expensive but I also feed clams that I can get in a bait shop for practically free or I can get them in a supermarket. I eat clams all the time so when I buy clams for clam chowder, or linguine and clams, I buy a few extra clams as they are like 20 cents each.
I raise white worms which are also basically free and they eat stale bread and maybe 50 cents worth of yogurt a year.

I also don't get dosers. I have to stand next to the tank anyway to feed them so while I am standing there waiting for the food to defrost and I am going "Doot Da Do, Doot Da Do" I fill a small container with calcium or alk and dump it in. Eventually like in a couple of weeks I test it and then put in a little more or less. Trust me, the corals don't care if the alk is 7, 8 or 9. They also don't care if the temperature is 76, 78, 79, 80, 81 etc.

It's the same with salinity. I once went to Germany on one of those riverboat cruises. My tank sitter let the water level drop 7". Of course all the corals above the water died, but the rest of the corals sitting in water with so much salt in it that the Lord would have no trouble turning me into a pillar of salt like he did to Lotts wife when she turned around to fix the strap on her Prada high heel shoe.

These forums make us feel like we need an abacus or the Hubble telescope to measure our parameters. We are not building space shuttles or those little things on the end of our shoelaces. (aglets)

Yes, we want our parameters close to some measurement but we don't have to go nuts.

Livestock is also cheap if you know how to keep it alive. If you need medications, quarantine and all that, it could be expensive and if you need that, you are doing it wrong.

I have this bottle of copper and formalin since the 70s and it is still almost full. I only keep it for nostalgia as it was made in Brooklyn like I was.



My fireclown is about $30.00 years old. He was probably $15.00 so he cost me 50 cents a year. Corals also. You buy them and corals are immortal like Thor. I also can't keep them forever but I can get at least 5 or 6 years out of them, some I have for much longer and most of them I have no idea how old they are. They grow and fill the tank so why are we constantly buying new corals. What are we doing? Eating them?

If you keep losing fish, do the oceans a favor and get a new hobby. There are many interesting hobbies around, my other hobby is collecting those little packets in electronics that say "Do Not Eat" and think up recipe's with them.
 

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Good Morning. This Saturday is a year since my best friend of 50 years died of Covid.
His wife just got permission to have a Veteran and Police service at Calverton National Cemetery near my house where he is buried which I found out is the largest Veteran Cemetery in the US. (I always thought it was Arlington. )

His wife, who is my other best friend had this made out of wood for the service. I think it is a fitting tribute.

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Paul, thats a very nice Tribute to your friend. At our age losses come to frequently, I have had a few recently and it never gets easier:(
 

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Thank you Doug. Today we went to Calverton National Cemetery for the Military and police service for my friend Tommy.

After his Son N Law spoke, I got up to speak, but after a couple of sentences, I broke down and couldn't finish. It is very hard to say good bye to your best friend of 50 years. Someone I saw almost every week. Someone who helped me do almost anything I had to do as I helped him.

I very much miss him. His wife Sue is of course still our very closest friend and we still see her almost every week even though they live almost an hour from us. I held her at the ceremony today and cried with her.

I am going to her house this week to do some maintenance as she lives in a big house all alone.
 

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Looks Great Paul, Fitting Memorial for a life of Service. I finally got my Mothers Flag from her service, She was a WAC then mustard out when She married my dad and was pregnant with me. My Fire Chief is building the triangle shadow box for it, I have 7 cartridges from the service. I need my Sister to send me a copy of her Service Records. I would have gotten Dad's Flag but it went to Sisters son at Dad's Request, Dad was 101st in Korea, Grandson was 82nd AB, I understand that bond and was OK with it, He got Dads Jumpmaster Wings and his PH and Bronze Valor . After i got out i gave Dad my CIB and lived on the road for a year. That was 1st time I saw him cry. To say our relationship in late 60s was stormy is an understatement
 

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Looks like an appropriate 'We love you, and THANK YOU - tribute' yesterday for your Friend Tommy Paul, with a heart felt salute from this end.

There are Those that will live forever for who They were while They were with us.......

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