Central PA Flood Images from Goldsboro, PA

Images were taken around 10am and 4pm on September 8th, 2011 in Goldsboro, PA.

If you notice, some are similar shots but were taken a few hours apart. There’s a lot that’s changed in the past few hours. The Susquehanna river has gone from around 20-21 feet to almost 24 feet. Its expected to crest near 28.5 feet.

The Radio Shack Battery Scam

I made the mistake the other day to walk into Radio Shack. I needed a specialty battery and wasn’t really thinking. Almost every single battery was $4.99 or $5.99. Each.

Ok, well they’re specialty batteries, I thought. Really, they’re not so special. I needed 2. My options were $4.99 x2 ($9.98) or $11.99 for a 3 pack. That seemed like a deal  even though I only needed 2 batteries. Its actually a common marketing ploy, but I digress.

I got my batteries and walked out, grumpy about the whole situation.

When I arrived home, I decided to research the price of these batteries online. I went to Amazon and did a quick search. A 2 pack of the same batteries cost only $2.49 and a 5 pack cost only $8.50!!! Wait, I just paid $11.99 for 3! In some cases I was even finding 50 packs of batteries for around $10.

This left a bitter taste in my mouth and reminded me that certain “disposable” items were much cheaper online than in any store. Radio Shack has you cornered if you need specialty batteries right away just like Best Buy has you cornered when you need some sort of cable or part for your entertainment system.

The high markup on these types of items is probably the only thing keeping these brick and mortars in business at this point. They’re a dying breed and if they can’t adapt they’ll soon be extinct.

BBQ Tweetup

Overview

As some may have heard, we’ll be hosting a BBQ Tweetup at our house this summer. It will be held on Saturday, July 31st at 2PM. Food will be served around 4PM. There will be a $5 cover for adults, because (good) meat is, well, expensive. The party will be held at my house in Goldsboro, PA

Update

50% of all proceeds will be donated to the American Bird Conservancy to assist in oil cleanup efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Menu (What I’ll Be Providing)

  • Pulled Pork
  • Baby Back Ribs
  • BBQ Chicken
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Rolls
  • Cornbread Muffins
  • Soda (limited quantities, extra requested[Coke, Sprite, Gingerale])
  • Water
  • Plates, Napkins, Plasticware

Update: My neighbor will be donating a 30 pack of Coors Light, a 24 pack of Yuengling, and a (2)24 packs of Corona.

If you’d like to add to the menu, you can bring a covered dish, desert, chips, soda, etc. Alcohol is more than welcome, but it is BYO.

The Afterparty

As the sun goes down, we’ll get a bonfire started and you’re welcome to stay as long as you’d like. We’ll have stuff to make s’mores if you’d like. If you’re coming from further away and wish to stay overnight, there will be an area where you can set up your tent and camp out as well as a few hotels 10-15 min away.

To RSVP

If you plan on attending, please email me at ryanduff [at] gmail [dot] com to let me know how many will be attending. Upon RSVP, I’ll send you the exact street address.

Other Misc Notes

  • Seating will be limited, but I’ll try and get as many tables and chairs as I can. If you have folding chairs, please bring them. We’ll need some for the bonfire as well, if you plan on staying.
  • I think I have a set of horseshoes, but if you have any other picnic games, feel free to bring them and we’ll find a place to set them up.
  • Since BBQ is cooked low and slow, I’ll only be able to make so much of each meat within the time frame. If it looks like we’re not going to have enough, I’ll also plan on cooking some hamburgers and hot dogs. As it stands, I’ll be starting the pulled pork at 7:30PM Friday night so that I have time to cook the ribs and chicken and be done at 4PM Saturday…
  • I could use a hand with prep and set up Saturday morning. If anybody would like to volunteer to help out in the kitchen, etc please let me know. As an incentive, there will be no cover charge if you volunteer and help out.
  • There will be no rain date. I will have covered areas so hopefully the weather cooperates.

Guest List (local tweeps)

  • @dziner
  • @imthegirl
  • @williamsba / @amber331 – Veggie tray, dip
  • @onefinejay – watermelon, salad, dressing
  • @hodgepodgery / @mdguzy – Spinach, strawberry, and pecan salad; baked beans
  • @mpthomas1
  • @privatestorm
  • @jgillette
  • @tyrannytierny
  • @edgrohl
  • @alobodig
  • @phillip_copley – (2) 12 packs of soda
  • @deuscain
  • @sandrasarcasm – veggie burgers, cookies
  • @rhoadesrage – chips, cheese dip
  • @sarah_sherrif / @asg_warlord – chips, guacamole
  • @bpolensky / @ljoreo
  • @dahcheet – chips
  • @mattheyfrey
  • @technog33k
  • @christinerobyn
  • @rycoco
  • @kulabk – pasta salad
  • @dani_pa – pasta salad
  • @kimparsell
  • [neighbors / family] – brownies (2x), watermelon, pasta salad, fruit salad, potato salad, baked beans

2010 Resolutions – 1 Month In

Today is February 1st. Where are you as far as your New Years resolutions?

I’m not one to make a whole list of resolutions, but I have one major thing I wanted to accomplish this year. Form my consultancy and make it profitable by the end of the year. I’m still working on the website, but I have gotten my business cards done and handed some out. In return, I do have some clients and potential clients. I hoped to have my website done weeks ago, but due to other circumstances, that has been delayed. So, I am making progress, just not at the rate I would like.

With a baby on the way… April 1st if she decides to stay in until full term, I do need to get working on getting things done now. I also need to finish the nursery– sooner rather than later.

How have you been doing with your New Years resolutions? Are you on schedule, ahead of schedule, or behind schedule one month into 2010?

My Desktop

Just spent a few hours updating my GeekTool scripts and added some new ones to my desktop. Also snagged a new wallpaper from InterfaceLIFT Here’s the finished product (click for full size):

desktop

Phone Carrier Religion

At the November Harrisburg Tweetup, a discussion started regarding cell phone carriers. As usual, it became an all out war. Why do people defend their phone carrier like its a religion and fight anybody that’s on a different carrier? Seriously!

People seem to have no problem spending hours defending their cell phone carrier. For what reason? Just because it works for you, why does it have to work for everybody else? I’m tired of people trying to shove their opinions down everybody else’s throat. I choose what works best for me, you choose what works best for you. If I have an issue with my phone carrier, I’ll change to a different one. If you have an issue with my phone carrier, bite your tongue and keep it to yourself. I’m tired of hearing about it.

Of course, the whole Verizon/AT&T dispute only makes things worse for everybody.

Watch Your Head

In my visit to St. Marteen on Friday, I got a chance to take a taxi to the infamous Maho Beach located at the end of the runway for Princess Juliana International Airport. In the 45 minutes we were there, we saw US Air, Air France, and American Airlines fly overhead as well as a bunch of smaller planes. Yes, the pictures are real. Yes, the planes are that close.

If you ever visit St. Marteen, take the time to visit Maho Beach. Its an experience not to miss!

Missing the Rain

Last week I tweeted a few times because it kept raining day after day. Today, when a heavy line of storms moved through the area, we didn’t get a drop. I watched the radar loop and as the storm moved East/South-East, a line opened up parallel to the direction of movement. It was like a “dry channel” of air that sat over top of us. The storm just “split” before it got to us and then merged once it was past.

Its not the first time this has happened. Its happened plenty of times before during summer thunderstorms. I’m not sure if there’s some geographical formation that’s causing storms to “split” around us or what. Maybe its just my close proximity to Three Mile Island…

On Other Projects

So lately I’ve been caught up with some other projects. I’ve been trying to develop a new site which should be launching in the near future. I have a domain name and twitter account, which will be released in the near future. I’ll also release some other details as time gets close.

Besides that, it’s just been my normal workload keeping up with my garden outdoors. Speaking of which, I need to go weed it tomorrow.

The only other thing I have which has been keeping me away from what I’d rather be doing is maintaining a friend’s yard while he’s selling his house. It’s about 3/4 of an acre that needs to be cut one to two times a week until the growth slows down. I spent a few hours on that today when I would have rather been working on my new site. Oh well, he sweetened the deal with the $1000 he has invested in a commercial grade mower, blower, and trimmer. I get to keep all of those in return for mowing his grass for a few months.