mykepagan t1_j4i7qsi wrote

When we bought our house 29 years ago, we were assured that the oil tank had been decommissioned. BUT there was no paperwork.

About 6-7 years later, my wife (who is a licensed environmental engineer and certified hazardous materials manager) noted that the NJ laws were changing and likely to become much stricter and onerous on homeowners. IIRC, “decommissioning” was no longer going to be possible. So we bit the bullet and had the tank removed completely (not cheap). AAAaaand… it had not been decommissioned. Not at all. Goad we had it taken care of.

My advice: if you do not have legal paperwork from a licensed contractor, the tank is not decommissioned.


mykepagan t1_j47l1r2 wrote

Or… in order to push an object through the wormhole you would need to add anergy. In the 1 km higher wormhole example, maybe you would need to put the same amount of enegy in as the 1km potential energy difference. So it would be like push the object up a 1km hill.


mykepagan t1_j1fz25o wrote

It is 10F/-12C right now in Morris County. That is “bundle up”weather but not cold enough to keep me from going to a friend’s house or a movie.

My biggest problem is what to do with the giant pot if cioppino I just made for the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas eve. My plan was to put it on the (screened in) porch because the fridge is full and it would normally be “fridge temperature” outside. But at 10F and possibly lower, it will freeze. Then again, I will have all day tomorrow to thaw it :-)


mykepagan t1_j1fwuc5 wrote

I am doing nothing special. I have propane portable heaters that I use for socializing on my porch and a 6 kW generator that I will break out in case the power goes out, but those are always on deck.

it is 7:50PM and the wind is howling and the outside temp is 11F/-12C which is cold but I have no need to go outside. If I did, I have tons of appropriate clothing (i am a skier). There is a huge amount if food & alcohol in the house; some left over from my big Christmas party last weekend, some on deck for hosting my family for Christmas Eve and day.

The weather report accurately stated that we would not get any significant snow accumulation, so I haven’t bothered with any special prep. No special prep is really heeded unless we expect more that two feet of snow, which only happens every other year or so. Anything under a foot and I just dig out and go on as normal. My wife drove to visit her elderly mother in Maryland with no worries, and she will drive back tomorrow morning. Note that she will take the Southern route through Delaware rather than the direct route through Pennsylvania because Pennsylvania roads are a clusterfuck when it snows.


mykepagan t1_itwrae1 wrote


mykepagan t1_itlsn2l wrote

I cannot vouch for the truth of this, but Steven Brust wrote a series of fantasy books that openly mimicked the Count of Monte Cristo. In his afterword, he claimed that Dumas wrotein this particular formal, redundat, and flowery fashion in no small part because his patron paid him by the word. This may have been Brust being cheeky, but I think he was seriouus.