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About Gilbey

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  • Birthday 11/22/1968


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    fishing, raising kids, home improvements
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    Sales manager

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  1. A new year's resolution was to spend more time at the vice AND on the water in 2019. I shall make time to sit down a couple times a week at the tying bench even if just for one fly.....not quite a fly a day but a start. More bucktail simplicity on a 2/0 Varivas, mostly because that was the material sitting on the bench from last time.
  2. Sorry guys, I am away on business for a week and didn't get a chance to work on the saw before I left. Hopefully I will have time next weekend. I do appreciate all the comments. BTW the blade lock feature on this saw does not work. As mentioned, it's been around a while. It still cuts like a boss though. I'll fill you in when I get a chance to work on it!
  3. Took the opportunity this weekend to add some sugar blocks to the top of the hive. Lots of active bees. Things seem to be doing well. Three months til Spring!!
  4. Nice ties. I see a big 2019 ahead for you.
  5. Thanks Gell, good ideas, I'll give it a try this weekend.
  6. Yes, it's reverse thread, I am aware of that. I tried penetrating oil. The biggest issue is I just can't get a good grip on the bolt head. It's a bit stripped, not horribly, but that's not helping. It's also a very shallow head, so it's hard to get a bite on it.
  7. My son is home from college for break and was working on a project on the basement. He decided the blade in my slide miter saw needed to be replaced. Okay, fine, not a problem. Trouble is he put the blade in backwards and cranked the bolt down so tight that I cannot get it off. I assume he ran the saw and pushed it which likely locked the bold down even tighter. It's an older model Hitachi with plenty of life left in it, but the head of the bolt is worn. I can't get a socket or box wrench to grip well. I even thought I would just sacrifice the bolt and use vice grips. Nope, not budging. Anybody have any ideas?
  8. Nice ties. I see a big 2019 ahead for you.
  9. Very valid point made here, and one I did gloss over.
  10. It's those big hop bills that push up the cost. Grain is cheap in bulk. Yeast I generally recycle at least for a few batches. Time is the issue for me. Man I am gonna have some serious hobbies when I 20 years .
  11. As Belmo says, rack, rest, repeat. Then bottle. Mead takes a LONG time to settle out, much longer than beer. For mead I go primary for a month, secondary for 2 months, then bottle. And I keg all my beer, but I always bottle mead. Unless you have a group of family/friends who are huge fans, a 22 ounce bottle once in a while is perfect. I'll open a 2010 bottle at Christmas dinner . I'm drinking the last of a Citra IPA right now, hoping to brew a couple batches over the holidays. Alan
  12. I went thru the FASFA process for my first. It was useless to my family, but I am sure it does benefit some. My wife and I do just fine for ourselves, but we aren't by any stretch millionaires. FASFA provided us nothing. The fact that we have 5 kids to put thru college did not effect our outcome. I don't even bother with it anymore. But by all means, I think you need to go thru the process to find out what it will do for your family. And look, I'm no genius. We only figured this out (among other key things) after we went thru the process a couple times. Neel makes a great point about scholarships. There are TONS of scholarships, local, national, international for all areas of study and all types of kids. We insist that our kids apply for some, and 2 out of 3 got some free money. $500 here, $1000 there helps a lot, and there are much bigger grants available. I wish all of you the best of luck in this process. It can be stressful. Just my thoughts on college that really mean nothing - My wife and I have been saving for college for our 5 children since the first was born. We knew what was coming, and we are/were committed to providing each a 4 year degree if they so chose to the best of our financial ability. If any of them chooses a trade school which #4 may, we will pay for that. Anything beyond a bachelors degree is on them, and they were told that when they were old enough to start considering college and a career. Agreed with It absolutely boggles my mind hearing about kids going to a top notch school, $70K a year, getting a degree in "Theater Lighting" or something obscure (not that there is anything wrong with that) and coming out of school owing $280K and can't find a job that pays more than $30K a year. I just cannot fathom it. Who is providing these kids guidance and direction? Why not go to community college for 2 years, get an associates degree for $15K total? Work while you go to school to pay it off as you go. Then transfer into a good 4 year school and get your bachelor's. The degree will still have the name of the 4 year school! And really, assuming you get a job in your field of study that degree is likely only going to help get your first job. After that, advancements will come from what you do in your field, not what name is on the diploma. Just my $.02. Sorry for the rambling......
  13. Depends on the school. Some have separate departments, most seem to be linked. I think you need to get a good contact in the financial aid office. Seriously, pretend you are buying a new car. Most get many more applications than they can every accept. Look up admission rates. Some of them blow my mind. Families are lining up to pay $50K+ a year, kids are lined up to go $200K in debt and are being turned away! What a business! But don't let this fool you. These schools NEED students to survive. It seems to me they all love diversity first followed by good, solid students. They all know their business. Alan
  14. I have done it. I'm on my third kid now, going into number 4 next year. My wife and I have learned a lot after the first two . Absolutely use offers from other schools against each others. I have a friend who made a great analogy; college tuition is like new car dealerships, NOBODY pays full sticker price, and some pay a LOT less than you for various reasons. My third son is a freshman at a small school in PA. He got a modest cash scholarship offer from a small school in MD. He's a middle of the road student with a fair extracurricular resume; played some sports, was in a couple clubs, Eagle scout, church group leader, etc. I called the financial office of the school he wanted to attend and spoke very frankly; "my son wants to go to your university, but another similar school is offering us 'x', so what can you do for us?" I didn't get a huge reduction, but they found a merit scholarship that cut the cost, plus this particular university is charging us in state tuition if he maintains at 3.0. That second part is something I think they offer to most out of state students. It doesn't hurt to talk to the schools. What do you have to lose?? Good luck with this . Alan
  15. Just to note, yes, plowing is hard on the truck for sure. But just driving around with that sort of weight on the front end and ballast in the bed is really hard on the truck. If it's your daily driver you'll want a plow you can disconnect easily or you will be in the shop for front end suspension work before the snow stops flying. Just my $ .02. I do wish you good luck with whatever route you choose. Alan