Daily Archives: April 17, 2017

There Was A Reason It Was Free . . .

First off, thanks to everyone for their kind comments and emails about yesterday’s post about the recent United kerfuffle. I’ll keep you updated if any thing more substantial comes along.

Early in the afternoon I headed down to the Home Depot to get a new exhaust pipe for my generator. I had called a nearby garage and a couple of auto parts places with no luck. It seems that no one really does exhaust system/muffler work anymore, except for custom work and special orders.

So at Home Deport I found a 10’ section of 1-1/4” E.M.T. conduit

EMT Coupling

and a E.M.T. coupling in the Electrical area.

EMT Conduit

I only needed about 3’ but they only had the 1-1/4” stuff in 10’ sections. I asked them if they could cut it for me to make it easier to get it home. They said No. They don’t cut pipe for you at Home Depot.


So I took my pipe down to the plumbing area where they cut it for me in about 30 seconds.

I’ll use the coupling to connect the present exhaust pipe to the new section after smearing the ends of the two pipes with high-temp sealant to seal from any exhaust flumes leaking out.

After talking with the company about my Transfer Switch problems about a month ago, to see if I had missed anything, I ordered a new one this weekend which arrived today. You can read about it here.

MacGyvering It

Turns out the coil that controls the main contactor had opened up.

I’ll probably replace the unit tomorrow.

About 4pm we headed over to the Strip to have dinner at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, located in the Flamingo.

Margaritavilla 2017-1

And what do you have at Margaritaville?

Why, a Cheeseburger in Paradise, of course!

Margaritavilla 2017-2

It was delicious, but it wasn’t a Cheeseburger in Paradise. At least based on the song lyrics. I’ve put the lines together that describe the burger.

But a big warm bun and a huge hunk of meat.

Heaven on earth with an onion slice

Medium rare with Muenster’d be nice

I like mine with lettuce and tomato,

Heinz Fifty-seven and French fried potatoes.
HEINZ 57 – NO  But I probably could have asked for it.

Big kosher pickle and a cold draft beer.
NO BEER   We had a Margarita, instead.

Now a lot of people think the line is

Medium rare with mustard’d be nice

and many lyric sites say the same thing. But if you notice the lyrics list all the ingredients EXCEPT cheese.

When Jimmy was asked about this, he said it’s Muenster, not mustard. And then he said, “Who the hell puts mustard on a cheeseburger.”

A little disclaimer here: I put Mayo on mine.

As we were walking through the Margaritaville Casino on the way to the restaurant, we were given a coupon for a free Margarita if we spent $20 or more at dinner. Not a problem since our burgers were $15 each.

So, hey, a free Margarita.

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But there was a reason it was free. There was absolutely no alcohol in this drink. At first I questioned why they would give us a coupon for a free one anyway. But then I realized that most people who get a free Margarita are going to order paid ones for everyone else. At $10.75 ea.

But Jan and I only ordered one to split. Which probably explains why they didn’t put any alcohol in ours.

Thought for the Day:

Without the dark, you can not see the stars.


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