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  1. Traffic Circle at Harley Davidson

    My impression of this town so far is that there are probably not many break dancing aficionados around… If I had to describe the flavor that came to mind, I would probably go with menthol
  2. Great job PSU!

    I had never heard of the kicker that had the pajama party with Harbaugh until you brought it up a few times. How sweet was it to see him miss the PAT?
  3. Good post. I don't have a total lack of compassion, but I have a severe lack for drug addicts. I've had very good discussions about that with my cousin, Lindsey, that I told you about. She is able to look at the circumstances and mental illness that led people to where they are. I can't look at them without anger. I know it's wrong, and that not all the people she helps choose to be where they are, but I have a skewed view. I completely agree that children should get more attention. My dad was diagnosed in his teens, but he chose not to be treated, and turned to drugs. 40 years of drug adiction combined with a narcissistic sociopath with bi-polar disorder has produced a horrible person with no value to society who is only sucking valuable oxygen from someone else who could use it. Yeah, I'm angry If he had been treated early on, maybe our lIves could have been different. When I see stories like this one, where a woman bakes her kids after her mother had been begging for help, it brings the anger back
  4. Great job PSU!

    USC is terrible, and the only reason Bama hasn't played a ranked team is because the SEC west is horrible this year. What it will take to beat Bama is receivers that can get behind the secondary, you won't beat them with Barkley. Last night PSU proved they could beat you with the pass. That was an impressive win, and I hope the momentum carries you through the Horseshoe. The only question remaining is can the PSU O-line buy McSorley enough time to get those passes out against Bama's D-line? It was great seeing ND destroy the Trojans, too
  5. There's no doubt that my lack of compassion is one of my issues, and I know exactly where it came from. I do, however, feel that it would be more compassionate to lock someone up and treat them than it would be to allow them to live on the streets where they are a danger to themselves and everyone else. I understand that there are personal rights, but at some point the rights of the society outweigh the rights of the individual
  6. Big Ten Football

    PSU is given 9.5 over Michigan. You guys blow this one and we will all have to watch the Buckeyes in the playoff again. You Are!!! Penn State!!!
  7. Look, this is a dumb story about a dumb guy, but think about it. If Shawnee had just kept her mouth shut and left her girlfriend out of it she could have had another killer weekend with Wildman. Think back to when you were 21. Remember that best friend you had, the one you always tell stories about when describing "the good old days" to your other 40 or 50 something buddies while you sit on the porch, belly hanging out, knees aching and drinking a beer? Only 21, and already had a camper, a four wheeler, decorated his yard on government property with coyote pelts that he skinned himself, left his mark wherever he went, had the best weed, and that smoking hot girlfriend Shawnee that was bat-stuff crazy? That was Wildman. That dude knew how to party
  8. I agree with a lot of that, but my view comes from a different angle through personal experience. I think you and I have discussed this before, my bi-polar drug addict dad who refuses to take prescribed medication. Your post shows a lot of compassion, but I ran out of compassion for my dad about 20 years ago. He didn't choose to be bi-polar, but he does choose to do drugs rather than prescribed medication. He's been that way since I was born. He may have started as a sad story with a chance for redemption, but the choices he made led him to where he is today. He once told me that he wouldn't take the meds because as bad as the lows were, the highs were worth it. Medication that leveled him out took away his manic phases, so he chose to just medicate the lows with coke, heroin, meth, whatever he could afford or find. When I was in my 20s I realized that he wasn't a sad case that could be repaired, he was a selfish drug addict that didn't want to be repaired. I'm near the top of his list because I cut him off, and it would put me on a therapist's couch to tell you they ways he has tried to get back at me by attacking my family, my wife, my employer, anything he thought he could use to get some leverage. I agree that mental illness should be looked at with compassion and the hope of rehabilitation, but when a person shows time and time again that they don't want rehabilitation, they should be locked away from society
  9. Advanced Disposal Landfill Collapse

    From what I hear this story is not over. The last I heard DEP had another driller in taking samples. I wanted to post today because I actually met with one of our sludge producers this week for the first time at their facility, and I have a better understanding of where it comes from, how it is solidified, and why certain materials have to be used. This will be kind of a long and boring post, but for anyone wondering what sludge actually is I will try and explain it. Wastewater treatment sludge is easy to visualize, it's just whatever settles to the bottom of a treatment pond, and it makes up about 40% of our sludge intake. The rest is classified as "industrial sludge", so in my mind it was coming from the back end of a plant as the sludge I see. I asked our hauler if he would give me a tour of the facility, because we have to work with each other on haul times so I'm not bombarded with more than I can handle in a short period of time. Sometimes this puts our hauler in a bind, so I wanted to see what he was up against. I was surprised to learn that his facility isn't producing the sludge, he is taking liquid waste from all kinds of industry, solidifying it, then sending it to the landfill. When I say liquid waste, I mean almost any liquid you can think of. Oil, ammonia, shampoo, milk, all different kinds of liquid chemicals. He said almost every manufacturing process produces liquid waste on some level. His facility receives these liquids and what can be recycled, like oil, is recycled. All other liquids are hauled in tankers, or in 50-100 gallon totes. These liquids are dumped into a "solidification pit", a concrete lined pit about 15ftx15ftx10ft deep. The next step is to add a binding agent, and this is where the dangers of sludge in a landfill begin. Sawdust is commonly used, and I love it, but the problem with using sawdust is it doesn't totally bind the liquid. If only sawdust was used, the trucks would leak from the facility all the way to the landfill, about 45 miles away, so other binding agents have to be added. One option is a cottony looking material that soaks up the liquids, and that works for me because the liquid is squeezed back out in the landfill by the weight of the equipment and the weight of the trash stacked on top of it. Picture it like a saturated sponge. The problem there is you still risk trucks leaking en route, so another agent they use is binding polymers, basically powders that lock the liquids. This is the stuff that makes sludge so hard to handle, so dangerous if it isn't mixed properly. The very thing that makes it safe to haul is what makes it dangerous in a landfill. It's not like a sponge, it doesn't release the water. It never dries and stabilizes, and if too much is placed in one area it makes an impervious layer that will trap other liquids either above or under that layer, creating those invisible underground ponds that I've described before. This is why I want the story of Greentree to come out. If it is proven that sludge was responsible for that collapse, the waste industry needs to take a long look at what it is, and what it is doing to us. Liquid waste will always be generated, and it has to go somewhere. Modern landfills are the best option we have at this time, but the workers in those landfills have to be protected. When "wet waste" studies are done, they are done by engineers, and those results are shared with upper management. The field operators are not brought in to the discussion. Things that look good on paper don't necessarily translate to good practice in the field. One of my engineers came to me after one of those studies, excited to tell me they had proven that the "moisture retention capabilities" of the polymers were very high. To the people watching the bottom line, what that means is less leachate generation, less liquid at the bottom of the landfill that has to be hauled off and treated. An engineer doesn't think about what this waste that never dries does to the surfaces we work on every day, and how those initial savings in leachate generation turn into expense exponentially for years and years after the waste is dumped. You have to dig up bad areas and repair them, you have slides that if not repaired turn into exactly what happened at Greentree. You have odor issues because of gas migration, and lawsuits have been settled for millions of dollars with neighboring communities. The biggest issue of all is the instability it causes, and the dangerous conditions employees have to work in if it is not handled properly. There needs to be a national discussion about how this liquid waste can be safely disposed of. You can't dump free liquids in a landfill, so it will always have to be solidified in some fashion. I want the industry, regardless of the company you work for, to take a look at this issue and make common sense decisions that include input from the people that actually have to handle this material. It can't be fixed by a spreadsheet. If the Greentree collapse doesn't get everyone's attention, then nothing will. If it is swept under the rug and disappears quietly, it will happen again
  10. I hadn't heard that, I'm so glad to see a road course being added to the Chase. The road course at CMS is a fun one. Not as long as Daytona, but a good course overall. Best news for me: Company box seats at CMS
  11. Long story, but yeah, I can see how I made the list
  12. Sandusky question

    Again, I'm giving the view of an outsider. I understand why you guys would have the debate, and I see good points on both sides. I think Petee sums it up best: I also get the feeling that you guys still think the school is tarnished because of it. I don't feel that way, and my friends that keep up with NCAA football don't, either. I am rooting for PSU to make the playoff, they should have been there last year. It's a great story that shows the resilience of the school. That affair could have, should have, squashed the program for decades. To see them be able to bring in new players, coaches, and the die hard fans that fill the stadium has shown that PSU has the heart to rise above an absolutely devastating scandal. I was somewhat of a PSU fan before, but now they are my team in the Big 10. When you guys play Michigan tomorrow in that stadium whiteout, much of the country will be cheering you on. It's not about Sandusky, Paterno, or the scandal. It's about the strength and pride of PSU
  13. Sandusky question

    I apologize for reopening what sounds like an old argument, but you can't say Paterno did nothing for the school. If not for him, the rest of the country would say PSWho?
  14. Did you see Steelnut's post about just making up something and being able to find it in Google? That picture is what you get for searching "turkey with teeth". There was another one, but it was kind of disturbing What is disturbing about this one is how it affects my OCD. You know how I am about the order in which something should be eaten, or in this case carved. Where would you start on this thing?
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