June 16, 2019 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
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Pop Tarts to the Rescue
I'm a ham radio operator and volunteer to do quite a few public service events every summer. I'm the chief of communications for the New England Forest Rally and I cut my teeth for that working on the fabled Rock Pile - the nickname of Mt. Washington in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Yesterday, I was working the annual foot race just above the six-mile marker. Here was the view from my office all morning:
Yes, those are giant patches of snow you see. There was more snow hanging around that's not visible in this photo - much more than I've ever seen this late in the year.
Yesterday was windy and chilly. At my location, the runners/walkers were battling a fierce headwind I estimate to be about 25 mph. You can see the wind making parkas flap in a video I shot showing the majestic view I had looking to the north northeast. Note the lack of guardrails!
I captured another video of George Etzweiler, who at age 99, was trying once again to make it to the top. Sadly he didn't make it this year due to a sprained ankle and feeling a bit under the weather. CLICK or TAP HERE to read a story I wrote about George and his granddaughter from four years ago.
But let's get to the Pop Tarts.
Late in the event, two women approached me and told me about another woman who was having difficulty below me. She was sitting down about 150 feet away from me. I was about to walk to her, but she got up and started plodding towards me.
"How are you feeling?" I asked once she made it to my truck.
"I'm beat. I don't think I can make it." She replied with tears welling up in her eyes.
"What's your name?"
"Christy, do you think your blood sugar is low? Are you allowed to eat anything with sugar in it?"
"Oh, I'm SO HUNGRY! I would appreciate anything you might have."
I then said, "I've brought along some Pop Tarts for you to have and I want you to realize that after you eat these, it's ALL MENTAL. You've come over six miles and have just one more to go. I KNOW you can do it and your husband and daughter are going to be so proud of you."
The tears dried up as she munched on the snack. I stuffed another one in her parka pocket to get her through the last part of the race.
I always come to the race with Pop Tarts for this reason.
Are they the healthiest food? HECK NO. Do they give the runners/walkers a much needed nutritional and MENTAL boost to finish?
You bet they do. Yes, I know there's better stuff in squeeze packets for the runners, but I don't stock those. Pop Tarts are easier to get at the grocery.
I know Christy finished the race because we have to radio in all those that do drop out. Her bib number was never transmitted on the radio. Congratulations Christy!
Wireless Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm
CLICK or TAP HERE to see lots more photos of this very nice alarm.
But MORE IMPORTANTLY, be sure to read the review to see what I DID NOT like about it.
Clean Upholstery Stains
I know, upholstery is not a hard-core building topic, but you might have some of this furniture.
How would you like to see a NEW VIDEO I recorded just a few days ago showing how to get a TOUGH cat vomit stain from a WHITE seat cushion?
Yeah, I thought that you'd want to see how to COMPLETELY REMOVE that stain using my certified organic Stain Solver!
CLICK or TAP HERE to watch the video. What do you think of my new blue shirt that I'm going to wear in all new Stain Solver videos?
Remove Patio Algae - Any Patio, Even Bluestone or Flagstone
I've decided to start taping two videos per week showing how to use the Stain Solver you hear me talk about all the time. Stain Solver is certified organic and it's a kick-butt cleaner for just about anything water washable.
CLICK or TAP HERE to watch a NEW video I recorded in the past 48 hours. What do you think of these new videos? What do you want me to show you how to clean?
That's enough for a Sunday morning. Are you craving a Pot Tart now? Sorry about that.
Do It Right, Not Over!