Don't Get Hosed - 11/01/13

  Everyone knows you're supposed to change the oil in your car every 3-thousand miles, rotate your tires every five thousand and check the air filters in your house monthly.  I'm writing today about something you're supposed to change every five years but I suspect few people do.

  In 2004, I was out of my home county with a group of friends from Leadership Middle Tennessee when I got a call from my wife.  She said one of the hoses on our washing machine had split and water was going everywhere.  She turned off the water quickly and the neighbors on either side of me had everything cleaned up before I could even get home.  Thank goodness my wife was there.  A friend of mine had the same thing happen while they were on vacation.  They returned home to find the carpets soaked, and all the furniture on thier ground floor ruined.

  The moral of the story is if you haven't changed the supply lines to your washing machine in more than five years, put it on your to do list.  I was in the laundry room at my house this week, staring those hoses in the face.  It's been more than five years and I need to get busy.  I'm on it.  I thought I'd mention it just in case.       

 

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BIRTHDAY MONKEY

APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) -- At 31, Nikko is the old man -- of North American monkeys. The Minnesota Zoo will be celebrating the snow monkey's birthday today. Zoo officials say Nikko will be getting birthday presents, which they call "enrichment items." Zoo spokesman Tom Ness says Nikko has always been "laid back." Ness speculates Nikko's mellow personality has helped him to live almost twice as long as a typical male.

STATE FAIR-FOOD

DALLAS (AP) -- If it can be fried -- it's been tried at the State Fair of Texas. Fair officials in Dallas have announced the winners for the Best Tasting and Most Creative new foods at the expo. The Best Tasting Award goes to a fried Gulf shrimp boil. That's baby Gulf shrimp, diced red potatoes, onion, lemon, and seasoning formed around a cocktail shrimp, dusted, fried and served with a remoulade sauce. The award for Most Creative goes to Funnel Cake Ale. It's a beer with hints of the midway treat, funnel cake. This year's fair runs from September 26 to October 19.

FIRE TRUCK REFRIGERATORS

BENTON, Ky. (AP) -- A western Kentucky fire department has a cool idea -- an onboard fridge. One of the trucks at the Palma-Briensburg Fire Department has a refrigerator. It used to chill water to keep the firefighters hydrated. Assistant Chief Todd Devine tells WPSD-TV summer heat combined with 35 to 40 pounds of gear takes a toll. He says access to the cold water could help save a life. He adds coolers will be added to more fire trucks.

GINSENG SEASON

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- There's gold in the forests of West Virginia -- in the form of ginseng. West Virginia's ginseng season began yesterday and runs through November. Ginseng dealer Dave Cook tells The Charleston Gazette he expects a good harvest this year. Officials also expect good prices. Robin Black of the West Virginia Division of Forestry says last year ginseng was selling for a near record of $780 a pound.

 
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