Dept of Transportation Procedures

Having moved across the country just 2 years ago, we have encountered a few problems here and there with different state policies. Nothing major, until yesterday. We have a Jeep Wrangler that broke down and we were not driving it at all. It was sitting in our driveway and we had canceled the insurance. My hubby is very mechanical, and set out to do the major repairs on it over the last month or so. He finally finished it this weekend. With that being said, the registration was overdue and so he had to renew it. He got all the paperwork together and went to the local DOT. They would NOT renew the registration…they said he had dropped the insurance, so he showed proof of new insurance. Then he was accused of driving it without insurance…no, it was not drivable. He proceeded to tell them he had done all the work himself and then they said he needed high-risk insurance because of the repairs…WHAT??? 

So….he came home, got all the receipts for the parts, but since he did the work himself, was that acceptable to them….the answer was NO. So, we happen to have a legitimate business that sells Jeep parts and does repair work. So, he got on the computer, made up an invoice with the business name on it, listed all the parts, charged HIMSELF labor, and printed it out. They accepted it!!!! This whole time I’m shaking my head thinking what is up with this place?

We live in a state that borders Mexico and since there are so many people without insurance, we have to have proof of auto insurance regularly. They don’t have a grace period either. They want their paperwork NOW. Hubby was there for hours trying to get the issue resolved. It took most of the day, but it worked, and now the Jeep is drivable, legal, and no longer collecting cobwebs.

Blog Action Day – The Environment

The first Blog Action Day is almost upon us. On October 15th, nearly 7,000 blogs will be all writing about one central theme, the environment. I think the concept of uniting writers from around the world to focus on a single topic is both interesting and exciting. I have no expectations of sudden world peace as a result of this effort, but an increased awareness may be a result. I feel fortunate to be doing my small part in this, and I am hoping that some of you may also be interested in participating in the event. If you have a blog, you are more than welcome to register at www.blogactionday.com no matter how small or large your blog is. They do prefer established blogs though, not ones started up just for the sake of participating.

If you do not have a blog but would like to participate I would really enjoy seeing some guest posts on What’s Gotta Go or What’s Gotta Stay for that day. The posts need not to be literary masterpieces; they can simply be your thoughts on the thing that are good or those that need to be fixed. The posts can be short or long, whatever your style or the amount you want to say. I have a few choice topics I plan to cover, but I am more than happy to have anything you might want to contribute.

If you are interested in writing, please contact me by submitting a comment on this post or emailing me at wgg (at) whatsgottago (dot) com. As always, sorry for the cryptic way of writing the email, but it helps in avoiding spam.

Please keep in mind that I am more than happy to receive your articles/posts prior to the 15th; I can hold on to them and post it on that day. I look forward to hopefully hearing from some guest writers!

I’m Fine On The Bench Thank You

car drive

Ok, when did life turn into the Super Bowl? Or better yet WWF SmackDown?? EVERYTHING is a competition! This all came apparent to me this morning while driving my daughter to her high school. Her drop off area is in front of her school and every morning it is like the Indy 500 meets a Walk-a-Thon with cars all competing for the front spot and kids on foot darting in and out rushing to make the first bell. No parents are willing to wait and all insist on pushing down the cattle shoot to be able to drop their little darlin’ off right in front”¦this is almost impossible as really the driveway is only large enough for two cars to be side by side but somehow 3 squeeze thru”¦unless one is an SUV and then they are King and take up the two spots. I find it interesting with all the cars so close together no eye contact is ever made between parent drivers”¦shows weakness I guess. Heaven forbid you might look at someone and have to nod and give up the right of way.

car drive

My suspicions were confirmed we have moved into the ESPN Zone when driving thru my older neighbor where the streets are narrow. If cars park on either side of the street it makes it a slalom course and only one car at a time can fit thru. And this morning I met a Fiesta ready and willing to play chicken with me. Being the non-competitive person I am”¦gladly pulled over between two parked cars allowing the Fiesta to speed by. All of this got me to thinking”¦yes, that is a dangerous thing.

I take notes”¦I make lists”¦I worry I might not be prepared if there IS a test at the end of all this”¦”Ah I’m sorry God but I didn’t know we really had to pay THAT much attention.” So once home I ran my morning thru my head and came up with this theory”¦hypothesis”¦idea”¦REVALATION! Sorry, had 2 cups of coffee today”¦.

1. The world is divided into 4 Teams”¦The Haves, The Have Nots, The I’m Takin’ Yours and the I Don’t Care (this Team use to be known as I Don’t Give a Rat’s”¦but was found to be too controversial)

2. Training starts at birth

Rules change daily

3. Rules change daily

4. Team uniforms vary wide from Dior to Wal-Mart. Some Team members try to trick you by wearing other Team colors as status…that in itself is a competition.

5. There are no subs”¦once you’re in you’re in for the game!

6. Team equipment consists of cars, clothing, houses, iPods, cell phones, pets, gym memberships”¦heck anything goes into play at some point!

7. Extra points are given out randomly for front parking spaces grabbed, having “My Kid Is On The Honor Roll” bumper stickers, the loudest cell phone ringtone, longest Christmas Newsletter and maxing out more than 5 credit cards.

Ok”¦I’ve made my point (well in my mind at least). Call me a whiner”¦but I’m so NOT interested in making first string. I’ll gladly warm the bench and watch everyone else huff and puff their way thru life”¦stressed out and pushing to be first in line, first on the block with the newest model cars, TV screens so big I can sit in MY living room and watch”¦I given up trying to keep up with the Jones”¦heck it’s hard keeping up this level of average!

Anyone else wants to join me on the bench?

Blast-free open pit mining meets production targets

Knauf Latvia produces construction materials in Sauriesi near Riga, the capital of Latvia. The main source of raw material is the company’s gypsum mine a few kilometres away. Blasting was used as main mining method. Blast-free open pit mining meets production targets

To decrease blasting impacts on environment around the quarry for its mining operations the company is now using an excavator equipped with an Atlas Copco HB 7000 DP breaker. Although new to the operators, blast-free mining has become the main method at the site and the daily production of the breaker unit has already reached the target level.

Because of blasting impacts, Knauf began looking at blast-free mining as an alternative. The company invested in a Liebherr R974 excavator equipped with an Atlas Copco HB 7000 DP breaker and the unit started production at the end of January.

JUMP START FOR PRODUCTION

Originally the breaker was intended to support production in the quarry and to be used in areas closer to deposit borders and residents. After the experiences of the first three months, blast-free mining has now become the main mining method. The breaker unit runs in two shifts about 15 hours a day.

Blast-free open pit mining meets production targets

1100 TONS PER DAY TARGET REACHED

Atlas Copco’s latest generation of heavy breakers requires less hydraulic input from the carrier while maintaining maximum impact performance. At the Knauf gypsum quarry the average production of the excavator with the HB 7000 DP breaker attachment has already reached the target of about 1100 tons per day.

Atlas Copco further notes that thin layers of brittle material are ideal for blast-free mining. When material quality varies between the layers, or there is undesired material between them, the breaker method has a great advantage over blasting in that it readily enables selective mining.

Color Ideas for Weddings in the Summer

Color Ideas for Weddings in the Summer

Color Ideas for Weddings in the SummerSummer weddings offer a wide range of possible color choices. Summer wedding colors set the tone and mood for the event, displaying the couple’s attitude and personality. For a classic, formal look, go with black and white and splashes of an attention-grabbing third color. Pastel colors present a light, fresh, casual feel for a summer wedding. By matching the colors of the season, you can intensify the hues of flowers in bloom, greenery and striking colors of a sunset.

Pastels

Pastel summer wedding colors will complement and soften the bolder colors of the surrounding greenery, blooming flowers and setting sun. Consider incorporating pastel colors into traditional, plain white wedding invitations through a border or flowers at the bottom. Try adding a pop of color to the wedding gown with a sash or embroidered flowers. Remember, wearing pastel colors can make fair-skinned bridesmaids look washed out in wedding pictures. Visit the dress shop and test color swatches against skin tones. Add vibrant accessories or flowers to coordinate with the bridesmaids dresses.

Consider blue with brown, white or silver, or various shades of pink with white, lavender and sage green.

Color Ideas for Weddings in the Summer

Black and White

Consider using classic black and white for your summer wedding colors. These colors tell guests the wedding is formal. To dress these colors up, add splashes of yellow or pink. Accent black bridesmaids’ dresses with a pink sash, or yellow bouquets for them to carry. Use formal black and white table linens with yellow or pink flower arrangements for the centerpiece. Grab the guests’ eyes by adding a third accent color to go with the black and white.

Color Ideas for Weddings in the Summer

Bold Colors

Use the intense colors you see in nature during the summer, like deep blue skies, bright blooming flowers or golden sunsets, for a summer wedding. Consider pairing gold and lavender with touches of magenta for a bright, cheerful feel. Think about teal, silver and white for a fresh, clean look for a summer wedding. Various shades of pink and red can work well for summer wedding colors. Incorporate fresh flowers with these colors for a romantic mood.