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It's tempting, that's for sure.
My landlord (great guy), who lives beside me, will take care of the rats. But he told me a story that gave me the willies. He said that forty years ago there was a rat infestation upcountry where we are. He told me that one time, when there was a combined effort to get rid of them (the State, County, and the residents) - the rats ran downhill, through his yard and my yard in a panic to escape. He said there was a river of squealing rats, hundreds and hundreds of them, charging downhill. He's an older Japanese farmer who was born here and nothing bothers him. He said it was the oddest thing he's ever seen. Took about ten minutes for all of them to run by.
Wow I have a similar story. I worked in an exotic animal holding facility 30+ years ago. We had 3000-6000 animals at any given time. Most of the larger animals were housed outdoors in a 16 acre compound. We had approximately 600,000 rats within that compound according to a rodent specialist. These all descended from 8 domestic hooded rats in about 2 years. The original 8 escaped from a wire enclosure at the compound. I have many side stories related to this. It was like the pied piper there, the rats would fearlessly pass me on the trails in groups of 20-50 individuals. Every Friday from 1300 to 1700 the keeper staff would kill rats with the assistance of our exotics. We would pick a particularly target rich area, then use hoses to flood burrows. When the ground erupted and rats went everywhere (including up your legs) we would smack them with rakes and shovels and fill up 5 gallon buckets with the dead. We then froze them for use later. The interesting part was that the animals would assist us, monkeys, chimps, big cats of every stripe and spot, raptors, caiman etc. would all join in the carnage. When the rats would flee our rakes, they would inevitably run into an enclosure where far worse ends awaited them. A group of 4 capuchin monkeys and their pet rock, a pond full of caiman, a pair of insatiable jaguars, a cara cara named Igor who liked his meals alive and started with testicles, and on and on the list goes. I welcome any questions, I have at least one story for every day I worked there.
 

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Which is why I would need one of these if I lived there

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By the way the Vietnamese centipedes are enough to keep me from living in Hawaii....a plethora of stampeding rats just gives me another reason to not live there
I love the Scolopendra genus, they are spectacular predators. I dont want them loose in my house though.
 

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Here's one that mounts on a drone. I want one, but I am having difficulty convincing Mrs. Dog...
Hilarious. I see that idea going down in flames in my house too. You want what?
 

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Women...... Mrs Wu is against me using the 12 gauge for mice either...... so I feel your pain
Two nights ago, our 16 year old grandson was upstairs and yelled for me to get my gun (get it? I already had it, of course!) and come upstairs. Because there was a mouse. It was stuck under my office door. I said I didn't want to repair the hole, so I wouldn't be shooting it. Mrs. Dog suggested I go to the garage and get my big sledge hammer.

I decided to get a glove, pull it out from under the door, and release it outside.

I also called the cat a worthless freeloader. She didn't seem to care.
 

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Two nights ago, our 16 year old grandson was upstairs and yelled for me to get my gun (get it? I already had it, of course!) and come upstairs. Because there was a mouse. It was stuck under my office door. I said I didn't want to repair the hole, so I wouldn't be shooting it. Mrs. Dog suggested I go to the garage and get my big sledge hammer.

I decided to get a glove, pull it out from under the door, and release it outside.

I also called the cat a worthless freeloader. She didn't seem to care.
yeah, I guess you're right...I wouldn't want to repair the hole either.......so I would be better off.....using,,,,

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Hey. Im not sure what would help. Generally if the coffee is to weak and its out of a can, you could add a little more. If hes never cleaned the coffee pot, that might be worth a shot, too. Run some vinegar through the pot or buy some descaler.

That said, may man, you can do better than coffee out of a can. :)
Thanks. Yeah I'll have him try put a little extra in it, he keeps the pot and machine in very good condition. He loves his coffee. Maybe I'll get him into making his own like you and Simon do.
 

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Thing I've been thinking about: man I miss the old internet, back when there were chat rooms, aol etc it was cool to log on and have a hub and if you wanted to see science press that pic, news press the newspaper pic, shopping press the shopping image etc it was much simpler and it seemed more fun. Probably seemed like the golden age to me cause I was a kid. Nowadays not really any chat rooms thanks to creeps, man I miss going in certain rooms it was like we could discuss anything in live time. I love it here on Mt but I miss the instant dialogue. Wish they had chatrooms for grownups on different subjects like the 90s.
 

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Thanks. Yeah I'll have him try put a little extra in it, he keeps the pot and machine in very good condition. He loves his coffee. Maybe I'll get him into making his own like you and Simon do.
I think that @_Simon_ and I are a bit further down the eccentric trail, but there are definitely some pretty simple ways to get a better cup of Joe.
 

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Thing I've been thinking about: man I miss the old internet, back when there were chat rooms, aol etc it was cool to log on and have a hub and if you wanted to see science press that pic, news press the newspaper pic, shopping press the shopping image etc it was much simpler and it seemed more fun. Probably seemed like the golden age to me cause I was a kid. Nowadays not really any chat rooms thanks to creeps, man I miss going in certain rooms it was like we could discuss anything in live time. I love it here on Mt but I miss the instant dialogue. Wish they had chatrooms for grownups on different subjects like the 90s.
Discord is probably the closest you can get to chat rooms. To me, it doesn't have the same magic, but that might just be nostalgia speaking.
 

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Thing I've been thinking about: man I miss the old internet, back when there were chat rooms, aol etc it was cool to log on and have a hub and if you wanted to see science press that pic, news press the newspaper pic, shopping press the shopping image etc it was much simpler and it seemed more fun. Probably seemed like the golden age to me cause I was a kid. Nowadays not really any chat rooms thanks to creeps, man I miss going in certain rooms it was like we could discuss anything in live time. I love it here on Mt but I miss the instant dialogue. Wish they had chatrooms for grownups on different subjects like the 90s.

It could be a nightmare for us old dinosaur IT folks. I had to administer one of those "Chatrooms" for professional educators..... I cannot tell you how happy I am that went away..... instant messaging platforms....nightmare....the circumvented security and caused a plethora of virus issues.......although I will admit, I much preferred the old days of building webpages with HTML.....
 

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I hear its sublime, I have not had the opportunity to try it, butt, I wouldnt turn up my nose at it.
It's a lot to digest, for sure. I've heard that elephant poop coffee is in vogue now, too. Personally, I think that there are a lot of really great specialty coffee farms out there growing outstanding coffee. There was a time when Kona, Jamaica Blue Mountain, and other similar places, were about the only farms around really focusing on high quality coffee. These beans are $30/lbs and up, but I think mostly that's mostly based on reputation. But those days are long gone. I paid $30 a pound for those anaerobic ethiopian beans, and they were delicious. But I've had equally delicious Ethiopian naturals that were $7 a pound that were simply just less trendy.

99% of what I roast is $4 to $8 per pound.
 

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It's a lot to digest, for sure. I've heard that elephant poop coffee is in vogue now, too. Personally, I think that there are a lot of really great specialty coffee farms out there growing outstanding coffee. There was a time when Kona, Jamaica Blue Mountain, and other similar places, were about the only farms around really focusing on high quality coffee. These beans are $30/lbs and up, but I think mostly that's mostly based on reputation. But those days are long gone. I paid $30 a pound for those anaerobic ethiopian beans, and they were delicious. But I've had equally delicious Ethiopian naturals that were $7 a pound that were simply just less trendy.

99% of what I roast is $4 to $8 per pound.
I bought Kona coffee from a friend who farms fruit on the big island. He usually gets $18-$20 per pound. It was delicious and not just because I know him. He does pretty well with Mac nuts and such but the feral pigs always seem to get the best of the lillikoi harvest.
 

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It's a lot to digest, for sure. I've heard that elephant poop coffee is in vogue now, too. Personally, I think that there are a lot of really great specialty coffee farms out there growing outstanding coffee. There was a time when Kona, Jamaica Blue Mountain, and other similar places, were about the only farms around really focusing on high quality coffee. These beans are $30/lbs and up, but I think mostly that's mostly based on reputation. But those days are long gone. I paid $30 a pound for those anaerobic ethiopian beans, and they were delicious. But I've had equally delicious Ethiopian naturals that were $7 a pound that were simply just less trendy.

99% of what I roast is $4 to $8 per pound.
What commercially available organic coffee bean do you recommend? I like a medium roast in most cases, likely because I dont know much about what I would like more. Smooth, and not too acidic, not too extreme on the caffeine. I take a small amount of sugar and a spot of grass fed cream. Bourgeois, but without any culture or knowledge of the craft, thats me.
 
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