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    Added: Sep-7-2014 By: mlivsey

    This shit just happens...

    The Dakasaurus III - 2015

    Entry Added: 4 days ago By: mlivsey

    Two years ago, after six months of storage, it was assumed that the batteries would be OK.

    They weren't OK.

    So, we had to replace them all.

    Elan installed a trickle charger to fix the issue.

    Works perfectly.

    It charges the batteries when the boat's idle. That differs from getting power at a port.

    Normmally we run the boat with one bank active and the other one charging and then flip-flop. The third setting is to run them in parallel, but the batteries drain faster than they charge. I never use it.

    With this trickle charger, that was the setting that it should have been in.

    DOH!!!

    So I've got one bank fully charged and the other bank is totally dead, again.

    Fucking Hell.

    Elan's offered to automate that switch for free..

    Now, it'll switch between batteries as required and if it needs trickle feed, it'll figure it out.

    I still have manual override as we're not ripping out the switches.

    Hello, modern world. It's just a software change...plus a bunch of batteries.
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    Tabby and Sammy Revolt

    Entry Added: Feb-8-2015 By: mlivsey

    They're bored.

    They've been in our guest house for ages. They feed the animals and clean the place and stuff.

    Now they're finally over 3/11.

    Welcome back!

    I bought the girls a Pastry Shop and a Florist a couple of years ago.

    They can go run them.

    Are they qualified? Nope.

    They will ask questions. Lots of questions but they'll figure it out.
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    They should have wished that they were just bored,
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    • I don't know how this fucking thing works.

      You know what's fun? Negotiating with Honda an ATV into the Irish Sea.

      I'm playing Poker and I don't even have two pair.

      Bluff! Bluff Bluff!

      So we move forward.

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    • After replacing Nikki's ATV, I bought these girls a couple.


      Tabby and Sammy.

      Nice treat. Alternatively "surplus supplies" if Nikki has her way and cliff.

      It's cheaper not to file a claim.

      She's got the custom one. It now has a remote kill switch.

      Hopefully, she won't fuck this one up.

      I'm trying to do business with Honda and we just threw one of their ATV's off a cliff.

      OK I'm is a bit of a negotiating position here.

      I'm not going to read this shit.

      That's More..

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    My XMAS 2014 Trip to Poland - Nikki's History

    Entry Added: Jan-17-2015 By: mlivsey

    Well, that December trip to Poland was highly informative. Somewhat depressing but the facts are out.

    Little Violetta was born in on July 20th, 1985 in Byialstok Poland and immediately given up for adoption.

    She has no idea who her biological parents are and no interest.

    She then spent ten years bouncing around in orphanages before being finally adopted in 1996 by a couple from Lodz. That's why she calls Lodz her hometown.

    They made sure she she got the best education possible and sent her to Cambridge UK (my dad's school). There, she changed her name to "Nikki" to Anglo-size it.

    Not a good call: she picked a strippers name.

    In her Freshmen year, her foster parents died in a fire (either house fire or car, don't know yet) so she took on two jobs to fund her way through university. Graduated in the top 5%.

    She got a job doing finances at a hotel which I subsequently bought in 2007. We discovered that she was skimming the books for her bosses but also for herself as she had no money.

    Instead of throwing her in ail for 10 years and/or deporting her, she helped us fix the financial systems.

    Seriously, too cute for jail, Anyone else? Jail.

    Subsequently, she's helped us expand the business.

    In 2013, she got evicted as her landlord decided to sell the place, so she hung around with us sailing the Azores in our new boat. One can run a business from literally anywhere these days. When we got back we found out that her visa renewal papers were WAY!!! overdue and that deportation proceedings were underway.

    So I legally married her. There's a rather complex pre-nup in place but she honestly didn't care.

    It beats getting to deported back to Poland where she has no relatives; nothing.

    Just over a year later, she has British citizenship and is still here. In her 29 year life, the last year has been about as stable as it has ever been.

    This year's goal is to work on trust. She trusts me and "Double Trouble" but not much else.

    I learned a lot on this trip about her.

    I also learned not to give "Double Trouble" credit cards in spite of their promises.

    Fucking Hell!

    Like I've never done that before in the last 30 years...

    It got them out of the way.
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    • Well said! Enjoyed the words. Thank you.

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      • @8mileshigh 

        Wifey just chucked an ATV off a cliff.

        I thought I had fixed her balance issues.

        I am DEAD WRONG!

        It's under warranty so good luck with that one.

        Let's go from banned from driving anything for the moment.

        How does one spell "Total Disaster" in Polish?

        Love.

        Everyone fucks up. She's pretty good at it.

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      • @mlivsey  Had to take my moms keys last week. One of the hardest things I have ever done. She just shouldn't drive, not safe. Losing memory fast these days. There's nothing I can do...

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      • @8mileshigh 

        Wifey just has Ménière's which is treatable.

        Apparently one treats it by driving a Honda ATV off a cliff into the Irish Sea.

        I was more concerned about a tumour that she had returning. She's fine, relatively speaking.

        Like Diabetes, Ménière's is the result of various conditions: genetics, diet, stress, environmental etc. One lessens the conditions one lessons the results.

        It's manageable but not cured.

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      • @8mileshigh 

        We ended up with a deal with Honda, just for their ATV products. I've got enough car deals as it is. Ford, Toyota and Aston have already staked their territory.

        Honda gets exclusive ATV promotions for both hotels. We'll stick a bunch at each location and rent them. There are existing trails. I'm sure clients will naturally make more.

        I could have horses but they are by far #1 on my allergy list.

        As for Nikki, we have an agreement. She can still drive as she's normally p More..

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    • intriguing...

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      • @mr_underhill 

        I'm not too happy about all the negative votes people are garnishing on this site, so I'm voting everyone but myself up. I've got a bona-fide troll...

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    • Great story!

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      • @One Punch

        Well, it isn't listed under ramblings for no reason.

        Honestly, January-March are are a total waste of time at the hotels. They function, I guess. April through September/October is where it's at. And then December.

        4-6 months are total write-offs if we're going to carry a full staff. Hint: we supplement with summer students in the summer months. I can always carry the base staff.  

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    • Did you know that tossing an ATV off a cliff isn't an uncommon result?

      She's going to get away with this. Just the deductible.

      You threw a top of the line 4x4 off a 100 yard cliff!

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