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  •  In neighborhoods with buried service wires.. (11+ / 0-)

    the cable access points are these metal towers, called pedestals, that are ideal for all kinds of critters.
    Mice in particular but also yellowjackets, spiders and snakes.
    The mice actually cause damage because they chew on everything, wires included.

    I can see Canada from my house. No, really, I can.

    by DuzT on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 06:29:10 AM PST

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    •  Yellowjackets would cause me problems! (5+ / 0-)

      Like death. Funny that tho' I respect and fear mama mooses and big ol' bears when I'm in the woods it's the yellowjackets that you'll see me running and screaming to get away from.

      "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

      by high uintas on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 08:18:58 AM PST

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      •  You wouldn't get hired for my position. (6+ / 0-)

        Medical release forms and all that.
        Same if you are colorblind.  You need to be able to differentiate colored wires.

        I can see Canada from my house. No, really, I can.

        by DuzT on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 08:29:02 AM PST

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        •  Well do keep writing because you (5+ / 0-)

          ... are a natural!  Fine work.

          wherin we share a community blog for common goals for humanity. http://www.worldforallpeople.org

          by worldforallpeopleorg on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 09:35:18 AM PST

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        •  I'm from a houseful of IT people (0+ / 0-)

          husband used to work for a guy in IT for a teaching hospital ; I used to work for the same guy, later, in IAQ for a company with a lab in that teaching hospital.

          Anyway ... our boss was color blind. So was his brother, who was the other kind than our boss, which made him highly sought-after in late VietNam because his color blindness obviated camouflage: he could still see the planes, the SAM sites, the radar huts, the trucks and tanks and trailsful of guys in black pajamas ...  but our boss was the kind of color blind that meant when he "helped out" by putting ends on network cables (twisted pair wire with a colored line down one side of each interior strand's casing) he got about 5/8 of them so far off they weren't even just wrong.

          LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

          by BlackSheep1 on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 12:06:58 AM PST

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