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Category: environment

01/06/14 12:45 - ID#58546 pmobl

Buffalo battery recycling

There is a giant bag of batteries at home that's has been accumulating for a long time. Almost all of them are non-rechargable, alkaline batteries. (e:Paul) wanted to get rid of them during his big cleanup on Friday. Despite being made of recoverable metals and mercury free, there are very few places to recycle them. Most places online recommended throwing them into the trash.

That seems fucking ridiculous to me. Why would you place all these heavy metals (zinc, magnesium) and useful steel in a landfill or incinerator somewhere? Supposedly it's not profitable to recycle. I'd support a tax or deposit on battery sales to fund recycling - they do it for car batteries, so why not smaller ones?

Anyway, I emailed a few places. If you are looking to recycle:

Hazman in Tonawanda (a local haz-waste recycling company) takes them and recycles them for $0.50 cents a pound. I confirmed over email they are actually recycled and not just incinerated.

There is a Canadian company called RMC on the east side that is a terminal for battery recycling, but they don't accept household quantities. Their sales manager, Andrew Paupst was amazing and recommended taking them to UB electronics drop off where they will be recycled.


Hello Joe,
It seems the University of Buffalo has a recycling program. I have attached a link that gives the location of all of their collection points. Hope it helps.
Regards

Andrew Paupst
Raw Materials Company Inc.- ISO 14001



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Category: dancing

01/06/14 12:28 - ID#58545 pmobl

Super secret house party

After sledding, we came back and napped for a bit. I rode home quickly to have dinner with my parents and family friends. dinner was good, the family is real into biking and Buffalo so it was good conversation.

On Friday night we heard from (e:Robert) about this secret house party on the west side. In order to go to it, you needed to have emailed some guy, been accepted and put on as guest list, and have your ID checked when you got there since it was 25+. (e:paul) emailed and got me in even though I wasn't old enough.

We got there and it wasn't as big of a deal as they made it out to be. It was still pretty fun though, even if house music isn't my favorite. Dancing was pretty lame. The building was the triangular one on at Rhode Island and Utica, kind of remuddled but going to become a new wine bar soon.
We saw Robert and Mickey, and (e:Keith) who apparently thought I was 30. Wow, that has never happened to me. My youth really must be getting sucked away, lol.

We didn't stick around too long and headed home after 1. On the way (e:terry) and I had an argument about the value of art that wasn't productive but definitely ridiculous. I'll have to post about it sometime. Paul went to bed and Terry, Alex and I stayed up listening to music and watching gospel songs about chicken. It was a happy camper night so it was so tough to fall asleep before 4.

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This was the solution to not being able to fit their fridge in. The studs aren't even headered off.
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Love unicorn
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The leper rabbit

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Category: winter

01/04/14 02:49 - ID#58540 pmobl

Sledding at Chestnut Ridge

(E:paul), (e:terry) and I went sledding down at Chestnut Ridge. It was real fun, and the weather was perfect. Its amazing to not be cooped up inside.

Terry and I found the best way to go down was on your stomach, so much faster and way more control.

I saw my coworker Karl, who was carrying his kid up the hill. I can't even imagine, I'd be so dead.

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Category: health

01/04/14 11:14 - ID#58537 pmobl

Healthy again

We're almost 100% again! (e:paul) came out with me to see Emily, Lindsay and Tim at Cantina last night. Afterwards we headed out to Brick Bar while (e:paul) and (e:xandra) went to Hardware. Brick Bar was kind of lame especially with the country music. I went to Hardware after, where (e:Robert) was also. Hardware was kind of dead also but decently fun especially after (e:terry) came. I'm kind of tired of going out to bars bars, good thing we're going to some crazy dance thing tonight. Seeing the sun this morning makes it feel like winter is over. It is, right?


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Category: working out

01/04/14 11:06 - ID#58536 pmobl

The gun show


Check em out.

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Category: religion

01/01/14 09:27 - ID#58527 pmobl

The last Jew in Kabul

After the botanical gardens and dinner at Papaya, (e:paul), (e:terry) and I were talking about all these crazy things. This included scallops anatomy, St. James, Yiddish, and Ashkenazi (a group ofJews in Europe).
Paul sent me this amazing article about the last Jew in Afghanistan named Zablon Simintov. Apparently every Jewish person in Kabul, even his wife and kids, left for Israel during the Taliban and US invasion. There was even another Jewish guy in Kabul but he ended up passing away.

Despite a lot of people wanting him to leave, and the fact that his catering business is closing, he refuses to leave the country. he wants to maintain the synagogue and his heritage. In a way I can understand - he's already somewhat old at 55, his father and grandfather were rabbis in Afghanistan - why would he leave at that point? He's made it through well this far. It'd be giving up a lot if you asked me. I admire that kind of tenacity, even if I don't understand his religion.





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Category: garden

01/01/14 07:21 - ID#58524 pmobl

The Botan

Hoping to warm up and not waste away in bed, (e:paul), (e:terry) and I headed out to the Botanical Gardens today. It was so humid, warm, and nice. It made me feel better for a bit.
I busted out the Canon for fun for the first time in a long time. I can't say I've used it regularly since getting my first smart phone over a year ago. The best camera is the one you have with you, right?

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The vanilla cabbage patch plant.
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Cute
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Roar
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What does Terry want for Christmas?
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Little Shea's
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This tree looks like it has a face.
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Lots of babies.

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Mirror shot!

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Not sure what this is, but it smelled weird.



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Category: buffalo

12/30/13 06:15 - ID#58518 pmobl

the Burning of the British

On my way home from work, I stopped at this huge bonfire I saw at Silo City. Today is the 200th anniversary of Buffalo being burned by the British. Today we're burning british stuff including a book of British royals. Sorry (e:mike).

I looked it up later and it's pretty crazy. When the British attacked, everyone in Buffalo and Black Rock tried to flee to Williamsville. Anone who stuck around got shot, including a Mrs. Lovejoy who insisted on staying to protect her dresses. They even came back on January 1st to shoot anyone who came back.

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The story of the burning


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Category: health

12/30/13 12:07 - ID#58515

Sick :(

(e:xandra), (e:paul) and I are all sick. I feel super achey and tired while Paul and Alex have terrible coughs and fevers. Paul and I napped half the afternoon away with crazy dreams. Mine involved bike routes, estrip, falling off rocks into the ocean, and college friends coming in for Paula's doughnuts. Weird.

(e:terry) was amazing and made us a delicious vegetable soup. I wonder if we just are a week late to what he caught last week. I hope it doesn't get worse, I don't want to take a day off and new years is two days away.

It's time for bed again, this can only help.
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Edit for (e:tinypliny) : Paul told me you can change your post's background color! For future reference you just need a valid HTML color or color hex value in between like
[bgcolor]#1E90FF[ /bgcolor]
included in the post!

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Category: science

12/30/13 12:05 - ID#58514 pmobl

Shopping and Quacks

Today (e:paul) and I went to go shopping with (e:mike) and (e:libertad) out on the Boulevard, at Trader Joe's, Feel Rite and Michaels. We stopped at Michael's first to get the new years ball before heading to Feel Rite. Mike had to use his insurance card Supermarket Sweep money which ended up being a fiasco.

Feel Rite is kind of crazy to me because while they do sell a lot of good health products, they also sell a lot of bullshit supplements and therapies that are useless at best and outright harmful at worse. Some of the natural herbs and food have been scientifically proven to be useful and I consider traditional medicine. But the vitamins/cleanses and homeopathy section drive me crazy. The worst part to me is they seem to all appeal to some anti-traditional medicine sentiment. Sure, a few doctors may have a vested interest in profiting off you, but not most and they have typically have peer reviewed science behind them. Why would these snake oil salesmen be any better in that sense, when all they have are their own crazy specious claims? Water with herbs in the parts per billion having any sort of efficacy? I doubt it. Doesn't this undercut the credibility of a health store? Maybe its just buyer beware. So many studies about these products are available online now. If you can't even look it up on your phone like Paul I consider it your own fault. I always like to visit when it comes to quackery.

Then we ate at Red Pepper. I got the tofu stir fry with rice noodles which was really good. Last stop was Trader Joe's before we headed home. We failed to kick the candy addiction. The penguin gummies are amazing.

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The Boulevard looks so rough these days. Maybe its just winter being ugly. A lot of run down vacant buildings and even a boarded up house.
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Ying's moved into his ex wife's KCafe after his fiasco.

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(E:mike) thought this was to kick a candy addiction. Yeast infection might be worse, lol.






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