"Sooner or later, you run out of other people's money."
The problem is simple - socialist policies by corrupt politicians for the past 60+ years. Oh, not to mention runaway corruption, outright thievery and idiots that should have never, ever been elected to the positions they held - but that barely made a dent compared to the socialism.
The pols provided LOTS of giveaways, including lifetime salaries for retirees, lifetime healthcare, and lots and LOTS of "free goodies" paid with..you guessed it..
OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY.
Eventually, other people's money ran out, and we've amassed 18 BILLION in debt that we can't pay, with only $1B per year "revenues" (read: taxes).
Unfortunately, the same thing is happening on a National scale, and the US itself won't be far behind unless we start electing people not based on emotion, popularity, good looks, good physique, good telegenics or other equally stupid reasons, but based on who can actually run a city/country/etc within our means. Unfortunately, I don't think there are many of those people left in EITHER party.
BTW, I live in the Detroit 'burbs (about half an hour away) and NEVER go downtown. Ever. It's a post apocalyptic wasteland - like something out of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Wife and I took a wrong turn coming back from the theater the one time we DID venture there about 10 years ago, and barely escaped with our lives. Never again.
PS: the local Detroit news had a segment on this morning about how city retirees are going to potentially lose some pension benefits now that we've declared BK - and profiled a retired couple who owned about 50 acres in a nice 'burb community where they raise...thoroughbread racing horses. Beautiful land. Lakes. Lots of trees. Dripping money. The couple in the segment were retired Detroit city workers (both cops). Not sure if it was intentional or not because this station is typically pretty liberal, but the irony was apparently lost on them..
- Full load of DRY RO (I keep it in the garage in it's original bag)
- Hole in firebox lined up with draft door
- High Que grate upgrade
I'm convinced I just stink at making fire. (Former Boy Scout here, so go figure).
I do just think my main problem is that I don't have all the time this thing is gonna take to get going. I literally have free MINUTES per day, not free HOURS. And to get this going looks like about a 30 minute process from start to finish (haul ash vac from garage..take Mini apart..vacuum up all the ash from previous cooks..load mini with lump..cut up Rutland cubes..soak towel..arrange everything..light it all..wait..and wait..and WAIT..for the fire to die down long enough to close the lid..etc)
The one thing I did notice is that the rectangular hole that's cut in the ceramic does not line up entirely with the draft door..The metal plate comes down about 1/4'' OVER the whole cut in the ceramic, so that the top 1/4'' or so of the whole cut in the ceramic is covered by the metal plate that surrounds the draft door. Looks really sloppy and I can't imagine it's right, so am nor sure if this "normal", or if I just got a bad one from the factory..?