The Latest Waves

24 Feb
 I’ve been bent out of shape, bent ‘n bound on comparing some of the following items that have been flowing thru my mind as of late causing me to feel all giddy & clammy like a drained squid that bashed its head on a breakwall, but I’m still keeping afloat & coming back to shore after something knocked me to my senses again. So I’m wiping those salty drops off my face & will anticipate a sunny outcome after all, come hell or high water, by lighting up & lightening up today. Cheers  
I figured with all the broohaha that’s been going on about tsunami’s lately & how I like to study natural disasters, I’ve decided to post a few things closely related to this topic, for both young & old, and man & woman alike. I like it. Hope you do too & you learn sumfin while you’re at it.

What are “Concrete Shoes?”

 “Concrete shoes” is a metaphor for the inclination to stay in a situation when everything is telling you to leave. It’s about not going with your gut instinct, not standing your ground, and not keeping your boundaries. You say things like, “This is the last time…” or “If it ever happens again…” or “I’m through!” or “It’s over!” But when you are faced with the reality of following through, you don’t hold up under the pressure. And so you set the boundary again…and again…and again, but you can’t ever leave. You feel like you’ve lost control. You are physically and emotionally drained, and that’s why those concrete shoes keep you there.

How to Repair Sinking Concrete Without Breaking Up the Slab
By Bambi Turner
eHow Contributing Writer
 Concrete is a building material made from Portland cement, water, sand and gravel. It is known for its versatility, affordability and ease of use. Even though it is relatively simple to work with, when proper installation techniques are ignored, the concrete can suffer from problems down the road. The most common problem is sinking, which occurs when the concrete is poured over an unstable base. The base will shift over time, creating or widening voids or air pockets under the surface. When this happens, the concrete will sink or crack. While severe cases will require removing the entire surface and repouring, more moderate sinking problems can be fixed quickly and affordably using one of several potential methods.
Difficulty: Moderate


Things You’ll Need:

  • Expansion tape
  • Trowel
  • Concrete mix
  • Water
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Self-leveling concrete
  1. Step 1

    Try slabjacking. This process works best for concrete patios and other small surfaces. Here, a concrete company will lift the edge of the slab using a backhoe or similar equipment. While the slab is raised, they will pump gravel or another base material underneath. When the slab is lowered, it should be smooth and even.

  2. Step 2

    Consider mudjacking. Under this process, small holes are drilled in the existing concrete and extend all the way to the sub-base below the slab. More concrete is poured into these holes to fill the empty cavities under the slab. This will lift and level the concrete while providing a stable base to prevent future sinking.

  3. Step 3

    Use a self-leveling compound for larger surfaces, such as a concrete floor. Before you start, use expansion tape to build a 1/2"-wide dam around the perimeter to the room. This tape will control the flow of the compound.

  4. Step 4

    Fill any holes or cracks in the floor using a blend of concrete mix and water. Apply the mixture using a trowel and wait 4 hours for the patched areas to dry before proceeding.

  5. Step 5

    Mix a self-leveling compound with water in a bucket or wheelbarrow, being sure to only add the minimum amount of water directed by the manufacturer’s instructions.

  6. Step 6

    Pour the self-leveling mixture across the floor in roughly one foot wide strips. Gravity will spread the compound and cause it to fill up dips or spaces caused by sinking.


What’s that? Gimme a sec while I poke my wet ears here… and no, I ain’t wet behind the ears! Getting back to vimen’s power struggles, reps & pep talks – repair it yourself, you might be asking yourself? Moderate difficulty, you say? That means medium, or the average, so I get the understanding here that the average Joe can repair just about anything when it comes to feeling kinda like you’re being dragged down, more or less like the effect of a tidal wave or being on the Titanic during those last few fatal moments, or like you’re wearing your last pair of shoes – concrete, that is! You know – like the kinds they wear in those Mafia kindsa movies. Bottom line here, in this quirky comparison (one of eez all-time fave passions), is that any person should be able to fix small stuff like this, but they can’t. I’ll tell ya what will really help tho’ ~ a Texas mickey of tequila & a couple of hands – and get your mind outta the gutter – I meant Latino hanz (hah) sorta like this one that came floating along in my dreams last night:




I just thought of sumfin here… why do they call it breaking up when it makes you feel so down? I prefer to think of it as breaking down, busting into pieces, getting up, dustin’ off your dirty knees, stretching your slabby body (or should I say that plus flabby by now from gloating), arranging the broken pieces you want to keep together, and creating something out of nothing. And with a few more added shots ‘n a sprinkle or two of lemon, you’ll reinforce the fact that your so-called sweetheart is now tart & sour, whereby the fruit of which I just spoke of is actually sweet when it was once sour. This is beginning to reek of oral diarrhea, so I’ll call it a day, or a night (for blogging, that is!), & try my best to cut it short while counting my blessings & my better-than-good tidal waves. Before I bid you all adieu, I’m sending you good tidings of comfort & joy, plus a li’l something for when you’re all in a knot or in a spell, but I’m warning you, keep a tight lid on it or it’ll get stale, okay? Yes, I mean the can, and you can take that any way you want it, babeez! 



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