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Rehabbing Again

I just started working on an apartment that has a new wrinkle in interior decoration: embedding live rounds in the grout between floor tiles. .25, .223, 9mm, etc. I’m working alone to reduce the possibility of an accident. I’ll try to remember to take some pictures.

Oh, I got pictures of my newest mosquito trap that I’ll post.

Update: I dug out enough rounds to fill a half gallon milk bottle.

11 comments

1 Anya { 07.17.18 at 3:44 pm }

That’s one impressive mosquito trap. We had one of a similar species that would decorate my parents’ home every summer, right under the kitchen window. Visitors were forbidden to mess with her.

2 Bryan { 07.17.18 at 5:05 pm }

This lady is smaller than our last one, but she has set up house near the kitchen door which is the main entrance. pictures to follow at some point.

3 Kryten42 { 07.18.18 at 4:05 am }

Glad your surgery went well. Being able to see well is always a good thing.

Why were there live rounds in the grout?

Hehehehe: “In 2012 a large individual was photographed killing and consuming a half-metre-long brown tree snake in Freshwater, Queensland.” – Of course! We earned our rep for having the worst of most flora & fauna!

(OT: Online time is reduced currently. Have a number of issues to deal with. Not least is our Gov’s. clueless, thoughtless, ignorant insanity.)

4 Anya { 07.18.18 at 12:47 pm }

Oh, Kryten. Don’t disparage our spiders. We had an army of hornets and wasps plaguing the property, and our Orb Weaver handily dispatched a useful number of them along with the usual mosquitoes and other biting insects, hence the admonition to not mess with her. She grew to be quite impressive in size but was not aggressive, although her bite could produce a painfully itchy welt.

We did resist the urge to give her a name, though.

5 hipparchia { 07.18.18 at 8:49 pm }

yep, I’ve got some of those mosquito traps too, but I’m with kryten, Why were there live rounds in the grout?

6 Kryten42 { 07.18.18 at 9:06 pm }

I wan’t disparaging your puny spiders Anya… I was disparaging our snake eating monster’s! A mozzie isn’t even a worthy snack for our’s! 😉 😆

Pleeeeese come visit Australia! Our fauna (and most flora) needs fresh meat! They get so bored with local produce!😹😼

Yeah… Really, hipparchia! Curious mind’s must know! 🤔🤨

7 Bryan { 07.18.18 at 9:09 pm }

I do see better, but what I see is not all that much fun. 😉 Que sera sera…

Excellent question. If you can come up with a reason to embed live .30-06, .300 Winchester Magnum, 7.62X39mm, and .223 (5.56mm NATO) rifle rounds and a sprinkling of .25 ACP, 9mm, .357 Magnum, and .40 pistol rounds in the grout between floor tiles I would be interested. It might have something to do with with all of the discarded syringes and and small plastic bags of crystalline or white powder residue also found in the apartment.

Well, they are pretty visible for a predator, so if you get eaten it’s your own fault. While brown tree snakes aren’t a serious threat to people, they have caused ecological hell in Guam among native bird populations.

The spiders are very effective controllers of mosquitoes. I didn’t know about their effect on hornets and wasps, but I’ll tell my friend who seems to attract wasps if they are anywhere in the area.

8 JuanitaM { 07.20.18 at 10:37 am }

This business with the live rounds certainly caught my attention. Over the years, I have collected crazy renter stories, but this one beats about anything I have heard so far. There’s a load of strange people out there. Wow.

One story that you might appreciate, though. Upon going through a final walk through with a rent-to-buy that didn’t work out, I noticed a small square section had been rough-cut out of the bottom of the door leading from the kitchen to the basement. Upon inquiry, the renter blithely told me that his wife asked him to do it for the cat. Apparently, they would leave the basement door open and the hole saved them from having to open the door constantly for the cat. Lazy and stupid. You can’t do anything with that.

9 Bryan { 07.20.18 at 8:12 pm }

A cat door is so easy to make that I can’t see the point of just cutting the door, even if you don’t want a “store bought” version.

In addition to the live rounds, he had a habit of shooting his BB gun inside which requires replacing the paneling in two rooms.

10 JuanitaM { 07.21.18 at 8:48 pm }

Yeah, they sell doors with built-in doggie/cat doors. What the heck? They could have taken it with them to the next place. Well, it was out in the country, so perhaps this was their idea of a quick fix.

Live rounds in the grout and BB practice inside the house. :-/ Oh yeah, makes sense.

11 Bryan { 07.21.18 at 10:18 pm }

I have rented places all over the planet. When I felt like I wanted to change something I talked to my landlord about it and got approval. The only time I got turned down was because the local government wouldn’t approve due to zoning restrictions.

There was a basement, so you could put the old door in the basement until you leave and buy a new door to modify. Most old doors are better built using real wood rather than the $30-40 “composite” doors you can buy now.