Dash Cam: Camera tampered with during vehicle maintenance.

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On 18 Octobrer 2019 our 4Runner was taken to Toyota Hollywood for maintenance. Before the vehicle left for the day I did what I do every day or two. Change out the SD card, clean the lens and check the position of the camera view. Everything was like it was supposed to be with a good camera view. When the 4Runner returned I started to change the SD card and noticed the camera was pointing in an upward direction.

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Before camera is moved.

That’s odd I thought because for the camera to be moved into that position it would have to be forced that way.  The mechanism that controls the vertical view of the camera has a knob that is tightened by hand. It also has indexing teeth so that the camera will stay in position once adjusted.

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After camera is moved.

That then made me suspicious since the vehicle had maintenance that day.  I loaded the footage on my computer.  I was not surprised to see footage of the camera being manipulated. Someone started to move the 4Runner then slowed down as the camera was moved. The slow motion video demonstrates the indexing I was referring to.  The clicks are visible in the footage. Adjusting the rear view mirror does not interfere with the camera.

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The employee cannot claim it was bumped by a hand. I included a demonstration of how difficult it is to move the camera in the video I put together about what happened.  So why would an employee of Toyota Hollywood be manipulating the camera without permission?  Does the employee have something to hide.  Does Toyota Hollywood?  The camera is not a Toyota part.  We put the camera in for our protection. They don’t have the authority to touch that camera or any other personal item.  This makes me very suspicious of what is going on in their garage.

There is a guy that keeps showing up in the footage who is the one performing the maintenance.  I’m not accusing the guy but do wonder if it was he who moved that camera.  Whoever it was I want to make sure that person never has access to any of our vehicles again.  The only person that could have moved the camera was the one who was driving it at the time.

I made a video record of the event that includes all the recordings from the time the 4Runner arrived at Toyota Hollywood to the time the person performing the work parked it outside.  Nearly all of the footage playback speeds have been changed to move though the timeline faster.  I included footage of me manipulating the camera angle and some slow motion to see movement detail.

For now all we can to is let the management know what happened so the issue can be addressed.  I’m posting this video so the management can see the actions that bring us concern.  As well as letting people know what took place there. We are shocked and disappointed this happened.

We want to know who did it so we can assure that person never accesses our vehicles again.  That camera is set to turn off after the engine stops. In the future when maintenance is performed the camera will be set to continuously record once it arrives at the garage.  Video is below. -13

 

Worm bin notes: Update 23 Getting back to normal

Bins 2 & 3, Update 23.  Looks like the bins are getting back to normal as well as the local temperatures.  The heat wave has let up and the worms are becoming more active.  Bin 2 temp was 81.8ºF, bin 3 was 82.2ºF with an ambient temperature of 86ºF, 69% humidity.

No foul odors to report in either bin.  Both bins showed signs of the surface drying out.  To remedy this I added more cardboard and made sure to push it down closer to the surface.  This should help trap the moisture in.  I’m sure the constant shop fan blowing on the bins the during the heat wave has contributed to the drying.  Next time I check the bins I may add some water to keep it moist enough to keep the worms happy.

There was a gecko in bin 3 as shown in the video.  It’s easy to see in both bins how few spiders there are in there.  Don’t remember seeing any in bin 3.

These updates have been getting shorter in length since the bins are getting back to normal and I’m not trying much new with them.  I’ve also decided to stop adding photographs to the updates unless I want to show something.  I’ve been so busy with other projects I don’t have the patients or time required using an Apple computer and phone.  Too many steps to do something that I could do much faster on a PC.

If I want to transfer photos and video from my iPhone onto my PC all I do is access the phone, highlight the items I want on the PC and drag them to the folder I want them in.

With Apple I have to open iMovie to get the photos and video to make the video.  If I want to use the photos on this blog I have to open photos, transfer them to photos, then transfer them to another folder on my desktop.  It’s become too much.  Apple is not user friendly they want too much control over my property.  Not cool.

I hope those few that do follow this part of my blog understand. It’s also why I make the videos, they have the same details.  This blog is a place for me to write notes of the checkup and things I may have left out of the videos, and for future reference should YouTube disappear or the ban me.  At least I’ll have some record.  New video is below check it out.  -13

 

Good People With Firearms #3

NAAGA, the National African American Gun Association, ever heard of it?  I hadn’t until a saw this in the local news.  Click the link below for more good news.

NAAGA wants to break the stereotype of how people view African American gun owners

 

Unconditional freedom, no compromises, no negotiations. -13

Good People With Firearms #2

More good news for Florida, approved teachers can now carry firearms at school.  Sure hope they don’t act like the Coward of Broward did when it was his time to prove himself.  Click the link for the details.

Florida Teachers Can Now Carry Guns Inside Classrooms Thanks To Guardian Program

Unconditional freedom, no compromises, no negotiations. -13

 

Good People With Firearms #1

Starting another new feature on my blog titled “Good People With Firearms”.  It will feature individuals that prove why we must not compromise our Second Amendment rights.  Evidence will be gathered most likely when I see it in the local news so I don’t expect this to be a regular blog post.

19/SEPT/2019, Miami, FL.  Woman stops robbery in progress.  Local news is reporting a legally armed female patron of Popeye’s used her firearm to stop a robbery in progress.  Footage shows a person on the ground with what appears to be a male standing over the victim removing items from the victims pockets when the Popeye’s female patron points her firearm at the robber then fires.  The good Samaritan identified only as Eula states she had to do it to save the victim when she fired into the air to repel the robber that was later detained by police.  Go check out the link for more.

Unconditional freedom, no compromises, no negotiations. -13

20/SEPT/2019, UPDATE – More accurate information than the first report.

Worm bin notes: Update 22 Dorian cools temperatures, worms feast

Bins 2 & 3, Update 22.  This is going to be a short update.  Last week south Florida was preparing for hurricane Dorian.  That created lots of clouds and rain.  The lower temperatures brought the worms back to full speed and they devoured waste added from the last feeding.  I had made preparations to bring the worms indoors if the hurricane was going to pass thru here but we were fortunate that it did not move into this area.

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Gecko hidden in bin 3 handhold.

For update 22 the temperature in bin 2 was 83.3ºF, bin 3 was 81.8ºF with an ambient temperature of 85ºF, 70% humidity.  There were no noticeable odors in either bin.  We did have a couple of geckos in bin 3 but they fled the disruption.  Everything is in the video.  My favorite part of the updates are the before and after images that demonstrate how much waste those worms can consume when conditions are to their liking.  Video is below.  -13

Traitors Among Us – Judicial Watch on the Second Amendment

Judicial Watch video on “Red Flag” laws and the traitors among us.  Gun control is not your friend.  -13

 

 

When Seconds Count Help Is Minutes Away

This is why firearm owners will not compromise or negotiate second amendment rights in any way whatsoever.  The video below says it all no more commentary necessary. -13

 

Dash Cam: More mayhem in south Florida

107-110 are posted on the South Florida Driving 101 YouTube channel.  I still find it amazing how much footage is generated by our dash cameras.  If you’re ready for more jets, zombies, cut-offs, crazy exits and merges, and stupid we have it on video.  Over a 110 videos so far with the specials.  I’ve also recently found multiple dashcam channels on YouTube in Florida.  They’re listed in our Featured Channels links on our front page go check them out and subscribe. Enjoy the crazy drivers -13

 

 

 

 

Worm bin notes: Update 21 Where did the black solider flies come from?

Bins 2 & 3, Update 21.  Hard to believe it’s been a month since checking the bins.  I’ve been busy catching up on projects, updating supplies and equipment.  In update 20 I had placed some pupae into a canning jar to contain them in an effort to identify them as shown in the photos below.

In my mind without scientific proof the photo below shows black solider flies.  Wish I had remembered them before they died.  I would have let them go to reproduce later so they could have benefited the area.

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Bins 2 & 3 were in the same state.  The ambient temperature was 88º with a soil temp of 80.9º in both bins.  I forgot to look at the humidity percentage.  There were no odors or any food waste left in either bin.  There was a short break in the ambient temperature the last few weeks due to the volume of rain we had the heat is due to return with highs in the lower 90’s.  I fed the bins fresh and decomposing waste.  Also added some packing cardboard to see how that turns out.  Since the waste used to feed the worms is kept indoors and the bins are kept in a screened in porch where did those solider flies come from?  How did they get into bin 2?  -13

Latest video blog below.

Worm bin notes: Update 20 Things remain the same

Bins 2 & 3, Update 20.  The heat is still on high in south Florida.  There has been small break during the night hours when the temperature reaches the mid to high 70’s.  It’s not much but I’ll take it.

 

As mentioned in my last notes I would gather several of the pupae I suspect are black solider flies and confine them so that if something does emerge from them hopefully it could be properly identified.  I put a few into a ventilated mason jar then placed it back into the bin.  I’ll leave in there for the next several weeks if nothing happens then I’ll put them in the outdoor compost bin.

The above set of photos are the exact same ones from update 19.  I forgot to refresh the weather page so the video has incorrect information for the ambient temperatures.  The estimated temperature was 87°F with 89% humidity.  It was very wet feeling this morning.  My shirt was drenched with sweat before I was finished.  Surprisingly the bin internal temperatures were exactly the same as last week.

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Bin 2 had no odors nor many spiders.  There were worms on the ledge.  I think it was getting warm in there.  Maybe they were trying to cool down.  It looks like all the waste had been consumed.  There was a roach(palmetto bug) in there that was dispatched to another place and time.  Sure hope there aren’t any eggs in there.  Bin 3 had a slight odor from the left over mango.  There were a few spiders in there it looks like the heat is effecting them as well.  They usually fill the bin quickly once they find a way in.

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I’ve managed to burn out one blender feeding the worms.  I have a spare in storage but it is buried in our storage unit.  I’d have to remove most of the contents to get it.  That’s not going to happen anytime soon so I purchased a new one that already smells like it won’t last through the next cycle.  I may have to rethink my plan.

I usually put vegetables like carrots that take a long time to decompose in the blender to make it more accessible to the worms.  Items like avocados and fruits get cut up and placed in the bin mostly whole.  Those items typically don’t need assistance, root vegetables usually do.  When I do use scraps put into the blender I place the waste in a thick layer covering half or less of the surface.  This helps the waste maintain moisture preventing it from drying out before it gets consumed.

I’ll check in with the bins in a week, week and half and see how things are progressing.  -13

Project video below.

 

 

Worm bin notes: Mosquito Net Frame

Better late than never?  Over the last few years I’ve had to bring the worm bins into the house due to hurricanes expected to hit our area.  I roll them over a ramp from the porch into the living room where they stay until the danger has past.  Each time the house was infested by spiders within days.  I think they detect air movement and move to those areas then start spinning webs.

After a friend was bitten on the forehead by an unknown species of spider I’ve been reluctant to bring them indoors for fear of someone getting bitten.  There are many species of spider found commonly here in Florida that we frequently encounter.  The bite wound my friend experienced left a scar that cannot be denied.  It’s very concerning to not know what species it was.

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Unknown species spider bite wound. Florida, USA

With that knowledge I couldn’t put others living here at risk.  After thinking on the topic for a while I came up with the idea to make a PVC pipe frame then cover it with mosquito netting to contain the spiders within the confines of the enclosure.  The PVC pipe should work well for this purpose, it won’t rust, is lightweight and can be put together without fasteners or glue.  That makes the frame collapsible for easy storage and portable.

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I chose mosquito netting made for a bed.  It’s not heavy duty but should work well.  As best as I can tell the netting does not contain any insect repellent that may interfere with or kill the worms.  I’ve seen people buy mosquito netting for outdoor/camping use that killed their insects because the net contained repellent.  I chose this particular net because it completely encloses the space without any openings.  Plus the net was less than $12.00 on Amazon.  An affordable way to experiment.

To construct the frame I used 1/2″ pipe and fittings.  I used 90° elbow tees on the corners, regular tees for support members and legs as well as slip caps to cover and protect the leg ends from damage and insects or wildlife.  All fittings are dry fit so it can be taken apart easily since it won’t be used much.  The cost of the pipe and fittings was $20.94 purchased from Lowes.

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I started by measuring the areas I wanted to cover then cut the pipe to size.  Once I cut them I put the frame together.  Once together I cut the top cross-members to fit the frame.  I installed the cross-members without fittings since it would be much easier and give me the ability to move them as necessary.

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Net sag.  Lattice may be the solution.

Once I had the netting installed it became obvious that a piece or two of plastic lattice would work well to help support the net to keep it from bridging the moat.  The lattice would allow good air circulation.  I see scraps in trash piles regularly so the next time I spot some I’ll recycle it for the project.

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I purchased enough materials to extent the frame for one more bin setup.  If I add another bin I’ll make the extension then.  For now I’ll store the materials until needed.  Overall I’m satisfied with the outcome of the project.  The real test will be to bring the bins inside the house and see what happens with the spiders.  The population of spiders is minimal presently so an experiment at this time is premature.  Total cost for the project was $32.93.   From staging the materials to clean up the project took approximately 40 minutes to complete.  I’ll post an update if I test it or modify the project. -13

Short project video below.