Shane Holden
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Shane Holden

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Please note: the opinions I express here are solely mine at the time of writing, and may or may not apply any longer. If reading something that I've written in the past may change your opinion or thoughts of me, please proceed no further.
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5 Supers On

by Shane Holden – May 18, 2015

We’ve been letting the hives do their thing for the past few weeks without disturbing them, and planned on checking them this weekend. But since it was rainy and somewhat gloomy out, we thought we might wait until next week. But as the skies cleared and the sun came out, we decided to go ahead and pop the lids off and see how they were doing. Good thing we did! Five of the seven were in need of having supers added. The first one was the best surprise, because they had started building up into small opening on the inner cover. When we removed the inner cover, there was honey exposed from taking the inner cover off, and the bees quickly began taking advantage of the exposed honey. Now that we have brand new supers on, we should be good for several weeks, with an occasional check under the lids for ants and any other pests. If the past few weeks is any indicator, we may have a ton of honey this time!

What Cancer Can't Do

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Migraine-less Streak Ends

Not having a migraine for as long as I have recently was fun while it lasted. One took me out last night and I’m still feeling the effects of it right now, 16 hours later. Ugh!

by Shane Holden – April 29, 2015

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Installing Hives

We are in the process right now of installing 5 new hives to replace the ones that didn’t survive winter.

by Shane Holden – April 5, 2015

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Loan Calls, Argh!

by Shane Holden – March 31, 2015

If I’ve received one call in the last couple of weeks about a personal loan, I’ve received a dozen. It’s always the same 702 area code. I’ve tried wasting their time by asking for a ridiculously un-doable loan, but these guys must be on a commission type salary because they don’t understand that I’m only wasting their time for wasting mine.

How hard is it to understand that if I don’t call you for a loan, then I don’t need or want one. The sad part is how many people they hook by doing these cold calls…

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Worst/Best Luck

by Shane Holden – March 30, 2015

We thought we’d take advantage of the beautiful spring weather today and eat lunch in the park. Little did we know that upon pulling into the park, the car was completely out of gas. The gas problem that we’ve been having with the fuel hand and the Corvette’s two gas tanks seems to have gotten better over recent months with fuel treatment and us trying to get better gas, but it caught up to us this time. So we thought we’d walk back to work and get a lift to get a gas can and some gas. On the way, we ended up running into Dad in his dump truck, which was a huge time saver. He was on his way to get some mulch for the house, and our timings just happen to line up perfectly. Chase said “too bad that’s not Dad coming.” Dad was thinking, “that looks like the twins.” Haha! Perfect timing.

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Dad’s Wrecker Service

by Shane Holden – March 23, 2015

While heading back from doing some windshield work today, the work car’s fuel pump decided that it had gone as far as it could without needing replacement. Of course we checked everything imaginable before deciding that we’d better get some help getting back in. Dad didn’t mind at all to pick us up and trailer the car back in. He’s always over there anyways and it let us hang out for a little while, not to mention saving work some money on a tow bill. It couldn’t have decided to quit on us in a better location—open parking lot with us being in the way of nobody.

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SSL Certificate Error 14090086

by Shane Holden – March 4, 2015

If you happen to get this error on your site, and have tried everything imaginable that you’ve found on Google, try requesting your web hosting provider to disable SSL3.

SSL certificate problem, verify that the CA cert is OK. Details: error:14090086 SSL routines:SSL3_GET_SERVER_CERTIFICATE:certificate verify failed

In the case of the website that I was asked to help with, this was the saving grace. For more recommendations, analyze the configuration of your SSL certificate, via SSLLabs.com. If the SSL3 isn’t the solution, other items that are probably causing your certificate to fail verification will likely be identified.

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Congratulations Jim!

by Shane Holden – March 1, 2015

Today we headed back from spending the weekend in Daytona for Jim & Keisha’s wedding. The day of the wedding was great, we spent a majority of the day hanging out with Jim since he couldn’t see Keisha. We ate lunch at a really cool local pizza place, and helped get things together for the wedding. The wedding was outside, and even if it was drizzling a little bit of rain, it was great. They both were very happy, and the rain gave a break for pictures on the beach. The reception was inside, and I have to say that we had a great time at it. It was nice talking with everyone and spending several hours with everyone for their big day that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.

I wish you both a lifetime of happiness!

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Us hanging out moments before the wedding

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The Snow was Awesome

by Shane Holden – February 26, 2015

Last night when the snow started covering the streets we got the golf cart out and took it for a spin. It actually got pretty good traction. After a few passes the windshield was covered almost to a blinding layer of snow so we knew then it was time to give it a break and get the quads out.

Since it was getting a little late in the evening we only rode for a little while, but it was so much fun because even as we rode, the snow was coming down enough to keep the roads covered in a good layer of fresh snow.

Afterwords we decided to go for a walk and see what the east side of town looked like. We walked towards the mall where we met an older man walking and enjoying the scenery just as we were. We wore our full coveralls, gloves and a toboggan and was surprising warm. So much so that we just kept walking and exploring. It felt like the scene from a movie where everyone had disappeared. Music blared from Sonic and Zaxby’s, but there wasn’t a soul in sight. We walked down to the empty mall parking lot and the proceeded down Walnut Ave. We saw only a few cars and we saw something relatively rare to see here, a plow clearing the roads. In all, we walked several miles and was out until about 11:30 enjoying the peacefulness of a nice snow.

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Getting Ready for Snow

We are out in the garage right now getting the quads warmed up and ready for the coming snow this evening!

by Shane Holden – February 25, 2015