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Re: Chicago again

You and Marge must have similar houses.

Let's see, I pay an average of $64 / month for gas which includes heat, hot-water heater, stove, and dryer. For electric I pay about $35/month. That's an average $100/month compared to your $350. I'm sure my house is smaller than yours and probably better insulated. Maybe 1350 square feet not counting the attached garage. Occasionally I'll get a $50 elec bill if I do a lot of Cmas lights or run the 5-row seed light stand all month or use the A/C a lot . Last month's gas bill would have been a high one if I didn't pay it by the budget method. Actual would have come to $129.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "David Franzman" <dfranzma@pacbell.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 6:51 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Chicago again

Hey folks

I am back from Chicago and we had a great time. Boy, is it cold there.
OMG! Donna I don't know where you were feeling 50's but it wasn't in
Waukegan that's for sure. One negative note: Those are the worst roads I
have ever seen. Is that because of frost heave? I have never seen such a
torn up road and to think your governor is thinking of a health care
plan. Maybe you have to have one from the whiplash you get when you fall
into one of those holes.

I really like Chicago. I would like to see it with some leaves on trees
one day but from what I did see of it I would love to explore the area.
The Lake Rd. is beautiful. We went to the Science and Tech Museum and
what a tremendous museum. I can tell you we don't have anything like it
here. Truly magnificent. Also found perhaps one of the best Italian
restaurants I have ever eaten in. Also a great steak house that was
reasonably priced in Gurnee.

We only went into Chicago twice because it was an hour drive from where
we were staying and my son had to be back at certain times or they shoot
him from a cannon or something so we didn't want to chance it.

Here's a question: How in the world do you people afford to heat your
homes? Here with just my wife and I our combined electricity and gas
bill is $350 per month most of that is for lights etc not gas. We use a
gas fireplace for heat when watching tv. but I can't imagine what you
have to do when the temps are in the 20's and teens like all the time.

Lastly, I was sorry to hear about those poor kids at that school not
that far from where we were staying. I just wish the shooters would
spare the middle man and shoot themselves first and then go for the
innocent victims.


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