Gerald Boggs

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About Gerald Boggs

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  1. I admit, I feel strongly about this case, because I remember it and I remember the PR campaign McDonald's waged against this lady. I remember a bill board ad attacking the lawsuit as frivolous. I mean REALLY, you spill some coffee on you and now you're suing?, I made jokes about this. McDonald's easily convinced me that this was an case of frivolous lawsuit. Why?, because of two things: McDonald's made sure (having the money to control the information) that I never learned the extent of her injuries. And never in my imagination, did I think a company would sell me coffee from a drive-thru window so hot, that if spilled, could and in this case did, cause third degree burns and McDonald's knew I didn't know that.
  2. Question: why do you write so much and yet not talk about the subject at hand. It's like you have a point, but it doesn't apply to the subject. Maybe you never actually read the case, because little of what you wrote is relevant to the case. McDonalds loves you.
  3. So let me make sure I understand your position. If I'm doing something for profit and I know people are becoming injured, that's OK, because they should have been careful. If I'm doing something for profit and people are becoming injured and I do nothing, because my profit might be lower, that's OK, because they should have been careful. If I'm doing something for profit and people are becoming injured and I know that they don't understand the risks and I do nothing, that's OK, because they should have been careful. Does that sum up your position? Because this is pretty much what the McDonald coffee case was all about.
  4. Did you read the information about this incident and look at the photos of third degree burns on her groin and upper thighs?
  5. That's really not fair to her, look at the photos of her groin and remember, McDonalds knew that their coffee was this hot and just accepted the burning of customers as part of business as usual. Then put those burns on a loved one and think how you would feel if you found out that McDonalds knew it could happen. And she didn't start out with a big law suit, she just wanted McDonalds to help with the medical bills.
  6. It wasn't your memory, I thought the same thing until I saw "Hot Coffee" and took to the internet to read more. The PR campaign by McDonald's was incredible effective, that's why it was the focus of the documentary of how we're being manipulated, controlled and lied to by big business.
  7. Frosty, you might want to read up on that case, because everything you think you know about the case is because of one of the most effective PR campaigns by McDonalds. In short, some of the details: She wasn't driving, she was a passenger, they got the coffee and went to park the car. The coffee was so hot, she received third degree burns on her legs and crotch. McDonalds already know there was a problem, as they had already had 100's of cases about burns from their coffee and defective lids, one of which had been settled for $500,000 (I think I'm correct on the amount) What got McDonalds in the end, was their own reports: they knew that sometimes the coffee was so hot as to be dangerous, but decided occasional burning people was worth the risk, because folks like hot coffee. Make sure to see the photos of her burns,
  8. For those that think wrought iron doesn't pit.
  9. Yep, the steel supplier near Touchstone in Pennsylvania does that, just has hot and cold A36
  10. If I had it to do over, I would just use my name: Gerald Boggs, blacksmith. Wayfarer Forge just makes folks have to remember two names instead of one. I'm getting ready to order more jewelry boxes with a name impression, it was "Wayfarer Forge" Now it's going to be "Gerald Boggs" top line and "Blacksmith" second line.
  11. Depends on your location, I'm lucky here in Virginia, lots of small and large industries, so the steel suppliers are excellent My steel distributor, A36 almost always hot rolled and cold rolled is always 1018. Agree for general use as blacksmith, not much advantage to paying for cold rolled, unless you're doing fine detailed work and don't want to find out half way through that you've got a piece of junk with the A36. I once had a 20 foot piece of 1 by 1/2 A36 with a crack down the entire length, didn't show up until you had it hot. You'll never get a piece of 1018 with that. Tom Latane always uses 1018 for his fine chisel works, that's where I picked up the habit.
  12. From Starting Strength, the rack Mark rippitoe uses and recommends.
  13. Frosty and JLP, you guys are kinder, more nurturing then I am, I'm more of a 'March or Die" .
  14. They don't advertise, because they don't need to. Back when I worked for others, every time we would turn around, somebody was walking into the shop looking for work. If you want to get a job, that's what you need to do. Now that I think of it, every job I ever had, was because I walked into a man's shop and asked for a job. As for the number of shops with employees, in my area, Charlottesville, VA, there are no less then three shops with employees, and that's just the shops using the word "blacksmith"
  15. "commercially available scrolling jig fixture.............Epic Fail. It is trash" You're right, if that's suppose to be a scrolling jig, it fails the sight test. Consider making your own, draw it out on an piece of sheet steel and then make exactly the scroll you want to reproduce, it is well worth the effort. As Alan wrote, the Cosira books show how. Starting in a blacksmith/fab shop, we made and used scrolling jigs all the time, we had over 50-100 of them, yet we still needed to make new ones for a third the jobs.