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By The Fool (Wed Jul 26, 2006 at 08:42:30 AM EST) robots, guinea pigs, landscapers who really care (all tags)
Yow! It's a navel-gazing K5 retrospective!

Also, Check out the current MFC.



Since everybody's doing it, I dropped by K5 to look at my old diaries.

Boy am I boring.

The best thing there is a link to a /. comment that I said was funny. It's still funny. See here for EVERYTHING you need to know about ROBOTS.

See? I told you it was funny.

Other than that, there's a lot of rambling about guitars. And SCO. (Anyone remember SCO?) And other stuff.

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I really need to get my wife to sing harmony for my MFC entry. Last night, I got out my acoustic guitar and was strumming accompaniment to my singing "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Rocky Mountain High", and some other things. She was playing Civ III on the computer in the same room, and she sang harmony. It was utterly brilliant. Well, except for the part where I sing. And the part where I play guitar. My wife rocks. At least, she rocks enough to handle John Denver covers.

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The guinea pigs are still with us, and I'm starting to get the hang of taking care of them. Now, instead of taking them out of their cage for some "play time" on the kitchen linoleum (followed by extensive poop cleanup), I take them out on the front lawn and let them graze and poop like real free-range rodents. The real benefit is that I don't need to mow the lawn anymore. Or fertilize it, either, for that matter.

Our cat has decided that the pigs are all right, too. He just sits and watches them at a distance, showing his disdain for any animal that doesn't have the sense to eat cat food.

Last night, I had the kids go outside to watch the guinea pigs, while I cleaned their cage. It went fine, except when they* decided to eat the rhododendrons.

* The rodents, not the children.

Incidentally, the rhododendron that they wanted to eat was the large, healthy one that I planted this spring to replace one that died over the winter. When I went to dig up the old one, I discovered the reason for its demise: I pulled up the plant, and the roots came up, too, all in the shape of a 1-gallon planting pot.

The landscapers apparently dug a hole that would JUST FIT the pot, and plopped the rhody in without any mulch or anything.

So, I dug a hole about 2 feet deep and 3 in diameter. The soil was a gorgeous mixture of concrete, discarded building materials (including some iron nails that were still shiny and rust-free), and rocks. I got some topsoil and a new rhododendron from Home Depot, filled the hole and planted the plant.

Now it's the healthiest thing in the yard, and it has about tripled its size since March.

Next, I'm going to need to get some mulch down into the soil around the rest of the plant in the yard. Big fun.

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Wow by jayhawk88 (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Jul 26, 2006 at 09:27:48 AM EST
I head back over there as well and within 5 minutes I see stories/diaries by MichaelCrawford and TexBigBalls. Have accounts like that been active this whole time, or are some of you dusting off old troll accounts?

Varies by localrogers pod person (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Jul 26, 2006 at 11:04:50 AM EST
Mike has been there continuously, Tex noisily announced that K5 was taking too much of his time and voluntarily randomized his password, then hilariously came crawling back about six months later begging Rusty to unlock the account for him.  A lot of the new faces are old faces in drag who never left but got tired of their original accounts or anonymized in the trollocaust.  And of course localroger hasn't written much lately but that's more because of big round weather phenomena than other factors.

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On John Denver: by ni (4.00 / 1) #3 Wed Jul 26, 2006 at 11:54:00 AM EST
From Virgil a line of direct descent runs for two thousand years to John Denver. -- PJ O'Rourke.


<IgnoreAmos> I opened the bottle last night; it's almost gone.
<IgnoreAmos> I use the backspace key a lot.

Mt. Etna High by The Fool (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Jul 26, 2006 at 01:09:10 PM EST
Yup. All those guys who had visions of heaven on mountains. Oh wait, that's Dante, not Virgil.

Virgil was the guy Dante knew in his heart of hearts belonged in hell for the unforgivable sin of writing Homer fanfic.


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Eagle swoops down eats guinea pig. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Jul 26, 2006 at 06:34:54 PM EST
The End.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

I'm confused by The Fool (4.00 / 1) #6 Wed Jul 26, 2006 at 09:17:40 PM EST
Is that a John-Denver-type eagle, or a robotic I'M GONNA CRAP MY PANTS eagle?


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