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By georgeha (Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 05:51:01 AM EST) busy, Global Warming, squirt guns (all tags)
I blame Global Warming

Plus, conflicts, the Men of Company K, Haunted Castle on Hallow's Eve, Season of the Sandstorm, Stage Fright on a summer Night, I just want time and less.

Poll: Closed in memory of Bob Abooey.



A busy week, with conflicting after school activities, frantic air conditioning emplacing and screen making. The Bermuda high came by to really roast us, so last weekend I ran around putting air conditioners in. I put one air conditioner in twice, the first time it didn't work, the fan wasn't spinning. So I removed it, took it apart, got the fan working, put it in the girls' room, and ran it again. It grudgingly worked, and exuded a burning smell, so I took it out. We threw it out, but some optimist took it before the trash truck came. Maybe they can fix it.

We ended up buying a new one for the girls, it wasn't wide enough for their window, so I used charming piece of old plywood to fill the gap.

I'm also trying to beat the heat by opening the attic windows. In the past I just opened them up, and the bats in the neighborhood appreciated it. This year I'm trying screens, making some out of wood, and some out of aluminum screening material (Lowes is much better at stocking screen stuff than Home Depot). I have a crappy spline tool, so neither option is the easy one.

It could have been worse, the AF's lost their power Saturday as they were loading a rental truck with heavy stuff to make sure they meet their moving weight allowance. We helped by having my parents pick up AF_girl to go camping with six year old (eleven year old was camping with newspaper_girl at the Girl Scouts). As it turned out, the kids came back that night, newspaper_girl was sick, and six year old didn't want to spend the night alone.

We got ours, too, and lost power one hot evening. It was okay, we had a squirt gun fight and I roasted coffee. The power came back on before bedtime, so we could use the ac.

Wednesday was tough, six year old's class had her exhibition, while eleven old had a presentation on what she's learned all year long. I took six year old, Mrs. Ha took eleven year old.

One evening I kegged my stout, Thursday maybe? T-Day is probably Saturday, I'm glad, I'm down to drinking Genny Cream in cans.

I only rode once this week, my trunk is now loose. I'm hoping for a few hours on Saturday to tighten my trunk and check my float levels, that would be a great Father's Day gift. As it is, Mrs. Ha and eleven year old were embarrassed by me wearing my punk boots everywhere, so they bought me some wide mens shoes from Europe, 1803 in size 45. They are nice, it's nice to have shoes that fit.

In other gift news, it's Mrs. Ha's birthday and she's getting some neat stuff.

We went to Barnes & Nobles a few weeks ago, apparently Disney branded Fairy Tales are big in the first grade, and six year old wanted to buy a few, with her own money. We helped her out, reading is a habit to be encouraged. In the used history section, I found Men of Company K: The Autobiography of a World War II Rifle Company, mostly recollections of a company from the 84th division as the fought in Europe in the fall of 1944 and the spring of 1945. It was good, so good Ambrose reused some of the anecdotes for Citizen Soldiers.

In other six year old book news, I have a stack of Magic Treehouse reviews to catch up on, including some Merlin Missions. In Stage Fright on a Summer Night Jack and Annie end up in Elizabethan London, and on stage at the Globe Theatre. You get to meet William Shakespeare, and a bear. Sadly, the bear does not pursue Will.

In Haunted Castle on Hallow's Eve, the kids go on a Merlin Mission, subcontracting for Merlin instead of Morgan. These books are a little more complex than the previous ones, and I like them a little bit better. In this one, Jack and Annie and Teddy go to a medieval castle to find out where everyone went, and why are there so many ravens around.

In Season of the Sandstorm, the kids go on another Merlin Mission, to medieval Baghdad, where Baghdad is one of the most advanced cities in the world. For a Magic Treehouse book, it's pretty good.

We never finished our movie, so no movie review this week, in case we finish it tonight. What can I say, it was busy.

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preemptive by sasquatchan (4.00 / 1) #1 Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 06:00:15 AM EST
slozo, is that who flys off the handle at folks saying "geeze it's hot. must be global warming!"

(granted, there's a number of buttons one can push on slozo, so I might have the wrong guy on global warming..)

I second Lowes having much better inventory than home despot. Though the local Ace is even better, if I don't mind paying 3 times what Lowes would charge.. (Though there's stuff only Ace has, and do I want to drive 1 mile to Ace, or 15 miles to Lowes ? So I usually end up paying more for the other stuff I know I could get at Lowes)

I'm not trying to push slozo's buttons by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 06:05:03 AM EST
and he does have a lot.

I really miss our local chain, Chase-Pitkin. I knew the basic layout of their stores, so I could walk into nearly anyone and go right to what I needed, rather than try and figure out if screening supplies are with lumber, windows, or hardware.

They were only a 20+ store chain, and the parent corp decided they couldn't compete against Home Depot/Lowes.

Once in a while I patronize the locally owned hardware store a few blocks away, in this case we were at Home Depot to buy the AC, and the Lowes is at an expressway exit on my way to work.


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Hechinger was our local chain by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #11 Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 08:16:45 AM EST
They tried to compete with Big Orange and got Orange Crushed.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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They got up here, I remember them by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #12 Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 08:21:04 AM EST



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yeah, but by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #15 Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 08:38:30 AM EST
do you remember dart drug ? /old school NoVA...

(Hechinger's had horrible service.. Remember way to many times dad leaving in a huff because he couldn't find someone to help him.. Folks usually went to Fischer's instead..)

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Yep, I remember Dart by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #18 Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 09:37:37 AM EST
Alonf with the rest of the Haft stores (Trak Auto, Crown Books) it went down in flames when the various family members started going after each other. Our Own Local Soap Opera.

I also remember People's Drug...

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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Local harware store by miker2 (2.00 / 0) #17 Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 09:11:13 AM EST
The local TrueValue really is, the prices are just slightly higher than HD/Lowes, and they're about a mile away vs. 8-9 for HD/Lowes.  The best part is when I walk in and they ask if they can assist me, something I never get at the larger stores.

Ah, sociopathy. How warm, how comforting, thy sweet embrace. - MNS
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We have the same shoe size. by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #3 Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 06:30:52 AM EST
It's hard to find non-clown styles in that size.

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

I got a wide shoes catalog and everyone laughed by georgeha (4.00 / 2) #4 Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 06:40:07 AM EST
at the incredible dorkiness of some of the shoes. We're talking earth shoes/hush puppy crepe soled with velcro dorkiness.

My deerstag 10 1/2 W are real comfortable, but they don't do casual shoes well. My new shoes are casual and stylish, so much so I have to dress extra American and straight, so I don't give off the wrong impressions. A beer t-shirt or baseball cap does that well.


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Wooden screens probably wouldn't keep by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 06:43:51 AM EST
bats out - unless you're thinking of something with a tighter weave than I'm picturing...


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The frame was wood by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 06:46:58 AM EST
stapled together with reinforcing corner bars. The screen was black nylon.


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quarter inch by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 07:05:45 AM EST
hardware cloth does a good too.. Sometimes cheaper, depending on your use. (I buy it in 36" wide by 10' long rolls..)

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I have a big roll of the screen to use up by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #9 Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 08:08:10 AM EST
I suggested making a bug protection dress for six year old, she wasn't sure of it.


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Ah. Somehow that's not what I got when you by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #24 Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 11:08:44 AM EST
said "wooden screens".

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111F here on sunday apparently by cam (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 07:36:54 AM EST
that is 44C for the non-imperialists.

cam
Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

I'm down to drinking Genny Cream in cans. by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #10 Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 08:16:04 AM EST
Oh, the humanity!

tighten my trunk and check my float levels
Sounds like a euphemism.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

I went for cheap and local by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #13 Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 08:21:36 AM EST
instead of cheap and out of state, like Old Milwaukee.


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If you're going cheap by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #19 Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 09:39:37 AM EST
Beast Light.

We should ship some of that to our UKian brethren. Their reactions to that should be priceless.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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I want beer taste by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #20 Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 09:46:09 AM EST
otherwise I'd drink vodka, or sterno.


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Confused... by belldandi (2.00 / 0) #14 Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 08:38:17 AM EST
Did Bob Abooey pass away? I haven't seen any other reference to Bob in a bit, but trhuler is still on my mind as well; just wondering if I should put another mental stickie up there for Bob as well.

Regards,
-Bell

Who knows by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #16 Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 08:54:23 AM EST
last I heard he was living a gang banger life, unemployed and hanging with a girl.


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losing power by dmg (2.00 / 0) #21 Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 10:03:25 AM EST
I thought that was a third world phenomenon...
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Our northeasten infrastructure is inadaquate by georgeha (4.00 / 2) #22 Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 10:10:09 AM EST
for the electrical demands of 93 degree days.


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That's why we should all switch to electric cars by ObviousTroll (4.00 / 2) #25 Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 11:10:40 AM EST
because all you have to do is plug them in!

No emissions!

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93? That's all? by atreides (2.00 / 0) #23 Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 11:05:36 AM EST
Today is our first day in 2 weeks it HASN'T gotten to 100...

He sails from world to world in a flying tomb, serving gods who eat hope.

But I chose the North for mild summers by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #26 Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 11:31:08 AM EST
someone is not keeping up their end of the bargain.


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Actually by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #27 Mon Jun 16, 2008 at 02:07:31 PM EST
The demise of my reports has been greatly exaggerated.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

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