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By georgeha (Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 05:25:51 AM EST) wrenchin, bikes (all tags)
AKA Escape from Sobibor.

Plus Secrets and lies, Nine Lives, A Dirty Job, solo playdate, idle time, picky kids, for sale, fireflies and training wheels and less.

Poll: What to do with an old armory?

Update [2008-6-26 11:30:16 by georgeha]:I wish I had some broccoli, the TGIF cheddar and bacon flavored potato skins food product I got out of the vending machine are stale.



An early diary this week, I'm probably busy tomorrow afternoon.

I missed another monthly gaming day. I was still exhausted from my week, I would have brought my C game, or D game, definitely not my A game, or even my B game. Also, six year old had her first solo playdate with teacher_girl, a close friend of six year old's who had never gone alone with us before (her dad came over to a playdate once), and I felt overly responsible for her having a good time. We ended up going to my parents to swim, bringing newspaper_girl, too. The water was too cold for me.

In a triumph of dinner time sanity, we all ate the same thing Wednesday night, leftover shish-kebabs. I made some awesome shish-kebabs on Tuesday, and I made lots, so rather than do the three different meal thing, we all ate left over shish kebabs and couscous. I have a grand dream that we can go a full week eating the same meal each night. Whoa! Are other kids this picky, or did we just screw up raising them?

I got a little bit of wrenching in Wednesday night, my float levels are still good, and I can adjust my throttle to completely close my butterfly valves. I did find that my right carb was loosely attached to the plate that slides into the carb boots, so I tightened that up. Next up I may need to check the pilot screws, maybe the O rings are bad. I forget if I replaced them during my rebuild.

In other wrenching news,  I adjusted nearly seven year old's bike, she's showing an interest in getting past training wheels. I raised her seat and the training wheels and tightened the chain, she's almost ready. Maybe within a week or two.

I'd like to be the one to get her to go without training wheels, my parents did that for nearly 12 year old, they were camping in Webster park with a nice smooth trafficless traffic loop.

No fireflies last night either, they're late this year. There might be Irish_girl tonight.

On to media reviews, in this week's episode I catch up on some unfinished movies, and more.

A feel good movie about a Nazi death camp is hard to imagine, though Escape from Sobibor comes close. Our DVD was kind of crappy, being poorly transferred from the TV movie with muted colors and low dialogue (or maybe that's just how British TV is). It's the true story of a Nazi death camp in Poland where the arrival of a contingent of Russian Jewish soldiers (led by a youthful Rugter Haeur) helps a revolt against the SS and the Ukrainian Guards. One quibble is why didn't they assign a sharpshooter or two to kill the men in the machine gun towers.

Next up was the unfinished Nine Lives, unfinished in that it did not compel us to finish all the somewhat interconnected bits. It's a movie of barely interconnected vignettes about life, death and cheap motel sex, and just couldn't keep us up past our bedtime.

Going back to British films, Secrets & Lies is a movie about secrets and lies, coming to a head when a black woman given up for adoption seeks our her birth mother, who turns out to be white. Whoa. Again, not very compelling, it's about what sort of life a dimwitted bird ends up with.

Book wise my mom lent me her copy of A Dirty Job, in which a self decribed beta male becomes Death. It was good, but I prefer my Death to come from Ankh-Morpork.

In neighborhood news, the Armory at the end of our street is for sale, 145 Culver Road if  you want to look at it on google (I can't figure out how to embed the link) one idea is to make it a performing arts center, another is to put lots of houses in the vacant land behind it. If the latter happens, I hope a few families with kids move in.

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Picky eaters by hulver (2.00 / 0) #1 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 05:36:22 AM EST
My kids are not picky eaters. We've never made a fuss, or done anything special for them. They get put on their plate what we have on ours.

We all sit down to eat the same stuff at the same time.

If they don't like it, they don't eat it. We don't leave it off the plate or make a fuss when they don't eat it.

They only exception is that D2 doesn't like cheese sauce, so she won't get it poured all over something like cauliflower, but she'll still get a little puddle of it on the plate somewhere so she can try it and see if she still doesn't like it.
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We made too big of deal with food, and it became by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 05:42:36 AM EST
a power struggle. Later it was just easier to throw some chicken nuggets in the microwave.

Slowly they're trying new stuff and getting away from junk. Yesterday nearly seven year old was complaining she was starving, when I wouldn't give her junk she tried a banana, and ate one and a half.


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There's hope yet by sasquatchan (4.00 / 1) #3 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 05:55:16 AM EST
cheese sauce on cauliflower or broccoli is a culinary disaster. The only thing cheese sauce goes on are nachos.

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You are incorrect. by toxicfur (3.00 / 2) #4 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 05:59:48 AM EST
Properly made cheese sauce is delicious on lots of stuff. Especially cauliflower.
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iawtp re cheese sauce by wiredog (3.00 / 2) #5 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 06:06:58 AM EST
It's the only way I can eat broccoli or cauliflower.

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

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They taste great raw by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #6 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 06:07:54 AM EST
even without dipping in a dipping sauce. Broccoli is good in stir fries, too.


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True by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #8 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 06:08:36 AM EST
But it has a sauce in the stir fry.

Raw is just wrong.

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

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Correct by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #9 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 06:17:33 AM EST
This is because neither cauliflower nor broccoli is a "food".
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What sort of veg are you? by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #11 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 06:18:39 AM EST
Cruciferous veggies are great, I have to make sauted  brussel sprouts again soon.


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ugh by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #12 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 06:19:52 AM EST
Brussel Sprouts are even worse.
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Try them sauteed in olive oil with Old Bay season by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #13 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 06:23:23 AM EST
ing, they're awesome.


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Dang ! by Phage (2.00 / 0) #17 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 06:44:50 AM EST
Now you've made me hungry.

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fuss is bad by Merekat (2.00 / 0) #14 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 06:23:31 AM EST
I'm a fussy eater, definitely, but your way is a good way of handling it.

Fuss when a child refuses to eat is not good. So a neighbour learned while looking after us when we were kids. She held my nose and made me swallow beans because I was a bad child. I was a worse one after I puked on her:)

Contrast with my mother, who just made normal dinners and I ate the bits I liked, and left what I did not until I was old enough to cook and clean up after myself.

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Are they allowed by R Mutt (2.00 / 0) #15 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 06:38:54 AM EST
To fill up on biscuits, cakes, crisps and chocolate later if they haven't eaten their dinner though?

I don't recall my parents ever forcing me to eat anything in particular... but they didn't really need to when the alternative was staying hungry...

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Rarely by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #16 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 06:41:51 AM EST
I'm just getting tired of being a short order cook and making three separate dinners.


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Food by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #18 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 06:45:56 AM EST
We've got the FoML pretty well trained. "Don't like it? The fridge is over there."
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We did the same by Phage (2.00 / 0) #19 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 06:47:44 AM EST
If you don't eat it, there is no second choice and you go hungry.
Now there's one or two things they don't like, but then who doesn't ? Everything else gets hoovered up.

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No by hulver (2.00 / 0) #20 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 06:50:44 AM EST
The opposite. If they don't eat "enough" then they don't get a pudding.

Yeah, the choice is either to eat or go hungry. Works remarkably well.
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I've heard of that that by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #21 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 06:52:09 AM EST
How can you have any pudding if you won't eat yer meat?


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wipo: Send it to DC by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #7 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 06:08:01 AM EST
Now that the 2nd Amendment has been held to protect an individual right the people of DC need a place to keep their artillery.

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

What is DC going to do wtih tractors? by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #10 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 06:17:43 AM EST
I think it was used for National Guard Engineers (Brigade Support Battalion), though on 9/11 they got guns somehow and were guarding it with M16s.

I did wonder why the displayed artillery went away, a big one before OIF, and a small howitzer a few months ago.


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Your neighbourhood: by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #22 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 07:28:01 AM EST
It's an interesting look, having been there.
It reminds me of Generals' Row on Fort Lewis. OLD SKOOL

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

We even got streetview now by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #23 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 07:52:09 AM EST
based on renovations to the Porsche's porch, the google van came through last fall. It's almost like living there.


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I saw the Google Earth plane by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #24 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 10:40:01 AM EST
It (OK, or any other similar aerial photography plane) flew over on Tuesday. I'm in the Parade Gardens, behind a gaggle of Spanish schoolgirls with exposed thongs (they took up position after I got there). I've no idea when it gets tiled and uploaded.

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Speaking of Death... by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #25 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 11:28:09 AM EST
Did you ever read On A Pale Horse?

Death drives a bone yellow Corvette.

When appropriate.


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Has anybody seen my clue? I know I had it when I came in here.

I have not by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #26 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 11:30:34 AM EST
I don't recall ever reading any Piers.


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He has his problems as an author by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #27 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 11:39:09 AM EST
Piers is his first name, by the way.

He was very big back when we were in school - one of those authors who was popular enough that he could sell outlines of stories and then, once they sold, write the books.

His strength as an author is his ability to create innovative plots and backgrounds - ranging from hard SF like Bio of a Space Tyrant to "urban fantasy" like On A Pale Horse to comedic fantasy like A Spell for Chameleon.

His weakness, which was glaring once I realized it, is that his characters all basically feel like the same person.

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they're coming by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #28 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 02:47:25 PM EST
I saw some this past weekend.


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The girls said they saw one in the garage tonight by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #29 Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 04:08:55 PM EST



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