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Forum: The Library Café May 3 2020, 03:33 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

Congrats, Allen! I hope your son and especially his wife and child are doing well.
Forum: The Library Café Apr 26 2020, 12:55 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

I sure hope it's not the virus... Fingers crossed.
Forum: The Library Café Apr 5 2020, 03:20 AM
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Re: What is happening

:lol: He's using his own computer rather than the Chromebook issued by the school, so he has access to more stuff on it than just schoolwork. But he's been pretty good doing it so far, with minimum...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 4 2020, 08:15 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

Same thing applies here, too. Restaurants are shut. Takeouts are allowed, luckily. Anyone with an office job is asked to work from home and for government employees like me, it's mandatory. Schools...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 29 2020, 05:39 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

Glad to hear she's doing better.


We've been trying to support our local businesses by ordering takeout food about twice a week. The burger chains will survive, I'm less confident about the local...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 28 2020, 04:32 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

My husband's doing all our shopping. He goes once a week. The only problem is to get the bread to last long enough, I suppose we'll need to buy more and put some in the freezer.
Forum: The Library Café Mar 28 2020, 04:28 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

I hope she'll feel better soon. I also saw your later post. If Kibby's been diagnosed with asthma, she's in a high-risk group regardless of age.



I'm astounded at this degree of helicopter...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 23 2020, 02:43 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: New Pern Books !

Re-reading Moreta seems like a good idea. Maybe Nerilka as well... But Moreta's the first Pern book I ever read and still my favorite.
Forum: The Library Café Mar 21 2020, 10:17 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

As of Wednesday, they announced a state of emergency. This is the first time it has happened since WW2. This means that emergency funding is available for businesses that are forced to close due to...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 22 2020, 01:31 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

Oh wow. Annoying, but looks like it could've been a lot worse.


Still no snow. Officially, it's not even thermic winter, because average temps don't drop below 0 C. In some places, cherry trees...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 19 2020, 02:52 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

Cool pix once again! Have you given any thought to restoring the woodwork? On one episode of Wheeler Dealers they restored it in a 1965 Mark 2, but no doubt youtube has lots of how-to videos.
Forum: The Library Café Jan 16 2020, 12:40 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

Swapping a Lada for a Jag? Way to go! That's quite a story. And I bet it'll be an absolutely awesome car once you get it fixed up.



That pocket knife with the retractable blade? Looks pretty...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 7 2020, 12:17 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

Box cutters? I never used anything bigger than a Stanley knife with a half-inch blade to cut the box tape. I guess if you really tried, you could cut somebody's carotid artery with it... But no...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 6 2020, 11:31 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

Your long reach surely helps. :) Cashiers with shorter arms may be forced to deal with the items more or less in the order they show up on the belt, if they even think about it.



Yikes, I just...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 6 2020, 12:37 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

Interesting stuff on the Lada! Reminds me of when we lived in the UK in the mid-80s and my dad drove a left-hand drive 1984 Volvo 240 estate. Although he had covered the part of the headlight lens...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 5 2020, 01:12 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

Congrats! Way to show them. I hope they quit being on your case for being "slow", when you obviously aren't. And taking the time off rather than the money sounds like a good idea, if you can afford...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 5 2020, 01:06 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

Yikes, the struts sound a bit iffy! I think I've seen them replaced at least on one car on Wheeler Dealers. But if he ever needed to replace those, he'd either get the proper tools or take the car to...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 4 2020, 01:23 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

Oh, my goodness. I hope you get your heating fixed soon.


How are your fixing projects coming along, Zelandeth? Reading your posts is almost as good as watching Wheeler Dealers. :) That's one of...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 2 2020, 12:57 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

Ouch, Mawra, that's awful. I hope things improve for you shortly. Happy to be on vacation until next Tuesday (Monday's Twelfth Night so we get it off, too).


Happy New Year!
Forum: The Library Café Dec 30 2019, 01:02 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

Hello again everyone! Glad people are still here. Hope you're having a great holiday season. I'm on vacation this week and had three days off (24-26) last week, lovely.


Sorry I've been absent...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 30 2019, 12:12 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: Greetings

What a great post to return to! Here's hoping everyone had a great Christmas. Or Hanukkah, I know we at least used to have some Jewish members.



Happy New Year!
Forum: The Library Café Jul 31 2019, 07:10 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

Mawra, I'm so sorry that you couldn't keep your beloved furry friends.
Forum: The Library Café Jul 8 2019, 02:57 PM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

Oh, I do hope you can adopt the dog, she looks like a real sweetie.
Forum: The Library Café Jul 1 2019, 04:34 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

Marcus is ten now, old enough to really enjoy the trip, and to remember it as an adult. :) I wish you'd contacted me before your trip, it would have been lovely to catch up with you over a drink or...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 30 2019, 05:47 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

P'ter, I hope you're feeling better after your therapy session.

Great progress on the Invacar, Z!

Sorry for the long absence but we went on our vacation trip, see below:

It was a great...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 13 2019, 10:53 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

Are there any teenagers in your area that you could hire to take the dogs for walks, if you're unable to go?
Forum: The Library Café Jun 10 2019, 11:59 PM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

My condolences for the loss of your brother and my sympathy for the loss of your job. Good luck.
Forum: The Library Café May 5 2019, 02:43 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

Nice to see the camper all fixed up. I hope you have a great weekend camping.
Forum: The Library Café Apr 24 2019, 03:56 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

Ouch, I do hope the dealership continues to sell you parts. Have you considered doing a blog on your renovation project? It might attract a few more readers than this thread buried on a nearly...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 24 2019, 01:16 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

It's coming along really nicely, well done. And I love the custom number plate on the Xantia!
Forum: The Library Café Mar 8 2019, 01:11 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

I got the same security warning for NKT. Good to know Simon's working on it.

I hope everyone's doing well. Work's been really stressing me out lately, so I haven't really felt like sitting at the...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 18 2018, 03:34 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

Chrome is blocking this site as unsafe again, which is probably partly why it's gone so quiet.
Forum: The Library Café Aug 13 2018, 11:03 PM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

I'm sad as well. My thoughts are with his nearest and dearest.


Bobbsy was one of the first people I chatted with on the original KT some 20 years ago...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 24 2018, 12:44 PM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

I remember ten years ago when you posted about how amazed you were that she was a teenager. :)
Forum: The Library Café Jul 22 2018, 01:25 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

Good to hear things work again.


I've had a fabulous four-week vacation with good or great weather, back to work tomorrow.
Forum: The Library Café Jul 4 2018, 12:46 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

Ouch, she's been very unlucky with her hands and arms.



Here, though, it wouldn't matter where she got the original injury, the employer would still be liable for any costs resulting from...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 26 2018, 11:47 PM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

Luckily some managers are more sensible than others, I'm glad Kibby's current one seems reasonable and understood her reasons for quitting without notice. I think her former manager is lucky not to...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 25 2018, 03:50 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

Congrats to Kibby on the new job. Glad her wrist healed quickly.


How's your mom doing? Kudos to you for taking care of her at home. I'm not sure I could do the same. Physically yes, but I'm not...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 17 2018, 06:40 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

I hope your surgery went well, Allen. I wish you a speedy and complete recovery.
Forum: All the Rest Jun 6 2018, 08:08 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: Anne's english

When I read Anne's work, I don't really care if it's the UK or US edition. My spoken English is largely British, with a very slight Finnish accent, but I switched to US spelling online ages ago. I...
Forum: All the Rest Jun 6 2018, 07:27 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: Best books

Resurrecting an old, tired thread, but never mind.


I think PiS is a more coherent story than most books that Anne wrote after 1995. It's certainly a much less confusing read than TTaTH, which I...
Forum: The Library Café May 20 2018, 05:25 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

Awww, is that too hot or too cold for you, P'ter? Low 20s (C mind, not F!) is just about right for me. Too much over 27 C and I become woozy and don't feel like doing anything. Fine if you can just...
Forum: The Library Café May 15 2018, 10:34 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

Now we're hitting 29 C, very unusual for this time of year. Last summer, we didn't have any days this warm.
Forum: The Library Café May 13 2018, 10:37 PM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

We're officially in a heatwave. First time I remember celebrating Mother's Day in 25 C.
Forum: The Library Café May 11 2018, 10:55 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

I'm still here... Haven't had much to post about recently.

Now the weather's wonderful, sunny with a light breeze and 20 C/68 F. For Mother's Day on Sunday they're forecasting 25 C/77 F. Three...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 16 2018, 10:55 PM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

Glad you're safe, mawra.
Forum: The Library Café Apr 3 2018, 11:08 PM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

There's a reason why so many Finns decided to settle in the Great Lakes area, on both sides of the border, about 150 to 100 years ago. The similarity of climate explains a lot.
Forum: The Library Café Apr 2 2018, 11:38 PM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

It's whiter than Christmas outside. Easter's early this year, but even so, this is getting tiresome.
Forum: The Library Café Feb 20 2018, 06:40 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: What is happening

I wish you both strength and courage in coping with this new stage in your lives.
Forum: The Library Café Feb 19 2018, 01:38 AM
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Posted By granath
Re: Pratchett the plagarist

Indeed she was. And parody is usually covered by fair use anyway, isn't it?
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