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Old Apr 6 2014, 01:43 AM   #2121
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Enjoyed Table Top International at Clockwork Couture with my boys. I played two new games and enjoyed both. One was a strategy game and the other was a role-playing, solve the puzzle game.
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Today was just one of those days. Jeff was changing the winter tires to summer on my car, out in the driveway because it was finally nice. He was on the third tire, in the front, when the car slipped off the jack and came down on the jack, causing a crack in the radiator. He was using the "pneumatic" jack that Fred got him which works great on the completely flat garage floor. It has wheels. He thinks the car shifted a tiny bit when he went to raise it up one more notch and bang. Luckily he knows never to be underneath a jacked up car. So, coolant all over the driveway, AAA came and the car went down the road to the repair place. 35 years and nothing like this has happened before. I guarantee it won't happen again! Nobody was hurt, I don't work so a couple days without it is no hardship. Naturally in hindsight I'm sure he'd do things differently. It's an accident, not an "on purpose"!
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Old Apr 6 2014, 09:50 PM   #2123
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I am very glad he was not under it when it down. A warning, wash the antifreeze off the drive way. It is deadly to animals and they are attracted to it.
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Old Apr 6 2014, 10:07 PM   #2124
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Yes indeed. He washed it off very thoroughly but thanks for the reminder!
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Old Apr 6 2014, 11:53 PM   #2125
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Old Apr 7 2014, 02:19 AM   #2126
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As a long-time mechanic, all I can say is: Yup! That's why they call them accidents. Glad he's okay.

Two questions:

1. Did his pants stay dry?

2. How long did it take his butt-cheeks to unclench & turn loose of his shorts?

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Old Apr 7 2014, 07:39 AM   #2127
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Allen, I'm quite sure his pants were dry. As to the butt cheeks, that's not the kind of question I would think to ask. Must be a "man" thing.

I asked him later in the evening if he was going over it in his head and thinking of all the things he might have done so it wouldn't have happened. He's an engineer, of course he was. He's used to fixing things, not breaking them. Ah well. Stuff happens.
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Old Apr 7 2014, 01:12 PM   #2128
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As a mechanic, I'd point out that you want jackstands in place as soon as possible, even if you decide the vehicle isn't high enough. If the jack goes, they might prevent the car from a long drop and impalement on the jack. If you decide the car needs to be higher, you can jack it up and then raise the height of the jackstands. They're cheap insurance.

Oh, and that's the kind of incident that will clench your butt so tight you may not go #2 for a week or two. Or pull your underwear out of your butt-crack for a few hours.

In other words, very nerve-wracking.
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I'll definitely mention it. We're never too old to learn something new. I know he puts blocks behind some of the tires when he's changing them I'm not sure if he has something called jackstands. It's been years and years since I changed a tire. I'm not sure I could if it was installed at a dealership. They tighten the bolts (is that what they're called) so tight sometimes it's even hard for Jeff to get them off the first time.

Btw, I wore one of the bracelets Friday night to a middle school variety show. Had to wear a long sleeve shirt so it wasn't as visible as I'd like. Spring & Summer - where are you?!
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Old Apr 7 2014, 10:11 PM   #2130
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Dealing with a teenager who is eating quarts of ice cream at night, lying to me about it and acting like an offended innocent when confronted. Aug!
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Sounds par for the course (although that doesn't excuse it)
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Don't you just LOVE it when they do that.

I was informed that it was MY fault Kibby did not give her rabbit the first time I told her he need it, because I told her to do something else an hour later. It was also my fault she left his water bowl in the bathroom when she went to bed instead of where it might be needed, George's cage.

I have also been informed it is my fault that she has to stay up late to do homework, because I made her spend 15 min. cleaning the livingroom.
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I think that every mother has "It Is My Fault" invisibly tattoed on their foreheads.
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Old Apr 9 2014, 10:51 PM   #2134
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Had an interesting day yesterday, visiting Leicester Uni and heard a wild lecture on the "History and Geography of Murder"!
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Old Apr 10 2014, 11:31 PM   #2136
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Sounds interesting, P'ter. Do give more information about the lecture, please.

I'm still waiting to hear back about my grad application.
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The lecturer was a Dr Peter King, but he included a quantity of data from an American, Prof Randy Roth.

He looked at the downward trends in murders in Europe over the centuries with an acceleration when changing perceptions of 'masculinity' led to men giving up wearing swords as everyday-wear. (They also gave up wearing jazzy clothing as this became associated with homosexuality. This is known as the 'Great Male Renunciation'). There were national differences, e.g. Italy only started its downturn after unification in 19th century.

According to the statistics, in 14th Century Britain Oxford had the highest recorded murder rate. But, notice that word "recorded"? Oxford also had the highest literacy rate; so more murders got recorded.

At the present time, you're 20 times more likely to be murdered in Guatemala than in Austria. And, despite the common view that big cities are hotbeds of crime, you're less likely to be murdered in an ancient capitol city, than in the rest of the country (at least for London, Paris and Berlin).

There is a continuing downward trend which some are equating to the change from leaded car fuel (fewer mental effects from lead poisoning).

From Randy's work comes the interesting statistic that you're about 4 times more likely to be murdered in an ex-slave state in the SE USA. There is an even higher chance if you're on a Caribbean island or one of the Latin-American countries surrounding the Carribean.
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Interesting, I am more likely to be murdered where I live. Makes me want to move to an island in the middle of nowhere even more.
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Maw: it's still only about 4 in 100,000 for your area (about 1.8 in 100,000 for me)
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I am looking all the excuses I can & money to move to an island.
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Thanks P'ter for sharing.
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Well we're in the house at long last! Quite a few things to get sorted out, but no show stoppers yet at least. Leaky bath, two stuffed taps and a leaky sink. Just going to get a plumber in to sort that as it will take them about ten minutes.

Spent a full day cleaning - we're now certain that the previous owner was allergic to cleaning!

Will snap a few photos once we start getting settled in. Still just a sea of boxes now!
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Congratulations on the new house! It's been quite a while but I'm sure worth it. Pictures would be great!

We have new next door neighbors. Met them yesterday. They are in their early thirties, two little girls ages 4 and 6, one small beagle mix dog. Very pleasant, not snooty like the former owners. We don't have much contact with neighbors but it's nice to get a wave of hello as we pass each other in our cars on the common driveway.

There are still not even any buds on the trees! Spring is extremely late. I am wondering what the hummingbirds are doing. By this time last year I believe I had the feeders out and had seen at least one passing through. I think I'll set out a feeder just in case.
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Congrats on the new house, Zelandeth and good luck with the cleaning!
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CONGRATS!!!! On new house. Now the fun really begins, deciding where to put everything.

Priscilla, I hope you get some humming birds soon.
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That great that you got the house
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Pic of house or it didn't happen.

Also when deciding where to put things have the people who will be living there decide. When we moved houses we had to move things around because others kept putting things in one cupboard where we could not get to them or were not convenient.

It was really bad when tall people tried to put things where they thought they should go. three out of five us are short. Someone put all the cooking spices on the top shelf where the cooks could not reach them.

It was a little different with us. We had a house built in front the only, we did not do much packing.
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Kugai and P'ter, I am so slow. It took me several extra comments to figure out where you two were going with the couch and the potatoes!

It snowed about 1/4 inch last night. Now it is 29 degrees F. The poor birds are confused and I suppose it could be Memorial Day at this rate before the hummingbirds get really established. None of the trees even have buds on them yet. Daffodils and hyacinth are in bloom, it is late for them as well.
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It snowed??

Hope that does not happen here, we are enjoying nice spring weather and winter passed us by this year. No snow, no ice and only a few days with light frost. My kind of winter!
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Possibly due to sun-spot maximum.
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Very little winter here too, Hans, which means drought conditions and the need for rain.
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I feel like Readis from Dolphins of Pern, or Tia AH-1033 before she started the shell program. My Left foot is numb and part of low part of my left leg, I'm going Fri. to see my neurologist, I shall try and keep you posted
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How to stop seizures, put a kid in the hospital to monitor his seizures. In the two days Seth has been at UVA hooked up to EEG no seizures. He is there until he has enough seizures to figure out what part of the brain they are coming from.

I going up to tomorrow. I need to get meds. Taking Mom and Emmi with me. Tammy is picking Kibby up from school and coming up. They want to let Kibby stay with Seth and take Melissa out for a decent dinner.
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Old Apr 18 2014, 01:06 AM   #2158
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Here's hoping they figure it out soon, Mawra.
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Old Apr 20 2014, 03:06 PM   #2159
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I spent all day Fri. at UVA. I was going to go back up today, but the breaks on the van are grinding so decided not to go. Seth is still seizure free, they have reduced his meds twice. They are going to start playing around with the lights in his room. Different colored lights can cause seizures. They are also going to try strobe lights.

I have been wanting a corset since I went to Dragoncon in 2007. I finally ordered one. I heard they run small so I ordered a 6 extra large. I normally wear a 4 extra large. It was WAY to small. It fits Kibby, who wears a 2 extra large, perfectly. Kibby loves it.
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Honest, we have really moved in! See!



More photos will follow once that we actually have a working internet connection, what we have currently is beyond dodgy!
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