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Old 03-24-20, 09:10 AM
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We've put our kitchen reno on pause for now (though we're doing most of the work, we'll need to contract out some stuff and we don't want to start down that road for various reasons), but I remembered that I had a fancy, touchless kitchen faucet sitting in a box in the basement. I had proposed installing it straightaway when we got it a few months ago, but the Mrs opposed, saying that she wanted it pristine for the new kitchen. Now, with all of the hand washing going on, I figured it would be a good idea to install it and the Mrs agrees. So that's what I've been doing this morning - installing the damn thing.

But these things never go 100% smoothly. Never. It went about 90% smoothly, but then I found that the supply lines are just a wee bit short. I'll have to take a trip to the hardware store to get the kitchen sink up and running again.
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Originally Posted by Heathpack View Post
Lol Puppy Love would sleep in until 10 every day quite contentedly. Sometimes if you try to get her up earlier, she remains sleep-floppy when you pick her up.

Baby Ash just gets up when we get up. Although sometimes if you’re trying to lounge in bed half awake, she takes notice and enthusiastically greets your entire head. It’s quite an assault.
My cat wants to play fight as soon as I wake up. He's 19 pounds and has sharp claws so this can be a problem. Once I get up he wants to go outside and eat a bunch of grass so he can come back in and throw up.
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Once I get up he wants to go outside and eat a bunch of grass so he can come back in and throw up.
Oh, cats do that dumb **** too?
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Old 03-24-20, 09:43 AM
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Oh, cats do that dumb **** too?
Yep, and when it rains he tries to drain all the puddles so when he barfs up the grass it's very wet.
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Old 03-24-20, 09:51 AM
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Oh, cats do that dumb **** too?
They also kill friendly neighborhood rodents. Monsters.
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Your video clip reminds me of a weekend I spent in N'awlins some time back. Street musicians not only played their instruments but put on a visual display easily worth the small contribution the public would make. They brought eyebrows, eye balls and their entire bodies into the performance. I love the place.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
We've put our kitchen reno on pause for now (though we're doing most of the work, we'll need to contract out some stuff and we don't want to start down that road for various reasons), but I remembered that I had a fancy, touchless kitchen faucet sitting in a box in the basement. I had proposed installing it straightaway when we got it a few months ago, but the Mrs opposed, saying that she wanted it pristine for the new kitchen. Now, with all of the hand washing going on, I figured it would be a good idea to install it and the Mrs agrees. So that's what I've been doing this morning - installing the damn thing.

But these things never go 100% smoothly. Never. It went about 90% smoothly, but then I found that the supply lines are just a wee bit short. I'll have to take a trip to the hardware store to get the kitchen sink up and running again.

this is why we can’t have nice things.
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Old 03-24-20, 10:14 AM
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Well I got the word today that our business is considered essential as we serve the electricity industry. So I got that going for me. Which is nice.

I think we're still going to go ahead and be cautious with our money and try to put some more away. Maybe up the mortgage and student loan payments again in june/july depending on how things go.
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Bad ass.

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My Brother in Law has about 10 of these that are new in the box.



This is his signature.

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THE one and only. I was a four-year Deerfield boy. In 2018 I took my bike on the train to St. Albans, VT. Rode south, stopped for a weekend at my 35th reunion then continued home to Philly.
We played you in all sports, but I only played basketball. Four years at Exeter.
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Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
They're essential because alcohol is 1) a diversion from boredom, 2) induces cheer and good spirits, 3) known to have a calming effect on most people despite it's technical classification as a stimulus, and 4) even puts many to sleep. Beer, as an example, makes BillyD sleepy almost without fail.

Finally 5) there will almost certainly be civil unrest if liquor stores closed.
I'm with Billy.
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Old 03-24-20, 10:46 AM
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My cat wants to play fight as soon as I wake up. He's 19 pounds and has sharp claws so this can be a problem. Once I get up he wants to go outside and eat a bunch of grass so he can come back in and throw up.
We got a gadget of sorts - the Bissel spot-bot (pet version). Essentially it has two tanks - one filled with a cleaning solution, the other tank is where it puts stuff it sucks up. It sprays the cleaning solution on where the pet made a mess, and then you use the thing to scrub and suck up the excess liquid. Repeat until clean. It does a really decent job of cleaning up cat barf on rugs and upholstery. I had to get it out over the weekend because a cat had barfed in my chair in the living room.
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I've been meaning to get to the liquor store.
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Old 03-24-20, 10:51 AM
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Four years at Exeter, and we had girls.
FIFY

A couple of years after I graduated (1983) Deerfield announced it would go co-ed in the near future. I went back to the campus a couple of times after that happened (including twice for D2R2, which is a mostly dirt randonee ride that starts just outside of the center of town), but it was strange seeing girls there for reunions when I attended my 35th in 2018.

Another strange thing is that just a few miles north of its fairytale-like setting is the town of Greenfield, which allegedly has the highest rate of opioid addiction of any city the state. Meanwhile, the school was building a new athletic center, compete with a new indoor hockey rink, that was expected to come in at $78 million dollars. Most of that was donated by one anonymous donor. My guess is that it was King Abdullah Al Hussein, who was in the class of 1980.
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Even though my Easter tour was rendered impossible weeks ago, Cape Henlopen State Park has closed its campground through May 15th, meaning I get a full refund of my $100+ reservation.

Cool.
As far as I know, the park is still open however. If I feel like cutting out of work early, I might take a bike ride up there later.

I was up there 2 weeks ago - a big chunk of beach is closed to humans and dogs due to nesting birds. But at the time the rest was still open - there were may be a dozen people that I could see on the beach within a mile of me, but it was still kind of cold. Once the weather warms up enough, I expect lots of people will want to venture out, and I have no doubt that the rest of the park will be forced to close to limit the crowds.
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Originally Posted by ericy View Post
We got a gadget of sorts - the Bissel spot-bot (pet version). Essentially it has two tanks - one filled with a cleaning solution, the other tank is where it puts stuff it sucks up. It sprays the cleaning solution on where the pet made a mess, and then you use the thing to scrub and suck up the excess liquid. Repeat until clean. It does a really decent job of cleaning up cat barf on rugs and upholstery. I had to get it out over the weekend because a cat had barfed in my chair in the living room.
Luckily, most of the time he hurls on the floor. There is one room with carpet which he has defiled.
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As far as I know, the park is still open however. If I feel like cutting out of work early, I might take a bike ride up there later.

I was up there 2 weeks ago - a big chunk of beach is closed to humans and dogs due to nesting birds. But at the time the rest was still open - there were may be a dozen people that I could see on the beach within a mile of me, but it was still kind of cold. Once the weather warms up enough, I expect lots of people will want to venture out, and I have no doubt that the rest of the park will be forced to close to limit the crowds.
I was really looking forward to going. A few years ago I did four-day trip down there. Rode from just across the river from Philly to Belleplain State Forest in Woodbine, NJ on a Thursday. Friday I rode to the ferry to Lewes. Camped for two nights (rode around the park and then down to Rehoboth on Saturday for lunch) then rode to Atlantic City on Easter to catch the train back home to Philly. That was an epic day as a storm moved in Saturday night. Bucked a headwind and intermittent drizzle all the way up the coast. I nearly quit an got a motel room in Ocean City, NJ. But I got some good eats there and pressed on. NJ announced that the campground at Belleplain would be closed for a while, and the ferry stopped accepting foot traffic last Wednesday.
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Telemedicine visits are interesting. We are using an intermediary called doxy.me that I suspect is kinda like Zoom or Skype, but is HIPAA compliant. Sometimes it works seamlessly, but sometimes the connection is slow and it does not work.

By and large, most patients are appreciative of the ability to "see" me and be "seen" by me without having to come in to the office.
Same with us. I never even meet my new appointment anymore, I just talk to them over the phone while they stay in the parking lot. I thought clients would raise their hackles at that but they've uniformly just been grateful that we're able to see them at all.
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My cat wants to play fight as soon as I wake up. He's 19 pounds and has sharp claws so this can be a problem. Once I get up he wants to go outside and eat a bunch of grass so he can come back in and throw up.
Lol I guess I should be grateful that we have lazy dogs.
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Your video clip reminds me of a weekend I spent in N'awlins some time back. Street musicians not only played their instruments but put on a visual display easily worth the small contribution the public would make. They brought eyebrows, eye balls and their entire bodies into the performance. I love the place.
Yep, N'awlins is one of a kind.
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That was after my time, but still cool. I was a Stingray guy.

My Brother in Law has about 10 of these that are new in the box.



This is his signature.

that's killer.
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How sh**y a driver are you, that durring a pandemic, when there is practicly no one on the road, you, hit a building?

And that SUV is friken totaled.
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^^^ that's gonna leave a mark.
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Faucet installed. Should be a nice-to-have, 'specially when I'm doing things like handling chicken and have to wash my hands every 60 seconds.
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Faucet installed. Should be a nice-to-have, 'specially when I'm doing things like handling chicken and have to wash my hands every 60 seconds.
Dude, you do that in the kitchen?
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