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Addiction LXXVIII

Old 04-21-20, 12:44 PM
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Can I get an impossible Big Mac please?
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Well, my first-half cycling calendar is officially empty now. The last two events I had signed up for (part of a 4 event series) have been cancelled.
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Thank you all so very much. This sadness is really such a small price to pay for the absolute and pure joy they bring to us. We're fortunate that something, somehow, made it possible for them to be a part of our being.
Very sorry to read this. It's true though that they give us so much. George Carlin said it's a guaranteed broken heart when you love a pet.
Then he said something about getting a giant tortoise.
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Oktoberfest has been cancelled for 2020.
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Oktoberfest has been cancelled for 2020.
Okay, now this COVID stuff has gone too far!
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She also worked in Asia and Vietnam with a group providing prosthetics for those who lost limbs. She spent so much time there she spoke Vietnamese was recognized and respected everywhere, North or South.
After I wrote that I realized she had a farm there, but was rarely around after the early 70s. Ever around? I didn't personally know her but I do personally know a tree she planted on one of the farms I used to live on. In the early 70s.
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Old 04-21-20, 01:32 PM
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Slow day. Good thing I have other things to do, and the energy (first time since my release) to do them. The brand new water line I put in worked flawlessly until this morning. Then it just stopped. Where does one begin to troubleshoot such? We began with a hacksaw and a handful of couplers. Then it got too hot out for the Mrs., and I only have one hand. So I had to call a retreat, until it cools down some.
39C. I'm acclimated; she is not.
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Sorry to hear about the pup, @LAJ
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And then it came back
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And then it came back
I blame gremlins, or maybe the moon.
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With a tractor it would have been too easy. We had a tractor though, mostly for mowing.
I spent a summer playing farmer at the ancestral homestead. We had three tractors, two Gators, and a pile of power tools. It was still hard work; harder than my office job has ever been.
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A lot of restaurant food bugs me. Portions are too large. Too much salt, too much cheese, too many carbs. Even a simple sandwich is sometimes over the top for me.
Pro tip: Don’t ever look at the Cheesecake Factory’s menu.
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Old 04-21-20, 02:13 PM
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12 years full of good days still don't prepare us for this day. Yesterday sucked.
I'm so sorry. We might think we're prepared, but the reality is we never are...
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Old 04-21-20, 02:18 PM
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I spent a summer playing farmer at the ancestral homestead. We had three tractors, two Gators, and a pile of power tools. It was still hard work; harder than my office job has ever been.
My tractor experience is limited to mowing my folks front yard and runway at their house in Texas with a 6ft box blade.

I clearly remember my father's warning when he was teaching me:

"Be extremely careful mowing near the house. This tractor will go through the house like there's nothing there"

Other than that bit of pucker factor, spending 4 hours on a tractor mowing is quite meditative.
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My tractor experience is limited to mowing my folks front yard and runway at their house in Texas with a 6ft box blade.

I clearly remember my father's warning when he was teaching me:

"Be extremely careful mowing near the house. This tractor will go through the house like there's nothing there"

Other than that bit of pucker factor, spending 4 hours on a tractor mowing is quite meditative.
I may need to start mowing lawns this week.
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A lot of restaurant food bugs me. Portions are too large. Too much salt, too much cheese, too many carbs. Even a simple sandwich is sometimes over the top for me.
When I was young and gluttonous, I never thought that I'd get to the plate sharing stage, but my wife and I have been doing just that, recently (though not at table service restaurants - still too self-conscious for that). And yeah, we've pared down the number of establishments that we're willing to go to.

The worst, though? Those food porn media outlets that think crazy excess is somehow delicious: burgers with multiple patties and oily cheese dripping all over the place, or using breaded chicken cutlets as taco shells. using mac and cheese as a condiment, etc, etc. So gross.
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12 years full of good days still don't prepare us for this day. Yesterday sucked.
Ah crap! So sorry LAJ
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12 years full of good days still don't prepare us for this day. Yesterday sucked.

Sorry LAJ.
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Pro tip: Don’t ever look at the Cheesecake Factory’s menu.
Unless you want to see how an 1800+ calorie “salad” looks like (light dressing)
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Man, you guys are making me hungry for junk. Which chain was it that came up with multiple patty “burger” that had grilled cheese sandwiches for a bun?

edit: Found it! Friendly’s...

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Today I took the mtb up the mountain behind the house. It's mostly paved and gains about 2000 feet in 5 miles, 2500 feet in 7 miles with an extra out and back. There are no cars and a lot of people walk on the lower part, sometimes I see runners at the top which is impressive.
Today I took a dirt only option for the descent which ends on the property of the county hospital. There were about a dozen nurses hiking up the bottom and I asked if it was their lunch break. They said it was a walk break, an extra break beside lunch. As grim as things are at that place it seems like a great idea.
When I got down to the hospital grounds there were nurses walking all over.
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Then there was the Hot Band, but IMO her best period was the time she spent with Rodney Crowell. Great songwriter. And performer.
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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post
My tractor experience is limited to mowing my folks front yard and runway at their house in Texas with a 6ft box blade.

I clearly remember my father's warning when he was teaching me:
"Be extremely careful mowing near the house. This tractor will go through the house like there's nothing there"
Other than that bit of pucker factor, spending 4 hours on a tractor mowing is quite meditative.
When I worked on a dairy farm as a boy, I always liked mowing but the best was plowing. As you say, meditative.
My family in my home town are still farmers.
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Unless you want to see how an 1800+ calorie “salad” looks like (light dressing)
IKR. I walked passed one and stopped to look at the menu in the window. Got ascared.
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