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Old 10-12-2009, 02:27 PM   #2441
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First storm of the season scheduled to come in tonight/tomorrow, so I'm spending the day battening down the hatches for rain & wind. Cleaning up the yard, tarping the kids' toys, double-checking batteries & matches for emergency lighting (we've been told to expect possible power outages due to high winds), etc. Doing everything I can think of that requires electricity (laundry, vacuuming, etc.) so if we don't have it for a day or so I won't be kicking myself. I'm also going to spend some time searching for Shoes That Are Not Crocs for my kids -- we have something without holes in it somewhere..... oh, and coats for them -- must find coats....
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Old 10-12-2009, 08:07 PM   #2442
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Worked at the police dept this morning. Had to deal with an assault victim. I can not remember the last time I've gone to work at the p.d. that there hasn't been at least one or more assault victims coming in on my shift. I deal with everything else rather well, but this type of crime really cuts a chunk out of me. Makes me weary.

Didn't do much this afternoon. Will do even less tonight.
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Got seasonal flu shot (still debating H1N1).

Got cat to the vet for cat's shots.
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Today I am wearing my vineyard mistress' hat. My mini vineyard did beautifully, all transplants survived and grew about 4 feet of nice green grapevine. I trussed their little "arms" to the trellis, hilled up dirt around the main trunk, and am reading up on winter prep to make sure I didn't forget anything.
Winter Protection for grapes

Also a pic of the maple tree with a few leaves left on.
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Done nothing much aside from thinking about my impemding dentistry ordeal set fior Nov. 4.
Judging by the the post surgery medication prescribed I´ve got reasons to be scared out of my wits...
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Yesterday our 13 year old daughter needed to go to the doctor's office for an athletic physical. DW and I both work, so I took 1/2 day of "sick" time and took daughter. Since the appointment was at 9:40 am, I slept in, had coffee and w*rked a crossword puzzle.
When I took daughter to the doctor, she (the doctor) pronounced her (daughter) in great health and a fine personality too!
I really enjoyed the un-rushed pace of the morning. What a joy it was! I was not a slave to the daily grind for thoes 4 hours. Then I got in the car and drove 65 minutes to begin the w*rk day.
It really got me thinking about early retirement... OK, I actually think about it every day. In my mind, I think that retirement will be like those four hours yesterday, without the cloud of going back to w*rk.
For those of you who have FIREd... It that so? Have you successfully let go of w*rk concerns and not replaced them with concerns about SWR? Did the transition take a while?
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Took advantage of dh2b...<pregnant pause> ...um...having the day off to get some outdoor stuff done.
Barely managed to keep the chainsaw out of his hands.
I don't know how you keep the chainsaw oil from staining the sheets, let alone keep the chain from tearing up everything while the exhaust smokes out the bedroom...
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Yes, that is exactly what it is like.
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The promised rain materialized today, but no wind (yet). Munchkins had school this morning, so I got a great workout at the gym in. Signed up to volunteer at the Food Bank, am really looking forward to that.

Have a beef vegetable stew simmering on the stove and homemade oatmeal-wheat bread baking in the oven. It's going to be a cozy night!
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Done nothing much aside from thinking about my impemding dentistry ordeal set fior Nov. 4.
Judging by the the post surgery medication prescribed I´ve got reasons to be scared out of my wits...
I've always thought that dentists should have interesting frescos painted on the ceiling. Perhaps a Goya? By the time I figure out what St. Anthony is doing, the dentist would be done.

Best wishes on the procedure, Vicente. Let us know how it goes.
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I stand corrected, and congratulate you on the in-depth nature of your risk assessment!

Thanks NW, but I think I'll join Vicente on the beach in Spain!
I don't blame you. You've got nothing to gain by climbing that ladder, while I saw $4K+ dangling in front of me, plus the job satisfaction and bragging right to be claimed. Conversely, knowing that you are an MD, I will say I would not want to be an observer in an Operating Room, having no morbid curiosity to satisfy (even hard core porn scares me). However, I think I have made improvements in conquering my phobia of the RV black tank and its drain hose, the first step in the endeavor to purchase and use an RV. W2R will disagree here, but it is all about whether one thinks the gain is worth the cost.

By the way, I took no offense at any of the comments. You all meant well and did not want to see me getting hurt (Me too!). In order to capture the entire setup, the camera was placed at the deck level, not at the standing eye level, and the lens focal length was at the shortest setting. It had the unintended effect of dramatizing the ladder height even more, hence I was happy to post it, then await the anticipated responses. My palpitation when up on that ladder was very real however, hence I had no photo taken looking down from the top.
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Meadbh: there´s another one for you... Promoting my village!
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I think I have made improvements in conquering my phobia of the RV black tank and its drain hose, the first step in the endeavor to purchase and use an RV. W2R will disagree here, but it is all about whether one thinks the gain is worth the cost.
Actually I do agree but it would never be worth it, for me!

Also, I happen to be afraid of heights (although traveling by air doesn't bother me for some reason). You would not catch me on that ladder for all the tea in China. Climbing on a ladder to change the floodlight bulbs in my kitchen is about the maximum ladder risk that I will endure at my age. Cluck, cluck! Thank goodness, I have gutter guards so no need to clean them out.
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Vicente, you are doing a good job of promoting your village! It is a beautiful place.
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I was coming home from downtown on the bus. The driver lowered the electro-hydraulic lift to put a very large wheelchair-bound guy onboard.

I heard the lift straining, and the bus tilted toward the side. Then again, and then again. After a few more tries the driver gave up; said to the man that he wasn't able to lift him.

I am not sure how he would get home. Maybe try another bus with better hydraulics.

Today was a rough day for those who live on the street. Some wind, and some heavy rain showers without much warning. I got soaked, and I was very happy to be able to come home and get a hot shower and relax in dry clothes in my warm apartment. I am often awed by what these people seem to be able to handle. Many of them are getting pretty old too.

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Yesterday took the bike out for a long ride despite the 40 degree temperature. Insulated boots, a set of thermals, riding suit with wind proofing and insulation, balaclava and full-face helmet helped but still got mild hypothermia.

Note to self: Next time wear the heavier thermals and include the heating pads for body, feet and hands.

Took DW out for the promised steak dinner. Came home, fell asleep reading Blood, Sweat & 2nd Gear by flash gordon, MD. (Yes, that's his real name.)
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...By the way, I took no offense at any of the comments.
Ah, darn it, I'm losing my touch.

I realized the dizzying heights aspect was exaggerated by the camera angle and lens. You created an excellent shot.
I'm afraid of heights and your pic caused a slight adrenaline reaction in me. One back pat awarded.
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Wow, everyone here must have slept all day today!

Today was one of those glorious "I'm not gonna do squat" days.
I did accomplish exactly 1 constructive thing - I printed out all the VG forms to consolidate my investments all in one place. Yay!
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Wow, everyone here must have slept all day today!

Today was one of those glorious "I'm not gonna do squat" days.
I did accomplish exactly 1 constructive thing - I printed out all the VG forms to consolidate my investments all in one place. Yay!
Great accomplishment!!

I am on vacation today so I slept in for three hours. Then Frank took me out for lunch before he went to work.

This afternoon I am trying to shake off a cold, and just being lazy... didn't sleep all day, but very nearly!
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