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Old 08-22-2010, 08:34 PM   #5221
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You know I would never want to contribute to any one's delinquency but:
Have you ever tried a shot of Brandy in that?
I've found it really improves the taste and morning enjoyment.
Such a warm fuzzy additive,
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Brandy?....haaaarumphhhhh...I've never heard of such a thing.

(but I do use Jack Daniels)

mmmm, hmmmm...a little fuzz is good every once in a while...
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Old 08-22-2010, 09:24 PM   #5222
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I helped a family friend with a plumbing leak, they were up until 3am worried about the problem. I went over around 5pm, discovered they had old galvanized pipes, leading to copper, so there was no pressure to check the leaking sink. Just about to cut the copper pipe just after the shutoff valve when we discovered the hot water pipe was pretty hot (meaning water flowing through). So we stopped cutting, lo and behold water pressure! Bad news, the shower turns on, but won't turn off, but I got the leak in the sink fixed. Hate to say it, but 40-50 yr old galvanized supply lines lead to clogged up fixtures. Now they have to go shopping for a new shower faucet, it was over 15 years old. Then they wanted to pay me after feeding me dinner....the original issue, the leak took me 1 minute to fix.
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Schlage Camelot Handleset with Flair Interior Lever (Antique Brass) - Left Hand - F360 CAM 609 FLA LH at The Home Depot

We just put new lever handles on a half-dozen interior doors in our 1989 home... thinking ahead to the days when our arthritis-clawed digits will no longer wish to clasp & turn. Makes it easier for grandkids and pets, too.

The nicest thing about this hardware is that it's adjustable to either type of knob inset. No new holes or adapters required.
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Last night I had some excitement. I got a frantic phone call from the waterfront guy at the little boating club where I dock my powerboat. The wind was coming from the east in gusts and creating havoc with the row of boats where mine is docked. My bow line had snapped, and one of the guys had temporarily re-tied it.
I had to semi-crawl out on a "bucking bronco" finger slip and redo the bow line and added another spring line for good measure. The good news is my back up system of lines had kept the boat from smashing into the dock at the bow and the two stern lines (also with backups) had held fast. I got soaked to the skin in driving rain.
It took about an hour for my adrenalin level to return to normal.
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Last night my group played a wonderful gig in this building (mouse over it to see what it really looks like). It was at a posh members-only club, and they really loved our singer. Unfortunately, I couldn't get pictures while we were playing; I took these while setting up.





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Even if it was about a year ago.
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Brandy?....haaaarumphhhhh...I've never heard of such a thing.

(but I do use Jack Daniels)

mmmm, hmmmm...a little fuzz is good every once in a while...
Well you see, long story.
I had brandy left over from christmas & eggnog thingy's.
So one day I thought, I'd like an Irish coffee.
Oh , don't have any Irish whiskey or anything close.
So that's how the brandy ended up in my coffee.
Not to bad actually.

Now the song I'm working on about it.
Think Charlie Daniels or Marshall Tucker, somebody like that. Maybe a little of the old movie "Thunder Road" staring Robert Mitchum. I'm sure you are to young to remember, right?
Only got a few lines that popped in my head one day after drinking the new brew.

Brandy in my coffee, lightning in my tea.
Had to move to the other side of the mountain.
The law was after me.

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Well you see, long story.
I had brandy left over from christmas & eggnog thingy's.
So one day I thought, I'd like an Irish coffee.
Oh , don't have any Irish whiskey or anything close.
So that's how the brandy ended up in my coffee.
Not to bad actually.

Now the song I'm working on about it.
Think Charlie Daniels or Marshall Tucker, somebody like that. Maybe a little of the old movie "Thunder Road" staring Robert Mitchum. I'm sure you are to young to remember, right?
Who is this Robert Mitchum you speak of?
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Only got a few lines that popped in my head one day after drinking the new brew.

Brandy in my coffee, lightning in my tea.
Had to move to the other side of the mountain.
The law was after me.

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Here are a few lines you could add if you are so inclined...no charge...

Feelin’ warm fuzzies got ahold of me.
Long gone are the days drinkin’ from a fountain.
But dang I still have the need to pee.


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... The wind was coming from the east in gusts and creating havoc with the row of boats where mine is docked. My bow line had snapped, and one of the guys had temporarily re-tied it.
I had to semi-crawl out on a "bucking bronco" finger slip and redo the bow line and added another spring line for good measure. The good news is my back up system of lines had kept the boat from smashing into the dock at the bow and the two stern lines (also with backups) had held fast. I got soaked to the skin in driving rain. ...
Somehow "freebird" and boat ownership seems like a strange combination.

As a resident of the Pacific coast, I remember a famous radio announcer and one-time boat owner here complaining that, whenever he got the ownership urge again, he just took a cold shower while pouring money down the drain!
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Somehow "freebird" and boat ownership seems like a strange combination.

As a resident of the Pacific coast, I remember a famous radio announcer and one-time boat owner here complaining that, whenever he got the ownership urge again, he just took a cold shower while pouring money down the drain!

It is merely an 18' powerboat on a small reservoir nearby. It is usually a nice quiet dockage situation. But when winds are coming in gusts up to 30 mph in a driving rainstorm, a nice quiet little reservoir can become quite the wild place.
My boating is very "Freebird". There is nothing like slamming the throttle forward and skimming across the lake at 35 mph. Once I get my "need for speed" satisfied, I generally kill the motor and float wherever the wind blows me.
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Wow, I haven't been keeping up with this thread. So a belated THANKS to Simple Girl for posting the video of her performance. Great job.

Nice surf trip today, although the waves were small. But it was unusually warm (about 65 degrees -- water: 53 degrees). Had a few "I'm getting too old for this" moments, but got a second wind after lunch.





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Tonight is my dance performance during intermission at the roller derby game. We all dress up in funky outfits and such. In fact I just painted my nails black...first time I've ever done that in my life!
Tonight we are staying at the Amana Colonies RV Park outside of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They have a large building about 25 feet from our site. As I was setting up, I noticed this group of girls collecting at the front. They looked quite athletic (one was doing push-ups twenty at a time to disperse her nervous tension) and were dressed in some sort of costumes. Costumes that reminded me of Carnival acts.

Anyway, after dinner, I went outside and noticed the lights on in the gymnasium-like room of the building. So I decided to walk over to the bathroom. Well when I got over to where I could look in the window in the door -- there they were... Roller Derby players.

I watched for about five minutes or so but while they noticed me, they didn't seem too welcoming so I left. Very impressive, I can tell you. I may have to take this Roller Derby thing much more seriously.
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Bought the plane tickets for next month's chapter meeting of the Houston ERs. Thank goodness Continental/United has a nonstop redeye.

While I'm there I guess we'll also drop in on our kid's college "Families Weekend". Frankly the only two events of the college's entire weekend that sound interesting are the Saturday-morning beer coffee klatsch with her dorm's masters/RAs and the Saturday-afternoon beer tailgate party. Apparently after the tailgater they're also having a football game.

It'd be interesting to swap sea stories with her NROTC officers. But I'm not sure that she wants them to even see her parents, let alone hear our sea stories...

I discovered today that Hawaii has passed a new law for a 25-year property-tax exclusion on photovoltaic arrays. Woo-hoo! It'll only be $75-$100/year but every buck counts. I'm mailing in that paperwork tomorrow.

Taekwondo tonight after a three-week break. I might as well start wincing and saying "Ouch" now.
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Apparently after the tailgater they're also having a football game.
Yep, looks like they're scheduled to loose to Baylor.
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Yep, looks like they're scheduled to loose to Baylor.
This week the Rice administration somewhat secretively and unexpectedly sold the school's radio transmission tower & FCC license to another school-- for nearly $10M. Rice radio is going Internet-only.

The shocked & outraged Rice students immediately started a poll to determine if they could get anywhere near that much for selling the football team.

I'm going to enjoy the family time but I don't know what the "Families Weekend" staff were thinking when they scheduled presentations with titles like "Music is an Occult Practice of Arithmetic in Which the Spirit Is Unaware That It Counts"...
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The shocked & outraged Rice students immediately started a poll to determine if they could get anywhere near that much for selling the football team.
Since football at Rice is an extracurricular sport, not Big Business, I'm guessing the students might have to pass the hat and offer the buyer a rebate...

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I'm going to enjoy the family time but I don't know what the "Families Weekend" staff were thinking when they scheduled presentations with titles like "Music is an Occult Practice of Arithmetic in Which the Spirit Is Unaware That It Counts"...
If the presentation is delivered by the Marching Owl Band (AKA "The MOB"), you're in for a real treat.
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The landscaping and tree removal team was supposed to begin work "probably Tuesday, but you don't have to be there" so I got up at 7 AM this morning (three hours early for me, these days). Even if I didn't have to be here, I wanted to keep an eye on what they were doing.

They didn't show. Granted, the lady who answers their phones told me confidentially that they often do the work as late as two weeks after the date they specify. But hey, the price is right.

Some time tomorrow, the Salvation Army is coming to take away half my furniture so I will be pretty good at staying home all day waiting for people by then.
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Got up around 10ish, fed the kitties, paid a couple of bills and talked to DH. He's currently enjoying Yellowstone National Park.

I fully intended to mow the grass, but it's cloudy, windy and looks like it will rain. I'll put it off until tomorrow...hopefully tomorrow it will be cloudy, windy and will look like rain.
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Wow, I haven't been keeping up with this thread. So a belated THANKS to Simple Girl for posting the video of her performance. Great job.
Same here. Just now seeing the video. Good job!

Played golf this morning. Nice weather too. A hint of fall was in the air. Time for a nap now though.
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I never post on this thread because I thought it would probably bore you. However, thought I'g give it a try. This was supposed to be golf day. Seven golf buddies and myself met for our usual 7:30 tee time. TV said it would rain, paper said it would rain and the sky looked like it would rain. What the hell do they know! We played six holes and the skies opened up. Luckily we were close to a shelter, got tied up for about 45 minutes and decided to hang it up. One of the few times we're been rained out. Most thunderstorms here occur in the afternoon so this was rare. Went to Perkins for breakfast and more man talk.
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I never post on this thread because I thought it would probably bore you. However, thought I'g give it a try...
I do believe that was part of the original thesis of the thread. But you would have to ask Khan.

My boring day...my favorite Bostonian came over for a nice quiet afternoon, complete with one of my famous backrubs. Then I decided it was a perfect day to jump in the outdoor jacuzzi. It's been so hot here lately, the last thing I wanted to do is sit in 102 F water. I turned the jets on maximum and feel fabulous.
Dinner was quesadillas. Some friends were given a quesadilla maker as a gift and didn't want to mess with it. I did a "Carpe Diem" and volunteered to give it a good home.
I layered taco beef and cheddar cheese between 2 soft flour burritos grandes, closed the lid, and 4 minutes later....Voila!
Add a thin layer of sour cream on top....yuuuuuummmmy.
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