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Old 08-30-2010, 08:08 PM   #5321
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I bought a bundle of medium sized boxes just to start with, so now I need to do some more packing.

Today I got a handyman to come over and take a first look at my attic fan and the outdoor ceiling fan on my covered patio that hasn't worked since Hurricane Katrina. Sometimes I think I will never get done with the hurricane repairs. Anyway, once both fans are working again I can cross those jobs off my Gantt chart.

The Gantt chart says that sometime soon I need to call the (shudder) plumber for a couple of small jobs. Hopefully they will still be small jobs by the time he is done.

We also made another trip to GoodWill yesterday. I still have a big pile of stuff that we need to take over there. I threw out all but three pairs of shoes since I don't need the rest and they were not suitable for donation. I found out that packing peanuts are ridiculously expensive, so instead of throwing out the rest of my work clothes I am going to use them to cushion fragile things that I am packing.
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HOLY LAWNMOWER Batman!

I mowed my lawn in twilight with the company of a few bats emerging from my 2 homemade bat-houses. They flew around overhead in a swirling pattern.

I continued mowing after dark with the headlights on. That was FUN!

Am I getting eccentric ? Or just perfecting it?
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HOLY LAWNMOWER Batman!

I mowed my lawn in twilight with the company of a few bats emerging from my 2 homemade bat-houses. They flew around overhead in a swirling pattern.

I continued mowing after dark with the headlights on. That was FUN!

Am I getting eccentric ? Or just perfecting it?
Neighbor mowed the the lawn. Very brown .
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Maybe you should suggest he wear long sleeves and a wide-brimmed hat...
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Good point-- I'm more enamored of the fantasy than the lifestyle.

Been a lot of changes around Hale Nords of late, and it may take some time to settle down and get used to them...
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However three weeks ago our kid departed for college. So for the first time in the decade since we've bought this house, I spent 24 hours alone in it. I'm still trying to remember, but I don't think that I've spend 24 hours home alone in at least the last 15 years.

Yesterday was a total "me" day-- writing, reading, catching up on personal projects, working out. Eating & sleeping when/as much as I wanted to. Time passed so quickly! The sheer hedonism is almost overwhelming.

And I still have seven days left!!
My family leaves for a week every summer to attend 4H camp. It is nice to be alone for a while and do exactly what I want. But after a week I am missing them. Then about 30 minutes after they get home, I miss the quiet, though I am glad to have them back.
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HOLY LAWNMOWER Batman!

I mowed my lawn in twilight with the company of a few bats emerging from my 2 homemade bat-houses.
OK, I give up.
On my way to goggle.
What tha **** does a bat house look like.
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Yesterday I had lunch with the guy who replaced me at my old company. Also an old golf buddy. My biggest fear seems to be materializing. He is becoming disgruntled. Many reasons, but some of the same ones that got me out of there. Hopefully it will pass, but I doubt it. Why does it matter to me? Because if he leaves they will be calling me to fill in until they fill the job. And will want me to train the next one. To give you one example of how screwed up this company is, they bought a new computer system shortly after I left based on the recommendation of a new IT person that was hired shortly after I left. After 2 years of getting the system ready to be put in play and after spending a few hundred thousand on the system, they have decided it will not do the job and are going back to the old one. And sweep the $$$ they paid under the rug, not to mention the cost to convert back.

Part of the problem with living in a small town, you have a good chance to get to know most everyone. I know all these guys(management) and this could put me in a tough position if I do get the call one day. I'm going to have to practice saying the word 'NO'. And get over being such a pussy cat.

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I'm going to have to practice saying the word 'NO'. And get over being such a pussy cat.
What's wrong with telling them that you have moved on and can't see any way you could fit it into your schedule? (and, of course, be prepared to describe some major project... even if it is an already-paid-for trip.)
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Part of the problem with living in a small town, you have a good chance to get to know most everyone. I know all these guys(management) and this could put me in a tough position if I do get the call one day. I'm going to have to practice saying the word 'NO'. And get over being such a pussy cat.

Stocking up on med's after golf today.
I would think saying no for w*rk would get much easier as you get older...I can't remember much of how anything worked after 4 years of retirement. You can always say my memory isn't what it used to be....
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Painted an interior door and doorframe before coffee this morning.

As much as I dislike painting, it sure beats w*rk.
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(Sorry, had to ask...)
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On my way to goggle.
What tha **** does a bat house look like.
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I have a couple similar to this. Bats are your friends.

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Yes, they definitely are. And they need help... that white fungus thing is becoming quite a serious threat to their existence.

Let me Google that for you:

fungus +bats - Google Search
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Did my morning workout thing (5.25 miles/1 hour on elliptical), and 30 minutes after finishing DW came home and asked if I'd keep her company on a little walk. We walked down to and around a local lake, another 3 miles or so.

So, the miles are adding up today, and it's not even lunchtime yet.
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I would think saying no for w*rk would get much easier as you get older...I can't remember much of how anything worked after 4 years of retirement. You can always say my memory isn't what it used to be....
And that's the damn truth.

Had one of my best rounds of the year this morning. Shot a 71. Boy, was is pretty out there. Low humidity, crystal clear with a nice breeze. Fall is just around the corner.
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Why does it matter to me? Because if he leaves they will be calling me to fill in until they fill the job.
I know all these guys(management) and this could put me in a tough position if I do get the call one day. I'm going to have to practice saying the word 'NO'. And get over being such a pussy cat.;)
I think the key is to be able to gasp out a "Thanks for thinking of me!" right after you stop laughing and before you draw your next breath.

Then you can say "Nice prank; really had me going there-- but seriously, who's calling? George, is that you? Fred?"

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The wind had started to blow down a wooden fence between our patio and the one next door. I reinforced it with two 2x4s and extra long screws. Being 19 stories in the air added to the excitement.

Painting will wait until the sun returns. 12 degrees Celsius today!
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