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Old 04-21-2014, 06:25 PM   #13841
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Appliance repair person revisited, installed new part, was not sufficient. Convinced me I should buy new one ( he does not sell). $600 worth of repair...buy new.
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Got my figure skates sharpened. An 90 mile round trip drive to the one guy who can do it right, at my preferred radius of hollow. Fortunately my set of good quality blades only need sharpening twice a year. Then stoped at a $tarbuc$ for a good cup of coffee.
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Puttered around in the garage in the afternoon. Did some planning regarding the build out of the attic loft, including committing to have it spray foamed and securing a date to have it done. Lot's to do. Glad I'm not w*rking, I wouldn't have the time.
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We woke up to a beautiful day this morning, so we decided to have a picnic. We drove to our favorite beach, which we had entirely to ourselves (I guess the rest of the world was toiling away in a cubicle somewhere, ha!). I set up a tarp to shade the picnic area. It was quite a challenge because of the strong wind. For lunch I had made grilled chicken sandwiches with pesto. After munching on some caramel popcorn for dessert, we relaxed for a while before heading back home before commuting hell broke out.

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Did a three mile hike, had breakfast out, then spent the day organizing 12 years of digital photos and backing up the files.

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It was quite a challenge because of the strong wind.
Yes, it was mighty windy in the East Bay too! DH & I were going to ride our bikes but we didn't feel like wrestling with the wind, so we went out for a walk instead. Went a bit over 7 miles, with a stop halfway for lunch at our favorite diner where we split a pastrami sandwich & fries.

It was so clear & lovely out today, the wind is good for something.
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We woke up to a beautiful day this morning, so we decided to have a picnic. We drove to our favorite beach, which we had entirely to ourselves (I guess the rest of the world was toiling away in a cubicle somewhere, ha!). I set up a tarp to shade the picnic area. It was quite a challenge because of the strong wind. For lunch I had made grilled chicken sandwiches with pesto. After munching on some caramel popcorn for dessert, we relaxed for a while before heading back home before commuting hell broke out.
This is a picture of a postcard right? :-) Sounds and looks like a lovely day, life is good....thanks for sharing.
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We woke up to a beautiful day this morning, so we decided to have a picnic. We drove to our favorite beach, which we had entirely to ourselves (I guess the rest of the world was toiling away in a cubicle somewhere, ha!).
That does look like a postcard photo. What a nice relaxing day!

DW is off to babysit her nephew's kids for the day. It's clear & sunny now but very windy so I'm not sure what I'm going to do today.
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I spent yesterday doing nothing but watching and (mostly) listening to the old roof being torn off and preparation made for a new one. Today is day 3 and they are still ripping off the current roof.
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I spent yesterday doing nothing but watching and (mostly) listening to the old roof being torn off and preparation made for a new one. Today is day 3 and they are still ripping off the current roof.
If they take down the rafters, they've gone too far.
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If they take down the rafters, they've gone too far.
They haven't taken any out, but so far put in 14 feet of 2x4 to reinforce rotted framing.
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Spent the morning editing a talk I gave a few years ago to be the monthly inspirational mailing for the prison letter-writing ministry I am involved with. I was quite honored to be asked, and challenged to fit the key points from a 15-minute talk on one page (with the help of narrow margins and small font size!).

Spent the afternoon helping a friend/neighbor who is moving clean out decades of hazardous waste from her garage (I had already tackled the utility room last week). Close to 50 cans of old paint, several boxes full of old garden chemicals, many bottles of oil, and too much else to even name. Then we loaded the whole lot into our cars (a CR-V and a Prius, both with the back seats folded). They were stuffed to the gills. We caravanned to the household hazardous waste facility on the other side of town. Had a moment of panic when I opened the hatchback and the guy looked in and said "Oh, we can't take that, it's too much." Guy should be a stand-up comic - he was kidding.

Do yourself/your spouse/your kids a favor and don't let all that stuff build up. Some of the stuff was not recognizable, and I suspect other stuff is now actually illegal. Really nasty.
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Drove to Hagerstown, MD to see if anything was blooming a the city park there but it's early yet. Then went to Martinsburg, WV, a half-hour down the road to shoot some photos of the roundhouse there.

There's quite a bit of history attached to it since it was a major rail transportation hub during the civil war and later. Martinsburg changed hands more than 50 times during that conflict and the great railroad strike of 1877 started there.
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Gathered info to send to TxDPS for my DW and my concealed carry licenses. We passed test and range test last weekend. Posting this while watching news story about new Georgia gun law passed today.. Interesting times we live in!
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What I was actually looking for was the scene where, after a long delay, the contractor Curly showed up with his workers. The home owner Walter was flabbergasted watching the workers tearing up his home.

I was not able to find that scene on youtube, but caught on the Web the associated conversation as follows.
Walter: What happened?

Curly: It was no picnic but those guys are work animals. Well everything looks pretty much under control.

Walter: It does?

Curly: Well not to the layman's eyes of course.

Walter: They completely ripped up my house!

Curly: They sure as hell did didn't they? They really ripped the guts out of it. They're work animals I tell you. Look at those holes huh? Then you've got your gravel piles, your sand piles, your scrap piles. Animals!

Walter: Animals.
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Despite the risk of an asteroid impact rendering everything irrelevant, my wife still wanted to go ahead with the kitchen remodel. As new cabinets turned out to be quite expensive, I will have to clean up and refinish the existing cabinets to save some bucks.

Another 10 ft of additional cabinets has been purchased. We also went to the show room to pick the 2 slabs of granite for the countertop.

Asteroid or not, the kitchen will get a new look, and the economy gets a little more stimulus.
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Trimmed tree branches and raked twigs and stuff out of the yard; tomorrow the landscaper is going to put down some grass seed. Took a shower and then some Advil...
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Went to gym.. met a young man who was doing some stretching exercises in preparation for a tryout with a scout from the Denver Broncos tomorrow.. he's in town just to recruit this kid, who was a local high school stud and went on to play at OSU until he tore his ACL.
He's being looked at for cornerback and will enter the draft in a couple of weeks if they like him. Several other teams have been interested but haven't had him try out. Hope he does well..very nice guy and I could tell he's in great shape and is very, very fast.
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