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Old 11-03-2015, 09:10 AM   #18561
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Voted this morning, and what a treat.
For the first time in my life I can walk to the polling place and it was a beautiful mild autumn day. On top of that, it's a small poll with only one precinct, so I was the only voter in the place. Two more were coming in as I left.

The experience was so good it nearly made up for not having any really good candidates for office!
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Old 11-03-2015, 12:50 PM   #18562
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Saw yet one more piece of useless crap that people buy.

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Evidently this item will transport you to new locations...where you'd likely buy more useless crap.

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Today I had one of the most pleasurable rounds of golf that I have ever had. Met up with 5 friends for breakfast and then one guy went home (chores to be done) and 5 of us continued to the course. While I normally do not like playing as a fivesome, we did and pretty much had the course to ourselves being early November in northern New Hampshire. Two of us walked and the rest rode carts. The sun came on the 4th hole and I shed my sweater and pants and played the rest of the round in shorts and a golf shirt. Temp was in the 60s so it was very comfortable.

I played well for me (bogie train with a few pars here and there and a couple doubles) and between playing well, the beautiful sunny weather, a nice course, walking and the camaraderie of playing with good friends it was a great day.
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Old 11-04-2015, 10:12 AM   #18566
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Once a week when the weather is good I join a retired Forest Service friend to maintain the roads in the woods up Mt. Baker. Usually we cut the brush back and clear the ditches. Yesterday we cleared trees that had fallen on a road in a recent wind storm. Hard work for me.

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Old 11-04-2015, 10:54 AM   #18567
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Once a week when the weather is good I join a retired Forest Service friend to maintain the roads in the woods up Mt. Baker. Usually we cut the brush back and clear the ditches. Yesterday we cleared trees that had fallen on a road in a recent wind storm. Hard work for me.

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I love that area. I lived in Bellingham for 3 years and used to do a lot of hiking in/around the Baker area.
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Old 11-04-2015, 03:18 PM   #18568
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An interesting day so far. Today was moving day for my brother, everything was packed yesterday. The movers didn't show. It took about 3 hours to determine there was some sort of misunderstanding. Then, the HOA rep didn't show for our meeting. Not sure why. Then, the handyman didn't show. Also not sure why. Now I'm busy rescheduling.

After all this, on my drive back home, I stopped by a local hot dog chain, very big and popular, for a quick bite to eat. As I waited for my order the deep fryer caught fire. They had a fire extinguisher nearby and used it quickly, but not expertly. There were about 10 or so servings of fries above the frying station, in boxes or under the heat lamp, ready to be served. Retardant mist clearly reached all the exposed fries. No one appeared to notice but me, and they served all of them despite by vigorous objections. One was mine, which I promptly returned. I just finished notifying the county health dept. and the corporate office of this restaurant chain.

I told the people that were getting the bad fries about the contamination, they just took their orders and walked out.
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Amazing that store management was so stupid. Then again, perhaps not.
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The movers didn't show.
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the HOA rep didn't show
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the handyman didn't show.
Probably doesn't apply to you, but if that happened to me, DW would be making comments about my deodorant.

Good for you on reporting the restaurant's boneheaded move!
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My wife saw that Sprouts, a grocery chain we frequent, has a special sale on $100 gift cards today for $90. So, we went there to buy 5 cards for ourselves to use, after asking to be sure that these cards have no expiration date.

Then, we stop by the men's clothing store where I bought the tux two weeks ago to pick up another new suit that was being altered to fit. And, I walked out of there with four casual short-sleeve shirts, 100% silk. How did that happen?

They had a sale that lowered the shirts to a price that was hard to resist, and my wife insisted that I got them for the upcoming trips. Whoa! How did I become a fashionista all of a sudden? This is scary!

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... As I waited for my order the deep fryer caught fire. They had a fire extinguisher nearby and used it quickly, but not expertly. There were about 10 or so servings of fries above the frying station, in boxes or under the heat lamp, ready to be served. Retardant mist clearly reached all the exposed fries...
Hopefully, the dry powder in the extinguisher is something benign like sodium bicarbonate, or potassium bicarbonate. It could also be monoammonium phosphate, a fertilizer, or potassium chloride. Of course, there might be other impurities in the powdery agent.
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An interesting day so far. Today was moving day for my brother, everything was packed yesterday. The movers didn't show. It took about 3 hours to determine there was some sort of misunderstanding. Then, the HOA rep didn't show for our meeting. Not sure why. Then, the handyman didn't show. Also not sure why. Now I'm busy rescheduling.

After all this, on my drive back home, I stopped by a local hot dog chain, very big and popular, for a quick bite to eat. As I waited for my order the deep fryer caught fire. They had a fire extinguisher nearby and used it quickly, but not expertly. There were about 10 or so servings of fries above the frying station, in boxes or under the heat lamp, ready to be served. Retardant mist clearly reached all the exposed fries. No one appeared to notice but me, and they served all of them despite by vigorous objections. One was mine, which I promptly returned. I just finished notifying the county health dept. and the corporate office of this restaurant chain.

I told the people that were getting the bad fries about the contamination, they just took their orders and walked out.
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An interesting day so far. Today was moving day for my brother, everything was packed yesterday. The movers didn't show. It took about 3 hours to determine there was some sort of misunderstanding. Then, the HOA rep didn't show for our meeting. Not sure why. Then, the handyman didn't show. Also not sure why. Now I'm busy rescheduling.

After all this, on my drive back home, I stopped by a local hot dog chain, very big and popular, for a quick bite to eat. As I waited for my order the deep fryer caught fire. They had a fire extinguisher nearby and used it quickly, but not expertly. There were about 10 or so servings of fries above the frying station, in boxes or under the heat lamp, ready to be served. Retardant mist clearly reached all the exposed fries. No one appeared to notice but me, and they served all of them despite by vigorous objections. One was mine, which I promptly returned. I just finished notifying the county health dept. and the corporate office of this restaurant chain.

I told the people that were getting the bad fries about the contamination, they just took their orders and walked out.
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Wow Michael - that is really scary that they served the fries - and even scarier that customers knowingly took them.


Yesterday was another robotics team meeting (and field trip) followed by a few of the team members playing wall ball against the garage. My son decides to trip over the base of the basketball hoop and lands in our planter in the front yard... impaling his hand (about 1/8 of an inch deep) and hurting his wrist. I wash/neosporin the wound, apply a bandaid, get him a bag of ice, and an old sling (we have many... unfortunately.) He was still complaining of pain this morning so I wrote him a PE note and decided to reassess things after school.

Today I skipped my walk on the beach and misc. chores to try and rest to get over my cold. But I still had to deal with kids after school. Pick up injured son and determine it's swollen and has some limited range of motion... Make an appointment with Urgent Care. (Hoping to avoid the $800 walk-in-the-door ER fee that Kaiser charges to HDHP folks.)

Check in for the appt, and am told that if it *is* broken they will send me over to the ER (about 2 blocks away) for casting.

Fortunately, the doctor quickly determined that he actually does have full range of motion, doesn't even feel an x-ray is necessary, and we're sent on our way home.

If he had broken his wrist this would have been the third broken bone for him this calendar year. (Broke left elbow in Jan, Broke right wrist in April.) Not to mention other son's lovely orbital fracture when he took a baseball to the face in April.

I am waiting for child protective services to show up at our door any moment now.
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Good grief! I hope your sons' unlucky streak will end before they start to drive.
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Good grief! I hope your sons' unlucky streak will end before they start to drive.
You and me both. But I can always refuse to sign their permit/license (need parental permission) and force them to take the bus till age 18. I'm a mean mom like that. Unfortunately, they get their clumsiness naturally - It's been said that I trip over dust by my former roommate/bff.

It's a total catch 22 - we don't want them staring at screens 24/7 (which is what they'd prefer) but then when they play sports or just play outside with friends, they injure themselves. But at least they have good BMIs, LOL.
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Geesh - rough day today for MichaelB and rodi. And I thought I was having a rough day putting up with DW's transfer/install of her new iPhone.
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On a more positive note, I rescued this cute little guy from baking hot sand and sun and from marauding sea birds and set him gently into the waves of the Sea of Cortez. Made me feel surprisingly emotional.
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That is really cool Sea Kayaker.
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Yet another cool rainy day here; this is day 5. Temps in the high 40s; could just as easily be in the 20s this time of year. Typical beginning of an el nino winter. I won't complain too much. El Nino for us usually means a much warmer and drier winter than normal. I am planning on spending the day unpacking and putting up all the stuff that hangs on the walls.
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