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Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Happy Mothers’ Day, GN!

Alas, LambiePieK and I have to schlep out to the NW GA hinterlands (140+ mile round-trip) and see some folks we don’t like in order to spend time with MamaK today.

[Insert salty language here]

Bah!

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
2 years ago

A blessed Sabbath and a happy Mother’s Day, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa!

I’m sorry about both your schlep and the guest list, Fatwa.

Teh Younger will pick up my MiL this afternoon and bring her to our home for linner later this afternoon.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago

Linner, huh -- so that’s the name of that meal.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
2 years ago
Reply to  Sven 2-0

At least that’s what Mrs. Paddy calls it. Having spent enough time in the South, lupper would also work for me.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago

Happy Mother’s Day!

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago

I’m soon to follow Mac to the eye surgeon’s table -- next week for me. Recurrent corneal erosion -- that’s my issue. For such a small amount of physical tissue injury, the pain is quite intense at times. The pain itself lasts only maybe a few minutes followed by discomfort lasting 45 minute to a few hours, but it starts after my eye has been closed for 4-6 hours. Consequently, three or so nights a week, I wake up around 3:00 AM and then stumble around before I can maybe grab another hours worth of sleep before heading off to work. I’ve been quite cranky the last few months. Crankier than usual.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
2 years ago
Reply to  Sven 2-0

Sorry to hear about the continued eye pain, Sven. But at least you know what it is and that you can get it taken care of.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago

Hopefully, Paddy -- I don’t know how people put up with this without treatment. I thought migraines were bad, but this is a close second.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago

Today I wanted to get some chores done, but I’m just slow. The washing machine is leaking from somewheres, damn you Donald Trump, and if I can fix that I may call it a day.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
2 years ago
Reply to  Sven 2-0

Leaking washing machines -- one of my least favorite chores.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago

It’s the pump assembly that’s leaking. The local parts store is closed today, but Amazon has it in stock and promises to deliver tomorrow. To my amazement, this is a 25-year old Kenmore top loader, but the hoses all seem pliant and intact. It’s been a good machine and thank God for YouTube videos on repairs.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
2 years ago
Reply to  Sven 2-0

Hopefully the pump assembly is easy to access. I agree with you on YouTube videos. They’ve saved me a lot of time trying to figure out how to do something. I managed to keep my Maytag alive for over 30 years. When the transmission went out, it was done for. We replaced it with a Speed Queen commercial washer. The local parts store said all of the new washers were crap and wouldn’t last.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago
Reply to  Machinist

Thanks, Mac. Sheesh. It isn’t next week; it’s the following week right before Memorial Day. I swear, my mind is functioning less and less well with each passing day. Only one eye, so I’m lucky there.

Hopefully, this will take care of it. What the doc is doing is called phototherapeutic keratectomy or PTK. Done with a laser and is only supposed to take 5-7 minutes of actual surgical work.

When I was in his office last week, they ran a bunch of tests and in between tests, a lot of waiting in an interior sitting area. There were 5-6 other patients hanging around, everyone looking glum. To lighten the mood, I said “Well this is a good sign -- there’s no one in here with a seeing eye dog.” Mixed results from that crowd.