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dv8
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dv8
1 year ago

Good Morning Wheelies!

Sven:

Curious, Dv8: have you always had dreadlocks or when did you decide to do your hair like that?

It all started about 7 or 8 years ago. I’d been wanting to try it since at least the mid 90s, because my hair is quite nappy and it seemed like it might be much easier to have it long that way. Long extremely curly hair is quite a pain in the ass to maintain--guys usually don’t want to do that kind of work on something like that : )

When Mac and Elena came to visit, my hair was at it’s longest and I was keeping it curly, which takes a lot of attention.

Anyway, it was an experiment. I had a friend coming to stay for a while, and I think I wanted to do something whimsical. So… I had it braided by a stylist, and then turned it into dreadlocks over the next few weeks.

Then, I cut them off somewhere during the move to Sedona.

THEN… I put the ones I cut off, Back on again about 5 years ago. Which cut way down on the labor involved… But then, I cut them off again about 4 years ago.

I swore I’d never have them again. But God seems to want me to, for some unknown reason. So This time, I decided to do them properly (making extensions with the right kind of extra hair--this makes them much lighter than my old ones.

Anyway, this is essentially the THIRD time I’ve had them, but this time, it took me about 5 months to complete them. I streamed my first session, so according to youtube, almost exactly 5 months.

This time, the ones in back are pretty much self sustaining, because they are of the proper size to do so. The ones in front need a bit more attention because they are a bit more close together than they “should” be (for aesthetic purposes).

dv8
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dv8
1 year ago
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Fatwa:

JimCo job got off to a difficult start but productivity is getting better. Somehow, despite the filth and chaos, the Board is getting nothing but positive feedback about us, so yay.

Just checking-in with all o’ y’all; might BBL but more likely I’ll fall asleep after dinner.

Glad things are going better on Teh Big Job(TM). Harper has been quietly keeping up with all y’all. I think I saw she made a comment--was it maybe a week ago? Get some rest when you can!

dv8
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dv8
1 year ago
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By the way, Our broadband internet is still down. That’s 9 days, I think as of tomorrow. A tech is coming by in the morning to check it out.

He’ll be here anywhere from 8 am until NEVER, using the cable companies signature appointment setting technique. Anyway, wish me luck.

We’ve been using phones/tethering/wifi tethering for the past week.

At least we have a backup method that’s not too bad.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago

Good morning, Dv8! Happy Saturday, GN!!

Thanks, Dv8. Man, that does sound like an awful lot of work -- I keep what’s left of my hair long, but just use a single rubber band -- but they look good on you.

I’d never heard of Goya before -- the Mexican food company that’s taking heat for appearing with Trump -- but because of that I went and ordered some stuff from them.

dv8
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dv8
1 year ago
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I haven’t been following the news lately, all that much, so I don’t know anything about Goya, except the Spanish artist.

Yes, it was a lot of work, but I made it take quite a long time because of my reluctance. Final DreadLock count is 77. (I think I had around 100 last time around) If I’d dedicated myself to getting it done, I could have done it in a couple of week, or actually, by my calculations, a month, instead of the 5 it took me.

I could have done it in about 3 months if I’d just done one lock every day. But it IS done now, so that’s amazing. It felt like it would never quite get done.

I’m glad the hair style looks okay on me. Thank you for saying so. I feel like it looks similar to when I had it long and curly, but (now that it’s done) with much less work required to maintain it.

dv8
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dv8
1 year ago
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I’m making all kinds of typos today. And, I’m not going back to fix ’em. Anyone is welcome to do so for me if it makes me appear to retarded.

It’s nice to hear you are doing well, Mac. Please send my love to Elena and tell her what a pleasure it was to play for both of you all those years ago.

Harper has a really female reaction to Trump. She loves the Alpha Maleness he exudes. That alone makes her like him. She didn’t have the same reaction to him that, for example, other LDS gals had where they were taken aback by his perceived coarseness.

Although… I will say…

Most of the Mormons I know, now fully approve of him because he governs like a true conservative individual who loves America. So they are willing to forgive his coarseness because they agree with his actions. Plus, most of ’em will “off the record” admit that he is fukken hilarious!

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago

Mac: how are you and Elena doing?

dv8
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dv8
1 year ago
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Hi Sven, above I have tried to answer your question. Also more in a minute.

dv8
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dv8
1 year ago

Internet is back up. Evidently we had a bad line filter. People’s modems were able to compensate for a long while.

But that put a strain on them, especially the older ones like mine. Which then died.

The contractor replaced the bum filter and gave me a new modem. Internet is now up and running.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
1 year ago

Happy Caturday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, dv8, Sven, and Mac!

dv8 -- it’s good to see you again! I’m glad you’ve got your internet back up again. There is no excuse for them not getting that taken care of earlier.

I don’t know anything about Goya, except the Spanish artist.

When I was studying Spanish in high school, my teacher had captioned pictures that she used to illustrate vocabulary and/or grammar. One was a self-portrait of Goya. It was captioned “Una pintura de Goya” and it illustrated the ambiguity of the word “de”. Was it a painting of Goya, or was it a painting by Goya? In this case it was both.

In re Goya, I’ve seen their products in the market for decades -- I guess it’s time to start sending some money their way.

Sven -- try to stay cool this weekend, it’s going to be already hot!

dv8
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dv8
1 year ago

9 days, Paddy, 9 days!! (But we did have our phones so it was not that big a problem.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Drive-by:

Happy Caturday, Wheelizens!

Hi, dv8 (& Harper), Sven, Mac and Paddy!

The past week was definitely an improvement JimCo-wise compared with the previous week. And today I feel better than I have since four days before I jumped on the plane.

I’m gettin’ too old for this shit. Glad to have a weekend with almost nothing required of me (a few personal errands already run and I probably don’t need to leave la Casa de Jim until early Monday morning).

Still goggling at how expensive nearly everything is here compared with 15 years ago. Or with GA.

Also stopped by the legal hemp store a couple of days ago and got myself a little something to help me unwind this evening. 😉

Might BBL; think I’m gonna have a lie-down with the book I’m reading right now…

dv8
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dv8
1 year ago

Be careful with that stuff, Fatwa; I hear it’s much stronger than it used to be.

dv8
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dv8
1 year ago

The Case of the “B”

Long ago I learned to type. But for some reason I learned to hit the “B” with the wrong finger. On the standard keyboard, it’s pretty much in the middle, so if you’re learning to touch type for the first time, it’s kind of a tossup which finger you’re going to use for it. I should mention that I didn’t really have formal instruction for the first go, which I did over the summer.

Well… Since I’ve been streaming from my back yard, I’ve been using this Gold Touch keyboard that is a split keyboard. The numpad is even separate from the keyboard so it’s three pieces. It’s pretty cool really. The numpad acts as a (very old school) USB 1.1 hub, so you can plug the keyboard and your USB mouse into it. Saves me a plug on my laptop so I can plug in a light source or something else like that.

Anyway, This keyboard is a split keyboard with a clutch, so you can arrange it at just the split angle you want it to be at.

BUT… Even if you push it together and flat, there is still a gap between the two sides. So when I typed words started in “b,” I’d always hit cold hard plastic.

So using this keyboard over a few weeks is starting to train my body memory to hit the “b” with my left had instead of my right, as I have been doing for decades.

It’s pretty much becoming a reflex now, but I’d say it’s about half and half. Now… Typing this with my regular Logitech gaming keyboard, I’d say I want to hit the b with the right hand, depending on the word.

So I’ll keep working on it, because my mom always said you should learn the proper technique. I have a tendency to not use the right shift key also, but there is no keyboard to train me out of that so I’m trying to include that in my “B” training….

I just now realized that this sounds like one of my weird story videos, so maybe I should make a recording of this…..