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Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Happy Puppeh With Issues Saturday, GN!

dv8 --

Glad Harper was able to do the Big Route with you yesterday!

Paddy --

Congratters to Teh Eldest.

Sven --

Teh barricade situation just down the road had to have been nerve-wracking; happy it was resolved (hopefully peacefully, save for the shot Mrs. Sven heard).

Glad you were able to have a nice evening out Thursday; I know CA’s been particularly hard-hit by Sino Lung Rot crayzee.

TeX --

Delighted to read Week 2 went well; will have to check into that weather app; heeee!

Hope you and Mr. X are able to enjoy an evening with neighbors.

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Just booked a flight to BUR next Saturday for Big Job #2.

While I’m glad we got the gig (even ‘tho I won’t start seeing any cash until Spring), I’m not looking forward to another five weeks away from BK and in SoCal.

Bah!

OTOH, perhaps this trip, I’ll get to see Teh Svens. (As this project should be a lot less stressful than the previous one. Yeah, “famous last words”…)

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dv8
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dv8
1 year ago

I hope you got paid for the other Big Job. I probably missed where you wrote about it. anyway. here’s hoping everything works out.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago

Happy Saturday, GN!

Good morning, Fatwa. Sorry that you have to return to SoCal and for so long -- I know how difficult it is to be away from home for work. Hopefully this job will go smoothly and we can hook up this time.

Got our heat wave hitting this weekend. Today should be hot and tomorrow even worse with temps approaching 120 degrees. In our part of town, they predict 116 tomorrow. Over the hill in the SFV it will be slightly worse. And then next week we got some wind warnings. There will be fires if the last heat event is an indicator.

Spending time on the computer trying to sort out images and family photos. Sheesh.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
1 year ago

Happy Clever Pupper Caturday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa, and Sven!

Fatwa -- bummer that your next trip has to be so soon and so long.

Sven -- let’s hope and pray that any fires are few and small. Try to stay cool this weekend.

The Southern California Association of Governments has come up with their new housing plan to be imposed on the region. They’re telling the region to zone for 1.3 million new homes. As the Mayor of Pasadena said, “There’s a difference between aspirational and nutty”. In the 2013-2021 cycle, my city (which is built out), had an imposed goal of low and very-low income housing units. For the 2021-2029 cycle it’s 1072. For Simi Valley it was 518 and will now be 1239. For Costa Mesa, where my MiL lives (a city that has been built-out for decades), it was 2 units, but will now be 4702. The goal is to increase housing density and the use of public transportation. It’s almost as if they learned nothing from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago

Same for you, Paddy, in your part of SoCal.

FFS re: housing. I wonder if they are taking into account the number of households fleeing the state?

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
1 year ago
Reply to  Sven 2-0

Apparently not, as the federal estimate is half of what the state is estimating.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago

Well that’s the estimate under Trump, so of course it’s wrong and must be ignored.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago

An eyeball update. The last couple of weeks have been good and I hope, knock wood, that that will continue. No searing pain. My vision is still wonky, but manageable.

I’ve been using a prescription med for chronic dry eye called Restasis for two months now and they say it could take that long for effects to be noticeable. I’ve also changed some sleeping habits. 1) When I wake up now I don’t immediately open my eyes, but rather keep them closed and shift my eyes around behind closed eyelids -- that helps to minimize any possible cornea scab tearing. 2) I’ve been consistently waking up at 3 or 4 in the morning and applying gel eye drops and then going back to sleep. It’s not every night, but most nights. Habits are sometimes hard to develop.

I’ve also been religious taking oral supplements and applying drops throughout the day. The one thing I’ve given up on is eye ointments -- they just messed my vision up worse than any potential benefit and for whatever reason there’s a real shortage of them right now.

I see my doctor in a couple of weeks and I’m curious to find out objectively how the corneas in both eyes are doing. I’m hopeful that the lack of pain and swelling indicates some measure of cornea healing and stability. I also have an appointment with my regular optometrist for some decent glasses so I can comfortably read again.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
1 year ago
Reply to  Sven 2-0

I’m glad to hear that your eyes are doing better and that you aren’t experiencing that searing pain. Let’s hope you’re on the right track!

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Drive-by:

Hi, Sven and Paddy!

Sven --

Happy to read about your eyes; hope that you’re actually healing-up.

It’s almost as if they learned nothing from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also, fuck you and your property rights, the enormous taxes we steal from you and all the hard work and sacrifices you made to buy a home in your community…we’re just gonna give that shit to folks to buy votes. (And hope they’ll eat us last.)

Narrator: They won’t.

“There’s a difference between aspirational and nutty”.

Good on the Pasadena mayor for saying that.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago

“Aspirational and Nutty” sounds like a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream that Pelosi would have gallons of in her refrigerator.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Reply to  Sven 2-0

Heeee!

Or the name of a Minstrel duo from a century ago.

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dv8
1 year ago

8% unemployment even in the middle of the BS pandemic. That is good news.

The CDC said the vaccine could be available on November 1, 2020. I’ve been wondering myself if the “October Surprise” isn’t going to be the vaccine will be available in October. Trust it or not, it would be an awesome development.

In all likelihood, both of us probably had the virus in late February 2020, although we don’t know for sure, naturally. Harper’s Immunologist didn’t want us to be tested at the time because we both recovered from whatever we had. He was afraid it could complicate her ability to travel for medical treatment, etc. So he said we should only get tested if we get sick again, which we haven’t been.

dv8
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dv8
1 year ago

Ever wonder if your grade school is still standing? Or other iconic places from your youth?

I remember a long while back driving by where my grade school had been and it was some kind of army training center or something. The buildings were mostly the same but had all been repurposed.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
1 year ago
Reply to  dv8

Hi dv8!

Grade schools still standing? Let’s see:
1st grade: I think so -- hard to find it on a map
2nd & 3rd grade: yes
4th grade part 1: no clue. I only know the city, not where in the city it was.
4th grade part 2: I think so, but same problem as 1st grade.
5th grade part 1: not sure, same problem as 1st grade.
5th grade part 2: no
6th grade part 1: yes
6th grade part 2: yes

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Elementary school (an award winning building) torn down and replaced in the ’80s with a POS noone ever liked…for about three times the cost of refurbishing the old one.

Due to decreasing enrollment, now closed but some parts being leased at preposterously sub-market prices to “community organizations”.

Jr. HS also torn down in the ’80s; lot’s still empty but a fugly new elementary school replaced another old elementary building on the same lot.

HS had the Science Wing (added in late ’60s) removed due to lower enrollment plus the fact it was a fugly addition. A new vocational building. Got rid of a great swimming pool.

Old elementary school:

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