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Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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That thread pic is a shear delight, Mac!

Sven --

Not monitoring -- or even aware of the existence of -- any of these jerkwads’ social media.

“Ain’t nobody got time for that shit.” (Got way too much going on both with JimCo and personally at present.)

I’m going to stay on obtaining the HOA meeting minutes, which I suspect we’ll have to fight for; I’d love to be wrong about that.

Paddy --

It’s too bad that -- frequently -- insurance companies find that paying BS claims is ultimately cheaper than fighting them. And there’s a good living to be made by sleazy lawbaws right there.

dv8 --

Hopes for:

• Your friend’s rapid recovery from surgery.
• An easy time getting his new tree planted.
• Your new cow-worker working out. (Word-play unintentional.)

Off to the salt mines (and need to squeeze a Waddlemart run in at some point this morning).

Bah!

Wrandom wrongness:

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dv8 - something whimsical but not grim
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Hey Fatwa! When you can’t get the wheel, you probably can with your smartphone if you turn wifi off (provided you’re at home and/or wherever you were where the wheel is unavailable)

Also, you can use the TOR browser. It’s a Firefox fork with vpn built in. It is free. It’s great for accessing web pages, but not so great if you need a lot of bandwidth, because the nodes are run by volunteers. But it works great for stuff like this.

I was using it when I was having DNS troubles. I’m still thinking of running my own DNS, which would also fix it, but TOR is pretty good for bridging the gap when certain web sites won’t appear.

dv8 - something whimsical but not grim
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and thank you Fatwa for the well wishes. It’s early morning, so I don’t know how much sleep I’ll get before the tree arrives. But we’ll see. If it doesn’t I guess I’ll have to do the tree thingy tomorrow.

When my friend gets back to town, I can maybe help him plant his other tree.

as far as the new guy goes, we’ll have to see. He seems to like doing the the two routes that the other guy who quit was doing. So I may get stuck working the monday night thing for a few more weeks. It doesn’t really matter, it’s not a very long shift. Just a short mail run and some sorting and loading.

Last edited 14 days ago by dv8 - something whimsical but not grim
Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
14 days ago

If only SWMNBN was available, you could drop her an email saying how this guy is badmouthing her. He’d soon be so busy that he’d forget about Jim & Co.

ThePlagueFairy
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13 days ago
Reply to  Sven 2-0

I giggled like a little girl… which Plague Fairies never do.

dv8 - something whimsical but not grim
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Morning Gerbils.

I just realized I’m listening to the Surf in Solstheim as I have Skyrim running in the background. It’s very soothing.

dv8 - something whimsical but not grim
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And wow…. I fee like I can smell the lanolin from here!!11!

Harper has been up and down throughout the night. She’s was bit under the weather this last evening. But we managed to hang out a bit and have a meal or two together

And on that note, I should try to get some sleep, I guess. Looking forward to that, because I miss Harper when I’m up all night and she’s mostly not, but I’m always reluctant to go to sleep once I’m awake and vice versa.

But…. here I go. I’ll check in when I wake up.

See you all laterz

dv8 - something whimsical but not grim
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Reply to  Just Mac

Morning Mac! I think I just said I was going to bed, but I didn’t actually do it yet.

Nice to see you here, sir, and thank you for all the marvelous thread pics!

We so appreciate it!.

dv8 - something whimsical but not grim
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Okay, for sure I’m going to sleep this time.

ThePlagueFairy
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14 days ago

Good morning, Fatwa and Gentle Mac!

HOA’s are Satan’s handmaidens. Bah. I’ve appreciated Sven’s updates on the trial. He’s a good gerbil. Nice to see Gentle Mac out of hiding for a tic! And Paddy, dear Paddy’O, your beautiful Holy Week Midnight Oil has been beautiful, thank you.

That’s all I got.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
14 days ago
Reply to  ThePlagueFairy

Hi, Miss Harper. We had dinner with a couple of friends of ours last night that have a second home in Palm Springs. For whatever reason, their HOA came up and they said they pay $400. I said that’s not too bad: $400 a year. No, it was $400 a month.

ThePlagueFairy
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13 days ago
Reply to  Sven 2-0

Sven, I believe we pay just about that much ourselves. Of course, we live in a very expensive resort location that we wouldn’t even consider if we hadn’t inherited. Completely inherited, free and clear. Ours covers insurances, lots of maintenance, very nice grounds…but I’d love to see an outside audit of their operations.

Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
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Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
14 days ago

Sure Happy It’s Thursday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa, dv8, Mac, and Harper!

This will be the second year in a row that I haven’t attended a Maundy Thursday service. At least we will be having an Easter service, so I do have that to look forward to. I do miss the singing. Virtual choir rehearsals just don’t do it for me. I miss being surrounded by others as we make music. Unlike our Dear Harper, I am NOT a soloist.

Mac -- your thread-pic is delightfully wrong. Well done!

Fatwa -- good luck with today’s tasks.

dv8 -- I hope you can get enough sleep!

ThePlagueFairy
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13 days ago

Paddy, I had worked with choirs throughout my career, too, and they are a special joy. The sacramental holidays just aren’t the same without singing and I’ve always noted that you feel the same way. Sadly, since I can’t sing anymore, I haven’t found anything that fills the emotional hole left choir participation. Although the Savior is the focus of the observances and there are so many other ways to express myself to Him and fill myself with the Spirit, scriptures and listening to music, etc. just can’t begin to compete with lifting my voice along with others — feeling the pulse as the beat frequencies sync into tune — striving with the other vocalists to create a sound that is pleasing enough to be a fitting gift for our God and something that is strong enough to transport our audience with us in worship to The Most High.

Yeah, singing on zoom just doesn’t do it.

Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
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Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
13 days ago
Reply to  ThePlagueFairy

You may no longer be able to sing, but your words are a psalm, gentle lady.

ThePlagueFairy
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13 days ago

And your words a balm, good sir. Thank you, Paddy. You understand many things of this nature.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
14 days ago

Good morning everyone! That thread pic is somewhat disturbing, like a scene out of West Hollywood that would cost you $100 to participate.

Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
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Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
13 days ago

The shooting suspect in the murder of four people last night in Orange has been named. He’s not white, so I doubt we’ll hear much more about this.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
13 days ago

There’s a shocker.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
13 days ago

Today in the Chauvin murder case, it’s all about the paramedics and fire dept EMTs and what they saw and what they did. Rather boring -- it does give the state an opportunity to show more video. Floyd’s fiancee at the time of his death did testify about his drug problems and who is dealer was -- apparently one of Floyd’s passengers on that day.

At this time, I think the state has shown all the video that they are going to show, but that they will replay what they have at every opportunity. What is noticeably missing in both the videos and from onsite witnesses is any evidence of racism. No slurs, no comments, no nothing. After many months of the racist narrative, it ought to be bigger news that no one is testifying to anything that would bolster that charge that has been accepted as truth and justification for months of rioting.

It probably won’t make any difference to the jury, but there has been plenty of evidence that the crowd that gathered was at least angry, verbally abusive, and physically threatening.

One video that if the state elects not to show, but the defense will, is Floyd’s 2019 arrest. It’s interesting in that Floyd’s behavior with police in 2019 is exactly the same as in 2020. He can’t breathe, he’s claustrophobic, won’t keep his hands in sight, won’t follow instructions, and his whole woe is me shtick.

I haven’t seen anything yet that says this wasn’t anything more than an unfortunate police encounter initiated by Floyd. You can’t help but sympathize with him or anyone in that situation, but the police didn’t plan on killing him intentionally or through negligence. And sympathy only goes so far as Floyd was a violent career criminal with a drug problem who should have known how to interact with police.

ThePlagueFairy
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13 days ago
Reply to  Sven 2-0

Thanks, Sven.

Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
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Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
13 days ago

I see there’s a brush fire at the far end of Sven’s town. I hope this doesn’t indicate a long, devastating fire season.

ThePlagueFairy
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13 days ago

Oh, I agree, Paddy, and I hope it doesn’t indicate an evacuation of Sven’s domicile. Hope the winds are cooperating! I’ll check in again when I awaken.

Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
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Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
13 days ago
Reply to  ThePlagueFairy

It’s a small fire and it looks like they’ve got it under control. It would have to burn through the entire town before Sven would need to evacuate.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
13 days ago

Thanks, guys -- looks like this one is under control. It is going to be long year though for fires. We seem to be about 50-60% below normal rainfall.

ThePlagueFairy
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13 days ago
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I’m glad it was a small fire but sorry to hear about the drought/fire outlook. We here in upper AZ are in the same boat with the drought/fire cycle and have been praying for rain. At least we don’t have the Santa Anna Winds! Thank goodness for large blessings.

ThePlagueFairy
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13 days ago

Poor dv8 went to work in his slippers tonight. He didn’t notice until he was putting fuel in the work van so he had to swing by home for his stompy boots. This is what happens when I distract him as he’s getting ready to go out the door. I was probably “trying to help”, as I do, by asking if he had enough soda for work while he was thinking, “do I have shoes for work?”.