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Went to the Twin Cities to Spend Easter with my kids, and their mother. The weather was wonderful and we had a nice brunch at a restaurant along the river in Stillwater. Later #2 son and I planned to go for a bike ride. Erstwhile spouse saw my newly traded-for bike and started questioning the purchase. Separated 8 years ago, divorced 2, yet I'm...
apparently supposed to get her approval for purchases, even when the actual cash outlay is minimal due to the trade. I don't think so. Rather than pursue the point in front of my kids, I decided I shouldn't risk saying things I'd regret, and drove back home. Not sure if that was the right move or not. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
What the hell right does she have to question how you spend your money? You're divorced. As long as you meet whatever contractual obligations you've got, it's none of her business. - Spidra Webster
:( On the up-side, I do like Stillwater. Otherwise, what Spidra said. - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
That's the irony, Spidra. My daughter, the youngest, is 22. I support the cost of college for her because I feel an obligation to her, not due to any legal requirement from our divorce. I'm taking money from my retirement to pay those costs because disability benefits don't begin to provide enough discretionary funds for that. Former spouse takes a trip to Europe every 2 years and lives... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Indeed, LB. The river was really high, so much of the walkway was under 6 feet of water, but everything else was great. Sunshine, green grass (though sparse) and lots of people watching people. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
You're a good dad, you're taking care of bidness, and your ex can go make butterflies fly in formation. - Spidra Webster
What Spidra said! - vicster: full-bodied
Couldn't figure out why the new password I had just enabled was being denied when I tried to login. Turns out that the predictive autocorrect settings become radically more aggressive when I switch from the docking keyboard to the touchscreen keyboard on my tablet. Looks fine, then hit enter and BOOM! NEW PASSWORD ENTRY!
Seriously people, is this *progress*? - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Autocorrect in a password field?? - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Apparently, Stephan. Never haad that happen before. Either that or some malware is messing with my mind. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I took two large boxes of clothes to Goodwill today. Some of them were nearly new, but that's the problem... had them for a year or more but didn'twear them. I need to be smarter aboutwhat I buy.
In the past I would have succumbed to "anchor bias" and kept them because I'd spent the money. But it makes more sense to let someone else get use out of them, after all. I feel like I just took a step toward growing up! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Also, I feel as though I made a post about this already. Maybe I also took a step toward senility. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Yay! - Amit Patel
I definitely have some "hoarder" DNA in my genes. Gotta fight that for all I'm worth. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I finally watched Cloud Atlas on DVD the other night with daughter. We both had an inkling of what the upshot was going to be, but got so caught up in trying to recognize which recurring main character was in which elaborate makeup in each scene. I'm not sure we caught all of them, but Hugo Weaving as the nurse was our clear favorite.
We too watched this movie and all I can say is this..........What the hell did we just watch...... - Janet
I think I would've been a bit lost if I hadn't read the book first. People say the movie stood on its own, but I dunno... - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I lost interest about a quarter of the way through. I left it playing but started doing other stuff. And this is coming from someone who thought Southland Tales was great; I've seen it three or four times. - Akiva
Agree with Starmama, without the book I would have been lost. - Todd Hoff
I just penned a lengthy #SaturdayFF in which I relate a quasi-romantic relationship during my college years, and the stupendously obtuse manner in which I mucked up everything. Just as I was about to cut & paste it into FF, sanity regained control of my brain. You have been spared this recount. You're welcome.
I may try to rework it as a graphic novel, however. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
My role will be portrayed by a Tony Stark-like character, and my female counterpart will bear a surprising resemblence to Scarlett Johansson. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Forecast is for temps in the upper 60's today, with a fair prospect of some sunshine until later in the day. Naturally, the winds will be so strong as to make a bicycle ride nearly un-doable. #GonnaTryAnyway
After having it off all winter, I turned on the timer that controls the low voltage landscape lighting in my yard. It's really important to distinguish the "switch it on" pins from the "switch it off" pin. Woke up at 4 a.m. to see them blazing away, 5 hours after shut-off time. Even old technology bites me in the keister when it gets the chance.
I'm feeling as if last night I somehow sleepwalked to Sam 'n Ella's Diner and ate a big bowl of their "Chili Surprise." (As in the dish that seems familiar, but only because the meat was seen at various times earlier in the week.)
If you haven't heard from me in 3 days, notify the proper authorities. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Just discovered some of my "legacy" data storage capacity. Eight hundred ninety six MEGABYTES packed into a 5 inch x 2 inch memory stick array! We're cookin' with gas now, people!
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And it's a bit scary to reflect on how much I paid for those 256 MB Memory Stick Pros. Thankfully I never opted for the 512 MB & 1024 MB versions. Even *I* have my limits! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Also, the advent of memory sticks provided the first tangible evidence since the BetaMax days that Sony didn't have the end user's convenience/best interests at heart. (That hasn't changed much.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Ach! Somebody tell Colleen (Warmaiden) that I accidentally touched "unsubscribe" on her FF name while trying to access a certain related group. She has a private feed so I can't just resubscribe. Dang tablet touchscreens anyhow!
I gave her a heads-up if you want to send a new sub request. - LB: Ratchet Bear
Yep, just send a sub request :) - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤ from iPhone
I've done that plenty of times on my phone! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Thanks Colleen. ;-) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Y'know those cars with the "blacked out" motif that seem to be growing in popularity? They look exactly like the cars purchased in the 70's, 80's and 90's by people who couldn't afford even the most basic options. Plain black steel wheels. Plain black bumpers (usually made of steel back then)... which is why I will never think them "cool." Just me?
I think that's part of the point (though like matte paint jobs, isn't particularly appealing to me.) - Jennifer Dittrich
Normal appearance with our Mennonite population. - Janet from FFHound!
Jennifer, I understand the intent of the "blacked out" theme, but doing so with cheap, narrow stock steel wheels/skinny tires (unsprung wheel weight, y'know) and a tired 4 banger that needs a valve job, isn't going to send Fast & Furious shivers down anyone's spine. Janet, the Amish around here would sniff at the ostentatiouness of your Mennonite neighbors! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Media Matters for America | Who gets to discuss America's racial issues on Fox News: Five white people.
Via Media Matters for America on Facebook. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Oops... forgot to cut & paste the link. I'll see if I can find it... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Sorry people, I'm trying to change my profile pic back to something less intense, but FriendFeed is denying me access! I can view my entire profile, but FF asks me to login under a DIFFERENT account to make the change. Not sure how that is going to work out! Oh well... I tried.
Nevermind. It finally worked after 2 re-logins and 10 upload retries. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
To assist my fellow FFers, those who are intensely interested in the recent historical weather patterns anyway (winter 2013-2014) I have tagged each appropriate post with the hashtag #ObligatoryWeatherPost and further denoted those that are (partial), (incidental) or (sorta) weather related. You're welcome.
My count may be in error, but I believe there are ~75 posts (by me) so tagged going back to October of 2013. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
That date span is roughly 6 months. so only about 12 a month on average, though certainly not evenly distributed across those months. Hey, it could've been worse, people. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Also, winter weather became topically relevant SIX MONTHS AGO! (To me, at least.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
We're now on the 52nd day of the winter that has had temperatures below zero (F)... and it appears we'll be getting more of the same through this coming weekend. Beyond that, who knows? (But I'm betting there'll be more.) Even people who love the snow are getting tired of this. I reached that point about two months ago.
Woke up at 5:30 a.m. and it's already 20 (F) degrees outside. My house is ~60 (F) degrees and it feels comfortable to me. This is what an ungodly long, cold winter does to a person. And now that I'm fully acclimated to the cold, I have no doubt that we'll see temps in the 80's in less than a month. Adapt or die, people. That's life!
Just went for an hour long walk with daughter to capitalize on the short-lived nice weather we're having today, which will be obliterated when the winter storm blows in tonight and tomorrow. Fresh air, sunshine and good conversation. Awesome! Also, I walked the entire time without any shortness of breath! Yay for hemoglobin!
During my visit to my parent's house last night, conversation worked its way to old stories about when we kids were little. (This always happens.) Two stories about me ALWAYS come up. I've heard each hundreds of times. They always involve me wandering off when I'm only two or three years old, and a frantic search ensues...
Invariably these incidents occurred when my father was responsible for us while my mother was at work. They were both very young (father in his mid-20's, mother early 20's.) They all take place in the 1956 - 1958 timeframe. My father would get absorbed in some project and think I was safely and contentedly playing in the yard. This was a ruse on my part. On one occasion I decided to walk to the grocery store on my own. The store was about 5 blocks away, and most of that was along busy U.S. highway 10 as it passed through town. (Highway 10 continued all the way to Washington State, btw. I never ventured that far.) I went in to look at the cowboy hats, toy guns and holsters they had on display. I had no money, and barely any concept of it, so I really wasn't a threat. Anyway, eventually the entire neighborhood was enlisted into the search, my father meanwhile frantic in the thought that some random car stopped and picked me up for a cross-country adventure. Eventually a neighbor found me wandering out of the store, still dreaming of the day I would own one of those cool cowboy items. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Somewhat later, the frantic wandering and ensuing search still fresh in my father's mind, he was working in the garage and thought I was playing the house right next to the garage. A short time later he came in to check on me, and I was nowhere to be found. Full neighborhood search force was called into action almost immediately. No sign of me at the grocery store, nor anywhere in... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
And another one comes to mind... also on a hot summer day. Same setup: father absorbed in a project in the garage, me playing contentedly in the yard next to the garage... and then I'm nowhere to be found. Same ensuing chaos... neighbors, relatives, random acquaintances all enlisted in the search. I, in my childish way of thinking, had decided to seek refuge from the heat by climbing... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I'm not sure what the takeaway of these stories might be. Perhaps that my father shouldn't have attempted such absorbing projects when responsible for watching his chidren. Perhaps that I was a trouble-maker even then. All I know is that I somehow survived and, for awhile, thrived. Who knows what bearing this had on my current health issues, though I doubt it played much of a role.... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Ahh good stories - Steve C
I have a similar story - also under the care of my Dad - when my cousin and I decided to hop a cab and head to the grocery store while he was sleeping by the pool. We were 14 and were in Cancun Mexico at the time, so when Mom and my aunt got home and found us gone and Dad couldn't tell her where we'd gone, the proverbial shit hit the proverbial fan. Dad was in so much trouble. So were we, actually... - WebGoddess
Dads make such good fall guys, though. Blame it on Dad! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I hadn't seen Steve's post ( ) before writing and posting these, but I consider myself and my family very fortunate that claw machines did not exist in this era. (Not in our vicinity, at least.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Mark, now you would be setting cell-phone Amber alerts with your naughty behavior! - Janet
Instead of a boxcar child I'd be a milkbox child, many times over. Thankfully I moved on from disappearing to my somewhat famous "pyro" phase. Surprisingly, some of those tales are yet to be told, because the perpetrator was never identified. ;) (Though I'm sure my father had/has his suspicions.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Dodged a bullet on the big storm that was supposed to hit us... so far. We're getting some light rain but only a drizzle. Most of the day it was dry, windy and cold. Tonight the backside of the storm (the butt of the storm?) might bring some snow or more rain, but the worst has passed. Up nort' dey ain't so lucky, don'cha know.
I just want to be able to pull all the film off of my windows, but I'm not going to do so until we stop dropping into the 20's and 30's at night. That could still be weeks away. DAMN YOU WINTER! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Temps are in the low low 30's F, the forecast calls for snow and then rain, the winds are ENE at ~20 mph. I'm going to go on a bike ride with my new bike. I might be crazy, but I'm really anxious to try it out with my mostly-pain-free hip. Report to follow (if I survive.) #ObligatoryWeatherPost (partially, anyhow)
This really makes me sound like a wimp. In college I often bicycled to campus in subzero weather and heavy snow, on a skinny tired racer/road bike! Now I'm on a much wider tire attired hybrid, and the weather is "comfy" by comparison. So, yes, I'm a wimp. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Cold strong winds were cold, and strong. Did about 10 miles at a pretty decent pace, then stopped for a sandwich and a warm beverage. The final leg of about 5 miles was rough because it was into the wind and required climbing the 200 foot bluffs around here that separate the downtown and UW campus from my home. I'm tired. But, hey, I did it. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Also, riding on an upright bike rather than a recumbent has reminded me whereof the probable origination of the expression "numbnuts" began. #TMI - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
We all did things in college that we're not as capable of doing anymore. It's life. - Spidra Webster
My brain knows that, Spidra, but my ego resists. I want to be that young stud again! (If only in my mind, then as now.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
This afternoon I drove to my hometown (about an hour) to see my parents. On the way back, driving into the setting sun on a winding 2 lane highway, I came upon a total of 8 Amish horse-drawn carriages...
...and a dozen grazing deer along the roadside. All of this may sound bucolic, or even idyllic, but believe me, when you're squinting to look through glare of a low setting sun directly aligned with the road you're on, STRESSFUL is the operative word. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Dusk is never a good time to be driving along a 2 lane highway bordered by woods for mile after mile. The deer like to forage for food along the edge of the highway, and are skitterish about approaching vehicles. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
The Amish horse-drawn wagons are required to have lights attached to the front an rear of the carriage. The lights have a brightness roughly equivalent to a single candle. Even in complete darkness it only become visible at a distance of 50 - 100 feet, depending upon humidity. Really kind of scary for everyone involved, particularly since they often can't get the right side of the rig... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
It is so hard to get the deer to wear those reflective triangles - maʀtha
You speak the truth, Martha. Though the reflection of their eyes is far brighter than those teeny lanterns on the Amish carriages. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I had a contractor friend give me a rough estimate of what it would cost today to take care of ALL of the major projects/renovations/replacements that I have on my list. I knew it would be totally unrealistic for my budget right now, but it was actually less than I expected. So i guess this is good news?
To replace the roof, soffits, fascia and gutters, ALL of the windows (except the bay window in the kitchen dining nook which was added after initial construction and actually DOES insulate somewhat) would run about $25K. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Adding an exterior stair off of the balcony deck to the back yard adds another $2600. And the last (and lowest priority) improvement would be to add maintenance free siding over the existing redwood, which is the stuff that gave me so much grief when I did last summer's painting project. That would bring the total to $36K. So, hey ol' FF buddies... ol' pals... I'll send you some naked pics for a $5K contribution! For $10K I'll send pics of someone else! For $20K I promise not to send any! ;-P - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Seriously, I was expecting the roof alone to cost $20K. I figured the windows would cost $10K or so, but that was for just the biggest ones. He's figuring in the french doors to the balcony, and all of the smaller windows in the lower level and the bathrooms. So that's a relief, in an odd way. Maybe if I can do it in stages over 10 years or so, it might be manageable. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I remember hearing a financial advisor on WPR telling a prospective home buyer that he should expect to spend about 10% of the purchase price annually for maintenance and needed improvements. My jaw dropped, but now that doesn't seem so extreme. I guess I/we were fortunate in our previous homes, because we never came close to that ratio. On the otherhand, I could do a lot more of the regular maintenance myself, as well as some "special" projects. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
And just to be clear, I'm kidding (KIDDING!) about donations... too many people with real and urgent needs out there. (I would sell the naked pics, however.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
We put a lot of money (for us) into the house when we bought it. We couldn't afford to get the yard, kitchen, or master bath done. It'll be a while. :-/ - Yvonne from FFHound!
The windows will give you immediate return on heat/air conditioning. - Janet from FFHound!
Definitely, especially in another winter like we just had! (And are still having...) That would be my highest priority except that the roof will soon reach a point where I'll either have to go with stop gap repairs year after year, or get the whole thing done right and not have to deal with it anymore. (And probably not the next one or two owners after me.) But still, shelling out $300... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Seems exceptionally reasonable what type of roofing will it be and is it a re-shingle or complete tear down to frame? We're in the same boat I do most work but am now paying for major landscaping work. - Steve C
Oh, and a wood stove in the lower level. Which will will really help keep the bedroom areas of the house warmer at night. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I know, it does seem reasonable, Steve. The roof is warranted for 30 years, and the shingles will be the "architectural style." He'll do a complete tear down and lay down the ice water barrier around the perimeter and the "valleys"... I was considering a metal roof, which carries a 50 year warranty, but I won't be around for most of that and I'm not sure the eventual buyer would view it... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Wow in that case that is a great deal! Roof alone down to tear down and replace is at least $15K - Steve C
The guy who is providing the estimate is trying to do a lot of projects this spring, summer and fall so that he can finish purchasing a piece of property up nort' and build himself a small cabin to serve as his abode in retirement. As such he's willing to offer better than normal pricing so he can get the amount of work he wants. He knows his stuff, but I do have to watch him a bit on... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Commenting on that "10% for maintenance..." Wow. If that was true around here, we'd move into a rental, since that would be considerably more than our total annual spending on *everything.* That is, house maintenance, food, utilities, clothing, entertainment...everything. - Walt Crawford
I'm glad I'm not the only one who balked at that number, Walt. In the three houses that I've previously owned, I'd say we spent 10% - 15% of the mortgage *payment* each month (on average). Many months it was much less, but then an occasional big item would need repair or replacement. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Istayed up until 2:45 a.m. I had tracked down my camera tripod (mini-version) and thought I was all set. When the eclipse finally happened, I turned on my camera and the battery was dead. Doh! Ergo, these pics are taken with my low light limited, tripod non-compatible smartphone camera.
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Pretty exciting, I know. Can't understand what caused my camera's battery to run down so soon. I also have a backup battery, but it wasn't where it is supposed to be, and a quick search yielded nothing in the time available. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
So... DOH! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
The moon(?) looks like a used post blood donation puncture cover cotton ball. - Eivind
Don't remind me! Had a loooooong needle stuck into my hip joint this (yesterday) morning! I'm still wearing the bandage! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
And, yes, I should have said "lunar eclipse." That makes at least two mistakes so far. I'm fighting to hold onto my "C" grade! (And that assessment doesn't include typos!) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Um... the pics posted on the Washington Post website are slightly more impressive than mine. For instance, you can actually tell that that dot is a heavenly body, and not some dust mote or inflamed pimple. And they did time lapse images of the moon traversing the sky and changing incrementally as it did so. I could've tried that, but it would've looked like a line of aphids crawling... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Sometimes... on occasion... I may use more words than necessary to express a thought or idea. Just thought I'd give you all a heads up on that.
Are you sure about that? - Kirsten
You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means - Steve C
"Heads up"? "Necessary"? "Thought"? (I do get confused on the "thought" thing. Because I get confused when I "think." Or at least when I "think" I'm "thinking" or "thought" I was "thinking"...which, truthfully, I may not have been. So I guess I just convinced myself that you meant something "thinking." ... I rest my case. (And my keister, because I'm exhausted from all of that "thinking." - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Also, Kirsten, I thought I was sure, but now I just don't know... life is like that you know. You think you're on the right track and then *boom* something comes along to set your brain on another track. Like the time back in the late 70's when I was watching the UW homecoming game. The game was close, the victory on the line, and then *boom* the cheerleaders ran past me to perform on... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
:-D - Kirsten
Say hello to my leetl' frien'! My leetl' squirrely frien', that is. Pics are taken through my bay window, so the glass is a factor. Still he was pretty cooperative, holding poses to allow several shots, except when that dreary gray squirrel came and ruined the moment. Then he (she?) went to a higher branch, and we continued.
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I guess FF must order the pics by filename rather than the order added to the photo queue. I'll have to start renaming the files to get the proper sequence. Anyway, this is the almost-albino-but-less-so-than-a-couple-weeks-ago squirrely friend. (The long qualifier is to differentiate him/her from all of my other squirrelly friends, many of whom are here on FF.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Also, it's very difficult to get a photo unobstructed by branches when BRANCHES ARE EVERYWHERE! The fact that my camera's automatic flash would kick in at random--thereby spooking my subject--didn't help matters. I would never make it as a wildlife photographer. "Excuse me, Mr. Lion? Excuse me? Could you just hold that pose for another moment while I change this from "landscape" to "portrait"... that would REALLY be helpful! You're awesome. YES YOU ARE. WHO'S THE AWESOME LION! That's right! YOU ARE!" - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Dang! I was just going to DM a longstanding FFer to thank them for some quality features they've made available as enhancements to FF. I believe we've been connected almost since I first came here regularly almost 6 years ago. (Can it be that long?) Anyway, he's apparently blocked me. Why does errbody hate me all of a sudden!?!
I honestly don't recall any "spats" here, or even any recent exchanges of any sort. Despite my best efforts (not that great, I grant you) I guess I've become more annoying than I thought. Dang. But, well, I shall forge ahead, for I yam what I yam. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
And to all of you who are still my friends, this isn't a ploy to "fish" for compliments. Just a statement of self-reflection at the discovery of this unfortunate turn of events. So don't feel compelled to post the nice things that many of you have in the recent past. The increasing frequency of these developments renders those kindly gestures unnecessary, 'cuz I remember them well... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I know, I know... I should just let these things go. And I have for most of the last 5 years. But in all of that time I was only aware of one time when I was blocked, and it was due to an unfortunate misundertanding for which I take full responsibility. Understandable. But now it's on another level. So I am obsessing just a bit, because this is FriendFeed. I don't care about this stuff... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I luh my FF buds. Even those who sever ties. I'll turn the other cheek, people! (It might not be the one you're expecting, though. Oh wait, you know me, so you probably will be expecting that one.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
After staying up way too late to take pics of the lunar eclipse, I had to get up just a couple hours later to take daughter to her 7 a.m. shift at the UW library, and to drop off her artwork at the Fine Arts building on the way. I greeted her at the door with a vanilla latte when I arrived to pick her up. She's gonna miss her ol' pappy...
I'm making DAMN SURE of that! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I should clarify that she always protests that she can just walk and carry the three armloads/backloads of stuff. But seriously, she's my daughter. It's one of the increasingly fewer things that I can do to be of assistance. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
That's really sweet! - Yvonne from FFHound!
She has less than 4 weeks of classes left, and it's going by really quickly. Fortunately she'll be back here for 6 weeks or so this summer as a German-language "camp" counselor. (No NAZI uniforms will be issued or tolerated.) So I've got that to help ease the transition. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I stayed up until 2:45 a.m. I had tracked down my camera tripod (mini-version) and thought I was all set. When the eclipse finally happened, I turned on my camera and the battery was dead. Doh! Ergo, these pics are taken with my low light limited, tripod non-compatible smartphone camera.
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Accidentally posted the uncropped versions in my post made a few minutes ago. Here are the cropped (and zoomed) pics. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Not necessarily in chronological order... apparently. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
If I had stayed up another 30 minutes the moon would've been blood red. But I didn't. Cuz I was tired. Still am. Hopefully the next of the tetrad series will peak at a more midwest-friendly time of night. ("Time of day" doesn't really get us where we need to be, y'see.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Also, the spare camera battery that eluded me at 2:30 a.m. was found almost exactly where it was supposed to be, and is nearly fully charged without intervention from me. It's almost as if my brain wasn't functioning on all cylinders at that hour! However, I haven't located that charging cable OR the SPARE charging cable! This is why I should never "organize" my stuff. Finding it becomes infinitely more difficult. (At least by my half-arsed method of organizing.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Very nice, Mark. I didn't even attempt to stay up. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Thanks Stephan, it did turn out better than I expected given that I was trying to stabilize the camera with my hand propped at an odd angle on a wobbly fence railing. Just wish I'd had actual optical zooming capability. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I terminated my Yahoo account last night. I use it so infrequently that I can never remember the password, so I end up resetting it and then not using it for another year. That includes the email account. Feels like tying up a dangling loose end. Should of done it long ago. Guess that means my Flickr account is done as well. (Have to confirm that.)
This is the year of the great unraveling of nearly two decades of cyber-entanglements. Now, if I could just figure out a way to wipe out that GeoCities webpage... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I started early spring cleaning a while back. It is surprising how many accounts I was unable to remove. But yeah, deleting your Yahoo account will affect Flickr as well. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
While I can't say that I enjoyed the needle going all the way into the hip joint (even with local anesthetic) I'm really liking the result of the injection. Walking pain free and I can even lift my right leg into and out of the driver's area of the car without wincing. Better living through chemistry.
And after the 45 minute wait because I went there too early, it took all of 20 mintutes for the procedure. Half of that involved a thorough explanation of what was about to happen. Medical care has changed a lot since I was a young man. They never explained much of anything back then. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
sounds like I could use this. Who recommended this to you? - VALZ SCARLETTS MAMA
Val, my primary doctor referred me to an orthopod, who in turn recommended this cortisone injection directly into the hip joint using a flouroscope to make sure the needle was inthe right location. Otherwise the odds are about 70/30 in favor of proper placement. I had the first injection a couple years ago in the office of my primary doctor, but that was in more accessible part of the joint. This deeper injection directly into the joint should (hopefully) last more than a couple months. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
thanks I am going to mention this to mine. - VALZ SCARLETTS MAMA
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