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Clodfobble 12-05-2015 09:23 AM

Cool! Remember to bring sunscreen. :)

Griff 12-05-2015 11:08 AM


classicman 12-05-2015 11:16 AM

OH, on the downside, my GF cannot go with. So my oldest on has graciously volunteered to sacrifice his time and go with me. This could be EPIC!

xoxoxoBruce 12-05-2015 11:51 AM

[Tom Lehrer] Don't drink the water and don't breath the air. [/Tom Lehrer]

limey 12-05-2015 12:23 PM


Originally Posted by classicman (Post 947358)
... a 5 day 6 night event at an all expenses paid resort in Cancun! Totally floored me. I'm still not sure I believe him even though I got my flight info this morning.

Couldn't happen to a nicer guy! :heart-on:

DanaC 12-05-2015 01:01 PM

Yey! I agree with Limes.

fargon 12-05-2015 01:09 PM

What Limey, and Dana said.

classicman 12-05-2015 02:01 PM

Thanks. I'm beyond excited. :D

Undertoad 12-05-2015 02:22 PM


busterb 12-05-2015 02:32 PM


Originally Posted by Clodfobble (Post 946513)

In truth, though, I agree. I've been cooking for a few hours, but everything's casual and on-schedule, and the kids are staying quiet upstairs. And my new blueberry pie recipe is turning out fucking awesome.

I've got a BB pie that for a redneck you won't believe. Let me know.:3eye:

Clodfobble 12-05-2015 03:19 PM

Oh I know of the legendary busterb cooking skills, for sure. But I suspect that any redneck recipe includes things like butter and sugar, if not whiskey. :)

Gravdigr 12-05-2015 03:33 PM


Originally Posted by Clodfobble (Post 947423)
...if not whiskey. :)

If not in the recipe, then, the cook!

Gravdigr 12-05-2015 03:36 PM


Originally Posted by classicman (Post 947358)
Lil late, but my new job. Its been fantastic helping people and getting out of the high-pressure of advertising sales. It was always something I was good at, but never really enjoyed. Especially since Dan's accident, it was all about the money and that wasn't even there really.
Well on Monday my new boss, also a good friend for about 6-8 years, asked me what I was doing mid January. I was like, nothing planned at this point. He then tells me there is an HVAC conference with one of our largest suppliers happening and he wants me to go and represent our company. I was thinking it was in the Dakotas or Iowa -somewhere like that because that is where a lot of the companies are headquartered. He then tells me its a 5 day 6 night event at an all expenses paid resort in Cancun! Totally floored me. I'm still not sure I believe him even though I got my flight info this morning.


Originally Posted by classicman (Post 947409)
I'm beyond excited. :D

This is Karma giving you a blow job.

You deserve it.

DanaC 12-05-2015 03:52 PM

Hurrah! Karmic blowjobs all round!

Gravdigr 12-05-2015 05:16 PM

Fuckin A!!

Gravdigr 12-06-2015 11:33 AM

I had three, three!!, green flakes in my chicken Ramen this morning.:jig:

'S gonna be a good day, Tater.[RonWhite]

classicman 12-06-2015 11:33 AM

Just found the site for the resort... Now what to do while there. I SUCK at golfing, but my son is a 2 handicap and really wants to play a round. So thats one thing. I wanna go fishing or some type of underwater something... then again :blunt:

orthodoc 12-06-2015 07:13 PM


Originally Posted by classicman (Post 947563)
Just found the site for the resort... Now what to do while there. I SUCK at golfing, but my son is a 2 handicap and really wants to play a round. So thats one thing. I wanna go fishing or some type of underwater something... then again :blunt:

Holy Wow! All I can say is: pics. LOTS of pics or it didn't happen.

Now go book that fishing/scuba/snorkeling.

Karmic blowjobs all round! New cellar tagline?

monster 12-06-2015 07:41 PM


Originally Posted by classicman (Post 947563)
Just found the site for the resort... Now what to do while there. I SUCK at golfing, but my son is a 2 handicap and really wants to play a round. So thats one thing. I wanna go fishing or some type of underwater something... then again :blunt:

They must have mushrooms there....

Sucking at golf is a great networking tool, I've heard

Clodfobble 12-07-2015 04:36 PM

They've been doing some kind of major utility upgrade in my neighborhood for the last several months. Laying fiber? I dunno. The point is, for the last week or so they've been in and out of my backyard specifically. And now they are doing something with the little pole-in-the-ground-doohickey that involves digging around it, and in order to do that they are having to clear out most of the horrible crappy overgrowth that's taken over that portion of the yard.

Yessss.... Our eight-year "just ignore it" plan is finally coming to fruition...

Gravdigr 12-07-2015 04:59 PM


Have a plan, and stick to it.

xoxoxoBruce 12-07-2015 08:07 PM

Wait'll they bill you for it. :lol:

Sundae 12-09-2015 10:02 AM

I'm out of hospital.

Bad news is I have to go back in, in approx 2 weeks to have some more banding of my varices (Wiki link SFW but has internal photo which might be considered grim and/ or look like something else!) and this will continue until they are all gone.
But at least I will not be woken up at 04.00 for a blood test, or at 06.45 to have my blood pressure/ temperature taken.

The good thing about hospital of course is that it is clean, warm, light and you get three meals a day with no cooking or washing up.
But after eight days I was pretty much ready to leave.

Clodfobble 12-09-2015 11:35 AM

Glad to have you back, Sundae!

fargon 12-09-2015 11:41 AM

I'm glad your back too.

limey 12-09-2015 03:38 PM


xoxoxoBruce 12-09-2015 03:46 PM

How many times will you have to have that banding done? Or don't they know. Hopefully they'll get every thing squared away soon. In spite of all the upsides you mentioned, it's still nice to get home where you can scratch any itch without checking to see if anyone's watching.

8 days? Nope, no way. Well one way, unconscious. Other than that, I have witnesses who can attest to after three days I become quite unpleasant. Really, I know it's had to imagine but it's true. Picture ripping out an IV, and telling the nurse on the desk, "If anybody is looking for me, I went home", as I walked by. :lol:

Aliantha 12-09-2015 05:14 PM

Is it wrong that I'm happy my little kids are leaving for a holiday with their father for a week starting in about half an hour?

I am anyway. I need a break. After I delivery the wedding order I have for Saturday, I don't have anything else to do till the following Thursday, which means 4 days of slothing around mostly. I might even go get a pedicure.

xoxoxoBruce 12-09-2015 09:36 PM

If they don't leave, you don't get that huggy-poo, kissy-face, party when they return. ;)

Gravdigr 12-09-2015 10:31 PM


Originally Posted by Sundae (Post 947937)
I'm out of hospital.


DanaC 12-10-2015 03:51 AM

Yey! Glad you're ok Sundae - Is your phone working again?

Sundae 12-10-2015 08:27 AM

It is - another reason to be grateful!

Griff 12-11-2015 06:41 AM

Welcome back Sundae!

orthodoc 12-11-2015 06:45 PM

Glad you're out, Sundae!

And Ali - take the upcoming days and enjoy. Don't feel guilty for even one second.

BigV 12-11-2015 08:37 PM


Treatment of gastric varices can include injection of the varices with cyanoacrylate glue

forget rub a little bacon on it, get me some superglue, STAT!

Aliantha 12-13-2015 05:58 PM

I had Christmas drinks with a couple of my girlfriends over the weekend. Life has been busy for all of us over the last 6 months or so, and we haven't seen too much of each other (although I did go on a brief 2 day weekend holiday with one of them) so it was really good to catch up. I've known these girls since high school, and they say that childhood friends will always be able to know you better than the friends you make in adulthood. I find that to be true with these girls. I think because they knew me as a teenager; a time when we're all just starting to get a sense of who we might become and what sort of things motivate us; so it was good to talk about everything with them. We all lost touch after HS and reconnected a few years ago at a HS reunion. Even though we weren't really that close in HS, we have discovered that we're pretty good friends as old farts.

Who ever would have thought that could happen. So anyway, I'm glad I have these girls in my life. I hope they're glad they have me.

monster 12-13-2015 06:47 PM

That's cool :)

Clodfobble 12-13-2015 08:00 PM

Old friends are nice. The added history also gives you added trust. Like they already saw you in your awkward times and they know you saw theirs, so blackmail keeps everyone equal. :)

Gravdigr 12-14-2015 10:59 AM

...drinks with Ali and a couple of her girlfriends...:rolleyes:

Be right back...I got to, uh, go do something....;)

Aliantha 12-14-2015 07:05 PM

2 Attachment(s)
Here are the two lovely ladies. Oh and me of course.

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xoxoxoBruce 12-14-2015 07:08 PM

Yup, right back to High School without skipping a beat. Your poor wait staff. :facepalm:

Aliantha 12-14-2015 07:26 PM

Well it was only Char's partner waiting on us. He seemed to enjoy taking the photos anyway. :)

xoxoxoBruce 12-14-2015 10:17 PM

Likely story. :eyebrow:

Sundae 12-15-2015 08:22 AM

Ali, you and your friends look marvs.
Wish I was there!

Making me happy today, a lovely card I received from my post-lady.
Some background:
I don't have a doorbell, and live two floors up, so I can't hear anyone knocking on the door, unless they are very persistent and even then I have to be listening out for it to assume it's for me, as I live on a busy road with people going in and out of offices, slamming car doors, decanting from tourist coaches etc.
This means that anything that does not fit through my letterbox has to go back to the Sorting Office and although that's close, it isn't available for collection for 24 hours - longer if it's a Saturday.
So from about Easter this year, Karen took to leaving anything which she knew wouldn't fit through my letterbox in the Sorting Office, and leaving a card to say it was available for collection immediately.
This is not correct protocol, but meant I was able to receive items from eBay or Amazon much more quickly. Ditto when my Mum sends me helium balloons.

So as it's Christmas, and it (used to be) traditional to tip your binmen and postie, I took a box of biscuits into the Sorting Office and also sent Karen a card with a small token in.
Being me, I also wrote in it that she had made living away from friends and family much easier and I really appreciated her kindness.

Came down today to find a card from her in return.
She knew I'd been in hospital (I had someone come and collect my post, and he went to the Sorting Office to collect something, explaining I was ill) and wished me good health.
She thanked me and said I'd made her day.
She offered her best wishes if I was travelling over Christmas (knowing I'm an immigrant in Yorkshire terms.)

Bless her.

I almost want to send her another card to thank her for her card thanking me for my card.
Don't worry, I won't.

I never see the binmen - in fact I have real issues with dealing with disposing of rubbish, so they get nothing.
But I'm so glad I made her and the staff who I see at least weekly when I collect my items, happy.

infinite monkey 12-17-2015 11:22 AM

Sundae, you are a very giving person. You give even when you don't have much yourself. This is a quality I could use about 400 tons more of. (edit: meaning I should exhibit more of that quality, not that I want to receive more of that quality...or, I even make sense? You know what I mean.)

Thanks for the card you sent. It's very cute and very sweet. I was really surprised, and it made me smile.

I don't have a ton of time while cow orker is at lunch but I wanted to say thank you...I will be writing you a PM, but I thought I should acknowledge it here, too, though everyone already knows, how kind you are.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.


Gravdigr 12-17-2015 01:57 PM

^^What she said.^^ All of it.

limey 12-17-2015 04:19 PM

With knobs on :)

infinite monkey 12-24-2015 06:24 PM

I am waiting for my friends, the guy part a sober driver, to pick me up for festivities. I go out my front door and to what do my wondering eyes appear? A FedEx package! Inside is the promised book that I can't wait to begin reading. And it was wrapped in star paper with my name in silver!

Friends make lonely people happy. Thanks jim. :)

Merry Christmas to you all, with love.

lumberjim 12-24-2015 06:32 PM

Merry Christmas, shaw!

infinite monkey 12-24-2015 09:43 PM

You're so good. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

classicman 12-26-2015 11:08 AM

I am so happy to read this... Shaw err ... IM.
Merry Christmas.

xoxoxoBruce 12-27-2015 04:17 PM

Ah, there's good news tonight.
Westerleigh Crematorium & Cemetery, in the South Gloucestershire countryside, is the first in Britain to have a fully licensed bar. A long overdue reconciliation with, and recognition of, the Irish living... and dying, in Britain. At last the stiff deceased can be given a proper send off. :beer:

glatt 12-30-2015 09:56 AM


Originally Posted by glatt (Post 933877)
I got word from my sister yesterday. She's only in contact with my parents in order to keep messages to a minimum. You see, she's deep in the mountain wildness of the Northwest Territories and her only communication is an InTouch satellite texting device that costs a buck per text and eats batteries like crazy. So she's trying to limit incoming messages to only emergencies.

But she sent out a handful of updates. She and her two climbing partners are attempting a mountain climb that has never been done before. In fact there are no clear photos of the mountain face they are climbing. Only grainy Google Earth pictures.

They got dropped off by helicopter three weeks ago and set up camp next to a lake at 61.872662, -127.69862. They have been attempting to climb the Western face of Mt. Nirvana since then. It's a cliff face, so it's very technical climbing.

In a week or so, the helicopter will come back for them and fly them over to the eastern side of Mt. Nirvana, and they will attempt the climb from that side. That side has been climbed before, so they know it's possible, and there are tons of pictures of it.

Then after two weeks of climbing on that side of the mountain, the helicopter is coming back for them and taking them about 20 miles to the north, to Lotus Flower Tower. This is a very famous location in the climbing world, and they are going to climb this:
Attachment 52586

But I'm happy today because I hadn't heard from her in a month, and it's good to know she's ok.

It's been 6 months, but they finally published a video of their climbing trip. It's 22 minutes long, but I think it's worth it.


glatt 12-30-2015 10:09 AM

If you can't be bothered to watch all 22 minutes, check out the helicopter flight at 12:32. The helicopter came to pick them up from Mt. Nirvana and take them to Lotus Flower Tower, but they had a little trouble finding Lotus Flower Tower and then a place to land.

And 18:35, time lapse of packing up camp in the fog is pretty cool.

fargon 12-30-2015 10:29 AM

Very Good.

footfootfoot 12-30-2015 12:18 PM

I'm off to a job interview in a few minutes. probably minimum wage and PT w/ no bennys but even dwarves started small.

More to follow, perhaps.

Gravdigr 12-30-2015 02:40 PM

Good luck, Foot!

I'll check out the mountain conquering sister later tonight.

Clodfobble 12-30-2015 06:21 PM

Somehow I must have missed the original post about your sister, glatt. That's a cool accomplishment.

fargon 12-30-2015 08:11 PM

How did your interview go foot?

footfootfoot 12-31-2015 10:37 AM

I think it went well, they seemed receptive to me and it felt like a good fit to me, at any rate. They are going to talk with another person and then let me know next week. I'd be the oldest person by far, maybe about the same age as the owner.

If I do get the job it's going to complicate life for a while until I get custody changes sorted out, and it's only a little better than minimum wage. I'd need to work three weeks to make my mortgage payment, and while it would be good to be able to keep the house, I clearly need to come up with additional income b/c I couldn't afford to live on my earnings from that job alone.

They did say that if I worked out and was valuable I'd get raises. The benefits are pretty good, though.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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