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footfootfoot 08-11-2016 08:29 PM

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Originally Posted by elSicomoro (Post 966412)
Hang in there...3 more days.

:D:D:D

BigV 08-11-2016 10:32 PM

What's making me happy today tonight.

A Perseid Meteor Shower, the best in a decade!


Go! Go outside now!!!

Clodfobble 08-11-2016 11:33 PM

He said yes.


Can't say who just yet. But this place being what it is, at least a few of you will very much recognize the name. I am beside myself. Still keep questioning whether the phone call even really happened. In a few days I get to pitch the already-sanctioned ghostwritten memoir of a really cool dude. And there is absolutely no way they will say no.

Griff 08-12-2016 06:08 AM

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Originally Posted by BigV (Post 966454)
What's making me happy today tonight.

A Perseid Meteor Shower, the best in a decade!


Go! Go outside now!!!

In a thunderstorm? We won't be seeing it.

Griff 08-12-2016 06:09 AM

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Originally Posted by Clodfobble (Post 966456)
He said yes.


Can't say who just yet. But this place being what it is, at least a few of you will very much recognize the name. I am beside myself. Still keep questioning whether the phone call even really happened. In a few days I get to pitch the already-sanctioned ghostwritten memoir of a really cool dude. And there is absolutely no way they will say no.

:)

Gravdigr 08-12-2016 06:20 AM

Don't know what this means, but, if you're happy, I'm happy for ya.:)

Pico and ME 08-14-2016 10:35 AM

Drinking beer and organizing. Yeah. I'm weird....I love to organize my shit. And tonight, I'm gonna go the fuck ahead and rent a goddamn movie from On Demand. fuck it...:p:

elSicomoro 08-14-2016 12:00 PM

We got everything out of the old house yesterday. I have junk haulers going over there tomorrow to clean the rest of our unwanted crap out.

Remind us never to move again...

footfootfoot 08-14-2016 01:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Pico and ME (Post 966621)
Drinking beer and organizing. Yeah. I'm weird....I love to organize my shit. And tonight, I'm gonna go the fuck ahead and rent a goddamn movie from On Demand. fuck it...:p:

Damn. If you were closer I'd hire you to organize the hell out of my house. And then, if I had money left over I'd let you organize the hell out of my life.

Damn ADD makes it hard to organize

SQUIRREL!

:drool:

elSicomoro 08-15-2016 04:26 PM

Sometimes, all you need is a small fan to make all the difference.

Our house's second floor (where my office is) is warmer than the first floor, and I don't want to lower the thermostat. So I pulled out a small fan we had at the old house that we didn't use, and...ahhhh...

elSicomoro 08-25-2016 11:56 AM

Job status: acquired.

Gravdigr 08-25-2016 12:00 PM

:cheerldr:

glatt 08-25-2016 12:05 PM

Congratulations!

Gravdigr 08-25-2016 12:28 PM

Bruce is back!

elSicomoro 08-25-2016 08:19 PM

Thank you for your good wishes and support as I begin a new adventure!

Starting next week, I will be in Detroit for 10 weeks, helping set up offices that will serve as headquarters for folks working voter registration drives. It utilizes some of my core strengths while providing service to others and opportunity for growth. I could wind up traveling to other states depending on how polling goes and/or where needs arise.

This is the kind of work I've wanted to do for some time, but hadn't found the right opportunity. Now I have, and look forward to the challenges and benefits of the role. I had originally applied for a position closer to home, but this is where the help is most needed right now. It will suck to be separated from my family for 10 weeks, but they are very supportive and I love them so much for that.

Let's do this!

BigV 08-25-2016 09:01 PM

WTG!!!!

BigV 08-25-2016 09:02 PM

Also, Seahawks versus cowboys, starting now.

BigV 08-25-2016 09:17 PM

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Originally Posted by BigV (Post 967565)
Also, Seahawks versus cowboys, starting now.

Fucking ouch, Romo got sat down hard, very hard. Hope he's OK.

elSicomoro 08-27-2016 02:34 PM

As much fun as it is to make fun of the Cowboys (and Jim), Tony Romo can't seem to catch a break. He's out until midseason because of a broken bone in his back. That sucks.

BigV 08-27-2016 02:41 PM

ow, ow, ow, ow, ow.. very unfortunate. It was a clean tackle, and a very awkward landing. Sorry man.

elSicomoro 08-27-2016 03:29 PM

Just dropped a small fortune on new clothes for the job. Down 3-4 sizes on shirts and 2 on pants. Worth every penny.

Ultimately, I'm gonna have to have plastic surgery to remove excess skin (and hence lose more sizes), but this works for now.

We were down at the Nelson (our Art Museum) out and about catching Pokemon last night...and I think I got winded maybe once, because I was doing a lot of steps. That felt REALLY good.

lumberjim 08-27-2016 04:45 PM

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Originally Posted by elSicomoro (Post 967726)
As much fun as it is to make fun of the Cowboys (and Jim), Tony Romo can't seem to catch a break. He's out until midseason because of a broken bone in his back. That sucks.

Mother. Fucker.

Catch 22 now for him. If Dak does great, will they keep him in? If he sucks, will the season be too far gone to save?

Hoping for something in the middle I guess. I want Tony to get his ring.

Sundae 08-28-2016 06:12 AM

Phone call with DanaC last night.
I think her mind is honestly even filthier than mine.
(Yes, I did say I'd do Chorlton, but you were the one who brought the tail into it)

And yes babba, it's a competition :p:

Undertoad 08-28-2016 08:52 AM

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Originally Posted by elSicomoro (Post 967726)
As much fun as it is to make fun of the Cowboys (and Jim), Tony Romo can't seem to catch a break. He's out until midseason because of a broken bone in his back. That sucks.

It's at the point where I wish Romo was on a different team because I would like to root for the guy. Hall of famer and a good dude.

elSicomoro 09-13-2016 11:57 PM

I love Detroit. I have met so many awesome people here over the past 2 years and seen so much awesomeness. I'm not pulling up the stakes and moving the family here, but this is a very underrated town.

Sundae 09-14-2016 04:14 AM

Dwellars.

Introduced to the P method of breathing by Limey. She's not actually a doctor (unlike DanaC) but her practical advice on dealing with breathlessness really helped.

Had a major phone emergency, helped out as always by the Mighty Carruthers. I have a new phone, even if I can't work it yet. In fact it's driving me crazy (crazier) but I know I'll work it out.

And kind thoughts and messages for the poor sad sack that I am. They are always treasured.

Oh and I got two new items of clothing for 3.49!
I got a pair of white trousers from the clothing exchange when I was at St Anne's. Lovely, but limited. Doubt I'll be wearing them again now September's come. And I loved, loved, loved my white dress, but hey - you can get bored with anything. So I bought some fabric dye and salt, and now have lilac trews and dress. I was concerned it looked very grey when I first took it out, but that was probably because it was midnight. May not wear either again until next year - see above re September - but feel all crafty and clever about it.

limey 09-14-2016 08:13 AM

Glad to know it helped.
Dyeing success is awesome, isn't it!? :D

footfootfoot 09-14-2016 08:26 AM

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Originally Posted by Sundae (Post 967749)
Phone call with DanaC last night.
I think her mind is honestly even filthier than mine.

Jeez, share the love...

Chorlton cum hardy? are they taking the piss?

classicman 09-17-2016 11:20 AM

Got a letter from Sundae yesterday. Sat with Daniel and read every word. Had to explain a lot to him too. We spent over an hour just reading and talking without any electronic interruptions. :)

Sundae 09-18-2016 06:37 AM

I tried not to be patronising and pitch it too low. Figured you'd be able to explain anything too English at least.
Glad you enjoyed it.

classicman 09-21-2016 06:42 PM

<3 Loved every word. I'm AMAZED how you filled every square inch of space with writing. I think you missed your calling. You should be an author.

elSicomoro 09-28-2016 12:01 AM

4 weeks ago, I came to Detroit with rough sketches and ideas about the future and the project. Today, we have 3 offices staffed with 200 awesome employees. This city and its people have welcomed us warmly into their communities, and we are incredibly grateful for that. 41 days until Election Day. I really don't care who you vote for, so long as you vote.

limey 09-28-2016 06:52 AM

Well done, matey!

Gravdigr 09-28-2016 01:35 PM

I'm just glad he's managed to not get killed to death while there.

monster 09-28-2016 09:14 PM

It's OK, I don't let my son drive outside the neighborhood yet, the D is still safe. But now it's fall, remember....


Clodfobble 10-06-2016 07:56 PM

Gave a presentation today to an autism treatment group, with the agreement that all attending members would get a free copy of my book. 14 people RSVPed, 40-50 showed up. I had to text my mom 5 minutes before starting and ask her to go to my house and get more books. But it went well, and I managed to clear out almost all of my remaining promotional copies, which is awesome. (I was supposed to give them away at the Chicago AutismOne conference in May, but the shipment was screwed up and they didn't get into my hands until the last few hours I was there.) Hard to say if positive word-of-mouth will lead to any real sales, but it was a successful event, at any rate.

glatt 10-06-2016 08:55 PM

Word of mouth can't hurt. It's a good book.

Griff 10-07-2016 06:02 AM

w00t!

monster 10-07-2016 01:38 PM

that is Fabulous, Fodclobble :D Very happy for you, the book is most excellent, I recommend it frequently

monster 10-07-2016 01:41 PM

....and I think word of mouth is generally the way to go to get your momentum in such a specialist interest area. Because that travels to the people who need to know and the people who don't but like to learn who then recommend it further, and bypasses the fluffy-only audience

classicman 10-08-2016 08:17 AM

My son chipped in a shot on the 18th hole for an eagle and won $400 in a tournament doing so! Round 2 today.

Clodfobble 10-08-2016 08:46 AM

Wow! Which son is this?

Griff 10-08-2016 09:14 AM

Dang

glatt 10-08-2016 09:42 AM

Sounds like somebody should be taking dad out for dinner.

Gravdigr 10-08-2016 01:46 PM

Go Boy!

classicman 10-09-2016 09:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Clodfobble (Post 970676)
Wow! Which son is this?

Son1 - The older boy.

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Originally Posted by glatt (Post 970679)
Sounds like somebody should be taking dad out for dinner.

Thats EXACTLY whats happening for my B-Day since he couldn't make the festivities with my parents and the rest of us. Kind of excited - He told me we are going to Firebirds. Neither of us have ever been as its way outta our typical budget.

classicman 10-09-2016 09:55 AM

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So yeh, yesteday was my B-Day and I turned 52. Feeling ok about it, I guess. I reflect A LOT more than I used to though. Realizing that 75 is closer than 25 is kinda freaky. ANYWAY, whats the thing that makes me Happy you ask? Well my daughter wrote a really nice Happy Birthday post for me and this is the pic she chose. I totally love it.

Clodfobble 10-09-2016 10:19 AM

That's really nice. Good smiles on everyone.

Gravdigr 10-09-2016 10:43 AM

That's a good looking fam right there, Classic.

That kid in the red shirt is kinda goofy-looking, though.:p:

Hey, just cause you're getting old doesn't mean ya hafta grow up!

Happy Belated Birthday Classic!

Griff 10-09-2016 11:22 AM

Awesome man.

classicman 10-09-2016 04:07 PM

Thanks guys. Funny (I think so anyway) thing as I was taking a selfie with Son1, he turns his head grabs something from around his ear and then comes back for the pic. I look at his hand it was a :joint:

BigV 10-09-2016 04:47 PM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!! (x52)

glatt 10-09-2016 07:17 PM

What an excellent picture! Happy Birthday!!

glatt 10-09-2016 07:50 PM

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I fixed my son's tenor saxophone today and I'm maybe a little more pleased with myself than I should be, but yeah!

Two of his valves weren't working because it got bashed by a snare drum last night in a crowded band room. He tried bending a lever back to get it to work, but had limited success. I couldn't even see what was broken. We planned to just rent a sax for a month or two while the repair guy kept it in his shop. It would be a couple hundred bucks but at least I could be sure a pro would do it right. My son would have none of it though. He ran down into the shop to get my screwdriver set, so that motivated my to get involved in the repair before he broke the thing even worse.
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So this is the deal. There is a little steel shaft, maybe stainless steel, even, that goes between two posts welded to the sax. It's basically a screw. The threads screw into the post on the right, and the shaft has a head like a screw over to the left. Two brass sleeves fit over this particular shaft, and various levers and pads are welded to the sleeves. The snare drum hit the lever on the end there and bent it back a little bit. This made it no longer work the valve on the mouthpiece. Then the force was also transmitted to the sleeve and bent sleeve A so imperceptibly that you can't even see it in the picture. You could feel, though, that the sleeve was jammed and wouldn't allow a couple other valves to open.

So I carefully unscrewed the shaft holding these two sleeves, and removed the sleeves. Once I had them off, I could easily feel where sleeve A was bent by sliding the shaft in and out until there was resistance. I wanted to bend it straight again, but brass is very soft and brittle, and I was terrified of breaking or kinking the sleeve. So I found a drill bit with the same diameter as the sleeve and drilled a hole in a little block of maple. I went to my BAND SAW and cut through that drilled hole. This gave me nice firm supporting pads for the jaws of my vise. I clamped the sleeve carefully just below the bend, and bent it straight with my fingers. I would bend it incrementally, and then test it by trying to slide the shaft back into it and feel if it would bind up.

Anyway, that's all a little long winded, but the end result was that I totally fixed it. It all fits together nicely and the levers and valves just work smoothly. It took about as much time as driving to the music store to rent a new sax.

Griff 10-09-2016 08:00 PM

Lucky you had a band saw, where'd you get that again?

lumberjim 10-09-2016 10:57 PM

Grinning

Gravdigr 10-10-2016 02:42 PM

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Originally Posted by classicman (Post 970762)
Thanks guys. Funny (I think so anyway) thing as I was taking a selfie with Son1, he turns his head grabs something from around his ear and then comes back for the pic. I look at his hand it was a :joint:

Noyce.

That boy's a keeper.

Gravdigr 10-10-2016 02:47 PM

Add saxophone repairman to the (very long) list.

That man really is a Glatt of All Trades.

xoxoxoBruce 10-10-2016 02:48 PM

Nice picture of the kids, it's a shame that ugly fucker with the beard photobombed them. http://cellar.org/2012/bwekk.gif

classicman 10-10-2016 03:35 PM

Thanks all. Damn kid seems like he is getting more like I was every day.


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