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monster 12-17-2011 06:39 PM

for the slow.....
oh, not that king of creamy hot chocolate........?

regular.joe 12-17-2011 09:14 PM

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I'm happy cause I closed on this house yesterday. I am officially a home owner. Never thought that would happen.

monster 12-17-2011 09:28 PM


Clodfobble 12-17-2011 09:34 PM

I like the stone facade, Joe. That's a really pretty house.

zippyt 12-17-2011 09:51 PM

Yeah Joe !!!

sexobon 12-17-2011 11:05 PM

Congratulations Joe! I had a small ranch style in a neighborhood off of Strickland Bridge Rd. south of Raeford Rd. that I lived in for 3 yrs.; then, leased out for 7 before selling. Your house looks like those I saw being constructed in any number of later developed neighborhoods around Cliffdale Rd. running E-W; or, Hope Mills Rd. running N-S. I'm just guessing of course, you could be up north past Spring Lake for all I know about that area today. I had occasion to pass by my old house 10 yrs. after I sold it and practically didn't recognize the neighborhood because of the build up (there was a shopping center where I used to jog past horses grazing on a farm). Anyway, it seems typical of the west/southwest side of Fayetteville and out away from the old neighborhoods right around Ft. Bragg of which some were practically like on post housing. Nice looking.

limey 12-18-2011 02:59 AM

Very nice, Joe!

ZenGum 12-18-2011 04:45 AM

Wow, nice place. Any nicer and we'd have to call you Sarge 1%. :)

Griff 12-18-2011 07:09 AM

Congrats Joe!

infinite monkey 12-18-2011 07:26 AM

I like it! Congrats!

Trilby 12-18-2011 07:42 AM

Awesome Joe!

Nothing like home-ownership!

(evil laugh here)

but, seriously, a great looking place.

classicman 12-18-2011 01:49 PM

Good for you Sarge, you've more than earned it.

Lola Bunny 12-19-2011 07:02 PM

Joe: That's a really nice house!

infinite monkey 12-20-2011 05:22 PM

I'm off work until next Wednesday.


HungLikeJesus 12-20-2011 05:31 PM


Originally Posted by infinite monkey (Post 781756)
I'm off work until next Wednesday.


How am I going to get any work done?

monster 12-20-2011 05:44 PM


Originally Posted by infinite monkey (Post 781756)
I'm off work until next Wednesday.


you have to work between christmas and new year?

dungeonsandlizards 12-21-2011 02:18 PM

I've been working my ass out for a week now. So what I did is that I took my hubby and children out for dinner and then we headed off to a cafe, ate some cakes and pizza and just had fun. :)

DanaC 12-21-2011 02:22 PM

That sounds fun d&l

infinite monkey 12-22-2011 10:18 AM


Originally Posted by monster (Post 781764)
you have to work between christmas and new year?

Jase. Then off again until the 3rd. Classes starting soon.

I'm a slug. I am loving this doing nothing thing. Sure, a lot of folks would use this opportunity to get some things done, but I'm not a lot of folks. :lol:

HungLikeJesus 12-22-2011 11:00 AM

But you are getting things done - you're amusing me. That's important.

infinite monkey 12-22-2011 11:03 AM


classicman 12-22-2011 11:05 AM

This has been a really tough few months for me.
Everything seems to be upside down or inside out or just effed up in general.
Between the normal grind of my new existence coupled with losing my job
back in July and tack on a car accident last month. Bills keep coming,
I'm now paying for health insurance for me and my kids...
I have no income to speak of and my expenses have skyrocketed. All round sucky.

ANYWAY ... I haven't been in the mood for Christmas which is normally my favorite time of year.
Yesterday Son1 (21yr old) who is home on break from college gets up early and says
"It's time, lets do it."
We got all the decorations out and up. We then went buying (real men don't shop)
and scored presents for everyone. He was mature, thoughtful and surprisingly helpful
in selecting gifts on a tight (realistically nonexistent) budget.
He was the kick in the ass I needed to at least feel a little festive.

The house looks and smells like Christmas and I'm gonna wrap a bunch of presents
with music and coffee. For the moment, I am happy and content.

infinite monkey 12-22-2011 11:08 AM

That's wonderful. :) You raised good kids.

limey 12-22-2011 11:12 AM

I'm happy that Christmas has arrived at Chateau Classic!

Clodfobble 12-22-2011 11:32 AM

Apple doesn't fall far from the tree, classic. Give the boy a little punch in the shoulder from me, just in case a hug might still be embarrassing for him. :)

classicman 12-22-2011 11:41 AM

thanks all.

Clod, we're all Italian here - hugging is what we do best. :)

Griff 12-22-2011 07:07 PM

You've got a good kid there Class, reflects well on the old man.

Aliantha 12-22-2011 08:22 PM

That just warms the cockles of my heart Classic. :)

I came here to post about my friend. I've mentioned before somewhere around here that my friend Kathy has a daughter who's way off the rails on drugs and just general attitude issues to the extent that Kath hadn't spoken to her daughter for almost 6 months and had no idea where she'd gone to.

Anyway, I just had a message from her telling me that daughter had come home a couple of days ago and was communicating and trying to get her shit together. Anyway, she's going to stay for a few days till after Christmas then go back to her own place, but hopefully keep in touch with her Mum.

It just made me so happy to hear this news. We've all be so worried about her, but at the same time, Kath had to do what she did when she kicked her out. She was just out of control and not facing the fact that she's an adult now (20) and shouldn't be relying on her mother to buy everything for her because she spent all her money on drugs and partying.

It's early days for them yet, but the signs are hopeful. I am glad. Just about the best news I could have had for Christmas. :)

zippyt 12-22-2011 09:15 PM

You got you a Gooden there Classic !!!

Good news Ali , but tell your friend to watch out ,
stay hopefull but wary

classicman 12-22-2011 09:58 PM

Thanks guys.

Ali ... I'm pessimistic about this young lady who just happens to appear at moms right before Christmas ... Seems to me that she very well could be using the attitude of the season to get something from mom. Been there - done that.
Remember addicts are the most manipulative people on the planet.

plthijinx 12-23-2011 06:14 PM

good one classic!

i'm getting ready to leave to go a concert. i've never seen TSO before so i'm sure it will be a blast!

dungeonsandlizards 12-23-2011 07:54 PM

It's Christmas! yey! :D

Sundae 12-24-2011 03:03 AM

The smell of bacon from downstairs.
It's not for me, but it's a lovely start to Christmas Eve.
And in fact if I asked, Mum would cook me breakfast. She offers when she senses I'm low or not feeling 100%

DucksNuts 12-24-2011 07:11 AM

I love Christmas and its here!

My sister is coming (she still doesnt know about my meddling), my B.I.L (bah), nephew, his son, and Mum...the others will be up after Boxing Day.

I cried several times today setting the table and other prep things as its my first Christmas without my Dad....but all in all its good times.

I'll go update the nephew thread, too.

Classic...glad youre all festived up. :)

Lamplighter 12-24-2011 08:41 AM

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Maybe it's been happening for years, but today I just discovered the NORAD tracking of Santa Claus.
There is quite a bit to it, not just spots on a Google map.
There are photos and links to the places and other google goodies.
It starts on the Google Web home page.

My Grand-daughter (8 yrs) will be with us this year, so it will be noisy.

monster 12-24-2011 09:33 AM

yes, years :)

Sundae 12-24-2011 09:39 AM

Ste and E are here.
Off downstairski.

classicman 12-24-2011 03:23 PM


Originally Posted by plthijinx (Post 782569)
i've never seen TSO before so i'm sure it will be a blast!

I saw them once ... Interested to hear your take on them.

plthijinx 12-24-2011 03:25 PM

they were awesome......

go here

classicman 12-24-2011 04:02 PM

Oh well, glad you had a good time. I left about 2 songs after intermission.
( I know we just talked on the phone, but thought I'd share with the board/bored)

monster 12-25-2011 01:53 PM

I just spring cleaned the kitchen. It is teh awesome :D

zippyt 12-25-2011 02:15 PM

But it aint spring !!!

monster 12-25-2011 03:37 PM

It is somewhere......

BigV 12-25-2011 03:50 PM

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I'm happy because I got to spend some quality time with some high quality people, my children! This was from a couple nights ago. I couldn't be happier!
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zippyt 12-25-2011 04:06 PM

Der V Clan !!!

Bullitt 12-25-2011 05:32 PM

Worked 10hrs today, which is a drag, but the shift was relatively easy with only 4 calls. And with Christmas bonus pay I was making $24/hr, so that definitely takes the sting off.

infinite monkey 12-25-2011 06:16 PM

V, your daughter is gorgeous! Great looking kids.

classicman 12-25-2011 08:02 PM

Waves at big V and his clan. Nice pic, bro.

Lola Bunny 12-26-2011 08:22 AM

awwww....I love happy family photos.

Sundae 12-26-2011 12:31 PM

Lola, I 3D'd your star today.
So cute, thank you :)

BigV 12-27-2011 11:55 AM

thank you thank you thank you all

they are my greatest joy, they are all beautiful, and BelovedDaughter most of all. Thanks, friends.

Lamplighter 12-27-2011 08:52 PM

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We had a small medical emergency on Christmas so I couldn't post then. But today will do fine.

My oldest daughter went through Nursing School with a small group of study-mates,
who have remained friends all these years later, after kids, marriages, divorces,
and all the things that happen in adult life.
Each year they still exchange Christmas gifts, and this was the gift
to my daughter, Murph, from her best friend, Donna.
The two pages were hand-written, almost stream-of-conscious

Page 1 ------------------------------------------

This gift may require an explanation.
This year when I started to thinking about Christmas, of gifts,
a recurring thought kept coming to my mind...
"One Word" One word for each of my dearest friends.

I immediately discounted this as a silly idea, but
Somehow the thought kept returning. The more I
tried to think of something else, the more I thought of
your word.

You will notice that the word that I chose is not a descriptive
word... for that I would have chosen differently.
Likewise, it is not an unusual or unique word.
It is more of a wish-for-you kind of word.
Something that I hope you find more of this year.
Page 2=================

Full time. Part time. Time for work. Night time. Bed time.
Homework time. Winter time. Daytime. Dinnertime. Half time.
Quitting time. Miller time; Paid-time-off. Time after time.
Peace time. War time. lunch time. playtime. summertime.
Make time. Tea time; Time-to-go. Posttime. Timecard.
Timeout. Timetable. Time flies when you're having fun.
Where did the time go ?

So much time, and yet ---
That is my word-wish for you...

You are so busy. a Full time job
* a Full time Mom
* a Full time Student
* a Full time housekeeper, chauffeur, helper of homework
* a Full time friend

But, in all these things, wonderful as each is, not enough TIME for you !
I worry that you don't spend TIME taking care of yourself,
doing the things that make you happy.

I want you to spend more TIME with Abby,
doing things that make you laugh and giggle
until your sides hurt and your eyes water.

I want you to spend just a little TIME all by yourself,
when it is quiet - doing nothing and thinking
about nothing - just breathing.

I want you to spend TIME with the people who mean
the mmost to you because we never know
when we will run out of TIME with them.

And so, my gift to you is TIME. An hourglass and a heart.

They are to remind you to take just one hour out of each day
to do something that you love.
Just one hour.... Take the TIME.

Merry Christmas, My Friend !
And below are the three items enclosed with the letter...
... an hour glass
... a heart-shaped rock
... a plaque with a saying

It all made me very happy to know my daughter has such good friends...
who love her as much as her Mom and I do.

classicman 12-27-2011 10:14 PM

Wonderful. I hope everyone is OK now.

BigV 01-04-2012 02:06 PM

Picasa has a new update today!

What's new? Glad you axed.


Added ability to upload to Google+: share with circles, post pictures to your stream, and upload images at original size.
Social Tagging: name tag people in your Google+ circles and notify them via G+.
New photo editing effects, including:
Invert Colors
Heat Map
Cross Process
Pixelate/Focal Pixelate
Focal Zoom
Pencil Sketch
Comic Book
Rounded Edges
Drop Shadow
Museum Matte
Side by side editing: compare two pictures side-by-side, or compare different edits on the same picture.
Updated RAW support for pictures from newer cameras.
Support for WebP files.
On the Tools > Experimental menu, we've added support for migrating your database to another local drive.
Improvements to Face Movie maker: number of photos included, chronological ordering.
Sync now uploads unshared albums privately.
Improved restoring of virtual albums when you uninstall and reinstall, or move to a new computer. Album data is written to the picasa.ini file now, along with all of your other edits.
OAuth support: use 2-factor accounts without getting an application-specific password.

Lola Bunny 01-09-2012 12:04 PM

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And life is good again...:D Nothing beats a good cup of coffee, hehe.

Sundae 01-09-2012 12:15 PM

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Lola, that looks frightening.
Not least because it bears a passing resemblance to a coffee machine disguised as a Cyberman (see below).

I started my extra hours today.
I like the teacher I am working with, and the Higher Level Teaching Assistant.
My first afternoon seemed to go well, my new charge did not have a meltdown or try to hit me. Half j/k.

I also got some silly bits & pieces sorted that I should have done a while back - putting my prescription in, checking what's going into and out of my bank account and resizing/ deleting my photos.

Also I received the first set of 2nd hand books from eBay.
They are sold on the understanding that they are in a good enough condition to read, but not to give as a present. They are a bit battered it's true, but will do me well. And certainly for the price.

Have started on Jacob Have I Loved. It will make me cry before the end. Paterson's books invariably do.
I'll review it in the Books thread.

infinite monkey 01-09-2012 12:36 PM

An all-clear mammo after a few weeks of intense boobeh pain. They squeezed me (that joke never gets old) in when I finally decided it was much too intense to be normal and saw my doc. And as my mom is a BC survivor and so was my grandma I was really scared. Inexplicable pain I can deal with. Just my old body being old. Such a relief! :)

I'm treating myself to a victory lunch.

Sundae 01-09-2012 12:38 PM

Fantastic news babba.
Make that a bloody good lunch.

Spexxvet 01-09-2012 12:39 PM


Originally Posted by infinite monkey (Post 786317)
An all-clear mammo after a few weeks of intense boobeh pain. They squeezed me (that joke never gets old) in when I finally decided it was much too intense to be normal and saw my doc. And as my mom is a BC survivor and so was my grandma I was really scared. Inexplicable pain I can deal with. Just my old body being old. Such a relief! :)

I'm treating myself to a victory lunch.

Chicken breast? Milk?

glatt 01-09-2012 12:42 PM


Originally Posted by infinite monkey (Post 786317)
An all-clear


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