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footfootfoot 12-21-2012 11:07 AM

Crazy-ass high winds today and pouring rain sunshowers and now the wind just blew the ridge cap off my house, in pieces. Too windy to go up on the roof and fix it, to rainy to just let it be for now.

Color my stone bummed.

orthodoc 12-21-2012 11:53 AM

And more snow to come ... bummer, foot. Buckets in the attic until the storm goes by?

infinite monkey 12-21-2012 12:42 PM

Oh, I loved that book, Buckets in the Attic. The story of twin buckets who are kept in the attic their entire childhood, inevitably growing into young adults, with no one to love but each other. Put your bucket to the test.

BigV 12-21-2012 01:26 PM

shit... good luck footfootfoot

we had a very dry summer. a drought really. but the first real rain of the fall came and the next morning there was a wet spot on the floor. directly underneath the wet spot on the ceiling. shitshitshitshit. I just fucking did the roof. anyhow... since then, we've had **plenty** more rain, and no more leaks. I think my roof is like a little wooden boat and the planks had dried and shrunk over the hot dry summer. Now they're.... snugged up to each other, and tight. watertight.

I hope so. I can't find any more water, so.. I'm gonna call it good.

good luck man. Can you get a tarp held down by battens and lines over the ridge? I've had to do that one too.

footfootfoot 12-21-2012 01:36 PM


Originally Posted by infinite monkey (Post 844720)
Oh, I loved that book, Buckets in the Attic. The story of twin buckets who are kept in the attic their entire childhood, inevitably growing into young adults, with no one to love but each other. Put your bucket to the test.

You are tragically under-employed Infi.

glatt 12-21-2012 05:32 PM


Originally Posted by footfootfoot (Post 844705)
Crazy-ass high winds today and pouring rain sunshowers and now the wind just blew the ridge cap off my house, in pieces. Too windy to go up on the roof and fix it, to rainy to just let it be for now.

Color my stone bummed.

Sorry foots!

I'm waiting for the wind to die down so my parents' plane can take off and get here. Apparently it's windy up there.

BigV 01-22-2013 01:53 PM

my car is in need of repair. there's some broken stuff, and there's some deferred maintenance stuff. I just got the final number from the mechanic--$1800. ouch.

he's cutting me a break on a bunch of stuff, but the car will be mechanically sound (again) and suitable for safe driving for another few trips around the world.

now, I have to get to the credit union for the money and get to the mechanic. but, um, no car. I guess it's a good day for a bike ride.

jimhelm 01-22-2013 01:55 PM

you don't have a debit card to access your money in that credit union?

maybe the mechanic has a runner that could pick you up in your car?

BigV 01-22-2013 02:04 PM

he's giving me a cash discount, so cash. Also, the car's not ready, won't be ready until tomorrow. i've been with this mechanic for years, so paying him a day before the car's ready is not the risk it would be with a different relationship.

I like your "runner' idea. that would definitely shorten / simplify the process. on the other hand, i need the exercise.

It appears that i need to do some maintenance on the left shift key as well. 8sigh*

footfootfoot 01-22-2013 02:27 PM

My distinct memories of Seattle were the hills. The very hilly hills. Maybe I was in Ballard? Maybe it was everywhere.

Oh,wait. This is 2013, all you kids have those titanium electro-shifting 47 speed bikes. I kept thinking 1980s and ten speeds. What a cranky old codger.


BigV 01-22-2013 04:05 PM


i was walking my 21 speed manual shift bike-thing down the steps to the sidewalk when my neighbor was walking up the street. i asked him if he'd like to do a good deed today. he took me to the CU and to the mechanic and back. So no bike ride for me today.

word is that the car will be ready tomorrow. clutch, timing belt, valve cover gasket (serious leak--making a mess of the whole shitterie; likely the source of trouble for the oil saturated timing belt), rear struts. maybe on list 9will check tomorrow) power steering high pressure hose replacement, brakes, front control arm bushings, shift gate alignment adjustment. NOT on list but still needed that I'll do: tune up, brakes, ... we'll see the diagnosis pages.

glatt 01-22-2013 04:13 PM

That's a lot of work for what sounds like a pretty fair price.

toranokaze 01-25-2013 03:24 AM

I think I broke my wrist

ZenGum 01-25-2013 03:42 AM

[obligatory masturbation joke]

BigV 01-25-2013 03:42 AM

First school now wrist. Are you jinxed?

What happened?

ZenGum 01-25-2013 03:43 AM

With that out of the way, seriously, what did you do? How is it now? Been to ER/ doc yet?

toranokaze 01-25-2013 03:55 AM

I'm a Sancho Panza in a quixotic adventure to build a retaining wall, digging moving concrete that sort of thing.

It only really hurts when I put weight on it or roll it, so it might just be sprained. But I don't have a job right now thus no medical insurances so I'm kind of on my own for this. Being poor is a lot like being in the state of nature except that your can't harvest the land for resources

Clodfobble 01-25-2013 08:17 AM

I bet no one would grudge you a few sticks and some deer sinew to make yourself a wrist splint.

footfootfoot 01-25-2013 01:09 PM


Originally Posted by Clodfobble (Post 850001)
I bet no one would grudge you a few sticks and some deer sinew to make yourself a wrist splint.

You know the chances of me actually getting Tora a parcel with sticks and sinew before his wrist heals on its own are slim to nil.

Maybe come up with a better idea.

ZenGum 01-25-2013 07:07 PM

What are you insinewating?

BigV 01-25-2013 08:15 PM


He's got sinews *right there* he's not even using! Dwellars, splint thyself.

toranokaze 01-25-2013 09:08 PM

I found an old mummy costume that I'm using a splint

ZenGum 01-25-2013 09:26 PM

Is a splint like a cross between a spliff and a blunt?

toranokaze 01-25-2013 11:07 PM


Originally Posted by ZenGum (Post 850106)
Is a splint like a cross between a spliff and a blunt?

No, they are similar in that they will help you feel better

footfootfoot 01-26-2013 11:01 AM


Originally Posted by ZenGum (Post 850079)
What are you insinewating?

No, Tora will be insinewaiting.

And when you're done with your splint, you can airplane the splunt.

footfootfoot 03-14-2013 06:16 PM

What's bumming my stone today is that I feel like I'm coming down with the flu. Or possibly the flew, depending upon whom you ask.

Off to bed for me.

orthodoc 03-14-2013 06:26 PM

Much sympathy. :comfort:

Nirvana 03-14-2013 06:51 PM

Nothing worse F3 sorry, you could see a Dr she is right below you! ;)

xoxoxoBruce 03-14-2013 10:50 PM

Maybe it's pollen, they've started giving pollen counts on the news.

jimhelm 03-15-2013 01:14 AM

I had a three day thing last week. Not fun. Sleep it off, foot. Drink a lot of water.

DanaC 03-15-2013 06:22 AM

Because hydrotherapy is classed as a 'complementary treatment', Carrot's insurance only covers up to 12 sessions across his lifetime.

We reached that limit about 6 weeks ago. I've been in contact with them, emails and phonecalls to try and negotiate more. For many dogs hydrotherapy is a complementary therapy designed to run alongside their medication and other therapies, particularly if they're suffering from arthritis: it provides impact-free exercise.

The thing that is annoying me is that for hip dysplasia dogs like Carrot, the hydrotherapy isn't a complementary therapy. It is the primary treatment for early diagnosed dysplasia. It is what retrains their foot movement and builds muscles. It is the best intervention available for this condition.

Anyways: finally got an answer yesterday. There's nothing can be done because of the way their policies are worded with the underwriter.

On the upside, they have passed my emails and those from my vet to the team that looks at this sort of thing, and hopefully sometime in the fture they may reword to take account of this relatively new (only really been used as a first response for about the last 10-15 years) use of hydro therapy as a primary treatment for dysplasia.

Isn't going to affect me, because my policy wouldn;t be affected, only new policies. But, at least there's a chance this anomaly will be ironed out for others.

Annoying though. It's the only thing they can actually do for him that treats the underlying condition.

And the thing with insurance is...they have a captive customer the moment you have to use them. From the moment I walked into that vet's surgery and said, 'I'm concerned there my be something going on with his back legs', I was effectively tied into this insurer for the rest of Carrot's life.

Ah well. They're probably all following the same script on hydro therapy anyway.

DanaC 03-15-2013 06:37 AM

I'm still glad I got insurance mind...the initial xrays, the assessments at the start and intermittently to check progress, all of that's been covered. Likewise the initial intensive phase of twice weekly, then weekly sessions. He's now doing once a fortnight generally, though right now he's back to once a week just for a little while as he is just getting back to where he was at before the groin strain injury knocked him off his stride.

The assessments in particular are not cheap. Not to someone unused to paying healthcare costs for herself anyway :p We are fortunate that we live a half hour drive away from one of the country's leading animal rehabilitation specialists. An assessment costs around 150 - 250, but is a pretty intensive 45mins -1.5 hours depending where you're at in the treatment. Three of those have already been covered by the insurance.

orthodoc 03-15-2013 07:46 AM

It sounds just like the insurance setup here prior to the ACA - no pre-existing conditions covered. Supplementary insurance in Canada, now they've de-listed so many services, works that way too. Very frustrating because, as you say, it removes the market. Sorry to hear that you're going through all this with Carrot. It's great you're pursuing the fact that it's primary therapy - who knows, maybe they'll change coverage sooner than you think. Especially (being cynical) if it's less expensive than medications.

DanaC 03-15-2013 08:25 AM

Certainly less expensive than surgery, the likelihood of which is reduced significantly by early intervention of this kind.

Chocolatl 04-12-2013 11:04 AM

Neil Gaiman, my favorite author, is embarking on his Last US Signing Tour this summer. He is not coming within a 4 hour radius of me. I am bummed.

xoxoxoBruce 04-12-2013 11:55 AM

Send him a picture of the bean. ;)

Sundae 04-12-2013 02:07 PM

Poor Carrot. First, we kill all the insurers.

Choc, I've recently been rereading Gaiman's back catalogue. Those I haven't gifted away or left behind, that is. I'm sad he lives in the US now; to me he's such a quintessentially British writer. Still, as Monster points out, living on the other side of the pond does not change where you came from.

I feel your pain though. Thanks goodness JB still has so many ties here. I was worried we might lose him too when he got his place in Palm Springs.

elSicomoro 04-12-2013 02:12 PM

My left eye has been bugging me all week...I thought it was allergies at first, given that mine tend to act up all the time, and we're having typical Midwest weather this week: 70 Monday, 40 the next day.

I noticed this morning that it looks particularly bad...very similar to the way it did when I was diagnosed with MRSA in that eye 3 years ago. My new job has me going in and out of hospitals, so I fear it may have returned. Waiting to hear from my doctor now as to her recommendation.

*fingers crossed*

glatt 04-12-2013 02:48 PM

Hope it's just tree pollen.

Aliantha 04-12-2013 04:06 PM

Yeah, me too. You'll be in all sorts of shit if its mrsa. :(

elSicomoro 04-13-2013 03:59 AM

Pink eye...fucking pink eye...are you shitting me?!

At least it doesn't appear to be a MRSA reoccurrence...

Sundae 04-13-2013 04:02 AM

Gotta go to a chusrch healing event today.
I mean, I agreed to it, so it's my own fault.
Mum just seemed so enthusiastic and pleased it had come about at just the right time to help me.
I know she's having Masses said for me; which I know costs money. Sigh.

So off we go today; something I don't believe in or agree with, which I am only doing to be nice.
And yet here I am bitching about it...

elSicomoro 04-13-2013 04:08 AM

I don't go to churches very often...because the churches sense my evil and try to expel me...

Sundae 04-13-2013 06:59 AM

We only stayed about 30 minutes. Mum said it wasn't for her, and Dad was unsettled by it.
It wasn't the way it was described to them at Mass.

Alarm bells rang for me yesterday when it said refreshment breaks would be in the monring and afternoon but to bring your own packed lunch. That didn't mesh with the "just drop in any time" event Mum was describing.

Then when we got there, we had to sign in, and one column was agreeing to be contacted by the Healing Ministries in the future. I put a line through this box. One of the steely-gaze OAPs at the table told me I had to initial the box. "I don't really want to be contacted."
"You have to sign it, otherwise we can't let you in."
Bearing in mind I was there to build bridges for Mum I signed. Hmmmm. Had I been there alone I would have asked to see someone with a brain, it was obviously an option, not a requirement. Joke's on them though, I misspelled my email address and didn't give my postcode.

Anyway it was a proper service, singing and Gospel reading and praying over people.
Mum said it was too evangelical. It wasn't - I mean I know evangelical, the church I went to in Leicester was practically a mission centre; they had someone in the city centre preaching every weekend. I think she meant it was too informal and happy-clappy for her.

Anyway, I was saved.
Saved from having to sit there for too long.
Not sneering - if that's your bag good luck to you.
Me, I'm actually looking forward to tomorrow. Back to the Friends' Meeting House for silent contemplation with the Quakers.

Griff 04-13-2013 08:05 AM


Originally Posted by Sundae (Post 860515)
Back to the Friends' Meeting House for silent contemplation with the Quakers.

That's more my speed, too back the Quakers retreated back to Philly from here.

elSicomoro 04-13-2013 01:11 PM

These eye drops are making my eyes crustier than the pink eye was. :yelsick:

Chocolatl 05-13-2013 08:57 AM

Had a disappointing first Mother's Day, yesterday, and to add insult to injury the baby decided to wake up every hour and a half, last night, so I've had about four hours of very broken sleep.

This sounds paltry written down, but I am seriously bummed today. My frown is so big the corners of my mouth are probably dragging on the floor.

jimhelm 05-14-2013 08:52 PM


fargon 05-14-2013 08:56 PM


chrisinhouston 05-20-2013 04:46 PM

I think I have diagnosed the most recent problem with my Land Rover. The M and S lights sometimes come on flashing on the dashboard and the car goes into limp mode (like 4th gear). It happens after I start it and try to back out of the driveway or sometimes leaving a parking space at a shop. Usually I turn off the engine and restart it and it may or may not happen again. It seems to be worse since I began using my AC again and that usually means that the AC drain line is leaking into the Neutral Safety switch on the side of my transmission. The switch is $700 from Land Rover and about $450 from some internet shops. I found a used one on eBay for $140 that comes with a 60 day gaurantee so I bought it. Sometimes the issue is caused by a bad battery or alternator or connection but I had mine tested and it's all fine so on a hunch I will try to replace the switch.

glatt 05-20-2013 08:13 PM

Good luck! I hope that's the problem.

BigV 05-21-2013 02:18 PM

the ECM, electronic control module, is the weak link in Rover's chain, in my experience. all the bad idioms you can think of, they apply to the ECM. all eggs in one basket, single point of failure, Achilles's heel, etc. our windows would work intermittently, independently, also various lights on the dash, including the antilock brake (ABS) light, it was crazy town. The module was expensive and I didn't investigate installing it myself. What a hassle. it's left a bad taste in my mouth for Rover. The older ones still look attractive and maybe the newest ones too, but the 90's -00's .. blech.

orthodoc 10-04-2013 11:13 PM

Celebrating by myself.

Griff 10-05-2013 08:48 AM

Bummage Ortho.

Sundae 10-09-2013 02:07 PM

Knew Mum was going to blow soon. She was too faux-cheerful.
I think I overheard a minor scrap as to whether I had been into her sherry, which was left on the side in the kitchen. I hadn't actualy, had no desire to (thanks Baclofen) but no point getting into it myself. She'd just bring up all the times I'd stolen drink from them. True, I'd drink anything not nailed down, but I didn't need that right then.

Then she really blew during dinner.
Seems like it was Dad she was mad at not me, so maybe I was wrong about what I think I overheard. Anyway she called up to say I could put anything I wanted on the shopping list for tomorrow. It'll only be veg and a cheap bottle of wine to complete the braised pigs' cheeks I'm doing, but she spoke to me civilly.

But she was really shouting at Dad a bit later.
Using that stupid voice I hate where she shouts and over-enunciates which makes it even harder to understand.
And she was banging around so much after I swore she would break something, or Dad would out, of sheer terror. Every cupboard door slammed, every drawer, every piece of cutlery and crockery slammed home.

No doubt she'll want to be on here soon.
Emailing her friends about how Peter is driving her mad (I'll bet he chose dementia/ Parkinsons/ deafness just to spite her) and how I'm no help, no help at all. Despite offering to prepare the veg for her while I was eating my own dinner and I already felt her simmering and slamming things around.

She terrifies my sometimes with her suppressed anger.
Makes me feel like I hate her other times.
I've said before, I have her terrible temper. I'm scared one day we'll get into one. I have gone too far and upset her, although it's always me who backs down. But my dreams are full of hitting her or going on a full-on verbal attack and realising we can never come back from that.

I love her, she's my Mum.
I was the only one who felt things were so bad it was necessary to move away to escape.
But I was the only one who needed the sanctity of coming home. And she took me in, unwillingly, but I'm here.
And on nights like tonight, when my guts are twisted up and I want to scream and trash my room like a spoilt teen, I feel like this is not sanctuary.
Tomorrow morning when I switch on the light and there is power and I am close enough to work to walk there, and I pee in a spotless toilet, then I will feel safe and warm again. Then I will remember this is home and I don't have to take the long way home because I'm scared of walking through the door. Because despite everything that has only happened rarely here.

glatt 10-09-2013 02:23 PM

I'm sorry Sundae. You have to deal with a lot.

Sundae 10-09-2013 02:40 PM

Meh - she has to deal with a lot.
Dad and me.
She just wants a "normal" life and to enjoy her retirement. But Grandad's illness, then Dad's, then Abigail's prgnancy and my official diagnosis have scuppered that.

Can you tell I'm already feeling bad for letting it all out?

orthodoc 10-09-2013 02:53 PM

I'm sorry, Sundae. It's horrible to live in that atmosphere, even if your mother is frustrated with your father's illness. I can't raise much sympathy for those who get angry about someone else's illness or disability. My mother used to rage and go on about how my father's deafness frustrated her and how hard it was for her. She treated him like he was an idiot. (They are no longer married.)

Most people don't get to have a 'normal' life, whatever that is.

Sundae 10-09-2013 03:16 PM

Aliantha's met Mum.
She knows she's not as black as I paint her, I'm sure.
You know when you just have those times when things boil over.

I can hear/ not hear from upstairs that they have not said a word to eachother since dinner.

That will change at bedtime. On a bad night the shouting starts again then.
I'll be sleeping safe in the arms of Prince Baclofen by then. Only staying up to see if I get more than 99p for something I'm selling on eBay...

Pico and ME 10-09-2013 06:44 PM

I wish your mum could find some peace, Sundae. Its such a shame that she allows herself to gets so twisted with her anger. She must feel so trapped. I understand the trap you are in, too.

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