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Happy Vulcan Yuletide

Post  pinhedz on Thu Dec 19, 2013 2:20 pm

Or whatever you'all might be celebrating on or around the Winter Soul-styce. santa 



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Re: Happy Vulcan Yuletide

Post  pinhedz on Thu Dec 19, 2013 2:23 pm

I just realized--this means I have to drive to Minnesota tomorrow, through the blizzards and ice-storms. affraid 

Fortunately, in this modern era, Google provides driving directions to Minneapolis, MN--such a convenience. Very Happy 

1,162 miles, 17 hours 47 minutes, but in current traffic 18 hours 19 minutes.  

I'm considering breaking it up instead of pushing all the way through in one day.  

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Post  pinhedz on Fri Dec 20, 2013 1:18 pm

By mowing down row after row of orange cones, I made it half way through Ohio. What a Face

But I don't know whose computer this is, so I'd best log off now.  

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Post  pinhedz on Sat Dec 21, 2013 12:17 pm

Northern Illinois has a new winter sport--car skating. What a Face affraid 

Hawaiians are green with envy. Razz 

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Re: Happy Vulcan Yuletide

Post  felix on Sat Dec 21, 2013 12:35 pm

Are we there yet?  confused  If not, be safe, watch out for the other guy! pirat 

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Post  pinhedz on Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:46 am

385 miles left--the ice storm is hot (not literally  ) on my trail.

Here in the colonies, driving distances are longer than in those cute little European contries.  

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Post  pinhedz on Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:42 pm

Safe landing. Pigmeat and Deadfish are looking dapper as usual, Snaggletooth looks his usual self.

Their wives are too good for them, but there's a lot of that going around.  

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Re: Happy Vulcan Yuletide

Post  Constance on Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:05 pm

Glad you made it Pinz! Seasons Greetings to you and Mrs. Pinz and your whole family. That is really wonderful that you are close to your family and make the long trek to reunite. I have one sister and we were estranged for about ten years while she was cruelly angry to my father. She had issues. After he died we made amends and we are close now. She and her husband have many animals--they have a ranch in Nevada--no kids. We are close now and she likes to have nieces. My mother is 87 and failing in sight and hearing which she is brave about but thoughts of her future are stressful for me, selfish I know but I speak honestly. Tom's mother is 95 and lives in a nursing home with dementia. He will spend Christmas lunch with her, I will fetch my mother over to my house for a Christmas meal. The mothers and their futures thing is very stressful but the girls are happy and the new puppy is wonderful.

Seasons Greetings to one and all this Christmas!

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Post  Constance on Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:07 pm

pinhedz wrote:385 miles left--the ice storm is hot (not literally  ) on my trail.

Here in the colonies, driving distances are longer than in those cute little European contries.  

Pinz, I spent two summers driving Madeleine to visit colleges and will have to start again this summer with Elisabeth… Already thinking about the miles….

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Post  pinhedz on Tue Dec 24, 2013 1:44 pm

Pa's 94; he remarried after my mother died 10 years ago, and now stepmom is what they call "forgetful" (every 5 minutes she asks "So, how long are you staying?")

He'll drive if I don't get there in time to give them a lift. affraid 

And with Lutherans running this town, there's no booze in the grocery stores, and no liquor stores open on Sunday.  

This state needs more Catholics in gub'mint so we can pop the cork when the occasion calls for it. 

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Post  Constance on Wed Dec 25, 2013 10:36 am

Amazing about your dad, Pinz. Took the girls to my mother's for presents and Christmas Eve at 1 pm. Too early for a drink. She pulled her way upstairs to show me a blouse of hers she wants me to wear tomorrow. (I am turning 57 and she infantilizes me in a lot of ways.) She doesn't remember it is the blouse she showed me a few years ago that she wants to be buried in. Glad to be home now at 6:30 pm with my second glass of rose. Will have to have her over for ham at 2 pm tomorrow. Should I wear the blouse? I was wearing my best blouse at her house this afternoon when I leaned over her candles to blow them out and wax spluttered onto my face and blouse, leaving stains on the blouse.

Went to 5 pm Mass with Tom and the girls. Got pulled over on the mile home! Rear tail light out, no problem.

Madeleine is 19 now and has been to drinks parties at college. So Tom is letting her have rum in her eggnog….

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Post  pinhedz on Wed Dec 25, 2013 4:18 pm

Constance wrote:Should I wear the blouse?
Might as well, I reckon. I can't guess who's going to remember what from one day to the next any more, but no harm done either way.
And I reckon Madeleine will be making her own egg nog decisions from now on, so ... na zdoroviyesanta


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Post  eddie on Wed Dec 25, 2013 4:21 pm

Seasonal greetings and best festive wishes to all ATU-ers. x

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Post  Constance on Thu Dec 26, 2013 3:21 am

Yeah, I figure I'll wear the blouse. But if the sleeves are too long…will I still wear it?

The girls were excited about the presents under the tree, curiously, mostly things they bought for each other this year, things from the dollar store, candy, little stuff they just loved to wrap. E and T bought bought me books about China and M gave me a book I had asked for. E got her contact lenses on Monday, her big present. M wanted a $90 rugby jacket which we ordered for her ( I gritted my teeth) so when she gets that this spring, that will be her present. Julia got an expensive electronic toy something called a 3-DS.

Side question: Since M joined rugby in the fall, I have been wondering if I have the authority to forbid her from playing such a dangerous sport (it is all girls). Should I forbid her? I thought about calling her pediatrician and asking him to tell me. But we are letting her. Sure enough, she broke a pinky mid-season.

Ham is in the oven, wild piles of bills and papers are shoved onto the window sill. Half the chairs are piles of books and papers. I think we have enough chairs to sit on.

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Post  Constance on Thu Dec 26, 2013 3:22 am

Merry Christmas, Eddie! Wish you were here to read to us from your book!

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Post  woo on Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:08 am

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Post  pinhedz on Thu Dec 26, 2013 2:27 pm

Lutherans drink, some a great deal. But the purchase and consumption of booze are subject to strict rules, as befits the sinful nature of these acts.  drunken 

The sale of booze can only take place in an establishment separate from the food stores where respectable people buy nourishing foodstuffs for themselves and their young children.

And the sinful establishments are not to be open on Sunday, while the food stores may be.  

On the bright side, the blood alcohol level that makes a Lutheran legally drunk is higher than the level for legal drunkeness in any other state.  

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Post  pinhedz on Sun Dec 29, 2013 3:15 am

In the Minneapolis news today--"BLUE LAWS OUTDATED: Liquor stores should be legal on Sunday."  

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Post  pinhedz on Tue Dec 31, 2013 12:51 pm

Woo wrote:No joke, I've been sunbathing...in the nude!
Global climate change is responsible for an increase in extreme climate events.

The temperature dropped overnight to ABSOLUTE ZERO.  

I had to get out of Mill City ASAP before all molecular motion stopped. affraid

I'm taking a break in a place called Crawfordsville. Anybody know this place?  

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Post  Constance on Wed Jan 01, 2014 10:39 am

Are you driving all the way back now Pinz! Happy New Year to you and the family! Stay ahead of the snow! We are supposed to get a storm on Thurs, the day the girls are supposed to go back to school. So we'll see. Getting up in the dark at 5;45 to get them ready and take the puppy out. She got into the M and Ms on Sat pm and we were on the ASPCA poison control line on Sunday morning while the dog spent the day high as a kite on caffeine from the chocolate but she hadn't consumed enough to be in danger. This is her second encounter with chocolate. She has also had an expensive ear infection. This is one expensive puppy.

And how are those lovely couch cats?

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Post  felix on Wed Jan 01, 2014 12:35 pm

Izzat Crawfordsville, Indiana? If so, beware: An alleged monster was seen here in the late 19th century that became known as the Crawfordsville monster. It was described to be made of a cloud with red glowing eyes. It is now believed to have been a flock of birds huddled together in confusion due to the town's newly installed electric street lights. The story was featured in The History Channel's television series Monster Quest, in an episode featuring unidentified flying creatures. If not, beware.

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Post  pinhedz on Wed Jan 01, 2014 6:14 pm

Constance wrote: ... She got into the M and Ms on Sat pm and we were on the ASPCA poison control line on Sunday morning while the dog spent the day high as a kite on caffeine from the chocolate but she hadn't consumed enough to be in danger. This is her second encounter with chocolate. ...
Second encounter--maybe she likes the stuff?   

Constance wrote:And how are those lovely couch cats?
The boy cat died, but the girl cat is still here and has a huge appetite.

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Post  pinhedz on Wed Jan 01, 2014 6:19 pm

felix wrote:Izzat Crawfordsville, Indiana?  If so, beware: An alleged monster was seen here in the late 19th century that became known as the Crawfordsville monster. It was described to be made of a cloud with red glowing eyes. It is now believed to have been a flock of birds huddled together in confusion due to the town's newly installed electric street lights. The story was featured in The History Channel's television series Monster Quest, in an episode featuring unidentified flying creatures.  If not, beware.
The folks I met there seemed so normal. Shocked 

But I high-tailed it out early to get over the Alleghenies ahead of the bad weather, and pushed on all the way to Virginny. cheers

Made it back safely with the inherited collection of old jazz 78s--the reason for making the trip by car--the full report will follow on the jazz thread. 

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Post  pinhedz on Thu Jan 02, 2014 3:19 am

Initially I went along with the monster-deniers--those are are so quick to dismiss any paranoral phenomenon as just a flock of birds, or something like that.

But, the monster was at at large at 2 amShocked

What's with all those birds up and about at 2 am? Suspect 

I had to run this thing to the ground--here's what the folks elsewhere around the country have to say:

Hedi E Casquilho-gray

I live in Missoula, Montana.  Last night at about 9:00 PM my husband and I were in the backyard moving someting into the house and we heard a Killdeer.  My first question is: have killdeers really returned so early? (we're still experiencing winter.)  My second question is why was it in the middle of town calling when it was pitch black outside?  Are there any nocturnal birds which might be in Montana at this time of year that
sound like a killdeer?

Irene Timossi

Kildeers are commonly active at night.  I used to ride my bike home from
 a job I had on the UC Santa Barbara campus at 10 PM and I often heard
Kildeer on my way home.

Naila F Moreira

I think I heard one last night, too (but I live in N.H.).  My experience with 
killdeer is that they will call whenever they are alarmed -- possibly these 
"night killdeer" have been startled from their roost.  Killdeer spend the 
majority of their time on flat grassy ground, so it's not unlikely that 
something flushed them.  Maybe you did while moving your stuff.

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Post  pinhedz on Thu Jan 02, 2014 3:23 am

And electric streetlights in 1891--that was very progressive, wasn't it?

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