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#51 2005-07-02 13:18:00

Seitherin
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From: Texas, near Houston
Registered: 2001-06-01
Posts: 8087
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Firsfron of Ronchester wrote:

What are you building? ;)

Not building . . . evicting. I have raccoons in my attic. The smell of the ammonia and the noise of talk radio to drive them out.


"The evil done by men of goodwill is the worst of all." Iain Pears, The Dream of Scipio

"Where all think alike, no one thinks very much." Walter Lippmann (1889-1974)

So, I've got a blog . . . Now what? | A Stitch in Time | The Name Nook

 

#52 2005-07-02 13:44:00

strangeshe
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From: Texas
Registered: 2001-06-04
Posts: 11556

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

*L* Talk radio should do it!

For our front door (a grand antique dark oak (I think) door that came from an old bank building near hear:
Antiqued Brass Doorknocker

 

#53 2005-07-02 13:51:00

strangeshe
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From: Texas
Registered: 2001-06-04
Posts: 11556

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

oh, and a Stream Machine (Instant Fun!).

Mainly to chase off squirrels, possums, & other critters who're getting into the gardens & other areas where they ought not around the pool. Or for Ripley when he gets on a yapping tirade. ;D

 

#54 2005-07-03 19:44:00

FlutePicc
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From: Canada
Registered: 2001-06-08
Posts: 16585

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

A wooden flute!

*dances*

So excited!  It's really nice.  And got a really good deal on it.  I love it!

Now I must get out my celtic flute book and poke around and see what's in the right key. :D

 

#55 2005-07-04 10:20:00

Calesta
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From: Calgary
Registered: 2001-06-01
Posts: 13355

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

New Foo Fighters & John Hiatt

 

#56 2005-07-04 18:05:00

Jaime
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From: Wilmington, NC
Registered: 2001-06-01
Posts: 11534

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Ice cream!  A Neapolitan sort, except with banana instead of vanilla.


Yield to temptation; it may not pass your way again.

-- Heinlein

 

#57 2005-07-06 04:59:00

Kenan
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From: Gothenburg, Sweden
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Elizabeth Costello (J.M. Coetzee)


Wouldn't the plural form of Olaf be Olaves? ;) - Firsfron of Ronchester

 

#58 2005-07-06 06:51:00

Em
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From: Didjabringabeeralong, XXX
Registered: 2004-12-28
Posts: 43864

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

*fingers crossed*
New (to me) car. Four-year-old dark blue Beetle with less than 15,000 miles on it. Five-speed turbo.

You step on the gas and it says "just how fast do you want to go"?


Yo, ho, yo ho. A pirate's life for me!

 

#59 2005-07-06 09:16:00

cyan
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From: Magic Loft of Design & Wonder
Registered: 2005-02-16
Posts: 26887

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Hey, my car's a (bright) blue 5-speed!  Stop it Marth, this is getting a little spooky... :-P


"Never underestimate the power and accuracy of a chicken-chucking trebuchet." ~ Tad

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#60 2005-07-06 09:19:00

Em
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From: Didjabringabeeralong, XXX
Registered: 2004-12-28
Posts: 43864

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

cyan wrote:

Hey, my car's a (bright) blue 5-speed!  Stop it Marth, this is getting a little spooky... :-P

Spooky ... my old Beetle (I have a red one now that is going to my daughter) was also (dark) blue 5-speed, no turbo.

*looking over shoulder for Rod Serling*


Yo, ho, yo ho. A pirate's life for me!

 

#61 2005-07-06 09:24:00

cyan
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From: Magic Loft of Design & Wonder
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Posts: 26887

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

And my car before this one was also a dark blue 5-speed.  *looks around suspiciously*


"Never underestimate the power and accuracy of a chicken-chucking trebuchet." ~ Tad

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#62 2005-07-06 13:15:00

Jaime
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From: Wilmington, NC
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Posts: 11534

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Dan Simmons - Ilium (paperback)  I was *gasp* running out of things to read.


Yield to temptation; it may not pass your way again.

-- Heinlein

 

#63 2005-07-07 10:04:00

Calesta
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From: Calgary
Registered: 2001-06-01
Posts: 13355

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

A birdfeeder & thistle seeds to (hopefully) attract the finches & siskins to my backyard.

 

#64 2005-07-07 10:06:00

ceywren
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From: hole in the bottom of the sea
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

CD book for the insane amount of music i've been buying *cringes at bank slips* i have no intention of dragging that many CD cases across the country with me.


"It's not that it's such a mystery
This new-found malaise.
It's just that this mystery
Has taken your place."

-Gordon Downie, Mystery-

 

#65 2005-07-07 11:43:00

footle
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From: London, England
Registered: 2001-06-12
Posts: 3166
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Shamans Crossing (Soldier Son Volume 1) - Robin Hobb


"The classic Mail headline which begins 'Is this the Most Evil/Depraved/Shocking...?' can almost always be answered 'actually, no'." - Andrew Marr

 

#66 2005-07-07 11:48:00

Zim28
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From: Looking at a computer in St. L
Registered: 2004-01-09
Posts: 311
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

A cast for my new broken arm.


I was "Dan" back on Shadowmarch.

 

#67 2005-07-07 11:50:00

Em
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From: Didjabringabeeralong, XXX
Registered: 2004-12-28
Posts: 43864

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Dan wrote:

A cast for my new broken arm.

Eek! I'm sorry. Is there a good story to go along with the cast?


Yo, ho, yo ho. A pirate's life for me!

 

#68 2005-07-07 12:12:00

Zim28
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Wiki-Waki Marth wrote:



Eek! I'm sorry. Is there a good story to go along with the cast?

I copied the following from my blog about it.

Here's how it happened.  I was at my parent's land a few hours south of where I live.  I decided to take my dirtbike for a ride by myself.  I rode to Black River, which is about 5 miles from my mom's house.  On my way back, I ran the bike into a hole that was hidden by dead grass and went down.  I did not go down particlarly hard, but I landed on my left arm just right, I suppose.  I knew my arm was broken right away, due to the pain and the way it was seriously deformed. 

At this time I was roughly 4 miles from home.  I had no intention of leaving my bike, nor did I relish walking that far.  I lifted the bike up, managed to get it in nuetral, and started it.  Unfortunately I could not operate the clutch, and my attempts to kick it in gear from nuetral kept stalling the bike.  So I started pushing the bike.  It had to be around 90 degrees out, plus I was wearing big heavy motocross boots and carrying my helment, plus my gear is black so the sun was doing me no favors.  I pushed the bike about 400 yards when I finally came to a tiny slope.  I think that if I'm rolling when I kick the bike in gear, it probably won't stall.  I attempt this and by luck, it worked.  I was alble to ride home, albeit slow, and without the ability to stop very quickly if needed.

At home  I surprise my mom with my first broken bone ever.  They want to cut my glove off, but I was not having it.  I managed to get it off, and get changed somewhat, to go to the local hospital.  We spend forever there to find out that it is pretty serious and it is beyond the doctors ability to set.  The brake was my left radius, it was near the wrist and the bone was severely displaced.  He tells me I will need to see a specialist back in St. Louis, and that I may require surgery.  They put my arm in a temporary sling, and urge me to take an ambulance, which I decline.  They make arrangements with the hospital to expect me and send me on my way. 

My mom drives me back to her house and we get packed up to go.  We will be taking my car, which is a Mustang with a manual transmission.  My mom is not sure of her ability to drive it in the rain that coincidentaly came while at the hospital, but she was going to try.  I take the decision out of her hands by driving.  My mom rides with me in case I need her to take over but I was able to drive the whole way. It is a little wierd driving a stick with only my right hand, but not impossible.  We make pretty good time considering its the end of the holiday weekend and get to my apartment in 2 hours and 45 minutes.  I get a few things, print out directions to the hospital, and check my email, then we're off.

We get to the hospital, and though I get checked in pretty quickly, I end up sitting in one of thier operating rooms forever.  They take new X-rays, and bend my poor arm every which way they can.  They toss some ice on it, which was freezing me out.  Eventually they stick some needles in it and fill it up with some thick goo.  That was so much fun.  The specialist decides he is going to try to set it, if this works I may not need surgery.  They give me a drip through my IV that sedates me quite a bit.  It felt like I was asleep but was still cognizant of what was going on.  Eventually they are waking me up saying that it appears to be a sucess, though they won't know for sure till a follow up a week later.  They eventally release my give me some prescriptions for pain killers and send us on our way.  It is now about midnight.

I feel pretty good at this time so I drive back to my apartment, unfortunatly the pharmacies where all closed so no pain killers tonight.  The pain was slowly getting worse, worse even than when the bone was all out of place.  I was also getting irritable, so it was bed time.

I got my prescriptions filled this morning, though haven't really felt the need to use them, as the pain is now more of a discomfort than pain.  I'm typing this one handed and it sucks.  I will get some pictures up in a few days.

[ July 07, 2005: Message edited by: Dan ]


I was "Dan" back on Shadowmarch.

 

#69 2005-07-07 12:16:00

bumadax
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Milox wrote:

Voop voop voop voop!

Tomorrow morning I shall have attained mobile cushion.

Needs new catalytic converter, two O2 sensors, break servicing and suspension. Damnit. Damnit.

 

#70 2005-07-07 12:22:00

ceywren
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

dan that sucks. sounds painful, too. hope it set okay and you won't need the surgery. at least it doesn't hurt too much!


"It's not that it's such a mystery
This new-found malaise.
It's just that this mystery
Has taken your place."

-Gordon Downie, Mystery-

 

#71 2005-07-07 12:23:00

Em
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From: Didjabringabeeralong, XXX
Registered: 2004-12-28
Posts: 43864

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

If you're done with the drugs, could you pass some over here? :oP


Yo, ho, yo ho. A pirate's life for me!

 

#72 2005-07-07 14:14:00

Zim28
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From: Looking at a computer in St. L
Registered: 2004-01-09
Posts: 311
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

yeah, I'll keep on taking the Motrin, cause it is supposed to stop the swelling but the hydrocodone is all yours.


I was "Dan" back on Shadowmarch.

 

#73 2005-07-07 14:20:00

Kuno
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From: Eindhoven, Netherlands
Registered: 2003-04-01
Posts: 2686

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Philip K Dick Do androids dream of electric sheep?

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman Good omens.

And Peter F Hamilton's A second chance at eden is still in the strange dimension of being ordered...


There's a beginning, two middles, and an end. - Firsfron of Ronchester

 

#74 2005-07-07 14:22:00

Calesta
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From: Calgary
Registered: 2001-06-01
Posts: 13355

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

footle wrote:

Shamans Crossing (Soldier Son Volume 1) - Robin Hobb

I'm jealous!  We hafta wait 'til Sept 1.  I got the third Fool book via amazon.uk but I'm not sure I could get away with that again...

@Dan ~ glad it wasn't worse but it still sounds like no fun at all.  Here's hoping you're a fast healer!

 

#75 2005-07-07 14:28:00

Em
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From: Didjabringabeeralong, XXX
Registered: 2004-12-28
Posts: 43864

Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Kunohara wrote:

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman Good omens.

I walked into the used bookstore I frequent and someone had brought in a whole bunch of Terry Pratchett's books (can you believe?). I snapped up everyone I didn't have in my collection. *happy*


Yo, ho, yo ho. A pirate's life for me!

 

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