TPBM 10-4 good buddy

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TPBM 10-4 good buddy

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1abbottthomas
Jan 8, 2019, 11:12 am

TPBM has used CB radio in her/his time

2Darth-Heather
Jan 8, 2019, 11:23 am

yes. In my high-school years we played CB Tag - you drive around town giving each other ambiguous clues until everyone finds each other, then goes to Dennys for coffee. My handle was Lotus.

TPBM also used a handle.

3morningwalker
Jan 8, 2019, 12:04 pm

No, but in 7th grade Spanish class I was called Lupe because my name didn't translate to Spanish.

TPBM's name translates to ________.

4PhaedraB
Jan 8, 2019, 12:20 pm

The shining one, alternately she who shines from within. Or so I have been told; it's all Greek to me (ancient and modern).

TPBM shines.

5Tid
Jan 8, 2019, 5:38 pm

I leave that to the sun. Where are you, sun??

TPBM knows.

6morningwalker
Jan 9, 2019, 8:27 am

No. I live in an area that was actually chosen during WWII to build a munitions plant because there was so much cloud cover it would be hard for enemies to discover it from the air.

TPBM is feeling effects of government shutdown.

7SomeGuyInVirginia
Jan 9, 2019, 12:53 pm

No, those poor people are getting screwed. But my commute had been awesome! Zippy!

TPBM takes lunch on the terrace.

8rolandperkins
Editado: Jan 9, 2019, 9:52 pm

I don't; in fact I've forgotten if "terrace" is
an earth-formation or an architectural formation -- or both?
or a highfalutin word for "street", "alley" or "avenue"?
(My grandmother lived in the 30s and 40s on a short, unpaved
road called "Lord Terrace".*)

*One of the many unpaved street that the Woburn, MA of
the 1930s-40s boasted.

TPBM knows of a weird word for "street etc." not mentioned in 8.

9PhaedraB
Jan 9, 2019, 11:26 pm

Mews. Former stables.

TPBM lives weird.

10WholeHouseLibrary
Jan 10, 2019, 5:29 am

Actually, that's Austin. Keep Austin weird; that's their credo.
Austin is in Travis County, and often referred to on the political maps as the blueberry in the middle of a bunch of cranberries.
I happen to live just north of the border in gerrymandered Round Rock, in ultra-conservative Williamson County. On that same political map, we're referred to as the strawberry sitting on top of the blueberry. The town's tongue-in-cheek motto is: Keep Round Rock mildly unusual.
On the east side of I-35, nestled between Round Rock and Austin, is a town made somewhat famous as the title of a song by the Austin Lounge Lizards (gotta love them lizards!). The town is (silent P) Pflugerville. Their bumper stickers read: Pflugerville - between a rock and a weird place.

TPBM ... isn't like the other children.

11SomeGuyInVirginia
Jan 10, 2019, 11:46 am

Keep weirdness alive!

TPBM has an opening act.

12morningwalker
Jan 11, 2019, 10:16 am

Yes but it's the same as my closing act.

TPBM has heard of the Austin Lounge Lizards (>10 WholeHouseLibrary:)

13SomeGuyInVirginia
Jan 11, 2019, 11:28 am

Newp, although I'm always up for new music. Angry Johnnie and the Killbillies are one of my favorite unknown bands, but they imploded before I got to see then live.

TPBM has dug a grave.

14PhaedraB
Jan 11, 2019, 12:35 pm

Not dug it, but I did leave cremains in a National Park. You're supposed to ask permission and then they tell you, you can't, so I just skipped those steps.

TPBM would rather ask for forgiveness rather than permission.

15abbottthomas
Jan 11, 2019, 12:48 pm

Only for our cat. Buried about 3 feet under in our back garden in a red felt shroud inside a shoe box. Family guests (ours, not hers) only, no flowers. No headstone. Died in the fullness of her years, aged 23.

Every time I see Stanley Spencer's painting, 'The Resurrection, Cookham', I think of her scrabbling her way to the surface.

TPBM is more comfortable with a more abstract concept of resurrection

16WholeHouseLibrary
Editado: Jan 11, 2019, 12:59 pm

Serves me right for taking so much time to reply...

I see it as a morbid fantasy; something to give false comfort even when, intellectually, everyone knows it's never happened.

>14 PhaedraB: That depends on the situation, but I most often ask permission first, like if I were to meet woman in a bar (completely hypothetical; I don't ever go to bars.), I would most likely ask a woman to sign a waiver giving me permission to converse with her, and that waiver would contain a list of topics which must be approved or crossed off. Of course, I'd have a Notary Public as my wing person to make it all legal.

>13 SomeGuyInVirginia: I've dug three, and the fourth will be dug in May. For good measure, I'm going to loosen up the soil for my own (no plans on getting there any time soon) just to make it easier on those who will inter me.

TPBM is that kind of thoughtful.

17SomeGuyInVirginia
Editado: Jan 15, 2019, 3:52 am

Hell no I'm not! When the time comes, I want everything about my burial to be the biggest possible pain in the ass. Mom was buried when Williamsburg had a foot of snow, the high was 7 degrees (-14c) and the wind was howling. That's planning!

TPBM would never impose.

18morningwalker
Jan 14, 2019, 9:05 am

I try not to. I try to follow the Golden Rule.

TPBM likes to put jigsaw puzzles together.

19SomeGuyInVirginia
Jan 14, 2019, 11:10 am

I do, although it's been as while since I have.

TPBM loves puzzles in general.

20WholeHouseLibrary
Jan 14, 2019, 12:29 pm

ABSOLUTELY! Sudoku, Cryptoquip, crossord puzzles, wooden/plastic block puzzles, ciphers, jigsaw puzzles -- you name it. Currently working on a 1,000-piece Ravensburger jigsaw puzzle of the interior of the library at Trinity College in Dublin. It's a lot harder than I expected. I've developed Excel spreadsheets to help keep things neat when I work on most forms of Sudoku puzzles; and especially like the 5-puzzle format.

One of the reasons I geocache is that several of them are puzzle caches, and I often have to do a lot of research to work them out.

TPBM finds reconciling the checkbook sit the bank each month is enough of a puzzle to deal with, thank you very much.

My ex (ThiMs) managed the money for years before turning that responsibility over to me. She used Quicken, but wouldn't allow me access to her computer -- three separate passwords to get to it. So, every month, she'd give me a Post-It note with the "balance." Sometimes we'd be off by 20 cents, other months, we'd be off by over 700 dollars. I'd spend hours trying to figure out where the math error was. She was just messing with me -- another reason why I divorced her sorry ass.

21bnielsen
Editado: Jan 14, 2019, 4:53 pm

I've never understood the need to reconcile a checkbook. And now a days checks have gone out of fashion and most Danes do most of their transactions with debit cards one way or the other. This is to a degree where most Danes don't have any cash ready at hand.

TPBM thinks this is a recipe for disaster.

22Tid
Jan 14, 2019, 6:02 pm

Possibly .. I had workmen to do a few necessarily jobs around the place today, and they were very grateful to be paid in cash (um, best not ask why!).

TPBM banks online.

23rolandperkins
Jan 14, 2019, 6:15 pm

No -- not even when my computer is working (whichitisn't
right at the moment. --All at the counter or on the debit card.

TPBM understands why credit card is a better deal than
debit card (or vice-versa).

242wonderY
Jan 14, 2019, 6:29 pm

Bonus points. Always charge only what you can pay off each month, and you still get a chunk reduced by points earned. The banks call those customers 'deadbeats.'

TPBM is feeling some January condition.

25karenmarie
Jan 15, 2019, 6:59 am

A little bit of post-holiday letdown, but more book excitement for the new year.

TPBM has a special reading project planned for 2019.

26xorscape
Jan 15, 2019, 9:44 am

Not right now. Just waiting for new releases from favorite authors, reading books I already have and looking for new authors that write books I like.

The person below me recently uncovered/rediscovered something from his or her childhood that has special memories.

(For me it was a traincase that I had as a child. It had really old books in it that I had also forgotten about. I'll bet traincase is a word you haven't heard in a long time too.)

272wonderY
Jan 15, 2019, 9:56 am

Yes! to both. I've been writing down my very earliest memories for my children and grands. And then, in a pile of papers, I unearthed a peel-and-stick decal meant to decorate cribs. This one:



And it jarred a very early memory of mom bringing them home from the five & dime and decorating both the crib and the headboard of the bed I shared with a sister.

TPBM shared a bed with a sibling too.

28morningwalker
Jan 15, 2019, 11:32 am

Yes, my older sister until she moved out, and then my younger sister. I hated it. The bed was against the wall and my older sister made me sleep against the wall side. She was kind of mean. She would promise that tomorrow night I could sleep on the outside and then when tomorrow came she would say "this is today, you'll have to wait until tomorrow." I caught on pretty fast and quit asking but I blame my claustrophobia on being cramped against that wall.

TPBM has a sibling story.

29SomeGuyInVirginia
Jan 15, 2019, 12:56 pm

My brother and I are so different on most things that it's like one of us was adopted (him.) As a kid he used to jump on a box car and ride it out only far enough so that he could get back before bedtime. Maybe no further than West Virginia? It's one of the most remarkable things I heard when I was a kid, and one of the reasons I secretly admire him. I mean, who did that? What 10 year old outside of a novel rode the rails?

TPBM has an unusual sibling.

30WholeHouseLibrary
Jan 15, 2019, 2:35 pm

I'm one of ten, and we're all unusual in unique (to each other) ways. One brother was 6'8" before compressed discs presented themselves. My youngest sister begged the agent at the DMV in NJ to add an extra quarter inch to her height so she wouldn't be an even 5' tall. My next older brother was the only blond in the family. All the boys (6) were born before any of the girls. Only one sister looked anything like our mother--an exact match, except for the hairstyle of photos of Mom at the same age. The others took after Dad's side of the family. My younger brother is the only gay sibling and we were always comfortable with that and supportive, but we (kindly) referred to him as the proto-daughter. Me, I'm the overly sensitive, easily offended, obsessive-compulsive one; also the best looking of the bunch. Did I mention I reek of modesty?

TPBM was an only child, except for a sister or two.

31PhaedraB
Jan 15, 2019, 3:45 pm

Two of them, yes. I was the middle child, only a little younger than Big Sister but eight years older than Baby Sister. Big Sister looked remarkably like my blond, blue–eyed mother, while I looked like my dark haired, brown-eyed father. When we were together we got used to people asking which one was adopted. However, when we were with my mother, I was obviously adopted while if we were with my dad, Big sister was obviously adopted.

Baby sister resembles both of them, although as she ages I think she's starting to resemble my mother's sister.

TPBM has family issues.

32xorscape
Jan 15, 2019, 3:50 pm

Oh boy, do we! The normal ones seem to have passed away and left me with the more "unique" ( I think that was used above) ones. Drama when you least expect it. Just an invite can cause it...

The person below me will tell us his or her birth order. I'm the baby of four. They stopped after they got it right. :D

33Darth-Heather
Editado: Jan 15, 2019, 4:14 pm

It's complicated....

I grew up with an older sister and younger brother.

Then my parents divorced, and Dad remarried, so I got a younger stepsister, half-sister, and half-brother.

Oddly enough we are all almost exactly 5 years apart. Dad is a predictable fellow, I guess.

TPBM is an only child.

34AnnaClaire
Jan 15, 2019, 4:39 pm

Yup.

The person below me is from a large family.

35abbottthomas
Jan 15, 2019, 5:59 pm

Depends how you look at it. I was brought up as the only child of my mother. My father had two other partners, so a half brother and half sister by one and four half sisters by the other.

TPBM had skeletons in the cupboard

36morningwalker
Jan 16, 2019, 11:57 am

I keep mine in the closet. More room.

TPBM is pure as the driven snow.

37SomeGuyInVirginia
Jan 16, 2019, 12:26 pm

I am. I really am. The dew on the lily, dappled sunlight o'er the glade, as wholesome as the spring lamb.

TPBM buys it.

38karenmarie
Jan 16, 2019, 12:35 pm

Of course I do, simply because Parker D. Cat's human dad had better be 'pure as the driven snow'. Parker D. deserves no less.

As per a discussion on my 75ers thread recently talking about a life filled with wonderful memories, TPBM has some wild and crazy wonderful memories in addition to the wholesome kind.

392wonderY
Jan 16, 2019, 12:54 pm

Now that would be telling.

TPBM will tell.

40PhaedraB
Jan 16, 2019, 3:10 pm

Well, there was the time when I smoked dope with Jimi Hendrix's drummer. But that was a long time ago.

TPBM has stories fit for PG consumption.

41Tid
Jan 16, 2019, 5:41 pm

"There's no I in bacon" (think about it...)

TPBM gets it

422wonderY
Jan 16, 2019, 5:58 pm

As in "We, we, we, we all the way home?"

TPBM will check my work.

43WholeHouseLibrary
Jan 16, 2019, 7:24 pm

Sure, but for a fee.

TPBM has always dreamed of being a(n) ______________________.

44morningwalker
Jan 17, 2019, 10:29 am

My dreams have changed over the years. When I was a young'un I wanted to be an archeologist. Later I wanted to be a writer. Now I just want to be a retired person.

TPBM achieved their dream.

45karenmarie
Jan 17, 2019, 10:39 am

I did - I retired 3 years ago and do a happy dance pretty much every day. When I was 6, we had to write and draw a picture of four things we wanted to be when were grown up - I wanted to be a teacher, an archaeologist, a Dutch girl (close - I married a man of Dutch descent), and, embarrassing but in the interests of honesty, a monkey.

TPBM had an unusual goal when they were little.

46abbottthomas
Jan 17, 2019, 12:09 pm

My grand-daughter (when 3) wanted to be a penguin.

TBPM has a more serious answer to >45 karenmarie:

47SomeGuyInVirginia
Editado: Jan 17, 2019, 2:17 pm

I wanted to be a junkie. I was in pre-school and didn't understand what that was, but I had the vague idea that a junkie lived in Manhattan, stayed up late, and listened to loud music. And that's all I ever wanted to do. When I was a tot and a friend of my Mom's asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I told her 'I want to be a junkie.' Hilarity ensued. It's important to set identifiable, quantifiable, realistic goals in life!

>45 karenmarie: I really love that you wanted to be a monkey.

TPBM wanted to be something else.

48morningwalker
Jan 18, 2019, 8:51 am

Other than a junkie or a monkey? Yes, but I always wanted to have a pet monkey. It probably stemmed from watching Wild Kingdom and Disney on Sunday nights.

TPBM remembers Wild Kingdom and Marlin Perkins.

49SomeGuyInVirginia
Jan 18, 2019, 10:24 am

If you remember the 60s, you weren't really there.

TPBM had a favorite childhood TV show.

50karenmarie
Jan 18, 2019, 10:32 am

The Mickey Mouse Club when I was very young - my dad said that when he came home from work all he could see was me from the back, sitting on the floor with my Mouse ears on.

TPBM also had a favorite childhood TV show.

51SomeGuyInVirginia
Jan 18, 2019, 10:37 am

Ohohohoh! Chiller theater every afternoon after school! One station played old Our Gang episodes and the other played 50s mutant bug movies. I LOVED those afternoons!

TPBM had another.

52WholeHouseLibrary
Jan 18, 2019, 11:16 am

Well, I almost never have a favorite anything. I like lots of different things, and almost never rank them. That being said, The only reason I watched the Mickey Mouse Club was: Annette. Another show I liked a lot was called Hank. It was about a fellow who was not well off but wanted to get a college education so bad that he worked all kinds of menial jobs, and would make arrangements with different students to take their place at class lectures and such. So, half the time, he'd be wearing disguises. Of course, he also had a relationship with the Dean's daughter, so he was a very busy guy.

Another favorite please, TPBM.

532wonderY
Editado: Jan 18, 2019, 11:20 am

Ah. In the Pittsburgh area we had Chilly Billy (Bill Cardille), Chiller Theater on late Saturday night Channel 11. Supposedly, date night and a reason for the girl to cling to her boyfriend.

And, TPBM...

54PhaedraB
Jan 18, 2019, 1:14 pm

We liked Here's Geraldine, a local show in Chicago. Once we got to see the live show, but I was so young, my memory of it is a jumble of behind the scenes images. Interestingly enough, the show was in black and white and my memories of the studio are in black and white. We adopted a dog that was the shelter pet of the week on Here's Geraldine.

Tossing the mic to TPBM...

55Darth-Heather
Editado: Jan 18, 2019, 1:22 pm

In those days before cable tv, we got 6 channels, so as a family we watched a lot of PBS - Doctor Who, Masterpiece Theater, and every sort of nature show. My brother and I were fans of Hanna Barbera cartoons. I can name almost every character in this:



TPBM has another.

56SomeGuyInVirginia
Jan 18, 2019, 2:07 pm

//>55 Darth-Heather: Jonny Quest. Oh my god, everything makes sense now.//

57Darth-Heather
Jan 18, 2019, 3:14 pm

//>56 SomeGuyInVirginia: I recently discovered that there is a cover of the Jonny Quest theme song by Reverend Horton Heat (testify to the mighty Reverend!) it's like kismet or something...//

58theretiredlibrarian
Jan 18, 2019, 8:17 pm

I seem to recall all of the family on Sunday nights watching The Wonderful World of Disney followed by Bonanza. I even remember that Bonanza was sponsored by Chevrolet, and the jingle was something like "we love baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet".

TPBM remembers another commercial jingle.

59Tid
Jan 19, 2019, 6:05 am

I'd somehow never heard Deck The Halls by the time we got "Ring the bells for Christmas Timex, Tick-a-tick-a Timex fa la la". When I later heard Deck The Halls my immediate reaction was "OMG - a Christmas Carol that uses an advertising jingle for its tune??".

TPBM remembers another.

60abbottthomas
Jan 19, 2019, 6:22 am

'Esso sign means happy motoring' to Bizet.

TPBM has another example of how the Hidden Persuaders get inside your head.

61SomeGuyInVirginia
Jan 21, 2019, 12:16 pm

Why would you think I have a voice in my head that tells me to burn things?! (Every time I hear Pachelbel's Canon I think someone is going to ask me for money. In the US, it's the 'go to' soundtrack for good-cause donation requests.)

TPBM is a sucker for a good sob story.

62Darth-Heather
Jan 21, 2019, 12:24 pm

yep, I always... always fall for the one that goes "I am the hungriest cat in the world, nobody ever feeds me, I will wither and die of starvation".



TPBM never gives in.

63PhaedraB
Jan 21, 2019, 2:26 pm

No, I don't, no matter how big those puppy eyes are. I just tell 'em, you picked the wrong one at this table.

My two cats, however, had a scam where they'd tag team to get fed first by one of us and then the other. So we set up a system where I was the only one who fed them wet food and Spouse was the only one who fed them dry food. Much later we found out that the landlord's dog would sneak downstairs when we weren't home and eat the cat food.

For the TPBM, it's __________ cats and dogs.

64WholeHouseLibrary
Jan 21, 2019, 3:56 pm

... the pound for birds, ...

Not in my house EVER again.

TPBM knows why.

65SomeGuyInVirginia
Jan 22, 2019, 9:17 am

Because you just haven't found the right puppy.

TPBM has gone to the dogs.

66ulmannc
Jan 22, 2019, 9:27 am

Yup. They have trained me well. They know my lap is available after dinner and switch every so often!

TPBM has been trained in other ways by the 4 legged ones in the house!

67morningwalker
Jan 22, 2019, 10:07 am

Oh yeah. Even the 2 legged wild birds have me at their beck and call. I started putting seed on the deck railing when the weather got bad and they couldn't all fit in at the feeder. Now in the morning they are lined up on the rail and looking in the sliding glass door when I get up.

TPBM uses puppy dog eyes to get things.

68WholeHouseLibrary
Editado: Jan 22, 2019, 10:19 am

Ack! Preempted!

>66 ulmannc: More like the one outside the house - a dozen and a half deer. I can freely roam around my back yard, and it doesn't seem to bother most of them. A few are still skittish, though, and other than the snort and sudden exit from the property, it's still hard to know which ones are them. One doe has even given birth in my yard, and on New Year Eve, they all congregated in the yard to seek "protection" from the fireworks idiots were setting off on the greenbelt that runs next to my house. I was even able to talk a lot of them (the deer, not the idiots) to their sleeping positions. They were also spooked by the lunar eclipse the other night, and gathered in the yard again for that. Who'd have guessed that the Not-a-Pet-Person would be a deer whisperer!

>67 morningwalker: Heavens, no! I may not be a Pet Person, but I'm not cruel!

TPBM has an owl living nearby.

69jojoasdwer123
Jan 22, 2019, 10:25 am

hi everyone, I was looking at this thread to understand what The Person Below Me is but i hit a wall at tpbm 9. Please help?

70Tid
Jan 22, 2019, 11:27 am

// >69 jojoasdwer123: Each reply is an answer to what the "TPBM" poses in the previous comment. Then that person poses their own "TPBM" for the next person - it can be connected to a general theme that may run for a few posts, or it can just continue what was carried over from the one before, or it can be a completely unconnected new thing!

Welcome. Join in and have fun... //

71abbottthomas
Jan 23, 2019, 7:58 am

We used to have little owls living in the woods opposite but I haven't heard them for a year or two. There are magpies, crows, tits - blue and long-tailed, the occasional wren and blackbird, as well as small flocks of seagulls and parakeets but no starlings anymore.

TPBM knows why the fauna change.

72morningwalker
Jan 23, 2019, 8:32 am

Because they can?

>68 WholeHouseLibrary: heehee…

TPBM can recommend a good Netflix binge series.

73Darth-Heather
Jan 23, 2019, 9:12 am

no, but if you have Amazon Prime, give Sneaky Pete a try.

TPBM actually can recommend a Netflix series.

74SomeGuyInVirginia
Jan 23, 2019, 3:05 pm

I haven't had a tee-bee since Bush II was president, but I finally broke down and bought one for Christmas and it's still in the box. I won't unpack it until after I move on Feb 9. So the short answer is 'no', and the long answer is 'noooooooo'. That said (or written), I really liked the old sitcom 'My Name is Earl' and could easily watch 3 or 4 in a row. And it's not bingeable but I did like 'Bird Box'. I've put Sneaky Pete on my list, too.

TPBM knows whats going to be the Next Big Thing.

75morningwalker
Jan 25, 2019, 10:08 am

The government will return to work??

TPBM is hopeful.

76SomeGuyInVirginia
Jan 25, 2019, 11:52 am

That the shutdown will end soonish, yes. What is being done to Federal workers is a disgrace.

God has blessed TPBM with their own.

77Darth-Heather
Jan 25, 2019, 12:22 pm

"Them that's got shall have
Them that's not shall lose
So the Bible said and it still is news"

TPBM just don't worry 'bout nothin'

78rolandperkins
Jan 25, 2019, 6:13 pm

Yeah, "nothin'" is about the only thing I
don't worry about.

TPBM doesn't worry about Trump Admin. firings and
resiginations. Thinks they're usually all to the good--on the
grounds that the replacement can't by any worse.

79WholeHouseLibrary
Jan 25, 2019, 9:03 pm

With the Idiot in Chief at the helm, anything can get even worse than he's already made it. I often work as a sub working with elementary-grade level Special Needs kids. They show much more maturity, acumen, and compassion than that jerk ever will.

I honestly think that if he ever walked out on Fifth Avenue, and someone shot him, they wouldn't be convicted -- partly because there'd be no witnesses who would testify against the shooter.

TPBM has been affected by the shutdown.

80theretiredlibrarian
Jan 26, 2019, 10:31 am

Not personally, but my sister works for HUD and she was.

TPBM is keeping score on the indictments of this administration. (I confess that I've totally lost count)

81rolandperkins
Editado: Jan 26, 2019, 5:12 pm

Nope. I only know that they're above average.

TPBM knows whether Ben, (the Housing Sec.?) was
fired, resigned, or neither.
(Excuse me: I took "indictments: (80) to mean
"firings" or "resignations -- voluntary or pressured".
The TPBM stays.

82WholeHouseLibrary
Jan 26, 2019, 5:41 pm

And I roll over, too. I'm salivating; must've heard a bell.

TPBM enjoys the little things.

83SomeGuyInVirginia
Jan 27, 2019, 5:37 pm

As long as there's enough of them to matter.

TPBM seeks the big picture.

84SomeGuyInVirginia
Jan 27, 2019, 5:44 pm

So far P Bitty will eat any cat food and human ice cream. But not people food or tuna juice! Wackiness!

85karenmarie
Jan 27, 2019, 10:06 pm

//Larry - how in the world did you know that I gave Kitty William tuna juice today? Does P Bitty have a secret method of communicating with KW?//

86morningwalker
Jan 28, 2019, 11:05 am

Nope. Ignorance is bliss. I like bliss.

TPBM will feel the effects of the Polar Vortex 2019 this week.

87abbottthomas
Jan 28, 2019, 5:41 pm

I really do hope not. It sounds cold and vertiginous, both of which I can do without. I shall avoid Googling this and, hopefully, not regret it.

TPBM has other things to worry about.

88SomeGuyInVirginia
Jan 28, 2019, 9:20 pm

I do. Work is comically difficult this time of year. I plan on coping by drinking every night and eating lots of Italian.

//>85 karenmarie: P Bitty knows all, sees all. Fortunes told, $1. Comforting lies told, $25.//

TPBM gets by on platefuls of fresh air.

89bnielsen
Jan 29, 2019, 2:58 am

At least I've just connected a BME680 breakout board to my raspberry pi zero so I can tell if the air is fresh (not quite so ridiculous as it sounds). But I've planned on two apples and one banana for lunch.

TPBM avoids fresh air.

90WholeHouseLibrary
Jan 29, 2019, 5:02 am

Who doesn't? I much prefer full-factoried air-conditioned air made in fully air conditioned factories.

TPBM understand that reference.

91Tid
Jan 29, 2019, 5:34 am

Alas no - for once, Google was not my friend.

TPBM, on the other hand...

92morningwalker
Jan 29, 2019, 10:05 am

Bing found this

TPBM Prefers Yahoo.

93rolandperkins
Jan 29, 2019, 6:26 pm

Can't say; I've never used it. No prejudices, just never
got around to trying it.

What TPBM misses most in other members' use of
tags is the scarcity (even the near-absence) of
tags that are proper names -- even in works where,
from the title, a proper name would seem too be the
obvious main tag.

94EMS_24
Editado: Jan 29, 2019, 7:38 pm

No, I think everyone chooses to use the tags in his/her own way. I, as a non-librarian, use them for myself, use them to trace some categories. I try to define which of the ten(?) basic stories is told in fiction, and use that as tag, like i do with the theme of the book and often I take the location, I often 'nail down' if a book of my wishlist is available in the municipal library*. For me there's no need to use a name out of the title, because I can find them by search or the CK**.

* That way it's easy to make a list that I can use to choose books when I'm there
** I always think 'Calvin Klein' instead of 'Common Knowledge'

TPBM uses tags otherwise

95karenmarie
Editado: Jan 29, 2019, 7:41 pm

I use tags to identify the physical location of a book in my house - room, shelf, row. The only books I keep in my catalog that I don't physically own are the ER books I've gotten rid of but have to keep to satisfy the ER gods, so knowing where each book in the house is located is important to me. I also use tags to identify the status of a book - abandoned, started, read, to-be-read, and do-not-read (for reference mostly).

TPBM eschews tags and uses collections.

96PhaedraB
Jan 29, 2019, 10:43 pm

I use both, Collections for broad categories such as To Read or Deaccessioned, with tags for topics or reminders. For location I use Custom call number.

TPBM has a system.

97WholeHouseLibrary
Jan 29, 2019, 11:51 pm

Several, I imagine. There's one that I seem to be much more concerned with than my doctor is.
It seems I have too much blood in my caffeine system.

TPBM self-medicates.

98morningwalker
Jan 30, 2019, 10:57 am

Of course. But only with natural curatives. My latest is - I collected turkey tail fungus this fall and dried it and have been making tea and drinking it. It's supposed to be good for the immune system and fights cancer.

TPBM has a favorite natural remedy.

99PhaedraB
Jan 30, 2019, 3:25 pm

Eucalyptus in the bath or shower for head colds. I used to get some formulated for the bath which was made in Germany, but I haven't seen it now for ages. (I used to get it from a German pharmacy in Chicago.) Of course, if you put eucalyptus leaves in the shower you have to make sure they're fresh, not preserved for long-term display, and be careful to not get the oil directly on your skin. But goodness, it does wonders for clearing your head.

TPBM has another fave.

100Darth-Heather
Jan 30, 2019, 3:26 pm

yep - have a beer. alcohol kills germs, right?

TPBM is a teetotaler

101WholeHouseLibrary
Editado: Jan 30, 2019, 4:42 pm

That's me. Even small amounts of alcohol are deadly to me. And, less so, tea, but even a half-glass of it will make me deathly ill.

>98 morningwalker: Let me get this right ... do you collect fungus from actually turkey tails? (How is that even possible?) Or, did the fungus get that as a name because it grows in the general shape of turkey tails? And if so, where would you find it?

TPBM is a sub totaler.

102morningwalker
Jan 30, 2019, 7:16 pm

>101 WholeHouseLibrary: it is a fungus that grows in many places and resembles a turkey tail. if you google it you'll see what it looks like. i found a lot of it growing on a dead log in my woods and on my walks on a local trail. I am not an expert on mushrooms but after carefully IDing it i was confident on my findings. I am in PA and it is quite prevalent here but don't know if it is also in Texas. it's pretty easy to identify once you know what you are looking for.

103SomeGuyInVirginia
Fev 3, 2019, 7:37 am

I have never drunk in a sub in my life!

TPBM climbs up those artificial cliff faces.

104abbottthomas
Fev 3, 2019, 8:30 am

I would if my life depended on it but so far I've been spared.

TPBM prefers the wind in their hair.

105Tid
Fev 3, 2019, 10:38 am

I did in the days when I emulated Lucy Jordan, and Isadora Duncan (but with greater care). Alas, those days are gone.

TPBM has owned a soft top car (we call them "convertibles" in the UK, but have forgotten the US term.. cabriolet? open top?).

106karenmarie
Fev 3, 2019, 3:08 pm

I have. Datsun 1967 1600 Roadster. Two of them actually - one with a removable hard top and one with a soft top. The first one got totaled in an accident and I sold the second one when I moved from the West Coast to the East Coast. They were both wonderful cars.

Soft top works. *smile*

TPBM still has the first car they ever bought.

107theretiredlibrarian
Fev 3, 2019, 9:06 pm

Alas, no...my 1970 AMC Hornet died in 1984. She was purchased for $800 in 1977; yellow with olive green interior. She used more oil than gas, had a hinky carbuerator that had to be jiggled alive on cold mornings, and had a heater that would not shut off. She died pretty unlamented.
(I currently own a 2016 Mustang convertible, bright yellow)

TPBM can name another model from the American Motor Company.

108morningwalker
Editado: Fev 4, 2019, 8:51 am

My first car was a used Renault Alliance. It would just stop running at random times and I'd be stuck in the middle of the road. I took it to dealer after dealer and they all said there was nothing wrong with it (it never stalled out when they had it). I finally sold it to one of the dealers who said there was nothing wrong with it. I felt a little guilty because I knew whoever bought it was going to get a lemon.

TPBM will tell us what their first car was.

1092wonderY
Editado: Fev 4, 2019, 9:29 am

A Volkswagen station wagon. (Also as cranky as >108 morningwalker:'s) Boyfriend helped me pick it out, co-signed the loan, taught me to drive it, and drove it three states away to install me in my first job after college. And then he hitched back to WV. I married the lovely man.

TPBM has known such a lovely person.

110WholeHouseLibrary
Fev 4, 2019, 6:27 pm

The late MrsHouseLibrary comes to mind in that respect. As Joni Mitchell put it: Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you got 'til it's gone.
Well, I knew what I had, and appreciated it very much, but the void of it puts it all in perspective and sharp focus. There'll not be another like her ever.

TPBM has known yet another such lovely person.

111PhaedraB
Fev 4, 2019, 7:00 pm

My late husband. He wasn't perfect, but we were a great couple. Remembering our life together, now it seems like a dream.

TPBM lost.

112SomeGuyInVirginia
Fev 4, 2019, 8:34 pm

I have, I must be lucky as hell at cards.

TPBM rents love.

113Darth-Heather
Fev 5, 2019, 8:07 am

well no, I buy it with cat treats.

TPBM is sinking.

114SomeGuyInVirginia
Fev 5, 2019, 10:10 am

Kinda. Sorta. This is a stressful time and I'm procrastinating.

TPBM is above it all.

115morningwalker
Editado: Fev 5, 2019, 10:13 am

I hope. Today starts the year of the pig for the Chinese zodiac and that's my year, so here's hoping for a good one.

Dang SG beat me to it, but I'm leaving it.

TPBM knows their symbol for the Chinese zodiac.

116WholeHouseLibrary
Fev 5, 2019, 12:34 pm

Why would I? I don't even know what it is in the Western zodiac scheme of things.
Mind you, I used to be very knowledgeable in all-things-general-astronomy, and I still can rattle off all the names of the constellations we see the sun pass through over the course of a year, but I have no interest in promotion of pseudosciences.

TPBM doesn't mind indulging in mythology.

117PhaedraB
Fev 5, 2019, 6:05 pm

It's my thing, kinda.

TPBM is a classicist.

118rolandperkins
Fev 5, 2019, 6:14 pm

Howdja guess -- when I became one
some 65 years ago?!

TPBM defines "Classics" as the Greats of WORLD
LITERATURE, not of Greco-Roman (the traditional
definition).

119WholeHouseLibrary
Fev 6, 2019, 12:28 am

I was thinking more along the lines of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, or Hot Fuzz.

TPBM thinks yet otherwise.

120SomeGuyInVirginia
Fev 6, 2019, 7:01 am

Hot Tub Time Machine changed my life.

TPBM fishes from a pier.

121abbottthomas
Fev 6, 2019, 7:22 am

I tried it once as a child. I caught a fish. A man standing near me grabbed it, said it was poisonous and chucked it back in the ocean, Rather put me off angling.

TPBM has been put off something else.

122rolandperkins
Fev 6, 2019, 7:06 pm

As a senior in a required U. S. History course, I was put off
capitalism when the teacher, asking the definition of "capital"
posed the theory: "Isn't BRAINS a form of capital'?"
I knew that by father had brains, and NO capital!

TPBM believes capitalism would work, if everyone were a
capitalist, but that socialism doesn't work even if
everyone is a socialist.

123morningwalker
Fev 7, 2019, 10:35 am

I'm not sure what kind of a system would work. I just don't think the one in place is working very well at the moment.

TPBM is a minimalist.

124WholeHouseLibrary
Fev 7, 2019, 11:14 am

Working on it. Currently downsizing to rid myself of at least 90% of what I have. In theory, that would leave me with 150 books, but I'm thinking I'll keep certain signed and/or read books, so maybe 200 books that are currently on my shelves. Plus a bookcase or two to organize them in. As far as everything else -- I'm trying to give away heirlooms from MrsHouseLibrary's parents to her immediate relatives. If they don't want them, it's off to Goodwill or to an antique dealer with them. I've been there six times already in the past two months. My intention is to have only what I need, and nothing else; Spartan. That being said, I'm going to replace my guitar, and maybe (depending on the results of shooting off the two rolls of 35mm film I recently found) I'll sell my SLR camera and lenses, and buy a digital camera. I used to do a LOT of photography, and that interest seems to be reemerging. "We'll see," said the Zen master.

>122 rolandperkins: No system is perfect, save a balance of each of them, I suspect. Ours is currently, but hopefully not irretrievably, very heavy on the capitalist side, careening toward disaster.

TPBM tends to hoard certain things.

125ulmannc
Fev 7, 2019, 11:46 am

Books - now I'm indexing from 2017 more or less. TPBM excessively collects . . . (excluding what is mentioned in this msg).

1262wonderY
Fev 7, 2019, 11:53 am

Silverplate dessert forks. Collected enough for daughter's wedding a few years ago, but I still buy them as I find them. They are so cute!

TPBM has another confession.

127SomeGuyInVirginia
Fev 8, 2019, 8:16 am

I collect wooden book marks, but I never use them because they're 'too pretty to risk losing'. Which strikes me as being as weird as covering a couch in plastic, but there it is. What can I say, they spark joy and I'm not ready to send them out into the universe!

TPBM also confesses.

128morningwalker
Fev 8, 2019, 9:15 am

I used to collect smooth flat stones when I went to the beach at Lake Erie and then I would crochet a sort of web around them and they became pretty paperweights or decorations. I had about 2 buckets of them in the house and (one day while de-cluttering) finally thought "I can put them outside and they will be there when I want them." They're still there.

//>127 SomeGuyInVirginia: I have one wooden book mark and I don't use it because it's too thick.//

TPBM will confess also.

129karenmarie
Fev 8, 2019, 9:39 am

Shells, mermaid purses, and sharks teeth. I've still got a box or two of shells collected when I was little, and between Jenna and I we have boxes and baggies of shells, sharks teeth, and mermaid purses collected at North Carolina beaches.

TPBM has recently gotten rid of a childhood collection.

130WholeHouseLibrary
Fev 8, 2019, 10:40 am

Not yet. But in March, I'm taking nearly all the children's books in my house and giving them to the grandkids. Part of my "get rid of 90% of everything I've got" program.

Beyond that, the only things I've still got from my childhood is a wallet I made at Camp NoBeBoSco back in the summer of '66, my immunization records, and a ton of emotional and psychological scars. Plus a smattering of happy memories.

TPBM has a large number of signed first editions, and will tell us about one.

131SomeGuyInVirginia
Fev 9, 2019, 7:39 am

No collection, but I do have a paperback by Milan Kundera with a inscription by him thanking a young lady for drinks by the pool, and she tucked in her hotel bill from the Dunes in Las Vegas. I picked it up from the general fiction section at the annual Leesburg Find of the Library sale and didn't know what was inside until I opened it to enter the book in LT.

TPBM collects rare or fine books.

132rolandperkins
Fev 9, 2019, 2:30 pm

If I buy a "rare or fine" book, it's probably an accident --say:
a mistake on the part of the one who priced it.

TPBM has at least 3 "rare or fine" books that she/he is
particularly proud of.

133morningwalker
Fev 11, 2019, 8:45 am

Not that I know of. I'm more about quantity rather than quality. I almost prefer old used books and like to wonder who has owned them.

TPBM has a collection of things they've found in used books.

134PhaedraB
Fev 11, 2019, 2:16 pm

I've mostly found my late husband's BART transfers from when he lived in the Bay Area 40+ years ago. They made great bookmarks. And also many, many bookmarks from bookstores, most of which don't exist anymore. If there's no image for the venue on LT, I scan the bookmark and upload it. I do have a rather substantial collection of bookmarks.

There are a couple of blogs about found things, the first of which hasn't been updated since 2008 (maybe they found LT and spend their time here instead) and another which is current:

https://foundinbooks.wordpress.com/
https://www.forgottenbookmarks.com/

TPBM found something interesting.

135SomeGuyInVirginia
Fev 12, 2019, 9:45 am

I love finding old plane tickets used as bookmarks. I wonder what the person was like, and why they were traveling. It's nice.

TPBM put something interesting in a book.

136morningwalker
Fev 13, 2019, 8:33 am

No, just my nose (that's what my family always said about me, that I always had my nose in a book).

TPBM has a saying their family always said.

137Darth-Heather
Fev 13, 2019, 9:43 am

yes, our family motto is "If all else fails, RTFM".

TPBM has a family motto too.

138SomeGuyInVirginia
Fev 13, 2019, 4:02 pm

"We gladly feast on those who would subdue us". Not just pretty words.

TPBM's family is more upbeat.

1392wonderY
Fev 13, 2019, 4:17 pm

Not really - "In Ardua Tendit" The clan sites translate it to "He has attempted difficult things" but we take it's meaning as "Through adversity, we prevail."

>138 SomeGuyInVirginia: I may have situation to borrow yours, if you so permit. Name your fee.

TPBM sweats the small stuff.

140WholeHouseLibrary
Fev 13, 2019, 5:38 pm

That depends on the weather. In the summer, I sweat water out my pores almost as fast as I can drink it down. On cold days, if I sweat, I almost squirt, so yeah, only then, small stuff.

But that's not what you meant, was it?

TPBM will often be contrary, just 'cause.

141morningwalker
Fev 14, 2019, 9:27 am

Nah, as a rule I'm pretty easy to get along with.

Just finished the Valentine's Day Heart Hunt, so I guess I can get on with my life now, or um back to work.

TPBM made valentine's day boxes for school to put cards in.

142Darth-Heather
Fev 14, 2019, 11:20 am

yes, but like Charlie Brown I never got any.

TPBM was one of the Cool Kids.

143SomeGuyInVirginia
Editado: Fev 14, 2019, 12:00 pm

Not even.

//>139 2wonderY: A chocma chip cookie! I lifted it, I'm afraid, from Addams Family Values. So really Paul Rudnick should get the cookie. But he won't.//

TPBM usually checks 'other'.

>142 Darth-Heather: Happy Valentine's Day!

144morningwalker
Fev 15, 2019, 10:39 am

Yes, it keeps them guessing.

TPBM is working for the weekend.

145SomeGuyInVirginia
Fev 16, 2019, 9:05 am

I'm unpacking from a move, so I'm working on the weekend?

TPBM has it all together.

146WholeHouseLibrary
Fev 16, 2019, 11:39 am

Relatively speaking, yes. But I'm working on getting rid of at least 90% of it as quickly as possible. Need (in my head) to move on.

TPBM would like to live off the grid.

147reigniter
Fev 17, 2019, 2:20 am

Actually, yes. The social aspect of the internet, having to rely so much on large corporations, etc. can get stressful. It'd be nice to just find a cottage somewhere and be self-sustaining.

TPBM travels often.

148theretiredlibrarian
Fev 17, 2019, 9:06 am

Every weekend I travel 4 hours round trip to spend the weekend with my husband. (We retire this summer, and will once again be living together, yay!)

TPBM would happily become a beach bum.

149PhaedraB
Fev 17, 2019, 12:54 pm

Naw, I don't see the point of beaches. I sunburn too easily, only like to swim if the water is quite warm, I don't like sand everywhere, and it's hard to read in the bright light. I have a very short tolerance for beaches before I get bored.

TPBM would join me in the mountains.

150WholeHouseLibrary
Fev 17, 2019, 1:50 pm

Say when and where; I'll be there.

TPBM enjoys spontaneity.

151abbottthomas
Fev 17, 2019, 7:07 pm

Only when it is carefully planned.

TPBM can sleep anywhere.

152ulmannc
Fev 17, 2019, 7:23 pm

Yup. Plus in any position.

TPBM cannot.

1532wonderY
Fev 17, 2019, 9:37 pm

The floor is no longer an option...and I need my pillows... MY pillows.

TPBM has a mantra.

154WholeHouseLibrary
Fev 18, 2019, 3:21 am

"If we're not supposed to eat animals, how come they're made of meat?"

TPBM concurs.

155abbottthomas
Fev 18, 2019, 5:05 am

Absolutely! None of this Veganuary nonsense here.

TPBM draws the line at squirrels.

156karenmarie
Fev 18, 2019, 8:21 am

Not necessarily - one of my favorite cookbooks has instructions on how to skin a squirrel and has recommendations on how to prepare (Joy of Cooking, 1971 edition). It says to prepare them as one would pigeons add to Brunswick stew, or prepare as for braised chicken. One of our daughter's friends brought squirrel for lunch in 1997 when they were in first grade.

TPBM draws the line at squid.

157theretiredlibrarian
Fev 18, 2019, 9:35 am

MMMMM......calamari.....

TPBM wonders how one can possibly consider eating an oyster.

158karenmarie
Fev 18, 2019, 9:45 am

//it wouldn't be fair for me to respond so quickly, so I'll just comment that I absolutely agree about oysters//

159SomeGuyInVirginia
Editado: Fev 18, 2019, 11:26 am

I am mystified at the allure of oysters, those people must have a chip implanted in their brain. Gelatinous, bitter, and they have 1,000 eyes so the last thing they see is your dental work.

TPBM dares to eat a peach.

160abbottthomas
Fev 18, 2019, 11:38 am

I have a mild oral birch pollen allergy syndrome which makes eating stone fruit like peaches uncomfortable, so I don't. Tinned are OK but not worth eating.

TPBM has heard the mermaids singing

161WholeHouseLibrary
Fev 18, 2019, 3:30 pm

Possibly, but I'm pretty sure that, this far inland, it was a police car, fire truck, or some other emergency vehicle passing nearby.

TPBM has heard the call of the wild -- and I don't mean the audio version of the book.

162SomeGuyInVirginia
Fev 18, 2019, 8:40 pm

Hello, I don't think we've met. As the poet said, ' If you remember Junior year, you weren't actually there'.

TPBM is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.

163karenmarie
Fev 19, 2019, 8:43 am

No, but my friend Karen is. No one in my immediate family, drat it.

Monday's child is fair of face
Tuesday's child is full of grace
Wednesday's child is full of woe
Thursday's child has far to go,
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for a living,
And the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay

TPBM is a twin or has a set of twins as siblings.

164morningwalker
Editado: Fev 19, 2019, 9:36 am

No, but my nephews are twins (fraternal not identical). Oh, and my neighbor had identical twin boys but one died of a fentanyl overdose a year ago. He was 27, college educated, and from a good family but both boys were in an auto accident while in high school and the doctor prescribed oxycontin for their pain while recovering and they both became addicted and went on to heroin. So sad.

TPBM has a not so Debbie Downer topic.

165PhaedraB
Fev 19, 2019, 1:48 pm

Not me. I had a migraine yesterday and feel wrung out today.

TPBM has a cheerful topic.

166abbottthomas
Fev 19, 2019, 6:24 pm

Now eight MPs have resigned from the Labour Party. We'll get our 'People's Vote' yet.

TPBM doesn't know what I'm on about

167rolandperkins
Fev 19, 2019, 6:31 pm

I don't follow British politics the way I did when I
was college age; but I would guess you're "on about"
British politics, particularly the Labour Party

168bnielsen
Fev 20, 2019, 4:04 am

>166 abbottthomas: You are right. I don't see how #2 statement follows from #1 statement.

TPBM don't know when Brexit is gonna happen. (One of our friends who frequently travel to England and has several friends there thought it was sometime next year!)

169Tid
Fev 20, 2019, 5:44 am

Sadly (very very very sadly) it looks like it is definitely going to happen at the end of March. Anyone "over there" want to take in a lodger? Oh wait...

... TPBM will swap Trump for Brexit.

170SomeGuyInVirginia
Fev 20, 2019, 8:33 am

Uh-uh. Both seem equally likely to involve endless negotiation and acrimony, ending in stalemate and a very angry electorate.

TPBM keeps a list of Things That Have Become Wonderful (Coffee, bedding, food, television shows.)

171morningwalker
Fev 21, 2019, 8:40 am

I don't keep a list but some things I find wonderful are warm wool socks, a cup of tea with honey and a good book on a snowy day.

TPBM needs a new routine.

172WholeHouseLibrary
Fev 21, 2019, 4:07 pm

Boy, howdy! Have to do something about the current routine first, though. Can't ignore it.

TPBM gets a newspaper delivered (or buys one) every day.

173SomeGuyInVirginia
Fev 21, 2019, 5:28 pm

I do not, and that's pretty lame. I need to subscribe to at least one national daily. Digital, 'natch.

TPBM fortifies their zombie defense bunker with stacks of old newspapers.

174WholeHouseLibrary
Fev 21, 2019, 6:12 pm

I see you've been to my fortress. How in ever did you get past the balrogs?

TPBM has no regrets.

175Tid
Fev 22, 2019, 5:49 am

Je ne regrets rien

TPBM knows which British politician in the 90s had the sheer gall to quote Piaf in order to cover his own a...

176SomeGuyInVirginia
Fev 22, 2019, 11:44 am

Norman Lamont! Thanks Google.

TPBM knows without Googling everything.

177abbottthomas
Fev 22, 2019, 12:02 pm

I know that DC had no regrets about calling the Brexit referendum - no, earlier than that. TB had no regrets about regime change in Iraq - no, further back! Without Googling the (sort of) answer to Tid's riddle must be "All of them!"

TPBM Realises that the first snow in Las Vegas since before WW2 proves that global warming is rubbish and is waiting for Trump to realise too.

178PhaedraB
Fev 22, 2019, 2:28 pm

I thought DT already realized that.

TPBM thinks there's nothing wrong with the weather.

179Tid
Fev 23, 2019, 8:08 am

Global warming? Pah! My flat faces North...

TPBM would rather people used the term 'climate change'.

180bnielsen
Editado: Fev 23, 2019, 1:18 pm

I don't really care. I have a scientific background and came across an old book by Svante Arrhenius many and many years ago in a kingdom by the sea. The caluculations are quite simple and they don't suggest that burning gigatons of fossil fuel is a good idea.

TPBM also don't suffer fools easily.

181SomeGuyInVirginia
Fev 23, 2019, 1:24 pm

I live in Washington, DC. It's kind of a job requirement.

TPBM will do something enlightening today.

182WholeHouseLibrary
Fev 24, 2019, 2:45 am

Apparently not, although I did do something (two things, actually) quite out of the ordinary for me.

Despite the fact I can't drink anything containing alcohol, and despite the fact I'm still in extreme grief mode from the loss of MrsHouseLibrary back in November ...
1) I went to Austin's definitive Dive Bar (the band of a teenage son of a friend was playing there), and had a long and pleasant conversation with an intelligent, interesting and attractive woman. (And no, I did not ask for her number, and she didn't offer it.) It was nice to feel normal for a while.
2) I went to a restaurant (alone) and sat at the bar to have dinner. I really didn't want to wait 45 minutes for a table (for one). The only conversation was with two women who took the seats to my left. They seemed to be perhaps one third my age. Upon seeing the look of astonishment on my face when the bartender brought their quite massive drinks, they asked what was wrong. I explained that I don't imbibe, and asked what it was they had ordered. I don't recall the names of them, but one looked like a vat of pink slush and the other was a a colorful, layered concoction. I'm pretty sure the place would have burned to the ground if I had tossed a lit match into either drinking vessel, The conversation ended after I asked them whether they had the Uber app on their phones or if they had a designated driver eating somewhere else in the restaurant.
All factors considered, it was a good day.

TPBM can top that.

183SomeGuyInVirginia
Fev 24, 2019, 10:23 am

Alas, no. I unpacked stuff all day. I will say this about moving books that have been double stacked for years, it is fun finding books I'd forgotten I had. NOT as much fun as chatting up strange women. Good for you, Mike.

TPBM is busy spending.

184theretiredlibrarian
Fev 24, 2019, 12:09 pm

I've got my eye on a $22 Christian Left t-shirt online. I haven't pressed the "pay" button yet. Earlier in the week, it was $7.99 for a Kindle download. Friday, I spent $20 for gas, and $16 on Chinese food. And yesterday, I spent $9.37 on scrapbooking paper at Joanne's. The sandals I ordered from Sanuk arrived, and they are really cushy-comfy; another pair is on it's way. Also, I ordered a new swimsuit, which is actually a pretty scary thing to buy online, but I figure I'm 60 years old and no swimsuit is going to make me look good anyway. We're going on a cruise next month, but Mr. Exiled bought those tickets so it not really me spending. :)

TPBM can name something they've bought online recently.

185ulmannc
Fev 24, 2019, 4:10 pm

Let's see. Some weather sensors, some new espresso cups, a new 5 port router, . . .

TPBM I'm sure has purchased more interesting things than me. Oh I wish Radio Shack was still around. . .

186PhaedraB
Fev 24, 2019, 4:29 pm

Most recent online purchase hasn't arrived yet, carpet corners so my throw rugs don't slide around on the the wall-to-wall. Last one before that was a stainless steel garlic press which is nicer than the cast aluminum ones I've had in the past. It works like a dream. I am ridiculously pleased with it.

TPBM orders small pleasures.

187WholeHouseLibrary
Fev 24, 2019, 5:26 pm

No, I usually go for the large fries, and the bottomless cup of coffee -- you wouldn't believe how much money that coffee has saved me over the years.

TPBM will reveal (or not) to us a guilty pleasure.

188theretiredlibrarian
Fev 24, 2019, 9:30 pm

I made a pretty darn tasty pineapple upside cake tonight that gave me a great deal of pleasure. The first piece was guilt-free, but I'm trying to overcome the temptation to eat another slice tonight (remember that swimsuit in post #184?)

TPBM would eat the cake and damn the swimsuit.

189PhaedraB
Fev 25, 2019, 1:03 am

Why not. I bought my swimsuit when I was 20 lbs heavier and have yet had an occasion to wear it.

TPBM swims.

190WholeHouseLibrary
Fev 25, 2019, 1:51 am

In paperwork only. Can't believe how much of my day is spent just trying to get things organized -- tax info, bills, 18 pages of a form that I need to get through for Probate court ... getting rid of old paperwork (bills and tax info from almost a decade ago.) I find it unsettling that rather than shred paper with sensitive information before I put it in the recycling bin, the town wants me to take those papers to a place that will do the shredding for me. Sorry, I'd rather shred it myself.

Could TPBM please explain why I should trust those people?

191Tid
Editado: Fev 25, 2019, 7:04 am

99% of the time I guess you should trust them. But for the 1% ...? Yeah, always shred it yourself!

TPBM has heard of Kevin Mitnick.

192bnielsen
Fev 25, 2019, 9:04 am

Sure.

TPBM has heard of Rowhammer, Spectre and Meltdown.

193morningwalker
Fev 25, 2019, 9:46 am

No, no, and no.

TPBM has heard about the lonesome loser.

194PhaedraB
Fev 25, 2019, 12:48 pm

///>190 WholeHouseLibrary: I once brought my papers to a commercial shredder. They let me stand there and watch as they fed them into the machine.///

195WholeHouseLibrary
Fev 26, 2019, 11:17 am

>193 morningwalker: Why, yes. Yes, I have. Seems to me he should move to a table where the Queen of Hearts isn't playing at. Sure would like to have his seemingly unlimited pool of ante money, though.

TPBM has a fairly decent singing voice. (At Open Mic Night, I'm introduced as Mike, the Song Butcher.)

196Darth-Heather
Fev 26, 2019, 11:49 am

sure, if you like singing that is reminiscent of crows arguing...

TPBM has been to karaoke.

197morningwalker
Fev 26, 2019, 12:25 pm

Only once, and that's the last time I have had that much to drink. Thank goodness I don't remember most of it.

TPBM has done something in the past they wish they wouldn't have done.

198WholeHouseLibrary
Fev 26, 2019, 4:10 pm

Don't we all? As for me, yeah, lots of stupid s**t, but none of it was ever done to be mean or hurtful. Just ... I never forget.

TPBM sleeps well at night.

199karenmarie
Fev 26, 2019, 4:21 pm

Mostly, but sometimes I'm up for an hour or two in the middle of the night for no consistent reason I can figure out.

TPBM always wakes up a few minutes before the alarm goes off.

200rolandperkins
Fev 26, 2019, 4:29 pm

No, but I probably would, if I had an alarm.

TPBM wakes up, usually, between 6AM and 7 AM,
but sometimes lapses back to between 5 and 6.

201PhaedraB
Fev 26, 2019, 4:33 pm

I didn't use an alarm for years because I could simply decide when I wanted to get up and I would. Alarms were for special cases such as needing to be up at a special time to catch a plane or something. I could usually do that, too, but I found myself checking the time repeatedly during the night just in case. So it was easier to set an alarm. However, now that I take meds that make me sleepy, I set alarms just so I don't sleep way too late. Still, today I woke up 20 minutes before the alarm.

TPBM has sleep solutions.

202abbottthomas
Fev 26, 2019, 4:43 pm

Go to bed in a cool room, read an appropriate book for half an hour or so, turn off the light, close your eyes, ignore any aches and pains, think of nothing in particular, ………...zzzzzz!

As to the book, I currently have Party Going by Henry Green at my bedside - just the job. Endless conversations between tedious people stuck in a railway hotel waiting for the fog to clear so that they can get a train to France.

TPBM has another soporific book to share

203theretiredlibrarian
Fev 26, 2019, 10:43 pm

I can't think of a book, but if I watch BBC Blue Planet, or The Naked Archeologist and I'm usually asleep before the first episode is over.

TPBM wakes up at the crack of dawn.

204WholeHouseLibrary
Fev 27, 2019, 2:41 am

Not if I can help it. My deepest sleep occurs between 6 and 9 a.m.
Last night, I didn't even go to bed until just before 5 a.m. Night owl.
Currently no books to edit, and I'm not quite emotionally stable enough to get back to the subbing routine, so my circadian rhythm seems to be more of a syncopation rather than a pattern. I've subbed a total of eight times this school year. Normally, I sub at least 3 times a week, often more, but it was based around appointments for MrsHouseLibrary. Now, I don't have the desire to do it anymore. And really, who actually enjoys getting up at 5:30 in the morning? That's like, crazy talk.

TPBM plays a mean game of chess.

205Tid
Fev 27, 2019, 4:44 am

So mean, it's non-existent! I do know 95% of the rules - "pass pawn" is one I have no idea about - but being able to 'see' the board 10 moves ahead? Forget it!

TPBM has played Go.

206EMS_24
Editado: Fev 27, 2019, 5:42 am

A couple of times. I have played with my father more often the easier Gomoku/Gobang. We had the same playing level, each of us had the same chance of winning, what was nice.

TPBM has played Reversi/Othello or Abalone

207abbottthomas
Fev 28, 2019, 6:58 am

I haven't played any board games for years, but I have played Othello. I rather preferred games of world domination.

TPBM has played Diplomacy or Risk

208Darth-Heather
Fev 28, 2019, 8:15 am

Risk is my favorite. I have the original game and the Star Wars version.

Haven't heard of Diplomacy - is it similar?

TPBM prefers word games.

209morningwalker
Fev 28, 2019, 8:26 am

I like board games and I do the crossword puzzle in the local newspaper every day.

TPBM is a wordsmith.

210Tid
Fev 28, 2019, 8:35 am

// >208 Darth-Heather: Diplomacy is fiendish! The board represents Europe just before WW1 and each player takes one country or country group, and can plan where to line up its armies and navies. The particularly fiendish element comes in between moves, when players mingle around and can form secret alliances with other players ... which they don't have to observe when it comes to the next move! It's a game that has been known to go on for days, and has caused rifts within families. //

2112wonderY
Fev 28, 2019, 8:45 am

Funny you should ask, as I'm a proud grandmama, and shall share a recent example. Middle grand is polishing her word skills in this school exercise:

Obituary for the word ‘scary’

Today we are mourning the loss of the word scary. Scary was 282 years old. Our thoughts go out to scary’s closest friends horrendous and unnerving. The deceased word spent most of its time running for its life and screaming for help. This beloved word died on 2/13/19. Scary was killed by the zombie virus outbreak. Luckily most words are safe. A memorial service will be held at Bloodcurdling Funeral Services. In lieu of flowers, please consider giving a donation to hair-raising and spine-chilling charity.

We will miss you scary.

TPBM has experienced a zombie virus outbreak.

212Darth-Heather
Fev 28, 2019, 9:21 am

//>210 Tid: ooo that sounds great! It won't work in my house though; I already can't get anyone to play Risk with me anymore. There is a lot of grumbling about "Queen Of The World" and "not fun to get whupped every time"... sore losers.

I did try Axis and Allies once, but it took hours just to put together all the little planes and tanks and by then I had lost interest in the actual game.//

213PhaedraB
Fev 28, 2019, 2:37 pm

Yeah, I had shingles. I think that counts as a zombie virus.

TPBM had their kid(s) vaccinated against chickenpox.

214theretiredlibrarian
Fev 28, 2019, 6:14 pm

No, but only because the chickenpox vaccine came along well after my children contracted it. It never occurred to me to NOT vaccinate my children.

TPBM remembers getting vaccines at school...especially the sugar cube one (was that polio?)

2152wonderY
Fev 28, 2019, 8:55 pm

I remember the entire community, young and old, showing up at the high school gym to be inoculated. I think it was polio on the sugar cube; but it might have been TB, with the circular pronged needle array on the upper arm. It was very official, with registration check-off tables and nurses stations. The nurses still wore all stiff white uniforms and red crosses on their peaky hats. There was no skipping this campaign.

TPBM still has a land line.

216karenmarie
Fev 28, 2019, 9:47 pm

We do because if we didn't we'd have to figure out a way to have internet access some other way - unlimited data perhaps or some other esoteric thing I don't know anything about. For now this works.

TPBM remembers the phone number when they were little and you said the exchange and then 5 numbers. (ours was Osborn 9-1835).

217PhaedraB
Mar 1, 2019, 12:23 am

I sure do, but I'm not going to tell you what it is because I've been known to use it for a password.

TPBM has a secret password formula.

218WholeHouseLibrary
Mar 1, 2019, 3:58 am

No, but I have worked out a scheme (no formula, nor repeating pattern) for determining whether a number is prime. I stopped at 1,601, which is the 245th prime number. At some point, I'll continue.

>215 2wonderY: The sugar cube was the Polio vaccine. That circular array of needles was the smallpox vaccine. There scar I got has all but disappeared; the one my parents got as kids was still quite noticeable.

TPBM has all their passwords memorized.

219Tid
Editado: Mar 1, 2019, 5:32 am

Ah, no. I have a system...

I record my passwords either in a document, or in the file name itself. Now I know what you're thinking (a line from a film??) "Where's the security in that?" Well, you see, the actual password is enciphered using a single phrase which I've used for years and is not guessable, and that phrase turns some letters in the password into numbers. Suppose the phrase was "The quick brown fox" (it's not), then every T in my password would become 1, every H > 2, E > 3, etc. "Tid" would therefore become 36d.

TPBM has a different way with passwords.

220ulmannc
Mar 1, 2019, 8:30 pm

/// >216 karenmarie: This is a bit out of sequence but you get the idea. Murray 8 in Wayne PA starting in 1957 when we got dial phones. Niagara 4 in Paoli, Owens 6 in West Chester, Lehigh 4 in Norwood, etc.

I used to know the logic behind all the area codes from my dark ages working in telephony but that has long since wandered away. . . besides with computers running phone systems rather than relays, digit triggering is no longer needed!! There! Your trivia for the day.

Oh yeah, how about the days when a 9600 bps modem was considered FAST!//

221Tid
Mar 3, 2019, 5:29 pm

// >220 ulmannc: You call THAT slow? I remember 28 kbps modems!!! //

222morningwalker
Mar 4, 2019, 8:43 am

At home I keep them on a sheet of paper beside the computer. At work I have to change them so often I just keep them on a sticky note.

TPBM has a birthmark.

223karenmarie
Mar 4, 2019, 8:43 am

//>220 ulmannc: and >221 Tid: Our first modem was 24.6K baud. I could literally watch it paint the screen.//

224SomeGuyInVirginia
Editado: Mar 4, 2019, 3:56 pm

>222 morningwalker: I do, which is the only way you can tell me from the devastatingly handsome heir to a vast shipping fortune who stole my frickin' life!!

Sorry, a guy can dream can't he?

TPBM is rich and unmarried.

225ulmannc
Mar 4, 2019, 1:46 pm

//>223 karenmarie: and >221 Tid:. I would go down to the office (5 x 7 closet) in the basement, turn on the modem, logon, go upstairs to make an espresso, drink said espresso, go downstains again and HOPE that the logon to the mainframe was complete. If not I started reading a book for a while!//

226WholeHouseLibrary
Editado: Mar 4, 2019, 3:13 pm

Define "rich," please. Being a Type 2 diabetic, I seem to have a lot of fat and excess sugar in me.... And, in the financial sense, that's kind of iffy. In the next month or so, I'm going to have to pay out about $15,000 to lawyers, surveyors, and appraisers to handle a pile of legal and Probate issues. I can afford it at the moment, but as long as I don't have to replace the car in the next 5 years, I think I'll be okay. Not sure there's a way of measuring how rich I am in the life-experience thing. The late MrsHouseLibrary is the primary reason for that. So yeah, I'm now unmarried, too.

>223 karenmarie: The first modem I used was on a contraption called a DecWriter. No screen, the media was a box of computer paper. The connection to the computer was made by dialing a phone number, and when the whistling started, I had to push the handset into a pair of rubber cups (called an acoustic coupler), and wait fir the handshake to complete. Then I could do all the work I needed to at 110 Baudot. That's right, a screaming 13 characters per second. The paint (ink, really) was dry and peeling on the left side before the print head got to the right side of the line. I was working as a computer geek on the techie side (not applications) for the company that ran the computers for the stock exchanges in NYC.

TPBM has had at least one lollipop within the past month.
(Can you tell I'm really grasping here? Can't come up with anything better that that at the moment.)

227SomeGuyInVirginia
Mar 4, 2019, 3:55 pm

>223 karenmarie: What's a modem?

228bnielsen
Editado: Mar 4, 2019, 6:30 pm

>227 SomeGuyInVirginia: A device to put data onto a voice grade telephone line. And to get the data back in the other end. Sort of the opposite of voice-over-ip.

TPBM has owned an ZX-81 once upon a time.

229WholeHouseLibrary
Editado: Mar 4, 2019, 6:12 pm

// >227 SomeGuyInVirginia: (I'm not her.) Modulator - Demdulator. Way back then, it was a device you attached between the comm port of your computer and the phone jack in the wall via a pair of RJ11 phone lines (standard for pushbutton telephones.)

230karenmarie
Mar 5, 2019, 8:17 am

//thanks for the tech support, guys!..//

231morningwalker
Editado: Mar 5, 2019, 8:56 am

A what? I might have. I don't know.

//>224 SomeGuyInVirginia: I feel so bad that dastardly person stole your life. Maybe you could get Mueller to investigate.//

TPBM can tell us what a ZX-81 is.

232SomeGuyInVirginia
Mar 5, 2019, 10:31 am

The ZX81 is a home computer that was produced by Sinclair Research and manufactured in Dundee, Scotland by Timex Corporation. It was launched in the United Kingdom in March 1981 as the successor to Sinclair's ZX80 and was designed to be a low-cost introduction to home computing for the general public. It was hugely successful, and more than 1.5 million units were sold before it was discontinued. Duh!

//>231 morningwalker: I've found it best to avoid any investigation whatsoever. No hit, no foul.//

TPBM can throw things really far.

233karenmarie
Mar 5, 2019, 10:33 am

Yes, but I'm always accused of 'throwing like a girl' so don't attempt it often.

TPBM excelled at a track and field event when in school.

234morningwalker
Mar 6, 2019, 8:37 am

Not at all. I was never into any sports. I was the one in the library reading.

TPBM was one of the cool kids in school.

235WholeHouseLibrary
Mar 6, 2019, 11:47 am

Not at all. I was more of a tolerated, peripheral acquaintance of a few groups. Even the Band kids never invited me to parties. It wasn't until our 40th reunion that they considered me a rock star. Seriously. It seems I spearheaded a musical revue/jam session that more than half the attendees came to. None of the music was planned or rehearsed in advance, but somehow I knew how to play every song. Damn shame I can's sing a single thing on key.

TPBM, however, was one of the cool kids in high school.

236SomeGuyInVirginia
Mar 6, 2019, 11:52 am

I was not, but in college I was in a fraternity that had a cool reputation. I didn't let it go to my head or anything.

TPBM has been to survival camp.

237WholeHouseLibrary
Mar 6, 2019, 11:56 am

Every day. It begins with me getting out of bed.

TPBM was a Boy/Girl Scout.

238PhaedraB
Mar 6, 2019, 2:30 pm

Girl Scout, so long ago that boxes of cookies sold for fifty cents. I also grew up downwind of a Nabisco factory where they were baked. The aroma was intoxicating.

I also used to wait for an L train downwind of the Milk Duds factory.

TPBM has an aromatic memory.

239Darth-Heather
Mar 6, 2019, 4:16 pm

yes, I worked at a candle factory for 12 years. Scented candles smell nice one at a time, but hundreds of different scents being produced at the same time is yucky.

Interesting fact: the combination of lemon scent and lilac scent at the same time smells exactly like dog poo.

TPBM has a nicer scent memory.

240abbottthomas
Mar 6, 2019, 5:03 pm

The scent of lime trees along an Oxford road when I was young and in love.

TPBM wells up when they hear...….

241rolandperkins
Mar 6, 2019, 7:47 pm

Almost anything by Mozart.

TPBM agrees with the old (?) saying: "No Mozart> no Mendelsohn,
Brahms, or Beethoven.

242Tid
Mar 7, 2019, 5:13 am

I'd probably say "No Mozart, no anything we now recognise as music", though that might be a slight overstatement.

TPBM will tell us which century's music they enjoy the most.

243SomeGuyInVirginia
Editado: Mar 7, 2019, 9:59 am

I cannot, my favorites tend to be music that can be sung or hummed along with. You can sing Mozart and Cole Porter, but you can't sing or even hum, really, Bach. (ETA: Except for the choral bits, but you can't hum or sing the 'worlds breaking up' complexity of his music.)

TPBM loves whirled games.

244morningwalker
Mar 7, 2019, 8:55 am

No, whirling makes me dizzy.

TPBM remembers a game from the playground at school.

2452wonderY
Mar 7, 2019, 9:09 am

Not at school, but at our local playground. We had a maypole! The most fun ever!

It was a tall steel pole with a four pronged frame at the top, set in a ball bearing ring, I suppose. At the tip of each of the four arms was a chain hanging down that ended with a cross bar. It was an incredibly popular whirly game. Each child grabbed a bar and ran clockwise around the pole until enough momentum was achieved for flying. If you crossed your chain overtop of the next one, you could fly higher. When you were exhausted or had to go home, you'd holler out "Who wants a maypole?"

TPBM can still hoola-hoop.

246karenmarie
Mar 7, 2019, 9:20 am

Not well, and not without looking ridiculous, but yes. I loved my Hula Hoop.

TPBM still has a cherished toy from their childhood.

2472wonderY
Mar 7, 2019, 9:31 am

You've got me started on memory lane.



Handed it off to daughter recently for her baby, who loves it too.

TPBM thinks Jocko is ugly.

248SomeGuyInVirginia
Editado: Mar 7, 2019, 10:05 am

There are no ugly monkeys!

TPBM still has their original Rubik's Cube. (A couple of years ago I saw a very handsome 19 year old heroin addict solve the Cube in seconds. He said it was easy, there was just an algorithm. I remember thinking 'Kid, it's a crying shame you're an addict but I'm not surprised.')

249morningwalker
Mar 8, 2019, 10:45 am

I don't think I ever owned one myself. I used my brother's.

TPBM has used the Marie Kondo method and now lives in total bliss.

250SomeGuyInVirginia
Mar 8, 2019, 12:14 pm

I have and have gotten rid of a ton of stuff. I now live in total bliss. Totally.

TPBM has decompartmentalized recently.

251rolandperkins
Mar 8, 2019, 8:07 pm

Sorry; I haven't even got the "Compartments" set up.

TPBM is inclined to detach compartments from a planned endeavor,
and put them off-- sometimes indefinitely.

252SomeGuyInVirginia
Mar 9, 2019, 9:56 am

Yes, I have to use a list or I will procrastinate. I love my lists.

TPBM will tell us their superpower.

253Jenni_Canuck
Mar 9, 2019, 10:50 am

Invisibility.

TPBM will tell us their superpower.

254Tid
Mar 9, 2019, 2:39 pm



TPBM will tell us their superpower.

255rolandperkins
Mar 9, 2019, 4:25 pm

God.

TPBM remembers (or has seen a re-run of) the 1930s-40s
superpower "The Specter".

256morningwalker
Editado: Mar 11, 2019, 9:16 am

No and I couldn't find anything about it on the internet either.

TPBM knows what >255 rolandperkins: is referring to and will provide a link.

257SomeGuyInVirginia
Mar 11, 2019, 9:24 am

Sorry, no can do. Evasion is another of my superpowers.

TPBM has been back in time.

258abbottthomas
Editado: Mar 11, 2019, 10:11 am

I've just put back the hands of time to the Golden Age of superhero comic books and found -

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spectre_(DC_Comics_character)

It needed a less American spelling. It is also a dodgy link! Go down to the third line of the 'Literature' paragraph and you'll get there.

TPBM already knows that there are Silver, Bronze and Modern Ages of superhero comic books

259rolandperkins
Editado: Abr 3, 2019, 8:21 pm

No; I've gotten to age 87 without that knowledge. Will it
enhance my reading* pleasure?

*Come to think of it, (since childhood --and not much then)
I don't read superhero comic books.

TPBM can remember a (by now "ancient") comic book
WITHOUT a superhero.

260WholeHouseLibrary
Editado: Mar 12, 2019, 3:58 am

MAD magazine comes to mind... The closest they ever got to superheroes was Spy Vs: Spy.

Most of my comics books were (can't think of the brand, but) classics -- Ivanhoe. The 3 Musketeers, etc. -- kind of like Prince Valiant in the Sunday paper's comic section.

TPBM waxes (your pick) nostalgic, your legs, your back, your skis, surfboard, car ...

261SomeGuyInVirginia
Mar 12, 2019, 7:22 am

I lived in Bavaria as a kid and had old fashioned ski gear- wooden skis and bamboo poles. I had to wax the hell out of the skis to get some real speed. Loved it.

TPBM had been to the South Pole.

262rastaphrog
Mar 12, 2019, 9:16 am

>260 WholeHouseLibrary: //I think you may be remembering Classics Illustrated comics. While I read "regular" comics as a kid, I remember reading a number of these too.//

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classics_Illustrated

263morningwalker
Mar 12, 2019, 9:34 am

Nope, the farthest south I've been is Barbados. Oh, I wish I was there again.

TPBM has travelled extensively.

264PhaedraB
Mar 12, 2019, 12:27 pm

I wish. My sister and her kids have. It's not that I'm jealousy, it's that I'm envious.

I once told my niece she was so lucky to have visited so many places. She answered, "But Aunt Phae, you've lived in so many places!" All in the US.

TPBM has also lived in a lot of places.

265WholeHouseLibrary
Editado: Mar 12, 2019, 12:34 pm

Ack! Slow to the draw!

In the first 11 years I was married to ThiMs, we lived in 9 different places. Prior to the current home (30 years), the longest residence of my adult life was 6 years.

>264 PhaedraB: More like expensively. The later MrsHouseLibrary and I spent two weeks in NYC in four different hotels, depending on what part of Manhattan we were exploring. I seem to recall the cheapest place we stayed at cost almost $300/night. She was worth every penny. Miss her more than salt.

>262 rastaphrog: Bingo! Thanks.

TPBM has hiked at least part of either the Appalachian Trail or the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.

266Tid
Mar 12, 2019, 4:51 pm

Not even The Pennine Way, which would be the UK equivalent! However, I've climbed the Langdale Pikes .. as a child.

TPBM will tell us the highest peak they've climbed (or walked).

267morningwalker
Mar 13, 2019, 9:42 am

I've climbed some on the Appalachian trail in Virginia but couldn't tell you how high. There were some great views though.

TPBM has a nice view right now.

268abbottthomas
Mar 13, 2019, 12:03 pm

The trees across the road from my house and enough blue sky to make a pair of Dutchman's trousers. Uninteresting but not NOT nice, I suppose.

TPBM can see clearly now

269WholeHouseLibrary
Mar 13, 2019, 2:12 pm

How did you know the rain is gone? A good 6-hour heavy rain this morning, and now it's all sunny skies. Makes me want to scream...

TPBM also has a preference for indirect or muted sunlight.

270PhaedraB
Mar 13, 2019, 5:41 pm

My last apartment had windows facing due east on one side and due west on the other. My current apartment has windows and a balcony facing due east. I'd love to sit out on the balcony with my morning coffee, but not with the morning sun directly in my face. So, yeah, indirect would be nice.

TPBM thinks it's nice to have a balcony.

271AnnaClaire
Mar 13, 2019, 10:31 pm

Yep. Handy place to grow things, since we don't have an actual garden. Side effect of apartment life.

The person below me has at least an acre of land.

272Darth-Heather
Mar 14, 2019, 8:00 am

yep, that's where I keep my collection of trees.

TPBM knows the difference between a patio and a verandah.

273morningwalker
Mar 14, 2019, 9:19 am

I think a veranda usually has a roof. More like a porch. But I could be wrong.

TPBM is seldom wrong.

274SomeGuyInVirginia
Mar 15, 2019, 6:39 am

I am never wrong. No, that's wrong. I am always right. There, that's better.

TPBM usually sees the truth in things.

275abbottthomas
Mar 15, 2019, 8:39 am

I certainly don't believe everything I am told, nor much of what appears, unrequested, on line.

TPBM is good at recognising fake news, without any help from The Donald.

276PhaedraB
Mar 15, 2019, 4:19 pm

I would only claim so if I did not know about the Dunning-Kruger effect.

TPBM is sure they understand Dunning-Kruger.

277ulmannc
Mar 16, 2019, 11:40 am

Huh? TPBM can exlain this to the Electronic Luddite.

278Tid
Mar 16, 2019, 1:19 pm

Not me!

TPBM, on the other hand...

279rolandperkins
Editado: Mar 16, 2019, 8:32 pm

No, stay on the same hand, {I CAN'T "exlain it".) (277)

TPBM has found the phrase "on the other hand" to be
often mis-used.

280WholeHouseLibrary
Mar 17, 2019, 2:25 am

Not nearly as often as "that begs the question," which is almost always followed by a question. Makes me want to scream.

>276 PhaedraB: It's complicated.

TPBM uses the interrobang to show irony.

281SomeGuyInVirginia
Mar 17, 2019, 8:23 am

I try to avoid things that end with a bang. Noisy and messy.

TPBM plays to win.

282karenmarie
Mar 17, 2019, 10:13 am

Cards and Yahtzee for sure.

TPBM has seen an interesting bird recently.

283theretiredlibrarian
Mar 17, 2019, 9:54 pm

We were in Jamaica a few days ago and saw a peahen in the shopping center. It's not a really unusual bird I suppose, but you don't generally see them in shopping centers in Texas shopping centers.

TPBM has seen signs of spring.

284WholeHouseLibrary
Mar 18, 2019, 2:17 am

Only when I take Rte 45 south to Houston. In that case I drive right through Spring.

TPBM thrives on mundanity.

285abbottthomas
Mar 18, 2019, 6:24 am

Mundanity I concede, but this - I think ;-) - begs the question as to whether I thrive.

TPBM is with Edgar in saying "the worst is not So long as we can say 'This is the worst'."

286rolandperkins
Mar 18, 2019, 5:02 pm

Can't say that I'm with him, since I don't
know which "Edgar" you mean: Bergen? Cayce?
real name of an LT member?

TPBM has recently realized that an event
dubbed "the worst" was less than the worst,
after all.

287abbottthomas
Mar 18, 2019, 6:52 pm

//>286 rolandperkins: Edgar, the son of the blinded Gloucester in King Lear.//

288rolandperkins
Mar 18, 2019, 6:57 pm

Thanks, abbottthomas

289WholeHouseLibrary
Mar 19, 2019, 2:35 am

>286 rolandperkins: Yessir. Bush '43 comes to mind.

TPBM is awaiting good news.

290morningwalker
Mar 19, 2019, 8:28 am

Always waiting for good news. But then, no news is good news too.

TPBM is feelin good.

291karenmarie
Mar 19, 2019, 8:51 am

//>289 WholeHouseLibrary: You're absolutely right. What's in the WH now makes him look brilliant.//

292SomeGuyInVirginia
Mar 20, 2019, 6:31 am

I will add soon as my caffeine kicks in.

TPBM is feeling groovy.

293Tid
Mar 20, 2019, 6:38 am

Looking for fun, yes. Oh wait - slow down, you move too fast, you've got to make the morning last.

TPBM is kicking down the cobble stones.

294morningwalker
Mar 20, 2019, 9:04 am

No, unfortunately we don't have cobble stones here. I'll have to kick down the brick streets or asphalt.

TPBM wants the world to go away for awhile.

295SomeGuyInVirginia
Mar 20, 2019, 9:54 am

Yes, get it off my shoulder.

TPBM doesn't care what they say, they won't live in a world without love.

296abbottthomas
Mar 20, 2019, 11:12 am

Well, I've got the world on a string.

TPBM is sittin' on a rainbow.

297WholeHouseLibrary
Mar 20, 2019, 12:40 pm

It seems to be the only practical way to look somewhere over it. Nice view if you don't get a nosebleed from the altitude.

TPBM went down to the crossroads.

298PhaedraB
Mar 20, 2019, 2:56 pm

It happens sooner or later when I'm on the road again.

TPBM is making music with their friends.

299theretiredlibrarian
Mar 20, 2019, 6:00 pm

No, but I just can't wait to get back on the road again.

TPBM has recently taken a road trip.

300rolandperkins
Mar 20, 2019, 8:54 pm

Not outside of O'ahu; but hoping to take a plane-and then a
short auto trip: from Eastern to Central Massachusetts: my
oldest grand-daughter's wedding

301WholeHouseLibrary
Mar 21, 2019, 12:54 pm

Hmmm ... Nothing to respond to ...

Okay then. I drove a good 4+ hours to visit my stepson and family late last week. It wasn't just for the visit; I had the car packed with photo albums, some artwork, an antique barrel-top chest, and other items that belonged to his mother. The chest was mostly full of children's books that I used to read to my own kids. Seeing that he's got two daughters (3 and 11) and that my sons have sworn off any attempt at romantic relationships (long stories), I figured these books would be wasted just collecting dust here. Mind you, I've still got a couple of shelve's worth of children's books here, but eventually, they'll all be heading out the door in a year or two.

TPBM has been on a cruise (on a big boat, on water, for more than a couple of days.)

302theretiredlibrarian
Mar 21, 2019, 6:13 pm

We just got back Sunday from a cruise to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica. There were 11 of us, 4 generations.

TPBM has cruised somewhere besides the Caribbean.

303Darth-Heather
Mar 22, 2019, 8:30 am

not yet! My first cruise will be to Alaska's Inside Passage this summer. We have traveled a good part of the state but can only reach this area by boat. I am hoping I will like cruises, or at least not get seasick.

TPBM has never flown in a plane.

304AnnaClaire
Mar 22, 2019, 9:16 am

I have, but not particularly often.

The person below me doesn't have a driver's license.

305SomeGuyInVirginia
Mar 22, 2019, 11:39 am

I do have. Between a bed and a car, I'd chose the car.

TPBM is all about the pillow top.

306WholeHouseLibrary
Mar 22, 2019, 1:13 pm

The only thing on top of my pillow is my head. The pillow could be feathers in a sack or a rock, I don't care as long as there's something giving some support.

TPBM has way too much stuff.

307ulmannc
Mar 22, 2019, 4:57 pm

That is an oxymoron for LT members.

TPBM has way too much stuff, excluding books!

3082wonderY
Mar 22, 2019, 5:15 pm

Why are you looking at me?

TPBM is Marie Kondo, or her spiritual twin.

309WholeHouseLibrary
Mar 22, 2019, 6:03 pm

Not yet, but I'm working on it.

TPBM has a place for everything, and everything in its place.

310PhaedraB
Mar 22, 2019, 7:51 pm

Kinda. My micro apt doesn't allow for much else. I got a new dresser last week and it was like fitting it into a jigsaw puzzle. However, it did inspire me to go all Marie Kondo on folding clothes before I filled the new dresser drawers.

TPBM has gone all _________ on something.

311WholeHouseLibrary
Mar 22, 2019, 9:46 pm

Dexter. You don't want to know.

TPBM has got mind-boggling crazy plans for the weekend.

312theretiredlibrarian
Mar 22, 2019, 9:52 pm

I limped into my husband's place (2 hour drive from my place) on a flat tire. So now I have to drive 30 minutes tomorrow to the nearest place to buy 2 new tires. Yippee. In two months, we will finally be living together after only weekend visits for the last 3 years. Yay!

TPBM can't imagine living in a town so small and so far away from conveniences (like a tire store!)

313rolandperkins
Mar 22, 2019, 9:52 pm

Going online at a library computer for most
of tomorrow (Saturday0; that may be crazy,
but I'm sure it's not mind-boggling.

TPBM has found a public library computer that
(usually) doesn't hold her /him to a one-hour
session (requiring a wait of 1 hour to go back
on line.

314SomeGuyInVirginia
Editado: Mar 23, 2019, 9:01 am

Unless I needed to anonymously send a coded message and the cyber cafe was full, I'd never use a lie-berry computer. A 13 year old home schooled kid on one side checking Facebook and a registered sex offender on the other checking Thai porn sites. Nosir!

The barista at TPBM's local coffee shop is a hottie.

315Tid
Mar 23, 2019, 6:45 am

Is a "registered see offender" a Catholic bishop accused of molesting choirboys??

Unfortunately coffee and me don't go very well together these days (such a tragedy...) so I don't get to see many baristas. I'm sure there's a hottie somewhere in the city wherein I dwell though.

TPBM will tell us their favourite coffee (unless you are Niles Crane in which case there just isn't the server space on LT for you to describe it :D )

316EMS_24
Editado: Mar 23, 2019, 7:23 am

A double espresso, made with a good machine. Or strong slow coffee with a 'round' taste made in the old-fashioned way by pouring water on the fresh ground coffee-beans by hand; the way a painter friend uses to make.
(But I admit, mostly I drink instant coffee of a good brand since my red steammachine lookalike has stopped working; the better does the real coffee taste when I drink a cup good stuff somewhere else)

TPBM has a favorite coffee with an added flavor

317SomeGuyInVirginia
Mar 23, 2019, 9:03 am

>315 Tid: yes, but only when he's molesting choirboys in an official capacity.

318karenmarie
Editado: Mar 23, 2019, 9:55 am

I occasionally like to add ground cinnamon to the freshly-ground coffee prior to brewing, but gave up buying flavored coffees a long time ago. I'm pretty much a purist now - black coffee, no sugar, freshly ground beans with my good well water. I rarely order a cup of coffee at a restaurant - it's either too weak or too strong.

TPBM has reached critical mass with the number of books they have and the available space on their bookcases.

319PhaedraB
Mar 23, 2019, 12:45 pm

That happened in early 2003, the last time I had no books in boxes. Mind you, in 2003 I moved in with my late husband who can most kindly be described as a book hoarder. I'm still finding books he was assigned in college. It is sad, though, to find a 50-year-old paperback with clean white pages stored with a 15-year-old paperback that's gone unreasonably yellow already.

TPBM has a book box collection, too.

320abbottthomas
Mar 23, 2019, 7:46 pm

I have several boxes of early Penguins in the garage, some read but mostly not and probably never will be. In the days when second hand bookstores were relatively easy to find I collected first printing Penguin books, usually paying 5 - 20p. I still come across them very occasionally at silly prices.

I do miss the old book shops.

TPBM misses something else.

321rolandperkins
Editado: Abr 3, 2019, 8:23 pm

The old "2-Baseball Teams" U.S. cities. (I'm from Greater Boston)
pre-1974, which lost the Boston Braves to Milwaukee in 1953,
(M.later lost them to Atlanta.) In football, the only 2-Team
City I can remember is Chicago (Bears and Cardinals).

TPBM wouldn't care if his home-town professional sports team
moved to Nome, Alaska.

322SomeGuyInVirginia
Editado: Mar 24, 2019, 10:33 am

Oh no, I'm glad we have the Nationals and the Redskins in the same way that I'm glad we have the Hirshhorn museum- they take up space in a genial way and are occasionally interesting.

TPBM covers the waterfront.

323Darth-Heather
Mar 25, 2019, 8:08 am

well, three miles of it anyway. Yesterday was a pleasant sunny day so I took my new camera out for a test drive along the beach.

TPBM is running to the hills.

324morningwalker
Mar 25, 2019, 9:00 am

No, I'm already there. I live on the side of a hill, my driveway is uphill and any direction I take when I leave my house I encounter a hill within a mile.

TPBM likes strange breakfast foods.

325PhaedraB
Mar 25, 2019, 9:50 pm

I often have leftovers for breakfast, so it could be anything from stir fry to lasagna. My late husband used to insist the first meal of the day be recognizably breakfast food, but I say if I can have omelets for dinner I can have meatloaf for breakfast.

TPBM has stricter standards.

326WholeHouseLibrary
Mar 26, 2019, 5:27 am

Yes, but it's only because of my congenitally underdeveloped digestive tract. I don't wish this on anyone, including ThiMs.

TPBM checks LT before having breakfast.

327SomeGuyInVirginia
Mar 26, 2019, 7:25 am

Almost always, since the first meal of the day for me is usually lunch.

TPBM just nibbles.

328morningwalker
Mar 26, 2019, 10:07 am

Yes, here I am having breakfast this morning. :

TPBM giggles.

329WholeHouseLibrary
Mar 26, 2019, 1:51 pm

Giggle, yes. Google, well, by default, I Bing, but it's mostly because I distrust the Big G more than the Big B.

TPBM believes that privacy is dead and passwords are a waste of time and resources.

330PhaedraB
Mar 26, 2019, 6:04 pm

Privacy is dead AND I use a password manager. No sense making it too easy.

TPBM gave up.

331Tid
Editado: Mar 27, 2019, 6:20 am

Not at all. I can refer you all to The Art Of Invisibility by Kevin Mitnick. I also use a password manager, a means of encipherment I developed myself, and have at least 10 email accounts. (smile) Unfortunately I'm also in Facebook and have Google accounts. (frown)

TPBM couldn't care less (or could care less, depending which side of the Atlantic they're on).

332Darth-Heather
Mar 27, 2019, 8:22 am

I could probably care less. I'll work on that.

TPBM is expecting a visitor.

333morningwalker
Editado: Mar 27, 2019, 10:49 am

We have a client scheduled for 11:00, so sort of.

TPBM is hoping for a change.

3342wonderY
Mar 27, 2019, 9:43 am

Nope. Change usually means drama. Don't need no drama.

TPBM is a drama queen.

335WholeHouseLibrary
Mar 27, 2019, 6:54 pm

My personality is often referred to as "dull," so, no. Yet it seems to find me anyway. When I was married to ThiMs, there was so much drama in my life, I won a Tony without ever having appeared on a stage.

TPBM has closets full of trophies.

336SomeGuyInVirginia
Mar 27, 2019, 8:51 pm

I've got closets full of all kinds of crap.

TPBM has the good sense God gave them.

337rolandperkins
Editado: Mar 27, 2019, 9:00 pm

In my opinion, yes; (maybe its debatable.)

TPBM has been accused of some things, but never of
being "senseless".

338WholeHouseLibrary
Mar 28, 2019, 1:46 am

Acquitted!

TPBM has a spotless record.

339morningwalker
Mar 28, 2019, 8:55 am

Of course. I was found innocent of all charges.

TPBM sings along to songs on the radio.

340ulmannc
Mar 28, 2019, 9:55 am

Doesn't everybody?

TPBM has dogs/cats/horses/chickens/etc. that "sing" when the owner sings along with the radio.

341SomeGuyInVirginia
Mar 28, 2019, 1:23 pm

Newp. Buddy liked me to sing to him but Parker always looks somewhat alarmed.

TPBM has a quiet rapport with nature.

342WholeHouseLibrary
Mar 28, 2019, 2:03 pm

As long as they're not pets, sure.
I've had a fawn birthed in my back yard. On New Year Eve, maybe 20 deer sheltered in my back yard while idiots shot off fireworks in my neighborhood.
On the other hand, just yesterday, I got a call from my next-door neighbor. He had gone out to get the mail and noticed two vultures on the rail of my balcony. Upon investigation, I found they were beginning to build a nest there. I guess they thought it was a good place for it, as I almost never have a reason to be out there.

TPBM has a quiet raptor.

343abbottthomas
Mar 29, 2019, 8:58 am

Vultures? Wow! We have long-tailed tits, magpies, pigeons, blue tits and possibly a blackbird nesting in our small suburban garden but we don't run to raptors, quiet, loud or mezzo-forte. Having said that, a sparrow hawk did dismantle a pigeon on our shed roof a couple of years ago. Quietly but messily.

TPBM can match WHL's vultures

344SomeGuyInVirginia
Mar 29, 2019, 9:26 am

I work in DC, a town red in tooth and claw.

TPBM looks to the promise of the East.

345rastaphrog
Mar 29, 2019, 9:52 am

I don't know what that promise may be, but realized after moving to my current abode, that while still in the state of NJ, I've taken the "advice" commonly credited to Horace Greeley and "gone west" with each change of residence.

TPBM has followed some other piece of "widely" circulated advice.

346rastaphrog
Mar 29, 2019, 9:54 am

//as a side note, while not often, I did see some Turkey Vultures on occasion alongside the road leading into the area where my house was//

347ulmannc
Mar 29, 2019, 9:58 am

// >342 WholeHouseLibrary: About 7 or 8 years ago, a heavy snow year for us, I noticed buzzards circling our back yard. I mushed back and found what was left of a doe. Since I am in an area zoned residential, the county game warden came out to remove the carcass. He said it had been attacked by one or more foxes. He based this on some brownish/redish hair and paw prints around it. I've seen plenty of foxes around here along with a few as road kill. I wish there had been more of the "long legged rats" taken out due to the damage they do. Can't hunt them around here due to the zoning mentioned above.//

348morningwalker
Mar 29, 2019, 10:03 am

Don't eat yellow snow.

TPBM has some more good advice to follow.

349WholeHouseLibrary
Mar 29, 2019, 4:30 pm

I follow the sage advice of Jim Croce -- Don't tug on Superman's cape; don't spit into the wind; don't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger; and don't mess around with Jim.

TPBM subscribes to at least three of these bits of wisdom.

350rolandperkins
Mar 29, 2019, 8:29 pm

Well, I don't DO any of these three; can't say
I ever "subscribed" to wisdom.

TPBM is old enough to remember the very beginnings
of Superman as a super-hero. If not, she/he DOES
remember the beginnings of __________.

351abbottthomas
Mar 31, 2019, 12:27 pm

A bit before my time, I'm afraid, but I do remember buying the first edition of the Eagle comic.

https://www.librarything.com/work/1478616/book/14818656

Won't mean much to those on the other side of the pond but it was big in the UK in the 1950s with the lead strip - Dan Dare, pilot of the future and his arch-enemy The Mekon.

TPBM remembers another comic with affection.

352morningwalker
Abr 1, 2019, 9:08 am

The Archies.

TPBM remembers another.

353SomeGuyInVirginia
Abr 1, 2019, 11:17 am

I've collected comics since I was 11 or so. My guiding stars were the old EC horror and Sci Fi comics from the 50s. 'Tales from the Crypt'. A name to conjure by.

TPBM conjures up something else.

354WholeHouseLibrary
Abr 2, 2019, 11:03 am

Indirectly, yes. I've got a machine in my kitchen that, at a preset time, will make a potion from magic beans. It brings me back to life every day. It that ain't conjuring, I'm giving up on my Miriam-Webster.

TPBM has a complete set of Shakespear's works. (You don't have to admit that you haven't read it.)

355AnnaClaire
Abr 2, 2019, 11:17 am

Yup. Picked up a one-volume edition the size of a dictionary in London two decades ago.

The person below me loves second-hand bookstores.

356karenmarie
Abr 2, 2019, 11:27 am

Oh yes. We have 2 thrift shops in town and a second hand-bookstore. I visit all frequently. I don't buy all that often, but I do always buy way too many books at the two Friends of the Library sales at our local library each year.

TPBM knows how wonderful FoL book sales can be.

357SomeGuyInVirginia
Abr 2, 2019, 11:31 am

Oh yeah, I love love love the Leesburg VA FoL annual sale in June. I can safely attribute book cases 4 and 5 to them.

TPBM is a FoL volunteer.

358morningwalker
Abr 2, 2019, 11:43 am

Not directly but I do donate bags of books to them (that I probably bought from them). In fact I have a bag in my car right now that I am going to drop off after work. The sale is next week. Oh joy, oh joy!

TPBM enjoys the little things.

359rolandperkins
Editado: Abr 3, 2019, 8:25 pm

like duodecimo books? --Not especially; if influenced by
size alone, I'm attracted to an old-fashioned
regulation-size hard-cover. The same in a quality
paperback, I just tolerate, not support the minimalist type of
publisher.

TPBM does not believe the story that H. P. Lovecraft
forebade that any of his books be publsdied in paperback.
(Can't say I've ever seen an HPL pb, but then I'm
never looking for an HPL.)

360SomeGuyInVirginia
Abr 2, 2019, 5:30 pm

I've never heard it, but it sounds stuffy and fan-boyish, so I wouldn't be surprised if it were true. Not a big fan of Lovecraft.

TPBM says 'hello' to tomorrow.

361WholeHouseLibrary
Abr 3, 2019, 3:11 am

No, I don't. It's not a person. It's kind of a crazy thing to do, ya know?

// 359 HPL left his manuscripts to Brown University (Providence, RI) when he died in 1937. My next-older brother worked in the BU library for several years, and in his off time, read those manuscripts. He opined that it was probably for the best that they remain unpublished. Truly, his scariest works.

TPBM does math problems in his/her head sometimes.

362bnielsen
Abr 3, 2019, 6:08 am

Sure, 8866128975287528 cubed minus 8778405442862239 cubed minus 2736111468807040 cubed equals thirtythree.

TPBM is not impressed.

363abbottthomas
Abr 3, 2019, 7:15 am

I'd need to see it to believe it.

TPBM is often sceptical these days.

364bnielsen
Editado: Abr 3, 2019, 8:43 am

8866128975287528 * 8866128975287528 * 8866128975287528 =
696950821015779435648178972565490929714876221952

8778405442862239 * 8778405442862239 * 8778405442862239 =
676467453392982277424361019810585360331722557919

2736111468807040 * 2736111468807040 * 2736111468807040 =
+20483367622797158223817952754905569383153664000

696950821015779435648178972565490929714876221952 -
676467453392982277424361019810585360331722557919 =
+20483367622797158223817952754905569383153664033

+20483367622797158223817952754905569383153664033 -
+20483367622797158223817952754905569383153664000
= 33 = One Dirty Tree less one hundred

TPBM is still sceptical after seing it done.

365morningwalker
Abr 3, 2019, 10:03 am

No, but all those numbers are making me dizzy.

TPBM is good with numbers too.

366theretiredlibrarian
Abr 3, 2019, 8:19 pm

Only the Dewey Decimal System...give me a topic and I can pretty much tell you the DDS number. All other numbers, not so much. Thank goodness calculators were invented.

TPBM is a much better at spelling than math.

367PhaedraB
Abr 3, 2019, 8:25 pm

I'm not terribly good at either. Or more like, I'm terrible at both. Thank the Gods for calculators and spell checkers.

TPBM has thanks for something else.

368WholeHouseLibrary
Abr 4, 2019, 1:21 am

Yeah. To my late wife, MrsHouseLibrary, and you all know why.

Our headstone hasn't arrived yet; should be some time this month, and the "family reunion" at our private cemetery in east Texas will be in the latter half of May. I want to change some of the engravings, and since the back was going to be blank, I want to add our story there. I'm glad to have had all this time wait, because I want it to be meaningful. Our original design (which she approved of) included two fish emblems that had Darwin and Evolve in them. Loved her sense of humor, but in the end, it's all about the love.

TPBM will reveal to us the fastest time s/he ever ran a mile in.

369Darth-Heather
Abr 4, 2019, 8:03 am

That would have to be the time I was mowing the lawn and ran right over a yellowjacket nest. I didn't get to time it, but I ran REALLY FAST.

TPBM has never been stung.

370morningwalker
Abr 4, 2019, 8:30 am

I was stung many times as a kid because I lived in the country and never seemed to wear shoes when I was outside.

TPBM belongs to a book club.

371karenmarie
Abr 4, 2019, 8:56 am

I do. A real-life book that has been meeting monthy since 1997. A few folks have come and gone, but we've had the same group since 2006.

TPBM is also in a book club.

372SomeGuyInVirginia
Abr 4, 2019, 12:39 pm

I am not, and I'm not because I've convinced myself that I would be required to read books that didn't interest me. And slogging through something I find dull makes me as huffy and fidgety as being stuck in rush hour traffic.

TPBM can read anything with pleasure.

373rolandperkins
Editado: Abr 4, 2019, 9:25 pm

Mensagem removida pelo autor.

374rolandperkins
Abr 4, 2019, 4:06 pm

"Anything"? Well, one could say ALMOST anything".

TPBM has recently expanded the RANGE of her/his
reading topics.

375SomeGuyInVirginia
Abr 5, 2019, 11:21 am

Not really, although after my on-deck (Big Little Lies), Imma read Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts. So not an expansion but a spike?

TPBM, after much consideration, has decided to withhold judgement.

376WholeHouseLibrary
Abr 5, 2019, 5:16 pm

It's none of my business, no sir. You can read whatever filthy, perverse pulp you care to.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'd like to get back to my Braille edition of the Kama Sutra.

TPBM has bot big plans.

377Tid
Abr 6, 2019, 9:43 am

A big bot?? Opens mouth in amazement. :O

No, my only plan right now is to nip up the road for a few provisions, then come back and have a snooze before our film club shows Mike Leigh's "Secrets and Lies".

TPBM has got bigger plans.

378karenmarie
Abr 6, 2019, 10:15 am

Getting ready for my book club's monthly meeting - it's at my house tomorrow and I'll be feeding 10 plus me. Menu, food shopping, house straightening, cooking, baking...

TPBM has a more restful weekend planned. Or not planned.

379WholeHouseLibrary
Abr 6, 2019, 11:14 am

Started out the morning by having breakfast and reading both the newspaper and my current read at the coffee shop in town; something I've tried to make sure I do every weekend for a good twenty years or so. And considering the weather for central Texas for rest of today and most of tomorrow is heavy rain. my plans are to finish up my taxes and some legal work (Probate issues), and perhaps box up more stuff to take to Good Will on Monday. Some people consider me "dull." Not true; I merely respond to very low levels of excitement.

TPBM revels in being adventurous.

380morningwalker
Abr 8, 2019, 9:39 am

I did yesterday. My sister and I went on an adventure to find a beautiful waterfall about an hour from home. It was a nice spring day and we also went for a hike in the woods. We also went through an old train tunnel through a mountain on a trail that used to be a railroad line. It was a very enjoyable day.

TPBM had a good weekend too.

381abbottthomas
Editado: Abr 8, 2019, 9:48 am

Not even adventurous enough to get my response in to >380 morningwalker: in time.
My weekend was OK, thanks, but much less mileage, and certainly no tunnels.

TPBM regrets the road not taken.

382WholeHouseLibrary
Abr 8, 2019, 2:05 pm

What's the point? When I choose a road, the others are not taken; for wont or woe, not all roads will be trodden by me. Granted, I've sometimes made poor choices, but from the quantum viewpoint, there could have been much worse ones. I try not to dwell on the might-have-beens too much.

When ThiMs and I did the bike trip (1977) from northern New Jersey to the western edge of Florida, it seemed every time someone suggested shortcuts or better roads, they seemed to include a steep incline. We sure regretted those!

TPBM keeps to the straight and narrow.

383rolandperkins
Editado: Abr 8, 2019, 5:39 pm

I would have to know WHOSE "straight and narrow"!?

TPBM has been irritated by the narrowness of Bostonian
(or other big-city) streets, roads, and avenues --crucial ones
that is, (realizing that some city streets HAVE to be narrow.

384PhaedraB
Abr 8, 2019, 6:55 pm

Sorry, I grew up in the flat Midwest in a city rebuilt after a 19th century fire where every street (with but few exceptions) fitted to a grid. And they weren't narrow. And there were alleys to keep things like garbage trucks and deliveries off of the streets. I was shocked at how closed-in NYC felt in comparison. It didn't feel like a big city at all.

TPBM likes it wide open.

385SomeGuyInVirginia
Editado: Abr 9, 2019, 6:32 am

>381 abbottthomas: Sometimes I look back with an aching nostalgia on a past that I never had. Maybe it's a parallel universe thing. I wore a lot of Madras. Of course, I wore a lot of Madras in this life, too.

>384 PhaedraB:. Right? Manhatten seems like it's been squished together like an accordion.

386SomeGuyInVirginia
Abr 8, 2019, 9:01 pm

>384 PhaedraB: Sometimes. I loved living in the desert but I didn't mind leaving it.

TPBM has been a shepard.

3872wonderY
Abr 9, 2019, 8:21 am

I never told you that. One or two nights in the lambing barns does not make a shepherd.

TPBM works in wool.

388morningwalker
Abr 9, 2019, 8:50 am

Yes. I'm knitting a pair of socks and the yarn is wool. I've been working on them for too long and need to finish them before summer.

TPBM is feeling melancholy.

389Tid
Abr 9, 2019, 9:26 am

I was, but Melancholy Hughes has left the building. Perhaps I was feeling the wrong part...

TPBM has been unhappy.

390SomeGuyInVirginia
Editado: Abr 11, 2019, 6:58 am

Well, not since I've discovered Pep-O, the twice daily, non-habit forming mood enhancer now in convenient tablet form! I've gained 20 pounds of muscle mass, my hair is shiny and lustrous, and nobody laughs when I sit down to play piano!

TPBM wishes.

391WholeHouseLibrary
Abr 9, 2019, 5:11 pm

Sorry, I just spewed coffee all over the keyboard from laughing. I guess I'm that nobody you just mentioned.

TPBM is also a nobody because you've known the trouble I've seen.

392morningwalker
Abr 10, 2019, 11:04 am

Sort of. I've seen my own share of trouble. Not the same as yours, but some just as bad.

TPBM needs some of >390 SomeGuyInVirginia: Pep-O

393SomeGuyInVirginia
Abr 10, 2019, 2:26 pm

//>392 morningwalker: It's not Pep-O, but Dopa Mucuna has been sort of a miracle medicine for me. I also have no idea if there's anything in it other than velvet bean extract. And frankly, I don't care. Available for $10 bucks from Amazon and Wal-Mart.

394abbottthomas
Abr 11, 2019, 3:22 pm

>392 morningwalker: >393 SomeGuyInVirginia: L-Dopa was the stuff that Dr Oliver Sacks gave to the victims of encephalitis lethargica and woke them up. Written about in Awakenings. Maybe it will wake us all up then.

TPBM is already woke.

395SomeGuyInVirginia
Abr 12, 2019, 6:02 am

I am, and much too early. I also thought it was Saturday which is just cruel.

//>394 abbottthomas: Interesting and I did not know that. I'll have to read it.//

TPBM is still asleep.

396morningwalker
Abr 12, 2019, 9:22 am

I wish.

//>393 SomeGuyInVirginia: >394 abbottthomas: I might consider trying some if it does all the ads say it can do.//

TPBM has started on the yardwork.

397karenmarie
Abr 12, 2019, 9:29 am

Nope. It's raining today. It will rain tomorrow and Sunday, too, which will make the yard more of a disaster than it already is.

TPBM will plant a summer vegetable garden.

398SomeGuyInVirginia
Abr 12, 2019, 2:14 pm

No, although I have thought about putting flower boxes on the balcony. Not sure if that would attract birds, and since I live on the top floor I've got enough pigeons already.

//>396 morningwalker: I can tell you my experience with it, and that is that it puts me in a great mood. It did from the first day so naturally I thought 'I'm screwed because this stuff is doctored and if I have to take a drug test I'm out of here.' So I switched to the Now brand and it had the same effect. I don't know what the long-term effects might be and don't really care. I may also stock up since nothing that makes you feel this good can remain legal for long.//

I'll kick it down the road- TPBM will plant a summer garden.

399Tid
Abr 13, 2019, 1:08 pm

Nope. I'll buy mine in late May and it should see me through to autumn.

TPBM really is a summer gardener.

400morningwalker
Abr 15, 2019, 11:18 am

Yes, and a spring gardener. With nice weather I spent the weekend cleaning up flower beds that were neglected last fall and I paid for it this morning as I dragged myself out of bed, groaning and sore all over.

//>398 SomeGuyInVirginia: My only concern with it is the increase in testosterone mentioned. Hopefully that only occurs in men !! Otherwise I think I'm going to try it.//

TPBM is grateful.

401Darth-Heather
Abr 15, 2019, 11:51 am

Yes! I had a similar weekend of gardening with morning aches to go with it, so I'm grateful that a friend recommended Real Time Pain Reliever Cream. It's much like Icy-Hot but smells good and works really well on muscle aches.

TPBM has another miracle cure.

402WholeHouseLibrary
Abr 15, 2019, 1:28 pm

Whenever I feel my blood pressure going up, I shut off the television.

TPBM decompresses in other ways.

403SomeGuyInVirginia
Editado: Abr 15, 2019, 3:44 pm

Bourbon and branch water. I drink the bourbon and throw the water off the veranda lest I forget the lilies of the field.

//>400 morningwalker: Give it a shot, I think it's remarkable stuff.//

TPBM eschews the pleasures of this world for treasure in Heaven, and will tell us here.
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