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Mar. 24th, 2016 11:33 pm
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  • Thu, 19:33: Dear refs: lifting your pivot foot is a travel, not a sneaky way to draw a foul. Kisses, me.

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Mar. 8th, 2016 12:07 pm
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  • Mon, 19:35: OK so far. What happens when SA starts hitting their shots remains to be seen.
  • Mon, 19:42: And of course, within 5 minutes of setting foot on the floor as a Pacer, Lawson gets hurt. We need an exorcist.
  • Mon, 19:56: And Mahinmi gets away with a clobber under the Spurs' basket.
  • Mon, 20:23: The aromatic nature of these officials is rather appalling.
  • Mon, 20:32: Well, the good news is that the Pacers aren't waiting until the 4th to make their nega-move.

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Feb. 26th, 2016 09:40 pm
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*sigh*

Started the day by pumping in construction adhesive and putting the soap dish in. I got the towel bar, shower rod, and shower nozzle bracket back in place, then ran into Problem.

The thickness of the wall (or, more precisely, the half-inch less thickness due to being, you know, actually square) at the faucet handles and spout has left a gap behind the handle trim and spigot. Oh, well, it's temporary, so Mr. Caulk Is Your Friend.

Unfortunately, when installing the spout, the plastic insert adapting the 1/2" cast iron pipe to the 3/4" spout stripped. I had a bit of panic because I was at first unsure if this was a standard piece or something special created for the house at some point (which would necessitate calling the plumber to replace the pipe and probably tearing out some of the tile so recently replaces), but after cleaning off the pipe it became clear that this was an adapter. Trip to Menards - my usual go-to for things appropriate for 135-year-old houses - was unsuccessful, as in the plumbing area they have not heard of such a thing. I got a brass adapter that I was able to use to clean out the rusted threads and confirm that all that was necessary was an adapter, though using it would cause the spout to stick out a further inch or so from the wall.

Today, I will be using Google-fu to try to find said adapter - and it is possible it was at Menards in the department where they actually sell said spouts, which is not the same as the plumbing department. I am also contemplating getting a die for 1/2" NPT thread so I can carefully screw it onto the existing pipe, cut off the offending extra length of pipe so the spout will install flush, then back out the die to re-cut the damaged threads. I know I can do this with a nut on softer materials, I'm just not confident it will work on cast iron.

So, unfortunately, [livejournal.com profile] ladyat will not have her shower back tomorrow as originally thought...

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Feb. 11th, 2016 12:06 pm
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  • Wed, 19:44: Mailing it in so far.
  • Wed, 19:55: Clearly Pacers out to prove game vs Lakers was NOT the worst they could play.
  • Wed, 19:59: Speaking of candy bars, the Pacers are resembling the Baby Ruth in the pool...
  • Wed, 20:31: Blindfold them. They might shoot better. Or learn to trust The Force.
  • Wed, 20:34: Damn, PG needs to learn the difference between the floor and his foot when dribbling.
  • Wed, 20:44: The 4th quarter will either be bloodlettingly awful or The Greatest Comeback Of All Time!
  • Wed, 20:49: When I was in 6th grade I got confused and played defense when my team was on offense. It was less embarrassing than this.
  • Wed, 21:00: Indiana Pacers. Putting the "Dear God You Suck" in "fundamentals" for 48 minutes.
  • Wed, 21:01: Oh, look, a PG mishandled ball drew a foul! That's, what, one?
  • Wed, 21:03: Rule 27 - just because Kobe's buyin' is no reason to keep drinking.

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Feb. 9th, 2016 12:08 pm
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  • Mon, 19:33: The Lakers play, what, 4 or 5 away games all year? What must it be like to almost never play in front of a hostile crowd?
  • Mon, 19:51: Almost can't blame the Pacers for playing like lumps in front of a hostile crowd in their own arena. Almost...
  • Mon, 19:58: Pacers kick it up a notch and, amazingly, the crowd starts to get behind them. Whodathunkit?
  • Mon, 20:14: That brief Internet overload was everyone tweeting pictures of Kobe's 3.
  • Mon, 20:30: PG feeling sorry for Kobe, tryin' hard not to show him up.
  • Mon, 20:37: The only thing I can think of is that the Pacers are so stunned at how bad the Lakers are that they can't concentrate or care. Or something.
  • Mon, 20:42: "Sometimes you get a pooch that can't be screwed." Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff
  • Mon, 20:49: I really hate this lineup GHill JHill Lavoy GRIII and CJ.
  • Mon, 20:55: Pacers offense like a bunch of bad actors in their first movie - looking at the floor for their marks instead of at each other.
  • Mon, 21:01: "Let's all run vaguely around the weak side and make it look like we're doing something without ever really clearing a passing lane!"
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Jan. 27th, 2016 12:06 pm
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  • Tue, 21:13: Good for PG to walk away instead of whine.
  • Tue, 21:23: How did we not get a new clock on the double steal?
  • Tue, 21:27: Pierce has played something like 8 minutes with 5 fouls.

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Jan. 26th, 2016 09:10 pm
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  • Tue, 19:17: PG follows up a miss on the awkward Hickory tribute two handed set shot with a 3 on the next possession.
  • Tue, 19:38: Come on, big guy, hit the free ones.
  • Tue, 19:40: Buckets back to earth tonight.
  • Tue, 19:44: Myles 100% from the field, 0% from FT line. Maybe someone should guard him on FTs...?
  • Tue, 20:07: Clips yapping at the refs makes PG look like an officiating yes man.
  • Tue, 20:29: Oh, let's get Paul Pierce fouled out. For old times' sake.
  • Tue, 20:39: Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Pacers' D supposed to try to prevent the 3?
  • Tue, 20:40: @ScottAgness Clips fans gotta be loving that.
  • Tue, 20:57: 4th quarters. Why does there always have to be this kind of 4th quarter?
  • Tue, 21:04: 7 points. 7 minutes. It's barely possible that the Pacers score 7 points more.
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2016 has begun with the losses of a number of figures who were inspirational to many in my generation, whether just from the giving of pure enjoyment or from the actual influence on how we create or represent art or ourselves.

Grieving is a personal thing, and how we handle news of this sort is as well. We never expect those we look up to to leave us - it is human nature to consider the world we know now as immutable and that we will continue to be surrounded by our mentors, whether direct or indirect, and by those we love.

However, I would encourage those of this generation to pause for a moment before sending out the now-clichéd "this year is fired" or "2016 you suck" or "please stop it" responses.

We are of an age where these losses are inevitable. We do our own mental states a grave disservice if we constantly consider our present ruined by such events, because we will simply not be able to avoid them and we therefore guarantee ourselves misery now after now after now. EVERY year will be fired. EVERY year will suck. EVERY year will have people passing whom we admired and followed.

That doesn't mean we don't feel deep sorrow at such passings. It simply means that by defining the moments of our lives solely in terms of such losses is a poor way to honor those memories.

We have people and events that mean much more to us than those public figures do. Perhaps we should save the ultimate tagging of a year as irretrievably broken for their passing or illnesses - for those things that are the most important to us.

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Jan. 13th, 2016 06:37 am
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  • Tue, 19:15: Pacers playing Tenacious D.
  • Tue, 19:43: PS&E missing a sponsorship bet here. "Tonight's Pacers scoring drought brought to you by Kinetico Water!"
  • Tue, 19:55: It's a little early for "Turn out the lights, the party's over"...
  • Tue, 20:16: Could this delay fool the Pacers into playing like they did at the start of the game?
  • Tue, 20:49: This Second Half scoring drought is brought to you by ... Gold mine, I'm telling ya'!
  • Tue, 20:51: Monta looking at that loose ball like it was a rotten egg.
  • Tue, 20:54: Third time in a row Pacers set up for a three and leisurely brick it.
  • Tue, 21:25: Can I state for the record how much I hate someone passing up a clear dunk to kick the ball out for a bricked 3?
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The year and The season have been a bit hectic (which frankly seems more usual than not these days), but before time slips completely away I wanted to make sure to wish you my now truly traditional blessing for the season and wish you all joy in whatever way you celebrate the Returning of the Light. Every year I find I love these words more and more (and acknowledge the help of [livejournal.com profile] cflute in giving them their final polish):

- as the sun increases, so may your joys increase.
- as the nights become shorter, so may your sorrows shrink.
- as those you love surround you, feel my love there as well.
- may you be blessed by your Gods, be they within or without.
- may all your dearest dreams come to you in time.

Whether you have already celebrated your own Festival of Light or are preparing for it yet to come, may all the blessing of the returning Sun keep you well, prosperous, and happy in the coming year.

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Dec. 12th, 2015 12:12 pm
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  • Fri, 18:33: Pre-Pacers dinner at O'Reilly's!
  • Fri, 19:36: Ever since @El_Peckbo pointed out him messing with his hair as the defense blew by, I confuse JHill with Clooney in "O Brother" - "My hair!"
  • Fri, 19:44: Is the Pacers' catch and shoot dead, or is it only pining for the fjords?
  • Fri, 19:48: Ian Mahinmi makes it 28. At at at at.
  • Fri, 19:50: I think it is about time perimeter defenders stopped worrying about being beaten off the dribble and bodied up to defend the shot.
  • Fri, 19:59: Floppers gotta flop. https://t.co/M4OgFCpijo
  • Fri, 20:04: I think when they throw the ball at the defender's foot it should be a turnover, not a "kicked ball.
  • Fri, 20:07: PG getting his points the hard way. Which is New school for "fix your shooting problems at the FT line."
  • Fri, 20:17: Pacers in this on free throws. That won't continue in the second half.
  • Fri, 20:29: Thanks for the makeup call, Mickeu!
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Dec. 9th, 2015 02:54 am
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  • Tue, 18:33: Back in da 'House for #PacersGameNight
  • Tue, 19:33: Pacers' patented shooting slump combined with poor defense and bam - down 16.
  • Tue, 19:42: I really never want to see Jordan Hill attempt another hook shot. Ever.
  • Tue, 19:49: This will either be an amazing comeback or the first big chemistry test for this Pacer team.
  • Tue, 19:52: Can someone explain why the Pacers refuse to put their hands up on defense?
  • Tue, 19:57: GSW shooting 67%. Anyone else figure that's the secret to winning basketball games? Buehler?
  • Tue, 20:05: Pacers had it to 11, then played "look ma no hands" defense to let GSW take it back to 21.
  • Tue, 20:08: At least PG will get a highlight or two. Other than that, back to irrelevance Pacers. Back! Back!
  • Tue, 20:47: Pacers going Full Goose JOB for the rest of this game.
  • Tue, 20:55: People say, "Pacers did OK, it's just what GSW does," but our defense has been concrete-shoe hands-in-pocket awful.
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Bye, Jack

Nov. 30th, 2015 06:23 pm
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Jack asleepJack came into our lives accidentally, while we were out of town, during a period we had decided to go without a dog, and became the best dog we ever had. He never met a stranger, loved to get attention when we took him for walks, and wanted to be wherever I was even if it was just the other side of the doorway.

He was an extremely happy dog who chased the kitties but would let them snuggle him in his bed. He was allowed to sleep on the furniture because it just wasn't fair that the cats got to be wherever they wanted when he had to be on the cold ground.

It's hard to believe we had him for 10 years and that he was estimated to be 7 when we got him. He got to be a tottery old man but never grumpy.

Gonna miss him.
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How about something non-political for a change?

I spent last weekend while Brenda​ was at WindyCon putting up the hardibacker (again) in her bathroom preparatory to replacing the tile. 2 of 3 walls look fine, but the wall at the faucet end has the exact right spacing on the critical corner (where the wrap-around tile has to match up with the existing tile on the facing wall as well as the tile on the upper border has to match up with the rest of the main wall), but as it reaches the inside corner it cuts rather severely (almost 1/4") behind the existing main wall. That will make the tile at that upper border at that corner unable to rest properly on the existing wall.

Cursing silently (OK, you got me, not silently), I fetched the framing square to check the wall I'd put in. Again. For the umpty-umph time.

Sure enough, that wall is square. Completely square. Perfectly so, if I do say so myself.

The existing wall I'm trying to match to ... well, not so much ...

So now I have a dilemma. Do I un-square the new wall (using layers of hardiboard and grinding them down in some semblance of a smooth angle)? Or do I pull down the plastic cover on the existing wall and grind the (hard as rock) plaster down to make it square. Ish. ?

Both of which will be extremely messy, very hard to get right, and - oh, yeah - have to get done by next Wednesday. As in, the day before Thanksgiving.

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Nov. 14th, 2015 12:04 pm
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Nov. 10th, 2015 06:58 am
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  • Mon, 20:52: Budinger on the vid screen on FTs banging the bambam sticks. Might be his best contribution.
  • Mon, 21:06: I should say bad things about Budinger more often.

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Oct. 30th, 2015 12:03 pm
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  • Thu, 19:25: That's the third time Jordan Hill has ducked away from the ball coming to him. WTF?
  • Thu, 19:55: Is Turner that good or is he just the glow-worm in the latrine right now?
  • Thu, 20:30: Paul just needs to shut up and suck it up. He's made himself a ref target this year.
  • Thu, 20:32: Very pretty screen from Ian to free up that pass. Whoa. Using "pretty screen" and Pacer player in the same sentence. Positively.
  • Thu, 21:14: If you can make it take it.
  • Thu, 21:16: New NBA out of bounds rule - if you could have touched it, you did.
  • Thu, 21:46: Slow post-game exit, stop to chat with Darnell Hillman & Slick. Adult me very cool; getting their comments. 10-year-old me going SQUEE!!

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Oct. 14th, 2015 12:04 pm
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  • Tue, 19:00: Skipping the end of the Cubs game and the Democrat debate for #PacersGameNight. Why, yes, basketball IS religion... Go Pacers!

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Oct. 12th, 2015 12:04 pm
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  • Sun, 22:46: ESPN being for all practical purposes the Minnesota feed is really annoying.
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