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Ordered a sowing machine, because it's not gay and a renaissance man can fix his own clothes. I'm thinking I'll become one once I have the sowing machine.

 

Solid logic.

had an old john deere "sowing" machine when we were young.  were one o' those grain drill and seedbox thingamajobs covered with as much rust as bright green paint. never thought o' it as a particular gay contraption, though we do agree basic tailoring skills should be known by the average adult regardless o' gender.  

 

HA! Good Fun!

 

 

 

Gorgon I can almost guarantee every US Marine that ever served has some level of sewing skill. Though likely not with machines. They are also very familiar with the proper deployment and use of steam irons and magic sizing. And while some of them were certainly gay very, very few were ever sissies. Self sufficiency in any skill is to be commended not derided.  

 

It was mandatory when I was in school to have sewing lessons, wether you liked it or not. (Slöjd) Once I'd finished those and went to shop class I lasted for about one month before I went back to sewing. Couldn't stand the teacher in shop class, he was waaaay to fond of young boys...

 

That said, I don't have a sewing machine, but I do have a sewing kit.


Edited by Azdeus, 13 January 2019 - 07:10 PM.


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Ordered a sowing machine, because it's not gay and a renaissance man can fix his own clothes. I'm thinking I'll become one once I have the sowing machine.

 

Solid logic.

 

Was looking up the Heinlein quote about specialization (in Starship Troopers, Rico is told he needs to learn to tailor his own uniform).  Came across this https://en.wikipedia...i/Competent_man

 


A particular type of entertainment, which has been critically referred to as "competence porn", involves impressive feats of human capability, examples being the strategizing of the characters in House of Cards, the medical acumen of Gregory House and the deductive brilliance of Sherlock Holmes,[3] or almost any John Scalzi protagonist.

 

The Scalzi bit gave me a good laugh.



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I had an easier time in boot camp because I already knew how to sew thanks to my grandma.

I also had a minor freak out today because the menu bar on the browser on my phone some how relocated to the bottom of my screen and I hated that **** with an unreasonable passion.

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Heh, I had so many electives to burn that I took a sewing class my senior year of high school. Made a shark shaped pillow. :yes:


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When you get feedback from a job interview "It's a no. You showed great depth of knowledge and understanding in the data space and the work, but we just didn't feel that you were that behind working for our company."



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As I enter my last year of college, I have been thinking a lot about my degree and exams. Right now I'm working on my critical essay. I  need to finish it in two weeks. Luckily I've already applied to one  college essay service to help me with that task. Next year I hope I'll get my bachelor's degree!


Edited by gomeshelen, 17 January 2019 - 01:53 AM.


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My mom liked to sew. So I grew up learning all that stuff, dragged to sewing shops, buying patterns, all of that. Sewed my own costumes for Halloween a few years, knew all these little "tricks," would do my own pants hemming, made cat sleeping pillows, the like.

 

I've never owned my own sewing machine however (I mostly hand-sewed things after I moved out of parents) and my life has had little need for sewing so I haven't bothered to maintain. But I can still sew a button, correct poor seams from cheap clothing and mend tears better than my husband. :p


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It was mandatory when I was in school to have sewing lessons, wether you liked it or not. (Slöjd)

 

We also learned crochetting and knitting. Needless to say I hated it with a passion. I'm a talentless hack when it comes to any form of crafting.



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I'm tired of buying compressed air cans (for initial further-distance bursts) and then squeezing rubber air-bulbs until my hands ache (for closeup/detailed air dusting). Time to try one of these:  https://www.amazon.c...uct/B00VAYIWSM/

 

...it's cheap enough. If its air movement capability sucks, no big loss. :p

 

 

Edit: oh, and you know how most people on gaming forums have "game backlogs?" I've never had one of those. But these days I do have "streaming video" backlogs. I must have 100+ things in my Netflix watchlist, 60 in Amazon's, more on other sites. Why do I keep adding when I know I'll never bother watching them...at least it costs me zero to add to them.


Edited by LadyCrimson, 15 January 2019 - 03:01 PM.


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I'd be interested in knowing what you think of that high pressure air duster.



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We also learned crochetting and knitting. Needless to say I hated it with a passion. I'm a talentless hack when it comes to any form of crafting.

Knitting makes my brain grind to a complete halt, I just can't get my hand around it. I also have problems with things like braiding.

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Dialed into a Webex and no one noticed so had a pleasant daily meeting for once.  One step closer to total invisibility at work :lol:



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I tried a rotating round head toothbrush (Braun) for the first time. I suppose it cleaned my teeth well enough, but I'm worried it rattled my brain around the skull too much and might give me concussive symptoms.

 

 

...ok not really, but holy batman the thing is like brushing your teeth with an industrial-strength vibrating massage unit. It'll either clean your teeth or rattle them loose, take your pick. Maybe I'll get used to it.



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I could never get used to the rotating toothbrushes because of those vibrations.



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spent the day working on retirement.  is something weird 'bout the amount o' work am needing devote to retirement. has been a decades long process, but the actual mechanics o' finalization is soul numbing.  could pay an attorney and financial planner to handle all the real work, but am too cheap to do so. 

 

am admitted facing a coin-toss decision regarding sale o' two residential properties.  keep 'em as rentals avoids us some tax issues and averages us $39k a year assuming 10 month per year occupancy.  have had uninterrupted full-year occupancy the last couple years, but such is hardly typical for residential in this area. costs is noteworthy as property taxes and hoa alone on the two properties combined is almost $10k per year.  after additional anticipated repairs and misc costs, am looking at relative modest roi. nevertheless, have learned is nice to have at least a little real property in portfolio beyond primary residence. big negative is our knowing residential landlording is resulting in inevitability o' teeth gnashing irritation at some point and irritation runs counter to our retirement goals.  got the idaho property and hawaii joint tenancy, but for various reasons, neither is counting towards our retirement plans.

 

general 4% rule o' thumb has us being able to indefinite maintain adjusted-for-inflation 2019 yearly income o' $84k per year living off interest only if am selling properties and $79k if am keeping as rentals.  could maybe live in hurl's garage in the bay area with such money, but as long as am living someplace more reasonable, am thinking we could be comfortable with such income.

 

and while is maybe not the most enlightened business decision, am gonna keep the primary residence 'stead o' selling immediate.  the border collies is the deciding factor.  one o' the border collies is fourteen(ish,) has significant arthritis in hips and is going blind.  the other border collie is thirteen, is mostly deaf and is near complete blind, but is still quite active.  both is increasingly gassy-- what is that about? as stoopid as it may be, am not gonna sell house and move 'til border collies pass.  they got a big yard and still enjoy barking at golfers.  don't wanna put the old girls through a move when they only got short time.  

 

keeping primary residence also gives us more time to sell the stoopid pool table.  everytime we look at the pool table, we feel a bit like max.

 

 

HA! Good Fun!


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I could use the tenant, Gromnir. :p



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I could use the tenant, Gromnir. :p

am current a package deal which includes four dogs and one cat.  might not be your ideal tennant situation. although admitted, would only be ten years or so, tops.  given our age and health, am gonna be able to start using principal in approx ten years and will need be less frugal.  as such, by 2029 we might be able to afford living in converted & detached storage shed space in the bay area.

 

integral to our larger retirement plan were donations o' monies to a couple charities, donations which woulda' been noticeable smaller if we tried to retire anywhere in bay area.   already gave over half our property to charity which gave us a nice warm and fuzzy feel.

 

...

 

had actual serious considered moving more towards gd neck o' the woods.  given housing costs in memphis, we would not need make an appeal to rent out garage space. while am not much a fan o' the south, memphis has notable cultural and culinary diversity and overall cost o' living is on the extreme low side.  on downside, heat during summer is similar to sacramento and there is more humidity to endure. 

 

HA! Good Fun!



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Got home from a long bike ride today to find my family had locked me out. Managed to get into the garage, so I am setting up an old roku box to an old tv while I wait for someone to get home.

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Got home from a long bike ride today to find my family had locked me out. Managed to get into the garage, so I am setting up an old roku box to an old tv while I wait for someone to get home.


Your wife has left you.

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Got home from a long bike ride today to find my family had locked me out. Managed to get into the garage, so I am setting up an old roku box to an old tv while I wait for someone to get home.

I'm sure it was "accidental".  :shifty:






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