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But if he notices Ibid is sleeping with his tongue out, he tries to tuck it in.

There is nothing quite like

28 May 2017 17:21
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A gaggle of adorable little girls spontaneously charging towards the edge of the stage to divide people into those who freeze in a crisis and those who don't.

History question

28 May 2017 09:55
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History question: does anyone remember the dates of the 1979 King Tut exhibit in Toronto? Aside from the year?

Summer sucks

28 May 2017 04:05
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Well, this summer is shaping up to be as hot as the last. It's getting very difficult to find a time to garden without wanting to die from the heat. I need an air conditioner to survive this summer. And I think a certain friend who lives in an upstairs apartment needs a new AC, too. Her place is always at least 15 or 20 degrees hotter than mine, and I can barely tolerate the heat in my own place.

Neato

28 May 2017 00:50
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My current state of mind and the vibe of my current energy makes me feel like I'm channeling Luna Lovegood. It's like a placid river of peace is flowing through me.

Please adjust your contrast

27 May 2017 11:13
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So it's long been known that panthers are just all-black leopards. Only it turns out they're only all-black in our visible spectrum. In infra-red, the spots show up quite nicely:



Neat.

“Band of Brothers”

27 May 2017 11:18
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This WWII survivor was the last man standing of his comrades.
He marched alone in Russiaʹs Victory Day parade [in 2007].



Oh, world wherein nor death, nor sin,
Nor weary warfare dwells:
Their blessed home we parted from
With sobs and sad farewells…

Oh, there at last, life's trials past,
We'll meet our loved once more,
Whose feet have trod the path to God —
"Not lost, but gone before."


Caroline Elizabeth Norton





http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/14/mystery-surrounds-heartbreaking-photo-of-veteran-marching-alone/

Culture clash in Canada

27 May 2017 10:44
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Fess up

27 May 2017 00:04
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Which of you mentioned "cultural appropriation" to Orson Scott Card?

Also, are Irish accents really as hard as all that for Americans to understand?

Weekend plans

26 May 2017 11:16
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No SF conventions, no regional burn -- invited to a few parties on Sunday but my sister and family will be in town and that's more fun! (On the other hand, that means likely no POTA either.)

What about the rest of you?

Thankful Thursday

25 May 2017 20:44
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It's been an eventful week. I'm thankful that it's over. That's probably enough.

  • We sold our house in West Seattle. Done. It required a marathon cleanup session the day of the closing (Tuesday!) after the buyers' walkthrough Monday night. Why the *bleep* couldn't they have done it Friday evening? But they didn't, and our agent and I spent all day Tuesday cleaning out the stuff that I'd been too tired to deal with last Thursday, and the stuff that the movers dumped on the side path after they ghosted on us Friday. And G and I rented a UHaul and hauled his two motorcycles -- that the aforesaid mover had said he wanted to buy on Monday but never showed up -- over to our housekeeper's house in Auburn. But we did it.
  • In the end, after dropping off the truck, I went back to the old place to collect the paint cans the buyers had complained about, drove around to the front, and picked a bud and a flower off the Royal Amethyst rose. Thank you, Ame.
  • ... and sang "The Mary Ellen Carter" as loud as I could on the way back over the West Seattle Bridge. Thanks, Stan -- I needed that.
  • Our purchase of our new house on Whidbey Island went through without a hitch. That was a long search, and a lot of anxiety and research, but that too is done. Special thanks to our agents, Rob and (especially) Leif.
  • Also somewhere in there my final payment from Amazon came through. Less than I'd been expecting because I hadn't allowed for Social Security and Medicare taking their cuts, but welcome just the same. I note in passing that they have not come through with my promised health care, so no thanks are due in that direction.
  • Thanks to my family, too, the whole crazy lot of us. Special thanks to the Younger Daughter, whose new phone plan and health coverage through her employer have taken several additional worries off of my mind.
  • Thanks, too, to you, my readers. Your occasional comments and encouraging words have meant a great deal during this, um..., adventure? Something like that.

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The final seat count.

Liberals 43
NDP 41
Green 3

Seats needed for a majority: 44

(opens bag of popcorn)

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