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    Quote Originally posted by Suburb Repairman View post
    I am so sick of having our building plan review and inspections outsourced. I think my focus this week is going to be making the business case for bringing those services in-house for our upcoming budget workshop. I really am fed up, and that is without considering my philosophical aversion to outsourcing building plan review & inspection.
    Ironic, because we are moving towards having plan review and inspections privatized. Last June, all of our inspector positions were eliminated and we went out to bid for services. After the bids came in, the city told the inspectors they could match the bids to keep their jobs. They all did. So they're now all independent contractors. I can envision that as they all retire, we will move to a full privativization.
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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    If Dumas had taken your advice, he would have ended up as a Poor Boy.
    Maybe that's why he Torpedoed the idea.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    One of my Historic Preservation Commissioners has a good sense of humor... we're working on draft design standards & guidelines for our historic district. He provided me redlines via email, and is probably my best commissioner (architect that specializes in historic renovations). Well I'm going through his redlines and come across this gem from him:

    "Large, colorful welded metal chickens imported from Mexico are encouraged and allowed by-right without a Certificate of Design Compliance."

    He said he inserted that to make sure I was paying attention.

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

    - Herman Göring at the Nuremburg trials (thoughts on democracy)

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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    Too bad. That really sounds like a Midol moment.
    Or one requiring two clawfoot bathtubs.
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    looking out over a mountain meadow scene?

    Quote Originally posted by Mastiff View post
    Or one requiring two clawfoot bathtubs.
    post of the day

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    What if tiki torches and Midol both don't help ?
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    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
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    Quote Originally posted by Mastiff View post
    Or one requiring two clawfoot bathtubs.
    What's that all about anyway? Don't they know how to throw a football through a tire on a rope?
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    I just got an email telling me how easy it is to meet "over 50 singles". I can't decide if they think I want to meet singles who are 50 and older, or if I am so virulent that I want to meet more than 50 singles.

    Guess it doesn't matter because I responded that I am married and my mind is in imaplanner's lap anyway. Eureka! Makes the singles scene seem dull when you see life through my eyes.
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    Sometimes I like to throw things at my window. It makes a good noise and gets people to say "are you okay?". Usually, I say, "Yes, why do you ask?" and pretend like I didn't hear the noise....
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    Quote Originally posted by CPSURaf View post
    And works for mac? Thanks for the tip!
    I didn't think so but I guess it does now! I run Sophos on RT's Mac. I have Avast on one of the home PC's and like it. I used SpyBot as well.
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    Quote Originally posted by Suburb Repairman View post
    One of my Historic Preservation Commissioners has a good sense of humor... we're working on draft design standards & guidelines for our historic district. He provided me redlines via email, and is probably my best commissioner (architect that specializes in historic renovations). Well I'm going through his redlines and come across this gem from him:

    "Large, colorful welded metal chickens imported from Mexico are encouraged and allowed by-right without a Certificate of Design Compliance."

    He said he inserted that to make sure I was paying attention.



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    Quote Originally posted by ursus View post
    I just got an email telling me how easy it is to meet "over 50 singles". I can't decide if they think I want to meet singles who are 50 and older, or if I am so virulent that I want to meet more than 50 singles.

    Guess it doesn't matter because I responded that I am married and my mind is in imaplanner's lap anyway. Eureka! Makes the singles scene seem dull when you see life through my eyes.
    Have you been visiting 'mature' pron sites? They must have id'ed you from your History profile...either that or the 'big sexy hair' posts.
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    Quote Originally posted by ursus View post
    My body is sitting in this chair, in this office because they can make me do that. But my mind is elsewhere, man. It's acutally at a coin-op laudnry in Elko. Probably ought to just settle for the chair in the office, huh?
    I actually camped at the KOA in Elko once..

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    There's nothing worse than wearing a sweater to work because it's normally FREEZING in the office, only to have the air conditioning broke. Pretty sure my gym clothes wouldn't be acceptable alternative so I will continue being miserably stickly for the next hour.

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    Quote Originally posted by hilldweller View post
    I actually camped at the KOA in Elko once..
    I bought a belt and a shirt at the Elko Walmart.
    "I am very good at reading women, but I get into trouble for using the Braille method."

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    Quote Originally posted by terraplnr View post


    I sent him a link to that blog in response.

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

    - Herman Göring at the Nuremburg trials (thoughts on democracy)

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    Quote Originally posted by ursus View post
    if I am so virulent that I want to meet more than 50 singles.
    I think "virile" might have been a better choice of words. Or did you mean to be taken as malignant?

    Either way, no clawfoot bathtubs for you!

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    Quote Originally posted by otterpop View post
    I bought a belt and a shirt at the Elko Walmart.
    I won a boatload at a slot machine in an Elko truckstop.
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    I hate the term two-coffee morning. With that said...

    This is a two coffee morning.
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    Quote Originally posted by otterpop View post
    I bought a belt and a shirt at the Elko Walmart.
    IIRC Elko is infested with Mule Deer.

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    Quote Originally posted by Hink View post
    I hate the term two-coffee morning. With that said...

    This is a two coffee morning.
    Sounds like you're having a real Midol moment.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    For some people a two-coffee morning is normal.

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    Quote Originally posted by hilldweller View post
    IIRC Elko is infested with Mule Deer.
    So is my town. In the snowy weather they like to rest under the trampoline in our yard. In the summer and fall they eat our apples. I don't begrudge them our mealy, wormy apples. But when I watch them wolfing them down I worry one of them might choke. I have no idea how to give a deer a Heimlich.

    Of course if the deer did choke to death on one of our apples, I do have some wicked knives and plenty of room in the freezer.
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    BearUpNorth is going on six weeks without logging in. Anyone heard anything from him recently? I'm officially upgrading his absence status from 'curious' to 'concerned'

    and while we're at it, how about TerraSapient? I got the impression she and MW were going to make a big move so maybe that explains the lengthy absence.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    BearUpNorth is going on six weeks without logging in. Anyone heard anything from him recently? I'm officially upgrading his absence status from 'curious' to 'concerned'

    and while we're at it, how about TerraSapient? I got the impression she and MW were going to make a big move so maybe that explains the lengthy absence.
    Bear has been under the weather a bit, which has probably slowed his participation. He was active on Facebook last Saturday, but still isn't feeling great. Don't really know details, but I think you can drop him from the "concerned" category.

    Bear-stalking 'Burb Fixer
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    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

    - Herman Göring at the Nuremburg trials (thoughts on democracy)

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