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RTDNTOTO 🐻 Random Thoughts Deserving No Thread of Their Own 16 (2021)

Maister

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I'm playing around with my camera more, now that we're getting closer to summer. It's an Olympus E-PL7, a mirrorless Four Thirds system camera.

I got polarizing filters for my two (entry level) lenses. Shooting from the passenger seat of my car, there's no window reflections. Contrast could be better, but I blame it on the windshield. Not too bad, otherwise.

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I don't quite know how to say this, Dan, but there's something about your picture that makes me think of a 1968 Dept of Transportation film where a baritone narrator authoritatively begins by announcing with his distinctly nasal midwestern twang: "America's highways are promoting opportunities for economic growth, travel and leisure...."

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My wife and kids got me a blackstone griddle as a early Father's day present. It was a big surprise for them, as I told them that it was what I wanted for father's day as I was unloading it from the car. I think I am going to like it. It was very thoughtful of them and even nicer that they gave it to me early.
 

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This morning I had to drive out to a side of Ann Arbor I rarely ever venture into to pick up some materials from a print shop. I also had to make a stop and drop something off at FedEx so instead of doing that near me I did that out there and treated myself to a coffee while I was at it. As I was driving around the couple strip centers on the edge of town it occurred to me that I really don't go anywhere or do anything anymore. There was nothing interesting about either of these strip centers but it felt like being in a totally foreign country even though I was only about 40 minutes from home. One of the strip centers even had a location for the same speciality grocery store that's right near my house so I decided to pop in to see if they had any different or interesting beers that I cannot get here.

I've gotten to the point in my life where going to a chain grocery store in a different location than I am use to counts as excitement!
 

Veloise

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... it occurred to me that I really don't go anywhere or do anything anymore. There was nothing interesting about either of these strip centers but it felt like being in a totally foreign country even though I was only about 40 minutes from home. One of the strip centers even had a location for the same speciality grocery store that's right near my house so I decided to pop in to see if they had any different or interesting beers that I cannot get here.

I've gotten to the point in my life where going to a chain grocery store in a different location than I am use to counts as excitement!
For real fun, there's IKEA.
 

Big Owl

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I don't quite know how to say this, Dan, but there's something about your picture that makes me think of a 1968 Dept of Transportation film where a baritone narrator authoritatively begins by announcing with his distinctly nasal midwestern twang: "America's highways are promoting opportunities for economic growth, travel and leisure...."
Is that the opening of "Wheels of Tragedy" or any of the other films produced by the Ohio Highway Patrol?
 

dandy_warhol

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Oooh, do you know the name of the vessel it's going to be on? [educational voice] You could track it at marinetracker.com or other similar sites and give a geography lesson at the same time[/educational voice].

My guess is Newark>Norfolk>Miami>Le Havre>Rotterdam>Hamburg.
We have the name of the vessel and estimated day of departure. That is a fun website!
 

arcplans

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He may be referring to a family member that has it.
Yup. Sorry had to vent as I have spent a better part of the morning, last week, last month, and well last 6 months trying to explained to my mom that she can't go home, and this is her home now. I will probably hear the same thing tomorrow, when I get home for work. Yay. I know now how bill muarry felt in groundhog day.
 

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^^ I know exactly what you're going through. My Grandmother was in a care facility because we were no longer able to keep a watch on her at home and deal with her mental lapses.

It isn't easy, it isn't fun, and no one should have to watch a loved one go through it.
 

TOFB

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^^ I know exactly what you're going through. My Grandmother was in a care facility because we were no longer able to keep a watch on her at home and deal with her mental lapses.

It isn't easy, it isn't fun, and no one should have to watch a loved one go through it.
My mom was slipping rapidly but the hospice team said she could still have 2 to 3 years. She died 2 days later which was a blessing.
 

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I'll be traveling up north to visit family next month. I'll be dealing with my mom and her lapses but still living pretty independently, but then we'll visit my in-laws.... may father-in-law is a long ways down the dementia road.

Realistically, every trip home could be the last time I see my mom, my mother-in-law or my father-in-law.
 

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When I have long meetings the night before, I get into the office really early the next day. I am not exactly sure why I always do this, but I can never sleep right after long meetings, so I guess it just helps me get back into the swing of things...
 

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^^^Right there with you. Meeting last night with lively discussion. Woke up @ 4:00 this morning & never fell back to sleep. Walked the dog @ 5:30 (he was confused but likes walks).
 

dandy_warhol

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^^^Right there with you. Meeting last night with lively discussion. Woke up @ 4:00 this morning & never fell back to sleep. Walked the dog @ 5:30 (he was confused but likes walks).
Doggies are always willing accomplices for impromptu walkies.
 

Whose Yur Planner

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Yup. Sorry had to vent as I have spent a better part of the morning, last week, last month, and well last 6 months trying to explained to my mom that she can't go home, and this is her home now. I will probably hear the same thing tomorrow, when I get home for work. Yay. I know now how bill muarry felt in groundhog day.
I had to deal with a mentally ill parent and had a role reversal in the parent-child relationship. This went on for years. It's a tough situation to be in. Hang in there.
 

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Yup. Sorry had to vent as I have spent a better part of the morning, last week, last month, and well last 6 months trying to explained to my mom that she can't go home, and this is her home now. I will probably hear the same thing tomorrow, when I get home for work. Yay. I know now how bill muarry felt in groundhog day.
Let me know if you venture down towards Pasadena and I'll buy you a beer or two if I'm in town. I feel your pain, bro.
 

arcplans

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Let me know if you venture down towards Pasadena and I'll buy you a beer or two if I'm in town. I feel your pain, bro.
Anaheim close enough? Going to the house of mouse tomorrow. Really, really, looking forward to some time away. T

thanks all for the kind words.. was at the wits end yesterday because our super part time caregiver quit, and we are going on vacation. Made alternative arrangements after almost calling my brother to get his butt down here.. yea.. didn't make that call :rofl:
 

dw914er

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Anaheim close enough? Going to the house of mouse tomorrow. Really, really, looking forward to some time away. T

thanks all for the kind words.. was at the wits end yesterday because our super part time caregiver quit, and we are going on vacation. Made alternative arrangements after almost calling my brother to get his butt down here.. yea.. didn't make that call :rofl:

How long are you staying Anaheim? Enjoy Disneyland!
 

Bubba

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Anaheim close enough? Going to the house of mouse tomorrow.
I won't back in Pas until sometime in July - the pandemic killed our plans to go ahead and relocate, plus the office won't open back up for another week.

Dang it.
 

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Grew a mustache and a mullet
Got a job at Chik-fil-a
 

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Those are song lyrics I'm confident. I don't know which song, though.
Grew a mustache and a mullet
Got a job at Chick-Fil-A
Citing artistic differences
The band broke up in May
And in June reformed without me
And they got a different name
I nuked another Grandma's apple pie
And hung my head in shame, no
 

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Grew a mustache and a mullet
Got a job at Chick-Fil-A
Citing artistic differences
The band broke up in May
And in June reformed without me
And they got a different name
I nuked another Grandma's apple pie
And hung my head in shame, no
Ben Folds
 

mendelman

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One of my aspirations is to be a piano man and have a band.

If my youngest son stays with the trombone, I'll learn the piano and we can start a piano and horn pop rock band.

I think our "teenage son and middle aged dad" schtick would be intriguing to the marketplace.

I don't know...dreams and plans and ideas...even old guys can change they're lives.

@TOFB
 
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Maister

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You ever do something for reasons that aren't even clear to yourself?

I just brought in a jar of instant coffee ('Our Family' original roast instant coffee) to work along with a plastic spoon to stir with.
I could come up with reasons to justify and/or defend this action, but that's just it...I'd have to come up with them.

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You ever do something for reasons that aren't even clear to yourself?

I just brought in a jar of instant coffee ('Our Family' original roast instant coffee) to work along with a plastic spoon to stir with.
I could come up with reasons to justify and/or defend this action, but that's just it...I'd have to come up with them.

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For crying out loud. You bought it so that you can have coffee in an instant. And possibly with a melted spoon, but even I can't justify that.
 

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To heck with all of you guys!

I just found a link with the title "Slot machines can be easy to win (But only if you know this). Casinos don't want you to know this but they can't stop you"

I'm going to click on it. Learn the Big Secret. Go to the nearest casino. Become wealthy. Quit my day job. And I'll never have to smell any of you losers here again. HA!!!
 

TOFB

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One of my aspirations is to be a piano man and have a band.

If my youngest son stays with the trombone, I'll learn the piano and we can start a piano and horn pop rock band.

I think our "teenage son and middle aged dad" schtick would be intriguing to the marketplace.

I don't know...dreams and plans and ideas...even old guys can change they're lives.

@TOFB
You can do it in the same manner you can get to Carnegie Hall.
 

michaelskis

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Watching the webinar on the AICP Code of Ethics update, and I hope they send out a summary. It appears that there is a lot of technical difficulties.
 

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If you haven't seen the young lady from America's Got Talent you need to view this. I defy anyone on this board to honestly tell me they didn't cry after seeing it.


stop - I am at work omg

actually my eyes are so watery and crazy itchy and I have mini rashes all over and I just found out it's from that freakin brown-tailed moth dander that it's in the air

the insects are going to take over the planet, I'm telling ya
 
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Maister

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If you haven't seen the young lady from America's Got Talent you need to view this. I defy anyone on this board to honestly tell me they didn't cry after seeing it.

I go out of my way to avoid experiencing emotional extremes. Thanks for the heads up. Won't be watching that one!
 

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You ever do something for reasons that aren't even clear to yourself?

I just brought in a jar of instant coffee ('Our Family' original roast instant coffee) to work along with a plastic spoon to stir with.
I could come up with reasons to justify and/or defend this action, but that's just it...I'd have to come up with them.

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