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  1. I'm not sure I've ever actually finished a project. I guess it depends on what you consider a project. When I get going good on one it leads to ideas of how to do something else. Lately I've been trying to focus more on smaller things that are close to completion. I'm forcing myself to do a few things on my hobby goals list in between working on whatever my butterfly attention span wants to do at the moment.
  2. I was thinking something similar. I know enough about the legal system to know I'm not getting a criminal record over the phone. Police need to be involved somewhere and they tend to do things face to face. The wife couldn't remember most of the call back number but it didn't match the number that had called which is usually a red flag too. Still a little curious about what the details might have been. My mother's 72 and she got a similar call a couple months ago saying the bank was going to foreclose on her debts and it upset her pretty bad. I got her calmed down and she talked to the local bank and found out it was BS. I kept telling her official business isn't usually done over the phone. Official letters need to be involved somewhere.
  3. In the morning I get a call from the bank about suspicious purchases on my credit card. Yet again someone is using my credit card. 5th time this year. WTF? Yet another new card on it's way to me. In the afternoon the wife got an automated call about naming me and saying I need to call a number she didn't catch or I'll have criminal charges laid against me. Tracing the call places the number in Ottawa but I can't find out more than that. Not terribly worried but I'm curious what I've supposedly done. Went to the local gas/hardware store to pay off fuel bill I had delivered to the farm and none of my bank cards would work to pay my bill. Had just enough cash with me to pay my purchase but need to get the big bill paid before Christmas. Hadn't been at the farm for quite a few days because of being sick. Last time I was there the cows were in a small area with a gate open to the east where they had a large area with tons of grazing. When I get there they are scattered everywhere except in the pasture I left open. Either hunters left a gate open or the cows knocked it down. Some of them walked 2.5 miles to the southwest out an open gate, another 2 miles back to the east and crapped on my doorstep. None of them went 200 yards to the east to eat the feed I'd left for them beside the open gate. Spent several hours gathering them up and checking fence. Hopefully the next time I'm there they'll have found the open gate because when I left half of them were standing beside it. So much fun for a Friday.
  4. This reminded me of a saying, "I'd rather have smart and lazy than dumb and enthusiastic for help".
  5. Another one here. I'm just not really into drinking hot drinks very often. Sugary drinks seem to make me thirsty and a lot of caffeine makes me shaky. Nothing better than cool, clear water.
  6. My wife and other eastern europeans I know seem to be nuts for cow tongue. Most people here don't care for it. Now the local butcher is saving them from every cow he does where he used to throw most of them away. I eat it once in awhile but to me there's always a slight touch of cow breath in the taste. I've done enough vet work on both ends of cows that it's a bit unappetising for me. So if the ladies want it they can have all the tongue they want. I can live without.
  7. I can agree with this totally. I'm a rancher and a hunter. I work with large dangerous animals and equipment that will kill you if you're stupid. I'm not one for yelling but at times it's necessary. Especially with some people that don't seem to understand unless yelled at. When you're near the bottom of the food chain you learn to be polite!
  8. I rarely ask for feedback and advice myself not because I know it all (not even close) but because I'm generally working towards a "good enough" level. I like to believe I know where my shortcomings are (there are so few) and I do work on them at times. When I do ask for advice it's usually because I'm stuck and totally floundering. I know I'm not the best at giving criticism because I'm always trying to encourage and maintain interest above all. I live with 2 people who are from the russian "shoot them if they aren't good enough" school of training. That attitude drives me up the wall when applied to non life threatening things. I'm about gentle encouragement and correcting mistakes not severe punishment over every little thing. It's a hobby. Very few of us will ever reach or even strive for the pinnacle. It's good for people to strive to improve but it's more important that they are enjoying what they're doing. Life's too short to be stressed over what's supposed to be a fun time. We can get enough stress and flack in the real world.
  9. What if your method is really "THE ONE TRUE WAY!!!!" and it's everybody else that's messed up?
  10. Ookay, this one kind of surprised me. I picked red as my colour and threatened the neighbour so I'm a homicidal loony. bulk2.destructoid.com Congratulations, you are a Chaos worshipper! You are a maniac, psychopath, lunatic, murderer, and so on. You worship the four chaos gods (or Malice, but nobody knows broccoli about him), you decorate your room (and your clothes) with guts and limbs, your goal is either just killing and maiming, or achieving demonhood by killing a few billion innocent people. Nice!
  11. That's right next door in western terms. Change of plans though. I won't be coming to visit. The wife helped out after all. Supper's a bit late because I found out I was making it just before we went to the garage. Board is cut nicely and the trim routered ok. Only problem was putting a few slots in it. They ain't pretty but they get filled and covered anyhow. I'm a guy that does most of his carpentry with a chainsaw and large hammer but occasionally can do work that's not embarrassingly ugly. Tomorrow I'll see if it actually fits and I need to stain it before installing. I'm getting good at dragging out a 3-4 hour job into days. Too bad I don't get paid by the hour. @Cyradis Vancouver area is pretty nice. I've only spent a few days there but I've been trying to get the family to go back.
  12. Ok. Driving to you and back may be quicker than waiting on the wife. 2 days travel to upstate New York. How far are you from Buffalo? I've never driven east of Niagara Falls. Say roughly a week round trip. Kids are at a basketball game or I'd get one of them to help.
  13. This is one of those minis I'd never have thought of in a million years but when I saw it shot way up the want list.
  14. I don't know if I've ever seen fresh greenstuff. All of what I've used seemed pretty tough and rubbery when I got it. Throwing it in a cupboard and leaving it for months and years never improved it either. Finally fixing my broken garage door. Tore apart the old piece and figured out what I need to do to make and install a new one. I need someone to help me run a 9' 2x4 through the table saw 3 times. Been waiting for an hour and a half for the wife because she said she'd help. The rest I think I can do myself. Anybody want to help? I got beer, whiskey, vodka, minis, paints! Anything else that might entice you?
  15. MSP Must Haves

    And I'm the third one doing that. My big Reaper order this summer was 70 paints off ebay. It only had 1 maybe 2 from any of the triads. Once I got them I quickly bought a handful more to fill out what I thought would be the most used triads. My current wishlist is to fill out a few more triads and get some more unique colours that I might not use much but are hard to duplicate like Ruby Red.
  16. Love shooting but haven't done much lately. Don't have my own pistol because the paperwork is a pain here and I just never bothered. Have a bunch of rifles and shotguns, mostly older army rifles and cheap stuff. One of the more interesting is a Winchester 351 which I believe was the first semi auto rifle.
  17. I'm not real accurate on my placement of various american accents. That's why I said Texas style. Slow drawl. I can kind of sort them into areas but could mess up easily. My farm's actually 20 miles north of the border. So about 10 farms between me and the border. Only 1 of 4 grandparents was born in Canada and his mother was Lakota Souix that came up here with Sitting Bull to hide after the Little Bighorn battle. His dad was with the second wave of mounties sent west to keep the americans from causing more trouble here. My grandma on that side was born at Antelope, ND and immigrated with her family when she was a young girl. On mom's side both her parents were born in Minnesota. Great grandma immigrated a few years before grandma was born but she went back to Minnesota to have the baby. Don't remember which town. I think somewhere not far west from Minneapolis. Grandpa was born at Perham, MN and immigrated in the late twenties when he was already an adult. Something to do with rum running and a rival gang trying to kill him. My Minnesota grandma grew up on a farm right on the border. Their yard was less than half a mile from the line. When she got married she moved about 20 miles north west of there. When my mom got married she moved another 10 miles north. After a couple of centuries of serious travel the last 2 generations didn't go very far. Until you get my wife and boys who are something like 9,000 km from where they were born.
  18. What, rabid goat isn't appetising for you? High class lady! Maybe the ptsd is less when resuscitation is performed than dealing with the results when it's not performed? Seems kind of odd to me too but maybe seeing the effort put in makes it easy to cope with. I've been involved in a few trauma situations and they all shook me up pretty good. Was even congratulated for how well I handled the last one. Did a little bit until the trauma team showed up and got the hell out of the way. They were all impressed that I was still able to think and act sensibly and didn't interfere after my part was done. Hated sitting there watching helpless but I trusted the nurses more than me trying to do procedures I've got just the barest knowledge on how to do. First aid training only goes so far. On a lighter note we say "Krik" here for creek. Had an aussie ask me how to spell it. I said, "C R E E K. Krik." He told me we didn't know how to pronounce things properly. We all looked at him funny at that one considering how aussies talk. There's also people around here that say "Youse" and "You ins" for plural you. Y'all is stating to catch on a bit for some reason. Got told once I have a North Dakota accent. That can't be right because I live a 100 miles from ND and only 1 of my grandparents was born there. The people next to us in Montana have more of a Texas style accent. I think it's because a large wave of Texas and other southern cowboys came north when things were settled here.
  19. #1 Depends on who's got the best reason to keep on living. #2 My mother in law has been living with us for 3 years because she has no one else, so... #3 try to do it online. Sadly when my group scattered we didn't know how to do that and none of us formed or joined new groups. Fresh cut hay, wild bergamot, horse (grew up on a horse and only quick riding regularly a few years ago). Tons more especially good foods. Missed this in my multiquote. Definitely take the 6 months. Life is short and often sad. We need to grab every moment with meaning that we can. It's better to loved and lost than to have never loved at all is a cliche but no less true for that.
  20. Always knew you were evil, Cyadis and you didn't disappoint. If Bones 4 is included in the already owned category then I'll go with the first. I've never totlled up how many I have but it's in the thousands and at least half are unpainted. I've got enough hobby material on hand to keep me busy for years but I still want more. I love getting new things and there's more I still want but it took me 30 years to build up what I have. I don't want to spend the next 30 buying all my old stuff back. #2 Dying doesn't scare me near as much as not being able to take care of myself. When I go I hope it's fast. #1 I'm not a total Jar Jar hater but 8 hours of anybody would be enough to make me want to kill either them or myself. #2 I like you all but I'm not that attached to you yet. Lived most of my life without this forum and could survive without it again. Not sure I could without my minis. Hmm, a question from me? Would you rather have no internet for a month or no indoor plumbing for a month?
  21. @Dr.Bedlam, your story gave me a good laugh. Going just by what you say about your dad and grandma we could be related. My dad and his brother married two sisters. My parents have their quirks but my aunt and uncle were downright strange. Their kids for the most part carry on their wierdness. Years ago the youngest cousin came to visit us. She had 4 huge garbage bags full of "good clothes". It was odds and ends of kids clothes of all ages from the 70s to late 90s. And not stylish ones. She was very determined that we had to take the clothes off her hands because we had young kids and they could use it. We told her, "you collected it, you keep it." Luckily my oldest was built like me, tall and slim (well I used to be) and literally nothing fit him. The wife eventually picked one pair of really ugly orange pants that fit the younger boy as a concession and to get the crazy woman out of her house. I heard later that she tried giving those clothes to every relative and acquaintance within a 100 miles with no takers. She got quite angry when people told her just to throw them out if nobody wants them. I bet she still has them somewhere. @Mad Jack, I thought I had it bad as a kid but that takes the prize. We were poor and 90+% of my clothes until I was 16 were handme downs. But they were usually only a few years out of date. I managed to miss the worst of the glorious horror that was 70s fashion. None of it fit because my brother and cousin that I got most of my stuff from were way stockier than me but at least the colours weren't blinding. Today's Santa Day here and there's a parade in the evening. Got the Christmas lights hung so the wife isn't disgraced by not having them up when the neighbours do. Nothing fancy thankfully. I hate working with Christmas lights but it's usually the ones on the tree that drive me nuts every year. Still feeling crappy with my cold/flu and an hour of that took all my energy. Also took a few minutes and got my foam cutter wired and working. Seems to cut nice and it's not cooking my wire like before. Got several projects lined up that will use it a fair bit just need to finalise the plans and find some energy.
  22. Post Your Hobby Wishlist Items

    I wish I had someone within a couple hours of me. 15 years ago there were 4 of us that met usually once a week and another 3 that were around about once a month. Great times for gaming. Now it's just me and my oldest. One of the original 4 moved back a year ago and he's interested but we haven't gotten together yet. I already know that I'm getting a bunch of things from my wish list. Walnut Hollow versa tool for wood and styrofoam, Frostgrave books and Oathmark dwarves. I'm actually doing really well for hobby related things. Still want more paints, colour shapers and may need more sculpey soon.
  23. Ancient Statuary

    And here I was expecting the standard grey drybrush for statues. This is much cooler.
  24. Iridescence Ideas

    Like I needed more paint on m wishlist. These look pretty cool.