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  1. So we just had our privacy fence replaced. We couldn't hold off on it any longer because it was falling over in places. The job was done well and the guy we hired had the most competitive labor prices of the folks we got quotes from. I'm actually quite happy with it. But I tell you what, it is my sincerest hope that nobody here has any reason to buy lumber in the near future. Cause damn, that hurt the old pocketbook.
  2. I prefer my aliens to be more or less Lovecraftian in nature. Give me a big old blob sprouting random tentacles over a guy with pointy ears any day.
  3. Enjoying watching your progress on this. I also had the idea to use magnets. but having never magnetized anything before it's been slow going. I've made it as far as being able to attach the bowsprit in much the same manner as you and have done the same for the sails and the masts. But have been stuck since getting those done. But I think I'm going to use some of your suggestions for what magnets to use and where at to give my own boat a jump start. Thanks for sharing.
  4. Where's the fun in that? None, this time. But they're interns and we can't pay them much. And even though I'm sure the guy was joking a little, I also know that a lot of places are short handed right now and may be willing to offer these kids slightly more to jump ship for a consulting gig. So I'm thinking it's maybe 50/50 I keep all of them through the whole season.
  5. So the interns finally showed up for work this morning with something like one minute to go before I left them. One poor kid panic parked at the closest, but most expensive, garage downtown because he was running so late. That should motivate him to be on time in the future. They're an interesting bunch of young people. All of them recently got their undergrad degrees and one is already enrolled in grad school. Which is kind of nice. Except that when we got to our site, and the consultant found out they had already graduated, he offered them a job on the spot. Folks start doing that enough times and I'm not going to finish out the season with interns. They all seem to be fairly intelligent young people. I mean, it's a science field so you'd think they'd all be smart, but honestly that's not always the case. Unfortunately none of them seem to know their wetland plant species very well. Which is kind of a requirement for the job. So we're going to be doing a crash course in plant ID in the coming weeks. But on the plus side they're all roleplaying nerds (one of them even plays the Star Wars RPG!), so we should all get along just fine. After two years of no interns due to the pandemic, I'm a little excited to have them following me around again.
  6. Well, it's the first day of field work for the interns. We leave in ten minutes and none of them are here at the rendezvous area. That's not a good start. I even thought I'd be nice and wait until 730 to get on the road.
  7. Possibly a state science fair. At least in terms of the sheer number of actually interesting things to see. I was neither a competitor nor a spectator. I was a judge.
  8. Pretty good apparently. My wife and I's employer forced us all back into the office at least two days a week starting last week. And they dropped the mask requirement right before we all came back. Here we are at the end of week 2 and my wife's office has had an outbreak and 18% of her coworkers have tested positive in the last few days. And those are just the one's self testing due to symptoms. One of our coworkers/friends went to a hospital due to her symptoms (thankfully she only stayed a single evening before being released). She is young, healthy and has had her vaccine and booster. So, you know, be careful out there and take precautions. It's getting better and less deadly, true. But it is still potentially debilitating or worse.
  9. I'm just doing a bunch of low quality speed paints right now. Got burned out on stuff recently and realized near everything I was painting was for reasons other than my own personal enjoyment. So I put all that away, grabbed the first thirty or so minis that made me happy and got to working on them. Anyways, my projects get separated into three groups: in progress, ready to go, and prep work. Here are the in progress minis: The ready to go minis: And the minis getting prepped for later (that's the third mast I've worked on for the pirate ship in the back there, slow going but I'll get there eventually): I'm also brewing a batch of beer tomorrow for National Homebrew Day on a new system my wife talked me into getting. So tonight I'm getting that system built, sanitized and up and running for tomorrow morning.
  10. My brother in law, who's about as sharp as a spoon, found this out after moving to Puebla. How did he find out? By posting a bunch of off color and deprecating memes about Cinco de Mayo on his social media accounts. Apparently the good people of Puebla take this day fairly seriously and aren't very receptive to outsiders making bad jokes about their culture. I tell you, that guy can burn bridges like nobody I've ever known. But never have I seen him burn so many all at once as when he did that. Anyways, happy Cinco de Mayo. And happy Liberation Day.
  11. My favorite kind of taco is whatever kind is in front of me! For sides you definitely need some chips and homemade salsa, refried beans with a little cheese in them, corn pudding, jicama, Spanish rice, and a little bit of tequila. Damn, my mouth is watering now.
  12. Never played Faro. But on very rare occasions I will go to a poker night hosted by a coworker. It took a while to get an invite to that game as the first time I was asked to come over I was all like "well, you guys are going to have to teach me how to play." And "I hope you all don't take too much of my money," and other nonsense. The guy doing the inviting was all big smiles and "sure, we'll help you learn the game, no problem." Then my wife, who's watching the conversation but obviously not understanding what I'm doing, says "what are you talking about? You've been playing poker since before I met you." I was eventually invited, but not on that day. I've also been known to play a little euchre.
  13. Depends on my mood. I listen to just about everything but pop country stuff. So it could be just about anything when I'm in the mood for music. Though I will say that @CashWiley's suggestion of The Budos Band is a really good one, upbeat enough to keep me painting and with a lot of good brass, which I typically enjoy. When I'm not in the mood for music there's a few podcasts I listen to. Mostly gaming related, but there's a few journalist produced podcasts that work to debunk a lot of modern conspiracy nonsense that I really enjoy. If you are a DM, I highly recommend The Dungeoncast. It's 2 dorks sitting around discussing a single 5E monster, place, class, deity, or whatever and cracking jokes about it on a weekly basis. I would love to get my hands on some of the music from a bunch of the local punk bands I grew up with. I used to have a lot of stuff on tape and CD but it seems to have disappeared over the years. And unfortunately, these being small time local bands, some of it may no longer exist.
  14. Well, I did end up pledging all of the money I set aside for the in campaign part of this Kickstarter. And depending on whether or not they put more stuff in the pledge manager I really don't have to cough up much more money to get everything I want. Which is definitely a good thing. Though it could get more expensive than anticipated as I keep asking myself if that's enough ants or if I should get more. In the end, I was happy with this Kickstarter. It has a good diversity of minis, it had a lot of stuff that appeals to me, and because it was noticeably smaller I can afford to likely get every single thing I want by the time the pledge manager closes. I'm a little surprised that some of the stuff was ks exclusive this time around, but I imagine that let's Reaper produce some fun models that would be too costly to bring to market for one reason or another without tons of folks complaining about it never being released. And it's nice to know which models aren't coming to retail up front so I can get extras now if I think I'll want them later. My only disappointment is the complete lack of wetland scientists in the bog encounter. I mean it's cool and all, and I'll likely pick up more than one set, but I have a need for minis in chest waders. Finally, I'm hoping (fingers crossed and offerings made to the elder gods of international shipping) that the smaller size of this campaign ends up translating to a faster than stated fulfillment time. I'm not holding my breath, but Reaper seems to know what they're doing as regards manufacturing and shipping millions of plastic toys, so there's always a chance!
  15. Here in the Thoramel household we've had a many years long standoff between W.O.OF. and M.E.O.W. Basically the dog can't tolerate being near the cats (and neither could the last dog) and the cats think of the dog as little more than mobile furniture. All except our cat Franklin, who has been trying to get the dog to let him snuggle for the last several months. Usually this results in growling and a little bit of snappiness on the dog's part until Franklin finally gives up and goes to get attention elsewhere. Yesterday morning the dog, named Benny, finally gave in and allowed the cat to crawl into one of his beds with him. In the last 24 hours their dynamic has completely changed. Last night Franklin gave Benny a bath while he was sleeping on my lap. And even though he woke up halfway through it he just kind of laid there like it was no big deal. Benny even allowed Franklin to drink from the water bowl at the same time he was doing so this morning without any growling or anything. On the one hand I'm happy the two of them are getting along. But on the other hand I have to wonder if Franklin, who is bullied by the other cats on a regular basis, isn't trying to gain W.O.O.F. allies to use as defense against the other felines. Time will tell I suppose. Anyways, here's the first successful snuggling.
  16. I dislike the assembly and cleaning process. I often miss seams, make a mess of patching and sanding, and glue things together the wrong way or just end up gluing bits to myself. I mostly enjoy the painting, and even occasionally the basing, parts of the hobby. And even though this isn't part of the question, my absolute favorite part is attacking my players with whatever I've managed to finish up.
  17. Thanks, that looks like a pleasant walk. And if I'm ever in Scotland it seems like the kind of thing I'd go check out. But I have to tell you, I'm stealing some of the names from that hike for my fantasy world. Especially Stank Glen. That name is just too great to not use in a game some time. Something like "The villagers say they've seen the monster up on Stank Glen, they can give you some vague directions to get there, but tell you to just follow the smell."
  18. I like the rusty little beast! A few weeks ago my group ran into a nest of them. It was fun watching them try super hard not to meta game. None of their characters had ever encountered a rust monster, but the players all knew what one was. Finally, the guy playing the tank just sighed and said "alright, I guess I'm the one losing my armor," and attacked them. (He also lost his axe) I'm sure the whole group will be happy to see a new sculpt of this beasty in a couple of years!
  19. That looks like the kind of environment I would enjoy getting lost in.
  20. Finally went and checked out the pledge calculator and adjusted my pledge based on that. Getting everything I am sure that I want so far gets me up to about 75% of my allotted in campaign funds. Still waiting to see what's in a couple of those expansions before I pledge for them though. But right now I'm heavily leaning towards the Hakir box. That, coupled with a bunch of Egyptian style scenery I got from Hammerlot games last year and a ton of mummies I've already got, should be enough for me to run an interesting desert themed campaign in the future. I'm starting to think that even if there's a big push in the next few days I'll be able to get most everything I want for my initial budget and can then take my time mulling over whether or not to add a few things post Kickstarter. Which is definitely not a bad thing. I threw tons of money at the last couple of Kickstarters and still regret not getting a few things. Especially since some of them haven't made it to retail. I don't think that's going to be an issue this time Also, the environmental nerd in me is still waiting to see what's in that bog encounter. I'm hoping for a bunch of people in chest waders armed with clipboards, bug traps, and soil probes having a friendly meeting with a bigfoot. But I do understand how that may not sell well.
  21. I totally forgot about my "that tree you're currently leaning against is covered in poison ivy" routine. Thankfully I carry tecnu in my gear or I'd have all kinds of blistered interns. Funny you should mention that. One of our stream sites this year has had multiple "alligator" sittings in recent years. Which is definitely not common in Ohio. I'll be letting the interns know that. I suspect it's actually a log or something and people are just imagining stuff. They don't need to know that though.
  22. Quite interesting. Especially since I save that speech until we are in the middle of doing something dangerous! In all seriousness though, they get plenty of safety training before ever going out with me.
  23. Well, I'm back in the office for the first time in two years, except for coming in to maintain gear and grab physical documents every so often. Our upper management decided a few weeks ago that we'd all be coming back on a flexible hybrid model where we're required to be in the office at least sixteen hours a week. Which is honestly much more fair than I expected. They're also letting field staff count their hours in the field as office hours. So starting in a couple of weeks I won't be in here very often until roughly the end of November. So far it's been a bit of a rough start. The HVAC system seems to be set for the dead of winter and it's toasty in here to say the least. We have zero office supplies in stock. Over the last few years IT raided everyone's work stations and several people don't even have monitors. There are conflicting safety rules in place depending on who you ask. And there's a guy I completely forgot about going around telling everyone the last two years are some sort of conspiracy (to do what I'm not sure). And a lot of folks were kind of blindsided by the return to the office and are having trouble with stuff like dependent care. I imagine we'll get it all worked out eventually. We're also reintroducing our intern program this year. That means starting in two weeks I'm going to have four fresh faced kids following me around for the summer. On the one hand this is good as this is a great opportunity for new grads going into environmental restoration work. Something like 70% of my interns have either gone straight into a career or a graduate program after spending the summer with me and I'll be glad to be getting qualified young people ready for their careers again. On the other hand I'll have to drag myself in here at least a few hours a week to make sure they're actually working whether I need to get my sixteen hours or not. I've got my traditional intern speeches ready to go. Like the one about how you will be covered in ticks and spiders. Or the one about not showing up for a field day at 5AM after getting out of the bar three hours earlier. Or the one about not picking strange mushrooms no matter what your hippy roommate says they'll do to you. Or the one where I remind them this is a hazardous job and they could be maimed or killed but not to worry, I've got three more of them. Should be fun. After the last two years all this normal feels pretty odd.
  24. I think this is close to the what happened, though the river is very wide and deep so I'm betting no one intentionally tried to get across it. Instead, I'm guessing it was either parked/abandoned at one of several homeless encampments upriver or at one of several defunct WWII era industrial sites that are in the same area. Then it was picked up and moved downstream during a flood, where it was probably found by partiers, torched and shot up. I was guessing a 2000's era Dodge Dakota. If you remove the grill and hood off of one it has a similar shape. Having run one of those into the ground nearly 20 years ago I can attest to the fact that sometimes they are best abandoned by a river.
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