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1 hour ago, Crowley said:

I'm 3 cups of coffee in so far, and its not enough!

 

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So I am here in freezing cold Rochester Minnesota, waiting for my Mayo cardiologist appointment in a few hours. This is my 3 month after surgery check up.  I am hopeful I can get off the blood thinner and the last heart drug (for Atrial Fibrillation).  We drove up Monday night,  I had a bunch of tests yesterday morning, right now we are just passing time in the hotel room.  Glad we are not outside, it's a balmy 7F/-14C here today. 

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And we managed to get SOME of the paperwork done.

I managed to get my address change in for my drivers license, and my wife got her NB drivers license.

She wanted to do do her car registration, but unless you surrender your plate you have to shell out an extra $50 for that.  She came prepared, but unfortunately brought a screwdriver to socket fight.  I don't know who put her plate on, but man.  I managed to get one bolt out but the other stripped.  Luckily they have a hex head so I can put a socket on it tonight to break it loose.  But she'll have to go back and get that done another day.

 

And then there is the whole health card thing.  I applied previously but they wouldn't give me one as I had to wait until my wife moved as well.

If we had applied a couple of weeks ago that would have done it.  But now the kid is living with us.  The lady isn't sure if he needs to apply separately or with us, so safer to apply with him.  But that requires his birth certificate, which she didn't have with her.  And isn't sure if she even has one (Nova Scotia stopped giving them out when kids are born some time ago, presumably so they can charge you $45 for one later when you need one) .  So she's heading home to dig through boxes (since boxes of papers are like the LAST thing you unpack after a move) to see if she needs to order one from NS or not.

 

Sigh.  

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21 minutes ago, Jasper_the_2nd said:

And we managed to get SOME of the paperwork done.

I managed to get my address change in for my drivers license, and my wife got her NB drivers license.

She wanted to do do her car registration, but unless you surrender your plate you have to shell out an extra $50 for that.  She came prepared, but unfortunately brought a screwdriver to socket fight.  I don't know who put her plate on, but man.  I managed to get one bolt out but the other stripped.  Luckily they have a hex head so I can put a socket on it tonight to break it loose.  But she'll have to go back and get that done another day.

 

And then there is the whole health card thing.  I applied previously but they wouldn't give me one as I had to wait until my wife moved as well.

If we had applied a couple of weeks ago that would have done it.  But now the kid is living with us.  The lady isn't sure if he needs to apply separately or with us, so safer to apply with him.  But that requires his birth certificate, which she didn't have with her.  And isn't sure if she even has one (Nova Scotia stopped giving them out when kids are born some time ago, presumably so they can charge you $45 for one later when you need one) .  So she's heading home to dig through boxes (since boxes of papers are like the LAST thing you unpack after a move) to see if she needs to order one from NS or not.

 

Sigh.  

 

Don't you love bureaucracy? My mother in law has been living with us for a couple years while we waited for hr application for permanent residence came through. Got that in September and applied for her Sask health card. Wife was pestering me today about why we hadn't gotten it yet. Couldn't get onto the Saskhealth website to find out what was going on so finally broke down and called them. Got an automated message saying that they're backed way up and only processing applications from September (hers was in early October). So at least we know why she hasn't gotten it yet.

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2 minutes ago, Pezler the Polychromatic said:

Urgh. The only thing worse than having a bunch of kids come in for a hockey tournament is the hockey parents. Especially when the pool is down for renovations.

 

Speaking as a former hockey parent,....I pretty much agree :poke:

 

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4 hours ago, PaganMegan said:

Once you have seen Jim Hines copying the  poses of heroines from comic books, you never forget it! ::D:

All the pitbulls I have met have been sweethearts.

 

Quivering mounds of muscles, tongues, and a compulsion to lick your face off.

 

Most are, unfortunately here in the Netherlands the poor Pitbulls are the favorite dogs of certain shady types.

Hence a lot of them are not trained well and aggression is often encouraged, this has led to some incidents and the media will blow that up.

When I walk Brutus there are some of those I will avoid.

But when trained well, they're sweet dogs like all dogs.

 

It's all the owner's fault if a dog gets violent ( unless they have a brain tumor, seriously if your sweet dog suddenly goes beserk, get that checked!!!)

 

Oh... and no matter how sweet a big muscular dog is ( my Brutus is a muscular friendly Boxer) please use a good leash.

I have seen Boxers, Pitbulls and even a Great Dane who were on a leash like the one shown below.

It results in people being wrapped up in leash like a mummy and if one of these muscle dogs wants to go somewhere, you will either follow unvoluntary or the leash will not hold it.

 

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1 hour ago, Citrine said:

So I am here in freezing cold Rochester Minnesota, waiting for my Mayo cardiologist appointment in a few hours. This is my 3 month after surgery check up.  I am hopeful I can get off the blood thinner and the last heart drug (for Atrial Fibrillation).  We drove up Monday night,  I had a bunch of tests yesterday morning, right now we are just passing time in the hotel room.  Glad we are not outside, it's a balmy 7F/-14C here today. 

 

I hope you will be fine and be able to get off those meds.

 

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56 minutes ago, Jasper_the_2nd said:

 

Speaking as a former hockey parent,....I pretty much agree :poke:

 

It's bad enough that the kids were noisy and playing hockey in the hallways, but the parents never even cared about what they were doing and weren't supervising them. I had to come in and make them quieten down because of noise complaints. Once I had it settled and left at the end of my shift, the parents were drunk, belligerent, and more than a little racist to my co-worker on the night shift.

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32 minutes ago, Glitterwolf said:

Pitbulls are the favorite dogs of certain shady types.

Sadly not something specific to the Netherlands.  Unfortunately 'those people' are responsible for lots of people I know here stateside being convinced that they're all psychotic killers looking for an excuse to snap.  I've known several and they were all the kindest dogs where the most dangerous thing that they might do is drown you in slobber.
Rottweilers suffer a similar stigma and it makes me sad because they're such loving and attentive dogs....

On the other hand, I've not met a Pomeranian yet who wasn't evil incarnate.

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On 12/10/2019 at 7:47 AM, Mad Jack said:

 

    What's the link to that? (Asking for a friend...)  ::D:

 

 

 

 

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  Lol...Inigo Montoya might take issue with your use of that term.  ::P:

 

 

Are you sure that isn't a tiger shark?

 

Operation finished, now to stay hydrated.

 

The Auld Grump

On 12/10/2019 at 3:41 PM, PaganMegan said:

Grump is back from surgery.

 

The forty minute operation took over two hours.

 

But they said it went "smoothly".

 

An hour and a half longer does not sound like "smoothly".

More that the tear was in an awkward place, so the surgeon needed to come in from an odd, and again, awkward angle.

 

I have a metal protector over the eye.

 

The Auld Grump

6 hours ago, PaganMegan said:

Once you have seen Jim Hines copying the  poses of heroines from comic books, you never forget it! ::D:

All the pitbulls I have met have been sweethearts.

 

Quivering mounds of muscles, tongues, and a compulsion to lick your face off.

And one had the ability to break in through a second story window... (And then curled up on the floor - she wasn't allowed on beds. She was a good dog, for an odd sort of good.)

 

The Auld Grump

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Wandered down to the resturant for the first time in awhile and learned that apparently the town has been infiltrated by some kind of reindeer cult.

2/3rds of the vehicles in the parking lot had fake antlers attached to them. Most also had red noses. Which may explain the outbreak of porch piracy overtaking the North side of town, the cultists are sacrificing the deliveries in their debased rituals to Corrupted Santa, hoping to earn his favor by spreading irritation and woe.

Or perhaps there are a lot more druids around here than I suspected and the vehicle decorations are either an attempt to transmogrify their crossovers and suvs into reindeer, or a show of force attempting to intimidate the townsfolk. The hostess tried to convince me that it's merely a harmless decorating trend. She may be one of them! 

On the way back I found a weight bench and accessories next to a pile of other trash and scrap. Came back with a wagon and lugged it home. During the course of this I encountered a young couple walking their dog who were giving me odd looks. I paused briefly, said hi and as proud and bombastic a voice as I could muster told them that I had defeated the Lord of Gainz in a riddling contest and thus earned some Fat Loot before continuing on my way. 

I like to think that I have met my quota for making other peoples' day a bit more surreal.

 

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2 hours ago, Cygnwulf said:

Sadly not something specific to the Netherlands.  Unfortunately 'those people' are responsible for lots of people I know here stateside being convinced that they're all psychotic killers looking for an excuse to snap.  I've known several and they were all the kindest dogs where the most dangerous thing that they might do is drown you in slobber.

At our house in CO, there were several pit bulls in our neighborhood, as our city was one of the only ones in the area without a breed ban on them. All of them I encountered were sweet and well behaved dogs except (of course) the one that lived in the house next door to us.  The owners fell afoul of the city's vicious animal laws multiple times. One of those times was when it broke out of its back yard and into ours and went after our friends 7 year old daughter and her puppy while they were visiting.  We kept a baseball bat near our doors specifically because of that dog, and I was thankful it was there when she was attacked.

I told my neighbor they were lucky the dog broke off its attack and ran when I charged it with that bat, because I would have killed it. 

It would have been sad had that dog been my only experience with pit bulls. 

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On 12/10/2019 at 12:15 PM, kitchen_wolf said:

@Cranky Dog - As a native English speaker that had to learn it twice, I never suspected that it was a second language for you.  You should be fine.

 

 Quite frankly, he speaks better English than half the people I work with - and those are the ones born in America... :rolleyes:

 

 

 

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