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23 hours ago, Green Eyed Monster said:

 

    Personally, I like hot dogs just about any way they can be prepared. 

 

   One of the things I like to do is make hot dog sandwiches on toast - I slice the dogs into rounds and cook them in a skillet with some chopped onion, then put some Swiss cheese down on a piece of light toast, cover it in hot dog rounds, add another slice of Swiss, a layer of the onions, and then another piece of cheese and the top piece of toast. I heat it up in the skillet until the toast gets darker and the cheese gets all melty, then slice em in half with a bit of ketchup on the side to dip them in.

 

 

23 hours ago, Crowley said:

 

Announcing the arrival of Baby Hamster!

 

 

 Well, the kid's definitely got your hair... ::D:

 

 

18 hours ago, WhiteWulfe said:

Oh, didn't you know? Canadians are so polite because we pour all our negative emotions, but especially hatred... Itno the geese. 

 

There's a Ritual once a year to ensure this happens... 

 

This should, of course, all be purple... 

 

 No. No, it shouldn't. Lol. There's about three weeks every spring where damn near every square foot of land with grass growing on it is covered in goose crap... :rolleyes:

 

 

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Looks like my mother's credit card number is on the internet now. But we caught it before big damage was done.

 

So last week, my mother's Amazon order arrives. All fine and good.

 

Next day, she receives an email for an Amazon customer survey. This is where internet savvy people pick up on all the clues about the validity of the email. So, not my mom.

  • Sender's email address is nonsense gobbledygook. :wacko:
  • Link sends to an "Amazon" survey page (no "amazon" in the url adress). But it does have an Amazon logo... with a reversed "z".  :blink:
  • What luck! You won a MacBook for $2! Just fill in your credit card info (which she did). :unsure:

It's only by talking about it to one of her sisters during Canadian Thanksgiving that she was made aware that she got scammed.

 

So she contacted me an hour ago, and we go inspect her credit card account. We find two innocuous purchases in an online game store (about $4 worth). :grr:

 

Having read about credit card scams here and other places, I know that it was a scammer's test run. No other unexplained large purchases. So I told her to immediately call her bank and cancel that card.

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2 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

 

I will be thinking of you!

Let's all hope that Dixie will be clean after he surgery.

 

And I hope your dad will get the hang of using those crutches so he doesn't hurt himself.

@ManvsMini: All this. ^^^^^

 

@Cranky Dog---that sucks! I'm very glad you were able to catch it quickly, though.

 

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Out running errands this afternoon I heard that IKEA, instead of having a Black Friday Sale is doing the complete opposite.  They will buy back their old assembled furniture in resell-able condition for a percentage of what it cost and issue a voucher that may be used to purchase new IKEA furniture.  I figure most of us have some of their stuff and might be interested in the exchange.  Sort of a twist on the "new lamps for old" racket.

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Getting ready to mix up some hobbies. Here's a homebrewed barleywine. This rather timid looking beer is supposed to be an English style barleywine but after discussion with some guys in my club it ended up being sort of an American style instead with belgian yeast that topped put at 13.5% alcohol. For reference, 11 ounces of this equals about three 12 oz cans of miller lite. I was assured by everyone in the discussion that I couldn't hope to get more than 11% out of my little stovetop system. So I made this to prove them wrong. I had to double mash (imagine making a cup of tea, removing the bag, then heating that cup of tea back up and adding another bag), and about two weeks into fermentation I had to remove it from the yeast and then add a really high gravity Belgian strain of yeast to it. It tastes just like a big barleywine but with just enough fruity esters coming from the second round of yeast to hide the alcohol. I've got a five gallon keg of it and I'm looking forward to the weekend when I'm brewing in a competition against other club members at a local brewery. I'm bringing a few gallons and am going to prove some folks wrong. Cheers all. 

 

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20 minutes ago, Green Eyed Monster said:

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Out running errands this afternoon I heard that IKEA, instead of having a Black Friday Sale is doing the complete opposite.  They will buy back their old assembled furniture in resell-able condition for a percentage of what it cost and issue a voucher that may be used to purchase new IKEA furniture.  I figure most of us have some of their stuff and might be interested in the exchange.  Sort of a twist on the "new lamps for old" racket.

GEM

Quite the opposite, I've been trying to buy two of their "Lack" side tables (The large square ones) for about two months but they aren't shipping and the two closest stores to me are in Virginia Beach and Charlotte.  Both are about four hours away and requiring you to order online and schedule a time to pickup as far as I have been able to ascertain.  I can't waste a full day to spend $20-30, much less the money I'd have to spend on gas to drive that far in a vehicle that gets about 20 mpg.

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On 10/10/2020 at 4:47 AM, Glitterwolf said:

 

 

@TheAuldGrump I would ask some harsh questions before I attended that interview!

One can't be too careful!

 

Questions that NEED an answer

 

  • How much cheese are we talking about exactly?
  • Are we talking one kind or several?
  • Will there be the right wine to accompany said cheese(s)?
  • Are there figs/dates/grapes to go with the cheese or olives and mustard?
  • Will there be a doggy bag for left overs?
  • Oh..and what will we be coordinating? More Cheese??

A 2 lb mix of cheeses, cheeses, cheeses, and smoked sausage.

 

Actually a sampler from one of the companies backing a Farm to Table drive - they have too much food, they need volunteers.

 

Volunteers need a coordinator.

 

Giving it away can come off their taxes, keeping it means having to pay more taxes, throwing it away goes against their grain.

 

Gouda 'nuff for me. ::):

 

Sadly, way too much of a commute - but they are considering branching south to Portland, which is close enough.

 

The cheese was an incentive for showing up for the interview.

 

Some of it ended up in the fondue pot on Friday. Fondue is Scandinavian, right? Vikings are Scandinavian... Viking fondue! ::D:

 

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I think Crazy Crow has a new human friend - he was saying 'Say nevermore'... I picture someone telling him 'Say nevermore' and giving him treats. ::): But CC was saying 'Say nevermore' not just 'Nevermore'. ::P:

 

How menacing was Crazy Crow while he was saying it? I gave him a treat. :lol:

 

The Auld Grump

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Remember when I said LA Comicon had announced a December in person Convention? :bday:

Remember when so many people questioned whether it would come off? :blues:

The minions of Governor Mof Tarkin Gavin Newsom have sealed the conventions fate with a big thumbs down. :down:

These are the same people who are keeping "The Happiest Place on Earth" the Emptiest Place on Earth [in an urban environment]. :grr:

The Organizers of LA Comicon are saying "September for sure".

GEM

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7 hours ago, Serenity said:

Has your dad's balance been checked out by a doctor?  Or do you think there's another reason he's having trouble? 

 

Balance check: Not that I am aware of, but my dad is an incredibly frustrating man when it comes to doctors. If one asks him a question, he'll downplay the answer or find a reason himself to dismiss his answer. It's infuriating. Won't get a colonoscopy done because he can't remember dressing himself after the last one... a ridiculous reason that also cause me great fury.

 

His primary care are a bunch of quacks; they don't do any type of physical exam for prostate problems (they only use blood tests), and they waived off any connection of his memory problems possibly having to do with a very bad concussion from 13ish years ago that did cause him to have short-term memory issues for well over a year (and nerve damage to his eyelid). He only lets someone go with him if it's a visit to a specialist doctor (he's finally admitting that he can't remember some things that the doctor should know). And due to HIPAA, I can't make him let me go in with him if he doesn't want me to be there.

 

He may need physical therapy after this heals, and I will recommend the therapist check his balance (I know several of the PTs in town, having shadowed them for PT school application hours, and know they have a machine to test balance).

 

It's possible his pride is also getting in the way. Still having a hard time acknowledging that being 72 is not the same as being 32 or even 62. What can I say, he's crotchety.

 

7 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

 

I will be thinking of you!

Let's all hope that Dixie will be clean after he surgery.

 

And I hope your dad will get the hang of using those crutches so he doesn't hurt himself.

 

Thank you, Dixie thanks you as well! As for dad and crutches... let's hope he doesn't have to learn the hard way... though I am not optimistic.

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14 hours ago, Froggy the Great said:

The interview a month or so ago passed me up for something that was basically me + one other skill.  The interview a Monday ago appears to have been a friendly bust as well.  Back to the job boards.

Sorry to hear that.  Hope your luck changes soon!

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8 hours ago, PaganMegan said:

I thought that was what hockey is for? :huh:

 

The yearly battle for the UGLIEST TROPHY IN THE WORLD!

Mary Poppins was in Guardians of the Galaxy pt 2.

 

Well, he SAID he was Mary Poppins. :lol:

It is a pretty ugly trophy. Beyond that, I don't really pay attention to it all that much.  Some people go nuts for it, but it's just too expensive to go too. 

 

5 hours ago, FaekiasDracon said:

Quite the opposite, I've been trying to buy two of their "Lack" side tables (The large square ones) for about two months but they aren't shipping and the two closest stores to me are in Virginia Beach and Charlotte.  Both are about four hours away and requiring you to order online and schedule a time to pickup as far as I have been able to ascertain.  I can't waste a full day to spend $20-30, much less the money I'd have to spend on gas to drive that far in a vehicle that gets about 20 mpg.

Ugh, similar problem here. One week you can order delivery, but three quarters of what you want/need to justify the delivery fee is out of stock... Next three weeks it's curbside pickup only... To which I go "Uhh, with what vehicle? They won't let me on the bus with bookshelves - kind of why I want delivery in the first place..." 

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5 hours ago, Green Eyed Monster said:

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Out running errands this afternoon I heard that IKEA, instead of having a Black Friday Sale is doing the complete opposite.  They will buy back their old assembled furniture in resell-able condition for a percentage of what it cost and issue a voucher that may be used to purchase new IKEA furniture.  I figure most of us have some of their stuff and might be interested in the exchange.  Sort of a twist on the "new lamps for old" racket.

GEM

 

Wow!  If putting together the furniture didn't kill your relationship, taking it apart without directions or tools might do the trick!::D:

 

The best sale I ever got out of IKEA was when they offered free shipping on all orders over 250 with no exclusions.  I bought 14 bookshelf units!

 

I got kicked out of my office (they are selling the location so I need to rethink my home office as a permanent location aka. Where am I supposed to put my stuff?

 

5 hours ago, Thoramel said:

Getting ready to mix up some hobbies. Here's a homebrewed barleywine. This rather timid looking beer is supposed to be an English style barleywine but after discussion with some guys in my club it ended up being sort of an American style instead with belgian yeast that topped put at 13.5% alcohol. For reference, 11 ounces of this equals about three 12 oz cans of miller lite. I was assured by everyone in the discussion that I couldn't hope to get more than 11% out of my little stovetop system. So I made this to prove them wrong. I had to double mash (imagine making a cup of tea, removing the bag, then heating that cup of tea back up and adding another bag), and about two weeks into fermentation I had to remove it from the yeast and then add a really high gravity Belgian strain of yeast to it. It tastes just like a big barleywine but with just enough fruity esters coming from the second round of yeast to hide the alcohol. I've got a five gallon keg of it and I'm looking forward to the weekend when I'm brewing in a competition against other club members at a local brewery. I'm bringing a few gallons and am going to prove some folks wrong. Cheers all. 

 

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Good looking beer!  Sounds pretty tasty too.  It is perfectly possible to get high alcohol brews of a stovetop setup, it just requires a high enough gravity wort, a good amalyse barley and a long time at enzyme temperature to break down the starches.  Of course you also need a good alcohol resistant yeast.  I used to finish my dubbles and quads with a champagne yeast and my tripples with a second injection of yeast I started and got up to a 1 gallon starter about 1 week after the first inoculation.  Best I got was a samiklause clone with s 14.1 abv 

 

I hope you wow them at the meeting!

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