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11 hours ago, WhiteWulfe said:

Did you mention my crazy contraption idea for such? :p

I did not, since that meeting was before I read the comments here.

However, when I was talking with the engineer this morning and we were discussing the solutions he had implemented, it came to mind and I had to restrain myself from mentioning it just so as to not side track our serious conversation. ::):
 

3 hours ago, OneBoot said:

@kristof65 Don't banks have card readers that suck the card into the machine if it's left there too long? Would that be an option, or too expensive?

I believe most ATMs do.  My guess is both way too expensive and too large for some of the equipment we have. And probably wouldn't survive well in the car wash environment. 

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Sort of a downer of a day today.  Went to the funeral of a friend who died of cancer last week (to be fair, when they diagnosed him they gave him 6 weeks to live and he made almost 5 years) this afternoon and while we were at the service, my wife's father called to say her mother had passed away. (we also knew that was coming she hadnt eaten or drunk anything for 5 days and was refusing intravenous treatment).  Nothing that was unexpected but still sort of a low sort of day.

 

I get my next CT scan next week so we will see how i am doing...

 

hope everyone has a good weekend!

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1 hour ago, Kangaroorex said:

Sort of a downer of a day today.  Went to the funeral of a friend who died of cancer last week (to be fair, when they diagnosed him they gave him 6 weeks to live and he made almost 5 years) this afternoon and while we were at the service, my wife's father called to say her mother had passed away. (we also knew that was coming she hadnt eaten or drunk anything for 5 days and was refusing intravenous treatment).  Nothing that was unexpected but still sort of a low sort of day.

 

I get my next CT scan next week so we will see how i am doing...

 

hope everyone has a good weekend!

Wow, talk about getting kicked when you're already down.

 

I'm sorry to hear it, I hope you have as good a weekend as possible, considering the circumstances.

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We got our first shots today! Aside from being tired, which may just be because I slept awful last night, I'm feeling okay.

 

That aside brain weasels are running rampant today.

 

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I don't feel like I have the support of my family to open this shop. Husband is supportive but that's about it. I spent a good chunk of today and yesterday updating photos for my portfolio on the website and I just feel like...why? Like am I wasting time and money trying to do this or do people actually value what I'm doing?

 

I dunno, just having a bad brain day.

 

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5 minutes ago, SparrowMarie said:

We got our first shots today! Aside from being tired, which may just be because I slept awful last night, I'm feeling okay.

 

That aside brain weasels are running rampant today.

 

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I don't feel like I have the support of my family to open this shop. Husband is supportive but that's about it. I spent a good chunk of today and yesterday updating photos for my portfolio on the website and I just feel like...why? Like am I wasting time and money trying to do this or do people actually value what I'm doing?

 

I dunno, just having a bad brain day.

 

 

I was tired and a bit sore on the shoulder for about 36 hours.  DH was tired for 4 days. My 2nd shot had me extremely fatigued for about 24 hours and then was over.   I've heard a number of people say they did not sleep well the first night after getting their shot.  Don't know if that's a side effect or just excitement. 

 

Good luck with the shop. WE believe in you.  The customers that support you are what matters. 

 

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My wife and I skipped out on work early today and drove down to a nature preserve about forty five minutes south of us to look for wildflowers. It turned out to be a great day for it. Maybe just a little early to really catch the maximum amount of stuff in bloom, but a good amount of spring ephemerals were seen. We only saw one other person on the trail the entire time, which was quite nice. And that person turned out to be one of our bike riding friends we haven't seen since before the pandemic. Which was even better.

 

Here's a bunch of pictures. I'll put them behind a spoiler because there's quite a few. I'll try and name a few things too, but upland plants aren't necessarily my thing, so feel free to correct if you see a mistake...

 

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Virginia Bluebells! They were everywhere.

 

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Yellow Trout Lilly. My wife's favorite! We were out there to find this and my favorite, Dutchman's Breeches. 

 

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A fern fiddlehead emerging from the ground. No idea what the species is.

 

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Blood Root.

 

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Spring Beauties. I like to think the name fits.

 

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Pretty certain this is Hepatica.

 

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And this may be something from the same Genus. Might even be the same thing.

 

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A sweat bee on some Cutleaf Toothwort.

 

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Chickweed growing along the base of some sandstone with a fern.

 

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This is an Oil Beetle, or Blister Bug. It secretes a chemical that can cause blisters and burning if it touches your skin. No idea what his hitchhiker is, and given what he'll do if I piss him off, I wasn't getting any closer to look.

 

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I think this is some sort of Celedine, but it may be an invasive.

 

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Phlox!

 

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A little Wild violet.

 

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I think this is Golden Ragwort.

 

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I saw this along some rocks and thought it was the plant I was looking for. It's pretty similar in shape and color. But no, this is squirrel corn. Still a pretty cool flower though.

 

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But as I was turning to move on I found Some Dutchman's Breeches right along the trail. When I got to looking around it was everywhere!

 

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Anyways. Hope you all have a good weekend and that some pretty flowers are in your future.

 

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Listening to the Winterhawks hockey game (vs @ Spokane), working on tomorrow's game stuff in the garage. 

 

Picked up my VIP ticket for RCon this morning.  Work was decent, only 1/2 hr of OT (most of that was due to i was talking with the boss before punching off). My wife & I went out to my favorite restaurant tonight & Malheur County is now in the Lower (green) category!!

 

Good way to end a good day. Now where are my bases.......

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9 hours ago, Chaoswolf said:

Wow, talk about getting kicked when you're already down.

 

I'm sorry to hear it, I hope you have as good a weekend as possible, considering the circumstances.

Well my MIL was in hospice and had been there for two weeks which was 2 weeks longer than the doctors gave her and the last time we saw her she seemed happier than I had ever known her in the last 20 years so I have to say her passing was about as gentle as any could be.  She just kept sleeping longer and longer until she just never woke back up.  Then she just slipped away quietly.  She was 86.

 

On happier news, there were still repercon tickets by the time I remembered they were on sale so I got those and we will be coming and be vacinnated so there's that....

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Weekend trivia begins with what happened on April 10th:

  • 837 – Halley's Comet made its closest approach to Earth at a distance equal to 0.0342 AU (5.1 million kilometres/3.2 million miles).

  • 1858 – After the original Big Ben, a 14.5 tonnes (32,000 lb) bell for the Palace of Westminster, cracked during testing, it was recast into the current 13.76 tonnes (30,300 lb) bell by Whitechapel Bell Foundry.

  • 1970 – Paul McCartney announced that he is leaving The Beatles for personal and professional reasons.

  • 2019 – Scientists from the Event Horizon Telescope project announced the first ever image of a black hole, located in the center of the M87 galaxy.

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Got the deep fryer operational again, thus solving the lack of grease in my diet. Between this, the gigantic breakfast skillets and the Pizza Hut cloning attempts, I'm beginning to feel a bit better. Not as sluggish and lethargic as I've been these last few months. The relative abundance of cloudy days is helping as well, especially since I put the new blackout curtains up, so now I have a dark little cave to lurk in. 

 

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Whelp.

It looks like attending ReaperCon isn't going to be feasible this year. ::(:

Setting up the new house, along with moving expenses is going to soak up too much of our ready cash to make a 10 day or longer vacation trip realistic.  I has a sad.  Nick Anything is absolutely inconsolable.

GEM

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