Very Important Announcement

Lily would like to inform you that after a six month odyssey, a web developer has been chosen, a contract has been designed, and construction begins ASAP. I have no idea when they will be done and you all will see the final product, but I am hoping by 1 May we will have something. But who knows.

Special thanks to the three amigos who ran the search and guided me through it.






99 replies
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    Leto says:

    I’m glad Lily was there to guide this project from conception to conclusion. Without her leadership, who knows what would’ve become of this top 10,000 blog? I hope she gets extra bows, scritches, and treats.

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    Tata says:

    Thank you, Lily!

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    Mary G says:

    The headline scared me. I thought something was wrong with Lily. Never mind.

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    debbie says:

    @Leto:

    Someone had to make the tough decisions!

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    NotMax says:

    As Montana Slim puts it…

    :)

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    SFAW says:

    Is it done yet?

    Is it done yet?

    How about now?
    How about now?
    Is it done yet?

    IS IT DONE YET???

    How about now?

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    MomSense says:

    @SFAW:

    Don’t make me stop this blog !

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    Leto says:

    @debbie: Knowing that household, and this blog, the correct person was put in charge. I can’t even imagine a Thurston led project…

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    Geeno says:

    I could look at Lily pics all day.
    I was gonna ask, with the site fixed, what will we bitch about? but I’m sure we;ll find something.

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    rikyrah says:

    Thank you, Lily 😍😍😍

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    debbie says:

    @Leto:

    I can’t even imagine a Thurston led project…

    It would be great fun, but not very constructive.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    I think I’ve said this before, I’ll miss typing my nym and email in over and over and over. But I’ll adjust.

    Thanks to all involved in this effort!

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    Nicole says:

    That’s an excellent Saturday AM announcement! Also, good morning pretty Lily.

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    lahke says:

    @Mary G: Yeah, me too. But glad to be wrong– look at that adorable face. Hope she’s also in charge of the implementation.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    He just put Lily in charge to forestall all of us who will otherwise complain about every aspect of the re-design. Like where’s the damn balloon man, for starters?

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Mary G:

    Yes, same here. We’re just used to getting bad news relentlessly these days.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Ohio Mom:

    Um, I think we may still have to do that. I’m hoping I’m wrong.

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    MomSense says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    I think so.

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    Sloane Ranger says:

    Thank you Lily for your calm and constructive leadership which has guided the project team to this conclusion. I look forward to your wise implementation of same.

    Sending you strokes, belly rubs and multiple good girls through the ether.

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    Raven says:

    The Bodhi got in a fight with a female twice ho his size and half his age so here we’re here at the vet for about the 5th time in 2 weeks! There was no blood but a bad limp. I wavered on bringing him in but thought “his health insurance premiums keep going up, what the hell”!

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    WaterGirl says:

    @SFAW: When we would go on trips with 7-12 year-old Cody, we would hand him ten $10 bills as we got in the car. Every time he asked us “are we there yet” or some facsimile of that, he would have to relinquish a dollar.

    Starting with the very first trip where we did that, he always arrived at the destination with his entire $10. Not sure that would work, here, however.

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    Ken says:

    @SFAW: You’ll know it’s done when it changes to a black background with animated GIFs and heavy use of the blink markup. Cole’s returning to his GeoCities roots.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Raven: Who started the fight? The Bodhi seems more like a lover than a fighter.

    After Quiver, I swore that never again would I have to take cost into account when deciding on treatment. I have never regretted that decision, and I love Pet Plan. But holy hell, the premiums have gone up a lot, but so have vet bill costs. Just got $700 back for Mr. Bear’s chronic issues last week.

    No regrets!

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    Many thanks to Lily!

    This morning’s local news: As I was cleaning up after breakfast, I saw a healthy-looking bobcat stride through the yard. Back when it snowed, I saw tracks that were likely cat, and now my surmise has been confirmed.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Ken: I’m just glad that the avatars will be back.

    I can never remember… is the snark tag // or \\ ?

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    geg6 says:

    She’s so adorable.

    Thanks to all who got this done and for letting Lily wrangle you to a successful conclusion. Can’t wait to not have to type my nym and email every time I log in!

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @zhena gogolia: @MomSense: I am pretty sure I remember when the blog remembered my nym/address indefinitely. Instead of like today, when it hasn’t even been an hour and I’m entering everything again.

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    StringOnAStick says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: Aren’t they gorgeous? We had one saunter by with two kittens last spring. Bobcats are so beautiful. It really makes my day to see one.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Raven: Oh. Well, that would be the one exception for almost any dog, wouldn’t it?

    What did the vet say? No lasting problems, I hope.

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    Ken says:

    @WaterGirl: Sarcasm is the code markup, but I don’t know if that covers snark. I just hope it’s supported on the new platform – it’s one of my few contributions to this community.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Ohio Mom:

    It’s because of some general change in the internet. MajorMajor can explain it to you, I can’t.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Ken: Do you mean the different font that some people use for their comments? I am wondering about the // vs \\.

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    Thanks for all of your work on this, John

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    Ruviana says:

    @Mary G: worry not. I did the exact same thing.

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    NotMax says:

    @WaterGirl

    Round these here parts, ma’m, it’s //.

    Originated, if memory serves, by Adam S.

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    TomatoQueen says:

    Wonderful Saturday morning news, from the most wonderful doggie ever. Thank you, Lily, you are lovely.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @NotMax: Thank you for that! // is much more accessible — i always have to go hunting for the \ key.

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    debit says:

    @Mary G: SAME. For a moment my heart stopped.

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    WaterGirl says:

    I love Lily and I can’t get enough of photos that show off her beautiful face.

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    Svensker says:

    @Mary G:

    Me too! Dang you JC.

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    SFAW says:

    @MomSense:

    Don’t make me stop this blog !

    M-o-o-o-o-o-m!!!! Johnny’s on my side of the Internet! Make him stop!!!

    He’s doing it AGAIN! Make him stop!

    Ow! Why are you smacking ME????

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    SFAW says:

    @WaterGirl:

    Starting with the very first trip where we did that, he always arrived at the destination with his entire $10. Not sure that would work, here, however.

    I’ll send you my PayPal address, let’s give it a try.

    Of course, I’m talking about somewhat more than $10.

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    J R in WV says:

    @Cheryl Rofer:

    I saw a healthy-looking bobcat stride through the yard. Back when it snowed, I saw tracks that were likely cat, and now my surmise has been confirmed.

    Sweet, Bobcats are big enough to hold their own, but small enough to be cute wildlife, as opposed to a Mtn Lion, which is just flat out scary to see in teh wild.

    So congrats on having more wildlife than you maybe expected. Keep the cats and dogs close!!

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    feebog says:

    Fastens seat belt. Puts on crash helmet. Utters a small prayer. OK, ready for the changes.

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    NotMax says:

    @J R in WV

    Well, there’s bobcats and there’s bobcats.

    :)

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    debbie says:

    @Raven:

    Sounds like my family.

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    joel hanes says:

    Rule-of-thumb algorithm for setting external commitments for software completion:
    1. Take the initial estimate that the developers give to management
    2. Double it.
    3. Change the units to the next larger.

    We have no idea what the developers have told Cole, so we’ll start with his 1 May date.
    1. 4 weeks
    2. becomes 8 weeks
    3. becomes 8 months.

    I can now predict with reasonable confidence that the released product of the Balloon Juice re-engineering project will be stable by 1 December 2019.

    This is not a joke.

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    debit says:

    @joel hanes: Shhhh. Let the man dream.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @joel hanes: I see you have experience.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @zhena gogolia: Crap. Another dream dashed in a lifetime of disappointments.

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    2liberal says:

    are we there yet? are we there yet? … IF the the three amigos are reading this, please to remind the world class blog software developers to improve the pie filter!

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    joel hanes says:

    @debit:

    Let the man dream.

    I doubt he’ll read it — it wasn’t in all caps. I’m reliably informed that’s what he prefers.

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    how says:

    @joel hanes: and by Feb 2020 the old site will be reinstated due to overwhelming demand and cries of “it worked so much better why did we ever switch”

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    joel hanes says:

    @Geeno:

    with the site fixed, what will we bitch about?

    Republicans
    Glenn Greenwald
    Wilmer
    Fox News
    trolls
    The weather
    Garden pests
    Kids these days
    Republicans

    the list is endless

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    MomSense says:

    @Ohio Mom:

    I think it’s a newish EU reg that has created the timing out of our login information. At one of the FYWP updates it kicked in.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Ohio Mom:
    You’ve still got time to keep in practice……

    Why in all this time I’ve managed to learn to type mine correct about 95% of the time. Damn phone will bring it up so that I can just click it though. With that extra practice……

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    MomSense says:

    @SFAW:

    Haha!

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    Ruckus says:

    @MomSense:
    There is a way around it so that at least one doesn’t have to type it in every time and that is a box that comes up with the info in it, one for the name and one for the email. That’s what my phone does. It won’t autofill but it’s almost painless rather than having to type the whole thing.

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    oatler. says:

    @2liberal: What is the pie filter? I’ve seen it referenced here but don’t know what it is.

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    Ruckus says:

    @joel hanes:
    When I had my shop I’d have to quote projects that took from 4 to 20 weeks to complete. I’d estimate the time, figure the money and add 20% to the bid. No matter what the concept and experience of the crew, nothing humans do ever is done in the shortest time. Well for some males there is one thing that almost always will be under the time requested……..

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    @oatler.: The pie filter allows you to hide comments from a commenter you find tiresome. I think it also hides the replies other commenters make to that person. You set it from the bottom of this page. Enter a commenter’s nym or a comment # and voila.

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    Aleta says:

    Thanks WaterGirl, Steeplejack, Bella Q, Lily, John

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    oatler. says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: Now I see it, thanks

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    Eric NNY says:

    I hate all of the changes already.

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    Immanentize says:

    @Aleta:

    Thanks WaterGirl, Steeplejack, Bella Q, Lily, John

    Yes indeed, thank you all — especially Lilly who keeps the bossman together.

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    @joel hanes:

    Rule-of-thumb algorithm for setting external commitments for software completion:
    1. Take the initial estimate that the developers give to management
    2. Double it.
    3. Change the units to the next larger.

    True professionals of course do this to their own estimate before they sign an external contract, but…

    I would guess two months, yeah.

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    Gammyjill says:

    How are you all sure the new site will be an improvement over this mal-working site? Shoulda put Steve in charge

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    @Ohio Mom: @zhena gogolia: GDPR “forget me” requirements, plus general suckiness of the WordPress ecosystem, resulted in it breaking. This compounded with the kludged-together nature of this particular website to make something very difficult to debug. We decided to punt on it until the rebuild where it will fix itself. This was when the rebuild was scheduled for before the 2018 election.

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    JanieM says:

    @joel hanes:

    with the site fixed, what will we bitch about?

    Republicans
    Glenn Greenwald
    Wilmer
    Fox News
    trolls
    The weather
    Garden pests
    Kids these days
    Republicans

    each other…….

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    opiejeanne says:

    @oatler.: It replaces the pied commenter’s comments with a comment about actual pies. Some of the replacements are funny. Replies to the pied commenter are also replaced.

    However, you can still read all of them if you want by clicking the little thingie at the bottom of the pied text. I use the pie filter sometimes as a reminder not to reply to trolls.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Thanks for the explanation. It went over my nontechnical head but I appreciate it, and it might be helpful to someone else here.

    I do vaguely remember that there is a new European rule and that it is why sites I visit keep asking me if it is all right if they use cookies.

    I like very much that the comment system here does not require a Facebook or Disquis account, or anything like that. If constantly retyping my info is the cost, really, I can live with it.

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    Aleta says:

    Received a photo of Infinite Kat this morning, encaged in the van, ready to roll on. (Don’t know where they were.)

    Will I ever be able to look at him in a carrier without hearing violin con dolore?

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Aleta: I missed something. Who is Infinite Kat?

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    debit says:

    @opiejeanne: The cutie patootie you commented on over at my flickr. He’s on his way to Aleta’s now. When I first emailed Aleta about him I jokingly gave his move a military operation code name, Operation Infinite Kitten.

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    debit says:

    @Aleta: I was so happy to wake up to that text.

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    Mooser says:

    Now it can be told: Dora underwent (as soon as they put her under) her second (two rear legs) cruciate ligament surgery, a TPLO. Summit Vet Referral, in Tacoma Wa. did another great job.

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    stinger says:

    Lily, lovely Lily, with a pretty pink bow!

    I care very much more about Lily and her ilk than about site functionality. But I’ll be hitting the PayPal button for the rebuild on my next payday. Thanks again for all you do, Mr. Cole.

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    Duane says:

    Flywheel is the web developer according to my sources, which is the pop-up ads.

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    Thank you, Lily! Very much looking forward to what comes next, and as always Cole, if the funding runs short, send up the jackal signal and we’ll pass the hat until it’s done.

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    Aleta says:

    @debit: Wait, I thought we were private investigators.

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    LuciaMia says:

    I have a feeling that “Bacon!” is really whats on LIly’s mind.

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    debit says:

    @Aleta: Shhh! You’ll blow our cover.

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    LuciaMia says:

    @JanieM:

    with the site fixed, what will we bitch about?

    Republicans
    Glenn Greenwald
    Wilmer
    Fox News
    trolls
    The weather
    Garden pests
    Kids these days
    Republicans

    Game of Thrones plot development….or lack of.

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    @Geeno: @joel hanes:

    with the site fixed, what will we bitch about?

    The new site, of course. DUH!

    I hate it already.

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    Kathleen says:

    @John Revolta: I’m hoping for all caps comment option that doesn’t require shift key.

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    ola azul says:

    @Ohio Mom:

    Does the little box (just above the “Post Comment” field) not retain your info?

    Usually works for me, but when it doesn’t, find that I just need to type the first letter of nym and email into each field and each respective item pops up (for good or ill) for selex.

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    @Kathleen: MANDATORY ALL CAPS! ALL THE GODDAMN TIME!!!11!1!1!

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    ola azul says:

    @joel hanes:

    Boatwork surely works this way. Takes, minimum, twice as long as expected, costs three times as much as anticipated.

    When brought boat up from Calif. in ’16, boat once had hadda beautiful 17-ton hold that twere desecrated by prev. owner and turned into Motel6 bunks, so had no functional fishhold. Temp solution: totes on deck. Problem: a very congested deck that made it necessary to pole vault over the totes to get at anchor winch (a good 25 feet away from wheelhouse) *and* (more importantly, to me, but I’m weird like that) did not permit routing/access to sheet lines for sailing with headsails.

    Asked a local welder aka “fabricator” when he could have an aluminum 2-ton drop-into-hatch-combing fishbox made with pier supports at stringers n he sez, “Oh, we can prolly get you going by the second king opener, which is in August, i.e. about a month away.

    Nearly two years later, realized the mistake I made was in not asking which year.

    Devil, see details.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @ola azul: I wish the phone did that but it doesn’t.

    If I check the “save” box, my nym is saved for a short while, then it disappears. Today my schedule is: do a chore, play on the internet, do a chore, play on the internet. Every time I come back after a chore, my nym is gone.

    I can live with it.

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    Zifnab25 says:

    Cutting edge blogging. The future is now.

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    2liberal says:

    @oatler.:

    What is the pie filter

    The pie filter is a built in function that allows you to block reading other peoples post. So if you wanted to block someone named “3liberal” you would scroll to the bottom of this web page, look for the button for “pie filter” and block all 3liberal’s comments going forward. From then on you would see the nym “3liberal” but the comments would be random fake posts involving pie. For why it is called a pie filter, read this historical history: Dailykos pie wars

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    majii says:

    @Mary G: That was the same thing I was thinking. John, please don’t scare us like this again. I’m glad to see Lily is still doing her special job of keeping the house in order! She’s a real cutie.

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    Aleta says:

    @ola azul: My friend has done this 3 times over the last 30 years. I saw it happen the last two:

    1980s. He has a very small house. He hires a guy in the summer to put on a new roof. Tells him “As long as it’s done before snow.” Late on Christmas Eve, roofer is up hammering in the dark as snow flies all around.

    My friend often tells this story and laughs.

    00s. He has a medium size house. Early fall, he hires my three cousins to put on a new roof. He still loves that story about the roofer, so he he tells it to them and laughs. Punchline: “As long as it’s done before snow.” They apparently remember only the last line.

    Person across the street hires them while they’re paused to wait for more of some special nails that one cousin loves. For some reason they move all the scaffolding over there.* Two big storms come early. Mid December, slight warm spell, they put the scaffolding back and are finishing my friend’s roof.

    2010s. Massive high-up nearly square hip roof on an old building that’s leaking. Late summer, my friend finds a roofer. He still thinks the 1st story is funny and tells it to the roofer. (I’m trying to signal him: No! Don’t!) He adds on the cousin story. “As long as it’s done before snow.” They laugh together.

    End of December, wind, cold and snowstorm are coming in two days. Roofer is finishing up his last job for the year, my friend’s roof.

    * One of my cousins loves scaffolding more than any other part of a job. Loves to design it and erect it. Perfectionist about this art. Any excuse for scaffolding he’s there and happy. Steadily loses interest after that. Work slows. Finds new job that needs scaffolding.

    .

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    ola azul says:

    Been away, lo siento. Will say: All’s I can do is commisserate in the misery for I am God’s own fool (and I don’t even hold for the patriarchal FSM!).

    I’m the guy who took “my girlfriend stabbed me in the shoulder” for an excuse onna roofing project!

    Will just say this, and think it’s true, from Rhodes scholars on down to the likes a (mebbe) you and (decidedly) me: You give somebody an easy out, they’re like to take it.

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