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    Morning All,

    Another fun filled day ahead. A bad switch on my portable chopsaw aborted my delivery y'day. No replacement parts to be had in town. But I think I've found an old one I kept around. I'll plug it in today and see if it's good.

    Had an interesting afternoon y'day. Parachuted into some drama. Kevin, you'll be familiar with the story, methinks.

    Headed for home for a bit while some glue dried, I stopped by the neighborhood library. Leaving, I drove by the backside of the library - a quiet residential street - and and past a skinny kid in a wheelchair nosed into some bamboo. By the time I got to the corner, it sunk in that something wasn't right. Backed up, rolled down the window, and asked if he was ok. SHE lifted her head and asked if I could drive her to the next town. I said yes, got out, and helped her into the truck. Too tall for her to manage. She was weak, and had tremors (like my b-i-l who has Parkinson's). On the ride North, she just said she's gotten stranded, and needed to connect up with her friends in Vancouver. Got there and it turned out the three women were basically homeless, had scraped together enough money for a cheap motel room the previous night, and were scrambling to figure out where they would stay that evening.

    I had to get back to Portland to pick up my sweetie at 5 pm, so the tale is unfinished. Two of them went off on the bus to fetch another friend. My new friend Jen had me drop her at the mall while they continued to try and figure out a place to sleep (it's warm, there are bathrooms she can use, and she might try some panhandling). Her friends would come for her there. I left with with the couple of bucks I had in my pocket, and a hug.

    But it reminded me how bloody hard it is to be broke. With no resources... EVERYTHING becomes complicated. It's frustrating, disheartening, and exhausting. This was a woman with no family. Had been a college athlete on a volleyball scholarship. Had an asthma attack and didn't have her inhaler close enough. Ended up in a coma for three days, and awoke to a whole new existence: unable to walk, weak, with severe tremors. And on her own with few resources to draw on. She draws SS disability... but it's not at all enough to get by on. I know this to be true, because my b-i-l is in the same boat, and he only gets by because we and some other relatives help him financially. With no universal health care, and a limited safety net, the U.S. really is barbaric in some ways - when compared to some of the other developed countries.
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    Sad story Mr.G, seems some ones always got it worse than us no matter how bad our situation looks to us.
    "para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien también" (for everything bad, mezcal, and for everything good, as well.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    Morning All,

    Another fun filled day ahead. A bad switch on my portable chopsaw aborted my delivery y'day. No replacement parts to be had in town. But I think I've found an old one I kept around. I'll plug it in today and see if it's good.

    Had an interesting afternoon y'day. Parachuted into some drama. Kevin, you'll be familiar with the story, methinks.

    Headed for home for a bit while some glue dried, I stopped by the neighborhood library. Leaving, I drove by the backside of the library - a quiet residential street - and and past a skinny kid in a wheelchair nosed into some bamboo. By the time I got to the corner, it sunk in that something wasn't right. Backed up, rolled down the window, and asked if he was ok. SHE lifted her head and asked if I could drive her to the next town. I said yes, got out, and helped her into the truck. Too tall for her to manage. She was weak, and had tremors (like my b-i-l who has Parkinson's). On the ride North, she just said she's gotten stranded, and needed to connect up with her friends in Vancouver. Got there and it turned out the three women were basically homeless, had scraped together enough money for a cheap motel room the previous night, and were scrambling to figure out where they would stay that evening.

    I had to get back to Portland to pick up my sweetie at 5 pm, so the tale is unfinished. Two of them went off on the bus to fetch another friend. My new friend Jen had me drop her at the mall while they continued to try and figure out a place to sleep (it's warm, there are bathrooms she can use, and she might try some panhandling). Her friends would come for her there. I left with with the couple of bucks I had in my pocket, and a hug.

    But it reminded me how bloody hard it is to be broke. With no resources... EVERYTHING becomes complicated. It's frustrating, disheartening, and exhausting. This was a woman with no family. Had been a college athlete on a volleyball scholarship. Had an asthma attack and didn't have her inhaler close enough. Ended up in a coma for three days, and awoke to a whole new existence: unable to walk, weak, with severe tremors. And on her own with few resources to draw on. She draws SS disability... but it's not at all enough to get by on. I know this to be true, because my b-i-l is in the same boat, and he only gets by because we and some other relatives help him financially. With no universal health care, and a limited safety net, the U.S. really is barbaric in some ways - when compared to some of the other developed countries.
    Sounds familiar... Jen’s lucky she doesn’t have a spouse and kids to worry about, too.

    Thanks for doing something for her. Sometimes I wish I could hug you, G.

    Peace,
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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    Sounds familiar... Jen’s lucky she doesn’t have a spouse and kids to worry about, too.

    Thanks for doing something for her. Sometimes I wish I could hug you, G.

    Peace,
    Robert
    Didn't you spell 'slug' incorrectly? <G>

    Seriously, all we can do is what we can do. We just need to remember to do it instead of being self-absorbed ALL of the time. A lesson I continue to try and learn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    Didn't you spell 'slug' incorrectly? <G>

    Seriously, all we can do is what we can do. We just need to remember to do it instead of being self-absorbed ALL of the time. A lesson I continue to try and learn.
    Oh, no, I don’t punch people, anymore. My hands are lumpy enough. I’m straight joint manipulation and strangulation, nowadays. Really. Small joint stuff is chicken, but highly effective, and large joint manipulation? Well. Hehehe.

    I try to never toot my own horn, and I make sure I never pee backward. I don’t forget where I was, and what it’s like to be despondent and alone. I have nothing materially to offer, really, but what’s mine is everyone’s.

    None of this belongs to me, anyway. What a stupid notion.

    Peace,
    Robert

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    What the hell? I go away an hour and the saloon turns into a homeless shelter. Well, good on you danged Humanitarians. TEQUILA on the house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen Longino View Post
    What the hell? I go away an hour and the saloon turns into a homeless shelter. Well, good on you danged Humanitarians. TEQUILA on the house.
    I have an excuse. I’m a well known idiot and fickle faux artist type.

    Also, I’m drunk as hell and I ate 14 brownies.

    Peace,
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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    Morning All,

    Another fun filled day ahead.

    Had an interesting afternoon y'day. Parachuted into some drama. Kevin, you'll be familiar with the story, methinks.

    I stopped by the neighborhood library. Leaving, I drove by the backside of the library - a quiet residential street - and and past a skinny kid in a wheelchair nosed into some bamboo. By the time I got to the corner, it sunk in that something wasn't right. Backed up, rolled down the window, and asked if he was ok. SHE lifted her head and asked if I could drive her to the next town. I said yes.

    You heard the call.
    You were the answer to someones prayers.
    You were fearless in what could have been a dangerous situation.
    What you do for the least of them, you do for me.
    How'd that feel Dave?
    Keep calm, persistence beats resistance.

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    ......and Rob, no more brownies until you at least put one more sock on.
    You're in violation of the health code.
    Keep calm, persistence beats resistance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domesticated_Mr. Know It All View Post
    ......and Rob, no more brownies until you at least put one more sock on.
    You're in violation of the health code.
    Where’s the other sock go?

    Peace,
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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    Where’s the other sock go?

    Peace,
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    Does it look like this?

    3rd sock.jpg

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    Jimmy is that for the handle of your Iron skillet???
    "para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien también" (for everything bad, mezcal, and for everything good, as well.)

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    Not what I was told.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    Where’s the other sock go?

    Peace,
    Barefooted and Pantless

    No Shirt, no socks, no service.
    Pants as always are optional.
    Keep calm, persistence beats resistance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domesticated_Mr. Know It All View Post
    You heard the call.
    You were the answer to someones prayers.
    You were fearless in what could have been a dangerous situation.
    What you do for the least of them, you do for me.
    How'd that feel Dave?
    Well... I have, over the years, gotten quite used to being the answer to various women's prayers... <G>

    OK, seriously -- it felt good, of course. Gratifying in a way. I was happy to be able to help, and pleased that I had enough time to hang with her while they juggled and jockeyed enough to at least get some skeleton of a plan in place.

    But -- it also felt bad. I wish that had been able to help them more. Frustrated, oh so frustrated, that our society leaves so many flailing on the fringe. Sad that Jen's buddy - who was quite attractive, and all dolled up - felt compelled to thank me with 'favors'... and that she was so clearly relieved when I explained that I was grateful for the offer, but didn't feel it was necessary.

    And gratified again, when she 'got' at that point that I was just there to help as I could, and not there to gain some sort of advantage. The dynamic changed sharply then, and we became co-conspirators.

    Life is an adventure. If you let it be. And yes, I knew I was opening myself up to potential unknown dangers. Life on the fringe is chaotic, and sometimes harsh, even brutal. That I know. But people are people, even the most desperate. Usually, there's a 'tipping point' where it can veer into humanity... or go another way. I was prepared for either, and broadcasting my intentions for the former. It worked out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy W View Post
    Does it look like this?

    3rd sock.jpg
    I don’t believe I’ve ever felt more kinship with another being more than I do right now.

    Peace,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobby of Tulsa View Post
    Jimmy is that for the handle of your Iron skillet???
    That woulda been my guess as well. Clearly meant to hold something red-hot and rock-hard. So... cast iron skillet... no?
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    I knew an Oregone guy would think that way. All that Clean livin clean mind thing, kinda like me.
    "para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien también" (for everything bad, mezcal, and for everything good, as well.)

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    Dave, you're a gosh darn Humanitarian.
    Somebody should buy you a beer.


    Keep calm, persistence beats resistance.

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    OK....I guess it's up to me.
    A round for the house!



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    Hey Kevin, I think I am on the mend at last, Never seen that beer before so I need to look for some. DavidG is a pretty good guy I must say.
    "para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien también" (for everything bad, mezcal, and for everything good, as well.)

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    Thanks, all. It was an interesting experience, for sure.

    I'll take that beer, as I am just now done with sawdust, tool repair, and running around for the day. Unless my sweetie has something more ambitious in mind, I think I'll just heat up a bowl of soup... and relax.
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    Hey Gman, The woman made a big pot of chicken and rice soup, It was really good and the girl came by and had some and took a dozen eggs home with her. I now only have four dozen left. I think I will pickle another dozen tomorrow. I found a recipe for a sweet and sour I may try that, if not I think they will need a lot more pepper flakes that last batch.
    "para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien también" (for everything bad, mezcal, and for everything good, as well.)

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    Afternoon all. Big winds for dinghies today, 32kts but it was 10 at the start. Rescue boats had a deal of work to do. Several pitch-poles.

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    Good day guys, the rains have moved out and the humidity is back to a livable level for me. Breathing is getting much easier. Got the coffee made and having my second cup.
    "para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien también" (for everything bad, mezcal, and for everything good, as well.)

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    Here is one for Glen .
    "para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien también" (for everything bad, mezcal, and for everything good, as well.)

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    We have a tomato based breakfast this morning for those in survival mode, it comes with your choice of vodka, gin, tequila or mezcal. Anyone else can have bacon eggs and coffee.
    "para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien también" (for everything bad, mezcal, and for everything good, as well.)

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    Tomato breakfast sounds good...with Mezcal. Glad you feel better. Thanks for the song.

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    Good morning Glen, How are you my friend?
    "para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien también" (for everything bad, mezcal, and for everything good, as well.)

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    I feel better the last few days....breathing without bottled oxygen.

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    ^That is a good thing, I am still using my oxygen this morning, but I am going to try to do without it for a while and see how it goes.
    "para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien también" (for everything bad, mezcal, and for everything good, as well.)

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    I'm smoking a cigarette.
    cuppa coffee in the other hand.
    Bacon,eggs and toast with real butter on the plate.
    I just don't give a **** anymore.





    Out the window, 4 inches of snow came down last night.
    Shovel work later......dang.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobby of Tulsa View Post
    Hey Gman, The woman made a big pot of chicken and rice soup, It was really good and the girl came by and had some and took a dozen eggs home with her. I now only have four dozen left. I think I will pickle another dozen tomorrow. I found a recipe for a sweet and sour I may try that, if not I think they will need a lot more pepper flakes that last batch.
    Morning All,

    Good to hear that breathing is easier for everyone.

    Tulsy - I love pickled eggs. If I had a surplus, I'd certainly make them a staple. That soup sounds delish. I got lazy and just heated up a can of beef/veggie soup last night.

    My client didn't return my call y'day, so I texted and FB Messaged them an hour ago to see if they still wanted to do installation stuff today. If not - I'll be in the shop - rearranging sawdust.
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    Good morning Kevin, ya only live once enjoy it I say.
    "para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien también" (for everything bad, mezcal, and for everything good, as well.)

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