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By beckysdad on Jul 23, 2016 at 10:24 AM

Crawford, our shortstop, had three errors last night. That's the first time in his career that he's had three errors. We left ten men on base last night. It's pretty sad when you have the bases loaded and no outs and can't get a single run home in the inning. It's nice that the bunny came to keep you company for a while. Dinner is on for tomorrow. My initial thought was to do burgers tomorrow night but I can't bite anything with that tooth right now. I'll grill up sausages instead and then make a big batch of my mac n cheese. It should be fun to have Becky and Solo together again. I hope they bring little Dixie as well. She's waaay too small to get in on any of the wrestling but she's a great lap dog. She'll even jump up into Dad's lap to hang out. She's a real sweetie.

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By buyerbware on Jul 23, 2016 at 8:00 AM

>smug blak furree hi-five<i

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By beckysdad on Jul 23, 2016 at 5:52 AM

Ugh....four errors last night! That was some sloppy, sloppy play. It's too bad you got stormy conditions but didn't get the benefit of some rain. Now you'll have to water again today. The chicken turned out well last night but the flavor was far more subtle than I thought it would be. I'll try seasoning more heavily another time but tonight I'll give the Creole Seasoning a shot.

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By buyerbware on Jul 23, 2016 at 3:06 AM

Thank you. That's what I do; remind myself that she enjoyed her outdoor life with her cousin and her aunt, and that she lived a much longer and happier life than many outdoor cats.

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By beckysdad on Jul 22, 2016 at 3:09 PM

Wow, you were certainly far more than casual friends then. It's no wonder it hit you so hard. Sometimes work can be an effective distraction when someone close to you dies but it can be terribly difficult to function at times. Mom's very sensitive to heat. She has trouble with things that would never register at all for you and I. No doubt you've been sensitive and haven't brought it up but the Giants have dropped five straight and haven't won since the All Star Break. We have MadBum on the mound again tonight. I'm really hoping he can get us back to our winning ways. Tanaka could be tough though.

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By beckysdad on Jul 22, 2016 at 10:54 AM

That's a tragic story about Debbie's husband. You think you've just started on the great journey of life together and then to have your spouse ripped away in such a senseless fashion...awful. I'll give the creole a try on the next round of burgers. I tested it again this morning and it might get a shot on some chicken as well. I checked their website and saw a couple recipes that might be worth a shot, too. It looks like Becky and Solo might get a playdate on Sunday. My niece and her hubby are celebrating their 10th anniversary...yikes! We may do dinner at the folks' place. That would be fun.

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By beckysdad on Jul 22, 2016 at 7:18 AM

I did get the seasonings. Thank you! I sprinkled a bit in my palm yesterday to get a sense of them. I really liked the Greek style and will use it on some chicken tonight. After tasting the Creole Seasoning I knew I'd never use it with the folks. Mom can't handle heat and that would be too much for her. I liked it but it's unlike any other spice blend I've used. I'm going to have to think on when I'll use it. So Mr. Bunny isn't sold on fresh veggies, eh? It reminds me of one of the Hornblower books I read about the British Navy around 1800. At one point Hornblower is commanding a ship on a mission in the tropics. They had won a one on one engagement their ship took a lot of damage so they slip into a bay and beach the ship to effect repairs. They're low on supplies so they forage from the surrounding land. There's an abundance of mango, guava, bananas and other tropical fruits. You'd think their guys would be thrilled with these fresh offerings but the crew grumbles because they miss their beans and salted beef. The gabfest with the girls sounds like fun. Did your old bud have to travel far? I heard from my dentist yesterday after he'd gotten the results of my ct scan. Everything looks good for a direct implant without a bone graft but they won't be certain until they actually pull the tooth. That's a bit of good news. The Mt. Vernon tour did move a bit slowly but it was really interesting. It's surreal to visit Washington's actual home. I remember seeing his outhouse...a three holer...talk about your one percenters! One other thing that sent me to wondering. The front of the house has a porch that looks out on a nice circular drive and some of his gardens. They back of the home has a long deck that overlooks the Potomac. I remember pondering whether he and Martha took their morning coffee in front or out back. I'd have been out back but the front was quite nice as well.

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By beckysdad on Jul 21, 2016 at 6:32 AM

I love the harassment line. I'm not sure hiding anything behind the Hershey's syrup is the best idea. I suspect that's an item that gets moved fairly frequently. I'm not a fan of ketchup much either though I'll use it as an ingredient. I tend to use bbq sauce on burgers and such instead. A sea urchin encounter doesn't sound like much fun at all. It was probably a good excuse for some liquid pain killer though. I don't know if I'd call them highlights but there were two very memorable things for me on the trip. One was at the Holocaust Museum. Much of it was exhibits of things that you'd see all the time on the History Channel. It's sad to say but one gets sort of numb to the repeated exposure of scenes like that. What did move me was as we were moving from one room to another there was a walkway with about a three inch deep rectangular depression on either side that was about 4x8 feet. That area was filled with slippers that had been worn by those killed. It seemed very intimate and personal and it really moved me. On a lighter note, there was a moment out at Mt. Vernon that I greatly enjoyed. You moved (quite slowly) in long lines from room to room. You could hear the docents drone on and on repeating their script. You walked through Washington's bedroom where he died and then turned down a very tight and low stairway back downstairs. I nearly had to duck at the base of the stairs and commented to some folks I'd met that ol' George must have had a tough time with that as he was so tall. The docent heard me and broke script and spoke to everyone how he was 6' 4" and how that impacted things in the home and then went right back to her script. I liked her knowledge and ability to seize the moment to inform folks. Any sign of Mister Bunny this morning?

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By beckysdad on Jul 20, 2016 at 4:27 PM

That sounds like a pretty amazing trip. I couldn't lay on the beach for three weeks so it was good that you could include plenty of activities. I was in DC for six days. I was in great shape at the time and walked everywhere. I was up with the sun every day and saw an amazing amount of stuff. I took a cruise down the Potomac to see Mt. Vernon. The docks were probably three miles from my hotel but I walked it anyway. I was hiking 10-12 miles most days back then. How can Chuck not like sketti? I love the stuff.

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By beckysdad on Jul 20, 2016 at 10:21 AM

Wow, three weeks on the islands is pretty decadent. What a treat that must have been. Timing is everything. You might not have taken the trip if you'd waited or at least likely wouldn't have enjoyed it as much. I did a mini remodel on my master bath the summer I retired. I went to Washington DC right away and then started in on the bathroom. Fortunately I didn't have to mess with the tile in the shower as I doubt I have that kind of skill. I replaced the flooring, the vanity and the sink. As it turned out I had to have the house re-piped at the same time as it was all still galvanized. It would have messed with my head laying out that kind of cash in the middle of that financial crisis. Well, the xray/ct scan appointment was uneventful. I stopped at the grocery store n the way home to grab supplies for dinner. I'm making my spaghetti and meatballs for the folks tonight. I think that's Mom's favorite thing that I make. She brightened immediately when I suggested it. Is Chuck's fried chicken your favorite that he makes?

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By psom on Jul 20, 2016 at 8:01 AM

Thanks. Even if it doesn't pan out, I've interacted with so many other companies, it gives me hope that one of them will take me in.

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By beckysdad on Jul 20, 2016 at 5:56 AM

I wasn't that freaked out by Brexit. It takes something more like 2008 to really bother me...one year into retirement and I saw my nest egg decline by 50%. There was a good recovery from there but that decline shook me. Things that I absolutely knew couldn't happen came to pass and made me question my long term plans. Yeah, paying off the house will be big, as much emotionally as from pure cash flow. I can imagine how good you guys felt when you hit that milestone. Did you celebrate in some fashion?

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By beckysdad on Jul 19, 2016 at 4:22 PM

Having been through it once before, I had a pretty good idea of what the tab was going to be. "Afford it" has a unique meaning when one doesn't truly have an income. It's far more predictable when you know you have X coming in each month. I never know what my gains are going to be each year. I cover expenses with room to spare when markets perform at historical averages. That sick feeling you described is what I get when markets go into free fall. I have virtually no control over my gains so I'm constantly watching expenses as those I have control over. Life will get easier when the house is paid off in two more years. It sounds like Miles is stepping up nicely. It's nice to see a guy not being a dope. I hope Mama recovers from the minor problems soon so she can really enjoy mommyhood. I saw you guys got clear down to 82 overnight. I have this image of Ma Nature peering down every so often to see if that little button like they have on turkeys has popped out on you or Chuck yet. Nope...not done yet...give 'em a few more days of roasting.

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By beckysdad on Jul 19, 2016 at 10:56 AM

Guess who's getting another implant! The jury is still out on the bone graft. I go for a special xray in the morning to make that determination and I'll likely know by the end of the week. The graft would take a bit longer and cost me an extra $800. I'm not getting out for less than $5,500 no matter how things go. That will be about 12 grand that I could have found another use for over the last two years. Exhaustion is going to be par for the course for both mama and papa for a good long while. And I suspect mama will get the worst of it.

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By beckysdad on Jul 19, 2016 at 6:30 AM

It would sure be nice to get some happy news out of the Syl camp for a change. It's pretty depressing. At this point if I can get away without a bone graft I'll consider myself lucky. It's tempting to just have them glue it on as best they can but that's a temporary fix that would ultimately go bad on me and I'd be facing the same situation again before too long. Bunny doesn't know what it's missing out on. Maybe you should have put out one of those signs advertising the daily special.

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By beckysdad on Jul 18, 2016 at 5:55 PM

There's nothing wrong with being a bit eclectic...particularly if it's based in catering to critters. There are a few people around here that run their dogs with their bikes. One guy has two very well trained dogs that run well with him. Actually one of them is Rusty. You might recall that I found a dog in the neighborhood running loose and brought him home with me. I'd called the owners off the info on his tags but it was going to be a while before they could get here so Becky and Rusty had a play date. Another biker goggie tandem are Al and Matisse the Husky. They do well also. This guy today is new to biking with his dog and it's a youngster so I'm sure they'll get up to speed before too long...hopefully without any broken bones. I'm sure the package will be fine on Wednesday. If they can't leave it in the mailbox they'll sometimes leave it on the porch behind one of the bushes so it can't be seen from the street. Sometimes the mail guys deliver their packages early and then follow up with the letters later. It will be fun trying out the goodies. It was a mixed bad with the dentist today. I called right when they opened at 8. The dentist wasn't in as he was at the hospital with his pregnant wife. They didn't know if this was baby day or false alarm. Sharlene was going to call me back. I told her that was fine as I wasn't in any pain. I just looked goofy. Then she clued in that it was one of my top front teeth and she put me on hold to see if Rosie could just glue it back on as a temporary until the doc could really assess things. It turned out Rosie had time right away. I grabbed a shower, drove over and was back in my car driving home at 8:40. Unfortunately in the meantime Rosie was concerned that part of the tooth had broken off and my long term solution might not be as simple as gluing it back on. I got a call from the dentist later...no baby today. He looked at my xrays and had the same concerns that Rosie had. Tomorrow morning I'm headed back to the periodontist to assess the underlying gum. It appears the base is compromised and it's likely that I'm going to have to have another implant. Cha-Ching! Sigh... Hopefully a bone graft won't be necessary this time. I guess it's time to start the college fund for the new baby.

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By beckysdad on Jul 18, 2016 at 7:44 AM

Four kids is more than a handful and she's going it alone in that situation. Heck that would be plenty just hanging around at home. Riding herd on the golf course is playing on the advanced level. I love it when a utility guy shows a sense of humor, knows his stuff and is very willing to help. You would think your utility company would have screened him out in their hiring process. The eagle mating scene was a good one. I don't know that I have a favorite. It was all pretty good to me. The wet lettuce is probably a good idea. I couldn't help but visualize somehow incorporating a little umbrelly with the food/drink. There were no dangerous encounters this morning. There was a cute one that was kind of dangerous though. There was a guy I hadn't seen before riding his bike and running his young German Shepard...I'm thinking about a year old. Becky started to get excited as did the pup. You could tell that was a party ready to happen. It's tough to control a young GSD from a bicycle but he managed just fine. I'd love to turn those two loose. They'd have lots of fun but I know it wouldn't take long before Becky went to her back and wrestled from that position. she's learned how to conserve her energy and her endurance isn't what it was when she was a pup.

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By beckysdad on Jul 17, 2016 at 5:59 PM

I don't know if Charlie gets out for walks on a regular basis but he's always enthusiastically greeting us from behind the fence when we walk past in the mornings. Stenson deserved to win. They were both amazing though. Stenson's putting game was beyond belief all day. Did you get your junction box all tucked back in? Ugh...the Giants were swept by the Padres. That's depressing. I bailed on the game and watched Continental Divide instead. John Belushi in a romantic comedy...and it worked. I've watched it quite a few times and have always enjoyed it. There were a couple things in the credits I saw this time that I'd never picked up on before. Spielburg directed it and it was written by Lawrence Kasdan. I normally don't pay a great deal of attention to writers but Kasdan has been prolific and has written some of my favorites including Silverado and Raiders of the Lost Ark. He also did the screenplay for Wyatt Earp, The Accidental Tourist, and a bunch of the Star Wars movies.

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By beckysdad on Jul 17, 2016 at 7:30 AM

I'd say watering and prepping for a postal run constitutes a complete to-do list. Are you going to watch The Open? I hope you're right about the simple cap solution. I've just come to expect all my dental visits to be more complicated than they would appear at first glance. I haven't had the best of luck. We had some excitement on our walk this morning. We were approaching a home and saw the garage door starting to open. The owner emerges with his pit bull on leash. The Pit was very excited and straining at the leash upon seeing Becky. Dad is a very fit guy but he was working it to keep his boy in check. I decided that we'd just keep on moving which we did. Tell me if you've heard this one before... we get about 25 yards past the house when I hear the tell tale sounds of dog nails on concrete. I hear a guys voice call "he's coming!" I turn and see this Pit running at full speed right at us. My first thought was "oh crap" but I stayed calm. This time however the Pit got up to us and just went to sniffing Becky and all was good. He had slipped his collar and got away from dad. We stayed where we were and waited for dad to catch up. Charlie had no interest in letting dad leash him up again though so he kept dodging and avoiding capture. Dad and I chatted for about five minutes as he tried various strategies to lure Charlie back. Charlie kept ranging further and further away. Finally dad opted for the "wanna go for a ride" gambit and headed back towards his car. That seemed to do the trick and Charlie ran to the car. It's funny how last time it was a Boxer that flat out attacked Becky when it got loose and this time a Pit came rushing at us to deliver a very excited greeting. It just shows once again that dogs are individuals and breed isn't the sole determinant in behavior.

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By beckysdad on Jul 16, 2016 at 7:41 PM

Amazingly, I haven't been harassed by AARP even though I've been eligible for three years now. It's too bad those shows didn't yield any decent intel. August isn't that far off. I now Dad will be happier once football gets going again. Would you believe I actually went out to dinner tonight?My best friend Rob was down in the area for a family get together and he suggested we meet at our favorite Italian place and have dinner. It was a great idea as they still serve the best pizza in the valley. The bad news is I lost the cap off one of my front teeth. Well...I still have it but it's not in my mouth where it belongs. I had that one done about 25 years ago so I can complain too much. I wonder if it can just be glued back on or if it's going to turn into a deal again.

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