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By cataff on May 24, 2015 at 9:14 AM

The whole community is crushed. We aren't a big school (about 650 students), but the morning after we lost Gunny, every single one of them came in totally silent, stayed silent (other than sniffles) as they waited for the bell to go to first block, went silently through the halls, were silent in the classrooms, were silent going to, during, and returning from a special ceremony at the flag pole to lower our flags to half mast, and remained silent until mid-morning. I have never ever experienced anything like this, and we have lost well liked faculty members before. It was the most moving show of respect and love I expect I will ever witness. That's great that they replayed the ring ceremony during the rain delay. The Dodgers game was a pitchers' duel and went by all too quickly. It was so good to hear Scully again, and I hope MLB will show more Dodgers home games during the season. Each year I fear it will be his last at the mic. All baseball fans who have been fortunate enough to hear him broadcast should count their blessings. I know Lon Simmons was much beloved as well, and I was sorry when I learned of his death. Scully was the only person associated with the Dodgers that I didn't detest when they left Brooklyn. LOL

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By Fauxpaws on May 24, 2015 at 7:42 AM

Dallas gets her little nose in the air sometimes, especially when she wants things done her way - and then leaves everything for someone else to do. I am disappointed that she wasn't more supportive of all the work Chuck's gotten done so far, however. I kept switching back and forth between stations last night while the game was on, so I guess I missed alot of the "sloppy" play at the beginning of the 3rd. I did see one of Curry's 3-pointers tho that was just a "wow" moment. And you're right, Hardin just didn't show up and didn't look good at all. I'd guess the Rockets will keep playing hard but their hearts have probably gone out of it at this point. I saw that 3-base strike out on TV this morning. That was cool. And yes, I did remember you can run to an open base if the catcher blows it. =) We'll head back over to FIL's in a while but I don't think we'll be staying too long. Chuck's ready for an afternoon of sloth.

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By Fauxpaws on May 24, 2015 at 3:44 AM

He's still in planning mode. Dallas spent the afternoon over at FIL's, going through everything that Chuck's had done so far and then proceeding to tell him what she didn't like and what he needed to add to his list of things still "needing" to be done, all of it purely cosmetic. He finally told her to stop, he had his hands full just doing repairs and if she wanted the place basically redecorated she could just come up here and do it herself. I think she finally got the message. I sure hope so. He also asked if her husband could come over today and help him move the china cabinet, and she said, "I wouldn't count on it." Wow. Thanks a lot. It's a good thing I wasn't there for all of that or I would have said some things I might regret later. So I see the Giants won the first game but lost the second. Phooey! Don't know if you've seen the Dubs game last night so I won't comment on it, except to say my mouth was hanging open in awe for most of it. =(

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By cataff on May 23, 2015 at 8:51 PM

I forgot to say that MLB gave me the gift of using the Dodger's coverage of tonight's game against the Padres, so I'm enjoying the great commentary of Vin Scully right now.

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By cataff on May 23, 2015 at 8:49 PM

It has been a bittersweet day made better by my friends here. I apologize for my mix-up of the date of your folks' anniversary. I'm glad they honor Memorial Day. It's important to me too. This is what made the day bittersweet: http://wtvr.com/2015/05/20/harry-elliott-obituary/

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By cataff on May 23, 2015 at 7:33 PM

Please tell Becky that it's never too soon for cake. LOL Thank you very much for the birthday LOL. Now if only you would tell your Giants to stop stomping on my Dodgers. Actually, a tight race will be fun to watch over the season. i hope you and your family had a great day celebrating your parents' anniversary today.

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By violetD on May 23, 2015 at 2:18 PM

YES SIR!!! Benign is a beautiful word as diagnoses go. Or is it diagnosises? Spell check says diagnoses. ;) SO happy to hear Teresa is well now! I think it's harder to go through this with a loved one that to go through it yourself. We feel so helpless when it's someone we love. I'm glad they didn't have to cut into my head. EESHK!! Fortunately there was nothing there...and I mean nothing! ;) I hope to be back more often soon too!! Thanks for the lubs and is that Becky goin' to town on peanut butter in your avatar? She is one gorgeous girlie!!

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By Fauxpaws on May 23, 2015 at 2:00 PM

I'm sure all the hostilities won't be ending in our lifetimes, if ever. Love the idea of the cat and dog sanctuary! LOL Chuck's got his own little projects to do. There's an antique china cabinet still over there that we need to get moved to our house and I think he's formulated a plan. We'll see. I hope he can get it here in one piece. I had no idea they'd been drilling along those beaches all those years. I did see coverage of the big spill in '69. That was a real doozy. I suppose since the state owns the seabeds 3 miles out then it will be up to the state to clean up the spill? Another major headache y'all don't need. "Doing as little as possible" isn't working out so well. Been doing chores all day, slowly using up all that energy I got from sleep last night. Still got a little left, however. =)

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By Fauxpaws on May 23, 2015 at 8:32 AM

The wheels came off, all right. Glad I was able to get them back on. Three games today! I have a feeling the Middle East will just have to wait for solutions. They've been waiting for centuries. I don't imagine one more day is going to make much difference. We do have plans for the Holiday - do as little as possible. The rain will be a big help in that regard, as probably most all of the festivities will be cancelled. Chuck's already at FIL's this morning but mainly just to meet with other workmen to take care of other problems. And someone is coming over to look at FIL's two cars. We're hoping he buys them both. Were they drilling in that area or was it just a pipeline running down from Canada or somewhere? Whatever it was, it sucks.

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By Fauxpaws on May 23, 2015 at 6:14 AM

Well, I think I'm finally awake enough to function properly. No wine on the balcony last evening. I probably would have just fallen asleep if I had. As it is, I went to bed early and slept late. Now I feel human again, especially since my cold is finally gone. Glad you were able to take care of your dad's problems in short order. Definitely worth the drive! Everybody around here is going to have to celebrate Memorial Day today, as the rain will be moving in tonight and is supposed to last until Tuesday. The good news is we won't have to listen to fireworks all weekend. I've been keeping up with the oil spill story near Santa Barbara. What a horrible mess. I always feel the most sorry for the wildlife. Oh, I've got bluebirds building another nest in the box out front! Sis thinks it's probably the same pair, but who knows and who cares? =) I hope all the babies make it this time.

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By Fauxpaws on May 22, 2015 at 1:24 PM

Yep, been another long one. It was nice, tho, all in all. One of Auntie's sons is a long-time Little Rock policeman and the family got a police motorcycle escort to the cemetery. These are the same guys (10 of them in all) who do the "official" escorts whenever some bigwig comes to town and wow, were they impressive. Rush hour was just winding down and we stopped a lot of traffic! It was kinda fun. The service later was very nice, as Auntie was a member of that church for probably 60 years so everyone knew her and made it very personal. Yeah, that game last night went right down to the wire, didn't it? Whew! Win ugly, just win. That's it in a nutshell. I know you'll miss Teach and I hope she'll be able to overcome her problems. It will be interesting to meet the one other teacher and see how it all works out.

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By Fauxpaws on May 22, 2015 at 4:41 AM

Another day of fun game watching for you! How great is that?!! If there were any doubters about Curry as MVP, I hope they're changing their minds. Personally, I've always pictured you as a harmless guy. Too bad there are people out there who'll take advantage of that. Sorry to hear Teach will be retiring, but it must be for the best for her. I'm sure whichever new teacher ends up working with you will be thrilled to have you there. Yesterday was a busy one. By the time we got home, we were pooped. Managed to throw some dinner together and went to bed early. Today we have to be over at Auntie's house by 9:00 and it'll be an all-day affair. Maybe I can sneak off and grab a nap in the car. =)

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By Fauxpaws on May 21, 2015 at 8:28 AM

Well, I almost had the date right. Sounds like it must have been a one-sided gabfest. And not much fun at that. Been there, done that. Or I should say had that done to me. About to head out the door to paint. We'll probably get about 4 hours in before we have to get home and ready for the visitation, or viewing, or whatever it is. Please don't feel guilty on my part about sitting on your butt watching baseball this afternoon. Yeah, like you were serious. =)

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By Fauxpaws on May 21, 2015 at 5:14 AM

Totally true about the funerals. I certainly don't feel that way and doubt if I ever will. "Making groceries" seems to be a popular expression down in New Orleans, at least according to Dallas who lived there for a good number of years. Canjun slang, which can be pretty amusing, especially when you add in the funky dialect. My knee did get better, thank you. One of these days I'm really going to have to get it taken care of, I suppose. Congrats on getting the photo work to near completion! I think I recall you telling Syl the big celebration will be on the 7th? Pssh, plenty of time. So, between computer butt and couch potato, your butt doesn't stand a chance, eh? LOL!

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By Fauxpaws on May 20, 2015 at 1:35 PM

I really don't know who will be attending. Most of the relatives live pretty far away in other states, so I doubt if many of them will make it. I don't expect Miss Idaho or BIL to be here and not even sure if Dallas will come. Probably mostly her friends and cronies from church. They're all of the age that they love a good funeral. I guess they're all just glad it's not their own funeral. Wow, what a drag that must have been listening to those two guys today. Granted substitute teaching is a tough job and the circumstances for that one guy really sucked, but if you're THAT miserable, then get some other job! Just got back from 'making groceries', as they say here in the south and glad that's over with! My knee was especially crabby today, I guess from the workout it's been getting with the painting. I think tomorrow I'll just sit on a pillow on the floor, scoot along and do the baseboards. =)

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By jennybookseller on May 20, 2015 at 1:14 PM

Glad you liked! Jorma was local for us when we lived in Athens, Ohio. His Fur Peace Ranch is near there. I am currently in bed with Weegee tucked beside me. Got sleepy, but couldn't actually sleep. New meds, so I feel better overall. I see another specialist in a couple of weeks. Always something!

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By Fauxpaws on May 20, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Yeah, rehab probably would have been more than she could have handled. It's for the best. I'll miss her tho. Quite the character, she was one of my favorites. So it was another double win for your teams yesterday! Nice! I've never heard of Liquid Wrench but I'm sure going to tell Chuck about it. We ended up getting an inch and a half of rain this morning. Looks like that's it for a few days, except for maybe a shower here and there this afternoon. I have got to make a grocery run. Tomorrow we should be able to get the painting finished before we go to the "Visitation". I plan on doing a lot of slothing this weekend!

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By jennybookseller on May 20, 2015 at 7:55 AM

How goes it, BD? Been so busy here for months, but things have finally slowed a bit. Just done editing a friend's novel. Some day I have to get back to my own series! Oh, did you catch my latest Tails post? It's about hippie fish. http://www.tailsinc.com/2015/05/a-twist-in-the-tale-the-age-of-aquariums/

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By Fauxpaws on May 20, 2015 at 6:29 AM

Sounds like it was quite a game last night! Glad the Dubs pulled it out. I'm amazed there were no trash-talking Warrior fans. We had another storm hit this morning and it's still raining out, but the worst has passed. Got a bunch of wet birds hanging out on the balcony. We got the walls painted yesterday but still have to do the baseboards and the rest of the semigloss painting. Auntie passed away yesterday morning, very peacefully. Her heart just stopped. Visitation is tomorrow evening and then the funeral on Friday, which will take up most of the day. Her obit was in the paper today and there was one interesting fact. She taught school at Central High here in Little Rock in 1957 during the big racial integration crisis. I never knew that but wish I had. I would have liked to talk to her about it.

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By Fauxpaws on May 19, 2015 at 6:10 AM

Fortunately, the living room/dining room is one large, open area, only connecting to the kitchen and a hallway. I think Chuck will leave painting the kitchen to the workmen and we'll probably be safe in not painting the hallway, as the wall next to it it wallpapered with a nice, attractive enough wallpaper. I hear ya on the faucets stripping. Same thing happens to Chuck, seems like every single time. Really frustrating! It's actually nice enough to open up the house this morning. Less humidity in the air today. That'll be good for the painting too, tho I imagine we'll run the AC over there anyway to help it dry faster.

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