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Old Oct 18, 2022 at 03:16 PM
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After a friend invited me to join him for a Mariner's game in Sept, I've followed the remainder of the Seattle's team season. Houston put the kabosh on the post-season, and it now seems dear Mariners are the last team in MLB to never reach the World Series. Hurdles never cease.

Closing in decent draft status for my hack work for clients. One just wrote this morning asking how I wanted to be paid. Check works. Or cash in unmarked small denomination bills.

Smoky air of late, too, so I'm indoors more than normal. In the replay of the last Mariner's game you could really see it.

The recurring Love of Chair sketch from The Electric Company had a motif: "And what about Naomi?" In my life, it's "And what about the condo?"
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Old Oct 25, 2022 at 01:58 AM
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Do all in my powers to remain at my leisure while all about me work in the opposite direction. One sign of a shift is I reach out more to friends to keep up and even maybe meet in person. What an idea?

Tomorrow measly steps: looking at debugging an online form creator I'm actually paying to subscribe to for a couple of months. Only while I need it.

Going to a meeting to support and take notes.

Picking up some food & returning home in time for a workshop on mushrooms in your coffee (we eat and use a lot of mushrooms, don't drink coffee).

Usually bridge on Tuesdays, but my partner fell and hurt her foot and hand. Hard for her to drive right now.

The hardest step, and not so measly, is checking out a people's memorial for a murdered local black business owner,
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Old Nov 02, 2022 at 05:30 PM
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Your not-so measly step is an important one. Did you know the man personally? I hope working on his memorial provides you with some peace and healing. My condolences for everyone close to the man. My prayer is for peace. There is way too much violence in our country, and people of color are enduring the brunt of it.

On a lighter note, I don't live in Seattle, but I like the Mariners.

My immediate challenge is to change my insurance so that I can save a whole bunch of money and get signed up with the doctor I like. You're good at doing this sort of thing, but I'm not. Fingers crossed that I get everything fixed up before open enrollment ends.
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Old Nov 03, 2022 at 01:17 AM
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Hi back, from a break while I kept at all the tasks that I have to do.

No, I didn't know him. The memorial was on the street: candles, messages, flowers. We attended a Day of the Dead ceremony tonight and mentioned him. The violence is the fruit of lots of others smaller things. Start getting the smaller stuff straightened out, the violence will lessen.

Feels like I'm always trying to catch up and never quite getting to the finish. So it goes ...

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

~ William Shakespeare

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Old Nov 04, 2022 at 02:34 AM
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Hi all
I prefer to call mine pidgeon steps small but on the right course.
Get out of bed
Drag myself to work
Do some work
Hoover my house
Walk the pooch
Donít eat rubbish food

Catch you tomorrow
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Old Nov 04, 2022 at 11:56 AM
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Hi Mes40, I see you're a new member of MSF. In one of your posts you asked if you're supposed to wander around the threads to see where you feel at home. I think that's the idea.

If you have a specific need for support searching for threads is one way to get into what's here.

I sometimes check out the chat, or look at quick links for recent posts.

My goals today:
  • keep calming myself in face of some tangled condo work ahead.
  • renew a book (done)
  • consider when I might take a few days to fly to visit my mother (who may be in the process of dying. This is the hardest context, and hard to do as I have no partners or staff or assistants to cover for my work while I'm away).
  • have fun with a friend over dinner tonight. The reward at the end of the struggles.
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Old Nov 06, 2022 at 09:37 PM
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Thanks Revu2 for the navigation tips 👍

I got up went to work and done some work hoovered walked the pooch and made a pork mince chilli

Got a week off now so tomorrow fix the diesel heater in my mobile home and book a campsite or just drive with no end goal weíll see

I should really do some jobs on my house Iím currently nearing the end of a complete refurb

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Old Nov 08, 2022 at 09:50 PM
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Hi, all,
Welcome Mes40. A complete refurb sounds exciting, (and challenging.)

R, I'm wishing you good thoughts for your mother. It's hard to say good bye to someone you love.

Me - I got the insurance thing done. I called the two numbers I was given asking for an application to edit my insurance. No one answered.I left a voice mail every day. Since the deadline was Nov 11, and it was already Nov. 2, I I tried a third number. She told me that the deadline was Nov. 3. imagine panic. I asked if I could come down in person, and she said yes. Good ending.

After three days of doing almost nothing, I've been going nonstop since Nov. 2. Had fun with friends today. Lots of fun. Haven't had that much fun in a long time.

My goals for now are. keep editng and clean up clutter that has accumulated.

Happy stepping.

Oh, and my computer has been acting funny. Probably mu first goal should be to get to Staples and see if there's anything seriously wrong with it.
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Old Nov 10, 2022 at 04:05 AM
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Hi again

Didn’t fix my motor home
Didn’t go away
Didn’t do any jobs on my house

But I did chill out and relaxed 😌

Revu2 did you manage to free up some time to visit your mother ?

Delightful did your computer make it to staples ?

I might go to the beach and do a bit of fishing tomorrow at least do something on my week off
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Old Nov 14, 2022 at 07:59 PM
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How was the fishing?

Didn't make it to Staples yet. My computer crashed again today, so more motivation.

Meanwhile . . . I hired a yahoo to build a retaining wall, and they did it all wrong.
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Old Nov 15, 2022 at 01:31 AM
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Hi crew,

I did look at flights and considered how I might make a visit work. There was Spirit and Frontier. I've been on Spirit, and from what I could find Frontier is even worse. How is that possible?

A bit more sensible with a good schedule but costing about $40 more was United. But I talked with Mom and she vetoed the trip. So my brothers are staying close by and I call every day or so to check in.

I had a good cry. Last time I visited her was in 2019.

Yet, as Suzan-LorI Parks says, and the world keeps going round and round and round.

Had a "come to my schedule" moment this morning. And with one thing or another I'm steady busy till I file taxes in mid-April. Then a couple of weeks off (we can fantasize, can't we) and so May 1, 2023, I haven't an idea what I'll be doing.

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Old Nov 19, 2022 at 10:55 AM
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Hiya
Didnít catch any fish ha Iím not the greatest fisherman. going to take my mother out somewhere tomorrow sheís a bit nuts nowadays but enjoys just going out with me doing everyday tasks .
Tradesmen ha Iíve had some dodgy ones too lately many tasks not finished in my house.
Catch up soon Mes
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Old Nov 20, 2022 at 06:38 PM
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Hi, Mes and R,

I'm getting a little writing done, but not much. I'm editing, and I expected it to be simple, but I still find places that need rea revision - making the writing good, not just catching the typos.
It looks like we'll have another dry year in California. Yikes! That makes eleven out of twelve. I'm not planting anything new, because the young plants need water to start out, and the squirrels like to dig them up.
How dry is California? Did I mention that the guys who built the retaining wall had to use a jackhammer to break up the dirt. Not kidding.
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Old Nov 22, 2022 at 03:21 AM
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Hi D, whoa, that's a lot of dry time. A Jackhammer? For dirt? The bible talk about 7 years full, 7 lean. And there's a legend or history that Herodotus wrote about of a kingdom that had a long drought. The king said they eat a day and play games on alternative days (and not eat). This sort of worked, but after too many years, they drew lots, and half the country followed the prince to a part of what's now Italy. Half stayed with the king.

Turns out, the leaving group might have been the from ... Turkey. Herodotus got it right, according to recent DNA evidence.

Hm, ever consider pulling up stakes?

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Old Nov 23, 2022 at 12:33 PM
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Hi Measly steppers,

Today I'm dealing with my anger issues. Like editions of a magazine. This month, Anger.

Seeing how increasingly more complicated and high stakes my work ahead is, I tapped into just how pissed off I am about it. A deep part of that is I'm stuck, more or less and can't escape. Caught in trap.

Grrrrr! Months ahead of toil and troubles. Months! I guess I might be a bit clear around May 1.

Processing this 'issue' because I don't want to hold back due to internal passive-aggressive feelings. I need my own 100% and I want it to be congruent.

On my list was to share this and sense how I feel. Feel sobered. Solid. Good things.

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PS: Subject line a riff on Freud's essay Civilization and Its Discontents.

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Old Nov 25, 2022 at 08:58 AM
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Hiya

Iím in England by Dover and weíve had weeks of heavy rain Iím thinking of getting my dog a boat to go for a wee in the garden ha
Sunshine sounds nice but I guess you can have too much of a good thing.
Stressful year end for me Iím in higher management for a construction firm and the weather is not helping.
Roll on Xmas and it will all be behind me for a while.
Cheers Mes
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Old Nov 30, 2022 at 10:47 PM
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Ha, keeping things in proper order. Worked hard on a panel/workshop dealing with workplace conflict. Disagreed with the organizer and the other panelist on something, and this morning the organizer sent me an email stating my services would not be needed and to submit my invoice. [And as I like to whisper, don't let the door slam on your way out.] What does that mean when we couldn't cope with variant points of view ourselves? I wonder what she'll say about why I'm not there next week. May never know.

Anyway, invoice sent. Filed away all my draft work. Turning to other matters.

Given my mom's declining health, I'm rearranging my appointments to get over to Atlanta to see her. Looked up the etiquette advice on dealing with this as I'm nearly 100% a keeper of my word. One tip I immediately used: if it's short notice and important, meet with the person or call. I was in the middle of writing I'd need to withdraw from a commitment I made in September to devote a month to this project, beginning tomorrow! Ah man, hard stuff.

So the goal today was to begin to clear my plans. So I called. He was real gracious and shared a bit of his own personal experience with ailing relatives.

So, for the rest of the day, I kept looking over my schedule and cancelling appointments.

Tomorrow, first look at plane tickets, making my packing list, etc. Then consult with brother and partner over where matters stand.

Oh, I may have 1 work appointment, then a couple of errands. I want to drop off all my library books so that's clear of my mind. Which raises a question: what to take to read on the flights? If reading is even possible.

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Old Dec 02, 2022 at 08:38 PM
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HI, both,

R. I'm sending you good vibes ( and a prayer, if it's okay with you. I'm glad you're able to make the trip to Atlanta. From my experience, it's one of the most important things you'll do in your life and every kindness you do will come back a gazillionfold. My 2 cents worth - your family will probably be stressed. Forgive any bad behavior if it should happen. Chock it up to dealing with a difficult situation. (This is from my experience.)

MS40, sorry you're dealing with so much rain. I know that too much is just as bad as not enough. In California, last year was our tenth year of drought (out of eleven years.) Yesterday was our second rainy day of the season. I hope it continues.

As you two have probably noticed, I've been AFK (away from keyboard. After Thanksgiving, I took my can and my computer in for service, and I just got both back today.

Wishing you both good things.
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Old Dec 07, 2022 at 01:39 AM
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Hi fellow measlies,

Got all arranged to be in Atlanta. First question was how soon? Next was how long? How soon~ about 3 days. How long? Don't know. So I researched stand-by (not happening anymore because you can't get past security; open-ended ticket (really expensive) and one-way. Got a one-way ticket.

Spent a day cancelling my attendance at various meetings and groups; spent a day packing for an unknown duration stay with only my carryon luggage.

Somehow managed. Landed and one of my brothers took me to the hospital right away. We're taking shifts and sorting out next moves.

Tomorrow is for research on home hospice providers.

Read sections of the Bible to mom today (she's religious, I'm not). I cried reading a couple of selections especially the Beatitudes and 23 Psalms. Very nice edition with cross-references of the KJV.

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Old Dec 10, 2022 at 09:22 PM
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Wishing you and your mother strength, love and peace for the days ahead. I'm glad your mother is surrounded by love.
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