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BS: The Mother of all BS threads

Amos 04 Oct 15 - 07:20 AM
GUEST,Sir R., villain exraordinaire 04 Oct 15 - 01:51 AM
maeve 03 Oct 15 - 04:26 PM
Rapparee 02 Oct 15 - 07:31 PM
Rapparee 02 Oct 15 - 02:21 PM
GUEST, ^*^ 02 Oct 15 - 12:11 PM
Rapparee 02 Oct 15 - 11:32 AM
gnu 02 Oct 15 - 06:15 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 04 Oct 15 - 07:20 AM

The Getaway is rollicking and frolicking and thriving and sleep-depriving. I am glad despite fatigue. I couldn't sustain it for a week, thugh.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,Sir R., villain exraordinaire
Date: 04 Oct 15 - 01:51 AM

Checking in.   I'm in Mizala, as the GPS tells it. Tomorrow I will go to kabelaws to see about buying a jacket because I forgot mine.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: maeve
Date: 03 Oct 15 - 04:26 PM

Raising a glass to honor/honour those who keep Mom's candle lit in more ways than one. Have fun in Missoula, Rap. Get the music going at the Getaway, Amos. Hum a hummersong, gnu. Declut the clutted, Acme. Arise and shine, Mom.

Maeve


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Oct 15 - 07:31 PM

Okay, bright and early tomorrow I'm going to Missoula. I'll be gone a few days. You guys take care of Mom; I'll check in when I can.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Oct 15 - 02:21 PM

Although Idaho must worry about earthquakes, vulcanism, tornadoes, blizzards, drought, and a multitude of other things, we don't have to worry about hurricanes and tsunamis.

If a hurricane or tsunami affects Idaho we're all in a world of hurt and even moreso if it's a hurricane-driven tsunami or vice-versa. But soon enough, with the Cascadian Fault overdue to liquify the west coast from Yreka to Seattle and global warming raising the level of the Pacific, we may experience both any day now.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST, ^*^
Date: 02 Oct 15 - 12:11 PM

The hurricane itself may not hit, but it sounds like there is quite a backwash weather-wise. Stay dry, everyone.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Oct 15 - 11:32 AM

New Brunswick Will Wash Away!
Weather Alerts Out!!

CNS: Hurricane Joaquin changed its track overnight and will make landfall three meters north of the US/Canadian border early Sunday or perhaps Monday morning. Winds in excess of 200kmh and rains in excess of a meter per hour are to be expected.

The Prime Minister announced at 9 o'clock a.m. Atlantic Time that "New Brunswick will have to take its chances, even though it's predicted to wash away. We don't have the budget to help those herring chokers and fight terrorism in Canada at the same time."

The Province of Quebec and the state of Maine are said to be looking forward to additional beachfront properties.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 02 Oct 15 - 06:15 AM

Not necessarily... the hurricane track has changed. https://weather.gc.ca/hurricane/track_e.html


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 Oct 15 - 09:42 PM

Flash floods, flashers, and flash mobs predicted at Getaway for this weekend.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 Oct 15 - 08:33 AM

The last was written by Fylo T. Marnsworth way back in 1883. Fylo invented Smellyvision but went broke because no one would consider buying his recordings of Le Pétomane. In despair he took to pottery and made well over 200 misshapen jugs and jars before realizing he was actually meant for poetry, and the results of that are hardly less than well known. Fylo never married, but spent his life with his cats; when he died he left everything to them (did I mention he had inherited millions of rupees from an uncle with the East India Company?) but his will was broken by evil companions and his wealth dissipated in Denver's dissolute dives. Broken hearted, Fylo died of a heart attack in a charity ward for consumptive lepers in 1884 while visiting a friend. He is buried in Potter's Field at Wogharts in Blivetshire. As a side note, he possessed of both the Victoria Cross and the Medal of Honor, but both were taken from him and given to their rightful owners.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 30 Sep 15 - 09:00 PM

Amos was smashed upon the rocks
That cooled his moonshine clear
So smashed was he his guitar he sold
The one he held so dear.

No more will his clear, dulcet, tones
Descend upon our ear
For he has sold his loved guitar
The one he held so dear.

No more his G-string shall he pluck
In tuning for nearly a year
For he has sold his one G-string
The one he held so dear.

No more a G-string, small and lace,
Will Amos, leering, wear,
It has gone where such things go --
And Amos wanders bare.

Yes, naked in the world goes he
Who once could fool an ear
With chords and frets and capos too
And minor fifths so sere.

And minor sevenths and bodhrans bold
The besotted wretch did break
For now he to West River doth hie
Which will look quite like a lake.

Water, water, everywhere!
And all the boards did swell!
Water, water, everywhere!
This rain can go to atch ee double toothpicks.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 30 Sep 15 - 01:31 PM

(I'll try to finish this later.) ? That doesn't rhyme.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 30 Sep 15 - 11:22 AM

Amos was smashed upon the rocks
That cooled his moonshine clear
So smashed was he his guitar he sold
The one he held so dear.

No more will his clear, dulcet, tones
Descend upon our ear
For he has sold his loved guitar
The one he held so dear.

No more his G-string shall he pluck
In tuning for nearly a year
For he has sold his one G-string
The one he held so dear.

(I'll try to finish this later.)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 29 Sep 15 - 10:24 PM

A catawrack is a boat! Or is that a catawreck? Hmmm....

Getaway looks like it's gonna be a floataway this year. How can we send life jackets? I mean, seven inches of rain over the weekend?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: maeve
Date: 29 Sep 15 - 04:33 PM

Kindly allow this humble person who slept through the eclipse to assist Mom in arising from her eclipse-gazing hammock.

I never get to git to the Getaway, so at least I can be useful though not decorative. I'm more in the semblance of seawrack than catawracks, though I am overly familiar with them there things in a second hand- errr, second sight- no-lessee... I know about them things.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Sep 15 - 09:04 PM

Catawrack is a kind of tree, isn't it?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Sep 15 - 05:47 PM

I didn't see it. I just wondered who did.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 28 Sep 15 - 10:49 AM

I seen it. Mighta been cool wasn't fer me catawracks.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Sep 15 - 10:14 AM

MOM!! MOM!!! Didja see the eclipse? Didjadidjadidja?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 27 Sep 15 - 09:17 PM

I would like to see it, but there are houses and lights and trees east of me and it's too late to go somewhere else. Moonrise isn't for a bit yet anyway.

You all HAVE heard that there are some folks who believe that this is The End Of Days and that by morning we'll all be raptured? Or not, as the case may be. Personally I think that a giant coyote is going to eat the Moon, get sick to its little tummy, and throw it back up. This is actually part of the belief system of the Idaho Legion but you aren't required to subscribe to all of it because some of it's just plain silly.

Amos believes that the Earth is supported on the back of a giant turtle, which is on the back of another turtle, which is on the back of another turtle...in fact, it's turtles all the way down.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 27 Sep 15 - 03:39 PM

Starts at 9:11 here and goes for 5:11 hours. I might see a bit of it. It's SSW from me at the start and there are apartment buildings in that direction so ???

Have fun.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 27 Sep 15 - 01:14 PM

Whew - that oil tank episode sounds like a stunt in a scary movie. Or a slapstick comedy. Not something you actually want happening in your home.

MOM is going to stay up tonight to watch the eclipse so I'll set up both the telescope and the camera on tripods.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 26 Sep 15 - 09:52 PM

Oh, thank you, Ebbie! You have saved Mom from a FWTD.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Ebbie
Date: 26 Sep 15 - 02:21 PM

To the rescue she leaps.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 25 Sep 15 - 08:52 PM

Would that I could go! I had hoped to, but circumstances and four porch columns that need replacing dictated that, alas!, I could not.

But what do I care? Getaway is nought but a weekend of drinking, brawling, wenching, singing, music, late nights, and all of those things that folk singers and their ilk are known for. There will almost certainly be the Annual Police Raid where tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, water cannon, and flash-bangs will be used to break up the uncouth clots of card carrying conservatives, liberals, and mugwumps.

Once again, Mother will be forced to spend her butter and egg money to bail out Amos. He will promise never again to de-pants a policeman, and next year everything will happen all over again.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 25 Sep 15 - 11:55 AM

Ah, farewell, farewell, my bags are packed
And I must go away
I leave for far-off lands, my loves,
Where the wilding banjos play.
Where voices are no strangers
And every voice has song
And all the hours are enjoyed
And nothing lasts too long.
And so farewell, for I am agwine
To make my fingers play
Beyond the snowcapped Rockies
To the East Coast Getaway!

Justin Caseit Happenz
Ballads of Escape
Damfool Tukov Rhuning, pubs
Glasgow, 1876


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 25 Sep 15 - 12:22 AM

Some people must travel far afield to find small, cold comfort; better they had stayed at home and enjoyed the sunlight.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 24 Sep 15 - 08:58 PM

I hope like hell the tank was empty when they started cutting on it! Probably was, but you can never tell about some people.

Amos, I apologize for mistaking "a gwine" for "agwine." Obviously you have a later dictionary than I. I wish, however, point out that gwine is a wine cellar management program written in perl, and for information on "a" I refer you to the repetition section at perdocs.perl.org.

On further investigation, however, I found that the expression "a gwine" in Old Meänkieli (Enontekiö dialect) refers to "the heroic though solitary copulatory acts of the [now extinct] Arctic warthog when stranded on a melting bit of an iceberg." I thought you'd want to know.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 24 Sep 15 - 06:53 PM

Of all the money that e'er I had
I've spent it in good company
And all the harm that e'er I've done
Alas it was to none but me
And all I've done for want of wit
To memory now I can't recall
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be with you all

Citations not required. If you don't know it.... bite me. Good night and joy be with you all.

OH! Yesterday was horrible! The fuckers who changed out Mum's oil tank? One was no bigger than a minute and the other gut was about 60. In order to get the ol tank up the basement stairs, they cut the tank in two with a Sawz-all. I was next door and it was FUCKIN LOUD at my house. I raced over. Mum was in hysterics trying to get her shoes on to get out of the house... scared to damn near death. I flicked the basement stairs light on an off rapidly and asked him to wait until I got Mum out of the house. Got her into my house, shut my windows... took a half to get her calmed and stop crying. There will be a Letter to the Editor about this suggesting that people enquire about the cutting of old tanks in their home before hiring a company to change out a tank.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 24 Sep 15 - 02:41 PM

I didn't say I was an agwinist, silly Bookmanne. I said I was a gwine, which is an entirely different word from an entirely different root, viz., Indo-European gjinn, noun, "an act of heroism or accomplishment of such magnitude as to appear mystic or magical in its origins". I come from a long line of such acts.

Teaching your grandmother to suck eggs is an exercise in futility, mon vieux.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 24 Sep 15 - 12:59 PM

Gwyn, Amos. You misspelled. Obviously then you are descended from Nell Gwyn, who often descended for Charles II of England. You're "a Gwyn" and not "agwine." "Agwine" is an old, old Anglo-Saxon verb meaning, well, it's a series of actions involving grease, a wine butt, several sheep, leather, and linked body piercings. "Agwine" is against the law in 200 countries of the world, and is always and everywhere punishable by "death with extreme malice." You don't want to be an agwinist.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 24 Sep 15 - 11:24 AM

I leave for the Getaway tomorrow night, via visits in North Carolina and DC. I don't know what the case will be in future years, but this year Ima gwine.

Actually I have been agwine for along time, and am descended from a long, long line of gwines. Many of the gwines in my ancestral tree have been involved with major historical figures and incidents, such as the bombing of the Parsley Grade School boy's room plumbing and the discovery of cannabis in the new world. It wasn't really a new world, but it was really cannabis. Which made it look new.

So I have a lot of respect and affinity for those who have the courage to say "I'm agwine". These are the folks who make the world go around in various dimensions.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 24 Sep 15 - 09:39 AM

Well, why not? I mean, no one else seems to want to.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 23 Sep 15 - 10:25 PM

I've had to pass again this year. Too much work being done on the house right now. E.g., four 10-foot columns in the front have to be replaced (they're wooden, with rot) and whilst I can do many things we're hiring THAT out! Pat will be in Blighty, fabric show the Victoria and Albert, so I get to ensure that the pillars are properly placed.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST, ^*^
Date: 23 Sep 15 - 09:52 PM

I was hoping to finally make it to the Getaway, but it became too complicated this year. It will be a goal for next year, when there isn't a big social event happening so near to the same time. Are any of you going this year?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 23 Sep 15 - 10:06 AM

See? I just can't keep my things together.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 23 Sep 15 - 10:05 AM

Nice. Is that someone who's happy or someone who's fallen into a pit of quicksand and only their head is still above the surface?
                                              ^^
I've tried that stuff but only came up with    @@ which is nothing much.                                          \/


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,ha'pny
Date: 23 Sep 15 - 02:13 AM

¯\_(ツ)_/¯


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 22 Sep 15 - 10:39 PM

Humana Advantage. I got it through the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, but we have to make another choice (or stick with the same) next month. OPERS is gonna pay for me but not completely for Pat; the money is going into an HRA and then out for the premiums on whatever we chose for tax reasons. It's been a good insurance -- Pat's "incident" last year was billed at around $110,000 and our out of pocket was about 1% of that.

I get some stuff through the VA -- meds, mostly -- but since the closest two hospitals are each about 250+ miles away I'd be crazy to use them for checkups, etc.* We do have a Community-Based Outpatient Clinic here which can do some mental health, checkups, basic pharmacy, and so on and I do use that when it's needed. There is also VA Choice, which means that if you live more than 40 road miles from a health care facility you can get permission to use a local provider. However, that means that since our local clinic can't do an audiology check such as I needed this year I was going to have to go to Salt Lake City; fortunately I convinced them to let me use a local provider. I have a friend who is 60% disabled and pregnant, due around Hallowe'en and the VA graciously has allowed her to do everything locally and the VA will pay, including things like a breast pump (but not a college education or such, because I asked when she said the VA "was paying for everything").


*Perhaps for something like a heart transplant, yes, and yes, the VA would do that for me. They can also provide "inpatient" psychiatric care.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 22 Sep 15 - 10:54 AM

My memory, and my condition, continue to be of a stature you can only aspire to, sirrah.

BTW, what health-care package do you have? All VA? Or something else?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 22 Sep 15 - 08:15 AM

No, I was face-to-face with Kendall. YOU were facing Dani, not that I blame you. I suspect that your memory is shattered like a crystal goblet dropped from the Perrine Bridge onto the rocks below. A shame, truly, and to paraphrase Sam Clemens, "Here a lonely mind busted."

There a some great advances being made in the treatment of your condition; I only hope that you're not too far gone when they become available.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 21 Sep 15 - 07:02 PM

But of course, mon ami. After all, you were once next to the nicest man it has ever been my pleasure to know. Pity your back was turned!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 21 Sep 15 - 01:06 PM

Why, thank you! That's the next to nicest thing anyone has ever said about me.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 21 Sep 15 - 10:59 AM

Perdition, indeed, Mister R.; I believe it holds a special place in reserve for spinners of such draughty and towering tales! But nevertheless, I am only human and must stand in awe of your literary sparks of genius,the like of which has been unknown since the passing of William Topaz McGonagal.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 21 Sep 15 - 09:36 AM

Amos, you know that recipe comes from her girlhood, when all innocence and golden locks and pure white smock she had her Fatal Drink. She has spoken often enough of how, smiling with the joy of unsullied youth, she tripped gleefully to the dance and how, late in the evening (or early in the morning) her dance partner brought her the glass of lemonade with the so-called whiskey in it and how, after her will had been weakened by strong drink the cad tried to steal a kiss from her unwilling lips. Oft has she spoken of how she fended off his unwelcome advances, crying for help from the others present, and how she was finally trapped in the hayloft and would have had her maiden lips ravished and her youthful exuberance stolen had she not happend to have in her apron pocket the brass knuckles her father, Khandu, had given her on her 500th postday. We know she fled the now unconscious villians advances, but only after stomping him and kicking him out of the hayloft, and ran to the Convent of the Sisters of the Divine Figure where she devoted the rest of youth to prayer and good works. You should know that that one single taste of the Devil's drink brought her to enjoy lemonade even today, and how oft she has warned us against the Primrose Path to Perdition...if anyone should.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 21 Sep 15 - 12:21 AM

Poisoning your Mom, Mister R., will not bring you redemption not matter how enthusiastically you present it.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 20 Sep 15 - 10:22 PM

Geez, I gave her a new bottle of Old Panther Pith just this morning. You know, the stuff she likes -- half grain alcohol, half Missouri River water, with a plug of tobacco, a tablespoon of strychnine, and a cup of dried habenero peppers in it.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 20 Sep 15 - 03:33 PM

You guys are all bingeing on old episodes of Mr. Wizard and forgot to check on MOM! Now she knows how to use a pulaski, and might just chase you around the house with one next time you leave her along for so long. She nearly fell off the bottom of the page.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 19 Sep 15 - 10:35 PM

Call 'em an tell 'em you're hurting yourself because of your vision problems. Tell 'em that you fear leaving the house at night or moving around in the dark even with a flashlight because you fear that you'll injure yourself and not be able to summon help. Then threaten to sic Harper on 'em -- THAT'LL get 'em moving, eh?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 19 Sep 15 - 09:54 PM

Ooooohhh, THAT'S gonna leave a mark. When is my referral to the eye surgeon gonna get answered? I used to be able to see in near darkness. Now, if the light is not on in a room... MARKS on my shins! Cataracts? Cata-wracks!


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