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I've had more than a few old dogs since I was 8. Three of which passed due to complications/natural causes. Old Duke was still my favorite because it was clear a) he had been a family dog once and b) he'd been abandoned. So while I didn't initially take to him (I was mourning our beloved Malcolm who passed on at 15), I still do miss him.

Especially now that I have a 3 year old more than a little socially challenged part German Shepard/part Border Collie, and a 1+ year old Australian Shepard/Border collie mix that clearly thinks he's the baby of this house.


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Old Man George wrote:
You'd better not bring that newfangled word-crap round here, dagnabit! G G G G G G G we'd sing.

If you sang the "G" song with another "G" song then another, you'd have a G string.

I'm so sorry.

Dark Archive

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Master Pugwampi wrote:
Hunt, the PugWumpus wrote:
Could be worse. Instead of Conor MonkGregor, he could be fixated on Connor MonkLeod: The Monklander. {somewhere, Queen begins to play}
Queen is always beginning to play...somewhere...

Sorry, left the window open in the Bentley.


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Hawkmen wrote:
*flap to Brian Blessed*

GORDON'S ALIVE???


That...was terrible...


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Old Man George wrote:
*wanders off muttering about mammoth hunting and the inability to find decent sarsparilla*

You can't find decent sarsaparilla anymore, 'cause The Man says the safrole in the sassafras root will give you cancer. Just like listening to The Eagles will.


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In that case, then, surely listening to death metal supremos 'Cancer' would give you an eagle?

Cool.


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Limeylongears wrote:

In that case, then, surely listening to death metal supremos 'Cancer' would give you an eagle?

Cool.

Yep. That checks out.


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Sophie is only the second dog I’ve ever had—I got her about four months after my first dog ever, Pixie. We lost Pixie a year and a half ago, at 15. Not gonna lie—I cried every day for a year. Pix was someone truly special, and I’d trade anyone on this planet to have her back.

But that’s not how it works, is it?

Still, I’m staggeringly grateful to have been her person. She once ate an entire rotisserie chicken. Another time, she got a Quaker Oats box stuck on her head. When she got too arthritic for comfortable walks, we got her wheels and damned if she didn’t run so fast she jack-knifed ‘em in the middle of the road. She worked every room like a glad-handing politician (but sincere as anything could be). She greeted every morning with a barbaric yawp and a “HI! I’M PIXIE!” attitude. She was a majestic three-legged whirlwind of joy and if I were the sort of person who believed in anything, I’d believe in her.

Thanks for letting me share.


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I'm glad you did. Now, where is that damned tissue?


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Hmmm. Sudden need for tissue... Diagnosis? Monkey Pox


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So my insomnia is back, this time most likely caused by a change in medication. I think once I get adjusted to it I'll be fine. In the meantime, I took some Nyquil last night so I could fall asleep before midnight. I didn't want to sleep away today as my GF is coming down for the weekend and I needed to do somethings around the house first. It seems I overestimated my resistance to Nyquil. I was supposed to get up at 8 but didn't until she called at 10:15 and I feel like my head is full of wet cotton balls. Next time I'll use the little measuring cup that comes with the bottle rather than guess-timating it by just drinking from it...lol


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The Curator Of The Crossroads


How is everyone's Sunday afternoon? Pretty lazy here.

Grand Lodge

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We have moved everything out of the in-laws and into our new home. Next we get the heavy furniture out of storage. All those books and hardwood furniture. X.x


Makes for a long day, but worth it!


Quibble,

You have my deepest sympathies.

SPEAKING of dogs... As some of you know I'm a dog/pet sitter. And while I don't OFTEN take care of neighbor's dogs...this is a first for me in terms of "I'm beginning to rethink my life choices about agreeing to service a neighbor that I don't like..."

So my neighbor behind us is...kind of a dick. For a while he had this ONE lawnmower (he still might but I haven't heard it in a while...and I think he's paying for a lawn service now) that sounded like it was dying. (Stupid gas powered POS...) Anyways that and the fact before we lived here, the previous owners had a dog (not a big one) that they kept in the yard...but THEIR dog (who has now passed on) would often harass the former owners' dog...until we moved in and Malcolm and Maggie laid down the law.

Now recently (probably been now over six months...) the neighbor down the hill got ANOTHER dog (they had replaced the one that died with an okay black lab that still tends to wander but thanks to us putting in a new fence...it doesn't come by that much.) This now 2 year old foundling beagle has clearly been abandoned. However, it's also clear they (my neighbors) don't want it BUT are too worried about what their daughter who FOUND it (she's kind of a princess...which eh..) would do to them. Naturally they are STILL keeping it but they want it to be re-homed. So instead they leave on a runner in the yard because they're too damn cheap to get actual fencing even though it would be alright with most everyone else I think because the dog HOWLS like crazy when he's left alone.)

So now enter me, the guy that loves dogs and doesn't really MIND doing this on top of taking care of my neighbor from two houses up from me, fox house who's a GREAT dog. She just needs to be around people...like a lot. But anyways...so I did explain to them that I try to treat all dogs like their my own. (Even though I don't crate mine and they have free reign of the house, even while I'm gone for a while.) So naturally this is a new thing for me when I'm told "Don't let them into the house!" I just assumed this meant not upstairs because they have a two floor home and most of the living quarters are down stairs...

I come find out just how WRONG this is by the amount of destruction I've dealt with in the past...well more than 24 hours that's for sure.

Friday, they left, and while it was later than I expected, (after 5 pm EST) I still was VERY shocked they just LEFT the dogs outside (especially the beagle). So I went inside...and while let them roam around while I went back up to check on MY dogs and also check on my neighbor's up the street because she needed her exercise/walk too in the evenings. I come back to find the downstairs in shambles. But it wasn't terrible enough for me to think much on. I left them in the house with the downstairs closed and the other doors in the downstairs open...which became mistake number 1.

Saturday, I awoke, took my dogs out, took out my neighbor's up the street and then proceeded to my neighbor's behind me via vehicle. (I could walk...but it's basically so wooded and not easily traversed that I decide to ONLY do it in the middle of the day. And even then I took my mom's car because hers has one of those special back up cameras and warnings...which is useful when I almost broke a wheel well taking my car down that steep and not straight drive way.) I got there and to my utter shock and horror, ONE of the dogs (I'm suspecting the black lab based on the...volume) had made a huge mess in the spare office space just off the little media room downstairs.

So naturally I was pissed...but I took the dogs out anyway. Then TRIED to find stuff to clean up the mess. I failed because clearly they don't let these dogs inside much. So I ended up driving to my house, picking up my rug scrubber AND driving to my local grocery store to get extra foam spray since I didn't have any here. So I drove back, did a near professional job of cleaning that AND I closed ALL the doors this time. So that was just Saturday morning...

Saturday afternoon I TRIED to get them to stay outside...but it failed as they clearly weren't used to this level of confusion from a guy that is used to treating dogs different than what they get from two working middle-age/older adults living by themselves. So I left, still not closing them in the garage. Later that afternoon/evening, after the local bruhah of college football in a college town, I drove to Wal-mart to get some dog toys and treats. I ended up spending just a little under 30 dollars but I felt it was worth it...And then I found out what else they tore up. A dog bed. So naturally I was pissed.

I also had been keeping the owners appraised the situation via text and also Facebook messaging through my Facebook page. I got a rather terse comment from the female owner about "They're not supposed to be inside at all!" Which surprised me but I thought "Well now that I've experienced this..." I've started doing that. I didn't have to wake up and walk them because fortunately some friends of theirs came just after I had walked the dogs that evening. So they took care of the morning shift. I did walk them today/Sunday a little and THOUGHT I closed the door this time. But apparently I didn't because I found someone had brought in a stick. (Though they do love the two toys I got them...so there's that.)

So now...as it's almost 10:10 pm EST here, I'm ready to say "God help me." But mostly I just want tomorrow to get over quickly because then MAYBE I can go back to bed without waking up every single moment in dread. Or at least not feeling like I'm about to have a panic attack. (I do think I almost had one this morning even though I was told not to worry...)

Anyways, to bed I go because lord knows I won't be getting much of a nap between 6-7 am and probably 8, 9, or 10 pm. (My neighbor's two houses up will be driving back from New York/NJ so I expect they'll be in late.) I just hope my other neighbors are...considerate and come back just after 5 or 6... Then I can rest better. I think.


Gah. Sounds awful. Hang in there!


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Rannfeyrathael, the Crossroads resident drow healer. Yeah. It's that kind of place.


Another home run, Drejk!


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That one is based on an idea for a character that I would like to play if I had a game-master for Pathfinder (who also would be ok with drow characters).


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So update, while the neighbors house below isn't in shambles THIS time, I am sad to report they finally tore up the green duck toy I got them. While I did leave it in the garage with them this morning, the fact they had strew the stuffing AND the squeaker thing inside it...didn't fill me with much confidence. So I took that with me just around 1 pm.

As I was walking I FINALLY got a text from the male owner that they would be return hopefully before 7 (they said 6:30 but we'll see...). So now after a little turn it over in my head, I'll take my dogs out at 4, go down there, walk them and NOT feed them (I was told not to.) and then come back to take care of my neighbor's dog two houses up so she can get out because it's clear she either enjoys sleeping in...or at least doesn't like to be outside on her electric collar much if there's no one there.

So yeah. Monday might not be great but by CROM, when 9 pm EST rolls around, I will have FINALLY gotten myself extricated from my neighbors below. One way or another.

Also I should clarify that when I said 'downstairs living area" it's more of a media room, laundry room, spare bath and office space, and the bedrooms and main floor are upstairs. Which, as I said, earlier, I thought THAT'S where they didn't want the dogs in the house.

Anyways. Hope you all are enjoying your free holiday.


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So pleasant surprise. :) My neighbor two houses up came home early. (Though to be fair driving from NJ/NY to West Virginia/Morgantown isn't like driving from here to Iowa...) So while I changed stuff around (I walked my neighbor two houses up first because I felt bad I couldn't get her outside...and thus needed to take care of 'business) I was delighted by the fact that I a) got paid and b) wouldn't have to leave my house after 7:30 pm.

And as I was walking (and I left my phone to be charged) my neighbors below me let me know they were back. (And yes I took the other dogs down behind me out for a short walk but finished WELL before 5:30...and I also took back my leads that I was using for their walks because they're my freaking leads.)

So overall, while my own dog walking with my dogs didn't go exactly to plan, I'm currently sitting here, at a little past 9, enjoying the fact I can wait until 10 to take MY dogs out, go to bed and read and get up...well probably before 7 before I have to be up and out by 10:30 to start my week of other dogs I care for that don't live in my neighborhood.

So yeah. I'm happy. I just need to sit down and start working on a grocery list.


Glad that the weekend turned out alright!


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There were some tense moments (the whole mess in the office, the rather terse exchange, the whole "Am I going to forget something?" "What am I going to eat for dinner??") but overall...it's been good for the fact I got money and no one seems to want to burn my house down. That I'm aware of...


I'd mark that up to the "win" column.


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It's a win in the same way my college football team got a win. It counts a such...but boy was it ever UGLY...


LOL!


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I never went to college so I'm not obligated to root for anyone.


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They didn't do sports at my college, but maybe I should write a set of rules for Jazz Hockey.


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I'd give that game a try.

Grand Lodge

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Okay, two days of working until 3am sucks. The first was emptying the storage unit into the house (my everything hurts) and the second was painting the house. We are maybe 2/3rd done and really need to get it finished today before the furniture gets delivered tomorrow. x.x


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Okay, two days of working until 3am sucks. The first was emptying the storage unit into the house (my everything hurts) and the second was painting the house. We are maybe 2/3rd done and really need to get it finished today before the furniture gets delivered tomorrow. x.x

May your supplies of ibuprofen, naproxen, and whisky be sufficient to see you through it.


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Okay, two days of working until 3am sucks. The first was emptying the storage unit into the house (my everything hurts) and the second was painting the house. We are maybe 2/3rd done and really need to get it finished today before the furniture gets delivered tomorrow. x.x

As I get older, the number of consecutive nights I can do that kind of thing gets smaller and smaller. At this point, two in a row may make me miss a half day or so from exhaustion.

Grand Lodge

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I wish I could. Boss is letting me take off the afternoon, so that's nice.


I couldn't do it, for sure.


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Blood Of Vherl-Shrequohl, a sapient ooze that resides in the Crossroads and purchases demonic blood from adventurers...


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Look all I can say is, you live in a college town like I do, and there are NO professional sports teams in your state, this is kind of it.

So...anyways, Tuesday is best for me in the sense I woke up just before 10:30 (but having gone back to bed before that) with a sense that "Yeah this feels right."

So I'm hopeful to keep that feeling for a while.

Shadow Lodge

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My dad always liked to joke that in the town I grew up in, if you wanted to be a professional burglar, you could work exclusively Fridays in autumn and both make an absolute killing and probably never get caught, because the entire town (just under 6000 people) was at the high school football game.

I'm pretty sure the home bleachers didn't actually sit 6000, but every home game was pretty packed and on the very, very few occasions since I graduated that I've been back in the town it certainly does seem like a ghost town on Fridays in autumn between 6 and 10 PM.


The town where my son went to high school was only about 2500 in population. Pretty much everyone went to its football games, too. The town was ripe for picking...lol


Sounds like most college towns I've lived in.
The smaller ones anyway,... :P

I lived in one college town, I could have filmed an post-apocalypse/ghost town etc film there very easily. The downtown area/main street looking part DRIED up and blew away every Friday afternoon until Monday morning. NOTHING was open.
O_o


The town where I live has a population of about 63,000, a fairly large city for Arkansas. We have a pretty vital downtown area but by noon on Saturday, it's almost empty. And Sundays are almost spooky.


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Planar NPC: Fleshtearer Ironclad, exactly what it says on tin mithral.


Drejk wrote:
Planar NPC: Fleshtearer Ironclad, exactly what it says on tin mithral.

I saw this on your page. Damned frightening.


Hey, groovy cats, I've not been a very prolific poster in the room for a few days and I've gotten a couple of PMs asking about my health and whatnot. I'm fine, for the record, just sorting a few things out in my head. Nothing serious or depression-triggering, just a lot of things to process.

But thanks to the ones who checked in on me. It's really appreciated!


I thought you were okay, Cal. I mean it's not like you're running around shooting people. I mean you're not right?

Also if anyone gets those Hungry man instant dinners, make DAMN sure to let the freaking brownie cool down LONGER than 30 seconds before you pop it in your mouth...

Two days man and while I can breathe, swallow (with a little difficulty), salivate, it's still not fun.

Also when walking three dogs, make sure you don't walk into someone's truck trailer hitch. It HURTS.

But otherwise I like this Wednesday...if I could just get my dogs to calm down every night...


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Nope, not shooting people *slowly slides Bowie knife out of sight*.

My Wednesday was pretty good up until my son got off work and his vehicle wouldn't start. It's the only one we have between and if his mom can't get it to start with jumper cables we're pretty much screwed. He just bought that battery a few months ago, so if it is the battery it should still be covered by the warranty. *crosses fingers*

EDIT: He and his mom just came in. It wouldn't start.


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Well that sucks. Car problems always make me mad. I mean not like Bruce Banner angry Hulk smash mad, but more like whiny angry underfed 8 year old...


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LOL exactly.


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Car problems stink.

Because usually they cost a small (Or large!) fortune to fix.
Even a new battery is ridiculous these days.
(I used to work at an auto parts chain for most of my high school and college years)

Dont get me started on what I just paid to have my car towed and repaired because the stupid unibelt broke, wrapping around the alternator pulley, beating up the engine,...

I used to be able to work on my own cars.
(I never LIKED it, but I was perfectly capable!) ;P
I've replaced batteries, belts, spark plugs, starters and fuel pumps with no stress. At least none that creative cursing couldn't solve. ;)

Nowadays, you cant even replace the spark plugs without taking half the engine apart it seems like.

(I know they plan it that way! The same people who are hiding the plans for engines that run on water, because the oil companies dont want to be run out of business!)

Sorry, my paranoia/conspiracy theorist is loose again.

AND its late, nighters all! ;)

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