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A stress-free place to gather and share whatever is on your mind! A fun place of mutual respect where you can hang your hat, vent, relax and shoot the bull for a while!

Happy Easter to all who celebrate that faith.

To all others, Happy Spring!

Easter symbolizes a new beginning, so it is fitting that TWH has a new beginning as well!
Along with RFC, TWH has been remodeled!

Actually, it can be anything you imagine it to be!

I am happy to announce that due to the increased bandwidth of the new RFC, there is no longer a need for the weekly closing and re-opening of TWH!!! After 10+ years of weekly "flipping" we now get to keep the doors open continuously! My sincere thanks to our moderators, especially Sophia, for making this possible!

I would also like to thank all the members who have kept this boat afloat for so long! We have become like family here, and now have a permanent residence! (y) While we have many long-time members who have been enjoying the company found in this amazing virtual bar, we also welcome all new folks. Jump right in! The first drink is always on the house and Veterans always have an open bar!
Al The Infidel (Tubby Slayer extraordinaire) is the bar manager.

So, let's get this re-opening celebration going! Set 'em up, Al! Drinks all around!!!
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Fantastic way to kick off a new beginning, Rhody. (y)

Many thanks to you for getting this started over a decade ago and for keeping it running as smoothly as it has all these years. Thanks, too, to the denizens of TWH who welcome new members to RFC and for keeping it a light-hearted place to relax while self-moderating so the flying monkeys can continue to relax in their cages.

For my friends practicing the western faith, Happy Easter! Christ is Risen! It's a day to remind ourselves of the presence of the divinity in all of us and a reminder to treat each other with kindness and respect in all we do.

So, how will ye grognards keep track of the days without the weekly flipper to remind you it's Sunday? How will ye cope with the last last having been posted at last? What will you do in the wee hours instead of hitting that refresh button hoping to be first to catch the flip? Will Donut Friday be the only call to the calendar?
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I just ran across something regarding membership fees.
Good catch. Let's see if I can find a way to get that in front of everyone.

I'm going to build a flag "pole" like my dad's to mount on my house, I'm thinking here...
Nice artwork. (y)

I've never had luck with that kind of mount. Eventually wind drag on the flags causes too much movement of the bracket and the fasteners begin wallowing out the holes in the wood. Leverage and all that. Maybe not an issue if there isn't much wind where you live.

Something I've seen work better, though not as attractive, is a two point attachment. The base of the staff on the wall below the fascia and a second supporting bracket on the fascia.
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Hey everyone! New guy here.

and they fell in love with shooting.
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It turns out my absence resulted in the addition of another dog to the pack. Well, sorta-kinda. Long story short, a gal living about three miles away as the buzzard flies works in a town about an hour away. For a time, when she went off to work in the morning her dog went on walkabout and showed up at Hacienda Sophia. TMIMITW sez she just let herself in and lounged on the porch like she belonged there.

She had a collar but the split ring holding the tag had been pulled apart so she was traveling incognito. TMIMITW threw the dog in the truck and drove her around until he found someone who recognized her. That someone called the owner who called TMIMITW and made arrangements to collect the dog on the way home from work.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

TMIMITW puts on a hard shell but he's a soft touch. After a few days of this he said he told the gal he was concerned for the dog's safety on her daily jaunt and suggested the gal just drop her off in the morning and pick her up in the afternoon. And so it is. He hasn't let her in the house but says she follows him around as on a bungie cord when he is out and about. When he is in the house the dog lounges right outside the kitchen door, apparently content just to keep tabs on him from there. The other dogs have apparently accepted her as part of the pack.

And so it is.... somewhere between joint custody and "doggie daycare." It's a temp arrangement but not sure what the parameter on "temp" is. Until she gets her fences dog proof? Until she can begin working from home? Until she retires? Until TMIMITW runs off with her? Dunno.
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But what do the cats think?
They haven't been introduced since she is not yet being allowed into the house or the critter proof back yard. She seems very sweet and gentle so I don't expect it would be a problem. It's all about the attitude of the cat, really.

Welcome back Sophia, we missed ya!
Thanks! You guys are the greatest.
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How do they find them? I am on septic and have lived here 6 years now. I don't use much water.
'round these parts septic tanks are permitted through the health department. Copies of the permits are available online or via visiting the planning & zoning office. The permits have a sketch that locates the tank by references to corners of the house.

There are two openings that have to be uncovered for pumping. First time I found them by trial and error after referring to the sketch. (drove a piece of rebar into the ground looking to hit concrete near the surface) Once found I put a large rock to mark the spot along with a little garden decoration gizmo.

Health department recommends pumping every five years. They are supposed to be pumped and inspected whenever the house is sold.
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Does he have sparkles on his collar?

Or are its pronouns her/hers?
Very reflective sparkles. The gal who owns her says she always worried the dog would be mistaken for something that needed killing so put that very wide, very reflective collar on her. Between the lines I read awareness of the dog's tendency to roam. Who knows how long it took to find Hacienda Sophia and decide to make it her hangout spot.

TMIMITW bears some responsibility. Someone else might have driven it off. He made sure she had water. And he calls me a soft touch.
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Got a call early morning that my step mother-in-law passed during the night. She has been in a care facility most recently as she had been suffering from Alzheimers. Services next week. She was the last of that generation in the immediate family. R.I.P. Grammy Carol.
Sad news. Given the circumstances you've essentially lost her twice. Condolences.
Taking a while to get back in the groove. A month on the road can do that to you, eh Don? Just gotta be careful the groove doesn't turn into a rut.
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Went to the r/c model airplane show... it was an eye-opener.
The A10 uses real (but small) jet engines?
It's a love-hate relationship.

I love my little tractor. I hate lubing it. But because I love it I put up with the hate.

I'm getting better at gittin' 'er done with less and less of a mess. Managed to get all the fittings cleaned up and ready for greasing. Managed to get the grease gun loaded up and operational. Managed to get all but two of the fittings squirted full enough to have new grease oozing out the far side of the joint without having to get on the ground and wiggle around like a worm..... but there are two that can't be reached any other way.

I put that job off until last. Now it's time to get dinner fixin's ready. Got two elderly neighbors with wives visiting kids out-of-state (Wisconsin and Florida) so I've invited the poor souls to la hacienda for a proper meal and an evening on the shady east porch. A bit breezy but we should be sheltered from the wind on that side.

I should probably get cleaned up first. When you can smell yourself you know it's time to hit the shower.
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We got notified by Costco that the Jiff PNB we bought 2 weeks ago has a recall for same reason. J. mM. Smucker Lexington, KY plant appears to be the culprit.
Yep. Czeched mine and see I'm good to go. The lot number has a code that indicates the plant where it is made.

Dinner party was a rousing success. The two old geez....er.... elderly neighbors had a great time chatting each other's ears off. All I had to do was set the stage.
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... I asked him to step back a 1/4 mi or so.

Mrs. Ock drew last breath on 3/20/22--pancreatic cancer--11 and a half years after her surgery. Miracle baby. Strong girl. 145 pounds at her pudgy best, 75 pounds at death. Hard way to go. Hard way to watch someone go.
I know that was hard to take. Stay strong. Remember you have to take care of yourself.

Life is good ....
Yes, it is. Remember to give flowers to the living. That includes yourself.
Already seeing a tiny redhead near my age. Is it too soon?
Do what your heart tells you I say. (y)
Amen. Life is for the living. But you do know what they say about redheads, right?

Not unusual for men to get involved with another quickly after losing a partner. Men don't like being alone. Women will usually wait a significant amount of time.
One of the elderly folks I visit on my annual trips "back east" says the same thing. She is a golfer so gets out regularly with her golfing crowd. Her observation is the widowed men usually have a significant other joining the group not overly long after their loss but that the women tend to remain unattached.

Loaner dog has obviously made herself part of the pack. That's my exercise mat. I was off it only a moment before they decided to move in and commandeer it.

Dog Carnivore Dog breed Water dog Companion dog
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A Hawaiian shirt is what you want homey.
Amen, along with Bermuda shorts or something similar.

Boot camp, Marine. (basic combat training)
Gracias Ma'am. After leave after boot camp, I went to AIT, advanced infantry training before going 'over there'.
In Army speak that "I" is for "individual" and varies based on specialty.
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