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  • So - it looks like we might have internet service now. Hubby pulled in the big guns - network geek specialists - from his workplace and also friends who work for other companies in that capacity - to help, and the conclusion they came to, after several hours of their personal time to help, was this: our ISP took down our service to do updates/work and just didn't think it was really necessary to inform us, even when we called. According to our network geek friends, they do that a lot to people. Boogers.

    For better news... After my experiences with an old tent (First and I nicknamed it the Slum Tent because it is 30+ years old, stained, smelly, and leaky and everybody else had slick new stuff) last fall in TN at the storytelling weekend, I have been jonesing for a slick tent. Now I have one. Here is my new baby! She was delivered of the FedEx truck just yesterday and by nightfall she was up...
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    A Kodiak Canvas 10'x14' FlexBow (means super easy put-up)! Woohoo! I didn't want to pull on the floor too hard right put of the box because it is really heavy and I figured that it would relax itself out, so we have wrinkles and bubbles and stuff in the photo. A little more practice and use here at Crabbcakes Manor, and we will be able to get it nice and tight. This thing is really heavy - steel poles and tent body all come to about 80 pounds. But I wasn't in the market for a backpacking tent - just a truly waterproof, bombproof one. First moved in right after setup...!
    Last edited by Crabbcakes; 08-09-2014, 06:12 AM.
    I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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    • Originally posted by Crabbcakes View Post
      Heyyyyyy Ladies - thanks!! I really did miss you all, too.

      Besides busy, hubby took me somewhere for my birthday back in May that I have been wanting to see for YEARS - Fallingwater! It is actually only a day-trip away from here. First and Second thought it was great; Third got bored before we even started the tour and spent the tour through the house in practically a clench-hold in hubby's grasp so she wouldn't break any tour rules about not touching stuff; and Fourth was perma-pissed because Wright built a stunner of a house that seamlessly combines inside and outside and because of its Historical Landmark status nobody can actually USE any longer, and she so felt the pull of that house that she wanted to get down onto that little waterfall overhang built under the home and dangle her feet in the waters that flow under the house and just. wasn't. allowed. If you go on the tour - house, awesome; tour guides, very well informed and friendly; tour itself, overall - tons of security and between them and the incessant comments/directions from the guides about EXACTLY where to stand and EXACTLY how to file out of one room and into the next and NEVER, EVER, EVER touch anything, it felt like the one time I visited an uncle in the state penitentiary back in NJ as a kid - locked down. When I think on it, in general, the anonymous members of "the public" can be irresponsible, ignorant shits, and with the sheer number of visitors Fallingwater gets, I am sure they have had to deal with just every imaginable variety of stupidity, both accidental and intentional, hence they do what they must, but it left a lingering feeling of, well, I can't find the perfect word, so I will say patronizing.

      So, near the end of the tour, we of our tour group were in Fallingwater's guest house, located just up the hill, listening to our guide, when my cargo pants knee pocket caught in a little doorknob of a row of lower cabinets in the living room and I hadn't noticed, so when I took a step to move, the cabinet door popped open with a huuuge popping click and you could actually HEAR the little sucking-in of air from everybody - I HAD BROKEN A RUUUUULE! It took everybody less than a sec to see that my hands had had nothing to do with the faux pas, so the attention immediately went to the tour guide to see how she was going to handle this breach of security... Yeah, that was the tenor of the tour, even as she had a sing-songy pleasant voice and was a constant stream of good info. She just asked me not to close the door (no touching nothing, remember?) and on we went, so it wasn't horrible or anything, just very elementary-school-feeling, you know? Re organizing the whole thing so dozens of tours go off seamlessly each day - they have that down to a science. Fallingwater actually belongs to a private conservation organization which also owns a couple more Wright properties in the area - sometime soon I will return to the Mill Run, PA area to see them. I do hope though, that those tours are just a bit more relaxed.

      My family loved me for dinner last night - BLTs for all. Three pounds of bacon for six people... NOBODY dared fight over who got the most bacon last night!


      There is a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Oregon - ten+ years ago, a yuppie couple bought it and applied for permission to TEAR IT DOWN and rebuild a McMansion. Outrage occured, house ended up being bought and moved out to the Oregon Gardens site. I've never been (moved out of the area) but i adore his architecture. I do not blame your daughter one bit for feeling a pull to Fallingwater.

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      • Originally posted by vh67 View Post
        I went and saw the Dana-Thomas house in Springfield IL once when I was there on business. It was the same way but so amazing.

        Every time you see a stupid rule or warning, it usually means someone did something to require it.

        Crabby it is so good to see you back! I hope your evil ISP gets you back online soon. Talking to most of those kind of customer service people makes me want to poke out an eye and not necessarily mine!
        Looked up the Dana-Thomas house... AMAZING! That one is next on my list! When my oldest two daughters went to AZ with hubby a while back, I made them stop at Taliesin West as a homeschool assignment, and the girls loved it. Someday I will get out there, too.
        I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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        • Originally posted by Shelli View Post
          There is a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Oregon - ten+ years ago, a yuppie couple bought it and applied for permission to TEAR IT DOWN and rebuild a McMansion. Outrage occured, house ended up being bought and moved out to the Oregon Gardens site. I've never been (moved out of the area) but i adore his architecture. I do not blame your daughter one bit for feeling a pull to Fallingwater.
          I HATE HATE HATE McMansions. No soul at all. None. I would rather see a hippie house built out of huge wine barrels at Big Sur (actually exists) than ANYBODY's McMansion. Ugh. Good that the house was saved!!
          I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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          • The one at the Oregon Gardens is called the Gordon House and I have been through it several times. No tour guides!
            Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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            • I AM SAD this evening - got back from the big city this evening to hear that Robin Williams died today. I know the man had demons, but he was supposed to be around forever

              Hubby, First and Second are currently on their way to Boise ID for the week, then off into a rental car to Montana for a family reunion for the weekend before they return to Boise for another day or two and the return flight home. I would really have liked to go, but this trip wasn't the best idea for Third. Sigh.

              Trivial but nice - I scored a few cool books at Goodwill today, and a majorly expensive tarot deck on ebay for a pittance. No, I do no divination; I just like the art and how the decks I get speak of life journeys and things spiritual. Goodwill: one title on wild foods, one on prayer, two on herbal pantry pleasures, one on map and compass work, and a log home house plans book for First. That's it.
              I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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              • More of me... I am feeling contemplative, youtube style. In honor of that, here are some of my favorite vids. Since I cannot post a video link to save myself, this is all script and y'all gonna hafta look them up the hard way.

                "Luxon & Crofut: 'Tis a gift to be simple" posted by dnworks

                "Battle Hymn of the Republic", Mormon Tabernacle Choir, posted by elderlu

                "God of Second Chances", Veggie Tales, posted by John Quiles

                "Just a Closer Walk with Thee", The Avett Brothers, posted by Eebest21 / also Mahalia Jackson's version posted by mrZiebell5

                "Amazing Grace", Elvis Presley, posted by purelistener
                Last edited by Crabbcakes; 08-11-2014, 10:48 PM.
                I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                • Originally posted by Crabbcakes View Post
                  I AM SAD this evening - got back from the big city this evening to hear that Robin Williams died today. I know the man had demons, but he was supposed to be around forever
                  He went vegan a few years ago.

                  The human brain evolved on meat.

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                  • Hey CC, how is everything over yonder?????
                    Hope you and all the little crab lets are well
                    "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                    ...small steps....

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                    • Originally posted by KimchiNinja View Post
                      He went vegan a few years ago.

                      The human brain evolved on meat.
                      yeah, I'd be depressed too if i couldn't eat bacon....

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                      • Originally posted by NZ primal Gwamma View Post
                        Hey CC, how is everything over yonder?????
                        Hope you and all the little crab lets are well
                        Gwamma!! We are doing well this summer - it has been a cool and moderate one, which is my kind of weather! My Fourth has been going on and on and on about how she wants to live in a hobbit hole in NZ, but that is because the Hobbit movies are playing here in the US
                        I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                        • The old "live in a hobbit hole thing " !!!!!!!! she would have to be very small, and sit around all day smoking a pipe.
                          I actually grew up in Matamata, aka Hobbiton. A very beautiful part of NZ.
                          "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                          ...small steps....

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                          • Originally posted by KimchiNinja View Post
                            He went vegan a few years ago.

                            The human brain evolved on meat.
                            Well, hello, KimchiNinja! I don't think you have been here before - thanks for stopping by!

                            Re Vegans: I recently taught a Sunday school class on conflict resolution, and the scenarios were set up in the body of the lesson already, so no thinking of stuff to argue about ourselves. Anyway, one of the scenarios involved a hypothetical dust-up at church camp between the rest of the camper kids and a smallish but utterly convinced group of vegan campers who not only were asking for their diet of choice, but that the entire camp go vegan. One girl in my class that day, the BFF of my youngest daughter, was having an obviously bad day because she looked up, and in all seriousness, simply said... "Roast the Vegans."

                            Interesting class, that was!
                            I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                            • Originally posted by NZ primal Gwamma View Post
                              The old "live in a hobbit hole thing " !!!!!!!! she would have to be very small, and sit around all day smoking a pipe.
                              I actually grew up in Matamata, aka Hobbiton. A very beautiful part of NZ.
                              I quote my Fourth... "I hate her."
                              I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                              • Originally posted by Crabbcakes View Post
                                Well, hello, KimchiNinja! I don't think you have been here before - thanks for stopping by!

                                Re Vegans: I recently taught a Sunday school class on conflict resolution, and the scenarios were set up in the body of the lesson already, so no thinking of stuff to argue about ourselves. Anyway, one of the scenarios involved a hypothetical dust-up at church camp between the rest of the camper kids and a smallish but utterly convinced group of vegan campers who not only were asking for their diet of choice, but that the entire camp go vegan. One girl in my class that day, the BFF of my youngest daughter, was having an obviously bad day because she looked up, and in all seriousness, simply said... "Roast the Vegans."

                                Interesting class, that was!
                                Don't forget to salt them well, and wrap them in bacon.....

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