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    I love looking at floor plans! (My grandfather was a housing contractor, my father worked for him before going into property appraisals. Kinda genetic.)

    Separate bathrooms ... wise.

    Common closet ... really? You know that small, small space just outside your bathroom? Yeah, that's gonna be your closet space.
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    When my wife said we should have separate bathrooms, my first thought was "Wait, what? Two master baths? What?" My second thought was "Oh! We've been living that way for years, in both houses." She had the larger bath in the hall and I had the small en-suite. So it made sense.
    In our former primary house that we sold last year, we did have two closets, because they were small and I used the one in the office. In the current house, we just have one and are getting along fine. The new one will be at least 50% larger. Since I retired, I really don't need that many clothes. I don't even own a necktie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    ....The best part is that, about two years ago, someone told me she thought my pattern collection indicated hoarding tendencies. It's true that I do have several hundred patterns, and they're not quite as neatly organized as I would like. On the other hand, I've had the pattern I'm making that skirt from for probably more than fifteen years now. It's been out of print for maybe ten.
    You're not hoarding, you're curating.

    My mom had bunches of sewing patterns. I was always amazed how something that looked like the folded tab clothing for a giant paper doll could end up as a shirt on my back.

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    Another out-of-print pattern plus two yards of corduroy bought at Goodwill is going to be a coat and hat for Simon, I decided last night. This pattern, I bought before he was born (but while we were in talks) because it was so cute.
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    My daughters love buying fabric for future projects. Both were here for Thanksgiving. On the day the second arrived, and we were returning from the airport, they requested I stop at an out-of-the-way fabric shop before continuing home... They each know exactly what they want to make from the materials, even though it may not happen for some time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Floor plan for our new house!
    I recall my own excitement, and trepidation, when the final plans arrived for a house I had built 21 years ago. Exciting times! Are you breaking ground in the spring, or getting straight to it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Torsten View Post
    I recall my own excitement, and trepidation, when the final plans arrived for a house I had built 21 years ago. Exciting times! Are you breaking ground in the spring, or getting straight to it?
    Whenever the county septic and permitting people get around to saying ok. Builder says we may be in by the end of next summer.
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    Part of my brain is going it is none of my business, the other is saying dare I ask.
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    Well, my family and I just found out that our offer was accepted on the house we wanted. And our old house has sold too. We should be able to close and move by the end of this year, if all goes well.

    We'd be closer to the school my niece and nephew attend, which is currently a 20-25 minute drive. It'll also be closer to several friends who live in that town. It's a great house too, plenty of room for us to sprawl; right now we have 3 adults, 2 kids, and 3 dogs sharing a 3 bedroom/2 bath!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    Well, my family and I just found out that our offer was accepted on the house we wanted. And our old house has sold too. We should be able to close and move by the end of this year, if all goes well.

    We'd be closer to the school my niece and nephew attend, which is currently a 20-25 minute drive. It'll also be closer to several friends who live in that town. It's a great house too, plenty of room for us to sprawl; right now we have 3 adults, 2 kids, and 3 dogs sharing a 3 bedroom/2 bath!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Torsten View Post
    My daughters love buying fabric for future projects. Both were here for Thanksgiving. On the day the second arrived, and we were returning from the airport, they requested I stop at an out-of-the-way fabric shop before continuing home... They each know exactly what they want to make from the materials, even though it may not happen for some time.
    I'll admit I don't always--that two yards was bought because it was cheap and could definitely be something. And the last time I was in California for any length of time, I made my mother take me to an out-of-the-way fabric shop, where I bought several yards of velvet to make, you know, something with--because velvet is, or at the time was (it's been a few years) like $4 a yard there, which is ridiculously cheap.
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    One of the people who bugged me when I was a kid just decided to friend me on Facebook so I friended back, bygones be bygone.
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    I spent part of last night eking out little more deck time...just me and a couple of vices. While the day was mostly clear, a few clouds moved in later, so only a few stars were visible here and there. I happened to glance to the north and saw a few clouds lit up as if by the Moon but it was the Northern Lights. Rather than the usual ghostly green-white, these were much more intense. A couple of very short streamers appeared overhead briefly. One of them looked a bit like a comet...or what we wished a comet would look like to the naked eye.
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    After a drawn-out battle with nameless bureaucrats, the State of Delaware has conceded that their automated toll equipment screwed-up and I don't have to pay $54 for a $2 toll.



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    Looks like we actually might get rain in the middle of the week and I actually get some sleep during the right of the night.
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    The insomnia last night didn't make me happy, but the long bath followed by my back actually popping was quite nice! Even if it was at three in the morning and I had a parent-teacher conference at 8:30.
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    Ah....trivial stuff that makes you happy: Had the pleasure of traveling north to North Conway, NewHampshire to the NC Scenic Railway, this for my grandson's 6th birthday, which was his big
    request. Along the trip up, we decided to play " Cash Cab " , like the tv game show they play in Manhattan. I go through the whole spiel, just like Ben Bailey, the host. The trick is....
    I have to make up the questions on the spot , red light challenges etc. He is 6, and his sister is 8,
    both sharp as a razor. Even as the questions become harder, they rise to the challenge.
    They piled up $20 worth of winnings We bought tee-shirts of their choice in N.Conway .
    A good time was had by all .

    Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    After a drawn-out battle with nameless bureaucrats, the State of Delaware has conceded that their automated toll equipment screwed-up and I don't have to pay $54 for a $2 toll.
    It's worse when you're renting. The DOT insists that the rental company is their customer, not you. I did get the state of Colorado to send me their camera pic, I wanted to see how blurry it was that they got the wrong plate number. Picture was not blurry at all, impressively sharp. But it had a white car, ours was red. Wrong number. Rental company screwed up somehow. Took some convincing, but they fixed it.

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    That I was informed or re-informed that the inside of a sphere gravity would be decreasing as you get to the center.
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    Watching my new friend get so happy at seeing a new "life bird" that I helped point out, that she actually danced and jumped for joy. And that we both use "choosing coins" to decide things like which trail/direction to take. Oh, and we are both Rush fans (the band).

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    My nephew, the first in his family to get a college degree, just got a job offer in his field - mechanical engineering.

    What doesn't make me happy is the difficulty he had getting interviews, despite very good grades.

    Who you know still matters when it comes to getting in the door.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CJSF View Post
    Watching my new friend get so happy at seeing a new "life bird" that I helped point out, that she actually danced and jumped for joy.
    I had someone do that once, too.
    I was standing with him on the top deck of an expedition ship, watching a polar bear and her cubs drift past on an ice-floe, feeding on a seal carcass. These were the first polar bears he'd seen. And there were cubs! And they were feeding! So he was shaking with excitement and blasting away with the motor drive on his camera - he must have taken more than a hundred telephoto pictures of these bears. When they finally drifted astern he looked up at me and said, "Man, all I need now is an ivory gull and my life is complete!"
    Now, ivory gulls frequently drop in to visit polar bear kills, so I turned and looked towards the cliffs up ahead, diagonally opposite the bears and their seal. And there was an ivory gull, just winging in to take a look. As it flew directly over our heads I pointed and said, "There's one."

    The captain actually sent someone up from the bridge to find out what on earth was going on topsides, because my new friend was yelling and jumping up and down on the deck that formed the bridge roof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    i had someone do that once, too. ...
    Awesome! I actually have an Ivory Gull as a vagrant off the FL coast from a couple of years ago. I'd love to see one in the Arctic. I think I'd be doing those jumps if I saw a Polar Bear feeding, to be honest. Our trip to Churchill is one of the coolest things I've ever done (literally and figuratively - brrr).

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    I had someone do that once, too.
    I was standing with him on the top deck of an expedition ship, watching a polar bear and her cubs drift past on an ice-floe, feeding on a seal carcass. These were the first polar bears he'd seen. And there were cubs! And they were feeding! So he was shaking with excitement and blasting away with the motor drive on his camera - he must have taken more than a hundred telephoto pictures of these bears. When they finally drifted astern he looked up at me and said, "Man, all I need now is an ivory gull and my life is complete!"
    Now, ivory gulls frequently drop in to visit polar bear kills, so I turned and looked towards the cliffs up ahead, diagonally opposite the bears and their seal. And there was an ivory gull, just winging in to take a look. As it flew directly over our heads I pointed and said, "There's one."

    The captain actually sent someone up from the bridge to find out what on earth was going on topsides, because my new friend was yelling and jumping up and down on the deck that formed the bridge roof.

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    That doesn't in any way resemble a reaction I might have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post


    That doesn't in any way resemble a reaction I might have.
    Okay Swift, your avatar may be a frog, but I picture a bird doing aerobatics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    My nephew, the first in his family to get a college degree, just got a job offer in his field - mechanical engineering.

    What doesn't make me happy is the difficulty he had getting interviews, despite very good grades. ...
    First, congrats to your nephew.

    Second, times have really changed, I guess. When I was senior year, the company recruiters came on campus. We'd go through the list and pick the ones we wanted to meet. This was for a half hour screening interview. If both parties were agreeable, there'd be a follow up site visit, with travel paid by the company.

    I remember going to the travel agency that handled things for the college recruits (they were willing to wait until we'd been reimbursed by the company for their payment) to book a flight, first class. "Uh, are you sure the company will cover anything but coach?" "I'm in engineering." "Oh. Right."
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    Quote Originally Posted by astrotimer View Post
    That I was informed or re-informed that the inside of a sphere gravity would be decreasing as you get to the center.
    I thought net gravity was zero everywhere inside a uniform sphere, not just at the center...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanF View Post
    I thought net gravity was zero everywhere inside a uniform sphere, not just at the center...
    That's a spherical shell. So as you descend into a solid sphere, you lose the gravity from the spherical shell outside your position, and all you experience is the gravity of the sphere that is closer to the centre than you are. So the force of gravity decreases as you descend into the body of a solid sphere of uniform density. (Within the Earth, gravity actually increases for part of the journey, because the Earth's mass is concentrated towards the centre.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    That's a spherical shell. So as you descend into a solid sphere, you lose the gravity from the spherical shell outside your position, and all you experience is the gravity of the sphere that is closer to the centre than you are. So the force of gravity decreases as you descend into the body of a solid sphere of uniform density. (Within the Earth, gravity actually increases for part of the journey, because the Earth's mass is concentrated towards the centre.)

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