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Thread: Trivial (or not so trivial) stuff that makes you happy.

  1. #2251
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    I remember that the short-lived American Basketball League, early 1960s, had a team named the Pittburgh Rens. First time I heard that, I figured it was "Wrens," i.e., like the bird.
    Nope. It was named for some "Renaissance Renewal" project, so it was more in the style of 76ers, Astros, Expos and so on.

    (Apparently the early pro basketball teams were started by industrial organizations, so the nicknames evolved along those lines: we got Pipers, Tapers and of course, Lakers.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDon View Post
    Wow.

    After all these years I only *just* this morning realized that the ren in Miss Gillian's forum handle stood for renaissance as in renaissance fair.

    How the hell did I miss that for more than ten years?
    It took me about seven or eight years myself. If it were GillianRen or some other way of marking the words off as two words, I would have gotten it sooner, but as one word it just looked like some fancy name I was unfamiliar with.

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    Being a Grandfather. This Thursday we took our 3 yr old Granddaughter out for a day trip. We took a bus & th en a train into central Perth and caught a ferry across the Swan River - only about a 7 minute ferry trip. Then we had lunch of Beef Rendang & Nasi Ayam Goreng (Malay Fried Chicken & Rice) at a small cafe. Our Granddaughter only ate a little rice and salad from our meals but scoffed down my Keropok (Krawn Crackers) - the lady behind the counter saw this and then kindly bought out a plate of them just for her. Afterwards we did the trip in reverse, after a break at a playground. Because of our Seniors Cards the transport was all free. Amusingly, even though the meal was a reasonable price by Perth standards we have just come back from Kuala Lumpur and there for a similar meal we paid about the same amount in Malaysian Ringgit - and the Ringgit is about 3.4 to the Oz dollar.

    Yesterday we took her to a "Community Fair" put on by her local council. She had her face painted, got a balloon butterfly, saw jugglers, dancers & singers, petted baby animals and went on a spinning ride which she enjoyed but left my wife dizzy for half an hour. Plus she did other activities. Again, all this was free.

    It is fun to have her for a day - and then pass her back to her mother for bedtime.

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    Yesterday was Irene's naming ceremony. We got together at my best friend's house. We had a little ritual where her new godmothers agreed to be there for her if she needed them. Then, we had snacks and talked. One of the godmothers had been my best friend in grade school, and she and my sister hadn't seen each other in twenty-five years. That friend also brought along her twelve-year-old daughter, who wants to be a dancer. Apparently, one of the companies she'd want to join is in Seattle, which would mean my friend would visit the area more often.
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    Nice stories ozduck and Gillianren.
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    It is the first day of spring,
    ...I'm still free, you can't take the sky from me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by astrotimer View Post
    It is the first day of spring,
    While our Winter hasn't been particularly harsh, I'm especially looking forward to Spring this year.


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    We've apparently had one of the worst winters in the US relative to normal--ours has been worse, and everyone else's has been better. I've enjoyed it, but I also like spring quite a lot, so that'll be nice, too. And while I was out showing my friend the neighbourhood the other day, we started seeing cherry trees considering blooming.

    In further good news, my new computer has finally arrived. (A friend was building it, and there were issues.) I haven't transferred everything over yet; there's basically nothing on the computer right now. But this means I can actually start the process, which will make building my faire boss's website easier. Which is good, because he's started getting regular orders on it. It's nowhere close to replacing his Etsy account yet, which is the eventual plan, but it's finally paying for itself.
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    "Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"

    "You can't erase icing."

    "I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"

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    I'm so glad it doesn't get dark at 5:30 anymore.
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    (John, not the other one.)

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    (Harpo, not the other one.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDon View Post
    I'm so glad it doesn't get dark at 5:30 anymore.
    Agreed. It's still light at 7!

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    " Yes, and with the extra daylight, surely the snow will melt faster !!! " . Hmmmm........

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    I wish we could just keep DST .

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    Quote Originally Posted by danscope View Post
    I wish we could just keep DST .
    The problem is that there just isn't enough daylight in the winter, no matter how you shuffle it around.
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    I tried to advocate shifting hours of operation of things one hour (Summer Hours or Winter Hours or whatever), but no one seemed to get what I was saying. Some people really DO think, on some level, that we gain an hour of daylight for DST. I'm more of a purist and think we should keep standard time (and tweak the time zones to be more meridional). Deaf ears, I tell you.

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    It's a nice enough day so that Graham is outside--fixing his car. He had an accident I think in August? A minor one, but it means his car hasn't been roadworthy this whole time. He got the part yesterday, literally months after he knew what part he needed, and is installing it. We should be a two-car household by the end of the day. Meanwhile, inside, both kids are asleep, leaving me with time to fiddle more with my faire boss's website--including putting a picture of Irene in our gallery. We took some pictures of her "wearing" some of the merchandise to use as an explanation of why the web stuff hadn't been checked as often as usual lately and why improvements to the site hadn't been continuing. But it means I can share the picture with all of you, as I finally have a decent photo-sharing platform. https://www.redwolfltd.com/gallery?l...aItem-j0pug5m9

    ETA--oh, the picture before that one is Simon last summer.
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    "You can't erase icing."

    "I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"

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    Nice. She looks good in green.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danscope View Post
    I wish we could just keep DST .
    When I was a kid, the UK had an experiment with that. It maybe worked OK in London, but five degrees farther north I was walking to school in the freezing pitch dark for what seemed like half the winter. We were all issued with high-viz armbands, and I can remember how a passing car's headlights would light up a little procession of yellow bands moving along the snowy street towards school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    Nice. She looks good in green.
    Thank you kindly! I made her dress.

    Graham ended up having the wrong part, so the car didn't get fixed after all. But he worked on it, we'll order the right part today, and we had a babysitter last night who let us go see Logan. Yesterday was our fourteenth anniversary.
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    "Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"

    "You can't erase icing."

    "I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    Thank you kindly! I made her dress.
    Cute! You've made a dress, a website, and best of all, a human being! Oops, TWO human beings. Can't get better than that.
    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

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    Happy anniversary, Gillian!
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    Thank you kindly!
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    "You can't erase icing."

    "I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"

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    Happy Anniversary!

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    Grats, miss Gillian!

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