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    I hate setting up new electronics and such. I'm always afraid something will go wrong. But we've been having some problems with our Blu-Ray player, making it hard to watch Doc Martin; and we've been talking about getting a better Bluetooth speaker for our night time music so yesterday we went to Best Buy and bought both. I put off setting them up last night because I was tired.
    During the night I had an actual nightmare that involved setting up the speaker. Somehow there even got to be a service technician involved. Ugh.
    But this morning I decided to bite the bullet, unboxed them both, looked at the instructions, and got busy. Took me less than half an hour for both and everything is working great. Lovely!
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
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    Last evening, I started offering my wife a menu for dinner. I got about three words in and she interrupted: "Hamburgers".
    Tonight I asked what she'd like. "Aren't we having hamburgers?"
    We don't usually have them twice in a row, but what the heck, I had the fixings.
    They aren't good for us, but I'm very happy she likes my burgers.

    Back story:
    Several months ago, I followed a link to a very opinionated YouTube video about the ONLY way you could make burgers. (Is there any other kind of YouTube video?) He heavily stressed the absolute minimum handling of the meat to avoid it getting tough. Seasoned with salt and pepper before cooking. Cooked in a frying pan, one patty at a time. It was kind of stupid, but had an influence on me.

    I'm 70+ years old and had never EVER cooked a burger except on the charcoal or gas grill. I generally beat the patties into shape, and never seasoned in advance. Or after. And I thought they were good.
    So I tried an experiment. I used 15% fat meat, thinking the low-fat stuff would be too dry. Cooked on the griddle. Also grilled some sweet onion, in olive oil. Handled the patties minimally and used fresh ground S&P.
    Best burger of my life. We've been doing them regularly ever since. I'm not getting any thinner, but what the heck.

    Downside: Getting a burger at a restaurant, or worse, a fast-food place, just isn't the same any more.
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    The empty lot next to my daughter’s house is up for sale. It just might make a nice place to build a home in which to retire.

    Retirement is several years out, but close enough that this plan could make sense.
    I may be asking Trebuchet for advice in the near future.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Last evening, I started offering my wife a menu for dinner. I got about three words in and she interrupted: "Hamburgers".
    Tonight I asked what she'd like. "Aren't we having hamburgers?"
    We don't usually have them twice in a row, but what the heck, I had the fixings.
    They aren't good for us, but I'm very happy she likes my burgers.

    Back story:
    Several months ago, I followed a link to a very opinionated YouTube video about the ONLY way you could make burgers. (Is there any other kind of YouTube video?) He heavily stressed the absolute minimum handling of the meat to avoid it getting tough. Seasoned with salt and pepper before cooking. Cooked in a frying pan, one patty at a time. It was kind of stupid, but had an influence on me.

    I'm 70+ years old and had never EVER cooked a burger except on the charcoal or gas grill. I generally beat the patties into shape, and never seasoned in advance. Or after. And I thought they were good.
    So I tried an experiment. I used 15% fat meat, thinking the low-fat stuff would be too dry. Cooked on the griddle. Also grilled some sweet onion, in olive oil. Handled the patties minimally and used fresh ground S&P.
    Best burger of my life. We've been doing them regularly ever since. I'm not getting any thinner, but what the heck.

    Downside: Getting a burger at a restaurant, or worse, a fast-food place, just isn't the same any more.
    Actually, WE once made the best hamburgers ever. Unfortunately we were trying to make meatballs so the shape wasn't hamburgeresque, but the taste...yum. Nothing like what a meat ball should taste, but best-hamburger-ever. We considered cutting the hamburger-orbs in half and putting a flat bun in between.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    The empty lot next to my daughter’s house is up for sale. It just might make a nice place to build a home in which to retire.

    Retirement is several years out, but close enough that this plan could make sense.
    I may be asking Trebuchet for advice in the near future.



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    We sold our house in Everett, WA after I required to the son of the people next door. And his wife. It seemed odd to me to want to live next door to your parents. Your mileage obviously varies!

    That aside, getting the lot now if it's where you want to be is a very good idea.
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    My cousin and I were talking about that idea once; my mother was at the time selling her house in Los Angeles County and moving north to Portland, which is a couple of hours' drive from me. I observed to my cousin that the distance was perfect--near enough to see her regularly but not so close that we'd be tripping over her all the time. My cousin nodded, then pointed out that his mother lived in his backyard. (They built her a lovely little house of her own after my uncle died.) I reminded him that I, too, could live next to his mother; it was my mother I couldn't stand to be that close to. He acknowledged the difference. His mother is a joy and a delight, and they get along really well. My mother . . . is different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    We sold our house in Everett, WA after I required to the son of the people next door. And his wife. It seemed odd to me to want to live next door to your parents. Your mileage obviously varies!

    That aside, getting the lot now if it's where you want to be is a very good idea.
    "Required" should of course be "retired". I don't think I can even blame Tapatalk for that one.
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    My niece, the daughter we never had, came up for a visit today. We went to the annual home show over in Sequim. We enjoyed it less than in the past, because we already built the house! But we had a nice drive around the area.
    The original plan had been to eat at a restaurant while we were there but we weren't hungry yet and I had an idea: Why not get some ingredients, go home, and I'll fix my delicious hamburgers. That was a simply awesome idea!
    It's always a good day when we see Emily.
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    Went up to Seattle yesterday to get together with an online friend, who was in town escorting Georgia O'Keefe paintings to the Seattle Art Museum. (This makes her eligible at work to escort paintings to European museums, which would mean flying to Europe on the museum's dime.) We'd never met before, and we got along beautifully. She sent presents for the kids, and I presented her with a pin from my Ren faire boss and some baking I'd done this week. We had dinner together and gossiped about people we know online and told stories from our youths.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    Went up to Seattle yesterday to get together with an online friend, who was in town escorting Georgia O'Keefe paintings to the Seattle Art Museum.
    Serious envy. How does one get a job like that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    Serious envy. How does one get a job like that?
    And the headline of the day, Roger Moore and a guy named Solfe were last seen speeding away from the Seattle Art Museum with a truck full of Georgia O'Keefe paintings...

    If the headline was on the internet, it would read: "Two guys is stoled many an O'Keefe, bound to Georgia".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    And the headline of the day, Roger Moore and a guy named Solfe were last seen speeding away from the Seattle Art Museum with a truck full of Georgia O'Keefe paintings...

    If the headline was on the internet, it would read: "Two guys is stoled many an O'Keefe, bound to Georgia".
    I stole nothing, they got into my car on their own, honest. Also, I would turn toward upstate South... um, Dakota, yeah, not South Carolina.
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    Happy to get my DIY geek on today: I installed a couple of Nest thermostats for our new boiler. So, the dumb ol’ house is just a little bit smarter now.
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