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mirocu
QUOTE(mALX @ Dec 3 2015, 11:26 AM) *

Oooh, nice Christmassy hat your avatar is wearing!

Thanks biggrin.gif

Iīve had it for quite a few years now. A guy at Bethsoft made it for me smile.gif
mALX
QUOTE(mirocu @ Dec 3 2015, 05:40 AM) *

QUOTE(mALX @ Dec 3 2015, 11:26 AM) *

Oooh, nice Christmassy hat your avatar is wearing!

Thanks biggrin.gif

Iīve had it for quite a few years now. A guy at Bethsoft made it for me smile.gif



How kind that was!







mirocu
Yeah smile.gif

Canīt remember who it was now though. It wasnīt someone I normally interacted with kvleft.gif
Callidus Thorn
QUOTE(mALX @ Dec 3 2015, 10:27 AM) *

QUOTE(Callidus Thorn @ Dec 3 2015, 05:18 AM) *

QUOTE(mALX @ Dec 3 2015, 10:17 AM) *

QUOTE(Callidus Thorn @ Dec 3 2015, 05:06 AM) *

Well, writing's officially been put on hold this week while I try to sort out whatever problems I'm having getting a good night's sleep, and try to get a better idea of how this discussion plays out.

I'll just have to write more next week.



Did you make your NaNoMo quota of words?


Hit the target last week, on the 27th. I wanted to get it wrapped up before my birthday, so I wrote 25k in five days laugh.gif

May have burned myself out ever so slightly in the process.

But the story goes on...



I'm glad you aren't dropping the story; but I sure understand why you'd be burned out for a while. That was a whopping amount of typing you did! (not to mention all the thinking behind it!!)


Heh, I don't think I could drop the story if I tried. But going from struggling to write much to writing thousand-word(give or take a hundred or so) chunks five or six times a day was pretty jarring.

As for the thinking, I'm not honestly sure how much I did. I'd think about the first sentence before starting, or pause to find the right word, but beyond that I honestly can't say how much I was thinking. The words were there, and I typed them.

*shrugs*
King Of Beasts
hi
mirocu
Hi Kobby!! biggrin.gif biggrin.gif
mALX
QUOTE(King Of Beasts @ Dec 3 2015, 09:57 AM) *

hi




KOBBY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Hug_emoticon.gif



IPB Image

QUOTE(Callidus Thorn @ Dec 3 2015, 08:12 AM) *

Heh, I don't think I could drop the story if I tried. But going from struggling to write much to writing thousand-word(give or take a hundred or so) chunks five or six times a day was pretty jarring.

As for the thinking, I'm not honestly sure how much I did. I'd think about the first sentence before starting, or pause to find the right word, but beyond that I honestly can't say how much I was thinking. The words were there, and I typed them.

*shrugs*



I used to bounce stuff off my son if I was stuck for a word. He is the one that came up with the term "Mud Monkey" (I think the got it off of South Park), laugh.gif

But he and his friends loved the story, and used to hang around asking what was going on with it, and I'd tell them and they would bounce ideas off me that they'd like to see; and I always added those in so they would see their idea in the story, lol.


Callidus Thorn
Why does Kobby only poke his head in the door to say hi these days... sad.gif
mALX
QUOTE(Callidus Thorn @ Dec 3 2015, 11:43 AM) *

Why does Kobby only poke his head in the door to say hi these days... sad.gif



I'm glad he is at least doing that, but it is sad he is not here but to say hi once per month lately

I miss him a LOT verysad.gif







Callidus Thorn
Who doesn't

And he's not the only one missed
King Of Beasts
I'm really trying to get on more often now but since j don't get notifications from chorrol I forget sometimes

I've also been kinda down too tbh
mALX
QUOTE(King Of Beasts @ Dec 5 2015, 08:43 PM) *

I'm really trying to get on more often now but since j don't get notifications from chorrol I forget sometimes

I've also been kinda down too tbh



Oh no, what's wrong, Kobby? We're here for you, anything you need Hug_emoticon.gif



mirocu
Hope you had a nice b-day, buddy! And that you as soon as possible change the down to up.. smile.gif


Callidus Thorn
QUOTE(King Of Beasts @ Dec 6 2015, 01:43 AM) *

I'm really trying to get on more often now but since j don't get notifications from chorrol I forget sometimes

I've also been kinda down too tbh


Sorry to hear that Kobby. Hope things improve for you, and to see you around here more often.
mirocu
I have played the chess game on my computer over 7000 times since 2009 blink.gif




Edit: 92 guests?? Who are all those guests???? panic.gif panic.gif
mirocu
So today me and Dad took down the last big oak that grew right next to the car garage. It looks so empty now! tongue.gif
ghastley
QUOTE(mirocu @ Dec 8 2015, 09:21 AM) *

So today me and Dad took down the last big oak that grew right next to the car garage. It looks so empty now! tongue.gif

You're going to be picketed by Bosmers! You'll get an arrow to the knee!!! Panic now!!!!!!
mirocu
Nah, the arrow to the knee is such an old joke by now. Iīm sure they wonīt do that laugh.gif
Grits
Throat is the new knee. hehe.gif
mirocu
But rock on the ground is the new throat hehe.gif
Callidus Thorn
Urgh. Feeling bad. Think I'm coming down with a cold.

I hate that.
treydog
The Entire Dialogue from the famous Greco- Italian Tailor Sketch:

Tailor (holding up a pair of trousers): Euripides?

Customer: Yeah. Eumenides?
mirocu
Got my car back from the polish guy yesterday! No, heīs not Polish tongue.gif but he does a good polishing job on cars so they sparkle biggrin.gif



Wasnīt too happy when he told me what it all costs with paint job included, but Iīm not surprised. He told me himself car paint is ridiculously expensive wacko.gif
mALX
QUOTE(Callidus Thorn @ Dec 8 2015, 05:01 PM) *

Urgh. Feeling bad. Think I'm coming down with a cold.

I hate that.



I'm two days late reading this, so hope you are feeling better now smile.gif





QUOTE(treydog @ Dec 8 2015, 07:40 PM) *

The Entire Dialogue from the famous Greco- Italian Tailor Sketch:

Tailor (holding up a pair of trousers): Euripides?

Customer: Yeah. Eumenides?



BWAAHAAA!!!





QUOTE(mirocu @ Dec 10 2015, 02:12 AM) *

Got my car back from the polish guy yesterday! No, heīs not Polish tongue.gif but he does a good polishing job on cars so they sparkle biggrin.gif



Wasnīt too happy when he told me what it all costs with paint job included, but Iīm not surprised. He told me himself car paint is ridiculously expensive wacko.gif



In ETN if someone is painting a whole car, it is usually to hide it so the police don't recognize it in their "All Points Bulletins!" (as in you just got a gun, now suddenly having to paint your car) rollinglaugh.gif


(just kidding).





QUOTE(mirocu @ Dec 8 2015, 09:21 AM) *

So today me and Dad took down the last big oak that grew right next to the car garage. It looks so empty now! tongue.gif



Plant a bush there!




mirocu
QUOTE(mALX @ Dec 10 2015, 05:58 PM) *

In ETN if someone is painting a whole car, it is usually to hide it so the police don't recognize it in their "All Points Bulletins!" (as in you just got a gun, now suddenly having to paint your car) rollinglaugh.gif


(just kidding).

Iīve been found out!! ohmy.gif panic.gif


But ehm, I havenīt gotten the gun yet tongue.gif



And yes, I will plant more bushes next year, but not there smile.gif
mALX
QUOTE(mirocu @ Dec 10 2015, 12:01 PM) *

QUOTE(mALX @ Dec 10 2015, 05:58 PM) *

In ETN if someone is painting a whole car, it is usually to hide it so the police don't recognize it in their "All Points Bulletins!" (as in you just got a gun, now suddenly having to paint your car) rollinglaugh.gif


(just kidding).

Iīve been found out!! ohmy.gif panic.gif


But ehm, I havenīt gotten the gun yet tongue.gif



And yes, I will plant more bushes next year, but not there smile.gif



Someone out Treydog's way is giving away some fully grown bushes for free; I have been wishing I had a shovel and stout man to dig them up so I could take them, lol. Yes, my son is strong enough; and I'm sure I've got a shovel; but getting the two of them together is another matter, lol.


mirocu
Give him an excavator and Iīm sure that wonīt be a problem! laugh.gif
mALX
QUOTE(mirocu @ Dec 10 2015, 02:29 PM) *

Give him an excavator and Iīm sure that wonīt be a problem! laugh.gif



I don't think even that would work, lol. He is kind of a "Play" boy. Not women, but video games, lol.


http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq67/Ma...la/S6301737.jpg




mirocu
Then heīs a gameboy! laugh.gif laugh.gif





rollinglaugh.gif
mALX
QUOTE(mirocu @ Dec 10 2015, 02:46 PM) *

Then heīs a gameboy! laugh.gif laugh.gif

rollinglaugh.gif



Yep! rollinglaugh.gif



mirocu
As I donīt wanna know what anyone looks like I hesitated to look at the pic, but I did tongue.gif

Is that his real hair? Groovy cool.gif
mALX
QUOTE(mirocu @ Dec 10 2015, 03:46 PM) *

As I donīt wanna know what anyone looks like I hesitated to look at the pic, but I did tongue.gif

Is that his real hair? Groovy cool.gif



That was his real hair till a few months back when he had it cut off for his job - they said he would never get a promotion with them till he cut his hair, so he did. (And they did promote him right away, so it was worth it to him).

I cried. verysad.gif


mirocu
My brotherīs wife loves my long hair laugh.gif


But what job does he have that requires him to do that?
Callidus Thorn
QUOTE(mALX @ Dec 10 2015, 04:58 PM) *

QUOTE(Callidus Thorn @ Dec 8 2015, 05:01 PM) *

Urgh. Feeling bad. Think I'm coming down with a cold.

I hate that.


I'm two days late reading this, so hope you are feeling better now smile.gif


Unfortunately not. It's not managing to get a real foothold, but it's managed to dig its heels in nonetheless. sad.gif
mALX
QUOTE(mirocu @ Dec 10 2015, 04:01 PM) *

My brotherīs wife loves my long hair laugh.gif


But what job does he have that requires him to do that?



He works at the same place Penny does in the Big Bang.


mirocu
He works at the Cheesecake Factory?? blink.gif



Do they finally serve Big Boy burgers now? laugh.gif
mALX
QUOTE(mirocu @ Dec 10 2015, 04:06 PM) *

He works at the Cheesecake Factory?? blink.gif



Do they finally serve Big Boy burgers now? laugh.gif



rollinglaugh.gif I doubt it, since the South was the home of the Big Boy stands, lol. I think they are Shoney's now, but in South Carolina and Virginia you can still find a few that are still Big Boys - and boy are they good! Better than Shoneys is, that is for sure!


mALX
QUOTE(Callidus Thorn @ Dec 10 2015, 04:03 PM) *

QUOTE(mALX @ Dec 10 2015, 04:58 PM) *

QUOTE(Callidus Thorn @ Dec 8 2015, 05:01 PM) *

Urgh. Feeling bad. Think I'm coming down with a cold.

I hate that.


I'm two days late reading this, so hope you are feeling better now smile.gif


Unfortunately not. It's not managing to get a real foothold, but it's managed to dig its heels in nonetheless. sad.gif



Oh no! You need to boost up your immune system so you can kick butt when these things go around. Vitamin B12 and Vitamin C cocktails !!!! Cranberry juice/orange juice and liver, lol.

Seriously, I hope you get feeling better. <3






Callidus Thorn
QUOTE(mALX @ Dec 10 2015, 10:03 PM) *

Oh no! You need to boost up your immune system so you can kick butt when these things go around. Vitamin B12 and Vitamin C cocktails !!!! Cranberry juice/orange juice and liver, lol.

Seriously, I hope you get feeling better. <3


I have a large glass orange juice every morning with my breakfast A litre carton lasts me three days biggrin.gif

I'm guessing this must be a particularly nasty bugger, to have dug in the way it has. But if it thinks it can be more stubborn than me, it's got another thing coming. mad.gif
mALX
QUOTE(Callidus Thorn @ Dec 10 2015, 05:30 PM) *

QUOTE(mALX @ Dec 10 2015, 10:03 PM) *

Oh no! You need to boost up your immune system so you can kick butt when these things go around. Vitamin B12 and Vitamin C cocktails !!!! Cranberry juice/orange juice and liver, lol.

Seriously, I hope you get feeling better. <3


I have a large glass orange juice every morning with my breakfast A litre carton lasts me three days biggrin.gif

I'm guessing this must be a particularly nasty bugger, to have dug in the way it has. But if it thinks it can be more stubborn than me, it's got another thing coming. mad.gif



I have a large glass of orange juice every day too, it is better than coffee for getting you going in the morning!


mALX
Although some of you already knew about it; I didn't want to talk about this on here until it was a done deal, and really glad I didn't because of all the delays that have occurred in this - but it has finally happened, so ... going to share it with you all.

Since October 16th I've been tied up in buying a house. This was one of those investment houses that are foreclosures or short sales that you can get for 1/4 their market value; do a few repairs and upgrades, and a year or two down the road sell for full market value in a better selling market.

(so yes, it does need repairs).

I didn't buy it for me, but for my son. He will be getting out of college by the time this house is ready to turn over, and so this is his Birthday/Xmas/and Graduation presents combined, lol. When he decides to sell it, he will make a sizable profit on it; and meanwhile he has learned a few things about how investments in real estate work. I hope the lesson will serve him in his life as well as it served me in mine.

Anyway, all kinds of delays popped up in the last couple months, but we finally closed on the house two weeks ago; the seller paid off their portion of the property taxes 2 days ago, and the Registrar of Deeds has just recorded it - so I can finally tell you all about it!

Here are some pictures of it. you can see the deck railings need repairs by these pictures, lol.:



http://i.imgur.com/HIovS5R.jpg



http://i.imgur.com/JtOZ70m.jpg



http://i.imgur.com/dJ2USJa.jpg



** And Mirocu, you can probably see by the first picture why I need a driveway, the idiot person who built the drive angled it to drain watershed directly into the foundation of the house instead of giving it a tilt (or at least a curb) and draining the watershed off the sides and away from the house's foundation. What were they thinking?

The retaining wall and redesign of that driveway will probably be the biggest expense of any other repair; everything else it needs is really minor and really low cost. A roof, decking repairs, some exterior plumbing repairs; some paint, etc. Nothing else major.

So, WOO HOO !!!!




mirocu
This is just so awesome, mALX!! biggrin.gif biggrin.gif Flipping heck, Iīve never gotten a friggin house from my parents!!! laugh.gif I really like the insides too, so cozy! Btw, is that a fireplace to the left in the second pic?


Yeah, kinda corny way to design the driveway. You never ever want water running towards the house like that. Geez... Whatīs the address? Iīll send you my cavator tongue.gif



Congrats on the deal! happy.gif cake.gif
Acadian
Congrats, mALX, I know it has been a long and sometimes tortuous process but I'm sure it will be well worth it! goodjob.gif
mALX
QUOTE(mirocu @ Dec 11 2015, 02:40 AM) *

This is just so awesome, mALX!! biggrin.gif biggrin.gif Flipping heck, Iīve never gotten a friggin house from my parents!!! laugh.gif I really like the insides too, so cozy! Btw, is that a fireplace to the left in the second pic?


Yeah, kinda corny way to design the driveway. You never ever want water running towards the house like that. Geez... Whatīs the address? Iīll send you my cavator tongue.gif



Congrats on the deal! happy.gif cake.gif



Thank you!

Yes, that is a very large fireplace - I like that you can sit on the bench-type hearth to warm near the fire! I'm actually looking to get a woodstove inserted in that flue to use the heat from the fire more efficiently - and heat the house without using electricity, etc.

But the chimney has to be inspected first; and several trees are too close to the roof, have to have some tree-climbing guy come lop off the branches that are too near the roof.

On the driveway - Yes! Who does that? Especially when the house is on a hill, that water is eroding the soil! Grrrrr. Not just that, but the watershed from the road will freeze up in the winter, causing my son to come skidding downhill on a sheet of ice and not be able to stop - and there are no railroad ties to keep him from going over the edge either, they made the perfect driveway to crash the owner!

So yeah, that needs fixed most def. I'm going to have a retaining wall built and completely redo that driveway. It will still be a semi-circle; but more level with the road and tilted slightly back toward the road instead of toward the house - and with drainage running all water off into culverts to each side of the property, well away from the house.

But until I can do that, I'm getting a bag of "QuickCrete" and making hand-made curbs to keep the water from shedding down that drive. I had to do that at my old house too; rural towns don't have curbs on the roads, the homeowners have to make their own if they want them. And living on hills without curbs usually means someone is getting water in their basement. (my son won't have that problem, but the soil erosion is most def an issue).





QUOTE(Acadian @ Dec 11 2015, 08:48 AM) *

Congrats, mALX, I know it has been a long and sometimes tortuous process but I'm sure it will be well worth it! goodjob.gif



Thank you! Yeah, it sure was - and you had to live through every delay with me, too; bless your heart! laugh.gif Thank you, Acadian.

ghastley
QUOTE(mALX @ Dec 11 2015, 09:15 AM) *

... several trees are too close to the roof, have to have some tree-climbing guy come lop off the branches that are too near the roof.

If you have branches too close to the roof, I'd suggest taking out the whole tree. That way high winds can't put the rest of the tree through the house. Anything that can go wrong will, and so trees shouldn't be closer to a house than their own height.

mALX
QUOTE(ghastley @ Dec 11 2015, 09:38 AM) *

QUOTE(mALX @ Dec 11 2015, 09:15 AM) *

... several trees are too close to the roof, have to have some tree-climbing guy come lop off the branches that are too near the roof.

If you have branches too close to the roof, I'd suggest taking out the whole tree. That way high winds can't put the rest of the tree through the house. Anything that can go wrong will, and so trees shouldn't be closer to a house than their own height.



Well, the branches near the roof might damage the shingles in a storm if they fall; and/or since these trees are closer than 25 feet of the chimney (and they are WAY taller than the chimney) they can cause downdrafting down the chimney flue. That would make it unsafe to use the fireplace if the wind picked up while you were burning.

I think the codes for chimneys call for them to be 5' higher than anything within 25 feet of the chimney, and these trees are probably 100' tall; so no way to make the chimney higher than they are, lol. So I have thought about removing a couple of them.

There is one tree I most def want rid of; it is in the driveway and leans toward the house. Sitting up on the road that way, it will catch any wind no matter the direction; and the way it leans toward the house is ominous, lol.

But how do you safely remove a 100' tree that is 25 foot from your house?





Grits
Congratulations, mALX! I love that raised hearth. Good luck with the renovations!
ghastley
QUOTE(mALX @ Dec 11 2015, 10:13 AM) *

But how do you safely remove a 100' tree that is 25 foot from your house?

They'll usually rope it from other (large) trees, so it can only fall the right way. (That's away from the house, if they need to be told biggrin.gif ). And most of the time, if they have enough access, they'll slice the top off a few times, so by the time the lower part is felled, there's less than 25 feet left of it.

mirocu
Yeah, Iīd say definitely take those trees down if they are too close and on your grounds. Thatīs exactly what Dad and I are doing now. The last oak we took down also leaned in the completely wrong direction, but we tied the line from the tractor and while I worked on the tree with my chainsaw, Dad continously applied power on the line, forcing the tree in the direction we wanted.

We can come do it for you if you just pay for the plane ticket. And transport of the tractor. And cookies for the coffee... biggrin.gif
mALX
QUOTE(Grits @ Dec 11 2015, 11:13 AM) *

Congratulations, mALX! I love that raised hearth. Good luck with the renovations!


Thank you, Grits! I love that hearth too, really hope the chimney can pass inspection and get one of those wood stove inserts in there that show the fire inside but burn the wood more efficiently than a regular fireplace. The house is really well insulated, a good wood stove could keep it warm in the winter easily.

And I've never seen so much closet space in one house before, it is a closet lover's dream come true!


QUOTE(ghastley @ Dec 11 2015, 11:26 AM) *

QUOTE(mALX @ Dec 11 2015, 10:13 AM) *

But how do you safely remove a 100' tree that is 25 foot from your house?

They'll usually rope it from other (large) trees, so it can only fall the right way. (That's away from the house, if they need to be told biggrin.gif ). And most of the time, if they have enough access, they'll slice the top off a few times, so by the time the lower part is felled, there's less than 25 feet left of it.



Wow, that does sound efficient and quick. I wonder if they could use those long sections of tree for the retaining wall and save me the cost of those materials? Drive steel rods down through them to hold them in place ... Hmmm !!!!!



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