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« Reply #585 on: January 23, 2019, 04:01:27 am »
That sucks. Just you or neighbours as well? Above or below ground?
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« Reply #586 on: January 24, 2019, 03:29:52 am »
Yep so if you keep the taps running a little bit when it's that cold the pipes won't freeze.

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« Reply #587 on: January 24, 2019, 03:40:42 am »
I have to go to a party with my co-workers on Saturday.   :(  They're nice enough people, but I see them 5 days a week and I would rather be home snuggling on Saturday night.

It's not an office party, per se, it's at a co-worker's house. One of the company owners, actually.

Anybody have tips for making it more bearable?  I don't need advice like "don't get super drunk and start running my mouth" or "don't start making out with the boss's wife" or that sort of thing. I've got all that stuff figured out already.   Also some of my coworkers know that I'm not heterosexual but most of them don't and I'm a little uneasy about talking about personal stuff. I have a sense that somebody is going to ask why I didn't bring a date or trying to do the matchmaker thing or that sort of stuff.

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« Reply #588 on: January 24, 2019, 05:36:40 am »
I have to go to a party with my co-workers on Saturday.   :(  They're nice enough people, but I see them 5 days a week and I would rather be home snuggling on Saturday night.

It's not an office party, per se, it's at a co-worker's house. One of the company owners, actually.

I hate **** like this.  I avoid it when I can, or make an an 'appearance' then French exit.  Gawd....

But you have to.

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Anybody have tips for making it more bearable?  I don't need advice like "don't get super drunk and start running my mouth" or "don't start making out with the boss's wife" or that sort of thing. I've got all that stuff figured out already.   Also some of my coworkers know that I'm not heterosexual but most of them don't and I'm a little uneasy about talking about personal stuff. I have a sense that somebody is going to ask why I didn't bring a date or trying to do the matchmaker thing or that sort of stuff.

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Well, I can't believe you have made it to this point in your life living where you do without coming up with your own style of answering questions like that.  Also given your wit... You can do the old Paula Poundstone (?) bit where her female gym teacher just says "I guess I never found Mr. Right !" :D

Stay until you have had ONE communal moment - like 'the toast' or 'the happy birthday song'.  Then just say you've "got to go".  10 PM is the target time... stay at least that long.

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« Reply #589 on: January 24, 2019, 05:42:47 am »
Yep so if you keep the taps running a little bit when it's that cold the pipes won't freeze.

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« Reply #590 on: January 24, 2019, 06:34:57 am »
I have to go to a party with my co-workers on Saturday.   :(  They're nice enough people, but I see them 5 days a week and I would rather be home snuggling on Saturday night.

It's not an office party, per se, it's at a co-worker's house. One of the company owners, actually.

Anybody have tips for making it more bearable?  I don't need advice like "don't get super drunk and start running my mouth" or "don't start making out with the boss's wife" or that sort of thing. I've got all that stuff figured out already.   Also some of my coworkers know that I'm not heterosexual but most of them don't and I'm a little uneasy about talking about personal stuff. I have a sense that somebody is going to ask why I didn't bring a date or trying to do the matchmaker thing or that sort of stuff.

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I mean, getting super drunk and making out with the boss's wife might not be the worst career move, depending on your boss's proclivities.
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« Reply #591 on: January 25, 2019, 10:40:30 am »
Is anyone here parents of a teenage boy?  Or have nephews that age?  My sister is a foster parent and has a boy turning 13 in Feb.  She said he likes reading.  Any suggestions for what a boy that age might enjoy?  It's been a long time since my boy was 13.  I'm a bit stumped for a gift..... :-\
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« Reply #592 on: January 25, 2019, 01:47:40 pm »
Is anyone here parents of a teenage boy?  Or have nephews that age?  My sister is a foster parent and has a boy turning 13 in Feb.  She said he likes reading.  Any suggestions for what a boy that age might enjoy?  It's been a long time since my boy was 13.  I'm a bit stumped for a gift..... :-\

Lord of the Rings.  Anything JRR Tolkien

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« Reply #593 on: January 25, 2019, 05:07:58 pm »
Lord of the Rings.  Anything JRR Tolkien

Ready Player One

Thanks.  I forgot about LOTR.

Ready Player One was a good  movie, I'll check out the book.   :)
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« Reply #594 on: January 27, 2019, 09:55:54 pm »
I hate **** like this.  I avoid it when I can, or make an an 'appearance' then French exit.  Gawd....

But you have to.

Well, I can't believe you have made it to this point in your life living where you do without coming up with your own style of answering questions like that.  Also given your wit... You can do the old Paula Poundstone (?) bit where her female gym teacher just says "I guess I never found Mr. Right !" :D

Stay until you have had ONE communal moment - like 'the toast' or 'the happy birthday song'.  Then just say you've "got to go".  10 PM is the target time... stay at least that long.

Sorry.

I remembered your sage advice. Things went surprisingly well.  I managed to stay until 11, and a number of people had left before me.  Some of them are very interesting people.  The man of the house-- an owner/director of the company, is a fascinating conversationalist.  Unfortunately at dinner I got seated next to Boring Stories Bob, who is pretty much the opposite of a fascinating conversationalist.  Luckily I was able to move next to Engineer Ed and one of the younger technical people and some spouses/significant others later on which was better. .

After some people had left and some of the men-folk had gone to the games-room for billiards and darts and other contests of manliness, I had a quiet moment with the lady of the house, who is a charming older woman who also does technical writing for us part time. She's a delightful person.  She had been badgering me to bring a date for a couple of weeks, so when she asked about that again I told her my big secret and she told me that nobody would mind a bit if I brought my girlfriend next time. She added that now she's extra interested to meet my significant other.  Although, she probably won't remember any the conversation because she was so drunk. And she gave me a great big hug before I left.

Anyway. It was a good night.  I felt super welcome.

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« Reply #595 on: January 28, 2019, 05:32:11 am »
  And she gave me a great big hug before I left.

Anyway. It was a good night.  I felt super welcome.

 -k

Well, great.  I guess things work out sometimes.

Easy has a terrible cough.  We all have colds but it kills me to see him so upset and almost choking.  We went to Sick Kids and spent 6 hours waiting for doctors yesterday.  He's basically ok but Joan has to sleep in the other room with him...

Aaaand.... a whollop of winter this week.  I think I'm going to cancel my show if I can to stick around...

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« Reply #596 on: January 28, 2019, 09:07:59 am »
I think I prefer extreme cold to heavy snowfall. Extreme cold around here means it's brilliantly sunny, which can be nice, especially if you're inside most of the time anyway. Heavy snowfall is such a drag and it takes a week for things to be cleared and back to normal.

Supposed to go down to -36 tonight (actual temperature, not windchill "feels like"). Apparently that can be devastating for the ash borer beetle, which has recently made its first appearance in town and has been expected to wipe out much of Winnipeg's forest canopy in the next five years. With any luck, the obscenely brutal cold will be just too much for them.

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« Reply #597 on: January 28, 2019, 10:08:44 am »
Easy has a terrible cough.  We all have colds but it kills me to see him so upset and almost choking.  We went to Sick Kids and spent 6 hours waiting for doctors yesterday.  He's basically ok but Joan has to sleep in the other room with him...

:( It must be depressing to feel powerless to help.

Aaaand.... a whollop of winter this week.  I think I'm going to cancel my show if I can to stick around...

We had plus 12 and bright sunshine yesterday. People were out jogging in shorts and t-shirts. Crazy.

Supposed to go down to -36 tonight (actual temperature, not windchill "feels like"). Apparently that can be devastating for the ash borer beetle, which has recently made its first appearance in town and has been expected to wipe out much of Winnipeg's forest canopy in the next five years. With any luck, the obscenely brutal cold will be just too much for them.

"Welcome to Winnipeg, bitches!"   Hopefully this will kill the little rotters.

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« Reply #598 on: January 28, 2019, 10:23:16 am »


Supposed to go down to -36 tonight (actual temperature, not windchill "feels like"). Apparently that can be devastating for the ash borer beetle, which has recently made its first appearance in town and has been expected to wipe out much of Winnipeg's forest canopy in the next five years. With any luck, the obscenely brutal cold will be just too much for them.

We need some of that in BC to get rid of the pine beetles. The winters arenít cold enough anymore.
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« Reply #599 on: January 28, 2019, 11:57:24 am »
We need some of that in BC to get rid of the pine beetles. The winters arenít cold enough anymore.

Now just hold on a minute, I grew up in Ontario where I stared down my share of freezing cold days, shoveling off the beaver pond to go skating, after the driveway was done. I prefer the current situation where, even though it's close to the end of January I can see the lawn will soon need cutting, and if I want to go skating, I'll go to the arena. And look at all that lovely furniture wood those beetles provide. :D