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Does anyone have any of this stuff just lying about, with a willingness to barter it off or give it away? I need:

- Fiberoptic toys (ideally with exposed cables, like this, working or not

- Fiberoptic christmas tree (working or not)

- Rock Band or Guitar Hero guitar controllers (working or not)

Thanks!
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The Dingo Relocation project got off to an excellent start this weekend, thanks to everybody who came out and dug holes, pounded nails, set posts, mixed concrete, etc. Saturday, we had a veritable army of folks: [livejournal.com profile] zylch, [livejournal.com profile] saffronhare and her three kids, [livejournal.com profile] diermuid and his three kids, [livejournal.com profile] archway, [livejournal.com profile] kaymyth, [livejournal.com profile] popefelix and [livejournal.com profile] ruisseau, and [livejournal.com profile] ysathora and [livejournal.com profile] uberreiniger. I spent most of the day managing the care and feeding of the horde. Sunday we had a much smaller crowd: [livejournal.com profile] zylch, [livejournal.com profile] ysathora and [livejournal.com profile] uberreiniger returned, and [livejournal.com profile] matchgirl42 came out as well. We got all the post holes dug (with significant assistance from the power auger that [livejournal.com profile] saffronhare rented for us), and about half of the posts set. It rained Sunday night and Monday morning, so we weren't able to finish the posts, but it's supposed to dry out the end of this week, so hopefully we'll be able to finish the posts by Saturday. We also finished the reclamation of boards from the old fence, and built a ton of fence panels. [livejournal.com profile] zylch came back on Monday to inspect the water level along the post-hole row, and we built a ton more panels, until we ran out of boards. Another supply run in the works, I'm afraid. This project has become much more expensive than I thought it would be.

It's also a lot more involved and difficult than I thought it would be. As it turns out, there's at least one small spring on our property, and the water table at the house is higher than it should be. That means that some of the post-holes are filled with water, and will need a lot more concrete than we'd planned. That also gives some insight as to why there is frequently water in the basement. I think the next outdoor project at our house is going to involve planting some very thirsty plants along the sides of the house, and possibly along the fence line.

As usual, some things got left behind in the construction process. So far, I've got [livejournal.com profile] diermuid's sweatshirt (which I'm going to wash), [livejournal.com profile] popefelix's hammer, and [livejournal.com profile] matchgirl42's bag of tools. Additionally, I think I have half of [livejournal.com profile] zylch's worldly possessions, but I know she's coming back to work on it more. :)

We still hope to have the fence completed by 6/14, in time for Dingo Relocation Day, but it might be tough. Any local folks who want to donate a few hours' labor to the benefit of doggies are welcome to drop me a line and set up a time to come out. Also, if anybody's got a truck and is able to help us pick up additional lumber and concrete, that would be good too. :)
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
The Dingo Relocation project got off to an excellent start this weekend, thanks to everybody who came out and dug holes, pounded nails, set posts, mixed concrete, etc. Saturday, we had a veritable army of folks: [livejournal.com profile] zylch, [livejournal.com profile] saffronhare and her three kids, [livejournal.com profile] diermuid and his three kids, [livejournal.com profile] archway, [livejournal.com profile] kaymyth, [livejournal.com profile] popefelix and [livejournal.com profile] ruisseau, and [livejournal.com profile] ysathora and [livejournal.com profile] uberreiniger. I spent most of the day managing the care and feeding of the horde. Sunday we had a much smaller crowd: [livejournal.com profile] zylch, [livejournal.com profile] ysathora and [livejournal.com profile] uberreiniger returned, and [livejournal.com profile] matchgirl42 came out as well. We got all the post holes dug (with significant assistance from the power auger that [livejournal.com profile] saffronhare rented for us), and about half of the posts set. It rained Sunday night and Monday morning, so we weren't able to finish the posts, but it's supposed to dry out the end of this week, so hopefully we'll be able to finish the posts by Saturday. We also finished the reclamation of boards from the old fence, and built a ton of fence panels. [livejournal.com profile] zylch came back on Monday to inspect the water level along the post-hole row, and we built a ton more panels, until we ran out of boards. Another supply run in the works, I'm afraid. This project has become much more expensive than I thought it would be.

It's also a lot more involved and difficult than I thought it would be. As it turns out, there's at least one small spring on our property, and the water table at the house is higher than it should be. That means that some of the post-holes are filled with water, and will need a lot more concrete than we'd planned. That also gives some insight as to why there is frequently water in the basement. I think the next outdoor project at our house is going to involve planting some very thirsty plants along the sides of the house, and possibly along the fence line.

As usual, some things got left behind in the construction process. So far, I've got [livejournal.com profile] diermuid's sweatshirt (which I'm going to wash), [livejournal.com profile] popefelix's hammer, and [livejournal.com profile] matchgirl42's bag of tools. Additionally, I think I have half of [livejournal.com profile] zylch's worldly possessions, but I know she's coming back to work on it more. :)

We still hope to have the fence completed by 6/14, in time for Dingo Relocation Day, but it might be tough. Any local folks who want to donate a few hours' labor to the benefit of doggies are welcome to drop me a line and set up a time to come out. Also, if anybody's got a truck and is able to help us pick up additional lumber and concrete, that would be good too. :)
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Yet another long-arsed weekend full of er... mostly working for us. Friday night, [livejournal.com profile] triadruid, [livejournal.com profile] kittenpants and I helped [livejournal.com profile] brandy22kc move into her new place. This mostly involved clearing out a storage unit, pulling some bizarre and unnecessary stunts, getting lost between Shawnee Mission and Olathe, and generally being cold and tired, but it also involved coffee and some truly funny moments, so all was well. Best wishes to B and family in their new house -- we understand that in 6-9 months, we'll be moving them again, out of program housing to somewhere better (and freer), and that's good too.

Saturday, we had visitors from Texas. The church I think of as The Other Pagan UU Congregation (although it may not be the only other one; there may be one in Florida now too) sent some people up to talk to us about leadership of our congregation and see how we did things in case there was anything they wanted to steal. They stayed through Sunday evening, and left with hopefully a lot of good stuff that will help them. Apparently also, [livejournal.com profile] kittenpants and I will be visiting their congregation in May to teach an abbreviated version of Excellence in Ritual, so that will be fun. (Especially since it will be right after we get done teaching the full 8-week version here... yeesh.)

Late last night, in a stunning bout of irresponsibility, [livejournal.com profile] triadruid blew off working on Winter Bazaar to go see Casino Royale, which was just stunning. I enjoyed the hell out of the new Bond concept, but I'm thinking that I might not continue to enjoy it as they make more films -- the brutality and hands-on nature of New Bond I am digging, but I can't for the life of me work out why anyone would want to go to bed with New Bond, and that's going to be a problem for me as the franchise continues. Shining moments: a fantastic sequence in the beginning of the film in which Bond chases down a minor bad guy who happens to apparently be proficient in parkour; the most flips ever achieved in a car crash with the help of an air cannon (7) (and by the way, that's the 2007 Aston-Martin DBS); Felix Leiter; M lamenting the end of the Cold War.
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Yet another long-arsed weekend full of er... mostly working for us. Friday night, [livejournal.com profile] triadruid, [livejournal.com profile] kittenpants and I helped [livejournal.com profile] brandy22kc move into her new place. This mostly involved clearing out a storage unit, pulling some bizarre and unnecessary stunts, getting lost between Shawnee Mission and Olathe, and generally being cold and tired, but it also involved coffee and some truly funny moments, so all was well. Best wishes to B and family in their new house -- we understand that in 6-9 months, we'll be moving them again, out of program housing to somewhere better (and freer), and that's good too.

Saturday, we had visitors from Texas. The church I think of as The Other Pagan UU Congregation (although it may not be the only other one; there may be one in Florida now too) sent some people up to talk to us about leadership of our congregation and see how we did things in case there was anything they wanted to steal. They stayed through Sunday evening, and left with hopefully a lot of good stuff that will help them. Apparently also, [livejournal.com profile] kittenpants and I will be visiting their congregation in May to teach an abbreviated version of Excellence in Ritual, so that will be fun. (Especially since it will be right after we get done teaching the full 8-week version here... yeesh.)

Late last night, in a stunning bout of irresponsibility, [livejournal.com profile] triadruid blew off working on Winter Bazaar to go see Casino Royale, which was just stunning. I enjoyed the hell out of the new Bond concept, but I'm thinking that I might not continue to enjoy it as they make more films -- the brutality and hands-on nature of New Bond I am digging, but I can't for the life of me work out why anyone would want to go to bed with New Bond, and that's going to be a problem for me as the franchise continues. Shining moments: a fantastic sequence in the beginning of the film in which Bond chases down a minor bad guy who happens to apparently be proficient in parkour; the most flips ever achieved in a car crash with the help of an air cannon (7) (and by the way, that's the 2007 Aston-Martin DBS); Felix Leiter; M lamenting the end of the Cold War.
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So apparently, a couple of weeks ago, Penn & Teller's Bullshit did a show on "Family Values" -- dealing with the myth of the "traditional family" and all that sort of thing. We don't have cable at my house, and generally wouldn't turn the box on if we did, but this sounds like the sort of thing we'd be interested in (and we like Penn & Teller a lot, too).

Apparently it's going to be on again tomorrow night. Does anybody local have the Showtime channel? And if you do, would you be willing to make a tape of the show for us? Pretty please?
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So apparently, a couple of weeks ago, Penn & Teller's Bullshit did a show on "Family Values" -- dealing with the myth of the "traditional family" and all that sort of thing. We don't have cable at my house, and generally wouldn't turn the box on if we did, but this sounds like the sort of thing we'd be interested in (and we like Penn & Teller a lot, too).

Apparently it's going to be on again tomorrow night. Does anybody local have the Showtime channel? And if you do, would you be willing to make a tape of the show for us? Pretty please?

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