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  1. Since I'm here... Mask mandates have become pretty relaxed around here, but I've noticed that most people still wear them when in places with a lot of people (like grocery stores ) A lot of people still wear them walking about on the streets, but I don't. I would in a crowd, but not just strolling down the sidewalk. And I'm afraid I'm getting worse about remembering to put one on before entering a building, usually now it takes seeing someone else with one to remind me to put mine on. I'm setting such a bad example....... Not to be, um, political, but most of the people I see without them are white guys. Everyone else is still being pretty careful. And I just got my third shot, so hopefully I'm pretty safe. I only know four people who have gotten it, and none of them had to be hospitalized, thank goodness.
  2. Hello, all, remember me? Man, I never meant to be away this long, but ... well, there's been a lot of stuff going on, most of it not good. But for now, I just want to say how sorry I am to hear about Una Stubbs. This is my first time hearing it. She just seemed so delightful both on and off screen, what a loss. Rest in peace. Titles. Helps me remember where I left off when the bookmark falls out, which it often does, and also often helps me remember what the chapter contains. There's an Aldi grocery store about 10 minutes from here. What they don't have, Walmart (another 5 minutes) or Harris Teeter (on the way home) will. Also there's a Food Lion about 5 minutes up the road but they're in the other direction so I almost never go there; FL's never been my fave grocery store anyway. Or I could just step out my front door and shoot a deer. 😁
  3. Actually, mine is a rather unique location, which is why I was so determined to find a home here in spite of certain drawbacks. Its a rural setting ... lots of trees, near a lake, low housing density ... but I'm only 15 minutes from the bustling downtown, where I work. Admittedly, it's a rather small town, but it's got it's share of urban sprawl ... but all the sprawl is in the other direction, because there's a river between my neighborhood and the rest of the area. And the river loops around my neighborhood, protecting us from new roads being built. Most importantly, there's no 1000 acre lots waiting to be gobbled up by developers; everything's small here. No McMansions, no strip malls, no fake "town centers." Just homes of all different styles and sizes. I love it. I just wish my own home had been a little lot better taken care of before I bought it. Still waiting for the rough times to pass. 😞
  4. Wow! Woohoo indeed! Actually, I just came here to let everyone know I'm still alive, still being driven crazy by my move, still hoping to be back on a more regular basis some day. But I arrived just in time for Fantasy's news. Way to go, girl! Congratulations!
  5. Hey!! I'm right here, y'know! 😬 Didn't they try lobotomies as a treatment for epilepsy at one point? I seem to remember hearing about that. Urk.
  6. Yeah, I've done my share of cursing the universe lately. It's getting a bit tiresome. How long before it passes?
  7. Oi, laundromats ... when I looked, the only ones I could find (by looking online) were in areas known for their higher-than-usual-crime (mostly car break-ins and such). No thanks, sez I, and was trying to manage by washing everything in the sink. Then the stopper for the sink broke. Fortunately I mentioned all this to one of my students, who knew of a nice place to go. They even did my laundry for me (for an extra fee, but it was worth it to be able to get my errands run while it was being done.)
  8. Well, you can't say Marvel is shy about promoting its wares!
  9. God, I empathize ... I've been having terrible trouble with my back, lately. Although I suspect my trouble may be due in part to a year with virtually no exercise, I spent a few hours shovelling dirt the other day and my back actually felt better the next morning. Weird......
  10. I'm assuming this all relates to the TV show? Because I didn't get a single one of them...
  11. I'm currently boycotting Amazon, for a number of reasons: 1. The last time I ordered something from them, I accidentally clicked on the "join Prime" button (primarily because the language they used was deliberately misleading) and there was no way to undo it. I don't shop online often, certainly not often enough to warrant paying for "free" shipping. 2. I finally figured out how to go into my account and "unjoin" Prime, but again, their language was so misleading that I almost accidentally re-registered, and you have to click through "Yes, I really don't want Prime" about 6 times before they'll finally let go of you. 3. They're building their latest facility near my community and we're already seeing an increase in traffic, development and prices in an area that is already gridlocked, overdeveloped and too expensive. Plus they are wrecking small business in this area and in general I think Amazon's gotten too big and powerful. I'm rooting for whoever can bring 'em down.
  12. Hi all! Thanks for all the congratulatory notes! I never meant to be gone this long but, oh man, moving into a new home (new to me, the house itself is ancient) has been so much more stressful and time consuming than I ever imagined. It's almost broken me more than once, and it's not over yet. The former owners were far more neglectful than we realized, and the house has needed repairs to just about everything, and what hasn't been repaired has needed to be cleaned down to the cellular level ... or so it seemed at the time I was scrubbing at it. Yeesh! Why don't some people take care of their homes? At any rate, I'm finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel (and I'm just hoping the light doesn't belong to on oncoming train). I'm wayyyyyyyyyyyy over budget so I'll be stressing about my financial state for ... well, probably forever ... but that's not exactly a new thing. But at the moment I'm lying here looking at cool green trees and hearing nothing but birdsong, and I can't complain about that. Just as an example, I'll tell you the kind of thing I've been dealing with ... it was beyond frustrating at the time, but I'm starting to see the funny side of it now. The first thing to be fixed up was the kitchen; the dishwasher was broken, the refrigerator was breaking, and the oven and microwave were both covered in such a thick layer of grease that I didn't want to touch them. (The surrounding cabinets and counters were also covered in grease ... old, thick and hardened grease ... it took me four days of scrubbing to clean them. Geez, humans are dirty creatures...........) So I ordered new appliances, thinking they would be installed and ready to go by the time I actually moved in a couple weeks later. Ha ha. First try ... I wait for them all day (the delivery was supposed to take place between "8 a.m. and 4 p.m."). They are supposed to call me when they arrive. Guess what ... they can't find the address, AND there's no cell phone signal out here. I see the truck as it is driving away -- on the wrong road -- but it's too late to chase them down and I can't make a phone call. So I go to the store and give them very specific directions to pass along to the drivers. Second try ... they are supposed to deliver between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. (!) At 11:30 in the morning, as I am starting my hour-long commute from my then residence to my new residence, I get a call that they are there but cannot find the house ... again. They cannot wait an hour for me to show up, and they leave. Third try ... I'm told the only time available is Tuesday 4 to 8 p.m., when I'm supposed to be teaching classes, so I cancel the classes ... no income today! Around 7 p.m. I get a faint cell phone signal and call to check on them ... the delivery company has nothing on the schedule for me. Fourth try; by now, I'm living here, subsisting on apples and energy bars. Again they can "only" deliver on Tuesday from 4 to 8. Again, I cancel classes. At 2 p.m. I spot the truck ... once again, on the wrong road. I go flying down the hill and manage to intercept them. Finally, the appliances are delivered, yay! Look, a shiny new fridge, yay! I wander off to do something else, and when I return the stove is also in place ... and it's the wrong color. At which point they tell me they don't uninstall/install microwaves, I have to pay someone extra to do that. They leave. So at this point I have a black fridge, a white stove, an old greasy beige microwave, and a huge box with a (supposedly) black microwave sitting in the middle of my living room. I go back to the store, and they say no, the microwave in the box is white, not black. Fine, I say, then send me a white fridge. As long as everything is the same color. Fifth try ... once again, the delivery is two hours earlier than I was told, and once again, they go to the wrong place, and I have to go running after them; again. The lead character is an excitable fellow; he keeps saying the fridge won't fit through the door and he's going to leave without doing anything. I keep telling him he can't leave and show him how to take off the door. Finally, it's done ... and the new fridge starts rattling so loud I can't even hear myself think. I finally fix it by sticking a rock under one side. (Apparently they didn't level it properly.) Meanwhile, one of the other workmen I've had around the place noticed that my hot water heater had thick brown goo oozing out of it, so I had it replaced too. Yay, the guys that install the hot water heater also know how to install microwaves! They come in, start opening the box ... and it's the wrong color. It's neither black nor white, but stainless steel. This time I elect not to go to the store, but to wait on hold for customer service for an hour and a half (seriously.) Hey, by now I'm living in the place, and the store's an hour away; I figure I'm saving time. They don't even bother to apologize, but they do send the right color this time. The same team as last time delivers it; the excitable guy refuses to even get out of the truck, letting his buddy do all the hauling. But at last, I have three appliances the same color, even though one is still in the box. (Why only three, you ask? I decided I didn't need a dishwasher.) The box is still sitting there; I had another set of workmen that were supposed to come in yesterday and set it up, but they didn't show up. (Another long story.) Needless to say, after all this, I decided to order a washer/dryer from a different store, which was supposed to be delivered July 3. On July 1, I get a call saying there would be a delay ... until August 11.
  13. Yeah, he was the perfect Bilbo. He was a pretty great Arthur Dent too. But him playing a policeman just doesn't excite me.
  14. For some reason I've had the theme from Combat running through my head a lot lately. I think I saw an ad for it or something.
  15. I remember some interview or other where Moftiss confirmed that ... the crowds are quiet once filming starts.
  16. About 4 weeks, actually, I just forgot to do it earlier. All of my students are vaxxed too, we can finally see each other's faces again, yay! Thanks for the congrats on the house, gang, it's a lot of work but it's worth it. (I hope. )
  17. It's tiny, and the deck is almost as big as the house; which is okay by me because I love to be outside. And it is beautiful out there!
  18. Well, congratulate me everyone ... it's been over a year, with a lot of missteps, setbacks and emotional turmoil ... but as of today I own my own home. Woo hoo!
  19. I can think of a couple explanations, but I'll refrain....
  20. 😉 (To this day I still think he's mimicking Capt. Jack Sparrow when he asks for the tea.)
  21. I watched it; or at least, the first season. It never engaged me, the characters were too ... I'm not sure what. Boring? There's something about Daniel Bruhl that puts me off, I'm afraid, and the other actors couldn't quite make up for it. Disappointing, since it got such rave advance notice.
  22. Oooo, sounds like my kind of show! And I don't remember much about the film (except that I rather liked it) so that wouldn't bother me. Available on DVD, one hopes? Or is it one of those streaming things?
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