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    After spending most of the July dying of the heat and barely getting any sleep, I woke up this morning feeling a bit chilly with the windows open. To clarify, this felt damn awesome, since it means the nights of heatwave insomnia are starting to be over for this year, fucking finally. Or, failing that, at least there was one precious night of deep, sweet sleep.
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      CommentAuthorchiaslut
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2011
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    Say hello to Chance (aka Chancy Fancy Pants). She's the newest addition to our household. She's probably a Newfoundland/Rottweiler mix. You can barely see the familiar Rotwieller brown markings on her face in the right light. She's a big sweet oaf.
    chancy fancy pants
    We actually fostered her about 5 years ago and have regretted not keeping her ever since, so it's a lovely set of circumstances that brought her back to us. Unfortunately, she's been eating crappy food and hasn't been taught much in the way of manners in the interim, but we'll get all that sorted out.

    Welcome home, pooch.

    PS - Taking pics of a black dog is hard.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2011
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    MY MOTHER DOESN'T HAVE CANCER!

    REALLY relieved by this. Basically, my mom got a growing spot on her neck and was concerned. The doctor told her last week essentially "Well, it could be a wart, or it could be Nodular Melanoma, the most dangerous and fatal skin cancer of them all. Go see the dermatologist in three weeks!" which my family agreed was a real dick move. Since the receptionist saw that my mom was worried, she got a dermatologist appointment for today and we've spent the last week just wondering "Well, is this it? Is there now a time limit on her life?" and my overactive, worrying imagination (which I got from mom) imagined all the horror that would ensue.

    But she just got out of her appointment and called me to tell me that it was what I thought it looked like (a wart that develops primarily in people over 50) and that the dermatologist was a bit pissed off with her doctor for not catching that right away.

    So PHEW! I'll be having a celebratory drink later in the day, methinks!
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2011 edited
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    Disaster averted, hail Arcadia! Excellent news, Robin - tell your mum Whitechapel rejoices for her... unless this place scares her. Which, y'know, not impossible.

    Sleestak, you are now the proud owner of one of the sweetest, most caring, and most emotionally mature of all dogs. I had a newfie growing up, and she was the best friend a high school kid could ask for, a big lazy pillow/foot warmer, who somehow knew EXACTLY when I'd had a bad day at school, and knew exactly how to fix it - namely by coming over and crushing my kneecap with her face until I played catch with her. Best damn dog in the universe.

    If you're the type to rassle with your pets, they're great for that, too - just watch the paws, they like to swipe with those! Chance looks like an absolute sweetie-muffin.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2011
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    Good to hear Oldhat!!

    So, I almost had to cancel my Burning Man trip this year. Like I was already leaning towards not going, and a had a couple moments where I had already just resolved to not go. But I couldn't do that. I was able to work things out in the end, playa magic pulled through for me, and now not only am I still going (hooray!), but I was able to score an early entry pass and get to be on site for an extra week before the event starts. Extra hooray! It adds an extra level of planning and stress for me, which is kind of blegh, but it'll be so worth it.
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2011
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    @oldhat--Good news! Doctors can be real dickheads when it come to news. When my wife was in the hospital a few years ago, the fuckers took delight in looking at her chest x-rays and MRIs, bugging out their eyes, dropping their jaws, and intoning It's a good thing you came when you did. Yeah, it's a good thing you don't have my teeth in your neck, you buffoon.
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    Huzzah! @oldhat. That's some scary shit. @Fauxhammer, this is not the thread, but don't even get me started on medical ass-hattery from doctor/medical folks I've dealt with.

    Good thing #1 - I had my daughter every weekend in the month of July. She taught herself to swim, so most of my weekends were spent in the water. Big fun!
    Good thing #2 - I don't have her this weekend. This is a good thing because A) beer misses me & B) A friend of mine will be in town this weekend from New Orleans. I haven't seen him in several years. I'm not exactly sure what the plan is, but beer will be joining us.
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    Had a FOUR HOUR interview type thing on Sunday. I've been unemployed for over a year. A friend of mine linked me to a craigslist post for a guy needing a "Photoshop Artist", which I quickly sent my site address too and told him I'd be very interested. He replied back rather quickly, and the job pays more than I've ever made doing anything EVER. He's what I guess you'd call a commercial artist, he does photography, comes up with concepts and then has someone create those concepts in photoshop, doing compositions and such. He then sells those for ridiculous sums of money. I drove 2 hours to his studio to check out the work and meet with him. The guy who held the job previously committed suicide on the 22nd pretty much out of nowhere. So while I was down there, he had me run through some tests and stuff, I didn't do amazing cuz I was way stressed, but I think I'm good enough and proved to him that I'm willing to do whatever it takes to make something happen. Part of the reason I was there for 4 hours, is because he has a project that he needs to get done, and we were trying to find the right Photoshop file, and then save it to a disk. The file was 5.14GB when we did find it. Anyways, he had to mail me a flash drive with the file and some stock images which I got today.
    Time to put on my professional hat and get back into 4 hours of sleep a night mode. If I get this composition looking perfect, and I mean, PERFECT, I think I'll have the job. His last words before I left the studio were "It's all up to you now."
    So as much good juju you can throw at me would be appreciated.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2011
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    Random...juju coming your way. Good luck.
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    Random: not to be all anti-juju, but: are you doing a big chunk of the job that this guy is ostensibly hiring for, before he's actually hired you? You sure you're not getting scammed?
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2011
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    Everyone: thank you for the cheers. It's...man. Been said. A hell of a relief.

    Random: Stay on guard with jobs like that. I went through almost the exact same recruiting process and was thrilled to get it and it ended up being such a hellish job that I quit after a week and got $200 less than what I actually deserved.
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    Thanks everyone. This guy seems pretty legit, his studio is massive, he sits on the Washington, DC arts council, etc etc. I'm getting paid for this job no matter what. He even paid for my gas to get down there and back. It seems like it would be pretty hellish, honestly. Right now though, anything is better than nothing, and the salary is well worth it.
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      CommentAuthorYskaya
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2011
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    Oldhat: Cheers and Whew! glad it was the overactive imaginings of the MD.

    Randomentity: Good Juju your way.

    Rachel: (from the july thread) Yay! for progress. take care.

    Meanwhile in Mudskip: Progress! Ideas! Concentration! and lists to get it done right 'n timely!
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd 2011
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    @Oldhat - that is awesome beyond compare. Thank goodness!

    @Random - Good juju, knocking on wood, etc. Rock it, baby.

    Finally caught up with a lot of shit. Loads more still to be done but I'm feeling less frantic ATM. Feeling really solid about myself, relaxed, sure of what I can do. Of course, now I've got to do it.
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      CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd 2011
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    @oldhat Yay! for your Mom. Cancer sucks.
    @Random Good luck to you.
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd 2011
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    @oldhat - WIN!
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    Just celebrated 5 years with the Bureau of Prisons. I get a fancy pin, and a new badge, and my last guaranteed raise for the next three years.
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeAug 4th 2011
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    Figured out how to get my mic on the mic stand - I thought I'd need a special gizmo to adapt them. And my dad repurposed an old film camera tripod that's even older than I am so that I can keep my laptop at eye level and that way I can read copy into the mic while standing. Sweet!

    Also, exercised after a long hiatus. then there was shochu and Hellsing. Not a bad combo, really.
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeAug 4th 2011
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    SO MANY GOOD THINGS TODAY YOU GUYS. (To be continued once the self-imposed information embargo ends.)

    I seriously can't remember when I've last been in this good a mood! Wheeee!
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      CommentAuthorravnos
    • CommentTimeAug 4th 2011 edited
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    While @oldhat and @randomentity definitely win for good news for the day/week... And both of them get a toast from me (woo excuses to drink tasty beer)

    Got my first article published over on @randomentity's gaming/geek culture site The Critical Table.
    Also finally got the script for my short zombie horror flick "Lazarus" finished, edited, and sent out to the actors.

    Also grats to @oldhat on the awesome looking beer... want...

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