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By: ycd0108 , 12:08 AM GMT on April 02, 2014

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Black Ball Ferry deigned to let us come home this morning. We may consider "Reserving" a spot on the ferry next trip.
Though the RV was comfy it's always a treat to get home to the cold house, light the furnace and have your familiar BATHROOM!
Loved every minute!

Jiggety Jig (ycd0108)
Home is the Hunter
Jiggety Jig
Dune (ycd0108)
This photo messed up the Cannon
Dune
First night in Washington State (ycd0108)
Eagle with Crows
First night in Washington State
Fort Flagler (ycd0108)
Fort Flagler
Pt. Angeles (ycd0108)
Wide A Wake
Pt. Angeles
Haulout (ycd0108)
This morning
Haulout
The Zoo (ycd0108)
Mussel stew coming up.
The Zoo
bottomfeeder (ycd0108)
I'm glad this thing is less than 2" tall
bottomfeeder
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Liberian Wood
Ylee, young and handsome. (ycd0108)
Ylee,  young and handsome.

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73. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
8:34 PM GMT on April 21, 2014
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72. ycd0108
1:22 AM GMT on April 19, 2014
Ylee:
Huck is less than six months old and acts like it:
he digs holes in the lawn
eats all the cat food after chasing the cats away
poops randomly - mostly where the people walk
no fence can hold him in nor out
Quick learner if he thinks it's worthwhile and he looks humans straight in the eye.
Das Boot:
Had to sawzall one corroded aluminium bolt off because it had chewed up the keeper. The housing is now lying beside the spare and the hole in the hull is cleaned up and ready for the next rebuilt I/O.
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71. Ylee
12:41 AM GMT on April 19, 2014
Your Ylee looks like an older German Shepherd, with the yellow coat and the grey muzzle!

Good luck on the boat!
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70. ycd0108
3:03 PM GMT on April 18, 2014
Finally got Huckleberry the 'Yote uploaded.
Beautiful day here so I'll be on my knees in the boat trying to loosen rusty bolts to remove the Gimbal housing for the I/O leg so I can take it and the spare to Victoria for repairs.
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69. Ylee
1:46 AM GMT on April 18, 2014
Quoting 65. ycd0108:

Where is Ylee?!!!!!
Sheeshe!
Uploaded that photo last night and I can't see it anywhere.



I'm right here! :' ) Ever since the launch of the Nuest WU, posts and stuff has been disappearing, All I can say is try again!
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68. ycd0108
12:14 AM GMT on April 18, 2014
Had a great idea for a new blog this morning!
You'll have to trust me: I forgot it.
How do I know it was so good?
Mainly 'cause it's still bugging me - usually my great ideas evaporate.
What was it?
Oh yeah:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes_Benz_(song)
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67. ycd0108
11:37 PM GMT on April 17, 2014
Can I just send a cheque?
PayPal is telling me I should give them more info 'cause there is some complaint on my account.
I have never used PayPal as far as I recall so I don't know how they would know I'm skint.
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66. ycd0108
3:46 PM GMT on April 17, 2014
Bogon:
Seems to me we have talked earlier regarding Tracey Kidder's "The Soul of the New Machine".
As "HAL" said:
"Put 'er back in place and we'll see what's wrong when it goes wonky."
(It's not likely I'm quoting HAL word for word - been a while since I watched "2001"):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HAL_9000
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65. ycd0108
2:50 PM GMT on April 17, 2014
Where is Ylee?!!!!!
Sheeshe!
Uploaded that photo last night and I can't see it anywhere.
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64. Bogon
12:32 PM GMT on April 17, 2014
GnUer WU appears to have settled on a fixed column width. Once again I have vacant white space going to waste on one side of my monitor. On my (wider) laptop there's a void on both sides. I liked it better when the text and photos expanded to fill the screen. Especially the photos. There's a good argument that text is easier to read in a narrow column. Photos, on the other hand, reveal more detail when given more room, bounded by the display device or their inherent full size, whichever comes first.

I haven't seen comment behavior such as you describe. It may have to do with the hardware and software you are using to view the site (versus the rig I'm running here). Or it may be differences in our personal settings on WU. I don't claim to be an expert on those. There are elements of Weather Underground that I use a lot, and there are features of the site that I seldom or never explore.
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63. ycd0108
11:41 AM GMT on April 17, 2014
#60 Bogon:
Quite often some comments only show the commenter's name and I have to click a little box to see what was sent.
So far that works on the PC and the Toshiba but the SamGal hot spot does not respond.
What I wanted was to have the SamGal showing the comment so I could type my response on another station without scrolling up or down to see what I was trying to respond to.
Ylee:
That goofy 'Yote has a purty good life: he gets to clean up the cat food and seems to be able to ghost through any fence.
Doesn't care what I call him one way nor the other.
Can't wait for him and Jupe to meet.
I did upload a photo but obviously it just ain't here.
YelloworangeRose:
It was quite windy that evening - enough to ruffle the eagle's neck feathers. The crows were sitting lower on the tree.
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62. YelloworangeRose
8:37 PM GMT on April 16, 2014
nice photo ycd thank you for sharing . I like the eagle photo and could imagine the eagle feels good and comfortable resting up there.
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61. Ylee
8:31 PM GMT on April 16, 2014
Quoting ycd0108:
Everyone else here calls the coyote "Huck" but I call him Ylee.


Poor Huck! :' )
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60. Bogon
3:00 AM GMT on April 16, 2014
Looks like the development team is still working. Today I have two columns in portrait mode.

Hidden comments? Is that a new Beta thing or an old thing that I never found out about? Maybe I never saw them... because they were hidden? :o)
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59. ycd0108
12:39 AM GMT on April 16, 2014
Ylee:
I'll probably get back home tomorrow - my work is done here for a few days - hopefully my photos will come up soon.
I've gotten quotes for new windows and a door and the "Committee" can chew over how they can trim down the cost or just bite the bullet.
Everyone else here calls the coyote "Huck" but I call him Ylee.
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58. ycd0108
12:06 AM GMT on April 16, 2014
Thoughtsteader:
No view of the eclipse here - the clouds
rolled in late afternoon and I snoozed through it.
Taxes:
I did not make money last year due to the eyeball kerfuffle - I was not supposed to lift more than 5 pounds for a while after each surgery -
I guess we'll get used to this new layout. I'm not comfortable on the Toshiba keyboard anyway so I'll have to see what things look like on my desktop.
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57. ycd0108
10:56 PM GMT on April 15, 2014
Bogon:
Looks like there is a glitch:
On the SamGal I can not display hidden comments but those comments will show on the Toshiba.
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56. Ylee
9:32 PM GMT on April 15, 2014
I've heard of a Huckleberry Hound, but not a coyote! can't wait to see it!
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55. Thoughtsteader
4:08 PM GMT on April 15, 2014
Good morning! I've finally got my taxes all bundled up, ready for the p.o., so I decided to give myself another cup of coffee before heading off to mail them and starting the rest of the day.

It's still cool and a little breezy. We had a ripping cold front come through yesterday, with gusts around 40, I suppose. Standing waves in the marina fairway, anyhow, which is my indication of a good wind.

It did clear last night, so I got to see the eclipse. I didn't stay out and admire it as long as I might have otherwise, because of the weather, but it was a splendid sight.

I'm a little irritated with WU just now. I've been using Classic, and they said they were going to keep it. They have, but they've stripped out favorites, recently visited cities, and such, so there's no one-click access to a lot of information. I left my gripe on their page, and will let it rest. I still have trouble reading the light blue text, especially against the gray - but that's clearly my problem. So be it. ;)

I will have to go take another look at the local weather page since Bogon's commending it. Maybe they've changed some things.

Happy day!
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54. Bogon
3:56 PM GMT on April 15, 2014
The new site is designed to be viewable from portable devices. Jeff Masters has an announcement today.

The redesign works well on my desktop computer, too. I get a different presentation of your blog page depending on which way I rotate my monitor. In landscape position it looks like NUWU with your entry and avatar in two columns at the top. In portrait view I get a single column, first your entry and comments, then the avatar, links etc. at the bottom.

The local weather page is wunderful.

The hardest things for me to learn are new patterns of navigation. Menus and options have changed. Pages are more colorful, which is a good thing.

The most noticeable difference on blog pages is that recent photo icons are missing. I don't know whether the developers plan to reinstate those. Without them it will be harder to track my favorite bloggers' photography. I don't usually enter WU via the galleries.
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53. ycd0108
1:41 PM GMT on April 15, 2014
Is it just me or is the new display a lot bigger?
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52. ycd0108
10:37 PM GMT on April 14, 2014
Ylee:
Thanks, that's good to know. My access here is fairly good but I've been busy spending their money, getting quotes and fixing small irritations - mainly handrails both sides all stairs (Tloml's Home Care orders).
You won't believe it till you see the photo and I can't upload through Tloml's Toshiba but this Coyote Huckleberry is the spittin' image of your daylight avatar.
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51. Ylee
9:51 PM GMT on April 14, 2014
Just to let you know we haven't forgot about you!

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50. plapman
12:13 PM GMT on April 11, 2014
Good morning YCD.
have to go for coffee now. The Queen is up.
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49. Ylee
5:06 AM GMT on April 11, 2014
Quoting 48. Thoughtsteader:
Just in case the day comes when you don't need the RV, or Ylee finds a spare, or the moon and stars align in some particularly freaky way....
Well...

How about this?


I want one! :' )
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48. Thoughtsteader
2:19 AM GMT on April 11, 2014
Just in case the day comes when you don't need the RV, or Ylee finds a spare, or the moon and stars align in some particularly freaky way....
Well...

How about this?
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47. ycd0108
1:03 PM GMT on April 10, 2014
Goin' mobile once the dawn light comes up enough to load the tools in the RV.
I'm not supposed to treat the RV like my work pickup so I need special loading technique:
Blow the sawdust off tools and boxes before I load them carefully without scratching the built-in cabinets.
A number of tradesmen I know use the same body and chassis for their work truck but they have storage shelving and work benches where I have fancy cabinets and a motorized bed/couch.
The plan is to replace a worn out sliding patio door for my mom in Victoria so naturally I need every tool I own and a few I don't yet.
I'll watch the DIY Youtube videos after the new door is installed.
Edit:
I'll only have SamGal to work with for a few days. I can read the blogs but posting a comment is frustrating and prone to lost Posts.
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46. ycd0108
4:05 AM GMT on April 10, 2014
No talk of "winding sheets" on this blog, eh, Linda:
I was hoping you would like my ensemble - I dusted them off for the first time in too many years.
Now I'm wondering about that cane: I doubt I paid it's value.
When I arrived the museum at CUC (Cuttington University College, Gbarnga) had been completely looted except for one tree trunk drum about eight feet tall.
We took over the building for a secure storehouse for the food stock CSB (Corn Soya Blend) we delivered to feeding centers.
Since I delivered most of the cash money in country I was noticed and offered all kinds of stuff including uncut diamonds. Being the idealistic aid worker that I was then I have no diamonds.
However:
I was gifted with a number of treasures as I packed to come home.
Maybe some of them should go back to Gbarnga but if the "Tall Man" goes back to Kbokwokoyata I will carry it there.
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45. ycd0108
3:14 AM GMT on April 10, 2014
Ylee:
I can vouch for the RV as something to try.
Much as I admire the space and comfort of the Class A, unless you and your wife are going to move aboard, the smaller Class B is just fine.
I can't stand up straight in it and we have to shuffle around each other to move about inside (so I rarely get to do the dishes) but we can maneuver in a normal sized parking lot and the fuel consumption is reasonable.
Boats and horses are best left to those who really love them.
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44. Thoughtsteader
2:54 AM GMT on April 10, 2014
Oh, my gosh. What a wonderful, memory-stirring photo of those Liberian carvings. I still have a few things - masks, mostly. I had a nice set of passport masks, too, but they were given away, bit by bit. A couple of masks went to museums - I'm still trying to figure out what to do with a huge country cloth. I don't have a wall big enough to display it. Ah, well. Maybe they can use it for a winding sheet when that time comes!
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43. Ylee
2:44 AM GMT on April 10, 2014
I have no desire for either horses, or boats, although someday I may go over the brink, and buy a used Class A RV.....:' )
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42. ycd0108
2:13 AM GMT on April 09, 2014
Hi Rob:
Always figured that if I started pinching pennies the whole monetary system would collapse.
Yup, that leg has worked hard and performed well for longer than I have owned it. I think I have had it rebuilt at least three times in 24 years and it was already 14 years old.
I have the spare leg and engine sitting in the shed so I guess it's time to make one working unit out of all the bits and pieces.
The only time I feel good about towing the boat on the trailer is when I meet an huge horse trailer. Before you invest in horses buy a boat.
Just remember what BOAT stands for:
"Bring On Another Thousand".
(Dollars that is)
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41. RobDaHood
12:45 AM GMT on April 09, 2014
LOL

That is one nasty looking outdrive!

Economy here...dead.
Maybe I should raise horses.
No...that's a good way to lose yer shirt!
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40. ycd0108
12:32 AM GMT on April 09, 2014
Ylee:
No need for paint stripper - the pressure washer takes the gunk off and any loose paint. I probably washed for less than two hours in total. You have to get right down on your knees to aim the wand correctly under the boat so I took a couple of breaks.
We have rented pressure washer many times and borrowed some. The borrowed ones are usually too whimpy to do the job and quite often missing essential parts.
I'd say the new machine has already paid off it's purchase price in rental fees, travel time and frustration avoided.
I did strip many layers of bottom paint off the hull some years ago and I shudder at that memory. Scraping softened toxic paint while lying on your back is not much fun.
Thanks Skyepony:
Between us we can kick start the economy. Maybe some of our emergency funding will "Trickle" UP 'cause the old theory did not work.
After all: I can spend money at least as well as any of the "expert financiers".
'Course I can't get money the way they do - I still think I should provide something for any money I take.
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39. Skyepony (Mod)
11:34 PM GMT on April 08, 2014
Welcome back!

Concur on the economy. Was talking ponies with someone from Ocala lastnight. Everyone is all excited the first signs of life are returning to the horse industry..
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38. Ylee
10:26 PM GMT on April 08, 2014
I've been away too long! You've been busy! How long did it take you to wash that patch of black gunk off? Is there any solvent that will help, without stripping the paint?

I guess the villagers from Kbokwokoyata thought you fit right in! :' )
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37. ycd0108
9:54 PM GMT on April 08, 2014
Some carvings I brought home from Liberia.
In fact I needed the cane at the time 'cause my hip went bad from months of eating poorly and spending most of the day jammed in a pickup.
The guy on the elephant was a gift from the town of Kbokwokoyata. The town's name means:
Tall Man's Town.
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36. ycd0108
5:25 PM GMT on April 08, 2014
OK.
I'll start my quest with an attempt to analyse something simple:
Local economy -
I'm predicting that the economy is picking up!
Why?
Tloml bought me a new pressure washer and it works like a charm.
See that black bottom boat above with a smudge of blue near the stern?
Turns out the bottom is bright blue "anti-fouling" paint once you wash the black sludge off.
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35. Bogon
5:05 PM GMT on April 08, 2014
Quoting 33. ycd0108:
Obviously I still have some wisdom to gather.
That's the other part. :o)
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34. ycd0108
3:46 PM GMT on April 08, 2014
Port window done:
Side lites - check
Bow rail - check
Pressure wash hull - next
Meantime:
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33. ycd0108
1:48 PM GMT on April 08, 2014
That would be great Bogon:
But:
(I went looking for Paul Simon's "Call me Al" but realized I had already used it so then I thought Rudyard Kipling's "If" might be apropos)
Obviously I still have some wisdom to gather.
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32. Bogon
1:24 PM GMT on April 08, 2014
Quoting 30. ycd0108:
I behave that way too but I've gotten to the point where, far from expecting the boat to perform, I am amazed when it does.
I believe those little shifts in attitude are a big part of what we are pleased to call 'wisdom'.
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31. ycd0108
2:46 AM GMT on April 08, 2014
Cut out the lexan today. They claim that stuff is "bullet proof" and I can vouch for that. Got through it with a skill saw blade with maximum tooth count and finished the cuts with the sawzall on slow.
Plastered one in for the helm with acrylic side light - endless masking and sticky fingers from the silicon caulk.
Half a tick on the list: the port side still needs the acrylic window.
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30. ycd0108
2:04 PM GMT on April 07, 2014
Good morning Bogon:
Added a photo of the I/O leg to illustrate your comment about the environment it has to work in. I had tried to scrape off what organisms I could reach kneeling on the swim grid before I admitted that the oil leak meant the boat had to come out of the water.
The black paint on the leg and the white on the prop are attempts at "Anti-fouling" paints.
The barnacles and mussels seem to love that paint.
Your description of the expectations of the pleasure boater are spot on.
I behave that way too but I've gotten to the point where, far from expecting the boat to perform, I am amazed when it does.
Since I did a large portion of the last rebuild I know more than is comfortable about how well it was done.
"It must be a bit like designing a hard drive to work in a laptop."
Reminds me of our roving IT guy who came in to trouble shoot our problems with the latest Toshiba laptops in Liberia in '93.
One evening I watched while he opened up his personal laptop and dug around inside with a tweezer to adjust the disk reader head. The early hard drives did not travel well so he kept his stuff on floppy disk.
That is why I can justify the time I spend struggling with this ancient, "rode hard and put away wet", mishmash of Mercruiser parts:
The more I know about it the longer it will run.
Though I would love to have the latest high speed diesel on an outdrive with counter rotating propellers, galvanic balancing circuitry and "Onstar" maintenance, I'm too old to ever "get to know" one.
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29. Bogon
12:10 PM GMT on April 07, 2014
Aircraft engines seemingly work forever, but they are designed for uncompromising reliability, and they have very stringently defined service intervals. You can't fly until the engine is certified.

Boats engines have a hard life. They must operate in a highly corrosive environment. They get tipped and banged around on waves. The owners leave them parked at the dock for months, then expect them to start on the first crank. It must be a bit like designing a hard drive to work in a laptop.
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28. ycd0108
5:04 AM GMT on April 07, 2014
Welcome to my world Bogon:
http://www.sterndrive.info/sterndriveparts/index. html
I had a clutch on a Chrysler Crown Marine installation. Seems to me the transmission was Paragon - you shifted using a two foot long rusty piece of water pipe.
That worked well till the Crown blew an head gasket.
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27. Bogon
4:18 AM GMT on April 07, 2014
More than I want to know about Mercruisers? You can never tell what bit of trivia will stick in my mind. The part about killing the spark rings a bell. More than once I've seen a problem with the boat engine dying when you try to shift gears, and I'm not even around boats all that much. At last I have an explanation.

The workaround was to give up on trying to ease the boat into gear. You just had to slam the throttle/shifter over to give the engine enough gas to keep running. I doubt that's what the designer at Mercury Marine had in mind.

Maybe they should put in a clutch. Works fine in my car.
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26. ycd0108
2:39 AM GMT on April 07, 2014
I'll try this "Beta" thingy. I hope that Beta and NUWU are the same thing. They look similar to me on the PC but I haven't tried either on the SamGal.
What did I get done on the boat today? (Tloml is going to ask so I should cook up an answer)
Well I started a list, removed some unused wires, cleaned the prop, found out why the speedometer never worked (slashed pressure hose - probably from scraping barnacles) and tried to get a pressure washer to run to clean the hull. Oh yeah - also started cutting viewing panels in the fogged up Lexan side walls.
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25. ycd0108
4:55 AM GMT on April 06, 2014
Only one minor squishing in the boat pick up today:
I had rowed the boat to the launch ramp where Tloml, Daughter#1 and Jupiter waited. The ladies held the bow, Jupiter wanted to get aboard and I was intent on getting off to back the truck and trailer down the ramp.
As I tried to go over the bow holding on to the low guard rail Jupiter launched himself up pinning my thumb against the rail with his head.
He is about 80 pounds, hard head and powerful hindquarters and I think he did not see the rail. Luckily the rail came out of it's end keepers - one more thing to attend to in drydock.
Meantime my thumb is throbbing away somewhat fatter than it was before.
Jupiter is fine - he does this kind of thing all the time.
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24. ycd0108
1:05 AM GMT on April 06, 2014
Now I do Linda:
Ouch!
I'm going to have a snooze now and I won't post anything for an hour or so.
Safer that way.
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23. Thoughtsteader
12:07 AM GMT on April 06, 2014
You do understand that's a parody, right? Click over to their "About" page. ;)
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