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Two questions. Gingersnaps with tongue and raisins? That's just gross.

As if tongue and raisins aren't gross enough. I'm sure you could leave the gingersnaps out, and it wouldn't be any less gross.
And: How, exactly, does one cube a lemon?

Matt, it's a recipe involving tongue and raisins and gingersnaps. Don't ask any questions.
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Andmostsentencesareruntogetherlikethis, and I have to backspace (thankgod that works) and put in all the spaces and often sentence send upl ookingl ike this.

What a pain in the ***! But at least you have an excuse. I can't even blame my keyboard.
Another one of Tuck's gastronomic sucesses! Can he sit at the Tongue table?

Tuck can have the Tongue Table. Please!

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I hope they are well-behaved and don't give you too much trouble.

Would you believe that there were two different things wrong with my furnace? The blower sucked in a big (huge!) piece of insulation, and the thermo-regulator died. Repairman #1 said he'd never seen anything like it. I figure, it's just about par for the course for me.
I'm happy to report that Repairman #2 was a total cat person, and spent most of the time playing with Pandora. I think his job was to entertain Repairman #1, which he did by telling all sorts of crazy cat stories.
I have returned from "Total Knee Replacement: A Painful Odyssey" and expect to be participating on here again just thought I'd let you and everyone know.

Ouch! I wondered what you were up to. Apparently, nothing fun!
For a few weeks there, nothing seemed to matter to me except when I got my next pain meds... but now things are much better, I feel well, and my range of motion is steadily increasing.

A coworker recently had knee replacement surgery. His recovery was slower and painfuler than he'd anticipated, but his mobility is much better now, and the pain is much improved from pre-op. He could barely hobble before the surgery, and is now walking well and is even able to take the stairs.
Looking forward to resuming LOONG not to mention painless walks with the dogs when I graduate from physical therapy.

Good luck! Hopefully, the time will pass quickly and you'll be back to those long, painless walks in no time.

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Could you pass along the recipe? I won't be visiting ... this would be a good time for them to experiment.

Surely, you jest.

I think he meant that, since he won't be visiting the family this Hmas, it would be an ideal time for them to try something perfectly vile. My question is, what on earth did Matt's family do to deserve tongue with raisin sauce?

Shelly (Warning: see label for details)
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Would you believe that there were two different things wrong with my furnace?

Unfortunately, yes. For the past few years, watching tech jobs go overseas, watching the growth in McJobs in town, and watching a parade of heating guys visiting my house and fixing my boiler, which seems to crap out about once/year, I've decided that heating repair is a very good career choice. The core technology is pretty simple but the devices themselves are kind of Rube Goldberian and can be a little tetchy.
Alas, the best of my repair guys has gotten out of heating and is now in the air conditioning business, recognizing a growth opportunity when he sees one. (I remain optimistic, though - 5" snow expected at Tug Hill tomorrow).

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Well I COULD go buy another key board, But I'd rather spend the money on entry fees for Tuck.

You should be able to find one for about $10 at most. But, I know all about scrounging in the couch cushions for gas money, when that $10 can be put to much better use.
I'm burning up a ghastly amount of gas taking him to search and rescue training on Sundays and Thursdays (140 ... 140 miles round trip.. and agility lessons on mondays 20 miles round trip, and obedience Tuesdays (20 miles round trip)

I've been commuting about 300 miles every week for the past six years. Not only does the car time get old, but the gas money is enough to make you cry. Some things I will not miss.
home, but I committed to go with a friend and split the gas. This week he's a lovely dog, but ugly Elkhound . Hope next week surprises me. PUPPIES!! Honestly.

At least you've got someone to split gas with. And who knows, maybe he'll surprise you?
No, he HAS to share.

Actually, what are the chances that he did share? Were the other dogs around when he was doing his naughty Harriet routine?

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watching a parade of heating guys visiting my house and fixing my boiler, which seems to crap out about once/year, I've decided that heating repair is a very good career choice.

It can be gross, dirty work, but there are much worse ways to earn money. Also, if you're inclined at all toward being a people person, I imagine it could be kind of fun.
The core technology is pretty simple but the devices themselves are kind of Rube Goldberian and can be a little tetchy.

Heh. Pandora was not shy about inspecting every square inch of the interior of the furnace. (I had a look myself, because I'd never seen the internal workings of a heat pump furnace. Verdict: Not a whole lot contained therein.) To their credit, the repair guys were happy to let Pan satisfy her curiosity, then they let her supervise.
Also: A little tetchy = works via magic.
Alas, the best of my repair guys has gotten out of heating and is now in the air conditioning business, recognizing a growth opportunity when he sees one.

Depressing, but true.
(I remain optimistic, though - 5" snow expected at Tug Hill tomorrow).

Snow? What's that? It's been raining here. The sun is out today, though! Since I can't have cold and snowy, I'd rather have warm and sunny than cold and rainy. Because (ObDogs) walking some dogs in the rain is just not very entertaining. Or, at least, the entertaining bits are not entertaining enough to make up for the not entertaining bits. Though listening to her blow rain water out of her nose is weirdly endearing.

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Heh. Pandora was not shy about inspecting every square inch of the interior of the furnace. (I had a look ... therein.) To their credit, the repair guys were happy to let Pan satisfy her curiosity, then they let her supervise.

The cats always stayed away from the repair guys but the dogs are all over them, and for the most part the repair guys reciprocate. A lot of them hunt with dogs and are dog people. There was that one carpenter who wouldn't come into my house, but he was an exception.
Because (ObDogs) walking some dogs in the rain is just not very entertaining.

Training opportunity! There are dryland races up at Tug Hill this weekend and I was going to go watch (driving my new* *dog* *truck) but the weather's just a little too crappy. But tomorrow is going to be a lot colder, and blustery too, so I'm planning on taking the dogs up to Connecticut Hill for a training outing. This is one of those sports where you really need to be comfortable in all kinds of crappy weather.
Slick has been all "I can do that" about leading (on corners he cuts to the inside and tries to get ahead of the leaders), so yesterday I put him up front for the first time. He didn't like it at first and kept jumping back and forth over Crow (who just stood there calmly as Slick was doing acrobatics over her back) but once I got him calmed down and we headed out he was all business. I don't think he actually liked it very much but he did a good job.
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Betweem 2000 and 2005, the US government's future liabilities increased by $26 trillion. The single largest increment is Medicare Part D.
Would you believe that there were two different things wrong with my furnace?

Unfortunately, yes. For the past few years, watching tech jobs go overseas, watching the growth in McJobs in town, and ... my boiler, which seems to crap out about once/year, I've decided that heating repair is a very good career choice.

People whose kids are nearing high-school graduation age often ask me to mentor them on career choices. If they indicate an interest in high tech I always recommend that they spend a few years learing a non-offshorable trade first. And HVAC is a pretty damn good one, particularly in extreme climates.
The 'rents don't always like my being brutally honest with their kids. Shrug.

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