Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? Our crew is doing fine at the moment. I still have a stylish chipmunk cheek, but every day feels a little better than the one before, so things are on the right track. I also just took my last heavy dose of ibuprofen, which I think my stomach appreciates. We were up a little past our bedtime last night watching two episodes of Lucifer. Pretty sure we've generally worked out how the series ends, and we are not looking forward to it at all. There are a few things on today's to-do list,... Read more →

 

 

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Hi folks, Welcome back! How are you? Everyone here is fine, although we're in quiet mode after my gum surgery on Friday. I'm still sore, and have a bit of a chipmunk cheek, but I already feel better than I did Friday night, so that's progress. Loaded up on plenty of soft foods at the grocery store, and then our crew binge-watched Lucifer until we finally caught up to the sixth season. BDH and Little Buddha make great company, even when no one is talking, so all and all, everything is moving along. However, we missed all of you! Now... Read more →

 

 

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Hi everyone, A quick programming note before we begin: We will be out of the office tomorrow, because I have to get the car inspected, and then I'm off to the dentist for gum surgery. Yes, I can feel your jealousy from here. Not exactly a fun way to end the week, but as BDH and Little Buddha point out, it will be good to cross both of those items off the to-do list. Other than that, things are going well. I slept much better last night, and that always helps. Now, let's get to work. The guys made coffee,... Read more →

 

 

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Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick made national headlines five years ago when he started taking a knee while the U.S. national anthem played before his games. Kaepernick was exercising his freedom of speech by using this silent gesture to draw attention to the killing of Black men by the police across this country. His simple gesture fueled a national debate that continues to this day, as the Black Lives Matter campaign has become a powerful national movement. Colin Kaepernick was blackballed by the league for his actions, but his influence as a public figure is exponentially greater today than if... Read more →

 

 

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Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? We're all doing fine, except I had some sleep issues last night. I had a few weird dreams, and then I woke up around 2:00 and didn't really fall fully back to sleep until around 3:00. Don't know what that was about, but fortunately today's to-do list isn't all that long. Also, I couldn't find anything new at the bookstore for BDH and Little Buddha to read, but we finished Season 4 of Lucifer, and that made the guys happy. Season 4 ends the way I thought Season 6 would, so now we're... Read more →

 

 

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Hi folks, How are you? Things are humming along on this end at the moment. The sun came out shortly after we finished here yesterday, so I was able to prime the spots I want to paint today after all. I also finished re-staining the back steps, and that came out well. Hoping to maybe get in one more round of painting next week before it gets too cold outside. However, if this ends up being it for this year, this has been a fun little adventure, and I'm sure there will be more projects next year. Of course, it's... Read more →

 

 

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Hi folks, How are you? We hope you enjoyed the rest of your weekend. Everyone here is doing fine, except that we're a little confused by the rain. That didn't show up in the forecast until last night, and it was supposed to be over by now, but apparently it's going to last a little while longer. We have another house painting project or two on today's schedule, so that's not great, but I guess we'll be okay as long as things dry out by noon. Maybe we'll just shuffle a few errands around. Yeah, that makes sense. Anyway, apart... Read more →

 

 

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Hi everyone, Welcome back! We hope you're enjoying your weekend so far. No complaints on this end. Did the usual running around yesterday, and I've got a few things to take care of before the New England Patriots season opener this afternoon. It's nice to have a little slow time, because this is going to be another busy week. BDH and Little Buddha are trying to get me to be better about actually writing my to-do list down every few days, and so far, so good. Anyway, let's get to work. The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice... Read more →

 

 

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Hi everyone, Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all! Have to say, our day is off to a slightly challenging start. An alarm has been ringing in the neighborhood for at least 90 minutes this morning. I haven't been outside yet, so I'm not sure where it's coming from, but given how loud it is, I'm assuming it's a local business. If so, it doesn't feel like the most useful security system to let it ring for so long unchecked. It's also a little distracting, but BDH and Little Buddha will do everything they can to keep us... Read more →

 

 

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Wolf Van Halen finally launched his solo music career this year, and he's off to a terrific start. The son of the late great Eddie Van Halen (and nephew of drummer Alex Van Halen) released the first Mammoth WVH album in June. The record makes it clear in no uncertain terms that while Wolf Van Halen comes from a famous music family, he's got his own vision. The talented 30-year-old wrote every song, played every instrument, and sang all of the vocals. Turns out, he's got a great set of pipes with an impressive vocal range that we previously only... Read more →

 

 

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