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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-12 07:01 PM
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PULL UP A CHAIR!..What are you Doing this Weekend to Unwind?
Edited on Fri Mar-09-12 07:10 PM by KoKo
Is there something you are doing that's fun. Something you've been putting off as a "chore to do later" that you are finally getting to...or is there something else you'd like to share?

We have filthy dirty windows that we need to clean we've been putting off. We've also not been out to eat dinner in awhile for a break. We cook in mostly...but have some chain restaurants we like.

What's up with the REST OF YOU for this Weekend. "Spring Cleaning" being first for some of us after this Mild Winters...but for the rest of you ...Winter doesn't end so soon.

How is everyone coping with stuff these days? (I'm having a hard time dealing with all "THE CHANGE"} with our New Society ...and maybe some might like to post about that.

I'm just trying something new to "Spice Up" this site...since our "DU-2 Lounge" isn't sanctioned by the "Admins" anymore and most have move off to the New Pasture to Graze.

WHAT's On YOUR MIND that's FUN...DISTRACTING...and how YOU DO THINGS on WEEKENDS OFF?

:shrug:

ON EDIT: Many DU'ers don't ever get "Weekends Off" ...but, what do you do when you do have a day off to UNWIND. Pet Walks, Chores.......what makes us still feel connected?


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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-12 07:18 PM
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1. BTW...Partner has urge to go to Outback Steakhouse tomorrow night....
Edited on Fri Mar-09-12 07:21 PM by KoKo
We have not been there in probably 4 years. I'm not anxious to go...(We have had good steaks I buy from "grass fed" suppliers or natural...whatever I can find at the moment.) But, partner says...we need to go out and see people...and I agree.

Anyone eaten at "Outback" in the last few months? Is it okay...or just bad processed food?

We do get "Take Out" from "Moe's, Carrabis and some Middle Eastern Restaurants we like locally to support..but, there's something we are thinking about the smells, odors of a Steak House...that's appealing to us...to get out and EAT in the Restaurant...

I know this sounds wierd...but...whatever. We do love to cook mostly at home and have done the "takeout" since the banking implosion. I think we felt we needed to economize....but, there's something good about getting out and actually sitting in a restaurant and ordering.. Yeah...weird...I know.
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-12 07:59 PM
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3. Stick to the steak at the outback.
We were there a couple of weeks back and I made the mistake of ordering the fish. It was bad.

Hubby usually orders the six ounce steak. The prime rib was also excellent. We were given samples as we waited.

Always call in for early seating at the OUtback to cut down on your time.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-12 08:41 AM
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8. Bon appetit, Koko! Best thing about eating out, IMO, is no clean up!
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-11-12 05:22 PM
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20. lol's...even though we picked up and ate in....it's still all a
"learning experience." :-D
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-12 07:53 PM
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2. Garden work for me.
I'm also trying to build a rabbit warren under my window to give the little guys a safe haven, or as safe as you can make it for wild animals when you have racoons and cats on the prowl. I figured out that they come to that particular part of the house right before it begins to rain. I don't know how they know this, but if they're in the yard, they will risk daylight exposure to cozy up to that side of the house where it is always dry, no matter from what direction the rain comes in.

The mommys have left their young there during the day, which is how I began to notice them. One little day old baby was hiding under a plant one day, and I was so hoping it would stick around, but rabbits, they are nomads. Or, at least, that's what they do now in order to survive.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-12 08:31 PM
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4. Thanks...I'll take your REC....do the steak.
That's what we were thinking.

We have a possum that comes up onto our deck to get at the bird feeder..he/she can't manage to get up there but we have a nightly Racoon that comes that gives our Burmese/Cross Siamese cat a curious thrill.

The racoon comes (she came a couple times with her kits) and she climbs up onto our Bird Feeder (we have the long one that attaches to a deck pole) and she manages with her "large body" to get herself up there (like our squirrels) and pack the bird seed into her paws. Her kits were just there watching her to see how she did it. It was fascinating to watch...but...sheesh...the bird seed is getting out of hand for us to fee ALL the local Wildlife...when we thought it was just ..."for the birds." lol's.
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-12 08:36 PM
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5. I've noticed that the possum and racoons are on the same predatory level.
I've caught them on my cam feeding side by side.

Not too crazy about the racoons. We have a rabies warning in the area. If it were only one of them I'd set up the hav-a-heart cage. I'll probably just stop leaving food out there and they'll leave on their own.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-12 09:30 PM
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6. Our "Waste Management" contract for our city went to Huge Dumpsters instead of Trash Cans
Edited on Fri Mar-09-12 09:44 PM by KoKo
all over our city. The damned things are so tall that I wonder how short single women or Men living alone can even get their trash into the things. We went from "twice a week" to "once a week" and they are big and heavy and for homeowners look like a downsized version of the Dumsters that Commmercial sites use. There wasn't a peep about these things from any of us when these things were delived to us two years ago and we could no longer use our plastic normal sized trash cans to put to the curb.

Anyway...these things have wheels but it takes much effort to roll them out to the pick up on curb in our hilly area here in NC. So we do the best we can...(I've been waiting for lawsuits aobut folks throwing shoulders or backs out and the med bills from these "Dumpsters" we have to haul up and down our hilly driveways...but nothing..so far). The scavenger night crowd can't get into these thing because they are so large and the lids are so heavy..so they can't raid a few cans a night to survive like they could with the old trash bins.

Anyway...I feel for our Racoons and Possums who are the night scavengers who still try to live in our city. Their habitat was destroyed during the housing bubble and they try to stay in their territory...but the few who are left are now into raiding the bird feeders to survive. I know there's that "Survival of the Fittest thing" in our culture....but, I feel sad for the "left behind" who are trying to get the scraps... So, I feel guilty and figure if they need a bit from the bird feeder then I feel bad not letting them have a bit.

I do even (shame on me) leave some scraps of apple peels and old bananas and stuff way out back in the area we try to do for compost ..hoping they can eat a bit. But, I know I'm just probably encouraging them. It's a hard thing to know what's the compassionate thing to do along with just not doing anything and hoping they will move along or sadly, just die. :shrug:
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-12 11:40 AM
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10. There's plenty of wooded area around us to relocate them.
No problem. They might even be happier.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-12 08:39 PM
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13. In my area they have to cross the new 6 Lane Highway... Road Kill for most.
Edited on Sat Mar-10-12 08:40 PM by KoKo
Ah..well. It's Survival of the Fit...Darwin's theory for sure.

They are like some of us. Can't get across the road...and trying to live in the Community we've been in for a couple of decades. We need to GET WITH THE PROGRAM..or DIE.
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-12 09:38 PM
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15. One of the saddest compromises I've seen is using a narrow
landscape island for a nursery. A two week old baby darted out in front of my vehicle, and thank God I reacted quickly.

But, sure enough, an adult was hit months later.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-11-12 05:29 PM
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22. Those Multi-Lane Roads are devastating to wildlife..even with the few fences they do....
But...what can we do. ???
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lbrtbell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-12 04:06 AM
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7. I'm going to be busy doing home inventory
It's taking forever to take photos, list the items, and try to price them...but I want to be prepared for any disaster. The last thing I want is for us to have to fight our insurance company over trying to prove what we owned.

If/when I'm ever finally done with this, I think I'll sit on my duff and do nothing for about a month. :)
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-11-12 05:25 PM
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21. You nudged me. After our "Outback Disaster" ...we came home and
I got on partner about how we need to put "instructions and photos" in our "Get Out Bag" (so that our family will have a written report about what we had in our house and how they need to file claim if we have some problem and are gone...and they don't know what to do.

You've made me think about how much more detail we need to do to catalog things we want to live to family memebers and claim for insurance (we've paid for years) in case some disaster happens.

I don't relish going through this...but photos and cataloging are something that's important to do.

THANKS!
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-11-12 08:46 PM
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24. It's an awful thing. Google search (yeah I know privacy) helped us
Edited on Sun Mar-11-12 08:47 PM by KoKo
with a few things to value from relatives who left us things...other things are hard to value, also. But, yeah...that's a daunting thing. We started it about a year ago...and then took a break...we haven't gotten back to it..but, need to. :banghead: :-( It's pretty draining...cataloging....cataloging...even if it looks like you don't have much if you have stuff from relatives that left you things they thought were valuable...it takes a lot of time....if you're older ...and have "stuff" accumulated it's even worse! ayyyyy...
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-12 08:53 AM
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9. Well, it does not fall under "unwinding," but I am researching online
about medical proxies and financial powers of attorney.

I did some years ago, but never signed them. (Not smart.)

Now, the law in my state changed, so I am trying to figure out what changes I need to make in the old documents.


We should all have these documents in the hands of our loved ones and our medical caregivers, even if we are young and healthy and don't have complicated finances.

I know it is about as pleasant as a wart, but it's so necessary. And think how good you'll feel once everything is squared away!
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-11-12 05:37 PM
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23. Yes...having had to deal with my Father's Death...and relatives who were
(let's say not the best folks to deal with in a grieving experience) ...it's definitely having all that written down...but, more importantly in a SAFE PLACE like Safety Deposit Box.

I've been dealing with a family problem about this kind of thing (Power of Attorney and Sibling Power Grabs) for over three years now.

And, My Father worked hard to think he was leaving his estate to all of us...but, because the relative living closest to him managed to take over his "Power of Attorney" and clean out all his bank accounts, investments and the rest...it shows that even the Most Careful Planners when they get old and go into Nursing Homes end up with the Care Give closest to them...having to sign a paper that makes THEM the total Decision Maker for the other Siblings...and anguishing disputes can take place when other siblings find out that their father or mother's wishes have been co-opted by the brother or sister who lived nearer to the Parent who took over everything.

I'm working on not ever having that happen to my daughter.
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-12 06:45 PM
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11. Listening to music on Youtube.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-12 08:41 PM
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14. Leo...can you post the link (for the lazy of us)...
:D
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-12 10:27 PM
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17. Pony or non-pony? (music, that is)
Edited on Sat Mar-10-12 10:40 PM by Leopolds Ghost
I'm listening to a mix of stuff.

Pony-related: http://youtube.com/watch?v=l4vMosApS-k

Non-pony related: http://youtube.com/watch?v=hB_W8K9-YiU

Of course that is probably a bad example since it's a rule of the Internet that everything is somehow related to ponies :shrug:
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-12 07:58 PM
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12. My Terrible Experience...trying to have Dinner out at "OutBACK Steak House"
Edited on Sat Mar-10-12 08:03 PM by KoKo
SHEESH!

What an Experience. We called to reserve a "spot for two" at Outback for 6:00 p.m. Were told that 6:15 p.m. would be better. We were ready and set to go because we could stil make the 7:20 p.m. showing of "The Artist" because it was only a few minutes away.

We arrived at Outback Steak House 15 minutes early...(just a flub up of one person being ready before the other) and when we went to park we found that the Parking Lot was Full and folks were circling around lookd for spots. We drove around a bit and a spot opened up and we took it. Our spot was to the back of "OutBack" and when we walked around to the entrance there was a line that went around the whole front of the building. We fought our way through to get through the doors to get to the Hostess who had our 6:15 Reservation. But, it was tough. There was a group of 10 or so with Flowers and Presents that must have been a Birthday Celebration waiting at the door...and the door was blocked with many folks of all ages who were trying to get Reservation checked with Hostess.

After we got in the door we saw a long L-Shaped bench with very nicely, duded up Senior Citizens in the maybe 70 to 80 year old group (maybe 10 or more) sitting on the bench and another large group of same Seniors in the Side Room waiting to be seated while more and more folks are pushing to get through the door to check in with the Hostess.

A lively older man from the First Senior Group...said to one of them "They are telling us now it's 90 Minutes Wait!....The other Senior Citizen Group to the Right of us in the room adjoining had one of their Females say: "If they'd told us it would be this long a wait when we called...we could have gone somewhere else..."

We were told it would be up to 30 Minutes for us two. {but we could hear stories of others who had waited longer so we were skeptical) We waited and waited and MORE people came in. Young and Middle age with young kids and others with young teens to older high school all checking in with hostess... She kept giving longer and longer wait times for each group. We had been there 35 minutes at that point and figures it was OUT OF THERE for us. We told the hostess we had to make a movie so take us off the list.

We never got our Steak and Goodies at Outback....we ended up coming home and (on the way) ordering from a Rib Place we use for Take out. We missed our Movie and we were so starving thinking about Steak Smells and Fixings it was hard to switch over to the barbeque.

So...a night ruined but, did get to see some of the "needs" in our society...and I really hope to see that movie ...but..maybe we will "eat at home" and try to see it on a weekday.

So...."OUTBACK IS HOT"....but, so hot they can't accomodate a huge crowd on Saturday Night?

Maybe the Economy is really coming back? :shrug: ALSO...Our Senior Citizens need places to go to that don't treat them like that when they make reservation in advance and are kept waiting for well over an hour (90 Minutes according to OB Hostess) that turned into longer by the time we left when they hadn't even been seated.

We could have made the movie and survived on the Popcorn and Coke...but, we just couldn't hack it at that point.
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-12 09:46 PM
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16. It's hit or miss.
Because I have a blood sugar imbalance, we don't bother waiting if it's longer than thirty minutes. It's a drag to have to eat a protein bar before sitting down to a twenty dollar meal.

Though I'm getting better.

This last time at Outback was actually the best wait. You know, they say you can seat yourself at the bar, no waiting if there's an opening.

I'm really sorry it was a drag for you.
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-12 11:26 PM
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18. I just realized that this is a document of your Outback adventure from beginning to end :-)
Too bad there was not more to it, I'm not sure I've eaten at Outback. I'm sorry you missed your movie. We ate out today, tried to go someplace fancy but it had gone out of business. So we ate at a nice little asian restaurant that was chock full of "Beautiful People"... racially diverse, young professionals, ... but all the same income group. This was in a Tenderloin-style block that used to be chock full of old flower shops and so forth... all being gentrified now... if the economy comes back, will it come back for everyone or just the top 20%? Newspapers reporting good jobs figures for Obama administration, but the by-line is that unemployment rate has not changed... it's just that job creation is keeping pace with population growth at the moment. :evilfrown:
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wiggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-11-12 10:32 AM
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19. This weekend: volunteer at community garden, my own yardwork in
prep for spring veg planting, some smashball at the beach this morning, and an Alvin Ailey dance performance this afternoon.

Should have been watching some college basketball too but my team is out of it. Most weekends are taken up with volunteer work, yardwork, housework, and then a picnic dinner Sunday evening with wife. The volunteer work is usually the highlight...energizing, rewarding, fun.
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