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The Culture Tent / Re: In the New Yorker...
« Last post by serious crayons on April 13, 2021, 04:00:55 pm »
That part was covered by his failed relationship with his girlfriend, the French lady.

Speaking of jerks, I've been watching the Ken Burns special "Hemingway" and am about to get into the later years. Don't know if I'm up for it.

I read a review that portrayed Hemingway as a writer as kind of outdated and inconsequential at this point. Since that's pretty much the way I felt about him in college lit classes, I haven't jumped on the Ken Burns' production. I wish he'd done F. Scott Fitzgerald instead.

https://slate.com/culture/2021/04/hemingway-documentary-ken-burns-influence-abuse-masculinity.html

Or maybe a woman, for a change. His subjects are usually either specific men or activities dominated by men. There were women involved in the Civil War, but more on the sidelines, and of course there are women jazz and country musicians but I'm not sure how central they were in his renditions. I can't remember the jazz one very well and didn't finish the country music one.





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The Lighter Side / Re: Life Advice in Three Words
« Last post by Sason on April 13, 2021, 02:37:42 pm »
eat yummy icecream
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The Lighter Side / Re: Say it all in Six Words!
« Last post by Sason on April 13, 2021, 02:36:54 pm »
Oxygen network's running "serial killer week".

Right up your alley, Chuck! Enjoy!!  ;D
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The Lighter Side / Re: The "Ask a Stoopid Question - Get a Stoopid Answer" Game
« Last post by Sason on April 13, 2021, 02:35:42 pm »

Q.  Did she have a coloring book?

A. No, the poor child had to colour on the empty cigarette packages her parents left all over the place.

Q. Had Monroe been married before Alma?
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The Culture Tent / Re: In the New Yorker...
« Last post by Front-Ranger on April 13, 2021, 11:46:57 am »
That part was covered by his failed relationship with his girlfriend, the French lady.

Speaking of jerks, I've been watching the Ken Burns special "Hemingway" and am about to get into the later years. Don't know if I'm up for it.
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Cellar Scribblings / Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Last post by serious crayons on April 12, 2021, 10:19:01 pm »
I don't know if he's renting to friends or random strangers but if it's the latter I told my son, who is living with me but will need to find a new place, he should just rent his current room!
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Cellar Scribblings / Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Last post by serious crayons on April 12, 2021, 10:17:07 pm »
My latest theory is that they're going to spiff it up and flip it. It's a good house, no structural problems, great location. But the bathroom and kitchen could use some updating -- countertops, floors, stuff that wouldn't be difficult for anyone with decent skills. If they spent $30-40,000 they could probably sell it for $100K more in this market.

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Cellar Scribblings / Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Last post by CellarDweller on April 12, 2021, 10:11:51 pm »
I just sold my house. I was going to put it on the market in the next few weeks and was dreading it -- the hassle of getting it in as perfect condition as possible, keeping it constantly immaculate and having my son do the same, leaving the house with my dog during open houses and showings, etc. But my agent has been spreading the word among fellow agents that I'd be selling it soon. On Tuesday, one asked if she and a buyer could see it in an hour. I said it was totally messy and she said that's OK. So they came, spent about half an hour looking around, then called that night and offered my asking price, plus closing costs and a few other things. He put $10K down and supposedly if he backs out I get to keep the $10K. So it's a huge relief after the nightmarish previous times I tried unsuccessfully to sell it. Houses here are in such short supply and high demand that many are getting multiple offers the day they go on the market, and some are getting bid up over the asking price. I was hoping if I had listed it that might happen. But that's not guaranteed. I might get less, and now this will save me a lot of expenses, not to mention work, fixing it up.

Congrats Katy!!!  That's great news!!!!

My only slight concern is the guy who's buying it. He's this burly guy I guess in his 30s (hard to tell with masks these days) who came alone with the agent. Yesterday he had an inspection done, again came alone and followed the inspectors around. (I don't think they found anything deal-breaking, and the guy committed in advance to taking responsibility for anything they might find.) Along with their offer, the agent sent this letter he had supposedly written that went on very colorfully about everything he was going to enjoy about the house, which suspiciously parroted almost exactly what both I and my agent had emphasized was good about the house. Plus it was in all this flowery language, whereas the guy in person was kind of taciturn. I suspected the agent might have written it. Buyers sometimes include those letters, and to me it's kind of pointless because for all I care they can demolish it and rebuild. But whatever.
 
So at first I wondered if he's a pedophile. I know -- kind of a big leap, but this is an extremely family-ish neighborhood. Too much so even for me, in fact, so although the location has lots of nice things (walking distance from a lake, a creek, a library, stores, curated artisanal restaurants). I wondered what the appeal would be for a youngish single guy. Neighbors on my block have little kids. I'm three blocks from an elementary school, a middle school and a big park with a playground.

So yesterday when they did the inspection I chatted with the guy's agent while he was off with the inspector. I asked her if he was going to live here alone. She kind of hesitated and said no, he was going to have a friend with him. Whew, I thought, he's gay! That's fine, and a gay man lives alone across the street, so maybe they can be friends.

But later my son said he overheard the guy say he was going to rent out the bedrooms. There are four, and supposedly he'd have three other guys living there with him and paying enough rent to cover the mortgage payments. I guess they'd share the kitchen, dining room and living room.

So that's the weirdest scenario of all. Not as bad as a pedophile, I guess, but why would four single guys want to share a kind of ordinary house in a boring family neighborhood?

Two words:  meth lab. 

Once you're out, if the meth lab blows up, it's not your problem.  ;D


 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:   My first thought was 'whore house'.

We're so classy and optimistic!
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Cellar Scribblings / Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Last post by CellarDweller on April 12, 2021, 10:09:36 pm »

Hiya BetterMost friends!!!!




I actually have plans this weekend.

I have friends that are going to host an outdoor gathering this coming weekend (either Saturday or Sunday, depending on the weather).   According to the invite, 98% of the attendees will be double vaxxed at that point.  I'm in the 2%, as I've only received my first vaccine.

Everyone is still asked to bring their masks and hand sanitizers.

I've been asked to make some stromboli.  I will make 4, two traditional pepperoni and cheese, and two meat lovers (pepperoni, sausage, ham, and bacon) and cheese.

It will be nice to get out and do something for a change.
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A.  To escape her drab life with her parents.

Q.  Did she have a coloring book?
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