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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16760 on: October 13, 2020, 08:51:17 pm »
Another staycation? Damn!  :laugh:
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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16761 on: October 13, 2020, 10:31:25 pm »
I have about 4.5 weeks of PTO left to use this year. I can carry a couple weeks over to next year (it's usually just one but this year they doubled it because of COVID).

I took last week off because my son was visiting from Chicago (the 4.5 doesn't include that), and will try to take Thursday and Friday off because he's leaving around the end of the week.

So the rest I can take whenever. I'll plan to take at least a little off around the holidays, but because I don't have to leave town I'm inclined to give preference to people whose families are in other places.

So other than that, I don't have any specific times. One week is pretty much as good as another. Yet my editor wants me to declare my times as soon as I realistically can. How do you choose yours, Chuck?



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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16762 on: October 14, 2020, 12:44:16 pm »
Another staycation? Damn!  :laugh:

I'm with the company for so long, I get a little over 5 weeks of PTO, and I don't get paid for it if I don't use it.  I can carry over 40 hours of PTO to the next year.

I will take off next week, the Wednesday and Friday around Thanksgiving, and then one week in December, and I've used up what I need to use up.


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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16763 on: October 19, 2020, 12:28:27 pm »
Hiya BetterMost friends!!!!




My 'staycation' has officially started today.  :)   I'm using the week to get some stuff done.  I picked up the Hallmark ornament that I've been waiting on to be released, got the laundry done, did some grocery shopping, had a doctor's appointment, and tomorrow (Tuesday) is a dentist appointment.

I've also ordered some replacement batteries and a charger for my camera.  I'm tossing around the idea to go out driving this week, and take some fall foliage pics, and some pics of houses decorated for Halloween.  The batteries and charger are scheduled to arrive by tomorrow.

Here's a story for you!  It's about an incident that my coworker had occur.

I'll try to be brief, and not mention any names, as with my luck, she'd search google and somehow find this post, and then give me shit for telling her business.

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and btw, I'm not telling this story to mock her, but rather mock myself and the way my brain thinks.


Coworker has a large house with a finished basement.  They have a tenant there that pays rent.   They went away for the weekend, and when they returned, went to the apartment to collect the rent that was owed.   They got there and found out that he had apparently partied too hard with some substances (I'm assuming illegal) and passed away on the couch.

My poor coworker called me upset, as the police had basically torn the place apart, looking for more contraband and left everything a mess.

She had called me for a sympathetic shoulder, and I made sure while I talked to her,  I was very supportive.

However, my brain was saying:   "Ohhhhh gurl!   Now you gonna have a ghost!   You're gonna be in the house and wonder "what's those noises?" and "why are things going missing?"   We're gonna see your ass on one of those paranormal hunting shows in about a year."

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Tell him when l come up to him and ask to play the record, l'm gonna say: ''Voulez-vous jouer ce disque?''
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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16764 on: October 19, 2020, 01:36:06 pm »
Thanks for keeping us up to date! Be sure to log in some relaxation time during your stay-cation!

I had a fall in late July as I was climbing out of my pond after cleaning it. I thought I was all healed up but in mid-August when I went to Europe, I either reinjured it or put too much stress on the injury, which seemed to be in my left hip or pelvis. I was hobbling around much of the time in Europe until we went to a spa in southern France, where I "took the waters". I had several pain-free days, but started to hurt again as we hiked through the Dolomites. Finally, when we wound up our trip at the beach in Sitges, the pain went away completely. I'm not climbing into my pond anymore this year, it's too slippery (and cold now).
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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16765 on: October 19, 2020, 03:15:47 pm »
Hiya BetterMost friends!!!!
Coworker has a large house with a finished basement.  They have a tenant there that pays rent.   They went away for the weekend, and when they returned, went to the apartment to collect the rent that was owed.   They got there and found out that he had apparently partied too hard with some substances (I'm assuming illegal) and passed away on the couch.
OMG, they had a dead body in the cellar?  :o

Good thing they were away only for a weekend.
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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16766 on: October 19, 2020, 03:50:39 pm »
Your coworker's story is pretty horrifying. But I'm impressed that she turned to you for a sympathetic shoulder.

As a non-believer, I would say she's probably safe from ghosts. But some states require home sellers to admit on the disclosure the house is haunted.

I thought that was ridiculous and told me editor I would just say no. "Well! If you want to break the law!" my editor scoffed. He's not the brightest.

The reason we were even talking about it was because I had written a Halloween story about places around here that people believe to be haunted. Some of them were like, "I heard a door slam upstairs and nobody was up there so it must have been a ghost." I'm supposed to put that on my homeseller's disclosure?

But to be honest, some of them were pretty specific and hard to shrug off. One guy had a bedroom in his house where a ghost kept popping up and trying to lure people to fall down the back stairs. He always left behind the smell of cigar smoke. So the guy made that room the guest bedroom. And whenever a guest would stay there, the next morning they'd report the same thing, including the smell of cigar smoke.

For appropriate sound effects, here's the opening of a scary soap opera I used to watch after school. It was kind of like a normal soap opera, except the characters were vampires and witches and scary things happened.









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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16767 on: October 19, 2020, 05:11:34 pm »
Thanks for keeping us up to date! Be sure to log in some relaxation time during your stay-cation!

I had a fall in late July as I was climbing out of my pond after cleaning it. I thought I was all healed up but in mid-August when I went to Europe, I either reinjured it or put too much stress on the injury, which seemed to be in my left hip or pelvis. I was hobbling around much of the time in Europe until we went to a spa in southern France, where I "took the waters". I had several pain-free days, but started to hurt again as we hiked through the Dolomites. Finally, when we wound up our trip at the beach in Sitges, the pain went away completely. I'm not climbing into my pond anymore this year, it's too slippery (and cold now).


I will always make sure I take relaxation time, so no worries!  :)

I'm sorry to hear that you reinjured yourself while on your trip.   Hip/back/pelvis injuries always seem to take a while to heal.  My arm where the abrasion is was fine, so much so that I forgot about it, and when I showered today, the water softened the scab, and I rubbed it off when I dried with my towel, and that was not fun.  It looks ugly again, but I put some Neosporin on it, and it's healing up again.


OMG, they had a dead body in the cellar?  :o

Good thing they were away only for a weekend.

Yes, I can only imagine what would've happened if they had been gone a full week or so.  It would not have been pretty.

Your coworker's story is pretty horrifying. But I'm impressed that she turned to you for a sympathetic shoulder.

As a non-believer, I would say she's probably safe from ghosts. But some states require home sellers to admit on the disclosure the house is haunted.

I thought that was ridiculous and told me editor I would just say no. "Well! If you want to break the law!" my editor scoffed. He's not the brightest.

The reason we were even talking about it was because I had written a Halloween story about places around here that people believe to be haunted. Some of them were like, "I heard a door slam upstairs and nobody was up there so it must have been a ghost." I'm supposed to put that on my homeseller's disclosure?

But to be honest, some of them were pretty specific and hard to shrug off. One guy had a bedroom in his house where a ghost kept popping up and trying to lure people to fall down the back stairs. He always left behind the smell of cigar smoke. So the guy made that room the guest bedroom. And whenever a guest would stay there, the next morning they'd report the same thing, including the smell of cigar smoke.

For appropriate sound effects, here's the opening of a scary soap opera I used to watch after school. It was kind of like a normal soap opera, except the characters were vampires and witches and scary things happened.


Oh, I'm a believer.  I don't think it's a frequent event, hauntings and such, but I believe they do occur.

However,  I do have a sense of humor about it.  One day at work we were discussing buying homes, and I told everyone that before I buy a home, and do any inspections, that I would do my own inspection.  I would go in with a group of kids, aged 6 - 10 and tell them "go have fun" and let them play in all the rooms for a few hours,  let them have lunch, and then play some more.  When they're all done, I'll ask them what they think of the house.

If any of them tell me about "the funny person under the stairs" or "scary lady in the closet", I'll know not to buy the house.   :laugh:


Tell him when l come up to him and ask to play the record, l'm gonna say: ''Voulez-vous jouer ce disque?''
'Voulez-vous, will you kiss my dick?'
Will you play my record? One-track mind!

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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16768 on: October 19, 2020, 08:08:43 pm »
I'm told some ghosts are nice, though. In my story, I said the Minnesota ghosts were mostly "Minnesota nice," which has various meanings but is often sort of a backhanded compliment meaning Minnesotans are superficially friendly. The best description I've ever heard was "The grocery store cashier greets you like she's your grandmother but your next-door neighbors of 10 years don't invite you over to dinner." That's exactly right.

Anyway, the ghosts were mostly benign.


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« Reply #16769 on: October 19, 2020, 10:43:29 pm »
Oh, I'm a believer.  I don't think it's a frequent event, hauntings and such, but I believe they do occur.

I seem to remember something about zombie children from Roundup.  ;D  It was at the place with the three-legged dog. (Twelve years ago. ...  :( )
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