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I'm just that guy whose full name is Curtis Alan Jackson. I like Star Wars over Star Trek. Love my sci-fi hard and always interested in time travel related stories (not as much alternative history). Enjoy reading about quantum physics and cosmology even if I can't understand the math. :) #FARP2019

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My TV stand directions are oddly encouraging. Better than the IKEA ones I did for a table on Wednesday.

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I love this.

 ‎· Meg Vmeg 1
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These instructions saved giftmas.

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I'm wondering if I'm seeing someone's car get repossessed. Flatbed tow truck arrived in the cul-de-sac and he went right over to the car, unlocked it and drove it onto the bed of the truck. No owner present. He did take pictures first, which I understand. Then he checked the mailbox, which I don't. More updates as available.

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any chance someone passed away?

 ‎· LibSkrat
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When I totaled my car, the insurance company's tow truck came to take it away while I was at work. (I was supposed to leave it unlocked with the keys inside, but I automatically pressed the lock locked and the keys were inside. I left them a message, never heard back, and the car was gone by the time I got home so I guess they broke in.)

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@libskrat: I don't believe so. Nothing out of the ordinary has happened at the house that I've been aware of.

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I suspect nothing interesting will happen. The downside of a boring neighborhood view on a Friday.

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Why did I think this was a good idea again? At least it'll be warm. Actually, it'll be fine. One foot in front of the other at a quickened pace.

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Cheering for you; you’ve got this!

 ‎· Galadriel
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After over nine years since my last race, I'm back! Easily met my sub-35 minute goal with an unofficial time of 34:11.

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🎶 And so 34:11 you see it's true // That man bears no more guilt than you! // Who am I? // 9604!

 ‎· Micah 2
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Woo hoo! Congratulations and *high fives*!

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Finally got around to getting my official time: 34:10. So not too bad on the manual timing. I'll take that extra second. :)

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I think I would be okay with fewer Cyber Monday emails today. Easily 40+ emails today for it.

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I filter all my ad email to a single folder and automark it read. So much less garbage, but I can still find sales when I want to.

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TIL a new word: "analphabetic". The usage was the second definition. "...the fray of analphabetic asses braying their lies..."

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Very much used in such languages as Polish and Belorussian, both in vernacular and Standard (analfabeta 'illiterate man or woman', analfabetka 'illiterate woman') in meaning of literal ignorance of letters and figurative, as a lack of education in certain sphere.

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Spanish also.

 ‎· LibSkrat 1
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The same in Hebrew

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@dinni: what is it in hebrew?

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#FARP2019 Composing a running schedule is such a rabbit hole sometimes. I'm currently running four days a week and about to add another day. Paces for my current runs are improving greatly. (In fact, I have to remember to update my watch workout because I kept going "too fast" this morning.) Anyone care to share their particular thoughts on how many days to run and what to run on various days. Best I can tell, the vast majority of miles can be fairly easy with only a day or two of actually stepped up pace. But the next website I look at might say something else. :)

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I don't have a specific goal in mind. I'm not scheduled for any races nor planning any. I mostly enjoy trying to sort out the puzzle pieces and then make them happen.

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I know that there are various training plans online and I know that some folks have very specific schedules; however, I’m not one of them so I’m not sure if this will help at all: I’ve found that I prefer to run 3-4 days in a row and then have rest days or alternative activity days. However due to work, weather, family schedules, etc. that preference usually doesn’t happen and I end up running 3-4 days on whatever days work. The only time I’m very careful is when I’m increasing distance because a couple of years ago, I increased distance too quickly and got planters fasciitis. So, I make sure that if increasing distance to do so no more than one mile per week at a time. Currently I run 2-3 4-5 mile weekday runs and then a 6 mile run with a group on Sundays. This is a big change for me from a few months ago when i was running 3 miles 2-3 times/week.

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I never did add that extra day. Working from home and starting later in the day gives me plenty of time in the mornings. Sorting out what I really want to do is bigger challenge.

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#FARP2019 I continue to get kind words from the school crossing guards at a intersection I run past in the morning. Today, a lady said I was inspiring her to get back out and moving after a recent abdominal surgery (I got more details than I needed but whatever). I told her the only solid bit of advice I know, "Just move. Especially if you don't want to." I guess you never know how just living your live can be a help to other folks. So, a made-up quote, "Live like no one's watching (but they probably are)."

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*all the high fives*

 ‎· Galadriel
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This was very much a reinforcement of keeping on plan. I nearly decided it was "too cold" and didn't go. I spent yesterday morning pressure washing my driveway for the pleasure of the HOA and didn't run. It was noticed. lol

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@iphwin - With the chilly temps here today, I'm grateful for my running buddy - running as group activity or with very attentive spectators is so helpful!

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RT @iphwin: “Pickled Peppa Pig Proposal Person's Pate? https://t.co/v47xXDjjEXhttps://twitter.com/iphwin/status/1194623318344650752

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Well, we knew it couldn't last forever but our landlord has informed us that they'll be selling the house we're renting at the end of the current lease. And no, we aren't going to be interested in buying it. (It's not a terrible house, just not what we want to spend ten years in.) So with that, the annoying process of finding a new place to rent starts. Well, not exactly because no one really knows what will be available in February/March time frame. Time to brush off the list of home rental websites and see what's currently available to guide our plans for our next place.

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My sympathies, having been bounced from a house we were renting in the past for similar reasons.

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Not to be biased but we're great tenants and love longer term leases. But that's how it goes, I guess. We'll have had a good run from Nov 2017 to Feb 2020.

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So hard to have a good place to live yanked out from under you.

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@gohomekiki: This is actually the third time it's happened to us. Twice were home rentals where owner decided to sell and once was an apartment building that went condo instead of continuing to rent. Ah, well.

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I feel a certain amount of maturity today. People are being wrong on the internet and I'm just going to let it be because I don't want to be "that guy" to correct them. They mean well so I'll take that positive and keep it positive.

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A very important lesson to learn

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It's good to learn to differentiate between "wrong that should be corrected because it's harmful to others beyond the person" and "wrong that can be ignored because it's silly and really does no big harm." There are also other shades within that. I commend you.

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And another nugget of wisdom I'm remembering. I've spent a fair bit of today being angry/frustrated at a work situation that's already happened and I can't do much about except send an email with suggestions on what to do in the future. So much energy wasted on being mad. Sigh. EDIT: the nugget was that I shouldn't let something take the energy from me. I'm in charge of how I react.

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RT @iphwin: “I can verify for PS4 that I can change item status for equipped items and when using vending machines. Attempts to change in inventory trigger the animation on the ECHO device but no item change. https://t.co/sG9LKMAzuthttps://twitter.com/iphwin/status/1193940707968536577

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Daylight saving ends Sunday. At least in the fall you get an hour and if your devices don't automatically adjust, you show up early! :)

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Even "sleeping in" I was up well before my usual alarm. Time changes can be so confusing.

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#FARP2019 Random source of encouragement this morning. There's really only one direction for me to take to get any decent mileage in and avoid the sidewalk congestion of a nearby school. This takes me past a corner where you'd turn to go to another school and has crossing guards posted in the morning. Well, one of them said today, "All that hard work is paying off. Congratulations!" It was welcomed as I wasn't having the best run back home. Also, we've been "Good morning/have a nice day" conversations for months now so not surprised at the comment. So...what's the cat litter picture all about? I've lost one of those bags of weight this year and continue to work on the other. New lowest weight today!

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*high fives!* Congratulations on the new lowest weight, and here's to more good runs, finishing the hard runs anyway, and greetings/conversations with the crossing guards!

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A funny incident from this mornings run. As I run through a neighborhood, I try to be extra aware of folks who aren't but are driving. In fact this happened at the school crossing (but not the part the guards post to). One car was at the stop sign, one had moved up to get into traffic. As I enter the crosswalk, the one car was still at the stop line. Until he wasn't. He managed to move up right in front of me. It really wasn't close because I totally expect this to happen. So I wipe the heavy condensation off the passenger window, knock on it, wave and say "Hi!" very cheery. Then proceed to go behind the car and continue on with my run. While that was a dangerous situation since he couldn't see anything, I found it hilarious that I had that impromptu response.

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Kitty has no concerns for Monday. Hope yours is going as snoozily as hers.

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I would like Kitty's Monday.

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That's commitment to a cause right there.

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i need that cat by my side Right Now.

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RT @iphwin: “"...was released early as is normal policy for inmates who are set to be released on weekends." So day 11 was a Friday? *counts on fingers* Yeah, that makes day 14 Monday. That's not commonly known as part of a weekend. I'm surprised she did that much of her sentence. https://t.co/2SzlCwozm6https://twitter.com/iphwin/status/1187754387923521537

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That last item really shows dedication.

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https://twitter.com/TheAndrewNadeau/status/1186372736974835712

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Who says #caturday is the best snoozing day?

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RT @iphwin: “In discussion with my wife about the failing FB cryptocurrency and she hit me with "Gold is the original cryptocurrency." and I didn't know how to react for a few moments. Because it kinda was. Right?” https://twitter.com/iphwin/status/1184464078842007552

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Can someone please explain to me where my weekend went? I mean it was RIGHT HERE and now it's been replaced by...(shudder)...Monday.

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New week , same sentiment. Sigh.

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RT @iphwin: “Yup, that's exactly what you want from a company that's now supporting the Chinese government. https://t.co/kmIhz2V4KLhttps://twitter.com/iphwin/status/1182762222822592512

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RT @iphwin: “I've had Amazon deliver to the wrong house so often, I recognize their front door by picture alone. (Why they use the same numbers with slightly different road names in a development is beyond me. And Amazon apparently.) https://t.co/EqknS886bchttps://twitter.com/iphwin/status/1182402986255028231

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Black Holes As We Know Them May Not Exist "They may be something else entirely." https://www.livescience.com/black-holes-may-not-exist.html

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"If you were to dive into a black hole (something we would not recommend), you"d likely find a singularity, or an infinitely small and dense point, at the center. Or that"s what physicists have always thought. But now a pair of scientists suggests that some black holes may not be black holes at all. Instead, they may be weird objects chock-full of dark energy — the mysterious force thought to be pushing at the bounds of the universe, causing it to expand at an ever-increasing rate."

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Today's excitement: getting my windshield replaced. After 10+ years of minor dings and whatnot, it finally got a crack big enough to qualify for replacement by car insurance. My wife will be very happy as she was very close to just paying for a replacement due to the general pitting from sand and of course small rocks.

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Of course, now the worry that somehow it'll leak on the first big rain or something. USAA uses Safelite so we're probably okay. The real problem is not trying to watch the whole process outside my window while I work.

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Done and gone. Wow. I swear it takes me that long just to swap wiper blades.

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a: wow! yay! b: wiper blades are hard to replace.

 ‎· Stephªn1e☀️CogSc1L1brªr1ªn☀️
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^ I always fight more with getting the blades off than putting the new ones on.

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#FARP2019 I was consulting this great site for adjusting my pace for one of my morning runs and thought I'd share it with the group. It's very straightforward and is literally just distance on one axis and pace on the other. Hope you find it as helpful as I have. http://www.marathonpacechart.com/ --- Marathon Pace Chart "The easiest marathon pace chart on the web" (Don't let the "Marathon" part worry you.)

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I like this. Very useful.

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(Plus, there's something satisfying about moving the mouse around and having the lines move.)

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RT @iphwin: “#2 was moving so fast its legs were a blur. https://t.co/YcF3o2blUBhttps://twitter.com/iphwin/status/1177594706441752576

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Cute!

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I need to figure out if I can get Twitter images imported. Probably so but we'll see.

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