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Attracting Crazy August 16, 2007

Posted by truthspew in Apple, Exchange Server 2007, friends, Neighbors.
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So tonight the neighbors upstairs ring the doorbell. I answer and then Keyron comes out.

Apparently our former house guest is in so many words, crazy.

That Saturday she accidentally locked herself out of the house. Keyron and I were fast asleep so never heard her pounding on the door. She then rang the bell of our upstairs neighbor who invited her in, had coffee with her, loaned her $10 and even let her use some nail polish remover.

It gets better though. According to our neighbor who owns a cell phone store around the corner Rosie showed up wearing nothing but a shirt and with her ass sticking out.

But that’s not the good part. The good part is the scam that Rosie ran, telling my neighbor that she was an attorney and that she’d been to the Secretary of State’s office and saw that her taxpayer ID was invalid, how that was illegal, etc. and that she fixed it but couldn’t charge it. So she asked for $135. First of all I work there and know for a fact that we don’t expose that information, at least not currently.

And my neighbor gave Rosie the $135.

I don’t know what it is, but Keyron seems to attract crazy people. You’ve o

Obviously read about the Charles saga and much to my chagrin Charles is trying to reach out to Keyron again. I think it’s the fact that Keyron and I have been the only point of stability among our circle of friends. So we’re bound to get a crazy now and then.

UPDATE: So I had today off, went downtown and picked up my tickets for George Clinton & Pfunk at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, then to the library to check out Armistead Maupin’s “Michael Tolliver Lives”

On my way back as I turned the corner to walk into the house I note Rosie is out there talking to my upstairs neighbor. I can’t wait until my neighbor gets back, I want to find out what was said.

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Now playing: Marvin Gaye – Trouble Man
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The Harvest is going well August 12, 2007

Posted by truthspew in food, Internal Combustion, La Famiglia, liberalism, Neighbors.
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So my tomatoes and zucchini are finally ripening. Every day I pop out and pick another couple handfuls of cherry tomatoes. The beefsteak tomatoes take a little more time but they’re even going red.

mitomato

This one was destined for the treatment. You know, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It’s funny but I love vinegar, have since I was a kid. When my dad and aunt were up we were talking about my cousin. My aunt mentioned he put vinegar on french fries.

I looked at my aunt and told her that I did that too. Either vinegar or a combination of my two favorite things, vinegar and tomatoes otherwise known as Ketchup. Not to mention that salt and vinegar chips rock, and sour pickles are awesome.

But then I discovered where I get my penchant for using the letters to the editor at the local paper to slam politicians. That was my grandfather as I found when I looked up my last name on ProQuest. Grandpa definitely didn’t like Rep. Claudine Schneider. So cross a mouth with an extreme liberal point of view (Compliments of mom) and that’s me.

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Now playing: Ben Folds Five – She Don’t Use Jelly
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The Fruits of My Labor August 5, 2007

Posted by truthspew in age project, gardening, iTunes, La Famiglia, Marijuana, Neighbors, Rhode Island Fire Code.
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So today was a momentous occasion. It was the first day I got to taste one of the larger tomatoes and the zucchini. It was a salad with some vinaigrette.

I’ve longed to taste real tomatoes again. I’ve been tantalizing myself with the little cherry tomatoes I grew. Just pop in your mouth and eat. But get this, the large tomatoes taste phenomenal. My total investment was about $10. Oh I tended them when they were sprouts, transplanted them a couple times, sprayed on fertilizer etc. and watered them daily once they got big enough. And the effort expended was definitely worthwhile.

I’ve been taking pictures of the 2007 Plantings as I call them and posting them online.

It’s a real treat. The other night my father was here with his wife Nancy and my aunt Carol. We were talking about gardening and apparently the green thumb skipped my fathers generation. My grandfather was a master gardener, could grow pretty much anything. I got the thumb from him. I can take the seeds from a watermelon and make the things grow, same with pits from cherries, peaches, etc.

The first thing I noticed is that my father doesn’t look like he’s nearly 65 years old. This bodes very well for me, since I don’t look like I’m in my 40’s either, but I am. My average on the Age Project is 33 years old, and if I colored the hair and shaved off the beard I’d probably rate at a lower age. Even my MD was taken aback on our first visit when I told him how old I was. I can’t help it, I come from a family with very youthful looks on BOTH sides of my family.

And I did note that my FoxyTunes extension in Firefox can now insert what I’ m currently listening to, sweet! In case you’re wondering, FoxyTunes lets me control iTunes from my web browser.

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Now playing: Kenny Lattimore – I Won’t Let You Down
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RI Fire Code Part II December 11, 2006

Posted by truthspew in Fire alarm, Neighbors, Providence Fire Department, Rhode Island Fire Code.
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So after a nice dinner (Steak – brined with salt, light brown sugar and garlic along with baked potato and southwestern style corn) I realize that I’m hearing that beep-beep-beep pause beep-beep-beep which means someones fire/co detectors sniffed something they didn’t like.

It’s coming from the apartment next door. That beeping went on for twenty minutes. Then as I expected the building alarmed. Response time by Providence Fire Department was excellent as always. Within 30 seconds of building alarm you could hear the sirens, fifteen seconds later two trucks approached from the east, while two more approached from the west.

So you might ask, what triggered the alarm? My next door neighbor is this young college student. Whenever she cooks the alarms go off but this one was something seriously burning. She forgets she has things in the oven.

As I said, I’m grateful that response time by PFD is under a minute but the inconvenience factor drives me up a wall. First off, I think I mentioned before where I had to put plastic bags over the detectors in my kitchen and dining rooms because even if I so much as boiled water, the damned alarm would go off.

The new fire code in RI has done two things. First it has transfered lots of money into the hands of alarm and sprinkler installers. Second is that it has seriously inconvenienced just about everyone.