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Title: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: chornbe on October 05, 2019, 12:59:13 PM
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Slightly off topic here, but this thread's title caused me to wonder whether there would be much support for a good or happy things thread? We could list random things that turned out well.  It would be the opposite of the eternally-popular rant thread.

I'm a few countable months from the end of child support, which terminates any need for communications with my ex ever again.

I keep finding some nice contracts that keep the bank account from going negative, even if not leaving me enough to build a cushion, but I'm happy with the diversity of work and the short, quick time lines; none of these projects are going on long enough to get stale.

Liz bought me a truck.

I have a reliable Honda motorcycle.

Next!
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Papa Lazarou on October 05, 2019, 02:39:19 PM
I trust you are still in touch with the fruit of your loins, tho.

I have spent two weeks in Italy. Sorrento was utterly beautiful but silly expensive. And I only saw one Moto Guzzi. Sicily was utterly stunning and cheap (just don't drive there). And I saw old friends.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: garry on October 05, 2019, 04:01:30 PM
It's the one year anniversary (on Monday) of my 1190 attacking me in the road and destroying my left leg. Just got back from a very nice, all-day ride to southeast OH. It's all good. Range of motion and strength are both near 100%. Sometimes it just feels a little weaker than the good leg (but still improving). I expect/hope ski season will even things out.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Skee on October 05, 2019, 04:21:15 PM
Good to hear from you Papa; you've been rather quiet lately.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: thatguy on October 05, 2019, 05:33:10 PM
I'm no fertilizer.  That's a start.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Cookie on October 05, 2019, 05:53:32 PM
My kids are healthy, my wife loves me unconditionally, my debt is completely manageable, I only work three days a week, I want for nothing.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: sleazy rider on October 05, 2019, 06:13:56 PM
Retirement mode is taking this time.  Got nothing really planned for October so far, but November is full of wonderful travel destinations.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: TwistedT on October 05, 2019, 06:30:48 PM
Just celebrated my 31st wedding anniversary.  :inlove: Still wondering how the f*** I got so old.  :lol:
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: chornbe on October 05, 2019, 08:16:40 PM
It's nice to hook up the scanner and get zero fault codes about anything at all.

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Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Flyer on October 05, 2019, 08:18:10 PM
I can’t complain.
 :smoking:
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: coho on October 05, 2019, 09:08:28 PM
It's the last night of Oktoberfest so for the appetizer I made potato croquettes. Unfortunately German doesn't have the word 'tots' so I had to call them 'Kartoffelkinder' - Potato Children. Ha.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Black Hills on October 05, 2019, 09:21:31 PM
It's nice to hook up the scanner and get zero fault codes about anything at all.

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Apparently it’s not an Audi
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Vulcanbill on October 05, 2019, 09:56:03 PM
Put the quad in the truck with the new ramps and new riser rack to raise the front end so the back sits on the bed.  Tied it down with the cool new cargobuckle auto retracting ratcheting tie downs which are super awesome. Pulled the camper up to an ATV joint in PA and went riding with some friends. Room under the rack for the little Honda 2000 and 4 gas cans and some other stuff. Truck did great. Riding was great. Kim did great on the back and preferred jumping the larger humps to just riding over them. Good day. Good times.  Currently camped in my brother's yard tho cuz sleeping next to a huge windmill is just not a thing.  But very happy with truck/camper/quad combo and how they all performed together.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: thatguy on October 06, 2019, 06:13:24 AM
I can’t complain.
 :smoking:


Me neither.

http://youtu.be/Y7iQ0-8c26w (http://youtu.be/Y7iQ0-8c26w)
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: jadziadax8 on October 06, 2019, 07:25:48 AM
It's the last night of Oktoberfest so for the appetizer I made potato croquettes. Unfortunately German doesn't have the word 'tots' so I had to call them 'Kartoffelkinder' - Potato Children. Ha.

They just call them croquettes over there.  I learned that back in August.

Oh yeah, my finances are good enough that I can take a 2 week vacation in Austria. 

And I have an amazing spouse who will take 2 weeks off during the busiest season of the year for his industry.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: jadziadax8 on October 06, 2019, 07:26:24 AM
Also, I must live in Lake Woebegone, because my children are above average.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: melville on October 06, 2019, 08:18:01 AM
OK, after the gloom I cast into the Rant thread, here's my good stuff:

My moto runs, and runs well.

Pillion auditions are underway and I think I've found one.  She says she's bonded with the bike as much as me.

She's 200 miles away, but that includes the whole length of Hwy 96.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: mr.awesome on October 06, 2019, 09:01:57 AM
Our company is a sponsor at the local OHL hockey rink. We had the rink Zamboni painted up like one of our service vans. We just need to get them to put a ladder rack on it and get the driver one of our uniforms.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: maddjack on October 06, 2019, 10:09:15 AM
The positive on a cancer screening I had ,was a false positive. Nothing there,clear ,nada. Took a ton of worry away.😁
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: mr.awesome on October 06, 2019, 10:15:44 AM
The positive on a cancer screening I had ,was a false positive. Nothing there,clear ,nada. Took a ton of worry away.😁


I'd say we have a winner of the good things thread!  :wings:  Glad to here all is good Jack
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: maddjack on October 06, 2019, 10:19:18 AM
Thats what I was worried about at the Ohio meet. Kind of kept it quiet till I knew more.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Baxter on October 06, 2019, 11:16:49 AM
My wife and I celebrated the 1st anniversary of our retirement on October 1st.  And no debilitating health issues have yet arisen at our ages, meaning the likelihood of happy lives is higher than average.

The basement at our new home appears to be watertight despite overly-plentiful rains this year.  It isn't an irrelevant concern because two of my wife's sisters live nearby and both have had water issues.

The doggo is 16, and a little blind, a little deaf, and occasionally confused.  But otherwise he's healthy and happy.



Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Baxter on October 06, 2019, 11:32:30 AM
I'm also happy to see that we have things to be happy about!
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Andrew on October 06, 2019, 12:05:21 PM
Today the weather is warm, sky is blue & the wind is from the shore to the sea. I think I'll go play in the garage, got a few projects to enjoy  🛵

And to boot, she that encourages me, has given her blessings on acquiring a new toy. Now looking for a good deal on it, anyone have a line on a CT110??
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Skee on October 06, 2019, 03:00:31 PM
maddjack  :bigok:
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Baxter on October 06, 2019, 07:53:02 PM
Tonight was the first time riding the Ninjette after dark--the headlights work!
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: chornbe on October 06, 2019, 09:10:23 PM
I trust you are still in touch with the fruit of your loins, tho.

75% of them, yes. I have a great relationship with each son and my youngest daughter. My older daughter is... not talking to me. She did email me the other day, so that was cool. But it was to yell at me for her not being able to see her doc because the insurance company hadn't yet processed my COBRA registration, so that was less cool. I even have an email from my former employer and the insurance folks that it was on them, but that doesn't matter. I'm still the asshole. :shrug:

My wife suggested we give my youngest daughter my truck (her car just died a horrible death), and Liz would get me in to a newer, bigger truck. We did. She did. The thing is, she doesn't even know my daughter because my ex convinced the court that my wife is psychotic, and they disallowed my minor children from being around Liz. Comical, really. At least it would be if I didn't have to treat my kids and wife like I have two separate families. My older kids agree it's f'ing idiotic, and we see them often; both sons have actually lived with us for a time each, and gosh, no psychosis, no craziness, just lots of laughing and happiness and good times and love.

Sarah, my youngest, will be 18 soon, and I really would love for her to meet Liz. I think they're going to get along great, and Sarah is well aware Liz doesn't want to try to be her mom or push her mom out of the way, or anything like that. It's all just so silly.

And dumb.

And wrong. It's just wrong.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: CLAY on October 07, 2019, 04:26:23 PM
The positive on a cancer screening I had ,was a false positive. Nothing there,clear ,nada. Took a ton of worry away.😁

That is freaking awesome.  Congrats!

Good news?  I love my job, my family is doing great, and things are smooth.  I missed the Saturday opener of deer bow season because I went to my son's Cross Country meet- I'm told it was the largest meet east of the Mississippi.  This fall we told him (a 7th grader) that he was going to do Cross Country since he will not be allowed to come home and screen time.  After repeatedly telling us how he hates us and how bad of parents we are, last week he turned the page and says he's starting to enjoy it- especially the team aspect.  Well and good.  Deer hunting continues, but my boy is only a boy once.   :bigok:
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Vulcanbill on October 09, 2019, 03:54:16 PM
I trust you are still in touch with the fruit of your loins, tho.

75% of them, yes. I have a great relationship with each son and my youngest daughter. My older daughter is... not talking to me. She did email me the other day, so that was cool. But it was to yell at me for her not being able to see her doc because the insurance company hadn't yet processed my COBRA registration, so that was less cool. I even have an email from my former employer and the insurance folks that it was on them, but that doesn't matter. I'm still the asshole. :shrug:

My wife suggested we give my youngest daughter my truck (her car just died a horrible death), and Liz would get me in to a newer, bigger truck. We did. She did. The thing is, she doesn't even know my daughter because my ex convinced the court that my wife is psychotic, and they disallowed my minor children from being around Liz. Comical, really. At least it would be if I didn't have to treat my kids and wife like I have two separate families. My older kids agree it's f'ing idiotic, and we see them often; both sons have actually lived with us for a time each, and gosh, no psychosis, no craziness, just lots of laughing and happiness and good times and love.

Sarah, my youngest, will be 18 soon, and I really would love for her to meet Liz. I think they're going to get along great, and Sarah is well aware Liz doesn't want to try to be her mom or push her mom out of the way, or anything like that. It's all just so silly.

And dumb.

And wrong. It's just wrong.

Happy thread.  You're doing it wrong.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Bounce on October 10, 2019, 09:39:05 AM
Just spent nearly the last 2 weeks driving all around the West and NW US outback. Loads of fun.

Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Black Hills on October 10, 2019, 09:55:37 AM
I have a beautiful, sexy and most importantly very understanding wife, kids that are doing great, a garage with fantastic motorcycles in it, some decent skis for the winter and beer money in my pocket....... I can't complain but some times I still do....
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: viffergyrl on October 10, 2019, 10:11:28 AM
I have a beautiful, sexy and most importantly very understanding wife, kids that are doing great, a garage with fantastic motorcycles in it, some decent skis for the winter and beer money in my pocket....... I can't complain but some times I still do....

Complain....so much easier...

https://youtu.be/Px0POtu17cs
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Black Hills on October 10, 2019, 11:13:05 AM
I was thinking more Joe Walsh, but ya, that works too....

https://youtu.be/BXWvKDSwvls
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: chornbe on October 10, 2019, 05:00:48 PM

Happy thread.  You're doing it wrong.

Nah. That was all good stuff. The best revenge is living a happy life. <3
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Cookie on October 10, 2019, 05:36:48 PM
I trust you are still in touch with the fruit of your loins, tho.

75% of them, yes. I have a great relationship with each son and my youngest daughter. My older daughter is... not talking to me. She did email me the other day, so that was cool. But it was to yell at me for her not being able to see her doc because the insurance company hadn't yet processed my COBRA registration, so that was less cool. I even have an email from my former employer and the insurance folks that it was on them, but that doesn't matter. I'm still the asshole. :shrug:

My wife suggested we give my youngest daughter my truck (her car just died a horrible death), and Liz would get me in to a newer, bigger truck. We did. She did. The thing is, she doesn't even know my daughter because my ex convinced the court that my wife is psychotic, and they disallowed my minor children from being around Liz. Comical, really. At least it would be if I didn't have to treat my kids and wife like I have two separate families. My older kids agree it's f'ing idiotic, and we see them often; both sons have actually lived with us for a time each, and gosh, no psychosis, no craziness, just lots of laughing and happiness and good times and love.

Sarah, my youngest, will be 18 soon, and I really would love for her to meet Liz. I think they're going to get along great, and Sarah is well aware Liz doesn't want to try to be her mom or push her mom out of the way, or anything like that. It's all just so silly.

And dumb.

And wrong. It's just wrong.

Happy thread.  You're doing it wrong.

He can't help it.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Baxter on October 10, 2019, 07:55:35 PM
The temps dropped about 11 degrees on my afternoon ride today.  Heated grips are really great to have!
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: slayman on October 10, 2019, 08:00:34 PM
I have a beautiful, sexy and most importantly very understanding wife, kids that are doing great, a garage with fantastic motorcycles in it, some decent skis for the winter and beer money in my pocket....... I can't complain but some times I still do....

Complain....so much easier...

https://youtu.be/Px0POtu17cs
👍👍 The most unappreciated band ever.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: viffergyrl on October 10, 2019, 08:09:03 PM
I have a beautiful, sexy and most importantly very understanding wife, kids that are doing great, a garage with fantastic motorcycles in it, some decent skis for the winter and beer money in my pocket....... I can't complain but some times I still do....

Complain....so much easier...

https://youtu.be/Px0POtu17cs
👍👍 The most unappreciated band ever.

And we may see dUg pinnick at the Hendrix Experience this weekend... so there's some happiness!
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Baxter on October 12, 2019, 12:50:44 PM
As much as I've complained about some of the scotch tape repairs and stripped screws in the new home, I should mention something I found that was a surprise good thing.

We were hanging my grandmother's large ornate mirror above the fireplace and I was anticipating having to use some sort of drywall anchor as I doubted that the studs would be symmetrical.  But surprise, they were symmetrically centered on the fireplace and the mirror went up with ease.  Or at least as much ease as a project that required four people to lift into place can be said to be easy. Maybe this was coincidence, maybe the carpenters who framed this house were practical thinkers.  Anyway, it was a good deal.

On another note, I discovered that there is enough clearance between the top of the cabinets and underneath of the countertop in the basement bar that I don't have to drill between each cabinet to run the beerfridge waterline from the sink.   :D  And my bro-in-law, who's built or remodeled several kitchens and bars, has volunteered to help me shave down the protruding counter at the side of the cabinets so the beerfridge will fit. It'll be nice to have an expert who knows how to do finish carpentry well along for this project.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Papa Lazarou on October 12, 2019, 01:55:24 PM
spent the day with middle son (the musician) combing old record shops. cleaning them right now, in an ultrasonic bath.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: melville on October 12, 2019, 02:57:38 PM
OK, after the gloom I cast into the Rant thread, here's my good stuff:

My moto runs, and runs well.

Pillion auditions are underway and I think I've found one.  She says she's bonded with the bike as much as me.

She's 200 miles away, but that includes the whole length of Hwy 96.

OK, I was a PG&E power outage refugee.  They turned the power off when I had a big work deadline next Tuesday and work out the wazoo as a result.  But my new pillion had rented a beach house for a long weekend about halfway between our homes, with WiFi and all mod cons.  Rather than just spend one night with her and feeling guilty about leaving work behind, I'm here mit the laptop working the work and working the gal.  Life is good.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: stevent on October 12, 2019, 04:08:00 PM
We're in the middle of selling our house and buying a new construction rambler... That's pretty cool.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Andrew on October 12, 2019, 09:58:04 PM
Yesterday I went into the company contracted Dr. for my DOT physical (commercial drivers license), the cloud of doom was above my head. Now being in my mid 50's and not in the best of shape, I was expecting to get the full run around, Do this, see your personal physician and have bla bla bla done and report back. Holding me out on the line to dance like a macab trophy art on halloween. Well turns out going in as the last person on a friday afternoon has its advantages, nobody wants to stay late. That and having lost 35 lbs this year I walked out with a 2 year medical certificate !!!! For those of you who don't know about the DOT medical 2 years is as long a time as they can sign off for. Ya it feels good the clouds parted and the sun shone down  :bigok:
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Papa Lazarou on October 13, 2019, 09:19:43 AM
Good deed done today.

This morning at the Asda check out I was behind an old lady in the queue. Her bill came to £56.83 but when she counted out all her change she only had just under £50. I thought she was probably someone’s Gran and I’d like to think someone would have helped my Gran out when she was alive.

She didn’t want me to help her but I insisted, and in no time we had all her shopping back on the shelves.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Bounce on October 13, 2019, 09:53:05 AM
 8)

Talked my brother into going to see the new Breaking Bad movie on the 1-day-theater-showing schedule it has before going back to streaming.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: viffergyrl on October 13, 2019, 10:09:58 AM
Hendrix Experience. It. Was. Fucking. Awesome. Closed with Doug Pinnick, Kenny Aronoff, and Joe Satriani blowing our hair back with their rendition of Voodoo Child.

There was more fabulous stuff, but I just woke up.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: miles on October 13, 2019, 10:37:07 AM
Good deed done today.

This morning at the Asda check out I was behind an old lady in the queue. Her bill came to £56.83 but when she counted out all her change she only had just under £50. I thought she was probably someone’s Gran and I’d like to think someone would have helped my Gran out when she was alive.

She didn’t want me to help her but I insisted, and in no time we had all her shopping back on the shelves.



Made me laugh.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Baxter on October 13, 2019, 12:04:43 PM
I was on Google Maps scouting good riding areas when I discovered that Wisconsin has named a nature preserve for me!  And I've only lived here a few months!  Yea!  Maybe I should run for governor?

https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/naturalareas/index.asp?SNA=82 (https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/naturalareas/index.asp?SNA=82)

And Papa, gheeze!   :)
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: stevent on October 14, 2019, 11:31:43 AM
Our house "Officially" went on the market around 10am Saturday, by 4pm we had a sale and wound up $5k over the asking price and were turning away interested/prospective buyers. I knew the Puget Sound housing market was insane, and we have a nice house in a desirable location but 6 hours from listing to firm sale offer is pretty fast.

Our new house won't be built for 6 months so we'll be getting rid of a ton of stuff, storing the rest and living in one of our daughters guest rooms for awhile.

First World problems I guess.  :smiley_thumb:
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: HipGnosis on October 14, 2019, 12:21:29 PM
I was on Google Maps scouting good riding areas when I discovered that Wisconsin has named a nature preserve for me!  And I've only lived here a few months!  Yea!  Maybe I should run for governor?

https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/naturalareas/index.asp?SNA=82 (https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/naturalareas/index.asp?SNA=82)

And Papa, gheeze!   :)
It's a nice riding area too.
When you go, take the Merrimac ferry, at least one way.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Vulcanbill on October 14, 2019, 12:30:32 PM
Our house "Officially" went on the market around 10am Saturday, by 4pm we had a sale and wound up $5k over the asking price and were turning away interested/prospective buyers. I knew the Puget Sound housing market was insane, and we have a nice house in a desirable location but 6 hours from listing to firm sale offer is pretty fast.

Our new house won't be built for 6 months so we'll be getting rid of a ton of stuff, storing the rest and living in one of our daughters guest rooms for awhile.

First World problems I guess.  :smiley_thumb:

Congrats. That's awesome!!!  Our last sale was fast too. Not that fast but within a week on our house and first day on Grams house. Bummer about your being on the wrong coast. I love acquiring other people's tons of stuff during a move. 😁
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: stevent on October 14, 2019, 01:09:37 PM
Our house "Officially" went on the market around 10am Saturday, by 4pm we had a sale and wound up $5k over the asking price and were turning away interested/prospective buyers. I knew the Puget Sound housing market was insane, and we have a nice house in a desirable location but 6 hours from listing to firm sale offer is pretty fast.

Our new house won't be built for 6 months so we'll be getting rid of a ton of stuff, storing the rest and living in one of our daughters guest rooms for awhile.

First World problems I guess.  :smiley_thumb:

Congrats. That's awesome!!!  Our last sale was fast too. Not that fast but within a week on our house and first day on Grams house. Bummer about your being on the wrong coast. I love acquiring other people's tons of stuff during a move. 😁


Yes indeed, "quality pre-owned items, reasonably priced"..

Either that or they go to the dump I guess
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Bounce on October 15, 2019, 09:29:48 AM
Our house "Officially" went on the market around 10am Saturday, by 4pm we had a sale and wound up $5k over the asking price and were turning away interested/prospective buyers. I knew the Puget Sound housing market was insane, and we have a nice house in a desirable location but 6 hours from listing to firm sale offer is pretty fast.

Our new house won't be built for 6 months so we'll be getting rid of a ton of stuff, storing the rest and living in one of our daughters guest rooms for awhile.

First World problems I guess.  :smiley_thumb:

Congrats. Mom's house sold in a week. We under priced it a little to move because we didn't want to set on it for a long time to get a better price. Still-and-all, 5x original purchase price wasn't bad.

Donating to Salvation Army is an option (and in our house infinitely better than Goodwill).
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: stevent on October 15, 2019, 10:47:42 AM
Our house "Officially" went on the market around 10am Saturday, by 4pm we had a sale and wound up $5k over the asking price and were turning away interested/prospective buyers. I knew the Puget Sound housing market was insane, and we have a nice house in a desirable location but 6 hours from listing to firm sale offer is pretty fast.

Our new house won't be built for 6 months so we'll be getting rid of a ton of stuff, storing the rest and living in one of our daughters guest rooms for awhile.

First World problems I guess.  :smiley_thumb:

Congrats. Mom's house sold in a week. We under priced it a little to move because we didn't want to set on it for a long time to get a better price. Still-and-all, 5x original purchase price wasn't bad.

Donating to Salvation Army is an option (and in our house infinitely better than Goodwill).

Yes, Salvation Army is an option, as well as St Vincent De Paul. I'm giving Vulcanbill a chance to cover shipping to his place.... I'm pretty sure he's going to go for it, he's not the type to pass up a good deal...
 (  :augie: )
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Baxter on October 16, 2019, 05:39:09 PM
I usually think of myself as being mechanically reclined.  No training in home handyman or mechanical skills.  I just try to do the best I can.  And I try to know when I need to just go to a pro instead of messing something up.

However, I'm starting to realize that over the decades I've completed a lot of home handyman projects, and motorcycle mods, in a successful and workman like manner.  Maybe it takes me more time than a pro, and I do a lot of research and rely upon friends for advice.  But it's turning out well and I'm not becoming the pest who's always asking for help for everything.  And I haven't hurt myself.   :)

Maybe I need to stop comparing myself to family and friends who are much higher skilled than I am, and instead consider that I'm competent.  My strength here is not that I know what I'm doing.  Rather it is that I know that I don't know what I'm doing and I research the problem before getting at it.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Baxter on October 24, 2019, 04:10:35 PM
So I just vented in the Rant thread about my bro-in-law who constantly rants about small healthcare costs for his kids while spendthrifting himself into not having the money handy for necessities like healthcare for his kids.  I'd understand and accept his financial complaints if he was careful with his money, but he would easily have the funds available to meet these expenses if he spent more wisely.

That got me thinking.  I'm really very happy that my wife and I agree on finances, and that neither of us are spendthrifts.  Good planning and a lack of unfortunate events in our lives go very far in this world.

Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: stevent on October 30, 2019, 10:40:09 AM
So I just vented in the Rant thread about my bro-in-law who constantly rants about small healthcare costs for his kids while spendthrifting himself into not having the money handy for necessities like healthcare for his kids.  I'd understand and accept his financial complaints if he was careful with his money, but he would easily have the funds available to meet these expenses if he spent more wisely.

That got me thinking.  I'm really very happy that my wife and I agree on finances, and that neither of us are spendthrifts.  Good planning and a lack of unfortunate events in our lives go very far in this world.


That's a huge, though often contentious issue. Fortunately my wife and I are also on the same page financially, if anything she reins in my tendency to buy on impulse. We each have our priorities of course and some of the things we each value the other doesn't, but we at least discuss things and ultimately we both get what we want..

Money wasn't an issue with my first wife because we didn't really have any, my second wife could spend money like a drunken sailor and it was a pretty serious bone of contention between us.

Third times the charm I guess, we both come from near identical circumstances and life experiences, and were only 6 months apart in age so I think that really plays a huge roll too. 
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Black Hills on October 30, 2019, 10:56:20 AM
Yep, first wife went through money like crazy, second one is much better. she has her $ I have mine we split the bills and everyone is happy. If a new horse, or motorcycle shows up it's not a big deal.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: chornbe on October 30, 2019, 11:54:08 AM
I'm back to dropping about $2400/month on health care, so I can't add much to the good thread on that topic, but the good news is, I'm still earning enough without rushing back into a dead-end corporate 9-5, that I can take my time shopping for the right full time gig and still have competent health care coverage. Yeah, it has completely decimated, again, any "fun" spending, but this too shall pass, as they say. :)
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Baxter on October 30, 2019, 12:45:22 PM
Yep, first wife went through money like crazy, second one is much better. she has her $ I have mine we split the bills and everyone is happy. If a new horse, or motorcycle shows up it's not a big deal.

That's kinda like we do. We each have our own checking & investment accounts, and pay equally into a common account for household expenses.  Mind you, we're both on all of the accounts in case something comes up while one or the other is not available for some reason. 

It also helps that we are modest and practical spenders who don't get a kick from having fancy brand names on our stuff.  My car and bike cost about the same as her car, so we're pretty even on our big expenditures as well. And our incomes have been very close so no one feels more constrained than the other.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Baxter on October 30, 2019, 12:46:11 PM
I'm back to dropping about $2400/month on health care, so I can't add much to the good thread on that topic, but the good news is, I'm still earning enough without rushing back into a dead-end corporate 9-5, that I can take my time shopping for the right full time gig and still have competent health care coverage. Yeah, it has completely decimated, again, any "fun" spending, but this too shall pass, as they say. :)

We're all rooting for you!
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Baxter on October 30, 2019, 12:49:40 PM
This morning I was standing at the sink, and my feet were being pleasantly warmed by the under-vanity air vent.  I really appreciate central heating with automatic controls.

My father had to stoke a coal furnace before and after school. My mother's childhood home was heated by a wood fireplace in each room.  This is much better.  It's amazing what a century can bring.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Bounce on October 31, 2019, 11:01:55 AM
Yep, first wife went through money like crazy, second one is much better. she has her $ I have mine we split the bills and everyone is happy. If a new horse, or motorcycle shows up it's not a big deal.

I eventually negotiated with my wife that I pay all the bills in exchange for her never asking me for money ever again. I can't plan for insanity.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Vulcanbill on November 14, 2019, 04:22:26 PM
This morning I was standing at the sink, and my feet were being pleasantly warmed by the under-vanity air vent.  I really appreciate central heating with automatic controls.

My father had to stoke a coal furnace before and after school. My mother's childhood home was heated by a wood fireplace in each room.  This is much better.  It's amazing what a century can bring.

Different strokes I guess...  I’m currently sitting in the rocker (from freecycle) not two feet from the nice cozy wood stove. I love it. I’m fine with cutting my own firewood and splitting and the rest of the fun that accompanies a wood burning lifestyle. Had it as a kid too but never lost the attraction. We have plans for when the bodies are no longer capable of the wood burning lifestyle but we hope and pray that many years are in between then and now. Oh and the 50 or so dollar a month electric bill is kinda nice too.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: TwistedT on November 14, 2019, 06:11:24 PM
Last week I had the honor of walking my oldest daughter down the aisle. It was a gorgeous day and everyone had a great time. She was a beautiful bride!( I know I'm biased, but she really was  :inlove: )

Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: jadziadax8 on November 15, 2019, 10:43:16 AM
Last week I had the honor of walking my oldest daughter down the aisle. It was a gorgeous day and everyone had a great time. She was a beautiful bride!( I know I'm biased, but she really was  :inlove: )

Congratulations!  And yes, she IS gorgeous.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: TwistedT on November 16, 2019, 07:06:39 AM
Thank you!
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Bounce on November 16, 2019, 09:21:09 AM
Hard to tell with all the bush.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Flyer on November 16, 2019, 04:53:36 PM
Last week I had the honor of walking my oldest daughter down the aisle.
That is a Good Thing.
 :clap:
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Baxter on December 05, 2019, 03:35:44 PM
We were concerned that ye olde artificial Christmas Tree would be too wide for the best and most logical place to put it in the new home.  It fit!  So I don't need to swap it out for a slimline tree.

Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: CLAY on December 11, 2019, 11:16:22 AM
This could be in the "What did you do today non-moto" thread, but it was really good news.

I FIXED MY DISHWASHER!  I went through everything everyone advised, no luck.  As a last-ditch I pulled the whole thing out and tipped it over to see what I could see.  There appeared to be a larger pump under there- I managed to pull it off and found a screen on front of it that was full of crap.  Cleaned it and put it back together and it seems to be worked well- and not even leaking!

Some days it all comes together.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Andrew on December 11, 2019, 01:10:59 PM
Way to go Clay  :clap: :clap: :clap:

I have a hard time just tossin in the towel, and seeing others fix rather than replace is FANTASTIC! Congrats
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Bounce on December 12, 2019, 09:00:15 AM
I watched the "pro" fix my dishwasher by removing the kick plate, pulling a few (water) lines, and clearing them out. I've not called for that kind of service since.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Baxter on December 12, 2019, 03:23:02 PM
Good for you, Clay.  More and more it seems as if paying for a trained repair person can cost almost enough to warrant buying a replacement.  I do believe that people should be paid for their time, knowledge and effort, but sometimes a repair just isn't worth the price.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: CLAY on December 13, 2019, 03:47:35 PM
Yeah, I'm the same.  I HATE to give things up- I have several items that could be replaced but simply remain as a testament to my passion to not give up.

I figured I was at the point, I'd go in deep and see what I could find.  A win.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Meemuh on December 15, 2019, 04:36:12 PM
Got the call you don’t want to get...my kid and his buddy were on the other side of the state and were in an accident on the highway.

Turns out it was just a fender bender and everybody was okay.  Popped the radiator, but 1-1/2 hours later I net them at a Jimmy Johns and brought them both back home.

Plus his buddy was driving, so my kids care ain’t wrecked, he didn’t get the ticket, and his insurance won’t go up.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: CLAY on December 15, 2019, 08:01:35 PM
Ugh.  Glad it worked out!
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Cookie on December 16, 2019, 02:24:58 AM
Not dead yet despite a history of poor choices and bad decisions.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Andrew on December 16, 2019, 08:45:18 PM
It seems from the outcome so far you are not trying hard enough


Hang in there,
not Hang there
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Baxter on December 17, 2019, 05:11:28 PM
I had my physical today. Everything is as expected, but the blood work hasn't come back from the lab. 

If I got off my butt and did more cardio, things would likely all sort themselves out. Maybe even to reduce or eliminate the blood pressure pills.  I knew that already.  But the powers of laziness are strong in me.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Baxter on December 17, 2019, 08:31:14 PM
We retired last year and started taking the actual steps to move to Milwaukee about this time last year. And we decided on the new home we purchased very quickly because it fit our criteria and was close to familiar areas near family. But we only stepped foot in four homes before we made an offer on the place we bought.

My wife absolutely believes this home is great. However, I've been nagged by the notion that we chose too soon, and that given time to become more familiar with the whole metro area and to see more homes on the market, we might have found a better place. Especially since there was no reason to be rushed because we are both retired.

But after becoming familiar with the metro area and after seeing online what housing is available over the course of a year, I think we found a very good place in a very convenient location. I've found some similar places, but nothing that makes me regret this decision.  And the neighbors are pretty good as well; nice and friendly, but typical suburbanites who are more concerned with their yards than with anything substantive affecting the world.

It's kinda like living in Tolkien's Shire. Our Hobbit-hole is all so very nice, and the bad in the world is just a rumor of things far, far away. Sometimes, however, I wish I were in Rivendell, Minas Tirith or Edoras. Fighting evil sounds so much more interesting than fighting dandelions. But I should be careful what I wish for.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: squeezer on December 17, 2019, 11:41:47 PM
We got a puppy.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: viffergyrl on December 18, 2019, 07:27:06 AM
We got a puppy.

Awwwww.....
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Bounce on December 18, 2019, 11:39:23 AM
I had my physical today. Everything is as expected, but the blood work hasn't come back from the lab. 

If I got off my butt and did more cardio, things would likely all sort themselves out. Maybe even to reduce or eliminate the blood pressure pills.  I knew that already.  But the powers of laziness are strong in me.

Me too. The Dr used words like "excellent" and such. When the blood work came back everything was also mostly excellent but some [insert cryptic alphanumeric here] meant that I have an abdominal scan tomorrow.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Baxter on December 19, 2019, 09:48:30 PM
We got a puppy.

Cute!
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Baxter on December 19, 2019, 10:02:04 PM
I had my physical today. Everything is as expected, but the blood work hasn't come back from the lab. 

If I got off my butt and did more cardio, things would likely all sort themselves out. Maybe even to reduce or eliminate the blood pressure pills.  I knew that already.  But the powers of laziness are strong in me.

Me too. The Dr used words like "excellent" and such. When the blood work came back everything was also mostly excellent but some [insert cryptic alphanumeric here] meant that I have an abdominal scan tomorrow.

My tests came back good, some measures even improved.  Retirement is supposed to be less stressful, but with all the bother of moving I thought the stress reduction wouldn't really happen until later.  And I think I'm eating more sausage and cheese here in Wisconsin, so I was really surprised by my healthy sodium and cholesterol results.

My family tends to have early deaths and late deaths, with few deaths at national averages.  And it's very pronounced on my Mother's side of the family where we either get diabetes or heart issues and die before 60 (or 70 in recent years), and the oldsters who escape both of those and live independently in their own homes to their late 90s.  I want to get in better shape if my event horizon is 40 years.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Cookie on December 20, 2019, 02:48:48 AM
3 more working days till Christmas.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: CLAY on December 20, 2019, 08:19:01 PM
It's kinda like living in Tolkien's Shire. Our Hobbit-hole is all so very nice, and the bad in the world is just a rumor of things far, far away. Sometimes, however, I wish I were in Rivendell, Minas Tirith or Edoras. Fighting evil sounds so much more interesting than fighting dandelions. But I should be careful what I wish for.

Dude.  That is a freaking brillianty observation and echjoes much of my own thoughts. 

Of course my good thing is that it ins now CHristmas break, and after helping my briothe rmove into his new palace I am about 4 bers and two whiskies in.  Things are good.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: coho on December 20, 2019, 08:24:28 PM
It's kinda like living in Tolkien's Shire. Our Hobbit-hole is all so very nice, and the bad in the world is just a rumor of things far, far away. Sometimes, however, I wish I were in Rivendell, Minas Tirith or Edoras. Fighting evil sounds so much more interesting than fighting dandelions. But I should be careful what I wish for.

Dude.  That is a freaking brillianty observation and echjoes much of my own thoughts. 

Of course my good thing is that it ins now CHristmas break, and after helping my briothe rmove into his new palace I am about 4 bers and two whiskies in.  Things are good.

Woo! The moderator is loaded, anything goes tonight!

Also, Clay's brother lives in a palace. How cool is that?
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: viffergyrl on December 20, 2019, 08:46:16 PM
It's kinda like living in Tolkien's Shire. Our Hobbit-hole is all so very nice, and the bad in the world is just a rumor of things far, far away. Sometimes, however, I wish I were in Rivendell, Minas Tirith or Edoras. Fighting evil sounds so much more interesting than fighting dandelions. But I should be careful what I wish for.

Dude.  That is a freaking brillianty observation and echjoes much of my own thoughts. 

Of course my good thing is that it ins now CHristmas break, and after helping my briothe rmove into his new palace I am about 4 bers and two whiskies in.  Things are good.

Woo! The moderator is loaded, anything goes tonight!

Also, Clay's brother lives in a palace. How cool is that?

The vacation begins!
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Baxter on December 20, 2019, 09:04:59 PM
It's kinda like living in Tolkien's Shire. Our Hobbit-hole is all so very nice, and the bad in the world is just a rumor of things far, far away. Sometimes, however, I wish I were in Rivendell, Minas Tirith or Edoras. Fighting evil sounds so much more interesting than fighting dandelions. But I should be careful what I wish for.

Dude.  That is a freaking brillianty observation and echjoes much of my own thoughts. 

Of course my good thing is that it ins now CHristmas break, and after helping my briothe rmove into his new palace I am about 4 bers and two whiskies in.  Things are good.

 :beerchug: :thumbsup: :bigok:
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: squeezer on December 21, 2019, 12:05:02 AM
l

...And I think I'm eating more sausage and cheese here in Wisconsin...

Yeah, even when you don't want to, you're in Wisconsin and that's the law.

:bigok: on the test results. That makes for a merrier Christmas.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Cookie on December 21, 2019, 02:54:55 AM
Always screenshot drunk posts for later use.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: CLAY on December 24, 2019, 09:25:37 PM
I'm back.  And sober.  Mostly.  It is quite a pad...
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Cookie on December 25, 2019, 06:51:53 AM
I'm back.  And sober.  Mostly.  It is quite a pad...

Um, huh?
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Andrew on December 25, 2019, 11:28:22 AM
Wrapping paper is now on sale
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: CLAY on January 01, 2020, 08:28:40 PM
I'm back.  And sober.  Mostly.  It is quite a pad...

Um, huh?

Helped my brother move, and my wife has been keeping me on bigger projects, so I haven't had time for a cigar or many brews yet.  On the bright side good things are happening at the compound.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Cookie on January 02, 2020, 04:44:45 AM
We are finally getting our '18 taxes back. All of it. Every penny we paid in. They did not want to let it go.

Stick it to the man.

Guess who is going gun shopping?
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Bounce on January 02, 2020, 08:53:35 AM
Rifle? Pistol? Purpose?
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Cookie on January 02, 2020, 08:57:15 AM
Rifle? Pistol? Purpose?

Yes, yes, addicted.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Bounce on January 02, 2020, 08:59:54 AM
I was going to give my $0.02 and recommend the Tikka T3X Tac A1 with folding stock. Out-of-the-box accuracy.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Cookie on January 02, 2020, 09:05:00 AM
I was going to give my $0.02 and recommend the Tikka T3X Tac A1 with folding stock. Out-of-the-box accuracy.

In Massachusetts folding stocks are bad.


S&W Governor, Ruger GP100, Henry .22 magnum.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Bounce on January 02, 2020, 09:07:39 AM
I was going to give my $0.02 and recommend the Tikka T3X Tac A1 with folding stock. Out-of-the-box accuracy.

In Massachusetts folding stocks are bad.


S&W Governor, Ruger GP100, Henry .22 magnum.

So get the stock that doesn't fold and save some bank.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Baxter on January 18, 2020, 11:32:56 AM
We finally received a meaningful snowfall in the Milwaukee area last night.  One of my condo fantasies came true this morning as I stood at the window snug and warm while drinking coffee and watching someone who isn't me clearing my driveway.   :wings:

I wonder whether my Dad felt this good when I was a kid clearing the driveway and he was supervising from inside?
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Andrew on January 18, 2020, 08:12:58 PM
We finally received a meaningful snowfall in the Milwaukee area last night.  One of my condo fantasies came true this morning as I stood at the window snug and warm while drinking coffee and watching someone who isn't me clearing my driveway.   :wings:

I wonder whether my Dad felt this good when I was a kid clearing the driveway and he was supervising from inside?

Maybe he did, it all depends if he was paying you






 :couch:
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Andrew on January 18, 2020, 08:38:28 PM
Today is my oldest son's birthday, he turned 17 today.

  My sons biggest enjoyments in life is riding his bicycle. Well last week one of the shifter cables let go. I looked into my reservoir of bicycle parts, nope not one like that. We put the bike into the truck and headed down to out independent bike shop (a real Mom and Pop & hires all the local kids). Owner looks at the bike and gives me a rundown of how in need of repairs is. In truth he rides the darn thing 4 hours a day on weekdays and twice chat on weekends. So sure it needs a bit of tuning, Ya like I said his biggest joy.

  I like the bike shop and am ok with supporting them, so I told him to give it the works (about $230) Well today is my sons B day and the bike should be done so we went to get it.

 Love this shop, bike was washed and detailed, not just the shifter cables but ALL cables, new brake shoes & brake calipers have been overhauled (they took them off, disassembled, cleaned, lubed and put them back on with real good settings), chain is new and so are the rear set. Shifters also overhauled and the crank set removed and bearings have fresh grease, pedals are also clean and spin free. Spokes were checked and rims trued.  Love this shop, that and the bill was less than the quote. Heck I would have paid the full quote.

  My son gave it a ride around the parking lot and the smile was worth any price. Not only was the bike in great shape he was at home on the bike again (after a week off) This was the highlight of his B day, that and the time on the beach. 

  Once we got back home, my son took off for a little over an hour on his bicycle. When he came back he gave me a big hug (he does not really talk so for him this is huge).

  Today was a good day
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: mr.awesome on January 18, 2020, 09:53:50 PM
Excellent.  :clap:
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Bounce on January 19, 2020, 09:17:39 AM
Meanwhile, winter snow accumulations in Texas...

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Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: squeezer on January 19, 2020, 11:51:48 AM
Today is my oldest son's birthday, he turned 17 today.

  My sons biggest enjoyments in life is riding his bicycle. Well last week one of the shifter cables let go. I looked into my reservoir of bicycle parts, nope not one like that. We put the bike into the truck and headed down to out independent bike shop (a real Mom and Pop & hires all the local kids). Owner looks at the bike and gives me a rundown of how in need of repairs is. In truth he rides the darn thing 4 hours a day on weekdays and twice chat on weekends. So sure it needs a bit of tuning, Ya like I said his biggest joy.

  I like the bike shop and am ok with supporting them, so I told him to give it the works (about $230) Well today is my sons B day and the bike should be done so we went to get it.

 Love this shop, bike was washed and detailed, not just the shifter cables but ALL cables, new brake shoes & brake calipers have been overhauled (they took them off, disassembled, cleaned, lubed and put them back on with real good settings), chain is new and so are the rear set. Shifters also overhauled and the crank set removed and bearings have fresh grease, pedals are also clean and spin free. Spokes were checked and rims trued.  Love this shop, that and the bill was less than the quote. Heck I would have paid the full quote.

  My son gave it a ride around the parking lot and the smile was worth any price. Not only was the bike in great shape he was at home on the bike again (after a week off) This was the highlight of his B day, that and the time on the beach. 

  Once we got back home, my son took off for a little over an hour on his bicycle. When he came back he gave me a big hug (he does not really talk so for him this is huge).

  Today was a good day

Reading that was a nice start to my day.    :bigok:
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Baxter on January 19, 2020, 09:52:28 PM
We finally received a meaningful snowfall in the Milwaukee area last night.  One of my condo fantasies came true this morning as I stood at the window snug and warm while drinking coffee and watching someone who isn't me clearing my driveway.   :wings:

I wonder whether my Dad felt this good when I was a kid clearing the driveway and he was supervising from inside?

Maybe he did, it all depends if he was paying you






 :couch:

Nope, just my expected chores.  I think most people are raising their kids differently these days. 
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: minimac on January 20, 2020, 06:55:33 AM
...... he turned 17 today......   he gave me a big hug (he does not really talk so for him this is huge).
 Today was a good day

Anytime you can get a hug from a 17 y.o. son, is a GREAT day!
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Baxter on January 20, 2020, 11:43:10 AM
CANDY CANES ARE ON SALE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: stevent on January 21, 2020, 06:23:16 PM
I had an excellent 3 day weekend, starting Friday after I got home from work, I light the portable gas fireplace and sat on the back porch looking at the trees and drinking a sixer of Alaskan Amber, my wife came home and broke out the Alexa and a bottle of wine and had a great time cozied up enjoying the fresh air... Grandkids thought we were nuts so bonus points there.

Saturday and Sunday we chilled with family, went out and looked at the foundation for our new house and watched the 49ers beat Green Bay and ate some killer Elk steak tacos (more beer and wine)

Monday was my birthday so I had breakfast and handmade cards from the kiddies again, then my son in law and I went riding for a couple of hours, up to the snow line basically, then pizza with the family at my favorite wood fired pizza joint.

All in all a pretty fine few days off.  :smiley_thumb:
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: viffergyrl on January 21, 2020, 07:16:53 PM
^Who are you and what did you do with that grumpy stevent?

(Happy Birthday!)
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: stevent on January 21, 2020, 07:19:57 PM
LOL, who me, grumpy? Surely not🙄..

Thanks for the BD wish..
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Black Hills on January 22, 2020, 08:16:20 AM
40's and 50's for the next week, not bad for Jan. in SD
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: CLAY on March 09, 2020, 08:41:19 PM
Had my room mom (that's a thing in the elementary- they really don't do much in middle school) bring in a cake for my half-birthday (which was yesterday I guess).  My birthday is Sept 8, so school is just starting.  She came this morning and said she was going to bring in a cake, when did I want it?  That's the first time that ever happened.

Totally made my day.  It's the simple things.   :inlove:
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Bounce on March 10, 2020, 08:53:21 AM
We had a manager from another department come walking through IT and chatting with people on a semi-regular basis. She was great. Upbeat without being sappy or "bubbly". Always positive and occasionally accompanied by home made cookies. No one ever said anything specifically about her presence but when she transfered (some years later) we all missed her.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Max Wedge on March 10, 2020, 11:24:33 AM
My son (sheriff not engineer) is out of the hospital and resting well, my daughter in law is good and giving my a 'fresh' granddaughter in 6 weeks, my daughter just old me she is adding to the grandchild pile also, and I'm on day two of a job with a history of paying their employees!

Got a new battery and a jacket on the way. Things are looking up!
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: viffergyrl on March 10, 2020, 11:47:36 AM
My son (sheriff not engineer) is out of the hospital and resting well, my daughter in law is good and giving my a 'fresh' granddaughter in 6 weeks, my daughter just old me she is adding to the grandchild pile also, and I'm on day two of a job with a history of paying their employees!

Got a new battery and a jacket on the way. Things are looking up!

Well that's all good! But what happened to your son, the sheriff? Did I miss that somewhere?
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: maddjack on March 10, 2020, 12:56:54 PM
I was accepted and cleared my back round check at the Air Heritage Museum, I also was granted a hanger license. So now i can go and help keep some aviation history alive. :banana: :banana:

WWW.airheritage.org (http://WWW.airheritage.org)
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Baxter on March 15, 2020, 02:51:57 PM
So Milwaukee's Mama Tried motorcycle show was cancelled.  Some folks decided to have a mini-bike and motorized port-a-potty race on a roundabout near the H-D Museum instead, including a mobile outhouse!

YEA!  People doing "normal" things!

https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/motor/2020/03/15/milwaukee-roundabout-draws-minibikes-and-portable-outhouse/5053891002/ (https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/motor/2020/03/15/milwaukee-roundabout-draws-minibikes-and-portable-outhouse/5053891002/)

You might have to click twice on the embedded video.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Baxter on March 17, 2020, 05:36:02 PM
On the lighter side …

We're oven-roasting a pork tenderloin. The whole house smells wonderful and our 17 year old doggo has had a big smile on his face and is more animated than his age has allowed him in a long while. 

He can barely see or hear, but his sniffer works surprisingly well.   :D
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Flyer on March 18, 2020, 07:20:25 AM

He can barely see or hear, but his sniffer works surprisingly well.   :D

Hope for us all.
 :naughty:

I was accepted and cleared my back round check at the Air Heritage Museum, I also was granted a hanger license. So now i can go and help keep some aviation history alive. :banana: :banana:

[url=http://WWW.airheritage.org]WWW.airheritage.org[/url] ([url]http://WWW.airheritage.org[/url])

Awesome jealousy over here.
Congrats!
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Cablebandit on March 23, 2020, 03:03:52 PM
I have two good items:

I got my my moto insurance bill back in November and it was quite a bit more than it has been in the 9 years I've had this bike.  It would seem that the collision premium more than doubled.  I called and basically said why on earth would that go up so much on a bike you're just going to total and give me peanuts for?  They gave me the standard "blah, blah, blah" answer that actuarial folks do.  Whatever, it's still crazy cheap for full coverage so I paid the bill and went on with my life.

Yesterday, I got a letter saying they were doing policy audits and found out they charged me too much (duh) and they are sending me half my premium back.

Yay me!
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: jadziadax8 on April 07, 2020, 06:36:16 PM
Today I received notification that my application for promotion to Full Professor has been approved.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Cookie on April 07, 2020, 06:51:02 PM
Today I received notification that my application for promotion to Full Professor has been approved.

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Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: viffergyrl on April 07, 2020, 06:51:24 PM
Today I received notification that my application for promotion to Full Professor has been approved.

Yay! I mean how could they not approve?!
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Andrew on April 07, 2020, 07:24:28 PM
Today I received notification that my application for promotion to Full Professor has been approved.

Big Congrats to this  :bigok:

Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Leanintree on April 07, 2020, 08:10:41 PM
Homemade sauerkraut came outta the fermenting crock. Joy in a jar. Next up, evil kimchee. Color scares me, but we'll see in another month...

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Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: CLAY on April 07, 2020, 09:44:42 PM
Today I received notification that my application for promotion to Full Professor has been approved.

Congrats!
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Jim on April 07, 2020, 10:46:18 PM
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When you start at the bottom of the page and scroll up - this image hits first.

My mind went to - 1) why would someone take a picture of 'blown-chunks' in the toilet and 2) those are big chunks.

And then scrolling up a bit more fills the story...

Sorry LT* - I hope it "tastes great"

* but not sorry enough to not post it ;-)
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: squeezer on April 07, 2020, 11:14:15 PM
Today I received notification that my application for promotion to Full Professor has been approved.


Awesomeness!!!!   Congrats!!!!!

Now, don't go into administration.    :nono:


In more good news, my elder son just got a raise and promotion. It's a good time to be working for a video game company. And I thought that all gaming could never turn into a career...     :lol:
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: leeo45 on April 08, 2020, 01:45:04 AM
Today I received notification that my application for promotion to Full Professor has been approved.

Major congratulations!!   That is quite an achievement these days (unrelated to the pandemic) when it seems that most universities are doing everything possible to reduce costs and obligations.    :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: jadziadax8 on April 08, 2020, 07:25:00 AM
Thanks everyone!

Now, don't go into administration.    :nono:

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Seriously.  No.  I plan to show up, probably wearing pants, and ride this gig out until I can retire. Think of me as the Cookie of academia.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Cookie on April 08, 2020, 07:43:40 AM
😁
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Vulcanbill on April 08, 2020, 08:59:08 AM
Thanks everyone!

Now, don't go into administration.    :nono:

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Seriously.  No.  I plan to show up, probably wearing pants, and ride this gig out until I can retire. Think of me as the Cookie of academia.

majQa'

So...when you say pants...

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Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: jadziadax8 on April 08, 2020, 09:06:52 AM
Yes!
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Bounce on April 08, 2020, 09:08:16 AM
Today I received notification that my application for promotion to Full Professor has been approved.

Congratulations. Now get to work on the coconuts!

As for the kimchi... YIPPEEE! You'll have to let us know how it turns out. I watched someone make it once. Talk about a lot of work.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Baxter on April 08, 2020, 12:00:35 PM
Today I received notification that my application for promotion to Full Professor has been approved.

Yea!
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Black Hills on April 08, 2020, 12:10:32 PM

Today I received notification that my application for promotion to Full Professor has been approved.


Very cool!  congrats!
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: mr.awesome on April 25, 2020, 08:00:41 AM
Got the call yesterday that our company is getting some of the SBA money. We are bringing back 80% of our work force. I'll be working from home for the most part again. Will be nice to get off the unemployment.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: jadziadax8 on April 25, 2020, 12:10:51 PM
Got the call yesterday that our company is getting some of the SBA money. We are bringing back 80% of our work force. I'll be working from home for the most part again. Will be nice to get off the unemployment.

Woohoo!

 :wings:
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Baxter on April 25, 2020, 02:02:04 PM
Got the call yesterday that our company is getting some of the SBA money. We are bringing back 80% of our work force. I'll be working from home for the most part again. Will be nice to get off the unemployment.

Excellent! 

I've been thinking back to times in my career where these closures would have really put my life in a bind.  Scary to think about.  I'm hoping for the remaining 20% that future employers understand that this period of unemployment shouldn't reflect badly on them since it's a societal issue. 
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Papa Lazarou on April 25, 2020, 02:33:34 PM
Today I received notification that my application for promotion to Full Professor has been approved.

Congrats!
wow!
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Bounce on April 26, 2020, 11:49:15 AM
About every year for the last 15 of my career, we experienced furloughs. I was always essential even when it meant coming to work without pay (for a month or more once). All the commute costs but none of the stay-home luxuries of non-essential personnel.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Baxter on May 28, 2020, 07:47:35 PM
A neighbor seemed interested in talking about my motorcycle every time we saw each other.  I thought it was just small talk that was limited to the one visible thing where I had an interest.  But he just brought home a Honda Ruckus!  We've just doubled the number of motorbikes in the neighborhood!

Hmm ... I might be having an influence on my new neighborhood?   ;D
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: minimac on May 30, 2020, 09:41:19 AM
There goes the neighborhood. Next it will be roving scooter gangs.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: mr.awesome on May 30, 2020, 10:31:05 AM
A neighbor seemed interested in talking about my motorcycle every time we saw each other.  I thought it was just small talk that was limited to the one visible thing where I had an interest.  But he just brought home a Honda Ruckus!  We've just doubled the number of motorbikes in the neighborhood!

Hmm ... I might be having an influence on my new neighborhood?   ;D

Sounds like you have started a Ruckus in the neighborhood.   :razz:
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Skee on May 30, 2020, 10:35:33 AM
There goes the neighborhood. Next it will be roving scooter gangs.

They've already taken over our neighborhood; run by a curly-haired 8 year-old & her 6-year-old accomplice with blond pigtails.  They keep pressuring me to wheelie up the driveway.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: jadziadax8 on May 30, 2020, 02:35:41 PM
Good thing: the Falcon rocket did NOT explode on the pad at Kennedy today. The launch went safely so far and Bob and Doug are on the way to the ISS.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Bounce on May 31, 2020, 08:52:31 AM
Good thing: the Falcon rocket did NOT explode on the pad at Kennedy today. The launch went safely so far and Bob and Doug are on the way to the ISS.

Testing manual maneuvering right now. Once done, they resume docking procedures.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21X5lGlDOfg&feature=emb_logo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21X5lGlDOfg&feature=emb_logo)
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: stevent on May 31, 2020, 10:05:26 PM
That was really cool, we watched the whole thing from launch to docking, Awesome..
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Baxter on July 04, 2020, 06:55:51 AM
As much as I gripe about the roads in and around Milwaukee, I should say something good.

Yesterday, Friday, was a day off for most government workers for Independence Day, and some concrete pavement heaved up during the afternoon.  It hadn't heaved when I went by at 2.  By 5 it had heaved and there was a city worker marking it with cones and flashing lights, directing traffic around the mess.  And by 8 there was a temporary asphalt patch in place already.

I expected the cones to have been there until Monday, or even Tuesday, given the long holiday weekend.  It was refreshing to see the road being made passable in such a short time, with city workers getting the job done on a holiday weekend.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Vulcanbill on July 04, 2020, 03:37:49 PM
For what...double time and a half?  I’d volunteer for that too. 😎
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Bounce on July 05, 2020, 09:14:59 AM
For what...double time and a half?  I’d volunteer for that too. 😎

States can be different than the Fed. That above can't happen in a fed job. You get the "higher of" the different options of pay for undesirable duty. If you are working an overtime, holiday, night shift, each has pay incentives.

Overtime is time-and-a-half up to a max. Once you progress far enough in your career, that cap can mean taking home less "per hour" than straight time. Holiday pay is x2. Night shift is +10% from 6pm to 6am so each of Swing and Grave shifts only get +10% for 5 hours of their 8 hour shift. If you stack all of that into one shift (can happen), you end up with only x2 for the Holiday (when everyone else is getting full pay for being off, you're only getting straight time for the work you did).

Night shift + overtime means either losing the +10% or getting it because your overtime pay is less than straight pay.

So, again, another myth about the wonderful benefits of fed jobs.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Baxter on July 05, 2020, 01:23:12 PM
For what...double time and a half?  I’d volunteer for that too. 😎

Yep, I was expecting that the crew would get paid extra for holiday or evening work.  People should get paid for doing the work.  After all, I'm paying for it and I want it done both well and quickly.  And I recognize that there's a cost to this.

What I like is that the city got the job done in a timely manner.  I had expected that this wouldn't get fixed quickly and everyone would have to slow down for a bottleneck over an undetermined length of time.  I could easily imagine some manager deciding to save the budget and inconvenience the entire roadgoing public instead of fixing the road right away.

Not to get political, but one problem with governments is that legislators/council members/etc. create a bunch of government programs to make people happy, but then budget the programs very low to also make people happy, with the result being that our government attempts to do a lot but does it all in a slipshod manner.  I would like to see all governmental levels attempt to do less things overall, but also to do the things that remain very well.  That is, lets have good roads and good schools, but cut the fluff and put the money that was going to fluff toward the good roads and schools.
Title: Re: Per Baxter - the good things thread
Post by: Bounce on July 06, 2020, 08:17:07 AM
Yep, I was expecting that the crew would get paid extra for holiday or evening work.  People should get paid for doing the work.  After all, I'm paying for it and I want it done both well and quickly.  And I recognize that there's a cost to this.

The 3-legged stool of all project. Time, Cost, and Quality.  You get any 2 at a time.

If money is a concern, then you can extend time or cut quality. If time is an issue, you can throw more Costs at it (resources in staffing, etc.) or again cut quality to meet your time targets.