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29077. alistairconnor - 8/13/2018 12:49:17 PM

Oh helloes to all... hugs all round.
To take up a conversation from March :
Bhel : "I wager AC is a grandpapa at this point!"
No way. Some years off that. My elder just turned 25, she's still at school (Glasgow School of Art). I'm pissed off that when I go to see her graduate next year, the ceremony will not be at the freshly restored Charles Rennie building because it burnt out a second time...

The younger is 20 and does the accounts at a jazz venue (it's more complicated than that...) but is planning to go to New Zealand next year, until further notice.

I'm still buzzing from our annual holiday together. Every year we take a week in my little camper van, now 15 years old itself, and ... go somewhere. We did a complete tour of the Alps, through Switzerland, Austria, Italy, to Slovenia -- great way to mitigate the heatwave, swimming in lakes and rivers every day. I'm amazed that they actually want to spend a week, 24/7, with their old dad, and that we all enjoy it so much.

Neither are currently in relationships that could be described as both long-term and stable... and both are happy with that...

29078. bhelpuri - 8/21/2018 1:38:48 PM

AC - Your holiday sounds great. My own tryst with fatherhood at the moment is part launching pad (the oldest is 18, at boarding school and now applying to colleges very far away from home) and part Papa Bear (the youngest is 10, and we enjoy a significant portion of each day together). The third is 14, and in-between those poles.

Man, time flies. I recall very well meeting your two in NYC when the younger must have been not much older than a toddler!

29079. arkymalarky - 9/19/2018 12:17:25 AM

Yay the Mote's back online! I was beginning to think it was done. I've been swamped since I retired but my parents have everything lined out now and I'm power of attorney and it has been clear to me for the past 2 months that I had to retire. Working locally on gotv through local Democratic party, indivisible, when we all vote, Moms Demand, and a few others that have ways to let people help GOTV

29080. arkymalarky - 9/19/2018 12:17:34 AM

Yay the Mote's back online! I was beginning to think it was done. I've been swamped since I retired but my parents have everything lined out now and I'm power of attorney and it has been clear to me for the past 2 months that I had to retire. Working locally on gotv through local Democratic party, indivisible, when we all vote, Moms Demand, and a few others that have ways to let people help GOTV

29081. arkymalarky - 9/19/2018 12:17:57 AM

*burp*

29082. winstonsmith - 9/19/2018 2:17:29 AM

Yes, I thoughtt it was a goner too. Happy to see it resurrected.

29083. Ms. No - 9/20/2018 4:32:59 PM

Whew! Same here!

My zero-period kids are working on a digital art project at the moment, so I've got a couple of minutes to report.

Mom is doing great --- walking everywhere without the cane, now. No lasting effects from the stroke. On her way to the city at the moment to go play grandma in the arboretum. She's up to 4 miles a day before she gets tired/achy, so I expect she'll be back to full strength in the next couple of months.

Dad is also doing well -- no relapses after getting out of the hospital. Still not smoking (hope it lasts!) and hasn't allowed himself to get sucked back into the toxic work environment that contributed to the pneumonia in the first place.

Attended my first ever women's barbershop chorus rehearsal last night with the Sweet Adelines Sacramento chapter. It was a lot of fun to sing with a chorus again. I was a little rusty with my music reading to begin with, but it all started to come back. Very cool to sing the bass line again after singing solo for so long.

29084. Ms. No - 9/20/2018 4:38:38 PM

In other news, I had a mouse. I say "had" because the exterminator came yesterday and the mouse is no more. So my Sunday will be taken up with scrubbing my kitchen down within an inch of its life to erase any mouse cooties.

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