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Gerontius
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Gerontius

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Don't let the door hit you where the Lord split you-- Jun 29, 2022 at 9:59 AM

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    1. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      Don't let the door hit you where the Lord split you--
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      2. tree
        tree
        Not a real efficient method, carbon paper...for Butt Copies.
        Mimeograph...IDK how that wd work...
        Plaster cast, though.
        Could do that and then have a mold for producing replicas...
        Lot of effort, compared with xeroxing....
        Jun 29, 2022 at 12:04 PM
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      3. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        Mimeograph? Oh no. Too many rollers and pinch points. The plaster cast has the added effect of being three-dimensional. Faux marble work was once a very popular way to decorate plasterwork--and the resulting copies are going to be 1:1 scale doorstops for the committed crack copier.
        Jun 29, 2022 at 12:13 PM
      4. Tom
        Tom
        There's a youtube video (security camera) of some big guy making sure the coast is clear and then sitting up on the copier to shoot the moon, and then breaking thru the glass or whatever it is. :D
        Jun 29, 2022 at 12:34 PM
    2. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      Nobody told me that kerosene lamps would be this hard to find parts for. I thought most burners were alike.
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      2. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        (That doesn't apply to the old "banquet lamps" which take a No. 3 burner. And I need a No. 3 burner, dual wicks with extinguisher lever, with 4" shade fitter for a glass ball shade. Might be an expensive way to build a "free" lamp.)
        Jun 24, 2022
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      3. oregano
        oregano
        Ebay? There's a lot of oddball stuff on Ebay. Buyer beware as always on Ebay, but it's worth checking out.
        Jun 25, 2022
      4. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        eBay is on my list but I think I am going to see if I can alter the lamp to carry an English Duplex burner. May need to solder a new collar on.
        Jun 25, 2022
    3. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      The greatest argument against religion, by & large, is the behaviour of the religious.
      1. Darkkin
        Darkkin
        I have no issues with faith, only with those who seek to force their views on others.
        Jun 23, 2022
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      2. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        @Darkkin I am a Catholic, and the only thing that keeps me one is that I believe the doctrine. Two years at a Catholic college, however, was more than enough. I shall not be returning, and will finish my degree with them online. It's not that they are religious--
        Jun 23, 2022
      3. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        --it is the tacit assumption that everyone else is, that stifles inquiry, and is the fastest way to make atheists in industrial quantity.
        Jun 23, 2022
    4. phantom
      phantom
      Did you ever get to finishing that linux typewriter project?
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      2. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        - that sort of thing precludes getting something decent built.
        I did save the old '36 Woodstock off the desk and a couple decent portables, as well as a 1912 LC Smith desktop. But unfortunately I didn't get a chance to finish that.
        Jun 22, 2022
      3. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        I lost a good many typewriter parts in the move as well as the makings of 2 machines I was building. Had to save the 2 reed-organs, 4 crates irreplaceable books, and 2 19th-century shotguns out of my apartment as well as a rare collection of phonograph records. (I am good at digging in the trash.)
        Jun 22, 2022
      4. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        So the answer to your question is no.
        Jun 22, 2022
    5. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      There is nowhere in the house to write quietly. Visiting family, tiny house, loud typewriter, desire to work at midnight, not happening.
      1. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        I think I have ink in the car, and a pen in here, but pens are a good way to use up a lot of paper & make a big mess.
        Jun 21, 2022
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      2. phantom
        phantom
        I plan on getting some gear so i can go out and camp in peaceful place to get away from the noise and chaos at home. Not as a permanent solution of course, but it would help every ones in a while
        Jun 22, 2022
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      3. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        It's surprisingly doable, @phantom--and it becomes addictive. Even at home I cannot stay put. I have to be making something, reading, or thinking. If I rest, I do that on its own time. Go camp, travel, do what you can to get away from the house.
        Jun 22, 2022
    6. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      VERY busy but also very happy.
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      2. Aspychata
        Aspychata
        That's great to hear. I know you were close to finishing your story.
        Jun 20, 2022
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      3. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        @Aspychata No, I'm not the one who is writing a story, and I prefer not to be associated with that user.
        Jun 23, 2022
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    7. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      Unable to make a long post but I am ok and enjoying my trip.
    8. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      Right now I'm happy. Nothing goes to plan but I am happy.
    9. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      Looking forward to graduating college. Not sure what to do after but I really want to get done.
      1. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        As far as a future, all I ask for is a quiet life where I can get away from the 21st century distraction culture.
        Jun 13, 2022
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    10. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      Ever think Idiocracy was a documentary? I do, every time I get out in urban sprawl.
      1. Callistemon
        Callistemon
        Yes, it was a documentary. From the future. ;)

        Which we are now rapidly becoming...
        Jun 7, 2022
    11. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      Making plans--Nothing will stop me now, unless something big comes up.
      1. tree
        tree
        Made me think of the main character in a book by Gary Paulsen.
        "Come on, he thought, baring his teeth in the darkness—come on. Is that the best you can do—is that all you can hit me with—a moose and a tornado?" https://www.sparknotes.com/lit/hatchet/quotes/page/4/
        Jun 1, 2022
      2. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        @tree Gary Paulsen's absolutely amazing. I remember reading his book "Dogsong" and that was a very interesting one about the mental & emotional effort of driving a dogsled in the Arctic Circle. He's better than Jack London.
        Jun 1, 2022
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    12. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      Landlady's son attempted to break into my apartment & also vandalized my car. Damn this college & its idiotic culture. I'm out.
      1. Yeshuasdaughter
        May 31, 2022
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      2. cornman
        cornman
        what is wrong with people!? Can you press charges against this idiot child? justice should be served!!!
        May 31, 2022
      3. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        Well, if he tries it again, he's a dead man, is all I can say. I'm going to be seeing about filing a complaint with the Police Department for one, and practicing up with a baseball bat at close range for two. He won't be doing this one again.
        May 31, 2022
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    13. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      All I can plan on right now, is peace & quiet. That's about all that matters to me.
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    14. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      TIred of people asking why I walk everywhere. It's almost as if not using a car often is a personal affront or threat.
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      3. maycontainthunder
        maycontainthunder
        My advice is to tell them walking is cheaper than driving. No idea what response that will get!
        May 28, 2022
      4. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        @maycontainthunder that's what I've been telling them--"gas is five dollars a gallon and y'all think I'm driving?"
        May 28, 2022
      5. oregano
        oregano
        Just keep an eye out for an old Schwinn mountain bike, then fix it up and use that. In some cities bicycling is common, I know it was in San Francisco in the mid 90s because transit was a joke, so people got around using bicycles and scooters.
        May 28, 2022
    15. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      If I could travel back in time: I'd find the guy who invented Muzak and do my level best to sabotage his work.
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      3. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        Elevator music. Generic term for radios, loudspeakers, etc. playing music & such in public places. The father of poor taste & the mother of sensory overload.
        May 25, 2022
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      4. Aspychata
        Aspychata
        Sounds like a Cher song- if l could turn back time.
        I hate Muzak in elevators. Plus it has subliminal messages in malls, buy, buy buy
        May 25, 2022
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      5. Callistemon
        Callistemon
        Agree with both your posts here! :) Bit like billboards and what's on them, too...
        May 26, 2022
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    16. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      It's tick season here, and I really do not like ticks.
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      2. Callistemon
        Callistemon
        We get kangaroo ticks here which are small and don't actually seem to enjoy sucking on people. While I've had them on me they've never bitten - unlike the European ticks, or some of the ones in Eastern Australia. Even when I find them on the horses, they're usually not so keen to feed on them.
        May 24, 2022
      3. Metalhead
        Metalhead
        But what about The Tick? I do love him so.
        May 24, 2022
      4. Callistemon
        Callistemon
        What do you call a tick with anxiety disorder? ...a nervous tick...
        May 25, 2022
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    17. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      I found a 62-year-old debate where William F. Buckley Jr. got his arse handed to him by his opponent...Delightful. I love old books.
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    18. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      On the road again--and looking forward to home and tomorrow's job interview.
      1. Atrapa Almas
        Atrapa Almas
        Best of luck
        May 20, 2022
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    19. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      Currently visiting the site where Ira Dutton was born. Dutton spent 45 yrs. Molokai leper colony helping the sick during the 1800s
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      3. Gerontius
        Gerontius
        But, part of the progress they chose, was preserving natural beauty and a quiet community-centered life
        May 20, 2022
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      4. Callistemon
        Callistemon
        That's a bit like Denmark, Western Australia, where we originally wanted to buy a house. But then we saw a place with 50ha of intact ecosystem in the hinterland and the rest is history. The bit of the hinterland we are in is an enclave of Hicksville, with a few exceptions. But we "import" a lot of lovely farmstay guests.
        May 20, 2022
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      5. Callistemon
        Callistemon
        I totally get why living in a community that shares many of your core values is a good thing to do. Makes life so much easier and more pleasant. More good relationships, less friction and less immediate reason for misanthropy, depression etc.
        May 20, 2022
    20. Gerontius
      Gerontius
      Am camping in the old sedan. Opera on radio & rain on the roof. Life is good.
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      2. Callistemon
        Callistemon
        Sounds great! Enjoy! :)

        That was a nice library you were in before! ...is nice library a tautology? Well, it was a particularly nice library! :)
        May 17, 2022
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    Gender:
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    Birthday:
    Aug 5, 1997 (Age: 24)
    Location:
    somewhere uncertain at the moment!
    Occupation:
    Novelist & student.
    Diagnosis Status:
    High Functioning Autism - Officially Diagnosed
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