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Old 01-30-2017, 04:04 AM   #1626
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I told ya: you are good!
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Old 01-31-2017, 09:46 AM   #1627
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Thanks!

So, they moved my Dad. He suspected it was coming. The move itself went quite well. His two helpers took him to my Mom's while my sister had movers take all of his stuff. It went pretty smoothly really.

But, he continues to be difficult. he called my mother 3 times in the middle of the night. That's in addition to calling the nurse staff who knows how many times. My sister ended up going over there and staying with him.

Part of me realizes his mind is just gone and he can't help it. But part of me is somewhat pissed because we've been coddling him forever and this has become his normal.
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Old 01-31-2017, 10:27 AM   #1628
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Excellent news regarding the girl! Sounds like the birthday was a lot of fun. Are you from a small town? I'm always impressed by people who can social circles like that, I don't think I could get 10 people to come to something for me.
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Old 01-31-2017, 01:02 PM   #1629
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Excellent news regarding the girl! Sounds like the birthday was a lot of fun. Are you from a small town? I'm always impressed by people who can social circles like that, I don't think I could get 10 people to come to something for me.
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No, I'm from Austin.

Yeah, I'm amazed at that too. My mother and sister are the ultimate social animals. My Dad and I are just the opposite. I have a very small circle of friends.
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Old 01-31-2017, 02:45 PM   #1630
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So, I mentioned earlier that I had written some children's stories and was able to retrieve them. I decided to get off my ass and maybe do something about it.

I started looking around for illustrators. I've done this before but I could never really find the right fit. Either their pictures weren't quite what I was looking for or they just didn't seem right for what I was doing.

I started by googling illustrators in the area and right off the bat found a lady whose pictures I really liked. I've traded emails with her and finally talked to her in person. I think this is going to be a great fit. She not only does great work but I got a good feel for being able to collaborate with her. AND.... she will help me with all aspects of getting the book published. She has people she works with and she basically puts it all together for me.

The only downside, of course, is the money. She quoted me what I thought was a very reasonable price. But, sheesh, this boat thing. I'm up to my ears in debt and this will be difficult. But, I think I can pull it off.
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Old 02-02-2017, 10:28 AM   #1631
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This is not really noteworthy other than I'm hoping it sort of signals some personal growth.

The check oil light in my truck came on about a month or so ago. I sort of ignored it but it was time to get an oil change anyway so I took it to the local jiffy lube. They told me that, yes, the oil was extremely low. Furthermore, the guy there said he suspected it was the rear main seal (don't really need to know what that is), and that they couldn't fix it.

So, I took it to an auto repair shop that I've been using. They examined everything and said they didn't think it was the rear main seal, but several other gaskets that needed to be replaced. So, I went with it.

Yesterday, the light came on again. My first reaction was, of course, that they didn't fix anything. My brain was running around all sorts of things like throwing a temper tantrum and threatening to turn them in and all sorts of anger related stuff.

I took it in this morning and they told me that, yes, it was indeed the rear main seal. I suspected this to be the case. Of course I'm thinking, what the heck did you charge me for last time, then. But, I rehearsed in my mind how I was going to handle this.

I told them that I had indeed suggested this in the first place and I questioned the need to make the previous repairs. But I did this in a diplomatic way without accusations or anger. They certainly got what I was saying.

They went through a lot of mechanic speak on why they did what they did and I believe they were sincere and honest. After a fairly long conversation I do believe they did the right thing. I do know a bit about cars so it made sense to me.

They gave me a significant discount on this repair.

The bottom line here is how I handled this. Ten years ago I would not have handled this well at all. I feel really good about this. It doesn't seem like much but it was a significant step in personal growth for me.
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Old 02-02-2017, 11:53 AM   #1632
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Getting upset in those situations pretty much never helps the outcome (much anyway) and makes the whole thing waaaaaaaaaay more painful. Nicely done.
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Old 02-03-2017, 03:00 PM   #1633
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I'm not going to make this a dating blog but I'll go ahead and post this.

I had a first date last night with the lady I recently met. It was the best first date I've ever had in my life. I've been on quite a few.
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Old 02-03-2017, 03:06 PM   #1635
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Sounds good. Don't over think it!
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Old 02-10-2017, 03:49 PM   #1636
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Finally got the boat out last weekend. It's been pretty windy here on the weekends. We tried to fish close to a power plant where the water is a bit warmer. There were a few boats there and nobody caught anything. But, the whole inlet was full of manatees. It's a popular manatee watching spot - there were people all along the bank.

It's almost impossible to get a good pic of them. This was the best one I could get. Pretty LOL but oh well.

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Thanks guys. Got a really good feeling about this one.
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Old 02-24-2017, 12:03 PM   #1638
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The illustrator let me know she is about ready to start. I touched up the story she chose to do first and sent it to her. I asked about contractual stuff but she doesn't seem to be in a hurry to make it official, which is fine. I just find it a little odd.
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