Friday Open Thread and Downtime

TalkLeft is moving to a different server tonight. The site should only be inaccessible a few minutes while the DNS changes over. You can always check our backup site and I'll put something there when the site has finished moving.

Busy work day, this is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Downtime is good. (none / 0) (#1)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Apr 28, 2017 at 04:21:31 PM EST
    It's a rather quiet day at the office here in Hilo, and after a pretty manic last two weeks which included three separate trips to the state legislature over in Honolulu, I'm rather enjoying just catching up on correspondence.

    Elder Daughter and her husband are both in a wedding party on Kauai this weekend, so I'm returning to Honolulu later this afternoon with The Spouse to babysit The Grandson, who's now 18 months old and firing away on all cylinders. Should be fun, although I'm still in my walking boot with my broken toes on my right foot and can't exactly move very quickly myself. We'll arrive at 4:45 p.m. HST, just in time for Friday afternoon rush hour, which always serves to remind us why we now reside on the Big Island. We'll return home on Sunday night.

    Anyway, I hope that everybody has an enjoyable weekend, doing whatever it is that you want to do.


    Same to you Donald (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Apr 28, 2017 at 05:09:48 PM EST
    Thanks for sharing that. I always enjoy reading about the real lives of our readers.

    You and I work in somewhat similar professions, in that we often see humanity at its less than optimal state of being. Then, I also have my political activities, which can sometimes be a whole 'nother exercise in treading water. Oh, well -- as Lily Tomlin once quipped, "No matter how cynical you get, it's impossible to keep up."

    My late boss in the state legislature used to regularly remind me that graveyards are full of people who once considered both themselves and their work as "indispensable." From her, I learned how really important it is to turn off the outrage meter on regular occasions and recharge your batteries.

    Now that our daughters are grown and we've moved to Hilo, I've even taken up my old hobby of outdoor and nature photography again. Here's the view from the top floor balcony of my office building overlooking Hilo Bay, the County Building and state courthouse. We're surrounded by tropical rainforest and only 45 minutes from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, so we've purchased an annual pass from the USNPS so we can go exploring. (And with Kilauea in its present perpetual state of active eruption, there's certainly a lot to see.) In June, we'll spend several days at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge on the vast slopes on Mauna Kea, assisting for the first time in the annual count of native birds.

    Well, anyway, that's what's going on with us. I imagine you'll soon be getting ready for your son's wedding. (Has he and his fiancée set a date yet?) It would be great to hear what others here at TL are doing, if only to remind ourselves that we're all real people with real lives outside of the intertubes, and not just another gathering of online political malcontents.



    For the wedding, we will require (none / 0) (#14)
    by Towanda on Fri Apr 28, 2017 at 10:21:58 PM EST
    of course, a traditional TalkLeft red-carpet treatment, with lots of photos of lovelies, like the mother of the groom, in wondrous dresses.  

    But we will have to settle for ex post facto photos, I suppose, as we ought not expect the mother of the groom to live-blog it for us.


    Weekends are usually quiet for me (none / 0) (#3)
    by McBain on Fri Apr 28, 2017 at 06:54:48 PM EST
    Tomorrow I'm going to have lunch with my parents and maybe see a movie.  Sunday I play vintage baseball... modified rules, uniforms and equipment of 1886.
    This is our league....
    When played well, I prefer this style of play to modern ball.  

    Enjoy your time off as well.


    RULE 16: No booze allowed. LOL! (none / 0) (#11)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Apr 28, 2017 at 08:20:05 PM EST
    "RULE 16. No Club shall sell or allow to be sold on its grounds, nor in any building owned and occupied by it, any spirituous, vinous or malt liquors."

    Do you guys actually uphold that standard? Then again, Rule 16 says absolutely nothing about the players themselves being prohibited from consuming "any spirituous, vinous or malt liquors" in any qualities either before, during or after the game.

    Sounds like a lot of fun. I'm off to the airport. Aloha.


    We also will be minding my first grandchild (none / 0) (#13)
    by Towanda on Fri Apr 28, 2017 at 10:18:55 PM EST
    almost a year younger than yours . . . but my gosh, he already is growing up so fast.  He's all cylinders in his walker, and he's getting ready to crawl.  I keep warning my daughter that life as they know it will change forever, when he does.

    And how grandparenting has changed, with the new technologies!  As my daughter is a teacher, and the tech whiz in her district, she makes sure that all four grandparents get almost daily photos and videos on Facebook.  

    And even with my reduced mobility, Donald, I still can move fast when we get a Facetime call to see that marvelous little face on the screen.  And when he sees us, he recognizes us, with a great smile and giggles.  

    There is no greater feeling.  I'm loving this grandparenting gig -- even though it means that we have returned to the decor of earlier decades, with our house full of the furnishings and equipment and supplies for his visits here.  And as this old house, unlike his own, has wood floors everywhere, he really enjoys treating it as a racetrack to do laps around it in his walker.  

    And, of course, my daughter carts in more supplies, along with the baby carrier.  I was heard to say, upon his first visit here, that her report of his birth weight was incorrect.  He was not eight pounds, fifteen ounces.  He was one hundred and eight pounds, fifteen ounces -- because babies come with one hundred pounds of stuff.  


    Dang it! (none / 0) (#4)
    by desertswine on Fri Apr 28, 2017 at 07:11:10 PM EST
    Snow and freezing forecast here in Central NM - there go the fruit trees.

    Central NM? (none / 0) (#6)
    by MKS on Fri Apr 28, 2017 at 07:34:49 PM EST
    My dad's family comes from Silver City Near your?  

    T or


    T or C? (none / 0) (#7)
    by MKS on Fri Apr 28, 2017 at 07:35:11 PM EST
    I'm in Albuquerque aka the Duke City. (none / 0) (#8)
    by desertswine on Fri Apr 28, 2017 at 07:43:59 PM EST
    There are lots of retirees in Silver City.  I've done some hiking down there in the Gila, its very beautiful.  Billy the Kid's mother is buried in Silver City, as I discovered on a "Billy the Kid Weekend."

    massive rain here for the next week (none / 0) (#10)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 28, 2017 at 08:13:07 PM EST
    rivers are already overflowimg their banks, we are several inches over our agerage rainfall totals, and there is 8-9 more inches coming thru monday

    glad i live on a hill.

    on the upside the brook running thru my new backyard should get very lively


    it seems (none / 0) (#12)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 28, 2017 at 08:23:07 PM EST
    this area is quite literally becoming sub tropical

    highly recommend (none / 0) (#5)
    by linea on Fri Apr 28, 2017 at 07:33:44 PM EST
    bbc tv series - one season - five episodes.
    included with amazon prime.