03/28/09 Public Square

Throw another log on the fire, grab a cup of hot coffee and let’s solve the world’s problems. Or maybe have a nice visit. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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23 responses to “03/28/09 Public Square

  1. jammer5

    Don’t know if any here are fans of Patterson’s Maximum Ride novels, but I picked up his newest, Max, and find it a perfect day to kick back and enjoy.

  2. David B

    In the middle of Wichita, several inches of ice covered with snow.. ice coating trees and I just had a power fluctuation. Light snow falling at 9 AM.

  3. prairiepond

    I know we are not using too many linkies, but godddammmit. Did anyone else see this? WTF? Harry Reid didnt know Roberts was a con?


    File under “reason number 10,199 why Harry Reid needs to spend more time with his family”.


  4. prairiepond

    Oh, and for anyone who wanted to know, my friend Peg is back home and feeling fine. They determined all her problems were related to pneumonia.

    Who’d a thunk pneumonia would be good news? It’s better than the alternatives in this case. Thanks to all who asked.

    Here’s her blog for those interested.


    And I went over and commented again at the friggin’ loon’s spot. Since he’s so nice to come over here and comment and all.

    We’re all in this together!

  5. fnord

    Something’s happened to my grey colored bar above the name of the blog, the one that has ‘My Dashboard’ in it. It’s gone. It’s the beginning of being dis-invited isn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  6. prairiepond

    Fnord, I still have my grey bar. Perhaps “they” just havent caught up to me yet?

  7. prairiepond

    Has anyone heard how SEKB is doing? I know he was awfully sick. I hope he’s better.

  8. fnord

    I got my grey bar back. I don’t know how I lost it, but I went to WordPress, logged in there and voila, there it was. Wonder how I got signed out. I’ll never learn to do it right until I figure what I’m doing wrong.

    I think sekanblogger was on food duty for a debate / forensic team, but I’m also wondering about how he is. Did he actually go to the doctor, or just say his wife was threatening him with one?

  9. prairiepond

    Oh yeah, I remember he was a conscript this weekend. I didnt hear either if he actually saw a doc. But in any event, I do hope he’s better.

    I wonder what kind of food? Seems like when I was a debater it was always sloppy joes.

    I’m making deer chili today. Ummmmmm!

  10. prairiepond

    Sounds like another novel for Jammer to read.

    “The Mystery of the Disappearing Gray Bar”

    • jammer5

      Or write?

      โ€œThe Mystery of the Disappearing Gray Barโ€

      fnord, after having eliminated all competition at the local high school mud pie contest, looked up in complete satisfaction at her computer screen, only to find her Gray Bar missing.

      She clicked on the link pointing her to the main WordPress website, only to find someone had logged her out.

      “Hmmmmm . . . . who would do such a dastardly thing to a sweet mud pie queen?” She thought.

  11. jammer5

    Rejoice!! The bulls are safe for another day. The Rocky Mountain Oyster fry in Derby has been postponed!

    • fnord

      If it was for after dark, that’s smart. This stuff is melting quickly and all this water will freeze as soon as it gets dark — making for some treacherous roads! Were you planning to go eat some?

  12. fnord



    Ah, not fast enough for the mud-pie queen! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. wmacw

    I fear we are going to have to let the monster spend the night at his dads house tonight. We are in the middle of a custody fight, and I have a temporary order stating no over night visits, but I don’t want him out if the roads get bad again… i hate snow…

  14. fnord

    Oh, worry and bother. Like you need more of that! Is he safe with his Dad? Deep breaths. I’m sorry, Wendy. Life isn’t without many trials. I know for sure you’ll do exactly what is best for the monster.

  15. wicked

    Would people who like to play on the ice and snow in their vehicles just, please, please, stay off the streets?

    I mean, reeeaaallly, what good is 4-wheel drive on ice, except to have 4 wheels spinning in all directions, instead of 2?

    I had to pick up my daughter at work last night. The company was so kind to close thirty minutes before the end of her shift. Couldn’t take I-135, of course. Only an idiot would do that when it’s still sleeting. So off on the city streets I went…only to have my windshield wipers freeze before I was halfway there. Stuck freeze. Can’t see to drive freeze. After pulling into a deserted parking lot, with very little light, I got them unstuck and went merrily–okay, slowly–on my way.

    All was well until we were on our way home. We’re driving south on Woodlawn, somewhere around 13th or Central or somewhere. I wasn’t watching street signs, only other drivers around me. The car ahead of me does a little backend slip to the left, and I say, “Hmmm, looks a little slick up there, I’d better–” Next thing I know, there’s an SUV coming from the south, sideways, in my lane. It barely missed the tailend of the car ahead of me. SUV was headed west now, but moving north. I turned the wheel to the east, he honked at me…as if I was going to stop on a dime…and I managed to skirt around his backend. I have no idea where he ended up, but I can imagine there was a definite odor in the vehicle when it did finally stop. Once righted in my own lane, I took a deep breath and thanked whoever was watching over me that SUV and I didn’t end as one vehicle.

    I hate snow in KS. I hate driving in the winter.

    Good to see you all here. At least I know you’re safe and sound and more than likely at home, like the wise people you are.

  16. prairiepond

    Wicked, I’m glad you are apparently home safe and sound as well. Stuff like that just scares the hell out of me. I HATE driving on ice. There is just no winning, no matter how careful you are.

    I’m glad you are well and safe. We miss you when you’re gone from the blog. And I’m glad your family is safe as well.

    Now turn up the heat and relax!

  17. prairiepond

    Wicked, I’m glad you are apparently home safe and sound as well. Stuff like that just scares the hell out of me. I HATE driving on ice. There is just no winning, no matter how careful you are.

    I’m glad you made it home. We miss you when you’re gone from the blog. And I’m glad your family is safe as well.

    Now turn up the heat and relax!

  18. prairiepond

    Sorry for the double post. WTF?

  19. wmacw

    wicked – it’s apparently a prerequisite of SUV ownership that you must drive like an idiot on ice. Like I always say- 4 wheel drive does NOT mean your vehicle drives any better ON the ice. It just means it’s easier for you to get out of the ditch once you get in there.

    fnord – we did wind up letting monster stay the night at his dads. This whole custody thing has been a nightmare, but yes, tonight at least I feel he is safe there (since said dad lives with his mother). In general, no. I know the man is drinkin again, and with him right behind the drinking comes the drugs. And I know he has used drugs within the last year. And he is facing felony theft charges. i swear his “intelligent decisions” button was disconnected at birth. Regardless, he pulled a disappearing act on one of his visitation weekends in Dec, which i didn’t find out he was missing until halfway through the weekend because his mother picked up my son. But she called me on that Saturday to ask me to come get him so she could go down to the police department to report him missing. The monster overheard her, and I am sure you can imagine the fun times that brought about. And his dad’s only response to me when I lost it on him was “I made a mistake.” Yeah well, that was your last “get out of jail free” card, buddy. I went and saw a lawyer the next week… I can’t do this to my son anymore. Right now we have no overnight visits and his mother is to supervise all visits he does have. Of course he isn’t happy about this, but you know, you made your bed. My attorney feels the judge will approve this, although to be honest, I really don’t want his mother as the supervisor because she lets him get away with whatever. He’s never faced consequences from her, it’s why he is the way he is… and I don’t like the idea of that influence on my child. Ugh. But my attorney thinks the judge will grant it (that’s what they are requesting) because we don’t have any proof of endangerment if she is present. Ugh. A horrible part of me hopes he gets locked up for these theft charges so I don’t have to deal with it anymore. Once that happens, I can probably file for sole custody and win. Right now, I don’t have enough to get sole custody. Ridiculous, considering the man ADMITTED to a judge in court during a child support hearing (yeah, he rarely pays that either…) that he had used drugs within the last six months. It was his excuse for why he hadn’t been paying child support – because his drug addiction prevented him from holding down a job. And the judge let him off! He was on probation for non-payment before that, and if he missed a payment was supposed to get a year in jail. But NO the judge let him go…. GRRRRR…… He owes over $15K in back child support, and that is money we could really use right now…

  20. fnord

    Scary stuff there wicked! Someone was lookin’ out for you.

    wmacw, after you’re sure the monster is safe the one thing to always remember is the more people who love him the better it is for him. If there are parents and grandparents and uncles and aunts every direction who love him, well, he will feel loved as he should. It’s a bit harder when there are X’s in the story, but it’s important that as he grows he doesn’t contend with your memories but makes his own.

    Now about that theory you have where grandparents will set limits. Seems unlikely. That’s the parents jobs. We grandparents are past that, and most grandchildren have that figured out by the time they are say a week or so old. ๐Ÿ˜‰