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Snow tomorrow! Every town in Rhode Island has a parking ban in effect ahead of the expected 3-6" expected accumulation. A couple of private schools have posted closings but no public ones as of yet.

Vacation next week :o) The burner tech will be here at the house cleaning the furnace Monday so I decided I deserved the whole week off from work. No plans other than little stuff around the house and yard. I have a stack of Nicholas Oldland illustrated books to go though as well as a couple of random picks that came across the desk. I might also watch the Blu-ray of Summer Wars that I picked up.

A visit from the DEM- I had to call the Environmental Management folks to dispatch an extremely disoriented raccoon on my property that was struggling to stand and walk. It kept falling over and flopping about; it was so very sad to have to do this. I figured it had rabies and I was in fear of other critters having contact with it. After the officer shot it and brought it out to his truck we looked it over and it really didn't look to be unkempt or sickly. I hope it hadn't been poisoned by a neighbor. I even worried that my rusty old truck which it was near might be leaking antifreeze and that the poor thing got into that, but I looked today and there is no evidence of any of that under the engine.

A gift from the Wolfling on Monday, just because-

I haven't written that he has moved out of the house and into rented duplex with four friends. It has been hard to get my head around this as we would still watch shows a few times a week (nice that one's 20 year old still had time for dad) and of course talk about furry stuff and whatnot. Not quite empty nest but this leaves a major hole in my heart nonetheless. I think of all the things we did over the years and like the subtle line in Storks "...blink of an eye." I'll lament over this in a post sometime when I'm feeling more sorry for myself.

I wrote about (fawned over) this bear in my other journal-

I've since asked Gund if they could clarify the size of this guy, whether he is measured seated or standing. I did this on both their website and in their Twitter feed. My only observation here: Don't offer customer service online if you can't follow through. In other words, they never got back to me.

I have loaded a trial version of Faronics Deep Freeze onto my home computer. We use this program at work and I wanted to see how it managed here at the house. I was contacted by Faronics shortly after asking if I liked it and if I had questions. Did I mention my feelings about online customer service ;o) Right, no feedback to my feedback... I like the program except that it lacks the controls the full blown Enterprise version gives you (the difference is about $600 more for that version, of course). Still, I may spring the $45 for this one depending on licensing expiry and whatnot.

Not much else. One of the work computers had a scareware Zeus Trojan alert when I got there this morning. I think the patron was afraid to turn the machine off (the scareware said not to, of course) and there was this blinky "call our toll free number immediately" notice going on. I rebooted and just for safety did a scan. The reboot cleared the garbage out because that's what Deep Freeze does.

A thought for the day

Yes, I sent this to my Wolfling, because yes, he smokes :o)

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Date: 2017-03-10 02:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
[ profile] moxie_man would call it a French Toast Emergency. :O)

Awww, don't be sad, by the sound of it he seems like he didn't move too far away. :)

He needs to stay away from smoking! Thankfully I never smoked though a number of my college friends do. Some of them offered me a cigarette but I just said no. ;)

I'm almost in my mid-20's (if you consider 23 as such lol) and I still do things with my parents. I recently applied to a job in Pittsburgh so it's a day trip from home (as D.C. is not). However, location isn't that much of an issue with a few exceptions. :)

Date: 2017-03-10 05:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Tuesday will be the FTE as noted below!

He's minutes from where I work and works next door to where my wife works. And because he doesn't drive (never wanted a license) we end up seeing him on car rides ;o)

However, it's a big adjustment after having kids underfoot for almost 32 years, and as he was the youngest I have closer and more recent ties with him as far as doing things together. Yes, I still have two others at home though one is currently in California for a bit.
Edited Date: 2017-03-10 05:09 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-03-11 03:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah. Well, 32 years is a very long time so that makes sense. :)

Date: 2017-03-10 02:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am so tired of snow and Winter. There is not only a snow storm tonight, there is another bigger one coming on Tuesday. *sigh*

Date: 2017-03-10 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So much for winter being over! DX

To be fair, February was way nicer than it should've been, not to mention there were some storms.

Date: 2017-03-11 12:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
When one hates Winter to the degree and magnitude that I do, things such as "We've been lucky." or "Winter has been easy." are about as practical as someone saying "A meteorite hasn't struck the Earth."

Date: 2017-03-11 03:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Unfortunately the GFS forecast model is showing another winter storm for the Northeast by the middle of next week. :(

Wish I had better news weather-wise. :(

Date: 2017-03-11 02:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If the two jet streams and two lows combine, we'll have a nasty nor'easter. So tired of Winter. *sigh*

Date: 2017-03-11 02:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't blame you, especially after the last few winters. :(

Date: 2017-03-10 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's been a bizarre winter for sure. I hope Spring will be pleasant.

Date: 2017-03-11 12:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The way these wacky weather patterns are anymore I won't be holding my breath on that.

Date: 2017-03-10 10:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah, poor raccoon. I reckon when you say "shot him", you mean they tranquilized him for further examination...?

Online customer service, yeah, there's an oxymoron.

Children moving out, there's something that's never easy (for either side) but very important (for both). Good on you for staying in touch.

Good point about hamsters, too. ;) And smoking for that matter. If only people didn't smoke, they'd surely live forever.

Date: 2017-03-10 05:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Killed him. The raccoon was too far gone to consider anything but euthanizing.

I've never had any luck with using Twitter or other online "talk to us!" customer service platforms.

I stopped smoking in 1984 and hope not to begin again: that's the power of addiction!

Date: 2017-03-10 05:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah, shame about the raccoon. But understandable, yeah. There is a point where there's little else you can do but alleviate suffering.

Good on you for not having smoked in 30+ years, though, that's an excellent track record.

Date: 2017-03-10 10:44 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] moxie_man
Today's storm is staying south of Maine, though extreme southern Maine may get an inch. Tues. evening into Wed. could be a "French Toast Emergency" though the models aren't in an agreement at this point.

Raccoon: Better safe than sorry. :(

Date: 2017-03-10 05:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Tuesday could be fun ;o) I hope we get something, though, so I can run the gas down in the snowblower. Right now the snow is only sticking to the grass.

Raccoon: thankfully it had no contact with the dog or myself and I saw no other choice than to get the DEM to look at it and make a decision. It wasn't like that hawk I let live and who actually recovered and took off. This guy was just out of it.

Date: 2017-03-10 07:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aw, poor rackety coon.. but I suppose, yes, there's a point where there's just nothing else that can be done, just as with the leporine scourge of myxomatosis. *sigh*

Not that it's viral, but reminds me - I need to schedule an appointment with Apple sometime to get some long-overdue warranty work performed. (They agreed to it back in September, but I needed Hazel at the time, for interview-related work. Nothing urgent, just replacing a swollen battery and some casing - and the display, due to some cosmetic delamination. So they'll effectively be replacing everything but the main board =:)

I'm also reminded I really ought to pick up a mint condition Benjamin Rabbit 50p sometime. ^_^

Customer service does vary hugely. It's frustrating when a company lists an email address, but doesn't seem to actually read it, as with the brewery behind a pub I'm hoping to revisit in the coming weeks, but which has recently been closed for refurbishment - I dropped them a line to enquire if they had a date in mind for reopening, but - nothing heard. Hey ho. It'll probably be a month or two before I'm back there anyway, by which time they'll be open again, but it would've been nice to know.

I'd say I'd catch up with Moana and Kubo tonight, but first, there's almost a week of LJ to attend to. Eep!

Date: 2017-03-12 12:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We had raccoons as pets when I was a kid
so it was difficult to see this one in the condition it had deteriorated to. Raccoons and foxes are the major carriers of rabies in our area (other than feral cats) so I could not chance this fellow spreading it about more if that was the cause of its ailment.

I love the Royal Mint's Beatrix Potter collection! All we get are dead presidents, token minorities (any coin that is hailed as a breakthrough for target groups comes across as minted as a pacifier instead of just a way to sincerely honor someone), and lately National Parks. Canada has lovely animal coins, too, so why not we in the US?

heheh, and you have a large FL to read compared to my own, so likely you'll have plenty to catch up on ;o)


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