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(repeat after me) I Need a Vacation

Tomorrow was the day Kate was to return. Being a single parent to a beagle is getting on my one remaining nerve; he's discovered that if he steals my wristwatch, he can get an interesting reaction from me. I don't know who said beagles were stupid. They're NOT. They're clever AND stubborn, which is a dangerous combination.

This weekend was supposed to be the Folsom faire. I am bailing out, in the interests of trying to 1) recover, 2) clean the house in preparation for The Return Of The Wife, and 3) find out where the water bubbling up in the back yard is coming from. These are not necessarily compatible goals.

And the damned gutter contractors have stiffed me three days in a row. They've torn off the old gutters and left me with zip-squat to channel off all the out-of-season rain we've had a week of. Three days I've sat at home waiting for them, three days not a sign or a phone call. And tomorrow I HAVE to be at work. If they come tomorrow, I hope Bogar doesn't have a heart attack howling at them before I can get home.

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torakiyoshi
Oct. 17th, 2007 04:01 am (UTC)
It certainly wasn't Charles Shultz.

I bet the water bubbling up is coming from under the ground. *Grins*

Have the best

-=Kiyoshi
sleepyjohn00
Oct. 17th, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC)
Funny, I thought it would be coming from the emitter.
torakiyoshi
Oct. 17th, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, no! Not... *cue ominous music* ... the emitter!

Have the best

-=Kiyoshi
leadsporkofdoom
Oct. 17th, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
:: hugs her tired Daddy ::
:: hands him a cup of tea ::
That's pretty much what keeps me going around here. I'm sorry it's so draining and I'm irritated at the gutter people and would so lodge a complaint against them.

But I wanted to say "YOUR ICON IS ADORABLE!"
oceansedge
Oct. 17th, 2007 10:39 am (UTC)
But I wanted to say "YOUR ICON IS ADORABLE!"

*grins* I know where he got that :)
http://www.feychild.com/stickfigure/d/20070121.html
sleepyjohn00
Oct. 17th, 2007 12:37 pm (UTC)
And quite proud of it I am!
torakiyoshi
Oct. 17th, 2007 01:17 pm (UTC)
Pack up the babies and
Grab the old ladies and
Ev'ryone goes
'Cause ev'ryone knows
Brother John's show...

Have the best

-=Kiyoshi
miss_mellie_b
Oct. 17th, 2007 04:36 am (UTC)
In the interest of our future gutter replacements, who is your gutter contractor? As I'm sure they will be busy trying to rebuild their business after their mistreatment of you, I want to make sure we don't use them at our house.

hugs,
m
olletho
Oct. 17th, 2007 06:54 am (UTC)
*wanders through*
On the bright side eavestrough are traditionally on the outside of the building so there shouldn't be any major pressing reason why you should be there to get a new lot installed.

Does this mean I'm going to get pelted with lemons now?
oceansedge
Oct. 17th, 2007 10:36 am (UTC)
clever, stubborn and high energy.... is a recipe for much human teasing amusement :)
kelloggs2066
Oct. 17th, 2007 11:48 am (UTC)
Return Of The Wife...

wasn't that the last decent Star Wars film...?

It's not that they're stupid, it's that they choose to ignore commands.
Some dogs require very little direction, others require a firm grip and
a lot of discipline (like people?)

Sadly, sometimes you have to use Bad Cop.

With our dogs, Kathy's good cop. Which is how I prefer to operate, but
sometimes I have to use The Angry Growling Voice Of Doom to get
their attention. Of course, I've been using it mostly on Border Collies
who are usually Very Obedient.

I have not yet had to use a rolled up newspaper, but I don't think you can actually injure a dog with one (unless you're using the Sunday New York Times or something). I think it frightens them into behaving rather than really hurting them.

I also realize that some people just don't have the disposition to really yell at a dog. I don't like yelling. So, your milage may vary.

Anyway, just remember: She'll be HOME soon. No more Bachelor Chow. :)

Good luck!
sleepyjohn00
Oct. 17th, 2007 12:44 pm (UTC)
'Return of the Queen' was too derivative.
It is possible to outroar a beagle, but only for a limited time. The first result from this, however, is him holing up in the crawlspace under the bed, where I can't reach him. Yesterday, it took ten minutes to Zen him out so that I could kennel him and go shopping for bachelor chow (mostly salad). See 'one remaining nerve', above.

A spritz bottle of water is his dscipline; all I have to do is lift the bottle for him to get the message. Of course, then he starts howling...

He *is* cute, he gives good snuggle when he's calm, but he's got a nose for mischief.
kelloggs2066
Oct. 17th, 2007 01:17 pm (UTC)
Re: 'Return of the Queen' was too derivative.
I hate to add to your list of things to get before she gets home, so just consider this a suggestion.

Women like flowers!
sleepyjohn00
Oct. 17th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
Re: 'Return of the Queen' was too derivative.
Delivered to her at her mom's house yesterday. Her birthday cards went in the mail yesterday, too.
kelloggs2066
Oct. 17th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
Re: 'Return of the Queen' was too derivative.
Well done.

Suggestion for the future:
Protea. They're flowers grown in Hawaii and South Africa.
Very exotic looking. Frankly, they look like something from
another planet.
deckardcanine
Oct. 17th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
I wonder if those contractors work for the same company that Dave Barry hired to install hurricane shudders. They left the shudders on the lawn and left, which meant that the house was in even more danger than before. Dave had to beg them to finish the job before the hurricane struck. (His home was all right in the end.)
sleepyjohn00
Oct. 17th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)
Contractors
Contractors around here work by the 'keep the men busy every day, have a lot of jobs lined up' plan. The foreman assures me that he and the crew will be there as soon as they finish the current job. Whatever that is.

The people who did the bathroom remodel did it the same way; on any one week, we'd see workmen at most three days, usually one or two. The contractor said the work work take six weeks. It did, but it was six work-weeks stretched over seven months.

The previous owner of the house must have been a This Old House fan, and half the work that needs to be done in any job involves correcting his mistakes.
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