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Well day 31 of roboto eating like a boss i.e. missing beer and chocolate and pizza...

From 209-196. Gotta get to 185. 1 more month of this then somehow avoid the 8 week gauntlet of Halloween, turkey day, Christmas, football related food and drink, and all things pumpkin spice. 

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18 minutes ago, mr. furley said:

yes. on two separate occasions we were gifted Japanese cherry trees to commemorate the birth of my first daughter and the passing of my father in law. 

both were planted in our yard. the first was mysteriously "eaten by a deer".... or sliced by a shears.  take your pick. it was about 6 feet tall. very skinny and lasted less than 1 year. came home from work one day and it was just gone. went over to check out wtf and saw a clean cut about 6" from the ground. strange that a "deer" would eat 6' of tree and not leave a trace.

 

the second was poisoned with... something. we're not sure what. it was a couple summers old. growing great. not flowering yet but lots of leaves, growing fast and very healthy looking. over the course of about a week it died completely. wilted. dried up and died.

our neighbor is ..a ####### lunatic. we haven't spoken with her in a few years because of it.

 

I would pay her back with something worse. Don't you have a fence? Wtf?

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24 minutes ago, mr roboto said:

I would be sooooooooo ####### pissed. That's horrible. But what reason(s) would she have for killing young trees in your yard?

tl;dr: crazy neighbor hates us and our flora

 

we moved in to this house 8'ish years ago now. it was built in 1923. then, it was a farm. now, it's a house in the middle of a residential neighborhood a mile from downtown. we have 2 giant maple trees in our backyard, 1 large birch.  in the front was a massive pine tree and two birch on the side yard nearest the crazy neighbor. 

the two side yard birch weren't in good shape. their roots had grown in to our basement walls and were causing lots of water to pour in to the stone foundation. when looking at the place we knew those would have to go.. and we both hated the pine tree. it was obscuring a large part of the house, blocking the sun and contributing to the water in our basement problem.

before officially moving in, we did a lot of work on the place inside. during breaks in the work we'd go out in the yard.. and inevitably this lady and her husband were outside sitting in their driveway. the old guy liked to talk... a lot.  nice guy. so we'd chat.

they made it known to us that the maples in our backyard were a HUGE problem for them. these are massive trees. some of the branches extended over the roof of their garage and they were concerned that one day a branch would fall off and crush their garage (possible.. one day). their house was built on the homestead land that we now live on... only, of course, they are separate land parcels now.  but the original owner loved those trees and never trimmed them.. so the garage was built under the boughs of the existing maple.

every time we saw them (every day) they would mention that we should do something about the maples. well, we weren't cutting them down.. no effing way.. but lopping off the titanic long limb looming over their garage didn't seem unreasonable. i didn't want to risk a wind shear or lightning strike wrecking their garage either.

so we had a tree service come out and take down the pine, take down the dying birch and chop the offending maple limb.

they took this as tacit agreement that THEY were in charge of making decisions for our yard maintenance.. and began to demand that we make other changes they deemed necessary. #### that.

the wife would tell us what we could and could not do. what she expected us to do with our garden... how she expected us to clear any future planting decisions with her first, etc.  at the time i was early 30s, first house, trying to be a good neighbor.  she's mid 60s at the time, he's late 70s and very sick. we were trying to play nice so listened and tried to be careful but it became clear that SHE thought she was in control of EVERYTHING we did with our house.  i have no idea why but we realized she was totally nuts and stopped giving a #### about what she "suggested".

my daughter was born, my brother and his wife bought us a Japanese cherry tree to plant.  wife and i opted to plant in our now clear side yard.. between the two houses.  

while digging the hole to plant it... neighbor lady came out and made it very clear to me that she did not like the tree (it was literally a stick with roots) and that it better not be a fruiting tree or there would be problems.  it was a flowering only tree. no fruit.  i told her to mind her business. she didn't like that.

i figured she'd start making small, petty problems for us as crazy people do. she went full banana and just cut it down one day.

a couple years later my father in law passed away.. we got another tree gift from a different family member. same type of tree. planted it and things were fine for a while.. until it up and died over the course of just a couple days.

neighbor husband had died over the previous winter and the wife basically shut down. we didn't see her for months. figured she was going to shack up and move to a smaller place/apartment. except she was just storing up the crazy apparently. 

she HATES my kids. i have no idea why. she's nice to other kids. my kids don't bother her. and mine aren't really outside in our yard much ("it's boring") to interact with her. 

she has poisoned about a foot wide swath of grass between our two yards on the fence line among other minor things done just to irritate.  

 

at this point we're hoping she dies. :shrug:

 

 

 

 

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15 minutes ago, mr roboto said:

Well day 31 of roboto eating like a boss i.e. missing beer and chocolate and pizza...

From 209-196. Gotta get to 185. 1 more month of this then somehow avoid the 8 week gauntlet of Halloween, turkey day, Christmas, football related food and drink, and all things pumpkin spice. 

Man I'm jealous. Great work. As I near 50 my dedication to good diet and regular exercise is waning. I'll do it for a week or two then find something else to occupy my time.

My bil seems to have it figured out. Every meal he gets, he eats half

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13 minutes ago, tommyboy said:

I would pay her back with something worse. Don't you have a fence? Wtf?

we do around the backyard. not the side or front yards, though.

 

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1 hour ago, mr. furley said:

yes. on two separate occasions we were gifted Japanese cherry trees to commemorate the birth of my first daughter and the passing of my father in law. 

both were planted in our yard. the first was mysteriously "eaten by a deer".... or sliced by a shears.  take your pick. it was about 6 feet tall. very skinny and lasted less than 1 year. came home from work one day and it was just gone. went over to check out wtf and saw a clean cut about 6" from the ground. strange that a "deer" would eat 6' of tree and not leave a trace.

 

the second was poisoned with... something. we're not sure what. it was a couple summers old. growing great. not flowering yet but lots of leaves, growing fast and very healthy looking. over the course of about a week it died completely. wilted. dried up and died.

our neighbor is ..a ####### lunatic. we haven't spoken with her in a few years because of it.

 

 

WTF...cherry trees are some of my favorite trees.

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19 minutes ago, Sconch said:

Until I saw the video

:lmao:  at first i'd only seen the name and didn't realize it was attached to the Happy Birthday message.  my kid has no idea who he (she??) is. might be a new student. not sure.  i'll be finding out, though.  might be worth joining the PTO just to find out.

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18 minutes ago, Sconch said:

 

WTF...cherry trees are some of my favorite trees.

me too. the second iteration was growing amazingly well. really looked like it was going to be a beautiful tree.

stupid ####ing ####.

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28 minutes ago, mr. furley said:

me too. the second iteration was growing amazingly well. really looked like it was going to be a beautiful tree.

stupid ####ing ####.

The Japanese word for "cherry blossom" is ohka or ouka.  That name was given to one of the rocket powered (but human controlled) kamikaze planes.  I guess it was an allusion to something falling from the sky gracefully.  

Pretty sure this means you should drive your car into her house.

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5 minutes ago, Sconch said:

The Japanese word for "cherry blossom" is ohka or ouka.  That name was given to one of the rocket powered (but human controlled) kamikaze planes.  I guess it was an allusion to something falling from the sky gracefully.  

Pretty sure this means you should drive your car into her house.

Only explanation I can think of.

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17 minutes ago, Sconch said:

The Japanese word for "cherry blossom" is ohka or ouka.  That name was given to one of the rocket powered (but human controlled) kamikaze planes.  I guess it was an allusion to something falling from the sky gracefully.  

Pretty sure this means you should drive your car into her house.

my wife is a terrible, terrible driver.  i've been expecting her to come crashing through the walls of our house one day.  would not surprise me at all if she actually accidentally plowed through one of the neighbors places one day.

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9 minutes ago, mr. furley said:

my wife is a terrible, terrible driver.  i've been expecting her to come crashing through the walls of our house one day.  would not surprise me at all if she actually accidentally plowed through one of the neighbors places one day.

yeah..... that's it. An accident.

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1 hour ago, mr. furley said:

my wife is a terrible, terrible driver.  i've been expecting her to come crashing through the walls of our house one day.  would not surprise me at all if she actually accidentally plowed through one of the neighbors places one day.

There's some joke about how they discovered that the kamikaze pilots weren't suicidal...they were women.

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Next time you are near your crabby old neighbor, take out a tape measure to measure her height. Make sure she sees you doing it.

Choose a nice spot on your yard that she can easily view from her house.

Use your tape measure to set the dimensions to start digging a five foot deep hole (grave). Keep looking up at her/her window while digging. No rush. Make it last a week or two.

When finished, set up lawn chairs in the back and sit and gaze at her house, then the hole, repeat until dusk. 

After a couple weeks of this, plant two more cherry trees in the hole.

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2 hours ago, mr roboto said:

I feel no shame. Pumpkin related food items is the single best part of fall. 

My son's soccer games

Cooler weather

Beautiful falling leaves

Friday night High School Football games with a thermos of hot cocoa

NFL Sundays

Fantasy football

College Football Saturdays

Halloween

The end of the effing election cycle....

 

You're saying pumpkin flavored foods are better than all of these things?

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20 minutes ago, cosjobs said:

Next time you are near your crabby old neighbor, take out a tape measure to measure her height. Make sure she sees you doing it.

Choose a nice spot on your yard that she can easily view from her house.

Use your tape measure to set the dimensions to start digging a five foot deep hole (grave). Keep looking up at her/her window while digging. No rush. Make it last a week or two.

When finished, set up lawn chairs in the back and sit and gaze at her house, then the hole, repeat until dusk. 

After a couple weeks of this, plant two more cherry trees in the hole.

:lmao::lmao::lmao:

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Sorry for the absence, and thanks for the emails.  Surgeon tried to kill me, apparently, but he didn't count on my body not needing blood to survive.  Nobody expects the old bald fat guy with bad knees to be immortal.  Sucker.

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Anyway, I'm going to go feed on the blood of the living for a while.  I'm alive, complications are nearly resolved, and I only needed one extra surgery.  So basically it all went better than I ever expect a visit with a medical professional to go.  Sorry K4, keeping my likes.

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7 minutes ago, krista4 said:

:excited:

Can someone tag TheAristocrat, since apparently I don't know how to do this?  TIA.  

 

HF probably owes The Aristocrat money and you just had me sell him out. 

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59 minutes ago, facook said:

My son's soccer games

Cooler weather

Beautiful falling leaves

Friday night High School Football games with a thermos of hot cocoa

NFL Sundays

Fantasy football

College Football Saturdays

Halloween

The end of the effing election cycle....

 

You're saying pumpkin flavored foods are better than all of these things?

Yes. Especially your son's soccer games. 

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