TPBM 109 - A PT boat and a dead president; that's all I got

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TPBM 109 - A PT boat and a dead president; that's all I got

maj 12, 2:55pm

The previous question was about whether TPBM has ever eaten flowers.

I can't say that I have, but I have neighbor-friends whom, in the 32 years I've lived here in Central Texas, have never mowed their lawns -- front nor back. Instead, they create fresh salads from the feral plant matter (mostly weeds) that exists there.

TPBM has had a hand in creating topiary.

maj 12, 3:17pm

If you mean the random whacking down of various and sundry plants around here then yes, otherwise no.

Excellent title, by the way, Mike!

TPBM will be planting a vegetable garden soon.

maj 12, 7:15pm

// Thanks Karen, you're too kind. //

I shall not be doing so. As a matter of fact, the last dozen or so of the interlocking cinder blocks that were the borders/walls of my raised garden will be going to the property of one of MrsHouseLibrary's sisters in a few weeks. Currently. they're stacked at the end of my driveway. The soil that they enclosed was a mixture of ground up tree limbs, a few hundred bags of topsoil (over the course of many years) and decayed plant matter that grew there when I maintained the garden.
Both ThiMs and MrsHouseLibrary were avid garden enthusiasts. That is not to say that they were active gardeners, however. They both cajoled me for a decent garden area and selected which plants they wanted to grow there, but did absolutely nothing to prepare the area, plant the seed/lings, nor maintain the space. They sure loved to show it off, though.
That and the fact they were both female and had been married to me were the only things they had in common. But, I digress.
The mound of dirt that remains would be slowly shrinking and spreading out across my back yard, except for the fact that, in the process of removing trees and plants killed off by February's glacial encroachment and recedence, and removing a lot of lawnmower blade-wrecking rocks, I've trenched around the pile of dirt to use it to fill several dozen ankle-twisting holes in the yard.
I can use all the dirt I've got, but there are four other major interdependent outdoor projects that must be addressed before I can finish leveling out the yard.
Regardless, no gardening for me this year, and probably never again.

TPBM didn't fall for that "we found mushrooms on Mars" story from last week.

maj 13, 5:17am

Sorry to say it passed me by. I believe less and less of what people tell me nowadays - my Amazon Prime sub being renewed automatically, the £300 charge on my Mastercard to a foreign country, the illegal activity on my broadband, it goes on and on. At least the little Martian blobs don’t look as if they could handle a death ray or a light sabre.

Only thing I could think of for the thread title was the Me109 - the Third Reich’s response to the Spitfire and the P51 - but WHL’s is much better, thinking of which.....

TPBM thinks JFK might have enjoyed using Twitter.

maj 13, 4:38pm

TPAM has it slightly backwards (but that's ok) - Me109 - debut 1937, Spitfire - debut 1938, P-51 debut - for 109 my first thought (probably because I just recently finished a biography about her) was Meitnerium - element 109.

Hmmmmmmm....JFK and Twitter .... I don't know, what little I've seen of Twitter doesn't square with what little I know of JFK.

TPBM first thought concerning the number 109 was the police call code for suicide.

maj 17, 12:03am

//just placing my mark here//

maj 17, 2:05am

Nope. My mind is still trying to deal with 'why didn't everyone just stick with 999 for all emergencies?' Yeah, yeah, practicality, clogging up call centres and so on. The pertinent point is - my brain can't cope.

TPBM has managed to finish a heap of outstanding hobby projects in the past year or so. (Not me - I started a heap, which are now awaiting completion.)

maj 19, 9:28am

Not really. My life changed very little during the pandemic. I still had to go to the office every day.

TPBM always has a project in process.

maj 19, 10:15am

Dozens, if not hundreds. This morning, I’m tearing through my recipe collection. The pages that hold the cards have begun falling apart and I got replacement pages. Tossing entries that I will never make and starting a pile of cards that will either be used this year or tossed as well.
Caressing the cards written in my mother’s hand.

TPBM has a recording of a parent’s voice.

maj 19, 11:14am

30 years old, on a DVD of the VHS tape of our wedding. I can almost still hear their voices in my mind. My husband told me on Mother's Day that he really missed my mother's laugh, and I had to agree. Sigh.

TPBM has recently found a photograph that they thought they'd lost.

maj 21, 10:13am

I haven't looked through old photos lately because they tend to make me sad.

TPBM dances around the house.

maj 21, 12:01pm

I don't dance. Blame the motorcycle/car accident back in '73. It destroyed the majority of about eight inches of the nerve in my right leg. There's a significant enough mental effort into standing still and/or walking for me, although at this point people will probably notice only that I have a limp. Regardless, dancing is a skill I'll never develop -- much like playing the harmonica or any wind instrument, I suspect.

TPBM rocks around the clock.

maj 24, 7:34am

C’mon! With my knees? I am old enough to remember the local youth slashing the seats at the Hall Green Odeon when Bill Haley and his Comets appeared on screen.

TPBM quite enjoys mayhem.

maj 24, 7:58am

In books, not in real life. I prefer quiet, predictability, and No Surprises.

TPBM truly does enjoy mayhem.

maj 25, 9:46am

No, I'm like you >14 karenmarie:. No Surprises. That's why I make lists, plan ahead and envision events I plan so I will be prepared. People must be well fed and entertained.

TPBM will attend a real (as opposed to virtual) event this summer.

maj 25, 1:19pm

Not in the summer, but last weekend, and in October, but you never know.

The late MrsHouseLibrary's extended family had their (except for last year) annual family reunion. There were almost 30 there, and I was the sole representative of her father's branch of the family tree.

This October, I'm going to attend my high school 50.1 reunion in New Jersey. It was supposed to be last year, but sanity prevailed. I'm thinking I just might drive there this time. I've been saving for it for two years, so perhaps add some side trips -- visit my brother in Maine, a niece in New York, a cousin in Pennsylvania ... maybe. Just realized I'm going to have to stop and do laundry along the way. Note to self: start collecting quarters. Do they still take quarters? Have they switched over to credit cards only? Second note to self: Find out how it's done.

TPBM is a detail, process-driven sort of personality.

maj 25, 1:50pm

I don’t even know what that means. And it sounds like I don’t want to.

I can tell you that laundromats do still operate on quarters, just more of them; at least in my neck of the woods. Since it caters to people on the low end of the economic scale, I doubt it will switch to electronic payment options this year.

TPBM has dirt beneath their nails today.

maj 25, 9:04pm

With my job, it's unusual if I don't have some dirt under my nails.

TPBM won't be/didn't (depending on time they reply,) watch(ing) the lunar eclipse.

Redigeret: maj 26, 12:11am

Coincidentally, just as I was reading this thread but before I got to post >18 rastaphrog:, my husband walked into the study to discuss our plans for seeing the eclipse tonight. So ... we plan to.

TPBM has a sure-fire way of getting rid of termites (that doesn't involve destroying furniture or moving out of the house).

maj 29, 3:21pm

Are you okay with human sacrifice? DM me for details.

TPBM has theater tickets.

maj 29, 11:31pm

// >20 SomeGuyInVirginia: I may be desperate enough soon.//

// >19 humouress: We missed the eclipse. a) It was too cloudy so no-one in Singapore saw it. b) Horizons in Singapore tend to be quite high. We're very lucky in that our horizon has trees and not high-rises but by the time the moon cleared it, the eclipse was over. Not that we would have been able to see it anyway.//

maj 30, 4:28am

Assuming that >21 humouress:’s desperation is termite related rather than thespian, I’ll answer >20 SomeGuyInVirginia:.

Not yet, and not any time soon. London theatres are starting to stir into action but many can’t make money with a socially-distanced half-full house so are keeping their doors closed. Covid related risk insurance is unavailable which also inhibits theatre managers. Anyhow, the prospect of an auditorium with scattered blobs of masked household groups is unappealing, as, for that matter, is the train ride into town.

I’ll stick with old movies on the telly for now.

TPBM has a favourite movie they happily watch over and over again.

maj 30, 7:01am

Love, Actually immediately comes to mind, as does Damn Yankees.

TPBM also has a favorite movie they happily watch over and over again.

maj 30, 11:00am

Just the opposite, I almost never revisit favorite movies because I'm afraid that being familiar with them would spoil them for me.

TPBM worked on a movie set.

maj 30, 12:37pm

I know a few who have, but my closest experience that way was working on the stage crew in high school. Beyond that, the only set I've worked on was an Erector set when I was a kid.

TPBM would rather have N gauge toy trains instead of HO gauge.

jun 1, 12:31pm

I never played with trains but my brother had a toy electric race track and he would let me race him (of course he always got the best car and almost always won). It was fun trying to control the speed on the corners so the car didn't fly off the track and disappear into a corner and lose the race.

TPBM is expecting guests.

jun 2, 1:42am


I mean, no. My family is a continent away and we are currently 'not' in lockdown but the 'rule of two' (among other tighter restrictions) is in place so you can only meet one person at a time.

TPBM is (still) thinking of taking up a new hobby.

Redigeret: jun 2, 5:33pm

>27 humouress: I'm thinking about learning to play guitar.

My PCA friend is a musician (13 instruments!) and teacher.

TPBM has paid for an online class.

jun 2, 6:53pm

// Hey there, Morphie! Good luck building up those callouses. Once you get past that, it's a breeze.//

Yes, yes, I have -- but not for me.
After my youngest son graduated high school (2007), he and a friend decided that they wanted to open a Game Stop store in the area. And my son being the brainiac of the pair, decided he needed to know accounting and related subjects to manage the business. He enrolled in an online school, no problem. But when it came to paying for it -- despite him being legally an adult, a parent was required to secure the student loan, which I paid off ten years later. My son, well, he kept at it for six whole weeks and just stopped.
I hear that's fairly common.

TPBM never welshed on a bet. (I swear, I didn't know it was spelled that way until just now. I always heard "weltched" when people said it. Not to self: consult a Thesaurus; this is likely to cause an uprising!)

jun 6, 1:33am

Absolutely not! That wouldn't be Southern. Of course, it helps that I only bet small amounts.

TPBM has had it up to here with ________.

jun 6, 2:07am

... here being an arbitrary point from the ground. Where is the Standards Committee, dammit?

TPBM has been there.

jun 6, 2:27am

Probably not; I'm only five foot. And a half.

TPBM knows where there is.

jun 6, 11:15am

There is here, of course.

TPBM can't get enough _________.

jun 7, 2:19am

dry air today. (I washed a carpet yesterday and want it to get dry during the day). Carpet diem :-)

TPBM prefers carps to carpets.

jun 7, 8:38am

Newp. Don't want to clean either one.

TPBM has run out of steam.

Redigeret: jun 7, 10:54am

Yup. I’ve got two grandchildren today. Fortunately, the 11yo is devoted to the 2yo and they are finger painting without my needing to have eyes on. The fatigue is probably more the wood cutting we did yesterday and the 2yo up and chipper at 6 this morning. My back hurts!

TPBM aches elsewhere.

jun 7, 12:55pm

Perpetually. Don't want to go there.

TPBM is prepared for any emergency, except for perhaps nuclear war and alien invasions.

jun 8, 6:25pm

Yes! When the lockdown started I packed my shelves with box wine and the Peyton Place series in Hungarian because I figured that would take me longer to get through. Is that you what you meant, or was that more of a 'do you keep your spare tire inflated' question?

TPBM will improvise during the apocalypse.

Redigeret: jun 9, 8:32pm

As John Gorka sang:

I'm from New Jersey
I don't expect too much
If the world ended today
I would adjust; I would adjust

Sometimes I sing that at an Open Mic Night because there are only two lines in the entire song that are nut not true of me personally.
Afterward, the audience has to tell me which lines those are. I give them very broad hints during the song, and five chances to identify the correct lines. If they didn't answer correctly, I punish them with another song.
There's a very good reason why I'm introduced as Mike, The Song Butcher.

TPBM is befuddled that it's currently cooler in Texas than it is in the northern states.

jun 10, 4:23am

// I’d go for watching too much TV or having an Italian mom. Tempted by Italian ancestry but I don’t see the young WHL glued to the box, so has to be that.//

Redigeret: jun 10, 7:03am

Is it? Fascinating. I'm currently sweltering here in Singapore; the Weather Channel tells me it's currently 28ºC but feels like 33 (or 89F, according to my calculations).

TPBM saw the eclipse today (safely). I've only just found out there is/ was one, but not on this side of the world.

//>40 abbottthomas: You seem to know a lot about WHL's life. Hmm.//

jun 10, 7:23am

Yes. I'm still seing it actually. Even took a couple of photos of it. And of course this included pictures of the dark side of the moon.

TPBM thinks Eugene should be careful with the axe.

jun 10, 7:48am

//Ooh - could you post some of your photos here please?//

jun 10, 4:25pm

// The local news media beat me to it :-)
// That's exactly what it looked like from my back door a few minutes before I posted >42 bnielsen:

jun 11, 10:18am

He'll be fine as long as he and Maxwell Edison don't don't team up.

TPBM holds the secret to life itself.

jun 11, 8:46pm

For eighteen and a half years, I did -- every day and night that we possible could. I still love her more than salt.

//>40 abbottthomas: and >41 humouress:
The good abbot doesn't know me nearly as well as you might think from reading all these TPBM posts over the years. Mom, or MEL as we were apt to refer to her, was, much to the chagrin of her mother, English/Irish (with a single instance of Dutch in her ancestry. My grandmother believed he was Irish, based on the immigration papers of his grandfather. It was a few decades after my grandfather died that my grandmother learned from the family in Ireland that they were "Englishmen living in Ireland." She felt betrayed, saying that she had "raised a bunch of bastards."
There is some Italian on my father's mother's side, but it's four or five generations back, and it's a very long story, so I'll spare you.
So yeah, I watched too much TV when I was young. Mostly, my siblings and I watched Chuck and Bill Gates (no, not that one) replace tubes in the back of the TV more often than we watched shows. Chuck and Bill were also the school bus drivers for the parochial school we attended. They fixed TVs in the evenings and on weekends. //

TPBM holds the keys to success, but seems to have no idea where the lock is.

jun 12, 5:18am

*sigh* Yeah. And watching my eldest being equally clueless even though I can see that he has an amazing set of keys.

TPBM will dispense sage parenting advice.

jun 12, 6:42am

//>46 WholeHouseLibrary: I feel I have been a bit misled. If I'd known that "watching TV" meant looking at moonlighting bus drivers taking the set to pieces rather than I Love Lucy, Bonanza or Dragnet, I think I would have come to a different conclusion. Did you and your siblings chip in with helpful advice, I wonder?//

jun 12, 9:02am

Pick your battles and only threaten what you're willing to go through with.

Learned the hard way with my now almost-28-year old stubborn and opinionated daughter.

TPBM also has some sage parenting advice.

jun 12, 9:18am

You are only expected to get through one day at a time. And prayer helps.

TPBM will chime in with more wisdom.

jun 12, 10:52am

I don't have kids, but if I did I wouldn't have a television in the house. I'd also try to keep them off social media, if that's possible without actually having to travel back in time.

TPBM has more sage parenting advice.

jun 12, 12:25pm

Don't let them outnumber you. Remind yourself often that there's lots of stuff they don't know. Feed them good quality food and enrich their minds too. Brush them often to avoid mats. Clean up after them without feeling taken for granted.

I mean, I am a cat parent, but some stuff is the same, right?

TPBM has better advice.

jun 12, 2:41pm

The thing about knowing a lot of stuff is that it limits you. Being clueless give you the freedom to be bold and fearless in life.

TPBM will provide an example, please.

//>48 abbottthomas: Don't get me wrong, good abbot. There was Romper Room (with Miss Barbara), the Sid Caesar Show, Tobor, Howdy Doody, Sky King, Fury, Rin Tin Tin, Toast of the Town, Jackie Gleason, The Tonight Show with Jack Parr (then Steve Allen) ... and the McCarthy Hearings. So yeah, way too much TV.
Regardless, the technology for creating vacuum tubes hadn't changed much in those thirty-plus years, and they burned out often enough that you could buy replacements for each in hardware stores even, and have a few spares sitting in the pantry shelf right next to the light bulbs. Not us, though. My father's aversion to electricity was almost as bad as his reaction to the sight of blood (another story for another time.) He wore two pairs of rubber gloves and would utter, "Lord, into Your hands I commit my spirit" every time he had to replace a fuse. Curiously, one of his older brothers - a Jesuit priest and ham radio operator with 3 (but 2 at the time) PhDs in his resume - was quite adept at, and comfortable with, handling any task involving electricity and electronics. I learned it all from him. He also fixed the TV occasionally; had his own tube tester even. //