February 22nd, 2018

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Emotional Intimacy Question: 12 to Dinner

Folks have mentioned an interest in questions and conversations that make them think. So I've decided to offer more of those. I'm starting with this list.

Given a TARDIS and a Universal Translator, you can invite up to 12 people from Earth's past.  (This includes people claimed to have lived here, even if it can't be proven.)  Who would you invite and why?  What would you serve?

My guest list might include: Taliesin, Sappho, Hypatia, Sequoia, Miriam Makeba, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Galvarino, Sun Tzu, J.R.R. Tolkien, Rudyard Kipling, Enheduanna, and Lucy.  That allows for multiple conversational topics and everyone to have someone to talk with.  I'm serving Three Sisters Stew with an optional side of roast mammoth, because no way am I going back in time and not getting me some mammoth.  We'd probably scare the skin off Lucy, but who knows, maybe she was secretly a scientist who'd love the future.  I'll put out a black rectangle and see what happens. If she can solve the first three puzzles, I'm putting her in that TARDIS and plating some termites and honeycomb.  Hell, now everyone else will want to try those too, might as well just box up the whole things.
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Handywork

Following the plumbing incident, we have been tearing the carpet out of the back bathroom.  One of the first things we used was a long wrecking bar, which we bought a few months ago and has become a favorite tool. 

We tried cutting the carpet with lineman snips, but the narrow metal handles are hell on my hands.  So we went to Harbor Freight looking for something easier.  The electric shears were too expensive and too unwieldy.  We looked at utility knives and a carpet cutter that resembled a giant paper cutter.  Then I found the hardware scissors.  We came home with a pair of Pittsburgh 11 1/2" Super Power Snips, angled for cutting against the floor.  (They also have a straight version.)  They have extremely thick blades with a double pivot and long handles sheathed in plastic.  Advertised for cutting metal, they go through old carpet quite nicely, which is to say my small flimsy hands got a useful amount of work done before wearing out -- we got much of the carpet actually out of the house today.  \o/  Basically these things are like branch loppers; we have similar designs in a shorter palmtop style and various longer two-handed ones.  In fact our best long loppers have a compound ratchet that's a little more advanced than this.

Accomplishing anything with handywork makes me happy.  I'm not very good at it, but I am proud of what I can manage.  My partner Doug did most of the heavy lifting and pulling while I did the floor work and cutting.  Yay us.  We really like Harbor Freight because they usually have tools there that'll get the job done.  Some of the things we've found there have quickly become go-to items, and I'm sure these snips will too.  So if you need heavy-duty scissors, check them out.