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keifermiller  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Book Thread Time


I've read The Pastures of Heaven, To a God Unknown, Tortilla Flat, In Dubious Battle, and Of Mice and Men. I'd guess I actually started these before the last book thread was posted, but I didn't finish this volume of works until recently.

To a God Unknown was my favorite of that batch, followed by The Pastures of Heaven. I could read Steinbeck describe land all day. In Dubious Battle was the only one that I really wished were longer. Felt abridged.

Henry David Thoreau

Natural History of Massachusetts, A Walk to Wachusett, and Sir Walter Raleigh. Didn't bother to find out which version of Sir Walter Raleigh I read (apparently there are two), but A Walk to Wachusett is the only one I'd read again. Basically a hiking trail report.

Alice Munro

Started a collection of her short stories. I only got three stories in, but I really liked it. Need to rebuy the book so I can finish it.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

I just finished This Side of Paradise. Not entirely sure what I think of it, yet. A quarter of the way through I was pretty sure I didn't like it at all. Then I was miffed when I realized I was reaching the end.

Mine is gone.

Our library is awesome, and I go there more than I went to Ernst & Son, but so many people use it that you're pretty anonymous. They only people I recognize at the library are either staff or people who I know from another context and are at the library to use their meeting rooms. I've never said to myself "Ah, that's _____ from that one time at the library!"

keifermiller  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski, what are you working on?

Alas, we've already had our entire unit heat treated once and sprayed twice. The exterminator that did it offers a 6 month "guarantee" so the subsequent callbacks have been free but he hasn't exactly been confidence inspiring to deal with.

Our lease has a clause where the tenant is responsible for paying for treatment. And the guy they called out was more than a month's rent. So I wouldn't be too surprised if someone else in the building had them and was staying mum about it.

¯\_ (ツ)_/¯

keifermiller  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski, what are you working on?

    conquering bedbugs a while back made

Hah, just kidding. Found one this afternoon.

New project: convincing myself that my remaining objects are worth owning.

keifermiller  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 17, 2019

We ended up with a 2015 Prius. It's funky inside, but not in a trying to be hip way. Just in a weird functional way.

Our commute is low to mid 50s mpg now.

I really like it.

keifermiller  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Who Is Left on Hubski? (Part II)


my own





Current Preoccupation:

Reading through this. About to finish volume 1.

Trying to be less bitter about work.

Previous Preoccupations:

Being bitter about work.

What change would you like to see from the users of Hubski?


I find I lurk more as I become more comfortable with the fact that I'm not comfortable trying to be social for the sake of being social.

More book threads would be nice. I need to get a hard copy of Society Of The Spectacle so I can finish it. I read super slow on my phone.

keifermiller  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski, what are you working on?

We've started renovating a space in my parent's basement to live in so we can help out around the house/land. The lease here isn't up till January, but I wanna get that shit done. It's been stressing me the fuck out. I ended up mocking up the floor plan and our furniture in CAD so we could get a feel for how the downsizing cookie is gonna crumble. It is gonna be a quarter the space of our current place, but conquering bedbugs a while back made a lot of downsizing decisions for us.

Spending a lot of time staring at the layout puzzling out walk paths and public / private spaces. The owners before my parents used the space to run a business, so it is more or less independent of the rest of the house.

Figuring out how to get multiple uses of a space is an interesting challenge, but not really one I'm passionate about. Feels more like work.

    But hey - that pickle they're telling you to pack? They didn't have to do that.

They've been coming around this week and giving out these

So hey, everything is OK I guess. Spared no expense.

    They're the kind of thing that becomes normal and no longer terrifying and then things get harried and you look up and someone's dead.

Less than a year into my working here one of the area supervisors put in a call to pull the wrong trailer. Driver took off right as I was walking in. One of the lifers came up afterwards and said "I hear you almost died." Took a long time to realize he hadn't been joking. I'm sorry about your neighbor.

keifermiller  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 17, 2019


You are absolutely right on the Fit.

So, the issue with the Fit is that this is the first time we've been in a financial position that we can be choosy with the car we end up with. The Solaris was sold to us at a heavy discount by a family friend when we were barely making ends meet.

Now, I reckon that we can afford a Prius. But it still feels like a lot to spend. So we are inclined to cheap out. The Fit occupies an awkward price point where if we are gonna spend more, we might as well saddle up and get what we'd really like.

We've broken into lower middle class purchasing decisions but we haven't really internalized it yet.

keifermiller  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 17, 2019

Got my first real night of sleep in a week and a half. Beware of apartment leases (full stop) that require the tenant to pay for extermination services. Just because the cost isn't an issue for you doesn't mean that applies to everyone. And if it spreads... ick.

Several of my books didn't respond well to heat treatment. Paperbacks all seem fine. My Library of America volumes, though? Less glued together than before (yay for sewn bindings) and some tearing in a few of the hinges.

'Bout to buy a car. Probably a Yaris or Prius. We were holding on to the '99 Solaris for as long as it could. And now that we are slipping in the highest gear, the time is come. Want a hatchback. Need good millage, since we mainly drive highway miles to work.

Edit: $800 later and we still have bugs. Oof.

keifermiller  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: A Falafel Dinner

mk They've breached containment


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