Giving up the goat (November 2022 Scapegoat Blame Thread)
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Looks like it’s time to rotate decorations from all things spooky to something a bit more cheerful. That’s likely because we need all the holiday cheer we can muster to get through these last two months. To misquote Ned Stark, “colder weather seems to be headed this way.”
Speaking of getting through a month, @mossygreen has done just that, so they can hang up their cloven hooves (and finely crafted daily posts) to join the rest of us in laying the blame on someone new. It seems it’s time for @capnjb to suit up and be a good trooper while we all point the finger for month eleven.
You can thank stable diffusion for this image. Alternatively, you’ll want to blame @capnjb if it doesn’t meet your expectations for the month.
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/showme the november goat --seed 13
That’ll do, bot. That’ll do.
Blame-Unblame-somewhere in the middle. Probably going to have a lot of blames this month with the possibility of a new bird being added to the family, but I’ll start with this.
Had some hurricane (really wind) damage to my roof with a couple of broken tiles but even getting a roofer to return your call was impossible so did the only thing I could-submitting the claim to my insurance co. knowing the would send someone out to assess the damage and tell me what I was dealing with. Knew it would be far less than my $ 7,500 hurricane deductible and would be on my record but had to know with what I was dealing.
Insurance co sent someone out and found some other damage and gave me an estimate of $ 800 for the roof and $ 600 for the other damage to the molding. Finally got a roofer to come out today and they wanted $ 975 for the job. Since I had extra tiles and that meant the insurance would have only paid $ 550-asked him if he could do it for $ 750 and he called the office and said OK-but it would take 6 to 8 weeks for them to get to me.
Had to order a new cage for the bird today as the one I had was too small for a cockatoo.
@Felton10 so…does this mean you’re getting Goofy?
I’ve been thinking about you Felton and was wondering how everything was going with your quest for a bird. With this talk of “Goofy” I’m thinking I might’ve missed something.
Thanks heavens you called the insurance company!! When you said “getting a roofer to return your call was impossible so did the only thing I could” I thought you were going to say YOU went on the roof to access the damages YOURSELF! THAT could have ended pretty badly, especially if I’m reading about it here in the blame thread!
@Felton10 It was probably because of all the hot air that’s been coming out of my mouth. My bad.
@Felton10 @llangley @Lynnerizer For the record. Might’ve is a fantastic contraction.
@llangley We are going to the bird rescue for a meet and greet where they take him out of the cage and let him interact with us and vice versa. So its either him or if something unforeseen happens we will choose another bird. Bought this cage because it was bigger and wanted to set up a little different living situation where the cage which contains a play area is where Walter’s play gym used to be.
@Felton10 good thinking, thought I missed an important update . Sending good vibes for your play date
@Felton10 @llangley Some time ago we did an Amazon virtual adventure at the Toucan rescue ranch in Costa Rica. We got to meet a lot of cool birds and several awesome sloths. I try to donate annually when I can. Pretty awesome place.
PANS! GLANDS! CRAYONS! AWESOME!
@Felton10 Looking forward to meeting your new family member.
@llangley This is the cage I ordered for the new bird. If he doesn’t like it, I may move in there myself.
@Felton10 @llangley It’s so pretty!
@capnjb @Felton10 @llangley @Lynnerizer
And IMHO, “Mightn’t’ve” is an even more exquisite one, along the lines of “shouldn’t’ve”, double contractions, both.
I thought I remembered you.
WORKER BEES! HERCULES! TURKEY GREASE! AWESOME!
@Felton10 @llangley But you’d no doubt be sleeping on the floor, so don’t forget the carpeting, with a nice thick pad.
@Felton10 @llangley Might want to go a bit bigger.
Small cat carrier (grandson the new cat)
Nope a bit too small…
Now this is much better Blurry because he now can move around in his new cage.
@Kidsandliz @llangley A good idea but too late. Our kids are grown.
@Felton10 @llangley That is likely what you will look like in the bird cage though… just sayin’
@Felton10 @Kidsandliz @llangley whatever happened to that barrel you were so fond of?
@Felton10 @llangley @unksol Who are you asking?
@Felton10 @Kidsandliz @llangley you know who :p
@Felton10 @llangley @unksol oh yeah. I forgot about that post. Hmmm. The pickle barrel is used for older obnoxious kids. This one said he was a cat and voluntarily entered. Need to save the pickle barrel for when he is 13. Aa at 13 I don’t think he will fit in the cat cages
@Kidsandliz @llangley @unksol We always joked that we tied our son to a chair in front of his first computer-an Apple IIc and locked him in the basement where it was located. Actually not too far from the truth as he cried when we put in him front of the computer before he could read to play a game that required no reading-Sierra Online’s The Black Cauldron.
All turned out well as went to college and majored in computer sciences and now works as the lead tech in the executive offices of a top ten defense contractor.
@Felton10 @Kidsandliz @llangley @unksol I actually took an Apple IIe to college. I still have one and made my daughter play Zork. It’s important to teach the classics.
@capnjb @Kidsandliz @llangley @unksol Actually those old Sierra online games were really funny-the Space Quest series especially. They featured the Janitor on the ship whose mission was to “sweep where no man has swept before”. Only an adult who was a fan of Star Trek would get that.
@Felton10 @Kidsandliz @llangley Cat you say?
@detailer @Felton10 @llangley So did that cat eat the actual owner of that home?
@Felton10 @Kidsandliz @llangley Thankfully no. “Mr. Fuzzy” was touring the house in his plastic ball, so “Queen Zoe” decided to check out his house.
@detailer @Felton10 @llangley Well good. I am glad Mr. Fuzzy was off on an adventure of the good kind. Does the cat try to play (not eat play, but friend play) with the gerbal/mouse/whatever he is?
And it was YOU who took meh.com down for ages, just before midnight.
I was just updating my minecraft server and everything went wonky. My bad.
So which state was it to blame for the delay in the powerball numbers getting drawn? I didn’t win so I guess blame. But I hear that one ticket won from California.
@ironcheftoni You can blame me for not winning, but not for the crazy taxes the winner is about to pay in that state.
BLAME! They are repaving the parking lot and in their plans didn’t remember we were going to have to be able to get out of where they told us to park while they did the part they are doing now. Opps.
@Kidsandliz I’m sorry, I forgot to get you that pony you asked for that one Christmas. That would have fixed everything.
I missed my clicky face just about a week before matching my highest score! Yeah it wasn’t like it was a year like some people have but it WAS my personal high. I DO make a conscious effort so it’s REALLY irritating that I dropped the ball! Besides that I did it on my dad’s birthday. Which is also the 2 months point since he died.
On my dad’s birthday we hit the lottery for $500!! WOOHOO!
THEN, in another lottery his birthday came out, ON HIS BIRTHDAY! (we didn’t play it but it’s just cool )
@Lynnerizer It was probably that day I was downloading Season two of Family Matters. The internet was sluggish because Urkle is in high demand. I can send you a seashell that sort of looks like a face and you can tape it to your monitor. That’s the best I’ve got. Sorry. (and for reals… sorry about your dad ).
@Lynnerizer It’s kind of like your dad sent you a present for his birthday!
We also just happened to go pick up his vehicle that J is getting (my niece just drove it up from FL) and that’s what we said, he’s giving us gifts on his birthday. That’s just like dad too!
@Lynnerizer Sounds like something he’d do, from what you’ve said about him!
@capnjb So it was you, I knew it! You know that’s not a bad idea. I should put my irk pin on my screen! I wonder where everyone keeps theirs?
Thanks for your condolences. I’ve always heard it gets easier with time, maybe it’s just still too soon.
Unblame because yesterday I had what I believe will be my last Dr appt, therapy, etc for my car accident in Dec of 2019. Finally!!!
@tinamarie1974 Wow! Congratulations!
@tinamarie1974 That sounds awesome… and I hope that it is the last. I don’t think I know all your story, but I know what it’s like to have one. I’m going to stand up, spin around with my arms out and high five you in my head. You have an amazing day. This goat celebrates you!!! (with extra punctuation!) And thanks for you being you!
VAN GOGH! MANGO! TANGO! AWESOME!
@capnjb compared to your story, barely a blip! It was just a long, slow process!!
/giphy high five
@tinamarie1974 Nah… everyone has a story they carry with them. There aren’t levels of importance.
/giphy spinning highfive
@tinamarie1974 YAY FOR YOU and taking care of yourself!
Unblame-one step closer to acquiring a new bird member of our family. Went out to “Birds of Paradise” today for a one on one meet and greet with Snowflake. Went very well.
His cage was wheeled into a separate room where I opened the cage door and after a couple of minutes he came out. I petted his tail and slowly moved up toward his “ear holes” which is where all birds like to be petted.
No problem. Put out my hand and he got on my hand and started inching up to toward my shoulder. Quickly put him on the chair next to me which he got on willingly.
Next step is to get his cage ready for a home inspection next week where I sent pictures to them of the inside and then they come out and bring the bird with them. So it is possible that by Thanksgiving we will officially have a new bird member of the family.
@Felton10 this is very exciting news Felton! Crossing my fingers this works out for you
@Felton10 Nice! That cage ought to impress them, it’s huge and brand new. I hope it works out - he’s a cutie.
@Kyeh Cancelled that cage when getting goofy didn’t work out. The one I used for Walter is much better as it is stainless steel and cost 3 times more than the one I had ordered. A lot easier to clean as I can pressure wash the hell out of it with no paint to chip off or places to rust. Have to pressure wash it and put new toys in it.
@Felton10 Oh, I see!
@Felton10 Hopefully things will go as planed. Nice that Snowflake behaved like a normal friendly bird when in a private room.
Oh and of course then Snowflake can be nominated for goat.
He’s beautiful! Hopefully everything goes as planned and you’ll be able to set another place at the table for Thanksgiving!
@Felton10 Beautiful bird. Is that a sulfur crested cockatoo? My friend had one… total lap bird. Congrats!
@capnjb Yes it is. I hope it isn’t clingie.
@Felton10 Yes you do
Unblame because after shutting down the computer today I don’t have work for the next nine days!!!
I am so excited to have some time to decompress with no real plans, well besides Thanksgiving w family!!!
@tinamarie1974 My only recommendation is to try to laugh a lot Have fun!
@tinamarie1974 HAVE FUN!!! Just in case block your work phone numbers. Tell them you went “off the grid”.
@Kidsandliz if only I could.
Took a meeting this morning, hopefully that will be the only one! Spent the rest of the day having a “girls day” w my niece. It was great fun for both of us
So I guess another unblame for @Capnjb, because I got to stop, breathe and laugh today. It was such a needed exercise and I truly enjoyed it.
I was wearing sandals and the fucking snow was 6 or 8" deep. How dare it snow when I am wearing sandals? At least I was wearing socks. Although that was because last night when I slept in my minivan it was 20 degrees. The soon to be couple (getting married next weekend) that showed up at the airb&b right after me had flip flops on with no socks. Their excuse was “Orlando”. On the other hand one of them grew up here in the snow belt and should have known better. Oh wait. Can’t make that comment. I grew up here in the snow belt, in fact about 3 or 4 blocks from where I am staying, and should have known better. At least I had socks on when I had to walk through the snow. Blame. My socks are now wet. Along with my feet. They, on the other hand, only had wet feet.
@Kidsandliz I’m sorry. I was supposed to send out an email about that, but I got caught up in a losing effort in a fantasy football game. And some nachos. I will send you one pair of dry feet. Don’t ask any questions.
@capnjb Please do not send me the pair of feet that were at the end of a fishing rod held over a grill at halloween outside the fire station near my house. I think those feet may be a bit, umm, “off”.
@Kidsandliz You got it. People just don’t appreciate fresh feet these days.
Oh no, WHY are you sleeping in your car? I’m sorry, did I miss something?
Blame-anyone tried to buy a new car lately? Almost impossible to walk into a dealership and buy a model that is popular and find it in stock . First every popular one is sold at sticker-no discount. They have no idea which cars with which trim level they are getting until 90 days out and there is no waiting list so if your salesperson is out when they get word which cars they are getting someone who came in after you could put a deposit on it if their salesperson was in that day and saw it first.
OH YEAH I KNOW! Back in April I needed to get a new vehicle and what a show that was! Then also my mom waited 4 months to replace a brand new vehicle that ended up under water in a freak flood that happened in her garage. Before I actually experienced all of this stuff first hand I wasn’t really believing everything I was hearing about what was going on in the automobile market! Now I know, It’s real!
@Lynnerizer Saw the car I wanted at a sister dealership and wrote my salesperson and asked if she could trade and get it at her dealership so she could get the sale. Never heard back from her so I called the dealership myself and placed a deposit on the car which should arrive in mid December.
My goal to move down to being a one car family and if everything works out alright-the cost of the new car will be close to the trade-in value of the two cars.
Well sounds like you made out great! Probably good karma for trying to look out for your sales person! …her loss!
@Lynnerizer Actually the salesperson at the dealership where I am getting the car called me over the weekend and said they just got in a car in exchange from another dealer which was the exact same car that I was waiting for and I could pick it up that day. Told him I would rather wait until my car came in for a number of reasons-wanted to pay off my newer car, take both cars to carmax and clean them up a little before I took them in for appraisal. Plus my children are coming in for a visit in Dec and having 2 cars would be an advantage.
I leased a car for my wife in 2019 since she drives about 1500 miles a year (teaches at a local ES). The lease was up this June and Carmax offered me 22K for a vehicle I paid 24K for three years prior and the buyout price of the lease was under 11K. So yeah… I bought it. It is ridiculous these days though. Probably my fault for not returning that lease.
Unblame and blame and IDK which is which! My guy got the call today that they have a liver for him! Ever so grateful for the donor (and their family) who lost their life.
BUT… We both were so confused because just last week we’d been told he’s going to get that non invasive heart valve replacement, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) which he needs before the transplant. Looks like someone jumped the gun on this offering.
We both just had a sneak peek at ALL of the feelings that one goes through when you get “the call”. It’s one heck of a wake up on reality!
Wow! I hope it all works out!!!
@Lynnerizer Great news!!! (extra punctuation for effect!!!) I’ll keep your guy in my prayers
@Lynnerizer such good news!!!
It is good news but we’re pretty sure he’s not going to be able to take it since he needs that valve replacement first. The coordinator hasn’t called back yet and it’s been about 14 hours. I’d think they had plenty of time to get a hold of the surgeons and it’s such a time sensitive thing on their end. I can only imagine what my guys feeling because I know my anxiety is through the roof!
@capnjb @Lynnerizer @tinamarie1974 This is so much a good news bad news thing on so many levels. I hope his surgery goes well for his heart and then another liver comes along just at the right time. At least you know he is at the top of the list now for when a liver that matches his needs comes up again - although that doesn’t help much at the moment.
@Lynnerizer @tinamarie1974 Wow… what a conundrum. Regardless, every step forward is a good step forward. Will be thinking of you both.
@capnjb @Kidsandliz @tinamarie1974
Yes thanks! We finally heard back from them today and he’s now been taken OFF the list until after he’s had the heart valve surgery. Apparently they listed him last month thinking it would take at least 6 months to a year for a liver to become available. The coordinator said NEVER before has it happened so quickly. I’m thankful for the dry run, maybe/hopefully we’ll be more prepared next time he gets the call!
Blame!!! 900+ miles from home and the check engine light comes on. And now I wait.
@Kidsandliz Oh no. Good luck.
@Kidsandliz @Kyeh Gimme a moment. I’ll check.
@Kidsandliz @Kyeh Good news. It’s still there.
@Kidsandliz The check engine light kept coming on in my car and called the dealership and told me as long as the light isn’t blinking it was alright to drive the car-not sure if that is the same for all cars.
@Kidsandliz Check to see if the gas cap is on tight. (No, really! That can cause an emissions system error code.)
My car or the problem?
@Felton10 @Kyeh @macromeh So some codes were pulled and I was finally told I could still drive with it but if the check engine light started to blink then stop. So have a bit over 600 miles left to go tomorrow. So far so good, knock on wood.
@Kidsandliz @Kyeh @macromeh Mine kept coming on and then going off 2 days later and kept getting notification from Onstar it was an emissions issue-must have gone off and on several times for several thousand miles before I finally took it into the dealership for them to fix (under warranty luckily).
The first thing I always check now that I’m into the computer age vehicle is making sure the gas cap is on correct! That’s something I didn’t have to worry about driving my (daily driver) 69 Camaro for 40+ years!
Ugh, being modern can be a pain in the butt!
Yes that was my first thought! Darn gas cap has gotten me several times!
@Lynnerizer @macromeh @felton10 @kyeh @capnjb Was’t my gas cap although that is good to know in the future. Made it home without the car breaking down. That was fortunate. Storms I drove through were not fun though.
Unblame because mom got me a sweet new bed to relax on while she works!
Blame because I don’t know how to add pictures in the app.
Mom, can you post my picture for everyone
@tinamarie1974 yeah, thats it! So comfy, it is VELVET!!! Drape me in velvet!!!
I’m a lucky dog
@CharlieDoggo @tinamarie1974 Wow, you do get the royal treatment, lucky pup! You know you have the same name as the King of England?
@Kyeh @tinamarie1974 King Charlie, I LOVE IT! Bet I could finally get unlimited treats if I was King!!!
@CharlieDoggo @Kyeh @tinamarie1974 I think he prefers Chaz, though his mates at the pub sometimes refer to him as “Chuckles” or “The Chuckster”.
@Kyeh @macromeh @tinamarie1974 Oh no, mom calls me Charlie OR Charles if I am in trouble. Sometimes she calls me Charlie bear, but not Chaz or Chuckles.
Or do you mean that other guy, whoever he is?
Blame because the packages I asked Amazon to deliver tomorrow showed up today, and the package I asked Amazon to deliver yesterday might finally show up tomorrow, and one of the packages that showed up early wasn’t even the thing that it was supposed to be. Supposed to be: a kettle. Was: a dog bed. Geez, capnjb, what did I ever do to you?
@goodjuju Yes, yes, yes… that was me. I haven’t been myself lately. I’m turning this thing off and going to bed Tomorrow you’re going to need to say ‘Woof woof woof bark bark woof’ And that’s not my fault
I’m out everybody… sorry for November!
@capnjb @goodjuju oh a new dog bed? This sounds like a lucky mistake! I hope your new bed is as warm and comfy as mine!!!
@CharlieDoggo it probably would be a lucky mistake if it wasn’t a suspended bed. Unlike what I’m sure is your magnificent form, Penny has short little stubby legs and a ridiculously long body (some sort of Beagle Daschund mix, I suspect), so she doesn’t do well with stepping up onto a surface. Her front legs have to take 3 or 4 steps before her back legs are ready to step up.
(You should see the adaptations she’s made to be able to navigate stairs. She basically takes them diagonally going up, and does a funny little sideways hop-n-drop to go down.)
It’s also made of a very durable, very utilitarian fabric. Her highness insists on 17 layers of virgin Sherpa fleece to burrow in. Dogs, I’ll tell ya.
@goodjuju oh yes, this is tough. My uncle, Buddy, is Doxi and Lab and has a hard time too. I am happy your Penny has such a good hooman to take care of her! Give her a pet and tell her she is a good girl! Maybe a treat too!!
@CharlieDoggo @tinamarie1974 oh yes, Charlie, magnificent indeed, and your Uncle is just adorable with his stumpy little body!