The Happiness Thread

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  1. Iain Aschendale

    Iain Aschendale Aunt? Supporter Contributor

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    Roof rake?
     
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  2. Friedrich Kugelschreiber

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    A device to rake the snow off your roof in order to prevent ice-dams.
     
  3. Xoic

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    Ice-dams?
     
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  4. Iain Aschendale

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    Huh, I'm from Chicago and that's a new one on me.

    ETA: Roof rake o_O

     
  5. Xoic

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    Ok, an ice dam is the mass of ice on the edge of the roof with all the icicles hanging from it. Got it.
     
  6. Friedrich Kugelschreiber

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    I didn't know what they were before last winter.
     
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    You, my friend, have been an expatriate too long.

    Actually, I didn't know much about the rakes until a few years back, when we had a very very snowy winter and the snow piled up massively on my roof and threatened to cover the furnace intake. This has been another such winter.
     
  8. Homer Potvin

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    Believe me, if you value your gutters, the integrity of your roof, and keeping your house dry and properly drained, you want to invest in a roof rake or something else to remove the snow. Usually only a problem when you have extended winters where nothing melts for 3 or 4 months. All the roofs were steeply peaked where I lived in New Hampshire, and nobody had gutters. They would jam freeze and collapse by January.
     
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    We bought a new roof a couple weeks ago expecting to wait till April before they started work. The roofing company called today to let us know they’s be getting the materials delivered Thursday, and starting work Friday.
    It was a fair bit more than we had planned for, but if the roof lives up to the marketing, it should out live me and my wife.
     
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    I found ~4 pages of backstory/worldbuilding notes, which I wrote like a year and half ago and thought I had lost, for my current WIP. Perfect timing as I felt like I was getting stuck, good to have something to remind me of bits I meant to write but had forgotten.
     
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    I got to my brother's house last night to surprise my niece this morning. She was so excited to see me that she went squeaky voiced and told her mom, "It's Ca!!!"

    Best reason to be awake so early.
     
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    I have no idea how I just managed to write a 1,063 word story in under an hour, but I'm proud of myself anyway.
     
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    Sometimes they just roll on out like that. Enjoy them when they appear.
     
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    Today marks the start of my favorite three months of the year. I love spring so much and hopefully we have a nice one here in Iowa. Last week was wonderful and this one looks like it will be, as well. This time of year lifts my spirits.

    Hope you all also have a nice spring.
     
  16. GrahamLewis

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    Just back from a nice walk, temps in the 40sF and at long last the snow is melting, like glaciers retreating, little rivers rushing along the curbs, consolidating into a rock-ribbed and bottomed ravine, where the water gurgles around the rocks and makes mini-rapids and tiny waterfalls. A sense of nature in motion after a months of dormancy. It takes a long, wonderful, time for a foot of frozen snow to melt.
     
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    My company made a huge amount of money this year. So mid month this month, I get a large bonus, a secondary larger bonus, regular biweekly pay check, and another small bonus.

    This is a good month.
     
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    I watched a movie where at some point someone noted the importance of stories/novels in our life, and I was cheering "yes! yes and more YES!" I got so excited . . . it was such a rewarding feeling to feel and know that is so true, it made me fall in love with writing all over again :blowkiss:
     
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  20. EFMingo

    EFMingo A Modern Dinosaur Staff Supporter Contributor

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    My hot tub is finally coming on Thursday!

    I've been waiting for like seven months for this since I purchased it, but finally after complaining like eight times and starting the process of cancelling the order because of the company's lack of communucation, it's coming. Hallelujah. I can't wait.

    Party at my house all year long now?
     
  21. Friedrich Kugelschreiber

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    don't you live in Southern California?
     
  22. EFMingo

    EFMingo A Modern Dinosaur Staff Supporter Contributor

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    That is correct.
     
  23. Homer Potvin

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    Nice! We're thinking about getting one in a year or so maybe. It ain't the upfront dough, it's the back end (electrical bills) that'll kill you!
     
  24. Xoic

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    Homer, you're in charge of the food. I 'll bring a case of good Scotch. Friedrich, doughnuts.
     
  25. Homer Potvin

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    We're hiring a caterer unless we can teleport the restaurant across the country. Or teleport Mingo's hot tub into one of my private rooms.

    (I'm kind of rooting for the former... SoCal wouldn't know what hit them if we crashed their restaurant scene)
     
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