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Lance, just reading your "to-do" list is exhausting! Stick with the essential outdoor chores. The indoor painting can wait for until next fall or winter! Just paint the fence and make sure you take good care of that pool. I've been a poolgirl for almost 20 years. After that long, you get used to the aggravation.

Happy Spring! :)

The Heretik

Spring mending time indeed. I will probably post this poem later this week, but leave it for you here now.

a garden is a place
where love can grow

a place of soft earth
and wet whispers

a garden is a place
where love can grow

where a shovel cuts,
but heals

"a garden"
Joe Ivory Mattingly


One of my favorite "Simpsons" bits came when a salesman was showing Homer the selection of aboveground pools -- the InstaRust, the Bug Catcher, etc.


I'll tell you something about that pool, buddy. Do not (when the supports rust and the vinyl tears) replace it with a concrete in-ground pool. If you thought the Doughboy or whatever it's called was a pain in the backside, put an in-ground one in and watch the interior concrete flake, the tiles come free, and the deck around it warp. Photo here.


Lance: The chain saw ROCKS. Be not afraid of the chain saw. Fear not the chain saw. I once was, like you, afraid of the chain saw. I am no longer so afflicted. The chain saw rocks.

I use the chain saw to mow the lawn. I use the chain saw to carve turkey. Yea, I use it to shave. For the chain saw ROCKS.

Fear it not.

David Parsons

I don't know if it's sensible to be jealous of a plumbing job that's going to require prying the silly bathtub up out of the floor so I can get to the huge gaping hole behind it. Even thinking about how I'm going to fix that horrid thing gives me a blinding headache and _vivid_ fantasies of bulldozing the house into the street and replacing it with some horrid modernist nightmare.

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