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  • howhow Veteran Veteran

    You had me salivating there! There goes another precept.

    There is being the embodiment of the precepts, there is practicing while not completely being in tune with the precepts and then finally there is simply not practicing while not being in tune with the precepts. Too many folks denigrate that wide middle ground where 99% of practitioners ( both monastic & lay ) live most of the time, all because of the first ideal, that is usually only proffered upon teachers by their disciples as their devotion reasons.

    lobster
  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    Well hey at least it was brewed by monks... not buddhist monks no, but in the same ballpark.

    Bunkslobster
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    I had two small glasses of scrumpy to celebrate Trappist beer.

    ... hey scrumpy is made from apples ... one of your five a day ... o:)
    We also ate minced cow 😥

    mooooo ...

    BunksShoshinWalker
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @Kerome said:
    Well hey at least it was brewed by monks... not buddhist monks no, but in the same ballpark.

    Oh... well,that's ok then... !

    Kerome
  • コチシカコチシカ Berlin, Germany Veteran

    I drank foul water :(

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    Well it's a wet windy cold day..I'll try to go for a walk between the rain drops...

    lobsterBunks
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    Auckland is still in a drought, it doesn't feel like it on the island...

    Storm water flowing down to Owhanake Bay...

    Bunks
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    It was quite warm this afternoon, there was a young couple swimming ...

    ...but a cold snap is on it's way...

  • WalkerWalker Veteran Veteran

    We got a quote for new shingles on our roof. A company is soliciting in the area. Worked out a bit cheaper ($5650) than I figure I had ballparked in my head. A bit of a discount as there are other people in the 'hood (including the couple next door) getting their roofs done at the same time, so the delivery and waste disposal costs and travel time are less that way.

    So we gave them a deposit, the roof will be done in a few weeks. A bit of a hit with limited finances right now, but they are in really bad shape. The house is sixteen years old now, and the shingles installed on cookie-cutter houses like ours were crap back then. There has been a lot of roofing going on around here this summer.

    Shoshin
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Please please, please; make sure it's a bona fide company and not some fly-by-nights stealing your deposit and disappearing into the morning mist......

  • WalkerWalker Veteran Veteran
    edited August 16

    No, they had pretty good reviews online.

    A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

  • howhow Veteran Veteran
    edited August 16

    Much of a shingle replacement cost is about a company commiting to also address the underlaying roof support surface which can decay in the same way as the shingles do. Companies that lock themselves into contracts that can't also deal directly with these unknown costs either have to revise their estimates midway into the job or ignore those underlayment issues because the consequences from doing so will not show up for years longer than a particular roofing company is likely to be around.
    But.. at least I hope you aren't Scottish like me, where I had put out three boxes of old shingles every week for over a year for the garbage truck to take away because I was too cheap to pay for a roofing company to do it.

    Around here many view the BBB as a bit of a scam.
    I lost respect for the the BBB rating system when I tried googling their ratings for Walmart to discover they had 0 records of any complaints against them (ever) in North America.. (that was 5 years ago)

  • WalkerWalker Veteran Veteran

    Yeah, I take it all with a healthy measure of salt @how

    You can do all your research and due diligence till the cows come home, but at a certain point you have to make a best guess judgement call and hope it all works out in the end. Our guts are telling us this company seems to be a well-run professional outfit.

    We did discuss possible unseen damage to the structure underneath and we're aware there may need to be some additional work and costs to it.

    lol at the Scottish thing. I remember a Dave Thomas sketch on SCTV back in the '70s. He was doing a introduction into Scottish and one of his example phrases was something like, 'Canni owe it to you? All I have is a fiver!' In prairie cities like Edmonton and Winnipeg, the Ukrainians are the ones with that reputation for thrift.

    Shoshinhow
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    Husband Punches Shark

    The shark swam away after the barrage of punches, but despite his efforts Mr Rapley doesn't believe he is the hero – instead saying his wife, injured and bleeding at the time, acted more heroically by getting back onto her board and paddling an agonising 50m to shore alongside a group of locals.

    "She's a conservationist and botanist and doing a PhD, so she's worried about the shark," he said.

    That's what you call real commitment towards animal welfare.... <3

    lobster
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    This morning's meditation ...the skies were on fire over the island...

    Walkerlobsteradamcrossley
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    On my walk along the beach after lunch, it was cold very windy and the seas were choppy..

    ...and the wind surfers were riding waves of contentment...I stopped awhile to take in their exhilaration ...

    Walkerhow
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Our guts

    <3

    Good call. My gut just made a supportive approval noise :3

    WalkerKerome
  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    I’ve been looking at what has been happening in the world of graphics cards over the last ten years... my mind has been blown. Graphics cards for 1200 euro’s that have 6000 parallel compute processors capable of pushing 60 billion triangles a second onscreen... and then to think for a few euros an hour you can hire a cloud server with 64 x86 cores and 128 graphics cards all in parallel for your AI training needs. Wow. We’re definitely not in Kansas anymore.

    lobster
  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    @lobster said:

    Our guts

    <3

    Good call. My gut just made a supportive approval noise :3

    You do know your gut contains the second largest concentration of neurons in the body (besides the brain, of course), and is the seat of our secret overlord.

  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @Kerome said:

    @lobster said:

    Our guts

    <3

    Good call. My gut just made a supportive approval noise :3

    You do know your gut contains the second largest concentration of neurons in the body (besides the brain, of course), and is the seat of our secret overlord.

    Yes. I have encountered mine, personally, 3 times now.

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    A beautiful but somewhat sad day...On my walk at lunchtime I saw a rabbit laying on its side by the side of the road, it looks like it had been hit by a car, its eyes were open...I covered its open eye with a large leaf, but the wind blow it away...anyhow I continued on to the beach..

    On finishing my walk along the beach I pick up a large shell from the sand and on my way back I stopped to cover its eye, as I walked towards it, I saw a baby bunny on the other side of the road hurrying back to the safety of the wooded area as i approached, I'm under the impression the dead rabbit is its mother...RIP and stay safe baby bunnies ..Om mani padma hung

    BunksWalkerlobster
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Been going for 4k virtual walks using our new TV. Also train journeys. No commentary. Car drives through the alps ... all sorts.

    Fun? Yep.

    ShoshinBunks
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @lobster said:
    Been going for 4k virtual walks using our new TV. Also train journeys. No commentary. Car drives through the alps ... all sorts.

    Fun? Yep.

    Love it! I have been following the monks on tours around Thailand today. In the background while working.

    Good fun!

    Shoshin
  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    Its reviews like this, a real deep-dive from someone who is into measuring fitness, that tempt me to spend some more cash and buy an Apple Watch.

    https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2019/11/apple-watch-series-5-sports-fitness-in-depth-review.html

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    Did you weather the storm @Bunks ?

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Only just @Shoshin . As luck would have it I had to go pick up dinner for the kids and i tight as the storm hit! I nearly got blown over when I got out of the car. It was nuts!

    Shoshin
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    Yes I heard that it was quite a storm....

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    A beautiful pre-Spring day...

    Roll on Summer....

    WalkerBunks
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Today I came out of covid shielding to buy pansies from Lidl. I believe that risking life for flowers is the least I can do ...

    I am so brave 🦁

    Bunksadamcrossley
  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    We are having summer but you wouldn’t know it... two weeks of 18 degree temperatures, rain, hail and thunder.

    BunksShoshin
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran
    edited August 30

    I was just finishing my walk along the beach I reached the lookout point and overheard some people talking about the dolphins in the bay,,, I did take a video but they were too far away... Anyhow somebody had drone footage of them which they shared on YouTube...There's been quite a few sightings around the island, I guess it's due to not many boats about...

    BunksKeromeWalker
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran
    edited August 30

    Well I'll be working this afternoon, ( masks on and social distancing) the office overlooks the bay, and for obvious reasons we have a pair of binoculars in the office, they are quite ancient, but function well...I've seen dolphins in the bay a few times when at work...

    It's quite mesmerizing seeing them gracefully flow like water in water...

    So most of my work time will be spent looking out the window...unless that is some pesky clients come in wanting assistance.. ;)

    Bunks
  • howhow Veteran Veteran

    @Shoshin
    We sometimes have dolphins pace beside us when we are kayaking in the same direction as them. They often have two modes of contact with us. The first is where they look like wing men in formation arounds us where much visual eying of each other is going on. The other mode is the hunting mode when they are actively deep diving (and this is the same for whales and Orcas) where they'll surface once for an exhalation ( which smells very fishy), re dive for about 10 seconds and surface again a second time for a big inhalation before disappearing again for 2 -10 minutes. I know they can swim 2 - 4 times faster than us so I assume they are just using us as a common convenient re-grouping point.
    We will often hear those inhalations and exhalations long before we are able to see them.

    lobsterShoshin
  • lobsterlobster Veteran
    edited August 31

    I stopped eating meat yesterday!

    <3 There are many healthy alternatives. It is a lot easier these days. I am not a vegetarian but moving in that direction. When circumstances are right might even be a fashionable healthy vogon vegan again ... :)

    Bunks
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @lobster said:

    I stopped eating meat yesterday!

    <3 There are many healthy alternatives. It is a lot easier these days. I am not a vegetarian but moving in that direction. When circumstances are right might even be a fashionable healthy vogon vegan again ... :)

    Same @lobster - I am virtually a vegetarian myself these days. Eat very little meat. Having said that, I had a hot dog in a roll with tommy sauce (ketchup?) the other day and it was really good....

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    Well no dolphin visits today...all quiet on the water front (well on the surface anyhow)...Mind you the office was busier than usual, due to level 3 lockdown restrictions when the office was closed, it's the first day open today on level 2 & half...We were rushed off our feet for the first couple of hours...

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Your office is on the island right @Shoshin ? Not in Auckland?

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    Yes on the island @Bunks, fortunately both jobs are on the island...

    Bunks
  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    This morning I had an early appointment with a doctor, only to find that I had been directed to an office which was still under construction... there were labourers busy with plasterboard, planks being sawed, desks being constructed... but no doctors. And so there I was with my sleepy head.

    Bunksmarcitko
  • WalkerWalker Veteran Veteran

    I guess you were early for your appointment. I like to show up early for my appointments. Not that early though. ;)

    Shoshinmarcitko
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    @Kerome said:
    This morning I had an early appointment with a doctor, only to find that I had been directed to an office which was still under construction... there were labourers busy with plasterboard, planks being sawed, desks being constructed... but no doctors. And so there I was with my sleepy head.

    It reminds me of years ago when British tourists were booking holiday hotels in Spain and on arriving at their destination... the builders were still busy building the hotel ...

    Bunks
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Had a similar experience in the USA many years ago.

    We were trying to get out of Birmingham, Alabama but the GPS kept directing us on to a freeway that hadn't been built yet!

    Shoshin
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    Warm day today on the island....But in the South island it's snowing....

    Bunks
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