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Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don't use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of. (Raye's addenum: things in plain text with no change are things I simply don't have and never did.)

I wonder how many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese boards, cheese knives, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic crushers, martini glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, ice cream makers, fondue sets, healthy-grills, home smokers, tempura sets, tortilla presses, electric whisks, cherry stoners, sugar thermometers, food processors, bacon presses, bacon slicers, mouli mills, cake testers, pestle-and-mortars, and sets of kebab skewers languish dustily at the back of the nation's cupboards.

The reason for the bold and italic pastry brushes? I have two - one I use for cleaning out the coffee grinder, the other is reserved for actual pastry brush use. Or maybe for the coffee grinder when the first one dies.
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From all over my FL:

You were born during a Full moon

- what it says about you -

You've spent your life in the middle of things, whether it's between people who oppose each other, ideas that oppose each other, or places that are very different. You're very aware of perspectives outside the norm and good at anticipating how different people will see a situation. You value second opinions, because they give you a feeling of balance. You don't have a single group of friends and the people you spend time with may not have a lot in common with each other.

What phase was the moon at on your birthday? Find out at

Census Meme

Mar. 9th, 2011 03:12 am
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2011 - current house in South Minneapolis with my darling [ profile] iraunink, and 1.5 Shih Tzus - Precious & Josie (who is half some kind of terrier)
2001 - current house in South Minneapolis, freshly married to my darling [ profile] iraunink, and three Shih Tzus - IIRC, that was Macguyver, Mork, and Chela.
1991 - renting in South Minneapolis from Caryl E. (WINOLJ) - I think this was after I moved from the attic to the basement
1981 - I'm not certain when I moved - it would have been either a mobile home in Houghton, MI that I shared with a couple of friends, or a two bedroom apt. w/ Mom in Duluth, MN
1971 - three bedroom house in Duluth, MN with my brother, mother,father and Poncho, our chihuahua
1961 - three bedroom house in Stowe, OH with my mother and father (same floorplan as Duluth, MN - Dad built it twice)
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This one is amusing in that the questions are more pointed at "Who I am" rather than "What do I want to be". I was amused that the character came very close to what I would choose to run.
What D&D Character Am I )
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Go google "anagram"
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Gakked most recently from [ profile] bruce_schneier fed from Tracking your Browser Without Cookies:

How unique is your browser? Can you be tracked simply by its characteristics? The EFF is trying to find out. Their site Panopticlick will measure the characteristics of your browser setup and tell you how unique it is.

When I tested the four browsers I have installed, they all showed 'unique among 230,nnn browsers tested'. Please go give them more data.
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My Fate with The Doctor )
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I propose a US health care meme which might help put faces on how screwed up the current system is.

If you are a US citizen and could never under any circumstances afford private health insurance, copy this meme to your LJ. Even if you have health care through work now, write as if your one-layoff-away-from-losing-it has happened and you're facing the job of getting insurance on your own.

If you have friends or family members who are in the same boat and are not on LJ, feel free to mention them too. I suggest thumbnail descriptions which include no names or identifying information, in the interests of privacy.

My wife and I both have chronic health conditions. The last time I check, the face value of our monthly medications was nearly the cost of a monthly COBRA payment. Without health insurance, we'd both be in pretty bad shape pretty quickly. From what I was told the last time I was unemployed, the monthly premium for private insurance for the two of us would cost more than our monthly mortgage payment - if we could get coverage at all, one of my chronic conditions raises huge alarms any time an insurance company hears the word.

I'm working at a job right now that I don't like, and has some aspects that are ... interfering significantly with my ability to properly manage my health.

I realized recently that consulting / contracting would be a good career for me. Except for the fact that I could never make enough money to cover the private insurance, and my skill set is such that I'm unlikely to be picked up by a consulting firm in a position to get covered by their corporate health insurance. As I understand it, there is a requirement (either federal, state of MN or state of SD) that requires temp agencies to make health insurance available to their temps - I got to look at this once. It was a joke - the maximum monthly pay-out was no more than the monthly premium, and it had no medicine coverage.

My brother went to work as contract trucker in Iraq. There was no corporate health insurance available for his wife and high-school age daughter (who has Type I Diabetes) - he thought his wife would be able to find cost-effect private insurance. At least cheaper than the ~$1000/month COBRA. She tried, and failed. They took the COBRA. I don't know what they're doing now - the COBRA coverage should be reaching its end right about now.
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The Supervillain Archetype Test )
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[ profile] gryphons_lair is doing the 'Five Things You Associate With Me' meme - she picked these for me:

Minn-SF )

Puppy Rescue )

Chocolate fondue )

Mongolian barbecue )

Uncle Hugo's )

If you want to play along, reply here asking for five things, and then post them in your LJ.
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[ profile] azurelunatic associates Bujold, the IT industry, dogs, family, and The Frozen North with me.

Lois McMaster Bujold, most well-known for her Vorkosiverse books. I've been a fan of her's since Joel H. talked me into reading The Warrior's Apprentice within a couple of years of it coming out - I got to read it, Shards of Honor and Ethan of Athos very quickly. And I've been devouring anything new by her ever since. This one of my two on-line fandoms (the other is the Liaden Universe), and I've been hosting in-person get-togethers ever since [ profile] norabombay came to Minneapolis to look into maybe coming up for school.

The IT industry
I've been doing computer support as my job since June 1990. I've done it for a professional engineering firm, an IT hardware company, the Federal Reserve, a manufacturing company, and a non-bank money services company. I try to keep track at least superficially of what's going on the industry as a whole. I've done a lot of stuff - maybe just about anything - that involves x86 hardware. I've been running a Debian/Linux system since January 2000 at home that serves the domains &, with e-mail, web, ssh & mailing list services. I want to get into a server/network admin role - my next step on that goal is getting an RHCE certification.

I'm a dog person. I grew up with chihuahuas. As much as I like chihuahuas, I won't buy one - they're too territorial for my life-style, we'd drive each other nuts. My first significant purchase after I bought my house was a dog - that was Ben, my first Shih Tzu. I've had three Shih Tzu's die on me - Ben had a car accident, Chela died of old age, and Gizmo's liver started eating his red blood cells. I've currently got Mac (Macguyver), a prize-winning former show dog, Josie, who is half-Shih Tzu/half unknown terrier, and Precious, a former puppy-mill mom who is all [ profile] carbonel's fault.

Wife, Mom, Dad, "The Evil Step-Mother", brother, sister-in-law, three nieces, three step-sisters, two step-brothers (TESM's kids - I've only seen two of the step-sisters and neither of the step-brothers in the last 10+ years), mother-in-law, two step-daughters, one step-son, two sons-in-law, three grand-kids, and a host of relatives of my wife. The step-kids each had one kid - the boy had a boy, the two girls had girls. My brother's in Iraq driving a semi for an obscene amount of money. Dad & TESM are currently living on the road. Mom lives in Duluth. The step-brothers/sisters live in Duluth, Duluth, North Carolina, Oregon & Missouri. Wife's brothers & sisters mostly live in the Twin Cities - the one exception is out on the Left Coast. We get together with my wife's family more frequently than mine.

Oh, yeah - the family fast track. I went from single with no prospects to being a grand-father in 729 days. My first date with [ profile] iraunink was 5 April 2000. We got married on 5 October 2000. The first grand-kid was born on 4 April 2002. If someone had told me on Valentine's Day 2000 that I'd be celebrating Valentine's Day 2001 with my wife, I would have told them they were nuts!

The Frozen North
I live in Minneapolis, MN. I moved to Duluth, MN to start first grade. I went to college at MTU, in Houghton, MI. The first year I was there the previous snowfall records were broken, possibly shatterd, by 300" inches of snow. There was a spot 20-30 miles north of Houghton that got 360" of snow - yes, 10 yards. I like my snow and cold, and complain bitterly about the summer heat. For that matter, I've been known to complain that we only get a real winter here in Minneapolis once every four or five years! If I were to move away from Minneapolis/St. Paul, the only likely place would be the Pacific Northwest - I'll trade the lack of snow in winter for the low summer highs.

I'll give a try at if I know you, you've just to ask and I'll come up with five things I associate with you. If I don't know you, I may amuse myself by picking five arbitrary things (or not).
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Gakked from several places on my FL: Which Were Animal Would I Be? )
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LiveJournal Username
Why you did it
Your lair
Your hideous secret weapon
Your favourite colour
Beautiful and exotic but deadly eastern lieutenantcallyperry
Henchperson who constantly plays with knifesarkuat
Your perverted scientific geniusfrostfox
You cordon bleu chefverana1111
Lieutenant with serious moral qualmsprofitne
Number of countries subverted94
This Fun Quiz created by Andrew at BlogQuiz.Net
Weight Loss Tips at WeightLossTips.TV

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Gakked from many of my friends, a pair of memes.
What Kind of Reader Am I? )

What Key Am I? )
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This is going my my friends-list again. I admit to some surprises.
Who comments the most on this journal? )
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My LiveJournal 12 Days
My True Love gave to me...
12 galacticvoyeurs a-snorting.
11 adameks a-sleeping.
10 fmsvs a-listening.
9 queenortarts a-calling.
8 frostfoxs a-milking.
7 kinzels a-munching.
6 kk1ravens a-swimming.
5 light yellow minastirs.
4 smooching jbrus.
3 Slovakian kaylarudbeks.
2 rat perchtas.
And a txanne in a kiwi tree.
Get gifts! Username:
Another fun meme brought to you by rfreebern.
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My Howard Gardner's Eight Types of Intelligence Test Result )
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gakked from [ profile] jeriendhal:
The LJ Personality Test )
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Which Daikaju am I?  )
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The Perception Personality Image Test )


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