Beanie level: Errand boy

NO MORE HIDING!!!
I’M AN ERRAND RUNNER!!!
Yes!

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Just a little something to help Uri @mary to work off stress after fighting bots all day…

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    So many bots, so little time.

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    Bots are on a roll, huh! πŸ˜€

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    I forgot to thank you for this ♥

    It’s kinda weird because my sis and I used to visit this kiddie playground in the mall that had this exact game, just to play it.

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@natzillagorilla, I have only found some sad brown leaves so far. They were still crackly though…
💕

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The Vegetarian by Han Kang

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    Thank you, @kerouregan, for recommending this book to me.
    I’m about halfway through and am impressed by the dynamics at work here.
    Disgust is the first word, but also the idea of ownership and individual freedom…
    I am sure it will stay with me for a very long time…. and make me stronger.

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      That’s why I keep it in the toilet, because otherwise I would do something… The husband’s first description of his wife got me so angry and I was like “so that’s what really some guys are thinking…?!” I don’t eat meat and it’s quite complicated for some society to accept but it never went to this extent. What are Buddhist monks considered like, when they don’t touch the most beloved dishes and don’t drink alcohol in korean society?

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        This goes so much farther than meat or no meat for me.

        My first thought was about gay or lesbian or queer kids who are put into indoctrination programs to make them straight.

        This story is about anyone who is a little different and the group mentality that feels it is only right and good to force (beat, rape, coerce, bully, emotionally blackmail…) them into being just like everyone else (according to the same arbiters of social standards).

        One of my brothers has a serious mental illness. He’s my favorite brother because he has such a kind heart.

        I get more than a little upset (okay, I’ll be honest, I get extremely angry) about the kind of behavior this book is dealing with.

        But apparently some people can just say ‘lalalala’ and not hear a thing. They can avert their eyes and not see anything. They would never rock the boat to say anything.

        They are probably really nice.

        I don’t want to be nice. I want to be kind.

        Sorry. End of rant.

        I’ll probably finish the book this evening. It is horrifying and riveting and I want to become a militant of some sort while I am reading it.
        I will be militantly kind. 💕

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          Maybe we’re little puppets in the hands of god’s like in greek mythology… Sometimes it looks like that, it’s so sad and then comes my depression πŸ˜‰ Didn’t have it for a while, I’ll fight it , can’t think too much otherwise it could hunt me for a while.

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            I understand that things can be too difficult to deal with. I get that. But sometimes we make things worse when we don’t confront the issue which is bothering us. This happens a lot in our beloved k-dramas, doesn’t it?
            I am the same. I do this too. But I find that I feel much better when I am actively trying to be part a positive, constructive response to the things that I dislike. Usually I know that I will have little real impact. It doesn’t matter. I think that every little bit helps. Perhaps the only one I’m saving in the end is me. But hopefully We are all saving each other… someday…
            πŸ€”

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        I also come out in hives at the way that she is never treated as a person. She is only an object that men can hang their wishes, desires, weirdness onto.
        How come no one tries to listen to her or understand her or just respect her choices ??

        This is an important book. I can understand why it won a literary prize.

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          It is an important book and I was surprised it didn’t shake korean society too much. All cultures have different standards and you shouldn’t cross them if you would like to go with a flow, like robots. I watched the movie version of Little Prince with my little son not long time ago and it was wonderfully made. There was the same message but softly put: If you’re different you’re something bad, not normal. Me and my sister were all the time very revolutionary in my family and sometimes I do to myself more harm than good but I don’t like the uniform society and try to fight against the wooden mills like Don Quixote. It’s hard to read this tiny big novel for me as well, because we have empathy and certain experience but for somebody it can be boring because he/she thinks the same as the unjust society well pictured in there.

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            I am so grateful that you suggested it to me!!!

            I hope that when a writer sheds light on an issue with as deft a hand as has been done here, it helps to tip the balance. The choice of telling her story from the the perspective of those around her is BRILLIANT.

            I better get back to the book. I’m wondering where the story will go. Wondering and dreading…

            [Quick question: I am reading the English translation, which is wonderful. Do you think that it is as good in French? Have you read both versions? Should I read it in French before suggesting it to my acquaintances? Also, have you read the other book that has been translated by this author??]

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          I would buy it in english when I’ll go to Ireland or UK, I’ve read only some passages in english, that’s why I ordered it in my nearest bookstore. Because I’m living in France and it was first translated to french I think, but not too recognised, I’m reading it in french. I don’t know why but the syntax of translated books into french is more easy to go through as the ones of french writers.

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          It reminds me of lot of other books dealing with simmilar issues and one of the classics ones would be Idiot by Dostoevsky or Boule de Suif by Guy de Maupassant.

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          I’ve read Maupassant in my language when I was like 17 and it made my day at that time. It was very well translated. Oh,17! I would like to come back sometimes to that time. Would change some unwise decisions and would read again Tolstoy’s War and Peace with such appetite as back then 🀧 .

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      Have a good night! It was pleasure for me too. Bisous

    I started it and am having a hard time getting through it, even though the reviews are good. The writing is excellent, however! Maybe I’ll take it up again.

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    I haven’t read the book, but i did see the movie.
    The movie was disturbing enough, am not sure I want to read it. Let us know how it goes.

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    sigh…that’s such a beautiful poster

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Oh dear! I was so busy worrying about being smelly that I haven\’t properly prepared to be a wrongly accused fugitive!!
My list of things to do:
Black cap β˜‘
Face mask β˜‘
Map of surveillance cameras β˜‘

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Goblin\’s undies are strong
durable, stretch along
durable, stretch along

goblin\’s undies are grubby
smelly and dirty
smelly and dirty

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@mango, @shindy, @luzitania
I don\’t know who else lives close enough to Paris, but let\’s plan to meet one weekend in September!
details in the reply…

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Thank you, @egads 💗💝 for recommending this excellent book!!
Now I want to read her first novel…

Any other recommendations are more then welcome!!

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    DAM! – my “Kryptonite“, sad puppy dog eyes. You are so cruel @rukia!

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    Sorry, sudden stalker here, any mention about pets, dogs, cats will get me running like Flash. What a
    cute dog!

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      Then you will NOT want to check out my Fan Wall. There is nothing there to interest you.

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      Aeris says thank you!!

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        A defunct French airline? Okay tell them, they are welcome.
        *with nose and forehead scrunched up*

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        Guhhhh, the name is so cute too!

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        So that is your puppies name, that makes so much more sense.

        My dogs names are as follows:
        Holly Noel – Eskimo Spitz, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Eskimo_Dog
        Boots – Greyhound [retired racer], https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greyhound
        Sugar – Toy Poodle [roadside rescue], https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poodle
        Pixie – Yorkshire Terrier, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yorkshire_Terrier
        Taz – Cairn Terrier, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cairn_Terrier

        Note: Holly Noel was Christmas present, not pictured. Pixie was a present from beloved mother [the dog breed she always wanted]. Taz is named after the Looney Tunes character, name does not fit his personality. He is way too calm and gentle.

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          It’s my 1st time hearing about Eskimo Spitz, just googled, end up squealing. My kokoro is content with today’s dog daily doses, thank you. 😊

          I don’t know why for Greyhound, I imagine if it’s a human, is a wise librarian with spectacles with spy/ninja background.

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            He was a retired racer, 5 years old when I rescued him. He lived to be 13 years old. His racing name was “Grey’s Boot Hill”, renamed to Boots. He was 80 lbs of twisted steel and sex appeal. His racing record was stellar. He was the absolute most gentle dog I have ever known. He accidentally locked me out of the house once. Got excited at the door while I was about to enter and his paw set the deadbolt. Up on his hind legs he was over 6 feet tall. The deadbolt only locked and unlocked from the inside. It took hours to get in and I needed professional assistance.

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          Aeris was a rescue pup. She is part yorkshire terrier and part ??
          The boys had different ideas about naming her. The eldest wanted to call her β€˜Eris’ – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eris_(mythology)
          and the youngest wanted a name that would sound cool.
          They settled on β€˜Aeris’. She is in fact a fluff ball of playfulness and joy.

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            There are rules to naming dogs, which are the following:
            – No people names, way too confusing
            – Must be short and easy to yell a thousand times
            – Must be able to yell without feeling too embarrassed

            I rescued Sugar when Boots was my only other dog. We voted and it was down to two possible names: Sugar and Slippers. She looked like a fuzzy white slipper when she was all curled up. Slippers was actually the winning name. I overruled the vote because I was too embarrassed to yell her name in public. I never regretted that decision.

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            She is in fact a fluff ball of playfulness and joy
            She does look playful!😍

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          I love the names that you have given them!
          Boots sounds like such a great, sweet dog. I’m sure you miss him.

          They all look very happy in the pictures that you posted…
          <3 ^^

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          How Pixie got her name. Pixie actually spent the first few months of her life without a name. My beloved mother acquired her from a trusted breeder near their home as a present for me. My parents lived 1,000+ miles away from me. Those nameless months were spent in my mother’s care. As I already stated my mother had always wanted a Yorkie, but now retired a dog did not fit their lifestyle. Pixie was a handful as a puppy. She was a terrier terrorist. My beloved mother got the worst of it, karma has a sense of humor. I named her Pixie because they are mythical creatures that are unworthy of Heaven and unworthy of Hell. My beloved mother referred to Pixie as “Peck’s Bad Girl”, which has a similar meaning. Pixie was an is the perfect name for her.

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          Taz was improperly named because of Pixie. Taz is a pure breed Cairn Terrier [$$}. He was originally named Toto after the dog in the Wizard of Oz. A young newly married couple who had no idea about dogs/puppies and terriers specifically, were his original owner. He lasted about two weeks in there apartment, before dropped off at the no kill animal shelter. I hope that couple never had children. I have over the years helped out at such places. The right person called me immediately, knowing I was looking for another terrier. I was afraid Pixie would terrorize any other small dog breed. I assumed that Taz would be like Pixie and named him after the Looney Tunes character [Tasmanian Devil]. However his name turned out not to fit his personality. He was almost as sweet as Sugar and almost as gentle as Boots.

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          Thus far I have written almost nothing about Holly Noel. I always called her Holly. She was 15 lbs of twisted steel and sex appeal, with the courage and attitude of a dog 5 times her size. Holly and Boots were my first pair of dogs. I got Holly several years before Boots. She originally shared my house with another dog. That is how I learned first hand having two dogs was better for both me and the dogs. Holly completely owned Boots even though he was huge in comparison. He was 80 lbs of pure muscle with the dog equivalent of a six pack. Boots is laying on a bed in his picture. Holly would jump on that bed and bark until he came. He would rest his head on the bed with his paws on the floor. Holly would proceed to assert her dominance by chewing on his ears and the like. She never hurt him and he never moved until she jumped back off the bed. I still smile just thinking about that bizarre spectacle.

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          The first couple years I had Holly, I did not have a fenced yard. I never fenced the whole yard, but just a portion to give the dogs an area to play freely and safely. I worked very hard to insure that she would come when called. Boots never had a clue about responding to his name. He did seem to know it, but not reliably. If he ever got loose catching him was impossible. He was a retired racer with blinding speed. However, I could have him home safe and sound within 5 minutes. I would let Holly out. She pretended not to care but always caught up to him within those 5 minutes. He only ran a bit when he first got loose then trotted like a horse and explored. Once they were together Holly was the leader and he followed her like a puppy. I called her and he would always follow right back into the house via the front door.

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          Holly was a real force to be reckoned with. She was 15 lbs of twisted steel and sex appeal, with the courage and attitude of a dog 5 times her size. One of my neighbors had a male Boston Terrier a good 10 lbs heavier than Holly. He was somewhat dog aggressive and prone to cause trouble. He once attacked Boots with Holly present. That was NOT a good idea. Holly chased him out of the yard. He ran with his tail between his legs. His owner was at their front door calling him cluelessly. He had just escaped. Holly chased him back into his own house following him in. The owner was caught completely off guard. Holly had him trapped in the house, it was a sight to behold. We never talked too much after that. They moved less than a year later. I believe out of shame.

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            Oh @caeparius!!
            I love all of your fond memories of these wonderful dogs!!
            I’ve fallen in love with the whole crew!!
            Do you have any pictures of Holly? Preferably in front of the shamed neighbor’s house? 💕

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            Sadly, all the photos of her were lost during a house fire. Luckily we were away. It happened over a long weekend, faulty electrical wiring. It was a real shock returning home on Monday afternoon to find you had no place to spend the night. That is until I was able to contact those friends who I mentioned in the mega dog-sitting story. We did not even have to wait for them to get home, we had previously exchanged house keys. We stayed with them while the insurance was sorted out at their insistence. Net loss was all the photos and some childhood prized possessions. Everything else was replaced via the house insurance.

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            Oh my goodness!!
            I’m so glad that none of you were hurt!
            It’s hard to lose all of your photos and those special belongings that carry memories…
            I treasure our many photos. Especially living so far away from where I grew up and my siblings. Someday I hope to scan them all and put them in an online repository for family members so that we won’t ever lose them.
            That said, I treasure time spent together the most.

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            “She was 15 lbs of twisted steel and sex appeal, with the courage and attitude of a dog 5 times her size.”

            Your description is so vivid. You’ve painted her with words… 😊❀️

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            Let me share some valuable knowledge on how to protect those photos. In the US there is a company called Rubbermaid, they make high quality plastic containers. They are not expensive, but not cheap either. Smoke is the real enemy in a house fire. Houses are more fire resistant than you would imagine. Anything exposed to smoke is ruined. The only paper items that survived unharmed were in double Rubbermaid containers. I had several 24″ x 18″ x 12″ containers with 9″ x 12″ x 2″ containers inside them. The larger outer containers were melted some, but on two of the three the seals held. The inner containers were perfect. Everything in the inner containers was protected. Unfortunately, most of these papers were work related and not valuable photos. Fire fighting water is also very destructive. Again the double heavy gauge plastic containers made all the difference. Both containers must seal air tight and water tight, but that just means a little more money. Very very cheap insurance with respect to valuable photos. Two added benefits are organization and ease of access. Everything is also all in one spot and easy to grab at initial fire detection. Opening and closing good quality plastic containers is easy, so will stay organized.

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            But wait all of my photos are in albums. Which makes your advice tricky. Do not be a victim of all or none thinking. Trim your photo albums by removing select photos. Currently you have six photos of your oldest son’s 9th birthday. Remove two from the album and place them in your special double containers. Now you are immediately protected. One trip to the store, a modest amount of money and a few hours of your time.

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            Why us high tech offsite storage when low tech will do just as well. Make a packet of duplicate photos and send it to a trusted family member for safe keeping. This is especially easy if you have the photo negatives or double prints. Use negatives to get extra prints of essential photos. Remember not to store photos on top of each other. Use cut manilla folders as a separator to keep photos from sticking together. Label outside so does not get accidentally opened to view contents.

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            One last comment, how many photos do you need to remember someone? I would be satisfied with just one of Holly. Ideally as few as a half dozen key photos could be enough. They would depend on the person too. For a veteran fire fighter, their graduation picture from the fire academy would be a must have. You get the picture.

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            Wow.
            I’m the only one of my siblings who still has a set of the family photos from when we were little. (there are 5 of us!)
            I was thinking high tech because they are all in the States and I’m not.
            You give very good, persuasive advice. I’ll get some sturdy vacuum seal containers first. Who knows when I’ll be able to scan everything, or whatever?
            I will scan the photos of our father, when he was younger as there aren’t very many and they need to be shared.
            My sister has most of the pictures of our mom, when she was younger, so if I post these perhaps she’ll do the same. I hope.
            As for the pictures of us and our 2 boys, you’ve given me wonderful advice which I will follow!
            Thanks again, @caeparius!

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            Really this is the last comment, you are going on a trip to Japan with your family. You will probably take dozens and dozens of photos. Unfortunately, after the fact there are so many that they seldom get organized properly. However, if you note a single photo or two that summaries each day organization becomes trivial. You can even get the family to vote on the best two pictures of the day. The trip instantly becomes a dozen or so meaningful photos.

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            Great idea!
            I always write a journal to help me remember each day when I do something particularly exciting like this. 😁
            I can add photos to this and each day will be that much clearer…
            However as I don’t want to experience life solely through a camera lens, I’ll definitely also miss some great shots.

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            Rubbermaid Roughneck Storage Box [10 gallon] – 23.9 x 15.9 x 8.7 inches
            Rubbermaid Roughneck Storage Box [ 3 gallon] – 10.7 x 15.9 x 7.0 inches

            Two 3 gallon fit nicely inside the 10 gallon [fire tested setup, worked for me]

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            Thank you for the info, @caeparius.
            It would be wildly, crazy expensive for me to order these from the States and they don’t seem to be available in France…
            I’ll look for a local solution, but keep in mind the double boxing as a way to ensure that precious photos will be safe. Thank you again!

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            Information is power, by showing you exactly what worked for me it will help you. Giving you the exact models was meant as a guide. These are extra heavy gauge storage containers made specifically for long term attic and basement storage [ie hot and wet]. The is another US brand Sterilite which compete against Rubbermaid there containers are very light duty and would NOT work. I tend to provide very detailed information because you can filter it as you see fit. If I do not provide the enough information then have I actually helped you? Does that make sense?

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            Yes, you have helped. I understand what would work best. Now I just need to find what is available here that can give the same results..!
            Thanks again!

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            From talking about cute dogs>tips to protect owner’s and pet’s privacy>photos storage recommendation, why you girls are so precious😘😆I learn a lot, kamsahmnida~😊

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    Rukia!!! She’s SO precious!! <3 <3 <3

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Well, I don\’t know how, but I\’ve just become smelly underwear.
*smh*

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Now that I look like someone else, why can\’t it be someone I like???!

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These two are doing an impressive job. Their hate hate relationship is intense and ugly…

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Another invasion of the bots!!
One even has an avatar. eeeuhh!

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Time for a re-watch…

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I couldn’t stop my tears while watching this.
Moved beyond words…

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What!? I\’m a Noble Idiot now!?
How did that happen??
It\’s true that I love this site, our benevolent Dictator for life, the Minions and ALL the Beanies!!
*starts looking for a noble idiot avatar…*

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The unexpected surprises in dramas that make me laugh…!

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