✌ Victory! ✌

Thanks for sharing that, I needed a dose of vicarious victory!


And as a bonus it opens up other oportunties in the bargain.


Not just any ol’ victory, that’s a major victory!!!

:tada: CONGRATULATIONS!!!:confetti_ball:


A minor victory in the scheme of the universe, but:
My CT scan came back clean. So that’s good.


That’s wonderful


We paid off our mortgage today. It’s just a 110 year old farm house in southwest buttfuck nowhere, but it is OURS. This little patch of planet belongs to us and no one can make us leave! Wheeeee :tada::fireworks::cake:

I’m sure that the day the deed arrives will be the really big celebration day, but for now, might I just say FUCK YEAH!


After corresponding with my professor about my hopes for research experience, she recommended me to a local soap company. I still have to show up and speak with them (so keep your fingers crossed), but if I get the internship, I’ll get a chance to do research that has industrial applications. It’s unpaid, but I’m okay with that since what I’ve heard so far is that it’s very much a come and go as you please type of position. I’m not displacing a regular worker. My job will be to answer some basic research questions and it seems like I get to impose my own structure on my role there. I need to hit the books on soapmaking, hopefully the uni library has something on industrial soapmaking. I’m planning on hitting the shops and buying some of their product just to look at what they’re working with. I figure we need some more soap anyway.

@cleveremi that;s great news! Although I did initially read that as a 110 year mortgage! :smiley:

Sounds like heaven, as long as I could get high-speed Internet and Prime deliveries, I’d call it ideal.


This is a legit soap-making operation, right?


Well, the soap is supposed to be vegan-friendly. So basically that picture behind a farmer’s market.


I remember reading/hearing something about that when you pay off the mortgage, you’re supposed to burn papers and put them in the newel post at the base of the stairs. Have no idea if it’s true.
Sounds cool, though.



dating vegans would make that a non-issue


High speed internet is relative. I get 11Mbps downloads and 1Mbps uploads, which is enough. A colleague who moved to KC for google fiber laughed at the slowness of my speed, but it’s enough to stream movies (one at a time anyway) and make a living.

And Prime… I get at least one box a week :slight_smile: The mail carrier probably thinks I’m a shut-in, but really I go out at least a few times a month!




Everything has been electronic for at least 7 years, but I’m sure I can find something to burn :smirk:

Also, Thanks!


Victory today! The excellent medical staff at the hospital kept my father alive long enough to stabilize for surgery (he was an extremely high risk candidate for surgery). He has two new valves, a triple bypass, a maze procedure to prevent a-fib, and chest tubes to clear the edema that was slowly drowning him (couldn’t control with diuretics due to poor condition of his heart). The cardiac surgeon caught the damn Hail Mary he threw last weekend. Pops is intubated and sedated past being a bag of meat, but he’s mother fucking alive.


Thank you all for keeping me sane, coming here got my mind out of all those sad little rooms hospitals are made of.


Cool! Just this week I was at this website while searching for a decent way to counter the charge in anionic surfactants:

(Context: trying to improve my LP cleaning regimen. Currently I use a dilute solution of Liquinox because it is cheap and free-rinsing (and it is also amazing for wine glasses), but it is anionic, and anionic detergents can leave a crackly charge on the LP. The Library of Congress recommends a non-ionic free-rinsing detergent like Triton or Tergitol, but they are expensive and fiddly. )

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So palm oil?

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Palm, almond, olive, castor, etc. Depends on the product. The palm stuff is supposed to be sustainably sourced with Rainforest Alliance certification. But I couldn’t tell you in real terms of that means no orangutans died for it.

Interestingly after working to make vegan GMO free soaps, I’m going to a job fair to give my resume to Monsanto, Dow, etc. I owe a brand new Toyota Camry in student loans. Not as much as others, but I’m not terribly picky about who I work for if it means I can get a job that lets me pay things down in a couple of years of frugal living.

@d_r Page isn’t loading on my phone. I’ll have to take a look at it later.

I’m not yet quite so learned about soaps as I’d like to be. I wouldn’t know whats wrong with a relatively short chain amine oxide, for instance. I’d imagine that’s pretty cheap but I’m not sure how free-rinsing it is. I want to say it wouldn’t hurt the vinyl, but I haven’t really had a chance to think about it. It’s interesting to consider at any rate.


Hey I work in a abbatior so no stones from the glasshouse just curious.


Victory! I managed to ride my motorcycle today for the first time “post op” & that was a looooong 55 days.

:motorcycle: :tada: