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Originally Posted by Mellowicious
...it was common to tie a rope from house to barn in order to avoid being permanently lost.
I just purchased a 17" giant screw thingy with a handle that gets screwed into the ground and attached a 30' cable to it because Rocksus sometimes runs off to the park next door and barks at people and scares them. I placed the screw 30' from the house so that Rocksus has a good 60' radius.

Weird thing...

I tried it out this afternoon to let him go pee, and he came right back to the door to be let in. He's never, ever done that before. I usually have to beg him and cajole him to come back into the house.

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I used to date an artist who, at a fundraiser, was told by an arts supporter that she didn’t have any luxuries. He ran through the list you had, Ken, and as he was a bit testy about I’m sure she never forgot (I certainly didn’t; this was over. 30 years ago.)

There is an exercise I tried 10-15 years ago (and I’ve never felt poor since.)

Assume there has been a natural disaster of massive proportions. Your house/apartment is the only place standing, and there is a cold and heavy rain.. How many people can you shelter? Not necessarily comfortably, but safely. All your furniture will be tossed into the street except mattresses.

First line folks up head to tail around the walls, then fill in towards the middle of the room. Fill in the kitchen, leaving a a path to the fridge. If you have multiple bathrooms you can fit at least two kids in the bathtub.

I think I got 27 in my old apartment, and 60-something in my house. Made me realize how privileged I am.

Oh, yes, count the garage.


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I can hold about 40. And I mean that seriously. And sometimes I wish it would come to that. It would give me a reason for continuing on.


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Of course they would be sleeping all over the floors and everywhere including the hallway. But hey. At least half the world lives that way.


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Exactly, Ken. It’s a great way to recognize one’s privilege.

The same friend also said he ha$ a great weight loss diet: every day eat 1/4 cup of rice and all the black tea you can drink. He said of course you can live on it; probably a quarter of the world’s population does.

Thanks for bringing this up.


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If they stayed in their cars, I could accommodate about 500. But they would need to bring their own food, and I could only supply enough stored water for a few weeks.


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