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  1. Tonight, I'm in charge of dinner. I'm making homemade chicken strips, and I'm attempting to reproduce one of our favorite french fry recipes from a local brewery.

    https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/michael-chiarello/baked-meyer-lemon-fries-recipe-1916908

    Giving these a try, with the addition of Parmesan cheese and fresh ground black pepper. I'm not making nearly as many either; one mid-sized potato each will do it for us.

    Rounding things out with broccoli slaw in a homemade dressing (I've tried it, and at least I know that will be good!).

    I'm looking forward to it!

    1. Wayne Gray

      Wayne Gray

      Turned out good. I was nearly led astray by the 30 minute cooktime in the recipe, but I checked the fries at 18 minutes, and they were perfect. I would have been mad if I’d have burned them!

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  2. I really enjoyed the Camp Refuge series. Interesting mix of characters and the northern California climate was well presented. I hope to don't stop this series. I'm sure you can find more interesting characters.

    Cheers

    1. Wayne Gray

      Wayne Gray

      Thank you, Gorge!

      There are a couple more chapters to go for Broken, the latest addition to the Camp Refuge series. After that, I don't have anything planned for the campground, but that can easily change. I'm not quite ready to give them up either. 🙂

      Thanks again. I'm glad you enjoy the work!

  3. Holy crap.

    Wine is not NEARLY enough tonight.

    1. Wayne Gray

      Wayne Gray

      I had an employee bring a gun to work.

      He has a concealed carry, and he wasn't threatening anybody ... but that doesn't make it okay.

      Some places (like schools, and places empowered to hand over prescriptions for narcotics - like my clinic) are completely off limits to firearms, unless you're an agent of the law.

      This guy ... I've tried so hard over the last five years to make it work for him. He's had so many problems throughout the years, and I've always managed to make it work regardless. He's a person who is difficult to employ - someone I thought I could coach, and slap patches on his oddities in order to keep him working and productive.

      But I can't fix this. He's done.

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  4. I shouldn't laugh at another man's pain.

     

    But I did. I certainly did.

    1. Wayne Gray

      Wayne Gray

      This thing just looks evil. Why? Why would anybody stick that wolverine in their mouth? lol

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  5. Congratulations again on your promotion to Promisng!

    1. Wayne Gray

      Wayne Gray

      Thank you, Cassie. I appreciate it. 🙂

  6. Red Dragons Waiting GIF by SUNY Oneonta

    Waiting patiently for your next story Mr. Gray.  Well, maybe not so patiently.  Lol 

    1. Wayne Gray

      Wayne Gray

      @Mikiesboy has it right. We've been writing and writing and writing, and I like our folks quite a bit. 🙂

      I'm happy you're jonsing for more!

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    1. Wayne Gray

      Wayne Gray

      Yes, I thought afterwards the "HA" may not have been the artist's initials.

      It has been a struggle to write. As tim said above, he and I both have only just started to find the drive to do so again. This new "normal" is anything but, and some days it's all we can do to just ... row.

      Hang in there, Mac. The story will wait, and so will we.

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    1. Wayne Gray

      Wayne Gray

      Holy shit. You have no idea how happy this makes me, Mac. 😄

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    @droughtquake tim and I just thought you should see this badass little howler.

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    @droughtquake tim and I just thought you should see this badass little howler.

    1. Wayne Gray

      Wayne Gray

      I've also had a significant amount of wine on an empty belly. So my judgment may not be the best.

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  11. Do you get chills when listening to music? 🎧

    I can't imagine not being deeply affected by music.

    1. Wayne Gray

      Wayne Gray

      You're right, @Mikiesboy. Not all does it. But there are absolutely songs that do.

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  12. My granddaughter and daughter have been too cooped up for the past week and tempers are out of control.  I am disappointed.  We've worked with my granddaughter to understand anger management and to not redirect against others either.  Apparently for naught.  I'm not sure how everyone will survive being cooped up for weeks to come.  It is such a shame that in a time of crisis, people cave instead of stepping up.  I wish I knew better how to encourage and de-escalate everyone's stress and fears. 

    1. Wayne Gray

      Wayne Gray

      If they can get outside then they should. I'm not sure if there's a yard, or anything of the sort available ... but sunlight, air, and a lack of walls helps. But depending on age, this is going to be a very trying experience. It's unprecedented for the youngest and even the next generation.

      I hope she gets the support she needs to get through it. Hell, I hope we all do. Good luck to you.

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  13. So, this conversation just happened in our kitchen ...

    Kevin: God, I need a haircut. Wait. Are hairstylists considered essential personnel?

    Me: Ah, no. Afraid not.

    Kevin: *stares at me for five long seconds* I need my hair cut! What are we going to do?

    Me: Uh ... put up with your Portuguese-man fro that's gonna grow in?

    Kevin: *unintelligible screech*

    1. Wayne Gray

      Wayne Gray

      @Mikiesboy, he does use his talents on us. Oh ... you meant cutting hair ... how embarrassing. 🤭

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  14. So, this conversation just happened in our kitchen ...

    Kevin: God, I need a haircut. Wait. Are hairstylists considered essential personnel?

    Me: Ah, no. Afraid not.

    Kevin: *stares at me for five long seconds* I need my hair cut! What are we going to do?

    Me: Uh ... put up with your Portuguese-man fro that's gonna grow in?

    Kevin: *unintelligible screech*

    1. Wayne Gray

      Wayne Gray

      @Mikiesboy- we DO know a man who often uses shears. On sheep. What are you trying to say? 😛

      @Ron - Yep. Moot point now. This morning I trimmed the hair around my ears a little with a small pair of scissors, just trying to keep the stuff off of my damn ears. I can't stand that. The military ruined whatever chances I had at being a long-haired hippy.

      @Kapucinski - Yes, he lived. Perhaps more important, so did you. So I suppose those videos paid off!

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  15. Fleeing into night,
    across meadows draped in black.
    A songbird flies blind.

    1. Wayne Gray

      Wayne Gray

      Thanks, everybody. Some problems are episodic, while others are constant. My problem, really is that I don't know which sort I'm dealing with right now.

      Time will tell. Hopefully, I'll see that sun again after all. 🌞

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  16. I just got back from one of our clinics.

    Both of my lab staff there called out sick (tis the season) so I was royally screwed. That is, until someone who's cross-trained in the lab stepped in, and is handling it solo. This woman just returned from a week on the East Coast of the US, dealing with her mother-in-law's sudden and unexpected passing. She was the glue that held her husband's family together, the one that made things happen, helping them make decisions that had to be made, and letting them lean hard on her.

    I took her a cute little potted plant, chocolate, and cheese (because, cheese!). During a lull in the lab, she met me in an office, and I thanked her for ... well, for bailing me out. She stepped up in a tremendous way, and I made sure she knew it hadn't gone unnoticed ... then I made certain her clinical supervisors knew it as well.

    She is so strong. I told her so.

    Anyway ... I'm posting this because I'm just thankful for those who work for and with me. I'm lucky to work with such folks, and our patients are lucky to have them too.

    1. Wayne Gray

      Wayne Gray

      She's awesome, @Thorn Wilde. 🙂 Thanks for the nice comment.

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  17. I just got back from one of our clinics.

    Both of my lab staff there called out sick (tis the season) so I was royally screwed. That is, until someone who's cross-trained in the lab stepped in, and is handling it solo. This woman just returned from a week on the East Coast of the US, dealing with her mother-in-law's sudden and unexpected passing. She was the glue that held her husband's family together, the one that made things happen, helping them make decisions that had to be made, and letting them lean hard on her.

    I took her a cute little potted plant, chocolate, and cheese (because, cheese!). During a lull in the lab, she met me in an office, and I thanked her for ... well, for bailing me out. She stepped up in a tremendous way, and I made sure she knew it hadn't gone unnoticed ... then I made certain her clinical supervisors knew it as well.

    She is so strong. I told her so.

    Anyway ... I'm posting this because I'm just thankful for those who work for and with me. I'm lucky to work with such folks, and our patients are lucky to have them too.

    1. Wayne Gray

      Wayne Gray

      @mollyhousemouse, thanks. She deserved something. I know her personal stuff isn't mine to bear, but knowing the whole story made it really apparent to me that she's just a rockstar.

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      I can't not try and make things at least a little better for her. It was just a few bucks, and about 30 minutes spent in total on her. It's a tiny price to pay if it helps ease her day. I'm really lucky in that when I approached my own manager to ask if I could take a half-hour to do this, her response was "Do you need the corporate credit card?" It's easy to do things for others when it's engrained in the culture. One more reason why I love where I work. Thanks for the nice comment.

       

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  18. I'm just waiting for this topic to be flagged political to end the debate.

    It's not political. Uncomfortable for some, but not political. However ... I've noticed a pattern, and we'll see if it holds.

    1. Wayne Gray

      Wayne Gray

      @Thorn Wilde, it's not worth descending into that cesspit. I suppose not participating will sound the victory trumpet for those wounded by the desire to discuss inclusivity.

      Oh well.

      I got to see some true colors today, and that has value.

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  19. I'm just waiting for this topic to be flagged political to end the debate.

    It's not political. Uncomfortable for some, but not political. However ... I've noticed a pattern, and we'll see if it holds.

    1. Wayne Gray

      Wayne Gray

      @Timothy M., I get that.

      The thing is that the people involved used the political argument, as they often do, to simply silence the conversation. I never go into The Pit. I avoid politics.

      A few felt "attacked," by the mere existence of such a tool (yes, this was actually what was stated in that thread by one of those uncomfortable with the conversation).

      I guess ... I'm not surprised. Disappointed, but not surprised.

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  20. Well, I called it. We've had a chilly and wet January and February, but I said to everyone, before March there will be snow again.

    It got colder yesterday and it's been snowing all day. Now the question is how long it stays...

  21. I'm just waiting for this topic to be flagged political to end the debate.

    It's not political. Uncomfortable for some, but not political. However ... I've noticed a pattern, and we'll see if it holds.

    1. Wayne Gray

      Wayne Gray

      I certainly can, @Timothy M., as no rules were violated. It concerned the Bechdel Test. Here's a link to it if you're interested.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bechdel_test

      See, that's the thing @Daddydavek. It wasn't political. It was discussion of a tool used to determine inclusivity in works of fiction. There are those for gay characters, women, and probably one for people of color too. It's really simple, and nobody was trying to say work that passed this particular test was inherently better than those that didn't.

      But ... the mere existence of such a tool as it concerns women in works of fiction, and the fact that there was a discussion about how authors who wanted to be inclusive could do it better was considered egregious enough to warrant removal of the post.

      If that's political ... to openly discuss how to write inclusive stories, well, then I will not last long here. I'm gay. I depend on inclusivity to live my life. It doesn't matter who that makes uncomfortable.

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  22. I'm just waiting for this topic to be flagged political to end the debate.

    It's not political. Uncomfortable for some, but not political. However ... I've noticed a pattern, and we'll see if it holds.

  23. Thanks to you all who read Trainwreck and supported us. We had a brilliant time and loved all your comments.  Thanks for choosing to read our crazy little story. It was @Wayne Gray and my first time in that pool (writing together) and we decided we like it so much we have already jumped back in. Our new story needs much research and our 6 main characters are already in our hearts.  And we are writing.

    So, thanks again.  Wayne has more to post I believe, with Ash and Ember, and I will have a couple of things for Anthology in May, not sure what else ... Cheers everyone!

    And!!  Oh my.. thanks to @Thorn Wilde for editing ... and to @AC Benus for his help at the start!!  Love and appreciate you both!!

  24. Thanks to you all who read Trainwreck and supported us. We had a brilliant time and loved all your comments.  Thanks for choosing to read our crazy little story. It was @Wayne Gray and my first time in that pool (writing together) and we decided we like it so much we have already jumped back in. Our new story needs much research and our 6 main characters are already in our hearts.  And we are writing.

    So, thanks again.  Wayne has more to post I believe, with Ash and Ember, and I will have a couple of things for Anthology in May, not sure what else ... Cheers everyone!

    And!!  Oh my.. thanks to @Thorn Wilde for editing ... and to @AC Benus for his help at the start!!  Love and appreciate you both!!

    1. Wayne Gray

      Wayne Gray

      Yep, Ash and Ember has a bit to go. It goes for 29 chapters, so I'll be busy with that for a little bit. Though, it won't stop me from working on our story!

      It was a real pleasure writing with you, @Mikiesboy, and I'm loving where Wild Maple Farm is headed. We'll do it right! 🙂

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  25. I've always loved "Don't Fear the Reaper" by The Blue Oyster Cult.

    I stumbled onto this version today ... and I just keep listening to it, over and over.

     

    1. Wayne Gray

      Wayne Gray

      Ohhhh damn! I would have loved that! God. I bet it was a chill-bump moment when they began to play Don't Fear the Reaper!

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