A Good Morning to you. This is a big day for TOP: We're officially back up and running again. I'll have a nice announcement later today, too.
But first, a joke: What do you call a fish with no eyes?
And a riddle: What is the only word in English that can be used as a noun, a verb, an adverb and an adjective without changing its spelling?
And a strange coincidence. Early on in my search for a new house, I used to zip around in the evenings in my then-new-to-me old Miata (since sold to a TOP reader). It was great in a spiritual sense, to get out from behind the computer and out under the evening skies with the scenery changing. But not great physically, as I was still essentially just sitting on my backside. Anyway, one day I found a lovely corner lot that was still unbuilt in an older neighborhood. I looked it up on the real estate site, and the price was $90,000. Too much for me if I hoped to build a house on it any time soon. But still, it seemed like a great opportunity, full of possibility—a daydream scenario. I looked at it online and on the map for a while, but after a couple of months I sort of lost track of it. A couple of times I looked for it again when I was in the car, but I didn't really recall where it was and I never had any success locating it—never found it again.
So guess what? I didn't recognize it, because there's a house on it now, built between then and now—but that lot is actually two doors away from my new house. Quite a "shock of recognition" when I figured that out.
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The move has gone exceptionally smoothly—just about as smoothly as possible, in fact, and yes, I am knocking on wood as I write that. I've taken everything slowly, planned carefully, and gotten as much help as possible.
I even hired help to move the computer—Tom Phelps of Network Consulting Services, Inc. (NCS). That seemed like overkill even to me—how hard can it be just setting up a computer?
Well, it turned out it was some of the best money I've spent in the move. Tom is going to set up a professional network behind a firewall for me, with file sharing and a laptop that I can use for an part-time temp and also for traveling—and battery backups on everything. Plus a phone system that allows phones in Europe to be "extensions." I know a lot of you are very computer savvy and even this would seem easy for you, but I barely understood the explanation. It's all stuff I could never do myself.
Very happy I hired Tom. Nice guy and really knows his stuff.
So that word is "fast":
A forty day fast—noun
To fast for Lent—verb
A fast reader—adjective
And the joke: you call it a fsh, of course.
Hope your Monday goes by fast, if you're working today.
(Thanks to Dave Reichert and Larry Gebhardt)
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