After ordering a second laser chiller to replace the DOA one I received, I am close to seeing a refund for the first one.. at pennies on the dollar. More than I expected to be honest, a lot of dispute resolution requires a reasonable seller, and mine was nothing like that at all.
So Patricia and Stacey came to visit this past weekend. I've known Patricia since I was .. 16? Stacey I didn't know at all. It's been at least 13 years since I saw Patricia last, and when I did catch up with her, she was married to a guy named Garnet.
So, a few little changes then. I have to admit, I worried it'd be awkward -- and by that, I mean I worried I would be a poor host, or insensitive.. or something. I'm not really sure what I was concerned about, but I invited them none the less, and I was determined to be a good host.
Unsurprisingly, it was a great visit. They are of course lovely people. Their relationship is simple and matter of fact, which suits me just fine.
In case you haven't gathered, I'm not homophobic. I'm in a permanent relationship, so who anyone else sleeps with is none of my business, NOR SHOULD IT BE. That being said, I'm a big fan of positive relationships and happy couples, and they certainly fit the bill. I was amazed at how quickly the time passed, before i knew it they had to go to their next destination.
It was nice to see that there's another friend from my childhood I can still consider as a friend -- that I met a new friend as well is something to not dismiss. They offered their hospitality next time, I think we'll make the effort and visit, if not this year then certainly next.
I bought a trampoline.
Why not? I'm not getting any younger, and I've always wanted one (Christina's never been on one even). A few years ago I'd assumed one would be in the works eventually, back when we thought we'd be having kids. That time came and went without producing much other than grief, but that is not the end - not of our lives, nor our ambitions to seize our youthful impulses while they still remain with us.
We assembled it today, and it promptly rained. Christina still had a chance to bounce on it briefly, so it wasn't a total waste. Now I'll be watching for sunny periods I think.
I think I'm going to start to get busy soon, but I'm going to try to remember to keep writing here. I write a bit into some of the 3D printer and laser groups I'm in, but I do not tend to write much in depth on Facebook, primarily because it brings what I've written to the attention of people who otherwise wouldn't look for it, probably do not care, and might even spend time being offended.
This is better for me. You, dear reader actually had to come find this. Well done.
There's quite a bit more I could write about, but it's all observed toxicity, and none of it affects me directly. Moreover, none of it can be affected by me. No point in cluttering up the one place I can write about my life with things that don't have anything to do with it.