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Of a lot of things.

Mostly because I've spent the last 5 days waking up with nothing but muscle pains and headaches, mixed with that sick taste in the back of my mouth. All of Friday night and most of Saturday was spent in bed with aspirin and aleve intermittently- neither of which really helped with the level of salt and water loss.

But I digress. The real reason I feel sick right now is because of the oncoming storm one neighbor is about to face.

Over the years, we've had a fair bit of fighting in the community (some well reasoned, most not, and an occasional person literally off their meds- but that's suburbia).

This time, I hate to be right. The neighbor's behind us, the ones that tore out the trees and put down concrete for what is now (or was) going to be a basketball and baseball court really didn't pay attention to what he was doing. While he owns the land rights (meaning that no one can take or remove anything on his land without his permission) he wasn't legally allowed to either. When you stand at our back door, you can see that all the houses along this particular row line up oddly perfectly. All of their trees come to a very specific line.

Turned out that line was actually the flood plane. The one for the golf course's drainage stream. And really. really. really. should never be messed with. (Legal translation for those of us who really aren't into property law- this means that while you own the area in question, you may never place any structure of concrete, brick, wood, etc- on this potentially loose and unusually saturated soil because it increases the risk of damage to your home, and in turn, other peoples houses in the local vicinity; also you should have something like well rooted trees or erosion controlling heavy rooted plants.

So, if it had just stopped there, I would be doing my happy dance to know I was right and not just a crazy woman reading stuff on the internet all day.

Well, the guy used the sob story and it actually hit on a long thought dead area of just wanting to do something nice for your kids. Now maybe it's the heat. Maybe it's the sympathy. And (as those of you who have ever had close neighbor issues know) it may have a tiny bit of tact to try to keep people from getting their stuff removed, even when it's breaking the law. I don't know by this point, but I still feel bad even though I didn't help or hurt the situation.

But here's the biggest issue: the city is involved now.

Which means there will be people out here this weekend, checking it out and probably trying to be as nice to the guy as possible, but they will most likely tell him it's gotta go.

Look, I'm not a homeowner (though, like everyone, I wish I was by winning the lottery and buying up my existing home so my parents wouldn't have to worry about a thing), and I couldn't really do anything but be supportive. But, like my parents, I'm tired of the drama. We've been fighting off and on with neighbors, and with ourselves, over stupid things for the last 10 years. It's at the point where we just want reasonable happiness, peace and calm when things happen. We want to enjoy a private backyard. We want to see each other when someone comes back from a long trip. Because who knows how long this will last? I don't want to miss a moment of someone's life with an excuse of independence and loneliness. This isn't worth moving or leaving or tearing things up- but it is worth laughing about good memories and going to bed with a smile.

if you've read this far, you can have a cybercookie for your troubles. Thanks for listening to the beaten down, heatwave burned mind of a tired girl.

Maybe this will get some stories flowing.
I may end up dumping a massive water balloon on my lunatic neighbor.

They've been blasting One World by Bob Marley.

For.

Five.

Freaking.

Hours.

Straight.

On repeat.



Don't read past here if you don't want a kinda pathetic, kinda stupid story.

Ok, quick story (because I'm too irritated to tell the whole thing)

Parents screwed up, left their (above 18- won't say age because, let's face it, chronological age is not a relatively correct assumption of maturity) son by himself in our city while his brother, sister, mother and father all moved to different areas. Mother is in Charlotte, dad is in Pennsylvania, sis is now living in Charlotte (has a kid) and bro is now back in Greensboro. But, kid is too stubborn to move in with them after his car broke down and quit his job becauseeeee: GIRLFRIEND CAN'T COME. *head desk* Ends up begging (and I stress the beg part) for food and money to supposedly get a place to live. Winds up selling everything from his childhood (a personal heartbreaker for me), then has to give up his dog (ok, shatters what's left of my heart), and then, ladies and gents- they get caught buying beer when they are accepting $100 in groceries a week! Now, they aren't paying rent, utilities, anything- but they have the cash to buy beer. I've been giving my spare time to help these-UGGG. Anyways, that's part of the reason I haven't been updating much. Sorry.

Step dad went out of his way to get the brat a job, refused to take it after they drove 2 hours each way to get him to the damn job. (He was going to move down there, anyways-)

Anyway, girlfriend is the big problem. Apparently (because her story changes each time you talk to her) she's been in basic training, was let go (now I'm thinking discharged for being a nutjob), EMS training (flunked out), and has the worst time holding onto things while swinging between emotions faster than a rocket powered pendulum.

Son's just lazy. He used to be a good kid. Now, I just don't know.

All this (and more that I can't even calm down enough to write) has been ok so far. They are losing the house to foreclosure on the 22nd this month. Just a few more days, right?

Nope.


They got into an innocent conversation with my neighbor, and told her they went to a 'black church' (their words, not mine, but essential to the story). So our neighbor, in full awkward conversation mode, said the standard 'Oh, that's different'. If you know her, that's kinda how she exits a conversation she isn't comfortable with.

So, weeks go by after this conversation happens- nobody seems to have an issue.

Saturday, she comes over when we aren't around (Ikea was fun though). The girlfriend's name is T and the son is M. Our rather innocent neighbor is D. T doesn't talk to D one on one this round, but she starts taking stickers off a bench D got at a yard sale. After a few minutes, she turns to M and asks 'Well, aren't you gonna ask her?!'. M asks D why she hates black people. Short explanation: its all from this conversation about the church they grew up in months ago. After this woman has given them food, rides, money, yard sale stuff- they turn on her. Call her a racist, and now, are blasting that damn song over and over. It made its way through my sound proof windows (we have planes nearby. it makes it nicer). When we went for a walk, other neighbors were coming out to yell at them. I think someone threatened to call the cops. The neighborhood is done with them. T is 22 and clueless, M is older. I can safely say I have never met someone as rude as her.

Well, I hope I at least made your day a little better by telling you this wacky tale. Back into my caterpillar suit. *zips*
Yup. Say hi if you want to, I'm friendly. I also am kinda hard to miss- you know, with a giant Undertaker scythe!
Has anyone ever been kicked out of a convention (ex: Comicon, Animazement, Dairycon) because their prop was too big? I made a large scythe, and I'm kinda worried it's going to get flagged for size. I have no intention on hitting anyone with it, but you know, sometimes you just bump into people and don't -mean- to do it, but get in trouble anyways.

So, experiences? Issues? How big the piece was (in length, width and height- please)? I don't think I'll get kicked out, but I don't want to cause a problem. And this prop is the right size for this character. Damn you anime, stop making me make huge sized things. I'm running out of precious room.
Life Sized G1 Ravage Plush by AuroraBluewolf
Life Sized G1 Ravage Plush
Man, I've been waiting to do this for a while!

At 5 feet long and 4 feet propped up, this life sized Ravage plush is totally not for sale! He took me only 5 days to assemble, and then life threw a wrench at me (or Ratchet, sometimes it's hard to tell), and his skin had to wait for the finishing details.

Anyways, his core comes out, leaving his legs, head and tail detachable in case of spit ups, sweating, or (if you're me) occasional soda spills.  Made of plush fabric, he's a pillow! He doesn't really sit up, but he does slouch over. His joints are still anatomically as correct as I could get them (two things here: 1- He's kinda hard to decipher from box artwork, toys, comics, and animation, so I did the best I could; and 2-foam stuffing does not like to cooperate. It bends, flops, squishes and slumps. And as big as he is, this can be a huge problem. So, he's reinforced with a lot of upholstery foam- hence, why his legs are so square. That's kinda the only way to get them that geometric. But you have to know your way around a blade and how to use it when slicing a material that, frankly, hates to be cut. Don't try this so large if you want to make something like this. Start small- like with Laserbeak. Cheaper, thinner foam and not so bad on the price tag!)

I'll post more later, but Ravage's Decepticon symbols have not been sliced free, so they are kinda one big pointy symbol. I hesitate to operate on these, cuz they were not happy to go on. Blasted purple thread, breaking on me while I try to do some more intricate knots.

So, yellow eyes (because again, box artwork verse cartoon- yellow seemed more friendly), grey body, and light grey legs.

And now he's off on his big mission to scare my nosey neighbor. And she is NOSE-Y!!!

Total cost- estimated about $150 for materials alone . I used a lot of coupons for the 2" foam, and planned it out, but I salvaged some remnants from other projects as well for filler in the body cavity.

Don't bother flaming, I'm not one to react. But this Ravage is a one of a kind beauty, and (as of this post) is the only one of this size.
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Of a lot of things.

Mostly because I've spent the last 5 days waking up with nothing but muscle pains and headaches, mixed with that sick taste in the back of my mouth. All of Friday night and most of Saturday was spent in bed with aspirin and aleve intermittently- neither of which really helped with the level of salt and water loss.

But I digress. The real reason I feel sick right now is because of the oncoming storm one neighbor is about to face.

Over the years, we've had a fair bit of fighting in the community (some well reasoned, most not, and an occasional person literally off their meds- but that's suburbia).

This time, I hate to be right. The neighbor's behind us, the ones that tore out the trees and put down concrete for what is now (or was) going to be a basketball and baseball court really didn't pay attention to what he was doing. While he owns the land rights (meaning that no one can take or remove anything on his land without his permission) he wasn't legally allowed to either. When you stand at our back door, you can see that all the houses along this particular row line up oddly perfectly. All of their trees come to a very specific line.

Turned out that line was actually the flood plane. The one for the golf course's drainage stream. And really. really. really. should never be messed with. (Legal translation for those of us who really aren't into property law- this means that while you own the area in question, you may never place any structure of concrete, brick, wood, etc- on this potentially loose and unusually saturated soil because it increases the risk of damage to your home, and in turn, other peoples houses in the local vicinity; also you should have something like well rooted trees or erosion controlling heavy rooted plants.

So, if it had just stopped there, I would be doing my happy dance to know I was right and not just a crazy woman reading stuff on the internet all day.

Well, the guy used the sob story and it actually hit on a long thought dead area of just wanting to do something nice for your kids. Now maybe it's the heat. Maybe it's the sympathy. And (as those of you who have ever had close neighbor issues know) it may have a tiny bit of tact to try to keep people from getting their stuff removed, even when it's breaking the law. I don't know by this point, but I still feel bad even though I didn't help or hurt the situation.

But here's the biggest issue: the city is involved now.

Which means there will be people out here this weekend, checking it out and probably trying to be as nice to the guy as possible, but they will most likely tell him it's gotta go.

Look, I'm not a homeowner (though, like everyone, I wish I was by winning the lottery and buying up my existing home so my parents wouldn't have to worry about a thing), and I couldn't really do anything but be supportive. But, like my parents, I'm tired of the drama. We've been fighting off and on with neighbors, and with ourselves, over stupid things for the last 10 years. It's at the point where we just want reasonable happiness, peace and calm when things happen. We want to enjoy a private backyard. We want to see each other when someone comes back from a long trip. Because who knows how long this will last? I don't want to miss a moment of someone's life with an excuse of independence and loneliness. This isn't worth moving or leaving or tearing things up- but it is worth laughing about good memories and going to bed with a smile.

if you've read this far, you can have a cybercookie for your troubles. Thanks for listening to the beaten down, heatwave burned mind of a tired girl.

Maybe this will get some stories flowing.

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Daw, thank you! *blushes*
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Daw, you're welcome! I really liked it! Lil' Starry sitting in Megs way! Gah! I almost exploded with cuteness!
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