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I am the puzzle box that incites people to riot - Ambar
June 6th, 2002
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I am the puzzle box that incites people to riot
I am looking for a puzzle box. Anyone local know of a good source?

Tired now. Writing on the train, where it is full light at 6:14am. I arguably should be trying to nap instead of write, but it's just too bright.

Came home yesterday from spending the morning with elflet and the early afternoon with Palisades, to find Petit Point standing tied in the neighbor's paddock. On the evidence, she had gone through the !@#$ barbed-wire fence from my pasture to his -- cuts all over her chest, a couple on her stifles, and a nasty one on her nose. Nothing to be done except smear them all with salve and then apply fly spray over that. Ray (the neighbor in question) was really sweet about helping with her. I sit up there on my hill and grind my teeth about some of the things my neighbors do (tearing up my access into my lower barn, for example), but I never speak to them (unless they wave me down when I'm buzzing in/out of the place), and they really are pretty nice. I must remember that.

I hate that damned rusty barbed wire, and I want it gone. My tendency to procrastinate on decisions like this (insufficient experience, decision not easily reversed once implemented) has bitten me in the ass again. And it's easy to procrastinate on anything that involves spending a significant chunk of money. I could beat myself up over past decisions, but that's not the least bit useful. The real question is, how to rapidly accumulate the necessary cash while still being able to pay my other bills?

The farrier showed up in the evening, and was kind enough to walk the fence with me, after trimming the horses, and help me fix the break. I do hope this is a one-shot example of equine idiocy on Petit Point's part, on a par with the time she somersaulted over a low spot in the paddock fence and headed for the road at a trot. She never challenged that fence after that, which gives me some hope. Not a lot, but some.

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From:sambear
Date:June 6th, 2002 09:22 am (UTC)
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Wow - look at you Ambar - did you move from kitties to horsies? I guess you did!

I still remember playing with your cats and the laser pointer and racing them up the wall!

I wonder if your neighbor could go halfsies on the fence with you? Might be worth it to him :)
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From:agrimony
Date:June 6th, 2002 09:38 am (UTC)
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From my dusty recollections, putting up new barbed wire was a good deal of physical work but it wasn't really /hard/ to do. Time, of course, being the factor, as well as energy. (Aside from the money issues.)

I wonder if those new 'electric shock if your dog crosses the invisible line' fences work on horses. :)
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From:ambar
Date:June 6th, 2002 09:45 am (UTC)
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Ah, I was unclear. I do not want shiny new barbed wire; I want any barbed wire within five square miles of my horses torn up and recycled into something socially useful. I hates the stuff, I does.

The decision on fencing materials was among woven (smooth) wire, pvc/belting, or electric (electrified rope, tape, or a combination thereof).

I could put the electric in myself, if I were willing to ignore all the loose T-posts that really should be replaced. I do not think, in this lifetime, that anyone is going to convince me to go after this rocky ground with a manual post-hole digger.
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From:drastic
Date:June 6th, 2002 09:56 am (UTC)
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Puzzlebox-wise, some of the links off of this page might be worthwhile to pursue.
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From:ambar
Date:June 6th, 2002 10:55 am (UTC)

You are the wonderful sun of my sky!

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Wow, yes, very cool. Thanks!
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From:cjsmith
Date:June 6th, 2002 11:04 am (UTC)

Re: You are the wonderful sun of my sky!

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The one on the far far right of the image on that page, the metal fireplug, is Really Cool. It made my brain hurt. (Bits and Pieces has that one.)
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From:jbsegal
Date:June 6th, 2002 02:24 pm (UTC)
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http://www.johnrausch.com/PuzzleWorld/default.htm

is my favorite site to start looking for any sort of puzzle on....hell, all of johnrausch.com is fun...
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