Weekend Plans Post: The Garden Gnomes That Weren’t There

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  1. Fish
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    What’s on my docket? Well, I’m going garden gnome shopping, of course…Report

  2. fillyjonk
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    Are you sure the gnomes aren’t just on an around-the-world tour? You might start getting photos of their exploits in the mail…

    My weekend is going to be boxing stuff up and moving it to the storage unit; I decided to go all-in on house renovation. Of course, I still have to find a trustworthy general contractor but I’m telling myself that’s future me’s problem, now I have to bung books and fabric into boxes and move it out. (The eventual carrot to get me to keep doing this is both a renovated kitchen and the chance to paint my sewing room a pretty color once I get a little drywall repair sorted)Report

  3. InMD
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    Covid outbreak in my son’s preschool so we are on lockdown until we can get him a PCR test Monday. I will spend the day praying it doesn’t end with me in one of those dumb viral videos where the kids interrupt a zoom call. At least there is legit snow to play in for the first time in years. Also it will be a good excuse to stream the new Ghostbusters movie tomorrow.Report

  4. Pinky
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    Today’s the last day of my old-school self imposed ten day isolation. I’m still not sure I had covid, but whatever it was, it was mild and it’s largely passed. Saturday I’m thinking of doing all kinds of stuff outdoors, like…go outdoors. Also, not eat delivered pizza. You have no idea how exotic that sounds.

    There’s an age for themed gifts. About 8-10 for boys, 11-13 for girls. After that, you’ve probably got more than one interest.Report

  5. Dman
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    Dang, I will have to help resupply you with the weird garden gnomes again.Report

  6. Marchmaine
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    Hoping there’s a weird(er) neighbor who has them in a cage with a Saruman statue looking over them…

    Went with my middle son to a firearm safety course specifically for CCW… that’s the UVA junior who just turned 21 (for those keeping score at home). He’s been accepted into Marine OCS this summer and wanted to get his CCW permit prior to that (which would make the course moot). I already have mine, but figured nothing wrong with a refresher and maybe will learn a thing or two about the changing laws. Turns out the only thing they won’t discuss are the changing laws — other than to point out where you can read them, what they are in the broadest non-legal-advice kinda way, and sternly admonish us to know them and obey them. But hey, refresher on safety and a newer Cert in case I need it in the future with all the changing laws…

    The mildly interesting cultural phenomenon out here in Red McRedville was that despite every possible cultural marker for MAGA enthusiast (the class was at his home) — and I mean *all* of them plus a few new ones — he didn’t make a single political comment or reference or shade or nuthin’ — even though it was 1/6 too. His professionalism was extreme, except for the part where he pulled off his belt to show us the *very best gun belt* and had to unzip his pants to put everything back together again… but that was just guy stuff of a certain SES.

    Rest of the weekend is probably just keeping the fire stoked as our corporate bonus time ends and I’m back into the politics and strife we call B2B Tech Sales.Report

    • Jaybird in reply to Marchmaine
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      I mean, they’ve gotta be in walking distance from me, right?

      But they can’t use them in the front yard. They have to be in the back yard. And if you only look at them yourself, you know “I stole these. They aren’t mine.” And so every time you see the Gnome and the Gorn, you know that you failed the test.

      I don’t understand it.Report

      • Marchmaine in reply to Jaybird
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        It’s odd too because garden gnomes are like $10 on ebay… so not some sort of ??? profit scheme either.

        Unlike my dad who bought my mother an expensive German Christmas plate every year they have been married… only to discover via the miracle of ebay that everyone in the world bought the exact same ‘collectible’ Christmas plates… so 50-years of marriage has a German Open Market value of about $500 – which is probably about 10% the price he paid in non-inflation-adjusted dollars. Think about it… Apple and Microsoft stocks WERE RIGHT THERE.Report

    • InMD in reply to Marchmaine
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      Always keep an open mind about an ‘I teach the CCW class’ tier gun dude. Not that we’re really afforded niceties like CCW up this way (may issue is really more like maybe issue, if you’re a former cop, and even then…), but the classes exist and different classes are required now for a license to buy a handgun. My experience is that the people teaching really do not want to talk politics. At least in Blue McBlueville I think there’s a sense among them of needing as many friends as they can get.

      Contrast that with a lot of the shop owners on the other hand who are to a fault disdainful of everyone. No matter who you are, what your politics, whether you have that anti-Martin O’Malley t-shirt they all sell, you are an amateur, a perpetual beginner, who has invaded their rec room with your newb incompetence.Report

      • Marchmaine in reply to InMD
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        “who are to a fault disdainful of everyone”

        This is so true. We go to a mom-n-pop hardware store that has the nicest possible people helping you with all your rural needs — the exact opposite of Lowes/Home Depot — but the guy at the gun counter? Total dick.

        I’ve converted my son to an external hammer double/single guy (actually all my firearms have external hammers) — and nothing makes the gun counter guy more disdainful than asking for an out of fashion firearm (that isn’t a 1911). So we went back home did our research and came back with a hard-copy of the item we were looking for including the SKU. He said it would be impossible to get… all his suppliers were tapped, blah, blah, blah. So we showed him the paper and said it was a pity we’ll have to order online and pick it up at some other place. Turns out there were plenty in stock via his supplier… had it in less than a week.

        Regarding the instructor… yeah, that is my baseline assumption too… and if we’d met at some neutral location where a lot of these courses are offered I wouldn’t have thought twice about it. At his home? Whelp, it’s good to know how to code switch.Report

        • InMD in reply to Marchmaine
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          Dude that’s too funny. There used to be a store owner with a place a little more towards Baltimore who was a notorious a-hole (I think he has since closed up). I would see him at the Dulles show just cleaning up on grossly inflated transfer fees but treating everyone like garbage. It’s even more astounding because all of those people he’s interacting with are going to have to come pick their items up from his store where he was going to have a chance to sell them stuff. He lost my business after being particularly dickish when I asked him a pretty innocuous question about the uppers he had.

          I’m totally with you on the external hammer DA/SA (to the extent I am anything with handguns it is a Sig Sauer enthusiast, love my P220). Sometimes I feel like the odd man out with all these glock people but whatever.Report

  7. Ben Sears
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    My grandmother was given an otter statuette by a good friend so she set it out for her friend to see. Soon all her friends were giving her otters. I gave her one for Christmas once. There were eighty or so on the still of an oriel window. It wasn’t till after she died that my aunt told me how much grandmommy hated otters. She valued the gesture and displayed them out of duty and a desire to please her friends but knew that each birthday or Christmas meant four or five more.Report

  8. Mike Schilling
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    The last time I saw a garden gnome up close is when a coworker brought one to a meeting in Zurich.Report

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