• Quails was: same as it ever was

    From Nancy Backus@1:229/452 to Maurice Kinal on Thu Aug 16 19:06:40 2018
    Quoting Maurice Kinal to Nancy Backus on 14-Aug-2018 03:09 <=-

    Hmmm... In that case, probably just are lying low... hopefully

    BINGO! We were driving to town and about 1km down the road from here
    lo and behold a flock of about 20-30 of them ran across the road in
    front of us. No chicks but I imagine the chicks are all grown up by
    now. After all quail aren't all that big. No pictures as it happened
    too fast and we weren't prepared. However I was happy to see them and
    am now more hopeful that the local neighbourhood flock is just lying
    low for now and will show themselves again after Labour Day if not
    sooner.

    That is reassuring... :) Any chance that might have been your local
    flock, having moved a ways....? Or don't they go so far afield...?
    Does human activity arounf your area decrease after Labour Day...?

    ttyl neb

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  • From Maurice Kinal@1:153/7001 to Nancy Backus on Fri Aug 17 02:55:08 2018
    Hey Nancy!

    Any chance that might have been your local flock, having moved a
    ways....?

    Possibly. I have no idea how far they wander but given the frequency I used to
    see them before mid May I thought a few city blocks might be the extent of their range. I am basing this on earlier evidence of spotting a different flock in the school yard, which is roughly two city blocks away, after spotting
    the local flock in my back yard a few minutes earlier when driving to town a couple years ago.

    Does human activity arounf your area decrease after Labour Day...?

    Yes. Even moreso after Canadian Thanksgiving (second Monday in October). After that it is just what we in the neighbourhood call regulars. I have been a regular for about 17-ish years now.

    Life is good,
    Maurice

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  • From Nancy Backus@1:229/452 to Maurice Kinal on Mon Aug 20 23:01:28 2018
    Quoting Maurice Kinal to Nancy Backus on 17-Aug-2018 02:55 <=-

    Any chance that might have been your local flock, having moved a
    ways....?

    Possibly. I have no idea how far they wander but given the frequency
    I used to see them before mid May I thought a few city blocks might be
    the extent of their range. I am basing this on earlier evidence of spotting a different flock in the school yard, which is roughly two
    city blocks away, after spotting the local flock in my back yard a few minutes earlier when driving to town a couple years ago.

    That would seem to indicate a smaller range, at least normally...
    perhaps they banded together for safety....?

    Does human activity around your area decrease after Labour Day...?

    Yes. Even moreso after Canadian Thanksgiving (second Monday in
    October).

    Yes, I know... what we call Columbus Day is your Thanksgiving... it
    can be end of season for some of the campers up at our Boyd Pond, too...
    they plan on closing camp that weekend... :)

    After that it is just what we in the neighbourhood call
    regulars. I have been a regular for about 17-ish years now.

    Do the others accept you as a regular now...? ;)

    ttyl neb

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  • From Maurice Kinal@1:153/7001 to Nancy Backus on Tue Aug 21 03:59:30 2018
    Hey Nancy!

    perhaps they banded together for safety

    Offhand I don't think so but I am not exactly an expert on the subject. From what I've seen over the past 20 years or so the flock is anywhere between 15 to
    30 birds depending on the season. As for the range it could be bigger than I've noticed but it seems about right. This year has been different as far as how often I've spotted them and never did see any chicks this year. Mind you I
    don't believe I've seen any of the local flock since May. My neighbour Paul claims to have heard them in the brambles by his place but never actually saw them.

    Do the others accept you as a regular now...?

    The long time residents do. We call ourselves lifers. There are about a half dozen of us left as a few have died and a few have moved on to other pastures, usually due to health reasons some call 'old age'. Although I am not exactly a
    spring chicken I am hoping to squeeze out a few more years and this is as good of a place for squeezing out years as any I have run across. I have run across
    some very beautiful places but the living there would be much more demanding than this place is and is very beautiful in the grand scheme of all things in the beauty realm. Also the lifers, and some of the newbies, depend on me for linking their so-called smartphones to the vast wasteland of cyberspace. Beats
    me why I am the guru of smartphones given that I have never owned one and don't
    have any plans to ever get one. I think they are overpriced annoying pieces of
    crap.

    Silly people.

    Life is good,
    Maurice

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  • From Nancy Backus@1:229/452 to Maurice Kinal on Sat Aug 25 20:35:40 2018
    Quoting Maurice Kinal to Nancy Backus on 21-Aug-2018 03:59 <=-

    perhaps they banded together for safety

    Offhand I don't think so but I am not exactly an expert on the
    subject. From what I've seen over the past 20 years or so the flock
    is anywhere between 15 to 30 birds depending on the season. As for
    the range it could be bigger than I've noticed but it seems about
    right. This year has been different as far as how often I've spotted
    them and never did see any chicks this year. Mind you I don't believe I've seen any of the local flock since May. My neighbour Paul claims
    to have heard them in the brambles by his place but never actually saw them.

    In that case, maybe they're just lying low and not exposing themselves
    to those scary humans... at least while the population's still high...

    Do the others accept you as a regular now...?

    The long time residents do. We call ourselves lifers. There are
    about a half dozen of us left as a few have died and a few have moved
    on to other pastures, usually due to health reasons some call 'old
    age'. Although I am not exactly a spring chicken I am hoping to
    squeeze out a few more years and this is as good of a place for
    squeezing out years as any I have run across. I have run across some
    very beautiful places but the living there would be much more
    demanding than this place is and is very beautiful in the grand scheme
    of all things in the beauty realm.

    Sounds like a good place to stay, then... :)

    Also the lifers, and some of the newbies, depend on me for linking
    their so-called smartphones to the vast wasteland of cyberspace.
    Beats me why I am the guru of smartphones given that I have never
    owned one and don't have any plans to ever get one.

    You at least understand the workings well enough (and better than your neighbors) to link them to cyberspace, that's enough to make you the
    guru... Richard doesn't have one either, not even a dumb phone, but he
    can make them work, too...

    I think they are overpriced annoying pieces of crap.
    Silly people.

    Mostly agreed. ;) I do have a very basic cell phone, which I find
    convenient, but it's not for anything else other than talk and text.

    ttyl neb

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  • From Maurice Kinal@1:153/7001 to Nancy Backus on Sun Aug 26 14:50:29 2018
    Hey Nancy!

    Sounds like a good place to stay, then...

    Better than most methinks.

    You at least understand the workings well enough

    I built the two servers that are currently doing all the work or at least one of them. The other - the one I am typing this reply on - is more of my plaything where I am free to experiment which is something I enjoy doing. "99 Bottles of Beer" lives on here.

    I do have a very basic cell phone

    I still have a landline but have been tempted by basic cell service in the past. So far there really hasn't been a need but I do see the advantage of them. However I don't like the teeny-tiny displays that I cannot read without coke bottle type glasses. Also my fingers are too fat for the itsy-bitsy keypad dealies. My regular phone is much more of what I require of a phone.

    anything else other than talk and text

    Some of the people here watch movies on their so-called smartphones. Near as I
    can tell the small machine I turned into their access point to the outside world is where all the smart comes from. Without it they just have phones. The service from the usual providers is extremely lousy and far too expensive although I do understand why. Not enough customers out this way to make it commercially viable. Not being in the business and knowing the basics is where
    I come in. Also I am very curious which helps. However if and when something breaks down it is unlikely to get replaced as far as the wireless end of things
    goes. I personally don't have much use for it and nobody here is interested in
    getting anything local working on it so I really don't have any incentive. Most of what is out there in cyberspace is worthless to me and repeating it on wireless is pointless and not worth the additional costs.

    Life is good,
    Maurice

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  • From Nancy Backus@1:229/452 to Maurice Kinal on Wed Aug 29 22:53:36 2018
    Quoting Maurice Kinal to Nancy Backus on 26-Aug-2018 14:50 <=-

    Sounds like a good place to stay, then...

    Better than most methinks.

    Especially for you... :) Have you seen any evidence of the quails
    lately....?

    I do have a very basic cell phone

    I still have a landline but have been tempted by basic cell service in
    the past. So far there really hasn't been a need but I do see the advantage of them. However I don't like the teeny-tiny displays that
    I cannot read without coke bottle type glasses. Also my fingers are
    too fat for the itsy-bitsy keypad dealies. My regular phone is much
    more of what I require of a phone.

    We still have our landline... and it still is my primary phone... the
    cell is for when I'm not home and wish to have communication away from
    home... I do ok with the small display and the little keys, though...

    anything else other than talk and text

    Some of the people here watch movies on their so-called smartphones.

    Yup... and my son uses his as a portable computer, which just happens to
    have phone service as part of it....

    Near as I can tell the small machine I turned into their access point
    to the outside world is where all the smart comes from. Without it
    they just have phones. The service from the usual providers is
    extremely lousy and far too expensive although I do understand why.
    Not enough customers out this way to make it commercially viable. Not being in the business and knowing the basics is where I come in. Also
    I am very curious which helps.

    Give you a challenge, and you're off and running... ;)

    However if and when something breaks
    down it is unlikely to get replaced as far as the wireless end of
    things goes. I personally don't have much use for it and nobody here
    is interested in getting anything local working on it so I really
    don't have any incentive. Most of what is out there in cyberspace is worthless to me and repeating it on wireless is pointless and not
    worth the additional costs.

    If your neighbors kicked in for the costs to fix things to keep their
    less expensive service going, you'd be willing to work on things,
    though...?

    ttyl neb

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  • From Maurice Kinal@1:153/7001 to Nancy Backus on Thu Aug 30 03:33:32 2018
    Hey Nancy!

    Have you seen any evidence of the quails lately....?

    Not yet. I think my timing might be off. Perhaps when things quiet down I'll make more of an effort to seek them out.

    my son uses his as a portable computer

    I noticed my eldest daughter uses hers like a Nintendo machine (do they still exist?) when she was last here.

    Give you a challenge, and you're off and running...

    That can work.

    kicked in for the costs

    Not enough neighbours for that to work out. Before wireless I was paying all the costs anyhow so that never was my incentive. Getting wireless working was originally just another challenge/distraction. Also if I take money from them then I'm committed to keeping it working whereas now I can call it quits without any guilt feelings. Also, also they pay me back in other ways ... sometimes.

    Life is good,
    Maurice

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  • From Nancy Backus@1:229/452 to Maurice Kinal on Mon Sep 3 12:40:40 2018
    Quoting Maurice Kinal to Nancy Backus on 30-Aug-2018 03:33 <=-

    Have you seen any evidence of the quails lately....?

    Not yet. I think my timing might be off. Perhaps when things quiet
    down I'll make more of an effort to seek them out.

    That makes sense... :)

    my son uses his as a portable computer

    I noticed my eldest daughter uses hers like a Nintendo machine (do
    they still exist?) when she was last here.

    I think they might still exist.... my son plays games on his, too...

    kicked in for the costs

    Not enough neighbours for that to work out. Before wireless I was
    paying all the costs anyhow so that never was my incentive. Getting wireless working was originally just another challenge/distraction.

    So it's always been pretty much for the fun of it... ;)

    Also if I take money from them then I'm committed to keeping it
    working whereas now I can call it quits without any guilt feelings.

    There is that... :)

    Also, also they pay me back in other ways ... sometimes.

    And that can work, too.... ;)

    ttyl neb

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  • From Maurice Kinal@1:153/7001 to Nancy Backus on Tue Sep 4 04:25:50 2018
    Hey Nancy!

    So it's always been pretty much for the fun of it

    Sometimes. Mostly I do it to keep insanity at bay and also I am getting to the
    age where dementia is an issue. Not sure it will work but so far I don't have a better plan ... or any other plan now that I think about it.

    How about you?

    Life is good,
    Maurice

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  • From Nancy Backus@1:229/452 to Maurice Kinal on Thu Sep 13 16:44:56 2018
    Quoting Maurice Kinal to Nancy Backus on 04-Sep-2018 04:25 <=-

    So it's always been pretty much for the fun of it

    Sometimes. Mostly I do it to keep insanity at bay and also I am
    getting to the age where dementia is an issue. Not sure it will work
    but so far I don't have a better plan ... or any other plan now that I think about it.

    Sounds like a decent enough plan to me... :) Keeps the mind active,
    which they do say helps... ;)

    How about you?

    Echomail messaging, Scrabble, other word games, Sudoku, reading... those
    are part of the strategy here... ;)

    2019-01-01 is 119 days from now and falls on a Tuesday.

    We're getting there... ;)

    ttyl neb

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