Thanks, Walt Kelly for that particular witty nugget, and not much else, in retrospect.
It was 600 days ago when I began running. I have been keeping track of my days and distance, and while I don't go far on a daily basis, I figure I make it up in volume. I have missed 10 days out of those 600, due to injury, illness (I had a cold in late 2019 - in retrospect it must have been the Chinese Creeping Crud) and on at least two of those days we had typhoons. But otherwise I have been out there, pickin' 'em up and puttin' 'em down, rain, shine, gloom of night, etc. It works for me.
I'll tell you what doesn't work for me - my stove. My house was built in 1951 and I think the stove was replaced in the 1970s sometime. It worked fine for years, but I have lived here for 10 years and one by one the burners have given up. Now I am down to one working burner. And while I prepare all my own meals, only rarely do I use two burners at once. So I am getting by for now. But I know it is just a matter of time until the last burner shorts out.
So this is a simple problem to resolve, right? Go to the store, buy another stove, either install it myself or pay someone to R&R the current unit. That's where the story goes off the rails. The range is a 27" wide drop-in unit. Had I not needed to buy one, like right now, I would never have learned that they are not only not in stock, they may never be in stock again. Sure, at the store they will tell you that in 60 or 90 days the manufacturer may consider making one or shipping one to the retailer, but don't you count on it, bunky! I was even able to get past the nearly $1,600 price tag for this tiny stove, when normal size stoves sell for a third of that.
So, as someone who has done carpentry his entire life I figured out what it would take to rework the cabinets and countertop in order to make room for a standard size stove. All doable, but given how old and slow I am, I need something to cook on while I am doing the carpentry. So, how about a nice two burner hotplate - that would do the job.
A bit more thinking and what do you know - since I only need two burners at most, how about a two burner hotplate made a bit more permanent - you know, attached to the range top somehow - that appeals to both the cheap me and the lazy me. Sounds like a plan!
Then when I need to move on, or when a stove becomes available (remind me when the supply chain will get better - I have heard "never" - does that sound about right to you?) then I will deal with it. In the meantime I will still be able to cook, still swim around in my Scrooge McDuck money bin and all will be right with the world. Win/win.
Now for some pictures - it was 42 degrees here last night, yet some of the local irises are hanging in there:
We have had a lot of overcast and it was cold and rainy this morning - it's nice to get some sunshine.
How about some all-singing all-dancing videos:
That young whippersnapper Trooper posted while I was writing this one - sorry about stepping on your post, but there is a certain commonality between the two. Gold, old, cold, so it goes...
Update part deux:
Catherine O'Hara at 1:11 - yeah, no, no theme, not at all...
But wait, there is more:
My dog in the bamboo.