(07-01-2017, 08:27 PM)Octo Wrote: Keeping the grass short in your backyard would keep the ticks away from the lawn at least. But I sense you're not in an ideal place to do what you want here. Not everyone should have a dog obviously I hope you can change your situation in the foreseeable future
I agree, however the forest is just a few feet from our house. I think most people who build a house in the forest where we are have a big yard in order to create some buffer zone between them and the forest forest if you know what I mean. There is a camp ground about a quarter to a half a mile from where I live which is almost all open land with few trees so I'm sure between short grass, open land, and perhaps the occasional spraying for pest there should be a way to make it as hospitable as it is for those who live out of tents and RVs at the camp ground.
Also with the dog situation, I think it comes down to weighing the pros and cons of any given situation and with that one my sister Liz may have not really considered the impact taking care of the dog would have on the other ten people living here. I think such actions and poor judgement skills is a common trait in my family although I imagine there are a lot of other disfunctional have similar problems as well.
I remember talking to a behavioral specialist (who only had a couple years left before he retired) almost ten years ago and when I was giving him something like highlights of mine and my family/relatives lives and at a certain point he just shook his head and told me that I had THE MOST DYSFUNCTIONAL family he ever heard of. I wasn't sure to treat it as some sort of medal (for either surviving having such a family or somehow my family managing to screw things up so much that they should be given some token of accomplishment like the give a medal for the ugliest dog at dog shows).
I kinda of consider it a little of both, but it is also scary to think that my life might be really screwed up and that the majority of people out there might have something like a "Leave it to Beaver"/"Brady Bunch" life while I'm stuck with this one. At least when I was young and living in the projects during the 80's it was comforting to know that nearly every other kid had it just as bad as me or worse; of course almost all of them (or the ones I hear about latter at least) either got in using/selling drugs, going to jail for several reasons, or dying from shooting themselves in the head/OD'ing/killed by someone else over drug matters. Yeah, life in the projects may not always be that bad when your not an adult, but it tends to get a lot hard when you become an adult and try to get a better life and not drawn into it.
I know from working in IT that being a database administrator often involves doing work that can give someone a headache, but at the same time the people who are either a database administrator or do similar work often crave the power it gives them beyond a simple paycheck.
(07-04-2017, 07:48 AM)JayRodney Wrote: IT is a mixed blessing, on the one hand it can be very satisfying, on the other it can be a mind numbing PITA that steals you soul.
Well, as the old saying goes, that which doesn't kill you just delays the enviable (just kidding). But on that kind of note I'm guessing there might be other 'lost souls' similar to myself who might find my nihilist ideas useful in dealing with the BS that they have in their life.
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