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May 22nd, 2004
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Parents...
You know, sometimes I think I have the World's Best Parents, and I'm not afraid to say so. I read other people's journal's (c.f. phoenix_glow in this entry, for example) and talking to my friends. Yes, they have their quirks--but they have always been supportive--of even the most outrageous things (like me going "hmmm...I failed out of marriage and grad school...what next? Oh, yeah, I know! Air Force Officer Training School!")...Unlike the proverbial half of my friends, they've stayed together...[christilyn, are there any of our mutual high school friends' parents who haven't gotten divorced yet? Seems like a fair number were divorced already.]

I should be sealing the deck right now, but (a) I'm bushed and (b) I can't find the [expletive deleted] paint trays. Grumble. Pam did an amazing job of cleaning it with the pressure washer; I got it swept up, and started working with the paint sprayer, but the sealer is a bad consistency for the sprayer, it seem...

Okay, well, I'm going to gird my loins and go back out there and at least clean up the paint sprayer before it's gummed up for good...anyone know why a brand new paint sprayer would spray inconsistently?

Arrgh...phone..

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From:coleoptera
Date:May 22nd, 2004 01:59 pm (UTC)
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I've found that applying sealant with a brush is really just fine, though that's got to be more time-consuming if you built a tiny deck. It needs like 3 coats anyway, right?

Also, try boat shellac. When I made my little brother's desk at home many years ago, I didn't want to just give it a protective polyurethane coating, I knew I'd have to go all the way. It paid off, that thing glowed for a full year before he scratched it up enough.
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From:happypete
Date:May 22nd, 2004 03:20 pm (UTC)

hmm...

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I didn't think of shellac...

me so tired...

that has nothing to do with anything.

oh, right, coats...the stuff I used (Thompson's) says to lay down one good coat and stop...multiple coats do no good, apparently...
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From:coleoptera
Date:May 22nd, 2004 06:42 pm (UTC)

Re: hmm...

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Hmm, maybe it's the stuff I used that always meant you needed a few coats...and it was never deck-specific, it was always something my siblings were going to bang and scratch up, being who they were. Thompson's sounds like a good brand...but then, I have no clue :)

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From:happypete
Date:May 23rd, 2004 06:43 am (UTC)

Re: hmm...

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well, this is sealing a deck, which is something of a special purpose activity, I guess--and you're more worried about exposure and water damage than scratching...
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From:hammercock
Date:May 22nd, 2004 02:19 pm (UTC)
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You know, sometimes I think I have the World's Best Parents, and I'm not afraid to say so.

I know what you mean. I'm lucky to have great parents, too. As you say, they certainly have their quirks, and I had my problems with them over the years, but one thing I have never, ever doubted is their love and support for me and my brother. I wish everyone could have parents for whom they could say the same.
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From:happypete
Date:May 22nd, 2004 03:18 pm (UTC)

amen, sister...

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They've been supportive of owenthomas, too, but I figure he can say his own piece... ;)
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From:browngirl
Date:May 22nd, 2004 07:43 pm (UTC)
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Yay good parents!

Hey, as someone with sucky parents, I need to believe that it's possible for people to like their parents, in order to dare to have a child.

And yay you for being a parent such that in thirty years the Q-man will be writing about what good parents he has!
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From:happypete
Date:May 23rd, 2004 06:42 am (UTC)

I sure hope so...

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except apparently he's three and already he has "issues!"
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