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2022-05-27-2339Z

Got caught short on the walk home Wednesday. Held it back all the way up English street, but then had to let it all go. What a mess. I really have to come up with a solution for that.

Cut two new holes in my belt about a week ago, and can already use one more. It's hard getting down enough calories in 4 hours a day. [comment]

2022-05-18-0309Z

Been eating poison for 3 days. Bought a 3-pound bag of potatoes and some steaks on Saturday or Sunday at Grocery Outlet. Cooked them all together as a beef stew, and first ate some Sunday afternoon. Right away I knew: too much solanin. Horribly acrid. But you know me, I don't throw food away easily. Forced myself to eat it over 3 days. Just got home from Trader Joe's and voided my intestines in what I've been known to call an "oil change". There will probably be a few more before all the toxins are out. I ate about a tablespoon of milk thistle seeds today in a possibly futile attempt to save my liver. Hoping for the best. [comment]

2022-05-01-0224Z

The deadbolt next door wasn't working: the key turned but not enough to retract the bolt. Took it apart, was able to retract it using a slotted screwdriver that fit the mechanism. However, the key no longer turned either the inside nor the outside cylinders! Which had both worked moments before! I don't have proper locksmithing tools here, particularly the cylindrical-shaped plug that holds the pins and springs in place when the plug is removed from the housing.

So I took out the cylinders, and the owner took them to the locksmith across the street. I don't know what he did, but she brought them back in working order, and it only cost 120 pesos, about $6 US! Put it all back together, and it works like a charm. [comment]

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