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Wherein I tell on myself

Though I work for a historical society (no, I will not say ‘an’ historical society), my job is fairly physical. I have to set up tables and stack chairs and do a lot of minor janitorial work. I manage just fine. In fact, it’s a kick to have a job where I am prized for my youth and strength.

But we’ve just had a sad, rainy weekend where I sat in this comfy chair for two days hardly moving, and I’ve put my back out.

There’s a lesson in that, and I have resolutely refused to learn it for years.

The image is courtesy of deepai.org – the prompt was “a ferret lying on a sofa” in a Renaissance style. It’s not great, but my first try was “a weasel reclining on a sofa” in a fuzzy animal style, and the result was a pile of fur with two eyes set vertically at one end and a sort of nose on the other. Nightmare fuel.

Well, that was a short Dead Pool. Poor old Rosalynn Carter, cut down in her prime.


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 20, 2023, 10:46 pm

Thanks for that AI link, Mme. Ermine. I asked it for a Renaissance version of a “troubador playing an electric guitar” and got some amusing images, although none included a recognizable electric guitar. Good golly, but that AI has some mighty funny ideas about human fingers!

But here’s the biggest oddity. I asked it for a “sumo wrestler playing the 5-string banjo” (and variants) and the software said that it detected “dangerous images” and refused to show any of them to me. Unless I paid, natch.

I can sympathize with you about your back. This morning, I kneaded and panned three dozen loaves of bread in the church kitchen and I’m definitely feeling it this evening. I’ll be on light duty for a day or two. Here’s hoping your back snaps back real soon now!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 21, 2023, 5:42 pm

You did a full eight-minute kneed on 36 loves of bread? I am in awe!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 21, 2023, 6:08 pm

Wait – did we both just misspell “knead”?!

Comment from Janet Roesler
Time: November 22, 2023, 12:13 am

Good for you for not joining the faux sophisticates in their “an history” flapdoodle! If you wouldn’t say “an history book,” you shouldn’t say “an historical event.”

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 22, 2023, 1:21 am

Ooh, ow. Even THINKING about that much kneading hurts. No, we use a big Hobart mixer to do the mixing and initial kneading. After the first rising, I cut and weight loaf-sized lumps, in this case 1¾ lbs. Then I knead each one of them for around three or four minutes (I’ve never thought to time it) and put ’em in a pan for second rising. Ten loaves of Paska bread even though it isn’t Easter, and 26 loaves of cranberry/walnut rye bread. It is mighty good stuff if I do say so myself.

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