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You have my sympathies . We had to do the same with our cat Raphael, who was 15, about six months ago. I still have a picture of him as the wallpaper on my phone . It shows him in a characteristic pose: laying upside down on my daughter's school books, waiting for someone to pet him.
I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image.
I'm not actually interested in the case, but I have always wanted to be able to say "The butler did it!" without getting hit by the wife. (She also gets testy when I tell her I think the murderer was Hercule Poirot)
Ideological Purity is no substitute for being able to stick your thumb down a pipe to stop the water
Cannibals capture three men. The men are told that they will be skinned and eaten and then their skin will be used to make canoes. Then they are each given a final request. The first man asks to be killed as quickly and painlessly as possible. His request is granted, and they poison him. The second man asks for paper and a pen so that he can write a farewell letter to his family. This request is granted, and after he writes his letter, they kill him, saving his skin for their canoes. Now it is the third man's turn. He asks for a fork. The cannibals are confused, but it's his final request, so they give him a fork. As soon as they do, he begins stabbing himself all over and shouts, "The hell with your canoes!"
I ordered a new table saw last week, and Sears informed me that it would be available for pickup in two weeks. So I was surprised to get a call yesterday informing me that the saw was ready, a week early! Weekend plans out the door, I picked it up - with the help of a couple of husky clerks - and brought it home. That sucker weighs over 300 lbs! As anyone who has dealt with Sears knows, "some assembly required..." I assembled the beast, aided by a large volume of beer, as instructed by the manual. All went well until the part where I'm supposed to turn it over; the instruction, quite reasonably, start with the unit upside down until the legs are assembled. What to do? Its 300+ lbs versus my 135 lbs. It's an easy call as to which of us will win the gravity game.
I tried levers, I thought about using a cable puller attached to the roof beams, but none quite fit. After an hour or so of fiddling with different ways to improve my leverage, I remembered a useless piece of kit I bought last year to move a pair of engines for a 1936 Ford, then put away for lack of any other purpose: