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Title: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Reverend Joshua Sloane on April 15, 2006, 04:46:20 PM
It's Saturday, what did you do today?

I did nothing all day really. My dog woke me up around 11am, I had some toast, turned on the TV, watched Survivorman and sat in awe at Les' ingenuity and then I wondered if he was a fake, went on the computer, got the Smiley Smile sessions, listened, then listened to "When Girls Get Together" about 500 times in a row, made a milkshake, read some articles on Wiki about nothing worth mentioning, looked at internet porn, did activity that usually follows gladly, watched some TV again, this time cartoons, while listening I read some of my book, came back on the computer, sat about like a moron, talked to a few people, talked to some more people, thought about how I don't leave the house anymore, wondered how my new neighbors are as people, listened to more "When Girls Get Together", wondered if it was written after hearing "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" by John Lennon, stopped wondering, wondered about the reality of the average human, if our sense of freedom and personality is merely the trappings of an ant governed by smells and the Queen Ant, stopped wondering, started wondering about some more things, wondered a little bit more, and some more, made another milkshake, had some pizza, came back on the computer, went to Smiley Smile, clicked new topic, started writing, kept on writing, am still writing, can't stop writing, maybe this will never stop, is this what life is about?; have I now stumbled upon the meaning of life?; still kept on writing, spoke of it in the past tense though it is or was still happened or happened now or before.

You?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Reverend Joshua Sloane on April 15, 2006, 04:47:54 PM
It's Saturday, what did you do today?

I did nothing all day really. My dog woke me up around 11am, I had some toast, turned on the TV, watched Survivorman and sat in awe at Les' ingenuity and then I wondered if he was a fake, went on the computer, got the Smiley Smile sessions, listened, then listened to "When Girls Get Together" about 500 times in a row, made a milkshake, read some articles on Wiki about nothing worth mentioning, looked at internet porn, did activity that usually follows gladly, watched some TV again, this time cartoons, while listening I read some of my book, came back on the computer, sat about like a moron, talked to a few people, talked to some more people, thought about how I don't leave the house anymore, wondered how my new neighbors are as people, listened to more "When Girls Get Together", wondered if it was written after hearing "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" by John Lennon, stopped wondering, wondered about the reality of the average human, if our sense of freedom and personality is merely the trappings of an ant governed by smells and the Queen Ant, stopped wondering, started wondering about some more things, wondered a little bit more, and some more, made another milkshake, had some pizza, came back on the computer, went to Smiley Smile, clicked new topic, started writing, kept on writing, am still writing, can't stop writing, maybe this will never stop, is this what life is about?; have I now stumbled upon the meaning of life?; still kept on writing, spoke of it in the past tense though it is or was still happening or happened now or before.

You?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Jonas on April 15, 2006, 06:13:39 PM
It's my 24th birthday. Unfortunately, we also got news that one of my beautiful cousins has died in a car accident this morning.

So I'm drinking.  :beer

Leaving to South Beach soon with my brothers...

take care.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Reverend Joshua Sloane on April 15, 2006, 06:24:33 PM
It's my 24th birthday. Unfortunately, we also got news that one of my beautiful cousins has died in a car accident this morning.

So I'm drinking.  :beer

Leaving to South Beach soon with my brothers...

take care.


Hey! Happy Birthday man! 24? I thought you were my age for some reason. Where's your Pet Sounds then?  ::) I'm sorry to hear about your cousin, those things happen and are a terrible loss to everyone. Don't hide the pain with alcohol for too long though. Hope things work out okay with your family concerning the whole thing.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Beckner on April 15, 2006, 06:46:55 PM
I went on a wild hunt for "The Sorrows of Young Werther" at Steve's insistence, only to returned hot, frustrated, annoyed at the mall parking, and empty handed. I got it on Amazon for 5.25 including the shipping.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Beckner on April 15, 2006, 06:47:41 PM
Oh and Id hate to think you are doing "glad activities" and chatting with me conversely.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Reverend Joshua Sloane on April 15, 2006, 06:55:15 PM
I went on a wild hunt for "The Sorrows of Young Werther" at Steve's insistence, only to returned hot, frustrated, annoyed at the mall parking, and empty handed. I got it on Amazon for 5.25 including the shipping.

It's SO worth the mall visits.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Reverend Joshua Sloane on April 15, 2006, 06:55:53 PM
Oh and Id hate to think you are doing "glad activities" and chatting with me conversely.

"brb" affords me plenty enough time!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: I. Spaceman on April 15, 2006, 07:09:40 PM
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only to returned hot, frustrated, annoyed at the mall parking, and empty handed.


Just like when you visit my house for viewings of Garden State!

Sorry to hear about your cousin, Amo.



Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: I. Spaceman on April 15, 2006, 07:10:45 PM
BTW, I talked to my honey for hours, had a wonderful time, and listened to Boyce and Hart and The Flaming Lips new one (MY GOD, it's great).


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: carlydenise on April 15, 2006, 07:32:02 PM
let's see.......went to walmart like 3 times for stuff I forgot to get the 1st time, washed the outside of the house with siding wash, helped put up laundry room cabinets, washed 3 cars.  I am tired LOL
Carly


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Beckner on April 15, 2006, 07:36:07 PM
well gee wonder who Spaceman is?

Oh and Im STILL ripping CDs to this computer. Been doing this since Tuesday, what a pain in the ass.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Aegir on April 15, 2006, 08:15:09 PM
Woke up at 6:30PM, ate dinner, been on the computer more or less ever since.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Charles LePage @ ComicList on April 15, 2006, 08:28:56 PM
Sorry to hear about your cousin, amosario.  We'll pray for comfort for your family and a safe trip for you.

I updated my comiclist site to a blog:

www.comiclist.com

It should save me some time on future updates to that site.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Don't Back Down on April 15, 2006, 09:59:56 PM
Let's see: Listened to the Smiley Smile Sessions today, soaked them up and started on my own take of "Gettin' Hungry". Need to polish the backing track. Then, had some dinner and went shopping and bought two pairs of shorts, and a very comfortable pair of sandles. watched a movie, and am now heading to bed.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: scooter on April 16, 2006, 06:24:49 AM
How I spent my Saturday...Pushed a bunch of shopping carts around, pushed a guy in his wheelchair back to his apartment--the only thing harder than pushing him uphill was trying to keep him from rolling DOWNhill...Had a gig, I'm part of an acoustic trio, among other musical endeavors...A semi legend in one neighborhood, the bottom of the food chain in the other...it's a question of balance I guess...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: mike thornton on April 16, 2006, 02:21:03 PM
spent all saturday in carmel. getting married there in july. gave the photographer a deposit and found out he's written a couple of books!, checked out the reception banquet facilities, went shopping on ocean ave., tried out my nos olympus pen camera while my fiance tried out her new digital, went to the blackhawk auto museum (way kewl) on the way home, decompressed after the drive by watching chronicles of riddick. woke up today and started downloading all of cabana boy's (huge shoutout) yousendit links while washing my cars and cleaning house. later i'll be getting ready for work next week by doing lesson plans and reviewing state standards. i'll relax tonight by working on a new song. happy easter, all!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on April 15, 2014, 12:10:13 AM
Today was mildly eventful. Completed some work that was needed to be done, went on this forum and a Pink Floyd forum. In fact I kinda haven't been on here as much because I've been on the Pink Floyd forum a lot more, plus I'm on the verge of maybe becoming a mod there as there is a desperate need for new mods there.

Finally got the Stone Alone biography by Bill Wyman, been reading that a lot. The man is very interesting, and it's interesting to read about his childhood which was "scarred by poverty". Been playing on my Gameboy, watched a bit of Arrested Development. And that's pretty much it. Just relaxing during my school holidays.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Woodstock on April 15, 2014, 12:23:50 AM
Waterista's RULE!!!!!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Dudd on April 15, 2014, 12:24:59 AM
Waterista's RULE!!!!!
No way, man, no way.

As a proud Gilmorian, I resent your statement.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Juice Bronston on April 15, 2014, 12:27:54 AM
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Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on April 15, 2014, 12:28:10 AM
Waterista's RULE!!!!!
No way, man, no way.

As a proud Gilmorian, I resent your statement.

As a proud Madcap (Syd fan), I disagree with both of you. Though if I had to choose between the two of you, I'll go with Woodstock and Waters.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Dudd on April 15, 2014, 12:30:04 AM
Waterista's RULE!!!!!
No way, man, no way.

As a proud Gilmorian, I resent your statement.

As a proud Madcap (Syd fan), I disagree with both of you. Though if I had to choose between the two of you, I'll go with Woodstock and Waters.
Don't you mean Barrettista?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on April 15, 2014, 12:40:32 AM
Waterista's RULE!!!!!
No way, man, no way.

As a proud Gilmorian, I resent your statement.

As a proud Madcap (Syd fan), I disagree with both of you. Though if I had to choose between the two of you, I'll go with Woodstock and Waters.
Don't you mean Barrettista?

Yeah, whatever. A member of the Madcap Army. A Madcap, a Barrettista, or whatever. I'm a Barrett fan, simple as that.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Heysaboda on April 15, 2014, 02:39:14 PM
I went on a wild hunt for "The Sorrows of Young Werther" at Steve's insistence, only to returned hot, frustrated, annoyed at the mall parking, and empty handed. I got it on Amazon for 5.25 including the shipping.

Which translation?



Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on April 15, 2014, 07:47:56 PM
Okay, who the hell is spamming on the Pink Floyd Forum?
I know it's someone from here, and I have a sneaking suspicion I know which one, Tarot Mandrews.
Saying stuff like I'm not fit to be a mod there, what happens at other forums doesn't concern you. Stay out of it!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 01, 2014, 05:35:00 AM
[...] then listened to "When Girls Get Together" about 500 times in a row, [...] listened to more "When Girls Get Together", wondered if it was written after hearing "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" by John Lennon, [...].
It is a nice song, no doubt, but 500 times in a row, really? You must have set the world record for that. The most I can listen to a favorite song in a row is 20-30, 35.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Mendota Heights on May 07, 2014, 12:38:24 PM
Played floorball.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on May 08, 2014, 10:34:12 AM
(http://www.brodowski-fotografie.de/bilder/blaumeise/blaumeise_3.jpg)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Mendota Heights on May 08, 2014, 12:40:52 PM
Played floorball.

Tomorrow I will play floorball.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: alf wiedersehen on May 14, 2014, 05:50:49 PM
I've done a terrible job of cutting my nails, guys.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Dudd on May 14, 2014, 11:41:00 PM
Perhaps it's time for a new method.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Alex on May 16, 2014, 07:44:17 PM
I did absolutely nothing, and its everything I thought it would be.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: alf wiedersehen on June 07, 2014, 04:32:19 PM
I've done a terrible job of cutting my nails, guys.

sh*t, I've done it again.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on June 07, 2014, 04:36:33 PM
I've done a terrible job of cutting my nails, guys.

sh*t, I've done it again.

 :lol :lol :lol


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Orange Crate Art on June 08, 2014, 02:05:17 PM
I went out record shopping/browsing today. I visited three of the local used record shops in town and I bought a nice stack of albums. Check it out...The Doors 'Absolutely Live', The Damned 'Not The Captain's Birthday', Kinks 'Kinks-Size', Beach Boys 'Friends' (for the 3rd time, but this is a mint re-issue copy), King Crimson 'Lizard', Jeff Beck 'Truth', California USA Various Artists (double LP), and Julie Driscoll/Brian Auger & The Trinity 'Street Noise'. Afterwards I took my 2 year old out for ice cream and I bought him a kiddie pool for our backyard. When we got home he fell asleep, I listened to Side One of 'Lizard', and here I am now posting this message as my son snoozes. He looks so cute hugging his stuffed frog. What a nice day :)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: halblaineisgood on June 08, 2014, 02:27:56 PM
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Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Orange Crate Art on June 08, 2014, 02:37:08 PM
I went out record shopping/browsing today. I visited three of the local used record shops in town and I bought a nice stack of albums. Check it out...The Doors 'Absolutely Live', The Damned 'Not The Captain's Birthday', Kinks 'Kinks-Size', Beach Boys 'Friends'
what is that Friends, green label?

Yes. the green Capitol label (SN-16157). Beautiful condition.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: halblaineisgood on June 08, 2014, 03:20:21 PM
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Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Esoteric on June 08, 2014, 05:15:55 PM
Okay, who the hell is spamming on the Pink Floyd Forum?
I know it's someone from here, and I have a sneaking suspicion I know which one, Tarot Mandrews.
Saying stuff like I'm not fit to be a mod there, what happens at other forums doesn't concern you. Stay out of it!

Coincidentally, I started reading An Irregular Head last night. Great reading so far and more in-depth than any other Syd stories I can recall.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: feelsflow on June 08, 2014, 05:25:42 PM
The Jools and Brian album is fantastic.  I have everything they did together, and that one was the best - so, good buy.  Cool cover too, done by the same guy that later worked with Hunter S. Thompson on the crazy Rolling Stone features on Nixon and the like.  If you like Jools, search out the tracks she did with Giorgio Gomelsky early in her career.  The easiest way is to get a CD two disc set marketed as Brian Auger -Tiger (made in Germany on Atom in 2007, and about as good as these tracks are gonna sound) that also has the early Auger sides and Steampacket stuff.  She does some choice covers, like "I Didn't Want To Have To Do It" and "If You Should Ever Leave Me."  She's the closest singer to Dusty I've ever heard.  Jools and Brian got back together in the mid-70's and did an album.  Hope I'm not butting in with stuff you already know, fans of these folks are so rare.  Which brings me to my co-feature story...       Somebody else who is a fan.  Yesterday while researching, I came across the four posts that Mark Linett has done on Amazon USA.  One of them was a  review  for Open, a 1968 album by Jools, Brian and the Trinity.  It was him fussing at Tom Vickers, who had helped Brian in the production of the CD re-issues done by Ghostown Records in 2004.  Seems the bonus tracks Tom had come up with were Fake Stereo!  Maybe they could have used the mono, but for whatever reason didn't.  They sound okay to me.  A little insight into what else Mark listens to at home.  Brian's son Karma did the restoration and 24-BIT re-mastering (I've never heard them sound better), so I'm sure all involved knew what was going on.  I'm glad to have those rare bonus tracks in any form.  I have been a fan of Jools, Brian, and anyone Brian wants to play with to this day.  He put an album out recently, on which he sings lead vocals - something he's let others do for way too long.  Have you heard it?  It sounds a lot like his early 70's work, when he did the vocals on the albums.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: halblaineisgood on June 10, 2014, 08:23:33 AM
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Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Orange Crate Art on June 10, 2014, 10:31:53 AM
I just ate a birthday cake-flavored ice cream sandwich. Does Brian know about these ??  :-\

I want one! :3d


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: halblaineisgood on June 10, 2014, 10:34:20 AM
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Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Orange Crate Art on June 10, 2014, 12:29:52 PM
(http://www.bluebunny.com/content/cms/products/204x154/Cropped/Birthday_Party_Premium_Ice_Cream_Sandwiches.s2v4.jpg)


Mmmmmmm!!!!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: retrokid67 on June 10, 2014, 08:50:56 PM
I graduated Friday but didn't get the chance to post it then  :)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: halblaineisgood on June 11, 2014, 12:03:48 AM
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Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: retrokid67 on June 11, 2014, 12:55:35 AM
I graduated Friday but didn't get the chance to post it then  :)
Well, what are your plans (if any)?

well I'm going to college but at this point in time I can't think about it now  :lol


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: alf wiedersehen on June 11, 2014, 01:10:39 AM
Pfft, plans.

Just do it like I do it and blindly stumble toward your destiny.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on June 11, 2014, 01:30:31 AM
I graduated Friday but didn't get the chance to post it then  :)

Congratulations!!! Post your Graduation pics on the Smiley Smile Official Member Pictures thread  ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: retrokid67 on June 11, 2014, 01:37:55 AM
thanks!  ;D  I played the BBs "Graduation Day" song and it was really bittersweet  :'( the harmonies can really get to you sometimes  :lol


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on June 11, 2014, 01:57:43 AM
thanks!  ;D  I played the BBs "Graduation Day" song and it was really bittersweet  :'( the harmonies can really get to you sometimes  :lol

That's quite cool. Did anyone sing "Be True To Your School"?  :lol


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: halblaineisgood on June 11, 2014, 02:07:52 AM
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Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: retrokid67 on June 11, 2014, 08:29:52 AM
thanks!  ;D  I played the BBs "Graduation Day" song and it was really bittersweet  :'( the harmonies can really get to you sometimes  :lol

That's quite cool. Did anyone sing "Be True To Your School"?  :lol

nope  :lol o and they didn't sing Graduation Day I played it at home (I wish they had though)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 13, 2014, 11:09:41 PM
I graduated Friday but didn't get the chance to post it then  :)
Nice to see you back, Jess. To be fair, the fact that you graduated from school isn't a bittersweet thing. That place is boring to the point that every classmate starts annoying you. Been that way for many people I know (including myself, of course).


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: retrokid67 on June 13, 2014, 11:13:24 PM
I graduated Friday but didn't get the chance to post it then  :)
Nice to see you back, Jess. To be fair, the fact that you graduated from school isn't a bittersweet thing. That place is boring to the point that every classmate starts annoying you. Been that way for many people I know (including myself, of course).

thanks RangeRover  :) yea I definitely had senioritis during the last two months I was ready to get out  :lol


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on June 13, 2014, 11:15:47 PM
Had a friend come over, had a really nice time. He let me borrow 3 Metallica albums, so will be checking them out.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: alf wiedersehen on June 13, 2014, 11:31:23 PM
Had a friend come over, had a really nice time. He let me borrow 3 Metallica albums, so will be checking them out.

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Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Woodstock on June 13, 2014, 11:51:54 PM
Metalica

(http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/29900000/metalica-metallica-29931748-623-732.jpg)

Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks

...for the most part. They have a couple songs that aren't sh*t.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on June 13, 2014, 11:52:57 PM
From what I heard from others, Metallica was excellent in the 80's, and gradually got worse and worse from the 90's onwards


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 14, 2014, 12:00:45 AM
2Mr. Waves & Woodstock: well, taste is subjective thing, isn't that? Let Rei rely on his own ears & if he doesn't like any, then your "theory" works. Easy formula.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Gabo on June 14, 2014, 12:25:36 AM
made my first resume i'm 22 and done graduated from college. i want to move to LA. someone give me a source of income so i can meander about and play with girlz


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on June 14, 2014, 12:30:54 AM
From what I heard from others, Metallica was excellent in the 80's, and gradually got worse and worse from the 90's onwards
Master of Puppets is superb, a must-hear. No idea about the rest----metal isn't really my bag.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: alf wiedersehen on June 14, 2014, 05:00:02 AM
2Mr. Waves & Woodstock: well, taste is subjective thing, isn't that? Let Rei rely on his own ears & if he doesn't like any, then your "theory" works. Easy formula.

Prevention is better than cure, my dear RangeRover.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Orange Crate Art on June 14, 2014, 07:33:36 AM
Had a friend come over, had a really nice time. He let me borrow 3 Metallica albums, so will be checking them out.

I'm not a Metallica fan, but I am a huge fan of the 2 bands which Metallica were inspired by, Black Sabbath and Motorhead.

By the way, James Hetfield once included Pet Sounds in a list of his favorite albums. He wasn't kidding either, although I'm sure it was a later-in-life choice of his.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Lowbacca on June 14, 2014, 09:28:01 AM
Bought my first blu-ray ever :smokin. Tales from the Crypt - as a birthday present for some girl who has a party tonight. Hope she likes it..


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Mendota Heights on June 14, 2014, 09:43:56 AM
Programmed a whole lot.

Now I am watching the World Cup.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 15, 2014, 10:38:17 PM
Prevention is better than cure.
Didn't know there's an illness called "metallitis". More so it's dangerous.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: halblaineisgood on June 17, 2014, 01:00:28 PM
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Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Esoteric on June 23, 2014, 01:49:52 AM
I hung out with Brian at dinner and we discussed his future plans. Unfortunately, it was not Brian Wilson at all but some other guy. In fairness, he was rather talkative nonetheless. He wants to start a war against the Salvation Army and then take his troops down to Mexico. Actually, none of that is true. I hung out at home instead spending approximately a wasted minute of my life coming up with this crap. I'll probably be busy designing and selling shrubberies tomorrow. I am a shrubber. My name is Roger the Shrubber. I only make one brief appearance in this movie anyway.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Orange Crate Art on June 25, 2014, 03:39:26 PM
Awesome day off with beautiful 86 degree sunshine! I took a walk over to the East Side of Providence for a relaxing visit to The Coffee Exchange on Wickenden Street where I enjoyed my caffeine and read the Providence Journal. I continued my on-foot venture to the downtown area where I got hit up for spare change by a scrowngey looking dude whom I gave my pocket change to. He was nice and said 'thank you sir, god bless you'. Then I hit up the local record store in search of groovy vinyls and I succeeded! Great list of finds today...The 49 Minute Technicolour Dream (Various 60s Psych LP), Yardbirds 45 'Ha Ha Said The Clown b/w Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor' (Sundazed Reissue with picture sleeve), Surf Mania With The Surf Teens (Dionysis Reissue LP...features cover of Beach Boys Luau and oddly Bruce Johnston is credited as songwriter), Love 'Forever Changes' original Elektra LP, Dr. John 'Zu Zu Man' LP (70's budget LP on Trip Records...very cool album cover) and Animals Animalism (original MGM). When I got home I ordered pizza and made plans with friends to meet their newborn. Super nice day.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on August 10, 2014, 09:18:47 PM
Waterista's RULE!!!!!

This is where it all started... Less than 24 hours later you joined the APFFN forum and started causing a lot of trouble there.

If you really wanted to leave me alone Tarot, then you should have done the same thing. You shouldn't have joined that forum and meddled in something that was none of your business. It was a dick move indeed.

Tarot, it was you all along that was fueled by a stupid grudge. I even offered to make peace with you and admitted I was wrong in that you created Tony Miraculous, Miami Dan, and Piper Syd, and that you didn't come from here (Though DSOTM :) and I were later proven right). But you didn't accept it and continued your senseless attacks. The ball was in your court, but you chose to do what you did. That's why everyone got sick of you, even The Piper had enough. If you didn't join the forum to meddle in something that was absolutely none of your business, then everything would have been fine.

I'm done now. You've already blocked my messages anyway. Just don't paint yourself as a victim.

EDIT: Just realized Billy's warned to leave it alone on the Coming Together thread. I'll leave this as it is, but I'll drop it at this point.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Orange Crate Art on August 12, 2014, 10:20:58 AM
I spent the morning in the 'Rank The Tracks' section of 'Album, Book and Video Reviews And Discussions'. It's my day off and it's raining outside. At least I kept my mind busy, right?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: pixletwin on August 12, 2014, 11:00:14 AM
I spent the morning in the 'Rank The Tracks' section of 'Album, Book and Video Reviews And Discussions'. It's my day off and it's raining outside. At least I kept my mind busy, right?


Yeah we noticed.

(http://ft.trillian.im/101aa44fa9d0caf7556227574aa3a1c38605adec/6rMgNTU8AkeF9Vz7xr4vQr6UClLwp.jpg)

 ::)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Orange Crate Art on August 12, 2014, 11:08:05 AM
Lol, sorry pixletwin, I was enjoying my favorite message board with too much time on my hands today. I had a great time ranking, though.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Lowbacca on August 12, 2014, 11:08:59 AM
Re-evaluated the film version of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince with a fellow Potter-nut. Hours of discussion.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: pixletwin on August 12, 2014, 11:11:08 AM
Lol, sorry pixletwin, I was enjoying my favorite message board with too much time on my hands today. I had a great time ranking, though.

I was just going to start the next three rounds of solo survivor today, but now I have to wait for all these rank your track threads to bugger off so it doesn't look like the board turned into a poll-fest.  :-\


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Orange Crate Art on August 12, 2014, 11:18:41 AM
Sorry everybody. Didn't realize it would affect things like that. Apologies.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 17, 2014, 10:00:33 PM
Sorry everybody. Didn't realize it would affect things like that. Apologies.
It may affect people who check the board by looking at the info center. Otherwise, you did fine, it's not like these Rank the Tracks threads kept running the more important to the bottom or next page of "On Topic Discussions".

Okay, where are the games, Mr. Twin? Bring 'em on!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Dudd on August 18, 2014, 05:53:13 AM
Sorry everybody. Didn't realize it would affect things like that. Apologies.
Nah, it didn't. I think pixletwin was a little harsh there.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 18, 2014, 07:05:28 AM
Same, Judd. Paging Rei from another thread, "Someone's in a cranky mood! Lol".


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: MaryUSA on August 18, 2014, 08:04:31 AM
Hi all,

Over the weekend I volunteered at the Dick's Open Golf Tournament in Endicott, NY.  I had a fun time. 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: alf wiedersehen on September 10, 2014, 08:14:19 PM
I cut my hand open with a knife.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: bringahorseinhere? on September 10, 2014, 08:27:32 PM
worked!  and bought more not quite 'official' BB/BW cd's......... and damn! proud of it.

Darn these BB's are and were something else! this 'Brian' guy, wasn't too shabby either.....

wish they would 'officially' release more of the great archives............ let's start with SOT's!!!!  that would be a start.

RickB


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Shady on September 11, 2014, 08:04:01 PM
Worked and flirted with a cute girl.

Then came on here...

Good day all in all.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on September 13, 2014, 11:33:58 AM
I've been painting----as in "and decorating"...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Orange Crate Art on September 14, 2014, 02:45:00 PM
I saw a fantastic Beach Boys tribute band from Rhode Island called The Driftwoods perform in Woonsocke today. Check out a sample of the show... http://youtu.be/KlYJ55Mhi1Y


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Mendota Heights on September 14, 2014, 02:55:53 PM
I saw a fantastic Beach Boys tribute band from Rhode Island called The Driftwoods perform in Woonsocke today. Check out a sample of the show... http://youtu.be/KlYJ55Mhi1Y

When you wrote "tribute band" I thought you meant Bruce and Mike.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Sheriff John Stone on September 14, 2014, 03:25:22 PM
Pulling my hair out! On my Fantasy Football team, my starting running back was Adrian Peterson, who was arrested, booked, and deactivated yesterday! I replaced him with Knowshon Moreno, who proceeded to gain 4 yards on 1 carry and left the game with an injury. I started Heath Miller at tight end in favor of Antonio Gates. Miller did nothing and Gates already has 6 catches and 3 touchdowns at halftime. Finally, in my Survivor Pool, I picked the New Orleans Saints to beat the Cleveland Browns. Sure bet, right? Wrong. >:(


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: alf wiedersehen on September 14, 2014, 03:33:09 PM
I saw a fantastic Beach Boys tribute band from Rhode Island called The Driftwoods perform in Woonsocke today. Check out a sample of the show... http://youtu.be/KlYJ55Mhi1Y

When you wrote "tribute band" I thought you meant Bruce and Mike.
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Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: feelsflow on September 14, 2014, 05:44:17 PM
Sorry to hear you hurt your hand Josh.  Hope it's better now.
I'm having a great day.  This morning watched my favorite college team, South Carolina Gamecocks beat Georgia Bulldogs 38 to 35.  That game was yesterday, so DVR-d it.  I DVR everything to cut the many commercials.
NFL games for my area are NY Giants vs Arizona Cardinals - I don't like the Giants, so the Cardinals win was good for me, and they did it with the back-up quarterback.  Watching the NY Jets vs Green Bay Packers right now.  I like both teams, but the Packers a lot more - a life-long fan.  The Jets shocked the Pack with two touchdowns quick in the first quarter.  Hard for me to believe the Jets can pull off a win tho'.  We'll see.  Great to have football back - my favorite sport.
Sheriff John Stone - saw some of that Saints vs Browns game, just mind-numbing unbelievable!  Better luck next week.  This season is really starting out strange.  Wow!  the Jets just got another touchdown!  21 to 3 early in the second quarter...
Also of note - as bad as San Diego looked last Monday against Arizona, they are beating the mighty Seahawks at half-time.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 15, 2014, 11:19:37 PM
I cut my hand open with a knife.
That's why god made the blunt knives.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: alf wiedersehen on October 02, 2014, 11:07:12 AM
I stepped on an old banana in a parking lot.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: musicismylife101 on October 11, 2014, 04:41:54 PM
Made a collage of my record collection: http://lonelywanderingflower.tumblr.com/post/99762542920/my-record-collection-collage-made-using (http://lonelywanderingflower.tumblr.com/post/99762542920/my-record-collection-collage-made-using)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on April 14, 2015, 03:31:58 AM
Today was mildly eventful. Completed some work that was needed to be done, went on this forum and a Pink Floyd forum. In fact I kinda haven't been on here as much because I've been on the Pink Floyd forum a lot more, plus I'm on the verge of maybe becoming a mod there as there is a desperate need for new mods there.

Thought I'd give an update here. Today, I've been appointed as a moderator on the Pink Floyd forum. Anyone who does join that forum from here with the sole reason of hateful trolling will be banned post-haste. There will be no Tarot Part II.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 14, 2015, 12:26:45 PM
Good luck with the Pink Floyd forum, BD.

Today I assembled a new garden workstation for my wife, for potting plants and stuff. The instructions were a little vague and some of the screws were too short. I think a four-dimensional work bench might have helped too. It was still standing when I last looked out of the window.   


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on April 19, 2015, 07:19:15 AM
Thought I'd give an update here. Today, I've been appointed as a moderator on the Pink Floyd forum.
Wow, cool! Isn't it great to have power? :police: How you've made it big? By voting or you volunteered yourself or some such?

The person who runs the site has announced that he will be absent from the forum for a long time due to his actual job outside the forum as well as an upcoming holiday. There's already one mod - who's now a close friend of mine, and have met in person twice. Like me, he is 16 - but he thought a second one was needed. So he appointed me, the reason being that I was one of the more active members and that I was ready to be given such responsibility.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on April 20, 2015, 03:07:28 AM
Wow, right place at the right time? How lucky you are! So is he from Australia too if you met twice or did you actually fly to his homeland to meet?

Yeah, though he lives in Perth which is on the other side of Australia. We caught up when he came to Melbourne in November last year, and when I came to Perth earlier this month.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 22, 2015, 05:51:47 AM
Today I walked out of my gym session long before time. The music they were playing was this lame drum & bass version of the Korgis' "Everybody's Got To Learn Some Time" on repeat----just one track!----and it was driving me nuts. Apparently there was nothing they could (or would) do about it so I left. Assholes.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: alf wiedersehen on July 08, 2015, 05:57:05 PM
I worked the first day at my new job.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Bean Bag on July 12, 2015, 09:30:39 PM
I worked the first day at my new job.

 :rock Right on Bubbly!  Changing jobs is liberating.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: MaryUSA on July 13, 2015, 07:19:55 AM
Hi all,

On 7.12 I went to Tioga Downs
Today I will sun and do some housework.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: alf wiedersehen on March 06, 2016, 03:05:52 PM
I ate an apple that tasted mostly of dirt.
 
                                             :)
I also made this smile triangle:  :) :)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Emily on March 06, 2016, 07:34:17 PM
Went to a Taekwondo tournament and took the dogs to the dog park.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: csparks on March 10, 2016, 01:45:27 PM
Feeding cows, fixing fence.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on March 14, 2016, 04:27:09 PM
I didn't do much today.

My trusty iPhone 4S, however, after 3 years, has finally died for good... I'm pretty sure...
I think I need an alternative alarm so I can wake up for finals...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: alf wiedersehen on March 14, 2016, 04:37:03 PM
I may have seriously injured a lizard.  :'(


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on March 14, 2016, 05:51:27 PM
Checked the flooding reports for the nearby interstates. Thankfully the river has crested so should be able to travel tomorrow.

Kept my Australian Shepherd away from a neighbor's chicken who flew into our backyard.

Got to page 200 of Dickens' Pickwick Papers (which means only 600 pages to go)

Read article about whether fitness guy Richard Simmons is being 'controlled' and not able to see friends. Article made mention of Brian/Landy


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: halblaineisgood on March 15, 2016, 03:24:31 AM
I may have seriously injured a lizard.  :'(
Drain it, bruh. 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Emily on March 16, 2016, 10:08:32 AM
Checked the flooding reports for the nearby interstates. Thankfully the river has crested so should be able to travel tomorrow.

Kept my Australian Shepherd away from a neighbor's chicken who flew into our backyard.

Got to page 200 of Dickens' Pickwick Papers (which means only 600 pages to go)

Read article about whether fitness guy Richard Simmons is being 'controlled' and not able to see friends. Article made mention of Brian/Landy
Just read about that. It sounds awful and very landyesque.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on March 16, 2016, 12:42:38 PM
Took a final.

One more today. One more tomorrow.

Expect posts in the "I'm Drunk AMA" thread on Thursday ;)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on March 31, 2016, 04:19:39 AM
Good luck with those finals, u-m.

As for me, I spent a pleasant break from work replenishing the supply of ivy in the stick insect tank (while listening to The Agent Intellect, as it happens). The new brood of beasts arrived recently and the place is crawling with them (the tank, not the house). Once the weather warms up sufficiently, out they all go onto the hedge for a relatively carefree summer in the back garden. I usually retain three small ones in case I can't find three in the garden at summer's end (although I have seen them around as late as December). Small pleasures...       


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Emily on March 31, 2016, 09:33:45 AM
Tried to get a stray cat that my daughter is insisting on befriending to take a dewormer.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on March 31, 2016, 06:43:18 PM
Good luck with those finals, u-m.

As for me, I spent a pleasant break from work replenishing the supply of ivy in the stick insect tank (while listening to The Agent Intellect, as it happens). The new brood of beasts arrived recently and the place is crawling with them (the tank, not the house). Once the weather warms up sufficiently, out they all go onto the hedge for a relatively carefree summer in the back garden. I usually retain three small ones in case I can't find three in the garden at summer's end (although I have seen them around as late as December). Small pleasures...       
Thank you! I got pretty decent grades, and did way better in physics this quarter than last quarter. And now I'm done with physics :).

Also, +1 for listening to Protomartyr. I apologize for stealing Bubs' thunder...

Today I went on a run, went to class, and bought black shoes. My life is not exciting... I'm supposed to go to a house show tomorrow, so that'll be fun.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Mike Garneau on March 31, 2016, 07:11:21 PM
Mowed the lawn for the first time this year.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on March 31, 2016, 09:26:10 PM
changed my profile to be more vampire-weekend-y  :love

Also signed up for the rock n' roll half marathon... a band at every mile. I'm excited.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on April 01, 2016, 10:26:42 AM
Hunkered down now, not able to travel anywhere due to the "toad strangler" (extremely heavy rain) we had a couple of hours ago.

Our street is flooded and the water is only very slowly going down.

We have tickets to opera tomorrow afternoon (Madame Butterfly) so hope all the water drains off.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 01, 2016, 02:32:50 PM
We have tickets to opera tomorrow afternoon (Madame Butterfly) so hope all the water drains off.

I hope so too, NBBF. Toad strangler----I must remember that...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on April 02, 2016, 02:46:35 PM
Had incredibly beautiful weather today.

Saw Madame Butterfly. We were weeping almost from the beginning - 'Butterfly', fly away while you can!
Are there any other Americans depicted in 'classic' opera? Hate to think the only one is that Piece of Garbage Pinkerton!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on April 02, 2016, 09:54:42 PM
Well, a toga party that I was planning with two friends was cancelled today, as we were unable to locate a suitable venue.

Originally we were going to have it at my friend's place, but after he kept saying "sure", "no problem, don't worry about it" and all that, and after I had begun inviting people, he then backtracked saying that he's not allowed to have it at his place. Now I'm stuck in the embarrassing position where I have to tell all those that I invited that it's been cancelled. Such is life....


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 03, 2016, 12:20:10 AM
So the guy framed you? Not good.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on April 03, 2016, 03:31:05 PM
So the guy framed you? Not good.

He didn't frame me, but he turned out to be hopelessly incompetent. He kept insisting that we were allowed to have it at his place, said not to worry about it, then suddenly said that he found out he actually wasn't.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: alf wiedersehen on April 04, 2016, 12:03:22 PM
I got angry with this person:
(http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/jj563/paintedteeth/IMG_0798_zpsp59g9ida.jpg)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Emily on April 04, 2016, 12:08:05 PM
Are you angry because they drank your invisibility potion?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: KDS on April 04, 2016, 12:12:22 PM
Are you angry because they drank your invisibility potion?

Maybe the person is a transformer. 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Emily on April 04, 2016, 12:22:49 PM
Are you angry because they drank your invisibility potion?

Maybe the person is a transformer. 
Hahaha! Reading that while looking at that suburban sedan cracks me up.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Rentatris on April 08, 2016, 05:43:18 PM
Woke up stupidly early (like 5am) worrying about stuff. Got the kids up and off to school. Had a long chat with their mum (we're separated) which was surprisingly positive. Came home, took my girlfriend out for dinner (slow cooked brisket), game of pool, pack home had a nap from which I awoke having a massive anxiety dream about work. Went to said work (filming a band, this time a bunch of guys in their 60's pumping out some very decent Rock N Roll), came home, popped to supermarket, had some *ahem* libations, currently browsing through the internet listening to music as girlfriend has had many libations and is currently laid on the floor... (this is usual behaviour....)



Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 09, 2016, 06:06:03 AM
currently browsing through the internet listening to music as girlfriend has had many libations and is currently laid on the floor... (this is usual behaviour....)

 :lol

Got up at 8:30. Bought and devoured chocolate croissants with my better half. Read booklet of Black Star (haven't played it yet). Walked dog (alone, if you exclude the dog). Tweaked and posted the palindrome that had kept me up until 1.30. Listened to some rap. Went out and got meself some new long-distance glasses, so the world now looks a lot sharper than it did. (New reading glasses next week.) Really looking forward to libations later, hopefully retaining a more or less vertical state...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on April 10, 2016, 10:04:45 AM
I cleaned up the kitchen really well yesterday (we rotate weekly chores at the apartment) and it's already messy..........


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on April 10, 2016, 10:11:26 AM
Read booklet of Black Star (haven't played it yet).

Far and away the best album of this year, and one of the five best of the decade, I'd say.

As for me? Breakfast of oatmeal and coffee. Ran. Hated it. Several moves in various games of Words With Friends. Made banana bread (well, made the batter) while listening to an interview of Sheldon Wolin by Chris Hedges. Investigated Lebanese 7-Spice--which seems to have at least a dozen spices listed among its magical seven depending upon where one looks--as I am going to try something along those lines for dinner later. And looked up, just now, delighted to see some sunshine.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 10, 2016, 12:52:03 PM
Sunshine all day over here. Went to a pancake restaurant in the woods with the entire family----a birthday tradition----where one of my presents was...Love and Mercy! I can hold my head up high from now on.  :hat   


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: yonderhillside on April 10, 2016, 01:02:07 PM
I read this and had an aneurysm:

"Adult/Child: Planned Release Date: Fall 1977

Reason It Was Shelved: Adult Child was recorded in 1966 through 1967 which was the same year Brian Wilson left The Beach Boys due to personal issues after the Pet Sounds project. Many of the songs can be found on bootlegs or have been leaked online but after it was rejected by Warner Bros. in 1977, it has never been officially released to the disappointment of many Beach Boy fans as it is chronicles Wilson's decline."



http://www.complex.com/music/2012/08/50-unreleased-albums-that-wed-kill-to-hear/brian-wilson-adult-child


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 11, 2016, 02:03:51 AM
Read booklet of Black Star (haven't played it yet).

Far and away the best album of this year, and one of the five best of the decade, I'd say.

Played it on Saturday. Incredible! Of course, it's a pretty grim listen ("Look up, I'm in heaven")----the black letters on a black ground are a perfect reflection of the music. I must pluck up courage and play it again soon...   


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 11, 2016, 05:47:58 AM
Sunshine all day over here. Went to a pancake restaurant in the woods with the entire family----a birthday tradition----where one of my presents was...Love and Mercy! I can hold my head up high from now on.  :hat   
Pancake restaurant? Cool! We have a holiday annually that lasts 7 days during which people cook pancakes & serve it in the streets for free. I'm a big fan. What kind of pancake you ate - with jam or meat fillings? or maybe sour milk? Any is yummy! :3d
Best wishes & Happy birthday!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 11, 2016, 05:56:26 AM
Sunshine all day over here. Went to a pancake restaurant in the woods with the entire family----a birthday tradition----where one of my presents was...Love and Mercy! I can hold my head up high from now on.  :hat   
Pancake restaurant? Cool! We have a holiday annually that lasts 7 days during which people cook pancakes & serve it in the streets for free. I'm a big fan. What kind of pancake you ate - with jam or meat fillings? or maybe sour milk? Any is yummy! :3d
Best wishes & Happy birthday!

Thank you! I myself ate a rather offbeat pancake with bacon and ginger, lol. Bacon is normal, apple too, maybe banana...

More general info here:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pannekoek

Sounds good----an entire week of pancakes!   


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on April 11, 2016, 07:44:52 PM
Oh, pancakes!
RangeRover, I had some of the most delicious pancakes ever while in Russia. We stayed with a family for a couple of weeks in a house outside Moscow (which our hostess laughingly called her 'dacha.') The house didn't have indoor plumbing but thank goodness did have heat.

For Breakfast she would fix delicious pancakes and crepes ('blinis') along with the most flavorful melons. Her husband drank lots of vodka with every meal - didn't know how he could stand it!

As for what I did today - nothing of note during the day, but enjoyed some time this evening listening to theme songs from 3 British TV programmes from the 60s - Danger Man, The Avengers, and The Prisoner. Just love how the British themes sounded, so groovy, neat, outasite.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on April 11, 2016, 08:59:08 PM
hung out with a friend for like 20 minutes before he had to drive 3 hours back home :/


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Alan Smith on April 13, 2016, 01:52:14 AM
Split my black suit trousers crouching down at the photocopier  :brow


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: alf wiedersehen on April 17, 2016, 12:01:27 AM
Started a band.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on April 17, 2016, 12:05:47 AM
Started a band.

Nice. What genre will it be, who are the main influences and which instrument are you playing?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: alf wiedersehen on April 17, 2016, 12:24:55 AM
I'm not really sure what the answer to your first two questions are yet. I just asked a couple of close, musical friends I've known for years, and they all enthusiastically agreed. I've done various musical stuff with them in the past (including an unfinished concept album about fruit called Fruit Medley). My friend's girlfriend is in the band, and she's a great singer, so I'm exited about having female vocals in the mix. It's always been a dream of mine to write quirky duets a-la "Let's Put Our Hearts Together."

I'll end up playing a lot of keyboards, rhythm guitar, bass, and hopefully some singing.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Smilin Ed H on April 17, 2016, 02:15:21 AM
Spent yesterday evening with one of my friends in my local pub putting the world to right while drinking some rather good beers.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Mr. Verlander on April 17, 2016, 05:10:57 AM
I'm not really sure what the answer to your first two questions are yet. I just asked a couple of close, musical friends I've known for years, and they all enthusiastically agreed. I've done various musical stuff with them in the past (including an unfinished concept album about fruit called Fruit Medley). My friend's girlfriend is in the band, and she's a great singer, so I'm exited about having female vocals in the mix. It's always been a dream of mine to write quirky duets a-la "Let's Put Our Hearts Together."

I'll end up playing a lot of keyboards, rhythm guitar, bass, and hopefully some singing.

So your friend and his girlfriend are in the band? Sounds like trouble down the line. When you make it big, and they want to take the band in another direction (much to your dismay), you'll be outvoted. Better break it off now  8)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 17, 2016, 05:20:51 AM
So your friend and his girlfriend are in the band? Sounds like trouble down the line. When you make it big, and they want to take the band in another direction (much to your dismay), you'll be outvoted. Better break it off now  8)

O ye of little faith!  :lol

Good luck with your venture, sir.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on April 17, 2016, 05:30:08 AM
I'm not really sure what the answer to your first two questions are yet. I just asked a couple of close, musical friends I've known for years, and they all enthusiastically agreed. I've done various musical stuff with them in the past (including an unfinished concept album about fruit called Fruit Medley). My friend's girlfriend is in the band, and she's a great singer, so I'm exited about having female vocals in the mix. It's always been a dream of mine to write quirky duets a-la "Let's Put Our Hearts Together."

I'll end up playing a lot of keyboards, rhythm guitar, bass, and hopefully some singing.

So your friend and his girlfriend are in the band? Sounds like trouble down the line. When you make it big, and they want to take the band in another direction (much to your dismay), you'll be outvoted. Better break it off now  8)

I was thinking more about when they break up and she starts dating Bubs, a la Fleetwood Mac / Jefferson Airplane.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on April 18, 2016, 12:08:32 AM
Started a band.
I'll buy your first album.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: feelsflow on April 18, 2016, 04:33:25 AM
I got angry with this person:
(http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/jj563/paintedteeth/IMG_0798_zpsp59g9ida.jpg)

Today...  for some reason I'm catching up on this thread.  I know from this post, that the last time I was here was 4 April.  Husker Dude, you never gave us the lowdown on why you got angry...

Guess it was a transformer then.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: feelsflow on April 18, 2016, 04:47:14 AM
Sunshine all day over here. Went to a pancake restaurant in the woods with the entire family----a birthday tradition----where one of my presents was...Love and Mercy! I can hold my head up high from now on.  :hat   

Sounds like that was fun.  Most posters don't make their age visible, so didn't know when your birthday was.  We are both Aries.  Good sign, no wonder we get along.

Happy Birthday!  Only eight days later, as to fit in with the Today idea.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: feelsflow on April 18, 2016, 04:50:05 AM
john k,  See you are here today, right now checking/catching up on this very thread.  Good Morning. -Will


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 18, 2016, 04:52:12 AM
Today during a major clean-up I was presented (by my better half) with a box full of my old diaries, a quarter of a century all told. It will be fun revisiting descriptions of holidays of years past. (I shan't spend much time on the other bits, lol.)  


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 18, 2016, 04:53:47 AM
john k,  See you are here today, right now checking/catching up on this very thread.  Good Morning. -Will

Good afternoon to you, Will. And thanks for the belated birthday wishes!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: feelsflow on April 18, 2016, 05:17:23 AM
I read this and had an aneurysm:

"Adult/Child: Planned Release Date: Fall 1977

Reason It Was Shelved: Adult Child was recorded in 1966 through 1967 which was the same year Brian Wilson left The Beach Boys due to personal issues after the Pet Sounds project. Many of the songs can be found on bootlegs or have been leaked online but after it was rejected by Warner Bros. in 1977, it has never been officially released to the disappointment of many Beach Boy fans as it is chronicles Wilson's decline."



http://www.complex.com/music/2012/08/50-unreleased-albums-that-wed-kill-to-hear/brian-wilson-adult-child


Whoever is writing that is very clueless.  Not on just the Brian/Beach Boys album, but many of the others I wasted my time to read, today.  I've owned Adult/Child since 1984.  It wasn't hard to find.  I hope that one day it is officially released, but the boot sounds fine.  I have an even better Cd version these days.

That bit on the unreleased Hendrix album is BS.  Janie has been releasing "bottom of the barrel" Jimi music for many years.  She would put it out if any of it was even half-good.  She is having trouble keeping even uber fans interested.  I was at Atlanta Pop 1970.  Hendrix wasn't close to the best act there.  I have yet to buy it.  If the price gets down to $10, I might buy the Blu-ray.  I have the Showtime version on my DVr.  It's okay.  Janie is such a jerk to put some of the tracks on as a bonus only.  If it was in the show, put it in the show.  Same thing with the Brian Las Vegas Blu-ray.  Why do I have to go back into the menu to see the "bonus tracks"?  If it's in the show, put it in the show.  Those were two of the better songs Brian did that night.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: feelsflow on April 18, 2016, 05:27:48 AM
Today during a major clean-up I was presented (by my better half) with a box full of my old diaries, a quarter of a century all told. It will be fun revisiting descriptions of holidays of years past. (I shan't spend much time on the other bits, lol.)  

Sounds like that could be interesting.  I used to keep diaries, but my life is so ordinary now I suspect many of the pages would be blank.  And hey, we have this thread just in case something does happen today.

I'm off to check/catch up on other threads I've missed...  I do have to go to the doctor today for a chest x-ray.  See, not too interesting.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: feelsflow on April 18, 2016, 05:36:48 AM
One more, to get my thread count up.  I'm almost to 1000.  Perhaps by the end of today.  But not if I go off on one of my meandering, stream of consciousness posts, like I did in the Oops thread the other night.  I was doing that for near an hour.  When I read that back the next morning, I noticed it referred to several different threads I had been reading.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on April 19, 2016, 04:42:21 AM
At Black Sabbath right now, the song they're currently playing is Hand Of Doom. Really incredible, helped that I had a good smoke beforehand


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 19, 2016, 05:21:37 AM
2john k: thanks for the wiki link. Looks good. Though tbh, I don't know what either bacon or ginger tastes like. But I like meat so I think it'll be right up my alley.

2NOLA BB Fan: we call summer houses "dacha". Not sure why the hostess laughed, it's a common word. They aren't supposed to have inside plumbing; people take manure in special cabin outside and wash hands under water dispenser. Cook on an iron stove and it serves like heating - you toss the wood inside and light it. Bathe in a barrel. That said, the rich can afford modern conveniences in their dachas. While there is special pancake holiday Shrovetide, they can be made anytime. We never did them in summer though. We ate cowberry, blueberry and mushrooms. sometimes granny would boil black pudding. It's as much special dish as black caviar.

2feelsflow: you will not get to 1000 posts in the Sandbox. It is place for off-topic, the post count stays the same.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: KDS on April 19, 2016, 05:30:19 AM
At Black Sabbath right now, the song they're currently playing is Hand Of Doom. Really incredible, helped that I had a good smoke beforehand

That's awesome.  I thought about buying a ticket to see them one more time, especially when I found out they've been playing Hand of Doom.

But, I wanted my last Black Sabbath memory to be of Ozzy, Tony, Geezer, and Bill (the lineup I saw in 2001, 2004, and 2005). 

Plus, spent some concert ticket money for Ghost, Guns N Roses, and Brian Wilson. 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: >PapaLaPap< on April 19, 2016, 05:39:31 AM
I see, we're quite a few Aries's here. Belated congrats everyone! Btw, mine is today! And I'm celebrating it right now - for what it's worth - by trying to spread some good vibrations here in The Sandbox, aided by very talented poets!!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: KDS on April 19, 2016, 05:43:43 AM
I see, we're quite a few Aries's here. Belated congrats everyone! Btw, mine is today! And I'm celebrating it right now - for what it's worth - by trying to spread some good vibrations here in The Sandbox, aided by very talented poets!!

Happy Birthday


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 19, 2016, 05:44:35 AM
I see, we're quite a few Aries's here. Belated congrats everyone! Btw, mine is today! And I'm celebrating it right now - for what it's worth - by trying to spread some good vibrations here in The Sandbox, aided by very talented poets!!

Many happy returns, Rasmus. (Returns being very much the operative word in your case!)   


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 19, 2016, 05:50:07 AM
forgot to ask you, john - you mentioned devouring chocolate - what are the famous Dutch chocolates/ candy? maybe wiki link?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 19, 2016, 07:30:38 AM
forgot to ask you, john - you mentioned devouring chocolate - what are the famous Dutch chocolates/ candy? maybe wiki link?
Did I? Your memory is better than mine!

These look pretty typical (and pretty mouthwateringly scrumptious):

https://puccinibomboni.com/bonbons/?lang=en

All the way from Amsterdamee!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on April 19, 2016, 08:31:33 AM
2NOLA BB Fan: we call summer houses "dacha". Not sure why the hostess laughed, it's a common word. They aren't supposed to have inside plumbing; people take manure in special cabin outside and wash hands under water dispenser. Cook on an iron stove and it serves like heating - you toss the wood inside and light it. Bathe in a barrel. That said, the rich can afford modern conveniences in their dachas. While there is special pancake holiday Shrovetide, they can be made anytime. We never did them in summer though. We ate cowberry, blueberry and mushrooms. sometimes granny would boil black pudding. It's as much special dish as black caviar


RANGE ROVER: I think our hostess laughed because the house had been in her mother's family and perhaps was used as a summer home, but at that time (1991) it was her family's permanent home.
We didn't have to go outside to take care of our "business" as there was a privy attached to the back of the house. They used newspaper to wipe. We had each brought and left there several rolls of good quality tissue paper which our hostess greatly appreciated.
We didn't bathe in a barrel. Our hostess, a little woman who nonetheless had very strong arms, would carry in two large pails of water, She would heat one of the pails then bring the two pails into the spacious bathroom. We'd mix some of the cold and hot water to take what we call "cat baths". I did get to take a shower once. It was outdoors in a little stall. A fire was set to heat the water.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: alf wiedersehen on April 20, 2016, 06:16:21 PM
I cut my nails with a pair of scissors.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on April 20, 2016, 08:02:09 PM
Well, it's the 20th day of the 4th month.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on April 22, 2016, 10:59:03 PM
Semi-famous on the Tame Impala subreddit, I guess..


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 22, 2016, 11:33:22 PM
These look pretty typical (and pretty mouthwateringly scrumptious):

https://puccinibomboni.com/bonbons/?lang=en

All the way from Amsterdamee!
Actually you said "croissants" but I was meaning to ask about chocolate later. Fantastic collection!

2NOLA BB Fan: well you're lucky then. Could be worse.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 22, 2016, 11:35:06 PM
Well, it's the 20th day of the 4th month.
Is it special day? I am not sure what's about it.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Mendota Heights on April 23, 2016, 01:47:18 AM
Well, it's the 20th day of the 4th month.
Is it special day? I am not sure what's about it.

Cannabis day in the US.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 23, 2016, 02:00:00 AM
Well, it's the 20th day of the 4th month.
Is it special day? I am not sure what's about it.

Cannabis day in the US.


Not only in the U.S., it seems...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5C4bEC8odz4


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 23, 2016, 02:21:01 AM
Well that's certainly a *very* special day. How could I forget it?..


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 23, 2016, 05:05:25 AM
These look pretty typical (and pretty mouthwateringly scrumptious):

https://puccinibomboni.com/bonbons/?lang=en

All the way from Amsterdamee!
Actually you said "croissants" but I was meaning to ask about chocolate later. Fantastic collection!

These come quite close:

(http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/z/de-croissant-van-de-chocolade-19092445.jpg)

Sometimes they have chocolate on the top as well...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 23, 2016, 05:25:53 AM
Thanks! It's too late now but I know what I'm going to buy tomorrow. :3d


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: alf wiedersehen on April 24, 2016, 12:12:13 AM
Started a band.

We got together and played for about 4 hours today. I wanted to name us The Mulberries, and now we're called The Mulberries. Way back before the band started, we worked on different songs based on the alphabet and corresponding musical notes/chords. The song for F is called "Forget About It," and I love that song. We still don't have one for D or E, and A is up in the air at this point. I suggested we round up all the songs, release them as an EP called ABCDEP, and then move onto other stuff. Work on those continues on Friday.

I'm looking forward to starting the new, not-overtly-silly music soon. Because we have a female in the band, I'd love to do something Pastels-y. I've written music for about four or five songs, but writing lyrics is a real struggle for me. I find it bizarre I can't translate my love of writing to writing lyrics.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on April 24, 2016, 03:42:43 AM
Last night went to a small party. Had around 4-5 Carlton Dry Lime Beers, though it was the joints and bongs that was the main scene there. Needless to say, it was one hell of a time!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on April 24, 2016, 10:18:04 AM
Started a band.

We got together and played for about 4 hours today. I wanted to name us The Mulberries, and now we're called The Mulberries. Way back before the band started, we worked on different songs based on the alphabet and corresponding musical notes/chords. The song for F is called "Forget About It," and I love that song. We still don't have one for D or E, and A is up in the air at this point. I suggested we round up all the songs, release them as an EP called ABCDEP, and then move onto other stuff. Work on those continues on Friday.

I'm looking forward to starting the new, not-overtly-silly music soon. Because we have a female in the band, I'd love to do something Pastels-y. I've written music for about four or five songs, but writing lyrics is a real struggle for me. I find it bizarre I can't translate my love of writing to writing lyrics.
I dig this idea. I wish you luck for the remaining letters. I've never really tried writing lyrics, but artsy writing sounds fun.

Last night went to a small party. Had around 4-5 Carlton Dry Lime Beers, though it was the joints and bongs that was the main scene there. Needless to say, it was one hell of a time!
Sounds like a good time.

Last night I watched a video with my friend from Sasquatch last year with Tame Impala playing.
I teared up because the intro and build-up and everything about "Let it Happen" is so beautiful.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on April 25, 2016, 10:12:55 AM
Reviving old topic atm.

Avoiding an email I should send.

Feeling anxious for no reason, per usual.........


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on April 28, 2016, 01:52:06 PM
Left New Orleans just in time before the storms came through.

While driving to Jackson, MS, listened to PS, TSS (through GV), Los Lobos' The Neighborhood, and did a cool down with Rick Nelson's great Live from the Troubadour.

Anybody have trouble driving while listening to Cabinessence? While listening to the Truck Drivin Man section I developed what we in the US call "lead foot." Looked at my accelerator and thought, Whoa Nellie. Lucky I didn't get a traffic ticket!

Relaxing in the hotel. Hot as you know what outside. The person at the front desk said, Oh, you're going to the Beach Boys concert! Well, sorta, 2 or 3 people who are/were Beach Boys (not 100% sure if Blondie will be here)

Will post about the concert later in the Tour thread.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: feelsflow on April 28, 2016, 10:06:48 PM
Left New Orleans just in time before the storms came through.

While driving to Jackson, MS, listened to PS, TSS (through GV), Los Lobos' The Neighborhood, and did a cool down with Rick Nelson's great Live from the Troubadour.

Anybody have trouble driving while listening to Cabinessence? While listening to the Truck Drivin Man section I developed what we in the US call "lead foot." Looked at my accelerator and thought, Whoa Nellie. Lucky I didn't get a traffic ticket!

Relaxing in the hotel. Hot as you know what outside. The person at the front desk said, Oh, you're going to the Beach Boys concert! Well, sorta, 2 or 3 people who are/were Beach Boys (not 100% sure if Blondie will be here)

Will post about the concert later in the Tour thread.

I'm just hearing about all the storms.  Some posts are showing up on the main board.  I don't turn on the news, or check the weather much.  Did you drive up through Mississippi or Louisiana and cut over?  I always liked the drive up through Mississippi.

I love Los Lobos, but don't listen to Rick too often.  Hope the show was a good one, With Blondie!  

I saw some really good shows in Jackson back in the 70's.  Spent a lot of time in Vicksburg.  Beautiful place, Mississippi.  -Will


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: feelsflow on April 28, 2016, 10:30:20 PM
Started a band.

We got together and played for about 4 hours today. I wanted to name us The Mulberries, and now we're called The Mulberries. Way back before the band started, we worked on different songs based on the alphabet and corresponding musical notes/chords. The song for F is called "Forget About It," and I love that song. We still don't have one for D or E, and A is up in the air at this point. I suggested we round up all the songs, release them as an EP called ABCDEP, and then move onto other stuff. Work on those continues on Friday.

I'm looking forward to starting the new, not-overtly-silly music soon. Because we have a female in the band, I'd love to do something Pastels-y. I've written music for about four or five songs, but writing lyrics is a real struggle for me. I find it bizarre I can't translate my love of writing to writing lyrics.

Well, it won't help me to get to 1000 posts, but this thread is friendly enough to spend some time.

Good luck with the band, Bubs.  Yeah, Bubs.  I ain't typing in that long one you have today.  ;D  Looking forward to hearing some of the new stuff.  In the appropriate thread, of course.  Think my posts count over there.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: KDS on April 29, 2016, 05:12:38 AM
Taking both allergy and cold medication to get through the day. 

One of those rare times that I suffer both a head cold and seasonal allergies. 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 29, 2016, 04:32:41 PM
Bought "Royal Canin" for cat and chocolate paste to glaze cookies. Speaking of, got email from NoiseTrade titled "You are NOT a Jar of Nutella". Way funny.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: alf wiedersehen on April 30, 2016, 10:56:47 AM
I have decided to buy a 12-string Danelectro.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Woodstock on April 30, 2016, 11:00:38 AM
I have decided to buy a 12-string Danelectro.

I ordered one off eBay last week


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: alf wiedersehen on April 30, 2016, 11:03:59 AM
I have decided to buy a 12-string Danelectro.

I ordered one off eBay last week

Cool, we can be Danbuds.
Which kind and how much was it?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Woodstock on April 30, 2016, 11:11:18 AM
This one...cost $400 usd including the case. (http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NjQwWDQ4MA==/z/CfUAAOSw34FVEYhB/$_1.JPG)

I'm planning on using it for jamming...I play live every Friday and some Saturdays, it should be great for doing lead lines on stuff like Cantelope island


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on May 01, 2016, 03:35:49 AM
Bought "Royal Canin" for cat and chocolate paste to glaze cookies. Speaking of, got email from NoiseTrade titled "You are NOT a Jar of Nutella". Way funny.

How were your chocolate-coated cookies, RR?

Me? Crafted and posted a palindrome. Listened to Celibidache conducting Bruckner as I worked. Tried to catch a mouse. Ate, etc.



Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on May 01, 2016, 10:51:00 AM
Yesterday I...
went for a run, worked out, then escaped to a city park that was much more like a hike. My legs are dead.
But I saw a lot of nature, watched the sunset, and everything felt surreal. Lovely beach there, too.
Been feeling down so I really needed some kind of release. Connection with nature. I understand why Brian used the sandbox now.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 03, 2016, 10:46:31 AM
"W", the man who has been taking care of a neighbor's lawn, has been a friendly, cheerful person around here for a number of years. But I saw the other side of him, and reinforced how easy a life I've had in comparison. Found out this morning that his Granddaughter was the teenaged victim of a high profile murder which took place recently. And that most of his siblings have died from Diabetes and he's battling it himself. Finally, his Mother died during Hurricane Katrina.  :'(

Then went to Dentist for Checkup etc. A local radio station was playing "soft rock, great to relieve stress" according to a commercial. The "song" was a monotonous thing where there was something sung by one with a response of "sexy" something or other. Over and over. No wonderful melody. Where was the "hook?" Or the wonderful "middle 8th?" All of a sudden remembered my parents telling me to "turn that noise down." Then remembered that Sunday evening back in midSeptember 1965, at my Aunt's house (we were there as there was no power at our house as a result of Hurricane Betsy). The Beatles were on, and as Paul sang "Yesterday," my Mom said "Why can't all their music be like that?" Well, now I understand at least a little what she was getting at.
Speaking of Paul, expecting to get the Paul bio today so reading that will be on the schedule tonight, along with watching a TV bio of Janis Joplin on US PBS network.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Mendota Heights on May 03, 2016, 11:23:16 AM
Bought some dumbbells.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: ChicagoAnn on May 03, 2016, 06:18:56 PM
Coughing and hacking from allergies. Pollen is not my friend, though the trees are beautiful. Got a manicure. Don't feel like cooking.

The semester is almost over but that means I have to read all my students' work. Hence, writing here to procrastinate as I don't post much here. (But lurk a lot)



Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on May 04, 2016, 10:38:10 AM
^ Allergies suck. But I feel you—trees are beautiful!

On a somewhat similar note, I've been feeling severely sick for the past almost 48 hours now. It started off as sniffling and a sore throat, blew up in a nauseous, feverish mess. I feel a little better but my roommate wants me to clorox-wipe everything before I go.
Ugh. I just want my appetite back. All I've had since I got sick was some orange slices and this popsicle and some tea...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on May 04, 2016, 01:02:50 PM
^ Allergies suck. But I feel you—trees are beautiful!

On a somewhat similar note, I've been feeling severely sick for the past almost 48 hours now. It started off as sniffling and a sore throat, blew up in a nauseous, feverish mess. I feel a little better but my roommate wants me to clorox-wipe everything before I go.
Ugh. I just want my appetite back. All I've had since I got sick was some orange slices and this popsicle and some tea...

That's not good. You get well soon, ya hear? :smokin


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: alf wiedersehen on May 04, 2016, 04:59:06 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/fxL06Bz.jpg)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on May 04, 2016, 10:56:48 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/fxL06Bz.jpg)
such music.
very college.
much hip
WOw.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: alf wiedersehen on May 04, 2016, 11:04:14 PM
I greatly dislike memes.

Anyway, it's just a picture of me tuning the guitar I mentioned earlier (http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php?action=post;topic=1409.175;num_replies=194#top) after just picking it up from the store. Takes a long time to tune, y'know.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on May 04, 2016, 11:42:56 PM
I greatly dislike memes.
(http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/degrassi/images/6/6e/Arthur-hatersgonnahate.gif/revision/latest?cb=20131024193753)

That's cool, though. New gear for your new band?
I'm pretty partial to sunburst-colored instruments. Nice guitar you got there.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 06, 2016, 07:01:30 AM
Bought "Royal Canin" for cat and chocolate paste to glaze cookies. Speaking of, got email from NoiseTrade titled "You are NOT a Jar of Nutella". Way funny.

How were your chocolate-coated cookies, RR?

Me? Crafted and posted a palindrome. Listened to Celibidache conducting Bruckner as I worked. Tried to catch a mouse. Ate, etc.


I don't cook as chef, I tried to make little cat face picture with chocolate in each - didn't work. Better luck next time. But they were delicious!

Tried to catch a mouse? Do you have a cat? They don't eat mice because they're squeamish (good for them) but they kill them.

Re memes - tell me about it - they booorree me. I despise social networking, still don't get Twitter, when I try to read smb's Twitter, it's too much brainwork, they read so bizarre. Selfies? Annoying, I am waiting when it gets fad.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on May 06, 2016, 07:28:33 AM
mmmmm, speaking of RR1 making cookies, do we have like a cooking/recipe thread? A place to boast how good (maybe mediocre) food we make?

I just had homemade bread toast with avocado + a little lime and a fried egg. I love breakfast.

edit: I also woke up early to register for classes. Yay....


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on May 06, 2016, 07:29:43 AM
^ Allergies suck. But I feel you—trees are beautiful!

On a somewhat similar note, I've been feeling severely sick for the past almost 48 hours now. It started off as sniffling and a sore throat, blew up in a nauseous, feverish mess. I feel a little better but my roommate wants me to clorox-wipe everything before I go.
Ugh. I just want my appetite back. All I've had since I got sick was some orange slices and this popsicle and some tea...

That's not good. You get well soon, ya hear? :smokin
I'm alive! Residually sick but otherwise fine. Luckily it went away fast. But it wasn't fun when it was around.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 06, 2016, 07:47:45 AM
You like breakfast. This might be uninteresting so don't click: http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php/topic,1128.0.html
Actually you should because I fixed it. :police:


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on May 06, 2016, 07:55:07 AM
mmmmm, speaking of RR1 making cookies, do we have like a cooking/recipe thread? A place to boast how good (maybe mediocre) food we make?

For recipes in general, there's a short thread over at "my" other board:

http://beachboysforum.freeforums.org/post1153.html

But why not start one here? Most people here eat, so it should catch on...

 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on May 06, 2016, 07:57:52 AM
Tried to catch a mouse? Do you have a cat? They don't eat mice because they're squeamish (good for them) but they kill them.

No cat. I use a mouse-friendly trap and let them out in the bushes near other people's houses.

Speaking of cats, what happened to Swedish Frog's cat?   


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Mendota Heights on May 06, 2016, 07:59:39 AM
Yes, where is it?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 06, 2016, 08:09:42 AM
Swedish Frog's Kovu/Scar cat, as well as others will be ready shortly thereafter.
hey, undercover, cooked anything today? Tell us!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Mendota Heights on May 07, 2016, 02:37:55 AM
I ordered a Huawei Mate 8.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Emily on May 07, 2016, 10:09:50 AM
Went to the store; my card was declined; ran around panicking; realized I was trying to use my old, cancelled card.
Am now relaxing in the sun at the dog park.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on May 08, 2016, 02:24:20 PM
Morning: Walked the beast and did a little work.
Afternoon: Big family get-together. Big family get-togethers are great fun but they can be exhausting.
Evening: Released the herd (100-150) of stick insects from the tank into the garden (after dark, otherwise it's munchies for birdies). Retained three tiny ones in case I can't find any out there at the end of the year.     


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: alf wiedersehen on May 08, 2016, 08:48:38 PM
Went on an awkward, family-arranged dinner date.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on May 09, 2016, 08:43:02 AM
Saw Iron Maiden, which was one hell of a concert. Bruce Dickinson sounded amazing and also very witty


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Mendota Heights on May 09, 2016, 11:39:41 AM
Went on an awkward, family-arranged dinner date.

You dated your family?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: alf wiedersehen on May 09, 2016, 11:41:30 AM
Went on an awkward, family-arranged dinner date.

You dated your family?

That's why it was awkward.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Mendota Heights on May 09, 2016, 11:42:47 AM
Went on an awkward, family-arranged dinner date.

You dated your family?

That's why it was awkward.

Just kidding. Who was the lucky one? What did you talk about during the date? Music?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on May 09, 2016, 12:30:25 PM
About satire...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: alf wiedersehen on May 09, 2016, 02:23:34 PM
Who was the lucky one? What did you talk about during the date? Music?

It was my sister's friend's sister. We talked about theater, music, food, epilepsy...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on May 09, 2016, 02:33:20 PM
What about Judd?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on May 09, 2016, 03:33:57 PM
Guy is changing the world!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 10, 2016, 05:12:17 AM
Sisters visiting for a few days. Always interesting, varied conversation. This was actually yesterday.

Talked about distant relative who died in a high profile plane crash in the 70s, then listened to some music of his we found online.
Then:
Zika and dengue fever, and uptick of yellow fever including death in Brazil.
Tornadoes, and why so many earthquakes in Oklahoma?
The nightmare of getting around Washington DC nowadays (one of my sisters commutes to work there)
The sadistic dentist we were subjected to as children.
The Titanic disaster, how cold does 28 degree seawater feel; John Jacob Astor's body was found with over 2000 US dollars in pockets
A discussion of Dickens and Wodehouse
Volunteer experiences - one volunteers with Coast Guard auxiliary, another told of harrowing experience volunteering with Red Cross after recent flooding down in this part of the country. Maybe I could volunteer for Meals on Wheels? (Delivering meals to elderly)
Asked sister when she started present job -1999- then listened to Amish Paradise where they "partied like it's 1699". Then I listened to an old 1923 song, Old King Tut.
Then discussion of 1963 submarine disaster, The Thresher, which I was too young to remember. However remembered very well the horrific 2000 Kursk disaster.
Looking at this, some conversation was somber, but there were also lots of silly jokes. More to come today.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Emily on May 12, 2016, 10:44:44 AM
A guy walked up to me and handed me a leaflet. It was a "missing girl" notice. I asked a few questions and the guy was her dad and she disappeared just a couple of weeks ago and his voice and face just devastated me. I burst in to tears, which is hardly what he needed. My god, that anonymous news story hits home when the person is a human right in front of you.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: KDS on May 12, 2016, 10:47:52 AM
Saw Iron Maiden, which was one hell of a concert. Bruce Dickinson sounded amazing and also very witty

Where'd you see them?  Unfortunately, the Book of Souls tour is not coming near me. 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on May 13, 2016, 12:45:25 AM
Went to a concert!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: adamghost on May 13, 2016, 01:15:05 AM
I hiked 12.5 miles in Joshua Tree National Park looking for missing hiker Bill Ewasko.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on May 13, 2016, 08:10:59 AM
I hiked 12.5 miles in Joshua Tree National Park looking for missing hiker Bill Ewasko.

I see Mr Ewasko went missing almost six years ago. I have your blog bookmarked to learn more...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: alf wiedersehen on May 13, 2016, 05:04:59 PM
I just walked into my living room, and everyone is gone, and some guy I've never seen before is snoring on my couch.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Emily on May 13, 2016, 05:11:47 PM
I just walked into my living room, and everyone is gone, and some guy I've never seen before is snoring on my couch.
{:-/


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on May 13, 2016, 05:36:11 PM
I just walked into my living room, and everyone is gone, and some guy I've never seen before is snoring on my couch.

Is it Kyle? Because I've had that experience.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on May 13, 2016, 07:24:33 PM
Well yesterday I went to Kew and visited my first high school for the first time in around 5 years. It was quite an experience, and a joy to see everyone again after such a long time. Before I got there, I went to a book/CD store and purchased Dick Dale's album "King Of The Surf Guitar". Looking forward to listening to that. On a bit of a down note, I was disgusted to hear that only a couple of blocks away from where I was, the house where Gough Whitlam was born in was torn down and demolished. It's a terrible shame, I had always thought about going there and paying my respects to a legendary Prime Minister.....


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Bittersweet-Insanity on May 19, 2016, 12:06:23 AM
just walked past this late nite karaoke bar. this gorgeous girl outside smoking said hi and we chatted for a bit. she told me she just sang Kokomo and that i should come up there and have some fun. had to run home first (2 blocks away) and when i got back she was gone.  ??? FML

She did say she was drunk tho, so idk...maybe she had to throw up  :-[ Of course i'm a gentleman, so I would NEVER take advantage of someone in an inebriated state  :police:


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: alf wiedersehen on May 19, 2016, 03:51:27 PM
I received a fabulous haircut.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: You Kane, You Commanded, You Conquered on May 23, 2016, 07:28:23 PM
Saw some guys from HBO filming their new TV series (Big Little Liars) at the hotel I've been staying at. Caught a glimpse of one of the actors (Alexander Sarsgard).


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 24, 2016, 04:48:20 PM
When the sitter arrived to look after Mom for 6 hours, I drove to a local coffeehouse. On the way listened to BBC World Service, and heard part of interview with Sir Paul. Said that he was, one could say, a "fish out of water" when the Beatles broke up, as he had always been part of a group, never solo. Also spoke about misgivings dealing with Allen Klein. The whole interview, Mastertapes, can be seen on BBC4

After arriving, got an iced mocha and spent 2 hours reading Southern US author Walker Percy's novel, Love in the Ruins, one of two books (the other being The Moviegoer) to be discussed at a Walker Percy conference I'll be attending the first weekend of June.

Then went to a local 'greasy spoon' for lunch, then back home for more reading and fixing dinner for Mom.

Tonight will possibly catch up watching the TV series, Call the Midwife, but need to be in the right mood as the shows this season have been very weepy to say the least. Will probably watch some old Fawlty Towers afterwards for comic relief

CHANGE OF PLANS: Decided to watch The Birds, which I recorded a couple of days ago. Read that Brian recommended this movie highly!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on June 09, 2016, 06:57:56 AM
Eating a big bowl of home-grown strawberries and sour cream as I type this.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on June 09, 2016, 09:23:01 AM
Eating a big bowl of home-grown strawberries and sour cream as I type this.
You grew them yourself? That sounds awesome!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 09, 2016, 12:35:01 PM
Eating a big bowl of home-grown strawberries and sour cream as I type this.
Splendid! :3d Did your better half grow it? You should be proud. Is strawberry in general popular culture in Netherlands?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on June 09, 2016, 12:44:47 PM
As RR suspected, my better half grew them.

My son has a modest organic allotment but no time to tend it so my wife looks after it. She often brings a few vegetables home.

Almost forgot: strawberries are very popular in the Netherlands and they're in season right now...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 09, 2016, 01:07:32 PM
As RR suspected, my better half grew them. My son has a modest organic allotment but no time to tend it so my wife looks after it. She often brings a few vegetables home.
Runs in the family? :3d May I ask - is your fam vegetarian?

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Almost forgot: strawberries are very popular in the Netherlands and they're in season right now...
Cool. It's very expensive to buy it where I live. In season here is blueberry & cowberry (redberry?) & in swamp places - cloudberry.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on June 10, 2016, 03:54:24 PM
Runs in the family? :3d May I ask - is your fam vegetarian?
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Sorry, saw this but then forgot to answer it.

No, we're not vegetarians. But we're not raging carnivores either. A little meat goes a long way. We eat more fish than meat (I can't imagine a life without fish)...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 10, 2016, 04:32:56 PM
No, we're not vegetarians. But we're not raging carnivores either. A little meat goes a long way. We eat more fish than meat (I can't imagine a life without fish)...
Sea food is great, yes. Some cannot stand it, esp. fish & laminaria. I like it. I'd like to taste oysters. They must be delicious.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on June 10, 2016, 08:08:05 PM
Meanwhile here I am avoiding seafood like the plague - and has been for nearly 10 years. The smell, taste and texture makes me sick....


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 10, 2016, 09:53:15 PM
Meanwhile here I am avoiding seafood like the plague - and has been for nearly 10 years. The smell, taste and texture makes me sick....
The last bit is typically what sea food "haters" say. Different taste buds? Do you like dairy meals & eggs? Imo boring taste; may buy little milk - 250-500 ml to use for baking cookies.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on June 11, 2016, 02:42:29 AM
No, we're not vegetarians. But we're not raging carnivores either. A little meat goes a long way. We eat more fish than meat (I can't imagine a life without fish)...
Sea food is great, yes. Some cannot stand it, esp. fish & laminaria. I like it. I'd like to taste oysters. They must be delicious.

Oysters are delicious----not that I eat them that often. They're a rare delicacy.  


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on June 11, 2016, 06:02:14 PM
Meanwhile here I am avoiding seafood like the plague - and has been for nearly 10 years. The smell, taste and texture makes me sick....
The last bit is typically what sea food "haters" say. Different taste buds? Do you like dairy meals & eggs? Imo boring taste; may buy little milk - 250-500 ml to use for baking cookies.

When it comes to dairy and eggs, I'm largely indifferent - though I do really like cheese


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on June 11, 2016, 06:25:51 PM
I have problems with milk products, especially some cheeses. As time goes by I become sicker when eating dairy. Perhaps a little bit of yogurt, that's it.
Being where I am, have to love seafood. Last night, grilled some catfish. Tonight, made stuffed mirlitons with shrimp. Mirlitons, also known in the rest of the US as chayote squash, are used in our local cooking mainly stuffed for Thanksgiving dinner in November. However, our city didn't have any freezing weather this past winter, so the mirliton vines produced a second late spring crop. A friend of mine gave me a couple of them from his backyard garden.
Just now have made zucchini banana blueberry bread, 2 loaves 1 to give to my "mirliton" friend who's having his birthday tomorrow. The blueberries are from our bushes at our "dacha" lol.
Just sitting here, a kitty on my lap, looking at the mess of a kitchen that needs to be cleaned up. But I can't disturb my kitty cat!  :)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on June 12, 2016, 02:39:05 AM
Open Day at the allotment (coffee, cake, pasties). And in the evening a concert by Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Phil (Elgar, Beethoven, Dvorak).

Read my welcome thread when I got back. Had to pinch myself a few times. Well, at least it's all channelled in one place now. And to an outsider "Oops" is an innocent enough name for a topic----isn't it? :3d 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on June 26, 2016, 03:12:26 AM
Read my welcome thread when I got back. Had to pinch myself a few times. Well, at least it's all channelled in one place now. And to an outsider "Oops" is an innocent enough name for a topic----isn't it? :3d  

Not any more it isn't.  ;D

Yesterday morning I attended a demonstration of ballet by my granddaughter and her class (think five- to seven-year-olds), listened to and chatted with a former musical confrere during the local jazz festival in the afternoon and spent the evening in a church listening to choral music sung by the choir of my chorister friend whom I help with her parts. A day full of music. :=)        


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on June 27, 2016, 03:16:05 PM
Took my little dog to the vet to have his teeth cleaned----under narcosis. Poor little fella. Still, by the end of the day he was his usual bouncy self again. Had a good laugh (and some excellent Belgian beer) watching a strong Iceland beat a feeble England in the Euro 1016 campaign. Another Brexit, as Mendota Heights (Andersson across the road) rightly pointed out. :lol 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on June 27, 2016, 06:49:58 PM
Spent first half of day in the hospital with elevated blood pressure. Am home now and here I am.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on July 06, 2016, 04:00:55 PM
Trying to deal with the heat. I know, it's SUPPOSED to be hot down here in July, but it has been a bit out of hand these past few days.
My Mom wanted more color around her house, which is surrounded by large rose bushes that bloom in spring and fall. So I planted lots of heat loving plants including coneflowers, Texas sage, Pentas, cleomes, and purslane (portolaca). Wax begonias in shady spots. Also tulsi (Holy Basil), sweet banana peppers, Malabar spinach and native milkweed to attract Monarch butterflies. Will sow some zinnia seeds, and moonflowers.
The "heat index" hit dangerous levels the last couple of days, reaching over 45 degrees Celsius (114F). And the big weather news is that the low temperatures are incredibly high (record levels), so there's no opportunity to cool off at all at night. Our "low" temperatures have been over 28 degrees Celsius (83F). Add high humidity to the mix and its positively oppressive.
We get rain all around us, with the thunder and impressive light shows, but the rain always seems to miss us. So I have no choice but to water our plants with the chemical laden city water. Our drinking water comes from the Mississippi. Someone flushes a toilet in Pittsburgh, St Louis, Memphis and we get to drink it.  :-\

Would like to add that, along with seeing the pretty flowers, other relaxing things took place. Spent a good deal of time reading Guralnick's Volume One of Elvis' biography (Last Train to Memphis). Listened to some of his Sun recordings. Then got into the mood for Gospel quartets, Blackwood Brothers and the Statesmen.
Finally listening to classic soul/r&b from our iconic Soul Queen, Irma Thomas.
Needed to listen to good music after all the controversy about a shooting that took place in Baton Rouge and has made national headlines.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: jiggy22 on July 08, 2016, 07:27:36 PM
Slept extremely poor last night, only got about two hours of actual sleep. Then trying to activate my new debit card got me nowhere and wasted a good 20 minutes of my time. And then immediately after I stubbed my toe. Then I had to wait for over two hours to take my driving test (I was dead last on the list). I failed on the last turn.

So yeah, not the best day.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on July 08, 2016, 07:37:25 PM
Moving this weekend, or rather, moving everything into storage. Was trying to find people to help us move and was amazed at how people had plans all of a sudden. Nothing like someone with heart issues moving heavy furniture by themselves!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on July 14, 2016, 09:48:04 PM
I had my first day off work since like eons so...

not much. And I'm am okay with that.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on July 15, 2016, 01:57:29 PM
I had my first day off work since like eons so...

not much. And I'm am okay with that.

Hey, u-m, good to see you around this neck of the woods.

My day was spent grandchild-minding and cooking for two families so it sounds rather like the opposite of yours. ;D     


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on July 15, 2016, 03:41:29 PM
Been a bummer of a day so far.

Woke up to the update on the Nice tragedy.
Then had to deal with a very ticklish, uncomfortable family situation which won't end well.
Then had a scare when I found out that friends of mine, in the performing group I used to be in, were still in Turkey and were having difficulty getting out. Finally got word that after 5 hours they did get out and are now in Bulgaria.
Watching TV right now, people getting shot with the coup.

Could use a joke right now - wouldn't even mind if it was a bit off-color.

Will have to turn TV off to preserve my sanity. What's that saying - Keep Calm and Listen to Pet Sounds. Will do that tonight.
Also got the Uncut guide to Beach Boys in the post today. Will lose myself in that tonight.

Love and Mercy!  :'(


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on July 16, 2016, 06:17:49 AM
Hope this makes you smile, NOLABBF. Goodness knows we need some humour in these dark days...

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/95325460/Rich%20III.jpg)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: The LEGENDARY OSD on July 16, 2016, 08:23:48 AM
Hope this makes you smile, NOLABBF. Goodness knows we need some humour in these dark days...

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/95325460/Rich%20III.jpg)

The last time I went camping, I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, then finally it dawned on me.  ::)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on July 16, 2016, 09:17:47 AM
Very punny!  ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on July 19, 2016, 12:32:19 PM
Not much, I'm afraid. Too darned hot.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 01, 2016, 07:48:12 PM
Very emotional day.

In the late morning caught a screening of the documentary, "Gleason," at our local megaplex. It's about local hero Steve Gleason, a former professional football player who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011.  Part of it was a video blog for his son, born after the diagnosis, so that he would see his Dad when he could still walk and talk. Gleason is able to "talk" now thanks to technology allowing his eyes to pick out letters on a keyboard. He also programmed it while he could still talk so that the computer voice sounds like his.
The documentary touches on many themes, father/son relationships, caregiver burnout, spousal burnout, spirituality, handicap advocacy, quality of life/end of life issues. It was very moving and inspirational.
For me, the impact on me is similar to how "Love and Mercy" affected me last June when I first saw that.
It's showing in a handful of US cities now and will be in wider release in a couple of weeks. Since Amazon Video was involved in the production it should be available for viewing there in the not too distant future.
The trailer for the movie can be found online, or at TeamGleason.org
Gleason's motto: "No White Flags" (in other words, no surrender)

In the afternoon, was in communication with a sister who's a volunteer with the Red Cross in Maryland and sent video and other info concerning horrific flooding in Ellicott City, Maryland, outside of Baltimore. The video of the raging torrent through the town was shocking.

In the evening saw an uplifting documentary, Singing Revolution, about Estonia and how singing helped keep the populace United in the face of Soviet and Nazi occupations. This was followed by another documentary about a huge singing festival there. I found out about composer Veljo Tormis and checked out some of his stuff online. Very impressed


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on August 02, 2016, 06:25:44 AM
In the evening saw an uplifting documentary, Singing Revolution, about Estonia and how singing helped keep the populace United in the face of Soviet and Nazi occupations. This was followed by another documentary about a huge singing festival there. I found out about composer Veljo Tormis and checked out some of his stuff online. Very impressed

Stirring stuff indeed:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJMLIZjpKmw

Thanks for the tip... 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 02, 2016, 07:49:26 AM
Oh, that's wonderful!
Its great that he found the beauty in this and other work songs that he set to choral music.
I find this kind of music, be it "call and response," "antiphonal singing," "litanies", to be mesmerizing.
Amazing how people coped in a creative way with repetitive tasks, that putting a specific rhythm to them made them easier and more tolerable (and occasionally almost enjoyable)

Laying down track for the railroad: "Who ran the Iron Horse/Who ran the Iron Horse" etc.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on August 04, 2016, 05:18:32 AM
Had a brief power cut. Made myself useful while it lasted it by peeling and eating some overripe plums.   


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: KDS on August 04, 2016, 05:56:48 AM
The weather in Baltimore was so nice yesterday, I went out on the deck and did something I rarely do on a worknight.  I popped open some beers and put some burgers on the grill.  Put on my Brian Wilson Pandora channel, and relaxed. 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on August 04, 2016, 07:04:00 AM
Nice, drink some natty bows? 8)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: KDS on August 04, 2016, 08:05:47 AM
Nice, drink some natty bows? 8)

I had one Boh left in the fridge.  The rest were Miller High Lifes. 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on August 05, 2016, 06:49:13 PM
Evidently I've been the receiver of a mild sunburn.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 05, 2016, 09:27:44 PM
The "heat index" hit dangerous levels the last couple of days, reaching over 45 degrees Celsius (114F). And the big weather news is that the low temperatures are incredibly high (record levels), so there's no opportunity to cool off at all at night. Our "low" temperatures have been over 28 degrees Celsius (83F). Add high humidity to the mix and its positively oppressive.
Thanks for converting to Celsius. 45 degrees - you sure? It's like New Orleans competes with Africa.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 06, 2016, 02:25:41 AM
Yes it's been HOT. This July has been one of the hottest on record here.
Again, the 45 C was not the actual temperature but the "heat index" temperature (actual temperature was "only" 37 C). Don't know if your country uses this. But it's a measure of temperature plus humidity. Along with the heat here it's very humid, so this was considered to be in the dangerous category, that if you are working outside and don't get in the shade every once in a while and drink plenty of water you can get what is known as "heat stroke" which can kill you if not treated.
Sometimes when it gets super hot the sky will become dark and we'll have bad storms. This happened a couple of days ago - high winds, lots of rain, hail. We had a baby tornado hit just north of the French Quarter section of town, destroying or severely damaging 4-6 homes.

We're supposed to have real bad heat this weekend as well, then things will start to get "interesting" with a tropical system moving in probably east of here. A little nervous right now, as we're overdue for a tropical storm or hurricane. Think the last hurricane hit here in 2012 and caused lots of flooding outside of New Orleans as the storm didn't move for several days (the city itself didn't flood, but electrical power was out for a week in my neighborhood). Hated that storm. There were persistent 100-120 km winds for days, knocking over several small trees at the house, fortunately we were able to prop them back up with ropes and stakes and they survived. Not so with my herbs, The super heavy rains were too much for the sage plants, and killed 2/3 of my once beautiful huge Rosemary bush; that never recovered.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 06, 2016, 06:03:14 AM
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A little nervous right now, as we're overdue for a tropical storm or hurricane. Think the last hurricane hit here in 2012 and caused lots of flooding outside of New Orleans
According to some tornado documentary, the families build an underground bunker/house/some such for cases like these. with food & drink supplies, carrying things from main house etc for safety's sake. Do you do that?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 06, 2016, 06:51:21 AM
An underground bunker wouldn't work in my city due to flooding. Our water table is also very high here - no basements. That's why we have what's called the City of the Dead, above ground tombs, a number of which are quite ornate. Don't know how many other cities have cemeteries as tourist attractions other than those with military connections.

Some places on the Gulf Coast are trying raised concrete houses that can withstand the high winds. On the coast the main problem is storm surge, the wall of water that comes in with a hurricane. With Hurricane Katrina the surge got to a US mainland record of 30 feet (9.14 m) which wiped out all of the houses and businesses. Very depressing to drive along the coast when the highway reopened and see nothing but emptiness the whole way.
With the domed house it's hoped that the surge would come over it but not wash it away, There's one in Florida I believe that survived a surge from a much less strong storm a few years back.

Oh my...  Just got an alert on my phone. One of our local Jazz icons, clarinetist Pete Fountain, has passed away.  :-(


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on August 06, 2016, 07:09:41 AM
Oh my...  Just got an alert on my phone. One of our local Jazz icons, clarinetist Pete Fountain, has passed away.  :-(

I remember hearing a hit by Pete Fountain way back. I think it must have been this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbiVpcWIzbo

Sad news. Rest in peace, sir.

I sincerely hope the tropical storms stay away from your part of the world this time.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on August 06, 2016, 11:50:31 AM
Today's gonna be a day of firsts, a day of adventure...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 07, 2016, 04:05:49 PM
Well, hope undercover-m's adventure was a good one!

We are in what are called the "dog days" of Summer. Guess it's called that because it's so hot that an outside dog, seeing a rabbit, cat, etc., will just think, "Whatever," and not bother with it.

Being a hot, sultry day I thought of "Summer Song," which Dave and wife Iola Brubeck composed, and was sung by Louis Armstrong.
In music, outside of the Classical realm,, there are only 2 composers whose compositions can move me to tears - Brian Wilson and Dave Brubeck.

Here's the song, Armstrong on vocals (his 115th birthday was a few days ago), accompanied by Brubeck. Perfect for front porch sitting, busy doin nothing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXSoA5I1smg[url]] (http://[/url)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXSoA5I1smghttp://


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 12, 2016, 09:30:06 AM
At home, under the weather.
Speaking of weather, it's shaping up to be a catastrophe down here. A tropical system has parked itself over us and isn't moving. Areas to the east, west and north of me have received unbelievable amounts of rain and more is expected.
When it's all done, the prediction is that some areas would have received upwards of 30 inches (over 760 mm) of rain! And with this will come more flooding from overflowing rivers and streams.
Right here it's been okay so far, no flooding but steady light to moderate rain. However our area is still in the "danger zone" so we're not out of the woods yet by any means.
All I can do is sit tight. Will play some "rain music" - perhaps It's Raining by Irma Thomas.
Just got an alert - the police and others are searching for child washed away in flood waters.
 :-\

P.S. Or maybe Randy Newman's "Louisiana 1927" would be more appropriate.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on August 12, 2016, 10:00:45 AM
Just got an alert - the police and others are searching for child washed away in flood waters.
 :-\

How awful. That poor child. Thoughts and prayers for everyone out there...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on August 13, 2016, 10:49:52 AM
I dusted and washed my desk (actually two tables in an L-shape) and dusted and tidied its contents. Drank some white wine and nibbled things at the lake with my better half.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 13, 2016, 04:09:42 PM
Drank some white wine and nibbled things at the lake with my better half.

Read that and thought, "how nice." Then read it again and had a good laugh!
Anyway...

After a rough morning, and having a headache, decided to listen to a 60s satellite channel which does a different Top 40 list each week (from US Pop charts). This was for the week Aug13-20, 1964. Well, I knew right away what one of the songs was...
There were 4 Beatles songs this week - I'll Cry Instead, And I Love Her, A Hard Days Night - and so help me - Ain't She Sweet!! How in Hades did that song make the top 20 (it was 19 this week). It's more of a Tony Sheridan song, no Ringo... As Range Rover A1 would "say", smh!

However there were some great songs - Under the Boardwalk, Maybe I Know (my favorite Lesley Gore song).
Rag Doll - tried to sing high notes at end, and my cat bit me - guess I was hurting his ears LOL.
Handy Man by Del Shannon - this song sounds so much like a Beach Boys song (particularly their cover of Do You Want to Dance). Del Shannon's regular (not falsetto) voice sounds so much like Dennis.

#15 this week was I Get Around. After playing this side B was played, Don't Worry Baby. Then to keep the vibe going, they played an extra (song on the charts but not in the top 40), Bruce and Terry's Summer Means Fun. Then Jan and Dean's Little Old Lady. Finally some songs later, to keep up on a sort of Beach Boys thing, the number 2 song was Dean Martin's signature song, Everybody Loves Somebody.

Sometime while listening to this, noticed that my headache disappeared.

Went back to reality briefly, seeing dramatic rescues that took place west of here, a man trapped in a tree for 10 hours, another a rescue of a woman and her dog as their car went underwater.

Needed to go back to music. Watching right now the Dylan 30 concert which sounds great. George Harrison's on now. Then there will be a documentary about Elvis, then Brian's soundstage concert, then Ringo...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 14, 2016, 11:41:10 PM
I've no idea what "smh" is. I use "sth.", short for "something". & Del's voice doesn't sound like Dennis'. In "Handy Man" or anywhere. Al sang "Runaway", fyi. Dennis' voice isn't strong, for starters. Listen to Del & Al back to back. They've got energy in delivery & they sing with gusto. That said, Del is Del & Al is Al.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on August 15, 2016, 01:07:01 AM
Went back to reality briefly, seeing dramatic rescues that took place west of here, a man trapped in a tree for 10 hours, another a rescue of a woman and her dog as their car went underwater.

Saw the car rescue you mentioned on TV. One happy ending, at least (although happy is perhaps the wrong word).

I do hope you and yours are safe in this horrendous situation.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 15, 2016, 03:58:24 AM
I've no idea what "smh" is. I use "sth.", short for "something". & Del's voice doesn't sound like Dennis'. In "Handy Man" or anywhere. Al sang "Runaway", fyi. Dennis' voice isn't strong, for starters. Listen to Del & Al back to back. They've got energy in delivery & they sing with gusto. That said, Del is Del & Al is Al.

Sorry, got almost no sleep the night before posting that.
Guess, just to my ears, Handy Man on my radio (outside of instrumental break) sounded sort of BBs like. But YMMV, or sth. :-)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 15, 2016, 04:56:47 PM
Quote
Guess, just to my ears, Handy Man on my radio (outside of instrumental break) sounded sort of BBs like.
BBs-like, I'll give you that. But nobody can possibly compare Del's voice with Dennis'. Listen to "Little girl (you're my miss America)", "Celebrate the news", Pacific Ocean Blue. Then listen to any of Del's hits. Different diction, inflection, phrasing, vocal style etc. If you'd like to hear "Dennis", check the song "Kites are fun" by Free Design.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 16, 2016, 04:52:43 PM
Brought Mom to dentist this morning. Third time is the charm as the saying goes - her denture finally feels good.

Then went to a pet place and bought some bags of both cat and dog food, plus some leashes. A friend of ours is using her business as a collection point for pet things to be sent to places taking care of homeless/stray dogs and cats from the flooding around here. Will try to get some animal crates and water bowls to them as well in the coming days.
This means a lot to our family as we are big animal lovers, and were deeply saddened and angered by the tens of thousands of animals killed during and after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Back then, people couldn't bring their pets with them if they were going to shelters. Some, including a next door neighbor, didn't evacuate their homes as a result (his cat was his "best friend."). Some in the suburbs were rescued with their pets and brought to a dry building. Then they were told they had to go somewhere else and couldn't take their pets. What happened to those pets? Someone took it upon himself to shoot all of them dead!! No one was ever so much as reprimanded for it ( the excuse, the pets could have carried diseases blah blah blah).
So everyone's watching the government officials closely now to make sure the animals are taken care of.

Plus there are numerous places to donate food, clothing, baby supplies to the many thousands of people who are now homeless (and that number is growing as the flooding is still spreading). My sister, a nurse, will be doing volunteer work with the Red Cross.  It's a way for us to "Pay it Forward" -  help those now suffering, as we had been helped in 2005. It will take many years to recover, but we're resilient.

"Louisiana, Louisiana, they're trying to wash us away..." - Randy Newman


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on August 17, 2016, 07:55:17 AM
What an insanely cruel thing to do, shooting defenceless pets for no good reason. Words fail me. All courage to you and yours in dealing with this and other horrors.   


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on August 17, 2016, 02:02:53 PM
I love animals. I think I have to thank my dog for keeping me emotionally stable.

My heart goes out to all of those pet owners :(.

-----

I have been doing a lot of bussing today. In fact, I get to see my dog later today as a result 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: wingsoveramerica on August 17, 2016, 02:15:44 PM
One thing i did was buy a CD (still buying those) of 'Good Times' by The Monkees.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on August 18, 2016, 01:47:18 PM
I have been doing a lot of bussing today. In fact, I get to see my dog later today as a result 

Do you have a picture of your dog, M, or is there one here somewhere?

What did I do today?

Morning: Nearly got my left ruddy leg pulled off by the physiotherapist.
Afternoon: Fell asleep at my desk.
Evening: Ate two fried eggs.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on August 18, 2016, 10:01:40 PM
I have been doing a lot of bussing today. In fact, I get to see my dog later today as a result 

Do you have a picture of your dog, M, or is there one here somewhere?

What did I do today?

Morning: Nearly got my left ruddy leg pulled off by the physiotherapist.
Afternoon: Fell asleep at my desk.
Evening: Ate two fried eggs.
(http://i67.tinypic.com/k19yfp.jpg)

I'm always willing to show pictures of my dog.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on August 19, 2016, 05:07:23 AM
I'm always willing to show pictures of my dog.

Thanks, M.

That picture looks familiar. Maybe you posted it earlier in Bubs's "Small Dogs" topic----or in some "Pets" topic that I can't find...

This is a recent one of my little dog Diesel:

(https://s4.postimg.io/xklx82mct/IMG_0054.jpg)
 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: feelsflow on August 19, 2016, 04:24:37 PM
Those dogs are cute. 

I worked very hard today in extreme heat.  Boy I hope the Summer ends soon.

Just got cleaned up, and now hoping for it to rain.

Next up...make a whisky sour and play some Beach Boys.  I'm starting with Beach Boys Today! SACD.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: The LEGENDARY OSD on August 19, 2016, 05:50:47 PM
I have been doing a lot of bussing today. In fact, I get to see my dog later today as a result 

Do you have a picture of your dog, M, or is there one here somewhere?

What did I do today?

Morning: Nearly got my left ruddy leg pulled off by the physiotherapist.
Afternoon: Fell asleep at my desk.
Evening: Ate two fried eggs.
(http://i67.tinypic.com/k19yfp.jpg)

I'm always willing to show pictures of my dog.

Looks like a sweet dog. I like that wood flooring, too.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: The LEGENDARY OSD on August 19, 2016, 05:58:07 PM
I'm always willing to show pictures of my dog.

Thanks, M.

That picture looks familiar. Maybe you posted it earlier in Bubs's "Small Dogs" topic----or in some "Pets" topic that I can't find...

This is a recent one of my little dog Diesel:

(https://s4.postimg.io/xklx82mct/IMG_0054.jpg)
 

Looks like an older version of our Chihuahua/Miniature Doberman mix.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on August 20, 2016, 02:03:07 AM
Looks like an older version of our Chihuahua/Miniature Doberman mix.

How about that? Yes, it's a Chihuahua/Minipin mix. He's reached the ripe old age of nine.

Any chance of a picture, OSD?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: The LEGENDARY OSD on August 20, 2016, 07:41:33 AM
Looks like an older version of our Chihuahua/Miniature Doberman mix.

How about that? Yes, it's a Chihuahua/Minipin mix. He's reached the ripe old age of nine.

Any chance of a picture, OSD?

I'll try to get both dogs in the picture. The other one is a Sheltie (min. Collie).


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 21, 2016, 07:32:12 PM
Love seeing these sweet dogs!

Watched Winding Stream, a documentary about the Carter Family (AP, Sara and Maybelle) plus extended family and of course Johnny Cash. I absolutely love their music, plus I'm on an "old timey" music obsession right now.

Then afterwards, for no particular reason, listened to some Rosemary Clooney.

Keep on the sunny side!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: feelsflow on August 22, 2016, 03:13:28 PM
another day, another coat of paint.  Putting in some new rugs.  The Big clean-up before Fall/Winter - my favorite time of the year.  The place is really looking better!  Feeling Great, cause it's almost done.

and!  it's cooler today for the first time in two weeks, only 74 degrees -and less humidity.


also.  Being from Louisiana myself, my heart goes out to all the flood victims (including the animals).  Loved growing up in Monroe, and the years I lived in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
Always felt I didn't so much leave Louisiana - in my soul forever.  I left the heat.

NOLA BB Fan,  Louisiana will survive this.  Once saw the Ouachita River get near the top of the levee, but never spill over.  Saw a bridge between Monroe and West Monroe go under a couple of times.  What's happening to the swamps West of New Orleans?  Can the water get as high as those freeways (10 and 55)?  Did see a news report the other day on how some of the islands are disappearing South of New Orleans, tho.  The Gulf is in trouble.  Hang in there, the water will go down.  -Will


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 22, 2016, 03:40:21 PM
The 1st dog looks like plush toy - it's got unlively eyes. The 2nd isn't cute.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on August 22, 2016, 03:45:44 PM
Dammit.... ::)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 22, 2016, 03:49:50 PM
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Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on August 22, 2016, 03:58:48 PM
*SB scratches head* Huh....


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 22, 2016, 04:04:57 PM
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Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on August 22, 2016, 04:06:51 PM
Just kinda rude about SSers' best friends....


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: feelsflow on August 22, 2016, 04:10:21 PM
another day, another coat of paint.  Putting in some new rugs.  The Big clean-up before Fall/Winter - my favorite time of the year.  The place is really looking better!  Feeling Great, cause it's almost done.

and!  it's cooler today for the first time in two weeks, only 74 degrees -and less humidity.


also.  Being from Louisiana myself, my heart goes out to all the flood victims (including the animals).  Loved growing up in Monroe, and the years I lived in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
Always felt I didn't so much leave Louisiana - in my soul forever.  I left the heat.

NOLA BB Fan,  Louisiana will survive this.  Once saw the Ouachita River get near the top of the levee, but never spill over.  Saw a bridge between Monroe and West Monroe go under a couple of times.  What's happening to the swamps West of New Orleans?  Can the water get as high as those freeways (10 and 55)?  Did see a news report the other day on how some of the islands are disappearing South of New Orleans, tho.  The Gulf is in trouble.  Hang in there, the water will go down.  -Will
I looked it up.  Maurepas Swamp is flooding, and the Mississippi River flood control project has done a lot of damage.  I haven't been down there since 1980.  I love that whole area West and Northwest of New Orleans.  Hope the restoration of adding back fresh water from the Mississippi River will make things better.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 22, 2016, 04:12:41 PM
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Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on August 22, 2016, 04:15:49 PM
huh...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 22, 2016, 04:19:15 PM
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Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on August 22, 2016, 04:21:56 PM
If scratching my head at your posts counts, that's what I did today.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 22, 2016, 04:24:56 PM
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Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on August 22, 2016, 04:26:04 PM
Now I see why Jay got fed up with you.... ::)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 22, 2016, 04:31:13 PM
If somebody starts something, I reply back. I made innocent post, very trivial commenting dogs in the pictures. This could've been avoided if you didn't chime in.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on August 22, 2016, 04:34:30 PM
For many people, a pet is considered to be family, not just an animal. So insulting someone's pet is like insulting a family member. That's why there was offense taken.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 22, 2016, 04:41:24 PM
For many people, a pet is considered to be family, not just an animal. So insulting someone's pet is like insulting a family member. That's why there was offense taken.
I respect what you say, Billy, but in my, maybe unsophisticated, opinion, calling one's dog "not cute" & the other saying *looks like*, not really *being* plush toy, isn't insult. But OK, time to end this nonsense. Better just add SB to ignore feature.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on August 22, 2016, 04:46:18 PM
Sigh.... Back on topic, I applied to graduate school today!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 22, 2016, 05:02:38 PM
also.  Being from Louisiana myself, my heart goes out to all the flood victims (including the animals).  Loved growing up in Monroe, and the years I lived in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
Always felt I didn't so much leave Louisiana - in my soul forever.  I left the heat.

NOLA BB Fan,  Louisiana will survive this.  Once saw the Ouachita River get near the top of the levee, but never spill over.  Saw a bridge between Monroe and West Monroe go under a couple of times.  What's happening to the swamps West of New Orleans?  Can the water get as high as those freeways (10 and 55)?  Did see a news report the other day on how some of the islands are disappearing South of New Orleans, tho.  The Gulf is in trouble.  Hang in there, the water will go down.  -Will
I looked it up.  Maurepas Swamp is flooding, and the Mississippi River flood control project has done a lot of damage.  I haven't been down there since 1980.  I love that whole area West and Northwest of New Orleans.  Hope the restoration of adding back fresh water from the Mississippi River will make things better.

Hello, yes, the Interstates did flood this past week. In fact, on Interstate 12 northwest of New Orleans, hundreds of people were stranded in their cars for more than 24 hours.
Yes, our state is in trouble, and it's only a matter of time before New Orleans will be on the coast. A great book to read about thus is Bayou Farewell, by Mike Tidwell.

As to what I did today, not much, really. Will watch that Mike "surf and beach music " show, coming on in a couple of minutes.
Tomorrow will get more cat and dog food, leashes, bowls etc to donate for animals left homeless by the floods.
Also will check on our readiness in case a hurricane comes this way - there is a system in the Atlantic that might make life miserable for people somewhere on the US coast next week. Hopefully not, but...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on August 22, 2016, 05:04:01 PM
My dog is indifferent to all comments because she loves everyone. And that's the true beauty of dogs :)

Sigh.... Back on topic, I applied to graduate school today!
Hey, that's cool. What kind of program/degree are you going for?

I went for a run, went to "work" (unpaid internship), and did some errands. Been a decent day I suppose.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on August 22, 2016, 05:06:21 PM
Public Administration since I eventually want to work in government!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 22, 2016, 05:15:20 PM
Quote
And that's the true beauty of dogs
I didn't say she looks ugly, btw. I think you generalize about dogs liking everyone. That's impossible.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on August 22, 2016, 05:19:50 PM
Public Administration since I eventually want to work in government!
Well, good luck with getting in. It's always nice when you at least know what you want to do with your life! :)

Meanwhile, I'm just waiting to get done with undergraduate schooling...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 23, 2016, 07:29:21 PM
It's always nice when you at least know what you want to do with your life! :)

Amen to that. I'm 59 and still trying to figure that out!

Had to hold off until tomorrow getting pet supplies. Instead, went to coffeehouse. Am reading Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast about living in Paris during the 1920s. Entertaining. He and his wife go out but can't afford a babysitter for their young son. So who is to protect him? Their cat! "M. Puss" (that's his name) sleeps next to the baby and supposedly won't allow anyone near him.

Tonight, am getting more nervous about a tropical system in the Atlantic. If it develops, looks like our area can be in big trouble next week. Hoping it's wrong - but our bad storms lately always seem to hit the week before Labor Day (US holiday, first Monday in September)

Was so flustered that in texting a message to a dear friend, instead of a smiley face I somehow sent her a middle finger instead!  :thud


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on August 24, 2016, 03:04:52 AM
Tonight, am getting more nervous about a tropical system in the Atlantic. If it develops, looks like our area can be in big trouble next week. Hoping it's wrong - but our bad storms lately always seem to hit the week before Labor Day (US holiday, first Monday in September)

Over here it's going to be hot today and even hotter tomorrow----35 degrees is extreme in the Netherlands. I hope that system of yours stays away. Haven't you had enough bad weather for a while? 

Was so flustered that in texting a message to a dear friend, instead of a smiley face I somehow sent her a middle finger instead!  :thud

 :lol 

When you sign it with their name----that's the time to start worrying!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on August 26, 2016, 10:35:08 AM
I'm struggling to pay rent... as in, I can't log in to my online account.

The money is there but the means is not :(


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on August 28, 2016, 01:02:53 PM
I'm struggling to pay rent... as in, I can't log in to my online account.

The money is there but the means is not :(

That really is a bummer, M. :=(


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on August 28, 2016, 03:17:14 PM
I'm struggling to pay rent... as in, I can't log in to my online account.

The money is there but the means is not :(

That really is a bummer, M. :=(
I got it all figured out I think! It was just me struggling with online banking stuff; nothing severe.

I haven't done much today other than watch House Hunters... and I'm in good company, so that's always nice :)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: halblaineisgood on August 29, 2016, 11:13:11 AM
Ate a bucket of Sweet Martha's cookies.
(http://www.mpls.tv/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/bucket-764x1024.jpg)
My sister bought them and gave them to me.

It's not my fault!!!  :police:



Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on August 29, 2016, 12:41:22 PM
Ate a bucket of Sweet Martha's cookies.

My sister bought them and gave them to me.

It's not my fault!!!  :police:

Relax, Hal----I'd say you had little choice in the matter. The words "thing" and "decent" come to mind, not necessarily in that order. :lol   


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 31, 2016, 09:50:06 PM
Finished reading A Moveable Feast. Hemingway thinks Dostoyevsky is boring. Oh well.

Not able to directly help in the monumental cleanup effort and tending to homeless pets in areas west of here (as I need to take care of my Mom), went online and donated a lot of cat food to be delivered to one of the pickup points. At the grocery store, bought food and cleanup items and placed in the bins provided. Wish I could do more.

Talked to my Uncle in Hawaii. He and my Aunt who isn't well left the "big island" where they live, as it is threatened by a tropical storm called Madeline. They are in Honolulu now. Hope they won't be affected by Hurricane Lester which is going by there this weekend. Over here, we are okay but a storm is going towards Florida, possibly causing extreme flooding. Crazy weather!

Got a book today - Richard Halliburton's Complete Book of Marvels. We had this book when I was growing up and loved to read about his world travels. He was an adventurer who died at sea in 1941. Love travel books and would appreciate suggestions for further reading. Particularly love books from around 100 years or so ago.



Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on September 03, 2016, 12:07:18 PM
The morning was a mixture of falling in and out of sleep and fumbling around on my phone.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on September 03, 2016, 02:34:24 PM
Love travel books and would appreciate suggestions for further reading. Particularly love books from around 100 years or so ago.

I've always loved this one:

https://www.amazon.com/Gentle-Art-Tramping-Graham-Stephen/dp/140863273X

Ideally you want one with a blank or, at worst, abstract cover. A cover picture spoils one's reading pleasure. Of course, you could always make your own dust jacket...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 03, 2016, 03:15:50 PM
Thanks!  :)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on September 03, 2016, 06:43:57 PM
been cooking good things all day.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 05, 2016, 05:12:19 AM
In the past week watched the movies "Hills have eyes 2", "Harry Potter 6-7", "Jurassic Park", "Sherlock Holmes", "Ghost Ship".


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on September 05, 2016, 05:42:45 AM
In the past week watched the movies "Hills have eyes 2", "Harry Potter 6-7", "Jurassic Park", "Sherlock Holmes", "Ghost Ship".

May I ask which Sherlock Holmes, RR?

And thanks for removing your post in "The Welcome Thread". :=)   


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 05, 2016, 06:31:19 AM
With Robert Downey-Jr. It suffers from boring script but the main cast - Sherlock & Dr. Watson - is right imo.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: halblaineisgood on September 05, 2016, 03:47:03 PM
(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/27/72/76/2772767dcfa231fc1a813c4dff448183.jpg)



Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on September 06, 2016, 01:19:56 AM
^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 :lol :lol :lol :lol :lol :lol


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A Sleuth for the 21st Century----one of the most brilliant TV series ever... 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on September 07, 2016, 02:33:53 AM
I repainted the number of our house on our wheelie bin...

(http://www.wheeliebins.com/images/bin_img.png)
...in Roman numerals.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on September 07, 2016, 02:50:39 AM
That's pretty badass, John. I hope you had fun ;D.

Sigh... It's nearly 3am and I'm just about to fall asleep.

Also, music discovery has been hoth a process of me listening to new music, but also finding new meaning in both new and familiar songs.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SurfRapGrungeFiend on September 08, 2016, 03:23:58 PM
Picking at writing some of my books i got 6 im working on but 2 are really coming along,  worked on my 97' XJ sport 4x4 some early winterizing to the undercarriage.  now im hanging out with my black labs, drinking a crystal pepsi


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on September 08, 2016, 06:08:07 PM
Picking at writing some of my books i got 6 im working on but 2 are really coming along,  worked on my 97' XJ sport 4x4 some early winterizing to the undercarriage.  now im hanging out with my black labs, drinking a crystal pepsi
Are you a writer?

Also, never heard of crystal pepsi...
Google has made me understand where it gets its name. Cool.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 08, 2016, 08:07:22 PM
Got kind of stressful today. Family stuff. Gave myself a five minute "pity party" then went on with the day.
Turned on TV. Just what I needed - the station was showing "Brian Wilson and Friends." Brought my blood pressure down. :-)

Then watched a Charlie Chaplin documentary, about his early days before building his own studio. Discussed how he used more tape making one of his 20 minute masterpieces (The Immigrant, 1917) than the 3 hour DW Griffith movie, Intolerance. During this time he'd go to the studio not knowing exactly what would happen but would let everything slowly develop. Kind of like Brian with GV.

Being the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, BBC America is showing a marathon of all the original episodes. Watching that now and will tune in for more tomorrow.
Live long and prosper, y'all!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on September 10, 2016, 03:22:28 AM
Live long and prosper, y'all!

I echo that sentiment, Elizabeth. ;=)

I've spent the last three days up to my ears in the music of Sergei Prokofiev, the featured composer in this year's local music festival. Three evenings of stunning music for orchestra, with and without choir and soloists----and a phenomenal violinist (see the "classical" topic)...  


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on September 11, 2016, 03:29:21 AM
My day will be mainly taken up with two activities: cooking lasagna for nine (see the recipes topic) and doing my little walk. Let me explain.

I've been going to the physiotherapist for my left knee, which is well buggered. On my last visit he prescribed me a set of walking exercises----all in a straight line and some involving bending the knees. I've made it more interesting by setting it to music (I'll spare you the details) using an early 1960s song that came to mind immediately (although I had to find out who sang it). And it works wonderfully well. The main problem is keeping my balance! Apparently that's a good thing, as it adds a side-to-side movement. This is the song in question:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Krn4HEA4iV8
 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SurfRapGrungeFiend on September 11, 2016, 05:55:48 PM
Picking at writing some of my books i got 6 im working on but 2 are really coming along,  worked on my 97' XJ sport 4x4 some early winterizing to the undercarriage.  now im hanging out with my black labs, drinking a crystal pepsi
Are you a writer?

Also, never heard of crystal pepsi...
Google has made me understand where it gets its name. Cool.

Aspiring, fun hobby that clears my mind..  Crystal pepsi is a novelty drink from the 1990s not bad pretty much tastes like pepsi n sprite together

Today, my exhaust fell apart at cat while driving on freeway, still drivable(clamped it)  just now it sounds wicked loud like a race car  :lol.    Dug around my mom & stepdads attic and tried to get his ooold 80s stereo from him with record player built in. He wouldnt budge of course


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 11, 2016, 06:30:19 PM
I've been going to the physiotherapist for my left knee, which is well buggered. On my last visit he prescribed me a set of walking exercises----all in a straight line and some involving bending the knees. I've made it more interesting by setting it to music (I'll spare you the details) using an early 1960s song that came to mind immediately (although I had to find out who sang it). And it works wonderfully well. The main problem is keeping my balance! Apparently that's a good thing, as it adds a side-to-side movement. This is the song in question:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Krn4HEA4iV8
 

Oh I need to walk as well, but it has been so hot. Instead have been following on FB a priest who's getting into shape to take an almost 1000 km pilgrimage in Spain. As he walks he's posting beautiful pictures of the Dutch countryside.
I love that song you posted, but fear that I would have trouble walking to it without falling on my face. Would have to practice before going out in public!
This morning, I had the (mis)fortune to hear "Surfin Bird" by the Trashmen. Watched the video online featuring a Dutch comedian providing choreography for the second half of the song. Maybe I can walk and wave my hands around like that in the park. Would scare wild dogs and muggers away.   ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on September 14, 2016, 08:00:14 PM
Ate some homemade banana bread, bought a book and two albums, and hung out with my better half. :)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on September 15, 2016, 02:20:39 AM
Ate some homemade banana bread, bought a book and two albums, and hung out with my better half. :)

Assuming it's the same better half, do give him my regards. :=)

What did you think of the Jonathan Safran Foer novel?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on September 15, 2016, 05:46:08 AM
My day will be mainly taken up with two activities: cooking lasagna for nine (see the recipes topic) and doing my little walk. Let me explain.

I've been going to the physiotherapist for my left knee, which is well buggered. On my last visit he prescribed me a set of walking exercises----all in a straight line and some involving bending the knees. I've made it more interesting by setting it to music (I'll spare you the details) using an early 1960s song that came to mind immediately (although I had to find out who sang it). And it works wonderfully well. The main problem is keeping my balance! Apparently that's a good thing, as it adds a side-to-side movement. This is the song in question:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Krn4HEA4iV8

By popular request, this is the footwork involved. The two-bar opening riff sets the pace----each "step" is a slow count to four over two bars. Every step forwards or backwards (always in a straight line) is followed by bending the knees while remaining upright (or as upright as possible, lol). Keep in mind that there are four steps per verse (no pun intended) and for the instrumental break and six for the chorus ("You just walk..."). Good luck!

Intro and verse I: Ten forward steps toe-to-heel
Chorus and verse II: Ten backward steps toe-to-heel
Chorus and solo: Ten forward steps one footstep apart
Verse III and chorus: Ten backward steps one footstep apart
Verse IV and the first four bars of chorus: Six large steps forward
Last eight bars of chorus and fade: Six large steps backward

Begin as far back as you can or you might find yourself walking into a wall just before verse III...
    



Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on September 16, 2016, 03:25:43 PM
Ate some homemade banana bread, bought a book and two albums, and hung out with my better half. :)

Assuming it's the same better half, do give him my regards. :=)

What did you think of the Jonathan Safran Foer novel?
It is. I guess I'll be keeping him around for some time :P.

I haven't finished it. I've yet to finish a JSF novel, not because I dislike the writing, but the intense emotions in it were a bit too much at the time.

I picked up some short stories by Dostoevsky, so maybe that'll take up my reading in the meantime.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 18, 2016, 08:25:22 PM
John, I'll give your walking routine a try. But I might end up doing the "Hokey Pokey."  ;D

The weekend was wonderful. On Saturday a group of us met at a house on the Mississippi gulf coast (in the town of Waveland) for a day of "spiritual reflection." The topic was "Mercy." During the breaks I'd sit on the front porch and look out over the Gulf, watching the gentle waves and the swooping sea birds. Much of the day a gentle rain fell. Incredibly peaceful.
Today I got up real early and made crawfish pie. It finished baking right before going to a church service. After we got back we went to my sister's house in rural Mississippi for lunch. Four generations of family were there. Along with the crawfish pie, my sister made a great chicken and andouille sausage gumbo, plus there was salad, bread, and lots of dessert. Add to that wonderful conversation that thankfully steered clear of politics (we don't see eye to eye on that subject to say the least) and it was a most enjoyable day. Hated to leave but hope we can do it again soon.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on September 19, 2016, 01:13:29 AM
John, I'll give your walking routine a try. But I might end up doing the "Hokey Pokey."  ;D

The weekend was wonderful. On Saturday a group of us met at a house on the Mississippi gulf coast (in the town of Waveland) for a day of "spiritual reflection." The topic was "Mercy." During the breaks I'd sit on the front porch and look out over the Gulf, watching the gentle waves and the swooping sea birds. Much of the day a gentle rain fell. Incredibly peaceful.
Today I got up real early and made crawfish pie. It finished baking right before going to a church service. After we got back we went to my sister's house in rural Mississippi for lunch. Four generations of family were there. Along with the crawfish pie, my sister made a great chicken and andouille sausage gumbo, plus there was salad, bread, and lots of dessert. Add to that wonderful conversation that thankfully steered clear of politics (we don't see eye to eye on that subject to say the least) and it was a most enjoyable day. Hated to leave but hope we can do it again soon.

Glad to hear the weekend went so well. You better make sure you're insured before attempting my walk. Funnily, you're not the first person to mention the "Hokey Pokey" in that context...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on September 22, 2016, 06:17:56 AM
Bought this. I found it in the music section
of my local friendly bookshop----filed under B:

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Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 22, 2016, 06:44:33 AM
That book cover is a lot better than what we got here in the US.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 22, 2016, 06:49:27 AM
No, the other cover is better. Mike is old, therefore, it's logical to use picture of him old.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 22, 2016, 09:20:03 PM
A crazy day.
Had to try and "put a fire out" with my Mom's caregiver (she comes for a few hours Monday-Friday so that I can go out). With all the unrest going on, my Mom, an old-school White Southerner, thinks she knows it all and was lecturing D, who is Black, about what's best for Black people. Understandably D doesn't appreciate bring talked down to. The two of us got headaches.

I left for a while to read at a coffeehouse, where a sweet dog welcomed one and all and kept the patrons company.
Then went to store to get items for Sunday dinner, including spaghetti squash. We love this squash which is used instead of pasta. The hardest part is cutting it in half (the halves are then baked 45 minutes to an hour) without slicing my hand. Usually will get a couple of cuts on my fingers...

Read the wacky news that a group will try on Saturday afternoon to take down our iconic statue of Andrew Jackson, using ropes. And they asked that the police leave them alone as they do it (fat chance).  I personally can't stand Jackson, he's a monumental "piece of work" who was a slaveowner and responsible for many deaths of Native Americans (look up "Trail of Tears"). But this is an issue which needs to be discussed more. The most famous photographs of my city pretty much all involve that statue with the old St Louis Cathedral in the background. There are other, even more odious, statues that can come down first.

Reading a post elsewhere about a BW concert on YouTube, watched it (Negev Dinner 2015 featuring Beach Boys is the title). It was a nearly one hour benefit that Brian and company did. Relaxed and listened to it.
Funny moment - on Good Vibrations, at the chorus ("I'm picking up good vibrations...") BooBoo our dog started howling. Guess he was feelin those vibrations  ;D

Off to bed now


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 23, 2016, 06:07:16 AM
Dogs are nice but cats superior, fact. :police: Speaking of, fed the cat, bought new blanket for his basket - it's very dandy, with positive colors (orange, bright yellow etc). Then made chocolate cookies & fresh tea. good thing about living with cat is that the cat doesn't like these foods, so there's many cookies left for tomorrow.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on September 23, 2016, 12:34:15 PM
Then made chocolate cookies & fresh tea. good thing about living with cat is that the cat doesn't like these foods, so there's many cookies left for tomorrow.

 :lol


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on September 23, 2016, 03:18:07 PM

Read the wacky news that a group will try on Saturday afternoon to take down our iconic statue of Andrew Jackson, using ropes. And they asked that the police leave them alone as they do it (fat chance).  I personally can't stand Jackson, he's a monumental "piece of work" who was a slaveowner and responsible for many deaths of Native Americans (look up "Trail of Tears"). But this is an issue which needs to be discussed more. The most famous photographs of my city pretty much all involve that statue with the old St Louis Cathedral in the background. There are other, even more odious, statues that can come down first.


That's an extremely interesting and important topic, in my opinion, as we have in recent years seen an increase in this kind of thing. On one hand, I absolutely believe we ought not teach history as mythology, especially as what some people sometimes seem to want to treat as religion: founders, early leaders, infallible. That's nonsense. But on the other hand, to remove these people (or incidents, or whatever suits the situation) from history altogether because they don't fit modern sensibilities is absurd. I've heard generally of this Jackson statue being controversial, and of course Princeton has had much publicity recently with its various commemorative buildings, rooms, plaques, or whatever else to Woodrow Wilson.

I'm not quick to recommend removing such things. To me, that is pretending we were as we are, there has never been dissent from modern acceptability, the end. Conversely, there are some symbols that I absolutely don't like seeing remain prominent, such as confederate flags, because the "heritage" they represent is inherently intertwined with slavery. (We can recognize that the confederacy existed, and even that good people fought for what they considered a loyal cause for their states, without celebrating what causes a large minority of our fellow citizens very serious offense.)

Obviously Russia, or more properly, the USSR, is famous for its rewriting of history over the past century or so. I don't want to see America to pursue that kind of course.

To make this a relevant post, what I did today was work from home to let in contractors who are supposed to be redoing my bathroom. Alas, floods throughout the state kept them busy on emergency jobs, so that instead my bathroom remained untouched today, in a mostly torn-apart state. I've been happier. But on the other hand, I'm not victim to the flooding. So it could be worse.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Emily on September 24, 2016, 11:43:45 AM

Read the wacky news that a group will try on Saturday afternoon to take down our iconic statue of Andrew Jackson, using ropes. And they asked that the police leave them alone as they do it (fat chance).  I personally can't stand Jackson, he's a monumental "piece of work" who was a slaveowner and responsible for many deaths of Native Americans (look up "Trail of Tears"). But this is an issue which needs to be discussed more. The most famous photographs of my city pretty much all involve that statue with the old St Louis Cathedral in the background. There are other, even more odious, statues that can come down first.


That's an extremely interesting and important topic, in my opinion, as we have in recent years seen an increase in this kind of thing. On one hand, I absolutely believe we ought not teach history as mythology, especially as what some people sometimes seem to want to treat as religion: founders, early leaders, infallible. That's nonsense. But on the other hand, to remove these people (or incidents, or whatever suits the situation) from history altogether because they don't fit modern sensibilities is absurd. I've heard generally of this Jackson statue being controversial, and of course Princeton has had much publicity recently with its various commemorative buildings, rooms, plaques, or whatever else to Woodrow Wilson.

I'm not quick to recommend removing such things. To me, that is pretending we were as we are, there has never been dissent from modern acceptability, the end. Conversely, there are some symbols that I absolutely don't like seeing remain prominent, such as confederate flags, because the "heritage" they represent is inherently intertwined with slavery. (We can recognize that the confederacy existed, and even that good people fought for what they considered a loyal cause for their states, without celebrating what causes a large minority of our fellow citizens very serious offense.)

Obviously Russia, or more properly, the USSR, is famous for its rewriting of history over the past century or so. I don't want to see America to pursue that kind of course.

To make this a relevant post, what I did today was work from home to let in contractors who are supposed to be redoing my bathroom. Alas, floods throughout the state kept them busy on emergency jobs, so that instead my bathroom remained untouched today, in a mostly torn-apart state. I've been happier. But on the other hand, I'm not victim to the flooding. So it could be worse.
I guess I wonder about the distinction between flying the confederate flag and raising statues to similarly abhorrent symbols? I do see a difference in that one involves more action, while once that statue is there, allowing it to remain is passive, but is that difference enough to make a distinction?
I'm not strong either way, on the Jackson or Woodrow Wilson thing; I can see both sides and don't feel committed at this point. I do feel committed about the confederate flag, but my lack of commitment regarding the former is making me question my commitment to the latter.
I had a nice lunch and am heading out to the dog park.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SurfRapGrungeFiend on September 25, 2016, 06:14:22 PM
Shot paintballs at hilary & trump signs.. dont care for either  :lol.  
 Laughed at the guy down the street who keeps having his trump sign stolen off his 'property' by this black dude who lives the next street over  :lol. Called the cops :police: like our tax dollars should be wasted on that ::).  the cops dont care :lol




Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on September 27, 2016, 04:26:58 AM
Shot paintballs at hilary & trump signs.. dont care for either  :lol.  
 Laughed at the guy down the street who keeps having his trump sign stolen off his 'property' by this black dude who lives the next street over  :lol. Called the cops :police: like our tax dollars should be wasted on that ::).  the cops dont care :lol

 :lol :lol

Yesterday I assembled Toothbrush Man out of Lego. (I already have Baker Man, who gets wheeled into position as a reminder to me to get a new loaf out of the freezer that evening.) TM is to help me remember to brush our little dog's teeth. Obviously, we can't have a dog's toothbrush standing around all day in the living room. He's a type of dog whose teeth get brown very easily and very quickly, which means he then needs them cleaned under anaesthetic, which is no fun for him (or for us). So it's up to me now. He hates it. I can sympathize----toothbrushes are refined instruments of torture.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 28, 2016, 09:25:59 PM
I congratulate you in trying to brush your dog's teeth. Our pup really should get his teeth brushed more often but he is so hyper.

Took Mom to Doctor. Got back shortly before noon. Just after noon went online and got good tickets for Brian and Co., who are coming here at the end of March.
Wanted to catch the Beatles documentary (Eight Days a Week) at a local theatre in the afternoon but got too sleepy. So will probably have to wait for the DVD.

After dinner, watched the documentary "Muscle Shoals", about the legendary recording and session musicians in that little town in Northern Alabama.
I was familiar with it in the 70s, but was pleasantly surprised to see that favorites of mine such as Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, and Etta James recorded there in the 60s. And that the incredible rhythm sections on these songs were played by white guys, most of whom grew up in the area.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on October 02, 2016, 02:18:25 PM
This morning I cooked a full English breakfast for four.

This afternoon I dismantled numerous Lego structures and popped their bits into a plastic bag each.  

This evening I posted the day's second palindrome, explaining how I made it.    


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Scaroline No on October 02, 2016, 02:37:08 PM
After dinner, watched the documentary "Muscle Shoals", about the legendary recording and session musicians in that little town in Northern Alabama.
I was familiar with it in the 70s, but was pleasantly surprised to see that favorites of mine such as Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, and Etta James recorded there in the 60s. And that the incredible rhythm sections on these songs were played by white guys, most of whom grew up in the area.

Nice! One of the best music documentaries I've seen, highly recommend to all. The one about the Wrecking Crew is equally fantastic, too... I'm sure that one's been posted about before :)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on October 03, 2016, 01:23:40 AM
I have returned from a weekend-long field trip to a local mountain to collect data for an ecology class.

I'm tired and dealing with wasp stings and probably dirty. But I had a good time.

And now, I await the return of someone else.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on October 03, 2016, 01:56:40 AM
I have returned from a weekend-long field trip to a local mountain to collect data for an ecology class.

I'm tired and dealing with wasp stings and probably dirty. But I had a good time.

And now, I await the return of someone else.

Hi, M. Sounds like it's "all systems go" in your part of the world these days. :=)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: feelsflow on October 03, 2016, 06:45:00 PM
I have returned from a weekend-long field trip to a local mountain to collect data for an ecology class.

I'm tired and dealing with wasp stings and probably dirty. But I had a good time.

And now, I await the return of someone else.

Hi, M. Sounds like it's "all systems go" in your part of the world these days. :=)
Happiness is a groovy thing.  Throw beads and flowers into the sky, they come back down diamonds strung on rainbow threads.

Important to have the right atmosphere.  Just the right amount of mist in the air.  You need that to make rainbows show.

I saw that in the photo you posted this morning, Mari.

As Paul said, Get on the Right Thing.  Good Times Coming.
love,  -Will


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: feelsflow on October 03, 2016, 06:47:11 PM
oh, I spent the day posting, backstage and out in public.  And then I had to wash clothes.  That's life.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on October 03, 2016, 09:00:46 PM
Went to usual coffeehouse for coffee and reading. Don't usually go on a Monday and there were different baristas who had the TV on a news channel. Guess what they were yapping about? Ugh! Can't get away from it.  >:(

Got tickets for my sister and me to see the musical Jersey Boys in December.
Debating whether to get tickets to the ARW concert (3 members/former members of Yes). Love Yes music, but the main reason I loved them was because of Chris Squire, who's no longer with us.

Tried to see if there were tickets for The Beach Boys show in Biloxi (1 1/2 hours from here) for Friday night. Waited too long, pretty much sold out and there are no rooms available anywhere near there as I hate driving at night. Found out why the BBs play there every year at this time - there's a huge vintage car festival going on, with cars cruising up and down the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Most cars are from the 50s and 60s but a few Model As or Ts show up as well. Guess when they get bugged driving up and down that same old strip, they'll stop for a while to see Mike, Bruce and co.

As a weather freak, spent the evening monitoring various weather boards concerning Major Hurricane Matthew, which is set to lay waste to poor Haiti, then Cuba, the Bahamas, then...



Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: feelsflow on October 03, 2016, 11:23:52 PM
Watched the Vikings vs. Giants game tonight, Monday Night Footbal.  Was quite fun.  Vikings won.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: feelsflow on October 04, 2016, 09:08:48 AM
I have returned from a weekend-long field trip to a local mountain to collect data for an ecology class.

I'm tired and dealing with wasp stings and probably dirty. But I had a good time.

And now, I await the return of someone else.

Hi, M. Sounds like it's "all systems go" in your part of the world these days. :=)
Happiness is a groovy thing.  Throw beads and flowers into the sky, they come back down diamonds strung on rainbow threads.

Important to have the right atmosphere.  Just the right amount of mist in the air.  You need that to make rainbows show.

I saw that in the photo you posted this morning, Mari.

As Paul said, Get on the Right Thing.  Good Times Coming.
love,  -Will

Can't believe it.  Bubs put up a rainbow road picture this morning!

I'm off to the doctor in a few hours for my three month check-up.  Yeah, every three months.  Those watchers!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on October 04, 2016, 09:17:28 AM
I have returned from a weekend-long field trip to a local mountain to collect data for an ecology class.

I'm tired and dealing with wasp stings and probably dirty. But I had a good time.

And now, I await the return of someone else.

Hi, M. Sounds like it's "all systems go" in your part of the world these days. :=)
Happiness is a groovy thing.  Throw beads and flowers into the sky, they come back down diamonds strung on rainbow threads.

Important to have the right atmosphere.  Just the right amount of mist in the air.  You need that to make rainbows show.

I saw that in the photo you posted this morning, Mari.

As Paul said, Get on the Right Thing.  Good Times Coming.
love,  -Will

Can't believe it.  Bubs put up a rainbow road picture this morning!

I'm off to the doctor in a few hours for my three month check-up.  Yeah, every three months.  Those watchers!

Some great pictures there from Bubs. (Couldn't find M's photo.) Would you or M wish him all the best from me when you next speak to him? A move like that is always emotionally and physically draining. I took the plunge in '74 when I left the UK for a completely unknown Netherlands. Worked out well in the end though. :=)

All the best with that check-up, Will. 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on October 04, 2016, 09:18:57 AM
Best wishes for good health Will! :)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: feelsflow on October 04, 2016, 02:58:52 PM
I had a good check up.  Lost eight more pounds, I actually haven't gained a pound since 2008.  That's the everyday goal for me.  I've lost sixty-eight pounds in those eight years.  Sounds slow, but slow is the best.  I'm down to 193 on a 5'8" frame.  A1c continues to go down.  Yeah, I have the "everybody has it in America" -dreaded T2D for the last ten years.  This was also my yearly check, so blood work.  I should get those results soon.  Doc doesn't anticipate any problems.  I feel great.

John, Mari's photo of a hillside near Seattle is in the tread itself, not one of Bubs.  He posted the rainbow pic in his InstaGram set. -Will


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on October 04, 2016, 03:14:13 PM
John, Mari's photo of a hillside near Seattle is in the tread itself, not one of Bubs.  He posted the rainbow pic in his InstaGram set. -Will

Thanks, Will. Wow----that's quite some picture. And glad to hear things went well at the doc's.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on October 06, 2016, 03:09:38 AM
i'm making some fun lists.

earlier, i ate too much food and saw way too many disappointing rain jackets.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on October 06, 2016, 09:29:56 AM
Happy National Poetry Day (in the UK)
Listened to BBC World Service which had a nice feature about poetry.
Then heard Prince Charles read Seamus Heaney's poem "The Shipping Forecast". Thought that was funny.

A little later I pulled into a petrol station to get gassed up. There was a large group of college aged kids there, on their way from up north to the Baton Rouge area to help with the ongoing cleanup after the catastrophic floods a number of weeks back.
Bless 'em.
As bad as the flooding/destruction was west of here, it pales in comparison with what could be happening later on in Florida. Have a sister and her family who live in south Jacksonville. She works in a hospital emergency room and will have to be there for the storm. Hope she doesn't get too stressed out, as she and her daughter have Lupus, and stress causes her to have bad flare ups.

Will go to store to get some items. One will be a bag of Jolly Ranchers, sour candies that I suck on during stressful times, as will be the case this evening and tomorrow seeing what Hurricane Matthew does. (In case you're wondering, my favorite flavor is the sour apple)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on October 06, 2016, 11:07:18 AM
Just got through working out at the gym


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on October 06, 2016, 12:45:37 PM
Just got through working out at the gym

Ha! I had my weekly session yesterday.

Last night I dreamt that the 14th-century invasion of Pskov by the Knights of the Teutonic Order has been transplanted into the modern age----and into my town! Not nice, as those who know the film Alexander Nevsky and the invaders' barbaric behaviour will surely agree. Boy was I glad to wake up...     


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on October 06, 2016, 07:26:14 PM
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and saw way too many disappointing rain jackets.
Disappointing as in fashion? I'm sure half of the universe doesn't know a thing about dressing well, they care what's "in". You can easily buy tasteless boring jacket. What matters is material. Check if it resists rains.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on October 11, 2016, 09:11:09 PM
Was on my way to a talk when a "bing" went off in my car, indicating low tire pressure. I was leaving the interstate and heard a chunk a chunk sound. Pulled into a business driveway and could hear the hisssssss of the last of the air leaving the right rear tire. Called a company to change tire and put on spare (the spare, which in the 5 years of having the car had never been used, was stored under the car). The guy put the spare on, it looked almost flat and I said, aren't you going to add some air to it? He shrugged and said something along the lines of it being only on temporarily, what's the big deal?
Anyway, change of plans. Dropped off tire to have it repaired and put some air in the spare. Then went to library for a while and pulled out an Agatha Christie book to read. Will get to that on the "reading" thread.
Got Brians book in the post this evening and have finished 3 chapters. And on his recommendation, for a nightcap listened to Rosemary Clooney's "Tenderly." Oh my goodness that's wonderful!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SurfRapGrungeFiend on October 12, 2016, 05:27:15 PM
Worked 12 hrs, watched an ooold episode of wwf/e raw is war from 2000 now im hangin out on smileysmile skimming the new eastbay magazine


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: The LEGENDARY OSD on October 14, 2016, 07:22:06 AM
Off for a weekend of nostalgia at my 50th high school reunion. Heading over to the local winery to meet some classmates where the drinking begins. Man, hope they've got the name tag thing goin' on.  ;)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on October 14, 2016, 09:37:03 AM
Nice! 8)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: thorgil on October 14, 2016, 10:08:00 AM
OSD, have a nice reunion for the 50th!
Just a question... has it a set end date? ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on October 14, 2016, 08:28:46 PM
2thorgil: good joke. Checked the Internet Radio site, found new genres "manele", "psytrance", "reggaeton", "kizomba", "goa". Should listen to samples of each & I'll be smarter by 0,0000000000000000001%.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on October 17, 2016, 08:03:31 PM
Woke up around 4:15 and decided to turn on the radio to a St Louis station that I can get a strong signal until sunrise (St Louis is about 965 km from my house). The program, Overnight America, was on and the host said that he would be interviewing some musicians that hour including Mike Love. So stayed up to listen. It was a "soft" interview, Mike mainly talking about all the family gatherings with the Loves and Wilsons, making music. Nothing negative except a few words about Murry. It probably will be available to listen on the Overnight America with Jon Grayson, or the KMOX website.
Then let BooBoo the dog out for a few minutes, then went back to bed.
Woke up, made coffee, made sure Mom was taken care of, then cleaned cat pans - a never ending task as the cats are prolific peepers and poopers...
Watched an early 1990s TV movie about the Bay Area earthquake of 1989, where people in the US found out about it from the TV broadcast of a World Series baseball game in San Francisco between the SF Giants and the Oakland A's (remember hearing the announcer say "we're having an earth---" and the power went out.)
Made list of groceries to buy, including what's needed for pumpkin bread.
Watching baseball game tonight between Cleveland and Toronto (cheering for Cleveland)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on October 22, 2016, 08:06:16 PM
Brought Mom to get her hearing checked and hearing aids adjusted.
Very sleepy for much of the day.
But later watched North by Northwest, followed by Jaws, on TV.
Then watched the last few innings of the Chicago-Los Angeles baseball series. The Chicago Cubs won the game.
The Cubs and Cleveland Indians are in the World Series championship. This is so historic and exciting.
The last time the Cubs won the World Series, Tsar Nicholas II was ruling in Russia. The last time the Indians won, David Marks was a baby.
So I'll definitely be following that this coming week.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on October 22, 2016, 08:26:46 PM
Go Cubs Go! 8)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: The LEGENDARY OSD on October 29, 2016, 09:04:37 AM
OSD, have a nice reunion for the 50th!
Just a question... has it a set end date? ;D


 :lol :lol  In the middle of the reunion dinner, I stood up and announced that it was over and time for everyone to immediately leave. I was hated before that but then I saw someone sprinkle a white powder all over my half eaten chicken.  ???


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on November 02, 2016, 09:51:27 PM
Cubs win!!  Cubs win!!

 :woot :woot

 :tm :drum :tm


Then played the BBs "it's trying to say (baseball's on)". It went well with watching the cheering crowds and Cubs players celebrating.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on November 02, 2016, 10:01:23 PM
Go Cubs go! 8)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on November 07, 2016, 07:30:57 PM
Dealing with something that hadn't occurred here in over a month and a half - rain. And lots of it.
Seems like a month and a half's worth of rain fell today, causing lots of street flooding.
Unfortunately, more tomorrow. Worried about how I'm going to navigate my Mom tomorrow in the wheelchair, in the rain, to vote in the election.
But set that aside for a couple of hours and watched a fine documentary, "Bob Dylan: In and Out of the Folk Revival 1961-65".
What a genius!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 09, 2016, 06:53:15 AM
What a genius!
Definitely not as melodist & musician - he's competent but not ace guitar player, simplistic tunes etc. & don't forget the voice which is godawful. Frankly, I am completely apathetic about the lyrics. In the song, music is fore element. goes without saying.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on November 09, 2016, 07:56:52 AM
What a genius!
Definitely not as melodist & musician - he's competent but not ace guitar player, simplistic tunes etc. & don't forget the voice which is godawful. Frankly, I am completely apathetic about the lyrics. In the song, music is fore element. goes without saying.

Well I must respectfully disagree concerning the importance of the music in the case of Dylan and others such as Woody Guthrie and Phil Ochs. Vocal quality and virtuosity in playing an instrument are not so important.
The lyrics to them take precedence, with the music in some cases just being some old folk tune that fits the meter.
Maybe because I'm older and grew up during the Cold War and the turbulent sixties, his songs for me have stood the test of time.
With God on Our Side sends shivers even now.
Oh well.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on November 12, 2016, 02:33:12 AM
Today I decided to return after my sabbatical. A break's all very well but there are some folks I can only converse with via this forum. I must admit it was interesting looking in on Smiley and PSF on equal terms for a while... 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on November 12, 2016, 06:20:56 AM
The day's only recently begun, so all I've done so far was have some breakfast. But once the sun warms the air a little bit--it's only 36 F at the moment--I'll get outside to rake the mountains of leaves coating the lawn in a similar way that snow no doubt will before too long. Once that's done, I'll pick up some beer or wine and make some plans for a suitable dinner for my evening of flipping between MN Gophers football and MN Timberwolves basketball on TV. After a long week (season, year, whatever) of political obsession, it'll be fun to zone out on something wholly inconsequential.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on November 20, 2016, 04:13:59 PM
JohnK, how did you fare with the bad weather in the Netherlands. Just saw video of planes having to abort landings in Amsterdam due to high winds.

My day was a lot calmer. Made mirliton (chayote squash) bread - tastes like zucchini (courgette) bread.
Am baking a vegetarian mirliton casserole for a friend of mine. Am "winging it" as much as possible. He wanted lots of mushrooms, lots of tomatoes, and lots of cheese. To this I added onions, peppers, celery and garlic, thyme, parsley, plus bread crumbs.

Bought a turkey for Thanksgiving. Mom insists on this even though none of us except her care for it.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on November 20, 2016, 05:26:51 PM
Went on a run—new route this time. Ran along a beach, which was kinda fun. Then there was a mile or so with a decent incline, so that wasn't kinda fun.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 20, 2016, 06:21:49 PM
Bought a turkey for Thanksgiving. Mom insists on this even though none of us except her care for it.
I chatted with smb. here via message & asked if there is anybody that doesn't serve turkey at Thanksgiving. They said it's only once a year so why not but maybe some people cook sth. else? I find it amazing that many would be loyal with traditions. But you say that you don't care - good for you.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on November 20, 2016, 07:26:52 PM
Well, it's not so much that I don't care for traditions - they definitely have their place.
It's simply that with all the other things I'll be cooking on Thanksgiving, the turkey is just a big pain in the neck. After cooking it is either too dry, or parts of it are undercooked. And  it's taking up space in the refrigerator. I bought it frozen today and hope that it will be thawed out by Thursday ( it weighs 11.5 pounds - 5.22 kg). Last year I put a similar sized turkey in on Monday and it was still partially frozen on Thursday.

I suggested picking up a turkey that was already cooked. Mom freaked out. She "rules the roost" so that's that.
Thanksgiving is our big family meal of the year. Christmas on the other hand tends to be more laid back with no regular menu.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on November 21, 2016, 03:27:21 AM
JohnK, how did you fare with the bad weather in the Netherlands. Just saw video of planes having to abort landings in Amsterdam due to high winds.

Bought a turkey for Thanksgiving. Mom insists on this even though none of us except her care for it.

Yes, it was quite wild (by Dutch standards anyway) but I and my family weren't affected. Thanks for asking!

As for any unwanted turkey: I have an address you can send it to----in Europe, where we still have to wait ages for ours!  ;D   


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 22, 2016, 07:09:50 AM
2NOLA BB Fan: we disagree. I regard the food traditions stupid. Besides, turkey works for big fam gatherings.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on November 22, 2016, 08:37:43 AM
Just different cultural perspectives.
Where I live, food traditions are VERY important.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on November 22, 2016, 09:18:44 AM
You mean Earth?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 22, 2016, 06:47:41 PM
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Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on November 22, 2016, 08:16:38 PM
Curb your sarcasm. It doesn't add to discussion at hand. NOLA, this is where we disagree. Care to explain in what way food traditions are "very" important? In my view, it's funny to set the rules of what to cook during holidays. It's just food,

No, no, it's not "just food" down here in New Orleans. Tradition is so very important - Mardi Gras, visiting and placing flowers on graves on All Saints Day (November 1), and both Mardi Gras and All Saints Day are city holidays.
Food is taken very seriously here. We roll our collective eyes when people in other parts of the country try to do their impression of our cuisine.
A few months ago the Disney company posted a video for gumbo. There were gasps, guffaws, etc when it showed the dish being created. Oh my goodness, they didn't make a roux! How can you have gumbo without a roux?! (A roux is mixing flour with oil or butter, as it heats constantly stirring until it gets to the desired color, usually a medium to dark brown. The roux is the foundation by which the gumbo is built on),

As for Thanksgiving, turkey isn't necessarily the obligatory meat. Ham, chicken are also used. But there are two dishes that are definitely part of the tradition - sweet potato casserole and stuffed mirlitons (a type of squash).
Food is constantly on our minds and in our conversations (and in our guts too - most of us can stand to lose some weight!)
In other places, people eat to live. Here, we live to eat.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 22, 2016, 09:14:57 PM
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No, no, it's not "just food" down here in New Orleans.
Appreciate the joke but I'm sure you got me that by saying "it's just food" I meant that cooking in one's household shoudn't be very important on national level. What you say about Mardi Gras etc. is wholly different tradition. OK, food is taken very seriously there. But you didn't explain why. Let's say there wouldn't be tradition what to eat at holidays & everybody cooked what they like - then what? Would it be that bad? Surely not, they'd roll with it, the tradition would be within the family (specialties that pass from past generation to the new) which is fine. But make it national - I don't know, it's puzzling.

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In other places, people eat to live. Here, we live to eat.
In chatting with other Smiley Smiler, I said "animals eat to live. People live to eat". :)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on November 23, 2016, 02:10:11 AM
Hello,
I'm up just for a moment to let the dog out, then will go back to bed for a couple of hours. Then will have a long day, going early to the grocery store to get lots of things such as apples, pecans, mirlitons, coffee. Then a nurse will be coming to check my Mom. Family will be coming in later this morning - they drove in from Jacksonville, Florida, which is a little under 1000 km from here.
I will answer your query about "tradition" but will be when I have more time later on today or tonight.

It's good to know that you too believe in living to eat! :-)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on November 23, 2016, 03:21:47 AM
Where I live, food traditions are VERY important.

You mean Earth?

Curb your sarcasm. It doesn't add to discussion at hand.

I rather think the good captain was deadly serious. Perhaps you should apologize to him.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on November 23, 2016, 05:50:20 AM
Where I live, food traditions are VERY important.

You mean Earth?

Curb your sarcasm. It doesn't add to discussion at hand.

I rather think the good captain was deadly serious. Perhaps you should apologize to him.

Strangely enough, I was indeed being serious, and it absolutely adds to the discussion at hand. I'll elaborate, since it appears necessary. It's fine if someone doesn't care about food traditions, but that person is in a tiny, tiny minority of humanity. Food traditions are some of the oldest and deepest kinds of traditions across the entire world. They are a part of virtually every ritual: marriage, religious rites, sex, death, harvest, solstices, etc., and always have been. So outliers are of course welcome to their fringe views, a little deference or humility toward the vast majority of the history of mankind on the issue mightn't be out of line.

For example, while I like food traditions (just because I love cooking) I don't care about holidays. Not at all. I think they're stupid. I am not sure there was ever a Jesus and certainly don't think he rose from the dead or was born at the winter solstice, and so Easter and Christmas are nonsense to me. I'm a little sickened by nationalism, so the 4th of July is out. Halloween combines religion and commercialism, and the food is just candy anyway, so meh. Even Thanksgiving, which I love both from the food tradition aspect and the concept, is tarnished because I'm not especially fond of family gatherings. And so on, you get the point. But I fully realize that pretty much everyone else thinks otherwise. So I keep my snide remarks to a minimum and don't often call holidays stupid when discussing them with people who are fans. Because that's rude.

All that said, when I feel an injection of sarcasm would be appropriate, I'll feel free to be the syringe.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Scaroline No on November 23, 2016, 07:19:31 AM
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Strangely enough, I was indeed being serious, and it absolutely adds to the discussion at hand. I'll elaborate, since it appears necessary. It's fine if someone doesn't care about food traditions, but that person is in a tiny, tiny minority of humanity. Food traditions are some of the oldest and deepest kinds of traditions across the entire world. They are a part of virtually every ritual: marriage, religious rites, sex, death, harvest, solstices, etc., and always have been.


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For example, while I like food traditions (just because I love cooking) I don't care about holidays. Not at all. I think they're stupid. I am not sure there was ever a Jesus and certainly don't think he rose from the dead or was born at the winter solstice, and so Easter and Christmas are nonsense to me. I'm a little sickened by nationalism, so the 4th of July is out. Halloween combines religion and commercialism, and the food is just candy anyway, so meh. Even Thanksgiving, which I love both from the food tradition aspect and the concept, is tarnished because I'm not especially fond of family gatherings.

There is a lot of guilt tied up with food-based/family traditions as well, at least in my experience, to add to the mix. I don't hate food traditions per se, but everyone's idea of how it should be are so completely subjective that it's hard to walk away from a holiday meal without some kind of physical or mental discomfort. And I'm just talking about the food, forget family drama and politics.

For instance, this Christmas my husband I are traveling to Newfoundland to stay with his family. They're great people, so hospitable and generous. But there's a dark flipside to it. My husband and I refer time spent with his parents as the Food Olympics, because every meal is an event, in which it is impossible to win the gold medal. There's enough food to feed an army, with only 5 people sitting around the table. More food than anyone can possibly eat without making themselves sick. Not just at dinner. Breakfast and lunch too. We try to get out of the house all day to avoid it, and save ourselves for dinner. But when you don't ask for seconds or thirds, the disappointment from my mother-in-law is palpable. That's how she shows her love. If you don't gain 5 lbs per meal, you didn't get enough of her love. It gets emotional for me. I'm not a big eater. I have food sensitivities, but I hate making excuses, so I'll often ignore my better judgment and try to please her, which ends up with me sick and her sad that I'm sick. And then trying to make me feel better by offering me pie.

Nevermind what my husband and his brother went through their whole lives, dealing with the mother/love/food/guilt scenario every damn day. So I'm thankful it's relegated to the holidays for me. Can't say I'm looking forward to it though. I am looking forward to my father-in-law's homemade blueberry wine though, that stuff's the bomb! And it's a tradition I can always get behind, haha.




Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Scaroline No on November 23, 2016, 07:50:51 AM
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Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Scaroline No on November 23, 2016, 07:51:39 AM

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Strangely enough, I was indeed being serious, and it absolutely adds to the discussion at hand. I'll elaborate, since it appears necessary. It's fine if someone doesn't care about food traditions, but that person is in a tiny, tiny minority of humanity. Food traditions are some of the oldest and deepest kinds of traditions across the entire world. They are a part of virtually every ritual: marriage, religious rites, sex, death, harvest, solstices, etc., and always have been.


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For example, while I like food traditions (just because I love cooking) I don't care about holidays. Not at all. I think they're stupid. I am not sure there was ever a Jesus and certainly don't think he rose from the dead or was born at the winter solstice, and so Easter and Christmas are nonsense to me. I'm a little sickened by nationalism, so the 4th of July is out. Halloween combines religion and commercialism, and the food is just candy anyway, so meh. Even Thanksgiving, which I love both from the food tradition aspect and the concept, is tarnished because I'm not especially fond of family gatherings.

There is a lot of guilt tied up with food-based/family traditions as well, at least in my experience, to add to the mix. I don't hate food traditions per se, but everyone's idea of how it should be are so completely subjective that it's hard to walk away from a holiday meal without some kind of physical or mental discomfort. And I'm just talking about the food, forget family drama and politics.

For instance, this Christmas my husband I are traveling to Newfoundland to stay with his family. They're great people, so hospitable and generous. But there's a dark flipside to it. My husband and I refer time spent with his parents as the Food Olympics, because every meal is an event, in which it is impossible to win the gold medal. There's enough food to feed an army, with only 5 people sitting around the table. More food than anyone can possibly eat without making themselves sick. Not just at dinner. Breakfast and lunch too. We try to get out of the house all day to avoid it, and save ourselves for dinner. But when you don't ask for seconds or thirds, the disappointment from my mother-in-law is palpable. That's how she shows her love. If you don't gain 5 lbs per meal, you didn't get enough of her love. It gets emotional for me. I'm not a big eater. I have food sensitivities, but I hate making excuses, so I'll often ignore my better judgment and try to please her, which ends up with me sick and her sad that I'm sick. And then trying to make me feel better by offering me pie.

Nevermind what my husband and his brother went through their whole lives, dealing with the mother/love/food/guilt scenario every damn day. So I'm thankful it's relegated to the holidays for me. Can't say I'm looking forward to it though. I am looking forward to my father-in-law's homemade blueberry wine though, that stuff's the bomb! And it's a tradition I can always get behind, haha.

EDIT: I don't want to sound ungrateful. I love food, and I love my husband's family, and how generous they have been with me. My mother-in-law is a wonderful person and a fantastic cook. I just want to underscore the point that food and associated traditions are so subjective, everyone's experiences with them are different. I simply didn't grow up with the same kind of food traditions that my husband did, and even after almost 10 years it's still hard to digest (pun intended :) ).


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: B.E. on November 23, 2016, 07:54:20 AM
SCarolineZ: oh my goodness, i can relate! Thanks for sharing. There's also a wave of veganism affecting the younger element of my family, threatening the survival of traditions. Tomorrow should be interesting.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 23, 2016, 08:04:30 AM
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Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on November 23, 2016, 08:06:52 AM
You're missing the entire point. Maybe it's a language thing. I won't bother to restate.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 23, 2016, 08:58:42 AM
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Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Jay on November 23, 2016, 12:58:32 PM
It was pile of garbage. I knew it wouldn't make sense, it's very tough to say right words. This off-topic started with turkey. I remembered that it's traditional food to serve at Thanksgiving & discussed with NOLA in the posts below/backpage. I just meant to know why in the 1st place what we eat at various special holidays should be traditional, you know, globally. Why it *became* traditional. In my opinion, it should be up to us what to eat, what to cook by the recipes that get shared from, say, grandmother to granddaughter or created on the whim. Within the family. Isn't it logical? What's the reason behind these traditions? If it's to unite people, it doesn't make sense because every family spends the holiday at their houses & they have choice to cook sth. else instead. The same goes to those rituals. It's indidvidual. Like what if some people don't like some food etc.? I'm just curious but maybe it isn't OK question to ask, even unreasonable. Maybe the bottom line is that collective mind wins? Maybe that's the answer, it went like web from place to place, got caught & became vox populi thing? This isn't trolling, I'm genuinely interested. & really have no clue. I'll wait what NOLA will say & will see what the bottom line in the end is. Then this off-topic will end.
Instead of arguing with people, why don't you go on wikipedia and find out yourself?  ::)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on November 23, 2016, 01:02:35 PM
You're missing the entire point. Maybe it's a language thing. I won't bother to restate.

Yeah, it think it's a language/cultural gap personally.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on November 23, 2016, 08:47:06 PM
Mari, I really don't know if I can answer your question to your satisfaction. The Captain stated part of what I would have posted.
Food traditions are a way of maintaining and unifying a culture. The ingredients are usually easiest to find in that particular area, and/or a particular ethnic group or groups add aspects of their culture to make something new.
Down here the food tradition comes primarily from a combination of African, French, Spanish, and Italian; that is evolving further with the emerging importance of Vietnamese food culture.  So traditions can be tweaked over time.
People can be at each others' throats about things, but sitting down to a traditional meal of chicken and sausage gumbo, served with French bread, is a point where the factions can relax and enjoy things for at least a while.

Don't know if I'm getting my point across. It's been a hard day and I'm very tired.

Those in the US - hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving !



Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 23, 2016, 10:04:15 PM
Mari, I really don't know if I can answer your question to your satisfaction. The Captain stated part of what I would have posted.
Food traditions are a way of maintaining and unifying a culture. The ingredients are usually easiest to find in that particular area, and/or a particular ethnic group or groups add aspects of their culture to make something new.
Down here the food tradition comes primarily from a combination of African, French, Spanish, and Italian; that is evolving further with the emerging importance of Vietnamese food culture.  So traditions can be tweaked over time.
People can be at each others' throats about things, but sitting down to a traditional meal of chicken and sausage gumbo, served with French bread, is a point where the factions can relax and enjoy things for at least a while.

Don't know if I'm getting my point across. It's been a hard day and I'm very tired.
Thanks for taking the time to reply. I liked this discussion, thanks to everybody who joined, including SCaroline Z. But none of you answered the posed question "why?".

I'd say there is misunderstanding from both sides. Food is present in every ritual there is - point taken. Food traditions existed since ancient times - goes without saying. Food tradition is way to unify & maintain the culture - in what way? If there wouldn't be single food tradition, say, for Americans & would just eat what they usually cook in the family, no turkey & mirliton at Thanksgiving, just anything they'd like, can't the factions still relax & enjoy things? I don't see what difference the food could make. It may accompany us during making important decisions, f.ex. if the 2 fighting camps decided to sign the treaty & there was food & drink, in what way could that food influence the decision, play any role?

Italian food tradition is pasta, they serve it in restaurants & it's authentic. But what does it say? It just shows Italian culture, defines Italy, that's it. But these people could eat anything. Remove any food tradition, would it bring their lives to hell? Ditto any other country. As such, the "importance" you talk about regarding food seems like overstatement. I really don't see that traditions in food bear significance. How it became tradition to eat this & that dish during this & that holiday & why is questions I'd like the answers to. But thank you anyway.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on November 24, 2016, 05:01:41 AM
I think the "why" of food traditions is unanswerable, or at least not satisfyingly answerable, in the same way the "why" of any other cultural artifact would be. Clothing, holidays, musics, dances, etc., none of them matter on some level. If you're simply asking "couldn't life just go on without them?" the answer is always yes, obviously it could.

But culture is an organically developed artifice that brings people together (and separates them from other people brought together by their cultures). That's why it is important to people, I think. On an existential level, we have no reason to exist. We are going to die. Life is terrifying. We are ultimately temporary and alone. Culture--including food tradition--hides that beneath layers of artifice that tie us to our families, and our neighbors, and their families, multiplying into communities, regions, and even nations.

People smell some food or other cooking in the next room and they are transported to their deceased grandparents' homes and those memories. They think of their childhoods, or of significant moments in their lives. They think of the celebrations that certain foods signify to them and they imagine meaning there. Of course there is no literal meaning there, of course they aren't actually any closer to their deceased grandparents, but sometimes literal reality is irrelevant to experience.

A person could replace a traditional Thanksgiving feast of turkey, potatoes, stuffing/dressing, green beans, brussels sprouts, pumpkin pie (or whatever your regional variation may be) and eat nutritiously acceptable meals. They could also stop going to beautiful cathedrals and worship in garages. They could stop wasting time listening to music or looking at art. They could dress in simple, practical clothes. But all of those things and many other cultural signifiers are just important on a non-practical level. The evidence that they are important is their omnipresence across the world throughout history. We can say everyone throughout history, everywhere, was acting silly and in the wrong, or we can show some humility and recognize that whether it makes practical sense or not, it's just reality.

For some better explanations, I recommend googling some studies on the subject. People are unlikely to give coherent explanations of why aspects of their own culture matter, as they are drowning within those cultures and probably don't look at it objectively. ("I don't know, we just do...")

(I'm not vouching for any of these, they just popped up with a quick googling.)

http://www.aabri.com/manuscripts/141797.pdf
http://www.sirc.org/publik/foxfood.pdf
https://books.google.com/books?id=I6lsDQAAQBAJ&pg=PA1&lpg=PA1&dq=food+traditions+study&source=bl&ots=lV2rcL7NKe&sig=6DGP2k4WMdRHqfJgoA-pGyk5Yag&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwicptCOucHQAhWhgVQKHfY3CKE4ChDoAQgzMAY#v=onepage&q=food%20traditions%20study&f=false


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on November 26, 2016, 07:29:24 PM
Went with family to our place in the woods, an hour drive from my present home.
Picked up fixins from a local store, made sandwiches, had potato salad and baked beans (which contained some sausage - delicious).
My oldest sister brought a jar of Mickles Pickles, a locally made sweet pickle.
A friend then chimed in and said that these tasted great, but if you want spicy pickles, be sure to get Wickles Pickles!

There was a bit of a "nip" in the air so we got a nice fire going in the fireplace.
Don't laugh too much, Captain - it was a cold 66 degrees F (about 19C).

After great conversation and listening to some music, we had to head off, some to New Orleans, others a much longer ride back to Jacksonville, Florida.

Had thought about having a slice of leftover pie. But upon opening the door at home, I saw that BooBoo the dog had helped himself to the remains of the pie. I said Bad Dog, and he just wagged his tail, seemingly saying it's about time you got home - please play with me!

Relaxed, Mr Fuzzy the cat sitting on my left, and listened to some Dave Brubeck.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on November 27, 2016, 02:44:49 AM
Two days ago (to veer slightly off topic) I played my last gig with the band I've been in for almost 17 years. You know, to all good things etc.

And yesterday I watched my granddaughter take part with schoolmates in a dance festival. Aged five, she was the youngest person on stage all evening! This is what they danced to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru0K8uYEZWw   


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on November 27, 2016, 05:54:35 AM

Don't laugh too much, Captain - it was a cold 66 degrees F (about 19C).

Ha, yes, no sympathy from me for the next few months with temperatures like that. We're looking forward to warmer-than-usual temps the next couple of days: high 40s, maybe 50. So far the nights are still only getting down to freezing, which is nice.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on December 11, 2016, 12:40:59 PM
Not today, but Friday. I attended a recital by the Romanian pianist Radu Lupu. I think the term "living legend" is applicable in his case. He played Haydn (Andante con variazioni), Schumann (the astonishing Fantasia in C) and, after the intermission, Tchaikowsky (The Seasons). It was like being transported back to a 19th-century salon! The Schumann in particular blew my mind.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radu_Lupu 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Emily on December 11, 2016, 09:33:03 PM
Went to the New York City Ballet Nutcracker, for about the 30th time. It's a tradition now being imposed on my daughter.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on December 12, 2016, 06:10:30 AM
Went to the New York City Ballet Nutcracker, for about the 30th time. It's a tradition now being imposed on my daughter.

Lucky daughter. Tschaikovsky is probably the most listenable classical composer on the planet.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 12, 2016, 06:36:12 AM
I think the "why" of food traditions is unanswerable, or at least not satisfyingly answerable, in the same way the "why" of any other cultural artifact would be. Clothing, holidays, musics, dances, etc., none of them matter on some level. If you're simply asking "couldn't life just go on without them?" the answer is always yes, obviously it could.

But culture is an organically developed artifice that brings people together (and separates them from other people brought together by their cultures). That's why it is important to people, I think. On an existential level, we have no reason to exist. We are going to die. Life is terrifying. We are ultimately temporary and alone. Culture--including food tradition--hides that beneath layers of artifice that tie us to our families, and our neighbors, and their families, multiplying into communities, regions, and even nations.

People smell some food or other cooking in the next room and they are transported to their deceased grandparents' homes and those memories. They think of their childhoods, or of significant moments in their lives. They think of the celebrations that certain foods signify to them and they imagine meaning there. Of course there is no literal meaning there, of course they aren't actually any closer to their deceased grandparents, but sometimes literal reality is irrelevant to experience.

A person could replace a traditional Thanksgiving feast of turkey, potatoes, stuffing/dressing, green beans, brussels sprouts, pumpkin pie (or whatever your regional variation may be) and eat nutritiously acceptable meals. They could also stop going to beautiful cathedrals and worship in garages. They could stop wasting time listening to music or looking at art. They could dress in simple, practical clothes. But all of those things and many other cultural signifiers are just important on a non-practical level. The evidence that they are important is their omnipresence across the world throughout history. We can say everyone throughout history, everywhere, was acting silly and in the wrong, or we can show some humility and recognize that whether it makes practical sense or not, it's just reality.

For some better explanations, I recommend googling some studies on the subject. People are unlikely to give coherent explanations of why aspects of their own culture matter, as they are drowning within those cultures and probably don't look at it objectively. ("I don't know, we just do...")

(I'm not vouching for any of these, they just popped up with a quick googling.)

http://www.aabri.com/manuscripts/141797.pdf
http://www.sirc.org/publik/foxfood.pdf
https://books.google.com/books?id=I6lsDQAAQBAJ&pg=PA1&lpg=PA1&dq=food+traditions+study&source=bl&ots=lV2rcL7NKe&sig=6DGP2k4WMdRHqfJgoA-pGyk5Yag&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwicptCOucHQAhWhgVQKHfY3CKE4ChDoAQgzMAY#v=onepage&q=food%20traditions%20study&f=false
Just now see this, movie thread was eventful. I shall investigate these links. Thank you. In regards the answer, a lot of it makes sense, some I still disagree with. I'd say it's true, there isn't & can't be found the right kind of answer. But thanks.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on December 13, 2016, 03:06:41 AM
I quoted when I should have modified. Not the best of starts to the day. :hat 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 25, 2016, 08:15:40 AM
Played air hockey in the basement with my dwarf friend Diana. I invite her seldom to play this game. It's the best game, she's really good at it. The cat was judge. The sweet creature looks to & fro. Then Diana went home to dinner. She likes her mother's food. Cat said bye in polite cat tone. Diana said bye in return. She's got poodle dog Maya. I said say hello to Maya. She said she will.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on December 27, 2016, 02:13:17 AM
On Christmas Day? Chopped, scraped, cooked, ate, drank... Followed by a massive clearing-up session during which I played the following ambient house albums:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWebqCRw7o4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3GFpH-ky38   


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SurfRapGrungeFiend on January 04, 2017, 04:55:50 PM
Got 100 % completion GTA III on ipad took a week(picking at it) to completely do it, smoked some with my brother and enjoyed the day until the next looooooong workdays ahead


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on January 25, 2017, 03:48:52 PM
Set up a "rainy day" fund for my Las Vegas trip by consigning random stuff in my house.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on January 25, 2017, 04:07:19 PM
I'll by that stained futon for $1.75.

Worked from home because I didn't feel like driving with incompetents after a (small) snowfall, started posting here again a little (and debated getting banned just for fun), and--after logging out of work, mind you--began drinking. Oh, and rolled some egg rolls (pork, scallions, ginger, garlic, chilis, and julienned broccoli, cabbage, and carrots, with store-bought wrappers), which will be fried up later along with a massive amount of some vaguely Asian something or other (chicken, onions, celery, carrots, scallions, chilis, mushrooms, ginger, garlic, etc. to be served with either rice or noodles, TBD). The vegetarian is away for the moment, so it's meat-tastic. Oh, and listening to the new Hardcore History.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on January 25, 2017, 04:24:48 PM
(https://s29.postimg.org/rjqbvqvw3/IMG_3019.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/rjqbvqvw3/) Also got some cool NBA Washington Bullets stuff!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on January 25, 2017, 04:53:00 PM
I'd consider selling my soul for a Hot Plate Williams, LaBradford Smith, or Ledell Eackles jersey.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on January 25, 2017, 04:58:35 PM
Like you did for a Donyell Marshall or Christian Laettner jersey?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on January 25, 2017, 05:25:01 PM
Almost completely the opposite.

More like Ty Corbin, Stanley Roberts, Tod Day, Dennis Scott, Marko Jaric, Dario Milicic, Nemanja Bjelica...that kind of thing.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on January 31, 2017, 10:29:30 AM
I upgraded my computer (well, beginning yesterday). I'd been getting warning remarks from websites and took the plunge (with some indispensable help from a family member). Of course the next thing is to get the computer to do what it used to do. My old Word folders and mail folders had vanished but their contents had not. That's when you realize that the internet really is your friend (most of the time). A few online instructions later most things were back the way they were!     


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SurfRapGrungeFiend on February 12, 2017, 02:56:53 PM
(https://s29.postimg.org/rjqbvqvw3/IMG_3019.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/rjqbvqvw3/) Also got some cool NBA Washington Bullets stuff!
Really cool, love vintage NBA stuff!

Walked 6 miles in the fog to leave a flower at the grave of a girl who killed herself recently, it was too hard to go to her funeral plus most of the people there i couldnt stand, two-faced that never took the time to get to know her but when word got around she died, same people suddenly were her best friends and heartbroken >:( 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on February 12, 2017, 04:48:28 PM
Agreed on that one, I had a friend who died with all fake people at the funeral... ::)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on February 13, 2017, 06:51:54 AM
(https://s29.postimg.org/rjqbvqvw3/IMG_3019.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/rjqbvqvw3/) Also got some cool NBA Washington Bullets stuff!
Really cool, love vintage NBA stuff!

Walked 6 miles in the fog to leave a flower at the grave of a girl who killed herself recently, it was too hard to go to her funeral plus most of the people there i couldnt stand, two-faced that never took the time to get to know her but when word got around she died, same people suddenly were her best friends and heartbroken >:( 
You got any vintage Cavs stuff?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SurfRapGrungeFiend on February 18, 2017, 02:08:25 PM
(https://s29.postimg.org/rjqbvqvw3/IMG_3019.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/rjqbvqvw3/) Also got some cool NBA Washington Bullets stuff!
Really cool, love vintage NBA stuff!

Walked 6 miles in the fog to leave a flower at the grave of a girl who killed herself recently, it was too hard to go to her funeral plus most of the people there i couldnt stand, two-faced that never took the time to get to know her but when word got around she died, same people suddenly were her best friends and heartbroken >:( 
You got any vintage Cavs stuff?
a buncha stuff, a few snapback hats from the 90s, a coke bottle from a rockets/cavs game from 94 i got at a antique store in tennessee(i think) which i posted in the NBA thread..basketball cards, a mark price candy bar wrapper, assorted stuff like keychains and magnets ive accrued over the years. And bobbleheads. Just about evrythings in my storage unit, the bum i share my apt with i dont trust whatsoever but for 200 a month though..next time i go to my unit ill get some pics for ya

Beautiful day today about 66 and sun ;D cant wait for spring. Putting a new exhaust on my jeep went out and got flowmaster, spent the morning cleaning the fuel injectors all the while playing a 50s doo wop mix..


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 23, 2017, 10:48:04 PM
Played air hockey with friend Daiana. Cat really likes when I invite her. He likes Daiana. Made friends with new neighbor - nice cute old lady. She's got 3 cats, dog, hamster, parakeet & tortoise. She said she just lacks pig. She likes different creatures.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on February 28, 2017, 03:19:10 AM
Happy Mardi Gras!

Note: my avatar, which will be changed in the next day or so, is yours truly getting nowhere fast on her tricycle in her Kindergarten Mardi Gras parade back in the early part of 1963.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on February 28, 2017, 04:15:51 AM
Happy Mardi Gras!

Note: my avatar, which will be changed in the next day or so, is yours truly getting nowhere fast on her tricycle in her Kindergarten Mardi Gras parade back in the early part of 1963.

Happy Mardi Gras to you too, Elizabeth. Nice pic!

MG always makes me think first of Paul Simon and then of this one by The Band:

https://youtu.be/-PuC7xyJsBQ


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on February 28, 2017, 06:28:29 AM
Great song
The Band + Allen Toussaint (horn arrangements) = winning combination!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on March 02, 2017, 06:01:38 AM
Going to an NHL game in Washington D.C. (Warriors made the wizards game on Tuesday too expensive to buy tickets)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on March 13, 2017, 06:11:33 AM
On Saturday we sat out in the garden for the first time this year. And saw the first Brimstone Butterfly.

Odd----they're always the first to appear and then they vanish... 

(http://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/rhamni%20male%20016a.jpg)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on March 19, 2017, 08:55:08 PM
Ended an 8 week regimen to regain my health. Dropped 25 lbs (11.34 kg) and feel much better.
(Late last year I got quite sick; everything seemed to be breaking down physically and emotionally - something had to be done!)

Planted lemon thyme, English thyme, Greek oregano and sweet marjoram around my Rosemary bushes.
Pepper plants, cucumbers, tomatoes looking good; see some small tomatoes growing. In a couple of weeks will be able to plant basil and eggplant (aubergine).

Registered for a free online course offered by a British university, "Shakespeare and his world." Course starts tomorrow.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Emily on March 19, 2017, 09:01:04 PM
Ended an 8 week regimen to regain my health. Dropped 25 lbs (11.34 kg) and feel much better.
(Late last year I got quite sick; everything seemed to be breaking down physically and emotionally - something had to be done!)

Planted lemon thyme, English thyme, Greek oregano and sweet marjoram around my Rosemary bushes.
Pepper plants, cucumbers, tomatoes looking good; see some small tomatoes growing. In a couple of weeks will be able to plant basil and eggplant (aubergine).

Registered for a free online course offered by a British university, "Shakespeare and his world." Course starts tomorrow.
That's fantastic, all around.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 19, 2017, 09:08:56 PM
2NOLA BB Fan: 50 kg/ 110 lb to 5'7 speaking here but now I'd like to be 40 kg/ 88 lb. What did you do?

Addition: Non-Shakespeare fan talking here but post the link to the free British uni course. We must share useful links. Thank you.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on March 20, 2017, 02:41:07 AM
Congratulations, Elizabeth.

The course sounds like a gas. :=)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on March 20, 2017, 05:36:08 AM
Mari, the free course, "Shakespeare and His World," is offered on the FutureLearn.com site. It is taught by faculty at the University of Warwick.
FutureLearn is a digital version of Britain's Open University.

As to dumping excess weight, I weighed and measured 3 meals a day, nothing in between. Drank only water or herbal tea. Cut out all flour and sugar. Ate LOTS of vegetables. Ate fruit at breakfast and lunch. Cooked from scratch as much as possible instead of using boxes of stuff some of which contain chemicals.
I've gotten off of it the last few days but will get back to it again, perhaps slightly modifying it. I like the way it keeps me from "crashing" right after lunch (would get so tired that I was afraid to drive). And my legs no longer feel like they have lead weights on them, so there's more of a spring in my step. And most importantly, I'm thinking more clearly!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 21, 2017, 05:35:29 AM
Elizabeth - Thanks for the info.
110 lb isn't excess but I'm just curioius to see if I can dump 10 kilo. Say, to 85-75 lb? Not to anorexic level. Then get back to: see 1st digit. Hence the question.
You know, some food is plain boring - vegetables/ fruits, dairy, fast food, soups. You grew up with vegetables, I can tell. You're basically friends with them. In other words, danke shon etc. but it's not to my taste.
Better tell about your 1st Shakespearean day. Was it interesting?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on March 21, 2017, 07:42:33 AM
Hmm, you're 110 lbs at 5 feet seven inches tall? That's thin. Don't know that it would be healthy for you to get under 100 pounds. But I'm not your Mum! :-)

Anyway, I do love vegetables and fruits, especially fresh vegetables - grew up eating horribly over cooked tinned veggies - ugh!
Usually cook vegetables such as onions, peppers, mushrooms in a stir fry, with some chicken. Very quick and delicious.
I enjoy fruit with oatmeal. Strawberries are in season down here and we have a refrigerator full of them right now.
I can't have dairy as it makes me bloated and sometimes quite sick. I got tested for it. In the test if something was above 40 then there could be a problem. For dairy my score was 900! So I use nut/soy milk and "cheeze". Cashews can also be used to make a cheesy substitute.

Are you more of a "meat and potatoes" kind of gal?

Ah, Shakespeare! There are a bunch of videos to go through, a quick bio, some items from the Shakespeare museum. Watched a few yesterday and will continue to watch the rest throughout the week. Then there's a quiz (oh no).
Then the course will focus on one play a week and relate it to the events going on during The Bard's time.

It's so enjoyable listening to the lecturer. I could listen to him all day.
Love the way the British talk.
Americans for the most part don't move me in that way. Only a few perhaps, such as Orson Welles or James Earl Jones.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on March 23, 2017, 03:17:57 AM
Thoughts and prayers for the victims (and their loved ones) of the horrific attack in London yesterday.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 25, 2017, 07:24:51 PM
Despite the long list of unfavorites (add eggs there, boring taste), these foods I like:
Seafood - fish, shrimps, caviar etc. Everybody in town goes fishing in June, it's the go-to food.
Fruit - orange. Berries, mushrooms - freshly picked. Buckwheat, rice. Meat - sliced bits. No patty. Liver's good too.

Which Shakespeare do you like? Tragedy, plays?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on March 26, 2017, 05:18:41 AM
Despite the long list of unfavorites (add eggs there, boring taste), these foods I like:
Seafood - fish, shrimps, caviar etc. Everybody in town goes fishing in June, it's the go-to food.
Fruit - orange. Berries, mushrooms - freshly picked. Buckwheat, rice. Meat - sliced bits. No patty. Liver's good too.

Which Shakespeare do you like? Tragedy, plays?

You'd feel right at home where I live. Seafood is everywhere. I had to go to the store early yesterday and passed a bayou and lagoon on the way, and saw lots of people fishing.
I love fresh mushrooms. Would love to be able to grow them. I know someone who forages for mushrooms in the forest but I would be afraid to try this on my own - might end up picking a "magic mushroom" that could send me trippin'!
Liver, particularly beef liver, ycch. Mom tried to force me to eat it as a kid, However, I can tolerate chicken liver if it's mixed in to rice. That dish is known down here as "dirty rice."

Probably my favorite Shakespeare plays are Julius Caesar and King Lear.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on March 26, 2017, 06:40:09 AM

However, I can tolerate chicken liver if it's mixed in to rice. That dish is known down here as "dirty rice."


Is it? I first (and only?) saw dirty rice using ground beef or pork, and never gave it further thought. It was originally done with chicken liver? Interesting! The change makes sense, though, to give it a more broad appeal.

I envy your cuisine culture in New Orleans! While Minneapolis has built a great, great food culture in the past 15 years or so, its roots are far less interesting. In my youth and throughout my parents lives, it was known for bland, Americanized versions of Scandinavian or German peasant food. (I have a church cookbook that belonged to my late grandmother, published in the '50s or '60s. You'd die of laughter at their recipes for "exotic" dishes such as chili or lasagna.) Lots of plain meat, lots of potatoes, vegetables--often canned--boiled into grey oblivion, and nothing seasoned very heavily or with much beyond salt and pepper. As I said, that has changed, but the underlying roots weren't especially interesting.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on March 26, 2017, 06:42:59 AM
No wonder Bob Dylan left! ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on March 29, 2017, 10:51:45 PM
Had a most interesting day.

Read an article and saw a documentary that involved how people react to extreme stress. The article was about children who, under stress, shut down and become comatose. There was a example of a boy from a Russian family who were trying to get refugee status in Sweden for religious reasons. Sweden was about to deport them and the boy, who had been in Sweden since he was 5 years old, all of a sudden became unresponsive, and was in a coma like state for 5 months before finally getting over it.
The other was a documentary about Augusta Chiwy, a Belgian nurse who aided Americans during the time of the Battle of the Bulge in late 1944. The horrors she experienced rendered her mute off and on for much of the rest of her life.

After that I needed to listen to some music. Pet Sounds fit the bill. And our dog always likes hearing Banana and Louie.

Went to Brian's concert tonight at the historic, beautiful Saenger Theater and had a wonderful time.

Came home to find that an ancestry report came back. I had sent a saliva sample a while back. Was kind of shocked at the results. Not what I expected! It will spark some interesting conversation in our family LOL.

It's getting close to 0100 hours and I should attempt to go to bed although I'm still pumped up by Brian and my crazy DNA.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 29, 2017, 11:54:41 PM
Well you got me intrigued - what the results showed? Is it akin to "Who Do You Think You Are" & "Faces of America"? Like 5% this, 38% that etc? Thanks in advance.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on March 30, 2017, 10:16:04 AM
Well you got me intrigued - what the results showed? Is it akin to "Who Do You Think You Are" & "Faces of America"? Like 5% this, 38% that etc? Thanks in advance.

Some surprises:
Shows about 5 percent Southern European ancestry (i.e. Spain, Portugal, Italy). Didn't know of any before.
Have about 18 percent Irish/British ancestry, more than I thought.
A little less than 1 percent Native American ancestry. Thought it might be a bit more as I supposedly had multiple lines with NA (Choctaw) ancestors. Perhaps those people weren't really Choctaws. People down here like to think we have more than we do, particularly romantic tales of Choctaw princesses. I do have at least one verifiable Choctaw line. As a record of court cases in the late 1700s shows, my male ancestor in Natchez, Mississippi lived with a Choctaw woman (he couldn't legally marry her) and had a couple of kids. He died in a freak accident - fell out of a tree, his leg was cut off and he bled to death. There was a court battle as to who could get his property - his children, or his relatives back in France. The children won the case.

What blew my mind? I have 2.3 percent sub Saharan African heritage, specifically from West Africa. This apparently took place from the period of the mid 1700s to early 1800s. This is most certainly from my mothers side as her ancestors have been in North America since the mid 1600s (my father's ancestors came over starting in the late 1840s).
I don't know how my mom would react to this, and especially some of my cousins. With the old "one drop rule" I would be considered to be an African American (which is laughable if you look at me. I'm about as "white" looking as you can get)!

As George Takei would say, "Oh my!" ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 30, 2017, 09:14:07 PM
It's funny what kind of rules people lived by in the past. So, you've got everything except Asian ethnicity. At least African makes sense - iir, Louisiana is country with many blacks, right? I think if they trace back their genes, they'd find some from Africa.
What about 70+%? Did you pay either for the sample or report/ both? Where do you go to get this info?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on March 31, 2017, 06:51:52 AM
Well you got me intrigued - what the results showed? Is it akin to "Who Do You Think You Are" & "Faces of America"? Like 5% this, 38% that etc? Thanks in advance.

Some surprises:
Shows about 5 percent Southern European ancestry (i.e. Spain, Portugal, Italy). Didn't know of any before.
Have about 18 percent Irish/British ancestry, more than I thought.
A little less than 1 percent Native American ancestry. Thought it might be a bit more as I supposedly had multiple lines with NA (Choctaw) ancestors. Perhaps those people weren't really Choctaws. People down here like to think we have more than we do, particularly romantic tales of Choctaw princesses. I do have at least one verifiable Choctaw line. As a record of court cases in the late 1700s shows, my male ancestor in Natchez, Mississippi lived with a Choctaw woman (he couldn't legally marry her) and had a couple of kids. He died in a freak accident - fell out of a tree, his leg was cut off and he bled to death. There was a court battle as to who could get his property - his children, or his relatives back in France. The children won the case.

What blew my mind? I have 2.3 percent sub Saharan African heritage, specifically from West Africa. This apparently took place from the period of the mid 1700s to early 1800s. This is most certainly from my mothers side as her ancestors have been in North America since the mid 1600s (my father's ancestors came over starting in the late 1840s).
I don't know how my mom would react to this, and especially some of my cousins. With the old "one drop rule" I would be considered to be an African American (which is laughable if you look at me. I'm about as "white" looking as you can get)!

As George Takei would say, "Oh my!" ;D

Very interesting. At the same time, I just happened to have recently watched a lecture by a geneticist regarding the use of (what sounds like) genetics in pseudoscience, and she took some time specifically to discuss this sort of testing (basically saying one must take it with a grain of salt and/or at least understand the limits of the tests and their results). If you're interested, the relevant section is cued up here.

https://youtu.be/0BuRECUOsx0?t=39m7s


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on March 31, 2017, 07:45:36 AM
Perhaps it might not be totally accurate.
However I did some Google digging last night checking out some ancestors. Fortunate that a couple of them were well enough known that they are mentioned in some history books of the area (Natchez MS).
Found out that the man who married the daughter of the guy who died after falling out of a tree was a "mulatto", which back then could mean mixed race. The book with the info indicated that the man was part Black. He's a direct ancestor, so maybe I have my answer.

Anyway maybe some of my other sisters can get checked out, or I can do it with another company to see if I get similar results.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on March 31, 2017, 08:05:04 AM
By the way, I also found your comments about having Native American ancestry interesting, as it is common in my area (Minnesota / Upper Midwest) for people to exaggerate any such rumors in their families. I assume that's to add what is seen as some exotic back-story to what is otherwise very much historically bland: Scandinavian, German, Polish ... that's the bulk of it, or was until the past few decades anyway, when we took in many Hmong, Liberian, and Somalian refugees, Mexican immigrants, and had increased African-American population migration. It seemed everyone had an aunt who had "discovered" some Native American connection--usually not quite believably and almost inevitably being something like a noblewoman, as you referenced!

Though of course there was a lot of intermingling here, especially in the earliest years of European exploration here, back when it was mostly just fur trappers and the like who were meeting with the native population, prior to statehood.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on March 31, 2017, 09:58:03 AM
It's funny what kind of rules people lived by in the past. So, you've got everything except Asian ethnicity. At least African makes sense - iir, Louisiana is country with many blacks, right? I think if they trace back their genes, they'd find some from Africa.
What about 70+%? Did you pay either for the sample or report/ both? Where do you go to get this info?

Humbly apologize. I didn't notice your post while glancing through thread early this morning.
Yes, there are many Blacks in Louisiana, so it shouldn't be surprising that a fair number of "White" people whose ancestors have been here for more than 200 years could have some African ancestry. In reading about it, back in the colonial period down here (before it became part of the United States) there was a lot of race mixing, whites, blacks, various Indian tribes.

I had to pay a company to get the information. I paid them, then they sent a package with a tube that I had to spit into, close and shake, then put in an envelope to send to the lab. It took about 2 months to get results back.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 31, 2017, 10:09:52 AM
Didn't notice, right.
What's the name of the company? & again, what about the other 70+%? Tell.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on March 31, 2017, 12:09:33 PM
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Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SurfRapGrungeFiend on April 01, 2017, 12:03:28 PM
Took throttle body off and took apart cleaned it thoroughly, trying to catch this kickdown, sputter problem thats been rampant for a while waiting on my brother to test tps, iac and upstream 02 sensor. bogs down, then surges back to normal and fine the rest of the trip though the throttle body might needpretty much rained everyday since last thursday so havent had much time outside beside work


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 03, 2017, 06:16:02 AM
Past few days...

Couple of concerts----Bach's Matthew Passion on Thursday and Dvořák's Stabat Mater (piano version) on Saturday----and a book launch on Friday.

Luckily there was Sunday to recuperate from this flurry of activity... 

Actually, I've been in mourning ever since "The Word" got voted out of the Beatles Survivor thingie. I was hoping it was fake news, but no. ;D

Glad to hear you and yours escaped the worst of the weather, Elizabeth.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: feelsflow on April 03, 2017, 11:19:00 AM
They seemed to have missed that the word was Love.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on April 15, 2017, 08:40:33 PM
Went to store early to get supplies for today. Family and friends are here for the next few days.
Made crawfish pie. Put it into the oven for 45 minutes then went to talk to everyone a while. Conversation was good except for a few minutes when one of my sisters and my Mom got on the subject of the dreaded "P" word. Did everything possible to change the subject to something less incendiary.
After 45 minutes went to oven to take out pie. Everyone was hungry for it. But, oh no, in setting the time to cook it, I inadvertently had turned off the oven. Ack! So I had to turn it on, get it back up to the right temperature, then set for another 45 minutes, all the while apologizing profusely.
Finally it was finished cooking and the pie turned out very well.

Spent the rest of the afternoon talking about food customs. One of our guests, of German heritage, said that his specialty was Stollen, a specialty bread traditionally served around Christmas.
As the evening progressed I did food prep for the crab/shrimp stuffed mirlitons (a type of squash). Cut up plenty red bell pepper, celery and onions.
Calling it a night. Have to get up super early tomorrow to boil the mirlitons.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 23, 2017, 02:37:00 PM
Ate a boiled egg. Watched Love & Mercy for the first time.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on April 23, 2017, 04:54:35 PM
Ate a boiled egg. Watched Love & Mercy for the first time.

How was it? (Love and Mercy, that is).

Had to do lots of cleaning up today. Princess the cat got into one of her "spells" and started darting back and forth across the room. Then I heard a loud crash. A canister of very potent catnip crashed to the floor, the top of it popped open, and the ceiling fan helped whip the stuff across the floor. Five cats even crazier than normal.

My oldest sister called and said that the marquee outside the country store had changed. At one time, the store advertised the following available for purchase:

ICE CREAM
WORMS

(Yummy. Do you like worms?)

Now, under new management they are trying something new. So it's now:

SNOBALLS
INSURANCE

Have started reading a book, "Word by Word'" written by someone who works for an American dictionary company.
Described the work environment as "I want to sit alone in a cubicle all day and think about words and not really talk to anybody else. That sounds great!" There are times when that sounds very appealing.
Was musing about this when I heard a crash. Mom had dropped her glass of milk on the floor. All I could think to say was, "Don't cry over spilt milk," as BooBoo the dog, permanent member of our Cleanup Crew, lapped the milk up.
After cleaning that I went to clean up in the kitchen and proceeded to make a mess of that as well.

Will continue my binge watching of the TV show The West Wing, read a little more, then call it a night,
Hopefully I'll also get over a headache caused by caffeine withdrawal.

Don't know if I want to purchase insurance at the same place as snoballs (ice shaved very finely and covered with flavored syrup and perhaps cream)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 24, 2017, 02:04:32 AM
:lol

A most entertaining post, E. You've abandoned coffee? Is that wise?

Yes, L&M was quite an experience. I got the DVD for my birthday last April and the moment had never been right to watch it----until yesterday, after finishing one job and before starting another. Some brilliant music in there, courtesy of Atticus Ross and some band...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on April 24, 2017, 12:49:14 PM
No, I haven't abandoned coffee, but only drink it occasionally. I love cafe au lait, the traditional way coffee (or coffee and chickory) is drunk here. I don't drink it more often due to my having problems with dairy products. Have never been able to get used to black coffee unless it's loaded with lots of sugar, not good.

No, the caffeine came from diet soft drinks that I started drinking again over the past couple of weeks. Don't know why I drank them except that they were readily available.
When I stopped them cold turkey, not only have I had headaches from being away from the caffeine, I also had really bad aches and pains throughout my body.
Was it from the fake sugar? Or the other chemicals in sodas? Whatever it is, soft drinks are now anathema - no more!

Will stick to water and tea, occasionally juice, from now on.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on April 25, 2017, 11:12:18 AM
:lol

A most entertaining post, E. You've abandoned coffee? Is that wise?

Yes, L&M was quite an experience. I got the DVD for my birthday last April and the moment had never been right to watch it----until yesterday, after finishing one job and before starting another. Some brilliant music in there, courtesy of Atticus Ross and some band...
On the subject of coffee, I have recently noticed that anything more than a cup of coffee makes gives me more anxiety than usual (and I have enough of it as it is!). I still love the taste, but I only ever brew a cup when i need a little pick-me-up. Maybe I'll scout out some decaf options, too.

And I'm glad you got around to watching L&M. I have the DVD as well as the soundtrack CD and vinyl—did I go overboard?

Today, I have gone for a run and made breakfast for my better half and me—veggie scramble and toast. He's off to work soon, so I'm gonna have to figure out what to do with myself...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on April 27, 2017, 08:11:00 PM
Took advantage of probably one of the last gorgeous days here - by next week it will start getting borderline hot.
Did some gardening. Planted 8 milkweeds, doing my bit to help the monarch butterflies, who use the milkweed as their major food source. And other butterflies, moths, bees and hummingbirds love the flowers as well.

Harvested some cucumbers and cherry tomatoes from my garden, which were used in a dinner salad. Don't know if I've ever tasted better tomatoes, so flavorful.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 28, 2017, 02:31:28 AM
Took advantage of probably one of the last gorgeous days here - by next week it will start getting borderline hot.
Did some gardening. Planted 8 milkweeds, doing my bit to help the monarch butterflies, who use the milkweed as their major food source. And other butterflies, moths, bees and hummingbirds love the flowers as well.

Harvested some cucumbers and cherry tomatoes from my garden, which were used in a dinner salad. Don't know if I've ever tasted better tomatoes, so flavorful.

Wow. You have Monarchs. In the UK, where they are an occasional visitor, they also call them Milkweeds:

http://www.butterfly-guide.co.uk/help/monmig.htm

And yes, nothing tastes better than homegrown produce!

Yesterday my wife and I celebrated King's Day by buying and eating oysters amidst the general festivities and then drinking a glass of white wine at the local lake...   


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on April 28, 2017, 08:46:30 AM
Very interesting article.
It is sad, however, that the Monarchs that make it to the UK probably don't survive the migration when the days get shorter.

We have a long bridge over our Lake Pontchartrain (The Causeway, 38.6 km). During October it's fun seeing all the Monarchs migrating south - it looks like they're using the bridge as a guide, as it's north/south


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on April 29, 2017, 01:38:23 PM

Harvested some cucumbers and cherry tomatoes from my garden, which were used in a dinner salad. Don't know if I've ever tasted better tomatoes, so flavorful.

Sometimes I envy your climate, being able to be harvesting vegetables already. (Of course, the heat and humidity would just kill me, so other times I don't envy you.) We're only in the past few weeks seeing signs of plant life, with grass going from a brownish-grey to green, the trees and shrubs budding, and tulips, at least, flowering. In the garden, my chives are going strong, and rhubarb, strawberries, thyme, savory, and oregano are beginning to show rebirth. Mint, rosemary, and sage still look like brown skeletons. And it's too soon to plant any annuals, so my parsley, cilantro, basil, tomatoes, chilis, and such are at least a couple weeks from even going into the ground, much less being harvested.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on April 29, 2017, 05:09:52 PM
Yes, it gets pretty unbearable by August, and the heat restricts what we can grow - mainly just hot peppers, eggplant and okra, maybe a little squash. And tulips don't rebloom down here. One time bloom, then throw it in the compost pile.
I've never lived in the Far North, but did live in central North Carolina for a couple of years, There's something to be said for a four season climate. How everything is dead looking in winter, then spring is so incredibly beautiful. Makes one appreciate it more.
It gets a little boring, funny to say, down here. In the "dead of winter" there are all sorts of flowers in bloom.
Although it's nice to be able to grow lettuce, chard and (of course) kale.

Oh my. Watching TV right now. My thoughts are with those poor souls going through the floods and tornadoes in the central US.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SurfRapGrungeFiend on May 05, 2017, 08:59:45 PM
Happy cinco de mayo


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on May 06, 2017, 02:51:49 AM
Happy cinco de mayo

Thanks, W. And the same to you, amigo.

What have I been doing? Swapping weird egg jokes with OSD. :lol


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SurfRapGrungeFiend on May 06, 2017, 11:19:52 AM
Rebuilding one of my old bmx bikes ;D
2000 Dyno Compe, all original beside the rear tire and rim. I also have a 95 Compe im leaving as is 97 VFR and a 98 Air(next springs project)
The chromes been blasted off :P. handlebars and fork GM black pearl auto paint and the frames gonna be marble. Black then silver  to get the marble effect and topped with Chrysler moss green pearl auto paint. The decals i havent decided like any nos,oe parts the prices can be ridiculous so i think im going to make stencils of the original decals and airbrush them on :smokin 
todays day 3 of endless rain so i cant do much
(http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i262/664465/IMG_0591_zpssbve7tm9.jpg)
(http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i262/664465/IMG_0589_zpsa3zovifb.jpg)



Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on May 06, 2017, 11:30:28 AM
Nice, I was lucky to get a mongoose 1990s bike from my uncle! P.S- poor Whammer.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SurfRapGrungeFiend on May 07, 2017, 06:26:57 PM
Really cool, do you know which model?  old school bmx bikes are great, todays style are toooo small and weird looking to me plus the prices for a new bmx bike, i can build 2/3 retro Dyno/GT's.
Watched the cavs, picked at various projects throughout the day including the compe, pretty relaxing day

Whammer was the coolest mascot the CAVS ever had, moondogs repulsively boring running around the Q banging on a drum ::)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 10, 2017, 09:09:09 PM
Not much today. Worked a couple of crossword puzzles and deciphered the daily coded message in the paper (it was about Mothers).
Finished a book - a well done, albeit depressing one - The Road to Jonestown. Got to find something uplifting after that.
Read that on this day in 1869 the US Transcontinental Railroad was completed. So the Iron Horse could run unimpeded from sea to shining sea.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on May 11, 2017, 02:56:53 AM
Not much today. Worked a couple of crossword puzzles and deciphered the daily coded message in the paper (it was about Mothers).
Finished a book - a well done, albeit depressing one - The Road to Jonestown. Got to find something uplifting after that.
Read that on this day in 1869 the US Transcontinental Railroad was completed. So the Iron Horse could run unimpeded from sea to shining sea.

I can imagine that was a depressing read. I remember reading about it when it happened----those images are hard to shake off.

We have a thing in the paper called (in translation) "in the middle", where a topical word or name appears once the rest of the puzzle has been solved. Very obsessive!      


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 11, 2017, 04:45:48 AM
Yes, depressing.
But also something I obsess over and have to read everything about. Next year will be the 40th anniversary.
I wonder, if there, would I have "drunk the Kool Aid"? (actually, it was a cheaper drink mix used, Flavor Aid)

Am also obsessed over puzzle games. I use them to gauge my mental abilities, to work these old brain cells.
Sometimes we have puzzle games like the one you describe. Lots of fun.

Today should be interesting listening to local radio. Don't know if you're familiar with our Confederate statue controversy, but one of the statues was taken down a couple of hours ago.
Yesterday I was reading some posts on a US Civil War message board I follow. There were photos of a Civil War re-enactment, where people dress up in uniforms and costumes. Curiously, this re-enactment took place in Russia, the photo looked like it could have been here. What gave it away, however, was the dog. Here it would have been a Bloodhound or something similar. In this picture, however, it was a Borzoi!
The leader of the group, from Moscow, said he was so interested in the Civil War because of the outcome - why wasn't General Robert E Lee or Confederate President Jefferson Davis executed?
These two "traitors" had statues erected in their honor in New Orleans. The Davis statue was the one taken down just now,


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 12, 2017, 04:31:32 PM
Listened to CBS Radio Mystery Theater, this ep: http://www.cbsrmt.com/episode-4-lost-dog.html

I didn't plan it but you know the way it goes like - start searching sth. & end up with sth. else. I went to check the Hitchcock collected shorts by various writers, read descriptions & got interested in "Lost Dog". The guy in radio starts with saying it's written by Henry Slesar specially for RMT. I didn't listen to it before as I'm used to the visual acting but now I think I will. It's cool to hear the actors play. They do it really well.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 12, 2017, 07:56:47 PM
Sic 'em, Attila!  :-D

Remember these radio shows back in the 70s; they played on our local CBS network station. Good to see that they are available to listen to again.

As for yours truly, was dodging raindrops and tornadoes today. As in so many times lately, we weren't supposed to have any severe weather so this was a surprise. A small tornado hit close to my sister's house in suburban New Orleans - a trampoline ended up on someone's roof.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 13, 2017, 01:20:53 AM
Sic 'em, Attila!  :-D

Remember these radio shows back in the 70s; they played on our local CBS network station. Good to see that they are available to listen to again.
Favorite play?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on May 13, 2017, 03:25:24 AM
Last night I put all my stick insects in the garden. There must have been at least 100 in the aquarium and they were eating me out of house and home. Anyway, the outdoor temperature is high enough now, with no further chance of frost. So the ones that don't get eaten by birds (or frogs) will have a good half a year out there (they never survive even the mildest winters in this part of the world). 

I've been breeding them for years on and off but I won't be doing it again. All good things must come to an end...   


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 13, 2017, 05:28:51 PM
[quote author=NOLA BB Fan link=topic=1409.msg610457#msg610457 date=149464420
Remember these radio shows back in the 70s; they played on our local CBS network station. Good to see that they are available to listen to again.
Favorite play?
[/quote]

I will have to go through the list to remember the ones I liked. I wasn't able to listen to it every night, but intermittently over the years.

Spoke to my Mother this morning about radio shows. Her favorite was "Inner Sanctum."
On hot summer nights people would sit out on the outside steps and listen to the radio.

Here's one, Mari, that you might like. The episode is called " The Wailing Wall." 
During the broadcast there are several amusing advertising breaks for Lipton Tea.
The Cat saw everything.

 ;D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWDLTlk7ETE


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 14, 2017, 08:25:24 PM
Last night I put all my stick insects in the garden.

I've never seen them here, have only seen photos of them. They're fascinating to look at.
Do they eat the "bad" bugs?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 14, 2017, 08:41:22 PM
Today was Mother's Day here, so took Mom out to lunch.
I've passed by this place loads of times over the years, but it was the first time ever at the Degas House.
The artist, Edgar Degas, lived there 1872-73. His mother was from here, and lots of relatives were still here as well.

At our table, I saw a painting Degas had done - it was of the room we were in. It looked exactly the same, down to the yellow walls.
By great luck, the painting right next to us was a reproduction of "L'Absinthe", one of Degas most famous, or infamous, works.  I could look at that painting for hours - what is that woman thinking? And that guy?
Mom had never seen that painting before, and she was utterly fascinated. She made me laugh as she talked about the woman's bad taste in hats. And her shoes! (Quite frankly I had never noticed them before). With Mom only having one good eye, she thought that the woman was wearing running shoes! From an angle, it did sort of look like that. I mused that she wanted to be able to run away quickly if necessary, although at that moment she wasn't going anywhere soon, being in "la la land" due to that potent green stuff, Absinthe.

Mom was still talking about the painting tonight. She felt sorry about the woman, and, as a former psychiatric nurse, she was quick to notice the hat and shoes.

It was a great day overall, except that it looks like poison ivy got me again after doing some gardening. My left ear is crusty and oozing, and it's spread over the left side of my face. Will have to see doctor.



Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on May 19, 2017, 02:47:55 AM
Last night I put all my stick insects in the garden.

I've never seen them here, have only seen photos of them. They're fascinating to look at.
Do they eat the "bad" bugs?

They only eat plants, so they're not much of a help really. But as I say, this is the last time. I once bred them ten years on the trot (taking in three at the end of the year for the next batch) until the new neighbours pulled down the hedge...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 19, 2017, 03:41:23 AM
[Deleted. Today's discovery: favorite="not great but okay". Weird ::)]


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 19, 2017, 09:16:10 PM
A strange day overall.
Started off okay, harvesting lots of vegetables from the garden.

But then, like so many in my city, I kept a close eye on live feeds from downtown. An event was happening that has caused much emotional responses from all.
The last of the Confederate era monuments was coming down. This one was Robert E Lee.
It has really saddened me reading posts of a vicious, racist nature, primarily from people who don't live here.
It was weird having that statue come down as it's been there since the 1880s and the roundabout was called Lee Circle. However, for 100 years before that it was called other things including Tivoli Circle, and now it will be renamed again. That's the way it is.

Glad that I'll be able to get away from this in a couple of days, as I'm going to a wedding in Asheville, North Carolina. The mountain air will do me good, clear my brain.

Tonight I got the urge to listen online to acapella choral music - by Mozart, Barber, Britten, Debussy, Rutter, Byrd,etc etc. I had sung these in various choirs over the years. Might post some of them - they're all incredible and show the beauty of the human voice. I figure that Beach Boys fans would appreciate that.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 20, 2017, 05:26:55 AM
I will have to go through the list to remember the ones I liked.
Did you do it by now? Would like to check your faves.
Quote

I remember one of them -"The Death Watch". It was very campy, with the guy trying to sound like Count Dracula. It wasn't great but okay.
About the last line in it was an expression my Mother always uses: "The devil's work is never done"


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on May 22, 2017, 05:26:03 AM
Tonight I got the urge to listen online to acapella choral music - by Mozart, Barber, Britten, Debussy, Rutter, Byrd,etc etc. I had sung these in various choirs over the years. Might post some of them - they're all incredible and show the beauty of the human voice. I figure that Beach Boys fans would appreciate that.

Please do, Elizabeth. You're welcome to use my "classical" topic if you need a home for them...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 22, 2017, 07:29:10 AM
Thanks, I just posted a couple of Ave Verums.

Leaving in just a little while to go to the mountains for the rest of the week.
Can post more songs when I get back.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on May 22, 2017, 08:00:03 AM
Thanks, I just posted a couple of Ave Verums.

Leaving in just a little while to go to the mountains for the rest of the week.
Can post more songs when I get back.

Okay, great. Have fun in the mountains.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 23, 2017, 06:21:12 PM
Drove with a Traveling Companion (TC) from Birmingham, Alabam to Asheville North Carolina.

During the first part we listened to the BBC World Service and their coverage of the Manchester tragedy. There was a vigil service held, and at the end, part of Barber's Adagio for Strings was played.
During the broadcast word came of Sir Roger Moore's passing. My TC said that her father (a local Jazz musician) turned down a small part in the movie Live and Let Die.
I took the driving route to avoid the mess in Atlanta. Instead we went through a mess in Chatanooga, Tennessee. But it allowed me to see some advertisements. Do you know there is an "International Towing and Recovery Museum"? Guess it has a Repo Man Hall of Fame?

Going off the interstate north of Chatanooga, we then drove on an older highway that ran parallel to a river, with lots of rapids in places. There were people having fun in their rafts. I decided to change the radio to the "Spa Channel" which played soft music to match the beautiful scenery. One of the songs played was "A Song of Enchantment" by Libera. Wow!

We got to Asheville, checked in and had a nice dinner with other friends at a nearby restaurant.
My niece and her husband to be were discussing whether rain on their wedding day would bring good or bad luck.
The wedding is tomorrow morning. Forecast - Rain...   ::)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 27, 2017, 03:05:41 PM
The wedding was rather dreamlike. We were at a mountain chapel, in the clouds, misty. We all agreed that the only thing missing was bagpipes.  :)

The following night I had a dream that I was walking by a building and a brass band was rehearsing "Trombone Dixie." Thought I heard someone who sounded like Brian giving instructions.
So that tune was in my head. Another ear worm was the first part of "Holidays" from TSS.
Had a wonderful time shopping at a calligraphy shop and another place specializing in Weather and Astronomy items.

After reading the SS posts about Dennis and that movie he was in (have never seen it so don't know if he could "act" or not), I woke up this morning to the ear worm of the chorus for Slip On Through.
Will be home tomorrow. Back to reality.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on May 28, 2017, 02:05:46 AM
The wedding was rather dreamlike. We were at a mountain chapel, in the clouds, misty. We all agreed that the only thing missing was bagpipes.  :)

The following night I had a dream that I was walking by a building and a brass band was rehearsing "Trombone Dixie." Thought I heard someone who sounded like Brian giving instructions.
So that tune was in my head. Another ear worm was the first part of "Holidays" from TSS.
Had a wonderful time shopping at a calligraphy shop and another place specializing in Weather and Astronomy items.

After reading the SS posts about Dennis and that movie he was in (have never seen it so don't know if he could "act" or not), I woke up this morning to the ear worm of the chorus for Slip On Through.
Will be home tomorrow. Back to reality.

Wow. Quite a musical trip, by the sound of things. ;=)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on June 01, 2017, 08:58:29 PM
Went to Farmer's Market and got a bunch of sweet, very juicy peaches. Plus blueberries, blackberry preserves, and fish (black drum).

Then the heavens opened with torrential rain. Good weather to listen to music, I'm subscribed for the time being to Amazon Music so want to take advantage of all the albums available.
Listened to the new mix of Sgt Pepper. Although I no longer care for some of the songs, the music sounded terrific.
Who knows why, but I decided to listen to all of Dylan's 60s albums. Last night I listened to his first "Bob Dylan", then today to the incredible Freewheeling recording.

Also decided to listen to "Days of Future Passed." My sister had bought that in the early 70s and played it constantly. However she must have only played side 2 since I don't remember ever hearing the first few songs.
Have always gotten upset with how Pinder says the last line of the lament.
He says "But we decide what is right / and which IS an illusion?"
I think it should be "But we decide what is right / and which is an ilLUsion?"
Yes, I've got too much time on my hands  :lol


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on June 02, 2017, 05:53:33 AM
Have always gotten upset with how Pinder says the last line of the lament.
He says "But we decide what is right / and which IS an illusion?"
I think it should be "But we decide what is right / and which is an ilLUsion?"
Yes, I've got too much time on my hands  :lol
'
Doesn't he say, "But we decide which is right / and which is an illusion"?

Someone else with two much hands on their time. ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on June 02, 2017, 06:48:50 AM
 :lol

Also listened to some of the BBs Hawthorne compilation.
Love how Brian pronounces "huarache" on the Surfin USA demo

Elizabeth, busy doin nothing...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on June 04, 2017, 09:46:56 PM
US baseball player Jimmy Piersall passed away. He was mainly known for publicizing his mental illness in his book, "Fear Strikes Out."
I watched the 1957 movie adaptation this afternoon. Anthony Perkins played Piersall, and Karl Malden played his overbearing father.
After being hospitalized for a good while he eventually was able to play Major League Baseball again. He was later diagnosed as being bi-polar.
Read a quote from him today -"Probably the best thing that ever happened to me was going nuts. Who ever heard of Jimmy Piersall, until that happened?"

Continued my Dylan listenings, today was Another Side of Bob Dylan, featuring songs such as All I Really Want to Do, My Back Pages, and It Ain't Me, Babe.

On the Hoffman music board someone asked which were favorite songs from TLOS. I'll take any excuse to listen to that recording again.
Just finished it. Going to bed now.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on June 08, 2017, 08:28:14 PM
Was on the road until early afternoon. Listened to a bit of the US hearings involving former FBI head James Comey. I was surprised to hear a line from one of my favorite films, Becket. The line was "Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?" Comey quoted it and the US Rep responded, yes, that was what Henry II said shortly before Becket was assassinated.

Driving home I found out that there's a radio station that's playing Beach Music for the next month or so. I love that music which I heard while living in North Carolina in the early 80s. It's R and B, and the dance associated with it is the Shag. Will post a couple of favorites on the Old Record thread.

Went to a garden center and created a miniature garden in a pot using succulents, different colored gravels, and miniature cats and frogs. Fun and relaxing!

Going to bed now. Hope I can shake off a toothache.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on June 09, 2017, 08:18:34 PM
Drove home from Birmingham, Alabama, where I had been attending a Sacred Harp convention, (a type of shape note singing, 4 parts acapella).
On the way home my traveling companion played Sacred Harp music, then Gilbert & Sullivan, then finally 1920s Jazz.
After dropping her off, went home to discover that my copy of BW Live at the Roxy arrived.
Had to drive back to Mississippi and thoroughly enjoyed listening to Brian and his band.
Now relaxing, listening to the frogs and crickets. Making their own music.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on June 17, 2017, 08:42:41 PM
I've had about 7 hours of sleep in the past two nights, so I feel a bit crazy. I've had a little wine... determined to fall asleep. I miss my better half :(


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on June 20, 2017, 08:50:05 AM
I've had about 7 hours of sleep in the past two nights, so I feel a bit crazy. I've had a little wine... determined to fall asleep. I miss my better half :(

Well, M, let's hope auf wiedersehen gets back to you soon. And tell him "Freundliche Grüße" from me. :smokin


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on June 20, 2017, 09:04:33 PM
Crazy day. Tried to calm down one of my sisters who is really anxious about this tropical storm we're going through.
Turned on the 60s station and they played Catch a Wave. Then turned on TV to hear warning for everyone to avoid going out in the water due to dangerous rip currents.

We're getting absolutely hammered right now. High winds, heavy rain. Squalls.
I'm a little bit anxious, quite frankly.
This isn't supposed to end until at least Thursday afternoon.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on June 21, 2017, 02:07:13 AM
We're getting absolutely hammered right now. High winds, heavy rain. Squalls.
I'm a little bit anxious, quite frankly.
This isn't supposed to end until at least Thursday afternoon.

Stay safe, E.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on July 19, 2017, 07:55:25 PM
Went to our place in the woods (about an hour's drive from here).
We had put out cardboard traps because of a growing problem with field mice getting in the house. We used to have a couple of cats there - one was a champion mouser - but they're with us now and as they say, When the cat's away, the mice will play. If the only didn't play on our beds -  >:(
Well, I noticed that one of the traps was occupied, and not just with a mouse. Stuck in the trap was a rat snake! I got in touch with my sister who came over and helped open up the box. The snake's head was stuck in the glue. Working gingerly, trying to soothe the snake (it's okay snaky snaky, we're trying to help you; he wasn't buying that) we got virtually all the paper off, his eyes and mouth were clear, and he quickly slithered away.
Now have to call a company to plug up the openings to the house!

Also am getting finalized with some miniature gardening projects. One will be a beach theme, another is an "octopus' garden" and will try to make that Beatle-esque.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on July 21, 2017, 03:45:23 AM
Stuck in the trap was a rat snake! I got in touch with my sister who came over and helped open up the box. The snake's head was stuck in the glue. Working gingerly, trying to soothe the snake (it's okay snaky snaky, we're trying to help you; he wasn't buying that) we got virtually all the paper off, his eyes and mouth were clear, and he quickly slithered away.

Eek! That's amazing. Rat Snakes are non-venomous, I see, but they can be quite big!

Last night I finally got round to watching Alexander Nevsky. And quite an exhausting experience it was too. Eisenstein wasn't one for half-measures...   


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on July 22, 2017, 07:18:07 PM
I tried relaxing, and here I am (it means I succeeded, because I haven't posted here in forever!).


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Mike Garneau on July 23, 2017, 08:55:31 AM
I spent the morning in the 'Rank The Tracks' section of 'Album, Book and Video Reviews And Discussions'. It's my day off and it's raining outside. At least I kept my mind busy, right?


Yeah we noticed.

(http://ft.trillian.im/101aa44fa9d0caf7556227574aa3a1c38605adec/6rMgNTU8AkeF9Vz7xr4vQr6UClLwp.jpg)

 ::)

Today I was having a discussion with a neighbor about staying healthy and couldn't remember when was the last time I was actually sick. Then later I remembered that the last time I was sick I spent the day "ranking the tracks" on this site, which kept my mind busy while I was couped up in the house (even though I only mentioned that it was a day off and it was raining...but I had the flu which totally sucked for it being a day off). Best time I ever had being sick! And wow I haven't been sick since 2014! I must be doing something right.  :afro


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on July 25, 2017, 06:02:19 PM
Last night I finally got round to watching Alexander Nevsky. And quite an exhausting experience it was too. Eisenstein wasn't one for half-measures...   

Just finished watching it. The quality of the sound wasn't very good but still a stirring soundtrack.
In the big battle sequence I thought, where have I heard that music before? Then remembered - the war scene in Woody Allen's Love and Death.
Would like to see it again, with a better print of the film.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on July 29, 2017, 01:44:36 AM
Last night I finally got round to watching Alexander Nevsky. And quite an exhausting experience it was too. Eisenstein wasn't one for half-measures...   

Just finished watching it. The quality of the sound wasn't very good but still a stirring soundtrack.
In the big battle sequence I thought, where have I heard that music before? Then remembered - the war scene in Woody Allen's Love and Death.
Would like to see it again, with a better print of the film.

Same here. Abominable sound but everything else makes up for it. This is said to be a better version:

https://www.amazon.com/Alexander-Nevsky-Nikolai-Cherkassov/dp/630513104X


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 04, 2017, 02:42:24 AM
The electricity went out due to frequent rain & lightning. It made presence yesterday when I sat to write in this thread. To be in safety, people must unplug the fridge, TV, computer etc. during it. Today now it's sunny - favorite type weather. The frequent rain's annoying, it makes everybody bored, some dumb people decided to walk in the rain, they even laughed. Their problem if they start coughing & sneezing. "Columbo" series don't show by Fridays-Sundays. Therefore, today's plan to see is documentary about some guy arriving to cities to help the local hotels from going bankrupt - by rebuilding, new standards, new furniture, dealing with administrators, doing the right talks with people who threatened to shut down the hotel etc. It's interesting. The cat lies in his basket with orange checkers & rounds in bright yellow background - good friendly colors.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 06, 2017, 01:14:49 PM
Yes, indeed, don't mess with electrical storms. Lightning can cause some serious problems.
Many years ago, a lightning strike at our country place caused one of our light bulbs to explode. Very impressive!

Have been dealing with the weather. Yesterday we started having some rain, then some more, more, more, more...  20+ cm worth in 3 hours!
Lots of flooding and lots of angry people in the city today.

I took a video of our neighborhood late yesterday afternoon. Sounds like I ingested some helium LOL; my speaking voice is usually lower!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Exyy83N9U0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Exyy83N9U0)



Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on August 06, 2017, 02:33:35 PM
Have been dealing with the weather. Yesterday we started having some rain, then some more, more, more, more...  20+ cm worth in 3 hours!
Lots of flooding and lots of angry people in the city today.

I took a video of our neighborhood late yesterday afternoon. Sounds like I ingested some helium LOL; my speaking voice is usually lower!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Exyy83N9U0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Exyy83N9U0)

Wow, E. That's bad. I hope Trump sees this and the other vids...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 06, 2017, 02:53:47 PM
Yes, the weather's been wacko everywhere. There was flooding in Las Vegas yesterday, also in Los Angeles a couple of days ago.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on August 09, 2017, 10:50:28 AM
Paying a ton of money to fix my car.... :'(


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 21, 2017, 08:59:35 PM
Drove to a sister's house to watch TV of the eclipse in the US. Down here the eclipse was 75%, enough to darken the sky just a bit and confuse the crickets into starting their noisy racket. It was great watching the total eclipse events moving west to east throughout the country.
Another one of my sisters left at 3:30 in the morning from Laurel, Maryland, and drove about 700 km to Greenville, South Carolina, where she saw the total eclipse in a parking lot. When over, she got back in her car and drove back to Maryland!

Was thinking about songs relating to planets, the sun, moon, stars etc, Decided to play 8.

 Solar System - Beach Boys
How High the Moon - Les Paul/Mary Ford
Moonshadow- Cat Stevens
Shining Star - Earth, Wind and Fire
Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
Moondance- Van Morrison
Here Comes the Sun - Beatles
The Warmth of the Sun - Beach Boys


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on August 22, 2017, 04:20:36 AM
Was thinking about songs relating to planets, the sun, moon, stars etc, Decided to play 8.

 Solar System - Beach Boys
How High the Moon - Les Paul/Mary Ford
Moonshadow- Cat Stevens
Shining Star - Earth, Wind and Fire
Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
Moondance- Van Morrison
Here Comes the Sun - Beatles
The Warmth of the Sun - Beach Boys

That's interesting, E. I have this "Crazy 8" topic at my other board (my other other board these days) and I was just planning one of eight titles with the word "planet" in them.

Today, however, I made Milk Bottle Man. He has since joined Baker Man and Toothbrush Man on the shelf in the living room.

All three gentlemen are made of Lego. Baker Man relocates to the kitchen top when a new loaf is to be taken out of the freezer that night. Toothbrush Man is to remind me to brush the dog's teeth every evening at eight after the news on TV.

Like Baker Man, Milk Bottle Man is to relocate to the kitchen top when there's only one packet of milk left and we need to buy more.

I'll add a snapshot of this unlikely trio some time.   


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 22, 2017, 06:14:18 AM
Today, however, I made Milk Bottle Man. He has since joined Baker Man and Toothbrush Man on the shelf in the living room.

All three gentlemen are made of Lego. Baker Man relocates to the kitchen top when a new loaf is to be taken out of the freezer that night. Toothbrush Man is to remind me to brush the dog's teeth every evening at eight after the news on TV.

Like Baker Man, Milk Bottle Man is to relocate to the kitchen top when there's only one packet of milk left and we need to buy more.

I'll add a snapshot of this unlikely trio some time.   

Yes, please post that if you can.
We have a Lego club at one of our libraries. There's an age restriction - no one under 21 years of age can attend because booze is served. Bet by the end of the afternoon there are some interesting Lego creations!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on August 22, 2017, 10:49:50 AM
Today, however, I made Milk Bottle Man. He has since joined Baker Man and Toothbrush Man on the shelf in the living room.

All three gentlemen are made of Lego. Baker Man relocates to the kitchen top when a new loaf is to be taken out of the freezer that night. Toothbrush Man is to remind me to brush the dog's teeth every evening at eight after the news on TV.

Like Baker Man, Milk Bottle Man is to relocate to the kitchen top when there's only one packet of milk left and we need to buy more.

I'll add a snapshot of this unlikely trio some time.    

Yes, please post that if you can.
We have a Lego club at one of our libraries. There's an age restriction - no one under 21 years of age can attend because booze is served. Bet by the end of the afternoon there are some interesting Lego creations!

I'm sure these are very primitive in comparison (booze or no booze) but all they do is convey a message. Regrettably Baker Man's rolling pin went missing a while back and now he's stuck with a plank. That's Toothbrush Man in the middle, if you hadn't already guessed. Milk Bottle Man's platform soles are a reference to the days when milk came in bottles rather than cartons...    

(https://s30.postimg.org/e76o151mp/IMG_0858.jpg)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 23, 2017, 05:47:17 AM
Cool!

Ah, milk in glass bottles. Don't remember getting them at our house, just remember cartons.
However, my Grandmother would get the glass bottles. Her milk wasn't homogenized so the cream was at the top. When we visited her we would fight over who would get the cream. Good memories.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 01, 2017, 08:36:35 AM
Today 1st September is Knowledge Day celebrated annually - school kids galore walking with parents, flowers, dressed in classic black & white, polished shoes. Elder kids - 8th-11th graders (there's no 12th grade here) walk alone. They go to school yard to listen to microphone speech by principal/ teachers.

As I walked way back home, some girl was just about passing me by. Till that time, I didn't look at people who pass by - I went with ear buds & the sun shining brightly, you know it's very difficult to see the phone if it's sunny, I wanted to break password to access to music to play it again (it stopped). I began walking slowly to gaze at phone to see if I write down the right password.

When finished, the very absolutely beautiful girl passed me by. She wore LBD (little black dress) with 3/4 sleeves & white embroidered collar. She had black straight hair waving in the breeze &...She smiled to me! It wasn't mocking smile but very kind, warm, sincere & joyful. As if she was too happy that day & she wanted to share it with me (well, people - maybe she's just smiley). Usually I don't look back - I walk forward. But this time I nearly did. But I didn't. But I still rmbr her face & the smile. Isn't it good beginning to day? It creates positivity, that everything'll be alright. Maybe it's strange to say but looking at beautiful people lifts spirits.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Scaroline No on September 01, 2017, 09:08:41 AM
Today 1st September is Knowledge Day celebrated annually - school kids galore walking with parents, flowers, dressed in classic black & white, polished shoes. Elder kids - 8th-11th graders (there's no 12th grade here) walk alone. They go to school yard to listen to microphone speech by principal/ teachers.

As I walked way back home, some girl was just about passing me by. Till that time, I didn't look at people who pass by - I went with ear buds & the sun shining brightly, you know it's very difficult to see the phone if it's sunny, I wanted to break password to access to music to play it again (it stopped). I began walking slowly to gaze at phone to see if I write down the right password.

When finished, the very absolutely beautiful girl passed me by. She wore LBD (little black dress) with 3/4 sleeves & white embroidered collar. She had black straight hair waving in the breeze &...She smiled to me! It wasn't mocking smile but very kind, warm, sincere & joyful. As if she was too happy that day & she wanted to share it with me (well, people - maybe she's just smiley). Usually I don't look back - I walk forward. But this time I nearly did. But I didn't. But I still rmbr her face & the smile. Isn't it good beginning to day? It creates positivity, that everything'll be alright. Maybe it's strange to say but looking at beautiful people lifts spirits.

This evoked a gorgeous picture in my mind, thanks for sharing :)

It reminds me of what Audrey Hepburn said... "Happy girls are the prettiest" or something like that. A random smile from a beautiful stranger is a sweet thing, to be sure.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on September 26, 2017, 03:02:31 AM
Today I (in deliberation with my wife) reorganized a corner of the living room in such a way that the door to a cupboard crammed with hundreds of classical LPs can be easily accessed without clambering over furniture and then only being able to peer in through a crack at the contents. A whole new world opens up!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on September 26, 2017, 12:44:58 PM
A random smile from a beautiful stranger is a sweet thing, to be sure.

I had one just now (I think). I was waiting to cross the road with my dog, or rather waiting for a break in the traffic in both directions (an extra precaution as it's dark) when a girl cycled past and looked interestedly at the dog. I looked back a bit later and she smiled a big smile as she cycled on.

Of course,
A) she might have been smiling at the dog, or
B) she knew me and I just didn't recognize her, haha.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SurfRapGrungeFiend on October 01, 2017, 07:45:32 PM
Last day of paving was yesterday another season over ;D, finally got in a factory 2 weeks ago after a month background check and drug screen, great company that works 3 shifts and saturday overtime, work for years to come! no more coal industry for me :lol  weird though since 75% of employees there are temps and watching a new batch come in everyday and half quit by first break really shows how lazy young americans are. Relaxed all day today back to the grind tomorrow


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on October 03, 2017, 04:55:54 AM
Last day of paving was yesterday another season over ;D, finally got in a factory 2 weeks ago after a month background check and drug screen, great company that works 3 shifts and saturday overtime, work for years to come! no more coal industry for me :lol  weird though since 75% of employees there are temps and watching a new batch come in everyday and half quit by first break really shows how lazy young americans are. Relaxed all day today back to the grind tomorrow
That's good news, SRGF. :=)

Today I watched our garage (whose building we share with the next-door neighbours) being topped off with a green roof. And to our great joy a green roof also appeared on the neighbours' supremely ugly annex. The garage roof needed repairing (it was leaking) and the green topping was our idea, not theirs. But they certainly warmed to the idea. There's one more green-roofed annex (and shed) in our street so let's hope the trend continues!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on October 04, 2017, 04:43:47 AM
Saturday went to celebrate my cat's feline pal's birthday. Prepared good gift - the old cat basket, the cutie didn't like it anyway. The lady, boithday boy's master, was gleeful as she never bought basket to her cat. But now says it's good idea. Was going to bring my dwarf friend Daiana with me, said it'll be fun. She refused by inventing some excuse that she's very busy. But we're cool as cool goes.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on October 17, 2017, 10:52:34 AM
But we're cool as cool goes.

That's the spirit, RR. :=)

Today I finished off the (for me) crippling business of insulating the convector radiator tray (my idea). I found some ancient just-about-usable foil in the attic for the last corner, rather than forking out for a whole new roll. So all 's well that ends etc.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on October 18, 2017, 12:40:54 PM
Actually yesterday (see previous post).

I managed to find someone computer-savvy who could locate the hard disk in my old dismantled PC and render it unusable.

Now I can take the thing to the dump with a clear conscience. ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on October 28, 2017, 04:34:50 PM
Carved out a pumpkin lantern (my one concession to Hallowe'en, which has no tradition at all in this country).

Rejoined my old band for one gig (my successor left after the booking had been made). Fun, but not to be repeated. ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on November 04, 2017, 04:41:26 PM
Trying to relax today after stressful day yesterday.
Reading two books, one on Dylan’s spirituality and the other a new biography of Gordon Lightfoot.
After some reading I played Lightfoot’s If You Could Read My Mind album. Superb. The bio pointed out that for this album VDP played the harmonium on one song.
After lunch, a lot of housework to be done. Put on the Deep Tracks satellite channel, and by some great luck it had on a program about the Toronto music scene. I mopped, swept and cleaned out cat litter to Neil Young, The Band, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot and Steppenwolf.
After dinner, more laundry and dishes to do, interspersed with more reading and music.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on November 05, 2017, 06:27:16 AM
Trying to relax today after stressful day yesterday.
Reading two books, one on Dylan’s spirituality and the other a new biography of Gordon Lightfoot.
After some reading I played Lightfoot’s If You Could Read My Mind album. Superb. The bio pointed out that for this album VDP played the harmonium on one song.

Hope you managed to relax, E.

That must be "Cobwebs And Dust". Ry Cooder also plays mandolin on it. Wonderfully subtle texture to this song.

Source: https://www.superseventies.com/lightfoot.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3JdTDKdHeg


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on November 05, 2017, 08:26:01 AM
Thanks. Mom had a fall (she’s okay).
Cobwebs and Dust. Housework. Although I wasn’t sweeping up those yesterday. Dog hair, cat hair balls (even though I give the cats food that’s supposed to prevent them). Cleaning up after cats who love to play the game, “I wonder what will happen if I knock this over?” LOL


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on November 05, 2017, 01:48:34 PM
Right now thinking of those poor worshippers in Sutherland Springs. Twenty-seven dead. Ye gods.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on November 05, 2017, 03:05:43 PM
Happy Thanksgiving to the US SSers!

Been goofy on my end. My sister is hosting the Thanksgiving lunch. I volunteered to make the cranberry sauce, apple and pecan pies, and mirlitons (a type of squash popular down here), stuffed with crabmeat,
Went to the store and got all the items. My sister lives in the country and it was decided for my Mom and I to stay the night in our house in the woods next door to my sister's. That meant that I would have to haul everything up there.
I packed everything (or so I thought).
We drove out of town and Mom said what are you stuffing the mirlitons with? I said "crabmeat" then went d'oh, forgot to pack the crabmeat! There was a town about an hour away- I couldn't afford more crabmeat so got a pound of boiled shrimp.
Peeled, cored and sliced the apples. Realized that I had forgotten to bring the cranberries...
This morning I was making the Dutch apple pie and realized that I forgot the brown sugar. Arghh. Fortunately there was a little store open not too far away that happened to have brown sugar. So was able to finish it and put in oven. Next up, the pecan pie. Guess you can figure it out - forgot the pecans!
Although it is different with the boiled shrimp (which were seasoned) was able to get the mirlitons done.
Now helping Mom with gravy then we'll be going next door for lunch.
A little crazy so far but should be nice to see sisters and nephews again . Just hope for no politics but that might be asking too much.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on November 25, 2017, 04:03:21 AM
Took it easy today. Sent to coffeehouse and read some of Dylan's Chronicles Volume One. He's in my city in 1989 trying to record an album, but so far the "chemistry" isn't there. Will he, producer Lanois and musicians finally click?

Avoided all shopping areas as it was Black Friday here in the US. It's called that because businesses hope that the sales will put them in the black (make a profit) for the year. Better than being in the red. Every year there are reports of fighting as customers are all trying to get at a particular item (usually some electronic device).


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on November 25, 2017, 05:08:13 AM
Avoided all shopping areas as it was Black Friday here in the US. It's called that because businesses hope that the sales will put them in the black (make a profit) for the year. Better than being in the red. Every year there are reports of fighting as customers are all trying to get at a particular item (usually some electronic device).

Sad. And now there's Black Friday Week! :lol

This insanity has wafted over to the Netherlands: "Black Friday sales until the end of the month".


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: KDS on November 27, 2017, 06:42:54 AM
Avoided all shopping areas as it was Black Friday here in the US. It's called that because businesses hope that the sales will put them in the black (make a profit) for the year. Better than being in the red. Every year there are reports of fighting as customers are all trying to get at a particular item (usually some electronic device).

Sad. And now there's Black Friday Week! :lol

This insanity has wafted over to the Netherlands: "Black Friday sales until the end of the month".

Black Friday is a joke now.   Most stores run Black Friday specials all Thanksgiving weekend, and some run even better deals as Christmas gets closer.   

Now, there's also Cyber Monday which is today, for online Christmas shopping. 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on December 05, 2017, 03:23:19 AM
Yesterday evening I got the last bits and bobs ready for today's Sinterklaas festivities while listening to a YouTube mix of Denny's music to celebrate the man's birthday. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinterklaas


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 05, 2017, 09:09:35 AM
That sounds like a fun tradition!
I'm trying to get into the "spirit of the season."


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 05, 2017, 09:19:00 AM
It's pledge time for the public television stations. To get people to send in money they schedule special programming.
Last night, with the dog at my feet and Mr Fuzzy purring on my lap, I watched Carole King perform Tapestry at Hyde Park. At one point she stood up and said "This is what 74 looks like." She looked good and sounded great.
 following this was the Moody Blues performing some hits, then the whole of Days of Future Passed. I was trying to harmonize but sounded awful; thankfully kitty didn't attack me!
Very enjoyable (and yes, I pledge money every month to the station).


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 05, 2017, 10:04:13 PM
Maybe now Carole sings it better but back then, 1971 Tapestry, she failed to impress me. It's the album I dubbed "Didn't like it 1st time - never will". Songs not my bag, ditto voice.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on December 05, 2017, 11:07:26 PM
Back at work full time


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 06, 2017, 12:16:04 AM
Back at work full time

Wonderful!  :woot


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 06, 2017, 01:24:30 AM
Maybe now Carole sings it better but back then, 1971 Tapestry, she failed to impress me. It's the album I dubbed "Didn't like it 1st time - never will". Songs not my bag, ditto voice.

But give her props for the album cover- the cat!  :-)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on December 06, 2017, 01:43:47 AM
Back at work full time

Best news in a while.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 06, 2017, 04:01:50 AM
But give her props for the album cover- the cat!  :-)
Yes, m'am, you're right, m'am. :police: Btw, to my taste, Carole King isn't pretty. Then again, curly hair makes anybody look dorky. :-D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Gabo on December 07, 2017, 04:58:09 PM
I've been going through a hair crisis recently. Dyed my hair dark auburn on Tuesday, on Wednesday decided I hated it and bleached it out to a horrific yellow orange color, and then got it done to close my natural shade of light brown this morning. As a result, I haven't gotten much sleep.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on December 10, 2017, 05:33:08 AM
The view from my kitchen window an hour ago:

(https://s33.postimg.org/izmc84akv/IMG_0964.jpg)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 10, 2017, 05:41:15 AM
It's beautiful! Can you tell what tree is it?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on December 10, 2017, 11:58:08 AM
It's beautiful! Can you tell what tree is it?

Thanks! We're very happy with it too. It's the autumn (or winter) flowering cherry:

(http://www.whatgrowsthere.com/grow/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Prunus-Autumnalis.jpg)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/3345615/Winter-beauty-Prunus-x-subhirtella-Autumnalis.html


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 11, 2017, 12:56:56 PM
Cherry trees are beautiful. The ones around here bloom in early Spring.

Went to the store and heard a lame cover of Little Saint Nick. The singer sang Run Run Reindeer in such a way as to not spur them on but with the result of keeping them stuck in neutral gear.

Opened a box of battery powered Christmas lights. On the list of instructions, obviously not written by a native English speaker, was the following:
 "6. To avoid the batteries and wiring dip into water." Oooookaaay!

Then heard on a TV show how much a donkey liked John Stamos, will leave it at that...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on December 12, 2017, 02:20:40 PM
Cherry trees are beautiful. The ones around here bloom in early Spring.

Went to the store and heard a lame cover of Little Saint Nick. The singer sang Run Run Reindeer in such a way as to not spur them on but with the result of keeping them stuck in neutral gear.

Opened a box of battery powered Christmas lights. On the list of instructions, obviously not written by a native English speaker, was the following:
 "6. To avoid the batteries and wiring dip into water." Oooookaaay!

Then heard on a TV show how much a donkey liked John Stamos, will leave it at that...

Lovely post, E. :=)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 13, 2017, 02:06:10 AM
Was reading about the Doors' final concert which took place in my city on 12 December 1970. Jim Morrison was a mess by that time and during one of the songs suddenly became catatonic. The rest of the band left for a while until he recovered, at which time he went on a tirade, banging the microphone stand into The Warehouse's stage floor with such force that it created a hole (which at least for some years was not repaired due to its musical historic importance).
The rest of the band decided that there would be no more concerts, and a few months later Morrison met his end in Paris. What a sorry business.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on December 19, 2017, 02:31:01 AM
Today I accompanied the younger classes at my grandkids' school on the piano for their Christmas sing-song.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on December 20, 2017, 05:51:57 AM
Today, however, I made Milk Bottle Man. He has since joined Baker Man and Toothbrush Man on the shelf in the living room.

All three gentlemen are made of Lego. Baker Man relocates to the kitchen top when a new loaf is to be taken out of the freezer that night. Toothbrush Man is to remind me to brush the dog's teeth every evening at eight after the news on TV.

Like Baker Man, Milk Bottle Man is to relocate to the kitchen top when there's only one packet of milk left and we need to buy more.

This unlikely trio has now been joined by Meatball Man, who appears on the kitchen top when I need to buy more mincemeat for my little doggie (for his daily meatball).

(https://s31.postimg.org/5zviob9bv/IMG_0986.jpg)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 31, 2017, 05:11:08 PM
JK, your dog gets a daily meatball? LOL. Love the Legos.

Happy New Year to everyone.

It's cold down here, forecast to be below freezing tonight. I have two beautiful poinsettia bushes that I had to cut back and cover up in an effort to keep them alive. We're supposed to have 5 nights in a row with below freezing temperatures, at least two with "hard freezes" (-5 C). With the hard freezes we have to worry about water pipes freezing, as the homes are raised up and the pipes exposed.
Do any of you have names for your trees, shrubs or other plants? I've had a huge clump of lemongrass for several years that will probably meet its end with the cold weather. I have harvested a little bit of it but there's so much of it now. Looking at it I immediately thought "Bob", as in Dylan's hair back in the day. Later on thought maybe I should have called it "Tina" instead after Ms Turner. Anyway Bob/Tina will soon be no more.

Tomorrow will cook a traditional New Years dinner of black eyed peas and cabbage.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 31, 2017, 05:43:16 PM
Ha! You reply too late to JK's post. :P

New Year to me is just change of calendar, really. I didn't decorate house, didn't buy tree. Besides, what good will it do to buy fake tree? Maybe in America they sell real tree here & there - it's land of possibilities. But here only if you live in the village, with nature - then you can cut it & bring home. & it's really silly & pointless to decorate house with tinsel, bright toys when it's just me & cat. It's suitable for extended fam with kids & adults around. Still, bought postcard & gifts - to me & some selected relatives as I don't like everybody. I bet lotsa people sleeping right now after New Year night walk & fireworks. I didn't at all - if there's single day I can allow myself not to sleep, it's 31st December. :police:


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 31, 2017, 05:54:36 PM
Well, better late than never. Oh, forgot to add cornbread to the New Years menu.

Couldn't sleep New Years Eve night - our neighborhood will sound like a war zone soon and I need to stay awake to comfort the dog and cats who will be freaking out. Hearing some "bombing" now. Will start to get really crazy in about 3 hours or so.

Maybe I should watch the Thin Man movies that are on TV tonight. They might distract BooBoo as he would want to see Asta the dog.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on January 01, 2018, 04:28:08 AM
Couldn't sleep New Years Eve night - our neighborhood will sound like a war zone soon and I need to stay awake to comfort the dog and cats who will be freaking out. Hearing some "bombing" now. Will start to get really crazy in about 3 hours or so.

Sounds familiar, E. Our dog started barking with the first firecracker yesterday morning and hardly stopped until way past midnight. Still, it's over now (except for a few losers out there this morning).

I hope it went OK where you are. I said it in my Welcome topic but I'll say it here too----Happy New Year to you and to everyone here. :=)   


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 01, 2018, 04:39:49 AM
2 Liz: Nice to see you catch after me & start talking fireworks. :police: Cool. Who taught you to plant flowers? Mother?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on January 01, 2018, 06:50:31 AM
The fireworks were crazy but mostly ended around 0030.
Watched one of the Thin Man movies. BooBoo almost destroyed the TV when he got excited watching Asta run around the house with a piece of paper in his mouth, Nick and Nora trying to catch him to get the paper which contained a note.

As to gardens my Mom used to faithfully plant caladiums every year, then dig them up and store them in wintertime then plant again in the Spring. She also planted tulips every year. Unfortunately down here tulips are "one and done" they only bloom once, as opposed to cooler areas such as The Netherlands. Also in the Summer we had plenty daisies in the front yard.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 01, 2018, 08:08:56 AM
She planted things but what did she do to teach you? Showed planting methods? Took you to help her in the summer house? Bought you thematic books?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on January 01, 2018, 09:49:51 AM
It was mainly the love of flowers
She did teach me to add a bit of bone meal to the soil before planting bulbs.
We like to plant pretty flowers, zinnias, roses, camellias etc to bring in and make Mom happy as she can no longer do gardening.

Gardening is very relaxing. And I love the bees and butterflies


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 02, 2018, 02:34:43 AM
Liz, I like to get to bottom of things. You couldn't just love flowers & it taught you planting. It led you there but isn't knowledge itself. How did you get to be good at planting? Mother advised single thing (add meal to soil), then you looked at the other sources, what did you do - read books/ attended lectures about it/ enrolled in all-girls New Orleans planting club/ else?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on January 02, 2018, 07:00:30 AM
Liz, I like to get to bottom of things.

Yep!  ;D

Mom taught me a lot of things. Don't think I need to list them all! She taught me about different bulbs and when to plant them here. Tulips had to be bought early and put in the refrigerator for a couple of months. She said that the ideal time to plant them was between Christmas and New Year's Day. However, the temperature had to be right. 10C would be good. Sometimes our temperatures at that time could be quite warm, 25C, and she would have to wait.

As I started cooking and crafts I learned about herbs and what could be grown here. Also learned not to pay attention to national magazines as they give wrong information for our area, not mentioning that we can grow vegetables all year round here, and what they say to plant in late spring (tomatoes for example) won't work in New Orleans. I usually put tomato seedlings in the ground in late February as the poor things can't handle the heat. And I learned that it's not how hot it gets during the day - it can get just as hot further north - but that it doesn't cool off enough at night. When I see that nighttime temperatures will be over 21C I know the winter and spring crops are kaput; that usually happens by late May.

There are classes I attend about improving the soil, good plants for shady spots, even how chickens can help in the garden by their eating the bad bugs that can cause problems. Also how to garden without chemicals. Which plants attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds.

Also good old "trial and error".

That should be enough for now, yes?  :)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on January 02, 2018, 08:22:58 PM
Watched a documentary about the 1918 influenza outbreak.

Then, sitting in a comfortable chair in a very warm room, I fell asleep. In the dream I was outside when Al (looking like he did circa 1964) walked up. We played with a couple of cats, Al was laughing and having a great time, then I woke up.
Don't know why but Al is the BB who shows up the most in my dreams.

Now it's 2220 and I probably will have a lot of trouble getting back to sleep LOL.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 03, 2018, 08:28:29 PM
That should be enough for now, yes?  :)
It will do. Thanks, Lizetta. :D

In the dream I was outside when Al (looking like he did circa 1964) walked up. We played with a couple of cats, Al was laughing and having a great time, then I woke up.
Your dream brought back beautiful painting by Jane Lewis, "Laughing Cat" (https://i.pinimg.com/736x/a3/bd/1e/a3bd1e9af01788ab68c8ace3b8de21e0--jane-lewis-cat-illustrations.jpg)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on January 03, 2018, 08:36:04 PM
Ah, that cat might be laughing, but it has that mischievous look in its eyes...
  :lol


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on January 04, 2018, 04:46:45 AM
Ah, that cat might be laughing, but it has that mischievous look in its eyes...
  :lol

Pet and owner look like fun-loving types to me. :=)

Yesterday our range cooker was turned off (for the annual checkup by its suppliers) so I cleaned it while it was cold (normally it's on 24/7). This operation included carefully scraping layers of congealed grease from the ceramic top with a special ultra-thin blade. And then we ate out----the thing takes an entire evening and night to reheat!   


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on January 12, 2018, 12:07:30 PM
I have been (and will be for some time) organizing and posting stuff I saved from our old Freeforums board, which had been
overrun by nasty Tapatalk and has since been wiped, save for a caustic goodbye note. We are now in a friendlier place. :=)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SurfRiderHawaii on January 13, 2018, 01:45:01 PM
Survived nuclear annihilation.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on January 13, 2018, 01:54:57 PM
Jesus, you were there for that... :-\


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SurfRiderHawaii on January 13, 2018, 02:32:36 PM
Jesus, you were there for that... :-\

Yeah. The alert woke me up. I picked up my phone, thought "no way" and went back to sleep.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on January 13, 2018, 02:40:59 PM
Nero fiddled at (mar lago) while Rome burned... ::)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on January 17, 2018, 04:08:02 AM
One of my sisters flew in yesterday morning. Went out to lunch and spent pleasant afternoon catching up with things.
She went to the Moody Blues concert, as the weather started to go downhill. She got back home safely, dealing with icing on roads and sidewalks. She had taped some of the concert; the Moodies sounded great. But things were really starting to get bad, with the northern bridges leaving the city being closed. Wonder how the people at the concert who had to travel North to home fared?
All the interstates and almost all bridges are closed. How are the Moody Blues to get to their next gig in Sugarland, Texas (Houston area).
Right now New Orleans is pretty much cut off from the world, at least by auto. Glad my sister's flight is later today and hopefully she can get to the airport. Too cold for me! Brrr!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on January 17, 2018, 04:46:03 AM
One of my sisters flew in yesterday morning. Went out to lunch and spent pleasant afternoon catching up with things.
She went to the Moody Blues concert, as the weather started to go downhill. She got back home safely, dealing with icing on roads and sidewalks. She had taped some of the concert; the Moodies sounded great. But things were really starting to get bad, with the northern bridges leaving the city being closed. Wonder how the people at the concert who had to travel North to home fared?
All the interstates and almost all bridges are closed. How are the Moody Blues to get to their next gig in Sugarland, Texas (Houston area).
Right now New Orleans is pretty much cut off from the world, at least by auto. Glad my sister's flight is later today and hopefully she can get to the airport. Too cold for me! Brrr!

Are things that bad? Let's hope your sister's flight isn't cancelled. (I'm no fan of cold weather either.)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on January 17, 2018, 05:46:18 AM
Yes, it's a mess. I know some people up north might snicker about it as our temperature is minus 7C. We had a bad freezing rain/sleet storm last night.
We don't have the means to deal with this weather as it happens so seldom.
The temperature isn't supposed to get above freezing until the afternoon , then it will possibly get even colder tonight.
I don't like weather this cold - other than a coat I have no winter clothes. Even during winter we usually don't need to wear a sweater except first thing in the morning.
Fortunately it will get back to normal winter weather by the weekend, with a low around 7C, high around 20C.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 17, 2018, 07:12:19 AM
I know some people up north might snicker about it as our temperature is minus 7C.
-7C is veeery good. Weird to complain about such warm winter. Here it's -35C. Soon there'll be sun shining. Sun in winter makes beautiful sense. Bored to see plain white snow.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on January 17, 2018, 08:04:21 AM
I know some people up north might snicker about it as our temperature is minus 7C.
-7C is veeery good. Weird to complain about such warm winter. Here it's -35C. Soon there'll be sun shining. Sun in winter makes beautiful sense. Bored to see plain white snow.

I know. I saw something about a place in Russia that was -62C a few days ago. I guess with our temperatures they would consider it to be a heat wave!
Can't imagine dealing with such cold weather every day. I'd have to get a whole new wardrobe.

To add: Airlines canceled their flights until early afternoon. Why? Our airport doesn't have De-icing equipment so it would be too dangerous to fly. My sister's flight is supposed to leave at 1730 and it should be above freezing still although the temperature will be once again the freezing a couple of hours later.
Also, down here houses are raised up the ground and water pipes are exposed making them vulnerable to freezing then bursting when the weather warms up.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on January 17, 2018, 09:45:32 AM
Update just in case anyone was curious -
The Moody Blues concert scheduled for tonight in the Houston area has been rescheduled for tomorrow night due to problems getting to the venue


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on January 17, 2018, 09:46:51 AM
Let it snow.... ::)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: KDS on January 17, 2018, 10:48:52 AM
Counting down the days til spring, or better yet summer.   I detest winter.  I like a little bit of cold weather around Christmas, but as soon as midnight hits on Dec 26th, I'm done. 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on January 17, 2018, 02:28:54 PM
Counting down the days til spring, or better yet summer.   I detest winter.  I like a little bit of cold weather around Christmas, but as soon as midnight hits on Dec 26th, I'm done.

Not a fan but detest is perhaps too strong a word in my case. I identify three milestones in Winter:

1. December 22nd, when the days start getting longer again
2. December 26th, when there are just two of us with all that left-over food   
3. New Year's Day, back to normal and a first step along the road to Spring ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: The LEGENDARY OSD on January 17, 2018, 08:03:18 PM

Worked yesterday, Today, shoveled some snow, went to Wawa, went to a resale shop, let the dogs out twice, vacuumed, took a nap. Gym tomorrow with work again on Saturday.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: KDS on January 18, 2018, 05:39:04 AM
Counting down the days til spring, or better yet summer.   I detest winter.  I like a little bit of cold weather around Christmas, but as soon as midnight hits on Dec 26th, I'm done.

Not a fan but detest is perhaps too strong a word in my case. I identify three milestones in Winter:

1. December 22nd, when the days start getting longer again
2. December 26th, when there are just two of us with all that left-over food   
3. New Year's Day, back to normal and a first step along the road to Spring ;D

Here's my winter timeline

September 23 - First day of fall.  Bummed to see summer ending.
October 1 - OK, crisp weather.  Cooler nights, not running the AC, firepits, whiskey neat, pumpkin spice coffee, the Halloween season.   I'm good. 
November 1 - Even cooler weather, getting ready for the warm and fuzzy holiday season. 
November 7 - Daylight Savings Time ends - Dark too soon.  Tired all of the time. 
November 25 - Thanksgiving is over.  Start decorating for Christmas, doing the festivities, listening to music.  Happy happy joy joy.  Stop counting calories.
December 21 - First day of winter.  The cold goes so well with the Christmas season.  Bundle up, grab a warm drink enjoy.
December 26 - What's this???  It's 21 degrees outside. 
January 2 -  F**K!!!!  Two and a half more months of winter.  Too cold.  Too dark.  I need to start dieting.  Summer's so far away.   


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 18, 2018, 08:16:52 AM
I know some people up north might snicker about it as our temperature is minus 7C.
-7C is veeery good. Weird to complain about such warm winter. Here it's -35C. Soon there'll be sun shining. Sun in winter makes beautiful sense. Bored to see plain white snow.

I know. I saw something about a place in Russia that was -62C a few days ago. I guess with our temperatures they would consider it to be a heat wave!
Can't imagine dealing with such cold weather every day. I'd have to get a whole new wardrobe.
It's too cold. But, popular fact says people who live in really cold/ hot places eventually get used to it.

Daylight Savings Time ends - Dark too soon.  Tired all of the time.
Few years back we cancelled the Daylight Savings Time. But even when we shifted time, I didn't see the difference. It's just hour. Not, say, 5 hours.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: KDS on January 18, 2018, 08:18:58 AM
I know some people up north might snicker about it as our temperature is minus 7C.
-7C is veeery good. Weird to complain about such warm winter. Here it's -35C. Soon there'll be sun shining. Sun in winter makes beautiful sense. Bored to see plain white snow.

I know. I saw something about a place in Russia that was -62C a few days ago. I guess with our temperatures they would consider it to be a heat wave!
Can't imagine dealing with such cold weather every day. I'd have to get a whole new wardrobe.
It's too cold. But, popular fact says people who live in really cold/ hot places eventually get used to it.

Daylight Savings Time ends - Dark too soon.  Tired all of the time.
Few years back we cancelled the Daylight Savings Time. But even when we shifted time, I didn't see the difference. It's just hour. Not, say, 5 hours.

It may be just an hour, but it does make a difference.  It really doesn't take a whole lot to throw off a body's internal clock.  Especially if you go from leaving work in broad daylight to leaving work pitch black darkness.  I think at least two states in the US have done away with DST


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 18, 2018, 08:44:46 AM
It may be just an hour, but it does make a difference.  It really doesn't take a whole lot to throw off a body's internal clock.  Especially if you go from leaving work in broad daylight to leaving work pitch black darkness.  I think at least two states in the US have done away with DST
Looks like in the U.S. daylight to pitch black changes fast, in hour. Here, it doesn't - it's dark regardless. Ditto flying to place with few hours' difference time zone. People usually complain they can't sleep & vice versa. But, I read that in fact, it's easier to adjust to the time in any place than it's given credit for.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: KDS on January 18, 2018, 08:51:54 AM
It may be just an hour, but it does make a difference.  It really doesn't take a whole lot to throw off a body's internal clock.  Especially if you go from leaving work in broad daylight to leaving work pitch black darkness.  I think at least two states in the US have done away with DST
Looks like in the U.S. daylight to pitch black changes fast, in hour. Here, it doesn't - it's dark regardless. Ditto flying to place with few hours' difference time zone. People usually complain they can't sleep & vice versa. But, I read that in fact, it's easier to adjust to the time in any place than it's given credit for.

Depends on the season.  In summertime, the transition from day to night is a little more gradual.  However, in the fall / winter months, it seems to get dark much faster. 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on January 19, 2018, 03:44:59 PM
I don't know whether it's what KDS means--I won't speak for him--but the change out of Daylight Savings Time is more a slap in the face than anything else. Obviously, one hour's difference isn't such a big deal. But it comes in November, when the days are already naturally getting shorter. So we're only a few months from when the daylight lasts until 8, 9 p.m., and all of a sudden it's getting dark at 5:30--then literally overnight, it's 4:30! That's what makes it so depressing, I think. It just piles on an already depressingly inevitable road to darkness.

Thankfully, it's cyclical. While throughout winter it's usually dark both when I leave the house for work and by the time I get home from work, today I was noticing how it was still light outside at around 5 pm. It's a little thing, but I'll take it happily. In a few months, that'll be 6, 7. Right now I'm happy every time it's above freezing--and damn near jubilant when it's almost 40 F, as it was today--but in a few months we'll be in the 50s, then 60s, everyday. (Then it'll hit summer, we'll get streaks of 90 degree days and nights above 70, and I'll complain about that.)

Anyway, that's my take on it. It's not the hour here or there. It's the cumulative effect combined with that one, suddenly shifted hour of Daylight Savings Time.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on January 19, 2018, 07:58:37 PM
I have always had problems with having "the blues" starting in November. And Christmas is a sad time. The lack of sunlight knocks me down every year.
I live at 30 degrees latitude so have a lot more sunshine/daylight hours in winter than those in much more northern latitudes.
Read some depressing news yesterday - For the month of December, Moscow had a grand total of SIX MINUTES of sunlight (the normal for December there is 18 hours). I would have ended up needing to be in a padded room if I had been there.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: KDS on January 22, 2018, 09:20:57 AM
I don't know whether it's what KDS means--I won't speak for him--but the change out of Daylight Savings Time is more a slap in the face than anything else. Obviously, one hour's difference isn't such a big deal. But it comes in November, when the days are already naturally getting shorter. So we're only a few months from when the daylight lasts until 8, 9 p.m., and all of a sudden it's getting dark at 5:30--then literally overnight, it's 4:30! That's what makes it so depressing, I think. It just piles on an already depressingly inevitable road to darkness.

Thankfully, it's cyclical. While throughout winter it's usually dark both when I leave the house for work and by the time I get home from work, today I was noticing how it was still light outside at around 5 pm. It's a little thing, but I'll take it happily. In a few months, that'll be 6, 7. Right now I'm happy every time it's above freezing--and damn near jubilant when it's almost 40 F, as it was today--but in a few months we'll be in the 50s, then 60s, everyday. (Then it'll hit summer, we'll get streaks of 90 degree days and nights above 70, and I'll complain about that.)

Anyway, that's my take on it. It's not the hour here or there. It's the cumulative effect combined with that one, suddenly shifted hour of Daylight Savings Time.

Yes and no. 

But, I was talking about the fading of daylight into night.  Maybe it's my imagination, but sunsets in summer seem a little more gradual, and it seems to take a little longer from when the sunsets to when the black of night sets in. 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 04, 2018, 11:18:44 AM
Reading latest BBs vs. Beatles - ha! Some poster goes out of way to apologize to troll? Welllll...people never fail to weird me out.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on February 04, 2018, 07:23:48 PM
been feeling nauseous all day. good way to spend my last week of freedom (before starting a new job).


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 05, 2018, 03:24:35 AM
Speaking of nausea, I do believe that, as emetophobe, it helps to read about it, see short clips as well as hear people puking to cure. This is what Emily disagreed about when we chatted via messages last year. She said sth. like "no, it doesn't help, it's really bad idea". She said to see videos with [phobia subject], to be around it to cure it is bad method. But, I read many sites with people telling they did just that, been advised to by licensed specialists. F.ex. people with germs phobia must be locked inside, say, dusty room. It may be a bit too tough, which I got was Emily's point, but, in my view, if you choose mild treatment I really doubt it works. Anyhoo, it's been interesting to discuss with Emily, even if we see it differently.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on February 14, 2018, 09:32:01 PM
Watched the news.

Lather, rinse, repeat...
 >:( :'( >:(


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 15, 2018, 02:27:00 AM
What news?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on February 15, 2018, 04:31:32 AM
I'm sporadically watching the Dutch skaters' progress in the 10,000 Metres at the Winter Olympics...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on February 15, 2018, 04:44:28 AM
A guy went to a school, shot to death 17 people and injured a bunch more.

This has happened before many times. But nothing's ever done about it.
A guy actually told me that these deaths are "acceptable losses" - I mean, you have a greater chance of being struck by lightning than dying in a mass shooting, so why worry! Better that kids die than anyone try to take away any of his precious guns or even make it just a little bit harder to get semi-automatic guns. (The AR-15 is the weapon of choice for most of the mass shootings).

And this will happen again, and again, and again.

So as the expression here goes, "lather, rinse, repeat"


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on February 15, 2018, 10:47:17 AM
A guy went to a school, shot to death 17 people and injured a bunch more.

This has happened before many times. But nothing's ever done about it.
A guy actually told me that these deaths are "acceptable losses" - I mean, you have a greater chance of being struck by lightning than dying in a mass shooting, so why worry! Better that kids die than anyone try to take away any of his precious guns or even make it just a little bit harder to get semi-automatic guns. (The AR-15 is the weapon of choice for most of the mass shootings).

And this will happen again, and again, and again.

So as the expression here goes, "lather, rinse, repeat"

Horrific. Acceptable losses? What an asshole. The general public should not be allowed to possess firearms, period. What is it going to take, I wonder?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: rab2591 on February 15, 2018, 11:15:45 AM
After living through near break-ins, knowing friends who just last week went through a break-in experience in my area, knowing how horrific some sexual assaults can be, having lived in a pretty ghetto area once in my life, and other things I won’t detail here, I can’t really sleep soundly if I don’t have a gun in my house nearby. But I am also willing to find alternate ways to protect my family as well. For me, it’s about protecting my loved ones and myself in my home from evil people with evil intentions.

I am all for stricter gun control. I know some gun nuts who have WAY more guns than they need. I think people who own guns should own safes and store their guns in them, keep the weapons empty and the ammo in a separate area. I think if you own a gun you should be required to attend safety classes every year or two. Stricter background checks? Hell yeah. Limit on how many guns and how much ammo you have? I could support that.

But in this country (America) when there are guns owned by so many crooks, and in a country where a crook can easily walk out of a pawn shop with a pistol or rifle, I think the average Joe has a right to keep a weapon in his house (safely) to defend his family from intrudes or whatever else may happen. But again, I’m all for alternate (effective) ways to protect my family.

Mental health is a huge problem in this country and I wish to god the government would take it more seriously. BOTH gun control and mental health need to be on the table. It’s not a one or the other thing. There are people out there who do need help, there are also people out there who are completely irresponsible with guns. Guns are way too easy to purchase. This sh*t needs to be taken care of before more people suffer. A lot of things need to change in this country.

No child should have to go to school worried about guns. After Columbine I was scared to death of going to school. We held shooting drills all through my schooling. Heck, one year we had so many bomb threats we had to use make-up days at the end of the year because we missed too many classes while the bomb detection dogs went through the school for the rest of the day. People do stupid things with or without guns, and I’m all for more gun control and stricter rules, but also keep in mind that your Timothy McVeighs, Eric Harris’, Ted Kaczynskis will find a way to create disaster in this world - the best way to curb this problem is not only by taking away the weapons (I'm sure it helps) but by helping them heal their mental problems before they get to a breaking point.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on February 15, 2018, 01:19:10 PM
I'm not against having one gun for protection, but it needs to be registered, the owner needs to take a safety course, and can't have unlimited amounts of ammo. And why does anyone need an AR-15?
Reading the comments in social media from people today makes me so upset. Suggest anything more than "thoughts and prayers" and they all but call you the devil incarnate.
So, nothing will change.

On another subject, hope the Dutch did okay with their skating. Maybe I should watch the Olympics.
To add, just turned on the TV and caught the end of the 10,000 meters replay. Sorry!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on February 15, 2018, 05:49:27 PM
But in this country (America) when there are guns owned by so many crooks, and in a country where a crook can easily walk out of a pawn shop with a pistol or rifle, I think the average Joe has a right to keep a weapon in his house (safely) to defend his family from intrudes or whatever else may happen. But again, I’m all for alternate (effective) ways to protect my family.

I suppose you can really prevent people from getting guns by just shutting down every gun manufacturer in the country.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: rab2591 on February 15, 2018, 06:15:13 PM
But in this country (America) when there are guns owned by so many crooks, and in a country where a crook can easily walk out of a pawn shop with a pistol or rifle, I think the average Joe has a right to keep a weapon in his house (safely) to defend his family from intrudes or whatever else may happen. But again, I’m all for alternate (effective) ways to protect my family.

I suppose you can really prevent people from getting guns by just shutting down every gun manufacturer in the country.

Yes indeed. Perhaps one day in the distant future such a thing will happen. What shocks me is that no one has thought of a better alternate (or at least been able to mass market such a device) - like a more efficient weapon that doesn’t use bullets that could still cause fatal damage, or on the flip side, a better “stun” weapon that would instantly neutralize someone running from the law without killing them or doing long term harm.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on February 15, 2018, 06:23:09 PM
Common Sense is lost these days in the USA. Guy was able to buy a gun when he was so clearly disturbed. A person who is interviewed by the FBI should not be allowed in a gun store.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on February 15, 2018, 06:43:03 PM
But in this country (America) when there are guns owned by so many crooks, and in a country where a crook can easily walk out of a pawn shop with a pistol or rifle, I think the average Joe has a right to keep a weapon in his house (safely) to defend his family from intrudes or whatever else may happen. But again, I’m all for alternate (effective) ways to protect my family.

I suppose you can really prevent people from getting guns by just shutting down every gun manufacturer in the country.

Yes indeed. Perhaps one day in the distant future such a thing will happen. What shocks me is that no one has thought of a better alternate (or at least been able to mass market such a device) - like a more efficient weapon that doesn’t use bullets that could still cause fatal damage, or on the flip side, a better “stun” weapon that would instantly neutralize someone running from the law without killing them or doing long term harm.

There's no incentive toward inventing anything like that. The gun industry would have too many profits to lose. In my view, they do everything possible (including spending millions of dollars in advertising) to manufacture the illusion that people need guns to protect themselves from an external threat. If they didn't do that, they wouldn't last for too long.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: rab2591 on February 15, 2018, 07:22:30 PM
I'm not against having one gun for protection, but it needs to be registered, the owner needs to take a safety course, and can't have unlimited amounts of ammo. And why does anyone need an AR-15?
Reading the comments in social media from people today makes me so upset. Suggest anything more than "thoughts and prayers" and they all but call you the devil incarnate.
So, nothing will change.

Totally agree.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: B.E. on February 15, 2018, 07:29:17 PM
Even if all gun manufacturers in the country were shut down, aren't there already hundreds of millions of guns in the country? Couldn't more just be smuggled in?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on February 15, 2018, 07:37:46 PM
Even if all gun manufacturers in the country were shut down, aren't there already hundreds of millions of guns in the country? Couldn't more just be smuggled in?

They could be smuggled in, I suppose. And yet, in countries where they don't have the same level of manufacturing, they don't have a high level of gun-related fatalities from smuggled guns.

If we were seriously concerned about violence as a result of gun smuggling right now, then we'd be concerned about the fact that so much violence is occurring because of guns being smuggled OUT of the United States because of the ludicrous levels of gun manufacturing going on in the country.

What that tells us is that illegal gun smuggling is a larger problem because of lax gun law restrictions.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: rab2591 on February 15, 2018, 07:42:54 PM
Even if all gun manufacturers in the country were shut down, aren't there already hundreds of millions of guns in the country? Couldn't more just be smuggled in?

I think Australia had a pretty successful gun turn-in program when they adopted gun-control practices. Someone else here could probably detail how that happened and what the statistics turned out to be. There have been some great debates on the owning of guns here on this forum.. School shootings shouldn’t happen, Vegas never should have happened. And I think there are ways to curb those types of events by both stricter gun control and better mental health programs in this country and across the world.

In an ideal world it would be great for guns to cease to exist. I will be on a search for a reliable tool (that is not a gun) that could protect my family and myself in case of break in. Until that time I’m happy leaving a firearm safely in my home for protection. A gang of people tried breaking into my childhood home decades ago. Had they succeeded in breaking in I can’t imagine how my father would have defended us without the use of a firearm. When it happens to you it’s really not an illusion of protection. Statistically I’m sure it is an illusion, but on that night had events turned darker I shudder to think what could have happened to our family if we didn’t have a gun in the house.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on February 15, 2018, 07:53:03 PM
When it happens to you it’s really not an illusion of protection. Statistically I’m sure it is an illusion, but on that night had events turned darker I shudder to think what could have happened to our family if we didn’t have a gun in the house.

Yes, statistically it's very much an illusion.

And I have no doubt that what you are saying is true. Just as when, say, there's an element of truth when the US convinces the population to support a war against a country because they claim that the country represents a "threat." But the US doesn't go to war because they want to quell a threat - there's an ulterior motive that they guard from the public and simply use the exterior threat to garner public support. And what ends up happening like say in the case of the Iraq invasion, is the perfectly predictable outcome wherein the so-called act of self-defense actually made the the threat of an outside attack greater. In my view, the same is true regarding the issue of guns: there is a small possibility that you might be attacked in your home but that's not why gun manufacturers want you to buy their guns and the fact that they have convinced so many people to buy their guns for that reason has actually led to an increase of the possibility that those people will be injured by gun violence.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: rab2591 on February 15, 2018, 08:06:22 PM
When it happens to you it’s really not an illusion of protection. Statistically I’m sure it is an illusion, but on that night had events turned darker I shudder to think what could have happened to our family if we didn’t have a gun in the house.

Yes, statistically it's very much an illusion.

And I have no doubt that what you are saying is true. Just as when, say, there's an element of truth when the US convinces the population to support a war against a country because they claim that the country represents a "threat." But the US doesn't go to war because they want to quell a threat - there's an ulterior motive that they guard from the public and simply use the exterior threat to garner public support. And what ends up happening like say in the case of the Iraq invasion, is the perfectly predictable outcome wherein the so-called act of self-defense actually made the the threat of an outside attack greater. In my view, the same is true regarding the issue of guns: there is a small possibility that you might be attacked in your home but that's not why gun manufacturers want you to buy their guns and the fact that they have convinced so many people to buy their guns for that reason has actually led to an increase of the possibility that those people will be injured by gun violence.

Very much agreed. Out of curiosity, is there any way you yourself protect your home and (possible) family?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on February 15, 2018, 08:13:08 PM
When it happens to you it’s really not an illusion of protection. Statistically I’m sure it is an illusion, but on that night had events turned darker I shudder to think what could have happened to our family if we didn’t have a gun in the house.

Yes, statistically it's very much an illusion.

And I have no doubt that what you are saying is true. Just as when, say, there's an element of truth when the US convinces the population to support a war against a country because they claim that the country represents a "threat." But the US doesn't go to war because they want to quell a threat - there's an ulterior motive that they guard from the public and simply use the exterior threat to garner public support. And what ends up happening like say in the case of the Iraq invasion, is the perfectly predictable outcome wherein the so-called act of self-defense actually made the the threat of an outside attack greater. In my view, the same is true regarding the issue of guns: there is a small possibility that you might be attacked in your home but that's not why gun manufacturers want you to buy their guns and the fact that they have convinced so many people to buy their guns for that reason has actually led to an increase of the possibility that those people will be injured by gun violence.

Very much agreed. Out of curiosity, is there any way you yourself protect your home and (possible) family?

I have a family, yes. And I don't have anything like a weapon in the house. Again, I don't live in the United States so the situation is perhaps different. But save one person, I have never known a single person who kept a weapon in their home here. In the one counter example, it's a person who I met at a wedding last year, who perhaps not coincidentally espouses US-centric libertarian views, who said he keeps a baseball bat in his bedroom at night. The table looked at him as if he were insane. I have never known anybody to have ever been in a situation where they would have needed a weapon. That's not to say that something like house invasions never happen but they are a fairly rare occurrence - again, I've never known one to have happened.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: B.E. on February 15, 2018, 08:25:22 PM
Chocolate Shake Man, what country do you live in?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on February 15, 2018, 08:27:17 PM
Canada


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: rab2591 on February 15, 2018, 08:38:41 PM
For some reason I’ve always assumed you were from the US, honestly I don’t know why!

Man, home invasions seem to happen often in my area. As I said before, some friends of mine just last week dealt with that (many of their neighbors had the same issue). The small city I live near had a slew of them a few years ago, and a slew of sexual assaults, including a series of disappearances/murders. I had a friend mugged right in front of me. I’ve been in a near empty school on lockdown while a gunman running from the police was loose on the premise - thank god he didn’t shoot anyone there (forgot about that one in my post earlier). I envy you live somewhere where such a thing is pretty much unheard of!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on February 15, 2018, 08:49:30 PM
Man, I could use some of CSM's sanity in the USA! ;)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: 18thofMay on February 15, 2018, 09:37:19 PM
Greetings from Australia!


Your obsession with guns is fucking stupid.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on February 16, 2018, 02:19:58 AM
Greetings from Australia!


Your obsession with guns is fucking stupid.

Greetings from Mainland Europe!

What exactly are you driving at, sir?

As for the gun ownership issue, the McVeighs of this world will always find a way but gun ownership restrictions would make it very difficult for the socially and mentally challenged to act out what are often spur-of-the-moment fantasies. My two eurocents.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on February 16, 2018, 08:05:39 AM
As for the gun ownership issue, the McVeighs of this world will always find a way but gun ownership restrictions would make it very difficult for the socially and mentally challenged to act out what are often spur-of-the-moment fantasies. My two eurocents.

Exactly. We can at least reduce some of the carnage.

XXXXX

On another topic, I woke up to a scurrying noise in my bedroom. Eek, a mouse must be about.

Before hearing about the shooting, I was watching a show called The Talk, mainly because Carnie Wilson was on and she is always very engaging. She talked about having a "rat problem" while living in Bel Air. This would have been after Marilyn and Brian broke up. They had cats who would dispatch the rats - Marilyn would cry about seeing another rat carcass. One time Wendy starting screaming upon seeing a rat, which then ran into the bathroom while Carnie was sitting on "the throne." The rat ran past her legs and jumped into a vent.
 Carnie said that rats (the animal kind!) are common in Bel Air. Seems strange considering all those expensive homes.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 16, 2018, 08:20:18 AM
2NOLA BB Fan: Speaking of pests, is roach big issue in the U.S. houses/ blocks of flats? F.ex. yours?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on February 16, 2018, 08:53:58 AM
Addressing a few of the points raised here and unfortunately complicating the issue in the USA:

 - Shutting down gun manufacturers would not eliminate the estimated 300+ million guns legally owned in the USA now (to say nothing of illegal ones).
 - The Australian buyback program, as I understand it, eliminated about 30% of the legally owned guns there; the others remain legally privately owned.
 - A buyback (or even more so, confiscation) would almost certainly result in tremendous violence, especially in areas where gun culture is prominent.

It seems to me most "solutions" raised are overly simplistic and unrealistic. The seeds of the US being in revolution seem to have left a strong root system that isn't so easy to tear up as making guns illegal or seeking their return. There are as many or more guns here than people, and unfortunately there is some small number of people who will literally go down in what they see as blazes of glory before they turn them over. Some of those people--maybe even many or most--would never commit a crime otherwise, but if challenged on this, they would. They mean it. And that's terrifying.

There is also an obvious cultural issue here, and I don't just mean gun ownership, or hunting, or self protection. Call it "mental health" if you want, obviously it's that on some level. People don't shoot people unless they are mentally ill, in my opinion. (Does a sane person decide to shoot someone?) So ... what makes Americans batshit crazy that they disproportionately shoot people? It isn't just the existence of guns. There is something wrong with us. There is something wrong with our minds. Our culture. How we raise children. Something. I don't know what it is.

To be clear, just as I don't think elimination of guns is realistic, also I don't believe in the escalation of gun ownership to solve the problem, the right-wing "good guys with guns can stop bad guys with guns." While it could work on a single instance-by-instance level, it's also the small-scale equivalent of a nuclear arms race. That just means instead of 300+ million guns we end up with 400 million, 500 million. So there are more guns floating around to be stolen, illegally obtained, and used inappropriately. One disaster mitigated, maybe, but at what cost?

People need to stop wanting to kill people. In that sense, the right is correct when they say "guns don't kill people; people kill people." There is some degree of truth in that, even if it's (obviously, I think) not entirely true, not exclusively true, not true without context.

I have no idea how to actually solve the problem, in that I don't see anything being practically workable. It definitely doesn't help any that people who have opinions--I'm talking media blowhards, not people here--seem not to have thought them through or even consider actual give-and-take discussions and compromises, instead repeating tired talking points based mainly on villainizing political opposition.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: KDS on February 16, 2018, 09:30:09 AM
How did the "What did we all do today?" turn into a debate on gun control? 



Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on February 16, 2018, 09:31:25 AM
How did the "What did we all do today?" turn into a debate on gun control? 



Typing.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on February 16, 2018, 09:33:19 AM
(Hoping that came across as a joke, not a nasty swipe. Glad to shift the talk elsewhere.)

WHAT I DID TODAY:

Decided to work from home, meaning I'm wasting time online with y'all (he said in a faux southern accent for no reason). Also was mean to the dogs, in their opinion, by not sharing the bagel I ate for breakfast. And about to go workout, which I hate doing more than anything other than dying from eventual complications that could have been avoided by exercise! (Plus it'll help me justify the happy hour I'll head out to in a few hours.)



Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: KDS on February 16, 2018, 09:35:21 AM
(Hoping that came across as a joke, not a nasty swipe. Glad to shift the talk elsewhere.)

WHAT I DID TODAY:

Decided to work from home, meaning I'm wasting time online with y'all (he said in a faux southern accent for no reason). Also was mean to the dogs, in their opinion, by not sharing the bagel I ate for breakfast. And about to go workout, which I hate doing more than anything other than dying from eventual complications that could have been avoided by exercise! (Plus it'll help me justify the happy hour I'll head out to in a few hours.)



Nah, I've seen your sense on humor on these boards enough to know it wasn't a swipe. 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on February 16, 2018, 09:37:04 AM
You mean my SUPER HILARIOUS sense of humor.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on February 16, 2018, 09:40:41 AM
2NOLA BB Fan: Speaking of pests, is roach big issue in the U.S. houses/ blocks of flats? F.ex. yours?
Speaking from the other side of the country, I can say they're not a major issue as far as I know in this region. None of the buildings (dorms, apartments, or houses) I've ever lived in had an issue: I've never seen a roach. But my understanding is the denser cities have bigger problems with them, especially in poorly maintained properties like public housing or  buildings with absentee landlords.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: KDS on February 16, 2018, 09:40:50 AM
You mean my SUPER HILARIOUS sense of humor.

Yeah, that one. 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on February 16, 2018, 09:42:06 AM
(Hoping that came across as a joke, not a nasty swipe. Glad to shift the talk elsewhere.)

WHAT I DID TODAY:

Decided to work from home, meaning I'm wasting time online with y'all (he said in a faux southern accent for no reason). Also was mean to the dogs, in their opinion, by not sharing the bagel I ate for breakfast. And about to go workout, which I hate doing more than anything other than dying from eventual complications that could have been avoided by exercise! (Plus it'll help me justify the happy hour I'll head out to in a few hours.)


Thoughts on the "new" cleveland Cavs? ;)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on February 16, 2018, 09:42:54 AM
You mean my SUPER HILARIOUS sense of humor.

Yeah, that one. 
See, now I'm a happy captain.  ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on February 16, 2018, 09:43:30 AM
(Hoping that came across as a joke, not a nasty swipe. Glad to shift the talk elsewhere.)

WHAT I DID TODAY:

Decided to work from home, meaning I'm wasting time online with y'all (he said in a faux southern accent for no reason). Also was mean to the dogs, in their opinion, by not sharing the bagel I ate for breakfast. And about to go workout, which I hate doing more than anything other than dying from eventual complications that could have been avoided by exercise! (Plus it'll help me justify the happy hour I'll head out to in a few hours.)


Thoughts on the "new" cleveland Cavs? ;)

Wrong thread. Didn't I just redirect this one back on track? Even a happy captain can only do so much.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on February 16, 2018, 09:59:27 AM
2NOLA BB Fan: Speaking of pests, is roach big issue in the U.S. houses/ blocks of flats? F.ex. yours?

It's a big issue down where I live. They are huge!
People joke about them. There's a sign in one of the "hipper" parts of town; along with the watch out for ducks signs, someone put up a "cockroach crossroads" sign.

I can take mice, spiders, snakes, wild boars...but am reduced to being a blubbering baby at the sight of a flying cockroach, especially as they always fly towards me. Eww!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on February 16, 2018, 02:03:53 PM
Addressing a few of the points raised here and unfortunately complicating the issue in the USA:

 - Shutting down gun manufacturers would not eliminate the estimated 300+ million guns legally owned in the USA now (to say nothing of illegal ones).
 - The Australian buyback program, as I understand it, eliminated about 30% of the legally owned guns there; the others remain legally privately owned.
 - A buyback (or even more so, confiscation) would almost certainly result in tremendous violence, especially in areas where gun culture is prominent.

It seems to me most "solutions" raised are overly simplistic and unrealistic. The seeds of the US being in revolution seem to have left a strong root system that isn't so easy to tear up as making guns illegal or seeking their return. There are as many or more guns here than people, and unfortunately there is some small number of people who will literally go down in what they see as blazes of glory before they turn them over. Some of those people--maybe even many or most--would never commit a crime otherwise, but if challenged on this, they would. They mean it. And that's terrifying.

There is also an obvious cultural issue here, and I don't just mean gun ownership, or hunting, or self protection. Call it "mental health" if you want, obviously it's that on some level. People don't shoot people unless they are mentally ill, in my opinion. (Does a sane person decide to shoot someone?) So ... what makes Americans batshit crazy that they disproportionately shoot people? It isn't just the existence of guns. There is something wrong with us. There is something wrong with our minds. Our culture. How we raise children. Something. I don't know what it is.

To be clear, just as I don't think elimination of guns is realistic, also I don't believe in the escalation of gun ownership to solve the problem, the right-wing "good guys with guns can stop bad guys with guns." While it could work on a single instance-by-instance level, it's also the small-scale equivalent of a nuclear arms race. That just means instead of 300+ million guns we end up with 400 million, 500 million. So there are more guns floating around to be stolen, illegally obtained, and used inappropriately. One disaster mitigated, maybe, but at what cost?

People need to stop wanting to kill people. In that sense, the right is correct when they say "guns don't kill people; people kill people." There is some degree of truth in that, even if it's (obviously, I think) not entirely true, not exclusively true, not true without context.

I have no idea how to actually solve the problem, in that I don't see anything being practically workable. It definitely doesn't help any that people who have opinions--I'm talking media blowhards, not people here--seem not to have thought them through or even consider actual give-and-take discussions and compromises, instead repeating tired talking points based mainly on villainizing political opposition.

I was being a bit purposefully dramatic when I suggested shutting down gun manufacturers but, yes, I do think that would have an enormous effect. I'm assuming ammunition would go with it and at that point you wouldn't have much use for your guns.

I do think that what you are saying about the revolutionary origins of the country holds weight. My friends from Haiti have the same attitude towards guns and Haiti also has a revolutionary past. Canada, on the other hand, doesn't.

Also, as much as Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine has been lambasted, I think his thesis is quite accurate: that the US constructs a model for its citizens, which privileges aggression over diplomacy. This is the mindset that is enacted on an almost ritual basis by the political system and it filters down into the mindset of the people. Every couple of years the people are relentlessly told through the media that there is an outside force that poses a threat to them and the only solution to this is to build up the biggest arsenal of weapons in the world and preemptively strike them. Well, that mentality I think does have an effect of the pysches of the public. Obviously that's not the only reason to reverse policies like that, but it's another good one.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: rab2591 on February 16, 2018, 03:59:34 PM
62% of all gun related deaths in America were from suicide in 2017. That is 9,300 people killing themselves, leaving 5,700 people outside of that statistic. 2,020 of those were accidental shootings. That leaves roughly 3,700 people shot intentionally. 1000 of those shootings were by police officers. That leaves 2,700 intentional deaths among civilians. When you look at the shooting maps of America you’ll see sporadic gun related deaths mostly in the southeast (where redneck gun culture runs rampant) but you will see huge groups of those shootings centered around major cities all over America. 650 alone were murdered in Chicago in 2017. St. Louis, 205 murders. NYC, 290 murders. LA, 271. Baltimore, 343. Philly, 317. Point I’m getting at: so many murders happen in urban areas (where people don’t give a damn about the American revolution).

There is a culture of revolution, confederacy, of “I need to stock up on my AR-15s be’fore the govment tries takin em away!” in the south (and other areas of America). But I would venture to bet that most intentional murders take place with glocks and pistols in the inner cities. The inner city has their own type of gun culture: cops are shooting everyone, the gang down the street is shooting everyone. Snoop told me in the 5th grade it’s cool to carry so that’s what I do. That gun culture is every bit as toxic as the redneck gun culture that tells people they need to stock up before the next crazy Alex Jones conspiracy comes true.

And keep in mind that the majority of gun deaths are from suicide in this country. That’s a lot of people who do need mental healthcare. Some say “well the guns still need to go, then there’d be less suicide...because a gun makes suicide quick and easy, a road most would rather go down than jumping from a tall building” I totally agree that if there were no guns, the suicide rate would go down. However, that still leaves a plethora of people alive so damn unhappy to be living on this earth. Mental health programs need to be a major focus in the coming years. Whether by government or something else.

Our obsession with guns fucking stupid? Absolutely. Captain wrote a great post above; this is such a confusing issue with so many variables it’s not even funny. It’s not black and white at all.

Know how many people die of alcohol related deaths every year? 88,000. Compare that to 2,700 intention civilian murders in the US. Yet guns are apparently the major issue, yet those wanting their complete ban probably support an industry that kills many times more people than guns. Just throwing that out there. I drink occasionally so I obviously have nothing wrong with this statistic, but if we’re going to get pissed about kids being shot at in schools, I would expect that same amount of disgust for an industry that helps aid in the deaths of so many more children who die in car wrecks caused by drunk drivers. Statistically, the world’s obsession with alcohol is even fucking stupider than America’s obsession with guns.

Also KDS, honest apologies for helping veer this thread so far off its intended path. Tbh writing and reading about this topic helps me understand it more, it helps evolve my ideas on this issue. But you’re right, this isn’t the right thread for it I suppose.

I went to Barnes and Noble today and bought a beautiful art book, did some design work, and ate some pizza. It was a darn good day!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on February 16, 2018, 04:36:19 PM
I agree with a lot of that. But I do want to say that while alcohol related deaths is a serious issue, alcohol at the very least isn't designed to inflict pain. Just like cars aren't - despite the fact that there are many, many car-related fatalities. In that case, we can't really apply the same standard to alcohol and cars that we could apply to guns. But, yes, I do think lots of efforts should be made to reduce those numbers as well.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on February 16, 2018, 04:54:17 PM
Rab, Cap, and CSM have made my night with great posts!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: rab2591 on February 16, 2018, 05:15:21 PM
I agree with a lot of that. But I do want to say that while alcohol related deaths is a serious issue, alcohol at the very least isn't designed to inflict pain. Just like cars aren't - despite the fact that there are many, many car-related fatalities. In that case, we can't really apply the same standard to alcohol and cars that we could apply to guns. But, yes, I do think lots of efforts should be made to reduce those numbers as well.

Though I totally see what you mean, I will say that the addiction nature of alcohol makes it a fundamentally negative product...even if it is marketed as a consumption to enjoy. Alcohol is a drug. It exploits those prone to addiction (1 in 8 Americans are alcoholics), and I would argue that it is one of the worst gateway drugs out there. So while it may not be designed to inflict pain, it conveniently creates addiction which creates more demand for this product. Which to me is one reason (of many) that makes it just as bad a product as a gun.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on February 16, 2018, 05:34:09 PM
I agree with a lot of that. But I do want to say that while alcohol related deaths is a serious issue, alcohol at the very least isn't designed to inflict pain. Just like cars aren't - despite the fact that there are many, many car-related fatalities. In that case, we can't really apply the same standard to alcohol and cars that we could apply to guns. But, yes, I do think lots of efforts should be made to reduce those numbers as well.

Though I totally see what you mean, I will say that the addiction nature of alcohol makes it a fundamentally negative product...even if it is marketed as a consumption to enjoy. Alcohol is a drug. It exploits those prone to addiction (1 in 8 Americans are alcoholics), and I would argue that it is one of the worst gateway drugs out there. So while it may not be designed to inflict pain, it conveniently creates addiction which creates more demand for this product. Which to me is one reason (of many) that makes it just as bad a product as a gun.

But you could make the same argument about coffee - it's also a drug and many who drink it have a dependency on it. It's also not particularly great for your health. In general, I'm not a subscriber to the gateway drug theory and if I were to be completely honest, I think that all drugs should be legalized. But I do believe that there should be drug-control in much the same way that I think there should be gun control.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: rab2591 on February 16, 2018, 05:45:42 PM
I agree with a lot of that. But I do want to say that while alcohol related deaths is a serious issue, alcohol at the very least isn't designed to inflict pain. Just like cars aren't - despite the fact that there are many, many car-related fatalities. In that case, we can't really apply the same standard to alcohol and cars that we could apply to guns. But, yes, I do think lots of efforts should be made to reduce those numbers as well.

Though I totally see what you mean, I will say that the addiction nature of alcohol makes it a fundamentally negative product...even if it is marketed as a consumption to enjoy. Alcohol is a drug. It exploits those prone to addiction (1 in 8 Americans are alcoholics), and I would argue that it is one of the worst gateway drugs out there. So while it may not be designed to inflict pain, it conveniently creates addiction which creates more demand for this product. Which to me is one reason (of many) that makes it just as bad a product as a gun.

But you could make the same argument about coffee - it's also a drug and many who drink it have a dependency on it. It's also not particularly great for your health. In general, I'm not a subscriber to the gateway drug theory and if I were to be completely honest, I think that all drugs should be legalized. But I do believe that there should be drug-control in much the same way that I think there should be gun control.

I don’t think I was very clear in my last post. Because alcohol led to 88,000 deaths in America last year (3.3 million deaths worldwide last year), and that it is also addictive makes for it to be a lethal product. I don’t think coffee related deaths are even worth making a statistic of. I’m not saying that addiction alone makes alcohol as bad a product as a gun, I’m saying that addiction coupled with how statistically lethal alcohol is makes it as bad a product as a gun...if not worse.

As for the gateway drug point, my opinion about that is based on what I’ve seen in my life...so I totally understand if the statistics don’t back that up and I’m willing to be shown evidence contrary to my opinion. It was more of an aside and wasn’t really meant to back up my point in my previous post.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on February 16, 2018, 06:39:22 PM
I agree with a lot of that. But I do want to say that while alcohol related deaths is a serious issue, alcohol at the very least isn't designed to inflict pain. Just like cars aren't - despite the fact that there are many, many car-related fatalities. In that case, we can't really apply the same standard to alcohol and cars that we could apply to guns. But, yes, I do think lots of efforts should be made to reduce those numbers as well.

Though I totally see what you mean, I will say that the addiction nature of alcohol makes it a fundamentally negative product...even if it is marketed as a consumption to enjoy. Alcohol is a drug. It exploits those prone to addiction (1 in 8 Americans are alcoholics), and I would argue that it is one of the worst gateway drugs out there. So while it may not be designed to inflict pain, it conveniently creates addiction which creates more demand for this product. Which to me is one reason (of many) that makes it just as bad a product as a gun.

But you could make the same argument about coffee - it's also a drug and many who drink it have a dependency on it. It's also not particularly great for your health. In general, I'm not a subscriber to the gateway drug theory and if I were to be completely honest, I think that all drugs should be legalized. But I do believe that there should be drug-control in much the same way that I think there should be gun control.

I don’t think I was very clear in my last post. Because alcohol led to 88,000 deaths in America last year (3.3 million deaths worldwide last year), and that it is also addictive makes for it to be a lethal product. I don’t think coffee related deaths are even worth making a statistic of. I’m not saying that addiction alone makes alcohol as bad a product as a gun, I’m saying that addiction coupled with how statistically lethal alcohol is makes it as bad a product as a gun...if not worse.

As for the gateway drug point, my opinion about that is based on what I’ve seen in my life...so I totally understand if the statistics don’t back that up and I’m willing to be shown evidence contrary to my opinion. It was more of an aside and wasn’t really meant to back up my point in my previous post.

Yes, but as much of an unfortunate point as it is, what people decide to do with their own bodies is pretty much up to them. What people decide to do with others' lives is where the problem is. This is why we have laws against drunk driving.

But that doesn't mean we can't find way to reduce alcohol related deaths without making alcohol illegal.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on February 17, 2018, 09:13:30 AM
There is also an obvious cultural issue here, and I don't just mean gun ownership, or hunting, or self protection. Call it "mental health" if you want, obviously it's that on some level. People don't shoot people unless they are mentally ill, in my opinion. (Does a sane person decide to shoot someone?) So ... what makes Americans batshit crazy that they disproportionately shoot people? It isn't just the existence of guns. There is something wrong with us. There is something wrong with our minds. Our culture. How we raise children. Something. I don't know what it is.
We're absolute sh*t when it comes to addressing mental health. I struggle with anxiety and low self-esteem. I was never encouraged to "go seek help," although I love my parents they never seemed to really "get" my emotional struggles and often made me feel bad for feeling bad, and I have ended up suppressing thoughts that just end up in more suffering. Like most Americans, I was taught to just suck it up, get over it, and get my confidence back.

Ha. Just like that? Americans are supposed to believe that the inner city kid who's been ostracized their entire like just needs to "get back on his feet?" Or that the workshorse who never gets to see his kids and envies his more successful coworkers and suffers from back pain is supposed to just keep going on? It's no wonder we suffer from mental health problems, from mild depression to people unstable enough to shoot young children without question.

I don't have the answer to gun control. What I do know is that there is resistance, or at least a lack of awareness, for practices such as mindfulness, meditation, even going to therapy. When I told my parents I wanted to see a therapist, their reaction was, "Can't you just talk to us?" and while talking to friends and family can help, people need to know that there is nothing wrong with seeking help. People need to get out of the the mindset that if they turn to these methods, that there isn't anything wrong with them.

Basically, Americans don't know how to deal with their emotional problems. Poor parenting, lack of education (no one is taught how to take care of themselves, both mentally, but also how to eat properly, budget, etc... an unhealthy diet and debt are sure to cause poor mental health), suspicion towards "hocus-pocus" concepts like meditation, and in general, not cultivating a culture of love and acceptance.

While Eastern tradition combat stress with meditation and breathing, over in Denmark they have a practice called hygge (pronounced "hoo-ga"). It roughly translates into "warmth and comfort," and the whole concept is about making yourself as cozy as possible. That means warm lighting (reddish/orange hues), lots and LOTS of candles, taking a warm bath, cooking your favorite meal over the stove, filling your shelves with welcoming decor, books, and art. I don't see to many homes in the States like this, and let's not even get started with the harsh, fluorescent-lit, sterile office cubicles many are forces to work in.

So yes, there is something terribly wrong with the way we live. I think we're slowly opening up to these foreign concepts of making ourselves happy, but until we fundamentally change the way we live, mental health may largely go unaddressed...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on February 17, 2018, 10:06:35 AM
There's also the issue before dealing with mental (un)health, which is asking why we aren't mentally healthy. I came across Johann Hari, who has some interesting things to say about the general lack of fulfillment in our lives that inflames mental health issues. Others discuss it as well, naturally. I think that's even more important, frankly, than treatment, although probably less urgent. (You've got to treat the immediate problems, but at some point we have to ask why we keep having those problems at rates that seem higher than we or anyone has had in the past, as I understand it, anyway.)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: rab2591 on February 17, 2018, 10:45:09 AM
Great posts by both of you.

I feel like I know way too many people suffering from severe anxiety and panic disorders. I know people from many different walks of life, many different fields, and it just seems to be a common problem. It’s so bad that I sometimes ask “did something get put in the water 30 years ago that’s making so many of us more fearful and on edge?” (Hearing about the levels of prescription drugs and plastics in our water supply it wouldn’t surprise me if that is the reason for the overall changing anxiety issue in the US). I mean my parents generation and my grandparents generation fought two very intense wars, they lived under the severe threat of nuclear annihilation...yet they got through it seemingly fine (that’s not to say no one had anxiety then, but I feel like it’s an exponentially bigger problem now than it ever has been).

I sometimes wonder if the chill alcohol atmosphere in the workplace of the 60s (and prior years), the chill view of smoking back then, made anxiety back then seem nonexistent...people were easily able to feel relaxed with a puff or a swig of booze. Nowadays all of that is taboo and we’re to rely on prescription meds to feel better (perhaps for the better, I really don’t know)...and yeah, not too many people are willing to get help that way these days.

But yes, what’s initially causing this problem? 1 in 8 Americans is an alcoholic. People are going on these petulant shooting rampages. Heroine epidemics on the rise. 88,000 people dying in America last year from alcohol related incidents...290,000 Americans injured in drunk driving wrecks in 2016. This latest generation seems to be addicted to Snapchat and instagram, the prior generation Facebook - many from both generations seemingly suffering from a serious narcissistic tendencies. Perhaps we want instant gratification, we want happiness without being willing to work hard for it...but where do we find happiness anyways?

Frankly, I think people need to get out in nature more. Breathe some fresh air, exercise has been proven to help mental and physical health. Get off the couch, stop watching the news (whose sole purpose, no matter what network you watch, is to create ratings so they will sensationalize anything to get them). Lay off watching television all the time, crack open a book. Like undercover says: meditate, it’s a great way to calm your mind down, and you seriously do feel great afterwards. That hygge practice seems perfectly logical: your home is your nest in this world - why wouldn’t you make it as beautiful and comfortable as possible? Lay off the alcohol, it’s a depressant and when ingested in copious amounts never leads to anything good - it actually warps your brain chemistry over time if you become dependent on it. Don’t rely on anyone else for your happiness - learn a hobby that you can always carry with you no matter who you’re with in life. Play an instrument, learn how to paint. Go birdwatching. I think people spend too much time filling their minds with useless media (via internet, movies, shows, video games) that we lose touch of what the real world is - perhaps that’s why more and more people feel a disconnect with it, and feel anxiety about life. Anyways, I’m rambling.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on February 17, 2018, 12:02:26 PM
Great Post Rab! ;D

Anyway, the internet addiction is very real since I know people who spend HOURS at a time on Instagram and facebook. While at the same time never going out much in public.... :-\


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: undercover-m on February 17, 2018, 12:47:01 PM
There's also the issue before dealing with mental (un)health, which is asking why we aren't mentally healthy. I came across Johann Hari, who has some interesting things to say about the general lack of fulfillment in our lives that inflames mental health issues. Others discuss it as well, naturally. I think that's even more important, frankly, than treatment, although probably less urgent. (You've got to treat the immediate problems, but at some point we have to ask why we keep having those problems at rates that seem higher than we or anyone has had in the past, as I understand it, anyway.)
Yes, totally! We have no understanding of prevention. It's good to talk about your mental health even if you aren't feeling sad! I think it's also important to note that our society tends to suppress men's emotions, yet they're more likely to be the one wielding the gun.

Our lack of prevention is exactly why people treat symptoms, not the causes. I bet you that everyone who's on high blood pressure/cholesterol/etc., medication, could go off of it if they worked out a few days a week, ate some more vegetables, and drank fewer beers. Big Pharma reaps the benefits of our inability to take care of ourselves. Of course, some conditions are influenced by genetics, but for the most part, I think we're just lazy. I ran into someone recently who immediately went on beta-blockers for hunting-related anxiety/blood pressure problems. I'll get anxious to the point of hitting my head on the wall, but I'm trying hard to avoid relying on medication because I want to avoid feeling like that in first place. Again, I'm not saying that medication can't be the answer, but when it's our go-to solution, we need to re-think our strategy.

Frankly, I think people need to get out in nature more. Breathe some fresh air, exercise has been proven to help mental and physical health. Get off the couch, stop watching the news (whose sole purpose, no matter what network you watch, is to create ratings so they will sensationalize anything to get them). Lay off watching television all the time, crack open a book. Like undercover says: meditate, it’s a great way to calm your mind down, and you seriously do feel great afterwards. That hygge practice seems perfectly logical: your home is your nest in this world - why wouldn’t you make it as beautiful and comfortable as possible? Lay off the alcohol, it’s a depressant and when ingested in copious amounts never leads to anything good - it actually warps your brain chemistry over time if you become dependent on it. Don’t rely on anyone else for your happiness - learn a hobby that you can always carry with you no matter who you’re with in life. Play an instrument, learn how to paint. Go birdwatching. I think people spend too much time filling their minds with useless media (via internet, movies, shows, video games) that we lose touch of what the real world is - perhaps that’s why more and more people feel a disconnect with it, and feel anxiety about life. Anyways, I’m rambling.
As an environmentalist, I fully support this. For the most part, we evolved in the wild (that's including the hundreds of thousands of years preceding our first civilizations), so there's a valid reason for why being in the woods comforts us. We're currently not treating the Earth we evolved on very nicely, let alone appreciating it which has enormous mental and physical health benefits...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on February 17, 2018, 01:18:15 PM
I was feeling really anxious, then turned on the radio. Zorba the Greek by Herb Alpert was on, which pepped me up. This was followed by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' Going to a Go Go, and Mr Fuzzy jumped onto my lap and started playing with me, purring away.
Doubt if any drug or booze could have made me feel better than great music and some playtime with my little buddy. :-)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on February 17, 2018, 01:23:33 PM
I was feeling really anxious, then turned on the radio. Zorba the Greek by Herb Alpert was on, which pepped me up. This was followed by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' Going to a Go Go, and Mr Fuzzy jumped onto my lap and started playing with me, purring away.
Doubt if any drug or booze could have made me feel better than great music and some playtime with my little buddy. :-)

That's the spirit, E. The Miracles can work, um, miracles. :smokin


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 17, 2018, 06:12:39 PM
I was feeling really anxious, then turned on the radio. Zorba the Greek by Herb Alpert was on, which pepped me up. This was followed by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' Going to a Go Go, and Mr Fuzzy jumped onto my lap and started playing with me, purring away.
Doubt if any drug or booze could have made me feel better than great music and some playtime with my little buddy. :-)
Thanks, you got this topic back.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 02, 2018, 06:00:55 AM
Played air hockey with the best friend & swell sport dwarf Daiana. It was fun as usual. She then introduced me to her fellow dwarf friends - they're really nice kind people. It's best to treat them as people with usual height. I sure don't pay attention to it. They're smart cookies. F.ex. Daiana is very tech-savvy. Really zero difference with everybody else.
What else - going to buy nice patchwork blanket to the cat cutie but didn't decide which colors - orange-yellow-green or black-orange-green. Black's cool/ classic & yellow's sunny/ joyful/ bright. Dilemma.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on March 06, 2018, 09:09:40 PM
Had a nice birthday. No party, no cake but that was okay. My family isn't into a lot of parties except for special occasions (as in when my Mom turned 90 years old).

Had to do some errands. The car radio was tuned to the 50s channel. The first song I heard? "Shout" by the Isley Brothers. Knew then that it was going to be a good day.
Went to a health food store. In the front of the store a licensed massage therapist was available and I took advantage of it. I sat in a special chair and leaned over and put my head face down on a pillow. The therapist then spent 10 minutes massaging my neck, shoulders and upper back. Really felt good afterwards.

Later on I received several phone calls from near and far wishing me well. A great day.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 06, 2018, 11:09:40 PM
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as in when my Mom turned 90 years old
Cool genes you've got. Did many ancestors live this long too, Liz?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on March 07, 2018, 09:08:35 AM
My Mom's mother lived to be 90. Mom is 93; she has a younger sister who's 85 and an older brother who just turned 96 (he's in good health, only issue being an old leg wound from World War II that gives him problems walking ).
My Dads mother and sister both lived to be 94. The men in his family mostly die in their 50s and 60s. Dad, really watching his diet and doing a lot of exercise, managed to make it to 79.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 08, 2018, 06:15:32 AM
Lucky you. 65% chance you'll live to 80s-90s.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on March 16, 2018, 08:10:07 PM
Long Day. In Louisville for 2 final lectures on the great monk Thomas Merton. After saying our goodbyes I left a little after 1100. After driving just a bit I entered another time zone, giving me an extra hour.
I had made no hotel reservations and decided to chance it. Weather was good until towards the end when it started to rain, which made it difficult to drive as it was also starting to get dark.
Getting pretty tired, I stopped in Meridian, Mississippi (birthplace of one of my favorite singer/songwriters, Jimmie Rodgers). However every room in town was booked. So had to travel almost an hour further to the next town. Had a few songs on the radio to keep me going, including "Sidewalk Surfin'".Finally stumbled into Laurel, Mississippi after going over 900 km. Going to bed now...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on March 19, 2018, 01:23:33 AM
Not quite today, but I'll share it anyway.

Started university a few weeks ago and joined the Labor Club. Had to choose between them and the Greens but ultimately I chose Labor as I thought back to what Gough Whitlam said back in 1967 - that "certainly the impotent are pure". That to me summed up pretty well how I view the Greens, as much as I agree with many of their policies. Anyway I'm currently affiliated with Labor's left and centre unity factions - though I'd preferably not have to choose between the two, which I'll hold off as long as I possibly can.

So yeah, that happened, one thing led to another and a few weeks later I found myself joining Labor's campaign in the Batman by-election, where we were very much the underdogs against the Greens. To put it simply, it was the campaign where I cut my teeth politically and helped cement my support for Labor. I helped make phone calls throughout the electorate, put up posters at the polling booths and helped hand out how-to-vote cards on polling day (which was on Saturday). I was very pessimistic that we'd get over the line, and morale was actually rather low for various reasons. But I attended the afterparty once the polls closed and to my utter bewilderment and surprise we won with a substantial swing towards us! The feeling was absolutely indescribable - possibly for the first time in my life my eyes were wet with joy. I actually ended up appearing all over national news - both on newspaper article thumbnails and on TV - and got to meet the federal Labor leader, among others.

Only downside to all this is that it's left me behind on my homework (as well as Labor losing power in South Australia on the same night). So better catch up on that!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 19, 2018, 03:23:28 AM
Didn't get anything you said, Rei. :P

Chatted with cousin by mobile, asked about her mini white dog Lucy. She said Lucy's gotten old, leg limps, the eyes don't see well but she's still healthy. I said poor girl & if they don't call the district veterinarian to visit Lucy home. Totally out of the blue, cousin burst into laughter & said "We don't have such thing here in Russia!". Listened to cool comps made by Larry in his fantastic blog & checked FB's California pics page.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on March 19, 2018, 06:27:09 AM
Didn't get anything you said, Rei. :P

Chatted with cousin by mobile, asked about her mini white dog Lucy. She said Lucy's gotten old, leg limps, the eyes don't see well but she's still healthy. I said poor girl & if they don't call the district veterinarian to visit Lucy home. Totally out of the blue, cousin burst into laughter & said "We don't have such thing here in Russia!". Listened to cool comps made by Larry in his fantastic blog & checked FB's California pics page.

Eh, well long story short it was a very political day where I volunteered in a by-election which was won, managed to appear on the national news, and met and got a photo with the man who would most likely become the next Prime Minister


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 19, 2018, 06:49:40 AM
Previous post exaggeration - I got what you said but didn't at the same time. Politics is subject I've zero knowledge about.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on March 23, 2018, 05:52:38 PM
I'm a mess.
I either have the Rockin Pneumonia or the Boogie Woogie Flu.
Trying to take it easy.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 23, 2018, 06:46:07 PM
Be well.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on March 24, 2018, 03:36:22 AM
I'm a mess.
I either have the Rockin Pneumonia or the Boogie Woogie Flu.
Trying to take it easy.

Just as long as it's not the Rollin' Arthritis. ;D

Get well soon, E.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on March 25, 2018, 08:45:13 AM
My taxes, which is like going to the dentist: it's not that hard, but there's just something so deeply unpleasant about it I'd rather do almost anything else. Mine aren't so complicated I have to involve a professional: one job, own a home, relatively simple investments and charitable donations, etc. But it's just the worst to do. If only every lobbyist on earth would be taken up in some sort of Rapture, leaving those remaining here below to actually, truly simplify the tax code...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on March 26, 2018, 12:50:23 PM
Put 2 FB friends in "snooze for 30 days" mode. Might have to do it for one more.
They wouldn't stop posting things along the lines of "they're coming for our guns".
(Who are "they"?)
Might also have to snooze BBC if they don't stop posting stuff about Stormy Daniels.

I wanna see kitty cats, puppies and baby goats on FB. And my baby grandnephews. Not that other stuff.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on March 31, 2018, 08:42:09 PM
Spent part of morning watching Malvina Reynolds bio and reading.
Later in the day decided to watch college basketball playoff game. I really hadn't been watching the games but thought I'd like to see the Loyola-Chicago team. Of course, when I turned on the game Loyola was winning but immediately started making mistakes and ended up losing. Sorry I jinxed the team!

Did some food prep this evening. Boiled eggs and potatoes for my Mom's potato salad
Sliced up a number of apples, then added flour, sugars, cinnamon and nutmeg for a Dutch Apple pie I'm making. Early tomorrow I'll make topping, flour, sugars, and then cut butter into mixture to make it crumbly, put it on top of Apple mixture, then bake.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 08, 2018, 07:51:34 PM
It got muddy in streets - it'll be worse.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on April 08, 2018, 09:42:43 PM
I hate muddy streets. It can be really hard trying to drive through them without getting stuck.
And walking in the mud, especially if not wearing the right shoes, is definitely no fun.

I went with my Mom today to a function at an Arboretum. We wanted to be able to enjoy the beautiful native plants in bloom but the paths were so muddy from rains that we had a lot of difficulty getting around. I couldn't push my Mom in the wheelchair, but had to walk backwards pulling it - and I'm feeling it tonight. Fortunately, we were able to eventually get to a wooden ramp leading to a room where we enjoyed some ice cream topped with strawberries.

And Mari, last night I had a dream that I had to go back to school. So there I am, and who else is there in a school uniform - you! Don't know if you look anything like you looked in the dream - long hair, on the petite side lol


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 14, 2018, 09:39:49 PM
2NOLA BB Fan: When you walk in muds, it would be useful to buy wellingtons. Or, do you say "gum boots" in America?

Bought cat orange/ black scarf (can't knit - boring pastime). Inspired by film "Street Cat Named Bob" starring real ginger cat Bob. There, cute as button elderly lady made him Christmas gift - scarf. Bob looked like dandy with it. :3d I carried cat in shopping basket, he tried many patterns till choosing orange/ black. Cat fashionista! :3d When we got back, the cute creature refused to go without it. :-D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on April 15, 2018, 09:32:47 AM
Shoveled mountains of snow, about 14" average and drifts that more than doubled that. The sidewalks aren't bad, but the driveway, that's painful. We've officially now reached snowiest April on record ... and it's only mid-April. Hopefully there won't be much more to fall, but one never knows around here. (I heard the other day that July is the only month in which Minnesota has no snowfall on record. Every other month, even June and August, have had measurable snow at some point.)

Then I made a hot toddy, because I was cold and sore and cranky. I'm feeling better now, thanks.

The NBA playoff games begin today in half an hour, so that's going to take some of my day going forward.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 15, 2018, 10:00:41 AM
I'm feeling better now, thanks.

The NBA playoff games begin today in half an hour, so that's going to take some of my day going forward.

Good to hear that, cap'n. Enjoy!

These days I'm sitting on a time bomb, a time bomb of frogspawn and toadspawn. Our small pond is full of the stuff (and I mean full!). When the bomb explodes, I expect to be spending all day and half the night carrying buckets of tadpoles down the road to the nearest canal. I suppose it might keep me out of trouble on BB forums... 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on April 15, 2018, 10:03:14 AM
Now that's interesting. What would happen if you failed to transport the tadpoles? I'm assuming far more frogs and toads around than you'd prefer, followed by a somewhat massive die-off of same thanks to insufficient resources for them? I have to admit, that's a problem I've never encountered.

How far is the nearest canal?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 15, 2018, 12:36:10 PM
Now that's interesting. What would happen if you failed to transport the tadpoles? I'm assuming far more frogs and toads around than you'd prefer, followed by a somewhat massive die-off of same thanks to insufficient resources for them? I have to admit, that's a problem I've never encountered.

How far is the nearest canal?

That's exactly the problem. Well. this is the Netherlands, so there's water everywhere. To be accurate, where the tadpoles are going is not a canal but a singel, a grass- and tree-lined stretch of water following a road, with plenty of plant life (and later small creatures) for them to eat.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 15, 2018, 07:11:22 PM
2NOLA BB Fan: When you walk in muds, it would be useful to buy wellingtons. Or, do you say "gum boots" in America?

Bought cat orange/ black scarf (can't knit - boring pastime). Inspired by film "Street Cat Named Bob" starring real ginger cat Bob. There, cute as button elderly lady made him Christmas gift - scarf. Bob looked like dandy with it. :3d I carried cat in shopping basket, he tried many patterns till choosing orange/ black. Cat fashionista! :3d When we got back, the cute creature refused to go without it. :-D
Answer question, Liz. I'm very curious. Very. Questions musn't be dismissed. OK?

If you don't know the answer, you should've said "I don't know". It's easy & better than non-answer, keep me waiting. I can't wait too long, you know? Like BBs sing. Or, maybe that question's lost, you don't see it? Maybe should highlight it in bold the way Nicko1234 (Smiley username)/ monolithic (same poster's PS username) does when quoting posters, either here before or there at PS currently.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on April 16, 2018, 09:01:22 AM
Sorry didn't see your post. I'm a bit loopy dealing with a family emergency these past few days (and the situation has gotten worse)

I'm not familiar with "gum boots" as a term for rain boots, at least in this part of the country.

Down here, to be "authentic" one would wear white shrimp boots (called by different names such as "Cajun Reeboks")

At festivals such as our Jazz Fest women wear brightly colored, flowery boots when the grounds turn into a squishy muddy mess after a rainstorm.

My Dad had a pair of Wellingtons which I sometimes use when going out in mucky ground. Can't walk too much in them as they are several sizes too big.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 17, 2018, 09:47:53 PM
Since Mikie reads Smiley, I'd like to say here as I can't at PS - I really enjoyed his posts in What makes you angry thread. At last, refreshing post to read, everybody's written mostly boring self-centered stuff. He brought up very good point & dose of sanity when he said that lotta people just "like" each other like V.I.P. club & that plenty "likes" would be given to pretty dumb, pointless one-liners indeed, yet bright well-written posts wouldn't get any. It puzzled me when I'd check some PS threads at random. Which means it's not just me who observed it. Being popular does help. :P & next thing - clearly, he didn't insult "usawoman", didn't call her names, nor did he jump there at her posts directly. He even put her username in quotes, i.e. it's the username he didn't like, not her. Tell you what, if Mikie listed the other name, not active PS poster, poster they got familiar with, got to talk with few times/ frequently BUT some perfect stranger who got few posts (not accessible music stuff either) or some kinda similar type, nobody would stand up for that poster & Mikie's namecheck would attract zero attention. Anyhoo, 2 cents.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 18, 2018, 12:52:08 AM
Since Mikie reads Smiley, I'd like to say here as I can't at PS - I really enjoyed his posts in What makes you angry thread. At last, refreshing post to read, everybody's written mostly boring self-centered stuff. He brought up very good point & dose of sanity when he said that lotta people just "like" each other like V.I.P. club & that plenty "likes" would be given to pretty dumb, pointless one-liners indeed, yet bright well-written posts wouldn't get any. It puzzled me when I'd check some PS threads at random. Which means it's not just me who observed it. Being popular does help. :P & next thing - clearly, he didn't insult "usawoman", didn't call her names, nor did he jump there at her posts directly. He even put her username in quotes, i.e. it's the username he didn't like, not her. Tell you what, if Mikie listed the other name, not active PS poster, poster they got familiar with, got to talk with few times/ frequently BUT some perfect stranger who got few posts (not accessible music stuff either) or some kinda similar type, nobody would stand up for that poster & Mikie's namecheck would attract zero attention. Anyhoo, 2 cents.

He does read Smiley, doesn't he?  He even used your "rat's posterior" expression.  ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Jay on April 18, 2018, 12:56:30 AM
He's banned, so he shouldn't be able to see the board.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 18, 2018, 02:53:08 AM
He's banned, so he shouldn't be able to see the board.

Really? Does it work that way? That's a bit drastic, isn't it? I would have thought not being able to post was sufficient.

I was kicked off the old Capitol BB MB for insubordination but I could browse it from day one on.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on April 18, 2018, 04:06:07 AM
clearly, he didn't insult "usawoman", didn't call her names, nor did he jump there at her posts directly. He even put her username in quotes, i.e. it's the username he didn't like, not her.

That’s complete nonsense.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Jay on April 18, 2018, 11:02:16 AM
He's banned, so he shouldn't be able to see the board.

Really? Does it work that way? That's a bit drastic, isn't it? I would have thought not being able to post was sufficient.

I was kicked off the old Capitol BB MB for insubordination but I could browse it from day one on.
I could be wrong, but that's the way I've always understood it to be. I know that it works that way over at PSF.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 18, 2018, 02:04:57 PM
What did I do today? I may have made a grave mistake----only time will tell.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 18, 2018, 04:52:19 PM
Quote
He does read Smiley, doesn't he?  He even used your "rat's posterior" expression.
Pure coincidence.

Quote
That’s complete nonsense.
The post in question was made to compliment Mikie's posts, not to hear people's opinions of it which I care zero about.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on April 18, 2018, 05:37:25 PM
The purpose of your post is irrelevant to me, as is your opinion of Mikie’s post, but I had to address your absurd interpretation of its meaning.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on April 18, 2018, 06:01:38 PM
Hey Captain - don't mean to make you the link to all things Pet Sounds Forum but if you ever get a chance, please tell Super Metroid that I think her debate posts are fantastic.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on April 18, 2018, 06:02:52 PM
Will do!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 18, 2018, 06:05:09 PM
Quote
but I had to address your absurd interpretation of its meaning.
Why? So what if I interpreted his post that way? It's not big deal.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on April 18, 2018, 06:14:39 PM
It’s best described a laughably fringe interpretation. I don’t want anyone who hadn’t seen the post assuming you might be accurately describing it. It was clearly a pathetically mean-spirited insult, later quietly rescinded until being called out, only to go with an even more pathetic (and nonsensical) excuse.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 18, 2018, 06:29:10 PM
People can check & interpret that post without any help.

I didn't see Mikie make fun of usawoman's posts. If there was history of such doing, THEN we're talking. That's why I didn't find it insulting. Not more, not less.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on April 18, 2018, 06:36:09 PM
Today I shook my head in disbelief.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 18, 2018, 06:48:27 PM
It puzzles me great deal when people care about some poster being possibly insulted with whom they never talked with or contributed much in the said poster's threads. In this case, usawoman. What's the sudden concern? <-- Rhetorical question, if you're going to write again in/direct insults towards anything I say, I'll let you have final word (or better do it in head coz I don't care).


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on April 19, 2018, 12:30:51 AM
Spending the night at hospital with a loved one.
She had to have a strong medication yesterday because she freaks out when going into the MRI machine. Unfortunately it can take up to three days for the med to wear off.
She's in another world. Earlier she was making hand motions as if she was sewing or perhaps knitting.
Kept yelling at Tanner the cat to get off the bed. Called for my sister to get the cat. Couple of problems - there's no cat, and my sister lives in the state of Maryland, not exactly close to New Orleans. Thought maybe someone should go to a toy store and get a stuffed cat, show it to her and say, "Here's the cat. Watch while I take her out of the room."
Later she talked about flowers and said "thanks for the tour" .
 I decided to Keep Calm and listen to the Beach Boys. Nice.
About 6 more hours to go, then I can go home and maybe sleep.





Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 19, 2018, 12:47:16 AM
Speaking of cat, went with him to visit veterinarian, his right eye got smaller due to allergy. The doctor said it's conjunctivitis. Prescribed special eye liquid drops. We checked few enterprises to find them but then some nice cat lady gave the address to different place in the other end of the city. We drove to it & indeed those super rare drops were there. Drove back, now few hours later he sleeps in basket, the eye doesn't bother him for now.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 19, 2018, 02:44:27 AM
Hey Captain - don't mean to make you the link to all things Pet Sounds Forum but if you ever get a chance, please tell Super Metroid that I think her debate posts are fantastic.

That's good to hear, CSM. I'm sure she'll really appreciate that. :=)

Right now I'm cleaning and repairing the garden furniture. Spot of work (as in earning money) after that. Good to keep the mind occupied.

As for the pond, the tadpoles and toadpoles or whatever they're called are arriving now but not in the huge numbers I was expecting. The timebomb is still ticking...  


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 19, 2018, 08:33:25 AM
Spending the night at hospital with a loved one.
She had to have a strong medication yesterday because she freaks out when going into the MRI machine. Unfortunately it can take up to three days for the med to wear off.
She's in another world. Earlier she was making hand motions as if she was sewing or perhaps knitting.
Kept yelling at Tanner the cat to get off the bed. Called for my sister to get the cat. Couple of problems - there's no cat, and my sister lives in the state of Maryland, not exactly close to New Orleans. Thought maybe someone should go to a toy store and get a stuffed cat, show it to her and say, "Here's the cat. Watch while I take her out of the room."
Later she talked about flowers and said "thanks for the tour".
I decided to Keep Calm and listen to the Beach Boys. Nice.
About 6 more hours to go, then I can go home and maybe sleep.

Very sorry to hear that, E. What a trying and emotional time that must have been.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Jay on April 19, 2018, 09:45:05 AM
What did I do today? I may have made a grave mistake----only time will tell.
You broke down and joined the political discussion at PSF?  ;)  :lol


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on April 19, 2018, 10:22:21 AM
The actual politics forum there is quite peaceful, really. Too quiet, if anything. It’s the various political (or personal-meets-political) fires that start in other parts of the board that are ugly.

Choosing one’s battles is the way to go. I’m not always good at it, but I’m getting better. One day I’ll learn.

Nola BB Fan: I’m sorry to hear about the time you have been having. A veteran of seemingly countless hours in hospitals with loved ones, I know how terrible it can be. The actual underlying illness, the bureaucracy of the institution, the “hurry up and wait” feel, the never satisfying answers, the stress of interacting with other, also stressed, visitors...it’s terrible. Numbing and painful all at once. You have my sympathy.

Oh, and the coffee is always awful.



Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 19, 2018, 10:40:50 AM
What did I do today? I may have made a grave mistake----only time will tell.
You broke down and joined the political discussion at PSF?  ;)  :lol

Good god no. Perish the thought! What have you got against me all of a sudden, Jay?  :lol


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 19, 2018, 12:53:57 PM
The actual politics forum there is quite peaceful, really. Too quiet, if anything. It’s the various political (or personal-meets-political) fires that start in other parts of the board that are ugly.

Choosing one’s battles is the way to go. I’m not always good at it, but I’m getting better. One day I’ll learn.

Bar the odd burst of belligerence, I'd say you were exemplary, cap'n.

I wasn't putting down the politics forum as such----it's just not for me. I know when a thing is just or not, but once party politics enters the fray, I have great trouble telling my @rse from my elbow. And the fires you speak of are indeed ugly at times.

Actually, I'm in the middle of a brief sabbatical from PSF. What's that line in that Who song about sometimes having to get out in the light? That's describes it rather nicely. :smokin    


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on April 19, 2018, 01:22:09 PM
Your elbow is the bendy one  ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 19, 2018, 02:40:54 PM
Your elbow is the bendy one  ;D

Make that two grave mistakes. :lol


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 01, 2018, 04:55:56 AM
1st May is holiday here. Went with cousin to parade - lotta people in the street with balloons, flowers & posters. We went for walk, then we sat in the vacant bench drinking water & eating what we bought (she bought ice cream, I didn't - got influenza with various inconvenient symptoms - high temperature, headache etc). Then despite being dizzy I said let's keep walking. It was fun, she said many funny stories about school, her classmates, brother etc. In total, we walked since 12 p.m. till 5 p.m. Time flies when you talk, you know. & she got back home (her mother/ my aunt kept sending whatsapp messages to not be long, it's getting cold etc). Me as well but not before buying cat food to meowing cutie. :D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 01, 2018, 06:21:33 AM
Sounded like a great day, Mari. Just take it easy while getting over that "flu" so that you don't have a relapse.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on May 04, 2018, 09:28:21 AM
He's banned, so he shouldn't be able to see the board.

Really? Does it work that way? That's a bit drastic, isn't it? I would have thought not being able to post was sufficient.

I was kicked off the old Capitol BB MB for insubordination but I could browse it from day one on.
I could be wrong, but that's the way I've always understood it to be. I know that it works that way over at PSF.

Take it from me, Jay, it doesn't work that way here.  :smokin


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on May 04, 2018, 09:34:53 AM
These days I'm sitting on a time bomb, a time bomb of frogspawn and toadspawn. Our small pond is full of the stuff (and I mean full!). When the bomb explodes, I expect to be spending all day and half the night carrying buckets of tadpoles down the road to the nearest canal.

It's starting to look critical. Everything's hatched now and the newt must be really feeling squeezed out by its 1000+ new neighbours.

I think the real trouble will begin once they all start sprouting legs. Whether it does or not, it's still one heck of a population explosion. ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 05, 2018, 08:17:16 AM
Got a call yesterday from my 96 year-old uncle in Hawaii. They had just experienced an earthquake which shook the house and knocked s bunch of things over. They were not hurt but I could hear their poodle, Monet, whimpering. Due to the movement of lava possibly getting to their house, along with dangerous gasses being emitted, they have to evacuate.
So I was acting as liaison letting everyone know what was happening.

Tried to relax at night, watching a basketball game (our local team is in the playoffs), when something landed on me. A termite! I immediately turned off the lights.
May is termite swarming season here. They fly around at night looking for light and water. No matter how sealed up your house is, those critters find a way of getting in. I hate it when one gets into my hair - ycch!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on May 05, 2018, 09:38:35 AM
Got a call yesterday from my 96 year-old uncle in Hawaii. They had just experienced an earthquake which shook the house and knocked s bunch of things over. They were not hurt but I could hear their poodle, Monet, whimpering. Due to the movement of lava possibly getting to their house, along with dangerous gasses being emitted, they have to evacuate.
So I was acting as liaison letting everyone know what was happening.

Oooff! Heard about that on the news this morning. Six point something... that's pretty heavy. I hope everyone's safe now.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 05, 2018, 09:59:44 AM
About tadpoles
We have a fair amount of frogs around here but most of the tadpoles are eaten by the egrets who visit our pond.
During the summer the frogs’ croaking lulls me to sleep


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on May 06, 2018, 11:09:48 AM
While, yes, three weeks ago I was complaining about the nearly two feet of snow that fell, I've spent the past two days (and a few evenings last week) doing yard and garden work, because we've now had a couple weeks of temperatures in the 60s, 70s, and even 80s.

I raked up whatever was dead throughout the yard after the winter; tilled and added new soil and manure to the garden; transplanted a few tulip plants to make room for some edible plants in a new area of my yard; put down plenty of grass seed; planted three varieties of tomatoes, two of chili peppers, two of basil, two of oregano, as well as cilantro and dill, which will accompany the perennials of chives (suddenly a shaggy mass grown in no time), a couple types of thyme, mint, rosemary, sage, and savory; and watered everything.

I'll be drinking on my patio this afternoon, though also making a vegetable noodle (homemade noodles!) soup.



Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on May 06, 2018, 11:34:37 AM
Job well done Cap! ;D

Personally, about to leave for the library to do schoolwork...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on May 06, 2018, 11:49:50 PM
I raked up whatever was dead throughout the yard after the winter; tilled and added new soil and manure to the garden; transplanted a few tulip plants to make room for some edible plants in a new area of my yard; put down plenty of grass seed; planted three varieties of tomatoes, two of chili peppers, two of basil, two of oregano, as well as cilantro and dill, which will accompany the perennials of chives (suddenly a shaggy mass grown in no time), a couple types of thyme, mint, rosemary, sage, and savory; and watered everything.

My wife is the gardener in the family (I'm the animal person). We have an allotment, which requires a lot of work (pun not intended). But it's a labour of love on her part. I can imagine it must be very satisfying watching stuff you've planted grow. And as you no doubt know, cap'n, it's most satisfying to eat homegrown food--not that there's much of it but that's not the point.  :smokin


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on May 07, 2018, 05:14:37 AM
I don’t really enjoy gardening or yard work so much as I enjoy having done it. My main motivation is the kitchen: fresh herbs (and berries, tomatoes, peppers, and rhubarb) for a tiny fraction of the cost at the store make the exercise worthwhile.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on May 07, 2018, 05:19:12 AM
I don’t really enjoy gardening or yard work so much as I enjoy having done it.

:lol


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 17, 2018, 08:15:03 PM
Dealing with the heat. It's the hottest ever for this early in the year - 36C! Not even considering planting anything, but just trying to keep our existing plants alive.

Brought Mr Fuzzy to the vet for blood work. Not looking good. Best case scenario is that he has hyperthyroidism and I would have to give him a pill every day for the rest of his life. I'm willing to do that...

Listened to the Deep Tracks channel this afternoon. They had a really long set playing songs with the word "back" in the title. Among the songs played was the BB's Back Home. Always chuckle when I hear Brian singing that he will be up before the roosters. Yeah, right :-)

Had a smoothie for dinner. Blended blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, banana and yogurt.  Delicious.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 27, 2018, 07:06:44 AM
Teenage cousin's mother let her go with me to sleep over this weekend. Yesterday we decided to show fave films to each other. She took flash drive with her, picked "My Little Pony: The Movie" (she's huge fan). Despite being apathetic about this cartoon, deal's deal. Prepared to be bored but there were funny scenes/ lines. Showed her "Cat From Outer Space" & "Samantha: The American Girl Holiday", she liked cat film better due to the many laughs, fictional things like cat can talk, uses power with shiny collar etc. She went back home today by bus.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on May 28, 2018, 02:53:48 PM
NOLA BB Fan: My best to you kittie. Usually, hyperthyroidism is well-controlled with medication, so Mr. Fuzzy should be fine.

RRA1: Isn't being an auntie fun? I loved doing things like that with my niece back in the day.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 28, 2018, 05:30:41 PM
Isn't being an auntie fun? I loved doing things like that with my niece back in the day.
Well. Maybe I didn't say it better - here's teenage girl. She's got mother. That mother is aunt to me. Which means that girl & me would be cousins. I can't be aunt to anybody, being single child.
Mr. Fuzzy died, check the Cats thread, Reply #308: http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php/topic,17750.msg635252.html#msg635252


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on May 29, 2018, 06:40:54 AM
I took a first step in engineering a reconciliation between two fine people. My good deed for the day. :)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 10, 2018, 06:17:13 AM
Checked Facebook page with vintage San Francisco pics divided into topics - driveways, streets, various things. Saved favorite to computer, folder "California", subfolder "Cities", sub-subfolder "San Francisco". There must be general California FB page, didn't check due to limited fast traffic. Went outdoors to walk with cat in the basket. Some chap said hello, I didn't hello back. In nearby food shop, lady wanted to give less change, I said count again, she did & gave more change. I said that's better. Friend Sonya rang to tell news, dwarf friend Daiana too. They like to tell news, they've got nobody to tell it except I. Then switched the cat's favorite animal doc, he likes seeing animal docs, especially about birds. He sits still just like people & attentively glued to the screen.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on June 10, 2018, 06:43:36 AM
RR A 1 - I understood about your cousin's girl. I just meant that our situations were similar in that I was an adult spending time with a relatively younger girl. My cats enjoy watching/hearing wildlife on TV, too, although I have a big picture window from which they spend many hours observing
birds and such. One has not been spayed and she kept me up all of last night sitting there vocalizing to the neighborhood males sitting on my lawn.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on June 20, 2018, 09:42:19 PM
Made the mistake of responding to comments on Facebook today.

The New Yorker magazine had a cartoon of a woman sitting in the grass with a net behind her. I recognized the World Cup reference but not the picture itself, which was based on the painting "Christine" by Andrew Wyeth.
A guy from Ireland admitted not knowing the reference. He was attacked by some posters - how could he not know such an important work of art? His not knowing it was a symptom of the anti-intellectualism growing in this country. The snobbery was so thick. I posted defending the guy and got a rather condescending reply. Don't like snootiness!

Then got in more trouble responding to reprehensible posts about the children's situation on our southern border. I'm really embarrassed for my country.

However I did see one good thing. A picture of Brian with the 5 kids. Looks like he's letting his wonderful hair grow out. Hope he gets to go home soon.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 23, 2018, 09:50:25 AM
Why would not knowing this, as you say, World Cup reference/ picture be anti-intellectual? Is it big deal? Really dumb parallel. Maybe that chap doesn't like sports games, there's people bored by it, you know. It should be respected. As smb. REALLY apathetic about football & the like, I'd be like he clueless about that darn ref. That said, you shouldn't defend poor chap, to give you tiny but valuable advice - quit caring & interfering when it's not your problem, then you'll be in zero trouble. Just live, that's it.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on June 23, 2018, 11:40:34 AM
The guy was being a really good sport about it all. He didn't need me to speak up for him but the comments kept coming putting him down for not being familiar with that painting. They were saying that he was part of the problem of some people trying to dumb down things.

The New Yorker magazine has always had an undercurrent of smugness, reinforcing the stereotype of New Yorkers being "superior" to us hayseeds who live in the hinterlands.

Yeah I should get over it, although I do have a chip on my shoulder about people in the US East and West Coasts referring to the rest of us as "flyover country" to be ridiculed and/or ignored.

I get my revenge by reading the New Yorker articles but not paying for a subscription. So there!  ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on June 23, 2018, 12:38:24 PM
For anyone to take a single example of a person not recognizing a single work of art as “a symptom of “the anti-intellectualism growing in this country” is ridiculous! Anyone at any time could easily not know any single reference to art, however famous! (Since the guy was from Ireland, I’d wonder what country the New Yorker commenter had in mind, too. Calling out an Irish person’s failure as evidence of American anti-intellectualism?)

But as a fellow “flyover country” resident, I know what you mean about getting tired of the attitude. However I think the worst response is acknowledging the stupidity of the concept, much less being defensive about it, as unfortunately some people and publications try to be. It doesn’t take much thinking to recognize the contributions of people from everywhere. My state? Oh, not much, just F Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, Bob Dylan, the Replacements, Prince, Eugene McCarthy, Walter Mondale, Hubert Humphrey, Leif Enger, to name a few. And your Louisiana!? Too many to count. The pages of the New Yorker would be substantially less valuable without contributions from “flyover country.”

People ought not conflate being the center of the cultural BUSINESS world with being the generator of culture.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on June 23, 2018, 07:22:51 PM
I would probably miss the reference were it not for the fact that I live in southeastern Pennsylvania  and have strong connections to Maine (Wyeth territories). People tend to measure the intelligence of others based on whether or not others know what they themselves know, which indicates some measure of ignorance in and of itself.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on June 23, 2018, 07:29:31 PM
Oh, and this afternoon (and all evening) I listened to my son tearfully processing his broken heart. He met a young Brazilian woman on a metal music website and they fell in love. He went to visit her in Sao Paulo in March, but things fell apart last month and he is taking it very hard.  It's true, I think, that a mother is only as happy as her most unhappy child.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on June 30, 2018, 03:14:11 PM
Oh, and this afternoon (and all evening) I listened to my son tearfully processing his broken heart. He met a young Brazilian woman on a metal music website and they fell in love. He went to visit her in Sao Paulo in March, but things fell apart last month and he is taking it very hard.  It's true, I think, that a mother is only as happy as her most unhappy child.

Wow. Sounds familiar. Only it was New York, not São Paulo. And they'd met in Europe first. Still, time is a wonderful healer...

As for me--and this is why I came here--I arrived back last night from a wonderful two-week holiday in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, in the extreme south-west of the UK.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on July 02, 2018, 07:00:51 PM
I'll pass that along to my son. I hope that one day our loved ones will look back on their experience as a wonderful adventure and that life offers still more. Your trip sounds fabulous! I've never ventured so far south in the British Isles. I like to watch the BBC series, Poldark, and another show about a physician who lives and practices there in large part due to the setting. Beautiful.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 02, 2018, 08:55:21 PM
Don't forget in "Rebecca" by D. D. Maurier the main hero lives in big ritzy house in Cornwall.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on July 03, 2018, 01:00:01 AM
Don't forget in "Rebecca" by D. D. Maurier the main hero lives in big ritzy house in Cornwall.

OK, thanks. Rebecca--a great Hitchcock movie as I recall...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on July 03, 2018, 04:53:20 AM
I'll pass that along to my son. I hope that one day our loved ones will look back on their experience as a wonderful adventure and that life offers still more. Your trip sounds fabulous! I've never ventured so far south in the British Isles. I like to watch the BBC series, Poldark, and another show about a physician who lives and practices there in large part due to the setting. Beautiful.

Sorry, I missed this, B. Cornwall is as wild and as beautiful as it is in Poldark, a great favourite of ours. My favourite character in the series is the one they love to hate--George Warleggan.

(https://www.telegraph.co.uk/content/dam/tv/2017/07/14/TELEMMGLPICT000133984123_trans_NvBQzQNjv4Bqek9vKm18v_rkIPH9w2GMNoGXySPv9M1Jbe0Fc3Bi1Fk.jpeg?imwidth=1400)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on July 03, 2018, 04:09:47 PM
RRA! -  LOVE Rebecca, as much for the setting as the rest of the novel. I never saw the movie.

JK -  Can't believe that Elizabeth fell for George, especially after missing out on a man of quality the first time around! 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on July 03, 2018, 05:26:12 PM
How is this version of Poldark? I saw the original series back in the day. (We even have videotapes of that series that need to be converted to dvd)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on July 03, 2018, 06:03:43 PM
My memory of the original is quite hazy, so I can't really compare. The current version is very good, with some liberties taken with the story lines (as in not strictly consistent with the book). The actor who plays Poldark is very, very sexy in a dignified kind of way.   


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on July 05, 2018, 06:19:00 AM
The actor who plays Poldark is very, very sexy in a dignified kind of way.   

Well, I'm sure you're a better judge of that than I am. :lol

Today I made a tough but (I think) fair decision and repainted the rusty bits of the bathroom radiator.

Those are two different things, by the way. ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 05, 2018, 06:42:59 AM
My best friend Daiana flew to Switzerland, tour arranged by program dedicated to dwarf people, ticket cost & everything's covered. She'll be back in 3 weeks. Me & Sonya, the other best friend, miss her but missing together isn't that bad/ boring. :D
Bought the 4-pedal feline chap nice little embroidered pillow, then he sleeps well in his basket.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on July 05, 2018, 01:50:26 PM
Ha!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 14, 2018, 04:57:16 AM
Friend Sonya adopted hamster. We discussed by phone about what to dub her. She likes Hammy, I Daphne.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on July 14, 2018, 09:14:37 AM
I went for a walk on my typical route to the nearest lake, only to see one or more races (there were runners, there were bicyclists) blocking my path. I rerouted toward a nearby creek, only to see my reroute blocked by the bicyclists again. I rererouted. It was moderately annoying, in that the lakes and creeks are substantially more pleasant than residential and commercial streets.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on July 14, 2018, 02:17:43 PM
I went for a walk on my typical route to the nearest lake, only to see one or more races (there were runners, there were bicyclists) blocking my path. I rerouted toward a nearby creek, only to see my reroute blocked by the bicyclists again. I rererouted. It was moderately annoying, in that the lakes and creeks are substantially more pleasant than residential and commercial streets.

Sometimes I think racing cyclists would be better off walking and enjoying a bit more of the view instead of scaring the life out of folks going for a stroll. I have less problems with runners as I have been a runner myself, although not for a number of years now.  ;D     

Today our grandson unexpectedly came to stay the night so I made lasagna for two and a half. :smokin


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 26, 2018, 07:56:28 AM
Aunt's birthday at sunday. Will buy the best mini-cake before anybody else in the neighbor shop gets it, bring her & stay to eat it & the other dishes she'll cook (she's good cook). Talk with Lena, her teenage daughter coz she's funner than aunt to talk with, despite the fact she's not musical AT ALL. But we get along famously.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on July 26, 2018, 04:21:50 PM
The Captain and JK - I am always amazed at the interesting things I see while walking that I fail to see while biking or driving.


 RRA! - Sounds like a lovely day with Auntie. I am chuckling at how you just come right out and say what you think -  the niece is "funner
than aunt to talk with."


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 26, 2018, 05:06:09 PM
Nice to see you back. But, again, you misread - Lena (Helen) isn't my niece. She is cousin. Her mother is aunt who will celebrate 46th birthday at Sunday 29th. Anyhoo, what did you do during absence at Smiley?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on July 26, 2018, 06:27:42 PM
Yes., I misread.  Smiley Smile time for me is when I am very sleepy and rarely have my reading glasses with me. Sorry! During absence from SS
I've been battling my teaching assistant who is supposed to be in charge of handling behavior in the classroom. He literally does nothing, forcing me to teach and handle serious issues that tend not to occur in regular schools. His excuse? I don't understand the hard lives the girls have had, and should not be bothered if they shout and sing during instruction, run around the room shooting the stapler, etc. Right. Smiling will help them have a good future. Actually, I am quite warm and fun as a teacher, have degrees in social work and education, and have been working with troubled kids, oh, I don't know, since before he was born. But I know nothing. Tomorrow we meet with the principal, at which time I will pretend to care about how much he wants to be the students' friend. 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 26, 2018, 09:19:13 PM
Don't people in the U.S. get summer holiday? It seems you, Americans, don't get paid leave. As I understand by chatting offline with few posters, you just get fortnight, few days of paid holiday during whole year (discounting the official holidays).


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on July 27, 2018, 04:14:30 AM
Ouch! That is a sore spot in the US.
Paid leave (holidays/vacations) are not guaranteed here. I have a niece and nephew who work at jobs with no benefits - no paid vacation or sick time. You miss a day, you don't get paid.
The U.S. Is one of the few countries that doesn't have guaranteed paid maternity leave.

There's this weird ethic in this country about not taking vacations. There was even an automobile commercial in which a guy boasted that, unlike countries such as France, he wasn't taking a vacation, insinuating that it was more manly or something. Weird.

There's this fear of "creeping socialism" if guaranteed annual/sick time is given. And with those with leave, many can't use all of the time or have to take "working vacations," where they have to keep in touch with their offices.
 
I was fortunate. As a State of Louisiana employee I had holidays off with pay. The days I had off were: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day (third Monday in January), Mardi Gras (of course!), Good Friday (Friday before Easter), July 4th, Labor Day (first Monday in September), Thanksgiving Day and the day after (Thursday and Friday). A perk of working at a university was getting paid holidays from Christmas Eve (December 24) through New Year's Day.
In leap years we got Memorial Day off (last Monday In May).

In addition, my leave continued to accumulate the whole time I was working. The last few years it was almost impossible to be able to take more than a one week vacation. A fortnight - no way! So when I retired I had about 12 weeks of annual leave left, and 1 1/2 years of sick leave (I almost never called in sick - maybe 3-4 times over 30 years).


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on July 27, 2018, 04:22:23 PM
Regular school teachers get off 8-9 weeks in the summer, a week in the spring, a week between Christmas and New Year's Day. I enjoyed some of that, although I found myself taking classes and doing planning, etc., for about half of that. I work in a residential treatment center that has school all year, both because the kids need something to do in addition to treatment and most have missed a lot of school and/or are very low in terms of knowledge and skills. This is the first year I have not been able to get away, even to my beloved beach. Damn. I'll try for a weekend soon.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 28, 2018, 08:01:47 AM
Friend Daiana's back. Cool, smb. else to talk with (it can be counted in single hand, people to chat with irl). Hope she bought good cheap gift in Switzerland. Swiss chocolate maybe.
Read Larry's great music blog. Listened to CBS Radio Mystery Theatre.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on July 28, 2018, 08:35:00 AM
Glad you friend is back, safe and sound.  Id be very happy if someone brought me Swiss chocolate, cheap or not, from Switzerland.   


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on July 28, 2018, 10:16:59 AM
Took a midmorning walk to, partway around, and back from the closest lake. Pulled some weeds. Bought a twenty-five cent glass of lemonade from the little neighbor kids' stand. Put a pot of mixed beans (black, pinto, and kidney) on the stove with onions, jalapenos, tomatoes, a ton of garlic, and a nice bunch of herbs. I plan now to sit outside in the backyard to read away the sunny afternoon.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on July 29, 2018, 10:18:37 PM
Captain, sounds like you had a wonderful day yesterday, particularly the bean dish and being able to read outside!

Had a little birthday party of sorts in the hospital for my Mom, who is now 94.
When will I learn to just keep quiet when someone starts talking politics?

After church service, lit a candle at St Jude statue. May the Sirius XM thing go well.

Listened to a lot of music tonight:
An album I heard a lot as a kid but probably hadn't heard the whole thing in 50 years - Midnight Ride by Paul Revere and the Raiders.
Then listened to Holland. Played "Steamboat" twice. Entering my top 10 list?

Then three long jazz classics to really make me happy :
Diminuendo in Blue and Crescendo in Blue - Duke Ellington (and Paul Gonsalves!) At Newport 1956
The entire recording of Sing Sing Sing by Benny Goodman orchestra, Carnegie Hall 1938
Castilian Drums by Dave Brubeck Quartet at Carnegie Hall. Mr Joe Morello shows how it's done.

I'm tired but not sleepy if that makes any sense . Should try to get some sleep . Tomorrow is another day. But tomorrow is actually today now as it's after midnight. Gotta get to bed now before I decide to listen to "Good Mornin '" from Singin in the Rain .


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 30, 2018, 06:10:30 AM
Glad you friend is back, safe and sound.  Id be very happy if someone brought me Swiss chocolate, cheap or not, from Switzerland.   
Update: she bought souvenirs - square-shaped as I like (favorite geometric figure due to its stylishness & esp. strictness, dislike rounded edges). Which gift to you is the best anybody gave to you for free?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on July 30, 2018, 05:25:23 PM
NOLA BB Fan - Best to your mother. BTW, I just saw Singin' in the Rain last summer for the first time!

RRA! - You come across like someone who prefers non-rounded shapes. (I feel most comfortable with ovals, circles, curves everywhere. No idea why.) The best gift anyone gave me that cost nothing was when my aunt, who knew how messed up my parents were and therefore how low my self-esteem was, saw how I was struggling to stand up for myself. She took my hands in hers and said, "Here. Take my strength. I don't need much anymore." It was the first and only time in my life that anyone gave me approval for protecting myself. 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 31, 2018, 12:32:18 AM
Well it looks like I didn't phrase it well - which tangible existing gift is the best you're given by anybody?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on July 31, 2018, 02:00:04 AM
The best gift anyone gave me that cost nothing was when my aunt, who knew how messed up my parents were and therefore how low my self-esteem was, saw how I was struggling to stand up for myself. She took my hands in hers and said, "Here. Take my strength. I don't need much anymore." It was the first and only time in my life that anyone gave me approval for protecting myself. 

Difficult to stay dried eyed reading that, E. Now that beats any tangible gift any day! The first and only time? :o

I hope you feel you're getting approval and support here. :)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 31, 2018, 03:23:33 AM
It's your opinion it beats any tangible gift. Hope Buckethead isn't destracted by what you replied to her & answers my clarified question as I disagree with you, people like getting gifts, let's not deny & am sure Buckethead got many gifts at Christmas, at birthday, at random.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on July 31, 2018, 04:08:26 PM
JK - Thanks for the kind response and support!

RRA1 - Let's see. I received from "Santa" when I was 10 a new "Sting Ray" bike. This was a very big deal, as my brothers and I typically opened presents of clothes that we needed anyway, and some candy. That bike took me farther than I had ever gone in my little town, even to other towns in the area. My travels were a marvelous escape, giving me new feelings of freedom and possibilities. I became very lost several times, relying on kind people to let me use their phones to call home for a ride. How about you, RRA1 and JK? What were your best gifts ever?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on August 02, 2018, 10:54:49 AM
JK - Thanks for the kind response and support!

RRA1 - Let's see. I received from "Santa" when I was 10 a new "Sting Ray" bike. This was a very big deal, as my brothers and I typically opened presents of clothes that we needed anyway, and some candy. That bike took me farther than I had ever gone in my little town, even to other towns in the area. My travels were a marvelous escape, giving me new feelings of freedom and possibilities. I became very lost several times, relying on kind people to let me use their phones to call home for a ride. How about you, RRA1 and JK? What were your best gifts ever?

Mine was probably the old record player I and my brother got in, what, 1960 or '61. It was my first step in a magical quest that has lasted until today. ;=) 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 02, 2018, 04:36:05 PM
2Buckethead: Interesting, I read about Stingray car. But there is Stingray bike? You were 10 in the 60s then, correct?

Best gift to me definitely the copper brooch with 2 cats in it - tall & short. Tall got black stone eyes, short 2 holes instead of eyes. It's very stylish, unique brooch, you don't see anything like it now. Before tiny jubilee, 10th birthday in late fall/ winter mother went to jewellery sale, me too. We see various things, sth. catches glimpse - it's cat brooch. Immediate like, I hint it would be cool gift. Mother said she didn't like it, she'll buy better gift. Sad-faced, go back home. Tomorrow, mother cooks this & that, in the evening she gives gift. - it's cat brooch. :D I saved it in safe, it lies there today. Single thing saved in safe.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 03, 2018, 03:28:56 PM
Stingray bikes were rather low to the ground with a long banana-shaped seat and thick-ish tires. The handle bars looked like the letter V with slightly U-shaped bottom. The rider's hands went on little bars coming off of the top of the V on each side. These were the coolest bikes around! (At least until the early 70s when ten-speed bikes were in vogue. I got my first job at 12 to save up for one.)

Love your story of the cat brooch. There is probably no greater joy to a kid than to receive something as a present that you wanted very much but thought you would never get. I have a whole collection of animal jewelry. I don't like to wear plain pins, necklaces and earrings. They have to "say" something, especially about the wearer. I hope that you take the kittie brooch out of the safe to wear it once in a while and that it brings you special enjoyment when you put it on.   


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on August 04, 2018, 04:04:06 AM
Took a midmorning walk to, partway around, and back from the closest lake. Pulled some weeds. Bought a twenty-five cent glass of lemonade from the little neighbor kids' stand. Put a pot of mixed beans (black, pinto, and kidney) on the stove with onions, jalapenos, tomatoes, a ton of garlic, and a nice bunch of herbs. I plan now to sit outside in the backyard to read away the sunny afternoon.
People have noticed!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brC0IIUtfAA


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 04, 2018, 04:56:33 AM
2Buckethead: I did wear it, precisely twice - 1st time to brag at school, next time when playing piano at the music school year-end concert. Either I didn't pin the brooch well to blouse or being outgoing as kids, playing around, chasing during chase game some girl, the brooch fell, I looked for it here & there, found it later. Since then, as I don't want to lose it, it's single precious thing to me, I decided to not wear it again.

Lemme repeat the question - you said you got Stingray bike at 10. It's vintage name, I figure you were 10 in the 60s. Right?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 04, 2018, 12:12:26 PM
Yes. Born in 1960.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 04, 2018, 12:19:49 PM
When were you born? I was a "Baby Boomer," how we describe people born from mid 1940 through around early 1960s.  Do Russians label age co-horts in a similar way?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 05, 2018, 04:10:21 AM
You got bike in 1970 then, last year of the 60s. The reason to ask if you were 10 in the 60s is for confirmation that Stingray bike is as vintage as Stingray car which, iirc, is early 60s car. If you were 10 in the early 60s, that would mean you're born in early 50s. But you're not, which means Stingray got the idea to manufacture bikes in addition to cars few yrs later, not cars & bikes simultaneously in early 60s. Sorry, I like details, accuracy, double-checking & such.
To answer your question - in '89. & no age labels here, except if you accept "perestroika's children", "USSR children" etc. as similar to "baby boomers".
Btw, thanks to mention "baby boomer". I forget to ask everytime when I hear it what exactly it means. Will you tell?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on August 05, 2018, 06:33:00 AM
When there is an increase in birth rates, in the US it is informally called a "baby boom." After World War II (and lasting for over a decade), the birth rate spiked significantly here. The resulting babies, having been the product of that baby boom, were and are called Baby Boomers as shorthand for that generation.

I get sick of this need here to name generations, especially since they have in the past couple decades begun changing the parameters of the generations as well as the names. I also don't think it's right to ascribe personality traits to a whole generation.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on August 05, 2018, 06:40:49 AM
Another beautiful day in Minnesota? 8)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 05, 2018, 07:38:18 AM
the Captain - I hear you about labeling generations. I'm sure that the differences among the given individuals are certainly greater. I always enjoy reading descriptions of youth in times past. For example, take Socrates:  “The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.” Still, some tendencies might be noted in given cohorts. For example, my parents' generation, who grew up during the Great Depression, do seem to go to greater measures than mine to save, reuse, etc.
This makes sense, as they and their families were more vulnerable to deprivation than we are today in the US and western countries. They had no food stamps, subsidized housing, etc., and if they were not driven into poverty through no fault of their own, they knew many who were.

RRA1 - Tell me about what is thought of USSR children and perestroika's children. I talk to may of the latter when I go to my favorite beach town, where many come to work and experience US culture each summer. Several have compared this freedom to their parents' inability to leave the USSR, to go where they want.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on August 05, 2018, 08:47:16 AM
the Captain - I hear you about labeling generations. I'm sure that the differences among the given individuals are certainly greater. I always enjoy reading descriptions of youth in times past. For example, take Socrates:  “The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.” Still, some tendencies might be noted in given cohorts. For example, my parents' generation, who grew up during the Great Depression, do seem to go to greater measures than mine to save, reuse, etc.
This makes sense, as they and their families were more vulnerable to deprivation than we are today in the US and western countries. They had no food stamps, subsidized housing, etc., and if they were not driven into poverty through no fault of their own, they knew many who were.


I do (grudgingly!) admit that tendencies across generations are valid. But they might be more accurately identified and discussed after the fact, as most things are, as opposed to by the one or two generations immediately adjacent to them. After all, those generations are viewing through their own particular biases. That's exactly why that Socrates quote--and a million others from a million other eras--say basically the same thing. It's because it's always true that the young are rebelling against the establishment to find their own way, which the establishment always sees as bad manners, contempt for tradition, etc.

Your Great Depression anecdote is reasonable, but in my family it resulted in two very different outlooks. On my dad's side, my grandparents were both extremely thrifty. They used and reused everything, never bought anything that wasn't on sale, didn't spend on any pleasantries, to say nothing of luxuries. This was because of their rough experiences in the Depression. (My grandmother on that side lost her mother to death and her father shortly after to desertion, leaving her--age 12--running their family farm and taking care of the younger siblings. It didn't go well.) But on my mom's side, with equally impoverished upbringings, my grandparents took that experience differently. They apparently figured life was brief and times could change on a dime, so they enjoyed life much more on a material level. They weren't ever rich and didn't throw away the money they made, but they were quicker to take vacations, to buy new appliances or gadgets, and so on. Point being, even if there are tendencies, we still need to be careful when generalizing.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 05, 2018, 10:00:51 AM
Yes. My sons resent the characteristics ascribed to Millennials. They work very hard, take full responsibility for themselves, and could never be described as "snowflakes" or "entitled." Nor did I spend my teen years (in the 1970s) in a haze of pot smoke. 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on August 05, 2018, 10:06:22 AM
Took a midmorning walk to, partway around, and back from the closest lake. Pulled some weeds. Bought a twenty-five cent glass of lemonade from the little neighbor kids' stand. Put a pot of mixed beans (black, pinto, and kidney) on the stove with onions, jalapenos, tomatoes, a ton of garlic, and a nice bunch of herbs. I plan now to sit outside in the backyard to read away the sunny afternoon.
People have noticed!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brC0IIUtfAA

What a strange video. It's being read by some Siri-like contraption, the videos don't match the copy (e.g., showing Minneapolis while discussing St. Paul's features), and some pretty basic factual errors (sorry, Minnesota is neither [geographically] small nor located east of Lake Superior).


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Ovi on August 05, 2018, 10:11:00 AM
Saw Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Awful.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Ovi on August 05, 2018, 10:11:47 AM
Saw Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Awful.

sh*t, wrong thread. Meant to post this in the films one.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on August 05, 2018, 10:23:22 AM
Took a midmorning walk to, partway around, and back from the closest lake. Pulled some weeds. Bought a twenty-five cent glass of lemonade from the little neighbor kids' stand. Put a pot of mixed beans (black, pinto, and kidney) on the stove with onions, jalapenos, tomatoes, a ton of garlic, and a nice bunch of herbs. I plan now to sit outside in the backyard to read away the sunny afternoon.
People have noticed!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brC0IIUtfAA

What a strange video. It's being read by some Siri-like contraption, the videos don't match the copy (e.g., showing Minneapolis while discussing St. Paul's features), and some pretty basic factual errors (sorry, Minnesota is neither [geographically] small nor located east of Lake Superior).
True that, you play any basketball in the summer?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on August 05, 2018, 10:48:56 AM
Took a midmorning walk to, partway around, and back from the closest lake. Pulled some weeds. Bought a twenty-five cent glass of lemonade from the little neighbor kids' stand. Put a pot of mixed beans (black, pinto, and kidney) on the stove with onions, jalapenos, tomatoes, a ton of garlic, and a nice bunch of herbs. I plan now to sit outside in the backyard to read away the sunny afternoon.
People have noticed!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brC0IIUtfAA

What a strange video. It's being read by some Siri-like contraption, the videos don't match the copy (e.g., showing Minneapolis while discussing St. Paul's features), and some pretty basic factual errors (sorry, Minnesota is neither [geographically] small nor located east of Lake Superior).
True that, you play any basketball in the summer?

Not much. It gets harder to organize guys to play, especially summer/outdoor ball: families and significant others, domestic duties, work lives, etc. And as you get old and broken down, you don't really want to just join random pickup games, lest you end up immediately outclassed by some energetic 20-something (and possibly seriously hurt from trying to keep up). I didn't even play any rec league this year. I think my athletic career, such as it was, is over, and I will be mostly confined to walking, running, biking, swimming, etc., going forward.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on August 05, 2018, 11:28:02 AM
Yeah my dad had to stop playing basketball after badly spraining his ankle ( it was blue!) I thinking running and biking is safer with more enjoyment. You need this instead! https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F161766453747


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Jay on August 05, 2018, 08:42:13 PM
When there is an increase in birth rates, in the US it is informally called a "baby boom." After World War II (and lasting for over a decade), the birth rate spiked significantly here. The resulting babies, having been the product of that baby boom, were and are called Baby Boomers as shorthand for that generation.

I get sick of this need here to name generations, especially since they have in the past couple decades begun changing the parameters of the generations as well as the names. I also don't think it's right to ascribe personality traits to a whole generation.
I, myself, have never understood what exactly "counted" as a "baby boomer". For many years I thought it referred to the younger, post "hippie" generation(roughly the 1980's and after), but I recently read a reference somewhere(I can't recall exactly where) stating that "baby boomers" referred to the post 1940's era, which I assume would mean the children of the 1960's(?).


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on August 06, 2018, 02:33:54 AM
I, myself, have never understood what exactly "counted" as a "baby boomer". For many years I thought it referred to the younger, post "hippie" generation(roughly the 1980's and after), but I recently read a reference somewhere(I can't recall exactly where) stating that "baby boomers" referred to the post 1940's era, which I assume would mean the children of the 1960's(?).

I remember one year at my grammar school had an extra (fifth) class, to meet the additional number of pupils born in the year(s) directly after the war. So I'd say your last statement is the correct one.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 06, 2018, 04:59:54 AM
I was born in what I believe was the peak year for the Baby Boomers - 1957.
There were 5 kids in my family, not unusual at all. And I had classmates with 6-10 kids in their families.
The "boom" ended after 1964. Less children were being born - changing economics, availability of "the pill."


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 06, 2018, 05:07:57 AM
2Buckethead: Well USSR covered Gorbachev's era "perestroika" (frankly, it weirds me out that people praise his leadership, some foreign politicians respect him & celebrities threw him party dedicated to his 70th or 80th jubilee), albeit it's the last generation USSR children. Again, they say "perestroika's children"/ "USSR children" very casually, it's definitely not the same as giving label akin to "baby boomers". It's what journalists now & then use to talk about people who grew up/ lived during that time.
Russians you chat with don't lie - except super-important figures & their fam & friends, to travel abroad people must sign lotsa papers, do the detailed medical check-up (the final verdict mist ofc be "Healthy"), pay significant sum to special committee dealing with foreign matters, take characteristics from work, preferably positive, provide with information about your salary & work time, including the document that you're indeed allowed at work to take holiday leave this specific time. Ludicrously, you must say the reason why you travel & why exactly the place you chose. Mere "I like to travel", "I'd like to see new places", "It's fun" doesn't work, you must write really valid serious reasons. Else you can bet they won't give you permission. In addition, if they do give it, it's not the end - they'll ask you to read million rules about "How to behave in foreign country", give you time to rmbr, will set up exam, you must pass it.
But, it seems people didn't get too upset about it - we've got lotsa resorts, beach/ sea port cities, sanatoriums, many with cool architecture etc. It's big country, you know - then & now. People in USSR travelled to the other Soviet states like Latvia, Litva (forgot the right title in English) etc. Aunt went to study in Riga after school, granny went to recreate in resorts. See, it's like going abroad without going abroad & going thru bureaucratic rubbish.
Fam & relatives say mainly positive things about that time. I esp. like the fact that everything cost very cheap - with few kopecks you could buy 500 g (half-kg) meat, candies etc. Aunt says there used to stand in the streets booths in which you paid to drink glass of plain/ sweet water. They went thru being 1stly Octobers, then pioneers. Many still rmbr Samantha Smith, American girl who'd written letter to smb. (Andropov?) about U.S. & Soviets' friendship, she even visited main children's camp called Artek, super-prestigious during Soviet Union which only the best pupils were selected to spend time there.
I believe during perestroika, people could travel abroad freely, not 100% sure.
Is this the right answer to your question? Did I get you right? I kinda doubt this is what you asked. To defend the above, USSR isn't topic I dug deep, except the above I couldn't tell you much about. But the interest you show is appreciated.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 06, 2018, 06:00:36 AM
I remember Samantha Smith. She was a sweet girl who always had a smile on her face, even when the news media kept hounding her. I remember being deeply saddened when she was killed in a plane crash. :-(

Yes, Russia is a fascinating country. Wish I could go back there. We were all "wowed" by what we saw in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novgorod, and the surrounding countryside.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 06, 2018, 07:51:31 AM
Sometime this year I checked Samantha's interview at Johnny Carson's. Indeed very sweet girl, very American, Russian kids really differ than American, in many ways. To me generally, Americans look like they really know exactly what direction they aim to go next, kinda cool & collected, seemingly confident (I say seemingly as you can't say what people act like in mind), speak easily with even total strangers, articulate.
It sure is sad she died. Too young.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 06, 2018, 05:36:30 PM
RRA1 -
Fascinating! You answered my question and more! I always think that it is interesting to learn how people from a given place see/sense their own history and how it might differ from other peoples' perception of it (looking from the outside in). My cousin's wife, age 45, is from Moscow. She seems amused by my interest in this, probably as I am amused by some people's perceptions of what America and Americans are/were like. My grandfather dreamed of coming to America after reading all about cowboys and Indians as a child, but never met one nor went to the West once he arrived here.

Might Litva refer to Lithuania?

Anyway, I would love one day to visit Russia and some of the other former Soviet republics. My parents visited the USSR in the mid 1980s, then again during the Gorbachev years.  My studies of the Romanovs often "take" me to Crimea, which must have been like a whole different world to those from Moscow or St. Petersburg. I suppose that, in addition to the palaces the extended family had, there must have been many fancy sanatoria for those who could afford to travel there and stay for recovery.   

 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 06, 2018, 05:50:22 PM
Jay - There is really no strict cut-off as to when the Baby Boom began and ended. Some put its beginning as early as the early 1940s rather than the year WWII ended. Of course, that makes all of our Boys Boomers. I've also seen the end put at 1963, although there was a sharp decline in birth beginning in 1961.

NOLA BB Fan - You were born in the peak year!

JK - The year I started kindergarten kids were bussed all over the school district, some teachers had to teach combined grades, and k-3 classes  were an unusually high 35 or so kids in order to accommodate the burgeoning kiddo population. By junior high, we were so crowded that we often waited in line so long that there was time only for a bite or two of lunch and a guzzle of milk before we were herded out for the next group. I was actually born, in 1960, in a janitor's closet in my local hospital. It had to expand its maternity department, hence my make-shift surroundings. Mom was pissed that the gas didn't work - no natural childbirth glorification for her or her peers!   


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on August 06, 2018, 06:17:33 PM
Went to Katz’z with the family . I had a great Rueben , Matzo Ball soup and some latkes 👌


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 06, 2018, 06:37:12 PM
2Buckethead: Wait, America began with your grandfather? At mother or father side? Who is he by nationality? Which country he is native? Yes, Litva is Lithuania, just checked. I read that there is even joke around Americans when, if you ask any who she & he is, they'll say "I'm Hungarian-Italian-Yugoslavian-Taiwanese" yada yada. I.e. nearly everybody isn't pure American thru & thru.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 06, 2018, 07:59:29 PM
Went to Katz’z with the family . I had a great Rueben , Matzo Ball soup and some latkes 👌

Oh, for a decent Rueben sandwich!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 06, 2018, 08:50:30 PM
Well. Back to topic. Nobody's interested what did I do today/ yesterday/ tomorrow etc. but, anyhoo, I'd like to say that summer ends soon, folks. Must remind you this. I know everybody likes summer but am happy it's August. Soon fall, favorite season. :3d Sirius listeners, take it easy, heh. :P Me, Daiana & Sonya really match the views in this case. Hate summer but like autumn. Ha. Anyhoo, been listening to music to greatly advised by cool chap Newguy562 :3d Beats by Dr. Dre. It's cool way to listen to music. I nearly exclusively don't ever listen to music via speakers. Not sure why many like speakers, it doesn't make sense to me. It's too weird to see it.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 07, 2018, 03:26:01 AM
Fall is my favorite season as well. I associate it with apples and certain spices that are used in cooking - cinnamon, ginger, etc. And pumpkin pie!
At our country place, Fall is beautiful, with all sorts of wildflowers blooming, particularly asters and wild sunflowers, beautyberrry with pretty purple berries, and goldenrod that the butterflies go nuts for.
We don't get the "Fall colors" in terms of the leaves on deciduous trees as we are too far south.
We do get cooler morning temperatures, and more importantly, there is a lot less humidity.
If anyone wants to visit the Deep South of the US, October to early November is the best time.
There are lots of festivals and outdoor fairs.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 07, 2018, 03:48:14 AM
Nice advertisement - for anybody else into what's described.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 07, 2018, 03:59:28 PM
Ladies -  I must say that fall is my favorite season (a close second to summer). My typically depressed mood lightens considerably, I get a  rush of energy, dig out cozy sweaters, it's all good! Where I live, in PA, nature usually puts on a delightful display of color  with the changing of the leaves. An added bonus is that I look my best in fall colors! I've been to NOLA several times, but only in the summer. There is something about it that is just so unique, a soft heaviness in the air. I always felt an odd feeling of anticipation as I walked the streets. Gotta do something about those noseeums, though!

RRA1 - The grandfather (paternal) I am talking about spent his childhood in Birmingham, Eng;land reading about American history. He went to  a school in the factory where his father worked, but had to drop out very early to help support the family when the father came home "shell shocked" and drank himself into oblivion. "Grandpop Vic" came to America in 1919 at the age of 19.  I am a descendant of two passengers on the Mayflower.  I guess even Native Americans are not  so original to America, as they came over in two waves from Asia. But you are right about most of us being a mix. I kind of enjoy that, all of the stories of who is what and from where.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 07, 2018, 04:48:00 PM
Tbh, fall isn't favorite thru & thru. September is fave fall. October-November fine but September better. It's got the right temperatures in the street & it's sunny. It's cool mixture, sun shine & chilly-lukewarm weather. I like getting gifts at November due to birthday but that's about it. Mid-October's bridge to wintertime. Leaves colors etc. doesn't interest. Mother & dwarf friend Daiana like looking at nature, me & friend Sonya - not really.

Re: many being mix in the U.S. - ofc I'm right. Can you tell each descent you've got? U.K., which else?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on August 07, 2018, 05:15:39 PM
Buckethead - are the gentlemen excluded from seasonal prefernces?  :lol I'm a fall man, myself. Partly because our winters are so cold and our summers are so hot and humid, fall is the only reasonable season (brief as it tends to be here). I do enjoy the scenery to some extent, but it's more just the comfort. I do also enjoy cooking with the root vegetables and squashes that are seasonal for fall.

As for the whole conversation about ethnic roots, I find the entire concepts of "100% [whatever]" nonsensical! Some people make a big deal about being all Irish, all whatever else. But that's just not true, because whoever you are and wherever you're from, people always came to there from elsewhere. People always have intermingled. As you said, even Native Americans aren't native Americans, they're descended from various northeast Asian groups. Did those people rise from the dirt of Siberia? No, they moved there from the southwest, and so on, indefinitely, for everyone, forever. Nobody grew from the soil like grass. Everyone has always come from elsewhere and mingled with others (and thank goodness, or the species would have long-since died out). Ethnic heritage is endlessly interesting, but on some level, entirely unimportant.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 08, 2018, 03:35:13 PM
Oh, Captain, My Captain -  Did not mean to exclude you, just responding to two chicks. I love fall veggies, too, especially roasted.

Agree about ethnicity in that we all come from people who came from other people. My English grandfather's surname, for instance, refers to the person who tended to the sacrificial cauldron tp the Norse ggd, Odin. It is more common in those areas of the British isles in which Vikings were known to have settled. Mixed in with Angles and Saxons who came from France and Germany, etc. , etc.  As to whether it is important, well, I think that it incredibly interesting. I love, love, love learning about different traditions and where they came from, how a person came to have certain coloring, shape of eyes, blah, blah, blah. You should see my students light up when I inquire about their ancestry and share what I know. One girl with a very typical Armenian name was thrilled that I even knew what Armenian is. We discussed the genocide, how her great-grandparents survived and came to America. People can get very odd, though. I once got so fed up with my Puerto Rican students (many of whom were clearly of Black African descent) demeaning my African American students that I did a mini-lesson on how we all ended up as we are. "Oh, no! I'm 100% Puerto Rican!" was the tiresome refrain. I even had parent complaining. They actually had no idea that there was first the native population, then the Spanish, then the African slaves they brought., and most PR are a mix of some kind.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 08, 2018, 03:44:53 PM
RRA1 - I

I'm English, Irish, Welsh, Scottish, and Native American. How about you?

 I never realized until recently how many ethnic groups are in the former USSR. I was interested to learn that the Yusupovs, the richest family (even more than the Romaovs) prior to the Russian Revolution (a Yusupov married Nicholas II's sister and helped to kill Rasputin) were Tatars. Lenin was descended, in part from a Mongol group. Hmmm...the eyes.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on August 08, 2018, 04:58:06 PM
As to whether it is important, well, I think that it incredibly interesting.

I agree with your entire post, but wanted to make sure I was clear when I said "on some level, entirely unimportant." Because like you, I do find different traditions truly fascinating. I loved learning about the old traditions--be they the Scandinavian and German ones of my ancestors, or even just rural turn-of-the-century Scandinavian- and German-American ones of my more recent predecessors--to say nothing of the wide world beyond them. So I don't mean to demean them as unimportant on that level. But when the value translates to nationalism or silly unearned pride (and corresponding dislike for 'other'), that's where it becomes unacceptable. The thing that those people are finding, that's the thing that is actually unimportant. Being of an ethnicity or race or whatever term one prefers isn't important. The traditions of an ethnicity or race, those are important.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 08, 2018, 05:57:41 PM
So true.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 08, 2018, 06:49:07 PM
My DNA test confirmed what I already knew - largely German and French, with British Isles (more than I thought), and Native American (Choctaw, 18th century). The shocker, although it really shouldn't have been since one branch of my Mothers ancestry has been in the Southern US since the late 1600s (starting in South Carolina then migrating West) is that I have some Western African ancestry.  I don't dare tell my Mother's relatives!
Since there are easily found online records of some of my ancestors, I later found out that a male ancestor, a mulatto (mixed race) married a female ancestor of white/Native American ancestry in the late 1700s around Natchez, Mississippi. And her white father was a wealthy man who unfortunately owned at least two slaves. Very complicated...

As for what I did today, I planned to watch a couple of Godfather movies I taped so was going to pick up some cannoli. My Brother in Law (who is half Italian) and I share the same favorite line from the first movie - "Leave the gun - take the cannoli."  ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 09, 2018, 02:27:56 PM
Wow! Fascinating stuff. I'm guessing that we will find more and more DNA sharing among those Black and White people of southern descent. Their lives were so intertwined, especially in terms of slave owners and slaves. I recall reading an article addressing the fact that, while the master/slave situation was the source of much mixing of DNA, a another significant source were relationships between slaves and indentured.servants, especially from the British Isles.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 12, 2018, 06:23:15 AM
2Buckethead:

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Agree about ethnicity in that we all come from people who came from other people.
Well. I said the same thing. In fact, you stated "...you are right..." when I stated everybody being mix.

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I'm English, Irish, Welsh, Scottish, and Native American. How about you?
Which is right way to say - Native American or Indian? I'd seen people use Indian many times. Re: question - it's bizarre but despite being curious, I didn't check background, who the ancestors were etc. I didn't ask grand folks either. They may know.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 12, 2018, 07:41:45 AM
RRA1  -

People though to be indigenous to North America were initially (and for a long time) referred to as Indians because, as the story goes, when Christopher Columbus  arrived, he assumed that he was in the area of India and Southeast Asia and called them that. Around the middle of the 20th Century, use of the term Native American was considered more respectful. My understanding is that most NAs prefer to be referred to in terms of their particular group - Penobscot, Lakota, Miccosukee, etc. To confuse matters further, however, I've been to numerous PowWows (cultural events/meetings of NAs) in which many take no offense at the use of the term Indian, finding it more economical. They will note that the NA label resulted in no better treatment or conditions for their people, anyway.

I encourage you to get a DNA test. Mine was "on sale" for $49.00 and confirmed much of what I already knew via family lore and other evidence. You might learn some interesting things that could open up cobwebs in the brains of older relatives. 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 12, 2018, 07:54:01 AM
Thanks for the info. In that case, I'll use "Indian". Btw, I'll figure you'd read what I said re: agreement about everybody being mix, since you said I'm right before. Basically, we, posters in the previous discussion, agree that everybody is mixed, i.e. you agreed with ME as well.

Why should I pay for DNA test? Shouldn't it be given for free? I'd hate to pay for sth. that naturally should be free service, as in finding your roots.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 12, 2018, 03:27:35 PM
Yes, I'd prefer a free DNA test. Unfortunately, they are not typically given for free, hence the payment.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 12, 2018, 03:29:01 PM
And yes, I agreed with you and others that we are all mixed.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 12, 2018, 04:38:28 PM
Asked this question to many posters, they told what they did that day. Would like if you too tell about it, Buckethead - what did you do in 11th September when the news broadcasted? Pennsylvania is neighbor to New York, the news may get there quicker than the other states. Did you that day visit New York & were actually in the midst of the street chaos? Did you too, like many people, think it's just trifle incident, accidental flight by clueless pilot? Tell your account.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 13, 2018, 01:05:34 PM
I was at work, about 75 miles from New York. My principal asked if I'd heard what had just happened, and I said, "No, what?" He told me to just go home and hug my kids. On the way, I heard on the radio what had happened; by that time, it was pretty clear that the incidents were related and intentional. My twins, who were to turn 11 the next day, were looking forward to a school field trip scheduled for the following week. At one point, they were to go to the top of the World Trade Center to survey the city. Where were you? What was your response at first?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on August 13, 2018, 03:32:10 PM
Read the "email" thread on PSF..... :thud


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 14, 2018, 01:45:24 AM
2Buckethead: Your twins would be year younger than me. Spent cool summer holidays in city (1st time see) & by September back to settlement, to not be late to school. Everybody in fam watches news daily, that day too. I'd seen the news broadcast, camera zoomed to towers, then they fell down. Weird thing to see. But, frankly, maybe due to it being in some place else (New York, U.S.A.) & being careless school kid, it didn't seem big problem. I mean, it looked like city's in big trouble but the news was short-lived, got forgotten. Later, 2 yrs back, I took interest in it, out of the blue. Read many things about it in various sites. You say twins planned to field-trip but, if the plane hit towers next week, boys wouldn't die as it doesn't seem likely school would plan it early, in 8-8:30 a.m. It's kids, they'd let them sleep (kids really like it) & arrange the time to be in 10. Then when school kids would arrive by 10, they'd be told to go back home, seeing towers disappeared, i.e. everybody would be safe anyway regardless when it takes place.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 14, 2018, 03:05:21 PM
Yeah, I think that some kids at the age you were either didn't care very much or grew anxious from seeing news accounts and videos over and over again. Also, it is natural to feel more disengaged when an event happens on the other side of the world.

True that kids would have been OK if the event happened at the same time the following week, although who know if the timing would have been the same? Either way, the connection between what happened and the planned trip hit a nerve.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 14, 2018, 04:59:25 PM
Thank you. :) Refreshing to see smb. understanding when I say sth. than jumping to quick conclusions & yelling "you, insensitive creature! You must care! It brought grief to people!". It's tedious. I dislike when people actively show universal kindness to everybody & their brother. It doesn't look sincere, rather it's sly way to get liked/ respected/ admired by people. Really kind people don't care about being liked, don't show kindness, tell tales of doing good deeds publicly, they know very well inside they're kind, why show it to the others right?
You said some kids at the age as your twins/ I didn't care. Did the sons not care too? Btw, in addition to what you stated, it's OK to not be too upset by the situation if the victim isn't kin or friend. Emily, fellow Smiley Smile poster, proved it by telling that her father was going to work in the WTC office, she panicked hearing seriousness of the news, couldn't work, went home, rang him numerous times but the lines were busy (as you know), then could get thru, he was scheduled in different day, was alright. She felt easy then, relaxed.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on August 15, 2018, 07:51:27 AM
I remember 9/11 quite well, as I expect most people who were of a certain age at the time must. I also understand what RRA1 is saying (even though I wonder if she’s alluding to me about the sympathy comments, considering we had a little discussion about homelessness rates or something not so long ago): I acknowledge that even if having universal concern is an ideal, human nature is to care most about those in our immediate families or circles, and then less as you shift outward. Throughout history most people would rank their care or sympathy in a descending order along the lines of immediate family, extended family, community, region, country, race or ethnicity, humanity. For better or worse, it is natural.
 
I had already been at work a while that morning when someone said a plane hit a one of the towers. I tried to see what was happening on the NY Times website and it had been mostly replaced with a very basic headline, summary, and image, but mostly without links or graphics, I think because the traffic was so high that it was crashing. It wasn’t clear what happened, but by the time the second plane hit, it was obviously terrorism. There were the rumors about what else happened or might happen that whole morning, maybe that whole day.
 
Reaction was quite diverse. A client of our company said we didn’t have to continue performing our contract for them that day: we could all leave. But our own company president never said any such thing: in fact, at noon that day he said something like “wow, this thing just isn’t going away, is it?” As if he thought the story should have faded into the background after three or four hours! So I finished the workday more or less as usual, though I kept an eye on the news as much as I could.
 
A good friend of mine was quite angry with me that night as we drank beer on my front porch, enjoying the suddenly quiet evening. (I lived near the airport at the time, and all air travel had been suspended.) While the specifics of the event were a surprise, the overall idea that it would have happened wasn’t: we’d had incidents with Islamist terrorists before, and had sown plenty of bad feelings in the region. But at that time, even hinting at any level of explanation was considered very unpatriotic; my friend was red-faced and practically shouting at me, “why do you hate America!?” It was weird how everyone became a rabid patriot at the flip of a switch, suddenly towing the party line.
 
Immediately everyone was saying “everything changed because of 9/11.” I thought that was a nonsense position to take. There wasn’t much surprising about the incident other than the details and the scale, maybe. It wasn’t unimaginable at all to me. And I don’t think anything much HAD to change, even though a lot DID change. To me, if one’s thinking required a major shift of perspective, that just reflected on that person’s lack of imagination or awareness prior to the incident. Suddenly our civil rights were eroded without much question just because of the tragedy.
 
An analogy might be the idea of innocence until proven guilty being reversed upon realizing that someone guilty might go free after a crime: it’s built into the concept, so why would that be a surprise?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 15, 2018, 05:05:09 PM
I meant the comments in rip threads - when smb. dies at age 90/85/80/95, people would say they're sad & I'd reply why they're sad, they lived long, good age to die. They didn't like it, brought weirdly fam examples that smb. died in the same age group & they shouldn't be sad? But this is apples & oranges - fam is fam. Celeb is celeb, even if favorite. Then, poster SloopJohnB weirdly defended poster Ovi when I said I read that people in Romania got crooked teeth or what. That poster said it's racist, as well as racist to say I dislike French language, France doesn't impress etc. (SJB is French poster) Still puzzled in which way is it "racist". Similarly, youtube comments seem like ready to tell off anybody who doesn't grieve to the devastating vids, rather comments sth. different about the timed bits in the video. To me, it isn't kindness. If people don't write long speech about grieving, doesn't mean they may not grieve in mind. If smb. else likes to publicly show grief, do it. Let the others review the vid, tell quick observations about it etc. It annoys irl as well, when smb. starts defending smb. & when you don't, they get angry. It's unbelievable to them that even single human wouldn't defend that smb.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on August 15, 2018, 05:37:19 PM
I see.

I think what you’re talking about is what has been recently called “virtue signaling” in the US.

By the way, I find public grieving about celebrities very strange. Obviously I don’t wish them I’ll or anything, but as you say, when someone you’ve never met and don’t know except through movies, music, etc dies, especially if s/he is of an old age, it seems strange to me to mourn, particularly publicly. Saying RIP on a message board: the dead person and his/her family don’t read it.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 15, 2018, 07:21:30 PM
As someone who has spiritual/religious beliefs, I write "RIP" believing that perhaps the deceased's spirit would notice it. It's letting them know that I admired them in life, and wish them well in the afterlife, heaven, whatever.Might be silly but that's my 2 cents on that.

As for what I did today - not much. Did some reading and binge watched The West Wing episodes . Interesting that we're still grappling with the same problems as they faced 15 or more years ago.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 16, 2018, 05:13:17 AM
I'm going to agree with tc about celeb-grieving subject. Rare total agreement as it were. So, that's what virtue-signaling means. Seen this phrase elsewhere in the Internet, didn't know what they talk about, everytime forgot to ask here. Now looks like I got the answer without asking.

Played air hockey with Daiana. She brought cherries she bought in the way to my house. I refused. She ate alone. Cat nearly spilled her drink but by that time the cup was empty. Epic fail. Then Daiana went home (I'm as the rule against sleepovers). Her father picked her up by car (he's cab driver). Sat in veranda with cat in basket. Thankfully, it will not rain today & tomorrow. Hate it.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 16, 2018, 09:08:18 AM
Well, today was supposed to be "Elvis Day" as we're going to see the 68 Comeback Special at the theater tonight. And am still looking forward to it.
But now I am celebrating Aretha Franklin, whose wonderful music I've grooved to since childhood. Listening to an XM channel (49) doing a tribute and also to CNN.
This weekend will be devoted to binge listening to her music, hopefully starting with her earliest recordings.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 16, 2018, 04:15:31 PM
Though on virtue-signaling and people who seem to be a bit to self-aggrandizing in terms of their love for all mankind:

The psychology of rescuers (those who risk their lives to save potential victims of genocide) is actually a "thing." Interestingly, they are a widely diverse group. However, they tend to have a few things in common, one of which is NOT necessarily being seen universally as kind or good or nice. They have a high level of empathy, but a genuine sort that is not for show. They tend to feel more personal responsibility for others in danger. (Rather than say how terrible the killing is, they act.) However, many more than might be expected are those whom their peers would never have suspected would take such risks for others. They are often not very popular and care little about pleasing others. They follow laws because they make sense and are ethical, not out of fear of judgement. Hence, when their society's ideas of right and wrong are turned on their head, rescuers continue to follow their own moral compass and often are able to go "under the radar." They also tend to come from parents who, through example or more directly, communicated their belief that no group of people were less than another. They often had positive relationship(s) with the hunted group as children. (For instance, in the Holocaust, they might have turned off electric lights for Jews in their neighborhood. ) My favorite story is about a French tailor whom most people just tolerated because he did good work and delivered promptly. He saved scores of Jews, hiding them in a hidden compartment in his car. With piles of suits on top of everything, he drove back and forth between
the north and south zones, each time going through a dangerous checkpoint. No one knew about this until those whom he saved stated this. He never said a word.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 16, 2018, 04:38:03 PM
Hello, Buckethead. Interesting about rescuers. It's the real kindness, esp. the bit:

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Rather than say how terrible the killing is, they act.
When various nameless commenters state about killings being terrible, they don't say anything new. It's non-comment, really. It's duh, predictable thing to say that everybody knows.

Looks like you didn't see my question, it's in previous page. I'd like you to answer it:

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You said some kids at the age as your twins/ I didn't care. Did the sons not care too?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 16, 2018, 05:51:33 PM
Yeah, I am always suspicious of people who seem to go out of their way to let others know what noble feelings they have, what kind deeds they perform. In my experience, its a cover for not being so wonderful. 

My sons seemed to take an interest in the spectacle of the planes blowing up the WTC, but did not appear to care about any other aspect of it.
I did not allow an excessive amount of coverage to be seen/heard in my home at that time. Kids can get overwhelmed when it comes to issues like this that they have no control over. We talked about it, but I wanted them to maintain a reasonable sense of safety. 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 16, 2018, 06:07:44 PM
Ab-so-lutely. Well said.

Ha! That's kids for ya.

What did you do today? Anything eventful?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 16, 2018, 07:27:29 PM
Read with my students an article about menstrual huts in Nepal. You?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 16, 2018, 11:29:31 PM
You know what - you write just like poster Emily. Don't worry, she's not troll or such. Few differences being Emily usually quotes posters she replies to, separates paragraphs without space (you at 1st written post as it would go, sentence right by sentence etc). But she would just like you say "You?", informality & friendliness paired with long discussion points, with genuine interest what the other side would say. & she travelled to many places, worked/ lived in Nicaragua. Been there, Buckethead?

To reply to question - I drink tea with biscuit. Soon we'll go walk to meet Sonya. Her dangerous-looking dog is friend to cat. I usually go to Sonya to eat many cool candies & get films for free - she's got wi-fi. She's good friend, doesn't say "install wi-fi in house, I will not share films with you".


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 17, 2018, 04:07:38 PM
I don't see many posts by Emily lately; I enjoyed her thoughtfulness and spunk.   

No, I've never been to Nicaragua. I've been as far south as Guatemala when traveling as a girl with my family. A different world. The guards at the Mexican border almost didn't let us cross back over because, I think, it was 1969 and one of my brothers looked liked a stereotypical hippie. We had to empty out our whole tent trailer and car so that they could search for pot, I guess.

How nice that you have tea with biscuit. I enjoy afternoon tea, which is not a typical ritual in the USA. Does biscuitmean what Americans would call a cookie (a sweet treat)? We refer to biscuits as a non-sweetened roll, more to have with the evening meal. I once baked cookies for a homesick young lady from South Africa. She thanked me and said, "The biscuits - they were lovely!" I was a bit confused, but smiled graciously.

Very cute  - a doggy who is friendly with the kitty. In my experience, cats are always attacking indifferent dogs.

Sonya sounds like a true friend. I'm sure you bring other benefits to the relationship, such as your sense of humor!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 17, 2018, 08:12:33 PM
I didn't see Emily being spunky. At least according to definition I read in dictionary.

It's funny when people see smb. looking like hippie quickly figure it's drug taker.

What we call here biscuit (Russian "biskvit") is cake without cream toppings. The main backbone, the baked dough. Btw, SA lady may use biscuits to mean cookies. It's British equivalent to American cookie.

Cats attack dogs when they annoy them.

Thanks to compliment my sense of humor. You & few people.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 18, 2018, 09:54:16 AM
Ah, few people appreciate my sense of humor, so I know how you feel.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 18, 2018, 10:22:57 AM
Cats attack dogs when they annoy them.

The first cat we had (Minou, born 1965) was the daughter of a cat who was well known for her dog attacking skills. Dogs were terrified of her.
Her name was Hercules (named when my cousins thought she was a “he”).

Our cat Tanner is constantly going after our dog. She’ll lie down on her back, in a friendly gesture, the dog goes to her, then she attacks him! Poor dog then looks at me , expression “what did I do?”

We have 2 tea sets at home. We mean to have tea but something always comes up.
Many years ago I had a neighbor from Malawi. If he was home in the later afternoon he’d have tea and I had a standing invitation to join him. His roommate was from Kenya and he brought some really strong tasting teas from home. Drank it and swore that I could feel hair growing on my chest lol.

It’s great that your friend allows you to access her wifi. Wifi can be rather expensive.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on August 18, 2018, 06:38:05 PM
Today I went to my hometown because my mom was named grand marshal of the local festival, so we went to see her in the parade, etc. It's a small, rural town and the parade is not remotely exciting: fire trucks, ambulances, marching bands, a few floats and things from local businesses, veterans, and tractors. Yes, some tractors. I'm not entirely sure why...it's just what happens. It's the first of these parades I've seen since I marched in them in the early 90s as a member of the high school band. I don't get back much. But several of my aunts, a cousin, a sibling, etc., were there to support my mom as well. I think she enjoyed it. My dad, who had to ride along with her, not so much!

Got home to find the dogs had gotten through the baby gate we'd set up to keep them in the basement. Oh well, they didn't wreck anything or go too crazy.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 19, 2018, 06:15:17 AM
NOLA BB Fan - My experiences with dogs and cats have been similar to what you describe. In cartoons, of course, the dogs tend to be the aggressors!! Regarding tea, most of my American friends think of tea as having a cup, period. They don't grasp the concept in terms of the ritual, creating a space in time devoted to it.

the Captain - I wish that my cats could be somewhat controlled via a baby gate!  I love parades of any sort. I still attend hometown ones. While not exciting, they touch a sentimental place in my heart. It was fun watching my boys' faces as they experienced them, eyes wide open and going after the candy thrown by various entities.  Also, I was a flag girl in my high school band. Why was your mother made the marshall? She must have done something cool.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on August 19, 2018, 01:50:37 PM

the Captain - I wish that my cats could be somewhat controlled via a baby gate!  I love parades of any sort. I still attend hometown ones. While not exciting, they touch a sentimental place in my heart. It was fun watching my boys' faces as they experienced them, eyes wide open and going after the candy thrown by various entities.  Also, I was a flag girl in my high school band. Why was your mother made the marshall? She must have done something cool.

As a kid I loved the parades, mostly because of the candy. (I was terrified of clowns, though! And that was before Stephen King’s “It” made such a fear explicable.) It was sad seeing how much smaller the whole affair was, though, compared to the 80s and even 90s. Circa ‘92ish, the HS band would number about 100; yesterday’s maybe hit 25, and was grades 7-12.

My mom probably got the award for being a cofounder and prominent promoter of (and volunteer for) the local museum / historical society. They have converted a late 19th century train depot, long since empty, into a little museum. But she has also long been involved in many lives cal organizations (chamber of commerce, Kiwanis, etc) and spent a good while as editor of the local paper back when I was in HS. So it might’ve had a “lifetime achievement” flavor. (In so small a town, realistically speaking, candidates are few, too.)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on August 19, 2018, 03:52:11 PM
My day ... finally got the air conditioning fixed in my apartment for the first time in three weeks. Since we’re being evicted I guess they’ve got to get it ready for the next tenants.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 19, 2018, 04:33:38 PM
Billy - I'm so sorry you are going through this. I hope that you find stable, adequate housing.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 20, 2018, 12:00:28 AM
Ah, few people appreciate my sense of humor, so I know how you feel.
You & me both. :D Btw, what's "baby gate"? As I understand, it's sth. to keep pets locked. Why it's weirdly called "baby gate" then? What's baby got to do with it? Bizarre.
& what's "flag girl"? Btw, Buckethead, you can shorten NOLA BB Fan as "NBBF". Since you shorten me as RRA1. NOLA's username is long as well. Don't thank me. :police:
Clowns are hilarious! Funny face, funny costume, mannerisms etc. Clown in "It" is funny as hell.
Sonya's good friend, agree. But, it didn't start too good. When I met her standing in hallway in the institute, I found her a bit "posh birdie" as I dub them. Typical richie. In bizarre twist of events, she sat with me (2-people tables here, unlike in the U.S. individual single tables). When lecture began, she couldn't catch quickly what the lecturer says. Maybe got used to school teachers slowly dictating the lesson. She started looking towards my copy-book. I'd be OK with it if she didn't then start telling me to not turn the page as she didn't yet finish with the previous copy-book page. It quickly began to annoy & bring the inner choleric in me,  I told her if you didn't catch, it's your problem that you're slowpoke. She sat there writing what she caught. You'd think good, this is end. But when lecturer went, next lecture to be in 20 minutes, she said can you give me your copy-book to write the lecture down. I did as long as she finishes today before studies finish. She did, surprisingly, despite snail-like writing pace. Well, this that, chit-by-chat, I realized that she's good girl, I like her & I believe it's vice versa too. But, there's single incident where she acted funnily greedy. Not sure what was that, what's got into her. She brought "Fruitella", I said give it to me. She got capricious - no, I won't, no, no, no. Then suddenly says buy it, if you wish to taste single candy, you pay 5 roubles. Ofc I didn't. Ludicrous. But, yep, Sonya's good.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on August 20, 2018, 12:44:19 AM
Billy - I'm so sorry you are going through this. I hope that you find stable, adequate housing.

Yeah my disability claim got denied and the appeal can take up to 45 days. I have a possible new apartment but may not be ready in time and may have to pay a higher deposit. Meh all I can do is pray; not my first time through this.

The good news is, if I DO get approved it’s $100 less and 200 more square feet AND 15 minutes closer to work so fingers crossed


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on August 20, 2018, 01:40:26 AM
Billy - I'm so sorry you are going through this. I hope that you find stable, adequate housing.

Yeah my disability claim got denied and the appeal can take up to 45 days. I have a possible new apartment but may not be ready in time and may have to pay a higher deposit. Meh all I can do is pray; not my first time through this.

The good news is, if I DO get approved it’s $100 less and 200 more square feet AND 15 minutes closer to work so fingers crossed

Fingers and other appendages crossed over here that you do get approved, Billy. We all love you, man.  ::)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 20, 2018, 02:51:29 AM
Billy - I'm so sorry you are going through this. I hope that you find stable, adequate housing.

Yeah my disability claim got denied and the appeal can take up to 45 days. I have a possible new apartment but may not be ready in time and may have to pay a higher deposit. Meh all I can do is pray; not my first time through this.

I'm so sorry about this. I truly believe that at least some of those people at those claims offices get on power trips and get a buzz out of denying claims. It's so common for a disability claim to be denied, but then later approved.
Wishing you well, and I'll also say a prayer that things look up for you.
And a belated Happy Birthday! :-)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 20, 2018, 03:10:13 AM
Btw, what's "baby gate"? As I understand, it's sth. to keep pets locked. Why it's weirdly called "baby gate" then? What's baby got to do with it? Bizarre.
& what's "flag girl"? Btw, Buckethead, you can shorten NOLA BB Fan as "NBBF". Since you shorten me as RRA1. NOLA's username is long as well. Don't thank me. :police:

Sonya brought "Fruitella", I said give it to me. She got capricious - no, I won't, no, no, no. Then suddenly says buy it, if you wish to taste single candy, you pay 5 roubles. Ofc I didn't. Ludicrous. But, yep, Sonya's good.
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A "baby gate" is a portable gate put up to keep babies from going to certain areas. We would put a gate up at an entrance to a room, or at the bottom step of stairs. People use these gates for dogs as well, although we've never had much luck using them that way - our dogs found a way of knocking them down, particularly if they wanted to chase the cats.
I have no problem with people shortening my user name. Wish I could change it, quite frankly.
After being so gracious as to allow her to borrow your copy book, Sonya should have offered you several candies!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on August 20, 2018, 04:37:09 AM
Thank you from the bottom of my heart


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 20, 2018, 05:50:16 AM
Thanks, Liz. Hope Buckethead sees my reply in previous page & answers the other questions.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 20, 2018, 03:59:28 PM
RRA1 -

Thank for the advice! The only unanswered question I can find pertains to what is a "flag girl." Many marching bands in the US have the usual marchers who play musical instruments plus a "color guard" - those who carry the American flag, some other flag (?) and the school band's banner. Then there are the show girls; some twirl batons, others do tricks with fake guns. I was with the group that carried colorful large flags that were waved around to make the show visually exciting. It was more difficult than it appeared, as we had to count every step, coordinate the flag motions with the music as the band as a whole created different formations on the football field. Marching in parades was much easier because we did everything while staying in formation. I was quite cute, with my white go-go boots with blue pom-poms, blue beret and mini-dress.

Regarding taking notes, I blame teachers for college (institute) students being unable to do so competently. Your poor friend probably fell victim to hers putting such emphasis on neatness, spelling, and complete sentences when, in reality, there are different purposes for different types of writing. I've actually had teachers who gave me low grades on my notebooks because THEY had difficulty reading the content - never mind that I earned top grades on my tests! I have also taught with teachers who write notes (in full sentences) on the board and have high school kids copy them down. The goal is for the students to jot down just enough to remember what is important while still attending to the lecture. 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 20, 2018, 05:05:11 PM
You've got such weird traditions in America - all these parades, show girls, color guard, yada yada. Granted, we got just as weird traditions like yearly at 23 February, national holiday dedicated to (bizarre translation) fatherland's defenders, women must buy gifts to men in fam & friends. Stupid, really, adds benefit to being single.

You're right - teachers should give foundation to kids, prepare them to higher education establishments. What can you say about living in campus? Do you agree that students musn't necessarily live there, can stay live in fam house? The logic behind "students must live with fellow students, in order to study survival without parents etc." is very one-dimensional. I'll never understand kids moving out to live in campus, far away from fam. Why? Fed up seeng the same faces? To change scenery? What's the point? I do not say that they can't freely do what they want - I don't give a fig where students live - but, I'm the curious type who likes to get the answers to nagging questions. I said "1-dimensional" as, even living with fam, students can be independent - just like campus-living students, they go find work to bring in money to fam, can agree in family debate who pays when - say, mother pays house rent in September, the student - in October. It can be worked out inside the fam. So, they learn to be independent within being in the same habitat. Am I right? Interested to hear your views about this paragraph, Buckethead.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 20, 2018, 06:30:26 PM
Wow I would have been in trouble if my notebook contents/appearance affected my grade. My handwriting is horrible, I don’t write in sentences and sometimes use a type of shorthand that I conjured up. Also, if the lecture is boring I tend to doodle lol.

I stayed at home for college. I had a job that paid for my school expenses with some money left over. I did spend one year at a dorm for graduate school and hated it. I’m a morning person; my roommate liked to stay up real late on the telephone,
My second year I was able to stay in a little place a little over a km from campus. That was wonderful.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 20, 2018, 07:25:14 PM
It's good to see you too didn't like dorm-living (btw, what's the diff. between "dormitory" & "campus"?). I knew there's many students like that.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 20, 2018, 08:14:00 PM
A dormitory (or dorm)  is the place where students sleep (or try to sleep!) if they aren’t living at home or sharing a house or apartment.
A campus is all of the buildings, stadiums, arenas that are associated with a school. Most dormitories are within the campus area but not necessarily.
I guess an advantage of the dorm is that it’s within walking distance so don’t need transportation. Also you pay one price for each term (4-5 months) instead of having to come up with money to pay the rent if you’re at an apartment.

As to what I’m doing now - BooBoo the dog and I are at the country place. I’m about to go to bed.
Must be about a gazillion frogs outside croaking away. We’ve had plenty rain the past few days and they are very happy.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 21, 2018, 03:27:42 AM
This is tricky - what did you mean by "graduate school"? Here, school (shkola) is used exclusively to mean single place to teach pupils 7-17 (it''s not divided into 3 buildings - elementary, middle, high). & when we studied English till last 11th grade, we'd been taught ditto in English-speaking countries, i.e. Great Britain & U.S.A. But joining here & reading the Internet, I discover that school means high ed too. As well as college (here it's professional education lower than high). Is it informal students' way to say "college"? Uni? What does "graduate" addition mean when joined with "school"? You lived with mother during college, then you went to graduate school you said. Is it "last year of college" then? I'd like to get to bottom of it.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 21, 2018, 06:08:41 AM
In the US, regular education is 12 grades, the last 4 grades being what's known as High School.
After that, people can choose to go for more education. I went for a four year program at a college. People go to a college to spend time concentrating on a specific area - accounting, music , biology, languages, engineering, etc. When they complete the program they receive a Bachelors Degree. If they want or need more training they will go to Graduate School for a two year program leading to a Masters Degree. If wanting or needing even more after that  then it would be three more years to get a Ph.D.
Many get Ph.Ds because they are needed for permanent teaching positions at a college or university (a University is a college that has the Masters and PhD programs).


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 21, 2018, 02:33:27 PM
NBBF - Agree about the notebook issue. I saw many fellow college students struggle mightily with professors whose stressed lecture. I learned very quickly to, like you, develop my own "shorthand." This might stress some people, but I was, by then, used to my horrible handwriting and avoidance of unnecessary work (such as writing out whole words and articles). With my own students, I give very brief lectures supported by the main points on a PowerPoint. I purposely write a bit more than is necessary to provide an opportunity for them to narrow ideas/notation down to that which is essential. For example, I'll show, "Kaiser Wilhelm II was exiled to the Netherlands in 1918." If we know the topic of discussion, why not just jot down, "KW exiled Netherlands 1918." Alternatively,"Kw" is not needed if he is the subject, "Netherl" suffices (as there is no other nation that would be confused with this), and "19" is already understood by the end of a unit on WWI. Still, most painstakingly write each word on the screen, not really grasping what is being said because of their laser focus on copying each word neatly. A five minute lecture thus turns into fifteen, a situation that most professors would not permit.

NBBF and RRA1 - I was not a happy dorm dweller. I was in a different place, mentally, than the other young women, who wanted the "college experience." This meant a lot of drinking, finding boyfriends, needing to go everywhere in groups dressed in college jackets. Yikes! I had to work nearly full time in order to support myself and pay whatever tuition was due after scholarships and grants. My happiest year was my senior year, spent living in my own room in a seedy hotel with hall bathrooms. I soon learned that it housed prostitutes who worked from "home." I didn't mind, though, as I learned that they were even more damaged than I and didn't believe that they could do anything else. Kept my door locked tight, though. No Johns in my room! 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 21, 2018, 02:43:11 PM
RRA1 - If home is a healthy environment, I think that it is usually a waste of money not to live at home for the first two years and attend a local college or community college (where students can complete first and second year coursework of get an associates degree). It can also make sense for all four years, but many kids want college experiences that are easier to have living on campus. Honestly, a lot of students go primarily to party and goof around. Many can balance their responsibilities with their academic demands, but  many  flunk out or graduate with a very low grade point average that, in my opinion, makes me ask why the person bothered. I know of some families in which their kids lived at home for part or all of the college years. Most of them expected that the student pitch in around the house with laundry, yard work, dishes, and work enough to at least make their own spending money. Of course, the money issue depends on how much the parent(s) have.  I expected my son to contribute enough to cover his own food, and he paid for his own clothes, books, entertainment.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 21, 2018, 05:24:44 PM
2NBBF: "graduate school" is clarified. But what do they say when they say singular "school", without "graduate"? Is it the same? I'd seen young 20-yr students saying "I'm working at ... for school". It's not usual school since you don't finish it at 20. Yet it can't be *graduate* school, as they can't be studying there at 20 if we do the math. Then, school differs than graduate school? School isn't casual way to say graduate school? I'm curious about specifically "school", without "graduate" bit, what does it mean?

2Buckethead: To want "college experience" is lame if you let me tell you this. Now then. Is your bottom line that you agree with me that youth can be just as independent living in fam house? Work, payment etc.? Basically, they don't differ than dormitory students right? This bit is puzzling "pay whatever tuition was due after scholarships and grants." - do you mean when successful students get scholarship & grant, they pay sth. called tuition? What's it? Here, students who pass each semester exams with good (4) & excellent (5) marks get scholarship, special money to student credit cards. If it's 5s around, the money will be obviously bigger than 4s & 5s. They will not be paid scholarship if next semester's results end up with satisfactory mark (3) & exam failure (2). If students, besides being good studies, join various university activities such as conferences, volunteering, readings, public speeches, quizes, intellectual & sport games, show creativity etc., they'll be candidates to get grant which is bigger money than biggest scholarship. It can be even size of the average worker's salary. I gather by that bit about tuition, scholarship/ grant definition differs in the States?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 21, 2018, 08:08:05 PM
2NBBF: "graduate school" is clarified. But what do they say when they say singular "school", without "graduate"? Is it the same? I'd seen young 20-yr students saying "I'm working at ... for school". It's not usual school since you don't finish it at 20. Yet it can't be *graduate* school, as they can't be studying there at 20 if we do the math. Then, school differs than graduate school? School isn't casual way to say graduate school? I'm curious about specifically "school", without "graduate" bit, what does it mean?

If they are going to school at age 20, then they are in college.
I didn't want to confuse the issue for you, which is why I just mentioned the four year colleges earlier.
However, there are other schools that one can go to after graduating from High School.
For some areas of concentration 4 years are not needed. There are many 2 year Community Colleges where you can get training in basic accounting or business, some health professions , etc. When you complete the program you would receive an Associates Degree.

Brian and Al were at El Camino Community College. If they would have stayed in they could have gotten Associates Degrees. To make things even more confusing for you, some people finish the two year program and then  transfer what courses they took to a four year college so that after 2 more years they will get a Bachelors Degree. The reason many times is financial. The tuition at the Community Colleges is a lot less than at the four year schools. Sometimes they are tuition free.

Yes, "school" and "college" are the same thing.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 21, 2018, 08:17:26 PM
I went to a Book Club meeting at a local library tonight. We discussed John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley, yes, the book referenced in California Saga.
This book club is great. I love that there's men and women in the group, and that no one person hogs the conversation.
For next month Wuthering Heights, followed by The Moviegoer by Walker Percy.
We were also encouraged to get going in reading Anna Karenina; guess we'll discuss that book when enough people get through it.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 22, 2018, 04:44:58 AM
I'd like to read "Travels With Charley". "Anna Karenina" is boring. Stupider heroine couldn't be made up.

Confusing indeed. Educational system in America is difficult subject. Is there site with detailed full information about it written in easy, readable style besides banal wikipedia?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on August 22, 2018, 05:53:42 AM
I want to defend the idea of moving away from your family home after high school and living either in dorms or otherwise elsewhere during college/university. It seems to me that young adulthood is an appropriate time for a person to stop living as his (or her, but for convenience’s sake I’m going with only one set of pronouns) parents’ child and begin to become his own person. That, I believe, requires a certain degree of independence that goes beyond the loosening of parental rules (e.g. “now that you’re in college, you can stay out as late as you want”), but rather actual responsibility and freedom.
 
By living on one’s own, the student has an opportunity to explore the corners and boundaries of freedom, eventually in effect setting his own rules (e.g., realizing that getting drunk results in cloudy thinking if not sickness the next day, and thus deciding that weeknight drinking is a bad idea; or that staying up all night playing video games results in sleeping through morning classes and consequently getting bad grades, and so choosing to get a reasonable amount of sleep the nights before classes).
 
Beyond the practical problems, there is also the space and time to experience other people, other ideas, and basically (to use a cliché) “figure yourself out.” In many situations, I doubt a young person can or will do that in such close proximity to his parents.
 
A few of you have rightly pointed out that many students end up wasting this time by skipping classes, drinking or otherwise carousing too much, etc. I don’t disagree. But that is a potential consequence of independence. There are inevitably small failures and mistakes along the way to maturity, but I believe those are experiences from which a person grows. Living with one’s parents just prolongs the security of childhood and pushes out the weight of adulthood. I think living in a dorm or apartment can help ease that transition.
 
However I also want to be clear that I don’t think there is a single “best solution” for everyone. Different families have different relationships, different kids have different levels of maturity, different colleges place different financial burdens on students, etc.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on August 22, 2018, 06:13:31 AM
We were also encouraged to get going in reading Anna Karenina; guess we'll discuss that book when enough people get through it.

Oooh good luck! Tolstoy is probably my favourite author.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 22, 2018, 06:19:38 AM
Many like him here, cite favorite writer. & specifically name "Anna Karenina" as his crown achievement. Being very curious, I read exactly why people like it - in various reading sites, f.ex. Goodreads, as well as Russian sites. Points they stated - characters behaving as people would in reaal etc. - didn't change the view about it, i.e. boring epic story with stupid central/ titular character.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on August 22, 2018, 06:24:20 AM
Yeah, it's all a matter of what appeals to you. One of my favourite American novels is The Catcher in the Rye but some people are really turned off by it because of the narrator.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 22, 2018, 06:36:33 AM
Exactly. Hate it when people say things like "If you don't understand [writer/ book], sth. isn't OK with you", "you're idiot, plain & simple", "If you don't like [book title], you've got tishy taste overall". *facepalm*


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on August 22, 2018, 06:42:33 AM
I really liked Anna Karenina but hated War & Peace. Tolstoy was a great writer but I prefer Dostoevsky and Gogol (among Russian writers of 19th century). But definitely as with music, once you are dealing with artists who have technical competence, it truly comes down to taste.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on August 22, 2018, 06:49:28 AM
This is one of my favourite subjects so I hope you don't mind if I engage it a bit further.

Dostoyevsky was really the author who made me love serious literature when I first read Crime and Punishment when I was 16. Over the next ten years, I read as much of his as I could. Gogol, I also love. I still love Dostoyevsky but the more I read Tolstoy the more I prefer him as an author because, in my opinion, he's dealing with the same sorts of issues in a more thoughtful and nuanced way than Dostoyevsky. I think that Dostoyevsky's early problems with the law made him pretty skeptical about the kinds of radical ideas that Tolstoy would flirt with and then eventually openly embrace. I don't always agree with Tolstoy but I am almost always amazed at his ability to write about something that is thought provoking.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on August 22, 2018, 07:13:35 AM
This is one of my favourite subjects so I hope you don't mind if I engage it a bit further.


I don’t mind a bit, and interesting take. I’ll reply in a bit in the Reading thread. First I’m finishing up a US education system summary for RRA1, which I’ll post here.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on August 22, 2018, 07:37:09 AM
RRA1 – I don’t know of a website that explains the U.S. educational system both completely and in easy-to-read format, but I took a stab at it.
 
Prior to specific grades, it is noteworthy that schooling can be public or private. Public schools are either mostly or largely funded by the government via taxes. As such, they have to abide by various governmental regulations and policies. (For example, our First Amendment says in part that the government cannot impose a particular religious belief on people; public schools therefore cannot promote a specific religion.)
 
Private schools generally charge students tuition and are largely exempt from those sorts of regulations. Many private schools have a religious affiliation, e.g. Catholic schools, Baptist schools, Jewish schools. These often mingle required religious training or services into the curriculum. Private schools are also very often viewed as better schools than public ones, with wealthy families sending their children to them. Some private schools—called boarding schools—even have full campuses and dormitories where the children live away from home at the schools.
 
There is a third option that is more recent—the past few decades—called “charter schools.” These are unique because they receive public funding but are privately operated. They typically have teachers who are not members of a labor union, they often have unique curriculums, and are often managed in a different way than public schools. You see them particularly in impoverished or other disadvantaged areas as alternatives to the failing public schools. For example, in New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina, I believe they mostly replaced traditional public schools (NOLA BB Fan can probably speak to that better than I can.)
 
It is also noteworthy that the U.S. educational system probably seems complex because it is for the most part decentralized: local towns, school districts, and states have quite a bit of control over things, so it is different from place to place. I have noted some variations below, but there are always other differences possible from place to place.
 
Kindergarten: For children approx. age 5. While most school is roughly 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, kindergarten is often a half day or every other day.
 
Grades 1-12: Often grades 1-4 or 1-5 are called elementary school; 5-8 are called middle school; and 9-12 are called high school. It used to be more common that they would be divided as 1-6 (elementary), 7-8 (junior high school), and 9-12 (high school), but that changed in the past few decades. Those same years are also sometimes called primary school (up through about 8th grade) and secondary school (9-12).
 
Whether these are in the same buildings or different ones depends on the size of the town or schools. For example, I grew up in a town of about 2,000 people and our entire K-12 schooling was in the same large building, and other than a small Catholic school that served kids K-6, it was the only school in town. Now I live in a city where I think there are seven separate public high schools, probably several dozen private ones, and too many middle schools and elementary schools for me to even guess their number (every neighborhood has them).
 
Often, in the lower grades, a student is in a single class with a single teacher all day (with exceptions for things like music or physical education/gym class). Starting in the middle school/junior high range, they often move from room to room to be taught by teachers with more specialization (different teachers for math, English, other foreign languages, science, history, etc.). The curriculum is assigned in the lower grades, with a little flexibility added over time so that high school students can generally choose somewhat in their course of study (e.g., a student who intends to pursue music could take music theory or band, while some other student might take as many math courses as possible). But there are basic frameworks required of everyone to graduate.
 
In public schools, there is no tuition to attend through 12th grade. Everyone is required to attend school (or be home-schooled in the equivalent curriculum) by law, at least until usually the age of 16, at which point people can drop out with parental permission.
 
In the past, people could reasonably expect to be qualified for many basic, working-class jobs after completing school through 12th grade (i.e. obtaining high school diploma). However, this is no longer true. Someone with that education level can work in restaurants, some basic manual labor, some factory or janitorial jobs, but not much in the way of skilled labor, business, etc.
 
Post-Secondary Education / Higher Education: This is the optional education that takes place in colleges, universities, or trade schools. It is almost never free, though publicly funded institutions charge far less than private ones. Costs might be as low as a few thousand dollars a year, or as high as well over $50,000 a year. There are various forms of public or private loans, grants, etc., that help people finance education, with government money going directly to the institutions to help cover costs, to financial institutions to help cover costs, and to students to help cover costs. It is a complex, clumsy situation that in my opinion has resulted in tremendous amounts of unnecessary costs that eventually raise the overall costs. But that’s another story.
 
Some of the main types of post-secondary education are:
-       Vocational school, trade school, technical college, community college. These are usually 2-year or otherwise abbreviated programs that focus on specific or limited subjects intended to get students into the work force. Examples could be auto repair, basic business skills, healthcare, etc. The result is either an associate’s degree or some sort of professional certification. These schools often do not have dormitories and may not have extracurricular activities such as sports teams, bands and choirs, etc. They tend to be “commuter schools,” with students who live elsewhere simply commuting to the facilities to take classes. They are also regularly used by older students, perhaps looking to change careers, to get more schooling after having initially stopped, etc., and they tend to have many options for scheduling as well, such as evening classes, fewer days a week (but longer classes), and so on, to make it easier on (for example) single parents who have jobs simultaneously getting this education.
 
-       College and university. There are technical differences between colleges and universities, but they don’t matter much on a practical level. They have historically been designed for students to attend for four years, after which they receive a bachelor’s degree with a particular focus of study. However, students may complete their coursework in fewer or more years, depending on how many classes they take and how they perform. These institutions typically have a full campus of multiple classroom buildings, dormitories, athletic facilities, and other “student life” facilities such as a student union (which basically comprises bookstores, leisure areas, cafes, and so on).
 
-       Graduate schools. These are often, but not always, parts of colleges and universities, with their facilities on the same campuses. But the students are people who already have bachelors degrees and are seeking higher-level professional or academic credentials such as masters degrees or doctorates. Typical examples are students entering medical school, law school, or simply higher-level degrees in academic disciplines. These students often both pursue their own advanced degrees and teach undergraduates (e.g. the students seeking their bachelors degrees) in their introductory coursework.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 22, 2018, 08:42:20 AM
Hey, thank you. But, hope when Buckethead reads these latest replies, it doesn't negate my questions (single question?) to her. I'd like as many replies as possible to the subject, even if some points clearly will be repeated but there's still new info usually with new posts by different posters.
It's easy to read what you said, sure. Many things got clarified. Revelation to me that not everywhere in America schools divided into 3 buildings by age. Everybody can study in the same school like here. Few post-secondary ed sub-points can be applied to here. So there's few similarities, still.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 22, 2018, 04:45:47 PM
the Captain - Bravo! You did a great job of explaining our educational system, funding, etc. Not an easy thing to do!

RRA! - I think that a student can live anywhere and do fine. Some live at home and are babied, others are held accountable for age-appropriate responsibilities. Some live in dorms and waste time and money, in some ways retarding their growth, while others figure out how to balance academics, other college activities, and a social life. For me, home was not an option and there were just too many kids in the dorms who were annoyingly juvenile. In reality, I knew many kids my age (at the time) who did not go to college, but lived at home and worked and seemed more mature than many of my college peers. Of course, there is nothing like being totally responsible for one's own shelter, food, transportation, etc. to force the issue. What do YOU think? Tell me about your experiences at the institute. What did you study, what was life like? Did it prepare you for what you do now?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 22, 2018, 05:45:21 PM
Thanks, agree with you it doesn't differ, students can be independent or not independent regardless if they stayed to live with fam or get thru so-called "college experience". But I'd like to get the answer to this: "This bit is puzzling "pay whatever tuition was due after scholarships and grants." - do you mean when successful students get scholarship & grant, they pay sth. called tuition? What's it? Here, students who pass each semester exams with good (4) & excellent (5) marks get scholarship, special money to student credit cards. If it's 5s around, the money will be obviously bigger than 4s & 5s. They will not be paid scholarship if next semester's results end up with satisfactory mark (3) & exam failure (2). If students, besides being good studies, join various university activities such as conferences, volunteering, readings, public speeches, quizes, intellectual & sport games, show creativity etc., they'll be candidates to get grant which is bigger money than biggest scholarship. It can be even size of the average worker's salary. I gather by that bit about tuition, scholarship/ grant definition differs in the States?". I told you what it's like here for reason, to get answer from you about YOUR, American definition of "scholarship" & "grant", that you read my reply & tell me if scholarship is given in the same way as I said above, ditto grant. & really curious to know how tuition relates to the 2. It's still puzzling, you see, the bit you said "and pay whatever tuition was due after scholarships & grants". What you said is like you, as best student, get paid each month scholarship (here it's like that) & yet somehow they ask YOU, best student, to pay what's called tuition (which I still don't gather what exactly it is)? So you can't just go "Cool! I got money paid to me for just being good student! Woohoo!" but it's like you're told "Not too fast. You'll give in for being paid scholarship too. It's 2-way street. You'll pay tuition". I must know these specifics if I don't get it. Please, answer.

I went 1st to college which is NOT higher ed as in the States. It's 3 yrs. English language. Then went to institute, 5 yrs. English, German, Korean. College -lived either with either aunt (there's 2 aunts) or uncle. Didn't like it tbh, wanted to live completely alone as people's presence starts getting annoying. Institute - lived in the hostel in super-archaic building with 8 floors & no elevators which is fine by me, it's fun to walk by stairs. The worst thing is to live with whopping 4 girls in tiny room which much space is taken by 5 Soviet union archaic beds. Now, I like antique stuff but beds really looked like gag. That very same room is multi-functional - bedroom (check), kitchen (check), dining-room (check), laundry (check). To top it off, there's stupid rules like cleaning the hallway weekly, its walls with super-old paint since revolutionary times shedding. Wha'? & students must do it for free, forget about being paid. As NBBF,  I too didn't like the lights being switched till dawn with girls doing their student's work. I must sleep in total darkness, hey. Frankly, I didn't learn any independence there. Things like cleaning room, hallway, preparing food for 5 - it's not independence lesson if you ask me. Maybe to many it is. To cut it short, I lived there single year (1st yr), then went back to live with aunt. In compare, it's much better, despite her flat being soon infested with typical here ginger roaches, grew accustomed to them, eventually. Today live alone with cat as I wished.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on August 22, 2018, 06:57:42 PM
In the US, tuition is the total cost of attending college/university (or a private school at lower levels). Room & board are typically extra, and optional, as some students live off campus.

Students can apply for scholarships, which are very diverse. Some are from the school, some from charitable organizations, some from the government, etc. they may be for academic success, artistic talent, athletic ability, etc. They may be “full ride,” meaning they cover all costs, or just a few hundred dollars. They may be renewable by semester, year, etc, or for all four years.

Grants are generally more need-based, as opposed to ability-based. They also come from diverse sources.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 22, 2018, 07:53:58 PM
Main difference then students in America don't get to win budget vacant places in university. Here, if students fresh from school pass their documents to few HE establishments & in final exams they gained bigger score, depending if the other young people scored less or more, they may get in or may not to the budget places. F.ex. it's 20 budget places & the rest is commercial places (pay money akin to tuition). 20 young people with biggest finals score will study for free AND if they're successful students will get scholarship each month till the next semester's end-of-year June exams. If they pass them with no 3s & 2s (satisfactory & failure marks), they'll continue getting scholarship, INCLUDING summer vacations, durng which they don't study. F.ex. me & few others would get back to study in September & by the end of it get 3-month-collected scholarship. During my study (it's even bigger today), I got 9,000+ roubles.

It seems that Buckethead's phrasing puzzled when she'd written "pay whatever tuition was due after scholarships and grants". The "after" usage read like that when she got scholarship/ grant, it came along with paying tuition. I.e. "due after". I'd like that she explains to me what she meant there by such phrasing.

Btw, in addition to scholarship (study success), special students can write to university's student help council. They write they need money, esp. students with systematically bad exam results, i.e. scholarship-free. But really any student gets right to ask this material help if they fit special criteria - poor big extended family; single parent; invalid or smb. with limited abilities (well actually, they get money by default without asking but some may if for some reason, they don't receive financial help); young mother/ young student couple with kid to boot, in which case each student in this young fam gets money; rare, exclusive nationality/ rare ethnic group in Russia, with few thousands to hundreds being reserved today. It's akin to getting scholarship by, as been said, charitable organization. But student council isn't it, ofc. It isn't outside help, it's in every university/ college's building. Students work, make living but, if they fit any criteria, they don't refuse this right to get additional money (say, 3,000 roubles).


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on August 22, 2018, 08:16:29 PM
I think Buckethead meant this: imagine total tuition is $10,000.  Student has a $2,500 scholarship for music and maybe a $2,000 Pell Grant (a program sponsored by our federal government). That student has $5,500 tuition due after (applying the discount of) scholarships and grants.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 24, 2018, 04:29:48 PM
Yes, the Captain. You explained the financial issue quite well.

RRA1 -

I went to college by applying for and receiving partial financial assistance. I was awarded some funds from a church organization because my dad was an Episcopalian priest. The state of Pennsylvania kicked in a fair amount (based on need), and my university also contributed to my tuition. Some students who were outstanding in high school have tuition and room and board paid by their university or college and need nothing else. (Not me!) The rest of us cobble together a mish-mash of sources for funding higher education. The difference between grants and scholarships is sometimes fuzzy. The words are often used interchangeably, some based on need, academic achievement, participation in certain organizations, or one might have to write an essay to receive money for educational purposes. I was on my own for living expenses and books, hence my need to work 30-40 hours per week. On the upside, I had no student loans to pay back.





Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 24, 2018, 04:39:25 PM
RRA1 - Your accounting of your living conditions as a student is interesting. I think that I am grateful to have lived in the whore house! Also, you have an amusing way with words, and I don't mean by that that you make mistakes with English. It's impressive that you know Russian, English, German, and Korean. I know Koreans who speak/read Korean, no one else.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 24, 2018, 09:18:20 PM
Agree, at least in that house you lived alone. Btw, despite studying these languages, the main accent stayed English. The other - additional. & I wouldn't count Russian, it's by default.
Btw, since we speak houses - before going to travel, did you use couchsurfing service via the Internet? F.ex. you travel to Spain, type "couchsurfing spain", there is site that gathers people around the world, you can choose smb., they tell to you the address & you stay to live there for free whilst visiting that place shortly. As you know, hostel prices differ, they can be very expensive by hostel's standards. So, many tourists use couchsurfing. There is Russian travel show "Heads & Tails", 2 hosts flip the coin, who wins visits city/ country luxury style (due to golden card), with expensive car rent for 2 days, best suite in the hotel, experience rich people's entertainment etc. The other host who lost visits city as "poor budget" tourist. Anyway, when the hosts were in San Francisco, girl lost, she clicked couchsurfing in the mobile Internet, quickly found fellow Russian, she rang him, he agreed, gave address, she went there, to the block of flats. Found floor, flat number, he met her & she stayed for 2 days there for free. He works in Silicon Valley (google, youtube etc.), deals with IT. He was invited to work there & to new employees they give flats. He showed excursion in the workplace to girl, their huge dining-room etc. They don't eat anything normal since they must work by computers at home too, fridge empty except some protein bottles which replace them breakfast, dinner, lunch, supper. Anyhoo, answer question.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 25, 2018, 05:09:30 AM
I never couch-surfed. Just doesn't appeal to me to be a guest, paying or not, in someone's home when I don't know the person. I do have a high level of social anxiety, so I would be all worried about pleasing the host rather than enjoying my vacay. That is why I hated staying in bed and breakfasts in England, although I thoroughly enjoyed  the English breakfasts.

I'd enjoy watching that show, just to see the faces of the contestants who win the "poor" vacation.  Still, if it's free it's free, better than nothing.





Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on August 25, 2018, 12:12:53 PM
That is why I hated staying in bed and breakfasts in England, although I thoroughly enjoyed the English breakfasts.

Isn't that what UK B&Bs are all about, E? Fried everything--there's nothing like it! :lol


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 25, 2018, 01:30:50 PM
So true, JK. Those English breakfasts are not something I can quite replicate at home. Ditto teas with clotted cream and such! I would so like to return and experience the British Isles through the eyes of a mature adult. I was a bratty teenager when I was last there, and did not appreciate what I was experiencing. 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on August 25, 2018, 04:26:32 PM
I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed an English breakfast on my one trip there (for the first Smile show in Scotland, spent time in both countries). My heart doesn’t thank me, but my taste buds did.

Today I did a million little nonsense tasks that don’t seem to have added up to much. But now I’m on my patio with a beer, reading. (Louise Erdrich’s “Future Home of the Living God,” a Handmaids Tale-esque dystopian storyof reversed evolution.) Soon I’ll be doing a homemade pizza: olives, scallions, orange bell pepper, spinach and arugula, and ricotta and mozzarella.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 25, 2018, 05:22:23 PM
Now THAT'S a pizza! Hope it doesn't cause dystopian dypepsia!

I went with a brother to breakfast today - dined alfresco at an old, converted mill. Afterward, he came over to my house and we talked for four hours. He's like that, but I don't see him as much as I'd like to.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 29, 2018, 08:24:48 PM
Making plans for a fall garden, since we’re finally getting some regular rainfall. Planning on lettuces , chard, nasturtiums, parsley and fennel.
Sadness as well. My dear kitty Tabitha passed away today. Looks like the same mysterious illness that took Mr Fuzzy earlier. Fortunately my other cats look healthy.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 29, 2018, 09:58:01 PM
Bad news. Did you deduce yet it's catchy illness? Could Mr. Fuzzy be Tabitha's sidekick & maybe Fuzzy spitted in Tabitha's eye or she ate food remainder in Mr. Fuzzy's plate? Will you isolate the other cats that they don't play/ stand/ eat in the same space simultaneously?

Anyhoo. Boredom kingdom thru & thru today. It's nice that smb.'s got fun times today if they did. Cool. Btw, hate the signature & previous others dullville too. The inspiration, if there's such thing in the 1st place, went by. When it gets back - long wait, am sure - I'll then change signature. Daiana usually rings in the evening but today she didn't. Yep, it's dull today. Cooked sth., it as usual didn't bake well, raw. The garbage bin will eat it, ha. Epic fail. Cat the joy of the house brightens the mood by just being. Now he sleeps in the basket. It begins to be foggy in the streets. Isn't it bizarre? It's not like we're londoners. Do you know that fog is created with rain(drops). It consists of them, iirc. Many dislike fog, me too. What about you, Smiley people?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 30, 2018, 06:36:53 AM
Cat the joy of the house brightens the mood by just being.

Love this. So true!

Mr Fuzzy and Tabby didn't socialize. They did have one thing in common - going into an old fireplace and hiding in a hole. Our theory is that they might have inhaled something while in the hole and got a sickness that didn't show up in the blood tests .

Is there a particular meal you like to fix?

I have to accept fog as it's so humid down here. The fog season here is in January mainly. It can be very unsafe to drive.

Right now the biggest problem is my eyeglasses fogging up when I go outside this time of year. Really annoying since I can't see anything.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 30, 2018, 06:00:46 PM
Why, thank you. It's super-rare when smb. agrees with me. About 0,00000000000001%.

Yes, that theory makes sense.

Breakfast - chocolate pillows I buy in food shop. Maybe porridge or 2 (like oatmeal cereals, can eat 2 plates very easily). With tea or orange fresh. Dinner - 5 tiny dumplings. In big dumplings they add onions which I hate. Supper - buckwheat, plus bakery if I didn't fail at cooking it (biscuit, cookies). Dark chocolate or chocolate candy.

Did you tell the eye specialist to add anti-fog lenses to glasses? Here they can do it in any chemist's or advise special liquid to prevent the glasses to fog up.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 30, 2018, 07:02:27 PM
What are "chocolate pillows"?
I love porridge and buckwheat. But, oh well, I also love onions.

Did a good deed today. I left the front door of our country place open since our dog got out. I get nervous when he gets out there, as there have been sightings of wild cats, coyotes, poisonous snakes, and the occasional black bear.
He came back, but before I closed the door a tree frog hopped in. I knew that if it stayed in it would probably die . I managed after a few tries to capture the little fellow, getting my hands full of some liquid on my hands courtesy of the frog, and put him outside.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 30, 2018, 07:28:11 PM
You didn't answer re: glasses. Last paragraph. Isn't America place where everything sells, anything can be found, any service available? I must know about anti-fog lenses/ special covering etc.
Edit: I shan't ask questions. No point if they don't get answers, esp. if it's simple questions like mine. I shall withdraw any questions (& here I's thinking that posters like to compare what's in their country vs. foreign countries, differences & similarities, to exchange information. To quote Brian in BBs song, guess I's wrong).

Chocolate pillows is typical breakfast product: (https://shop.alenka.ru/upload/iblock/a48/a480835ebeef3bf2e9907872641cf5c7.jpg)


Today is nice day. As usual, went with cat for walk, took his basket, bought new seasonal shoes due to soon fall. It'll rapidly get cold in the streets. Now it's -13, then BAM! - in 2 days it'll be 0. To accentuate the positive, at least it'll dry up the walking area, the mud will disappear.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Jay on August 30, 2018, 10:51:18 PM
Those look quite good.  ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on August 30, 2018, 11:33:01 PM
We have the same cereal in the US except it’s called Krave


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 31, 2018, 12:18:27 AM
Yes, I went online and saw "Krave." I don't remember seeing it in stores. Might check those "chocolate pillows" out.

I did check and there are anti-fog wipes and sprays available. However none of the products listed was highly rated; complaints that they don't work. I'll check at my local drugstore. If it doesn't help, oh well, just one more month then the weather will be drier.

Mari, you're getting freezing weather in a couple of days? Wow. But I remember when we were in St Petersburg in September 1991. We stayed at a hostel. Apparently there was (is?) a law whereby the heaters in hostels and apartment complexes didn't have to be turned on until October 1. At night I had to sleep wearing all the clothes that I could put on. Thought I would freeze to death !


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on August 31, 2018, 05:13:49 PM
NBBF - So sorry to hear of the passing of your kitties. It's always sad, and, I'm sure, made more stressful with the uncertainty about the cause.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 01, 2018, 09:01:29 PM
Had a good visit with my Mother at a nursing home. She's there for extended physical therapy to try to get more strength in her legs.
We watched several episodes of "My Cat From Hell", a show about cats who are aggressive, overly skittish, don't want to use litter pan, etc.

While driving around I listened to the Beatles channel, which is doing a top 100 countdown this weekend, as voted on by fans. If you miss it , the show will keep repeating. The top voted song you all can figure out. The 100th song was Julia. I found myself yelling at the radio at the rankings of the songs. I know it's all subjective, but how on earth is Happiness is a Warm Gun higher rated than For No One?!

Watched a documentary about the Russian Revolution this evening.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on September 02, 2018, 06:14:59 PM
NBBF-  My best to your mom. Mine is 87. She can hardly see, but is a lot more gracious about it that i would be!  Love Jason Galaxy and his guitar case that he carries around with kitty accouterments. I need him to come to my house! I've been working all weekend on lesson plans for  the first week of school. I'll begin with serfs, then work my way up to the Revolution by October.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 06, 2018, 12:32:47 PM
You didn't answer re: glasses. Last paragraph. Isn't America place where everything sells, anything can be found, any service available? I must know about anti-fog lenses/ special covering etc.
Edit: I shan't ask questions.

Sorry just saw this post. You've been offline for a while, hopefully you're doing something fun. Or maybe you just wanted a break.
Didn't check into those glasses because I couldn't use them. There are special glasses one can wear that are anti fogging. However they are not prescription. I am very nearsighted, have astigmatism in my left eye, so need special prescription glasses. Best to get the spray to apply to my glasses and hope for the best.

Ah, I don't know if America is as you say, at least nowadays. Technology is a lot further along in places like Western Europe or South Korea.
I guess most desired items are available , if you're willing to pay the price...

You'll keep asking questions. I have to remember to come back to a question that I didn't fully answer at the time. I'm getting more absentminded by the day. (It's been years since I've had a good night's sleep and it's catching up with me)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 08, 2018, 08:25:40 AM
We have the same cereal in the US except it’s called Krave
What, you eat it like cereal? Interesting to say the least. We eat chocolate pillows like candies/ tiny crackers. The other interesting thing is you know about it but NBBF doesn't. I.e. food supplies differ state to state, really? Say, food supplies in Colorado differ than food supplies in Nebraska? The mind seriously boggles.

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But I remember when we were in St Petersburg in September 1991. We stayed at a hostel. Apparently there was (is?) a law whereby the heaters in hostels and apartment complexes didn't have to be turned on until October 1.
It changed. Central heating now switches on around mid-September. They switch it off during summer, beginning with 20th May.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 08, 2018, 07:33:39 PM
That particular cereal might be available at the really large supermarkets. I checked a couple of our neighborhood stores and it wasn't there. I don't usually eat cold cereals unless they have a lot of fiber. I usually eat hot cereals, oatmeal or some type of porridge.

While things are getting more homogeneous in the US, there are still regional differences. Down where I live there are the "national" brands of coffee available. However I find them to be a lot weaker in strength than our local coffee. Also, down here, it is popular to drink coffee with chicory - it gives the coffee a special "oomph" , a boost.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 08, 2018, 11:27:10 PM
Sure it's cereal in America. As I said, here we eat chocolate pillows like candies & crackers. When you bite it, it cracks. It's like cookies you eat with tea. If you looked at the pic posted by me or checked "Krave" as per Billy, these pillows do look like cookies/ crackers. If it says "cold cereal" doesn't mean you can't take each pillow outta bag & eat it like cookie. You should try, it's yummy that way. It wouldn't hurt to try anyway.

Finished seeing "Airport". Mixed bag. This is 1st film with Dean Martin I'd seen, ditto Burt Lancaster & Jean Seberg. Book's better. Bought the cat new scarf & new shoes to prevent feet to catch cold. Plan as well to buy ear muffs to my ears. If they're too expensive, I shan't buy. I'm cheapskate & proud of it, ha.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 10, 2018, 05:54:38 PM
Dwarf friend Daiana bought few nice floral T-shirts. She didn't like floral Ts before, now she does. She said she'd like to change wardrobe. & she began it with T-shirts, then will make her way to buying new head gears, then new scarves etc. She's very serious about renewing wardrobe. Threw ancient clothes to garbage bin. Sonya, otoh, doesn't wish to replace ancient clothes with new. In her plans, to buy new gadget. As to me, I played really old computer game about Nancy Drew investigating Japanese case. I don't usually play computer games but this time today I found it installed to 'puter many yrs back which I forgot. It's interesting game, if at times too puzzling riddles.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 10, 2018, 07:00:41 PM
Yes, books are usually better than the movies made based on them.
It's sweet that you're getting little shoes for your kitty to keep him warm. Certainly not a problem here!
I'm like your friend Sonya. I wear clothes so that I won't get arrested. Don't really care what I wear as long as it 's clean and not torn. Would rather spend money on books or music. Speaking of old clothes, I looked at an old nightgown I've been wearing for years. The front of it is full of tiny holes - caused by cats claws lol.

We got a new air conditioning system for our house today. It had gotten rather uncomfortable over the past week - the inside temperature was a little over 27C (could have been even hotter but we've fortunately had cloudy weather this week). It's strange how that temperature would feel okay outdoors but not so indoors. It's now 5C* cooler in the house, so much nicer.

* So I have the thermostat at 73F, in case any Americans are reading this  ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 11, 2018, 06:55:58 PM
Watched 9/11 programs. It's an obsession - keep hoping that the outcome would somehow be different (yes I know that's silly...)

A great thing happened today. Our 18 year old cat, Sai III, jumped on the chair and cuddled up beside me. She had never done that before. I had despaired over no longer having a lap cat; she is almost that.

Watching the progress of Hurricane Florence towards the coast. And the idiots who live on the coast saying they won't evacuate. Why anyone would want to experience the full force of a hurricane is beyond me. Trust me, the thrill will soon leave, to be followed by hours of terror.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 11, 2018, 11:20:03 PM
Americans didn't read it.
Tell - do you agree with me it's baffoonery to give hurricanes names? 1. In which way they choose the name, f.ex. in this case it's Florence? 2. Last yr, iirc, it's Harvey, why it' s boy's name? Is it possible to tell hurricane's gender? 3. At last, what's the reason to give hurricanes names? Whose bizarre idea is it?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 12, 2018, 05:21:06 AM
Hurricanes/tropical storms were given Girls’ names starting in the 1950s. It was done to tell different systems apart. Some women put up a stink so in the 1970s I think they started using Boys names as well. So the storms alternate girl/boy using the alphabet. There were storms with names beginning with a through e, then Florence, Gordon (which came and went), Helene (the remains of which could possibly affect Europe down the road), and Isaac. There could possibly be a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico this weekend and that would be Joyce. And so on.
The groups of names are on a six-year cycle, thus the names this year were last used in 2012. If a storm is really bad, such as Katrina, that name will be retired and not used again.
There were at least three bad ones last year that I assume were retired - Harvey, Irma and Maria.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 12, 2018, 05:51:25 AM
I didn't get the "different systems" bit. What's that? & why specially these names Irma, Helene etc? Why not Harriet & Imogen? Bottom line: to REALLY understand this weird tradition, be in on it, you must be born & raised abroad. As is, I'm very slow about it.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on September 12, 2018, 07:38:37 AM
Different systems, meaning different storm systems. It is necessary to name them somehow to tell simultaneous storm systems apart.

As for why the specific names chosen or how the naming conventions work, I think you’re wrong that you have to be born here to understand: I don’t think many people here understand the naming conventions either. I would bet that almost everyone simply accepts that there is one and uses the names that are assigned. The “how” and “why,” I would guess, rarely crosses anyone’s mind.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 12, 2018, 04:08:10 PM
I'm curious by nature, hence the occasional interrogation.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on September 12, 2018, 04:35:18 PM
That's fine--good, even. Just trying to explain as best I can the way things are here to answer you.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 20, 2018, 03:39:11 AM
Did useful deed today - removed the computer's keyboard keys, cleaned each with ants' spirit as desinfectant, the keyboard's carpet, then the other carpet attached to various schemes, details, brushed the dust with paint brush, cotton buds, toothpicks, needle, shook the entire laptop to floor, cleaned the screen, placed each key to its place (before it took keyboard's pic to mobile). The last bit at 1st seemed difficult but shortly I got it. Meticulous yet fascinating thing to deal with computers.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 24, 2018, 07:36:36 PM
Trying to figure out what "ants' spirit" is.

 Today we drove to Memphis, Tennessee. On the way we stopped at the Mississippi Petrified Forest, the only such forest in the Eastern United States. Trees from way up north died millions of years ago and their remains moved south, petrifying in the process. The hike to see them was very informative. There were two friendly cats "guarding" the place. Their names were Jasper and Magma lol.
On to Memphis, had dinner, now getting ready for bed. Going to Graceland tomorrow.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 24, 2018, 07:49:38 PM
It's formic acid which can be found in ants mixed with ethanol spirit. There must be the official medical name. We say what can be translated as ants' spirit.

Which breeds the cats look like?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 25, 2018, 04:35:04 AM
One was a tabby, the other a pretty tortoise shell


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 25, 2018, 06:39:15 AM
Pity you didn't take pic. Would be fun to see cats guarding forest.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 26, 2018, 05:23:20 PM
Went to dentist. Really happy they don't sell the blue cellophane one-off slippers - gosh, don't know what these things called - it's now given for free. They place big basket with them in windowsill, people can take as many as they wish. I took 15-20 pairs, put them into bag in case in the other medical places you must buy them. Even if I usually use the lifehack - retrieve the used slippers from garbage bin to not pay for new. It's not like I take off shoes & wear sand/mud-filled slippers with socks anyway.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 26, 2018, 06:19:05 PM
Good you were able to get some of those disposable slippers. They could come in handy when cleaning things up and you don't want to mess up your shoes or regular slippers.
After I got back from Graceland last evening I was very tired, and started having a toothache. This morning I woke up with a severe toothache (and can't see the dentist until Friday), stopped up sinuses, a sore throat, and really irritated eyes. I looked in the mirror and saw big "bags" under my eyes. I looked like Bert Lahr (cowardly lion) in The Wizard of Oz lol.
Drove straight home , canceling any side trips. My sister wanted to continue listening to Elvis; I wanted more variety but it is what it is. One good thing - around noontime was an announcement - "This is Al Jardine, and you're listening to The Elvis Channel."
 I stumbled in to a stinky house, cats mad at me for leaving them . Will take something to knock me out for the night and will commence getting the house looking and smelling presentable tomorrow...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on October 03, 2018, 02:23:27 PM
I didn't in any time consider, like many well-known & not well-known people, to keep diary. Today found aunt's school diary. It's interesting to read what it was like to be school child in the 80s, live in U.S.S.R., be pioneer (every school kid became pioneer after certain age, around 5th grade). She is the kind who doesn't write just shortly - she described many events in painstaking detail. In my school time, the food we ate in school canteen used to be either swamp green-colored juice (which I still can't figure what was it) with flour-free pastry "Kartoshka" or tea with bun. In the aunt's school time, they got everything - 1st course, 2nd, lunch, dessert. Varied, rich choice.
Besides school activities, she described her summer holidays, that their father (now 80-year-old grandpa) used to jokingly compete with his wife's sister's husband in whose motor boat gets to dacha 1st. They'd drive to dacha with big families - aunt with her 3 siblings, mother, father & the other boat with their brood. I rang the aunt to tell I discovered her school diary, told it's fun & interesting read. She was flattered, said bring the diary when you'll be nearby.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on October 03, 2018, 05:24:43 PM
I remember the school lunches when I was growing up. I kid you not, without fail, every time the groundskeeper mowed the lawn, we had "spinach" at lunch. We got a dessert maybe once a month, a small container of vanilla ice cream.
I've seen pictures of "pioneers." Were they like Girl Scouts, going on camping trips, learning how to do different crafts? Or was it more political?
 i bet the 80s was a very interesting time in the USSR, a time of transition, opening up a lot more to the West.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on October 03, 2018, 06:25:50 PM
My maternal grandpa kept a diary throughout his college and seminary years during the Great Depression. It included his early years working, meeting my grandma: you’d think it would be amazing. Unfortunately most entries (including the one where he met my grandma!) are only a few words, often about how long something took (traveling from A to B) or how much something cost.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on October 04, 2018, 07:10:27 AM
Read this just now. This is for all those trying to learn the crazy English language.

I before E:
Except when your foreign neighbor Keith received eight counterfeit beige sleighs from feisty caffeinated weightlifters. Weird.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on October 06, 2018, 03:47:20 AM
It's official - I've girl crush at Zooey Deschanel. :D Mother of 2 & still looks young, didn't age. I checked cover vids in which she sings in duet with various people & besides the voice, really liked the way she moved her lips, it looked sweet & somewhat coy (don't deny, when we see smb. sing, we inadvertently look at lips). Also, I think she's smarter than her image of girl with bangs.
What's YOUR boy/ girl crushes, folks? 'Fess up! :)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on October 07, 2018, 03:58:19 PM
Today went to the main supermarket - didn't buy anything; the prices seemed to skyrocket since previous visit this June. Usually jot down which things to buy, today's list cat-related things, soon his boithday - special brush, leash, food ofc, new scarf, greeting cards in which I shall write nice wishes & congratulations. Will go to the shopping centre instead, it's usually big choice there paired with different prices.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on October 07, 2018, 04:09:49 PM
Happy birthday in advance to your kitty!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on October 07, 2018, 07:12:24 PM
I saw a post today where Zooey Deschanel "wants to save the bees." Don't know your situation in Russia but over here there has been a marked decline in the native bee population. Fewer bees means less pollination means crop failures .
 so anything she can do along those lines makes her a-ok with me.

Don't know anyone I have a "crush" on now. Unfortunately I have become too cynical.
I'll think about any crushes I might have had earlier in life.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on October 08, 2018, 04:48:37 PM
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Zooey Deschanel "wants to save the bees."
That's nice.
Buckethead, thanks, I shall tell the cat your happy birthday wishes. I shall invite his best feline friends with their masters, mainly nice elderly ladies I befriended after exchanging funny/ cute cat tales. Planning to invite as well teenage cousin Lena, my favorite cousin, that she helps to prepare the party. I'll give her many orders - she's younger, she must - I'll do the minimum. It's going to be fun guaranteed, like past year, the year previous to it etc. It didn't fail before & hope this time too.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on October 08, 2018, 09:18:15 PM
Spent the morning at a local coffeehouse, reading and working crossword puzzles.
Went next door to restaurant for lunch. Awkward moment when I heard yelling, cursing and loud thumps coming from the kitchen. Don't know if there was a fistfight going on. Thought maybe I should leave. But then manager came out, smiling as if nothing happened. The lunch was quite good -  jambalaya with shrimp and sausage, and catfish. I'm thinking that I might wait a while before going back there again.

Had light supper, tended to my Mother , and decided to turn on TV as I remembered that our football team, the Saints, was playing. Saw our quarterback, Drew Brees, break the career yardage record. Found myself tearing up but couldn't understand why. Then I saw posts from other Saints fans saying they had cried as well.

Was about to go to bed; when I let the night sitter for Mom in, and BooBoo the dog got out. Wanted to go to bed but can't until he decides to come back...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: MsBecca on October 09, 2018, 01:18:23 PM
Fell off my bike like a feeb this morning trying to show off. I am 35 not 15 but for a moment I forgot.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: MsBecca on October 09, 2018, 01:40:01 PM
It's official - I've girl crush at Zooey Deschanel. :D Mother of 2 & still looks young, didn't age. I checked cover vids in which she sings in duet with various people & besides the voice, really liked the way she moved her lips, it looked sweet & somewhat coy (don't deny, when we see smb. sing, we inadvertently look at lips). Also, I think she's smarter than her image of girl with bangs.
What's YOUR boy/ girl crushes, folks? 'Fess up! :)

Probably Lauren Cohan (Maggie from The Walking Dead) for me :)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on October 09, 2018, 04:22:55 PM
Fell off my bike like a feeb this morning trying to show off. I am 35 not 15 but for a moment I forgot.

Hope you’re okay.
I used to be able to take a fall then get right back up, the only injury being to my pride. :-)
Not so anymore unfortunately.

Today I had a root canal. Hurts, and sound funny when I talk


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: MsBecca on October 09, 2018, 05:54:16 PM
I am ok aside from a bruised ego and my leg looking like red cabbage

Root canals suck. My heart goes out to you !


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on October 10, 2018, 05:56:35 AM
Well cat's birthday party finished. It's been fun. Cat got nice gifts, souvenirs. Enjoyed time meeting his feline friends & many things. Frankly, to describe it would be written with 5 paragraphs. In short, good day.

Quote from: ChewBecca
Probably Lauren Cohan (Maggie from The Walking Dead) for me :)
I'll check google pics when Internet's fast.
 p.s. Thanks again for apology message you sent & deleting posts in SWD thread. Appreciate it.

Btw, I don't even know what's "root canal". By description, it's sth. to do with speech difficulty.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Jay on October 10, 2018, 06:14:15 AM
A root canal is a procedure you have in your mouth at the dentist.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on October 10, 2018, 07:18:25 AM
Re: root canals . It’s a procedure to try to save the root of the tooth . I will have to go back to my regular dentist to have a crown made for the tooth.
With the cost involved, and the fact that it is a back tooth , maybe I should have gotten a bottle of hard liquor, got good and drunk, and got someone to pull the tooth out.

RR - so glad your Kitty had a wonderful birthday.

Today I’m nursing a sore mouth, and watching TV as Hurricane Michael prepares to lay waste to the Florida Panhandle. People around my city are particularly sad about this because Destin and Panama City areas are where we go for beach vacations.
Also maddening, the number of people who decided not to evacuate. :-(


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on October 10, 2018, 08:04:40 AM
If you want to hear what I sounded like yesterday, watch the short YT clip, “West Wing CJ root canal.”


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on October 10, 2018, 10:54:06 AM
Today I thought about whether I want to hang around here. I deleted my PSF account a couple days ago because I’m bored. Not angry with anyone or anything, not freaked out about anything, not thinking I’m too good for it, nothing like that. No hard feelings. No drama. Just bored. I think maybe halving my experience by cutting to one board could help. Thought about zero, but stuck with this one (more or less on a coin toss) for the time being.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SMiLE Brian on October 10, 2018, 10:58:15 AM
Cap, hope you stay! Jimmy Butler drama won’t be the same... :-\


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: MsBecca on October 10, 2018, 11:10:52 AM
Well cat's birthday party finished. It's been fun. Cat got nice gifts, souvenirs. Enjoyed time meeting his feline friends & many things. Frankly, to describe it would be written with 5 paragraphs. In short, good day.

Quote from: ChewBecca
Probably Lauren Cohan (Maggie from The Walking Dead) for me :)
I'll check google pics when Internet's fast.
 p.s. Thanks again for apology message you sent & deleting posts in SWD thread. Appreciate it.

Btw, I don't even know what's "root canal". By description, it's sth. to do with speech difficulty.

You are more than welcome!

Happy birthday to kitty as well!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on October 10, 2018, 12:06:22 PM
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I am ok aside from a bruised ego and my leg looking like red cabbage


Dare I ask what you were doing in order to fall off your bike? :D

Today I thought about whether I want to hang around here. I deleted my PSF account a couple days ago because I’m bored. Not angry with anyone or anything, not freaked out about anything, not thinking I’m too good for it, nothing like that. No hard feelings. No drama. Just bored. I think maybe halving my experience by cutting to one board could help. Thought about zero, but stuck with this one (more or less on a coin toss) for the time being.

Glad you're still here Luther. I honestly can't imagine this board without you.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on October 11, 2018, 05:07:46 PM
It's 1st day snowing - hope it's definitive snow, not snow that melts & creates mud. It's still plus degree (+2 C) which means it could melt. Then again, it's chilly & sunless, it may stay.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on October 11, 2018, 05:14:52 PM
Wow, is that especially early for you? We had snow in the northern parts of the state--I heard eight inches in one spot!--but nothing here, thankfully. (There had been forecasts that we might get some.) I enjoy the cool weather that precedes the winter most of all. Though it was about 35 F / 1.6 C this afternoon ... hardly warm. But not yet bitter cold.

I should add, I know what you mean about snow that melts, though. That slush and mud are even worse than just snow.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Wata on October 11, 2018, 05:41:02 PM
Today I thought about whether I want to hang around here. I deleted my PSF account a couple days ago because I’m bored. Not angry with anyone or anything, not freaked out about anything, not thinking I’m too good for it, nothing like that. No hard feelings. No drama. Just bored. I think maybe halving my experience by cutting to one board could help. Thought about zero, but stuck with this one (more or less on a coin toss) for the time being.
I'm sorry to see you leave, but I'm relieved to hear it wasn't that you were in trouble there.

Still, I'm glad you're still here here with us.  :) I always enjoyed reading your posts.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on October 11, 2018, 06:27:24 PM
Snow? Wow.
We're so happy that the temp is finally getting down to 18.3C (65F) tonight lol.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on October 11, 2018, 06:40:51 PM
Wow, is that especially early for you? We had snow in the northern parts of the state--I heard eight inches in one spot!--but nothing here, thankfully. (There had been forecasts that we might get some.) I enjoy the cool weather that precedes the winter most of all. Though it was about 35 F / 1.6 C this afternoon ... hardly warm. But not yet bitter cold.

I should add, I know what you mean about snow that melts, though. That slush and mud are even worse than just snow.
The past few years - yes, it begins snowing at this time. In 2015 & before, it began as late as November. This year's summer in compare with previous years is the coldest as well, with hail & even snow in June. People say "global warming" but it doesn't seem to be about every place in the world. Then it's not "global". Yes indeed, plus 1-2 degrees isn't exactly warm. I meant that usually it's below zero degrees when it's officially winter starts, snow stays. & at times when it was above zero degrees, there were chances snow would melt (& it did). Few yrs back, reading either Minnesota's wiki page or St. Paul's it said it's akin to Siberia. Is it really the coldest state/ U.S. city? I figured it's somewhere in Alaska there's coldest place in America.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on October 11, 2018, 07:08:41 PM
I think it probably depends on the specific question as to which is the coldest place in the USA: coldest average temperature, coldest average winters, coldest average coldest day, etc. I'd think North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota would be the worst, being so far from any moderation caused by big bodies of water. But I'd guess at our coldest, we're not so far off Siberia's coldest. Just not as often or for as long.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: MsBecca on October 11, 2018, 10:07:02 PM
I think it probably depends on the specific question as to which is the coldest place in the USA: coldest average temperature, coldest average winters, coldest average coldest day, etc. I'd think North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota would be the worst, being so far from any moderation caused by big bodies of water. But I'd guess at our coldest, we're not so far off Siberia's coldest. Just not as often or for as long.

I was actually just talking about this but having been to North Dakota during winter one time it made my Colorado winters look like Hawaiian winters. Oh dear how can someone live there?! The culture there is weird too no offense but you know how every state has its own vibe? Well it it is like the fog in silent hill was replaced by snow. I actually felt weirded out at night and the cold was literal bone chilling ouchie ouch sh*t that hurts type of cold. I mean there was some beautiful land but there is a different kind of living.

Minnesota on the other hand apparently can actually get hot in the summer! I was shocked and awed. The people there are so nice though very welcoming like everybody is your friend. Complete strangers see you got an armful of food trying to get your keys out and they are like oh no sweetie heard I got that frozen whatever go on now get your key ok go it , good here is your turkey alright now GO Vikings! On the real, if I ever did have to leave and move I would indeed go to St Paul.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: the captain on October 12, 2018, 06:26:21 AM
Yes, Minnesota can get really hot in the summers: 90s are normal, 100s aren't so rare, and it's humid besides. I hate that. I'm sure we're at or near the top for biggest difference of temps in the country (sometimes literally within a day or two). As for the niceness, I don't know about that. "Minnesota nice" is a cliche, but I think a lot of it is more passive-aggressiveness than anything. And just try getting anything done at a 4-way-stop intersection, with everyone trying to out-nice everyone else, waving one another forward...maddening!

And really, if you ever moved here, Minneapolis is the superior town ... (said the Minneapolitan).

What did I do today? So far, not much. Working from home, so I made a bigger breakfast than usual.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on October 21, 2018, 06:11:29 PM
Haven't watched much TV lately, the last two days watched sporting events .
Yesterday around noon I tuned in to a Premier League game, Liverpool vs Suddersfield. Had never heard of the latter before but decided to root for them because they wore blue striped shirts. They held Liverpool to one goal: unfortunately, they got "nil."

 today I fixed my Mother's emergency alert system (press a button and it connects you with someone who notifies emergency personnel -have had to use it numerous times these past few years). But now our landline system isn't working...

Half heartedly watched the Saints play the Ravens, assuming that once again the Ravens would win. Wrong. The Saints are living a charmed life right now, winning two games due to "gifts" by the opposition's kickers.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on October 29, 2018, 03:44:33 PM
I forgot this thread. Anyhoo, tried to cook pancakes but given I'm world's worst cook, they turned up super imbalanced - some side fat, the other super thin. It isn't edible either. Maybe will give food to stray dogs & winter birds that didn't fly to south. The cat gets really poetic in winter & sits in windowsill looking at snow flakes falling hypnotized few hours.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on October 29, 2018, 07:46:29 PM
I've never had much luck with pancakes. The edges are burnt and the center's uncooked.
It rarely snows here but love when it does - as long as I don't have to go anywhere. It's usually a gentle snowfall, big fat flakes . I've heard it referred to as "snowing handkerchiefs."
 And like your kitty, the effect on me is hypnotic and relaxing.
No snow around here anytime soon though. Temperature got back up to nearly 30C today. Supposedly it will turn a little cooler later this week.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 02, 2018, 05:11:37 AM
To the pancake subject: Thin pancakes cooked at 7-day Maslenitsa holiday = "crepes".


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 10, 2018, 04:56:02 PM
Today it's Sunday.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 03, 2018, 07:35:46 AM
Severe cold, fog December begin. Cat stays in the house, zero walk arrangements. People must quit walking dogs as well. I'd seen poor stray lying rolled up in the dry surface with less snow, shaking, trying to be warm - bottom line: smb. should adopt. If it bites, still adopt to prevent freezing in cold. They'll get used to people & quit biting. Maybe.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 04, 2018, 05:31:50 PM
Hello, it's me again. :3d Ha! Chime in here to tell what's with day to day selective news by NBBF? Liked reading 'em, esp. cat-related news, not politics, baseball-football, whatever. Hey, N, resume the posts about yoursees catsees. :3d


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 04, 2018, 08:11:53 PM
Not much to say. Spent last night with my Mother in the emergency room of a hospital. Problem with one of her medicines . Got that taken care of, she's feeling better, and we're home. Waiting for overnight sitter so that I can maybe have some sleep tonight.
Maybe later on there will be something interesting to mention.
I did watch a live performance of "Forever" - the concert at Central Park, 1971.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 09, 2018, 01:52:33 PM
Checked nice early 20th cent. greeting cards. Would be cool to print them, write down friends' names (Daiana, Sonya), give to friends. They can read English well-wishes. I dislike creating well-wishes, prefer cards with written text. It saves time.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on December 10, 2018, 01:53:30 PM
Not much to say. Spent last night with my Mother in the emergency room of a hospital. Problem with one of her medicines . Got that taken care of, she's feeling better, and we're home. Waiting for overnight sitter so that I can maybe have some sleep tonight.
Maybe later on there will be something interesting to mention.
I did watch a live performance of "Forever" - the concert at Central Park, 1971.

Sorry to hear about your mother, E. Glad it got sorted and she's better now.  :)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 10, 2018, 02:17:24 PM
RR1, I love old Christmas cards. And especially love old postcards.

JK, thanks. Really have to watch medicines with the elderly. So many more side effects!
How was it with you on Dec 6?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 10, 2018, 03:22:52 PM
What about 6 Dec. (not Dec. 6)? Is it special day? It's funny when I say sth. here, nobody asks questions about that sth. Like, "Which cards did you like? Share them" etc. Which would mean that they show interest. But when it's smb. else, they start asking questions. It doesn't make sense & will never do.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 10, 2018, 05:09:36 PM
In the US we usually write December 6. In other areas it's 6 December.
It gets confusing. When I was entering data for foreign students and they wrote down their birthdate as 4/9/82, I had to double check with them - was their birthday April 9, or September 4?
I asked JK about 6 December because it's a special holiday in the Netherlands and he had indicated that he was making preparations.

I'm sorry that you didn't take kindly to my comment about old timey cards. I basically know what they look like - I assumed that if there were some especially appealing to you that you would have posted photos.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 10, 2018, 05:50:15 PM
We studied the date differences since school thru & thru. I discussed it recently with B.E. in messages. The bottom line is U.S. way is bizarre. To me, that date is & will be 4 September.
The greeting cards point is people will not ask questions to things I say. *I* usually do it, i.e. display interest in sth. smb. says but it will not be the other way around. It's, again, bizarre. As if things I say, weirdly, less interesting than everybody else's. It's impossible. Or people frightened by me that they shy away the questions? I see discussion being 2-sided, each side asking questions, not just single human.

What did do today - told aunt to knit in free time new,  New Year-themed, scarf to cat, to meet New Year with suitable look/ style. Buying scarf will be expensive, aunt agreed to knit for free. Cat will be gleeful. You knit to cat as well, NBBF.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on December 11, 2018, 03:07:06 AM
I asked JK about 6 December because it's a special holiday in the Netherlands and he had indicated that he was making preparations.

You're very kind, E, but it's December 5th. And it went very well, thanks. Some years are a bit panicky and over-the-top (too many preparations!) but this year's Sinterklaas was quite laid back. :smokin


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 11, 2018, 05:30:46 PM
Oops, yes indeed you had posted that it was on 5 December.
I get a catalog with lots of holiday goodies. I really liked seeing the chocolates made to look like little wooden clogs.
Was really feeling low last night. Woke up thinking , girl, get your stuff together ! I got our fake Christmas tree out and we did some decorating. Decorated our real tree (Norfolk pine) that's outside in a pot on our front porch. Got some poinsettias. I'm going to get in the holiday spirit, dangit!  ;D

RR1: No I don't know now, used to be able to do basic knit/purl stuff back in the dark ages (45 years ago). Trying to get the time to learn how to crochet.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 11, 2018, 05:42:53 PM
What's poinsettias? As usual, I shan't decorate house. It's too much waste of time to stand just few weeks, then be put back. Looking at people's windows - usual habit to steal design ideas - there's many shiny shimmery things by window. Look festive. It's good to see tree in central square & main streets that house decoration seems pointless & redundant imo.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 11, 2018, 09:24:12 PM
Poinsettias are plants native to Mexico. They are very popular in the US because around Christmastime many of the leaves turn red, and the leaves that remain green have red veins.
Red and green are "Christmas" colors.
They are tropical and will die back with freezing temperatures. We have one that we planted in the ground a number of years ago. So far this year we haven't had freezing weather so hopefully the leaves will be turning red soon. Ours is about 1.5m tall and looks really pretty when in "bloom." The leaves stay red until well into April, then fall off and new green leaves appear. We had a couple of winters without freezes and our poinsettia grew to well over 2.5 m tall and wide.

 In the U.S. we can't leave well enough alone. So now one can buy poinsettias that have pink, white, light yellow, or even bluish leaves. We have noticed that these generally don't survive as long as the classic type.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 12, 2018, 07:37:23 AM
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Red and green are "Christmas" colors.
Respectively, Santa & what/ who?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 12, 2018, 03:49:07 PM
Red and green have been traditional for Christmas. Holly trees are evergreen, and this time of year the trees are full of red berries. This tradition goes back many centuries, before the celebration was Christmas but rather a pagan holiday.
Santa now is pictured wearing red. But he was at one time clad in differing colors, and he was thin. The theory is that there was a popular Coca Cola ad showing a fat Santa wearing a red suit. That's when the red costume took hold.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 12, 2018, 04:44:29 PM
There's timeless CC ad they still show in TV with song "Holidays Are Coming" (IIRC the singer is Melanie Thornton) playing thru it (wish they didn't transl. it to Rus.). They aired it since when I's 8. Ads change but this they keep playing thru yrs. I liked it as kid but not now.
Interesting tidbit re: multi colors & pagan holiday.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 14, 2018, 06:34:18 PM
I and my Mom's morning caregiver both had received a summons for jury duty. I went down to the courthouse first. I needed a note from my Mom's doctor saying that I am her primary caregiver and to please be excused from jury duty.  Not being able to get the note in time I convinced them to postpone for 6 months, in which time I would have the note. Hopefully then I can be excused as Mom has become so dependent on me for everything. But if I have to serve will figure it out.
While there I saw a guy arguing with a court official . The best way to describe the guy was that he was the stereotypical snob. He said that he would serve one day but refuse to go the other 3 days. The official simply said "That's your decision, sir." The guy said " what can they do to me! " Well, missing one day could get him a fine ; purposely missing 3 days could be considered to be Contempt of Court, which could put the guy in jail.
When I got back our morning caregiver left to go to the Courthouse. She couldn't get out of it so will be doing jury duty the second half of next month. That will be rough for me but it is what it is...
Listened to the Chicago and Fargo concerts in the new 1968 release (32 songs total). Pretty good overall, but I want to shake Mike and tell him to rein in that banter. Particularly bad in the Chicago show.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 15, 2018, 07:11:38 PM
2NBBF - I'd seen before you'd written mother with big "M". & you do it now. It's peculiar. In studying English we'd written it with little "m". Is it Louisianian thing? Usually, in German you'll see nouns to start with uppercase.
Next observation - it's good to see you said "I &...", not banality "caregiver & I...", "my girlfriend & I" etc.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Jay on December 15, 2018, 11:46:29 PM
It's an American thing, Usually, we capitalize in referencing a relative. For example: Mother, Father, Grandpa, Grandma, Aunt, Uncle, etc.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 16, 2018, 12:34:56 AM
Is it? As smb. who checks around things, I went to type "mother" in advanced search & there's few results with capitalized "M", namely by NBBF, maryusa, wilsonart1. Everybody else - Americans too - typed simply "mother", including you:

Really?!?!? "Baby Blue" is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful songs ever in the history of music. I would sell my mother to hear those rehearsal tapes.  :lol

Thus, let NBBF answer my question, since it's to *her*. I'd like to know what *she* says.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 16, 2018, 04:48:01 AM
I think of "Mom" as an endearment and that's why I capitalized that yesterday. Sometimes I capitalize "Mother" and sometimes not.
I have so much trouble typing on this tablet. The autocorrect drives me nuts. And that sometimes affects what gets capitalized.
As for me putting "I " first and then the caregiver, that's not correct English grammar.
It should have been "My Mom's caregiver and I..." Sorry!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 16, 2018, 06:09:32 AM
Yes, I'm quite well aware that mom is endearing way to say mother. But, you say *that's why* you capitalized it, meaning any endearment is written uppercase? Single place I'd seen it written that way is letters: "Dear Darling" etc. That's that.

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Sometimes I capitalize "Mother" and sometimes not.
Then Jay isn't right, it's not "American thing".

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The autocorrect drives me nuts. And that sometimes affects what gets capitalized.
Ditto as previous quote. Reading here & elsewhere Americans, nobody'd written relatives with uppercase 1st letter. You & maryusa did. I should've relied to my observations since it's established by now that from get go I's right.
Who do you say sorry to? I praised you that you didn't use banal "caregiver & I", instead said it "I & caregiver". I disagree with you when you say it's "not correct English". Technically it is, it's just really rare, people just accepted the other way & everybody else repeats the standard. It's just popular order, you know. Iirc, Emily answered in the other Sandbox thread just same, that technically it's correct English, at least it's her gist. I could swear she said it, we talked about it. Don't be sorry for using sth. rare, it's not sin but perhaps you're, like many, afraid to go against the "crowd". Which you shouldn't, I mean c'mon, it's not big deal.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 16, 2018, 07:44:55 AM
Ha, are you my sister in disguise? She's always getting after me for saying "I'm sorry" too much.  :)
As you are studying English, I need to be more mindful of grammar. I don't want to steer you wrong!

As for the capitalization of "mother" etc, there isn't any specific rule. I might not capitalize the word if I'm writing about mothers in general. But if I'm writing specifically about MY mother, I will usually capitalize that. Same with other relatives. Think that was what Jay was getting at.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Jay on December 16, 2018, 07:54:51 AM
I suppose that either usage is correct, to a certain point. When I spoke of the capitalization of the word(s) in question, I failed to include the example of the words "Father" and "Mother" as it pertains to religion.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Jay on December 16, 2018, 08:00:59 AM
Yes, I'm quite well aware that mom is endearing way to say mother. But, you say *that's why* you capitalized it, meaning any endearment is written uppercase? Single place I'd seen it written that way is letters: "Dear Darling" etc. That's that.

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Sometimes I capitalize "Mother" and sometimes not.
Then Jay isn't right, it's not "American thing".

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The autocorrect drives me nuts. And that sometimes affects what gets capitalized.
Ditto as previous quote. Reading here & elsewhere Americans, nobody'd written relatives with uppercase 1st letter. You & maryusa did. I should've relied to my observations since it's established by now that from get go I's right.
Who do you say sorry to? I praised you that you didn't use banal "caregiver & I", instead said it "I & caregiver". I disagree with you when you say it's "not correct English". Technically it is, it's just really rare, people just accepted the other way & everybody else repeats the standard. It's just popular order, you know. Iirc, Emily answered in the other Sandbox thread just same, that technically it's correct English, at least it's her gist. I could swear she said it, we talked about it. Don't be sorry for using sth. rare, it's not sin but perhaps you're, like many, afraid to go against the "crowd". Which you shouldn't, I mean c'mon, it's not big deal.
[/quoI]The sentence "I should've relied to my observations since it's established by now that from get to I's right" isn't grammatically correct.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 16, 2018, 08:07:36 AM
2NBBF:
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But if I'm writing specifically about MY mother, I will usually capitalize that. Same with other relatives. Think that was what Jay was getting at.
But didn't you read Jay's 2007 quote? I brought it here specifically to show that Jay, despite what he said, ACTUALLY said "my mother" with little "m". & since beginning this discussion, I keep telling you that I'd NEVER seen anybody here or elsewhere capitalize Mother. For instance to use then-frequent poster here in the Sandbox, the captain talking about their mother didn't capitalize it "my Mother". It's really weird when I see it written that way. It's German language rule to capitalize nouns, as I said. Single explanation I can find why you do it is to pay respect to mother, hence my Mother.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 16, 2018, 08:20:33 AM
I suppose that either usage is correct, to a certain point.
It's fine if either is correct but I didn't talk about it AT ALL. You said earlier "It's an American thing, Usually, we capitalize in referencing a relative. For example: Mother, Father, Grandpa, Grandma, Aunt, Uncle, etc.". THIS is reply that puzzled me. As I didn't see any English speaker here, including Americans, as well as elsewhere in the Internet, saying "my Mother", "my Father" etc. Then I concluded it's not American thing, in fact. Since nobody does it except NBBF & maryusa. THAT's the point. Am tired to repeat it.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on December 16, 2018, 10:44:16 AM
Actually it’s a southern US thing. Deep South not like Texas. And for what it’s worth I get callers all the time who refer to their wives as mother or momma.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 16, 2018, 11:10:03 AM
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I'll defer to Buckethead's post below...


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on December 16, 2018, 11:19:34 AM
The capitalization of Mother and such is kind of a Northeastern US thing too. One thing you gotta realize RR is different parts of the US are entirely different culturally


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: MsBecca on December 16, 2018, 11:36:40 AM
I capitalize Mom and Dad but not my mother and father. You are always supposed to capitalize what you call the person from a grammatical sense.

So speaketh Rebecca, so shall it be the truth 😆


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Buckethead on December 16, 2018, 11:56:36 AM
Actually, the rules of Standard English clearly require that mother be written in the lower case unless it is being used as a proper noun. (For example,  some offspring, rather formally, might directly address their mother as Mother and spell it accordingly. On the other hand, I call/write my mother Mom, which is not capitalized when referring to your mom or my mom.) Of course, actual usage varies according ethnicity and regional patois. Please note, y'all or you'ens that I am not jumping in here to be one of those annoying social media types who find it necessary to correct everyone, but RR deserves to have a straight answer!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on December 17, 2018, 03:01:33 AM
Please note, y'all or you'ens that I am not jumping in here to be one of those annoying social media types who find it necessary to correct everyone, but RR deserves to have a straight answer!

No one could accuse you of that, E. Thank you for clarifying!  :-D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 17, 2018, 05:57:17 AM
Buckethead explained it the best. English grammar books we studied by didn't say ANYthing about things we discuss being capitalized when it's used as "proper noun", which, in turn, wasn't mentioned either. Single explanation to it I can bring is, since we studied English grammar by Russian books, these linguists may not find such detail crucial in studying English; they may've parallelled it to native language grammar rules: we DON'T capitalize mother, father, sister etc., either with or without "my" or "your".

2Buckethead: Check the Reading thread. Many IF goodies there. I'd like to know what can you say about it. Since you too like the IF.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Jay on December 18, 2018, 01:50:27 AM
The capitalization of Mother and such is kind of a Northeastern US thing too. One thing you gotta realize RR is different parts of the US are entirely different culturally
True. Every state/country is different.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 18, 2018, 02:38:46 AM
The capitalization of Mother and such is kind of a Northeastern US thing too. One thing you gotta realize RR is different parts of the US are entirely different culturally
True. Every state/country is different.
You should've said it instead of saying it's entire country "American thing". If you're willing to answer question, answer without changing the answer, it misleads.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Jay on December 18, 2018, 03:12:01 AM
The capitalization of Mother and such is kind of a Northeastern US thing too. One thing you gotta realize RR is different parts of the US are entirely different culturally
True. Every state/country is different.
You should've said it instead of saying it's entire country "American thing". If you're willing to answer question, answer without changing the answer, it misleads.
I wasn't sure it extended beyond America, hence my post saying it was a American thing.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 18, 2018, 05:07:52 PM
Back in 1975 our graduating HS class was asked to pick a song. We chose John Denver's "Poems, Prayers and Promises." The powers that be nixed that probably due to the lyric " pass the pipe around. " So we were given a song to sing at our graduation. The uplifting song? "The Sound of Silence." Our hearts overflowed with happiness as we sang " Hello darkness my old friend... "

Anyway, didn't think I'd hear another oddball graduation song such as the above.
One of my nephews graduated from a Community College today. What was the song played when all received their degrees?
 "Chain of Fools"!  :lol


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on December 18, 2018, 09:45:53 PM
Oh....kay....

On a different note, my daughter loves that song (Sound of Silence, not Chain of Fools)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 20, 2018, 06:49:35 PM
Got the okay from family to get a week off from Caregiving duties.
Registered for a leisurely course on Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes and others , lectures and films. It will take place towards the end of March at a lodge in Western North Carolina. So all I have to hope for is that the weather cooperates.

Listened to some songs from "Holland." Steamboat and The Trader leave me misty eyed.

 my youngest sister texted that her daughter needed to get her tonsils out. After a bit another sister chimed in and said A Charlie Brown Christmas was on TV. So the five of us, living in various places in the Eastern US, texted humorous commentaries as we watched. My contribution? "Ugh! Dog germs!" It was very enjoyable .

Waiting for some nasty weather to arrive, or should I say nastier than we've already had. We're facing about a 12_hour stretch under a High Wind Warning, with winds gusting to 50 mph (80 kph). Will be rocking and rolling tonight - not just here but in much of the Eastern half of the US.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 20, 2018, 07:57:45 PM
It's Friday evening, i.e. boredom begins. It'll mean seeing boring films in TV, reading boring books, talking to cat who btw sat still as I drew him. Ha! Rmbr time when I drew people as cats? It's cancelled. Fun times sure, good drawings, cool idea. Yet, how about depicting people as fruits? It's new trend. :3d
Back to kitchen to eat weirdly-shaped cookies with tea.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on December 21, 2018, 01:19:01 AM
Rmbr time when I drew people here as cats? Well, I cancel it, it wasn't good idea anyway. Fun times sure but it's bad drawings, I can't draw anything AT ALL. I'm fine by that fact.

Aww. I'm rather fond of mine, RR. It makes me feel young again. ;D

(http://oi68.tinypic.com/e1b43a.jpg)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 21, 2018, 06:20:17 AM
People as fruit?
I tend to retain water if I eat really salty foods, so I can be a watermelon. :-)

BTW, RR1, I've gotten some nice shoes (including the comfortable slippers I'm wearing this morning) at dollar stores.  However most stores around here no longer accept checks. It's cash, or debit/credit cards only.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 26, 2018, 05:17:53 PM
Went to lunch with family , at a restaurant by a swamp South of here.
Coming back, at the exit from the interstate, my car started bucking when I applied the brake. Then I had trouble moving the car at all. Managed to get off to a street and to a curb. No matter how much I pushed on the accelerator the car wouldn't budge. Mom was freaking out. I told her thank goodness this happened where it did and not in the swamp area or in the middle lane of the big bridge crossing the Mississippi River. Car got towed home and I'll arrange to tow it to repair place tomorrow.
I could be really upset about it as I need a car , and the repairs could be very expensive.
However, earlier in the day I checked out two books from my Library. One was Indianapolis
by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic, which is about the USS Indianapolis and what happened to it in 1945. This incident was recounted in the movie, Jaws. I listened to the "Jaws Indianapolis Speech", which is online, today. Bone chilling to say the least.
The other book I checked out was David Blight's biography, Frederick Douglass - Prophet of Freedom. Douglass grew up a slave and managed to escape and become a great orator and leader of civil rights in the 1800s.
These people had REAL problems!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 29, 2018, 07:19:52 PM
Hid the new basket (5th) away, that the cat doesn't see. It's surprise & New Year's gift to him. :D It's the best basket by now. Really cool. Aunt said by whatsapp she prepared gift, I typed back that will not forget to take it. :police:


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on December 30, 2018, 07:35:09 AM
I cleaned and tidied my L-shaped desk arrangement. I though it would be nice to add a few aesthetically pleasing things, including LP covers and CD boxes. Plus a mini library of books which mean something to me right now. I'm hoping to keep it clean and tidy for the foreseeable future. ;D   


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 30, 2018, 07:41:53 AM
RR1 your kitty is sure blessed to have you in his life.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on January 06, 2019, 06:10:44 AM
Finally carried the not-so-recently (November!) painted garden table out of the garage/boxroom with my SO and positioned it on her wonderfully spruced-up terrace. Swept the garage/boxroom floor for the first time in weeks and tidied up the wood supply. And now I'm doing some posting. ;)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 10, 2019, 09:18:06 AM
Cat accidentally rang the aunt, she typed to me at whatsapp that he meowed at her & she said she'll buy him cat food for free due to such intriguing call. But, it's joke - she hates cats. Fun lil news.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 18, 2019, 04:08:57 AM
Today's cat charity. Everybody donated money, new bowls, baskets, knitted scarves, many goodies. 5/5.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on January 21, 2019, 05:29:54 AM
Very early today, as it happens, we watched the super blood wolf moon assuming its final form. Wow!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gf-mqzQoO9U


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 28, 2019, 05:53:38 AM
Listened to me speaking via mobile voice recording device, goofed around by parodying few singers, silly & serious speeches. Didn't like it, deleted.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on January 31, 2019, 05:16:07 AM
Yesterday my grandson and I took apart a Lego castle he'd built eons ago and reassembled it in the shortest time.

(https://img.bidorbuy.co.za/image/upload/v1481064393/user_images/789/1499789/161207004629_6080%20kings%20castle.jpg)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on February 02, 2019, 12:53:25 PM
Earlier today I balanced on my right leg for 100 seconds. Then I balanced on my left leg for 100 seconds. After that I sat down for a bit. ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on February 03, 2019, 06:26:58 AM
Listened to me speaking via mobile voice recording device, goofed around by parodying few singers, silly & serious speeches. Didn't like it, deleted.

It only just occurs to me that I was doing something very similar the day before! ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on February 03, 2019, 02:33:36 PM
Today I decided to take a short break from EH. Just a few days. Back at the weekend.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on February 03, 2019, 08:09:30 PM
Around 0630 I put a small pork roast in a slow cooker, along with lots of onions and garlic, then went about my day. About 6 1/2 - 7 hours later, the roast was ready. Quite delicious, and served with sweet potatoes, and king cake for dessert.
Bring a New Orleanian through and through, I joined the local citizenry in boycotting the Super Bowl. The TV was tuned to either the Kitten Bowl or the Puppy Bowl. There were lots of anti-Super Bowl parties throughout the city.
Get back to regular life tomorrow


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on February 04, 2019, 01:57:52 AM
Around 0630 I put a small pork roast in a slow cooker, along with lots of onions and garlic, then went about my day. About 6 1/2 - 7 hours later, the roast was ready. Quite delicious, and served with sweet potatoes, and king cake for dessert.
Bring a New Orleanian through and through, I joined the local citizenry in boycotting the Super Bowl. The TV was tuned to either the Kitten Bowl or the Puppy Bowl. There were lots of anti-Super Bowl parties throughout the city.
Get back to regular life tomorrow

Wow. Sounds delicious, E. :P

Um... What's the problem with the Super Bowl (excuse this ignorant limey)?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on February 04, 2019, 05:01:20 AM
The problem with the Super Bowl was that everyone down here, and in much of not most of the US, thought our New Orleans Saints should have been playing the New England Patriots. The reason we didn't get to play was due to an unbelievable "non-call" on a play where a Los Angeles Rams player clearly committed a pass interference penalty on our player. If the penalty had been called the Saints would have been able to keep the ball longer, run down the clock, and kick (hopefully!) the winning field goal.
Anyway the head of the NFL admitted right after the game that the officials goofed up big time, but nothing could be done.
And to add insult to injury, it was discovered afterwards that 4 of the officials lived in the Los Angeles area!
You can see the play in question online by  searching  "Saints vs Rams non call".
But the weather was great yesterday and thousands took to the streets to have a party celebrating the team.

To Add: It would be wonderful if this was the worst problem we had to deal with !


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on February 04, 2019, 10:16:21 AM
The problem with the Super Bowl was that everyone down here, and in much of not most of the US, thought our New Orleans Saints should have been playing the New England Patriots. The reason we didn't get to play was due to an unbelievable "non-call" on a play where a Los Angeles Rams player clearly committed a pass interference penalty on our player. If the penalty had been called the Saints would have been able to keep the ball longer, run down the clock, and kick (hopefully!) the winning field goal.
Anyway the head of the NFL admitted right after the game that the officials goofed up big time, but nothing could be done.
And to add insult to injury, it was discovered afterwards that 4 of the officials lived in the Los Angeles area!
You can see the play in question online by  searching  "Saints vs Rams non call".
But the weather was great yesterday and thousands took to the streets to have a party celebrating the team.

To Add: It would be wonderful if this was the worst problem we had to deal with !

Oh man... :o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjvZHMod_3E

What a blunder by the officials! Even a US football ignoramus like me can see that. No wonder everyone was up in arms.

Still, as you say... if only this were the worst problem in the world! ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on February 06, 2019, 02:58:48 AM
This morning I made a cooked "English" breakfast for my wife's birthday. Later we and others are to gather round the fire (in the fireplace), also made by me, and nibble things.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 06, 2019, 02:51:12 PM
Will be mini-concert. Everybody picks song to sing, find piano sheet in the Internet that smb. will play. I found & picked "Raindrops Keep Fallin'", it's joyful. Everybody else predictably chose introspective soulful "classical romance" genre songs. Which is the ideal I went against & picked pop tune instead. If they change it, I shan't sing. Besides, they say to be in dresses. I didn't get any. Maybe will find ancient granny's dress in basement - free deal. Will not iron it, hate ironing. Will not try to sing well aka lifehacking tip that nobody asks to sing again.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on February 08, 2019, 12:52:41 AM
Will be mini-concert. Everybody picks song to sing, find piano sheet in the Internet that smb. will play. I found & picked "Raindrops Keep Fallin'", it's joyful. Everybody else predictably chose introspective soulful "classical romance" genre songs. Which is the ideal I went against & picked pop tune instead. If they change it, I shan't sing. Besides, they say to be in dresses. I didn't get any. Maybe will find ancient granny's dress in basement - free deal. Will not iron it, hate ironing. Will not try to sing well aka lifehacking tip that nobody asks to sing again.

I hope it went well. Let us know. ;)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on February 08, 2019, 07:38:30 AM
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head. Haven't heard that in a while. That's a great song.
Everywhere I go is casual dress nowadays. Even regular church services. I have one nice dress, nothing fancy, for those rare occasions (weddings, funerals) where a bit more formal dress is required .


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on February 09, 2019, 04:59:29 PM
Our 18 year old cat went to cat heaven today. Not unexpected. The good thing is that she and I bonded towards the end..
Anyway I now have 2 cats. Won't get any more until these pass on, which I hope won't be for a while. Then will probably get 2 cats who are BFFs.
 "Talked" with some friends online about our memories of when the Beatles first came to the US and played on the Ed Sullivan show 55 years ago tonight. We were 6-7 years old at the time.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on February 10, 2019, 12:42:05 AM
Our 18 year old cat went to cat heaven today. Not unexpected. The good thing is that she and I bonded towards the end..
Anyway I now have 2 cats. Won't get any more until these pass on, which I hope won't be for a while. Then will probably get 2 cats who are BFFs.
 "Talked" with some friends online about our memories of when the Beatles first came to the US and played on the Ed Sullivan show 50 years ago tonight. We were 6-7 years old at the time.

Sorry to hear about your loss, E. Still, 18 is old for a cat, isn't it?

What are BFFs?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on February 10, 2019, 01:11:35 AM
Hello yes 18 is old for a cat but it’s not that unusual for indoor cats to live to 20 nowadays. She did live a largely illness free life until the end , other than some arthritis.
BFFs are Best Friends Forever. So if or when I adopt a couple of cats in the future I’d like a pair who have been together and enjoy each other’s company.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on February 10, 2019, 02:28:11 AM
BFFs are Best Friends Forever. So if or when I adopt a couple of cats in the future I’d like a pair who have been together and enjoy each other’s company.

Thanks for clarifying, E. That's an abbreviation I feel comfortable with. ;)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 11, 2019, 03:04:14 PM
NBBF - You still got 2 cats. Pay attention to living cats. :billy2


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 11, 2019, 03:05:59 PM
Hello yes 18 is old for a cat but it’s not that unusual for indoor cats to live to 20 nowadays. She did live a largely illness free life until the end , other than some arthritis.
BFFs are Best Friends Forever. So if or when I adopt a couple of cats in the future I’d like a pair who have been together and enjoy each other’s company.
I'm proud to say I knew what's BFF. :3d


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 11, 2019, 03:11:19 PM
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head. Haven't heard that in a while. That's a great song.
Yes. I like sunny songs. :D Btw, concert didn't start yet. I said it *will be*, not that it's today or yesterday or whenever. ::) It's this weekends.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on February 11, 2019, 06:33:07 PM
Well, good luck this weekend , then   ;D

Spent quiet morning at the Library, mainly doing various puzzle games from our newspaper that I brought along. Then back to reality. Warm day (in the 20s C). Then supposed to get cooler, then warmer... Yoyo weather.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on February 12, 2019, 02:53:33 PM
I'm proud to say I knew what's BFF. :3d

I knew what BBF meant but BFF was a new one on me.  ;D

Well, we're not quite back on speaking terms, RR, but this is a step in the right direction. ;)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 18, 2019, 03:41:27 AM
Well, good luck this weekend , then   ;D

Spent quiet morning at the Library, mainly doing various puzzle games from our newspaper that I brought along. Then back to reality. Warm day (in the 20s C). Then supposed to get cooler, then warmer... Yoyo weather.
I knew "yoyo" to be toy. Didn't think it can be used as adjective.

Concert finished. About 50 people visited in 100-seat hall. I sang 9th which is pity since 1) wished to start concert as big stars do :D 2) wished to be home fast, not wait the 8 singers. Didn't do singing mistakes.
2/5.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on February 18, 2019, 10:22:25 AM
2/5.

Is that your verdict, RR, or was there a panel of experts? :smokin


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 18, 2019, 03:17:17 PM
2/5 is given by me to the entire concert.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on February 19, 2019, 01:30:34 AM
2/5 is given by me to the entire concert.

I see. Could be worse, I suppose. Perhaps they should have let the big star go on first. ::)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on February 19, 2019, 04:10:07 AM
Haven't done things like that in a long time. But I would also rather get it over with.
Biggest fear would be like what happened at the 1964 TAMI show where the Rolling Stones had to perform after James Brown - the person performing right before me blows the audience away and there's wild applause. Then little old me has to go on stage after that.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on February 19, 2019, 04:37:29 PM
I like to work the daily quotes in the newspaper that are to be decoded. (For example: wfjwm f lfpx decodes to "catch a wave." )
A clue is given to help solve it, although I usually don't need it. Today the clue was "M=T." However that was obviously an error as the words created made no sense. But I was so happy that I was able to determine that " M=E. " Then everything fell into place . The quote was from Russell Crowe, in case you cared :-)
Still have some brain cells left, even as the sand continues its journey down the hourglass...

Crazy weather . Cold earlier today, now it's heavy fog and warm. Everybody, including our pets, are sneezing from allergies. My nose feels like it's on fire.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 20, 2019, 12:05:03 PM
Haven't done things like that in a long time. But I would also rather get it over with.
Biggest fear would be like what happened at the 1964 TAMI show where the Rolling Stones had to perform after James Brown - the person performing right before me blows the audience away and there's wild applause. Then little old me has to go on stage after that.
It's reason 3 to start's the best. Yet, when you sing, finish, next singer gets to stage & beats you to the point everybody forgets that you began it in the 1st place - does it mean little difference 'tween 2 case scenarios?

Say hello to living cats. I think they will be safe with you than if you gifted them to nephews/ nieces.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on February 20, 2019, 09:05:10 PM
That scenario wouldn’t bother me too much . If I did my best and someone comes after me and does better, what can I do ?
Now if I flub up the words or a musical phrase that’s another story

Don’t worry about my 2 remaining cats. I’m spoiling them rotten.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 02, 2019, 12:30:26 PM
Meant you've knack at cat-caring than your nieces/ nephews; they don't care, 100% sure.
Today discovered new word "foofoo", used by jiggy22 in Sweet Insanity thread. It is said just like what we say when squeamish. Maybe in English it means the same.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on March 03, 2019, 04:12:45 AM
Today discovered new word "foofoo", used by jiggy22 in Sweet Insanity thread. It is said just like what we say when squeamish. Maybe in English it means the same.

It's a new word for me too. That Scott's full of surprises. ;D

What did I do today? I arrived back from a holiday in Yorkshire. ;)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on March 03, 2019, 06:33:21 AM
Only time I saw the word "foofoo" was with a children's song I'd sing to my nieces and nephews - " Little Rabbit Foofoo". Think it's online.
Watched one of them. The song I sang was funny and the kids loved it. They'd be scared with what I saw online. Oh well.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 04, 2019, 06:37:00 AM
Weirdly nobody knows what "foofoo" means, save jiggy22. ::) Well look up in the dictionary, then get back here.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on March 05, 2019, 04:49:36 AM
Weirdly nobody knows what "foofoo" means, save jiggy22. ::) Well look up in the dictionary, then get back here.

How about this?

Foofoo
Adjective used to describe anything that is just a little to frilly, fancy, or "upper crust". Things that are foofoo might also be a bit on the delicate side, or too elegant by half, or even offensively fruity. Spoiled little lap-dogs, $1000 designer handbags, and pink capri pants worn by men all qualify as foofoo.

Damn, I see I'm going to have to throw my pink capri pants away. :lol


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on March 05, 2019, 08:44:42 AM
Thought that was "frou frou" - pronounced froo froo. At least that's how we describe frilly over the top things here.

Was watching some episodes of the TV show The West Wing yesterday. It was election day and one of the bands performing at Democrat headquarters was the Foo Fighters.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 05, 2019, 09:02:10 AM
Quote
Foofoo
Adjective used to describe anything that is just a little to frilly, fancy, or "upper crust". Things that are foofoo might also be a bit on the delicate side, or too elegant by half, or even offensively fruity. Spoiled little lap-dogs, $1000 designer handbags, and pink capri pants worn by men all qualify as foofoo.
Thanks. I kinda began to lose hope smb. will even care to answer this. Btw, didn't think I'd see sth. described as "too elegant". Sth. is off about it.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on March 05, 2019, 12:54:50 PM
Quote
Foofoo
Adjective used to describe anything that is just a little to frilly, fancy, or "upper crust". Things that are foofoo might also be a bit on the delicate side, or too elegant by half, or even offensively fruity. Spoiled little lap-dogs, $1000 designer handbags, and pink capri pants worn by men all qualify as foofoo.
Thanks. I kinda began to lose hope smb. will even care to answer this. Btw, didn't think I'd see sth. described as "too elegant". Sth. is off about it.

You're welcome, RR. Yes, "too elegant" is a little weird. ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: The Loud Braggart on March 08, 2019, 12:31:32 AM
Hello everyone,

I want to share something with you that I'm really proud of. I have written a novel about the Syrian civil war and now I have done a lecture at the university. I focused my lecture on the Arabian Spring and America's war on terror, but actually it was about a broader topic: the world history after the Cold War, so the time we live in now. It means that I discuss global warming, social media and the EU as well. I never learned about these things in school. The invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq were never discussed, as well as the cause and consequences of the Arabian Spring, so I felt like it was a good thing to do lectures about it. I don't think that many people of my age understand what's happening now in Venezuela as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-NlWlUPZrI&t=13s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-NlWlUPZrI&t=13s) - on the War in Yemen, Saudi Arabia, the EU and Global Warming
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdfXl2wSmtY&t=2s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdfXl2wSmtY&t=2s) - on America & the War on Terror (Iraq, ISIS, Libya, Afghanistan), 9/11 and Venezuela

I've sent 2 of the 4 videos that I have uploaded so far. I hope you enjoy. I hope the channel can grow a bit. Thanks!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on March 16, 2019, 07:37:28 AM
Today is my first day without EH (deleted my account) and without the new site set up by an ex-EH mod (not for me).

So now it's down to my "hobby" forum and to good old, bad old, old anyway, Smiley. ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 16, 2019, 10:26:41 AM
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bad old, old anyway, Smiley.
It isn't bad. Today been sunshiney day, -15 C. Went with cat in basket shopping in the nearby shopping centre. Many new goods since last time I'd been there (last year), new interior designs. Nice tea seller lady recommended good tea. Then when walking back, some chap went by with big lampshade shaped as sitting dog, maybe it didn't sell w/ box or he refused the lamp seller to take it. Cat looked at dog with apathy. He looks at real dogs ditto, isn't scared. When got back, we sat in the kitchen to eat evening food, what remained since yesterday.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on March 16, 2019, 11:02:30 AM
Went out riding in -15C weather! Brrr. Do you wrap kitty in blankets to keep him warm?
Trying to imagine a dog shaped lampshade.  :lol


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on March 16, 2019, 01:32:39 PM
Currently listening to The Smile Sessions with my daughter while we work on music


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 16, 2019, 04:50:20 PM
It's nearby, as I said, about 500 m walk. I held basket in hand. There's special carpet in it to keep cat warm. Do you walk like this with cat, NOLA, to nearby shops? -15 C paired with bright sun shining down isn't, btw, cold, I changed winter fur coat to thin coat that people wear in late spring/ fall. Though nobody did, used to usually see/ wait what people wear in streets in different season/ temperature transitions. It doesn't quite work as everybody got different definitions of "cold" & such.
Billy, uber cool! :billy2 Send Jaymie hello. :wave You know, there's similarity to Billy Joel in that pic of yours.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on March 16, 2019, 04:51:01 PM
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bad old, old anyway, Smiley.
It isn't bad.

No, it's not bad, RR, I was just trying to be funny (and failing miserably).  ;D The fact that I've kept posting here through thick and thin is proof enough that I like it here. ;)

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Cat looked at dog with apathy.

That's lovely--it's made my day! :lol


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on March 16, 2019, 07:23:44 PM
As the temperature for my city for the next week is a low of 10C and a high of 20C, -15C is a bit on the nippy side.
None of my cats would stay in a basket if I went out with them. But one cat I had, Fou Minou, would follow me down the street. I might have been able to train her to walk with a leash.
Most businesses don't allow animals in stores, except for seeing eye dogs.
Some coffeehouses and bookstores might allow a cat on occasion.

Today I was home all day. When not caring for my Mother , I watched some episodes of a series on the Roosevelt family, who produced two US Presidents (Theodore and Franklin), and a First Lady/activist (Eleanor).
There are fish frys this time of year here at various churches, as this is the Lenten season. Someone brought over dinners for us. Wonderful fish, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, green peas, bread, slice of cake and a drink. We were "stuffed" afterwards but happy.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on March 19, 2019, 07:44:37 AM
There are fish frys this time of year here at various churches, as this is the Lenten season. Someone brought over dinners for us. Wonderful fish, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, green peas, bread, slice of cake and a drink. We were "stuffed" afterwards but happy.

Ha! Sounds good to me, E. :)

Today I emptied the garden pond, taking care to save the frogs and pond skaters (and a newt), laid a new sheet of PVC and filled it up again, restoring part of he massive clump of vegetatiion. It looks pretty good but the job almost killed me! Not to be recommended beyond a certain age. :lol 


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on March 19, 2019, 09:15:14 AM
Thank for the reminder about the pond . My sister usually cleans the pond in my Mom's back yard but she's recovering from a broken leg.I used to do it years ago but have become so klutzy these past few years that I'd probably slip and fall in it (and have trouble getting back up). I can at least try to skim off the scum on the top. There might still be some little fish in there if the egrets haven't eaten them all up.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on March 19, 2019, 01:43:23 PM
Thank for the reminder about the pond . My sister usually cleans the pond in my Mom's back yard but she's recovering from a broken leg.I used to do it years ago but have become so klutzy these past few years that I'd probably slip and fall in it (and have trouble getting back up). I can at least try to skim off the scum on the top. There might still be some little fish in there if the egrets haven't eaten them all up.

Egrets... My problem is herons. We have no fish, just whatever happens to find its way there. It's popular among frogs and that's why I had to start again from scratch. A heron tore a couple of nasty gashes in the PVC on its way to a frog which reduced the water level by half.

Don't fall in, please! That was my worry while suspended perilously over the pond to rescue the stray frog and scoop out handfuls of mud. ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on March 19, 2019, 03:31:31 PM
There has been a melody playing in my head off and on for a while. Couldn't figure out what the song was until today. Checked a thread on that Hoffman Board - songs about cats. And I found it:  Phenomenal Cat by The Kinks.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on March 22, 2019, 03:44:21 AM
There has been a melody playing in my head off and on for a while. Couldn't figure out what the song was until today. Checked a thread on that Hoffman Board - songs about cats. And I found it:  Phenomenal Cat by The Kinks.

Great! There's also a thread for cats depicted on record covers.

I like that place. It's huge and there's no way I'm going through 100 pages of a topic to see if my choice has been posted yet but I always see something of interest to post about whenever I look in.  ;)

Last night the band I was in rehearsed for its very last gig on Saturday. I'd forgotten just how much beer gets consumed at rehearsals! :lol


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 25, 2019, 02:32:52 PM
Risk being predictable but

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Checked a thread on that Hoffman Board - songs about cats.
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There's also a thread for cats depicted on record covers.
Can you 2 link to these threads?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on March 25, 2019, 03:30:29 PM
Risk being predictable but

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Checked a thread on that Hoffman Board - songs about cats.
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There's also a thread for cats depicted on record covers.
Can you 2 link to these threads?

Here they are, RR:
 
https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/songs-about-cats.821929/

https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/albums-with-cats-on-the-cover.441661/


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 29, 2019, 05:33:38 PM
I shall save the links. Ta.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on March 30, 2019, 08:32:54 AM
The day is still young but the music lovers in my town are in a tizzy about the Rolling Stones upcoming US tour being cancelled. They were to headline a special day set aside for them at our Jazz Fest in early May. What will the festival do?
Anyway, hope Mick Jagger recovers soon from whatever is ailing him.

Got latest issue of ESQ in the post this morning. Will relax and read later today.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SBonilla on March 30, 2019, 12:31:03 PM
I went to the groomer this morning. I no longer feel beastly and unkempt.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on March 30, 2019, 02:20:27 PM
I went to the groomer this morning. I no longer feel beastly and unkempt.

Glad to hear it, sir. This is a respectable forum (so I'm told). ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on April 01, 2019, 07:40:47 PM
Went to Urgent Care Clinic today. Foot not broken. Doc said, however, that I have really bad arthritis.
I already knew that. "What a drag it is getting old..."


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 02, 2019, 01:24:35 AM
Went to Urgent Care Clinic today. Foot not broken. Doc said, however, that I have really bad arthritis.
I already knew that. "What a drag it is getting old..."

The good news is that nothing's broken. The rest is, well... the rest.  ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 07, 2019, 02:38:37 PM
Today I celebrated my day of birth rather a long time ago. My presents included a bottle of whiskey, a corkscrew, an oyster knife and a CD/DVD player/burner for the computer.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 07, 2019, 05:22:10 PM
Sunday, yesterday, aunt invited to drink tea with sushki (don't confuse with sushi, Asian cuisine which I HATE). She then went to the attic to get VHS tapes. It's archaic clips when grandpa used to carry camera to depict us, grandchildren, in diff. age. There's hilarious scene when back-then-5 y.o. cousin shakes hands in the air & sings local popstar song & I turned recently 15 sit beside, say sth. real fast, then out of the blue with such rapid reaction turn back to kitchen table (we being filmed in the kitchen) to get fork to give it to the boy to use it as microphone. That lil cute child is now 18. Taller than I (there isn't justice in the world). But fave thing about visiting aunt is getting to talk with her teenage daughter, younger sister of the boy, sweet girl with sunny personality.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on April 07, 2019, 06:00:45 PM
It's great to take a trip down "Memory Lane," especially with a favorite relative.

 Had to look up "sushki." Perfect timing - I need to start drinking more tea and get away from so much soda pop. I went ahead and ordered some and they should arrive in a week or two.
 it sounds good, just slightly sweet.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 07, 2019, 07:29:28 PM
Maybe but present time's better.
 
Soda pop is Coca Cola? See vids in youtube, people clean bathtub, tap, bowl with it, it's got acid, everything shines like new.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on April 07, 2019, 07:55:52 PM
Soda pop is Coca Cola? See vids in youtube, people clean bathtub, tap, bowl with it, it's got acid, everything shines like new.

Yes that's why it might not be such a good idea to drink it!
My "coke habit" hasn't done my throat or esophagus any favors.
That's why I need to drink tea if thirsty .


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 10, 2019, 02:22:50 PM
This evening I wrote out the chords etc to "Brown Eyed Girl" (Van Morrison) and "Take It Easy" (The Eagles) for an impromptu rehearsal tomorrow for a birthday party later in the month. And gave CCR's "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" a few listens (I'll write out that and Billy Joel's "The Piano Man" tomorrow). ;)   


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 13, 2019, 04:01:39 AM
This evening I wrote out the chords etc to "Brown Eyed Girl" (Van Morrison) and "Take It Easy" (The Eagles) for an impromptu rehearsal tomorrow for a birthday party later in the month. And gave CCR's "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" a few listens (I'll write out that and Billy Joel's "The Piano Man" tomorrow). ;)   

Thursday was good. The rehearsal went well and within no time we had a repertoire. Followed by a choral concert in the evening.

Friday was not so good. I passed out and was rushed to hospltal for a check-up. They couldn't find anything. Not sure if that's good or bad. ;D

Today? A day of rest. :)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 13, 2019, 05:20:32 AM
Ha! This thread bumped in good time. Yesterday 8 o'clock in the evening, 36 y.o. female neighbor whose flat is right beside clacked with her big heels thru the floor hallway, talking with smb. When she finally reached her flat, I checked via fish eye who it is with her - the voice belonged to her mother, she carried bag with wheels. She usually visits city around this time & stays in her daughter's flat till September. She visited last year December & stayed till January, likely to spend New Year holidays (about 10 days here) with daughter's fam (husband, elementary school daughter). There stood the other lady - neighbor's sister. She brought little son who ran towards door & b4 his aunt put the key to it, he rang the bell to the empty flat. The granny shouted, said what he's doing, is he fool, going to scare smb. dubbed "Seera". The neighbor & her sister smiled in agreement, told boy that "Seera" will get crazy. When they get in, I hear sweet meow meets them. :D They've cat! Didn't know. Isn't it jolly cute that the fam cares about their pet cat, that nobody disturb creature with loud noises.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on April 13, 2019, 07:30:11 AM
RR that's funny. Don't scare the kitty!
I
John, please take it easy this weekend.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 13, 2019, 07:59:19 AM
RR that's funny. Don't scare the kitty!

John, please take it easy this weekend.

Thanks, Lizzie. I'll do just that. :=)

@RR: Love your "slice of life" posts. I don't often comment on them but they always make a great read. ;-)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 15, 2019, 03:48:21 AM
Today I celebrated my day of birth rather a long time ago. My presents included a bottle of whiskey, a corkscrew, an oyster knife and a CD/DVD player/burner for the computer.

Ha! My daughter's partner helped technologically challenged me to set up the CD burner yesterday and the first thing I burned to disk was my favourite SMiLE mix (I've had it in my iTunes library for over a year). It sounds awesome blasting from the speaker boxes.  ::)

https://vimeo.com/135727894


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: Jay on April 15, 2019, 12:50:12 PM
I've been glued to the tv all day, watching with great sadness as one of the most beautiful buildings on earth, Notre Dame Chathedral, has burned beyond repair.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 15, 2019, 02:34:38 PM
I've been glued to the tv all day, watching with great sadness as one of the most beautiful buildings on earth, Notre Dame Cathedral, has burned beyond repair.

Yes, that's truly heart-breaking. Ye gods.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 18, 2019, 03:13:49 AM
Bought single mini "Choco Pie" again since 2012/3 - good taste.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 18, 2019, 03:21:55 AM
Bought single mini "Choco Pie" again since 2012/3 - good taste.

I remember now--you're a chocolate person. :) White chocolate's my favourite kind.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 18, 2019, 03:36:51 AM
I remember now--you're a chocolate person. :)
Who's not? :3d


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 18, 2019, 04:00:06 AM
I remember now--you're a chocolate person. :)
Who's not? :3d

People with a chocolate allergy perhaps?! ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on April 18, 2019, 05:51:58 AM
The weekday morning caregiver who is with my Mom doesn't like chocolate.
She goes wild over peppermint candy, however!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 25, 2019, 03:03:32 PM
I just attended a performance of John Luther Adams' Become Desert--astounding! :o

https://www.facebook.com/ClassicalMovements/videos/john-luther-adams-become-desert-seattle-symphony-chorale-ludovic-morlot-conducto/10159375257133504/ (https://www.facebook.com/ClassicalMovements/videos/john-luther-adams-become-desert-seattle-symphony-chorale-ludovic-morlot-conducto/10159375257133504/)

https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:WqydUx7MWWYJ:https://www.sfchronicle.com/music/article/John-Luther-Adams-Become-Desert-is-a-12818860.php+&cd=15&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=nl (https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:WqydUx7MWWYJ:https://www.sfchronicle.com/music/article/John-Luther-Adams-Become-Desert-is-a-12818860.php+&cd=15&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=nl)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SBonilla on April 26, 2019, 05:59:07 AM
As I was walking to the clinic, along Atlantic Ave, I passed Roger Stone's best bud. As I passed I heard him say, "....Rudy Giuliani..." Just before bedtime, I wrote a little piece on guitar.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 26, 2019, 10:44:31 AM
As I was walking to the clinic, along Atlantic Ave, I passed Roger Stone's best bud. As I passed I heard him say, "....Rudy Giuliani..." Just before bedtime, I wrote a little piece on guitar.

Steve, do you have anything online you fancy letting us hear?   


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: SBonilla on April 26, 2019, 11:32:14 AM
As I was walking to the clinic, along Atlantic Ave, I passed Roger Stone's best bud. As I passed I heard him say, "....Rudy Giuliani..." Just before bedtime, I wrote a little piece on guitar.

Steve, do you have anything online you fancy letting us hear?   

A few little things will be forthcoming.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 26, 2019, 02:53:11 PM
As I was walking to the clinic, along Atlantic Ave, I passed Roger Stone's best bud. As I passed I heard him say, "....Rudy Giuliani..." Just before bedtime, I wrote a little piece on guitar.

Steve, do you have anything online you fancy letting us hear?   

A few little things will be forthcoming.

I look forward to hearing them. ;)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on April 28, 2019, 08:58:05 PM
Spent the afternoon looking at "old stuff." A couple of things brought that on. One was a text from one of my sisters who was attending a play at the Baltimore Hippodrome ( Brian has played there I believe ). I and my sisters texted about how much we love those old vaudeville houses that have been restored (we have 2 in my city).
Today would have been my Dad's 96th birthday. I have a picture of him as a four year old sitting on a pile of lumber. He's wearing clothes of the period, overalls, boots, a floppy hat. Precious. Anyway, the photo has history behind it. Dad said one of his earliest memories was a major flood in our city in 1927. He remembers lumber floating down the street and his Dad retrieving them. So we believe that the photo we have was taken a while later, with my Dad sitting on that lumber.
I love looking at old photos.

Oh , I also was looking at photos of the bluebells in bloom in the UK now. Beautiful!


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on April 29, 2019, 04:23:41 AM
Spent the afternoon looking at "old stuff." A couple of things brought that on. One was a text from one of my sisters who was attending a play at the Baltimore Hippodrome ( Brian has played there I believe ). I and my sisters texted about how much we love those old vaudeville houses that have been restored (we have 2 in my city).
Today would have been my Dad's 96th birthday. I have a picture of him as a four year old sitting on a pile of lumber. He's wearing clothes of the period, overalls, boots, a floppy hat. Precious. Anyway, the photo has history behind it. Dad said one of his earliest memories was a major flood in our city in 1927. He remembers lumber floating down the street and his Dad retrieving them. So we believe that the photo we have was taken a while later, with my Dad sitting on that lumber.
I love looking at old photos.

Oh , I also was looking at photos of the bluebells in bloom in the UK now. Beautiful!

Sounds like some great memories there, E. :=)

The bluebells in our Dutch garden are looking pretty good as well! (I'll see if I can upload a picture).

(https://i.postimg.cc/8c9LLfYW/IMG-2312.jpg)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 06, 2019, 09:02:17 PM
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I love looking at old photos
Yep, great fun. What did you mean by texting sisters? Is it whatsapp chat? By sms?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 07, 2019, 04:35:35 AM
We just texted each other using the feature on our cellphones. No apps.
It's about the only way we're "together" nowadays. Don't know the last time all five of us sisters were at the same physical location.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 08, 2019, 05:33:25 PM
Today is Victory Day (9th May a.m. here). The day when victory took place in WWII against fascists. There'll be parade today in each city square & traditionally annually they'll feed people for free in the streets with "soldier cereal" - buckwheat with stewed meat (canned meat). I got sms about it to inform in which places this year they'll arrange this "field kitchen" (literal translation). Missed it last year but today I'm going to eat it. Besides, buckwheat is favorite cereal, the single food I can eat twice. Aunt & her fam will go to parade holding big picture in the stick - like many people - showing her war veteran grandfather/ my great-grandfather (born in 1905, d. in the 90s). I may join them or individually or with friends Sonya & Daiana but they got their fams to walk with. There'll be of course living veterans too, sitting lined in chairs, listening to concert & many events organized for them.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: B.E. on May 08, 2019, 06:52:22 PM
Today is Victory Day (9th May a.m. here). The day when victory took place in WWII against fascists. There'll be parade today in each city square & traditionally annually they'll feed people for free in the streets with "soldier cereal" - buckwheat with stewed meat (canned meat). I got sms about it to inform in which places this year they'll arrange this "field kitchen" (literal translation). Missed it last year but today I'm going to eat it. Besides, buckwheat is favorite cereal, the single food I can eat twice. Aunt & her fam will go to parade holding big picture in the stick - like many people - showing her war veteran grandfather/ my great-grandfather (born in 1905, d. in the 90s). I may join them or individually or with friends Sonya & Daiana but they got their fams to walk with. There'll be of course living veterans too, sitting lined in chairs, listening to concert & many events organized for them.

Enjoy, RRA1. It was a great day.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 08, 2019, 08:55:23 PM
Yes you have a great reason to celebrate . The Russians did a lot of the "heavy lifting" early in the War, having to Take More Than One For the (Allied) Team. The bravery and determination in the face of such dire straits were incredible.

Oh, and I love buckwheat, especially in pancakes.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 09, 2019, 06:15:14 AM
Yes, I'm proud of my nation for it. Rare case such as this when I'm patriot. Russian war films really good, btw, f.ex. "And tomorrow was war".
They've been giving free georgievsky ribbons in streets to everybody. Ate buckwheat cereal despite the anxiety to eat in front of people. & we marched & passed by jolly cool street band playing old-fashioned march song. I really like march music. Didn't meet with aunt, they may've been in Victory square (they live 2 minutes walk to it). Right now whilst typing hear fireworks.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 09, 2019, 06:21:48 AM
Looks like it was a wonderful day for you!
(Did the kitty celebrate?)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 12, 2019, 03:01:30 PM
Today is Mother's Day in the US. Hope the SS Mothers had a good day.
I fixed lunch for 3 Mothers in my family - Mom, 2 sisters - and a nephew.
Baked a couple of Cornish hens with an orange sauce, sweet potatoes with brown sugar and gingerbread seasoning , a tossed salad, and garlic bread. One of my sisters brought what is known locally as a Gentilly Cake (also known as Chantilly Cake), a cake with almond flour, some fresh fruit between the layers, with mascarpone icing and more fresh berries on top.
There was some fear that the lunch wouldn't happen as there were two rounds of flooding rains in my city last night. But thankfully the streets dried up in time for everyone to arrive .


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on May 12, 2019, 03:31:15 PM
Baked a couple of Cornish hens with an orange sauce, sweet potatoes with brown sugar and gingerbread seasoning , a tossed salad, and garlic bread. One of my sisters brought what is known locally as a Gentilly Cake (also known as Chantilly Cake), a cake with almond flour, some fresh fruit between the layers, with mascarpone icing and more fresh berries on top.

Mmmm--sounds delicious, E. ::)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 12, 2019, 04:31:59 PM
(Did the kitty celebrate?)
No, his birthday, New Year & International Cat Day.
Question - what "Cornish hens" differ by than usual hens?
Almond flour here is jolly expensive - 1100 roubles. Better buy 100-200 g of almonds & grind them thru "blender with bowl". What's the price in U.S.?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 12, 2019, 05:42:40 PM
Cornish hens (although they are called "hens" they can be male or female) are specially bred small chickens - the ones I got were about 570 g each. Each is supposed to feed no more than 2 people. However we're not big meat eaters so with the five of us  we had leftovers .It's all white meat and very tender.

Almond flour is more expensive than regular flour but not as expensive as in Russia. Yes, with a lot of those "alternative flours" Americans are using, a lot of people decide to grind them - almonds, oats, rice are the most common used.

Some people use cauliflower as an alternative but I'm not going there . Would rather use something more conventional.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 13, 2019, 04:49:59 AM
Well won't you tell almond flour's U.S. price? I'm going to visit it this summer, you see.

Funny you mention cauliflower - recently read page "pizza based at cauliflower". Meh. Instead liked the page "pizza dip" - cook any sauce to dip mini plain croissants into it.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 13, 2019, 06:55:24 AM
For comparison, most people bake using white flour. The price for as 5 lb bag (around 2.3 kg) is 3 dollars 50 cents.
The price for almond flour, for ONE pound (454 g) ranges from around 8 dollars to over 12 dollars.
There are different companies and different prices.

You are coming to the US this summer?

Yes I would think "pizza dip" would work well with any good, warm bread. Making me hungry :-)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 13, 2019, 08:03:12 AM
Yes, saved money since 2012 to travel to U.S. Pity the flight's really lengthy. Thing I like about flying by plane is take-off & landing when you get dizzy, ears get deaf & cool noises surround. Why you ask - wanna give me free few weeks' stay in your house? :D That would be cool, wouldn't it? But, I'm going to book the cheap hotel/ inn room. Like tourists do.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 13, 2019, 08:54:42 AM
Well I assume you would be flying in to San Francisco or Los Angeles? In those places you probably would find it hard to find "cheap" hotels. Hostels might be a better deal, or you can find out ahead of time from other Russians who've "crossed the big pond" where affordable rooms could be found.

How long will you be in the US? Do you have a game plan, specific things you wish to see?
We can give you pointers and help you avoid the "tourist traps"


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 13, 2019, 04:46:05 PM
SF. L.A. isn't in N. CA.

Like I said, few weeks. 2, maybe 3. What do you mean by "tourist traps"? I've not game plan yet but decided to visit less banal & uber-popular with tourists places. I shall buy useful house goods, food (various chocolates they don't sell here, chocolate chip cookies, cat food), cat items, souvenirs, greeting cards & stuff.
You been in SF?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 13, 2019, 05:19:03 PM
Tourist Traps are places that for some reason tourists go to but the native residents avoid. Why? bad food,  wrong information given out (so far as history is concerned), tend to be expensive. Unfortunately my city has a number of them, mostly on Bourbon Street . (Note: anyone who goes to New Orleans, avoid that street! So much better food, music etc elsewhere)

San Francisco is a beautiful city. I've been there several times but the last time was 30 years ago. Would like to get back there some day but that won't be anytime soon.
It's crazy, the funny things I remember. In 1979 or 80 I went with a friend who was in graduate school there to a restaurant in the North Beach neighborhood. I still remember the waiter. He had the most beautiful blue eyes.  ;D

I would think that you wouldn't have trouble finding "cat" items there. Looks to be a very cat friendly place.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 14, 2019, 02:40:19 AM
Everybody says San Fran is beautiful. You now say it - thanks! Which sightseeings you advise to visit in it?

Yes, I read about it. Here's lovely info about shop cats in SF :D: https://medium.com/@chrisarvin/the-beloved-store-cats-of-san-francisco-992bebda45ce


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 14, 2019, 06:52:43 PM
There are museums, Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz, Golden Gate Park and Bridge, Muir Woods, numerous restaurants. Looks like you can either go with a tour group, or get a pass to ride on special trolley type vehicles which make a circuit around the tourist areas, or rent a bike (remembering that there are some serious hills to navigate). For some places such as Alcatraz and Muir Woods, reservations must be made in advance.

If you can swing it, a trip to Yosemite National Park would be great. Again , you would need reservations to spend overnight there.

There are others in this Board who could chime in, who live closer to SF than I do (only 3700 km lol)


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: JK on May 16, 2019, 02:37:11 AM
There are museums, Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz, Golden Gate Park and Bridge, Muir Woods, numerous restaurants. Looks like you can either go with a tour group, or get a pass to ride on special trolley type vehicles which make a circuit around the tourist areas, or rent a bike (remembering that there are some serious hills to navigate). For some places such as Alcatraz and Muir Woods, reservations must be made in advance.

If you can swing it, a trip to Yosemite National Park would be great. Again, you would need reservations to spend overnight there.

There's this one piece of equipment at the gym I visit weekly whose screen shows walks around Muir Beach and Yosemite Nat. Park. And San Francisco, now I think of it (I used to "go to SF" every week for a while, as I know someone there). The park is staggeringly beautiful, what they show of it. A lot of that scenery features in Vertigo...

Actually, today I left the gym early as they were playing a brain-cell-destroying brand of cut-and-paste techno ("let's just repeat this boring bit 37 times"). Nothing against good techno (nothing against good anything) but that stuff was screwing with my head. Odd because the average age of folks there is a lot greater than that of your average techno fan.  ;D


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 16, 2019, 06:43:35 AM
A little bit of that techno goes a long way! I went to a restaurant once that was playing that techno stuff. Very annoying. Assume that it was played on purpose so that people would eat quickly and not longer over coffee, wine etc.

I went to Muir Woods once back in the early 70s, with my family. My Dad went to a medical convention in SF. We didn't see much of SF then as Dad was into nature and not city stuff, so only remember going to Fisherman's Wharf. (Saw more of SF on subsequent trips) But I was blown away by the beauty of Muir Woods. After we left SF we went to Yosemite National Park. Hope RR1 gets to go to those places in addition to the Cat Stuff.


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 16, 2019, 07:35:02 AM
Ta, good tips. Will fly with cat companion. Didn't check if it's OK to do but, since people travel with their Yorkshire terriers & stuff, cats should too. If cats disallowed, it'd be "pet discrimination".


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 16, 2019, 09:19:33 AM
Did you make sure Kitty wouldn't have to go into quarantine after arriving in the US?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 17, 2019, 06:35:13 AM
Quarantine here means when schools shut down, 1-9 grade kids don't attend it few weeks due to winter degrees starting with -45 C & due to illness (typically serious flu wave). What does it mean towards pets?


Title: Re: So what did we all do today?
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 17, 2019, 10:34:12 AM
A lot of times pets aren't allowed into the country right away. They have to stay in a facility for a period of time to make sure they don't have diseases that can be given to other animals.
You would also have to make sure Kitty has gotten shots , particularly the  anti-rabies shot.
And finally you would have to make sure Kitty could be with you on the flight and not placed with the cargo. That would be a deal breaker for me. A jet recently went off the runway into a waterway. All the passengers got out but I don't think any of the animals in the cargo area survived. :-(