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Title: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Al Jardine: Pick Up Artist on April 08, 2013, 09:53:25 PM
I thought this might be a good idea, just a little thread were we can talk about nothing in particular, make announcements without the bother of a new thread.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Al Jardine: Pick Up Artist on April 08, 2013, 09:54:05 PM
So, I started mirroring surfermoon.com (the cabin) at http://tomatosalad.net/surfermoon. If that sh*t ever goes down, just look there! And yes, I did get permission.  ;D


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Mikie on April 08, 2013, 10:00:14 PM
Why bother?  That board's dead.  The archive of it might be good for a coupla laughs though. There were some good people on there. Some good people.....


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Al Jardine: Pick Up Artist on April 08, 2013, 10:17:09 PM
Not the board. The board redirects to the original, it's a PITA to archive.

Mostly the chords, tabs, misc track info. Good sh*t.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Jay on April 24, 2013, 10:33:13 PM
So, have you ever had a day where you feel the need to yell out "MOTHERFUCKING sh*t!!!!!" as loud as humanly possible? Yeah, me too.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Al Jardine: Pick Up Artist on April 24, 2013, 11:13:38 PM
Funny, I just had that same kind of day!


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Al Jardine: Pick Up Artist on July 02, 2013, 04:18:30 AM
I have many things I want to do hobby-wise, and a few things to do work-wise. So, I'm sitting here thinking about both.

As a result, I'm getting nothing done at all.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Alex on July 05, 2013, 09:03:42 AM
So, have you ever had a day where you feel the need to yell out "MOTHERFUCKING sh*t!!!!!" as loud as humanly possible? Yeah, me too.

Whenever I sing along to Drip Drop.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: hypehat on July 05, 2013, 10:10:53 AM
DID ANYONE SEE THE DEL POTRO v. DJOKOVIC GAME AT WIMBLEDON?

Holy crap, some of the greatest tennis I've ever seen.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Mendota Heights on July 06, 2013, 03:09:44 AM
I know a lot of people here have requested videos of Polish pole dancers so here you go: http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2013/07/05/Polish-Pole-Dancers-Show-Moves-on-Street-Corners

Poles with poles!

 :-D

Like I wrote on the beer thread: Poland's a great country. :)


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Niko on July 06, 2013, 06:27:35 PM
I'm sure many of you have been following Snowden and his wacky adventures around the world.

Here's a board he used to post on in 2007. He is TheTrueHOOHA

Like what he's doing now or not, he was kind of a dick online. "I hope you're killed by a drunk driver on Halloween."

http://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic.php?p=11637280#p11637280


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Mendota Heights on July 07, 2013, 08:41:37 AM
DID ANYONE SEE THE DEL POTRO v. DJOKOVIC GAME AT WIMBLEDON?

Holy crap, some of the greatest tennis I've ever seen.

Did not watch the game, but I am watching the final. I hope Murray wins, would be fun for GB.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Dudd on July 07, 2013, 09:44:43 AM
Murray won the championship! It was tense but one heck of a victory... Djokovic did not win a single set.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: alf wiedersehen on July 07, 2013, 10:46:55 PM
Edit: deleted.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: alf wiedersehen on July 07, 2013, 10:55:19 PM
Edit: deleted.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: hypehat on July 08, 2013, 07:41:28 AM
Murray won the championship! It was tense but one heck of a victory... Djokovic did not win a single set.

Watched it in the pub, which is not the best environment to watch tennis but it was a cracking game - the best tennis I've seen Murray play, I think, although Djokovic was hardly playing at his best. Reckon Del Potro taking him through five ridiculously tense sets in the semis took the wind out of his sails somewhat.

Hopefully this also means we can stop putting ridiculous pressure on the British game to produce Wimbledon champions, because that is p devastating for players - it seemed to do for Laura Robson this year, for instance. I mean, a British player gets a modicum of success and the press/All England Club goes into fucking overdrive, putting them on Centre Court for every game, pestering them about Fred Perry, etc. No other champion (Federer, Rafa, Djokovic, etc) gets that grief.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 19, 2013, 09:15:12 AM
Not so long ago I watched a film in DVD called An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong, about one loser girl befriending loser girl 2. It's not a masterwork or whatever but sometimes I like seeing the movies with children in the cast. Anyway, somewhere in the midst of AAG, the main heroine referred to the other girls as "Guys!". I thought she was incorrect but then, I checked the google & turned out it's a common thing, i.e. you can say it not only to the boys - girls too.

Besides, I noticed on this forum that the majority/half of English-speaking posters insert comma before "and", "or" & "etc." Being from another country, therefore, having a bit different grammatical rules, I didn't understand it. Admittedly, the 1st thing that came to mind was, "Aren't they stupid? Who doesn't know that there's no comma before "and"?" So finally I decided to find out what the big deal about it in the Internet. Read through one of the sites & here we go: according to Oxford dictionary (which is arguably the most famous), totally correct to use comma, as opposed to not. Even though I still find it extremely wrong (no offense, folks!), that's cool to know sth. new & educative concerning traditions of other nations.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on August 19, 2013, 11:10:39 AM
Oxford comma is crucial.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Dudd on August 19, 2013, 01:37:03 PM
I always use the Oxford Comma. ALWAYS.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 20, 2013, 09:43:02 AM
Oxford comma is crucial.
Sure it is, but I still reckon it's very bizarre (to say the least) to use the comma before "and". Am afraid, I shall never understand this mystery. Different country mindsets.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Bean Bag on August 22, 2013, 01:16:20 PM
This may be "insignificant chit-chat" but, for you single guys, out at the bar tonight... be wary of any girls named Chelsea.

http://www.today.com/news/bradley-manning-i-want-live-woman-6C10974915


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: musicismylife101 on December 08, 2013, 01:17:43 PM
This is probably not the best way to do it but I need some help.

So, about a month ago I noticed a small tremor on my right ring and pinky finger. At first, I thought it was just a pinched nerve or something due to sleeping in a bad position. I told my mother, who told me to keep an eye on it. A week later, the same started happening in my left hand. Most of the time it was the ring finger of both hands shaking back and forth, sometimes in a jerky movement. It didn't hurt but it was a bit strange.

Recently, my middle finger in my left hand started shaking too, but only a little. My fingers also have become a little stiff sometimes from the shaking, especially when I'm doing something. The shaking only occurs when I lay my hands out in front of me but I'm starting to notice it when I leave my hand hanging when I'm not doing anything with it. The shaking doesn't affect my day to day activities but it is bothersome. It happens more on my left hand than right.

Anyway, if the shaking continues for another week or two, my mother's going to have to drag me to the doctor's. I've tried googling my symptoms and it did not help. I'm betting that it could be stress or anxiety but I really don't know. Has anyone experienced this before? If you have, is there any way to deal with it?

I know it's kind of personal, but I'm tired of the shaking and I just want other options before seeing a doctor.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 19, 2014, 10:55:19 PM
Everytime I see what other people viewing online, there is always one that sticks the most - "Paris show at L'Olympia Bruno Coquatrix - July 8th". It's not even the best show, according to links, nor is it a reunion concert. Yet, 11 guests were checking in this thread one day.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on October 16, 2015, 06:50:34 AM
About 2 weeks ago, I randomly typed "weird short films" as I knew this genre? style? format? not sure what to call it. The 1st thing's called "10 craziest short films". I watched some of em & liked No.3 "Logorama" (world in logos) & No.5 "Maggie and Mildred" (cartoon made of cross stitching). the latter was very nice and kind. but am going to find horror shorts.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: rogerlancelot on October 19, 2015, 06:27:19 AM
"Dancin' And Fartin'":
https://youtu.be/XY5er3jEMQE (https://youtu.be/XY5er3jEMQE)


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 05, 2015, 06:22:33 AM
There are literally thousands of horror shorts on Youtube. I click one of them, new titles turn up on the right. They last from several minutes to 30 at max. I watched:

Vienna Waits for You (thankfully, with English subs; the only German I know is Guten Tag & Danke)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_hsU2O_o50

Blink (some guy tripping - that's your "horror")
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5Ichw5xq44

Cat with Hands (bizarre but then, most English tales are)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKjxpfwjBtw

Tea Time (well, watch it yourself. Imo 3 minutes of nothingness)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKQpG7EjXsg

Under the Bed (not bad... for children. Light stuff)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-q20RQq8Bo

Sth. I forget. There's too many. Sadly, half of it isn't technically *scary*. We'll see.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 17, 2016, 06:22:01 AM
I recommend to save this site - www.vintag.es - in the computer.

Big photo collection from 1800s to 1990s.

F.ex. rural Vietnam, New York of the 1920s, California beaches, Halloween, creepy pictures of Easter bunnies with evil costume with kids around, aviation, fashion, ads, postcards, animals, famous people, historic events, travelling etc. Panoramic views of New Zealand, Africa, U.S. states etc.

It gets updated frequently.

Enjoy!


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 17, 2016, 05:30:21 PM
2 my dog fan friend, funny Dachshund vids  :3d:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9vk0Obzf08
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FjJnC7FWgI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbB9956CoN4


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 05, 2016, 11:27:22 PM
3 cute vids & vines

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVwlMVYqMu4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBdMAxtJwcc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URNvM9Dv_to


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 19, 2017, 05:56:06 AM
If smb. didn't believe in dog's & jaguar's friendship, check it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2arqnpQphk

Pandas playing in the slide, there's sth. cute in their chubbiness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGF6bOi1NfA

To lamb fans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xM14Xs-MUE0


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 20, 2017, 06:29:40 AM
Drew these today:

(https://s23.postimg.org/nabg5att7/2sidesoftheroad.jpg)
(https://s29.postimg.org/6dm0h2awn/beachesinmind.jpg)
(https://s29.postimg.org/o5664u8zr/guysearchingmermaid.jpg)


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: JK on January 20, 2017, 06:45:48 AM
Very nice. Do you use a computer program for your colours? I ask that as a cyberamus... 


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 20, 2017, 06:49:57 AM
Yes, "Paint". What do you mean by "cyberamus"?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: JK on January 20, 2017, 07:18:48 AM
Yes, "Paint". What do you mean by "cyberamus"?

A cyberamus is an ignoramus in matters of cyberspace. ;D


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 10, 2017, 10:07:47 PM
Like to dance? Check these short videos by Learning Station & repeat the moves :3d:

"C'mon Let's Dance" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqaBy2RsD54
"Get Funky" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGrnC1K3D7c


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Murry the Friendly Ghost ♯♫♩🐇 on February 10, 2017, 11:24:20 PM
The human body contains enough bones to make an entire skeleton


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 10, 2017, 11:40:50 PM
2Billy: That's nice phrase - is it Brianism?

If we talk about favorite sayings, this is goodun:

Sylvester Stallone speaks: "I'd say between 3 pm and 8 pm I look great. After that it's all downhill. Don't photograph me in the morning or you're gonna get Walter Brennan."


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Murry the Friendly Ghost ♯♫♩🐇 on February 10, 2017, 11:56:58 PM
Nah, I found it on facebook


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: SurfRapGrungeFiend on February 12, 2017, 04:23:07 PM
the coolest crib
https://youtu.be/_Y7ugK3ev_U


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 08, 2017, 06:32:43 PM
To nice creature at PS who likes dogs AND cute vids with them :D:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVwlMVYqMu4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V5UZfqQOTw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeFmoIEgAtY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaxkI_75c-8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6NS77HLjEE


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 09, 2017, 06:37:25 AM
To nice creature at Smiley, i.e. me :3d:

Cats slapping & punching dogs, funny: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCyE0Fq8m_c


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 20, 2017, 04:02:29 PM
Nice vintage commercials
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2vBJt1iG60
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YGWbE4r0zo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzOR_Fal_SY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaxTui9aRFM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTT1TSdWjkQ


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: undercover-m on May 30, 2017, 11:38:57 PM
I can't seem to stay hydrated, even though I've been steadily drinking both sparkling and normal (tap) water. My slightly dizzy mind might be a result of that and from work today.

I don't post in the Sandbox anymore. How's everyone doin'.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 06, 2017, 07:09:22 PM
This is the best cat ep, jolly funny, check it: http://www.cbsrmt.com/episode-10-the-resident.html


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: undercover-m on September 04, 2017, 01:08:08 AM
I have one of those fancy vacuum-sealed water bottles that keep your drink cold all day long, and it is treating me well.

Stay Cool 8)


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 27, 2018, 03:45:49 PM
Piglet Babe is the best animal hero who isn't cat but many say Bambi is the best - disagree.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: JK on April 28, 2018, 02:55:07 AM
Piglet Babe is the best animal hero who isn't cat but many say Bambi is the best - disagree.

I'm not too familiar with Bambi--maybe because the movie has a reputation as a tear-jerker.

Peter Rabbit is pretty cool: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNBSTZLVoS4


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 30, 2018, 06:24:44 AM
Tiny observation - 4 hyphens decreased to just 2.
This being random "anything you say" thread, would like to say this:
- Few times I think, "What Newguy lives like? Is he OK?"
- about PS member bonnie bella - I don't know this girl, didn't talk but, I must say, not once did I get what she said, people laugh at her posts whilst I fail to see the humor. Maybe it's New Zealand speech style, local slang she talks in. I'm sure she's swell sport.
- favorite greeting "hello". Used to like "how do you do?" when we began studying English, it's very polite nice but today "hello" seems jolly positive & sunny.
- speaking of jolly, "jolly good" is my absolute favorite phrase. I simply like it. :D
- favorite English names - Elspeth, Al (Alan), John (but not shortie Jack), Greg (Gregory), Zack, Ziggy, Fred (ditto Freddy, Frederick), Frank, Angelina, Tiffany, Alice, Wendy, Sylvester, Neal, Rita, Lita, Desmond, Maxwell (this full name), Daisy, Viola, Lloyd, Paul, Jo (Josie, Josephine).
- favorite niceties (based on what people say casually in films, songs, books) - darling, (ray of) sunshine, cuddly bear, charming creature.
- the eternal question "Sun or moon?" - without hesitation, sun.
- the other million dollar question "Cats or dogs?" - without hesitation, cats. That said, puppies look cute.
- astrology is rubbish. Stars influence people's characters, my foot.
- coolest celebrity name - Al Jardine! :D
- tapatalk is such catchy word. Tapatalk-schmapatalk.
- to get back to names, what's the deal with foreigners being given few 1st names (usually 2)? Looks like we're single place in which it isn't the case.
- Did anybody taste pitahaya, rambutan, loquats? In any travels you travelled, folks? These fruits or what pictured & captioned in copy-books. Didn't see & hear about them before.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: JK on May 30, 2018, 02:28:47 PM
Tiny observation - 4 hyphens decreased to just 2.

It took a poster from across the road to make me see sense. 8)

- astrology is rubbish. Stars influence people's characters, my foot.

RR, I think you'll find that true astrology has nothing to do with dumb-ass horoscopes. ;D


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Murry the Friendly Ghost ♯♫♩🐇 on May 30, 2018, 02:39:59 PM
"Love can break  hate but hate can't  break love"- Jaymie Castillo


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 30, 2018, 03:19:06 PM
- Did anybody taste pitahaya, rambutan, loquats? In any travels you travelled, folks? These fruits or what pictured & captioned in copy-books. Didn't see & hear about them before.

Down where I live there are lots of loquat trees. We call them by the name "Japanese Plum". I had a big one in the front of my house before a hurricane destroyed it. Every March the neighborhood kids would take their pick of the fruit. The birds liked them as well.

Oh I'm definitely a "moon" person. I love watching the various phases.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: KDS on May 31, 2018, 07:04:59 AM

- the eternal question "Sun or moon?" - without hesitation, sun.

- astrology is rubbish. Stars influence people's characters, my foot.


Sun, no question.   One of the reasons that summer is my favorite type of year is due to the long summer days.   

I agree that astrology is rubbish, and don't put any stock in the stars or the signs of the zodiac. 


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 01, 2018, 04:52:34 PM
What's the perfect pizza to you, good folks? I'd like it if it was tomato-free, melted cheese-free, salami-free.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on June 01, 2018, 06:22:23 PM
What's the perfect pizza to you, good folks? I'd like it if it was tomato-free, melted cheese-free, salami-free.

I like a minimum of cheese - certain cheeses don't agree with me and can sometimes make me quite sick. I also can do without meats.
I love lots of vegetables in my pizza - mushrooms, onions, green peppers, black olives, a bit of spinach.
I'm not a big fan of tomato sauce so can do without that. However, I had a slice of pizza today topped with various veggies and sun dried tomatoes that was absolutely delicious.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 02, 2018, 05:45:45 AM
Thanks to mention onions - it's the worst bit in addition to tomatoes, cheese, salami. Best thing in pizza to me is pickles & meat (mutton, beef).
Mushroom fan here as well but it loses its taste when at pizza. Ditto black olives.
Here, food shops sell pizza topped with ketchup & mayonnaise mixture. Neat, ha. :P
Being long-time cook, can you tell if anything else besides cheese can glue things in pizza?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on June 02, 2018, 08:13:08 AM
Yes, you had told me earlier how much you love onions ;-)   But I cannot tell a lie - I love onions on everything. How much depends on how much interaction I'll have with people afterwards lol.
Pickles on pizza? That's a new one on me. Is that common over there?  Mutton - is there a tangy sauce with that (I love gyros).
And ketchup / mayonnaise on pizza? Can't imagine. However, that combo is popular in parts of the US for other things including being served with French fries. Down here a bit of lemon juice and horseradish would be added as a dipping sauce for boiled seafood.

With my nieces and nephews, they like to order a "Hawaiian" pizza, which has ham and pineapple.

Don't know how to bind everything together without cheese. Will have to look into that.
There are vegan cheeses available (known as cheeze), made from soybeans, rice, cashews and other things. Some are okay, others positively vile.

Now I'm hungry.  :)


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 03, 2018, 10:23:44 PM
Quote
But I cannot tell a lie - I love onions on everything. How much depends on how much interaction I'll have with people afterwards
Can't you just chew the gum &/ or spray the mouth inside? I read that this is what chaps do but I think it can be done by everybody if they eat sth. with bad fragrance like onions, garlic etc.

Quote
Pickles on pizza? That's a new one on me. Is that common over there?
Yes, very. Pickles give pizza unique taste & better (verb) the main pizza taste. That said, I'd like to taste the real deal - Italian pizza. I read they sell so-called Italian pizzas in New York/City, since this is state inhabited by Italians. I really doubt it. I think best way to get the bite of real Italian pizza, you must fly to Italy.
What's "tangy" in phrase "tangy sauce"? Is it joke - pineapple in pizza? They should add plums then, to get better stomach work.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: KDS on June 04, 2018, 05:33:32 AM
What's the perfect pizza to you, good folks? I'd like it if it was tomato-free, melted cheese-free, salami-free.

I've had pizza with BBQ sauce or ranch dressing as the sauce, and those were pretty good.   But, pizza without cheese is just not pizza IMO. 


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on June 04, 2018, 07:00:32 AM
Quote
But I cannot tell a lie - I love onions on everything. How much depends on how much interaction I'll have with people afterwards
Can't you just chew the gum &/ or spray the mouth inside? I read that this is what chaps do but I think it can be done by everybody if they eat sth. with bad fragrance like onions, garlic etc.

I do use breath mints, popping a bunch in my mouth hoping that will do the trick

Quote
Pickles on pizza? That's a new one on me. Is that common over there?
Yes, very. Pickles give pizza unique taste & better (verb) the main pizza taste. That said, I'd like to taste the real deal - Italian pizza. I read they sell so-called Italian pizzas in New York/City, since this is state inhabited by Italians. I really doubt it. I think best way to get the bite of real Italian pizza, you must fly to Italy.
What's "tangy" in phrase "tangy sauce"? Is it joke - pineapple in pizza? They should add plums then, to get better stomach work.

Tangy is a strong taste in foods containing yogurt, vinegar, pickles etc .
New York is known for its thin crust pizzas, and that is how they are made in Italy. However, the toppings are quite different. Authentic Italian pizzas are very simple with just a few ingredients.
Ooh, plums in pizza? Dried plums are prunes - yes that would make for "better stomach work"!
  ;D


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 05, 2018, 04:00:44 PM
I've had pizza with BBQ sauce or ranch dressing as the sauce, and those were pretty good.   But, pizza without cheese is just not pizza IMO. 
No, list the ingredients summing perfect pizza for you.

Authentic Italian pizzas are very simple with just a few ingredients.
Precisely.

Quote
Ooh, plums in pizza?
The point is, if pizza can be cooked with pineapple, the other fruits should be up there too.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: KDS on June 06, 2018, 06:11:57 AM
I've had pizza with BBQ sauce or ranch dressing as the sauce, and those were pretty good.   But, pizza without cheese is just not pizza IMO. 
No, list the ingredients summing perfect pizza for you.

Authentic Italian pizzas are very simple with just a few ingredients.
Precisely.

Quote
Ooh, plums in pizza?
The point is, if pizza can be cooked with pineapple, the other fruits should be up there too.

Perfect pizza

New York style

Extra cheese

tomato sauce

Pepperoni

Sausage

Nothing special or too fancy.   


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 06, 2018, 02:36:18 PM
In BBC film "Miss Marple: Murder Is Announced", there's cafe scene with Ms. Marple & her distant niece Mrs. Harmon, the vicar's wife, discussing who arrived to see the murder "game" last night. Mrs. Harmon named people. Ms. Marple hinted she forgot smb. Mrs. Harmon tried to figure who, then rmbr & said gleefully:

- Julia!
- That's right. Julia, yes.
- Julia. Pretty Julia is peculiar. (smiles)

[Sullen waitress suddenly gives voice at their table]

- 3 & 6. And I'm not a peculiar, Mrs. Harmon. I've always been good C of E.
- Oh, I'm so sorry. I was just quoting an old song. I didn't know your name was Julia.
- No offence, I'm sure. (still said with sullen face)

"C of E" is what subtitles read, they can be misleading. I checked it, "cov", "c.o.v.", "ceo v" in google, it didn't help. Is it sth. to do with cafe work? Can anybody tell what this waitress meant?
Additionally checked the lyrics "pretty julia is peculiar" - again, fruitless. It being British film, set in 1940s-50s, the song is "old", it should be 1900-1920s British song. Could it be fictional song Agatha made up to fit the rhyme? Does it indeed exist? Few nagging questions.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on June 06, 2018, 04:28:37 PM
Hi, RRA1! I haven't had time to visit lately, as I've just started a new job. C of E, in this context, means Church of England. So "good C of E" means something like a faithful follower.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on June 06, 2018, 07:35:14 PM
I found two songs written around the early 1900s referring to Peculiar Julia.

One has a refrain that starts as follows:
 "Julia, you're peculiar, Julia, you are queer,
Truly you're unruly as a wild western steer..."
And it doesn't get any better. I've never known women to be compared to steers. I have heard women referred to as "heifers" however.
I 'd tell that guy, "Don't let the back door hit ya on the way out, cowboy!" lol.

 The other song sounds like a typical dance hall song.
 "Ye gods only know how I loved Miss Julia, there was something about her so very peculiar ."
 After several verses of the guy wining and dining her for several years, Julia announces that she's marrying another. Very peculiar indeed!


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 07, 2018, 05:34:54 AM
Hello, Buckethead. Happy work in new place. Thanks to both you & NBBF. That film is rife with great dialogs.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on June 10, 2018, 01:07:48 PM
RRA1 - Thank you for the positivity!


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 04, 2018, 07:55:58 AM
I couldn't figure what precisely makes young actress Elle Fanning jolly pretty. But google recently brought to my attn great picture with her - she's got the prettiest-shaped lips in any woman I'd seen, both irl & film/ music world. When she smiles, even better. In compare, Dakota, which I gather is her relative (cousin? sister?), is plain jane.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on July 04, 2018, 10:19:55 AM
Elle is Dakota's little sister. I think that they are both very pretty, although I sometimes get very confused as to why some actresses/models are deemed beautiful. Great managers/publicists? For example, if Giselle Bundchen and Sarah Jessica Parker are deserving of the title, heck, so am I!


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 14, 2018, 05:42:05 PM
I'm sure you're pretty, Buckethead. :)
Actually, am here to ask you - do you, when you go to concert, sit or stand? There's thread with people discussing sitting vs. standing. Smb. said they sit to pay respect to people sitting behind, that they don't block the view. The others said they stand during whole thing, to dance, get fun. What you're like?
Btw, whilst we're at it - thing that REALLY weirds me out is when chap sits girl in his shoulders. She sits there like pro, doesn't seem to be scared she'll fall. But what's weirder, guy just stands like that start to finish, willing to tolerate such heavy weight in the shoulders. Question is - why? It's not obligation. & how can he do it? Everytime I see it, it just doesn't make sense. It's crazy.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on July 15, 2018, 04:55:56 AM
I'm pretty enough, but that's all. My family and people who have known me since childhood comment on how much Princess Charlotte looks like me as a child - there is a striking resemblance in terms of face shape, eyes, nose, hair texture, coloring, etc. 

When I go to a concert, I sit unless there is space in the aisles to stand/dance or it is an outdoor venue where there is room to be up and not block anyone's view. Otherwise, I only get up if everyone else is standing, usually for the last few songs. After all, people pay a lot of money to see, not just hear, their band.

I don't understand the girl sitting on a guy's shoulders for a concert. It is, IMO, something that is done for a child who cannot otherwise see or needs to be kept close and safe in a crowd. Honestly, when a teenage girl or woman does this, it seems sexual to me, like, "Look! My crotch is on his neck! He is strong and masculine! OOOH!" Or, "Look at me! I'm a hunky guy who has her crotch on my neck!"


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on July 15, 2018, 05:01:56 AM
RRA1 - I am continuing my study of Russian history, but cannot seem to find a consistent pronunciation for Tsarskoe Selo. How do you say it?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 15, 2018, 05:20:27 AM
TSAR-sko-yeah  cell-OH.
I'll look up Princess Charlotte. Dunno who is she. I agree that kid in shoulders makes sense. Thing about guys standing with girls at shoulders is why they do it? Why the need to be so helpful to girls? OK, they date, he likes girl but so what? Doesn't mean they must help each other in everything. If it's inconvenient to carry that weight, stand thru the whole thing with her in shoulders, don't do it. Easy.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 15, 2018, 05:44:08 AM
Btw, Buckethead, asked you the same question as KDS in Movie thread, Reply #886. In case you didn't see it.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on July 15, 2018, 08:31:41 AM
Thanks for the pronunciation. I was thinking TSAR-skow SEEL-oh. Now I won't be embarrasses if I have a face-to-face conversation with an expert on Russian history.

Princess Charlotte is Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth II's great-granddaughter, daughter of her grandson Prince William, heir to the throne. In the US, the press is obsessed with British Royalty lately. This, despite that pesky American Revolution to leave monarchy behind.

I answered your question about the movie.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 15, 2018, 08:15:33 PM
Well that's Russian language for ya. English pronunciation rules don't apply to it.

Charlotte must be still "wee bannock" now.

Song question - which songs you really like by 1) Bacharach 2) Mann-Weil 3) Goffin-King 4) Barry-Greenwich 5) F. Bryant-B. Bryant. Single song each.

Buckethead, following rant isn't directed at you, look away :D :

Just read PS in long time; looks like poster brucesshorts/ Pinder Goes To Kokomo doesn't really enjoy talking BBs, he likes to argue & chimes in just to bring the same points in Mike vs. Brian threads. Yet his latest post mentions "pathology". Weiiiird. Btw, he's been like that here at Smiley too. Never posted in BBs music threads to share his views. But everytime posters would discuss Mike, esp. negatively which they've got right to if sth. Mike does they don't approve, he'd start actively posting. Every long-time poster will agree about it. You, folks, know this poster.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 17, 2018, 08:26:24 PM
2Buckethead: when you finish answering song question in Reply #74, answer short fun survey I created, enjoy!

1. Etiquette says to use different fork & spoon when tasting different dishes. Would it be easy to memorize or you'd use the same?
2. Did you lose temper standing in line long? Haste smb. before you?
3. Tell the dearest thing about school. Any tricks you played to teacher/classmates when you studied at school?
4. Imagine. Boss tells you fine news - they say you inherit their boss duties but gives you time to think as they got the other 2 nominees. Would you say No can't handle duties or without hesitance Yes?
5. Is there any book that revealed sth. you never knew?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on July 18, 2018, 06:32:01 PM
RRA1 - Bacharach - Arthur's Theme (BB friend Chris Cross)
           Mann-Weil - We Gotta get Out of This place (Animals)
           Goffin-King - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (Prefer Dave Mason version.)
           F. Bryant - B. Bryant - No real liking for anything that I know of that they wrote. Just not my style, a bit too cute for me.


           


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on July 18, 2018, 07:22:39 PM
Survey answers:

1. I know what to use when, but only bother with what utensil to use when if I am at a formal dinner, wedding reception, etc. Otherwise, I use what makes sense to me. Still, it's always good to know the rules to use when you choose to - knowledge is power!

2. I never lose my temper when in a long line. If a situation were life-threatening, I would probably react strongly if someone cut in front of me. Really, though, people who do that just look like jerks and I don't give them an ounce of my energy. Besides, they eventually butt in front of the wrong person and...

3. My dearest memory of school was in 12th grade. My locker was next to a girl who went out of her way to say mean things about me. She was very popular - prom queen, head cheerleader, blah blah blah. Anyway, I had to dissect a pregnant cat during my last class. I wrapped the baby in tissue and took it to my locker, knowing that the Mean Girl would soon be there, pushing me out of her way to get her coat to go home. So I said, "Look! Isn't it cute?" She looked at it and turned a greenish shade, then ran to the restroom. I followed to and said that I was really sorry as she threw up in a toilet. 

4. I would never want to be a boss of anyone other than myself. Having been a supervisor in several jobs was enough of a nightmare.

5. This is a tough question. I learn things I never knew in many books. However, most eye-opening was The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide.  It was written by a psychiatrist who went around the world interviewing peers who had been involved in the Holocaust. I knew, of course, about the experiments on human subjects, but was unaware of the huge role psychiatrists and psychologist played in developing the genocidal system in such a way that perpetrators were spared the psychological angst and feeling of personal responsibility for killing. For example, when the Einsatzgruppen were sent to Ukraine to round up Jews and shoot them into pits, they often could not cope with what they had done. It was then suggested that victims be packed into vans into which the exhaust was directed into the rear; when the vans arrived at their destination, the "cargo" was dead and the driver did not have to bear witness. This eventually led to the camps in which inmates themselves did much of the work of death, and administrative responsibility was spread such that guilt was diffused. In one "hospital" with imperfect children marked for death, a diet of beautiful fresh fruit and vegetables was served - who would find fault with that? But with nothing else, no  fat, no protein, the kids starved to death. Especially interesting was the variety of reactions these men had to their deeds. Some had no remorse, made no excuses for their actions. It was war, Hitler meant well, etc. Others were clearly haunted. More than a few recalled with terror the "selections," when trainloads arrived at the camps and doctors, often as drunk or drugged as possible to cope, directed human beings to either immediate death or a living hell.  Some told of their feeling that they had no choice when the Third Reich, but described the many ways in which they worked, from their unique positions, to save lives when possible.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 20, 2018, 04:30:22 AM
3. Wait, you chased mean girl to say sorry to her? What for?
5. I'd seen documentary researching the subject you talk about, historians tell there that Hitler had impersonators who were trained to speak like him etc. They kinda looked like him, they're sent to different places to give impression it's Hitler addressing people in the street. Did you know it?

Do you believe in UFO? Yeti?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on July 20, 2018, 03:30:49 PM
HaHaHa! I followed Mean Girl into the girl's room to say that I was "sorry - are you OK?" very, very insincerely. This girl was the quintessential
peer-pressure conformist/enforcer we spoke of in Pet Peeves.
 
I would not be shocked if Hitler had impersonators, although I have not read that. I have read that Stalin had some impersonators. He was very paranoid, by all accounts, so it makes sense that he would want to be less of a target for would-be assassins.

I can't say that I believe UFOs, the Yeti, etc. I keep an open mind in case we actually get evidence, not the always-grainy photos that are ubiquitous. Same with ghosts. They may exist, but the only people I know who talk of their experiences with them tend to be deceptive, insincere people.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 20, 2018, 08:40:35 PM
I too don't believe ghosts as I didn't see any. Simple as that.

You'd been in New York City. Did you pass by Brighton Beach? I read it's special place in New York inhabited with Russian immigrants who live & work there. I read & seen documentary where in street bazaars people sell Russian/ former 15 USSR state dishes like pelmeni, borsch, kurabiye (sp?), mamalyga (sp?) etc. Did you witness it?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on July 21, 2018, 04:44:10 AM
I've been to New York City  a dozen or so times, but never to Brighton Beach. There was "reality" show in recent years called Russian Dollsthat takes place in Brighton Beach. It features Russian emigres who live there, but only focuses on the very materialistic, money-worshipping few. All of the women have have a lot of obvious plastic surgery, demand $20,000 for a casual trip to the jewelry store, and the men drive cars that cost more than my house. In other words, the emphasis is very stereotypical, and others in the community are a bit annoyed by that. Still, I enjoyed looking for glimpses of actual culture. One restaurant is called Tatiana, another Rasputin. A common gathering place is a bath house, and one person spoke
guardedly about his family's experiences over generations in the then-USSR before emigrating. 


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 21, 2018, 05:27:34 AM
Thanks for the info. Have you any phobias? I discussed it with few posters, smb. said they fear clowns without reason & without bad experience. They just say they're frightened, that's it. I've got emetophobia & waves, big/ tiny. It's eerie to see generally the water going shaky, moving about.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on July 21, 2018, 01:28:12 PM
Emetophobia was something I had until I got pregnant with twins. Puking every hour or so for 5 1/2 months (when it suddenly stopped) cured me of that; I had no choice. I guess we were both protected from the teenage-girl phenomenon for bulimia. Other than that, I panic at the sight of or thought of a rat. Spiders and snakes are OK (unless they are biting me), mice are tolerable in moderation, but do not bring a rat near me! Waves, I like, although I've never been on a boat in a bad storm with monster waves. Typically, I find them relaxing to swim in and watch. 


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 21, 2018, 03:33:32 PM
It's good that you cured of it. Reading about various women going thru difficulties, I dubbed it "9 months of hell". Yet these women really happy & absolutely OK to tolerate, go figure.

Since you mentioned rats & mice, did you live with roaches in places you'd been?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on July 21, 2018, 04:23:16 PM
Yes, It's all worth it in the end.  No, I'v never lived with roaches, thank God. This, in spite of the fact that I am not a good housekeeper!


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 21, 2018, 05:30:06 PM
When I lived with grandfolks in the block of flats, granny kept the house very clean (still does, am sure) but we got roaches who shifted flat to flat, neighbor to neighbor via ventilation/ central heating holes etc. If you go into kitchen, esp. at night, you'd see them running around the fridge, walls, cupboard, sink, should I continue? :P We stepped them, killed them but they wouldn't end. I rmbr some middle size roach got inside the kettle & I tasted I got sth. alien in mouth - get it out, see it's bitten to trash roach. Suffice to say, since that time I checked the cup before drinking. It's the case of many yrs ago. They eventually disappeared, am told. But anyway, bottom line is they don't necessarily infest the house due to bad housekeeping, dirt etc.

Happy sunday, Buckethead! :D Back to insignificant chat - what do you do at free time? Snowboarding? Knitting? Skateboarding? Yogaing? Picking berries & mushrooms? Gardening? Playing bridge/ twister/ domino/ cards/ chess?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on July 22, 2018, 10:04:34 AM
So true about roaches. I live in a row house (many attached to each other), and have heard of very fastidious housekeepers having to deal with roaches. Another example of infestations happening, regardless of cleanliness, is bed bugs. The insecticide that kills them easily was banned years ago, so this is now a problem in the USA. Bed bugs are "hitchhikers" that hop on someone's coat, pant leg, or purse, even get into a suitcase in a hotel and are carried into a person's home. They are very difficult to get rid of. I know - it happened to me. Most people have to pay for a very expensive high-heat treatment of mattresses, rugs, furniture, just about everything. Clothes and curtains must be  washed in the hottest water, everything kept separated from everything else to avoid cross-contamination. I washed everything I could in hot water, but could not afford a professional. I did some research and learned that diatomaceous earth kills the little buggers. It is a whitish powder made from the dried-out stuff found at the bottom of dry riverbeds. Some farmers use it with their farm animals, so it was safe around the kitties. I put DE EVERYWHERE (a mess), and within two days the bugs were all dead.

Of the activities you listed, I hate all of them except picking berries! My free time is spent planning lessons and finding cool stuff to inspire my reluctant students. On Monday, we will project a camp fire on the white board and sit on a blanket reading a scary story, using clues in the text to figure out unfamiliar words. If they cooperate, we will eat something called s'mores, a popular camp fire treat made with roasted marshmallows and softened milk chocolate between two pieces of graham crackers. I also love to read. I'm the weird lady reading a book as I wait in line at the grocery store. Swimming is something I like to do every day in the summer, and I enjoy walking in nature the rest of the year. I used to love to travel, but cannot afford to anymore. other than all of this, I especially like to spend time at the beach, a 2-3 hour drive, depending on where I go. What do you enjoy?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 23, 2018, 05:10:16 AM
You, cool teacher, you. :3d We didn't do goosebump reading by campfire with teacher.
I'd been introduced to "bed bugs" via 1955 film "Night Of Hunter" with silent film actress, the great Lillian Gish & Robert Mitchum. The main kids say before going to sleep "Don't let the bed bugs bite". Lillian really shines as cool old lady who points gun at villain Mitchum. She said many cool lines.
I chat by email, play air hockey (big favorite game), read now & then, walk few kilometers with/ without cat in the basket, little skateboarding (barring uber-cool tricks), fishing, watch horror/ suspense films (in total darkness & silence ofc).
Smb. in the Internet theorised that chaps could fit to be child-bearers. They said it could be done by cutting the belly, doctors get the child out. They as well said chap would easier deal with pain/ side effects during 9 months than woman. Do you agree with this Internet theorist? It's at least interesting. Maybe they're inspired by film with Schwarzenegger playing would-be mother.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on July 23, 2018, 06:49:08 PM
We just sat in rows and read, 'Dick, Dick, Dick"out loud until our next turn.

I'd like to see that film. I've never seen Lillian Gish in a "talkie."

That is SO cool to take walks with your cat in a basket! Is this a Russian tradition? I once read a book called The Midwife's ApprenticeIt is about an orphan who survives by helping to deliver babies. She had a kittie who went everywhere she went. I walked with her and sometimes traveled in her bag.

Where do you fish, in a local river or lake?

Does watching horror films without the sound make them scarier? I'll have to try that sometime.

I don't believe that men would deal better than women with pregnancy and childbirth. (I say this as someone who had a miserable twin pregnancy, then endured the pain of recovering from having my belly sliced open to have them. I then had a medication-free back labor for 24 hours with my third son, don't know which was worse.) That was a funny movie, though.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 24, 2018, 04:14:31 PM
It's good film. You'll like. Btw, if you say you didn't see Lillian Gish in talkie, does it mean you'd seen in silents? Which is favorite? Lillian's younger sister isn't as pretty, yet weirdly *she* played the pretty girl chaps like in the silents.

Walking with cat isn't Russian tradition. If cat says he'd like to walk today, I get his basket, cat jumps to it & we walk.

We got river with many fish.

Horrors without sound? Shirley you jest. Take 2 - I see them in total darkness & silence. As in - when it's dark around & silent around.

Let's discuss paintings. Many cite works by Van Gogh, Picasso, various banal generic choices. Can you list favorite obscure paintings?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on July 25, 2018, 12:24:23 PM
Just to chime in - I can't imagine being able to take any of my kitties on a walk . They would jump out of the basket . You must have started doing that when it was a kitten? Sweet that your kitty let's you know when it's time to take a walk.

Lillian Gish was one of the very few actresses who were able to make the transition from silent  films to talkies. Many years ago I was able at our university to see loads of classic silent films. Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, and Lillian Gish. For Gish I saw Broken Blossoms, Way Down East and Orphans of the Storm. Later on I saw her in the infamous 1915 film Birth of a Nation.
Broken Blossoms is by far my favorite of those films. Very sad but beautiful movie.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 25, 2018, 05:45:00 PM
I didn't - cat walks began recently, when he was 4 yrs old. About that time I bought pair of baskets - walking & sleeping. Cat likes walking that way, carried in the basket. He looks around in the streets but stays put, doesn't run away. He likes comfort, you know. Basket to him is like driving in lincoln. I'm chauffeur.

Mary Pickford & Lillian Gish - my favorite silent actors. Btw, you're right to say that Lillian succeeded in going to sound pictures. Did you see the silents in university for free? Which is your biggest favorite silent film?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on July 25, 2018, 06:43:05 PM
You are a chauffeur for your cat? Do funny!  ;D

Yes, at the University students got to see movies for free. Got to see all sorts of classic movies I never saw before.

I can't pick a favorite silent film. The best I can do is pick my favorite from the actors:
Lillian Gish - Broken Blossoms
Charlie Chaplin - City Lights. A very close second would be his short, Shoulder Arms.
Harold Lloyd - Safety Last
Buster Keaton - Sherlock, Jr.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 25, 2018, 07:54:26 PM
It's good university, lets students use services for free. Thumbs up.

What's "Sherlock, Jr." about? Is it detective?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on July 26, 2018, 04:57:06 AM
It's good university, lets students use services for free. Thumbs up.

What's "Sherlock, Jr." about? Is it detective?

I think you would like it. Keaton plays a film projectionist. The "Sherlock" part is when he falls asleep and dreams that he goes into one of the films he"s showing, a detective film. There's a lot of film tricks in it.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on July 26, 2018, 04:29:35 PM
NOLA BB Fan and RRA!-

I could never imagine my kitties tolerating a basket. Yours is special! I've only seen Gish in Birth of a Nation.

RRA1 - As far as paintings are concerned, I'm afraid I have no particular inclinations. I seen some I like in antique sores and yard sales as much as in museums. When I see something that is famous and acclaimed, I find it interesting for that reason, but that is it.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 26, 2018, 06:02:57 PM
2 random observations:
1. Everybody in English-speaking sites writes the Internet lowercase. We type it uppercase. Even Russian wiki page for the Internet says officially it must be written uppercase. I believe it's the right way to write it. Yet you, folks, type it lowercase. Why?
2. Discussing in Movies thread & elsewhere at Smiley, Imdb boards, people use "movie" & nearly never "film". Again, why not? What's the difference? It's like people really scared to say "film". I must find out.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: the captain on July 26, 2018, 06:10:51 PM
I can speak to both.

1. Internet has been one of those words that different stylebooks treat differently. But AP and New York Times--two of the most prominent English language stylebooks--both switched from capitalized to lowercase within the past couple of years. The way I understand the history, it had been capitalized to denote one specific internet (thus the proper noun Internet), but since it over time became the only internet, it wasn't necessary that it be identified as a proper noun anymore.

2. My own particular viewpoint: snobbery. Film in America has connotations of being serious. Movie is casual. So one finds people who want to impress, or people talking about the form as "art" rather than "entertainment," often say film. People who don't want to be seen that way probably will say movie.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on July 27, 2018, 04:24:41 PM
So true, Captain, about the '"film" vs. "movie" issue.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 30, 2018, 05:22:17 AM
Beatles song tales:

- Yesterday, Martha my dear and polythene Pam bought savoy truffle, then suddenly here comes the sun, they start shouting "Good day sunshine!" & hear smb. else shouts ditto - it's their rich friend Lucy in the sky with diamond earrings flying in the balloon. Martha & Pam get her attn, she shouts "If I fell, would you run for your life to catch me?". No reply.

- She said "She said "Everybody's got sth. to hide except me & my monkey"" (girl gossips to another girl).

- She came in thru the bathroom window dressed as walrus to spoil the party. But the house empty. Everybody took magical mystery tour to see what goes on in Pepperland.

- "Get back." - "I'll be back". (Michelle & Her Majesty exchange letters).

- There's a place in strawberry fields where you can see mother nature's son sleeping 8 days a week.

- "Lovely Rita, your mother should know that Mr. Moonlight stopped at Penny Lane hostel to live but this boy at reception drove his car without permission & Mr. Moonlight caused helter skelter in the hostel."


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: KDS on July 30, 2018, 05:38:00 AM
Beatles song tales:

- Yesterday, Martha my dear and polythene Pam bought savoy truffle, then suddenly here comes the sun, they start shouting "Good day sunshine!" & hear smb. else shouts ditto - it's their rich friend Lucy in the sky with diamond earrings flying in the balloon. Martha & Pam get her attn, she shouts "If I fell, would you run for your life to catch me?". No reply.

- She said "She said "Everybody's got sth. to hide except me & my monkey"" (girl gossips to another girl).

- She came in thru the bathroom window dressed as walrus to spoil the party. But the house empty. Everybody took magical mystery tour to see what goes on in Pepperland.

- "Get back." - "I'll be back". (Michelle & Her Majesty exchange letters).

- There's a place in strawberry fields where you can see mother nature's son sleeping 8 days a week.

- "Lovely Rita, your mother should know that Mr. Moonlight stopped at Penny Lane hostel to live but this boy at reception drove his car without permission & Mr. Moonlight caused helter skelter in the hostel."

Michelle, Why Don't We Do It In the Road?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 30, 2018, 06:32:15 AM
2KDS: Since you posted in this thread, which Beatles song lyric do you think witty, clever (song title excepted)? To me, "Paperback Writer" & "Lady Madonna" rife with many cool lines. Not sure why but "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" associates with "Crime & Punishment". But in the song it's tongue-in-cheek.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: KDS on July 30, 2018, 06:45:24 AM
2KDS: Since you posted in this thread, which Beatles song lyric do you think witty, clever (song title excepted)? To me, "Paperback Writer" & "Lady Madonna" rife with many cool lines. Not sure why but "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" associates with "Crime & Punishment". But in the song it's tongue-in-cheek.

I think the line in Eleanor Rigby, "waits at the window / wearing a face that she keeps in a jar by the door" is pretty clever.   


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on July 30, 2018, 06:20:06 PM
Ha ha, reminds me of one of my most common expressions:
I always make sure to "put my face on" before going out the house lol.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on July 30, 2018, 06:43:11 PM
Ditto, 'cept my jars are in the bathroom.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 31, 2018, 12:19:13 AM
2Buckethead & NBBF: Not sure what you 2 say, it's like reading Chinese grammar. Tell me what do you mean by "jars are in the bathroom" & "put face".


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on July 31, 2018, 04:16:16 PM
RRA! - So sorry! These phrases must be confusing! In America (perhaps elsewhere?) women who are middle age and beyond often refer to applying  make-up as "putting my face on." My comment referred to doing the same, but instead of keeping my make-up "in a jar by the door" (like Eleanor Rigby), I keep my make-up in the bathroom and apply it there.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 02, 2018, 04:51:32 PM
2Buckethead - isn't it bizarre that many "she" creatures put the make-up & really frightened/ panicky to be without it? What's the big deal? If they're ugly without it, they must show the ugliness, everybody sees it. That's it, easy. Plus, it's nuisance, can't people be cheapskates, to buy the beautifiers is very expensive. Yet they're willing to spend money to it. Bizarre indeed.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on August 03, 2018, 03:15:20 PM
I agree that it is sad that many females do not feel secure without wearing make-up. I know several who simply will not be seen unless they have layers of paint covering their face. As for myself, I am comfortable without it, never wear it at home. I do wear full make-up when I dress up, however. I feel that my look is incomplete without a little bit of this and a little bit of that on my face when I am in a nice dress, heels, and a cute hairstyle. Otherwise, when I go outside, I wear a pricey foundation with zinc oxide in it to protect my skin from the sun. I can't tolerate chemical sunscreens, and zinc oxide is the best full-spectrum mineral sunscreen. The problem with it is that it looks white on the skin unless blended with pigment, hence the make-up. My one claim to vanity is almost wrinkle-free skin at 58 (a couple of soft "laugh lines" under my eyes if you look really carefully) because gave up my tanning addiction at age 19 and used sunscreen every day, year round, since then.     


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 03, 2018, 03:48:35 PM
RR1, I tried going without makeup but people kept making comments. Children would point at me. My former boss kept joking that the redness in my face was due to my being embarrassed by something someone said. Got tired of it.
My makeup isn't expensive. I get it on sale, buy one, get another one at 50% off. So it's 12-13 dollars for 2+ months of piece of mind. People compliment me on my pretty, smooth face lol.
I don't wear lipstick. Some medicine I took 30 years ago caused my lips to be permanently chapped. So they are a nice pink shade that people also compliment me for! All I use is a little lip balm, again very cheap.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on August 03, 2018, 05:54:37 PM
Free lip color from Mother Nature, add a little balm and ... very nice. I don't need blush for the same reason.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 04, 2018, 05:35:00 AM
OK. We'll agree to disagree.
Buckethead, here's fun game. Look at this list, reply with associations, f.ex. qwerty - uiop, orange - orange, twin - twin, friendship - affable. Here's the list: label, digit, glory, business, light, freeze, banjo, nerd, karate, fan.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on August 04, 2018, 12:16:19 PM
OK!

       label - sticky, digit - finger, glory - guts, business - money, light - dark, freeze - melt, banjo - strum,  nerd - goofy, karate - judo, fan -
       enthusiastic


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 05, 2018, 04:34:04 AM
Interesting, many people playing this game associated digit with finger. Not sure why. Now you. Do they mean the same, by chance?

Next game - Create short tale using these additional words: brood, Boris, frenzy, Stepan, lollipop, cafe-chantant, jovial, Gucci, vroom, Cooper, Monica, stool, banjo, jumpstart, peer, pierced, Nala, Grayer, marine, balloon, Ravi, xylophone, polish, pork, Dusya.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on August 05, 2018, 07:19:52 AM
RRA1- Digit comes from the Greek word, digitus. It refers to whatever exists at the end of a limb - hooves in a horse, fingers on people, etc. I think in Old or Middle English it referred to a unit of measurement that was the width of a finger.

Boris and Stepan were in a jovial mood and decided to take their broods to hear music and singing at a nearby cafe-chantant. Their wives, Monica and Nala, got gussied up in their best Gucci ensembles and pierced nose rings. They piled into Boris' van, which after a jumpstart, went "vroom" as they sped down the highway. When they arrived at their destination, they gave each of the kids a big lollipop to keep them occupied and settled in it listen to the main act, Cooper and the Copts. He and his talented peer were ensconced on stools; they whipped themselves into a veritable banjo frenzy. Next up were Ravi and Grayer. They threw dark marine balloons into the crowd as they sang. With the lovely and talented Dusya accompanying them on a xylophone, all were mesmerized by their musicianship. Afterward, Boris and Stepan took their families to polish off pork and sauerkraut at a nearby outdoor cafe.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 06, 2018, 05:35:35 AM
Few funs:

1. In 6 degrees change dog into cat.
2. Pair these 8 random words, explain shortly the pairs: fashion, grunge, spaceship, milkman, pest, kite, parasol, nickel.
3. Replace camera request "Cheese" to sth. else yet people still smile.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 07, 2018, 04:44:20 AM
What, you don't like fun questions, Buckethead? Was 200% sure EVERYbody likes fun questions. No, 10000% sure. As well as fun games, quizes, surveys, interrogations. It's fun, you know. I like asking questions, it's favorite thing to do as I'm extremely curious. Nobody likes curious people but hey so what, right. Not really sure why you delay answering, Buckethead, esp. since it's super easy funs. Look fwd to the answers, it's super important. :police:


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on August 07, 2018, 04:19:28 PM
OK!

1. dog-log-leg-peg-pat-cat.

2. fashion-grunge = kids who like grunge dress a certain kind of way. spaceship-pest = people who are especially interested in space travel are usually annoying pests. kite-parasol = In that fun scene in Mary Poppins she had her parasol and everyone was flying kites. milkman-nickel = when milkmen delivered milk when I was a kid a small bottle was a little more than a nickel.

3.  lasagna


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 07, 2018, 04:58:56 PM
Next - "Choose" game.
1. Manioca or tapioca?
2. Alfreda or Fredericka?
3. Pizza or sloppy Joe?
4. Roach or spider?
5. Fool or silly?
6. Brick or marble?
7. Tapatalk or schmapatalk?
8. Coolly cool or greaty great?
9. Steering wheel or back pedal?
10. Meadows or fields?

Explain choices shortly.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on August 09, 2018, 02:36:41 PM
1.  Manioca - Who knew it was the source of tapioca? Not me.
2.  Fredericka - Sounds better for a woman's name.
3.  Pizza - I'm a vegetarian.
4.  Spider, I guess. Hate both.
5.  Silly - Sounds more fun.
6.  Brick - warn and cozy look.
7.  Neither. Both annoy me.
8.  Cooly cool, definitely, Just sounds more...cool.
9.  Steering wheel - Takes me places, doesn't stop me.
10.  Meadows  - sounds more romantic.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 15, 2018, 04:47:20 AM
You say in point 3 you're vegetarian - when did you realize you hate meat's taste/ fragrance? Did you decide being influenced by various beliefs, maybe you practiced TM, liked Linda McCartney's cook book etc.? Did you at times cheat by eating few meat bits every 2-5 years? Many questions, curious what you answer, Buckethead.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on August 16, 2018, 04:28:06 PM
I never liked meat as a child, stopped eating it around age 16 when I became aware of the treatment of the animals used for food. If meat were necessary for life and health, I'd not be so judgey of meat-eaters (which I am, but see the following). Don't miss it. I still eat/drink dairy products because I am too lazy to plan/prepare a healthy vegan diet and like to think that the cows providing the milk are not suffering. I have "cheated" with clams, mussels, oysters on a few occasions because I tell myself that these creatures don't have a developed enough nervous system to suffer. No, I don't practice TM or anything like it. I twice had some meat as a dinner guest; took a small slither, nibbled a bite, pushed it around my plate, covered it with mashed potatoes, etc. I don't like to force my opinions on others.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 16, 2018, 05:04:43 PM
You say you're judgey of meat-eaters, yet you don't speak up about it to them. Does it mean it's impossible that 2 sides freely exchange their different food views & it's going to end with each side's being offended? Is it disallowed/ bad move that you & meat-eater express what they dislike about the either food habit?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on August 16, 2018, 05:42:50 PM
It's more an issue of I feel as I feel, purely on an emotional level, and others feel as they feel. It's best, IMO, not to force one's views on others. Of course, I'll discuss my beliefs if asked. When I say "judgey," it's not as if I think that someone who eats meat is a bad person and I must tell them that. I just don't like the fact that people eat meat when it causes so much suffering.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 16, 2018, 06:35:07 PM
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It's best, IMO, not to force one's views on others.
"express" & "exchange" (different views, good & bad sides to each food habit) isn't the same as "force" which I didn't say.

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Of course, I'll discuss my beliefs if asked.
Yes, I said sth. along the lines. Discussing, exchanging, expressing, speaking up. It's jolly interesting to hear what meat-eaters think about the opposite side & vice versa, what they like & dislike about it, reasons they will not shift to different side etc. Should be fun.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on August 16, 2018, 07:23:21 PM
What you say is true IF both parties have an attitude that fosters free exchange of ideas without taking everything personally and the discussion is not used as an excuse to win an argument for the sake of one's ego. People such as this are few and far between, in my experience.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 16, 2018, 10:47:15 PM
Next question - can you tell which is correct, it's puzzling - "I think it right thing"/ "I think it's right thing", "I think it right to (do sth.)"/ "I think it's right to (do sth.)". I'm 70% sure "think it's" is right but interested in when people say "...think it...", is it just as correct as saying "...think it's..."? Or, typo?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on August 17, 2018, 03:51:16 PM
"I think it is (or it's) the right thing..." is correct, with "is" being the verb. We would not say, "I think it right thing." However, and this is tricky, more formal speakers sometimes say, "I think it the right thing to..." Another example is, "I think it best that you ..." These two examples are grammatically correct in terms of boring, complicated rules of grammar (content clauses, objects and predicates, blah, blah, blah), but I last heard this kind of speech on Downton Abbey! Hope this helps.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 17, 2018, 07:36:15 PM
Thanks, you helped. :)

The other phrase that puzzles when I read people using it to point out usually to previous poster's badly structured sentence is "non-sequitur". What does it really mean? With few examples.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on August 18, 2018, 10:21:09 AM
A non sequitur is when someone draws a conclusion that doesn't logically follow from what was said previously OR it could be a statement that has little or no relevance to what was said in the previous statement. They are, then, errors in reasoning. Here are a few examples:

    My purse was left on the desk. Sally was the last person in the classroom. Sally left the purse on the desk.
   
    I think that Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On is a bad song. Therefore, all songs sung by Celine Dion are bad songs.

    I am mortal. I have some cats. My cats are therefore mortal.     
     
   
                                 


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 19, 2018, 05:22:55 PM
Ha! Bizarre short tales. Thanks to explain.

Now, this doesn't make ANY sense. Can you help to see what this means? I'd seen people who like to use "coffee" in pseudo-funny way, complete with lol's. F.ex. "I knew that cup of coffee at 10pm was a bad idea."  "Haha, I know I said too much. Stupid coffee." What do they exactly even talk about? In which way it's funny? The popularity of these "coffee" lines, when did it begin? It's baffling.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on August 20, 2018, 04:08:34 PM
I sometimes say, if I forget something or make a mistake in the morning, "I didn't have my cup of coffee yet." It might mean that I actually did not have the coffee and am not yet mentally alert, or that I was just stupid and needed to blame something. As for the cup at 10:00 PM being a bad idea, I guess they mean that they are too wakeful to go to sleep. Also, people use a coffee line when they appear jittery, goofy, talkative, etc.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 20, 2018, 04:33:52 PM
Thanks to take the time to explain. But, it still bugs me why people use it to be funny. Tbh, I fail to see humor in it. :brow Usually, when people use many times these kinda jokes, surely repeating after everybody they hear joke - that, to me, is anti-funny.

This thread is really cool, can talk just about everything. What can you say about the art walks? There used to be New York poster really obsessed with them, to the point each year she started new thread about it, despite typing "art walk" in the Search, checkmark "topic subjects" & posting/ updating everything about it in *single* thread. It's allowed to post in old threads anyway. & it takes literally seconds to search it. Anyway, too long preface notwithstanding, did you attend such art walks when being in New York City?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on August 21, 2018, 02:58:15 PM
RRA1 - Art walks are very cool. I've never attended one in NYC, although they now take place even in smaller cities and towns. I enjoy the kind that include all of the arts - music, paintings, performance art, and unusual food. Nothing like it on a warm Sunday afternoon in the fall! Anything like this in Russia? Next weekend, I'm going to a Ukrainian festival that celebrates Ukrainian Independence Day. While not an "art walk" per se, they'll have pysanka on display and demonstrations by artisans, Hopak dancing, borscht, maybe some vatrushka for dessert!


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 21, 2018, 04:30:44 PM
I'd like to say 2 things:

1. What's "performance art"? Seen this phrase many times, not 100% sure but is it sth. like hand-made things, f.ex. gzhel, khokhloma, pottery (or what Paul's daughter Heather's craft's called?)?

2. Why foreigners spell it like this - borscht? It isn't correct AT ALL to add "t". We don't say it like that, NEVER. Sorry, it bugs when foreigners spell words I know for sure what they're written like incorrectly. We say it "borsch". There's NO "t". It's like adding to "droog" (friend) "ht" - "drooght". I'D LIKE TO SEE THAT DOOFUS WHO ORIGINATED SUCH STUPID "BORSCHT" SPELLING.
& btw, it may be Ukrainian festival but we do eat vatrushka in Russia as well. Ditto borsch. Dunno what's pysanka or any other "used within Ukraine" word. What really doesn't make sense about some Ukrainians is that they show distinct dislike towards Russians, present their nation as superior, yet...wait for it...they speak Russian, without ANY accent to boot. Majority of Ukrainian show biz celebs sing songs in Russian. They start their careers not in Ukraine but, despite it being well-developed country, with many ritzy places & chances to make it big, they fly to Moscow, go thru million auditions there &, if they get luck to be "superstars", usually settle down in Moscow, don't get back to Ukraine.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on August 22, 2018, 05:15:38 PM
Performance is when people do dramatic things in public spaces. It is the performers who are the visual art.  They might pose in a thought-provoking way, do motions that are highly choreographed, etc. It started in the 1960s. One example is a woman who stood naked for several hours and told people they could do whatever they wanted to her. It was disturbing. Stella McCartney is a fashion designer.

Sorry about the spelling of the b-word. Spellings do tend to get mangled across the miles! I'm guessing the ch has a hard sound that sounds like a t, so perhaps that's where we got the idea.

Psysanka is the tradition of making elaborately decorated Easter eggs using wax and dyes. My friend, Dariya, used to demonstrate this in high school.

 


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 22, 2018, 06:19:03 PM
Apology accepted even if, of course, it's not your fault. It seriously bugs when foreigners spell Russian words not rightly. Some fool who didn't live in Russia, can't speak Russian would write down "official" spelling in English dictionary & people repeat it. Sure technically borsch isn't Russian but it IS in Russian dictionary & Ukrainians don't spell it "борщт". With "t" in the end.

Ah, that's what's performance art. Boredom kingdom.

There's citations by famous people. They're usually jolly simple, as if anybody could think 'em up. Plain Joes & Janes can create various wisdom-like sayings. What do you like to say, is there Buckethead's trademark saying?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 22, 2018, 07:33:17 PM
Shouldn't have gotten involved with this thread. Sorry.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 22, 2018, 08:00:38 PM
I'm telling you - again, it's not the right way to spell it. It's not the right way to say it. It's not right, how many times can I repeat it for you, people, to understand it? You'll never see in Russian recipe books or Ukrainians spell it with "t". Jews spell it incorrectly. Jews who live in Ukraine, well-known Jews there, don't spell it that way. I tell you.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 22, 2018, 08:23:58 PM
Delete post


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 22, 2018, 08:42:29 PM
Well. As we say here, smb. talks about Foma, the other - Erema. I tell you about Russian words spelled incorrectly by foreigners, you - about U.S./ U.K. spelling variants. Last time repeat - it's NOT CORRECT to say/ spell "borsch" as "borschT". It's simply not. There's NO such thing as alternate spelling in Russian language. Zero, zilch, nada. There is alternate emphasis to words, both will be right but it's whole 'nother thing.

If you still doubt my information, continue spelling it as you wish, you know better than me apparently.

Seriously, why people can't listen to what I say? I knew this word, even tasted it, very familiar with it many years. I make it easy for you, do you really want to add "t"? Why can't people be easy about it - say "Ah, OK. I got it, it's "borsch". No, you must argue, bring up various points when right here I tell you it's not the right spelling. Why can't you be like Buckethead who accepted my info, didn't get skeptical about it, believed me 100%, relied to the info I gave since I know this word very well. I hate, it annoys me to no end when people show doubt towards anything I say, esp. when it's related to Russian words' spelling or anything Russian. Why can't you just go along with it & thank me for actually easing that word, thank me for the info?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 22, 2018, 09:18:23 PM
Okay, okay, you are right.
I wasn't saying that you were wrong. You obviously feel very strongly about that word, as I remember a similar conversation you had about this same thing a while back.
Let's just have a truce - agree that we Americans have a way of messing up perfectly good foreign words, changing the spelling or pronunciation for whatever reason.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: the captain on August 23, 2018, 05:28:09 AM
RRA1, you’re acting like a petulant child. People in America, where the common spelling is indeed borscht, can’t be expected to simply discard their reality simply because you say so. No one doubts how it is spelled or pronounced in Russia, and obviously you’d know best about that.

But the American Heritage Dictionary, for example, says:

“Borscht also borsht or borsch ... [Yiddish borsht, from Russian borshch, cow parsnip (the original base of the soup), borscht.]”

So unsurprisingly there are variant spellings, especially in different cultures. It’s normal, no big deal. We don’t debate Brits every time they say “humour” instead of “humor.” You can’t expect your preferred option to be taken on by people in another country who are using the standard spelling for that country.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 23, 2018, 07:23:52 AM
If Russian words' misspelling by foreigners is pet peeve, it doesn't mean I should be name-called. As I said, smb. assigning official spelling in English dictionary for various foreign words without actually knowing what the said word is written like in original language is weird to say the least. That heritage dictionary doesn't even fully with details explain how "t" got added to "borsch". It's not even Jewish word, yet somehow their spelling is being picked up by Americans. Maybe it's not big deal to you. It is to me. & yet I'm the culprit in this past discussion.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on August 23, 2018, 09:27:26 AM
Words transform when they are dispersed amongst different cultures and communities over time. This is just a fact of human language systems. Take names for example - if you look back on census records in my family tree, you'll see that my last name went through various transformations that mostly depended on how one person decided to spell it and pass it on. I probably have some very distant relatives in Europe who spell their last name different from my own. That's just part of how language works.

No culture or nation has any ownership over words. Period.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: the captain on August 23, 2018, 10:25:06 AM
CSM: yes.

RRA1: you’re not a culprit. And I ought not have called you a name. But that is how your multi-post insistence—and now your criticism of a reputable dictionary—in trying to argue against a basic reality of language comes across. Why would an entire nation reject its norms and rewrite its dictionaries because a message boarder says to do so? Your opinion on the subject, despite your being Russian, is not as authoritative as an entire, widely agreed upon norm. Your insistence otherwise is reminiscent of a toddler stomping its feet in a tantrum. It’s not a realistic complaint/demand.

Anyway I’ve said what I had to say, and it’s not so important to demand belaboring the point. I hope you’ll at least consider it. Let’s move on. And I apologize again for name calling.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 23, 2018, 11:43:41 AM
Thank you CSM. That was what I was trying to convey in the posts that I deleted.
It was probably as simple as those who came to the U.S. pronounced the word with a "t" sound  at the end, so that the transliteration reflected it. Whether it's "right" or "wrong", that spelling stuck.
I love studying the English language and how it evolved over time, and how many foreign words have been incorporated into it.
I appreciate Mari's (RR1) concern. Perhaps the Russian language has been more "stable" and hasn't had the changes English did. So seeing the transliterated words in a different spelling is jarring. (Although there have been changes in my lifetime. When I was young I saw references to the famous composer's name as "Tschaikowsky." Now it's " Tschaikovsky. ")

PS. Those with my last name who settled in the northeast US changed the spelling of it, adding  a letter. People who see my name, which hasn't been changed, have trouble figuring out how it's supposed to be pronounced.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on August 24, 2018, 06:23:46 AM
Just of interest to anyone, here's a Wiki article on the transformation of the Russian language over the centuries: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Russian_language

The mere fact that the article keeps making disclaimers about "modern spelling" suggests that the spelling of words has changed considerably with the progression of time.

The article also demonstrates how, like any language, Russian has transformed as a result of its ongoing experiences with other cultures.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on August 24, 2018, 07:41:03 PM
Especially affecting was the story of the loss of nasal vowels. :) I suppose similar disagreements also arise over the pronunciation of words. A friend of mine moved backed to Pennsylvania from the Boston area with her little girl. The school promptly recommended that she take speech therapy because she said "ah" at the end of words ending with r. In reality, the sweet child spent her life thus far in a town just north of the city where the stereotypical Boston accent is at its most extreme, and no one had an issue with it up there!


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 24, 2018, 08:25:34 PM
Buckethead, nice to see you back. You're like sunlight to the darkness. Must admit I sometimes wait when you reply. :D Anyhoo, can you answer question in Reply #137? Curious about your answer.

2Chocolate Shake - in case the link/ post you'd written directed to me, I didn't deny, even mention that language doesn't change, stays the same. This chat began with single word "borsch". I stated merely that in Russian language, alternate spelling doesn't exist. In the same way as various English-speaking countries spell English words differently. Here, various Russian dialects spell words the same way around Russia. They've got different words to mean the same thing. F.ex. "petukh" (rooster) in South of Russia is "kochet". Obviously it's different case than having at the same time in time alternate spellings, either/ all being correct. I'm very aware that words can get different spelling in country it's adapted. But, it's interesting to me to dig deeper than that, i.e. how the word "borsch" got the "t" at the end. Nowhere did I see it written like that. Not in Gogols' tales or any classic Russian literature we read at school. I'd surely remember it if I'd seen such dissonant spelling. I'm interested in how exactly it developed such spelling, generally being interested in these things. Maybe it's being too nitpicky to you, too bizarre, silly etc. You see, I'm wired in these things. Anyhoo, end of.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on August 25, 2018, 05:36:00 AM
RRA1 - Sorry about the occasional wait for sunshine. I don't have a lot of spare time, and am often just too tired to do much when I have it.

My trademark saying is, "You can't fix stupid." This does not mean that I look down on people who disagree with me, have intellectual disabilities, those who did not have opportunities to get an education, or anyone who does not have particular knowledge or skills that I might have. Rather, it refers to people who are stupid because the have an attitude such that they refuse to grow. In many cases, in my opinion, it is a very conscious phenomenon. As a teacher, I see it in some of my students, which used to keep me up at night. You will have some who have low ability or a poor prior academic experiences, but open themselves to learning and do progress. I just finished teaching a remedial reading class in summer school. I spent three or so extra unpaid hours per day creating really fun and engaging lessons, complete with hands-on projects, to make sure that I did all that I could do to support their learning. Four girls advanced a full grade level to a level and one half in ten weeks. The three others, who listened to music, ran around the room, destroyed my posters and decorations, and tried to shout over me so that others could not learn, remained at their second grade level. This troubles me to no end, but I have an obligation to those who want to learn because they are not stupid.   


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on August 25, 2018, 07:04:46 AM
2Chocolate Shake - in case the link/ post you'd written directed to me, I didn't deny, even mention that language doesn't change, stays the same. This chat began with single word "borsch". I stated merely that in Russian language, alternate spelling doesn't exist.

Borsch appears to be a modification of the Russian borshch: https://russiapedia.rt.com/of-russian-origin/borshch/


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 25, 2018, 08:02:34 AM
2Buckethead: Is it standard that teachers there take additional hours they don't get paid? Or is it in special schools? Or do you really like what you do that you deliberately find time to teach additional hours despite the fact you will not be paid?

2Chocolate Shake: Next sentence should be quoted as well. I said that alternate spelling doesn't exist in Russian, be it "borsch" or sth. else. It's written "борщ". You can't argue with it if I tell you that there's no alternate spelling in Russian words. English transliteration may be this & that but in Russian it's the same 4 letters. Besides, in the next sentence you'll read me say in compare with English words differing in spelling in Britain & America - f.ex. traveling/ travelling, favorite/ favourite - & both being correct, they both exist currently, being used at the same time, Russian language isn't such case.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 25, 2018, 10:25:23 AM
I’m not a teacher but will speak up for “Buckethead “ and other teachers . There are so many in the US think teachers have it made, only working 9-10 months a year. Great part time job. Why should they want more pay?
I want to scream!
Teachers work their regular hours. But they also have conferences with students and parents. They have to grade papers and develop lesson plans; this is done at night and weekends and they don’t get extra pay.
Many teachers have to pay for supplies out of their own pockets.
During the summers they often take continuing education courses that they have to take in order to remain certified.
Many teachers have to have Masters Degrees.
They do not get enough compensation for what they do!
Thank you, Buckethead,for all you do!


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on August 25, 2018, 02:04:48 PM
Thanks, NBBF! While teachers may often get away with doing the minimum, it is really difficult to be effective (especially with the populations I teach) without devoting much more time, energy, and funds than people realize. IMO, its a privilege to teach kids; if someone doesn't want to give 100%, they should do something else.

RRA1 - Teachers in "special schools," as well as inner-city schools, have to deal with many issues not often seen in "regular" schools. We deal much more with the whole child, as our students tend to come with a great deal of emotional baggage and even physical concerns. Its not easy to teach a child who is in the 10th grade who reads on a 2nd grade level while trying to break up fights, get most of the kids to sit in seats, turn their music down long enough for instruction.  He or she might be resistant to learning because of the resulting low self-esteem, or because s/he comes from a culture in which education is not valued due to seeing easy money "earned" via illegal means. It takes a lot of time to create plans and materials that meet their needs. A kid might have a mother who sold her government-granted food card for something other than food and the kids comes to school hungry, but too late to eat the breakfast served because mom was up all night fighting and doing drugs with her boyfriend of the moment. In the winter, teachers might have to either buy winter coats or find a store to donate some because students newly arrived from Puerto Rico have none. I've typically been given $100.00 to purchase school supplies, but spend many times that amount throughout the school year because parents (or whatever adult is raising the child) will not or cannot provide these things. In reality, more money is spent on this population than anywhere else, but the needs are so great that it is never enough. Then there are the endless meetings and busy work assigned in an effort to pretend that the schools themselves can save these kids. Then there are the endless calls home to parents/guardians who defend their child's disruption and/or violence. Most teachers in these situations leave the profession within the first year or two, or get jobs in school districts where life is better, for both kids and teachers. I've become battle-hardened, I suppose.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 25, 2018, 02:45:21 PM
It's interesting. Is it each kind of teacher that has conferences with students & parents? Zoology, ph.ed., algebra, English etc.? Here, f.ex., teachers just teach their lessons, depending the schedule - if monday is day to teach lessons in 5th "A" grade, 7th "B" grade, 8th "D" grade, they spend time in school few hours, especially if, say, 5th & 8th grades get lessons at the same time, i.e. "parallel" lessons. Then, if there's several teachers teaching the same school subject, they divide grades/ hours - smb. takes 7th "C", "I" grades, 8th "Z", "T" grades, the other takes the other grades. & yet, it doesn't affect salary size. So, they teach few hours/ day & may go home. AND get paid no less, to boot.

Generally, teachers get plenty of privilegies here - they get paid vacation for 2-3 summer months, if they fly somewhere during the whole summer vacation, by getting back they get their ticket money back. They get paid big salary regardless if you're young teacher or veteran respected teacher. Some don't find it fair, old teachers think there musn't be equal salary with young inexperienced teachers. The other old teachers - fine with it. In addition to it, many schools use special program for its workers - if you're especially young teacher (but it can be anybody) with nowhere to live, just square meters shared in communal flats with the other such teachers, you've got right to be lined up in that program to get your separate place to live. It's usually 2-5 years waiting.

It isn't to say that every teacher's like that. F.ex. school runs 35 grades. It means 35 teachers (there's more) chosen to be assigned to those grades, to take leadership over kids in their respective grades. Which means they schedule evening meeting with parents, to discuss their kids' marks, behavior. If need be, teacher informs them about collecting money to buy for cabinet plant pots, curtains, sweep. Tells about important school activities, that parents must buy costumes for children. Etc.
They do get paid for it additional 800-1,000 roubles. Not much but still. It adds to their credentials if they wish to upgrade their category. Teachers with assigned grade likely will get thru it than teachers without assigned to them grades.

NB: glad to see the "borsch" discussion ended in civil manner.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 25, 2018, 02:50:06 PM
Sorry, Buckethead, didn't see your reply when typing reply to NBBF (but think it can be directed to you as well). I shall read what you said & reply to it &/ or ask questions if they appear whilst reading.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on August 25, 2018, 05:37:08 PM
I think that, even though US school vary in terms of how teachers and students are organized, no full-time teacher works just a few hours per day.  Teachers typically meet with parents once or twice twice each year to discuss how the students are doing, address any problems, show classwork.
In the last school in which I worked parents had to come in to conference with teachers of each subject in order to receive their kid's report card .
Most teachers here get 10 weeks off in the summer, a few days in the fall, a week off between Christmas  and New Year's Day, a week off in the spring, and a couple of other holidays. No reimbursement for airline tickets, though! That would be so nice... Housing for them is almost unheard of, although a few very rural places are trying to attract and keep teachers with some deals such as low-cost apartments. Philadelphia used to offer
low-interest loans in order to encourage teachers to live in the city. While we don't get paid extra for parent meetings, many teachers are paid extra for coaching athletic teams, scholastic competitions, etc.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 25, 2018, 07:56:42 PM
OK. I read the reply. Question - why your government doesn't budget schools? Isn't there Ministry Of Education in the U.S., special state establishment which pays money to teachers & everybody in education sphere? We've got Ministry for various spheres which supply finances to respectives. F.ex. Ministry Of Culture supplies salary to cultural workers - librarians, club workers, theatre workers, museums etc.

Those instances pay salary, medical leave if you're ill, vacation money etc. They as well supply with place to live in. F.ex. new buildings built to people (rather than shopping centres) get lined up, if you work in budget organization, you line up to get flat in new block of flats. It's either for free or you just pay the half. & the half pays government. It's city situation.

When you're allocated to little town (well town IS little by definition), ofc there's no new buildings. In this case, newly arrived teacher/ any (state) budget worker is given either place in workers' hostel, communal house (few teachers living each in rooms but sharing lavatory, kitchen, dining room & living-room) or flat in the 2-storey old building which is used till their contract ends & they go back to city.

At 1st, it's not their flat, its rent pay/ electricity/ water is paid by town's municipality, ie. they don't have to worry about paying for using flat. It's freely given to newcomers who arrive to work in town. When you worked certain time, contract ends (usually 2-5 yrs), you either renew it if you liked working in town, some even find love there, as bizarre as it may sound (get married, kids) or, when time passes, few yrs after, the municipal flat can be legally yours, it can be privatized & then you can sell it & fly to city with money. Not shabby, right?

There's many social programs to people. If you go to work in village, usual place where they lack workers of various specialties, not just teachers & educators, you'll be paid bigger money than if you worked in the city. It's very profitable but not many stand it, due to no fun, no city's glitz, places to visit etc. Plus working conditions can be tough in village. But, if you work there 5 yrs, you'll be given million roubles. It's special program to make people go work in villages. If you work just year in village, you will NOT be paid million. But 5 yrs passed, you get million AND get choice to either stay in village or go back to city. Million will not be annulled regardless what you choose.

It's very strange to me to read that teachers in America pay their money to buy things to kids. It shouldn't be like this, government should help (easier said than done, I gather).

Would you clarify when you say full-time teachers, do you mean every subject teacher is such? Is it everybody who talks with parents regarding respective subject teaching to their children? Here, only teachers with grade attached to them talk with parents whose children comprise that grade. Usually, these teachers get assigned to take grade (or is it class?) since 5th grade till the last, 11th. I.e. they go along with the same kids till they graduate. During it, they arrange weekly in-class hours in which teacher discusses with kids various topics, reads announcements, school activities, just casual chatting "How's life? Everything's fine? Do you do well in the other subjects?". It's usually at Friday or Saturday, last day in school week. Or, the day when the teacher isn't busy & kids' study schedule allows. Such hours usually last 45 minutes, same as any actual school subject. If the teacher's angry with children, the plain teachers complain to the teacher her/ his grade misbehaved, they can leave children after whopping 6-7 lessons for additional in-class talk.

10 weeks is good. Teachers seem to be relatively privileged in America like here too, as the other U.S. workers I chatted with say they may get 2 weeks' vacation & national & state holidays if they're lucky. They showed sheer surprise when I said here people get whole summer vacation (3 months). Or 2 months in some workplaces. Same in fall i.e. people choose when to take paid vacation - summer or fall. If fall, they work in summer i.e. smb.'s vacation begins in September-October. & vice versa.

This thing bugs as well - here we use the word "student" to mean university/ college kids. We were taught that to mean school kids, we use "pupil". In "Up The Down Staircase" film/ book, the main character/ teachers used "pupil" as well. Is it archaic now to use it?  & EVERYbody studying in places is dubbed "student"?

Just few questions to begin discussion.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 25, 2018, 08:58:52 PM
The thing to keep in mind is that the teachers don't get a 10 week "vacation." They don't get paid during this time.
Some teachers take the option of having their pay spread out over 12 months . I know of some teachers who took their pay over 10 months, then took a temporary job over the summer.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on August 26, 2018, 06:03:30 AM
NBBF - So true.

RRA1 - The state and federal (main) governments do fund public schools, and teachers in most areas do not, as a rule need to spend much of their own money on materials or directly for their students. (The term pupils is interchangeable with students, although not typically used. My last school required that we call the kids scholars in an effort to suggest that most of the kids actually cared about their education and studied.)
The majority of schools do fine with what they are given. In reality, although more money is spent on the schools in which kids are most in need of it, schools cannot to do the job of families. I'll take a risk here and also add that there are now generations of students raised, whether good or bad, on various forms of welfare  - "food stamps," heavily subsidized housing, free medical care, etc. Whereas poor kids in other societies care very much whether or not they can get an education that will be a key factor to survival for themselves or their families (and therefore cooperate in school), many here simply don't worry about that. I've been told repeatedly when I express my concern for a student's future, "I'll just collect." I've taught teens who have a child or two before they graduate from high school and plan for more, thinking nothing of, whereas I would have been racked with worry about how I might provide for my babies. These inner city school as so pressured to have kids graduate that they pass them with averages of 30%, attendance of less than 50%. I am not exaggerating.

Yes, although there are some part-time teachers, most in high school and middle school teach full-time and one subject area. An English teacher might teach composition and Russian literature, for example, or a math teacher geometry and algebra. In my special schools, I've taught each student each subject, though, or English and social studies both. Meetings would be with parents of kids they teach, although many parent cannot or will not attend.
We have something called homeroom, in which time is set aside daily or weekly for students to be in the class with one teacher all year. Some catch up on homework (in regular schools in which kids do homework, study for tests), talk about how they are doing, watch student-created news shows about the school, participate in social activities designed to promote a sense of belonging and positive social interaction.

Your discussion of discipline is interesting. Typically, schools can give detention when students misbehave, have students talk to the principal, call parents in to discuss behavior and consequences, give various tasks. The problem with the populations I teach is that the parents often support their kids or refuse to even meet or talk on the phone. The kids simply do what they please. They know that they will be passed on grade-wise and everyone is afraid that if real consequences are given students will not come to classes at all and then drop-out rates rise, making the school look bad. Smoke and mirrors, baby! There are some kids and families who care. I have, at times, been reduced to having those few who want to learn sitting at my desk while others shout, fight, eat pizza, blare music, or sleep. (This, after exhausting efforts on my part during which I have been assaulted, with little or no assistance/support zero assistance.) I've actually had counselors and administrators tell me that I was "triggering" students because I was doing things they did not "like" and needed to stop it because our job is to keep them in school. I was criticized for having seniors write paragraphs, asking them to follow along as I read out loud, and one woman with a PhD in education lambasted me for attempting to facilitate a discussion on a video I had shown. What, you may ask, was I supposed to do in English class? Give them "worksheets,"  pieces of printed paper on which they circle nouns they find in sentences, underline spelling mistakes, copy definitions from a dictionary. After giving them the answers (because that is what they "like"), I was told to reward them by allowing them to sleep, eat snacks that I was to purchase, or listen to music. Heel, the janitor could have done that! Many other teachers did as they were told and collected heir paychecks. They were lauded as really caring about and understand the students. I'm curious as to how that caring and understanding is working out now.

Please understand that most US schools are not like this. I've been a substitute teacher in my own local schools where the kids would not dream of even trying what I have described. I've worked with, in these places, very low level students (intellectually disabled) who behaved better and did much higher level work than the typical student in schools I was used to. My point is that some are, usually in the inner cities.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 26, 2018, 04:21:37 PM
Thanks to answer the questions, appreciate it, many things you clarified.

Different type, trivial question - is it true/ myth that rainbow can be touched, as well as you can pass thru under it to be happy? I gathered folks to go to the rainbow destination just for fun but it chased way-way back. Is it what maybe they say illusion?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on August 26, 2018, 07:06:22 PM
Gosh, I don't know much about rainbows. I have never been able to go under them or find the end of them, where pots of gold supposedly may be found! They are considered good luck though, in my culture. How about yours? Are there any legends?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 27, 2018, 06:10:22 AM
Don't know about legends but it's rife with superstitions. F.ex. going thru/ touching rainbow means happiness; bird flies into window is bad sign, seeing 2 larks at once means you'll find true love (as teenager used to sit & wait patiently by the river shore to see pair but it's either single lark or zero. Looking back, should't care. Big deal); 5-rouble coin inside shoe means passing exam with "5", best mark here (= U.S. "A"), ditto if you put the study book with exam answers under pillow, ditto if you don't wash hair right before exam or better yet whopping week; knock wooden furniture 3 times if you said/ predict sth. bad or you tell about your grandiose plans in future before the actual future; if you step at smb.'s/ friend's foot, they must step at your foot back, else you'll quarrel; crossing paths with black cat is bad luck sign (disagree); if smb. in the street going to throw their full garbage passes you by, you'll be rich, ditto if smb. you know doesn't recognize you at 1st; if people discuss/ talk about/ mention you & you just entered the room in short time, people will say typically in jest "you're resentful"; salt lies in floor will bring quarrel & many-many others. What will you say? Is any in U.S.? Similar?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on August 27, 2018, 04:00:19 PM
We used to pick a daisy, then one by one take off each petal while saying, "He loves me, he loves me not." If the the last petal was an "He loves me," then the guy you have in mind loves you and visa versa. Some people say something they are hopeful about, then say "knock wood" or actually knock on a wooden table. (This is like your description.) Many here also say a black cat crossing one's path is bad luck. Others throw a pinch of salt over their shoulder for good luck. Some brides believe that if the groom sees them before their wedding it bodes poorly for the marriage. Break a mirror and have seven years of bad luck, having itchy palms indicated money is coming your way.  If people are conversing about someone who then walks into the room they might say, "Are your ears burning? We were just talking about you." Oh, and bad things always happen in threes!


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 27, 2018, 04:41:09 PM
Ha, looks like these superstitions don't quite differ in culture to culture. Things you described exist here too. Do you believe any of them? I def. don't.

There's thing I believe, maybe reading horrors, bizarrely fascinated by it influenced such belief inadvertently. But, I think doll - not Barbie size, child-looking bigger doll - is evil. I think it brings bad things. I don't believe they necessarily walk around house if you keep the room doors open. It's just I think they're evil. They look cute but, as they say, looks can deceive. This may read like tongue-in-cheek - nope, I'm serious. What will you say?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on August 27, 2018, 06:33:01 PM
I am not superstitious at all. As for the dolls, I don't share your perception of them. I do LOVE the Chuckie Doll movies. Come to think of it, the Leprechaun were great, too. 


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 28, 2018, 04:42:34 AM
Buckethead, here's popular Proust questionnaire, courtesy of Vanity Fair magazine. Enjoy! :D

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
2. What is your greatest fear?
3. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
4. What is your greatest extravagance?
5. What is your favorite journey?
6. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
7. On what occasion do you lie?
8. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
9. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
10. What is your current state of mind?
11. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
12. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
13. What is your most treasured possession?
14. What is your most marked characteristic?
15. What is the quality you most like in a man?
16. What is the quality you most like in a woman?
17. Who are your favorite writers?
18. Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
19. Who are your heroes in real life?
20. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
21. What is it that you most dislike?
22. How would you like to die?
23. When and where were you happiest?
24. Which talent would you most like to have?
25. What are your favorite names?
26. Where would you like to live?

Nobody cares but hey, here's answers by me:

1. Living.
2. To cease to exist.
3. Don't know.
4. I don't really get still what precisely is "extravagance".
5. N/A.
6. Generosity? Idk.
7. It's rare but when I do it's if I'm asked by strange people address & number. I create fake info to be safe.
8. Jolly good, big deal, g'day, ha.
9. Cats.
10. Apathy.
11. Bring my dear granny back to live.
12. To be centre of embarrassment, ofc.
13. Cat brooch mother bought me at 10th birthday.
14. Idk, ask smb. else.
15. No clue.
16. Ditto.
17. Charles Dickens, Alexander Grin, Neil Gaiman, Franz Kafka etc.
18. Coraline, Alice.
19. Mother, late granny, MJ, war veterans
20. Human being or cat.
21. Lickspittles, 2-faced people, cruelty towards living creatures, over-the-top pretentious kindness, insincerity, onions, tomatoes etc.
22. I wouldn't like to. Who would?
23. When I acquired keyboard instruments in the city music shop.
24. Persuasion skills.
25. Charlie, John, Mae, Marion, Frank, Frederick, Zak, Daphne, Daisy etc.
26. San Francisco, CA.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on August 29, 2018, 05:11:02 PM
Looks like fun, RRA! Unfortunately, I can't find enough time right now for more than brief interaction on SmileySmile. LOVE  your answer to #22. And what is a lickspittle?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 29, 2018, 10:29:27 PM
When you get free time.
Lickpittle is derriere-kisser. Discovered it when studying English in 5th grade, reading short situational children tales.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Buckethead on August 31, 2018, 05:22:27 PM
Oh my! Never heard about that one! I'll have to start using it - it's pretty cool.

I'm starting too teach a unit on the Russian Revolution - before, during, after. I'd like to help my lower level teens make some connections in their minds, as many probably know very little about your fair country (due to interrupted education caused by family chaos, trauma, treatment). I'm trying to think of ways in which Russia has influenced US and world culture. Any ideas? Sometimes we take for granted aspects of our own cultures that actually arrived from elsewhere.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 08, 2018, 08:43:24 AM
Hello, dear Buckethead. Tbh, I've zero idea in which ways Russia influenced U.S./ world culture. If I knew, I'd be glad to answer you. I'm sure by googling or in school library etc. you'll find the info about it. :)

Sure it should be in pet peeves. Anyhoo, hate when the girl in the pair giggles. F.ex. today walked with cat. Pairs pass by. The girl half usually giggles frequently to sth. said by her boyfriend. F.ex. some chap said plain banality "I went shopping" & girl giggled. What's so funny about going shopping? :brow Is it possible to tolerate such thing? Apparently these boys don't hate to hear giggles. They don't seem even tiny bit annoyed. Bizarre.

Sure it should be in pet peeves #2 - parents/ fam telling lies to kids Santa leaves Christmas gifts, lame cookie with milk preparation, jumping down chimney tales. If kids will be upset if they tell truth, so what? Just tell it as is, that's it. Easy.

Sure it should be in pet peeves #3 - cuisines with spices, they seem to enjoy spices better than the food itself.

Sure it should be in pet peeves #4 - dating. Why people date? What's esp. interesting about it? Smiley residents who date, can you tell reasons you began dating initially? Advertise it as you can.

Sure it should be in pet peeves #5 - dogs who can't quit barking.

Sure it should be in pet peeves #6 - neighbors.

Sure it should be in pet peeves #7 - when umbrealla breaks quickly, doesn't cover you thru & thru. As result, you're half drenched in rain. As result, look like idiot.

Sure it should be in pet peeves #8 - stupidly creative album titles. It looks like every artist just makes up random titles gotten fresh outta mind. Just for the hell of it. The titles don't usually represent music inside the respective album AT ALL. F.ex. some modern indie girl band - forgetting which - titled album Kerulean Salt (or is it Cerulean?). Never mind that I don't know what's K/Cerulean, it's important to know why the need to name the album exactly as such.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 08, 2018, 05:51:21 PM
Hey, Range Rovey, your reply's approved by me. :3d Well stated, as usual. "Like"!


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 08, 2018, 07:19:51 PM
Have been very busy lately, getting and relaying info to family, trying to get repairs done to house etc.
Anyway Mari, about your Pet Peeves:

1. Guys and gals often giggle due to nervousness, as a kind of "tic." I know several people like that. It can get annoying but if I care for them I try to ignore it.
 some young girls do giggle a lot around boys. Maybe they're trying to impress the boys.

2/ There IS a Santa Claus! :-)

3. Spices serve a purpose, to help draw out flavor of what's being cooked, but not to overpower it. A bit of spices, cinnamon, ginger,etc, have a wonderful aroma.

4. I dated in the forlorn hope of finding Prince Charming. Nowadays I just date to enjoy a dinner or movie with a male friend once in a while. I also go places with gal friends. It's fun to talk about shared experiences together. But I have no problem going solo if necessary.

5. Not so much mad at the dogs as with their owners.

6. I've been super lucky (or blessed) to have great neighbors over the years. Only one bad one for a while and was super happy when he left.

7. I don't even bother using umbrellas any more. Not being the Wicked Witch of the West, rain won't cause me to melt.If the rain is horrible and I have to go out in it, I'll wear a poncho.

8. Album titles don 't bother me. And I like unusual band names; many names are a lot better than the music they produce.



Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 08, 2018, 11:12:35 PM
Why people speaking English when they're not sure use immediately this word - "probably"? Can't you say "maybe", "likely"? It's as if you lack vocabulary baggage.

Next question - Is it truth or mistruth that fast food is purely American invention?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 11, 2018, 11:43:54 PM
Reading ancient topics, it doesn't still make sense the gleeful mem'ries about ego board. Rbb used to obsessively repeat that, if being at Smiley, you can stand it, in ego you couldn't. Or that Smiley in compare is very light, hinting in ego it's tough types who could survive. Yet, despite this not-really-good characteristics, people (ESPECIALLY Rbb) were really crazy about that dinosaur age board. There were trolls & such, silly threads yet... it's FUN! Somehow such behaviour/ posters/ threads weren't met with glee at Smiley. Somehow Rbb went strict about it here. Suffice to say, weird poster, weird ex-mod. True chameleon. Not sure why he got huuuge respect by posters (still does by some at PS). It amuses me to see people being lickspittles towards popular posters.

Can anybody answer to Reply #175? NBBF? Buckethead? The OP? Hello? Is anybody home?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 12, 2018, 04:06:27 PM
John isn't favorite Beatle, am going to paraphrase what he sang in SFF (which I dislike too), sacrilege as it will be - "Brady Bunch" is best seen with eyes closed. Just memorize what the voices sound like & since they will voice the names. Each character isn't to my taste - mannerisms, looks, you name. In fact, I'd enjoy it as radio adaptation (adaption? which is correct?). Frankly, many movies I'd like better by radio/ audio.
"Partridge Fam" is little bit nicer. Little bit.
"An American Fam" didn't impress either. Except mother's pretty, daughter's - forgot which - eyecandy too.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 13, 2018, 03:23:33 AM
I think George is my favorite Beatle now. Listened to All Things Must Pass last night. What a great album!
I was one of those strange teenagers who never watched The Brady Bunch or The Partridge Family. During the 70s I remember watching MASH, All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Mary Tyler Moore Show, Bob Newhart; sometimes watched The Waltons

It's "adaptation."

As for previous questions, probably and maybe aren't the same. Probably and likely are similar.

I don't think fast food is an American invention. I'm sure that at food markets around the world have always been people selling various breads with different toppings of meats and vegetables (such as gyros).


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 13, 2018, 03:56:28 PM
Probably & maybe aren't the same? Hm, let's bring examples:

Quentin decided to drive car but probably forgot the keys in the house.
Quentim decided to drive car but maybe forgot the keys in the house.

It doesn't seem like there's difference in either. But since you're natural English speaker, you surely see the difference. Can you explain reading the example? I'm interested to be able to see clearly the difference.

The next question is language as well - in many dictionaries it says "pretty" defines similar to "rather", yet it can define "very". Which is really puzzling. When English speakers say "it's pretty good" (food, song, taste, film, weather, house interior), what should I read it as - very good or rather good? TIA.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: the captain on September 13, 2018, 04:22:47 PM
"Probably" means it is more likely than not. "Maybe" doesn't weigh in on the odds, it just indicates it could go either way.

Maybe it will rain today. (It might rain, it might not, but the speaker isn't indicating likelihood.)
Probably it will rain today. (It is more likely than not that it will rain today.)

"Pretty" in that context--"it's pretty good"--actually means somewhat, slightly. It's pretty good would indicate that it's not bad, it leans toward good, but it's not REALLY good. It's not great.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 13, 2018, 04:48:00 PM
Re: "pretty", it leads to question - when people use it then to mean "very"? F.ex. if they say "I'm pretty sure", is it then? Anything else?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: the captain on September 13, 2018, 05:29:57 PM
I'd say context matters, and social cues, nonverbal signals, regional traditions matter.

But even "I'm pretty sure," I look at that as less than sure. Sure is certain, 100%. Pretty sure is like the below.

"I'm sure of it." (100%)
"Really you're 100% certain?" (Suggests person is <100%, or at least wants confirmation of 100%)
"Well, I'm pretty sure of it." (Hedges the bet, indicates that while still more likely than not, less than 100% certain)

But it's easy to imagine someone answering "you're sure?" with a wink and a somewhat ironic "I'm pretty sure." This is the person technically allowing for doubt, but indicating that he totally believes it despite his own words. It is similar to someone who is a great basketball player might respond to "are you good?" with "I'm pretty good" or "I'm ok." Context could literally take meaning from all the way to one side to its opposite.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 13, 2018, 06:41:16 PM
I see. It makes sense.

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"Really you're 100% certain?" (Suggests person is <100%, or at least wants confirmation of 100%)
Funny bit.

Btw, re: "probably", reason I figured it's the same as "maybe" is precisely due to ubiquitous usage by people, going back to/ by the beginning point. People say "it's probably this", "probably that", it's really popular choice to use that word. Reading it, it makes you figure - well people usually doubt when saying sth., then it must be the same meaning as "maybe". I didn't think even that everybody would be sure about things they say, given the word's usage popularity. Thus "more likely than not" didn't appear as real meaning. It's being much surer than "maybe yes, maybe no" type thinking. It just seemed truer in regards people's usual nature.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: the captain on September 14, 2018, 09:33:43 AM
A lot of common, throwaway responses and words when used don't actually mean what their words themselves indicate they mean. I can see why as a non-native English speaker those phrases or words would be difficult to understand.

Some other examples, when someone asks someone else, "how are you?" these are some common responses in my region of the country.

"Could be worse." On the surface, this only means it is possible that you could be worse--you are not as bad off as is possible. But really, it usually is used to mean "fine, good."

"Not too bad." The words themselves seem to mean "I am doing badly, but not TOO badly." In other words, you are doing badly but it is tolerable, it could be worse. But generally people say it to mean "fine, good."

"I've been better." The opposite of the first example, all this technically means is you are less than 100% ... but how much less? You might be at 99.9% happiness or satisfaction and that would be an honest answer. But when people say it, usually they actually mean "I am doing badly."


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 15, 2018, 05:15:33 AM
Next question - can anybody tell why people speak it this way?:

Quote from: HeyJude
He should have sang more on C50

Quote from: Kurosawa
I think they should have broke up in 1977

Quote from: richardsnow
They should have gave George a little solo on the Rickie 12 string.

We'd been taught during English studies that the right way is have/has + past participle (ring-rang-rung, sing-sang-sung, break-broke-broken, give-gave-given etc). Did this grammar rule by chance change since then? Is it again state speech differences? Colloquialism which is as right as the said rule? No, it's incorrect, "people in the Internet use it" anomaly? Would like to set the record straight about it.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 15, 2018, 07:12:08 AM
Boy you are multitasking big time!

You are absolutely right. Should be "have sung," " have broken up, " and "should have given."

 Proper grammar is being thrown out the window, made worse thanks to social media.
It's quite painful reading posts when people type "you're" instead of "your," or " it's" when it should be "its."
 The spell check function also messes up words. I'm constantly having to override it.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 15, 2018, 03:11:31 PM
Cool, finally said sth. people replied with "you're right" after "borsch/t" debate, being told "people disagree with facts but, I have no patience for that" (yet same poster when the others disagreed with said fact in SB thread replied to them with much politer, patient way. Chocolate Shake, it's about you :P) & the others. Then I studied English well. Besides still finding "a/ an/ the" usage difficult subject (multiply "difficult" to 10). Ditto when use which preposition - should it be "at" or "in" or "on" or "for" or "by" or "to" or "with" etc. F.ex. I'd seen English speakers say "in school" & "at school", "compare with" & "compare to".

Next question - is it possible everybody if they trained, practiced singing daily would be technically good singers? When Soviet/ Ukrainian opera singer Bela Rudenko guested in some TV program due to 85 jubilee this year, smb. in the audience asked her similar question, she answered "No of course without naturally vocal talent to work with even if you try coaching smb. like that will not bring results, make them great singers. It'll stay in the "average", "mediocre" level". Do you agree with it?

To answer Rei's question in his OP in the 2-years-old thread without bumping it:

For whatever reason - be it getting used to how things are done on the forum, developing contradicting opinions to what you once held, joining too young where you lack the sufficient maturity to conform effectively, etc. - do you guys get a sense of embarrassment when you read through some of your earliest posts not only on this forum, but anywhere in general? Like a sense of Early Instalment Weirdness which seems nothing like what you post today.

I have to say I'm one of those who cringe at much of my early posts here. Many of these completely lacked substance, and indicated a large level of immaturity that could be understandably taken as trolling or spamming. It didn't help that my posting rate at one point can easily be considered insufferably high - quantity over quality. What embarrasses me the most though is the arrogance when it came some of the opinions I've held - had I been a bystander, I would have been extremely frustrated.

Anyway, how about you guys? Do you get that sense of embarrassment when you skim through your earliest posts?
Negative.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 15, 2018, 06:26:37 PM
You can say either "in school" or "at school."
 However, when I say that someone is "in school" it could refer to taking courses . Jane is in school in order to become a nurse, for example.
Being "at school" means that the person is physically present on the campus.

I usually use "compare to", as in "that's like comparing apples to oranges."

 I would agree that there's only so much that can be done for those wanting to sing well. Now this is for singing classical style music.
However, music is very subjective and oftentimes a rougher voice suits a particular song better. If the Beach Boys wanted a sweet sound, they used Carl. But if the song called for an "edgier" sound, Dennis would be the guy.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Murry the Friendly Ghost ♯♫♩🐇 on September 15, 2018, 09:04:30 PM
How can a building burn up and burn down at the same time?

Ever notice you park in a driveway and drive in a parkway?



Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 16, 2018, 01:02:20 AM
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You can say either "in school" or "at school."
However, when I say that someone is "in school" it could refer to taking courses . Jane is in school in order to become a nurse, for example.
Being "at school" means that the person is physically present on the campus.
Interesting. Thanks. Why people during Mardi-gras festival get super joyful? They celebrate this holiday big time, dressing specially, painting face in dumb way etc. When I'd seen people in the street holidaying it in streets in some doc, they really looked crazy, euphoric. It didn't make sense to see them behave like that, being too joyful.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 16, 2018, 07:02:17 AM
Mardi Gras ( "Fat Tuesday") is the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent in the Catholic church (and also observed in some Protestant denominations). Lent is a time for doing without , so Mardi Gras is the time to get all the craziness out of your system.
It gets out of hand in our French Quarter . The police let people get away with a lot of stuff - just don't try to "pee" in public!
I tell people with families to go to the parades in the Uptown area. Interesting costumes can be seen with a lot less lewdness.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 17, 2018, 04:31:30 AM
People must behave politely in public. & dress politely, with respect to everybody else they see. Dreadful holiday Mardi gras. Then again, nearly each holiday is.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 17, 2018, 05:49:24 AM
I wouldn’t call it a “dreadful holiday.” It can be wonderful fun. I love the creative costumes people come up with,particularly the ones that are homemade instead of bought or rented from a costume shop. Get a family, make some ears, paint some whiskers on their faces, fashion a tail to attach in the back, and they are cats for a day!  :-D
There’s also wonderful music played during this time.

Just avoid the one part of town where people (mainly tourists) go for the over the top bizarreness and you can have a great time.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 17, 2018, 06:33:18 AM
I'm fine with your disagreement. I stand by things I said. If it didn't show you that I hate holidays ("Dreadful holiday Mardi gras. Then again, nearly each holiday is."), I'll say it again - I hate holidays.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 17, 2018, 06:57:55 AM
I'm sorry that you are unable to enjoy holidays.
I know that they can be stressful if the Family members don't get along. And it's really a drag if you are not particularly happy when you are "supposed" to be. That happens to me at Christmastime. Don't know why...


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 17, 2018, 07:13:10 AM
Me & fam get along just fine. Nobody likes me yet funnily friends & fam start inviting me to spend holidays with them. I decline each invitation. I like being alone. Tell you what, I do not cook anything special at holidays like the others. I cook what usually cook.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 17, 2018, 07:24:16 AM
That’s cool.
I like being alone as well. But realize that there are times when I really want to be around family. Certain holidays are the only times I see some of my family who live out of town. We’ll have dinner and chat, but then I will go off for a while by myself.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 17, 2018, 08:49:31 AM
Well I used to like holidays as child. & I like gifts (getting, not giving :P No but seriously, am really bad at making perfect gifts, i.e. just what people wish. It's jolly difficult task. I'd be terrible Santa if such creature existed).

Btw, Liz, which gift - Christmas or sth. else - do you regard the best gift given to you (talking about material tangible gift, not the abstract)?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 17, 2018, 10:06:33 AM
Giving gifts is hard - want the gift to be “perfect. I’m listening all the time for clues. I had the perfect gift picked out for one of my sisters - a new Elvis book. Just found out she had just bought it! Oh well, back to the drawing board.

Favorite gift received? As a child it was my own bicycle. Being the fourth of five children (all girls) I usually got hand me downs. I had been riding an old tricycle. The handlebars kept coming off lol. I also had an old pair of roller skates - used a key to adjust it.
My shiny new blue bicycle had training wheels in the back. At some point my Father took them off and helped me get the balance right to ride the bicycle. I loved riding it.
As I grew up I got a larger bike but can’t remember if that might have been another hand me down. I rode that bike all over the place.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 17, 2018, 05:30:06 PM
Last-2 yrs back you changed ava' to your mini-me riding the bike in clown costume to some holiday (trick&treat at Halloween?). Is it that new bike or did I mix it up with "hand-me-down" trike? Either way, nice pic.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 17, 2018, 07:04:30 PM
Ha ha, no that was the hand me down trike. I was not quite 6 years old. That picture was taken during our Kindergarten Mardi Gras Parade. Shortly after that I started having the problem with the handlebars coming off.
It might have been that next Christmas (1963) when I got my new bike.

You have a great memory. I only had that avatar up for a short time.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 20, 2018, 03:23:13 AM
Thank you kindly. I've got question for you as smb. who lived the 60s - is it true that this decade is when black kids were allowed to go to school with white? Or is it the 50s? I read few yrs back the site which showed "the 1st black child" who attended school with whites. Little black girl pictured. Can you tell when you went to school did you see many such pupils? Did racism fade away during your school time?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 20, 2018, 05:46:33 AM
There was a ruling by our Supreme Court, Brown vs Board of Education that said in 1954 that the public schools needed to be desegregated, because Black students were not receiving the same level of education as White students. Back in the late 1800s there had been an earlier ruling by the Court that "separate but equal" was okay - have separate schools, say, but they had to be of equal quality . Didn't turn out that way.

There started to be desegregation in the South n 1957, with high school students. There was a lot of turmoil, and governors decided to close all public high schools for a while, until they were  ordered to reopen.

In New Orleans, things were done differently. They started with first graders. After testing, some Black children were selected to integrate a couple of schools in 1960. One child, Ruby Bridges, integrated one school. The other three were at another school. (I worked with one of them -Tessie Prevost W.) Ruby Bridges is the girl you probably saw. It's sinful how these children were treated, and there were repercussions with their families. Bridges' father lost his job, and her Grandfather in Mississippi lost his. There were a few white children who went to the school, but they received so many threats that they could no longer attend.

I started first grade in 1963. My class was integrated and I don't recall any problems. My older sister's class didn't become integrated until she was in sixth grade, when one Black girl attended. When this girl became ill in class, the teacher asked if anyone could accompany her to the nurse's office. My sister volunteered, and as they left the teacher whispered to my sister, God bless you. My sister thought that strange - all she was doing was going with the girl to the first aid office. Well, by doing that my sister was branded a n----- lover and ostracized. To her credit, my sister didn't give in to them and became friends with the girl. My family rallied around her, as she would get heckling phone calls. It was crazy.

As for racism in my class, I didn't notice any at first. It started to creep in during the later grades, sixth grade and up. That's when I first started hearing that "n word" among white classmates. This would have been in 1968 with the presidential election. One of the candidates was George Wallace, a segregationist from Alabama.
Racism continued through high school, with some of the white students, not all by any means. I avoided those students. I didn't notice any racism among the Black students.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 21, 2018, 03:47:11 AM
Thanks to take the time to reply. It's very interesting read. & good sister.

Will modify this post or type new reply if get new questions when I see, hear, read sth.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: the captain on September 21, 2018, 08:27:10 AM
I'd like to add some information about the history of anti-black racism and the civil rights movement in the northern part of the country, because I think it is not really told as part of the "story," even inside the US. I'm personally too young to have experienced this, but my dad grew up in Minneapolis through that era, born in the mid-40s, and I've read the information that has come out since. I think RRA1 or others might find this interesting to help complete the picture.

Usually the story is told more or less as South = Bad, North = Good. And obviously the South had a more explicit kind of anti-black racism in slavery and then formalized segregation. But in the North, there was a different kind of discrimination. For one, there was a far smaller black population, so with a more homogeneous (white) population, it was easier to say the right things and "preach." In the 1900s, as there was a mass exodus of black people out of the South into the industrialized Midwest and North where they could find jobs, there were problems.

First, cities often used "redlining" in real estate to segregate races. It wasn't really publicized, but it was actually formal. Certain cities and neighborhoods were zoned to exclude different races: blacks were among those to whom houses simply were not sold. This automatically kept races in their own enclaves, and predictably, poverty bred poverty while resources were used on the white areas (which were already the better areas, with the black-dominated areas often in or near industrial zones). The official city documents are quite clear on the racist intent.

Second, the middle of the century was when cities experienced "white flight," where middle class white people left the core cities and moved to the suburbs. This brought their tax revenues with them, leaving core cities crumbling and increasing in crime while suburbs got the boost of those tax dollars.

When my dad went to a public high school in the city, there was something like two black people in his class of almost a thousand. That same school now is just under 80% minority (including 35% Hispanic, 33% black, 6% Native American). Even now, the remnants of those situations I described above remain. Certain neighborhoods have been mostly impoverished for half a century or more, and those are the neighborhoods that were "redlined" for minorities.

These sorts of issues are part of why during the Civil Rights era of the 60s, there were race riots in places like Detroit, Chicago, the cities of Ohio and Pennsylvania, etc. The supposedly enlightened North.

My point being, it was easier then for the Northern white people to fault the South, because they mostly did so from a distance: it is easy to fault people far away for their handling of situations that are outside your own experience. When confronted with people of other races, they basically ghettoized them and then fled altogether. So they weren't exactly the good guys they are sometimes painted to be.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 22, 2018, 09:18:34 AM
I've no favorite poster - against human favoritism, in fact, which seems to be especially fashionable today - but there's been many favorite posts by different people since reading Smiley. The previous 2 posts here get that nod. I, to be sure, appreciate the info about (anti-) racism, it IS interesting but via it, it's interesting to read about posters' fam backgrounds, how people lived before. Which makes the racism question look like non-sly pretext to getting precisely that. Anyhoo, thanks to both.

Btw, since I said "both", here's new questions for you.

Liz, you said parents conceived 5 kids, "all girls". I read people who've got same-gender siblings, there's rivalry & envy with each, esp. if the age gap is really little. Would you say it's the case in your fam too? Or did parents brought you such that you, girls, shouldn't envy if, say, some sister is the prettiest, the cleverest & the other typical labels?

2the captain - Why St. Paul & Minneapolis dubbed twin cities? What, they're literally twins (shop, theatre, museum, houses location-wise)? It could be the single case when 2 cities in the same place dubbed twin cities. Least I didn't hear/read anything like it. Will you tell shortly about it?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: the captain on September 22, 2018, 11:26:40 AM
Minneapolis and St Paul are known as the Twin Cities because where usually a metropolitan area has one large core city surrounded by suburbs, they grew to be two large, (nearly) coequal cities (surrounded by suburbs).

Originally the term actually referred to two settlements in the early 1800s on each side of the Mississippi River. But both of those actually ended up part of Minneapolis. However St Paul continued to grow and was made capitol city of Minnesota, while Minneapolis grew even more and was the commercial and cultural center, mostly on the other side of the Mississippi River from St Paul. So each became a large, important city in its own right, and basically they grew into one another. But where Budapest was two cities that became one, these remained independent of each other even though they are adjacent. Thus, the “twin cities.”

(They are definitely NOT twins though. They’re quite different.)


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 22, 2018, 01:51:14 PM
Liz, you said parents conceived 5 kids, "all girls". I read people who've got same-gender siblings, there's rivalry & envy with each, esp. if the age gap is really little. Would you say it's the case in your fam too? Or did parents brought you such that you, girls, shouldn't envy if, say, some sister is the prettiest, the cleverest & the other typical labels?

We were born in a 10 year period - 1949, 1950, 1953, 1957 (me) and 1959. I would say that there is a lot less sibling rivalry than normal. Of course there are some minor bits of envy on occasion, but when there is a family emergency we all unite and put any differences aside.

We all share a love of nature and music. We have all adopted stray dogs and cats. We have somewhat different tastes in music but find common ground with 60s-70s music.

The only place we diverge is politics. My two oldest sisters are very conservative, the middle child very liberal, and my younger sister and I more "middle of the road." I do everything possible not to discuss politics with my second oldest sister. If I don't agree with her 100 percent she goes into a rage (I'm not exaggerating). I'm going on a whirlwind trip with her to Memphis in a couple of days. I'll pack some Elvis cds and make sure the radio stays on the Elvis channel. No news allowed!


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 22, 2018, 06:08:46 PM
'lright, double thanks.

Edit. Looks like to answer the below with at minimum yes/ no is twice difficult.

Edit 2. Monday wisdom: Donuts inferior to Russian "baranki". Dull human being is defined by bragging about their resume when in fact nobody cares about it. As in haha, epic fail. & last but not the least wisdom - hate moon, sun's better miles away. :D
Don't thank me. :police:

I shall bring up sth. that's got sth. to do with Surfer, as he posted today. Few yrs back, Agd dubbed me "despicable" due to such tiny reason as me telling Surfer he's cute. Anybody rmbr such laughable incident? I'm still puzzled by people's reactions at the time. Once Agd said it, the others agreed instantly & began doing this weird "let's sympathize Surfer to make him forget such bad thing told towards him" favor.

1stly, anybody ever thinks with their brains or do they quickly blindly agree with everything smb. they treat as god says? Surely, only bcuz you respect poster VERY MUCH, doesn't mean you HAVE to agree with them about everything on molecular level, right? Roight? Then, doesn't anybody sane - read: really sane - actually think this is waaay overblown & calling people with Down's syndrome "cute" is indeed OK, zero despicability about it, in fact? What say you, current folks?

Here, where I live, when people with Down's syndrome, esp. young like Surfer, appear in TV shows as guests, the other guests don't receive boos from the audience when they'd comment he/ she is cute & when they're visibly shown to be charmed by adorableness of Down syndrome people. No big deal, no problem there AT ALL. It's literally 1st time when I said it at Smiley where I discovered, to the endless puzzlement, that it's taboo.
You, foreigners, really don't make sense to me at times.

I found Surfer cute. Is it TOO bad? Can't people with Down's syndrome be cute, for pete's sake? Tell.

In advance I'll say it seriously baffled when people without knowing Surfer & initially thinking he's just troll, spammer, IMMEDIATELY changed their attitudes when they'd seen his vids & - WOWZERS - began to bring apologies (!) to him for their "mean" treatment of him! What. Is. This.

I'm usually skeptical when people in the Internet start defending people they never met, never will, basta (hey, it's cool! Be glad you'll never meet any, even your fave posters, consider yourself lucky as the whole idea is cringeworthy & cheesy as hell. But hey, am a-OK if anybody/ all disagree, ha). When people feel bizarre impulse to show off kindness (keyword "show off"), it tells me right away they fake it - to set the record by getting plentiful of likes, to get woots, to have people looking amazed AND up to them with clear devotion. I may be cynical as Mikie dubbed me in emails in different case but this is the way I see it.
 
Rules are for everybody. It takes seconds to use search function & bump your, the other poster's thread on the subject you wish talk about. Then there is such useful thread as "Insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread". Type questions there anytime you like to. Instead, Surfer (& to bigger extent, MaryUSA) started new threads about really old subjects they raised before numerous times. & yes, am aware it's not exclusive to him & her but they're kinda classic examples, if you will, albeit in different subboards.
I'm glad Billy banned him few yrs back for week. It's called being fair & balanced. But, iirc, he got backlash due to such mod decision. I laughed when few folks got annoyed with it (as if Surfer is 1) their kin 2) bosom buddy they knew/ grew up with since 2 yrs old 3) long-time dear neighbor).

Just like I laughed when people asked Rbb resign the mod duty, then when he resigned, the other camp of people started whining about it AND blame publicly people who made said Rbb resign. The latter's especially hilarious! Hello? Anybody home (I mean, it's Rbb's decision, it was up to *him*, NOT *people* asking him to resign. Anybody reading Rbb's various posts will agree it's not characteristic that he'll obey what people tell him to do. Nope, it's not Rbb. You got it wrong, folks, ha. & regarding Surfer, he got banned JUST for 7 days, Billy didn't ban him fo-re-ver. What, 7 days without Surfer's end of the world? He didn't post much anyway, what's the big deal?)?

But, people turned 360 degrees at Surfer as soon as they'd seen his face. It strikes me as lame. Yep, it sure does. Either be consistently kind from get-go or don't be at all. What's the sudden special treatment anyway? Surfer CLEARLY didn't care EITHER way.

Frankly, it makes things worse. We must treat everybody equally & not be extra kind/ polite to specific group if they differ in some way. It isn't fair to everybody *else*. Besides, you create pity & trigger self-pity in these people. It ain't good. I treat my dwarf friend Daiana like she's normal height. If we quarrel big time, I don't step back & walk in eggshells. She doesn't remind that she's dwarf, doesn't play this card & answers cooly back during quarrel. I'm 100% sure Surfer's just like that, doesn't care one bit. Yet people started obsessing over him. If anything, it's creepy. Or if not creepy, stupid, bizarre, what you've got.

Anyhoo, rant ends. Everybody did these kinda rants, musings, ramblings now & then here & elsewhere. Some rants even got huge respect, at the very least were allowed to be. Then I believe it's OK to write mine. At least I didn't start special separate thread, did I? I'm glad re-reading back this reply. Stand by everything. I'm sure at least few people - posters, mere readers - secretly agree completely with it. People rarely admit publicly agreeing with smb. like I.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Jay on September 23, 2018, 03:41:08 PM
 :brow


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 23, 2018, 04:54:15 PM
Ta. I like what's written there too. I'd tell me "Well said".


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: the captain on September 23, 2018, 05:19:12 PM
I’m not going through your post point for point, but I think actually (and maybe surprisingly?) I agree more than not. I also think your language comes across as very blunt and harsh in English, which could easily be that it’s a second language. Or maybe that’s just how you talk.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 23, 2018, 05:38:55 PM
That reply's main point is to get the definitive answer if it's indeed "despicable" in the States/ English-speaking places to tell people with Down's syndrome "You're cute" or it's nice way to address, i.e. it doesn't differ than you'd call average people "cute". Nobody answered it.

& negative re: that's maybe the way you talk. Typically, in Russian I'm polite. Diplomatic even.

Let's face it, everybody now & then says some blunt speech. F.ex. it's folks like I.Spaceman who said various rude/ blunt/ harsh things yet for bizarre reasons got respected by many, even got "cult status". Or Becca at PS. Nobody's got any problem with sth. she said. Or TRbb.
That reply's just sth. that annoyed me at the time big time. I frankly thought it was too much ado about nothing (OK. I dubbed Surfer "cute". Big friggin' deal). Noisy blah blah reactions.

Btw, your "Little Children" Sandbox thread/ speech is sth. I'd describe blunt as well. The point being, again, anybody can be blunt, harsh, disregarding language aspect. Yet it's usually I who people single out. Your OP in that thread got woots, wows, respect. Nobody raised any problem with what you stated. People both in the Internet MB's & irl seem to give better reception to respected people, smb. in the cool kids' table, with social "credentials", smb. in the in crowd. But if pretty much the same stated by smb. else who doesn't fit any such category, they'll get negative replies. Here's case in point which accurately illustrates what here I talk about, read quotes within:

It's funny - "Holy Man" is nothing special yet beats many tracks in POB. Btw, could Kalinich be the least interesting BBs collaborator? I would say yes.

This post is bordering on trolldom.

As much as it pains me to say so, I mostly agree with RRA1 and disagree with you entirely. I agree that Holy Man is nothing special (though I'm not sure about the POB part), and consider Kalinich's lyrics pretty bad on the whole.

Holy Man may not be the most complex track in the world but its vibe is fantastic. Kalinich's lyrics were cliched but the whole is greater than the sum of its parts when combined with Dennis's music (Little Bird, Be Still)  or Brian's (California Feeling).

See the drastic change in attitude by poster Dove Nested Towers. It's taken usually for granted, it's "fair". Interesting.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 23, 2018, 06:34:14 PM
As you are not a native English speaker it’s harsh for someone to call you “despicable” for calling someone with Down Syndrome “cute.”
Cute is not a word I use as an adult to describe good looking or nice guys. I did use that word as a teenager. When I use that word now it’s usually when discussing babies or animal behavior - “oh look at that little kitty playing with the ball. That’s so cute.”
Cute is not a “wrong” word per se, But I think the guy thought that by calling Surfer “cute” you were belittling him, being condescending towards him. I know that wasn’t your intention.
I’m answering on my phone as there isn’t any WiFi where I am tonight so it’s too difficult to read your entire post. I can read it tomorrow when the hotel we’re at will have WiFi so I can read on my tablet,


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 23, 2018, 06:45:54 PM
Well what do you know. It puts quite different light. In fact, it clarifies everything. Still doesn't justify "despicable". Thank you, valuable info.

Yes, zero intent to belittle Surfer. In the videos Surfer posted, he looks very young, like indeed teenager, with youthful voice. He genuinely looked to me cute & I said as much. Sth. about people with Down's syndrome is cute, to my eyes anyhow. That's really about it.
Bottom line: b4 hallucinating that ANYthing I say is *every*time bad, think that it could be, in fact, good.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Jay on September 23, 2018, 11:06:27 PM
I think referring to people with certain disabilities as "cute" and "adorable" comes across as quite offensive and hurtful to most people, at least in English speaking regions.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 23, 2018, 11:18:40 PM
I noticed you're always late to the party. It's settled. Case closed. Question answered. NOLA BB Fan kindly explained to me what's wrong with it few hours back. I advise you to read the other posts before replying as you don't add anything new to discussion. If you side with Agd being his huge fan - just say it. If it's perfectly fine with you that he dubbed me "despicable" for calling Surfer unknowingly "cute" - again, say it directly.

I suspect if it were the other way around, i.e. me calling posters "despicable", you'd say it's very rude to address people like that. Double standards at play.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Murry the Friendly Ghost ♯♫♩🐇 on September 23, 2018, 11:50:52 PM
^ Absolutely no need for that. The matter is indeed settled but no need to start attacking . I had the same initial reaction and I was gonna post something similar...would you go after me the same way? I would hope not.

This was all a misunderstanding and I sincerely hope this is over.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Jay on September 23, 2018, 11:54:10 PM
I was merely just trying to speak on the possible language/culture barrier. That's all.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 24, 2018, 12:01:29 AM
2Billy: I'm not sure where you see "attacking" in that post. I said what I see. Jay is Agd's fan, even "liked" his posts at PS. How is it "attacking"? & I merely state that when Agd dubbed me "despicable" for calling Surfer "cute", nobody ever even dared to stand up for me when it should've been the case. Everybody suported Agd. Nobody for bizarre reason told him it's "attacking", "offensive", "hurtful". I didn't insult or call Jay names as you see. Besides, NOLA BB Fan did explain it few hours ago before Jay. There was absolutely no need for Jay to tell me once more that I misused that darn word. It's like he emphasizes that it's MY fault & not Agd's. Understand it, please.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Murry the Friendly Ghost ♯♫♩🐇 on September 24, 2018, 12:13:48 AM
but it wasn’t “unknowing “ at the time it happened..of course people were going to react negatively! Now of course it’s a different story, it was a misunderstanding. Saying he’s “always late to the party” and that’s he’s AGD’s fan...come on, that’s not needed. It was a misunderstanding and it’s over now.

We know what kind of person AGD is, we didn’t know it then . I myself fell for his lies, and I regret that terribly. This has nothing to do with that


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 24, 2018, 12:27:41 AM
People knew even then that I didn't speak English originally. They could've cut me slack. There's been lotta times at Smiley when people defended some poster against the other. But never when it was I vs. poster X. They usually told ME to quit it & the other went scott-free. It isn't fair if you ask.

As to Agd's fan & late to the party - OK, I'll save these observations in brains, I stand by them. To be honest, I still don't see anything bad in saying it. & it WAS over & done with before Jay chimed in. As I said, NOLA BB Fan did explain it to me. That could do.
Tbh, I'm not sure why Jay liked Agd's posts at PS if you know both "what kind of person Agd is". Then, in my logic, his posts shouldn'be liked. Paging Jay, I know you're friend, it's understandble you support Jay but I'd like if Jay replies to it as I talk to him.
Anyhoo.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Jay on September 24, 2018, 12:29:14 AM
I think it was all a misunderstanding back then, too. I think certain phrasing and "bluntness"(as NOLA BB Fan put it) of one culture, while well meaning, can translate differently in another culture and language. Perhaps people didn't pay attention to that fact because of agd being here, and wanting to side with him.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Murry the Friendly Ghost ♯♫♩🐇 on September 24, 2018, 12:33:56 AM
Speaking for myself I personally apologize for having misread things in the past and having taking things wrong.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 24, 2018, 12:52:33 AM
I think it was all a misunderstanding back then, too. I think certain phrasing and "bluntness"(as NOLA BB Fan put it) of one culture, while well meaning, can translate differently in another culture and language. Perhaps people didn't pay attention to that ffact because of agd being here, and wanting to side with him.
Well. Too bad this realization is everytime after the fact. Hope the times are a-changing, as Dylan whose voice I can't stand aptly said.

Precisely, lotsa people & then some followed agd, looked forward to everything he said - what is he, saint? Father figure? Santa Claus? BBs mesage board idol? I rmbr lame poster kittykat really showed worship for ay-gee-dee. It amuses me still, haha. Such dork. Never liked that poster. Let's be happy that she or he's banned. Wise decision, mods.

Anyhoo, we're cool.

Btw, this next thing isn't directed to Billy/ Jay/ anybody but in case readers missed it, in Reply #213 is good well-written reasonable & especially logical edit, complete with thread post example.

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To continue bringing views in this insignificant thread. Edit: views as in opinions ofc. No stupid moronic "rocky pamplin 100,000 views" braggety gobbledygook. Anyhoo, I dislike cussing. When at times people irl start cussing, I jolly dislike it. They must be polite with strangers. They should use it in reply to buddies at the table or girl/ boyfriend or relatives, I don't care. With strangers, if they speak politely with you, you must be polite in return. Or else there'll never be maintained civil society. People must understand it by now.

Sure, it isn't technically cussing but it sounds like it - the 3-letter s-word & its derivatives. The s-word meaning the same as "gender". People seem to freely use it in English-speaking places, yet nobody's got any problem with it. It doesn't make sense it's deemed acceptable & nobody assumes if anybody uses it in ANY context, just any, that that individual is vulgar. I find it little bit too easy-going attitude towards such people. But maybe it's me & few people who look at it like that.

I'm not sure why I write down these things. The single explanation is I like the process of writing/ typing. Maybe I should be writer. & I like discussing.

Anybody look fwd to winter? I def. do. Many hate blizzard & feel depressed about it. I believe halblaineisgood said sth. along the lines at PS. Me, I really like blizzard. It's cozy to sit in the house whilst outdoors it's heavily snowing. Isn't it instead cool? & unpopular opinion time, I like shoveling snow. I shoveled it since about 10 yrs old. Speaking of, said it before, will say again - the noise in "Wake The World" that fans say they hear is venetian blinds everytime sounds to me like snow shovel.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: the captain on September 24, 2018, 06:59:52 AM
Re winter: I have very mixed feelings, but overall I don’t mind it. I’m usually ready for cooler temperatures by the time autumn comes around. Once “cooler” becomes “cold,” it’s also not so bad. I love staying indoors and reading, drinking hot coffee or tea (or a hot alcoholic drink), and just generally feeling cozy. This is especially fun with the dogs. And usually I find cold air invigorating.
 
But on the negative side, while I don’t mind shoveling if it’s just a couple of inches, once it gets up to (or above) 6 inches at a time, that gets pretty tedious, especially in the driveway. I have been thinking of buying a snowblower this year, actually. Also as winter wears on and snow piles up, driving becomes more unsafe and unpleasant: piles of snow move out from the boulevards into the streets, making them narrower. It’s also tedious to get bundled up to go anywhere, not to mention messy when you’re covered in snow or (on warmer days) slush. It is also a shame to be unable to sit outside in my yard, which I enjoy doing very much. The dark also gets to be hard to deal with: in winter I rarely see the sun during the week, as it is dark when I leave in the morning for work and dark before I leave work.
 
I try to focus on the parts I like and just deal with the parts I don’t. Usually that works OK until February or March, when winter begins to feel like a personal insult. But really I think that living where I live, if I REALLY hated winter, I would have to move. It’s insane for people to choose to live here and then complain about winter, since obviously it comes with the territory.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 24, 2018, 05:58:53 PM
It's 1st time when I see smb. using "invigorating" in relation to cold weather (well air, it's basically the same). I surveyed people here, FB & random street people - surveying is sth. I like to do - & everybody unanimously said they feel hibernated, slow, like zombie when it's cold. For the record, I hate summer.
Living with pets is fun & funny. They cheer up the mood.
Is it light in summer in MN? F.ex. in some locations in Russia, including St. Petersburg, there's white nights.
In Welcome thread, thorgil, NOLA BB Fan et al said that when driving car, various small animals can jump to road & NBBF said she tries not to step them with car tyres. Is there such animals to be seen in the driveway in MN? Do you too save them lives when they run/ jump?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 24, 2018, 07:22:08 PM
When I'm at our country place in the woods during winter, provided that I'm wearing suitable clothes, brisk walks can indeed be invigorating.But I hate being cold indoors.
I love snow but don't like it if it snows down here. A few snowflakes put the locals in "panic mode" even though most times the air temperature is above freezing so the snow doesn't stick.
Today I had to dodge a little turtle trying to cross an interstate (four lane highway). I also had to make sure not to hit a squirrel. They have a habit of running almost completely across the street, stopping, then turning around and going back where it came from. So I had to stop while it decided where to go. I only started driving again when it was completely off the road.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 24, 2018, 07:40:26 PM
Sure. Merely say people in surveys answering general question didn't say anything positive about it.
I like snow fall in the evening & it's starry sky. It's been childhood dream to acquire telescope to see big stars, their structure but they don't sell it here, I don't believe online shopping, what with charlatans & crooks. That said, no big deal. Besides, living isn't about dreams getting real. Say, if any dream doesn't realize - it's cool.
About hating cold in the house: didn't you say that your house is very stuffy you brought the air conditioner? I figured in the U.S. central heating works whole year. Is it not right?

Tasted recently dish I didn't b4 - restaurant specialty expensive mushroom called truffle. To tell the truth, it isn't bad but imo it isn't especially unique to pay big money to taste it. Would like to taste special dessert fried ice cream.

Why double-breasted costume is dubbed like it? I fail to see the link. Double-buttoned fits better.

When I read blogs, many in "About blogger" page tell that they study, studied creative writing. Is it necessity to study it or sth. pupils can select or don't? What kind of subject it is?

Should say I'm mainly question asker than answerer. Which is good. Thus next question - anybody wishes to live by the sea, as well as ocean, shore? Or live in special houses-boats or special houses standing in, surrounded by water?

In sides of Russia, summer day continues 24 hours, i.e. it's light even in twilight. It's not dark-esque as in usual twilight. Winter day is 9 am-3 pm (we don't divide it am/ pm, 3 would be 15 o'clock).

Is there such thing as louisianian/ minnesotan accent? Judging by listening to singers/ actors in films born/ raised in these states, there isn't any. Well maybe French accent in New Orleans some got. But definitely didn't detect anything in the way Minnesotans speak. To my ears, it's neutral typical American accent, with maybe less aggression in phrasing words, telling consonant sounds. Is it right?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Murry the Friendly Ghost ♯♫♩🐇 on September 24, 2018, 08:05:55 PM
I actually do not like summer at all any more....living in Houston, well, the humidity is horrible, and the bad part about the heat is people LOVE cranking the air conditioning down to sub zero temps. I love the cold, but not inside...I like it outside. The older I get the less I'm able to handle the heat, and that was before my health went to sh*t.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: the captain on September 24, 2018, 08:06:55 PM
Is it light in summer in MN? F.ex. in some locations in Russia, including St. Petersburg, there's white nights.
In Welcome thread, thorgil, NOLA BB Fan et al said that when driving car, various small animals can jump to road & NBBF said she tries not to step them with car tyres. Is there such animals to be seen in the driveway in MN? Do you too save them lives when they run/ jump?
We’re not far enough north for the near-full light in summer or dark in winter, though we do have pretty wide swings. I’d guess in summer our longest days are from maybe 5 am to 930 pm, while in winter they are as short as about 730 or 8 am to 4 or 430 pm.

Animals in the roads: it depends where you are. In the city you’re usually not going to see much besides squirrels, rabbits, cats, and dogs—though we occasionally see raccoons around, or even larger, obviously confused wildlife. Once you’re into the country, especially in the north woods but also fields, you can see deer, bears, wild turkeys, moose. Or ducks etc. I try to avoid hitting them but don’t go out of my way to help them either: I generally leave wildlife alone.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 25, 2018, 04:56:02 AM
To answer some questions:
There aren't the restrictions in the US concerning turning on the heat as there are in some other countries. If I wanted to I could put it on in the summer. And I can set it to whatever temperature I want. Of course, since you are using more power, you will have a higher bill to pay.

Don't think I've had mushroom truffles. Have had chocolate truffles and they were good.

Creative writing classes are available. I know people who are into writing fiction or poetry. They meet up with other writers to show their work and receive (hopefully) constructive criticism and encouragement.

I love the sea but wouldn't like to live by there . Too many hurricanes :-(

I'll come back later about accents. Let's just say that we New Orleanians cringe when we watch TV shows or movies set in our city.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: the captain on September 25, 2018, 05:21:42 AM
Accents: Minnesota is relatively neutral, but especially in rural areas or among older people there is something, a kind of exaggeration and perversion of certain vowels. It’s hard to explain but I’ll try to spell out.

Cute instead of kyoot might be kyoo-ut.

A in many words is almost abrasive, more like the a in cat than the ah it is sometimes properly meant to be. Also sometimes made into two syllables like above with “cute.”

There is also something about the letter o that is hard to explain. I’d say it is more closed-mouth, like not fully pronounced, stilted, which makes it less of oh and more like a combined, fast oooh and uh. (Sorry I can’t explain that.)

I believe it comes from lingering Scandinavian and German accents that evolved.

The movie Fargo is meant to portray it but as NOla BB Fan said of Louisiana accents, Minnesotans don’t think it sounds accurate. (It is a good caricature of it though.)


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 25, 2018, 06:16:05 AM
Back to accents.
Native New Orleanians don't speak with a French accent. I've noticed 2 different accents here. The uptown crowd has an almost Southern accent. They pronounce our city "Noo Oryeeanz".
We downtowners have variations on what is close to "Brooklynese", a New York accent. They pronounce the city "Noo Awlins". In the extreme, words with "oi" are pronounced "er." Thus, erl , terlet, etc instead of oil or toilet. Or "wrench your hands in the zink" - rinse your hands in the sink.
The theory about our accent is that it's due to the large number of Irish and Italian immigrants who came here.

There are other accents in Louisiana. In North and South (rural areas) there are different types of Southern accents. In South central and southwest Louisiana one can hear the Cajun accent.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 25, 2018, 06:59:11 AM
American accents is subject I'm as Americana fan interested in. Didn't see that film "Fargo", going by description, it's dull. I'm glad to read I'm right about minnesotan accent being neutral. My hearing is fine then.

I read about New York accent being funny but didn't know it borders with absurd. Erl? Zink?

Edit - Nobody chimes due to reason it's dull. Bottom line: Interesting talks, everybody.

Reading past threads in various subboards I see people who never before used cursive wrt album titles, weirdly started to do exactly that. F.ex. c-man, Emdeeh, feelsflow when used to post here & few pretty popular posters. This "shift" phenomenon really puzzles. There must be plausible explanation to it. If they got used to just typing the title, why now they make it look neat, as in like it "should" be? It's just message board, why copy what different posters use? It doesn't make sense.

"Strawberry Fields Forever" is dullest song in Beatles canon. Ha, yes I said it. &? You got problem, folks? Hello.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 26, 2018, 06:34:16 PM
I had already left when you wrote the post. When I got home I posted quickly about Graceland but didn't feel well and went to bed early.
There are of course French immigrants living here. Some of them teach at French immersion schools, where courses are taught in French . However the natives who are fluent in French from birth are dying out.
French immigrants are also teaching students in Cajun country west of New Orleans. Although they have the distinctive accent many can no longer speak French . For many years teachers punished students who spoke Cajun French instead of English in school. The powers that be realize, perhaps too late, that they were wrong to do that.

Homeland is funny here. Somebody could have been here 30 years or more, coming over as a young child , and still would not be considered to be a New Orleanian.

Don't know why people write titles in cursive. Didn't know you could do that on this board, but I never really checked all the features available. Maybe they are writing in cursive as a protest to all the schools where cursive is no longer taught. Have no idea.
Can't go anymore. Am totally wasted. Need a good nights sleep


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: JK on April 25, 2019, 01:51:54 AM
Not much to say really--except that this criminally neglected topic deserves resurrecting for, um, insignificant chit-chat. ;D


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 08, 2019, 06:42:09 AM
Dog fans unite, you may find this vid funny/ sweet: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EVwlMVYqMu4 (2 dogs, 4 human hands)


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 08, 2019, 11:17:35 AM
Well behaved pups. Our dog, BooBoo, would not have been that patient!


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 09, 2019, 06:35:37 AM
I love all things related to History. I've been listening to podcasts of University professors giving lectures to students on American History.
We're coming up to the 170th anniversary of a significant event I confess to not knowing anything about until a couple of days ago. On 10 May, 1849 the "Astor Place Riot" took place in New York City.
During the 1840s there was a movement to try to get Americans to be more "sophisticated."
 to make a very complicated story short, Shakespeare was to be performed at two venues in New York City, one starring an American actor and the other, an English actor . The fans for the American showed their displeasure by going to Astor Place and protesting . It got so bad that law enforcement was called . When things really started getting out of hand the police fired into the crowd, killing at least 22 civilians! Over Shakespeare!


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: B.E. on May 09, 2019, 12:56:47 PM
I love all things related to History. I've been listening to podcasts of University professors giving lectures to students on American History.
We're coming up to the 170th anniversary of a significant event I confess to not knowing anything about until a couple of days ago. On 10 May, 1849 the "Astor Place Riot" took place in New York City.
During the 1840s there was a movement to try to get Americans to be more "sophisticated."
 to make a very complicated story short, Shakespeare was to be performed at two venues in New York City, one starring an American actor and the other, an English actor . The fans for the American showed their displeasure by going to Astor Place and protesting . It got so bad that law enforcement was called . When things really started getting out of hand the police fired into the crowd, killing at least 22 civilians! Over Shakespeare!

Thanks for sharing, NBBF. I hadn't been aware of this either.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 25, 2019, 05:23:02 AM
7 cool quotes by cool peeps in blogs & sites. Random wisdom edition:
"Frugal people can bring pop stir into solar food"
"Boss ain't no chief"
"Princess Barbie made BBQ at Ken's Bratzday party"
"Choc-latte isn't black - it's fruitful color"
"Garlic, stand back, you're too distinct, brother. You don't overpower the Onion"
"Chew the ears!"
"It's sunny chill zoom"


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 25, 2019, 07:37:26 AM
7 cool quotes by cool peeps in blogs & sites. Random wisdom edition:
"Garlic, stand back, you're too distinct, brother. You don't overpower the Onion"

Whoever wrote that doesn't live in my city. You can never have too much garlic! :-)


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 25, 2019, 07:44:59 AM
(Courtesy Analytical Grammar/Grammar Planet, 24 May 2019)

Why is English so fun? "All the faith he had had had had no effect on the outcome of his life" makes sense .   ;D

Kudos to you RR1 for undergoing the arduous task of learning our crazy language


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 25, 2019, 06:48:27 PM
English is the best language. Difficult to study. Frequently, shopping baskets get gifted to buyers. Baskin Robbins is nice if dull.
Btw, can you tell why English speakers don't use a/an when saying "it's poem [film, book] by American [British...] poet [writer]" or with "the" - "by the American author"? Yet, going to wiki pages, it says usual "An American writer [actress]". Why here a/an isn't used? Doesn't make sense.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 26, 2019, 11:23:35 AM
That happens all the time. "American Joe Schmoe wins the 10k race."
 It's also okay to write, "An American, Joe Schmoe, won the 10k race."
 But the "why" or the "rule" is unknown to me. Sorry.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 26, 2019, 03:51:57 PM
Maybe Buckethead/ smb. else can tell why English speakers do it whilst English grammar strictly says it must be a/an. It's as if English speakers being ignorant about their language grammar. Funny lot.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 13, 2019, 10:32:17 PM
"Beautiful is ugly, thus ugly is ugly". Smb. in the 1920s.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 14, 2019, 10:18:56 AM
New wisdoms' batch by 1920s-living people:
1) "Face the truth through common sense"
2) "People look beautiful in a mirror, without it they look ugly"
3) "Trees and paper can be equally useful"
4) "Today it's to play music, yesterday it's been different music"
5) "Who, who?"
6) "And junior senior"
7) "Do be fruitful each day, don't be fruitless like a fool"
8.) "Sun's bright, eat breakfast"

There's many else. Will edit to include (ETI) few new.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 16, 2019, 04:45:51 PM
Previous been batch with wisdoms by 1920s people. Now by 1930s:

1) "Monkeys hate the trees"
2) "Polly likes to polish her Polish in a polka dot old-fashioned pig costume"
3) "Indian summer can be like summer"
4) "Dear Larry, ..."
5) "Who is this cad? It isn't splendid"
6) "Photographs reminisce them"
7) "Sunshine and tea reflect everything"
8.) "Rivers freeze with grace and drumbeat"
9) "Petticoats can be pretty. Balloons frying in the kitchen. Delicious table and the food"
10) "Be a dear, get the lamp to shine in that bubblegum theatre"


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 16, 2019, 10:25:20 PM
Zzz. Dull stupid politics begin. *facepalm* Why care? Makes ZERO sense.
Hey folks, blah blah blah = politics discussion essence.

Anyhoo, few wisdoms by 1910 people, better & interesting :3d :
1) "Green pastures boil"
2) "Farmers' congregation doesn't deal with beef"
3) "Enjoy the sunlight brightly"
4) "Shadows grin at you and you"
5) "Babies laugh when they say they don't"
6) "Silly cafes make people puke"


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 30, 2019, 05:09:30 PM
Inspiring Internet citations:

1) "Modernization brings good & bad"
2) "Frequencies work"
3) "Make your fabulous day better"
4) "Positivity wins" (special fave, kinda)
5) "Joy and joyfulness"
6) "Walk straight without messing up"
7) "Be groovy when you think you will"
8.) "Reality is reality"
9) "Truth isn't easy but well done"
10) "Spacious places can drive you mad"
11) "Fools live by foolish rules. Wisdom ensues"
12) "You'll get the goodies"
13) "Do you eat healthy? You don't? Do, you may like it"
14) "Cheap prices can be found. It's possible"
15) "Your neighbor isn't important by any means. Ditto co-workers. It's just people you see daily"
16) "Streets can be crossed by using zebra. Look out, still"
17) "Gaining respect isn't that difficult, come to think of it"
18) "Keep jogging"
19) "Keep working out"
20) "Drink a cup of tea each day, it'll be as good as it gets"


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 01, 2019, 02:40:14 AM
Следующие Интернет-фразы:

1) "Умывай апельсины под дождем"
2) "Шезлонг = забудь"
3) "Правила твои и не ваши"
4) "Одень шляпу-пирамиду для бодрости"
5) "Хлеб будет крутым в томатной пасте"
6) "Захвати с дачи 5 яхт"
7) "Чей-то подоконник = ранчо?"
8.) "Дай человеку время цены"
9) "Кусай и щипай сильно ушки-пельмени"
10) "Быстро купи шпроты - пригодятся в компоте"

Suspect these may translate REALLY bizarrely. Aka psychedelic song lyrics.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: JK on July 01, 2019, 03:17:25 AM
Suspect these may translate REALLY bizarrely. Aka psychedelic song lyrics.

They're beautiful, if Google Translate is to be believed. I love #9!  ::)

The following Internet phrases:

1) "Wash oranges in the rain"
2) "Chaise = forget"
3) "Your rules and not yours"
4) "Dress the pyramid hat for vivacity"
5) "Bread will be steep in tomato paste"
6) "Capture 5 Yachts from the Villa"
7) "Someone's windowsill = ranch?"
8.) "Give a person time prices"
9) "Bite and nibble heavily ears-dumplings"
10) "Quickly buy sprats--will be useful in compote"


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 01, 2019, 04:11:16 AM
1-10 = :brow


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Murry the Friendly Ghost ♯♫♩🐇 on July 01, 2019, 09:07:19 AM
Suspect these may translate REALLY bizarrely. Aka psychedelic song lyrics.

They're beautiful, if Google Translate is to be believed. I love #9!  ::)

The following Internet phrases:

1) "Wash oranges in the rain"
2) "Chaise = forget"
3) "Your rules and not yours"
4) "Dress the pyramid hat for vivacity"
5) "Bread will be steep in tomato paste"
6) "Capture 5 Yachts from the Villa"
7) "Someone's windowsill = ranch?"
8.) "Give a person time prices"
9) "Bite and nibble heavily ears-dumplings"
10) "Quickly buy sprats--will be useful in compote"

Sounds like Van Dyke Parks lyrics :lol


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 01, 2019, 11:48:17 PM
^ Yep. :police:


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 04, 2019, 05:21:18 PM
New Internet cools:

1. "Built cubes"
2. "Microsneakers"
3. "Melange dummy"
4. "Derby derby"
5. "Dullards and doll-ers"
6. "Jive chalk lite"
7. "Cheesy-peasy-busy"
8. "Where's fare tally?"
9. "Clown chowder"
10. "Lean teals and lagoons can substitute lentils and legumes very easily"
11. "Dumbo samba rumba"
12. "Up 5 pegs, down 3 pegs"
13. "Polite people can be rarity - just this good creature and somebody else"


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 07, 2019, 11:21:30 PM
Hip stylish Internet citations:

1. "Moon June rhymes well, yet it doesn't"
2. "Drab can be inferior than everything drab"
3. "Is it beautiful with tints of rainb'?"
4. "Don't sit with style - sit with fashion"
5. "True to spitting people enjoy to brush their teeth"
6. "Trivial punky grooves don't mean a thing"
7. "Baby boomers' eyes shine when they proudly declare, "We're baby boomers!""
8. "Many pairs surrounded by qwerty keyboards"
9. "Let that be"
10. "Hm...they're seen. The galaxy"


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 15, 2019, 02:58:48 AM
Today seen real definition re: "xoxo" - it's "kiss with hug" smiley. Till today, read it in Internet replies as laughter, a la Santa, synonym with "hohoho". In Russian "x" read as [h] but tougher, i.e. "xaxaxa" = "hahaha". I read some things in Russian way, still. Used to it (blame it to fact we share few the same-looking letters) thus seeing "xoxo" to this reader = smb. laughs channeling Santa. But...it's smiley sign "kiss with hug". Who knew. ::) Frankly, doesn't make sense.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: JK on July 15, 2019, 03:19:27 AM
Today seen real definition re: "xoxo" - it's "kiss with hug" smiley. Till today, read it in Internet replies as laughter, a la Santa, synonym with "hohoho". In Russian "x" read as [h] but tougher, i.e. "xaxaxa" = "hahaha". I read some things in Russian way, still. Used to it (blame it to fact we share few the same-looking letters) thus seeing "xoxo" to this reader = smb. laughs channeling Santa. But...it's smiley sign "kiss with hug". Who knew. ::) Frankly, doesn't make sense.

Well, you know... the internet is full of nonsense. ;D
I remember seeing "xoxoxoxo" in the liner notes of a long-forgotten mid-'60s album as a way of censoring a swearword--something like "stop playing that xoxoxoxo guitar and let's write some songs!"
I do like the Santa connection though. :lol


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on July 26, 2019, 12:37:14 AM
So sad to read about the temperatures in Europe - over 40C in Paris. Unbelievable!  :-[


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: JK on July 31, 2019, 06:29:06 AM
So sad to read about the temperatures in Europe - over 40C in Paris. Unbelievable!  :-[

It's been unbearably hot here in NL too. Luckily it's cooled off somewhat now. Crazy stuff. ???


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 31, 2019, 07:52:54 AM
Checked FB updates since last visiting it b4 SF trip - site recommended cool culinary group with yummy food pics & instructions. Nice.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 01, 2019, 07:47:29 AM
Will anybody explain what does it mean when smb. in booth shakes the telephone metal box? I'd seen it in few films, f.ex. in "Dial 'M' For Murder". Ray Milland stands in booth listening in the other end to his wife fighting with baddie. Then when she killed baddie, she sees she didn't get phone to its place, it's hanging. She quickly tells to get the police - silence. She says if they hear her, to which Milland shakes telephone box, coin-rattling - THEN he gives voice. What's the trick?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 04, 2019, 05:29:24 AM
Really like the fact I'm usually right but hate when nobody admits it, praises or says sth. nice. Instead, they blame ("My goodness", & I didn't even start the eye rolling business) or keep silence. Like, smb. really hated username changes. What did I do? Written who's who, entire list in Welcome thread few yrs back, including wjcrerar=SaltyMarshmallow. I got thanks. Then they suddenly forgot it (weird), like I shouldn't even waste time typing it (since then deleted) & start welcoming SaltyMarshmallow. If SM didn't come out backing things I stated, would they be skeptical about me telling it's not newbie, it's wjcrerar, would they believe? Nope, they wouldn't of course. Thankfully, wjcrerar/SM showed peeps I been right about everything I say. Get that, folks. Now, people will respect I AND believe things I say *immediately*, yes? :3d

Youtube's funny place right? Hate it big time when commentators repeat previous UNfunny cheesy joke ad infinitum. Do people REALLY chicken out being original, individual & likewise? I DISrespect people like that. People like sheep with collective thinking. Really dumb thing to be. But then, it's THEIR problem.

^ Good points. :3d


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 15, 2019, 07:15:10 AM
Hey since nobody cared about badly injured, wounded, ill, disabled animals who fight, still, miraculously, to live, this clip described "the most disgusting thing I've ever seen" may be sth. you guys into: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DrVAmFw9wgw

Best viewed when you eat full dinner/ breakfast. Enjoy & good vibes.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 06, 2020, 06:33:02 PM
Tell me Nola - what did you mean by weird "C'est moi" or whatever spelling in General Music thread? Speak English pls. :police:


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on February 07, 2020, 12:24:14 AM
It's French, meaning that I gave John the recommendation to give that album a listen.
C'est moi = it's me.

Was just thinking of you and was glad to see that you posted something. Oh well.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: SBonilla on February 07, 2020, 04:16:06 AM
Tell me Nola - what did you mean by weird "C'est moi" or whatever spelling in General Music thread? Speak English pls. :police:

C'est la vie. Eh Rover?

For your convenience: https://translate.google.com/#view=home&op=translate&sl=fr&tl=en



Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 08, 2020, 07:53:23 AM
It's French, meaning that I gave John the recommendation to give that album a listen.
C'est moi = it's me.

Was just thinking of you and was glad to see that you posted something.
Thanks to think of I. Appreciate. :wave
& thanks to answer.

It's fine to see people caring to show they speak lotsa different languages (can't say I envy it...Am fine with *just English*, says I proudly :-D RR takes easy path!) but if everybody speak English here anyway, think it's best to restrict it to English for easy communication around board, no?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: SBonilla on February 08, 2020, 08:24:37 AM
It's French, meaning that I gave John the recommendation to give that album a listen.
C'est moi = it's me.

Was just thinking of you and was glad to see that you posted something.
Thanks to think of I. Appreciate. :wave
& thanks to answer.

It's fine to see people caring to show they speak lotsa different languages (can't say I envy it...Am fine with *just English*, says I proudly :-D RR takes easy path!) but if everybody speak English here anyway, think it's best to restrict it to English for easy communication around board, no?

No! Using a phrase that is commonly understood is fine. If a person does not understand it, let it go, or if you're curious, translate it. I have never had a problem understanding messages here or in other forums. I feel if someone is distressed by the use of foreign phrases, that person might be a tad on the defensive side or insecure. 

I speak only English. Well, let me qualify that. I am just about fluent in beginner level Spanish, a language that most people, when they see me or my surname, expect me to speak. It's taken a lifetime to get to the level that I am. For me, it's a bit shameful only being able to speak one language.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 08, 2020, 08:46:15 AM
What you feel is fine despite disagreeing 200% with it. It's inaccurate assumption - I hate people using different language bits here & there due to these:
- All languages = ugly except English, hate what they sound like.
- If I start saying privet instead of hello thinking "hey, it's super simple greeting word, bet every foreigner knows it's hello", would it make ANY sense WHY I used it when I could easily say...hello? I should tell people "gee guys it ain't rocket science, use google translate for pete's sake"? It doesn't look respectful towards everybody. & too random. Why not write whole phrase/post in English if you can instead of randomly adding foreign language words? Like "Privet guys. I got new breakfast today - konfety with tea. What do you think, it's good to eat? Pishite!".

Re: "shameful" - we'll agree to disagree.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: JK on February 08, 2020, 12:20:53 PM
Am fine with *just English*, says I proudly :-D RR takes easy path!

The easy path, eh? There can't be many here apart from you who can play linguistic games in a language other than their native tongue. You're pretty well in a field of one, RR.

And since you ask..., no, I shan't be reading Three Men in a Boat in Russian! :lol I might consider it if I had the nine lives of your feline friends but not before then!

So yes, contrary to what you think, I have the greatest admiration for your linguistic skills.  ;)


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 28, 2020, 05:02:39 PM
Hm, well, it's nice thing to say. Thanks.

Paging English speakers - is anybody puzzled at weddings priest tells marrying pair "I dub you man & wife"? Shouldn't it be husband & wife?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: pixletwin on May 28, 2020, 05:09:15 PM
.... this clip described "the most disgusting thing I've ever seen" may be sth....


Speak English pls. :police:

Can someone please translate these words that I have put in bold. It doesn't look like English.  >:D :angel:


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 29, 2020, 08:12:49 AM
Paging English speakers - is anybody puzzled at weddings priest tells marrying pair "I dub you man & wife"? Shouldn't it be husband & wife?

I haven’t heard “dub” in a wedding ceremony. But “man and wife” was usually used in weddings up until recent decades when it was decided “husband and wife” was preferable as the culture changed. And for the most part, the bride’s vow no longer says “love, honor AND OBEY.”


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 29, 2020, 08:59:03 AM
But can't you explain why it's *man* & wife? Isn't "husband" logical in that phrase? "Man" paired with "woman", "male" with "female", what's the deal with this "man & wife"? Curious about "why?". Can you tell good explanation that answers question well?
Re: dub - nobody used it, I didn't care about verb, I put focus at "man & wife" bit that's it.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 29, 2020, 05:21:14 PM
But can't you explain why it's *man* & wife? Isn't "husband" logical in that phrase? "Man" paired with "woman", "male" with "female", what's the deal with this "man & wife"? Curious about "why?". Can you tell good explanation that answers question well?
Re: dub - nobody used it, I didn't care about verb, I put focus at "man & wife" bit that's it.

The best I can think of is that a married woman wasn’t seen so much as her own person but as belonging to another. So a man and his wife.
In more recent times came the idea of the man and woman in a marriage being equals, thus husband and wife.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 01, 2020, 02:14:34 PM
You did the best, ta. Begin to see it now.

Seeing "Password" game - which is really catchy TV game - few times been used "plump". Clues people gave to it - "chubby", "fat", "stocky", "beefy". Then, smb. used with ascending intonation, as if the other gamer must continue: "pleasantly...?". I didn't get what "pleasant" got to do with it yet that clue worked! Thus, discovered new phrase - "pleasantly plump".


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 06, 2020, 08:52:50 AM
Hey there, Nola. Anyhoo. Discovered new English phrase "Well heeled". Anybody use it? No, it's archaic? Paging English speakers.  :police:  :wave


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 17, 2020, 05:26:50 AM
Hey there, Nola. Anyhoo. Discovered new English phrase "Well heeled". Anybody use it? No, it's archaic? Paging English speakers.  :police:  :wave
Hm, nobody answered? Hey there peeps.

Which meat bit do you like THE best? Let's discuss, everybody.  :police: I like liver, it's the best meat, don't care about main meat. It's meh. Just cook liver to this human.  :3d Anybody else?


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 19, 2020, 03:48:52 AM
Well? What's this silence? Any English speakers can't answer? & discuss meat, nobody will? What, nobody eats meat & can't discuss fun topic "fave meat bit"? I ask the best questions, after all. :3d


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on June 19, 2020, 06:42:17 PM
Sorry, hadn’t seen this thread. Am dealing with some hopefully minor health issues .

Anyway, “well heeled “ means well off , someone who has a lot of things and money.

Favorite meat? Not liver. My Mother tried to make me eat beef liver a couple of times as a kid. Just had a strange taste . Tried mixing with potatoes but that didn’t work.
Chicken livers are a bit better. I don’t eat them on their own but they are ingredient in Dirty Rice, where rice, ground up chicken livers and other things are mixed together. I eat that every once in a while - it’s very popular here.
Favorite meat? Dunno. Trying to eat less meat. Unfortunately (because it isn’t healthy) my favorite is pork sausage.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 01, 2020, 07:12:02 AM
Thanks, good answers, Liz. It being stated, the question been is it still used nowadays? No, it's archaic phrase? Can you tell? It's important to this not-English speaker to be explained well this CRUCIAL detail. :police:


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: Jay on July 01, 2020, 07:24:32 PM
I love liver. I used to eat it all the time.


Title: Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on July 02, 2020, 08:12:43 PM
Well heeled is an expression that I hear on occasion so yes it’s used nowadays.