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   Balogreene posted on Sports  Cubs lost, it was only 64, and it's been a long few days. But, we spent today at Wrigley, that made it perfect.
   Yesterday at 22:38 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Pet Peeves  Bicycles. I know, bicycles are allowed on the road, and a lot of people love to ride their bikes.
Every day, I drive Rt 123 in Northern VA from Rt 1 to Fairfax County Parkway. The entire 12 miles has a bike path, it is also 55 mph. Every day someone insists on riding on the shoulder, toward the left (the traffic ). Fairfax County Parkway and Braddock Road do not have bike paths the whole way. Nor do they have shoulders, they have curbs.
People insist on riding into the traffic lane. The lowest speed limit is 45. People have to slow down, then try to pull left so they don't hit the bike.
Bike riders will tell me it is legal and I am being selfish. I am telling them, I might kill them, and it will be my fault. I hate being in that position.
   September 10 at 22:28 EST .

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   Gerty  Couldn't agree with you more!

How could something so dangerous to everyone concerned be legal? There is no equal basis for cars and bicycles to be occupying the same venue. Cars belong on streets; bicycles do not!!

I sometimes wonder if the bicycle rider is mentally wearing a sign: Hit me if you dare!!!
September 10 at 23:20 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Main Page The Lobby  I am working from home tomorrow (11 September 2014 ). They are repaving my street Friday. 400 cars will have to park on less than a mile of road, that is already 1/2 full (we are only allowed two cars on the street, if you have mom, dad, and a kid in a there bedroom townhouse... ).
I said something to a former Ranger I work with, like it's not because of 9/11. He said he also was working from home, and it was because it was 9/11. His contacts told him there is a lot of chatter out there. He isn't taking any chances. We are in Northern Virginia, a couple of miles from Fort Belvoir, not far from Quantico, near to DC. He says they can hit anywhere in the country, and will hit soft-targets. He also said the things that scare him are the chatter, the events in the world today, and the absolute weakness of Obama.
September 10 at 21:52 EST .

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   Safetydude  With all respect to your former Ranger colleague.
Who are his contact's and if they are aware of 'chatter' how did they get that information?
If the sourse is sensitive should they be passing that information on to a 'former' Ranger, which to me sounds like a compromise of COMSEC.
And should he, in turn, be passing that information on?
Did he give you a warning about something?
September 10 at 23:12 EST .

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   Gerty  Mr. Dude--I'm one of the people who clicked on 'like' for your comment. But, you just gotta cut some slack to people like me who are just plain 'scared' about the implications of this sad anniversary.
On that dreaded day, I lived about 20 miles from the Towers. I will NEVER forget the horror or the lingering knowledge that those beasts will strike again!!

It's just a matter of time.
September 11 at 08:37 EST .

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   Bettijo  I am retired so will not be going to work today. But, I worry about my daughter in downtown Chicago. Wish she would stay home today. My grand daughters go to a small private school, so they should be ok, but I worry about the large public schools. There is nothing those evil doers will not stoop to.
September 11 at 08:54 EST .

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   Linder  Gerty, How utterly frightening that must have been to live so close to the Towers that day.
September 11 at 10:13 EST .

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   Belwhatter  Dear Gerty, Memories resurface on this day - we all recall that day, that TV footage of the planes impacting the towers etc. Two friends of mine had close-call stories,one in particular was visiting NJ for a high school reunion and was meeting an old schoolfriend for coffee that day - that friend would normally have been at work in one of the towers and was fortunate to survive because of that friendly invitation. It is now 6pm west coast time and so far no tragedies - but be alert and keep God's umbrella raised over you.
September 11 at 21:03 EST .

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   Balogreene  Mr. Dude, my coworker and his friends said no more than what has been on the news in the DC area. Believe me, I hear about "chatter" all the time. It could be good, it could be bad. My coworker wasn't given confidential info from friends, he was putting together news stories in a way I wasn't thinking of.
September 12 at 23:05 EST .

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   Safetydude  I meant no disrespect to you or your coworker, Balo.

My concern was; if there was information out there that came from a 'secure' source maybe it should remain secure 'till it became 'official' information.(Not that I have all that much faith in official information, these days ).

Believe me, if I could plumb any source that would give me a heads-up about a threat to us citizens I would jump on it with both feet.
September 13 at 17:37 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Sports  My mom's best and oldest friend, my "Aunt" Ruth died about a month ago. I was able to get inexpensive tickets from Northern VA to Chicago, and my sister is willing to put us up, and go to the memorial service in Rockford. I can't wait, over thirty years since I've been in my hometown. But, my sister and I are going to a Cubs game. One more chance to go to Wrigley. I am so excited, and thanking my Aunt Ruth constantly.
September 4 at 23:33 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I've said it before and I'll say it again: There is no finer venue in all of Major League Baseball than Wrigley Field. May it forever be the Cubs' home.
September 11 at 10:32 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Recipes  Iced Iberian (from my mom's OLD recipes )
Ingredients
1 ripe medium tomato, chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and cut in half
1 Kirby cucumber, peeled and thickly sliced
2 scallion bulbs with just a touch of the green
1 cup tomato juice
Juice of ½ large lemon
2 dashes hot pepper sauce
Directions
Blend to a fine puree. Adjust seasoning
Top off with tomato juice to make 2 1/2 cups and whirl briefly.
Serve
I used V-8, cause it was what I had in the house, I added a couple of stalks of celery, and switched worcestershire for the hot sauce. (Mom wouldn't have liked it with the hot sauce. )
My motivation for this, it can be used as a gazpacho, or, for a Bloody Mary. Mom's been going on about wanting a bloody mary for a couple of weeks. I don't understand watering down perfectly good tomato or V-8 with vodka and ice. Mom agreed, this left a lot of tomato taste. I will add hot sauce to mine from now on, whether it's a soup, or a drink.
August 31 at 00:41 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  This looks very nice!
September 2 at 21:12 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Jokes  Mr. Dude, that one about the fonts got loud guffaws from my tech writing team, thanks.
August 30 at 11:19 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Main Page The Lobby  Re-watching one of my favorite shows, John Adams, originally on HBO, I watch it on DVD or Amazon Prime. Abigail and John are walking their land, and she says do you realize we've been married 14 years and it's not half that time we've had the joy of being together. Then, they show a scene with the couple in bed. in 1777 Abigail asks where he is going, she knows he is not staying. He is going to Paris. For once Abigail resists before she relents.

On the Main page they were talking about Nancy Pelosi's bizarre comments on women's suffrage. Many Main Page commenters thought women had nothing to do with our battle for independence. John Adams gave his all for this country. Abigail gave more. She is a role model for all Americans, but maybe especially for us women. How to support our nation, no matter the cost to ourselves.
August 29 at 23:36 EST .

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   Belwhatter  Your comments on the John Adams story reminded me of the achievements of the leaders at that time - knowledge of the classics, the Bible and the law, the privations they endured without our so called modern conveniences, the harrowing surgery their daughter underwent for breast cancer, John's sense of duty and Abigail's incredible patience and good counsel. I wonder if we will ever be so blessed again to have men and women of such caliber.
September 1 at 15:45 EST .

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   Straitpath  Belwhatter, I am surrounded by such people, men and women, who could rise to these circumstances given the need.
September 1 at 17:22 EST .

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   ScarletPimpernel  I loved this HBO series. Abigail Adams was a gutsy woman. I remember the scene where she had her children vaccinated from smallpox. This was very brave of her, since it was very new. Nancy Pelosi and her ilk do not hold a candle to Abigail.

I also enjoyed the scene in Holland, when John Adams went to the Dutch to ask for a loan to build fleet, I believe. He was coughing and when asked if he was well, he said the weather there was "insalubrious". One of the Dutch officials asked his colleague in Dutch, "Bad weather for a loan"? Adams didn't get the loan…this time. But I loved this scene; it was a contrast to the silliness and frivolity of the French Court.
September 2 at 18:10 EST .

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   Belwhatter  Straitpath - that is heartwarming to hear. The spirit is not dead in many hearts - would that we could start over and toss aside all the unconstitutional legislating that has been foisted on us.
September 3 at 01:03 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Sports  Nuff said.
   August 29 at 12:30 EST .

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   Balogreene  this showed up on my FaceBook, it was posted by a Packers fan to a Bears fan.
August 29 at 12:32 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  And I'm stealing it for that very reason!
September 11 at 09:41 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Sports  Daniel Snyder, owner of our hometown team the Redskins, wants to build a new stadium because FedEx field is 17 years old! I would so love to remind him of the Nice Little Place on the North Side (Wrigley Field ) that is 100 years old this year, and the best place in the world to watch baseball.
August 29 at 12:29 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  The politicians are going to tell Snyder, "No stadium unless you change the name"...Snyder will agree to the trade. I believe this is Snyder's plan.
August 30 at 20:25 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Pet Peeves  Since moving to our new office 6 June, today we had our second luncheon. The first was from a barbecue place. I ate coleslaw and watermelon. Todays was "mexican". As a restaurant employee was laying out the food, someone aked what restaurant. She named it, and it just popped out, "I hate that place" Everyone wanted to know why. I said everything they serve has meat. I actually like taco meat, but, i refuse to eat there when their cheese enchiladas are covered in meat sauce. I cannot bring an actual vegetarian to that restaurant.
At some point, i ran into the lady who arranged it, and thanked her. She said it was really good wasn't it? i said no. i don't eat meat.she said there was rice, beans and the taco toppings of lettuce tomato and cheese.That is what I had, rice, tomato, cheese, and lettuce.
Why do people think that is alright? I get the leavings, everyone else has a meal.
August 28 at 22:34 EST .

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   Gram77  For goodness sake, can't this bunch take turns as to where someone likes to eat? I think it's called consideration, but that's just me.
August 30 at 11:06 EST .

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   Balogreene  I usually bring my own in, a salad or a soup, just in case. One of our guys doesn't eat pork, and at the barbecue he was late in the line and had to scrape together chicken and beef, seems not many liked the pork that day.
August 30 at 11:24 EST .

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   BirdsNest  It's time to corner the person responsible for setting up these luncheons and request at least one vegetarian dish be served and maybe even go as far as to offer suggestions as to what caterers to try. As part of the "team" you also deserve to be able to enjoy the meal and should not have to bring your own.
August 31 at 08:20 EST .

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   StormCnter  I agree, Birdie. I have two vegetarian granddaughters in a very large, meat-eating family. When they are here, it's not that hard to put together a few dishes they can enjoy. Even a plate of prettily-arranged fresh veggies can help. Just a word to the planner or the caterer should do it.
August 31 at 11:48 EST .

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