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   Gram77 posted on Suggested Reading  Had a list of new books that I was hoping would be at the library but all the books were out I roamed the shelves and picked up a book that caught me right away. It's title is Long Man by Any Greene. It reminds me of the time when the TVA Authority was being talked about and how it was going to affect that part of the country. The first few chapters have grabbed me.
Tuesday at 14:57 EST .

   MeiDei  I read the reviews - all raves - good choice on your part - thx for mentioning.
Yesterday at 04:46 EST .

   StormCnter  I agree that it sounds like a good one, as does Ms. Greene's previous book, "Bloodroot".
15 hours ago .

   Gram77 posted on Movies & Reviews  Oh boy, am I messing up. Think I may need more coffee. : )
August 18 at 12:11 EST .

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   MeiDei  You're fine, missing your breakfast of champions today
; )
August 18 at 14:55 EST .

   Gram77 posted on Main Page The Lobby  Just watched the 5pm news. Lochte and 3 other swimmers may have problems. They were ordered not to leave the country, however, all the boys are already back in the U.S. More and more questions are being asked and there is talk about the robbery being false both on national news and on the internet. I thought something didn't ring right from the very beginning. Lochte has a lawyer and has said Lochte will be available for questioning. Again I say ummmmmmmm.
August 17 at 16:59 EST .

   Gram77 posted on Recipes  I am asking Envirodude for help. I just recently slaved over preparations for beef stew that was in the receipe book for my crock pot. Long story short, it wound up being tossed out. So......given the receipes below I thought maybe you might have a beef stew receipe that could be eaten. Bet you do. : )
August 16 at 15:23 EST .

   Envirodude  Irish Channel Beer and Beef Stew

1 1/2 pounds beef chuck, cut into 1 1/2" cubes

Salt, ground black pepper, and cayenne pepper

5 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided. (I think I would prefer bacon drippings )

1/4 cup all purpose flour

1 medium onion, chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped

1 small bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

3 cups beef stock

1 cup beer, divided

1 cup tomato sauce

1 teaspoon fresh thyme

1/2 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary

4 cups russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

2 cups carrots, chopped into 1/2" pieces

1/4 cup parsley

Cooked rice

1 season beef with salt, black pepper, and cayenne. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large heavy pot over medium high heat. Add beef, sear all sides and remove to a bowl.

2. Make a roux by adding remaining 3 tablespoons oil and flour to pot. Stir constantly over medium heat until deep brown. 4-5 minutes. Remove pot from heat and add onion, celery, and bell pepper. Stir constantly 30 seconds. Return pot to medium heat and stir in garlic, stock, 1/2 cup beer, tomato sauce, thyme, rosemary, and reserved beef and accumulated juices. Bring to a boil then lower to a simmer. Cover and cook for 1 1/2 hours.

3. Taste and add seasoning as desired. Add potatoes and carrots to pot and simmer, covered for another 1/2 hour.

4. Remove cover from pot, stir in remaining 1/2 cup beer and simmer until thickened 10-15 minutes. Taste again for seasoning. Stir in parsley. Serve over hot rice.

Source: "A Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook Recipes from Ignatius J. Reilly's New Orleans"; page 68-69; Cynthia LeJeune Nobles; 2015.

Note: I haven't tried this recipe, so I can't attest to how good it is. But it should be darn good. My tinkering would include: adding your favorite dry steak seasoning to the meat and dropping the parseley (because I am never a fan of it ). I'd probably go with baby carrots and less celery for the same reason (fandom ). Hope this is what you are looking for.

If you try it out, let us know how it goes.
August 17 at 20:46 EST .

   Gram77 posted on Main Page The Lobby  Saw something on MSNBC this morning. I think the reporter was Billy Bush. He had a quick chance to talk Lochte (I think this morning ), this I cannot swear to but the interesting thing was he took Lochte aside near the beach and asked him about the robbery. The reporter's take on the short talk was that he thought Lochte was unusually calm while describing episode. Then the reporter said that some sort of an official approached them and said to Lochte, "Ryan, we talked about this." and immediately took Lochte away. The Olympic officials are saying that this did not happen. Ummmmmm.
August 15 at 10:56 EST .

   StormCnter  There are several media sources saying the cops can't find evidence of the robbery. Here is one from Sports Illustrated. Puzzling.
August 17 at 06:39 EST .

   Gram77  Thanks, Storm. The article you suggested makes perfect sense. Frankly, I'll be glad when the Olympians are back in their respective countries all safe and sound.
August 17 at 10:21 EST .

   Gram77 posted on Main Page The Lobby  Just saw breaking news on Lucianne. Apparently Lochte and 3 other swimmers were robbed at gun point while out celebrating. If in fact this is correct, I have to say I'm surprised that something like this took this long to happen. I've been looking around on the internet but can't find anything concrete. Maybe this will be on the evening news.
August 14 at 16:42 EST .

   Tulsa  Saw article at Drudge this am. Middle column. Link:

Probably also at Fox News.
August 14 at 18:56 EST .

   Fireball27  Said to have been in a taxi that was stopped by people in police uniforms. Had a gun pressed against his forehead. Too bad they didn't try to rob the judo team!
August 15 at 00:45 EST .

   Gram77 posted on Main Page The Lobby  I caught something on the television about an athlete being treated for sickness from the water in Rio. I think a rower but only caught part of it because I was in another room. I've been looking but am not very good at searching for information. Any one heard anything? The only other thing I happened across was on Lucianne where it was reported that lots of the food stands were running out of food due to large crowds. All this stuff is kept quiet but problems are bound to get out.
August 12 at 18:18 EST .

   FlatCityGirl  A Belgian woman who won a 2012 bronze medal has become sick, the first Olympic competitor to fall ill after sailing the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay.

Evi Van Acker reported feeling sick after Wednesday's races, the governing body World Sailing said. Her poor performances have put her at risk of missing out on a medal in the Laser Radial class.

Her coach told the Belgian VRT network he believes Van Acker contracted a severe intestinal infection while training in Rio de Janeiro last month.

August 12 at 18:39 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  CNN Article:
August 12 at 18:41 EST .

   Escaped commieny  FOX
August 12 at 18:46 EST .

   Gram77  Thanks to all who posted this information. It seems that Rio is not willing to accept the growing problem. Who does it think they are kidding as they continue to insist the water is safe? And the burning question from me, why did we award the Olympics to Brazil? It's no secret as to how 3rd world this country is. Excuse my bluster but these are my feelings.
August 13 at 10:36 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Apparently the Green Diving Pool has been shut down while they try to get it back in chemical balance.

I'm still stunned that any Olympian would actually dive into that water.

It's like the nuclear tests in the desert years and years ago that no one thought were harmful until twenty years later 90% of the people present were dead from cancer.

No one can say for sure what's lurking in that water.

Waaaaay too much iffy stuff in Rio.

A day or two ago, there was a story about a couple of referees for one sport or another taking a wrong turn on the way to a venue, and turning in to slum area where they were fired on. The vehicle they were driving was riddled with bullet holes and one of the men was shot in the head. He was expected to live, thank goodness.
August 13 at 11:39 EST .

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   Gram77  It's about 3:15pm and I am watching diving. That pool still has an odd color to it. In our younger days after moving to Florida we took a job for managing a condo building. Hubby was sent to school for training as to how to manage the correct chemical balance for the pool. It's been a long time since those days but he says he thinks there something way more than chemical imbalance wrong.
August 13 at 15:12 EST .

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   Gram77 posted on Main Page The Lobby  What's with our USA men's volley ball teams? Both indoor and beach volley ball guys appear not to be mentally in their games. The gals are doing quite well.
August 10 at 14:17 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  I watched a little bit of women's beach volleyball last night. The first time I watched them a few days ago they were playing nearly nekkid. Last night they were covered up like Eskimos due to the weather.
August 11 at 10:36 EST .

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   Gram77 posted on Main Page The Lobby  Hooray for our gymnastic team!! And Phelps!!
August 10 at 07:33 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  I was breathing easy through gymnastics, but I was holding my breath for Michael Phelps through his swim. I wanted so badly for him to win, and he did!

I wonder if Marta Karolyi will remain active in gymnastics.
August 10 at 10:21 EST .

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   MeiDei  This Marta's last year - the Karolyi's have made a huge difference in our women's gymnastics.
August 10 at 10:28 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Yeah, I know it's her last year to manage the team, but I wonder if she and Bela will keep their hand in the sport in some way. I'm guessing they will. He was hardly mentioned by the commentators, so I looked him up to see if he'd died. He's apparently still living, and is only 73.
August 10 at 10:38 EST .

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   Gram77 posted on Main Page The Lobby  Did Michael Phelps win the butterfly swim last night? I tried to watch but conked out about 10pm.
August 9 at 07:35 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  I went down early last night, too, but this is what I found on line this morning:

From the Baltimore Sun:

Phelps Takes Second In 200-meter Butterfly Semi To Qualify For Tuesday's Final
August 9 at 08:26 EST .

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   MeiDei  The SoAfr swimmer that beat him once b/4 was trying to spook Phelps b/4 the race - it was obvious & annoying - all it got him was 3rd place.
I fell asleep too and had to watch encore to see mens gymnastics- so sad at end when one fell & they lost out for a chance at team medal.
August 9 at 09:23 EST .

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   Gram77  I was concerned about the S. African swimmer.
August 9 at 11:44 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  What do y'all think of "cupping therapy"?
August 9 at 13:02 EST .

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   Gram77  I've heard about this cupping before. Apparently it is a Chinese thing. I wonder if it really solves anything or is just "the latest" in the athletic world?
August 9 at 13:30 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Well, there's a piece up on the main page about it. It's been around 3,000 years.

Earlier I was watching a piece on NBC about it, with Michael Phelps being treated. It looks painful.
August 9 at 18:43 EST .

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