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   Linder posted on Nostalgia  Remember when a McDonald's hamburger cost $.25 and fries were a dime. Well, I had Gramps go thro the drive-thro today for a med. bag of fries and the cost was $1.92. I'm still in shock. What in the world will a bag of fries cost when the Democrats get the minimum wage raised to $17.00?
Yesterday at 20:05 EST .

   Wrightwinger  The decimal point has shifted one place to the right... And maybe doubled as well. Everything except retirement income and bank interest. Go to Wendy's, or McDonald's and a couple of burgers, fries, and two large drinks will probably set you back 15 bucks. Remember " Change back from your dollar?" And Clara Peller saying "Where's the beef?" And let's don't talk about the Grocery Store!!!
21 hours ago .

   Safetydude  Well, the problem is that you don't realize how good our economy is under BHO. You aren't paying attention to his speeches. And by the way, inflation is at zero percent, never mind the cost of bread, milk, heat, gasoline, electricity, etc.

I don't think anyone under the age of 60 or 70 have any idea of how much the cost of living has risen in the last twenty years.
18 hours ago .

   Ole buzzard  Dude, I remember only 18 years ago buying cigarettes for less than $1.00 per pack. I don't smoke anymore, but what are they now? I remember buying "top shelf" beer for $2.00 for a six pack. Now I'm paying $8.99!!!!
15 hours ago .

   Linder posted on Coffee Klatch  My 101 yr old mother voted her absentee ballot today. When I took the absentee request form to her to sign last week I asked some questions about her voting history because I wanted be sure she was capable of voting... and I ended up being taken to school by her again. She said she had never voted until she married my dad and she voted for Alf Landon in the presidential election. I was pleased that she remembered but I didn't think she could have voted for him because I didn't think they were married in 1932. Came home and looked at their marriage license and sure enough that date was 1934. Was feeling sad that she hadn't gotten it right as I put away her box of papers...and then the light came on....FDR defeated Hoover in '32 and ran against Landon in '36 and so she had remembered correctly. I'm satisfied that she was mentally aware to cast her vote today. She wanted to know who was running and I told her Gov. Branstad..."Oh, yes, I've met him many times," she said, and that is true. I told her about Joni Ernst running for the Senate. Mother was elected many times as mayor of our hometown and is pro-woman ... along with the fact that Mother's mother's maiden name was Ernst made her an eager Joni fan. So, I had a very satisfying day with her.
October 4 at 20:09 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I've been following that race with Joni Ernst. I hope she wins. She would be such a breath of fresh air in Washington.
October 5 at 10:03 EST .

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   StormCnter  Impressive story, Linder. I congratulate you for your careful thoughtfulness and I congratulate your mother for keeping her long life productive and her mind and memories accurate.
October 6 at 07:10 EST .

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   NotaBene  Linder you are blessed with your 101 yr old mother. My mother is 93 and also is very lucid and has a great memory. It is so nice to have talks with her, I enjoy every minute of our conversations.
October 6 at 11:31 EST .

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   Linder posted on Coffee Klatch  Call me petty, superficial, whatever....I've seen John Kerry speaking on TV twice this morning and I question how I am suppose to take this man seriously. His face is so bloated from (I presume ) botox that he looks silly. I think he was trying to convince us that we are not at war ... a notion as ridiculous as his cosmetics.
September 12 at 13:36 EST .

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   MeiDei  Sometimes being observant & voicing your observations causes one to utter "the truth hurts".... nothing wrong with your eyesight. He is loyal ... haven't figured out just where that loyalty lies.
September 12 at 21:49 EST .

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   Gerty  News flash: John Kerry has ALWAYS had questionable looks from the get-go.
But his looks are the least of his problems; it's his political career over the years that I find most odious!
September 13 at 05:12 EST .

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   Straitpath  Saw him in person on a plane. While I loathe him, in person he was very impressive. Tall, well built with an attractive air of authority.
September 13 at 22:52 EST .

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   Linder posted on Coffee Klatch  Oh, no! I've just been negatively labeled by none other than Mylie one of those short hair ladies.
August 26 at 10:37 EST .

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   Gram77  I only ask what a short haired lady is because Mylie Cyrus said it. P.S. I don't care for her.
August 26 at 13:49 EST .

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   Linder  I happened to glance up and see her on TV...noticed how uncultivated her speaking voice is and then heard her make the remark about the short hair ladies. I assume she was saying she knows older women don't approve of her and she doesn't care. We H.S. classmates all turned 70 this year and can't wait for our next lunch meeting to refer them as short hair ladies.
August 26 at 17:37 EST .

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   Linder posted on Nostalgia  Who says you can't go back? While setting out the under-the-eave and porch plants into the rain I got a bit damp. Came in to change clothes and spotted the big umbrella. It's been at least 60 years since I purposely walked barefoot in running rain water in the open ditches. Now the ditches are paved gutters, wore my rubber garden shoes and back then there were no umbrellas at our still felt good and familiar.
August 15 at 10:35 EST .

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   StormCnter  I loved to hear about your wading in the rainwater. What fun that used to be and apparently, it still is!
August 15 at 13:59 EST .

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   Surfhut  Linder, you brought back a beautiful memory. I lived in SoCal when my son was born. Traveled to OKC often so he would know and love his family here.

My parents lived next door to my sister and her family. One August afternoon, thunderstorms erupted. I held my dear toddler in my arms and raced through the downpour across the adjoining yards from my parents' to my sisters'.

My parents watched us make that run and it made them laugh out loud. It never ceases to amaze me how profound such simple things are.
August 15 at 20:27 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Reminds me of sitting on our covered front porch watching the rain pour off our metal roof, our 8 year old grandson was with us and he thought that was the neatest thing . . . Simple Pleasures, aren't they Grand!!!
August 15 at 22:05 EST .

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   MeiDei  Back when I was about to undergo chemo a friend sent me a powerpoint presentation or a video(not youtube ) entitled: Dancing in the Rain - inspirational; nothing is so important that you can't take the time to relive fond memories and pass them along. Sometimes a puddle is there to be stepped in, just because.
August 16 at 00:09 EST .

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   Linder posted on Blessings  We are being blessed with the most wonderful gentle rain in southern Iowa. Our lawn was stressed and other rains these past days along with today's is bringing it back.
August 7 at 12:29 EST .

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   Linder posted on Recipes  Braised Red Potatoes with Lemon and Chives
1 1/2 lbs baby red potatoes
2 cups water
3 tbsp. unsalted butter
3 garlic cloves, peeled
3 sprigs fresh thyme
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 tbsp. minced fresh chives

1. Arrange potatoes cut side down in single layer, in 12-in. nonstick skillet. Add water, butter, garlic, thyme, and salt and bring to simmer over med.high heat. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook until potatoes are just tender, about 15 min.
2. Remove lid and use slotted spoon to transfer garlic to a cutting board; discard thyme. Increase heat to med-high and vigorously simmer, swirling pan occasionally, until water evaporates and butter starts to sizzle, 15 to 20 minutes. When cool enough to handle, mince garlic to paste. Transfer paste to bowl and stir in lemon juice and pepper.
3. Continue to cook potatoes, swirling pan frequently, until butter browns and cut sides of potatoes turn spotty brown, 4 to 6 min. longer. Turn off heat, add garlic mixture and chives and toss to coat.
August 6 at 20:02 EST .

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   Linder  Oops, the potatoes are to be halved and some of mine were large enough that they needed to be quartered. Made this for our supper along with BLTs. I let the potatoes get very brown and crusty. Potatoes, tomatoes, thyme and chives from the garden made it fun and tasty. Saw it on Cook's Country in the middle of the night recently. Will do it again.
August 6 at 20:12 EST .

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   Linder posted on Pet Peeves  When did all makes of cars begin looking alike? I have to look at the logo on the grill to tell the difference.
July 28 at 10:21 EST .

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   Rake King  That's called "Design Pirating", when one design seems to catch on, others copy it, with only some minor changes, and then stick their grill on it. It's like Hollywood/T.V. copying and "remaking" stories....cause only a few can write anything new these days...that don't have vampires, hobits, or some weird characters.
July 28 at 11:03 EST .

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   MeiDei  I like Hobbits.
July 29 at 20:52 EST .

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   Safetydude  Frodo Lives !
July 29 at 21:01 EST .

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   MeiDei  Liked the elves Legolas and Haldir too. : )
July 30 at 12:32 EST .

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   MeiDei  Orlando Bloom as Legolas vs Justin Beiber -just for kicks
via Ace of Spades
August 1 at 21:58 EST .

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   Safetydude  I want to respond to 'Linder' and the cookie-cutter cars.

I think it goes back to the 1986 Audi 5000. The first of the 'grape' shaped cars. Then it was all about aerodynamics and it went to he*l after that.

I'm proud to drive my '99 GMC 2500 Sierra. $100.00 per tankful, 500 miles per fill-up, at 75+MPH in complete comfort with or witout flat towing my Jeep Wrangler.
Aerodynamically, it's like pushing a large shoe box through the air.
When I blow past a "Prius" or a battery car I laugh out loud.
August 4 at 19:19 EST .

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   Linder posted on Coffee Klatch  I take pride in keeping up with the news but am finding myself being overwhelmed with scandals, revelations, investigations, news alerts, etc. etc.... I may be becoming desensitized. Is this part of the Obama strategy?
July 23 at 08:07 EST .

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   MeiDei  yes.
July 23 at 13:31 EST .

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   Bettijo  Neither scandal, nor crisis, nor disaster, (foreign or domestic ), stays this president from taking his recreation, vacations, and fund raising.
July 26 at 08:08 EST .

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   Linder posted on Main Page The Lobby  I have never been a huge Texas Governor Perry fan but I hope everyone was watching the program with Hannity tonight. I've just been smacked in the face with a whole bunch of common sense.
July 10 at 22:24 EST .

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   NotaBene  Governor Perry was my choice as a President. I was sorry that in the debate he looked so spaced out. I learned later that he had back surgery days before and was taking pain killers. He is a wonderful man that love this country. If he runs again he will be my favorite. We need somebody like him to get this country back.

And Linder, you are right, he is a common sense man. I understand what he says and I agree with him in every way.
July 11 at 01:20 EST .

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