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   Bettijo posted on Faith  I just wrote a long post, complete with Bible verses from 1 John 3, and when I clicked on "Share" and waited a while while the little circle spun in the tab that says "Welcome to theConnection," it vanished. I cannot rewrite all this, but do read 1 John 3 and I think you will come to the same conclusion I did.
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   Bettijo posted on Veterans' Page & Militaria  Wow! There is so much inspiring talent in the world. Take Tim Poe, for example, who made his television debut on “America’s Got Talent.”

Tim is a disabled war veteran who suffered brain damage while serving in Afghanistan – he’s also an amazing singer. And while Tim stutters when he talks, he doesn’t stutter while he sings. How incredible is that?!

Please enjoy Tim performing “If Tomorrow Never Comes” by Garth Brooks – and SHARE this truly incredible video with your friends!
22 hours ago .

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   Bettijo posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  Thou shall not pass

Yesterday at 07:11 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Comments Suggestions  Could we have a special wall for birthday celebrations? Thanks.
Yesterday at 11:07 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Coffee Klatch  Here Are 6 Things You Should NEVER Post On Facebook, Or Other Social Media Sites
Posted by Matt Duncan aka MD / May 20, 2015
In this day and age, privacy is something of a rarity and your beloved social media sites are to blame for much of that. However, there are things people do every day that make situations so much worse. The next time you decide to post something on a social media site such as Facebook, make sure you’re not doing one of these things that places you and your loved ones at risk.
1. The Address of Your Residence and Place of Business
This should be a no-brainer, right? People post this information without a moments thought by ‘checking in’ and geo-tagging photos that reveal your address to anyone who happens to see your photos.
For example, on Instagram you can create your own geo-tags for your images. When you do this, it pulls the location of where you’re located so if your tags point to the same location, it becomes very easy for anyone to find you. Something else that people need to be mindful of is people tagging, or ‘checking in’, when they visit your residence or place of business.
2. Photographs of Children
If there’s one thing you should be extra, extra careful about it’s when it comes to children and social media. When posting photos of children, you should always get permission if they aren’t yours. You should always be cautious about uploading compromising images, including where they go to school.
3. Details About Your Vacation
Telling people you’re on vacation for an extended period time is an invite for criminals to burglarize your home while you’re away. This doesn’t mean you can’t post photos from your trip while you’re on vacation, but any such photos should be limited to a select group of friends rather than posting the photos for everyone on your page.
Furthermore, it’s a very bad idea to post your itinerary online for all to see. What better way to lure a predator and become the prey? (“I’m in Madrid Oct. 10 to 17, Berlin Oct. 17 to 25, and Rome Oct. 25 to 31 before flying back home. Know anyone in those cities who might want to hang out with a new friend?” ).
4. Clues To Account Passwords
Online security questions aren’t the best, especially when they require information that you could easily give away on social networks without really thinking about it. The small town where you grew up, your childhood pet’s name, where you were married, your first boyfriend’s name — these are all specific details your larger social circle doesn’t need to know anyway.
5. Photographs That You Want To Keep Private
It should go without saying that posting nude or compromising photos on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter is a recipe for disaster. Even if you Direct Message or Snapchat them, there’s still a risk when you never really know who you can trust until it’s too late.
Yesterday at 11:04 EST .

   Bettijo  6. Financial Information
Believe it or not, there are people who actually post photos of their credit cards on social media. But less obvious details you might unintentionally give away through Facebook or Twitter conversations: what bank you use and your income range. The smallest details that you think are insignificant can be used to extract other pieces of information from unsuspecting friends, family, and acquaintances until before you know it, you’ve become a victim of identity theft.
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In closing, the best course of action when deciding whether or not you should post something online, ask yourself these questions:
? If I post this, would it bring harm to myself or someone I know?
? If I share this, could it come back and make trouble for me later?
? If I post this, would it have an effect on my employment?
? If I share this, could it result in a run-in with the law?
Anything you post online, is out there forever. Although you delete it, the content you share is never truly gone. If it isn’t something you’d be comfortable with the entire world knowing or seeing then it’s best to err on the side of caution and not post it to any form of digital media.

Yesterday at 11:05 EST .

   Safetydude  Those are all good suggestions, but how do you cure stupid?
People on social media are proud to tell the world everything about themselves.
Yesterday at 18:02 EST .

   Gram77  You said what I was planning and saying.....about curing stupid. It bothers me when I see my grandchildren on Facebook. My daughter-in-law tells me these pictures are only on her site and only certain people can see them. One example of what someone thought was good protection was when Target's customers all had their information stolen. My son told me the day I got my computer that my privacy was gone. So true!!
22 hours ago .

   BirdsNest  We have resisted FB so far, but want to try to put up a page to let locals know about our fresh veggies when they are ready. For now we have a friend that posts for us, she's a bit of a gerbil but she's done good so far.
22 hours ago .

   Bettijo posted on Blessings  Interview with God.
May 22 at 08:05 EST .

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   MeiDei  Just lovely and timely. Thanks for posting - now going to shre.
May 22 at 15:56 EST .

   Bettijo posted on Nostalgia  i qualify as older than dirt....

It feels strange to walk thru an antique store and see all the stuff we used to have and what it is worth today.
'Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?'
'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him.
'All the food was slow.'

'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?'
'It was a place called 'at home,'' I explained!
'Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.'
By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.

But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it :

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, never wore Levis, never set foot on a golf course, never traveled out of the country or had a credit card.

In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears & Roebuck.

Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.

My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer.

I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow )

We didn't have a television in our house until I was 19.

It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a..m. and there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people.

I was 21 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called 'pizza pie.' When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had.

I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.

Pizzas were not delivered to our home But milk was.

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers -- my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to get up at 6AM every morning. On Saturday, he had to collect the
May 19 at 06:14 EST .

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   Bettijo  . On Saturday, he had to collect the 42 cents from his customers. His favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told him to keep the change. His least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren . Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?

MEMORIES from a friend :

My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December ) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it.. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.

How many do you remember?

Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.

Ignition switches on the dashboard.

Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall.

Real ice boxes.

Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.

Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.

Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.

Older Than Dirt Quiz :

Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about. Ratings at the bottom.

1. Blackjack chewing gum
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarettes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside jukeboxes
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
7. Party lines on the telephone
8 Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11.. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels... [if you were fortunate] )
12. Peashooters
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15.S&H green stamps
16. Hi-fi's
17. Metal ice trays with lever
18. Mimeograph paper
19. Blue flashbulb
20. Packards
21. Roller skate keys
22. Cork popguns
23. Drive-ins
24. Studebakers
25. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older
If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 16-25 = You' re older than dirt!

I might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best parts of my life.
May 19 at 06:15 EST .

   Gram77  Sounds like you and I were growing up with all those memories and I have to say, those days were great. The best thing I remember was hide and seek after dark and being safe. These were great times.
May 19 at 18:46 EST .

   Safetydude  I was nine years old and an immigrant, with my family, in 1952 and I'm older than dirt. I remember everyone of those things.
Don't forget the test pattern on all night and the poem "High Flight" as part of the sign-off.
May 19 at 23:25 EST .

   Safetydude  With the reference to God in this poem I doubt it would ever make it on the air these days.
May 20 at 11:17 EST .

   MeiDei  Doctors came to the house. The ER @ local hospital was free for those that walked in requiring stitches [my brother's head from slamming sled into tree], casts [my friends compound fracture from skate getting caught in road tar]; no one went for colds, flu, etc. Coal in stocking otherwise fruit & nuts. Penny candy @ candy store. Wired glass laundry scrub boards. Wicker prams. Yeah, I'm older than dirt.
Monday at 10:52 EST .

   Bettijo posted on Recipes  BJ's Pineapple Cheese Casserole

I have now made this three times, all different. This is definitely the best, and also the easiest. I took it to a neighborhood covered dish yesterday and came home with an empty bowl. As best I could tell, nobody else had a empty bowl to take home. Tomorrow I am going to a covered dish at my church and will be taking this dish again. Here is my revised and revised again recipe.


Cook Time: 30 Minutes-45 Minutes

Servings: 12


1 (20 ounce ) can pineapple chunks, drained
1 (20 ounce ) can crushed pineapple, drained
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
8 oz sharp Cheddar cheese (grate your own to make 2 cups grated. Do not use pre-grated cheese, it does not melt smoothly )
40 buttery round crackers (such as Ritz® ), crushed
1 cup melted butter (2 sticks )

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

2. Butter 8 x 11 casserole dish, set aside.

3. Crush crackers in 1 gallon zip lock bag, add melted butter and 3T pineapple juice, set aside (I just mixed the cracker crumbs and butter in the zip lock bag and avoided dirtying another bowl )

4. Drain the pineapple set aside (reserve 3T juice ).

5. In a large bowl, stir together the 1 cup sugar and 6 T flour.
6. Gradually stir in the cheese
7. Add the drained pineapple
8. Stir until ingredients are well combined.

9. Pour mixture into prepared casserole dish

10. Spread crumb mixture on top of pineapple mixture.

11. Baked uncovered at 350 degrees F for about 30-45 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.

To add some holiday color, add in a well-drained, small jar of maraschino cherries.
May 17 at 18:28 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Coffee Klatch  I am looking for a joke that I thought I read on this site, but after reading two hours of jokes on the Jokes wall, I did not find it. If you know it, would you please post it again. It is about a man who died and went to heaven. St. Peter told him he had to visit Hell also and then decide where he wanted to spend eternity. In Hell he met beautiful people partying and having a great time in a beautiful place. In Heaven people were content just floating around on clouds and not partying. He decided on Hell. When he went back down to Hell, it was a barren waste land, the people were miserable, etc. He asked where the fun place he had visited was and was told that that was during the campaign for his vote, now the election was over and reality had set in. So true; what we see is not what we get. Thanks for reposing.
May 16 at 10:30 EST .

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   Surfhut  Hope you find the joke. Your synopsis of it gave me a good laugh!
May 16 at 10:48 EST .

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   Bettijo  An internet search turned this up:

The senator chooses between heaven and hell
While walking down the street one day, a U.S. senator is, tragically, hit by a truck and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

“Welcome to heaven,” says St. Peter. “Before you settle in, it seems there’s a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.”

“No problem, just let me in,” says the man.

“Well, I’d like to,” says St. Peter, “but I have orders from higher up. What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you’ll be allowed to choose where to spend eternity.”

“Seriously? Then, I’ve made up my mind,” says the senator. “I want to be in heaven.”

“I’m sorry, but I have my orders.”

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him in days gone by.

Everyone is very happy. They’re dressed nicely and having a great time. They run to greet him, shake his hand and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the taxpayers. They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne. Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it’s time to go visit heaven.

Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises. The elevator goes up, and the door reopens on heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.

“Now it’s time to visit heaven.”

So, 24 hours pass with the senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp, singing and worshipping the Almighty God. They have a good time and — before he realizes it — the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.

“Well now, you’ve spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity.”

The senator reflects for a minute, and then he answers: “Well, I would never have said this before … I mean heaven has been delightful … but I think I would be better off in hell.”

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. Now the doors of the elevator open and he’s in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it into black bags as more trash falls from above. The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder.

“I don’t understand,”
May 17 at 17:07 EST .

   Bettijo  stammers the senator. “Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne and danced and had a great time. Now there’s just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?”

The devil looks at him, smiles and says, “Yesterday, I was campaigning. Today you’ve already voted.”
May 17 at 17:08 EST .

   Straitpath  I laughed out loud. Thanks.
May 17 at 20:21 EST .

   BirdsNest  I don't care who you are, that's just plum funny.
May 18 at 22:00 EST .

   Bettijo posted on The Road Automobilia  Electric Car Powered by Salt Water: 920 hp, 373 Miles/Tank

It’s finally here folks and it is LEGIT.

Tesla eat your heart out, the Germans have created an electrical car powered by salt water. It has four electric engines and is FAST with some pretty sweet fuel economy for a sports car. Leave the Bugatti at home and stop by the beach to refuel.

   May 15 at 07:18 EST .

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   Gram77  While shopping today my husband remarked that someone must be rich. I asked what that meant and right next to us was a Tesla. I know nothing about cars but I was able to so how good looking that car was.
May 15 at 17:19 EST .

   Safetydude  'K, when somebody flies a 747 from New York to London, with over four hundred souls on board, motivated by battery, wind or solar power I might, might, mind you, believe that some form of electric motor will replace internal combustion engines powered by the burning of fossil fuel.

Solyndra anyone?
May 15 at 19:27 EST .

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   Balogreene  I live near Reston, VA, the first "planned" community in the U.S. My dentist is there, several restaurants, and some doctors we see. I've noticed recently a lot of parking spots allocated for electric cars only. I've never seen a car in the spaces, But, if I had the ability to plug in at home (I live in a townhouse with no front plug ), and worked there, and electric cars were affordable, I might buy one. I only use my current car to commute.
May 18 at 20:53 EST .

   Safetydude  'K, so you plug in your electric car to re-charge the 'clean power' batteries. Where does that electricity come from?
Unless you live in parts of Sweden that generate electricity from dams or in France that still have nuclear power plants your electricity is mostly generated by burning a fossil fuel; coal, oil or natural gas. Wind and solar ain't gonna' do it.
I refer you to my statement about the 747.

Miss Tina and I live in a retirement community in SW
Florida and own a golf cart, along with three other vehicles(one of which might get btwn 9 and 11 MPG on a good day )not to save the world, just because it's convenient. It's a lot easier to take the cart than it is to drive a car to visit friends in the community.
I think the most salient point in your post is ..."and electric cars were affordable"...

Quote Gram77's hubby..."someone must be rich"...
May 18 at 23:23 EST .

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