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   Flaming Sword  I used to have a friend who who'd come up with interesting conservative political points , and he'd say he was just "thinking off" and we'd both laugh. Well, I was just doing the same. Obamacare. Wants people to just die and go away. . Yada-yada. But only left wing lunatic fools are ignorant and uninformed enough to sign up for it. I just realized , until it's compulsory for conservatives too,I can't find a downside .
February 15 at 14:04 EST .

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   Surfhut  Balogreene's post below reminded me of the first time Magdalene and I met in person. She and I became friends here on The Connection. Soon after moving from SoCal to OKC, we arranged to meet in person for lunch. My family freaked out that I would do something so "irresponsible" and "dangerous." What if it's a cyberstalker? An axe murderer? Where are you meeting? Should one of the men in the family follow to make sure you are safe? I've encouraged them to become Ldotters, to no avail. So, I refused to tell them when and where Mags and I were meeting. To recognize each other at the restaurant, Mags said she would be wearing a big floppy hat and I would be wearing a Berkeley t-shirt. Behold, I give you me and the axe-murderer.
   February 14 at 08:22 EST .

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   Jerseytomato  Two wonderful L-Dotters!
February 14 at 09:15 EST .

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   MeiDei  Love it! Give Mags our regards & prayers for continued blessings.
February 14 at 13:00 EST .

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   Phooey  However, Surfie is not foolish. She sleeps with a .38 S/W under her pillow.
Yes, love to Mags.
February 14 at 17:04 EST .

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   Magdalene  Thank you, it's been a while since I checked in so imagine my surprise to see my face string back at me! Of course, I don't look like that now, my hair is about 1/2" long now. Going through radiation at the moment, estimated finish day March 2.
February 15 at 01:09 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Surfie I remember that picture when you first posted it, so much joy emanating from it. Thanks for re-posting. Mags- It is great that you have posted to let us know about your situation so we can ramp up the prayers for you. There are a lot of good people here. People that you can rely on and feel comfortable with.
February 15 at 07:44 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Beauty just shines through...
February 15 at 07:52 EST .

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   Gerty  I remember it well! Good to see you both again!
February 15 at 19:45 EST .

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   Balogreene  So Mag, we might be able to meet after all. You just keep getting better!
February 23 at 22:33 EST .

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   BirdsNest  http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/why-milliona
ire-pitcher-daniel-norris-lives-in-a-van


He's pretty grounded I would say. Love the van!
February 12 at 10:27 EST .

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   Balogreene  Surf, and other Oklahomans, I'm going to be in Broken Arrow (Tulsa ) from 25 April to 2 May. We are definitely going to the OKC Bombing Memorial one day, but, maybe we can meet?
February 12 at 00:08 EST .

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   Surfhut  We absolutely must get together when you are in OKC! Do you have an OKC bucket list? The Memorial is hallowed ground, even more moving when you are walked through it by a local. Do you have an OKC bucket list? There are many wonderful things to do in this city. It is so much fun meeting fellow Ldotters in person! (You do know you'll be here during tornado season?! ) We should email each other over the weekend. Can't wait!
February 12 at 20:22 EST .

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   Balogreene  The OKC Memorial is an absolute must! My sister (in Broken Arrow, and a Lucianne member ) is my tour guide, but she insists on an architectural tour of OKC, and more. We are also going to the Cherokee Heritage Museum, the Prairie something to see the Buffalo, I don't know, I have a week, but, we will be in OKC. We will get together. I know there are also good restaurants in OKC.
February 12 at 21:06 EST .

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   BirdsNest  You both will have such fun!! Remember, pictures.
February 13 at 08:24 EST .

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   Balogreene  I hear there is a Spanish/Tapas Restaurant on the Canal Walk. And my sister, who usually lurks here, wants to meet Surf too. Fun, fun, fun.
February 13 at 12:06 EST .

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   Linder  Great fun and we'll expect to be kept posted on it.
February 13 at 19:24 EST .

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   Surfhut  The tapas bar is Bolero, in a part of downtown known as Bricktown. Tons of great things to do and see downtown. Architectural tour probably includes the Overholser Mansion. Beautiful, historic neighborhood. Hope you put the Cowboy Hall of Fame (now called the Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum ) on the list.

I'm house hunting and hope to be moved into an historic neighborhood closer to downtown by the time of your visit. I haven't talked with Magdalene recently but will call her this weekend. She has chemo behind her and, hopefully, will feel well enough to join us. Mags is one awesome, intelligent, interesting, FUNNY woman! Fun will be had by all!
February 14 at 07:34 EST .

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   Magdalene  Count me in! Can't wait to meet you! (& get Surfie hugs! )
February 15 at 01:06 EST .

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   BirdsNest  This is the start of something good!!
February 15 at 07:45 EST .

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   Safetydude  Ok, lets be honest.
Have you, anyone in your family, a co-worker or friend bought car insurance after watching a "Progressive", "The General" or "Liberty" commercial?
February 9 at 22:11 EST .

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   Gram77  NO!!!!!
February 10 at 09:28 EST .

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   Balogreene  I must admit, when looking for new insurance, I looked at Progressive. Not only did I not want to give its founder any money, e-surance was cheaper. Then, when they raised my rates, and explained it as not really raising my rates, I went through AAA.
February 10 at 21:02 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I don't know about car insurance with Liberty, we use USAA Military connection but when DH got hurt on the job they put us with Liberty Mutual for worker's comp and they have treated us like gold, best surgeon and all sorts of perks for script and equipment. We had Nationwide for over 35 yrs when we moved from Ocala to here, they doubled our cost because we are within 25 miles of Orlando, then after the '04 hurricanes, 1st claim after 3 homes, 9 apt units in NY, no claims, they dropped us because we needed a new roof. Nationwide is On Their Side, pfffft They are all thieves.
February 11 at 14:42 EST .

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   Balogreene  EC From what I hear, USAA is the best. But, you have to be a veteran, or a child of a veteran who had USAA. Wish my dad had gone with it as his brothers-in-law advised.
February 11 at 23:29 EST .

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   MeiDei  I have USAA auto for 44 years, won't change! You deal with real people not a recorded message & they're southern charm.
February 14 at 13:06 EST .

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   MeiDei  I love Maxine, how about you? Click to make bigger/readable.
   February 2 at 19:24 EST .

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   Safetydude  RIP Rod McKuen, the 'Poet Laureate' for us members of the 'raging hormones brigade' of the 60's and 70's..."Love is a sweet thing caught a moment and held in a golden eye".

I don't know what it means, either, but I do know that a few lines from "Listen to the Warm" was almost a guarantee to, to...a home run.

In the sixties a friend of mine in St. Paul had an overnight radio program where you could make requests via Western Union(remember that )telegrams and on Saturday 'nites all he got was requests for(as he called him )Rod McCutsie's spoken 'songs'.

Maybe this should be on the Nostalgia Wall ?
   January 30 at 23:35 EST .

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   Surfhut  Thank you for posting here in the Klatch. I came of age in the late 60's. RIP, Rod. A beautiful scene is playing in my heart of Rod McKuen, Robert Frost, and Rudyard Kipling enjoying each others' company in Heaven.
January 31 at 09:04 EST .

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   Balogreene  I too came of age in the late 60's. My favorite Rod McKuen quote is the best thing to do when one has a cold is "go to bed with a good book, or a friend who read one". RIP Rod.
February 2 at 07:00 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  Balogreene, Laughing out loud remembering that quote. If I only had a nickle for every guy who tried to use that one on me.
February 2 at 18:10 EST .

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   Safetydude  Oooooh? Is there a story behind that post, Miss Sword?
February 2 at 19:17 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  Not a chance. Just remembering how many young men became self-proclaimed well read scholars immediately after McKuen made that statement. But I have a dry wit, and usually had a great comeback :- )
February 4 at 20:32 EST .

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   MeiDei  We're getting lots of winter storm warnings about an important blizzard heading our way. What is strange is the forecasters seem to be speaking to those under 35 - as it being the worst that anyone can remember except in the early 2000's. It makes one feel a bit odd (or old ) that so few seem to remember the blizzards of Jan/Feb. 1978 where 2-3'+ of snow fell and crippled the northeast & mid-west. I remember blizzards of similar snowfall during the mid 50's ... they seem to occur in 10 - 20 year cycles. Oh well, time to check batteries, candles, extra blankets & other necessities with the hope we don't lose power for more than a few hours.
January 25 at 17:08 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  MeiDei, having grown up in Northern Illinois, I survived the blizzard of '67, where 27" of snow fell in less than 24 hours. Chicago was paralyzed, largely because the Chicago Transit Authority had a fleet of busses they didn't winterize (they were not intended to be turned off except when in the shop for maintenance ). Consequently, when the streets became impassable and the busses were running out of fuel, the drivers were instructed to cut the radiator hoses to drain the water from the engines to keep them from freezing and further damaging the engines. And because of all the stalled busses clogging the streets, the snow plows couldn't get through. Out on the farm, though, we didn't have those problems. We had our little crawler tractor to plow our driveway, and we made a few extra bucks pulling those who didn't have the good sense to stay off the roads out of the ditches. We even pulled one guy out three times in the space of less than half a mile.
January 25 at 21:02 EST .

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   MeiDei  I remember that storm well, I was visiting in Indiana at the time & had to call my office in MA to let them know O'Hare was closed; fortunately my hosts were kind enough to let me extend my stay instead of being stranded in Chicago.
January 26 at 01:19 EST .

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   BirdsNest  We were in Michigan when we had an overnight storm that dumped snow up to my waist. Went to bed around midnight, by early morning we had to really work to push open the door to the outside. We were living in a basement apt then, and the snow was up to the windshields that morning. Hagar was working with a company doing work at Dow Chemical. They got a "heads-up" the previous day to keep all key personnel on station for the overnight hours. He called me and I had to make a special trip to the store to get enough food for 3 days. I "poo-pooed" the whole thing, we had been getting warnings all winter for deep snow and would end up with dustings. The grocery store was not a mad house and I told the clerk that the report I got was deep snow, all around me laughed. Sure enough, we were snowed in for 3 days, the road to our apt was finally plowed and we could get out.
January 26 at 08:15 EST .

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   Safetydude  It's the continued 'wozzification' of our country.
Once upon a time snow fell and blizzards happned and it was what we expected in the winter.
Now the weather is political and caused by 'man-made climate change'. You better stop driving your SUV's 'cuz you're causing blizzards.

How about the TV weather-guesser that got frost bite from standing out in sub-freezing weather just to tell us that it was cold outside.
January 26 at 23:27 EST .

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   MeiDei  Your last comment Safety made me laugh. I check the weather in winter the old-fashioned way: look out window {if I can't it's too *&$ cold] check rhod bush - if leaves look like pencils it's below freezing = stay inside and warm.
January 27 at 13:35 EST .

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   Safetydude  When I was in the AF we had weathermen, ie: meteorologists.
They were all called 'Stormy' and referred to as the weather guessers.
At the morning brief the Met guy was introduced as; 'here's Stormy with his best guess'.
January 27 at 22:05 EST .

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   Gram77  Yet another tragic story. We live only 2 blocks in off Route 41 (Bradenton, FL ) and hear sirens often. Yesterday morning around 10AM there were lots of sirens and shortly after 3 helicopters were hovering over 41. The story was on the 6PM news. 2 young girls exited a city busy, immediately crossed in front of the bus and attempted to run across the street. Several cars bumped into each other attempting to miss them but the car at the point of their crossing hit them both. One was dead at the scene and the other was Bay Flighted to Tampa. The really sad thing about this is directly behind the bus was a traffic light and a cross walk. Will these people never learn?
January 22 at 14:48 EST .

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   Gram77  not city busy........city bus......
January 22 at 14:49 EST .

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   MeiDei  Young girls who hadn't learned the difference between exiting a city bus and a school bus - a learned habit (false sense of security ) from childhood maybe?
January 22 at 15:02 EST .

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   Gram77  According to the report and the picture of one of these girls, they were absolutely not youngr school girls. The police think they may have been trying to catch another bus on the other side of the street going the other way.
January 22 at 16:54 EST .

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   MeiDei  Gram, anyone under 25 is young to me [laughing] - but their age isn't the problem it was the lack of foresight regarding traffic whether you're walking or driving you stop, look left, look right, look left again & if all is clear you cross or pull out. I didn't mean to suggest that they were school age - more that kids are subconsciously trained that all traffic stops when exiting a school bus & to cross in front of it, some don't graduate to reality. The movies that show people running through traffic & surviving doesn't help either - another subliminal message lacking reality. Still it is tragic, some family is burying their daughter and another is wondering about the condition of the other gal; it's so sad because it didn't need to happen.
January 23 at 11:22 EST .

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   Gram77  I wonder about her too but of course the news doesn't follow up with good news, the sad stuff.
January 23 at 12:37 EST .

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   Surfhut  Color me old and cynical if you want. Put down the cell phone and pay attention to your current real-world reality.
January 24 at 10:03 EST .

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   Gram77  Totally agree!
January 24 at 19:08 EST .

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   Hagar  Situational awareness
January 27 at 09:27 EST .

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   Safetydude  You are not ...'old and cynical'...Surfhut. You spesk the truth.

Hagar,
Lack of SA has killed many pilots.
January 27 at 21:53 EST .

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   Gerty  Being fortunate enough to be part of a long marriage (in years ), it is so difficult to know what to get each other for birthdays, etc. This year's birthday will be the first time I have asked for what I would like to have.

Perhaps some of you can relate. I have been experiencing (as many of us seniors have ) the loss of height. I don't really mind because who ever heard of a "BIG old Italian lady"!?! (No, no--it's a "little, old Italian lady". )

What I DO resent is the fact that household engineers (is there such a term? ) never take the height of a person working in the kitchen into consideration.
It has lately been the bane of my existence.

So, you could imagine how delighted I was to see my husband's latest toy for his hobby woodworking shop---a table that is adjustable for various heights!! A dream come true. I want one. Never mind that it lacks all the charm of modern kitchen décor--I want one.

DH said he will use all the machines and tools at his disposal to make my birthday wish come true--and presentable for my kitchen. What a guy!
January 18 at 13:05 EST .

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   Linder  No wonder you've kept him around these long years. Sounds like a keeper!
January 18 at 21:29 EST .

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   Bettijo  I know exactly what you mean. Last week at doctor the nurse weighed and measured me and told me I was 60 inches tall. That is 5 feet! I used to be 5'4". What happened to the rest of me? No wonder my 13 year old granddaughter is taller than I. I thought she was just growing--never realizing I was shrinking.
January 19 at 06:06 EST .

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   Gram77  You are a lucky lady, Gerty. My mother was barely 5 feet and when I was in college my folks bought several acres and decided to build. My mother asked for nothing else but a kitchen that "fit" her and that's just what my dad did. Poor dad was 6 foot 4 inches and suffered in that kitchen but my mom was super happy and great goodies came out of that kitchen for years. Make the most of that table!
January 19 at 10:26 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  Gerty, two things. Back up to a mirror and check your backside. I've lost a bit in height too, and I think I found where it went. Secondly, your are one very luck lady. Have you considered renting out DH? I want one of those tables!
January 19 at 16:21 EST .

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