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   FlatCityGirl  Thought for the day
   July 23 at 09:35 EST .

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   Balogreene  You know, these guys are all self-described as introverted, or autistic. So, there is no walking around and chatting to people. I've started taking math courses from thegreatcourses.com. I heard the ads on the radio, then when I expressed an interest in learning more Math, my boss recommended them. Go online, look at the courses, they are at a minimum $300. But, but, but, they have a lot of sales. I've never paid more than $85 for a course, more like $35 to $50. I have to admit, I buy them ahead of need. I now have Fundamentals of Mathematics (boy do I need this review of math, starting with addition and ending with statistics ), Algebra I, Algebra II, geometry, pre-calculus, calculus, and trigonometry. I also have Mind-Bending Math, paradoxes and puzzles (for logical thinking, and writing proofs ), a drawing course, and a photography course.

I usually watch a couple of videos on the weekend, and study during the week. I'm still in the Fundamentals class because it is refreshing my memory. I almost flunked HS algebra (got all A's in Geometry ), but I need the refresher before I get to Algebra. Amazing how much I've forgotten since 1968.

It is great to stretch my mind. It is also great to realize, I do know this stuff (I'm on Fractions now ).
   July 20 at 20:52 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  You just made my head hurt!

Just hearing the word "math" spoken aloud can give me reflux.

In all seriousness, standing ovation.

It's good to never stop learning.
July 21 at 02:14 EST .




   Balogreene  I'm here. I really am. I "lost" my job the end of December. I was a little ahead of them, got a new job starting the middle of January, turned in my resignation, and had just a "small" amount of time off.

I cannot say how bad my last job was, because I didn't know it until I started my new job.I switched from Army to Navy. I switched from a large public company to a small private company. This company has a refrigerator full of water, orange juice, V-8, grapefruit juice, apple juice, Dr. Pepper, and a ton of Coca Cola products. Another refrigerator holds lunches, wine and beer (for after work ). All free for employees. They also have a Keurig, with a huge selection for employees (free ), hot and cold filtered water. My last job had a Keurig, but we had to supply our own coffee, sugar, cream, tea, etc. They would not supply plates, napkins, cutlery, cups, etc. This company supplies all. I know the difference is Shareholders want more money, and don't care about employee morale. I like the morale thing.
I work with PhD Mathematicians, and Physicists. They are nice people, but are huge introverts. After just under 6 months, I finally figured out what they need, and what these projects are.
I am so happy. And am making a LOT more money.
July 7 at 22:18 EST .

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   MeiDei  A two-fer - loving your job and good money - how great for you!
July 8 at 14:33 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  It's so good to "see" you here Balo. I'm so glad that things are working out well for you.
July 8 at 14:42 EST .

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   Surfhut  Congratulations!!
July 9 at 09:54 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Very happy to "see" you too Surfie.
July 10 at 08:32 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Balo, where you been? I sure am glad to see you, tickled pink that things are going to well for you.
July 10 at 22:55 EST .

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   Straitpath  Remember Winston Churchill and: Never Give Up!
July 4 at 23:57 EST .

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   MeiDei  It's been decades since I've been approached to buy a memorial poppy [anyone else ?]; yet I've just read 14 million are sold here in the USA every year. A very interesting article on the poppy can be found here: http://www.greatwar.co.uk/article/remembrance-poppy.htm
I love the poppy umbrella.

   July 4 at 08:56 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl   http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-2993
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The link is to the WWI Poppy Memorial that the Brits put on.

My old boss [the Cowboy Lawyer] and his family got to see it. He and Mrs. B. were coming up on their 50th wedding anniversary and he was in a state as to what to do for the occasion. He asked Mrs. B. what she really wanted. She said she wanted to go the England and take the daughter, son-in-law and two grandkids. He thought that was a fine idea, and away they went for two weeks. He told me that seeing the poppies was something that none of them will ever forget; of all they had seen and done, the poppies was the most memorable.
July 4 at 16:38 EST .

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   MeiDei  Yes, my link is a UK article but lists when other nations, including the US, adopted the tradition. I miss the poppy sales being an annual event locally; the uniformed vets used to sell them - similar to the Salvation Army bell ringers @ Christmas.
July 4 at 18:45 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  I'm with you. That poppy umbrella is priceless.

The last time I saw the American Legion selling the poppies, they also had a blue flower that went with it. I probably was told at the time what the blue flower represented, but I don't remember. Do you know?
July 4 at 20:23 EST .

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   MeiDei  "The bleuet de France is the symbol of memory and solidarity, in France, for veterans, victims of war, widows, and orphans, similar to the British and Canadian remembrance poppy". I had to look it up (smile ).
July 4 at 20:37 EST .

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   MeiDei  Some background https://www.youtube.com/watch?=6TUjEMJjS
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re: making, selling and where the $$ go.
July 4 at 21:00 EST .

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   MeiDei  Something to ponder
   June 29 at 09:23 EST .

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   MeiDei  Optical illusion - what do you see?
   June 23 at 12:07 EST .

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   Gram77  2 men in the tree tops??
June 23 at 12:17 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  It's a woman sitting in the middle of the two trees with a man on either side of her. Look to the right just at the base of the tree and tell me if that's what it looks like.
June 23 at 12:45 EST .

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   MeiDei  OH MY! It seems so : )how'd I miss THAT? FCG has it right - can you see the gal between the kneeling men Gram? Her back is to us and she's looking down & to the right (shameless hussy or blushing damsel? )
June 23 at 13:10 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  I think the main body of the picture is what the lady asleep on the grass is dreaming about. At lest, that's the message I got from it.
June 23 at 13:31 EST .

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   MeiDei  Makes sense, but ménage à trois comes to mind & if so the sleeper needs to wake up & visit the Weird but True wall. : )
June 23 at 16:18 EST .

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   Gram77  Think FlatCityGirl has got it.
June 23 at 17:32 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Okay. Everyone take a real close look at that picture. Look at the three arms. Look at the men's long faces/beards. Look at the way the trees are shaped. Look at the way the tree trunks shape the arms/bodies.

Now tell me what you see.
June 23 at 18:59 EST .

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   Safetydude  Years and years ago I was in Ft. Lauderdale with a group to accomplish our open water SCUBA certification. Then the next day we were taking a bus to Key Biscayne to do a drift dive back to Lauderdale, for one more night.
Well, the open water certification went fine and we were looking forward to the the dive the next day.
Waaael, sometime during the middle of the night we were told we would have leave the hotel because of the weather coming in. The dive was cancelled and we started to head north to get away from the coming hurricane. My dive buddy and his wife had flown down from Atlanta but now they couldn't get a flight out of Lauderdale so they joined Miss Tina and me in my car and the four of us headed north on I-95. We soon realized that was a looser so we went back to A1-A cruised on up to Daytona beach, checked into two adjoining rooms in a beachfront hotel and settled down with adult beverages to watch the storm out in the Atlantic. As we were watching the surfers and people on the beach a TV camera crew set up on the beach, almost below us. We turned on the TV in our room and watched the reporterette standing right where the surf broke on the beach, her loose hair and raincoat blowing in the wind, telling us how bad the storm was. We sat on the balcony and watched her on the beach, with people walking behind the cameraman, while at the same time we could see the image on the TV.
What a crock! The people were out in the surf and the rain having a fun time and she was telling us the world was going to end.
Never trusted the weatherguessers on TV since.
June 7 at 21:08 EST .

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   MeiDei  Right on! My brother lived in FL for many years & grew complacent over the hyped weather reports. After one fierce storm & sink holes swallowing cars I asked him if he evacuated & if any damage - he replied w/news of water damage --- in the one room they neglected to close a window! : )
My grandfather was able to read the weather by watching a tall factory chimney across the river by watching how the smoke came out. Some of us rely on our knees.
June 8 at 16:47 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  SD, we have watched many storms from The Deck at New Smyrna beach with adult beverages ! However after losing 15 trees and half the roof over the master bedroom, spending 5 mo. in the guest room after the 2004 multiple hurricanes, I watch the weather and like MD says I pay attention to my knees and wrists. We have Dade Co approved shutters and the roof was saved by clips but lost the shingles so a lot of water damage.
June 11 at 19:04 EST .

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   Safetydude  I'm sorry about your loss and your extended suffering, Ec.
Did you evacuate your home and come back to find the damage, or did you poo-poo any warnings and ride it out?
My point was, and is, that the weather guessers are more interested in drama than being correct.
Can you think of any other group of paid professionals that can be wrong so consistently as TV weather guessers?
Back in the day, we used to get weather briefings as part of our pre-flight briefings every morning, prior to the start of the flying day. Our 'Wing King' would introduce our(female )Met officer as "Stormy, the weather guesser".

These are the same people who are trying to tell us what the weather will be 50 years, or so, from now and they can't get the weather right for the next twenty-four hours.
My $.05 worth.
June 12 at 11:33 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  The first one was Charlie and DH had his high profile rig going North. I was home & that one was not that bad, nothing a good bottle of wine didn't fix. The next 3 taught us lessons, like not picking up shingles in the yard, most had snakes hiding underneath. Every where has something, I will take hurricanes over fires or tornadoes and don't miss the snow and black ice.
June 12 at 12:21 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  You two [Safetydude and EC] live in Florida, and I would trust you both to know the area you live in, and when to take a weather report seriously and when to blow it off. You may not always be right, but I figure you’re right more often that you’re wrong.

I turn on the Weather Channel around 5am every day for no other reason than there isn’t a darned thing on anywhere else. I quit FOX well over two years ago, so I’m pretty much stuck for early morning programs. I have a lot of friends and family scattered around the country and I like to know what kind of weather they are experiencing. I just have to filter out the hysteria.

Right now, Cantori and the Bimbos [sounds like a ‘60's rock band] are hysterical about the heat. I guess none of them looked at a calendar and realized that it’s summer and it’s supposed to be hot.

They make up words to boost the hysteria. If we hear something like “Tour-Con” we’re supposed to run for the cellar. I think it has something to do with tornados. Maybe it’s hurricanes. I can’t remember. Anyway, that’s one of those “dog whistle” words that the Democrats are always talking about, and we’re supposed to get really excited and scared.

In all seriousness, hurricanes are really nothing to make light of. I’ve been in three hurricane evacuations –twice off of the Outer Banks, and off of Jekyll Island, in Hugo in 1989, when Charleston was so hard hit. It’s nothing that I ever want to go through again.
June 21 at 10:24 EST .

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   StormCnter  Linder, I spent most of my Friday at the Property Tax Protest Hearings for my county. The parking lots were full, the little hearing cubicles were full and it was a busy busy place. When I had finished my presentation and got my ruling from the three person TAD board to which I was assigned (plus a rep from the appraiser's office ), one of the men walked me to the exit and encouraged me to apply for a position there. He said it's a two-year term, pays nothing but per diem, but is hugely interesting. He said, "But you have to give up your summers". I don't need the job, but I'm always intrigued by doing something productive and meaningful. I'm considering it. Any Connection members ever done this sort of thing?
June 7 at 15:15 EST .

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   Linder  Indulge me in a little whine....I agreed to sit on the primary election board and that means I go for training tomorrow afternoon and spend Tuesday from 7am until 9pm at the election site. Even tho I don't like to give up my time I know it's important to participate in government.
June 2 at 21:14 EST .

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   Alice  Thanks for doing it :- ) I hope you and the others on the board plan tasty refreshments for election day, too! You'll likely need them. Even if you only drink water, it needs to be good for a long day like that. I hope all goes smoothly for your state and the other 4.
June 3 at 18:27 EST .

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   StormCnter  I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to help with our local elections, sometimes as judge and sometimes just one of the worker bees, but it's a treat and accomplishes something at the same time.
June 8 at 14:03 EST .

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