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   Bettijo  Racial Pride
   3 hours ago .

   Balogreene  I'm a committed Libertarian/Constitutional Conservative. I work for the Military-Industrial Complex. My small group came up with Nuclear Biological Chemical Sensor Integration for mobile troops. I wrote the Technical Manual. The last 18 months I've spent working on another Recon vehicle's sensors Tech Manual. Currently, we are going through Vehicle Manuals for our NBC Recon system. The vehicle people added much of our system to their TM (sensors, computer systems, software, Troubleshooting, Parts, Maintenance, etc. ) We have been asked to check the correctness of the Manual.

That is a long introduction. A week or so ago, there was a meeting in our office (I had no idea who it was ). The conference rooms are right behind my cubicle. They liked to have the conference room doors open while they debated, told jokes, etc. If they needed "off-line" conversations, they literally stood in the door of my cubicle to discuss things (or joke around ). I don't know how many times I told them I was trying to work, could they go somewhere else? Or how many times I closed the conference room doors. It turns out they were muckety-mucks from the company, and government contracts people, they complained to the Sr. Vice President (or Director, or whatever ). Two of us were reprimanded (the other guy kept closing his office door when people stood in the doorway having phone conversations ).

Today, we received an email, Thursday, 35 generals and other high-ranking clients are coming for a meeting. We are not to close the conference room doors, we are not to ask them to keep it down, even if they are inside our cubicles, we are to do nothing, but bear it. I told my boss, to keep my job, and those contracts, I'll work from home on Thursday.

My boss, and some ex-military tell me, Generals have earned the right to be loud, even if you cannot work. I say, it is only right to ask them to respect the people in the office they are borrowing. It appears, rather than have these meetings at Government sights, they have put into the contract we must host them (and coffee, and donuts, and lunch, and soda, and, and, and ). It is my company's policy to tell employees to cope, not to ask the "Generals" to be polite!

Thoughts, especially SafetyDude, who I cannot imagine being impolite!
   12 hours ago .

   Flaming Sword  This is the best thing I’ve ever bought in ages. Keys are great. Absolutely as good as any keyboard I’ve ever had. I can’t stand dirty keyboards so replace mine constantly. So I’ve had more than a few.

White keys, much easier to see in low light ,no nooks and crannies between keys for crumbs to fall through.

If you do a lot of your fine dining at the keyboard as I do, take a look. It’s available on Amazon.
Get a good closeup look at the pics.

You can take this, chunk it into a sinkful of hot water and soap. Yes, that’s correct.

This puppy is wonderful. Bigtime. Get one and you can sing my praises later.

Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 for Windows PCs - Black
   Yesterday at 16:08 EST .

   MeiDei  English flower gardens
   May 29 at 18:43 EST .

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   Bettijo  This is beautiful. Thanks.
Saturday at 20:10 EST .

   Balogreene  Just wanted to post, I'm left, my mom is center, and my dearest Debi is right.This is at her mom's funeral about 8 months ago. We were just all three enjoying life (and her husband who took the pic ).
   May 27 at 21:27 EST .

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   Surfhut  Beautiful!
Saturday at 09:36 EST .

   Balogreene  In 1955, when I was three, my parent's bought their first house. One of those thousand square foot, three bedroom, post-war houses. Debi Meyer came over to say hi. She was six, my sister was five. Aunt Ruth Meyer made the best Boston Creme Pie you ever tasted. Uncle Bill Meyer, was a clown with the Shriners. David Meyer, several years older, loved Elvis. Deb taught me how to dance to American Bandstand. She has been in my life the last sixty years.

I learned Deb died this morning, not quite 66, of a massive heart-attack. I cannot stop crying. Last September Mom and I went to Aunt Ruth's funeral. I am so glad we did. Deb was so excited and glad to see us. I've had three heart attacks, how could Deb die on her first? I am still single, she has a very loving husband, three kids, countless grandchildren. I hurt so bad.

She is not the first person my age to die so young, but, the one I've known all my life. I don't remember my life without her. I don't know what it will be to not have her, though I must remember her husband, for always. It hurts almost as bad as losing daddy did.

Sorry to cry on your shoulders, but, how does one so young, with so many depending on her die? (I know, I Love God too, but, it can still hurt so bad ). Sunday Deb posted a loving note, how much she missed her mom. They are back together, Deb, Aunt Ruth, Uncle Bill (If they can drag him away from playing pinochle with my daddy ).

Oh, it hurts so bad.
May 26 at 22:36 EST .

   Bettijo  Balo, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray God's comforting presence will get you through.
May 27 at 09:04 EST .

   BirdsNest  It's like losing a family member, one that you really like. Yeah, the pain will lessen but for now it is just ragged and raw. You will get through, the tough ones like us always do. Try to "play" good memories of her through your mind, if you don't outwardly smile, you will smile inside and that's good enough for now.
May 27 at 09:44 EST .

   MeiDei  Balo I know only too well what you're going through & can't respond in a timely way as the wound just reopens. But I will share something I came across in the hope it helps:
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
Love leaves a memory no one can steal"
May 27 at 12:06 EST .

   HopeandGlory  (((Balo ) ) ) . . . I have no words that can comfort you at this time . . . just know that we are here for you and that we care. God be with you and yours at this very difficult time.
May 27 at 18:30 EST .

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   Balogreene  When daddy died 17 years ago, a lady I worked with, who also lost her father, told me, you never got used to it. You just learned to live with it. It is true. I still sometimes see a gift for daddy, but remember he doesn't need it anymore..

A friend of mine, whose mom died several years ago, told me it just scars over, and the pain lessens. She too is right.

The whole point is, God gave us this love, He also gave us this pain. He knows we will always remember the loves in our lives, but He will make us able to cope. I just have to remember not to fight it.
May 27 at 22:00 EST .

   Bettijo  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.
May 26 at 11:04 EST .

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   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.

May 26 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.
May 26 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!!
May 27 at 09:13 EST .

   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.
May 27 at 09:46 EST .

   MeiDei  Surf's call for more birthday recognition the other day prompted this cake - believe it or not it came from a site that had "Flaming Sword" in the title - so with due respect here is the 'flaming' cake, awaiting a 'sword' to cut it.

It is also Iacta's birthday, see the hockey trophy cake way down the page. Best wishes to both.

   May 22 at 10:48 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Many Happy Returns Iacta . . . I hope you have a great Birthday.
May 22 at 18:08 EST .

  8 people like this.

   MeiDei  I hope FlamingSword liked her cake & has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend too.
May 22 at 22:23 EST .

   Hollyhock  Happy Birthday Flaming Sword. I have been trying to figure out how to light a cake like that. Wowza!!
May 23 at 11:33 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Whoops!!! . . . I missed the fact that this cake is for Flaming Sword . . . Many Happy Returns.
May 23 at 18:36 EST .

   Flaming Sword  MeiDei,thank you so much for the magnificent cake. And all of you,your birthday wishes were so appreciated. After the 4 firemen got it extinguished we all shared a slice and a glass of wine. We then sat around and chatted for a bit as we passed around the toothpicks to get the candle wax out of our teeth. Lotta candles on that sucker... I had so much fun I'm buying a Life Alert button.

Next time I'm lonely or bored,I'm pressing it to see if those 4 cuties show up again. Again, a good time was had by all.Thanks so much!
May 28 at 21:35 EST .

   MeiDei  A Happy Birthday cake for Olhokie64 today. May health & happiness be yours today with many more to come.
   May 19 at 06:59 EST .

   9 people like this.

   Balogreene  Happy Birthday Olhokie64!
May 19 at 21:11 EST .

 1 person like this.

   HopeandGlory  Happy Belated Birthday Olhokie64 . . .God be with you and yours, you are sorely missed.
May 20 at 21:19 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Happy Birthday!!!
May 23 at 11:34 EST .

   MeiDei  Good Happy Birthday morning to Balogreene (my brother's birthday too ) Enjoy your cake.
   May 18 at 04:16 EST .

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   Balogreene  That is the best cake I've ever gotten! Thank you.
May 18 at 13:59 EST .

   Hollyhock  Happy Birthday Balo!! May you have many more. Cool cake.
May 18 at 18:03 EST .

   HopeandGlory  Happy Belated Birthday Wishes Miss Balo and many Happy Returns.
May 18 at 20:36 EST .

   BirdsNest  Hope you had a great day. The cake was really neat, someone put a lot of work into it. Happy Birthday!!
May 18 at 21:55 EST .

 1 person like this.

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