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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 .


   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.
Monday 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.
Yesterday at 13:35 EST .


   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'.
Yesterday at 22:05 EST .




   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 .



   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 .


   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 .


   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 .


   Hagar  Situational awareness
Tuesday at 09:27 EST .


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

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




   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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   MeiDei  This is for all the L.dot care-givers. It's Sunday, sit down, relax & refresh yourselves. Amen to that?
   January 11 at 13:53 EST .

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   Gerty  Oh, that's way too much food for my delicate stomach!

I'll just have the wine, thank you very much. ; )
January 11 at 22:15 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thanks, I needed that!
January 12 at 12:06 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  I'll gratefully partake, Hubby and I (mostly Hubby ) have been very much under the weather for the past two weeks . . . thank you very much for your thoughtfulness Mei.
January 12 at 19:04 EST .

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   Ynaught  I have now been Dish-free for 24 hours and am enjoying Fox News on Direct TV. When I called in my cancellation the woman I was speaking with almost cried as she begged me to reconsider and get used to watching Newsmax channel instead! And she promised to reduce my bill by $35 for a year to make up for the loss and get me some other perks like PPV certificates and such. None of this was offered before when I was only calling to complain. Oh well, I'm glad I don't have stock in Dish!
January 9 at 12:55 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I cancelled Brighthouse about 5 years ago, it was a bundle of internet, tv and landline. I was getting wi-fi from my brother next door until his daughter finished college and they got a home modem. However we use AT&T go-phones, so any att cell numbers are free and I watch Fox.com or if the video is short, go to TheRightScoop, I watch CBS shows like BlueBloods, NCIS, Elmentary, Metalist at cbs.com and don't need cable or dish. The hurricanes took off our dish in '04 and hasn't been missed.
January 9 at 14:56 EST .

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   BirdsNest  We dumped DirecTV a couple of years ago, it just got too expensive. When we called to cancel, they wanted to give us all this free stuff, lower the bill, and I just asked them "where was all this concern and lower charges when we needed it?" And we still dumped them. Now we watch dvds. And read online news. We don't have enough speed to watch a video online or stream anything, but that's okay.
January 10 at 09:45 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I can't even remember now how long ago it was that we dumped Dish Network. In order to get our local channels (which I only watched for football and baseball ), we had to get the 200 channel package, and out of those, we only watched five or six (or fewer than needed both hands to count ). It was ridiculously expensive for what we were using. Dish is coming out with a new service called Sling TV (www.sling.com ) that is only $20/month for 10 channels.
January 12 at 13:59 EST .

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   MeiDei  Happy Birthday to Ynaught - many more. Missing your posts.
   January 4 at 06:07 EST .

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   Surfhut  Happy B-day & miss you, too!
January 4 at 14:49 EST .

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   BirdsNest  She has been missing for several weeks, hope she is alright.
Happy Birthday, you received a lovely cake.
January 4 at 17:10 EST .

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   MeiDei  I was hoping she might be away on a lovely vacation trip.
January 4 at 19:39 EST .

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   Linder  Y's posts are always a lift. Hope all is well in her world.
January 5 at 09:11 EST .

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   Phooey  Ynaught ! quit being naughtY and come back.
Happy Birthday lady we miss you !
January 5 at 14:39 EST .

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   Gerty  Happy Birthday, Miss Y! Let us know all is OK.
January 5 at 18:37 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Many Happy Returns Miss Y . . . we're missing you already. I hope you and yours are in fine fettle.
January 5 at 21:18 EST .

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   Ynaught  What a lovely cake! Thank you all so much! I have been swamped recently and still with family issues. My four year old grandson has been here a lot and it is impossible to have "me time" on the computer when he's around - but it's worth it! He's a treasure! I hope to spend more time here soon when things settle down a bit.
January 6 at 21:32 EST .

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   BirdsNest  What a gigantic relief!! So good to hear from you. I am glad to know you are alright. You have been missed, but it is understandable that your time has been filled elsewhere. A 4 yr old would have me tied up in knots and exhausted in no time. Enjoy the time with him, visit with us when things get closer to normal. Just know that your presence has been missed. Hope your birthday was a good one, Mei sure has a way with cakes, doesn't she?
January 7 at 08:17 EST .

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   Bettijo  This quote comes from an article on health insurance, but I think it also applies to government "safety nets." If you know the government is going to take care of you, why not take risks? Unprotected sex? no problem, ole Uncle Sam will support me/us. Drop out of school, same answer. Same answer for any poor decision.

"Some people, maybe many, take on more risk when they feel they have a safety net under them. That’s because, according to a Slate.com article, “Insurance is also the source of what economists call ‘moral hazard,’ where those who are protected against the consequences of their actions take greater risks than they otherwise would.”

http://relevantmatters.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/will-obamaca
re-make-a-bad-situation-worse/
January 3 at 08:18 EST .

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   Gerty  Happy New Year to Mrs. Goldberg, her dedicated staff and all on the Connection!
December 31 at 11:39 EST .

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   NotaBene  I second that motion. Happy New Year to you all!
December 31 at 11:51 EST .

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   Surfhut  Third that motion! A quorum is present and a Happy New Year for all is on the books.
January 1 at 08:10 EST .

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   BirdsNest  "There comes a point in your life when you realize who really matters, who never did, and who always will."
December 29 at 18:16 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Truer words were never spoken Bird. I'm reading your post at just the right moment. Thanks for the lift.
December 29 at 21:46 EST .

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   Gram77  I really needed to hear this. Thank you.
December 31 at 09:47 EST .

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   NotaBene  Bird, how true. I had some family problems and it made me think that I should try to stop being concerned with people who never mattered. Wise words.
December 31 at 11:54 EST .

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   Safetydude  Well, Christmas is over and I hope everyone received their hearts full measure of peace and happiness.

But, if you feel the need to continue celebrating how about a little "KwanZaa" party for your friends and family?

Our fearless leader, Barack Hussein Obama, wished everybody a happy K-W last week, before flying off to observe his Christmas(? )on the golf course.
And, since according to Prof Jonathan Gruber we are stupid enough to buy into Obamacare, why not Kwanzaa.
Happy dancing around your decorated Baobab Tree.

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2014/12/kwanzaa__a_m
adeup_holiday_.html
December 27 at 14:28 EST .

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