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Name for Computer in Spanish

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

This is from an email making the rounds ...I enjoyed it. I didn't include the usual pass-this-on-to-everyone-you-know stuff. Enjoy!

A Spanish Teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.

'House' for instance, is feminine: 'la casa.'
'Pencil,' however, is masculine: 'el lapiz.'

A student asked, 'What gender is 'computer'?'

Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether computer' should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.

The men's group decided that 'computer' should definitely be of the feminine gender ('la computadora'), because:

1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;

2.The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;

3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval; and

4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.


The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be masculine ('el computador'), because:

1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;

2. They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves;

3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and

4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.

The women won.

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AMJSATURN 8/8/2011 11:24PM

    Now that is a real good one, I think I will share with my family.


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RASCALSMOMMA 7/28/2011 11:12PM

    Well Carol I'll laugh for you! Dad's no where near me and Angel's dead so he wont hear it! emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/27/2011 2:03PM

    How funny and I can't laugh out loud, dh is on the other side of the wall at his computer emoticon

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LOVE2WALK1 7/27/2011 12:21PM

    Thanks for the chuckle! emoticon

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CELEST 7/27/2011 11:46AM

    My dil and I had such a good laugh over this one. Thx

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Eye care...could have been an emergency!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I posted this on one of my teams, but then realized it is suitable for a blog...and might alert someone else to pay attention to eye symptoms!

I found a new eye doctor today. I wasn't planning to do that today. Yesterday afternoon, as I left work I had a huge floater appear in my left eye. Nuisance value but I wasn't concerned. Yesterday evening, I picked up family at the airport. On the last leg of the drive home we were out in the country and I kept seeing (I thought) lights in the outside rearview mirror...but there was no car behind me!! When I got out of the car, I realized the light flashes were IN my eye...peripheral vision on one side. I looked up those symptoms and was horrified to learn that it is recommended to seek emergency care..treat this as a medical emergency since symptoms could signal an eminent detachment of the retina!!

First thing this morning, I contacted my usual opthamologist..only to learn he is not available today...another Dr. could see metomorrow morning (my initial plan anyway) but my daughter said I could probably get in today at her eye dr....and MY dr's office said GO. So, I did.

I am greatly relieved to report that all is eyes are healthy. Because I am diabetic, my insurance may pay for this visit (eye care not usually covered) because it was a medical visit. Dr checked both eyes. I can't explain exactly what happened, but it is not uncommon. Dr. said 9 our of ten times, it is like my situation...but that one out of ten IS a medical they are always glad when someone comes in to be checked. It could prevent permanent loss of vision in that eye. Whew...I am so relieved!!

PS edit....I am going to switch to this Dr. for my annual eye check ups..not because I don't like my other Dr. but because THIS Dr. is much more accessible. He took his time, explained things well. Office staff was so nice, also. Best of all, I don't have to make an app't weeks in advance and the office is conveniently located near my work. Yea!

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LOVE2WALK1 7/27/2011 12:24PM

    What a great decision to get checked out right away! you set a great example for the rest of us~!

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BBGYRL4 7/27/2011 8:35AM

    I'm so glad that you went and had your eye looked as quickly, I'm also glad to hear that it wasn't something serious. It's so important that we things looked at as soon as possible to prevent something serious from happening.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/26/2011 7:50PM

    Asta, what a relief! Years ago I had a similar issue going on except mine was when I would be just waking up or partially awake and turning over and I would have a flash of light. My eyes were always closed at the time. None of the Dr's were concerned about it and my new eye Dr, is like that one and does a thorough job making sure my eyes are in good form, no tumors in there and no progression on my cataracts. We need more Dr's like these. I have floaters much of the time. Some last for years then go away and return years later.

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RASCALSMOMMA 7/26/2011 7:48PM

    Asta I am so glad your were one of the 9! Floaters are scary! Floaters while driving??! WOW HUGS

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"What's Next?" indeed!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Funny that someone should ask me "what's next" since my heart is touched by a dilemma a sister in my DD's cong. is having. Nonbelieving husband doing all he can to support his family, but they are in dire on peanut butter sandwiches. Her work is not bringing in much income either. How to help when the husband's ego is in the way? How to help without being obvious? Our sister is in need. My daughter was in tears over her dear friend's situation. My heart IS touched..but how to help????

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BOOKWERME 7/12/2011 8:07PM

    Well, I offered a turkey via my daughter, only to learn that she is Vegan. I also learned that she is moody..up and down from one day to the next. My DD said she has prayed on the matter and decided to hire P. to help with an upcoming photography job, even though the help is not needed. P also has a couple of other similar jobs lined up. Hiring her to work allows all the self esteem issues to stay at bay.

The food box idea, the gift card idea...all those kinds of things would require explanation to P's DH. Touchy, touchy, touchy situation, apparently. She has three kids also...two teens and one preteen. Hard on them, too.

I figure, that the more prayers offered in P's behalf the better and that that is the best way I and others can help P get through this difficult period.

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TREVUG 7/12/2011 1:57PM

    Pray to Jehovah for direction. He always knows better than the rest of us what to do.

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CELEST 7/12/2011 6:29AM

    I love the idea of sneaking food into the car during the meeting except do people really leave their cars unlocked during the meeting?
I personally would put stuff in a box, put the box on their doorstep, ring the bell and leave. That is of course if you no someones going to be home.
It's difficult when there's pride involved. Sigh
Another idea is to buy a gift voucher to a local food store and slip the voucher into an envelope and then under the door.

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RASCALSMOMMA 7/12/2011 1:50AM

    Good ideas carol! like the scripture that says "dont let your right hand know whatyour left hand is doing! youll work it out! HUGS

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/11/2011 11:23PM

    Years ago, there was a similar situation though neither were in the Truth. Some of us Sisters got together and fixed up some food boxes which were placed in their vehicle during a meeting. They didn't know who gave but it brought tears and a determination to get their act together and give up the drugs and make the Truth their own.

Is it possible to have her do jobs for different ones at the Hall to make a bit more money? Can she also babysit here and there for different ones in her spare time if she has any?

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"These things" part 6

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Just a quick update. I got to talk briefly to Stephanie's mother yesterday. I don't know how much she really understood as she speaks mostly Spanish, but she acted like she understood everything. lol I asked if Stephanie's dress had fit...and she said YES! I was SO relieved. She asked "how many dollars" and I told her NONE...and she thanked me.

I had written a note to Stephanie indicating my concern that I hadn't heard from her and was worried that I may have ruined her dress...(I did NOT try to lay a guilt trip on her). I still hope to hear from her eventually.

DH commented in the car on the way home that perhaps Stephanie was worried that I was going to ask for money for the alterations...and was avoiding me because of that. Hadn't thought of that possibility. I don't THINK that is it, but who really knows. Anyway. Relief..the dress fit. (assuming Mama understood what I was asking!)

OH...and a semi-related PS: DH and I just signed on to continue our dancing lessons. YEA! Hey about some DANCE emoticons!

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CINA-MINI 7/11/2011 1:46PM

    I am glad you finally were able to contact someone at the house! Hopefully, Stephanie will answer the door next time!

Congrats on signing up for more dance lessons too! YAY


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CELEST 7/11/2011 8:36AM

    Great that it all worked out so whats next?
You know your big hearts going to get involved with something dont you emoticon

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TREVUG 7/11/2011 1:16AM

    That is a strong possibility about the money thing. I imagine there is a bit of confusion with he language barrier. This can cause people with different backgrounds to question our motives. They aren't used to someone doing something just to be nice. I hope she comes out and sees you next time.

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NCFITCHICK 7/10/2011 9:29PM

    I'm so glad that that dress fit. Congrats on continuing your dance lessons. I know you love those.

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RASCALSMOMMA 7/10/2011 9:25PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Best I could do.. enjoy your prom! lol

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GAMOMMY3 7/10/2011 8:33PM

    Glad that you get to continue the dance lessons. I think DH might be on to something with the money issue too.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/10/2011 8:08PM

    emoticon emoticon enjoy the lessons and so glad it fit.

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"These things" part 5

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Just a quick update on the dress story.

I tried again to visit Stephanie at home...and for the second time, no answer at the door, though the guy in the driveway said she was home. NOONE came to the door. Oh well...I will find her home eventually. I still don't know how HER dress fit.

This afternoon, DH and I had our dance lesson. I had purchased three other dresses from Stephanie...and my daughters tried them all on. The first fit its intended perfectly...and looked terrific on her when she tried it on. The other two were wayyy to small for her, but fit my other daughter...but she is not dancing and was not interested in these dresses. I was disappointed, but not surprised.

I took the two dresses...the yellow one that started all this dress stuff in the first place, and the beaded one to my dance instructor. She was delighted and whisked them away. I haven't had a chance to talk with her since then...we haven't been able to get in a lesson for two weeks (and boy, did it show today!!!) Meredith was not there, but we enjoyed a great lesson with another instructor, Sean. As we were leaving we were chatting with Linda at the reception desk and Vincent, another instructor. In the course of the conversation, the dress story came up. I mentioned the dresses I had brought in...and both of them immediately started raving about them! HUH? Had Meredith mentioned them? Meredith had tried them on and LOVED them. Both fit. The special favorite was....the yellow one.

Now, I am eager to talk to Meredith...and hope to get to see the dresses on her. AND, I still want to talk to Stephanie again...and see if she has MORE dresses as she said she would.

The ball room dancing classes we are taking are such fun...we are both enjoying them and are eager to progress.

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NCFITCHICK 7/7/2011 10:02AM

    Your series is so interesting ... I love hearing that someone has taken an interest in your dressees. I'm disappointed for you that Stephanie hasn't even said thank you for your effort. One thing is for sure, you make me want to take dance lessons as well. Hugs to you.

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GAMOMMY3 7/5/2011 12:08AM

    I so wish we had some local dance classes to take. My DH and I took them many years ago and really had fun... but we really need classes again.

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CINA-MINI 7/3/2011 11:10PM

    I love reading your "parts". You always paint such wonderful word pictures.

Thanks for sharing. Don't give up trying to get a picture of Stephanie. I am eager to find out what is going on with her! (I am sure you are too!)


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MA_DIDDLES 7/3/2011 3:45PM

    Hi Sister - I have been keeping up with the story. I am a little disapointed in Stephanie, that she hasn't shown a little more appreciation for all you have done for her.
I am glad you found a home for the other dresses.

I love yard and garage sales, but rarely go anymore. I usually do find a lot of treasures, but no where to keep them anymore.
I find myself resorting to Craigs list. I need a nice size bird cage for Ollie Bird (Cheap-cheep)

emoticon to ya, MA

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    Awesome. I hope you get to see them on some of these women.

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TREVUG 7/3/2011 12:00AM

    I can hardly wait to hear how your instructor liked the dresses first hand. Hope you can find Stephanie again.

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BOOKWERME 7/2/2011 10:46PM

    Lol Rascal's Momma...I don't know! emoticon

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RASCALSMOMMA 7/2/2011 9:43PM

    Just one question: How many "parts" to this story ARE there!!LOL Many Hugs m'dear!

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BOOKWERME 7/2/2011 7:42PM

    I reread all the blogs about this...and realized I had never told the story completely of how all this dress stuff started. DH and I were making a call in service and across the street, there was a yard sale going on. In the tree there was a really pretty YELLOW evening gown. I couldn't resist checking it out. Turned out that there were a number of gowns in different sizes. I purchased ONE...and that was the beginning. I thought that the pretty yellow gown was too small for my DD who is also taking dance lessons. But, that yellow gown just lingered in my mind...and led to the chain of events I have been recording here.

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