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"We didn't have the green thing back in my day."

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Something to brag about if you're older.

In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she should
bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags weren't good for the
environment.
The woman apologized to him and explained,
"We didn't have the green thing back in my day."

The clerk responded, "That's our problem today.
The former generation did not care enough to save our environment."
He was right, that generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Back then, they returned their milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store.
The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled,
so it could use the same bottles over and over.
So they really were recycled.

But they didn't have the green thing back in that customer's day.

In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn't have an escalator in every store and office building.
They walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks.

But she was right. They didn't have the green thing in her day.

Back then, they washed the baby's diapers because they didn't have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts - wind and solar power really did dry the clothes.
Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that old lady is right, they didn't have the green thing back in her day.

Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house - not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief, not a screen the size of the state of Montana .
In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn't have electric machines to do everything for you.
When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, they didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power.
They exercised by working so they didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right, they didn't have the green thing back then.

They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water.

They refilled their writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen,
and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But they didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service.
They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.
And they didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.
But isn't it sad that the current generation laments how wasteful the old folks
were
Just because they didn't have the green thing back then?
H O W T R U E ! ! !

  
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CANDIS799 5/17/2011 4:46PM

    We still rock the human powered push mower at my house!!

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F8CONE8 5/15/2011 3:57PM

    I always wonder what the next thing that science got wrong will be. LOL Like the streams and rivers were "cleaned" in Oregon and now we find oops those dead trees created habitat!

I think we were frugal back when I was growing up. That was repair don't trash, take care of what you have. etc etc

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EXRAYCHIC 5/15/2011 2:41PM

    So true

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DOOBRIE 5/15/2011 1:21PM

    I'm old enough to remember all those things - lol!

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MILLISMA 5/14/2011 9:52PM

    This is a great one!

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BARBARASDIET 5/14/2011 5:51PM

    What a great reminder!!

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PHEBESS 5/14/2011 1:41PM

    I also remember bringing soda bottles back to the store!

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PEGGYO 5/14/2011 11:50AM

    So true.

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L*I*T*A* 5/14/2011 11:35AM

    so soo true!!! emoticon

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SEYSARAH 5/14/2011 11:30AM

    This is a super blog and really puts into perspective what being green really means....

I remember well taking the bottles back to the store, helping mom put clothes up on the laundry lines and taking them down, the one TV when we eventually got it etc...even a push mower..pretty much everything you name including the cloth diapers..

This is a great walk down memory lane too..it's comforting to know that not that long ago..being sensible was being green without much effort at all.

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SLEANNES66 5/14/2011 11:14AM

    Great blog. Is it too late to live that way again? I'm only 45 but I had a wringer washer that I just replaced when I moved (landlord provided a new one) & I still use a closeline. I also prefer my manual mower.

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*MADHU* 5/14/2011 11:07AM

    emoticonpost Ania!

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GISSELLET 5/14/2011 10:56AM

  Great post! I'm laughing to myself, because while I don't think I'm THAT old (41), I DO remember glass bottles, push mowers, life before cell phones, etc. While I don't have to do it, I do wash and reuse the plastic sandwich baggies for myself and the children, and I recently re-upholstered 2 hand me down wing chairs that I remember being purchased about 30 years ago because what is the point in throwing away perfectly good furniture when it just needs some new foam cushions and fabric? I'm finding that the more I simplify my life, the better I seem to live.


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Guys, very depressing news.

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Recession has hit everybody.....

I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.

Wives are having sex with their husbands because they can't afford batteries.

CEO's are now playing miniature golf.

Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen.

A stripper was killed when her audience showered her with rolls of pennies while she danced.

I saw a Mormon polygamist with only one wife.

If the bank returns your check marked "Insufficient Funds," you call them and ask if they meant you or them.

McDonald's is selling the 1/4 ouncer.

Angelina Jolie adopted a child from America .

Parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their children's names.

My cousin had an exorcism but couldn't afford to pay for it, and they re-possessed her!

A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico.

A picture is now only worth 200 words.

When Bill and Hillary travel together, they now have to share a room.

The Treasure Island Casino in Las Vegas is now managed by Somali pirates.

Congress says they are looking into this Bernard Madoff scandal. Oh Great! The guy who made $50 Billion disappear is being investigated by the people who made $1.5 Trillion disappear!

And, finally...

I was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, my savings, Social Security, retirement funds, etc., I called the Suicide Hotline. I got a call center in Pakistan and when I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited, and asked if I could drive a truck.
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JUSFOLK 5/16/2011 7:28PM

    Thanks for the grins...a very creative (and/or bored) mind must have come up with these!

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DOOBRIE 5/15/2011 1:17PM

    I had to laugh out loud at the last paragraph!

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GETNHEALTHY4ME 5/14/2011 3:46PM

    emoticon I am so borrowing these!!

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ANNEMARGO 5/14/2011 12:43PM

    thanks for the giggle!

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SEYSARAH 5/14/2011 11:32AM

    Some of those were true laugh out loud lines..thanks for the giggles!

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PEGGYO 5/13/2011 11:14PM

    Funny

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WATERWEEZE 5/13/2011 8:07PM

    Hohohohohoho......

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DREBENEZER 5/13/2011 7:54PM

    That is great.

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BECKYSKEL 5/13/2011 5:12PM

    Too funny!!! Thanks.

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BERVEY 5/13/2011 4:03PM

    How amusing!

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AIDELADE27 5/13/2011 2:20PM

    emoticon Funny!

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JUDI_CUTIE 5/13/2011 10:56AM

    FUNNY!

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TOMMYBR 5/13/2011 10:08AM

    Hilarious Ania. Thanks. emoticon

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2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ 5/13/2011 9:56AM

    Ania,
When am I going to learn NOT to panic when I see your name and the title of blog, such as this...thanks for the giggles!
Hugs

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MILLISMA 5/13/2011 9:25AM

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ILOVEROSES 5/13/2011 9:19AM

    Glad to oblige.

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NANT406 5/13/2011 9:13AM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing. I needed a good laugh.

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JESUSLUVSYOU 5/13/2011 8:59AM

    THANKS for the AWESOME start to my Friday. emoticon

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APPLES20 5/13/2011 8:55AM

    Ok - that was REALLY funny.

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MRE1956 5/13/2011 8:47AM

    Boy, I just HATE it when that happens.....

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New ways of STEALING!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

ESPECIALLY LOOK AT SCENE THREE.



This is a new one. People sure stay busy trying to cheat us, don't they?

SCENE 1.

A friend went to the local gym and placed his belongings in the locker. After the workout and a shower, he came out, saw the locker open, and thought to himself, 'Funny, I thought I locked the locker...

Hmm, 'He dressed and just flipped the wallet to make sure all was in order.

Everything looked okay - all cards were in place...

A few weeks later his credit card bill came - a whooping bill of $14,000!

He called the credit card company and started yelling at them, saying that he did not make the transactions.

Customer care personnel verified that there was no mistake in the system and asked if his card had been stolen...

'No,' he said, but then took out his wallet, pulled out the credit card, and yep -

you guessed it - a switch had been made.

An expired similar credit card from the same bank was in the wallet.

The thief broke into his locker at the gym and switched cards.

Verdict: The credit card issuer said since he did not report the card missing earlier, he would have to pay the amount owed to them.

How much did he have to pay for items he did not buy?

$9,000! Why were there no calls made to verify the amount swiped?

Small amounts rarely trigger a 'warning bell' with some credit card companies.

It just so happens that all the small amounts added up to a big one!

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SCENE 2.

A man at a local restaurant paid for his meal with his credit card.

The bill for the meal came, he signed it and the waitress folded the receipt and passed the credit card along.

Usually, he would just take it and place it in his wallet or pocket. Funny enough, though, he actually took a look at the card and, lo and behold, it was the expired card of another person.

He called the waitress and she looked perplexed.

She took it back, apologized, and hurried back to the counter under the watchful eye of the man.

All the waitress did while walking to the counter was wave the wrong expired card to the counter cashier, and the counter cashier immediately looked down and took out the real card.

No exchange of words --- nothing! She took it and came back to the man with an apology..

Verdict: Make sure the credit cards in your wallet are yours.

Check the name on the card every time you sign for something and/or the card is taken away for even a short period of time.

Many people just take back the credit card without even looking at it, 'assuming'

that it has to be theirs.

FOR YOUR OWN SAKE, DEVELOP THE HABIT OF CHECKING YOUR CREDIT CARD EACH TIME IT IS RETURNED TO YOU AFTER A TRANSACTION!

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SCENE 3:

Yesterday I went into a pizza restaurant to pick up an order that I had called in.

I paid by using my Visa Check Card which, of course, is linked directly to my checking account.

The young man behind the counter took my card, swiped it, then laid it on the counter as he waited for the approval, which is pretty standard procedure.

While he waited, he picked up his cell phone and started dialling.

I noticed the phone because it is the same model I have, but nothing seemed out of the ordinary.

Then I heard a click that sounded like my phone sounds when I take a picture.

He then gave me back my card but kept the phone in his hand as if he was still

pressing buttons.

Meanwhile, I'm thinking: I wonder what he is taking a picture of, oblivious to what was really going on.

It then dawned on me: the only thing there was my credit card, so now I'm paying close attention to what he is doing..

He set his phone on the counter, leaving it open.

About five seconds later, I heard the chime that tells you that the picture has been saved.

Now I'm standing there struggling with the fact that this boy just took a picture of my credit card.

Yes, he played it off well, because had we not had the same kind of phone, I probably would never have known what happened.

Needless to say, I immediately cancelled that card as I was walking out of the pizza parlour.

All I am saying is, be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Whenever you are using your credit card take caution and don't be careless.

Notice who is standing near you and what they are doing when you use your card.

Be aware of phones, because many have a camera phone these days.

FORWARD THIS TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN THINK OF. LET'S GET THE WORD OUT! JUST BE AWARE!

Never let your card out of your sight.....check and check again!
Scary isn't it?

  
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SEYSARAH 5/14/2011 11:40AM

    Ania this was quite an education for me..I just THOUGHT I was being careful..now I know I was simply lucky..appreciate you passing this on.

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PHEBESS 5/12/2011 11:17AM

    Wow! I will definitely be more aware!

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L*I*T*A* 5/12/2011 8:57AM

    great reminders to be more mindful these days,,,
thanks for sharing.....
blessings and hugs......lita

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A bit of Aussie humour!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Thought you may enjoy a chuckle at some Aussie humour.

A bit of Aussie culcha

LOG ON: Adding wood to make the Barbie/bbq hotter.
LOG OFF: Not adding any more wood to the Barbie.
MONITOR: Keeping an eye on the Barbie.
DOWNLOAD: Getting the firewood off the Ute.
HARD DRIVE: Making the trip back home without any cold tinnies.
KEYBOARD: Where you hang the Ute keys.

WINDOW: What you shut when the weather's cold.
SCREEN: What you shut in the mozzie season.
BYTE: What mozzies do.
MEGABYTE: What Townsville mozzies do.

CHIP: A bar snack.

MICROCHIP: What's left in the bag after you've eaten the chips.

MODEM: What you did to the lawns.

LAPTOP: Where the cat sleeps.

SOFTWARE: Plastic knives & forks you get at Red Rooster.

HARDWARE: Stainless steel knives & forks - from K-Mart.

MOUSE: The small rodent that eats the grain in the shed.

MAINFRAME: What hold's the shed up.

WEB: What spiders make.

WEBSITE: Usually in the shed or under the verandah.

SEARCH ENGINE: What you do when the Ute won't go.

CURSOR: What you say when the Ute won't go.

YAHOO: What you say when the Ute does go.

UPGRADE: A steep hill.

SERVER: The person at the pub who brings out the counter lunch.

MAIL SERVER: The bloke at the pub who brings out the counter lunch.

USER: The neighbour who keeps borrowing things.

NETWORK: What you do when you need to repair the fishing net.
INTERNET: Where you want the fish to go.

NETSCAPE: What the fish do when they discover the hole in the net.

ONLINE: Where you hang the washing.
OFFLINE: Where the washing ends up when the pegs aren't strong enough.

P.S. A Ute—(an abbreviation of "utility vehicle"—in Australia and New Zealand) is a light motor vehicle with an open-top rear cargo area (bed) which is almost always separated from the cab to allow for chassis flex when carrying or pulling heavy loads.

  
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SEYSARAH 5/14/2011 11:45AM

    so funny..thanks for clearing up what a UTE was..funnier still finding from a commenter what a mozzie was lol...hate those!

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LODESTONE 5/12/2011 7:41AM

    Redneck jokes sound funnier in Aussie speak!

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LMB-ESQ 5/12/2011 7:18AM

    LOL.... not all that much different in the states!

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 5/12/2011 6:38AM

   

What can I say I love Aussie humour, I live it every day.

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NANT406 5/12/2011 5:04AM

    Thanks for the laughts! It's exactly what I needed. You have a great sense of humor Ania! emoticon

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PATJ7084 5/11/2011 6:08PM

    You always make me smile my friend emoticon

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MILLISMA 5/11/2011 5:02PM

    Love it!!! These are great!

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INGMARIE 5/11/2011 2:18PM

    emoticonThat was funny. loved it. emoticon

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PEGGYO 5/11/2011 1:45PM

    Now I can really talk Aussie while I'm having a chin wag

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PHEBESS 5/11/2011 12:02PM

    We gots plenny o' mozzies here, de mon!

(That's Caribbean-speak.)

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ILOVEROSES 5/11/2011 10:24AM

    Mozzie is a mosquito, a nasty pest around these parts!

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L*I*T*A* 5/11/2011 10:19AM

    wishing i could speak "Ausssie"
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SKEETER13887 5/11/2011 10:17AM

    You killed me! We have similar humor for different parts of the United States. One thing though - what the heck is a "mozzie"?

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Actual Worlwide Signs.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Airline ticket office, Copenhagen:
WE TAKE YOUR BAGS AND SEND THEM IN ALL DIRECTIONS.

A laundry in Rome:
LADIES, LEAVE YOUR CLOTHES HERE AND SPEND THE AFTERNOON HAVING A GOOD TIME

Advertisement for donkey rides, Thailand:
WOULD YOU LIKE TO RIDE ON YOUR OWN ASS?

Cocktail lounge, Norway:
LADIES ARE REQUESTED NOT TO HAVE CHILDREN IN THE BAR.

Tourist agency, Czechoslovakia:
TAKE ONE OF OUR HORSE-DRIVEN CITY TOURS. WE GUARANTEE NO MISCARRIAGES.

Doctors office, Rome:
SPECIALIST IN WOMEN AND OTHER DISEASES.

In a Pumwani maternity ward:
NO CHILDREN ALLOWED.

An advertisement by a Hong Kong dentist:
TEETH EXTRACTED BY THE LATEST METHODISTS.

At a Budapest zoo:
PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS. IF YOU HAVE ANY SUITABLE FOOD, GIVE IT TO THE GUARD ON DUTY

Hotel, Acapulco:
THE MANAGER HAS PERSONALLY PASSED ALL THE WATER SERVED HERE.

In a Nairobi restaurant:
CUSTOMERS WHO FIND OUR WAITRESSES RUDE OUGHT TO SEE THE MANAGER.

On an Athi River highway:
TAKE NOTICE: WHEN THIS SIGN IS UNDER WATER, THIS ROAD IS IMPASSABLE.

A sign seen on an automatic restroom hand dryer:
DO NOT ACTIVATE WITH WET HANDS.

On a poster at Kencom:
ARE YOU AN ADULT THAT CANNOT READ? IF SO, WE CAN HELP.

In a cemetery:
PERSONS ARE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING FLOWERS FROM ANY BUT THEIR OWN GRAVES.

Hotel elevator, Paris:
PLEASE LEAVE YOUR VALUES AT THE FRONT DESK.

Hotel, Japan:
YOU ARE INVITED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CHAMBERMAID.

Hotel, Yugoslavia:
THE FLATTENING OF UNDERWEAR WITH PLEASURE IS THE JOB OF THE CHAMBERMAID.

Information booklet about using a hotel air conditioner, Japan:
COOLES AND HEATES: IF YOU WANT CONDITION OF WARM AIR IN YOUR ROOM, PLEASE CONTROL YOURSELF

Car rental brochure, Tokyo:
WHEN PASSENGER OF FOOT HEAVE IN SIGHT, TOOTLE THE HORN. TRUMPET HIM MELODIOUSLY AT FIRST, BUT IF HE STILL OBSTACLES YOUR PASSAGE THEN TOOTLE HIM WITH VIGOUR.

Sign in men's rest room in Japan:
TO STOP LEAK TURN !!!! TO THE RIGHT

Sign in Japanese public bath:
FOREIGN GUESTS ARE REQUESTED NOT TO PULL !!!! IN TUB.

In a Tokyo bar:
SPECIAL COCKTAILS FOR THE LADIES WITH NUTS.

In a Bangkok temple:
IT IS FORBIDDEN TO ENTER A WOMAN EVEN A FOREIGNER IF DRESSED AS A MAN

A sign posted in Germany's Black Forest:
IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN ON OUR BLACK FOREST CAMPING SITE THAT PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT SEX, FOR INSTANCE, MEN AND WOMEN,LIVE TOGETHER IN ONE TENT UNLESS THEY ARE MARRIED WITH EACH OTHER FOR THIS PURPOSE.

On the door of a Moscow hotel room:
IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST VISIT TO RUSSIA, YOU ARE WELCOME.

In a Bucharest Hotel lobby (really!):
THE LIFT IS BEING FIXED FOR THE NEXT DAY. DURING THAT TIME WE REGRET THAT YOU WILL BE UNBEARABLE.

  
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SEYSARAH 5/14/2011 12:46PM

    Fun blog, thanks!

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MINNA72 5/11/2011 3:48PM

    Oh my... I needed the laugh! Thanks!

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DESERTDREAMERS 5/11/2011 1:51AM

    too funny!

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MILLISMA 5/10/2011 8:30PM

    Ania, these are funny!

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FEISTY1949 5/10/2011 8:17PM

    Good ones!!

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ARLENE_MOVES 5/10/2011 7:18PM

    Love these. Laughed and laughed!

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AIDELADE27 5/10/2011 2:34PM

    Loved these!

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PHEBESS 5/10/2011 11:23AM

    ROFL!!!!!!

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DOOBRIE 5/10/2011 11:02AM

    These are hilarious. I didn't know I was a disease emoticon

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JUSFOLK 5/10/2011 10:15AM

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JWAKJA 5/10/2011 10:11AM

  Thanks for the laughs!

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2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ 5/10/2011 10:10AM

    Thank You for my early morning giggles.
Hugs

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