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Friday, October 14, 2011

For gourmands and graphics geeks, a silly time-wasting game.

And, oh dear, didn't realize I'd permanently changed my background. Was just playing around. Will have to deal with tomorrow. I feel like the White Rabbit this week!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 10/29/2011 10:39PM

    Thank you for the link. I did a wretched job, and I thought I knew cheeses. Or fonts. Or Fontanas.

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JANEDOE12345 10/15/2011 9:03AM

    Oh that is one silly game. Very simple, tho. Try add like mad...


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silly citizens game

Thursday, October 13, 2011

We were driving home from my son's school after a parent-teacher meeting, and started playing a made-up game called "Name that Citizen". For instance, what is a resident of New Orleans called? A New Orleanian. Cambridge? A Cantabridgian. Dallas? A Dallasite.

Etc. Silly.. But it kept the boys busy thinking.

Some stumpers: Los Angeles---An Angelean?

Connecticut. Yankee?? emoticon

Any more to add? These kinds of things come in handy on long car trips, and I like playing word games.

p.s. Youngest had STRAIGHT A'S this six weeks. I'm so proud of him. 4th grade is a LOT harder than third, and requires a lot more self-motivation.
p.p.s. Then we went out and spotted Jupiter with the telescope. So cool.

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HIPPICHICK1 10/14/2011 11:37AM

    I live in Canada. I'm Canadian. But I'm from Manitoba originally which makes me a former Manitoban. Now I live in Quebec so I'm a Quebecer or Québecois en français.
You could try this with all the Canadian provinces once you are done with the U.S.!
You saw Jupiter in your telescope?! COOL! We have a telescope too but never use it. Perhaps we should start. It did not come with an instruction manual though and we have been stumped by it. Maybe if I google the brand and model.....
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JANEDOE12345 10/13/2011 5:43PM

    Your blog gave me such pleasure -- remembering that sweet time in kids' lives, what a delightful age. It does get more complex as the kids grow older and you do love them more and more, of course -- but grammar school age is just a time of sweetness and curiosity and growth. Lucky you, Mom! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 10/13/2011 11:08AM

    In RI we joke about our accents and call ourselves 'Ro Dilanders'.
We would also say your boys are wickitt smaaaaaaart.

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they'll probably track me down and shoot me

Thursday, October 06, 2011

There is a Spark Team that has this for their team picture and I find it incredibly offensive.

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HIPPICHICK1 10/7/2011 1:07PM

    I think it's disgusting. But I'm Canadian and we don't take guns lightly up here.
I'm all for learning to shoot a gun in case of a zombie apocalypse, but here on Spark I wonder what guns have to do with weight loss or why anyone would need to join a gun group for support of their weight loss.
P.S. No one is truly free and if they think they are they are sadly mistaken. As for slaves well, I believe in karma too. Treating people in a hierarchical manner says more about that person than words can express. We are all one people and we need to remember that while we are practising compassion.

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_UMAMI_ 10/6/2011 11:21PM

    I'm not seeking confrontation, I was just offended when I saw this picture (which I came across while perusing "This Week's Most Popular Spark Blogs" or whatever they call it. Someone was a member of a gun club or such, I was curious, I clicked. That's how we find ourselves in trouble, right?! emoticon)

Anyway, the founder of the team doesn't seem violent, and I'm not offended by her or the team, just the image itself. Well, and the wording. To *me*, seeing a light-skinned person holding a rifle with a sight (or whatever---I'm not a gun person!) implies HUNTING, and the word SLAVE implies (to my Southern mind) an African or African-American. So to *Me*, the image implies that the "superior" light-skinned person is going to hunt down slaves.

Um, it's just all kinds of wrong.
And I'm trying to be succinct here.

ETA: I was an Anthropology major and am a History buff and know that slaves existed (exist!) throughout history, but in America, especially the Deep South, of which I am a product, the white vs. slave issue lingers in the psyche.

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JANEDOE12345 10/6/2011 7:27PM

    Seriously, I think that picture is a bit more violent than the Spark I would like to belong to...meaning, I don't like it and I wish Spark would get rid of it. But since they haven't, I guess Spark is a little different than what I would want them to be. By leaving it there, I wonder if Spark is endorsing the sentiment or if Spark is just being very permissive?

How did you find it?

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MEADSBAY 10/6/2011 4:25PM

    omg- YES!
What exactly are they saying???

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MRE1956 10/6/2011 2:34PM

    I'm with JULIENMM here....taking that tack has been an incredible help to me while I deal with annoying perimenopausal symptoms......and yeah, I've seen some incredibly horrible stuff in my time.....

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JULIENMM 10/6/2011 1:15PM

    To each his own. If I don't like something, I just keep moving on. Makes my life way less stressful.

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I come across the weirdest things while job searching

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

I found a job description that sounded like a good match for my husband, but they had this puzzling "bonus skill" listed: Helicopter Underwater Egress Training (HUET)

What the heck?! I had to Google it, and came up with this:

That would certainly liven up my IT guy's workday!

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_UMAMI_ 10/4/2011 9:50PM

    I like the "swimming through debris and fire" part.
I think I would actually do this as a test of my almost-50-yr-old mettle. I'd like to think I'd be a Survivor, not flotsam.

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ANGELARUTHIE 10/4/2011 9:37PM

    I wish I could list that "bonus skill" on my resume, simply for the conversation piece. LOL!

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MRS-BLOBBY 10/4/2011 7:08PM

    eurgh! My worst nightmare... last time I flew I had mask, fins and snorkel in my hand luggage under my seat- just in case- LoL ! (but I was going on a diving holiday anyway) emoticon

Can't imagine anyone doing this out of choice tho...

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JANEDOE12345 10/4/2011 5:15PM

    This would certainly punish him for any wrongdoing committed at any point in his life thus far, and perhaps for future sins as well.

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MEADSBAY 10/4/2011 2:06PM

    omg- no thank you!!!

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Snail Mail (or, slime anyone lately?)

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

In the news:
Americans Get a Personal Letter in the Mail Once Every Seven Weeks

Wow! Really!?
I used to get personalized cassette tapes (Google it, Younguns), newspaper clippings, illegal items, items absconded (?) by P.O., always-on-time birthday cards from my Grandma, holiday cards with CASH inside, etc.

I'm going to miss Snail Mail. A Lot.

But I was happy that I actually mailed out a birthday card to one of my best friends (born almost EXACTLY a half year apart from me---how cool is that?), and mailed a package to my other best friend who is in a sudden cold spell and needs the fingerless gloves I have to spare.

Don't let the Post Office die----mail something to a loved one!

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DEXTRO140 10/27/2011 9:10PM

    The last 'personal' piece of snail mail I received came from Pearl Jam's Ten Club -- a 45! Yes, a made of vinyl, record.

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_UMAMI_ 10/4/2011 7:19PM

    I forgot---my mom keeps Hallmark in business. She sends cards for birthdays, Halloween, Easter, Thanksgiving, St. Pat's, Valentine's, Anniversaries, Christmas---she even sends *ME* cards for Mother's Day! emoticon And she has catalogs piled all over her house, as well as many different magazines. (Um and she's a bit of a hoarder. Depression-era child. Are *we* going to have Great Recession-era hoarders in the future.)

So yeah, snail mail is nice, but I hear ya on saving the trees.

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JANEDOE12345 10/4/2011 5:19PM

    My understanding is that Saturday delivery will be cut. That's okay with me, but do NOT take away my everyday mail. Thinking of ebay items, book swaps, greeting cards, the rare love letter, and of course, my many many fan letters.

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BREATHEMUSIC 10/4/2011 3:47PM

    I don't think it would be good to get rid of the PO entirely, but it could definitely be cut down to like 3 days a week in my opinion. That means not full time for employees, but they could always divide areas up so that some places are services Mon, Wed, Fri while others are Tues, Thurs, Sat. Or something to that effect... like trash pick-up. Almost all the mail I get is junk. Most bills are online now, and I do get some cards or postcards occasionally. But I'd rather reduce mail and save a few trees and stop filling landfills. Or really, just stop getting 8 credit card offers every week!

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MEADSBAY 10/4/2011 9:25AM

    I used to send and receive a lot of mail but I bet it's way more than 7 weeks apart for me now!
You're right- we all need to make a point of using the wonderful PO that we take for granted.
I heard that's it about twice as expensive everywhere in Europe.

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MRE1956 10/4/2011 6:50AM

    I'd share your sentiment were it not for the fact that I'm constantly on "junk mail removal patrol" and almost NEVER get the kind of mail you refer to......


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