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Mon Dec 12, 2011, 04:00 PM

DU3 Reintroduce yourself thread

New forum so let's so a new thread where you can introduce yourself to the rest of the DU community.

My name is LynneSin, my nickname is based on my RL nickname since my RL name is Lynne and my last name starts with SIN and about 82 more letters after that. The quote my friend would use about me is "Her name is Lynne and it rhymes with Sin".

I was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania near Harrisburg, went to Lebanon Valley College (about once a week I remove Gov Tom Corbett's name from the list of famous LVC alumni on the LVC Wiki site) and after college I moved to Bucks County, outside of Philadelphia. After living in that region for 12 years I then moved to Delaware where I not only live and work today but even bought a house here. I have no plans on moving back to PA.

I love rock music. After seeing Shaun Cassidy in concert, my older brother made me listen to rock music - his collection of 8 tracks including Led Zeppelin, Queen, Pink Floyd, Yes, an Aerosmith and several Rush. After that I was hooked. I'm happy to say that my 2nd concert was David Bowie.

I am a very fussy eater. I have a very sensitive nose and palate so extreme flavors and textures bother me. My beer of choice are very hoppy flavor pale ales (nothing with a fruit flavor), top shelf Tequila (Herradura) and spicy red wines from South Africa and Argentina.

I have a wry sense of humor and sometimes rely too much on sarcasm. I think that's how I sometimes annoy people.

I am single. I had been in one long term relationship but ultimately we realized we didn't want to get married.

I love cats, I have 2. I have a boy name Abbott who 9 years ago I found outside a dumpster. My girl Evita was adopted 6 months later - she is the reincarnation of pure evil in a fluffy grey cat. Abbott is a cuddly boy cat who loves to lick his empty ballsacks.

My favorite teams are anything from Philadelphia and the Cincinnatie Reds, a team I have loved since I was 8 years old. I once lost a bet to WillPitt and was to come to a DU gathering wearing a Bunny Suit and bringing a bottle of Tequila. I did send the Tequila to Will but haven't really had a chance to do the bunny suit thing.

I use to organize DU gatherings with some of my best including the October 2002, the RNC Convention Protest and the one at the Obama Inaurguration. But I'm retired from that - it was alot of work and stress.

I am one of the few DUers who can say that a US Vice President has stood on my porch. One of the perks living in Delaware and somewhere I did show the photos.

I make it my mission in life to never pay tolls. I'm from Delaware now and we know how to get where we're going to without paying a toll. Tolls are for out-of-staters who come to Delaware for our Tax Free shopping.

I've been a member of DU since April 2001 and I always like to meet new DUers.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 04:08 PM

1. My name is Scuba, and apparently I'm the last living liberal Democrat. n/t

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Response to Scuba (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 12:11 AM

29. You'd be wrong there, my friend.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #29)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 05:21 AM

33. I sure hope so! Thanks for the backup! n/t

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 04:32 PM

2. LynneSin, LynneSin, hmmmm

Didn't that poster make a reckless wager concerning the fortunes of the Boston Red Sox? I seem to recall something along those lines once upon a time.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 04:34 PM

4. Yeah I posted my naked ass on DU because of a bet

But when the Freepers hotlinked the photo I switched it to a photo of Bush looking like an asshole

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Response to LynneSin (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 04:47 PM

5. See? That's the sort of vital information needed in a bio post!

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Response to LynneSin (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 2, 2012, 07:57 PM

225. "...a photo of Bush looking like an asshole"

Oh, yeah....the Mission Accomplished picture.

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Response to Doc Holliday (Reply #225)

Mon Jan 2, 2012, 11:17 PM

229. The freepers got ahold of the photo of my naked ass

and posted it over on FR

So I swapped my naked ass out for a photo of bush looking like an idiot


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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 04:33 PM

3. I'm madinmaryland, and (no shit), I live in Maryland.

Grew up in Ohio, lived in CT for 20 years and now live in Maryland. The "mad" comes from 2004 when the swift boat liars attacked John Kerry's service record.

Life long Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Pirates fan, and I drive through Delaware without any stops, except to stop at their rest area to take a ****.

There is also a great joke that I am known for around here...

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Donald Rumsfeld is giving the president his daily briefing. He concludes by saying: "Yesterday, 3 Brazilian soldiers were killed."

"OH NO!" the President exclaims. "That's terrible!"

His staff sits stunned at this display of emotion, nervously watching as the President sits, head in hands.

Finally, the President looks up and asks, "How many is a brazillion?"





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Response to madinmaryland (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 11:29 PM

147. Hi, again, Mad!

It's good to be allowed to see your face again.

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Response to ScreamingMeemie (Reply #147)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 01:07 AM

151. Hey!

How you doing? It's been a while!



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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 05:29 PM

6. My name is Taverner. I do not own a tavern, nor would I want to.

 

However, I do like Phillip K Dick, especially his book Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said. In it, there is a deeply flawed character who, by the end of the book, hasn't changed much at all or learned anything. The book is also interesting in that the main character changes half-way through the book from Jason Taverner to the Policeman.

Great book.

But yeah, I live in California, have kids, work, and am either a Socialist Democrat with Anarchist Sympathies, or some other adjective filled description.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 06:03 PM

7. Hi everybody

I mostly lurk, but I post every once in a while, so here goes.

I live in Iowa, so I've met pretty much every democratic presidential candidate since Mondale. I got my photo in the newspaper talking to the libertarian candidate during his visit to my high school (I was asking him about legalization of drugs, of course).

I used to be on my county central committee until real life activities took over my free time. Our 11 y.o boy and 9 y.o. girl keep us busy with football, basketball, volleyball, dance, tumbling, piano...it never stops.

I love almost all music (including Rush!), and I'm currently on a kick where I fluctuate between playing Scandinavian death metal and 20s-30s jazz & swing while I'm at work.

We have 2 black cats - one fuzzy and one smooth & shiny. We had golden retrievers for years, and we're planning to get a puppy this summer, though the break from dog hair has been kind of nice.

I kinda like DU3, but I've only been on jury duty once, darn it.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 06:10 PM

8. My name is Bucky Rea. "Bucky" is short for "Buckminster Fulleryourself"

You can call me "hey!" or you can call me "Rea" but ya doesn't hafta call me "Mister"

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Response to Bucky (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 10:59 PM

19. I had the pleaser of seeing Bucky Fuller ...

... deliver a lecture at Southern Illinois University when I was a student there in the late 70's. We need more brilliant minds like his.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 06:26 PM

9. Howdy!

I'm only a couple months into being a DU member. I came here in self defense one day after being sooooooooooo tired of arguing with my conservative friends and family and coworkers, some of whom are in more than one of those groups. I just needed some liberal info and a google search brought me to you guys.

I just recently turned 48 and I also love Led Zeppelin and Rush and David Bowie and the Dallas Cowboys and Herradura and lots of other things including underground brutal technical and progressive death metal, old-timey country and bluegrass, some hip-hop and christmas music.

Born in Tallahassee, we moved around enough that I never went to the same elementary school for a two consecutive years. Ended up in Dallas, TX and lived there until I was 18. In between Tallahassee and Dallas I have lived in Atlanta GA, Florence, KY (my first baseball game was a Reds game with my dad. It was bat day and I got one signed by Bobby Tolan. I ruined it by using it to bat rocks through unfinished apartment sliding glass doors. I got in a lot of trouble for that.), several Florida cities, and Owings Mills, MD.

My mother divorced my dad when I was 12 and got religion so I was in a bat-shit crazy fundie house until I graduated from Christian High School and left home.

I am an atheist and a liberal and live in Orlando with my (nominally) Baptist wife of 25+ years and our slightly disabled daughter. I am rather proud of the fact that my wife's sons from her first marriage (she is my only) introduce me as dad and I was Best Man for the oldest one a few months ago. Especially since I wouldn't even eat the christmas fruitcake sent to me by my step-asshole. I figure he showed me how not to do it and I learned enough to not fuck up my wife's kids. Our kids.

My real mom and real dad have both passed away and it's kind of silly but I am glad I got to take my dad out dinner on my dime once before he died. Lol, there was a while there he thought I might be a lost cause. But I know he was proud of me for turning out reasonably OK.

I am glad I found this place even if it did change up on me. I guess I'm lucky I wasn't here longer and set in my ways but the change didn't bother me.

After all, change is what I voted for and the reason I'm here now.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 06:36 PM

10. Hello. My name is HopeHoops and I'm a DU-a-holic.

 

"WELCOME HopeHoops".

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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #10)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 09:17 PM

15. Hi HopeHoops!

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 06:45 PM

11. Hedgehog here - living with my husband in Upstate New York in the Lake Ontario Snow Belt

Last edited Mon Dec 12, 2011, 09:15 PM - Edit history (1)

We have an old farm house with 60 acres out back. The farmer planted Christmas trees around 1951, but never harvested them, so we mostly have mixed woods full of deer, raccoons, skunks, possums, coyotes, foxes, turkeys and grouse. Currently we have 2 dogs, 2 cats and about 16 chickens - migrating hawks and eagles took out most of my flock this Fall!

I have a degree in mechanical engineering, but stayed home until my youngest started school. I have 2 sons and 4 daughters - all out working or going to college.

I spent six years working at a steel mill, got laid off, worked as a warehouse supervisor, production supervisor at a plating plant and inspected onions at a local packing house. Right now I work from home doing computer assisted drafting.

Forgot to mention - I discovered DU while on break at the warehouse following primary returns back in 2004.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 07:22 PM

12. Hello Everybody!

My real name is Ron, as some of you know. I was born and raised in
a small town in Walker County, Alabama, and I currently live in
Butler, PA. I worked as a long haul truck driver for 24 years, hence
the username. I first joined DU around April, 2004 as trucker4kerry
but on Nov 12, 2004 was able to change to my current username.

I've been a diehard liberal since 1968, having been raised by FDR
Democrats and having a progressive 9th grade civics teacher (yes,
they had civics in high school in 1960's Alabama!).

I admit, I haven't been as active in politics as I might have been, but
I have never failed to vote (I was first eligible in 1972) nor have I failed
to contribute money to the candidate of my choice, all the way from
McGovern to Obama.

One last thing: James Carville once said that Pennsylvania is Pittsburgh
and Philadelphia with Alabama in between. How right he is! Butler County
and Walker County went for McCain in almost exactly the same proportion.
Pretty much Alabama with snow!

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Response to liberaltrucker (Reply #12)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 09:30 PM

16. As someone who was born & raised in Perry County, PA - can say 'Amen to that!'

Seriously!

BTW, you folks from Butler County are liberals compared to Perry County

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Response to LynneSin (Reply #16)

Tue Dec 13, 2011, 02:19 AM

25. Not sure how that's possible

But I'll take your word for it.

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Response to liberaltrucker (Reply #12)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 05:17 PM

113. Hey liberaltrucker! I hear you loud and clear! Other than that, how

has P.A been treating you? You have to come out east so we can go for a real cheesesteak and some Yuenglings! I'll buy!

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Response to liberaltrucker (Reply #12)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 12:20 PM

165. Central Pennslyvania = Pennsyltucky!

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 07:32 PM

13. I'm Ptah, Creator

I sometimes grow sunflowers.





I could tell you sad, sad stories.



But prefer to share happier music videos.



I'm a fan of ironwork.



I have even done some myself.



I hate Illinois Nazis.



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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 09:06 PM

14. Hi! I'm Kaiden from Conifer, Colorado.

I've been here a long time, just don't post much. But I DO get a kick out of everyone else's posts. I have two grandkids, including an 8 year old grandson with special needs. In March, we discovered he'd been born without carotid arteries, so apparently one doesn't need them. My husband and I have three dogs, six cats, three llamas and ten goats. We do a lot of mopping since the cats are all geriatrics. I knit. I work as a legal assistant in Denver. I have a background in theatre so that's probably why I never amounted to much. At 59, I'm still not sure what I want to do when I grow up. I think 59 is the new 39, though. I most times forget how old I am.

When the convention was in Denver in 2008, I met Earl and Elad and Hissyspit and otohara and Froward69 and donheld and others. My sister-in-law is yankeepants who posts here.

I am thankful everyday that I have this site -- and especially The Lounge, which keeps me sane.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 09:35 PM

17. My name is Bill

 

Im from a town near Dayton, Ohio.

I studied history all through college. I went to Wright State. I chose Charlemagne because he was an interesting cat. Ive worked in a ton of museums and archives. I have lots of interesting stories. To Lynne, Ive met Mike Schmidt before. Though you may like that.

I have a very dry sense of humor. I am passionate about knowledge and academics. I love to go on and on about labor history or foreign policy. It never got me a lot of dates. My wife seems to tolerate me, occasionally.

Anyway, if anyone wants to talk more, just shoot me a line.

Charlemagne.

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Response to Charlemagne (Reply #17)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 01:12 AM

31. Check out the History Groups:

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 10:56 PM

18. Martin is my real first name

My parents were progressives who supported civil rights long before I was born in 1957, in Chicago. They named me after Martin Eden (the title character in a Jack London novel) so I chose that as my DU name when I joined in 2002, invited by my old college buddy Scubadude. Although a lifelong liberal, DU really opened my eyes to a lot of things -- especially the lies leading us to war in Iraq. I travelled to DC to join 100,000 others protesting the war 4 days before it was launched, and have been doing battle ever since against freeper-types in various online forums.

I grew up on the southwest edge of Chicago near Midway Airport, and now live in suburban DuPage County (it's a Republican stronghold with the House seat long held by Judy Biggert). An avid slowpitch softball player, when I lived in the city it was the barehanded 16" game but now I play 12" -- still in an all-ages weeknight league, but also Senior Softball weekend tournaments (moving up to the 55 age group in the 2012 season). I spend most of my vacation time hiking & backpacking, most recently in the mountains of North Carolina.

I've worked for the same company (2 miles from my home) for more than 18 years, rising from an hourly temp to a manager reporting to a senior vice president. Married for 16 years, I have a stepdaughter with a baby and a toddler (they live 1 mile away). Lotsa fun watching them grow and experience things for the first time -- like Christmas.

More than anything though, I'm very concerned for their future and the future of this country and the world upon which all life on earth depends. I think we're heading towards a major turning point that can go very badly for us all if any of the current crop of rethugs becomes president. Sorely disappointed in Obama, I'll do what I can to get him re-elected.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 11:49 PM

20. Hello

My real name is Les. I've been a musician for almost 40 years now. When I'm not working at my day job in television , I'm either playing with my classic rock/blues cover band or making records for other artists in my studio.

I have a wonderful wife of 20 years and a beautiful 5 year old daughter.

I came to DU in 2003, outraged over the Iraq war and the Boosh admin. I guess I just got stuck here

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Response to guitar man (Reply #20)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 09:39 PM

141. Okay, we know who you are!

Your last name's **Paul** isn't it? The reports of your death are greatly exaggerated...?

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Response to pink-o (Reply #141)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 09:56 PM

143. Lol

I wish I could play like that

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2011, 12:17 AM

21. Long-time reader of DU

and joined only recently. I find I have little to add to a conversation as my points are quickly added by posters who are faster than I am.

I'm a retired paralegal (specialized in corporate/business law) having spent the last 13 years of my career with a nation-wide engineering firm's legal department. When it was bought out by a much larger concern, I saw the handwriting on the wall and made a graceful exit before they could dump me.

I've lived in Indiana, Germany, Australia and now Washington. I travel when finances allow. I've done 35 years worth of genealogy research and am currently converting all information to a database. I pursue the usual household crafty things but I'm not a master of any one thing. I recently took tatting lessons. My household consists of my daughter, her husband, my 16-year old granddaughter and four cats. Since we have differing points of view, we don't discuss politics here which is why I appreciate DU so much. I believe the cats are neutral on politics but there's one who is a little suspicious.

I'm so left-wing that when I enter a crowded room and look to the left, there's no one there. I've been a liberal/progressive since sometime in the middle of the last century. Yes, I voted for Obama and will do so again.

After so many years of reading DU and getting to know many of you by your posts, I just want to say that I've enjoyed it all and look forward to more.

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Response to HeiressofBickworth (Reply #21)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 10:19 PM

94. Welcome to DU, HeiressofBickworth!

Nice to meet you.

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Response to femmocrat (Reply #94)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 10:59 PM

122. Nice to meet you, too.

Hope to see you around the forums.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2011, 12:19 AM

22. me

Handmade is not my real name and I am not 34. I was born and raised in Michigan but I have called Vermont home for 30 years (my house is in the Northeast Kingdom and is rented out to a real nice couple with 2 kids) but work a job now that keeps me “on the road” traveling throughout the United States 50 weeks out of the year with my partner (Norristown, PA presently). Organic farming is my real passion but I haven’t got the money to buy the farm and land (I would be out in the field working instead of here if I had the land). I used to teach (licensed 7-12 social studies) and then studied at seminary where I learned to be an Atheist. I have birthed 5 children (all born at home) but in the past have “taken in” and cared for many more than that.
I first voted the year after the 26th Amendment was adopted and haven’t missed a vote since (mostly democrats but a few independents). I used to do it all but my present day job disallows most earnest ventures. I like getting old as I have an excuse for being a “bitchy old lady”. I take photographs, travel with my sewing machine and make clothing and ‘stuff’ from recycled fabric. I believe in equal rights and freedom to assemble. I love slam poetry and old jazz. I hang out in the lounge once in awhile but rarely post. What did I miss?


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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2011, 01:10 AM

23. I'm using my "executive producer" pseudonym...

...GReedDiamond, which I use when producing indie music CD projects.

In extending that pseudonym into the politically mythological (or, "the polithalogical", I have blended GReedDiamond into a (nonexistent) Corporation with access to more (GOD GIVEN + Tax Loopholes Giveaways & Subsidies, and $$$$ >>>> questionably "elected" political hacks = free speech = 1st Amendment Rights) rights than the average living, breathing small-cap "c"itizen, whom I consider, at best, to be profitable commodities, at worst, tax write-offs. You don't wanna hear what "I" ("GReedDiamond" think about everything in-between.

GReedDiamond's (not necessarily me, but, The Corporation's) Logo is a pair of disembodied outward reaching hands which are about to grab a palm-sized floating planet earth, whereupon the two hands squeeze the whole planet into a Gigantic Diamond.

It's so phony that the artwork for the Logo isn't even done yet.

I am working on it, though.

The End.

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Anyway, that's the "origins" of the name, not the Reality.

DISCLAIMER: I am not necessarily, or in any way otherbudwiser responsible for any of these comments.



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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2011, 01:53 AM

24. Well, as my DU name suggests, I'm a man who plays the blues on a bass.

Been playing for over forty years and still learn something new every time I pick up an instrument. I currently play with a group of old farts like me at sleazy bars around the San Francisco Bay Area. Been a tough year for us trying to get everybody's schedules to mesh and we just lost a guitarist and replaced him with a keyboard player so we haven't been playing out much, but looking forward to the new year to get out some more.

My other passion is photography. I focused on sports for a long time as my daughter is a competitive soccer player and that's what really got me into it, but lately I've been stretching into portrait, landscape, and nature.

My politics were handed down to me from my Dad. I was a teenager at the end of the Viet Nam war, and vividly remember my sitting with my Dad watching the evening news and listening to him comment on the injustice and stupidity of our involvement there.

My sense of humor is decidedly dry, and I can take it equally well as I can dish it out.

Have two dogs and two cats. They eat, they sleep, and they shed. Must be nice.

Started lurking at DU after the '04 theft, and became a member in May of '05. Seen some ups and downs over the years, but I gotta say that this is a fine group of people contributing here and I'm happy to be a part of the DU community.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2011, 05:31 AM

26. I'm MiddleFingerMom. I used to have a really nice ass & a really nasty rash, tho not simultaneously.

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Response to MiddleFingerMom (Reply #26)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 11:28 PM

146. Your name has always confused me

are you a middle finger? whose mom?

I need answers or at least beer and travel money

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Response to nadine_mn (Reply #146)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 11:57 PM

149. You wouldn't BELIEVE the PAIN-IN-THE-ASS Kali was harassing me to come check out/sign up for DU,

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She half-jokingly told me that there was someone here with such a similar sense
of humor that she could believe that it WAS me in disguise.
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When I FINALLY checked DU out (my 2-year anniversary is coming up Dec 31),
I liked it immediately AND was so flattered that she would compare me to this
exceptionally funny guy that my name is simply a riff off of his. He's been TS'd
since, so I can't refer to him directly, but "Finger" remained, "Pop" became "Mom"
and "Lefty" became "Middle". Perfect.
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It doesn't hardly EVER happen anymore more but, for quite a while, the frequently-
asked, "You're a DUDE?!?!?!?" used to REALLY crack me up.
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I really MISS the beer-and-travel money guy!!!
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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2011, 06:51 AM

27. Hajimemashite! Kimiko Desu! Dozo Yoroshiku!


This is me in my latest IMVU form..happy holidays!

I am a Dean Democrat. I was born and live in San Francisco. I am of Japanese and Korean decent. My Parents live in New York. They moved there a few years ago, so my father, who is a dentist, could open a practice there with his long time friend, who is Chinese. My mother, who is half Japanese, Half Korean was an English Teacher, thought now she works as a Dental Assistant as well as the Office Manager at the family practice. I have no brothers or sisters. I do have a cat, named Buzzy.

Because someone asked, I also have family in Osaka Japan. Uncle Akeno, Aunt Bachiko, and three cousins, Sachiko, Misumi and Mayumi. (Sachiko works as a nurse in one of the major hospitals in Osaka Japan!) I did have a Grandmother who was from Gwangju South Korea, but she recently passed away. She was married to my other Uncle Hideki who was from Miyazaki, Japan.


I love all Asian culture; Food, Drama, Movies, Anime, Traditions, History, and especially Music. I am the owner of the Ichiban Jpop Kurabu, (Asian music and Culture club) which has over 7700 members world wide, on IMVU.com. I am (non practicing) Shinto~Buddhist. (Jodo Shinshu)

My favorite actor of all time, is Shintaro Katsu, who played Zatoichi, the blind cane swordsman. Of course I was too young to see them when they first came out, however, my father is an avid collector of Japanese Samurai movies. I got to keep his entire Zatoichi series, and loved them!! Katsu is still my favorite actor.. and I love seeing him in other period pieces as well.

Zatoitch


Jpop, Jrock, Visuel Kei is my real passion. One of my favorite songs is by The GazettE called Zetsu:



My favorite Jpop singer is Aiko Kayo who I adore:



I love sports believe it or not, as my father used to have season tickets to Candlestick park for the 49ers. I also love the Raiders. Baseball teams..Giants and Angels. Hockey: Vancouver Canucks (from my days of visiting friends in Canada) Basketball: The Lakers.
My favorite Japanese Baseball team is the ORIX Buffaloes. (This is the Osaka team.)


Politically, I voluntarily worked for Howard Dean in his run for the Presidency. I never got to meet him, but I have admired him for a long, long time.

My other passion, while not being here..is IMVU.com. I have my own chat room which is affiliated with my world wide group, the Ichiban Jpop Club. You can see our club room here:

I also have a second room, on IMVU.com which is called Asian Buddhist Retreat. A friend of mine, and I worked on a third room which is a recreation of a Shinto shrine.

While I love to eat all kinds of Asian food, my favorite is garlic buttered Dungeness crab, and steamed Clams. My favorite soup
is Asari Miso soup, followed by New England Clam chowder. Incidentally, I am allergic to Beef, Pork and Lamb, so I have to stick with poultry and seafood.

Worked for the Hamster!


As for profession, I work at home luckily enough, for a Tokyo based Anime/Manga company, that has a local office in San Francisco. At one time I used to correct translations for sub titles on anime videos (Hamtaro was my favorite), but was later moved to distribution where I keep companies stocked in the US and Europe with both Manga and Anime titles.




Kimiko~Yori

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Reply #27)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 04:52 PM

68. AsahinaKimi!

"I am a Dean Democrat." "Politically, I voluntarily worked for Howard Dean in his run for the Presidency. I never got to meet him, but I have admired him for a long, long time."

Please consider subscribing to the Democracy for America group if you have not already: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1105

There's some fun stuff going along and I'll be posting all updates from DFA about the 2012 election. It's a revival.

Aloha

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Reply #27)

Sat Dec 24, 2011, 01:33 AM

187. Annyeonghaseyo!

Well, you did say Japanese and Korean descent! I had some very good S. Korean friends in grad school and learned a few Korean phrases so I could at least speak a little bit in their language.

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Response to GaYellowDawg (Reply #187)

Sat Dec 24, 2011, 06:45 PM

195. Thats awesome!!

Sugoi!!!


Kimiko~yori

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Reply #195)

Sat Dec 24, 2011, 09:00 PM

196. What they really got a kick out of...

was when I learned how to sing "Happy Birthday" to them in Korean. Seung-il chook-ha hamnida, and so forth. I even watched Korean kids singing it on YouTube so that I'd know exactly which notes to put with which syllables.

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Reply #27)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 06:45 PM

205. Very cool info! Our names are somewhat similar

well, the "Kimi" part anyway. LOL. I lived in Misawa Japan at the joint US/Japanese air force/navy base in the late 90's, and made a lot of very good Japanese friends; the experience led me to name my beautiful kitty Takara Kimi - which as far as I know translates to "Treasure without equal", because she is that. Love Japanese culture, history, geography (Northern Japan is one of the most beautiful places on earth IMO), and people, and hope to go back sometime and see friends.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 12:04 AM

28. Hi again

My name is Matt. I live in SE PA and am 35 years old. Currently single and looking for work. Have a wonderful Gooldendoodle (half Golden Retriever, half Poodle) dog named Gordon. My favorite forms of entertainment include music (huge music fan), reading, the internet/computers, tablet apps, writing, and watching sports. I classify myself as a liberal who believes some socialism should be mixed into any capitalist system. More about me:

Favorite music - Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby for Christmas music, The Beatles (my favorite artist), Elvis, The Beach Boys, Abba, The Byrds, Simon And Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, James Taylor, Big Star, Fleetwood Mac, B-52s, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Cheap Trick, The Cars, Bruce Springsteen, Luther Vandross, Sam Cooke, The Bangles, Blondie, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Jackson, Madonna, U2, R.E.M., Green Day, Pearl Jam, Kay Hanley, Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, Indigo Girls, Aimee Mann, The New Pornographers, Regina Spektor, A Fine Frenzy, Kelly Clarkson, Michelle Branch, Eisley, The Corrs, Josh Ritter, The Dollyrots, Dixie Chicks, Alison Krauss, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Dolly Parton, Patty Loveless, Merle Haggard, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Camera Obscura, Rilo Kiley, Chris Isaak, Nina Gordon, Barenaked Ladies, Garbage, Brandi Carlile, Loreena McKennitt, Stacie Rose, Lisa Mychols, Cindy Alexander, Beetoven, Mozart, Wagner, and many more!

Favorite authors - John Grisham, J.K. Rowling, Shakespeare, Lisa Scottoline, George Orwell, Charles Dickens, James Patterson. I enjoy many of the classic books.

Favorite TV shows - Young & The Restless, Big Brother, The Simpsons, GhostHunters, sports programs

Favorite sports teams - The Philly pro teams, Penn State

Favorite movies - comedies like Liar Liar (I have a silly sense of humor), A Christmas Carol (all versions), Star Wars series, and more

Other likes: tracking winter storms, Christmas, snow, dogs, watches, playing instant scratch off games (I've cut back because of how bad they've gotten and lack of money right now), Coast To Coast AM and the paranormal, lists (including celeb crush lists), the night sky (I'm also a night person), electronics, etc.

Political Positions

- Tax the rich at a fairer rate because they can pay. The middle class was strong before the 80s and the rich were still more than comfortable.
- Enable everyone to have a basic living
- Single payer health care
- Pro-regulations, especially in regards to banks and the environment
- Anti-death penalty
- But tough sentences for violent crime and sex offenses
- Pro choice
- Equal rights for all
- Anti-war in all but the most self-defense circumstances
- Legalize marijuana
- Illegal immigrants get fined or short jail term, then are allowed to apply for citizenship
- Anti-free trade that costs too many American jobs
- Pro transition to green energy
- Separate Church and state

Dislikes - greed, disloyalty, critics who think they know everything, loud noises, conservative philosophy of course, etc.

Religion - liberal Christian

Time on DU - since 2001

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 12:34 AM

30. Hi I'm Crystal

I've been on DU for 10 years now, and I posted a lot more in the early years, but I've lurked ever since.


I was born an Army Brat but soon became an Air Force brat, because dad changed over. I've lived in 8 states and two foreign countries, one of which I live in now. I have a sister I adore, and a brother I don't. I'm married to another DUer, and we have two amazing daughters.

I love lots and lots of things, like food and clothes and jewelry and politics, and I am crazy about books. I love travel, tv and the internet.

When I think about my life, I can't help but be amazed. Somehow, in spite of the fact that I wasn't born rich or brilliant or especially ambitious, my life has been interesting. My life right now is crazy beyond what I can tell anyone, but it will make for some good stories some time long in the future.

The biggest problem I have in life is that I just don't understand my fellow humans. I've tried many different angles, but still I just don't understand. When I was a kid, I thought I was really stupid because things that made sense to everyone else didn't make sense to me. Now I understand that there are so many ways to be smart and so many ways to be stupid, and there are worse things to be than puzzled at the absurd and random and inexplicable.


One of the funny things about lurking as much as I do is that I get emotionally attached to people who have no idea who I am. Every once in a while I decide I'm going to post more on DU, but it never lasts for long. There are so many people here who can state things better than me, so I am more comfortable lurking.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 01:54 AM

32. Hi. I’m Ellie,

and I live in western Nebraska with my husband of 46 years. We have three grown children, three grown granddaughters, and two grandsons ages 8 and 1 1/2. In January, we’ll be great-grandparents. Times flies. Just the other day, we were young.

I play a variety of musical instruments – Celtic harp, Irish whistles, bodhran, violin, cello, ukulele (a little), bowed psaltery (fun with two bows!) and hammer dulcimer. I have a didgeridoo, but I’ve never gotten the hang of how to make those cool boing-oing-oing sounds with it. I write short stories sometimes, and several of my stories were published by the now closed-to-submissions online horror/dark fantasy magazine The Harrow. The biggest thrill of my writing “career” was when my website containing all the stories I’d written was selected as an editor’s choice by the now-defunct website called Bookwave. My oldest obsession is paleontology, and my newest is genealogy.

My husband and I love animals, and we always spoil our pets because we adore them. Here’s a picture of our poodle son Ty (he found us 3 years ago, as a poor, scared, hungry, cold, sick little guy) and his cousin Abigail L. Parsons, who was my late sister’s dog. Abby is now our little doggy daughter. Pardon my blue underpants in the doorway. Sometimes Ty and Abby raid the bathroom clothes hamper because they have no toys.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 07:03 AM

34. Hey LynneSin! Thank you for this post!

I've been a member for since May 2008, but have been unable to contribute for about the last year. I was worried about logging in after such a long hiatus for fear of being booted due to inaction. Guess not!

It's been a trying year - and I'm fully confused at the new format but miss this place so much.

Thanks again..!

s. : )

Edit:
1. I read that several users have Kick/Rec'd you but I can't find the feature (it used to be available under each OP.... I'd do so for your post if I knew how given the new format!

2. I wrote a more personal 're-intro' but canned it, feeling silly. Only to find that several posters' got as if not more personal than I had! I am so out of practice. If I can find the text of my more personal post I'll add it.

I just want to be back here... not that I was an uber-user that all of us know (haven't yet looked, but I hope all are still here!), and I'm certainly not someone anyone would recognize. But I always felt that I was part of the community when I could add to the discussion (agree or disagree) and learned more from everyone else than I've ever conjured up myself. : )

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 07:39 AM

35. I'm Fred. I'm a teacher.

I'm Fred. I have been teaching for a long time, but I still love it. It has become my life. My user name is from 20 something years ago, when I taught first grade (early childhood major), but I've been teaching fifth grade for 15 years. I eat lunch with my students and play games with them at P.E. I won't grow up.

I have two grown daughters, though, and I am collecting some wonderful grandchildren.

I was born in Florida and still live here, but I spent many years in Hawai'i serving in the hippies. My musical tastes are very eclectic, from the Dead to the String Band to Zappa to modern dub and electronic music. I still have a "Steal Your Face" decal on the back window of my aging, school-bus-yellow xTerra. I love baseball, surfing, and auto racing. I was a fantastic gardener in Hawai'i, but now the only thing I grow is old.

I mostly lurk here the past few years, but I'm a damn good lurker. One of the best.

I'm an atheist who believes in God, but not necessarily in that order.



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Response to teach1st (Reply #35)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 05:05 PM

69. Aloha Fred:

Given your previous experience in Hawai'i serving in the hippies, please consider checking out and subscribing to the Hawai'i Group - "DU3 Hawai'i People and Friends- Check-In!" : http://www.democraticunderground.com/104718

Mahalo for your service!

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Response to ellisonz (Reply #69)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 05:27 PM

71. Thanks!

Thanks, ellisonz. I think I will.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 09:42 AM

36. Well, let's see what exciting facts I can think of about me

While I was living in Texas and working for an oil well service company I was looking at a website a coworker had left open on my computer and followed a link that led me to DU. The website he had left open was pretty horrifying (I won't mention it's name, but it started with an Fr), but it led me to here and I joined and have been a somewhat active member ever since. I read a lot more than I post, which is okay, because I don't get a lot of responses when I do post. Although I read GD more than anything else, I rarely post there because, quite frankly, it scares me.

I moved to the Alabama Gulf Coast after the birth of my grandson and I stay home with him during the day and work at a convenience store at night. My grandson has an Autism Spectrum Disorder, primarily speech delay, sensory disorder and possible hyperlexia. He is an amazing child to be around and I love to see the world through his eyes every day.

I have a Boxer mix dog named Seven, but we call her the destroyer. Explanation probably not necessary to anyone who has ever had a boxer. She is smart and funny and the most vocal dog I have ever owned. She talks a LOT. Not barks, talks.

I turned fifty this year, which is strange because except for my aching arm I certainly don't feel fifty! I remember when I thought fifty was OLD, and here I am.

I like a lot of music, both new and old, but if I had to name a favorite artist it would be without a doubt Leonard Cohen. My dream is to see him live some day if he ever tours the US again.

I like to watch Seinfeld reruns and I enjoy HIMYM, but other than that I usually only watch documentaries on television. I especially like the history shows on the history channel. I hate reality shows (other than Project Runway) and I secretly erase recordings made by my daughter on the DVR that have anything to do with Kardashians, Real Housewives of any locality or anything that has Jersey in the title, although I haven't seen any of those listed lately. When confronted about missing recordings, I don't know anything about it.








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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 01:50 PM

37. I am Robbie AKA Tikki...Tikki is, also, the...

name of my doggie.

I love living in SoCal. I am a Liberal with a bold and capital l.

I am married to Mr. Tikki. We met in HS...I guess we were destined to be together
because we were the only two kids in the mid-60's in our small E. Washington State town that knew
Richard Berry wrote and first recorded the NW Classic 'Louie, Louie'.

Like a very many here...I adore music..When I have no responsibilities
(a very rare day) I will spend the whole day playing my vinyl and reading Sci-Fi.

I found DU early in 2002 when someone on a generic BB posted that all the Liberals
should leave him alone and go to DemocraticUnderground...YAY I did.

Tikki

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 02:01 PM

38. Hello.

My real name is Tom. I grew up and was raised in Minneapolis, MN and have lived here since 1991, after living away since 1983. I went away to college in Upstate NY (Hobart College) and have a B.A. in East Asian Studies.

I've lived in Geneva, NY, Beijing, PRC, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC and Bangor, Wales.

I was married once to a woman from Taiwan for several years. We spoke Mandarin at home.

I live with my girlfriend of 8 years and our little Chug (chihuahua/pug) named Audrey.

I love music of all sorts, except newer country.

I started playing bass about a year ago and am now in a band (shameless promotion here -> google Whiskey Twin Facebook). We just played our first paying gig and earned $45.

I love to travel.

I love to cook.

I consider myself a large L liberal with socialist tendencies.





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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 02:06 PM

39. AmandaRuth

long time lurker, occasional poster.

Grew up in the 70's, always have been liberal, try to live by the motto "love is the assignment, not the answer" MLK, somedays are easier than others. Mid 50's but trying to still grow.

Being a 70's rocker chick at heart, I love music, and my user name was taken from this song



one of my all time favorite bands that never quite got the love and attention they deserved.

Musically, am IN LOVE with the new folk and roots rock music now, and it's been a while for me with new music, so thats a good thing.

Married with one daughter, who used to post here many moons ago under the name mini manda. I think the lessons she learned here have served her well, now, at 20, she is very involved with the occupy movement.

Love to garden and sew. And the NFL and MLB. DU has always felt like a home to me.

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Response to AmandaRuth (Reply #39)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 02:21 PM

47. Welcome to DU!



I could go on and on about music with artists I like as much as those listed, but figured my post was long enough. Hope to see you posting more.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 02:09 PM

40. I am new here

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Response to CreekDog (Reply #40)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 02:17 PM

42. Welcome to DU, CreekDog!!

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Response to madinmaryland (Reply #42)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 02:18 PM

44. same to you maidinmaryland!

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Response to CreekDog (Reply #44)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 02:20 PM

46. I thought it was madeinmaryland

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Response to LynneSin (Reply #46)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 02:30 PM

49. well, we have a long history

even though i'm new here.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 02:09 PM

41. my name is Jitterbug

Last edited Wed Dec 14, 2011, 03:35 PM - Edit history (1)

and I am addicted to DU

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Response to JitterbugPerfume (Reply #41)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 05:07 PM

70. Welcome Jitterbug!

I too have been addicted to DU.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 02:18 PM

43. I chose my name because I live in Milwaukee and - gasp! - ride a Suzuki.

I am from Minneapolis originally and grew up there and in Villa Park Il. I did my undergrad at U of I Champaign and my doctorate in Anthro at UW Milwaukee. I worked for Social Security for 30 years and now that I am retired from that am pursuing Anthro again. I was married but am single, have 3 kids, 9 grandkids and 2 greatgrandkids. My turn ons are homemade chocolate chip cookies, rainbows and puppies. My turnoffs are rainy days, mean people and republicans.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 02:20 PM

45. How do I reply to this thread?

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 02:27 PM

48. Hello, DU peeps!

I am hifiguy, an allusion to my principal hobby, High End home audio, which I have written about in print magazines and now on the intertubes for the last 15 years.

I am an atheist, dx'd Aspergers, and a Social Democrat with Structural Marxist leanings. I was born and raised in the Minneapolis area. I am a graduate of the same law school as the POTUS and FLOTUS, the latter of whom was a classmate of mine.

I've bombed out at most jobs I've had because I am basically asocial and, like most Aspies, can't read people for sour owl crap, which is a serious disadvantage in a highly social profession. I have never had a date, much less a relationship - I've never had a lot of stability in my life, and venturing into that pool seems like a disastrous recipe for catastrophic instability. And I'm old enough now that I have pretty much lost interest.

Music - classical from pre-Bach to Vaughan Williams, 1950s and 1960s jazz, and classic rock (especially English prog) - is my obsession and first love. I have played bass guitar for nearly 40 years; my favorite players and biggest influences are Jaco Pastorius, Phil Lesh, Chris Squire, Jack Bruce and Jack Casady.

I serve as staff to one large (18-20 lb) Turkish Van rescue kitty called Butch - because he reminded me of a feline version of one of those cartoon bulldogs that were always called Butch or Spike. My previous cat, Max, passed at 16 from kidney failure in August, 2010 and I cried every day for weeks. I have loved these cats more than any human being I have ever known.

I was unemployed for three and a half years at one point, losing my car and getting foreclosed out of my home. I have suffered from major depressive episodes but am on the right meds and feel better than I have in years; I am gainfully employed at the present time.

My first hero who wasn't a baseball player was Robert F. Kennedy. I love to read history, current events, politics, biography and philosophy. I have read all 20 of Patrick O'Brien's Aubrey/Maturin books twice and am gearing up for another re-reading. My intellectual heroes include Carl Sagan, Reinhold Niebuhr, Richard Dawkins, Ronald Dworkin and Laurence Tribe, with whom I studied in law school.

I devoutly wish that I had the gift for math that so many on the autistic spectrum have. I would have become a cosmologist, a theoretical physicist or an astronomer. Alternately, I'd love to blow things up on MythBusters for a living.

I am a (long-suffering) Vikings fan and also a Twins fan; I became a Celtics fan while living in the Boston area for three years. Can't stand hockey - OK in person but utterly unintelligible on the tube.

I was once known as MN_ChimpH8r and FKA_MNChimpH8r back in 2005-09 and spent a year posting at HuffPo before getting tired of the trollz and returning to DU, the best online community I have ever found.

There's lots more, too.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #48)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 12:27 PM

166. Hi, fellow MN Aspie!!!



I'm not a Christian, but Niebur's serenity prayer holds a special place in my thinking!

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 02:38 PM

50. Thanks Lynnesin!

Hello to fellow DU3ers!

I live in GA, a transplant from New England due to my husband's job. I have lived here for 16 years and can't wait to go back. Too red and too hot for me down here, and I miss my family.

I have a son, a daughter, a pain in the ass (but cute) rescue dog and a cat. Our other 19 year old cat passed away last spring.

I grew up in the eighties, and am a fan of The Ramones, hence my username (anyone remember Rock-n-Roll High School?) Met them in Providence, RI in 1988---fun times.

I shook Bill Clinton's hand in 1992 when I was a volunteer on his campaign. That was the second time I was eligible to vote for President.

I like music, watching tv and movies, gardening, politics, sports and celebrity gossip ( I know...lame!).

Always enjoy your posts!

Riff

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 02:50 PM

51. Hello I'm Sibelian

And I live in Scotland, work for the NHS, am gay, have a boyfriend and 2 cats and am very interested in American politics because whatever happens over your side eventually also happens here.

Also I like to make pictures like the ones below:







And one day, I hope, if I'm lucky, to be able to do it professionally....

I'm writing a story to go with the pictures but I don't want to show it to anyone because I'm embarassed.

Um, that's it, really...

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Response to sibelian (Reply #51)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 03:34 PM

57. Amazing artwork! nt

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Response to siligut (Reply #57)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 03:46 PM

58. thank you!

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Response to sibelian (Reply #51)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 04:37 PM

66. If the story is even a tenth as awesome as the pics

you have yourself magnificent work of art.

It's probably cliche for us Americans of Scottish descent to get all silly about our Scottish history but I am one of them. Before she died my great aunt traced our family back to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. I intend to get a great kilt made and I desperately want to learn to play the bagpipes.

Oddly enough, my wife, who generally encourages me greatly in my artistic expressions, seems rather cool to the bagpipe idea. GO figure. :/

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Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #66)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 06:14 PM

77. Thank you so much, what lovely compliments!


I hope you're right...

bagpipes are even better when accompanied by a military marching snare! Perhaps your wife would appreciate the muscial depth of an ensemble?

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Response to sibelian (Reply #77)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 10:07 PM

93. lol!

I'll float it out there and see if she climbs on board...that would be cool though - and a snare should be cheaper than a set of pipes...

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Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #66)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 06:17 PM

136. Well, OG, do you know the definition of a gentleman?

One who knows how to play the bagpipes and refrains from doing so.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #136)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 01:53 AM

199. lol I just saw this

First I have to learn...then I can be a gentleman...

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Response to sibelian (Reply #51)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 06:12 PM

75. love these! really. gorgeous --

I am sure the story is just as intriguing.

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Reply #75)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 06:15 PM

78. Ahhh thank you!


It is so nice for ones efforts to be appreciated.

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Response to sibelian (Reply #51)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 09:45 PM

117. Beautiful, hypnotic stuff you have there..

A kind of Asian, deco, Surrealist vibe..

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Response to annabanana (Reply #117)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 09:16 AM

130. Well, thank you!


No-one has said such things before.

Thank you.

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Response to sibelian (Reply #51)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 10:09 PM

120. What beautiful work!

Are they paintings or computer art? Are you also an artist?

I especially like the one with the fox. It has a Japanese woodblock look to it. Thank you for sharing!

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Response to femmocrat (Reply #120)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 06:31 AM

152. thank you femmocrat!


These posted are vector graphics - all done completely on a computer. I do occasionally attempt paint or water colour but I;m not very good at at it!

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Response to sibelian (Reply #51)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 06:15 PM

135. Holy cow! Those are beautiful pieces, Sibelian!

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #135)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 07:44 AM

153. Why, thank you


you are most kind.

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Response to sibelian (Reply #51)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 09:47 PM

142. OMG those are beautiful!

I I studied graphic arts, and went to school for about a year in London when I was 18. And naively, I couldn't figure out why the ***boys*** in my classes were so much better at it than I was! My gifted friends are sooooo visual.

If you are trying to push the "Gay Agenda" well the only one I know is to make the world more beautiful. Thank you. Push harder!

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Response to pink-o (Reply #142)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 08:07 AM

154. Thank you so much.... but....


I'm not sure what you mean... ?

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Response to sibelian (Reply #154)

Tue Dec 20, 2011, 09:43 PM

179. LOL. I don't mean "push" in a sexual way....

Only that crazy fundies in my country are always going on about how "the Gays" are trying to force their "lifestyle" on us. Well, I have many gay friends and family members, and one has: Staged my house to look like a model. One has: Redone my whole wardrobe so I'm totally fashion forward. Another has nourished my plants so they've totally flourished. And all have been with me when we're happy, when we're sad, when we're laughing so hard we can hardly hold ourselves upright. Only sayin' that if that's the Gay Agenda, gimme more!

And as a straight woman, I know I'm not half as visual as my gay friends. I gave up graphic arts soon after I realized it in school.

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Response to pink-o (Reply #179)

Fri Dec 23, 2011, 12:44 PM

180. Oh, I see! thank you!


We aim to please

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Response to sibelian (Reply #51)

Sat Dec 24, 2011, 12:02 AM

185. They are beautiful.sibelian!

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Response to JitterbugPerfume (Reply #185)

Sat Dec 24, 2011, 06:31 AM

192. Thank you!


And merry Xmas!

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Response to sibelian (Reply #51)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 06:54 PM

207. I really like these!

Bold, colorful and almost 3D-ish (not a real word but you probably get my gist). Can't wait to hear the story!

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Response to kimi (Reply #207)

Sun Jan 1, 2012, 09:20 AM

217. Thank you very much, kimi!


I have a blog with excerpts from the story. Would you like me to put up a link?

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Response to sibelian (Reply #217)

Sun Jan 1, 2012, 07:51 PM

222. Sure!

The pics are so vibrant, I love em.

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Response to sibelian (Reply #51)

Sun Jan 1, 2012, 04:54 PM

220. Amazing pictures! I really hope you can get to do this professionally!

from a fellow UK-er and NHS fan.

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Response to LeftishBrit (Reply #220)

Mon Jan 2, 2012, 07:40 AM

223. Thank you leftishbrit!


Maybe this year, eh, who knows...

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Response to sibelian (Reply #51)

Mon Jan 2, 2012, 10:19 PM

227. Holy Crap! Beautiful work, you've got great talent...

There's not a doubt in my mind that you will be able to do it professionally. I am impressed.

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Response to Little Star (Reply #227)

Mon Jan 2, 2012, 10:33 PM

228. thank you very much!


I didn't really expect this many responses...

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 02:55 PM

52. Hey lynne thanks for the opportunity to reintroduce ourselves.

Pretzel (nee Rich) spent his first 21 years growing up on the banks of the Ohio River just west of Pittsburgh. After graduating from Penn State in 1981 moved to the Philly area and now call that bastion of liberalism known as Montgomery County ( insert sarcasm smilie) my home. I will forever be a Pittsburgher at heart no matter where I live.

On my second marriage. First one produced two wonderful kids who for some reason have turned themselves into adults. Don't know why they'd do that. My wife has three children from her previous marriage and we now have the pleasure of her oldest being pregnant and due in May.

Always been a pretty easy going person but I have my limits. You won't find any Philly sports teams paraphanelia anywhere around me. I got lucky in that my youngest has my passion for Pittsburgh sports but somewhere along the way I didn't teach my oldest what it's like to be part of Steeler Nation.

Been on DU since 2001. Doesn't seem like 10 years at all. Looking forward to the next 10.

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Response to PRETZEL (Reply #52)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 02:58 PM

53. Hi, PRETZEL - I also live in Montgomery County, PA

I used to live in MD, but I root for the Philly teams instead of the Washington teams now. Wasn't it nice we got control of the commissioners here in Montco? It was a big breakthrough.

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Response to mvd (Reply #53)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 03:21 PM

55. It was

but they're walking into a shitstorm with the budget they're going to inherit.

I work for the county. It isn't pretty.

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Response to PRETZEL (Reply #55)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 03:34 PM

56. I hope they don't hold the line on taxes too much

They promised to get elected, but there would be too many cuts without more taxes.

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Response to mvd (Reply #56)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 03:48 PM

59. Well, they stated that they're not going to interfere with the budget process that has to be signed

by year's end. It'll be up to the current group to pass any tax increase.

The thing is, they could have done this a couple of years ago and in the process kept their bond rating, avoided more service cuts (and as an FYI this isn't the first year of service cuts) and been able to have a rainy day fund for what we all knew were declining state and federal dollars.

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Response to PRETZEL (Reply #59)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 03:52 PM

60. It will be inevitable, as you said

There would be library/zoo closures, layoffs, cuts in benefits, and more that we don't need. One positive is they want to increase transportation funding. The roads around here aren't so good. Nice talking with you and happy holidays!

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Response to mvd (Reply #60)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 03:58 PM

62. right now the budget is still in flux

we'll have a better idea next week when it's put up for public hearing of the final version.

maybe once that happens i'll have more to say. (well I could say alot more but can't)

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Response to PRETZEL (Reply #52)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 03:17 PM

54. I use to live pretty close to the Montgomery County border.

I use to live on Bristol Road but I wasn't very far from Street Road, which was the diffence between Montco and Bucks County.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 03:53 PM

61. I am PVnRT and I am a sentient gas cloud located 20,000 light years away

We are experiencing the same subjective time because of a similar-sized gravity well nearby and the stable wormhole that I use to steal TZ's wireless internet.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 04:03 PM

63. Pictures being worth a thousand words.......

This is me:


This is me from a long time ago:


These are my offspring:



These are some of my Ancestors:






My Name is Jeff. My DU name was new beawr until I changed it to one of the characters from the great book, A Confederacy of Dunces. I pay tolls on the Delaware Turnpike at least once a month as I have brothers in NYC, in-laws in Westchester and beloved family friends in New Jersey and visit them often.

I live in Montgomery County, Maryland and have done so most of my life. I have been married for 16 years. I went to Knox College for my BA, Central Michigan University for my MS and Pace University for my PhD. I am a Defense Contractor. I was born in Gary, Indiana. I am a Washington Nationals Fan. I used to be a 'Skins Fan, but am now a Ravens Fan. I've been a DU'er since 2004.

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Response to Burma Jones (Reply #63)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 04:27 PM

65. Wow!


I wish I had pics of my family going back like that

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Response to Burma Jones (Reply #63)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 06:13 PM

76. some great pictures! cute kids, too. thanks for sharing them.

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Response to Burma Jones (Reply #63)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 12:18 PM

107. Weird. For some reason I can't see any of your pictures.

I'm running on FireFox....

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Response to PassingFair (Reply #107)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 02:53 PM

109. I can, and I'm on Firefox......

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Response to Burma Jones (Reply #109)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 03:17 PM

110. I know this happens some times...

I just don't know why it happens.




I can see your captions...

This is me at.....

But no pictures.

I can see the picture of NCLiberal in the post under us.

Can you see this?:





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Response to Burma Jones (Reply #63)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 01:22 AM

125. Confederacy is my favorite novel of all time and Burma is my third favorite character-just behind

Miss Trixie and Ignatius. I took my DU name from an episode of Designing Women (its a long story) am retired at 57 and live with the love of my life, a 62 year old former Spanish teacher named Michael. Life is good.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 04:20 PM

64. ...a little about me....

Last edited Wed Dec 14, 2011, 06:00 PM - Edit history (2)

NRaleighLiberal here - Craig in real life....live with my wife (of 31 years), one of our two daughters (yes, a returnee to the nest), our two chocolate labs and two cats in North Raleigh (duh) NC...got here in a rather roundabout way (RI born, NH grad school, WA post doc, PA 1st job, NC after 1st layoff!). Here for 18 years, but still don't do the "y'all" thing (however, we've learned to pronounce our "r's".

Into a bit of everything - music (played guitar in a ghastly band long ago)..all sorts of rock, classical, jazz...movies, kayaking, photography, food/wine/beer, and esp. gardening (if you've grown the tomato Cherokee Purple, you've grown a tomato I named back in 1990!). I am a bit insane about my heirloom tomato hobby!

Die hard Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics, Patriots fan - and took Duke basketball under my wing since moving here.

Pretty extroverted - though with age and life's bumps and bruises much less so these days. Kind of retired - am an independent consultant, but things are dry right now - so working on my first book.

Very liberal/left - social as well as fiscal (always end up around Gandhi in those various tests...Bernie Sanders is my current political hero). Joined DU in desperation after the second Bush election theft. Didn't become very politically active until later in life - volunteered a bit for Obama in the first election (we turned NC blue!). There are so many keen political brains here at DU was hesitant at first to post much - I tend to lead with the heart more than the brain. Modding was just an incredible experience here, so that helped my confidence considerably - now enjoying a more civilian role here, so am having fun in all sorts of groups! Still my mod pals will always be special to me - just great folks.

this is me giving one of the keynote talks at the Seed Savers Exchange Convention in Iowa this summer. Talking tomatoes, of course



And this is my garden blog.

http://nctomatoman.weebly.com/index.html

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #64)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 07:54 PM

80. You named the Cherokee Purple?

That's my all-time favorite tomato, along with Brandywine! Not that I have much luck with tomatoes. Damn wooded lot.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #80)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 08:22 PM

84. Yep. Just was lucky that J D Green sent it to me...

with no name - just a brief history - I grew it, named it and sent it to my friend at Southern Exposure - also to Johnny's. SESE carried it first, then Johnnys. I am very glad people seem to like it so much!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #64)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 01:36 AM

159. I might be paranoid....

But I am concerned about the lack of genetic diversity in our food crops. I think saving heirloom crops is important.

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Response to Grantuspeace (Reply #159)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 09:54 AM

163. not paranoia but reality. The Irish Potato Famine and a corn crop wipe out in the US were both

caused by lack of genetic diversity.

hence my passion for growing/saving seed from/sharing many different varieties. Keeps me out of trouble, anyway!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #64)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 07:00 PM

208. Wow, you named that tomato?! Very cool!

When I had a huge garden back in Maryland, I grew dozens of heirlooms. Love Green Zebra, all the black Russian tomatoes, Great White etc. Never had much luck with Brandywines, but did manage to produce some Cherokee Purples - lovely they are!

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 04:51 PM

67. Hi All

I am 1gobluedem in reference to my love for my alma mater, the University of Michigan, and all things blue...as in states, etc.

I've been a member of DU since 2004. I post in the Lounge now and then but am not really very noticed. I post most often in the Sports Forum. Although many DUers have seen and commented upon my posts regarding my dear friend, Paige Renkoski, who was kidnapped of the side of a Michigan expressway in 1990 and has never been seen again. Thank you for that.

My sister, LisaM, is one of the very first DUers and she got me to join. She mostly only posts in the Sports Forum too.

I live in Ann Arbor, MI, and am the general manager of an NPR affiliate public radio station which has gotten me a good deal of grief in GD on several occasions as has my championing of the domestic automobile industry.

My favorite teams are any team from the University of Michigan, especially football, basketball, and hockey, and all Detroit pro sports teams (which meant taking a lot of ridicule from fellow Sports Forum-ites for the Lions until recently). My second favorite teams are the Boston teams because I love Boston and New England best after Michigan.

I am an unapologetic cheerleader for the State of Michigan and encourage anyone who hasn't visited to do so. Too many people base their entire impression of the state on the more unfortunate aspects of cities like Detroit and Flint. So much more here and a great deal of natural beauty as well as our magnificent Great Lakes. With luck our slickster governer won't have time to sell their water rights before he's booted out of office.

My liberal roots grow deep; I was knocking on doors and licking envelopes for Eugene McCarthy when I was eight years old.

I have no pets which might be why nobody pays attention to me here.... I have a long term boyfriend who has three teenagers, two of whom are 14 year old twins. Luckily for me, none of them remember a time that they didn't know me so I don't get any of that "you're not my mom" lip. Just regular 14 year old lip.

I'm a picky eater, hate the song 'Horse With No Name' so much that it makes me physically ill, and have never seen a Star Wars or Harry Potter movie.

My degree is in history, my sense of humor is snarky, I can't stand phonies, and I'm a 21 year brain tumor survivor as of last Monday.

Sinking back into oblivion now...

1gobluedem



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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 05:41 PM

72. Hello again DU!

Thanks for the thread Lynn!

My name is Xithras, and my nickname is taken from an old Babylon 5 joke about Zathrus' illiterate cousin. I actually want to change the name after all these years, and am planning on retiring the moniker when the next name change opportunity arises.

I was born and raised in the California Central Valley, moving between several small towns in the northern San Joaquin Valley before settling in the Modesto area as a child. When I was 17, while attending a party, a half drunk me met a beautiful half-drunk young woman, we hit it off that night, and I was a teen parent by the next morning (though I obviously didn't know this at the time). Refusing to let that stop me, I later attended UC Berkeley, where I obtained my first computer science degree, and went to work at various startups as the 1990's dotcom boom started to hit its stride. Those were exciting times, and during those years I lived in various parts of the SF Bay area, spent a brief stint living in Los Angeles, and did a bit of travelling for some consulting gigs.

As I matured a bit, I began to realize that I'd done something terrible to my daughter. I really didn't know her mother when she became pregnant, and I went away to college soon after she was born, so I'd never really had much of a relationship with her. I sent her mother child support checks, and saw her every few months, but that was about it. I decided to change that.

I'd already decided to flee the rat race and start a consulting company to go to work for myself, and chose to move back to the Central Valley to do it because that would put me closer to my daughter. As I developed that relationship, something unexpected and amazing happened. Her mother and I hit it off, fell in love, and were eventually married.

Financially, I quickly discovered that I made a LOT less money in the Valley than I did in the Bay Area, so I began to augment my income by teaching computer science classes as an adjunct at several different educational institutions in the northern valley. I've now taught at private colleges, at public community colleges, and even as an emergency fill-in at a local university (I don't have a PhD, so no perm university positions). Over the near-decade that I've been teaching, I've found it to be far more fulfilling than any other job I've had. That's a good thing too, as the crashed economy forced me to shutter my software consulting company a few years ago, and I now rely on my teaching income for my entire livelihood!

The nature of my work does mean that I never personally identify myself by name on DU, and that I occasionally fudge details when discussing things that could be linked to me personally. People have identified these a few times and got the wrong impression, but the intent of these "detail alterations" has never been dishonesty. I work as an adjunct, so my job is only guaranteed on a semester-by-semester basis. As I live in one of the most conservative parts of the state, I do have to worry about a student stumbling across my postings and raising a stink about my liberal positions on this or that. I've also discussed things on DU (including childhood abuse I experienced), that I simply don't want my students or others to know about. Because of that, I prefer to keep my identity as anonymous as possible.

The rest of personal life is all about downscaling nowadays. The money was good at the beginning of the decade, which allowed me to buy a lot of "things". I'm realizing (or rather, a declining income has helped me to realize) that "things" are unimportant. People are important. I've sold most of the things I once considered valuable, and am actually in the process of moving from my beautiful riverside home into a much smaller place in Modesto, as a way to cut our expenses even further. While I will miss country living, I simply can't justify the expense any longer. With my oldest daughter preparing to enter the UC system this fall with plans on becoming a med student, and two other children who will be doing the same, it's time to be practical.

As for politics and the rest...

Politically, I am a green-first activist. Environmentalism has always been my primary political motivator, and I'm quite proud of the fact that I've been protesting since I was a teenager, even taking part in Redwood Summer once upon a time. Yes, I did actually chain myself across a road while some VERY angry loggers threatened to cut us up with their chainsaws and hide our bodies in the forest. I occasionally took my activism a bit too far when I was young and stupid, but am a bit more grounded nowadays. Honestly, most of my modern perspective on protesting stems from those days. I learned that all protesting makes you feel good, but that there's a difference between protesting to make noise, and protesting to actually accomplish something. There's a difference between goal-based civil disobedience, and civil disobedience that is simply done to gain attention. I am highly supportive of protesting, when there is a clear goal and a path by which protesting can achieve it, but generally eschew protesting for protesting’s sake.

I'm also a strong civil libertarian, believe that the United States needs to GTFO of the world’s business, and believe that we haven't fought a legitimate war since 1945.

One thing that's got me into a bit of trouble at DU over the years is my sexuality. Though I'm married, I am very much a bisexual man, and have had periods in my life where I have been exclusively sexual with other men. One of the interesting aspects of bisexuality, of course, is that we can be attracted to both sexes, and in my case this eventually led me to fall in love with a woman. She and I frequently joke that our relationship was kismet, and was preordained by the universe, because she is ALSO bisexual. Our combined bisexual relationship has led to us leading a rather unconventional lifestyle, which includes everything from nudism to permissive openness (though, to be clear, we're not swingers or anything). Some people have been offended by this, while others have a problem with the fact that we're married at all, and one or two people have accused me of making the whole thing up (I'm not). To them I simply say: Live and let live. We're not recruiting, and she's all out of toasters anyway.

One last subject that I should mention, that I rarely discuss here on DU, is the fact that I have been diagnosed with a mild form of Aspergers. My wife had seen signs of it for years and had been unrelenting in her push to get me tested, so it wasn't much of a surprise when the doctors finally confirmed it for us. My form is relatively mild and I don't suffer from the social anxiety problems that many Aspergers patients experience, but I do have speech issues and my interests can often be intensely focused. These problems tend to surface on DU occasionally, and are most recognizable when the speech in my posts gets overly formal, pedantic, or even incoherent. Or overly VERBOSE, like this post. Sometimes I just don't know when to stop typing! It can also cause me to get hyper-focused on a subject when I'm debating it with someone, to the point where I've literally spent DAYS doing back-research on a post I disagreed with so that I could come back and refute its poster. It's silly, but it's something I can't help, and I rarely realize it's happening while I'm doing it. Unfortunately, I know for a fact that some of my more memorable aspergers-inspired postings have permanently earned me a position on more than one Ignore list. I also have a bit of a reputation as a know-it-all, because when faced with a subject I'm unfamiliar with, my first instinct is to go read the hell out of it, instead of simply moving on to the next thread. That's one of my fixations, and it's something I do both on DU and in the physical world. Trust me, it drives my wife insane too. Not much I can do about that but apologize, and ask people to try and be tolerant when I get wierd

So, to wrap this massive missive up: I've been a member of DU since early 2001, and though I can sometimes be bizarre, grumpy, hyper-opinionated, and standoffish, I too love meeting new DU'ers

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 05:58 PM

73. Great thread, LynneSin - now watch me sink it!

I'm Nancy from Colorado and have been a member since around 2004/5 - I truly don't remember. I don't post a ton but when I do it's usually in the Lounge and my threads & posts tend to sink like a rock. I found DU during the Kerry/bush race and thought I was going to be physically ill about the results. I was a sympathizer for Cindy Sheehan, donating pizza to Camp Casey and have had one massive blow-up thread on DU related to the death penalty.

I've always been personally fiscally conservative and very socially liberal and I have a whole lotta crazy republics in my family who spout limbaugh, o'reilly, and the rest of the loser conservadorks from faux and AM radio. I dislike family reunions where I'm called the "democrat cousin"; hence my use of republics to describe them. Childish, isn't it?

Single and no human children but have Kellie & Linus - my wonderful Lab and rescue orange tabby boy. They are the best pets and I treasure them more today than yesterday. My DU name abbey was for my first kitty, Abbey - she was a 'runt of the litter' barn kitten when I got her and I miss her a great deal.

I'm a Colorado native having lived in this grand state my entire life. I'm a die hard Denver Bronco fan (Tebow, not so much), love the Colorado Rockies and any University of Denver team (my alma mater). I love Colorado State Football, Nebraska Football and follow the San Diego Chargers and Padres. I love all the beauty that Colorado has to offer and get out and around to a lot of my favorite places in the state: Breckenridge, Grand Mesa, Lake City, Gunnison, Horsetooth Reservoir, Hudson Gardens, Guanella Pass, Cottonwood Pass and Evergreen.

I'm a foodie and should join the appropriate forum here but have been too lazy. I'm a fan of good red wine (French or Italian, preferably), Pinot Grigio and unoaked Chardonnays. I make a good margarita and a knockout afterdinner drink of brandy, Frangelico and other tasty cordials. I will cook and eat just about anything but organ meat, roadkill & rodents.

Like LynneSin, I saw Shaun Cassidy in my formative (pre-teen) years and have developed an eclectic taste in music. The last 5 songs on my iPod were:
Joey - Concrete Blonde
Dazz - Brick
Just Haven't Met You Yet - Michael Buble
Interstate Love Song - Stone Temple Pilots
Sweet Dreams - Gerald Albright

I love DU and am becoming a fan of DU3 - I'm a fan of change and this new version seems pretty cool. I've lots of crazy, good, scary and touching posts here on DU. I mourn the great DUers who have left us too soon and while I might not comment, I generally shed tears each time anyone in our DU family has lost a beloved pet.

I developed a mad 'virtual' crush on another DUer due to his fabulous vacation photography - but was away from here for so long, I forgot his name - how crazy is that?

Would love to meet fellow DUers in Colorado should there ever be another opportunity, like 2008, to meet up.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 06:08 PM

74. My name is Applegrove. I have two cats and am a reader. I work by taking care of my ageing parents.

I have ptsd because I was stalked and harrassed by a psychopath and now I try and fight manipulation in politics whenever I see it.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 07:48 PM

79. I am Newton, not to be confused with the Rethuglican sporting a similar moniker.

I was born in Louisiana 70 years ago. I currently live on 20 gorgeous acres in the Arkansas Ozarks. I have a picturesque, rock-strewn seasonal creek that runs the length of my land.



I have worked at the FBI in Washington, DC (file clerk), at the Pentagon, at a university in Louisiana (media center specialist) from which I retired after 17 years.

I earned a BS in Art and Graphic Arts.

I have lived in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

I am among other things, an amateur naturalist, a photographer and a crafts person.

I have had a life-long fascination wth Henry David Thoreau and have made three "pilgrimages" to Walden Pond.

I collect numerous items, among which are diecast metal model airplanes, both old and modern projectile points (stone arrowheads), CDs, DVDs, Zuni fetishes and miniature kachina dolls.

I have interests in art, archaeology, nature, cooking, the Internet, knives, firearms. I take no interest in anything religious.

I was briefly a member of Mensa, but never tried to do badly as a contestant on Jeopardy like many Mensans.

I have a dog named Rascal that I adopted as a stray in Louisiana.

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Response to RushIsRot (Reply #79)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 12:43 PM

167. Hey, I think DUer Bvar lives near you!

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #167)

Tue Dec 20, 2011, 03:31 AM

178. Yes, he does. We have exchanged messages previously.

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Response to RushIsRot (Reply #79)

Fri Dec 23, 2011, 02:49 PM

182. What a lovely creek!

Thanks for sharing a pic.

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Response to blaze (Reply #182)

Sun Jan 1, 2012, 08:01 AM

215. It is just this lovely anyplace in the Ozarks.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 07:55 PM

81. Mwdem, now living in Texas.

Been a member since 2002. May be moving to L.A. From N.C. East Coast girl. Also lived in N.J. for 12 years before moving to Kansas City area for 10 years. I guess I've been around.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 07:58 PM

82. My real name is Lyn and I born in Lynn, Lynn the City of Sin.

Stephen King hugged me once.
I am afraid of my cat.

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Response to graywarrior (Reply #82)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 08:17 PM

83. Lynn Massachusetts?

I'm originally from South Hamilton (about 13 miles north).

My sisters (from my mom's first marriage) grew up in Lynn. One of the last things I did before coming to California as a teenager was go for Chinese food in Lynn with my sister Donna. BEST beef fried rice I've ever had in my life.

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Reply #83)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 08:33 PM

85. No way! Yeah, Lynn, MA!

I live very near S. Hamilton now and my stomping ground throughout my life included Hamilton, Wenham, Ipswich & Topsfield. Small world, huh?

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Response to graywarrior (Reply #85)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 08:40 PM

87. We used to go to "The White Cap" in Ipswich every Saturday night

Best fried fish/clams/scallops/onion rings in Massachusetts. It has since been sold and is now some kind of Italian restaurant.

Small world indeed.

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Reply #87)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 08:56 PM

88. Now it's the Clam Box in Ipswich.

Lines go down the street in season

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Response to graywarrior (Reply #88)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 09:08 PM

89. Went there too but not as much

Biggest memory of that was that my brother-in-law was out of work and while he was supposed to be out looking for a job he always seemed to end up at The Clam Box. Pissed off my parents big-time. "He's supposed to be out looking for a job and he's stuffing his face at the Clam Box!"

He and my sister had come back from California and were living with us at the time. And in all fairness, this wasn't a hard-working guy who took a lunch break. He pretty much headed over there and hung out all day.

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Reply #89)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 09:13 PM

90. LOL, bet he went to the Pancake House too

I worked there one summer. Hated it.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 08:39 PM

86. My name is Pinstikfartherin.

It is a play on a short poem by Tim Burton. My real name is Krista. I am from Alabama. I have one fur child, a spoiled English bulldog named Aubrey. I prefer dogs over cats, but I do like LOLcats.

I graduated with a Bachelor's in English in September, and I am starting my Master's in English and Creative Writing in January.

In my spare time I love to read and surf DU; I've been a member since 2006 and I have donated here and there even though I mostly lurk. The Lounge has always been my favorite reading material.

I am in a long term relationship of nearly 5 years with a man who is both Christian and republican, of which I am neither. We respect our differences and we agree on a lot of things and agree to disagree on others.

Maybe with the new DU I will speak up more, but you all keep me entertained anyway!

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 09:13 PM

91. I'm mike_c, from Humboldt County, California on the North Coast....

I'm nearly 57, male, partnered with one of my oldest friends-- we met in high school at 15, but didn't become romantically involved until three or four years ago. She's the same age as me. We're planning to live in an RV in a few years when we retire, and ultimately leave the U.S. because we don't anticipate being able to afford living here when we stop working full time.

I'm a biologist by training-- an entomologist and ecologist. I'm a zoology professor in the California State University. I teach primarily courses in entomology, general and field ecology, and general zoology. My research is mostly about insect community dynamics, especially aquatic insects, but my lab has done a fair amount of work in other fields too, including fire ecology. I love my job, most days. I'm a bit of a social curmudgeon, so I don't have much stomach for academic politics. I guess I'm the stereotype nerdy scientist type.

I'm an officer and an activist in my union, the California Faculty Association. I'm currently vice president of my campus chapter and Faculty Rights Chairperson (our term for grievance officer).

I'm also a cannabis activist in my community, although not currently doing much more than doing my part to keep the underground economy of California's north coast healthy, LOL. Yummm, Headband! My latest favorite weed!

My partner and I have six cats and two dogs. Well, actually we have nine cats, but when we combined households three of my cats disappeared, and we thought they were gone. We live in a very small, rural town surrounded by forest so we assumed predators killed them. A few weeks ago we discovered all three living just around the corner with some neighbors, after nearly three years, who knew where they belonged but liked them so much they want to keep them, and since the kitties voted with their feet-- they're all rescues, too-- we decided to make friends with the neighbors and leave well enough alone. We have all the cats we can handle at the moment-- in fact, they're the primary anchor that's keeping us from moving into an RV sooner rather than later.

I have a lifelong interest in art. I draw and paint, although I rarely find the time for it presently. That's how I plan to occupy myself when we retire.

We're building a classic teardrop trailer, with the sleeping cabin and a galley at the rear. Not for retiring in, of course-- it's too small-- but to travel in until then. I'm learning lots of new skills!

I was a democrat nearly all my voting life, but in 2002 I gave up on the democratic party in utter disgust. It's not my democratic party any longer. We vote mainly Green now. The green party is very active locally, so that works for us. We look for the most liberal candidates we can find, regardless of party.

So howdy, DU3! Mike_c is in the house!

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Response to mike_c (Reply #91)

Sat Dec 24, 2011, 01:56 AM

188. Welcome to DU

Enjoy your stay.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 09:23 PM

92. whoa-- my first teaching job out of grad school was at LVC....

Two years in the biology dept (I think there were five of us). That would have been 1995-1997. I hated it-- living in Annville sucked, and the teaching load was horrendous-- no time for research, even in summer. But that's lovely country up there!

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 10:35 PM

95. Hi, I'm femmocrat (not my real name).

I am also from Pennsylvania, outside of Pittsburgh. And I am a proud public school teacher and a life-long liberal democrat. I have voted in just about every election since 1972 (I think I only missed two primaries, but never a general.)

I have three wonderful, beautiful corgis. We used to show them in agility, but the two older ones are retired now, and the puppy hasn't shown much promise in the sport, but we adore her and keep trying. Our male Pembroke is also a registered therapy dog.

I have been married for 43 years and have two grown sons. We live out in the country, love it, and would never go back to the city.

And I grow heirloom tomatoes!

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Response to femmocrat (Reply #95)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 09:13 PM

116. Ah, heirlooms...come to Gardening - going to do some seed sharing this coming season!

I've got a few heirloom tomatoes...a few thousand types!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #116)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 09:58 PM

118. Thank you, NRaleighLiberal!

I do pop in there occasionally. I will check in more often with planting season coming up.

That is very generous of you.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 10:36 PM

96. I'm Aristus.

I started lurking on DU in the dark days of March, 2001, and joined in September of that year, during the darker days after the Twin Towers attacks. DU helped me keep my sanity during the awful Bush years.

I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas to an all-Southern, but proudly progressive military family. My father was a Vietnam veteran, and my mother marched in JFK's inaugural parade. Since 1979, we've called the Pacific Northwest home.

I crewed an M1A1 Abrams main battle tank in the Gulf in 1991. I like community theater, and love classical music and William Shakespeare. Every weekend, I post the regular Lounge feature, William Shakespeare's Thought For The Day. It was a daily feature from 2006 until 2009. Examples of this feature are in my Journal (and may have been lost during the switch-over to DU3.)

I'm a Physician Assistant providing medical care for the homeless in our community.

I'm happily married, but I admit, I love to flirt...

I'm a bleeding-heart, far-left, Obama-supporting liberal, and my political refrain, for anyone who is unsure of my ideological leanings, is: 'Liberal till I DIE, motherfuckers!'

I love the Democratic Underground, and am eternally grateful to Skinner, earlg, & eLad for creating this site.

See you around the Underground!

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Response to Aristus (Reply #96)

Fri Dec 23, 2011, 11:33 PM

184. Just put your DU name and democratic underground in google search

and up pop old DU thread links- easy way to get back for nostalgia, or other purposes.

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Response to marzipanni (Reply #184)

Sat Dec 24, 2011, 12:54 AM

186. Other purposes?

Uh-oh...what other purposes?...

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 10:45 PM

97. My name is WCGreen and I am DUaholic....

The W stands Wilberforce, an old family name dating back to the early 1950's.

The C stands for Constantine because my mother, Theodora, the female Chipmunk, still believes to this day that I will be the second first emperor of the Eastern Division of the Holy Roman empire.

The Green stands for Zailinsski because my dad was Irish.

It is said that my people wandered all over Europe looking for someone to promise us something.

That guy on the beer commercials just called and said I am the second most interesting guy in the world although on a good day, I can out interest him.

Several of my former lovers joined the nunnery after we broke up because they did not think anyone but Jesus could move them like I did. One even wrote me to tell me she prays that I will someday get the newest addition of sex for dummies, what ever that means.

I have three hundred cats but I prefer dogs.

I was once this close to the president but then the Secret Service took me down.

My favorite movie is movie is 8 1/2 because it was my shoe size the first time I reach an orgasm.

My favorite actor is Basil Rathborn but not when he was over doing it in those dreadful Sherlock Holmes movies...

I masticated at thirty seven colleges before finding the one that had the best cafeteria. It was the consistency of their Mash Potatoes that made me stay.

I wrote I want to Hold Your Hand for John, he was stuck on I want to hold your left breast. I told him it wouldn't play until the 70's after I said, here, let me give you a hand with that...

I once ran for office, but I couldn’t quite catch it.

When I moved back to the town where I was born, I got my old phone number back.

Three times in my life I have fallen in a creek. I was once stuck in the mud.

My lifelong dream is to have a threesome just so I can break the rules at the country club. They insist on foursomes.

The teachers at my high school gave me a standing ovation at my graduation.

I joined Kiwanas and my old Junior High school principal was there. I punched him in the nose just because I was now bigger than he was.

I am an accountant for the mob although don’t say anything to anyone.

I once dated a republican, but I refused to call my private parts Dick Nixon.

I have never passed gas.

I once ran naked through the streets of Columbus to protest that my lover, the mayor, was going to raise taxes. It was a flaccid affair.

Well, That's about it...

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #97)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 10:51 PM

98. LOL!

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #97)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 09:39 AM

105. I just DON'T Believe you!!!!

I'm sure you've passed gas at least ONCE in your lifetime

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #97)

Fri Dec 23, 2011, 10:12 PM

183. Your comment made it to the DUzys Award page!

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 11:10 PM

99. My real name is Caroline

I'm 31 years old and I work on Democratic campaigns for a living and love every minute of it. If I ever land in your district, watch out because I will try and get you in the office to knock doors or make phone calls. I "awoke" politically in 2004 (even though I was registered since before I was 18) when my friend took me to see Fahrenheit 9/11 and have not looked back. When I am not on the road, I live in the deep sea of red that is Monmouth County, NJ. I moved to NJ in 2007 and have been a primary voting Democrat since then (I grew up in NY and was never a partisan voter there). I will move anywhere in the country temporarily for a campaign (I've worked in Lexington, KY and Green Bay, WI out of state) but have no plans to leave NJ, despite the fat bastard we have as governor. You could not pay me all the money in the world to return to the area I grew up in-- it was nothing but incredibly cruel to me.

My screen name is based on my beloved Tabby, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge in April and I miss him every day (I was on the road in Wisconsin when he passed away and it pains me every day that I never got to say goodbye). I'd love to get another cat but I'm on the road for way too long and it's not fair to the cat to leave him/her with my parents when I hit the road.

2011 was a very sucky year for me that was summed up by me being fucked over in my personal and professional life. The old phrase (and Kelly Clarkson song) "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" pretty much sums up how I feel. I was dumped right after the holidays last year and because of that, I have been very depressed lately. I have someone else on my radar, but trying to figure out how the male brain works is next to impossible.

I'm single but pursuing someone. I won't resort to online dating, but I have a tendency to flirt like crazy at statewide Democratic events. I would like to settle down and have a family, and ever since I hit 30 I feel my clock is ticking. I thought I found someone but he decided to leave me stranded.

I go on and off DU-- if I am on a campaign then you will barely see me because my mind is so wrapped up in the campaign. If I'm off one I frequent this place much more. I didn't even know this place existed until right after the election of 2008.

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Response to tabbycat31 (Reply #99)

Sat Dec 24, 2011, 03:07 AM

190. Hi, Caroline.

The male mind is simple. Don't overthink us. If you see us doing something strange or stupid, and you think of a simple reason for it, and think, "surely it's not that simple", it is. If you're trying to figure one of us out, then try to remember the simple kind of thinking you did when you were about 5, and you'll probably be on the right track. And you want to know a secret from a longtime single guy? There's not a woman in the world who isn't much, much more attractive when she smiles or laughs, or does something kind. Unless, of course, she's a Republican politician or polemicist, in which case the smile/laugh are evil and kindness is off the table.

Hang in there. Better days will come. Don't let the clock tick you into the wrong relationship. And some day, the guy who stranded you will probably look back and regret it.

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Response to GaYellowDawg (Reply #190)

Tue Dec 27, 2011, 01:01 PM

202. Thanks for your reply

I did see the guy in question twice last week (once at a statewide event, then he invited me to his friend's birthday party). Both times he hugged me a lot and would not let me buy my own drinks (even though I tried).

I also found out said guy's friend (who's birthday party I attended) is also interested in me. I'm definitely not used to two guys interested in me (I met both of them back in May). They were both under the impression I was seeing them, but the first time they saw me (they did not talk to me), I was with the guy who left me stranded. There was a 3rd guy with them who had never met me before but revealed a lot about how they won't shut up about me. You learn a lot by picking someone's friend's brain.

Thanks for your advice.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 11:27 PM

100. My first name should be pretty easy

The nick obviously is based on my occupation.

I was born in Jamestown, NY and moved to the Youngstown, OH area when I was 12. My family moved to Baltimore my senior year of high school, so I lived there for one year before going to Colorado to attend the Air Force Academy.

I was in the first Academy class in history to include female cadets, so I saw firsthand the steep uphill climb faced by (essentially) a minority striving to break through a major barrier. That had a lasting impact on my world view. Those women were among the smartest, toughest and bravest people I've known.

Through some sort of major oversight, I managed to graduate from there in 1980, and attended Air Force Pilot Training at Willims AFB, AZ. When I graduated in 1981, I was selected to remain there as an instructor pilot. I had the privilege of teaching some great people to fly the T-37. It was hard but exciting work, with a combination of aerobatic, instrument and formation flying.

In 1985, my next tour took me to Wurtsmith AFB, MI, where I served as an aircraft commander on the KC-135 air refueler. For the next couple of years, I flew missions in the US, Europe and the Middle East.

In 1987 I completed my service obligation and went to work for a major airline, where I have worked ever since. I'm presently based in Detroit, where I fly both domestic and international trips.

I have a daughter, son and daughter in law, all in their 20s, and all living and working in Texas. I am separated/soon to be single, and living in the Detroit area while I figure out where to go next.

I joined DU in the fall of 2003. I am the typical DUers worst nightmare. I like the music of Rush, and thanks to 24 years of living in Dallas I'm a Cowboys fan, which isn't easy these days. I'm also a huge Crimson Tide fan, since my son and DIL graduated from there.

I love the blues as well as classic rock. My favorite authors are Kurt Vonnegut, John Steinbeck, Christopher Moore, Cormack McCarthy, Isaac Asimov and Molly Ivins. I enjoy most documentaries, and despise Fox "News," Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, etc. I believe that supply side economics is the greatest and cruelest hoax foisted upon a society in modern times.

My military background has a lot to do with my affection for service member and veterans, who have become mistreated members of our society. Our nation nowadays misuses military force, and mistreats those that are ordered to carry it out. As John Kerry once said, "it's important not to confuse the war with the warrior."

That's pretty much me in a nutshell.

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Response to av8rdave (Reply #100)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 07:20 PM

210. Your history is very cool

The first class at the Academy to include women - wow. I was an AF nurse, and totally agree with you re vets being mistreated and/or misunderstood. A lot of my liberal/progressive friends simply can't understand how one can be pro-military and yet liberal. The military medical side tends to have more liberals, but the regular side - not so much. Nice that you like classic rock, but oh my, I'm sorry to hear of your fondness for the Cowboys. Sorry also about your status re soon-to-be-single - been there, and it sucks. I was a military spouse for over 20 years and adjusting to single life is about the most confounding thing I've gone through.

Thank you for your service! *waves*

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Response to kimi (Reply #210)

Mon Jan 2, 2012, 05:12 PM

224. Thanks for your service as well!

Looks like you saw both ends of the military - as the member and as the spouse.

I'm with you on the pro-military/liberal thing. I think it only makes sense that liberals would be more pro-military (I mean REALLY pro-military - not just yellow magnets on cars). They tend to care more about the actual people than the chest thumping.

With me being a Cowboys fan, at least you can say I got mine! Last night, they certainly reinforced my point about how hard it is to be a fan.

Thanks for the kind words on the divorce situation. I'm fortunate that my kids are out on their own, so while it obviously still has an impact on them, at least there are no custody issues to deal with. Property division I can handle. It is just property, after all.

Hope you have a great 2012 in store!



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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 11:53 PM

101. Nice idea.

I'm rbnyc because my initials are rb and when I joined DU in 2001, I was living in nyc.

I was born in Arizona 40-odd years ago, but grew up in the Chicago area. I’ve been in New York for over 15 years, and now live “out on the island.”

I think my first political hero was Jello Biafra when I was a young teen.

I’m a writer and a musician. I’m a not-for-profit fundraising executive and a mom.

My son is a beautiful little genius.

I love my career, but my current office is very toxic. I’m hoping something will change. I will only leave for the right opportunity, but if a couple of other people left instead of me, things would be a lot better.

I used to be fit but now I’m really fat. I had a terrible car accident and got pregnant with my son before I was healed and I just never got control of my body after that – plus I got old and moved to the suburbs. I have really got to figure out how to set up my life so I can succeed in losing weight. I seem to spend most of my time responding to other people’s needs.

I talk about myself too much, but I really do listen and care about other people. I invite everyone to talk about themselves too.

I often have lucid dreams. It’s an awesome ability.

I am spiritual but not religious. I believe that there are things we don’t understand and that there’s room for all kinds of possibilities. The supernatural is just the natural that we have not yet organized into science. The other day I heard someone say that we will never know what happens to us after we die, and I thought, really? Never? I think there was probably a time when we felt we would never know what was on the other side of the world, or what makes lightening. If we don’t destroy ourselves in the next ten years, I think we’ll find answers to lots of questions we’ve always believed were impossible to answer.

My cat is sick and one of my friends died today in a really horrible way.

I should go to bed, but I’m here.

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Response to rbnyc (Reply #101)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 11:40 AM

132. Sorry about your friend

and I hope your cat is feeling better.

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Response to LiberalEsto (Reply #132)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 03:08 PM

134. Thanks.

Pictures are now being collected for the memorial, so that's something to do. I'm still in total shock. An unexpected death of a young, healthy, happy, wonderful person is shocking enough, but for it to have been so violent and so public - just something that plays on all our worst nightmares. Even people who didn't know her are in shock.

My cat has a chronic illness and he's almost 15 years old now so it's getting worse. It's getting to the point where I wonder if it's time to put him down. I think he must be suffering. then he has a bunch of really good days in a row and I think, I'm glad we didn't put him down last week. My son (7) loves him so much.

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Response to rbnyc (Reply #101)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 02:34 AM

160. Dear RB--I also want to extend my condolences about your friend.

I don't know what else to say, but I am so very very sorry this happened.

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Response to abq e streeter (Reply #160)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 08:52 AM

162. We were at Knox together.

That's where we met.

Thank you. Her service is tomorrow. I bet there will be hundreds of people. She built deep bonds wherever she went.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 12:37 AM

102. Hi!

My name really is Muriel. It is an old family name.

I live in Northern Illinois, not far from St. Ronald Reagan's boyhood home. Needless to say, it is very republican here. In spite of that, I am an active Democrat. My parents were active in the party for forty-nine years. Only my dad's dementia stopped them.

I have raised three activists as well.

Right now, I am biding my time, looking for a new way to be a positive contributor to the Democratic Party.

I live with my husband, and a cat and dog. My husband retired recently. I have been a DU member since 2003, and a lurker for about a year before that. I love DU!

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 04:55 AM

103. Aloha!

I am Southern California raised, having lived in Hermosa Beach, Lawndale, and Pasadena (PHS Class of 2004).
I went to college in Portland, Oregon where I majored in history in 2009, and have lived in Hawaii for probably about 4 - 5 years total.

I am now back in SoCal. I've done all kinds of jobs, but my favorite one was as a park ranger intern at Diamond Head. I've also worked as a grocery store courtesy clerk, restaurant worker, 3rd grade group leader, gardener, and civil process server in Honolulu. I am currently unemployed and back living at home due to a lack of government funding to continue my work; it's hard to come by these days.

I am a Jubu at heart: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_Buddhist

I like learning new things about the world and how it all came together. I am an avid reader of books, newspapers, magazines, blogs, and political cartoons.

I played trumpet and baritone in school for 7 years and was an editor of the high school newspaper.

I "have" three dogs: Shadow in Honolulu and Sunshine + Sadie in SoCal. I have twin younger brother and sister and a step-brother.

I love the outdoors, although a perforated ear drum, and lousy ear health throughout my life has prevented me from becoming a waterman entirely.

I am a Howard Dean Democrat and was the one-millionth contributor to the Barack Obama campaign in 2008. I've been on DU since May 2003. I still support the President.

My sports teams are the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Celtics (hate Kobe), San Francisco 49ers and USC Trojan Football (you can hate me now).

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 09:11 AM

104. Hello everyone!

Glad I found this thread. Been looking for introduction section in this forum..
I'm Ashley BTW and new to this forum..Hope to find here something new.. god bless!

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Response to Ashley Diaz (Reply #104)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 10:03 PM

119. Welcome to DU, Ashley Diaz!

Please come by often. Nice to meet you!

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 11:56 AM

106. I'm Bake. Y'all know me. I'm an underemployed 56 yr old lawyer.

I play guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro, and right now I've got the damn flu.



Bake

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 01:28 PM

108. Thanks for the nice post, Lynn

I'm 56 and live in Boise. I had a back injury in 2002 that has left me messed up even after two surgeries. I had my neck fused between the back surgeries. I'm trying to qualify for disability. I just got accepted into a sliding scale clinic that can help me document my flair ups. I used to work as an RN. I've worked in State agencies such as the state hospital for the mentality ill, state school for developmentally delayed, state veterans home, and some private institutions for treatment and detox. I have Ralphie Cadalphie my manx calico who is 13. Her brother Bob passed last year about this time of year. She has made the transition from his best friend to mine. I have 3 grown sons, 3 grandkids and one on the way. I have a long distance relationship with my imaginary boyfriend
I came to DU after the stolen election in 2004, some time in 2005. I want to get to know more people here but I have a post and move on style of communicating.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 03:45 PM

111. Hi everyone!

I'm a momma, an unbending liberal, pacifist, and a funeral director/embalmer.
I love watching football, drawing/painting, and everything to do outdoors. I've been a struggling vegetarian/sometimes vegan for a few years and for Christmas I want my old sig line back.


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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 04:00 PM

112. Nice to know more about you LynneSin - take a pic of you in the bunny suit when you get around to it

I've been with DU since 2003. My DU name comes from words spoken in a song by Jimi Hendrix, who was my complete idol in the 60s when I was a teen learning to play guitar in my first band. I followed him around and attended three of his concerts. I have backstage photos of him that I took. I dropped out of college in the 70s to tour with a soul band and at 62, I still play guitar, but now it's mainly bebop jazz on a nylon string guitar. I was born on a U.S. Air Force base in Germany (my dad was a career officer and WWII hero mentioned in John Steinbeck's "Once There Was A War" and my mom is French. I have a Master's in French Studies, a J.D. of law, an an MFA in film from UCLA. I worked in the movie biz for awhile, mainly for Dino DeLaurentiis doing mostly reading. For awhile I could go through five scripts from the slush pile in under five hours and write coverage. I spent several years in the law in California doing workers comp and personal injury which I hated. The last 16 years I've been doing immigration law in a Chinese law firm near L.A. I've gone to China several times to represent clients before the U. S. Consulates. When I was 13, I had the great privilege of seeing President Kennedy only a few feet in front of me when he came to my town and his open car stopped in front of my house and he said a few words to the crowd that lined the streets. It was just a few months before Dallas. I have a pet desert tortoise that is nearly forty years old. My greatest passion in life is the underground: I fell in love with caves and caving in grade school, I still adore spelunking, and I hold lifetime membership in the National Speleological Society.

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Response to aint_no_life_nowhere (Reply #112)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 06:36 PM

137. You certainly have...

...some interesting life experiences. I enjoyed reading your introduction!

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 05:19 PM

114. I'm new to this DU3..but I may begin to like it!

who knows?


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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 07:16 PM

115. Hey there. I AM YANKEEPANTS!

I never really introduced myself on DU2.

My actual name is Therese. Yankee Doodle Dandy Pants is my beloved 10-year-old Chesapeake Bay Retriever .

I joined DU in 2009 after lurking through the bush trauma. My background is in PR and Marketing. I have a BA in English: General Literature and Rhetoric from Binghamton University. It makes me a good debator and writer of great poison pen letters.

I grew up in Syracuse NY and have lived in NYC, all over New York State, CT, the UK, and now reside in northern New York State on the shores of beautiful Lake Ontario with my husband of six years (relationship just hit 22 years), our two dogs Yankeepants and Digrid Cattalina Wallaroo, a blue heeler rescue affectionately know as The Ding, our two cats Johnny Fucking Kelly and Roy Lee, and two Thoroughbred geldings, the brothers Finnegan and Kavanaugh.

I am a dog trainer and will be opening my own kennel in the spring. My husband and I own a home and property management company called Jeeves Home Management.

I cannot tell you how much DU and all the DUers have meant to me over the years. I live in a heavily republican rural area and would not survive without the ability to tap into SANITY!


Hey to fellow DUer and Sister-in-Law Kaiden!

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Response to yankeepants (Reply #115)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 08:56 AM

129. Love the names of your animals!

 

They are so cool!

I had a Basset named Queen Winifred Antoinette Popsicle Stick Shake Your Grove Thing Rendon. We called her so many names....and she responded to all of them!

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Response to blueamy66 (Reply #129)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 07:00 PM

139. We think, as you obviously do, that an animal's name

deserves all the time and imagination that you can give it so that it grow into it and be treated by those of the human species with respect and individuality. Bwaaaaahaaaa! It's just fun. I had cats named Robert Redfur, Large Marge, Nigel Grey, Geoffrey, Ned Brown, Carlton the Doorman, Bowser Wowser, Spock, and on.

My dogs have been Pretty Petey Viti, Carol's Beef Stew (Stewart), and Shivery Creek Tug-a-Duck.

Naming animals is my favorite thing in the whole world.

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Response to yankeepants (Reply #139)

Mon Dec 19, 2011, 08:37 AM

177. Love all the names!!!!

 

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 10:43 PM

121. ok

i'm elana.
even though i have a low post count i've been lurking here since the 2004 election and became a member in 2006.
i was apolitical until shrub invaded iraq then i got pissed off and started getting involved.
i'm 37, single and childless by choice. my life heretofore is a snooze and i'm perfectly ok with that.
i'm a graphic artist.
i lost my job of 14 years in feb 2009 and was unemployed until may of this year.
i'm the black sheep of my family because i'm the only true liberal (if my mom wasn't so apolitical she'd be a liberal too but she wants nothing to do with politics). i'm also the only atheist.
i consider myself a secular humanist, but a misanthropic one, because in most cases i prefer the company of animals to humans.
i heart bernie sanders, alan grayson, keith olbermann and rachel maddow for their political acumen.
i have celeb crushes on hugh laurie, clay aiken and stephen colbert - long story short, they are all multi-talented, hysterically funny, incredibly charming, deeply philosophical, and what i like to call old souls with peter pan syndrome.
i also heart neil degrasse tyson because he's the smartest mofo in the western hemisphere.
cats rule!

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 11:12 PM

123. "This forum is not dead, it's just pining for the fjords."

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Response to Major Hogwash (Reply #123)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 06:39 PM

138. Hogwash.

Care to introduce yourself, or are you just going to hog the popped corn?

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 12:08 AM

124. Hey there

I am blogslut - a lazy person with a bad nickname.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 01:58 AM

126. Pscot

First initial middle name. I live on an island in the Salish Sea with my wife of almost 50 years, I was born so long ago it feels like I've come from another planet. I'm fighting a war of attrition, on many levels and losing on all of them, but it keeps me interested. My one great desire in life was to become a bhoddisatva, but even that has gone. I've learned a lot from this place. Some great people hang out here.. Thanks LynneSin and thanks to the rest of you for making this place what it is.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 08:33 AM

127. I am Stuart G. Hello

I live in burg outside Chicago
Retired Chicago Public School Teacher...(high school history, all kinds)
Duck Tape devotee, and currently posting jokes.
I come and go from the lounge, but not harmful,
and I like the atmosphere here, and often there are good hints about stuff.
Good movie discussions, ideas about life, humor and just getting along.
We are good people here.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 08:53 AM

128. My name is Amy

 

I picked my username because 1) I have blue eyes, and 2) Sometimes I am very blue. I was born in 1966.

I was born in Buffalo and am a die-hard Bills and Sabres fan. We moved to Honolulu for a while and then my Dad transferred us to this god-forsaken desert called Arizona. I have never forgiven him for that.

All of my immediate family is gone, but I have oodles of nieces, nephews and greats and a wonderful fiance.

I graduated from AZ State.

I love all sports, but seem to always be rooting for the losing team.

I am pretty liberal, but can waiver on a few issues.

Wanna run away to Alaska someday....or Wyoming....and get a useless job that just pays the bills but involves NO STRESS!!!

That's about all....

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 11:34 AM

131. LiberalEsto: Surprise! I'm female

For some reason people assume I'm male. I guess it's the Esto, but it stands for Estonian-American. I speak fairly fluent Estonian and have visited relatives there twice.

When I joined DU in 2002, I thought I was the only liberal Estonian-American in existence. Most of the others are Republicans and Reagan fans, and I avoid them like the plague. Since then I've encountered a few liberals, including one on DU. I was one of the first DUers to use Liberal in my screen name, because right wingers were working to make liberal a dirty word. It's good to see other DUers using Liberal in their names.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, raised in northern New Jersey, moved to Montgomery County, Maryland over 20 years ago with husband and two daughters who are now grown, sort of. One still lives with us, and we have two dogs, Penny and Bailey, and two cats, Salem and Dinah. Penny is a female half Cavalier king Charles Spaniel, half American Eskimo. She's my angel.

Bailey, my daughter's dog, is a male half King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, half Chihuahua. The cats are torties, female sisters rescued from an animal shelter in New Brunswick, NJ when one of my daughters went to college there. I lived in the New Brunswick area from 1969 to 1990, initially at Livingston College of Rutgers University.

I suppose my claim to fame is that I met all the members of the original Grateful Dead, including Pig Pen, and tripped with them backstage before they hit the big time. This was in New Jersey.

Was active in the anti-war movement in the 1960s-70s, particularly in Yippie! if anyone remembers them. Lots of street theater.

Worked as a newspaper journalist most of my adult life, and later as a marketing writer, but have been unemployed for more than 3 years. Would love to get one of my books published, but no such luck so far. My husband does IT work for a federal contractor in Washington DC. I love gardening, especially growing roses and vegetables. I'm a pagan Unitarian Universalist, love to read, and spend a lot of time in the ASAH forum. I like Cape Cod, and love Maine.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 12:59 PM

133. Hello, I'm a Republican, but I like it here. ;)

 

Hello, I am a Conservative, but love to see others' viewpoints on subjects. I live in Wisconsin, and a friend of mine (he said he was joining today, as well) said we should join this site, so we could do debating with Democrats, instead of other Conservatives who argue over issues.

I love politics, and volunteer for political figures whenever possible... I look forward to having some good discussions with evrybody!

Oh, and I LOVE the Packers!!!

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 07:30 PM

140. I am loving this thread! Thanks Lynne!

Redwitch here. I have been living in upstate NY for 20 years am originally from New Jersey. Husband, 2 sons in their 20's, active in local politics, travel for work all over NY state. My oldest son found DU and turned me on to it during the build up to the Iraq war. I have been fortunate to have met several DUers at the anti war rallies in DC. I have actually met LynneSin, WillPitt AND the wonderful EarlG. I have 2 kitties that I love dearly, reading is my favorite pastime.

Really, really grateful to have found this place, it has been my lifeline to sanity(most of the time) for a decade.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 09:59 PM

144. Hi, I'm Zephie!

I'm 21, from Tampa Bay, and married with one son (nearly 6 weeks old now!), two parrots, one dog, and a ferret. I'm a stay at home mommy. My favorite bands are Pink Floyd, Ludo, and Mumford and Sons. I'm a massive nerd and play 2 D&D games a week, love astronomy, and fantasy literature.

Right now my biggest dream is to get the heck out of Florida and move to Portland OR.

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Response to Zephie (Reply #144)

Sat Dec 24, 2011, 05:10 AM

191. Not a mad idea...

...if you like cold rain, books, and coffee

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 10:09 PM

145. Love it Lynne! Timing is perfect, cuz today is my 57th birthday!

Born in Baltimore, Md during one of the year's first snowstorms, Union Memorial Hospital on December 16, 1954. I was supposed to be a boy, but when I was the second daughter in 13 months born to Mom and Dad, they didn't have a name picked out. So they called me Nancy. Well, Nancy grew to be 6'1" and not a cute little Nancy. Also a little klutzy, socially inept, poor impulse control, high energy to the point that if they'd had Ritalin back then they probably would have OD'd me on it. Anyway, nothing's changed in almost 6 decades, I still can't sit still for very long. I denied my inner jock for too many years, since in the 60s girls were supposed to be weak and Big Men needed to protect them. I'm trying to make up for lost time, so I bike, I run, I walk miles, I play street hockey, volleyball, badminton and I row.

I'm Pink-O because I made a mistake: It's supposed to be Pink-OH. A play on Pinko, because I was called that by mean white men all through the Vietnam war when I was just a teenager. (Really mean to try to intimidate a young girl!) I own it now, I'm a total Pinko. I was married to a much younger guy about 15 years ago, but it didn't last and I'm happy being free of entanglements. I'm an agnostic, but boy! The personality profile of a Sagittarius fits me so perfectly, I have to wonder that even if God is a fairy tale, is there scientific value in astrology? (I doubt it, but it's a little scary!)

Ultimately, I became a progressive and sympathetic to those removed from the mainstream, because I never fit in myself. That was the spark that lit the fire: First you say: "What's wrong with me?" Then you say: "What's wrong with society that they don't accept me, when in America we're all supposed to be equal?" Then you say: "I'm gonna change society, so that people have to accept those out of the mainstream." And finally you say: "Eff Society, they can kiss my misfit ass." I'm at Stage Four even as I write this!!



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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 11:32 PM

148. Hello! I'm Nadine and I'm in Minnesota

The once great state of Minnesota - home to Mondale and Wellstone, now known for Bachmann and Pawlenty... I weep.

I tend to stay in the lounge, but will venture into the scary world of GD now and again when I get my knickers in a wad.

My husband and I have 3 furry overlords - a german shepherd and a lab/chesapeake retriever mix and a cat.

I have been unemployed for awhile so I have way too much time on my hands.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 12:56 AM

150. Longtime listener, firsttime caller....

Yeah, hi, Mr. Du?

This is my 935th post and lurking before that. Hi.

My name's Matt, and I'm a Libra. I like sauteed onions and pic posts.

I'm not so much a Librul or a Democratic, but a concerned American. I know I'm not Repub or fascist.
I love DU because everyone here is also a concerned American, like me! Where else would I want to be in the Interweb?
I used to work in leadership of the Green Party but I found I was too left of them. Whaddaya gonna do?
They don't have a DU, BTW.

I went to Freeperland, once. Don't.

I like 9/11 conspiracy facts, but not Alex Jones. I like Michael Moore and Bernie Sanders and Robert Byrd and Dennis Kucinich.

My cats are Siamese. I like cooking shows. I've been married 10 years. No mortgage, no health insurance. Commission only.

My favorite song is "I Wish I Knew", by John Coltrane Quartet, and found on the soundtrack to "The Fisher King".

My favorite movie is "True Romance". Soundtrack, cast, plot, dialogue, direction. Walken vs. Hopper times Tarantino. Beat it.

I follow on DU:

OCTAFISH (and you should, too)
LynneSin
Taverner
Bake
Amerigo Vespucci
Madokie
MilesColtrane
Bluesbassman
nadinbrzinski
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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 05:30 PM

155. Hi! I am momto3.

As you can guess, I have 3 kids. Two boys ages 9 and 5, and my daughter who is 12. I have been married for 16 years. I have been a member since 2006, but only an occasional poster. I do check in every day.

I was born in Cincinnati, lived briefly in Cleveland, then Nashville and now reside in High Point, NC.

I have a bachelors degree in music performance (flute) and was accepted for graduate school at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in music theory and composition, but was unable to afford the tuition. This turned out to be fortuitous, since after a couple of years teaching music, I decided to return to school and found my real passion. I went returned to college to receive a degree in biology originally with the thought of becoming a vet. I then decided I wanted to attend med school, but quickly changed my mind after taking the MCAT. The stress of that examine was more than I wanted. So I pursued a career in research. Little did I realize at the time that in many ways graduate school and research science is more stressful than medicine! So I now have a PhD in cell biology.

I received my music degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati and my biology degree from the University of Cincinnati. My PhD was earned at Case Western Reserve University. I spent 5 years at Vanderbilt University investigating the mechanisms of breast cancer metastases. I am now at Wake Forest University in the field of regenerative medicine and am in the process of looking for another position.

My interests are listening to music, playing with our dogs, gardening, motorcycle riding and martial arts. We currently have 2 dogs and 1 cat. I ride a BMW x-country motorcycle and have a senior red belt in Kenpo karate. I am currently studying Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido.

I love DU and really like the look of DU3.

It's nice to meet everyone!

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 05:42 PM

156. I'm woofless.

No really. I'm totally woofless.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 08:58 PM

157. hello all!

i'm rppper.....from the worlds most famous beach in the sunshine state....i've been a DU member since 2001, a few days after i saw a DU banner at dubyas first inauguration....i'm a navy vet...i rode submarines for the better part of a decade...i raised two great kids on my own and i am a grandpa now at age 44! i have been a liberal since reagan tried to turn ketchup into a vegetable on school lunches...i've been out of circulation on DU for a few years but the current political atmosphere has brought me back to these wonderful pages again to find comfort and strength in what i see as an upcoming battle for the heart and soul of this nation...i'm glad to see all the old faces as well as the new!

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 12:26 AM

158. Hi There! My Name is Grant

My name is Grant. I grew up Catholic and every time the priest said “grant us peace”, I elbowed my sister. I live in Appleton, Wisconsin (pop. 75,000) about 35 miles south of Green Bay. GO PACKERS!

I own a one man electrical contracting business. I love classical music. Dvorak, Prokofiev, Ravel are some of my favorites. However, I have seen about 300 Rock ‘n Roll shows. I have seen Rush about 10 times and REO and Styx because they always are on tour. Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits are my favorite.

I stumbled into the lounge following a Google link about Emo Philips. That was about the time Governor Walker started his class warfare on unions and the middle class. I signed the recall petition the day it became available.
What gets me is the hypocrisy of the right. They say they want small government and no regulation and then try to control what goes on in our bedrooms. They want freedom but want to throw you in jail for smoking a joint. They say “all life is sacred” (abortion) and are all gung ho for the death penalty
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I don’t get to GD very much. I come here to relax and enjoy the posts from the regulars….or maybe the irregular?. I love lol Cats, MFM, Amerigo, Scorpio, Lynne, Cal Peg and all the others. I often “borrow” some of the posts and take them back to my own little corner of the world and use them to continue the good fight on Facebook.

What happened to the spell check? lol

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Sun Dec 18, 2011, 02:55 AM

161. Hello steve2470 here

My DU name is based on (tada) my RL name and part of an old address I had.

I was born and raised in Central Florida, and have gone to school/worked/lived in this area my entire life. Yes it's boring. I've thought of moving to California once my son grows up. I'm divorced and fine with that for the foreseeable future.

I like vocal trance now, but have liked rock, r&b, disco (gasp) and some pop. My first concert was Crosby Stills Nash and Young at Tampa Stadium in 1974.

I like almost all foods but I'm not real adventurous in trying new foods. I drink very rarely but if I do, I'd prefer a sparkling wine.

I stumbled onto DU in October 2004 and was promptly re-converted back to being a liberal Democrat. I've taken several breaks from here because the political news gets me depressed after a while. My main goal here is to learn and perhaps add some insight to productive discussions.

Happy Holidays and a happier 2012 !

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Sun Dec 18, 2011, 11:55 AM

164. My name is Taylor. I am 25yo and am on the Autism Spectrum.

I live in Moorhead, MN; which is a suburb of Fargo, ND. I grew up in Ulen, MN; which is a tiny rural town of 500 people 50 miles NW of Fargo.

I am a part-time Psych major at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

I work at a thrift store in Moorhead staffed by people with disabilities called Second Time Around, I'm the book expert there.

My interests are very broad. I like science, history, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, politics, and linguistics. People call me a walking encyclopedia, LOL!

I am a voracious reader and I probably have a 1,000 books in my apartment.

My musical tastes are very broad and can be expressed as "Anything except Country"

I tend to have a "Jekyll and Hyde" personality and I have a short temper, but I usually don't hold grudges and I am a forgiving person.

I consider myself a Buddhist Atheist, which is not an oxymoron.

I call myself a Libertarian Socialist, I support a market economy dominated by co-ops.

I am a Transhumanist and am a shameless techno-utopian.

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Sun Dec 18, 2011, 12:46 PM

168. HoosierStateDem

I now live in Texas but grew up in Indiana and am a true blue Hoosier. I've been in Texas for a long time but still consider myself a proud Hoosier democrat first.

I don't post much because I mainly read but I'd like to try posting more, because I'm getting so frustrated with the whole political landscape and the lies the media tells.

I'm married and an empty nester. My husband leans more conservative but we agree on a lot of things and others we don't agree on. We just don't argue about it anymore.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 01:03 PM

169. I am THE MrScorpio

There is NO other.

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #169)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 05:20 PM

171. Are you going to go back to posting songs?


I used to really like them.

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Response to sibelian (Reply #171)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 05:28 PM

172. Oh yeah, here you go

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #172)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 05:34 PM

173. :)

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Sun Dec 18, 2011, 02:32 PM

170. Almost missed the bus but here I am!

nolabear, aka Rebecca. I'm a middle aged shrink and writer. I talk too much and GD gives me the epizootic. I'm a screaming, bleeding heart damn near Socialist liberal but I often like un-PC humor.

I grew up in the South, on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in New Orleans, which I love like a parent. Now I live in Seattle with my hubby of damn near 28 years, and two sons who live and work and go to school nearby. Oh, and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Tucker and Merrily, Bunny the Cat and Pidge the African Grey. It gets loud.

I came here during the Obama election when I thought I'd gnaw off a limb if I saw She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named give one more goshdarnedfuckingbatshitcrazy speech. These days I mostly hang in The Lounge because, well, GD gives me the epizootic.

Got a new novel out, and a new collection of poetry including mine will be out in March.

And you guys are smart and funny and don't give me the epizootic, and for that I am eternally grateful.



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Sun Dec 18, 2011, 05:43 PM

174. My name is Linda

My user name is from a joke I heard about the time I signed up and my avatar is because I like Georgia O'Keeffe
The same print is in my living room
Like my dad I was born in Oklahoma - or so the tell me
They also tell me that on a trip from OK to TX to visit the maternal grandparents I met Gen Eisenhower when he was running for President
I grew up in the TX panhandle and went to TX Tech
I moved to Florida where I lived for many years and where I met hubby
We have a 10yr old standard poodle
We moved back to the panhandle in the early 21'st century because Money, er, Mommy Dearest was getting on and needed some watching over
If that sounds crass, then blame that acorn/tree thing
Our house was built in the 20's
I told myself that if I ever moved back here I would get one of those 'charming cottages'
We decided to move and there on the internet was the house (damn)
Small (1200 sq ft) but big enough for us because we are not members of the Rat Pack and so don't host large parties or need to store lots of stuff
Nonetheless it seems a cross between Mouse Hunt and The Money Pit
I joined DU in 2004 but don't post much
I am a cube-rat but am able to enjoy my AM/FM/CD player so can drown out the jabber around me
Could get a more sophisticated system, but choose to not do that right now
At the get-to-know you session at work I was the only one out of about 100 from various departments to say Dr Strangelove was my favorite movie

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Sun Dec 18, 2011, 06:14 PM

175. tblue here

as in 'Thank God I'm Blue.'

Glad to meet you, LynneSin!

Been here many years and I spend way too many hours here it seems.

I am from the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party or, as I call it, the 'Pissed-off Wing of the Democratic Party.' Turns out I am less partisan than I once thought I was. I value policy and principle over party or politician, and certainly over personality. I don't follow anybody and I don't fall in line. Just not in my DNA. I have always been the one to say, 'Not me' when everybody else agreed on something. Show me a bandwagon and I will jump off it!

I fear the future of this country. I feel like I am witnessing us falling slowly over a cliff although most people believe our country is still salvageable with the institutions we have here and now. I think we are worse off than some of us want to admit. The goals we once had have been turned on their head and my faith in Americans to correct our course has been fading fast. However, the Occupy movement has given me new optimism and I have high hopes for the change it might usher in.

I went to a top university and have an MBA, but I never used that degree and it really means nothing to me. Most who know me would never ever guess it. LOL! I only share this because I want people to know that not all MBAs are Republicans who value money over everything else. Never have, never will.


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Sun Dec 18, 2011, 06:31 PM

176. My name is Turbineguy

And I don't know as much about turbines as some might guess. I was raised as an upper-middle class conservative monarchist in Europe. Metaphorically, when I arrived at the station, I stepped out of my staid, tastefully understated, elegant European rail car, and walked straight across the platform to the American train to find the party in full swing.

That's because the US has moved so far to the right that a European conservative is a wild-eyed leftie over here. I probably spend way too much time on DU, but that's only because I enjoy it so much. I rarely find myself at odds with people here and do my best not to attack or denigrate those I disagree with.

I like the diversity of views and hope it continues.

I am semi-retired, married (33 years), have two adult children and one grandchild, and live in an affluent suburb surrounded by republicans. At one time I was well off, but now we are just getting by thanks to my part-time work as a teacher. I am a beneficiary of the Bush Economic Miracle. I'm retired and work 2 jobs.

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Fri Dec 23, 2011, 01:57 PM

181. Hello again

Real name is Greg Okar. Live in Wixom, Michigan. Been here since November 11,2009. Don't post much, but come here everyday. I was a lurker for a long time.
Had a post of mine make it to the "greatest" once, buried deep in the archives, I guess.

Love American and Canadian folk music.
Favorite bands are "Great Lake Swimmers", "Iron & Wine". Check them out great sounds.

I have been absent for a while 'cuz of a few heart attacks then by-pass surgery. Treated by doctors from the V.A. in Ann Arbor, MI.
Best care around, operated on by doctors that if I wasn't in the VA system I couldn't afford to look in their windows. All are doctors at the University of Michigan.

Used to be a small business owner, Carpet and Upholstery, with my wife. Now just waiting to be rejected from SSDI so I can get on with my life. Gone bankrupt, medical bills just too much to handle. Old story, just now with me in the cast of characters.

I have been an activist for all my life. Started by fighting against the Viet Nam war, even while enlisted in the Army. I was a C.O..

I now try to adhere to the buddhist lifestyle. Mindful living.

Love to grow stuff, veggies and herbs mostly. I believe we need to regain our sense of earth. We need to become a sustainable people. One earth, one chance. This is my focal point now. It is a system we can teach, one by one.

Trying to help my community in permaculture. Slow going, but strides are taking place. Teaching others how to grow and be in a union with nature, not competing with it.


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Sat Dec 24, 2011, 02:08 AM

189. OK, here goes...

My name is GaYellowDawg, my nickname is based on never, never voting Republican ("yellow dog Democrat" and I was both born in and live in Georgia. "Dawg" because I am a UGA alum and a huge Dawg fan.

I was born in Athens, GA, and raised in East Tennessee near Knoxville, went to East Tennessee State University and after college, I moved to Murfreesboro, TN, where in a fit of insanity, I got a master's degree at Middle Tennessee State University. After a little time in the real world being convinced by life that I had to have another degree, went to the University of Georgia and got my Ph.D. I have been lucky enough to get a job in Savannah! I get to do what I'm most suited for and have a passion for: teach. I am not the teacher I want to be (perfect), but I am working at it!

I listen to a lot less music than I used to, but most things 80's and classical music work pretty well for me. Never was much of a concert goer but played babysitter to my sister, going to a Rick Springfield concert, a Huey Lewis and the News concert, and a Bon Jovi concert. I did go on my own to see the Police with the Fixx leading. I have to say, though, that I enjoyed Pavarotti in concert and John Williams directing the Boston Pops much more than any rock concert.

I am a very fussy eater. Unfortunately, most of what I like is crap, and I eat way too much of what I like. I love junk food and greasy diner food. Pizza. Fried chicken. Barbeque. Hot wings. Oh my god, hot wings. If it weren't for little things like cholesterol, blood pressure, and weight gain, I'd live on bar food. But, of course, I can't. I've called myself a meatatarian, but that's not entirely accurate. I love french fries, too. And bread. Definitely bread. I'm going to have to stop myself before I start drooling.

I have a corny sense of humor. If there's a bad joke to be found, I'll find it. Fortunately, I tell jokes well in person, so most of the time, I actually get away with it and make people laugh. I really enjoy making people laugh and smile. Humor is how I handle most situations in life, even the stressful ones. I love Mel Brooks movies. They make me squirm uncomfortably and laugh hysterically at the same time. I like that.

I am single. Ms. Right (make that Ms. Left, I won't marry someone on the right) just hasn't come along.

I have two sisters, three nephews and two nieces. I am very close to two of the nephews and one of the nieces. The other two belong to the older sister who was terribly emotionally abusive to my parents even as my father was dying of cancer. We have no contact, but I hope some day that the sister's kids seek the rest of the family out, and a little portion of me hopes that her children give her the treatment in her last days that she gave her father.

I am named after my father. If I'd managed to find someone and get married while he was still well, I would have asked him to be my best man. We were very close, and I miss him every day. You know how some sons measure themselves against their fathers? I don't. I don't have to. I already know he was a much better man than I will ever be. This isn't self-deprecation; I'm a pretty good guy. But my dad was beyond special. He was also a very special teacher. When we were at my younger sister's graduation in Nashville, a traffic cop stopped our family to tell my dad that he was in his class 20 years earlier and still remembered it fondly. You know how good a teacher my dad was? That event didn't surprise us ("oh well, another student who loved Daddy". That's how good he was. And he was an even better man.

I love dogs and cats love me. I kind of like cats, and I'm one of those rare people who speak both dog and cat, but most of the time, I'm indifferent to cats. Which is why they love me. But I can't love them back, because I'm eyes-swell-shut allergic to them. Dogs, on the other hand... big ones, little ones, I love them all and most of the time, they love me right back.

My favorite team is the University of Georgia Bulldogs. Anyone else in sports is a very distant second, but I really like college football in general. When it comes to Florida, Auburn, Tennessee, or Georgia Tech, their opponent is my second favorite team on Saturdays. I'll pull for the Red Sox, Celtics, and Patriots in a halfhearted fashion because my brother-in-law is a diehard Bostonian.

Once I get to know you, I talk too much. Until then, I'm kind of quiet. I just like to figure people out first.

I read a lot. I am most fond of science fiction and alternate history. I recently downsized my book and DVD collection. Over the course of four or five trips over the past year and a half, I got about $700 in trade credit from a huge used book/CD/DVD place called McKay in Knoxville. That's been good for two major Christmases for gifts for the family, and I still have over $200 in trade credit left. Oh yeah, despite downsizing by about 75%, I still have a good sized shelf full of paperbacks and a smaller shelf full of hardbacks.

Is that enough? If you've read all the way to here, that's very nice of you, and I appreciate it!

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Sat Dec 24, 2011, 04:39 PM

193. My name is OmahaBlueDog

I live in Omaha. I am a canine. I am blue.

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Sat Dec 24, 2011, 05:03 PM

194. Hi. I'm boppers.

I fact check with a bizarre level of diligence and obsession. This occasionally annoys people.

I dislike professional injury games (aka: sports)

I like verifiable information, and gathering huge amounts of perspectives. This also annoys people.

I am pro-aspie, pro-GLBTQ, pro-weird.

I am gender-funky, and married to a lovely husbandwife.

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Sat Dec 24, 2011, 10:29 PM

197. I'm GPV, so named because when I first poked my head into DU I wanted to be upfront about my

political affiliation. No hidden agendas here. I came here in 2001/2002 looking for political discourse with other left-leaning people, especially since I felt we all needed to band together in light of ** squatting in the White House. What I gained was a lovely community of people that I feel very comfortable with.

I live in Maine with my hubby and a couple of rambunctious kids. Am still mourning my kittehs, but I think this summer we shall be on the lookout for some kittens. We're hoping for fluffy puff-tail babies this time, but if there are shorthairs in need of taking we'll get those instead. (That's how it worked out last time, and it was lovely.)

I've become more and more of a homebody over the years. Love the classic Britcoms like "Monty Python" and "BlackAdder," as well as newer stuff like "IT Crowd." I also watch a lot of sci-fi, cop shows, lawyer shows, HGTV. I'm not much of a video gamer, but if I do play it's stuff like NeverWinter Nights, Dungeon Siege, Majesty, SimCity, Tetris.

It might surprise people to know: I love to watch cheerleading competitions on TV. And dance reality shows. And cheering reality shows.

If I could change something about myself: I would be a healthier person. No more aches and pains, overweight, anxiety, forgetfulness, or bipolar. I think I would be less of a homebody if those things were gone. *sigh*


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Sun Dec 25, 2011, 01:23 AM

198. Hello my name is Fred

I have been a member here since February 2001. My former nickname was Gargoyle now it's Bombero because that's the spanish word for firefighter. I'm a Puerto Rican that was born and raised in Massachusetts. I have been married for 32 years to the love of my life and have 3 children, 3 grandchildren and 1 dog. I retired last year after 33 years as a firefighter/EMT/Fire Marshal. For the last year I have supported my wife in her battle against ovarian cancer (she has a clean bill of health) and her decision to have preventative breast removal surgery and reconstruction. Our oldest daughter has been ill with kidney disease since she was 7 years old and last year had a kidney transplant for which we are very grateful. I enjoy motor sports and traveling. Next spring my wife and I hope to travel to Holland to visit her family.

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Sun Dec 25, 2011, 07:51 PM

200. I am Gato......

....That's what they call me here in the small town where I now live in Costa Rica. Gato Moteado is one of my many pseudonyms. I love big cats, especially jaguars. Gato Moteado means "Spotted Cat". It also means something else.

Been Lurking on DU since it's been around but joined and started posting sometime shortly after 911.

I love rain forest. I moved down to Costa Rica almost seven years ago but it was almost 8 years ago that I sold everything I had and bought some rain forest properties down here and I am always looking to buy more to try to create or enlarge biological corridors.

Anyone here that has seen any of my angry posts knows that I absolutely hate republicans and hard right conservatives with a passion. I have no tolerance for them. Luckily, there aren't any where I live now. But I spent 11 years in Texas and the wingnuts there pissed me off to no end. I have called them human garbage many times right here on DU and I don't regret ever doing it. I used to make a hobby out of identifying and calling out trolling freeptards here in the DU forums. I wish we could take all freepers, republicans, tea baggers and other hard right wingnuts and put them on a big rocket ship and launch it into the sun.

While in Texas I made many great friends on DU. You all know who you are. We had many great parties. I miss you all.

I lived in South Florida before I lived in Texas. I was born and raised in Chicago, where you can't even get your water turned on if you're not a registered Democrat, and that's the way it should be everywhere.

I love OWS.

If you made it down this far in this mile-long thread and saw my post here, give me a shout out by replying to my post. I'd love to reconnect with all the DUers I have missed while I've been so busy eking out a living in the third world.

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Sun Dec 25, 2011, 11:03 PM

201. Hi, I'm Curmudgeoness.

The name suits me, I can be a cranky bitch. My real name is Karen. I live in western PA on the OH border. I am a lifelong Democrat whose first vote was for McGovern. That makes me 58 years old. I am single, never married (but did try that living together thing for four years of my life). I live alone with my newly adopted cat, Sammy. We are just fine with the two of us, and I don't even think that I could live with anyone at this point.

I am an accountant for a trucking company. I've been there for (OMG) 10 years now---the longest I have ever stayed at one job. I usually get bored and have to make a change, but with my age, that has gotten harder to do.

I was born in this god-forsaken town that I am living in now. I did live in Houston for 14 years and ended back here when my parents got old and my dad got sick. It is not easy to be so far away, and the guilt was too much for me. So....here I am again. I hope to escape one day, but I am hard to uproot.

I try hard not to be a troublemaker, and I will continue that effort. It is easier to do on DU than in person, since I have time to think about whether or not I actually post something. Face to face, it all just comes out. You will notice that I don't post much----it is that thinking before I post thing. But I read a lot here and don't know what I would do without DU. You are all a great source of information and entertainment to me.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 01:56 PM

203. My name Jose Jimenez.

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Sat Dec 31, 2011, 03:16 PM

204. Hi everyone. Nice to meet you all!

 

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Sat Dec 31, 2011, 06:48 PM

206. Hi

I am female, British as my name suggests, and have been on DU since 2004. I have a very international collection of friends and relatives; including an American set, mainly living in and around Boston, so I've heard a lot about what an awful governor Mitt Romney was. I have a lot of contacts in Canada too, and indeed have dual citizenship from infancy, though I only go there occasionally.

Though I would always have been on the left, my political views were most strongly forged in the Thatcher era, when I saw what the Right did to many of the best things in my country. I've voted Labour, LibDem and Green in my time; been disappointed when the people for whom I voted didn't get in, and often even more disappointed when they did. My favourite politicians in this country were before my time: Clem Attlee and Nye Bevan.

I would like to wish everyone here a very Happy New Year!



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Sat Dec 31, 2011, 07:05 PM

209. Hi, I'm Taverner.

 

- I am more of a bullet point kinda guy...

- Politically I am a mix of Anarchism and Socialism. Anarcho-Syndicalist, Anarcho-Socialism, Social Anarchist, what have you...

- I play guitar. I stopped playing for 10 years. During that time I went looking for complete and utter oblivion. I almost found it. After that, I picked up my guitar again and was, for once in my recent life, happy again.

- I live in California. It is the greatest place on Earth.

- I am married and have two kids. They are the greatest people on Earth.

- I drink Scotch Whiskey, all night long and die behind the wheel (well that's not really true, but I do like Steely Dan)

- Once, a long time ago, I discovered an abandoned mine in the New Almaden hills. I fell down about five feet and found a dessicated body down there. I froze for what felt like hours, but in reality was probably only minutes. Eventually, I crawled out of the mine and rode my bike home. I never told anyone about that before.

- I am an Atheist, not a New Atheist, although I love Hitchens and Dawkins, much less Michel Onfray. However, I realize whether you believe in a god or not makes absolutely no difference on your character, morality, ethics or sense of empathy.

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Sat Dec 31, 2011, 07:43 PM

211. Great thread!! I was absent for a bit

here on DU but now can't figure out why. People here are very entertaining, not to mention interesting.

My real name is Barb, I live now in central Iowa (where I get to watch the current political situation with much consternation/amusement; after the Ames Straw Poll was over, my kid and I went to Iowa State Univ and actually heard Michelle Bachmann tell people a bunch of s&*t - cracked my son and I up big-time). I was an Air Force nurse till I became disabled by a neurological condition which has mostly cleared up (with help from that awful socialistic military medical system), and plan to go back to school to study something else since I can't do nursing anymore. Was also an AF spouse for over 20 years, which has now gone kaput. (Side comment here: DU people have been fantastic in supporting me through various emotional calamities this past year - thanks, all.) I have 5 sons, who light my life and drive me nuts, simultaneously.

I am owned by 6 cats who are now pestering me to feed them - but that goes on all day so I'm in no hurry.

I'm a die-hard liberal progressive and can't understand why everyone else in the entire world ISN'T. Been at DU for a couple years, I guess, and it has been a shelter in storms politically and personally.

Again, LynneSin, thanks for the thread!

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Response to kimi (Reply #211)

Sun Jan 1, 2012, 11:33 AM

218. where in central Iowa?

I grew up in Ames but now live in Vermont

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Response to mattvermont (Reply #218)

Sun Jan 1, 2012, 07:50 PM

221. Ames. Near ISU.

I like it a lot, really. Transplanted from the Wash DC area, and it's a very pleasant change.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 08:18 PM

212. derby378, coming at you live from Dallas, Texas

I'm 44 years old, widowed, and a Democratic precinct chair. For those of you who live in states without precinct chairs, we are the front line shock troops of the Democratic Party in that we organize our communities, knock on doors, and arrange meetings with our candidates. I have also served as an election judge and a member of the statewide Resolutions Committee for the Texas Democratic Party in 2010.

I was born in Garland, Texas, and have been a lifelong Texan.

I have been married to fellow DUer ginbarn (aka ChickMagic) from April 1, 2000 until May 12, 2010, when she passed away in her sleep from heart failure. I still miss Ginny every single day, but overall it's getting easier to deal with. Here's a picture of her with the late Molly Ivins in 2005:



I currently have one cat, Banjo, who was rescued off the street in December 2008 before a nasty cold snap hit. She's about 10 years old and as plucky as her namesake. Ginny always wanted a pet named Banjo after seeing the "Sea Monkey" episode of Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, so Banjo it was.

One of my current pasttimes is visiting Texas ghost towns. You can read about some of my exploits and see the pictures at http://texasghosttowns.blogspot.com if you so wish.

My taste in music is fairly eclectic, ranging from John Zorn to Johnny Cash, Lustmord to Laibach, Bartok to Baboon. Once in a while, I produce a mix that you can hear on Mixcloud by clicking http://www.mixcloud.com/derby378/.

I am a card-carrying skeptic who has studied exorcism, faith healing, and alternative medicine. One of the items on my bucket list is to publish a comprehensive history of homeopathy in the United States. I also have a nice little collection of antique patent medicine bottles.

I am sometimes quirky and unpredictable (ADHD will do that) and a little shy in person. I would love to find another woman to share my life with, but I should probably get my ducks in a row first - you have to relearn so many things when you become single again.

I have been a member of DU since 2002 (thanks to Ginny) and am here for the long haul.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 08:20 PM

213. Greiner is a family name;

And I have 3 children; also 3 grandchildren but redundancy is another thing.

Being of a family with a 'crazy gene' I am only now understanding a lot of what that entails; after 5 decades.

This is shown by Bi-polar, clinical depression, Schizoid Personality Disorder, moderate OCD, PTSD (I used to relive my birth), hate being touched/crowds and have/had social phobia. It is this last that has had the most effect upon me now that I am pretty much 'aware.' I missed the socialization while growing up.

I have been hospitalized 4 times in a mental hospital. The odds I will be re-hospitalized AGAIN are approaching infinity. But please read on and I will make the case that I will beat these odds.

I have figured I have had more than 40 different address in my life, owned about as many vehicles and had nearly 50 different jobs. I did have a string of jobs with a fast food restaurant that ended with my owning a franchise. However, I went off the deep end while I was the owner and had to sell. It was the income I had while there and large earnings at a factory job that gave me nearly $1,800/month SSDI.

I first saw a mental health counselor at age 12 and took my first of many different anti-depressants at age 16. I figure I have had 20 different psychiatrists and 10 counselors over the last 40+ years. I have been on SO many different drugs with Lithium the longest. I was on this for 23 years. I was shaking so badly I could not hold a coffee cup without spilling the liquid. My new psychiatrist was part of a group that set up patients for a procedure called 'Deep Brain Stimulation.' I have 'essential tremors.' That is the condition where there is a hand/head tremor. It is usually seen in the elderly but mine was so bad doctors kept asking me if I had been diagnosed with Parkinson's.

This psychiatrist is really fascinated with my case. He has made the statement several times that he is very surprised that I actually am still alive. People with case histories such as mine don't live much past their 20s. I've always prided myself in not being a conformist so I have THAT going for me.

My psychiatrist began changing my meds. I was on 5 different psychotropics January 2010. By the end of the year I had been switched to Zoloft and 2 anti-seizure meds; whose 'off label' uses were for control of Bi-polar. I have not been as steady, mentally wise, as I have been for the last year. I have been working for most of the last year, at part time jobs, for the first time since 2003. I no longer shake to the point where I could be on a carnival circuit. I still have slight hand tremors and my head still 'bobs.' I find it funny because if I am in a small group I notice that after a little time most of the people in the group are nodding also.

I have 2 cats now that I'm an empty nester. I am pretty much a loner and I am not the near hermit I was for 20 years. I used to be terrified of women. That is not the right word; I was terrified to talk with them. Now, I am not exactly the chatterbox but I am able to hold my own. In fact, I am looking forward to my first date in, well let's just say that if there is a time limit where one can revert to virginal status I am approaching very quickly.

My ex did not take our wedding vows to heart and when I became incapacitated in the mid 80s she went looking for 'Mr. Goodbar.' Well, that's not quite true. She went looking for the whole host of candy bars. I was husband #2, how apt, and she is currently on #4. A few years ago my children told me she was having problems with that one and I made the unfortunate remark to my eldest child, "what, she's now looking for #5?" Well, I broke my own rule in never saying bad things about her to my children.

At the age of 50 I was finally able to finish school and get my BS. My major was Evolution, Ecology and Organismal (have to be careful saying this to women). I had over 300 credits when it was all over because I had started so many times in the past. Most of the credits were not able to transfer for various reasons and I ended going for 19 straight quarters. The school paper had a small article that stated there were 50 students currently going to college that were trying for their Bachelors. I graduated from Ohio State University and there were over 50,000 students at the college. So I was going around saying I was '1 in a 1,000.' I graduated when I was 52. I had a 3.4 GPA with a 4 GPA max school. I tried to get into Grad School but... I would still like to go. Maybe next year.

I bought a house last year. I was able to do this during the 'rebate' last year. My only income at the time was my SSDI. Ever since I sold my franchise I have had terrible credit. Paying bills was not even close to being important while I was sick. But some years ago I started paying attention to my credit and 2 years ago I actually had a 719 score.

I had spinal fusion, L2-S1, in 1998. Because of this surgery and my mental health status, I was actually approved for SSDI 4 months after I filed. I've been told this is almost unheard of. I have been going to a lot of different doctors. All in all I have been told I am in very good health. One of my doctors told me I should live to be 100 (runs in the family). It was not so long ago that I would have been so depressed thinking I still had 50-60 years to endure I might have killed myself. Now, that is great news. Some people say I'm sort of smart. I want to leave my mark upon the planet and for my children/grandchildren.

I am able to think now. I am able to make plans that are longer in the future than a few hours. I am able to actually walk down the street with a smile on my face. I can actually look at myself in the mirror. I no longer fear rejection and can take chances with people and my own emotions.

I still get very emotional with a lot of things. Take religion for instance. After my 3rd mental hospital stay, my brother, the fundy one, got me on the phone and prayed over me. Or should I say 'preyed.' I was in a precarious state because of what I had just undergone and my 'Compassionate Conservative' Fundy brother tries to proselytize. He went to Oral Sex Univ and is a minister or whatever in the Charasmatic sect. Now I ask you, what in the hell do these people want? This is a sect that thinks the Pentecostals are too Liberal. These people prey upon the weak. They promise good but deal in suffering.

I am also passionate about politics. I was so upset after the 2010 elections that it was several months until I could spend much time on this board. Now, I am trying to educate my 3 'under informed' children on the state of what's so important for their and their childrens' future. It is an UPHILL battle.

Well, if anyone got this far welcome to my world.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 10:16 PM

214. I am an old woman, named after my mother.

My old man is another child who's grown old...

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Sun Jan 1, 2012, 08:28 AM

216. I'm MissHoneychurch

I'm a member under this name since 2005. Been here a year longer though with another name.

I am a German, living in Frankfurt/Main. But I love the U.S. and am interested in what is going on at the other side of the big pond. And I made some friends here I don't wanna miss.

My name is the main character in the book "Room with a View" by E.M. Forster. It is also a movie, with Helena Bonham-Carter playing Miss Honeychurch. I like both the book and the movie, therefor my nickname here.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Sun Jan 1, 2012, 12:40 PM

219. Hi! I'm Marie

I'm a 56 year old woman living in northeast Tx, with my carpenter husband of 30 years. I'm a proud liberal. The viet-nam war (( my dad was a Marine that did 2 tours)) shaped my political views. Before my eldest sons suicide in 2007 I was a active protestor against the Iraq war. My main focus now is suicide education & mental health issues. My youngest son is 35, married, has his masters and works in the mental health field. We have 3 dogs and 5 cats that are our fur babies.
Pretty much sums up.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Mon Jan 2, 2012, 09:52 PM

226. Always late, it seems....

Hope no one's keeping track.

I'm Alan, and I live in that thriving bastion of Southern liberalism known as Lubbock, Texas.

I've been a human resources professional for nearly thirty years, and thanks to music I've enjoyed a comfortable supplemental income over the years-- not to mention some Class A stress management. I still get a lot of 'hired gun' work in and around Lubbock, playing bass and/or singing. At some point, I've played nearly everything from ABBA to ZZ Top and everything in between. Can't stand country, which may sound odd for a Texas boy. I've often used this analogy-- if music were sex, country would be anal...which means I charge more. (JMO, okay? You Toby Keithers in the back can put away the lynchin' ropes and relax.)

I'm an Army veteran who has served all over the place. After finally hanging up my jump boots, I lived in Germany for fourteen years as a civilian, working for our Uncle Sam. I met my wife (also a veteran) in the service...we served in the same outfit for almost a year.

My nickname comes from a combination of things-- when I was in the service, every medic's nickname was Doc. It might be a regulation or something, I'm not sure. The Holliday part is an homage to Dennis Quaid, whose portrayal of Doc Holliday is my personal favorite in all of filmdom. Besides, his "Doc" is more in line with my general attitude. (Specifically, his most memorable line from Wyatt Earp was, "Kiss my Rebel dick." Val Kilmer's from Tombstone was, "I'm your huckleberry." 'Nuff said.) But when someone asks me, at a gig or in a social setting, where the nickname Doc comes from, I explain that it's an honorary title-- and that I used to do a lot of volunteer work down at the breast exam clinic.

I've benn married to the same wonderful woman for over 35 years. That alone should qualify her for sainthood. We raised an outstanding girl who never fails to make her father proud, even if all too often her Dad was a shining example of "how not to." I was quite unprepared for the power this woman-child would have over me. Perhaps part of it was that we suffered through several heartbreaking miscarriages before finally having her. She's married (to a musician-- smart girl) and they have gifted us with two beautiful grandchildren.

I'm a recovering Trekker, and it is a historical fact that the only time I have ever cried over a movie was at the end of ST II: The Wrath of Khan. I occasionally infuse my conversation with quips from Trek and assorted movies, comedians, etc. Sometimes, it gets me laughs....sometimes, rolling eyeballs. It balances out, pretty much. The one I get the most mileage out of (usually in a bar) is Steve Martin's famous, "Yeah, I remember my first beer."

I only have three jokes... but they're pretty funny and I tell them well.

I'm just a good ol' boy from West Texas....what can I tell you? My dad was a self-described JFK Democrat and it must have been genetic. I tend to be "liberal", but there are the occasional blind spots. Not hobbled by consistency, that's me!

One thing my Dad taught me that has undoubtedly saved me a lot of grief over the decades is to never be afraid of being surrounded by people who may be better at something, smarter, more talented, etc. than me. It took awhile for it to sink in, but it seemed like the older I got, the smarter my Dad got. Funny how that works....

I don't remember just when I 'discovered' DU. (They say that the memory's the first thing to go, and so far that seems to be true.) I wrote a piece on here several years ago called "Taking A Crack at So-Called Bush Hatred" which was crude, but helped me get my feet wet here, so to speak, and made me think hard in order to organize and articulate my thoughts.

The only famous people I've ever met were James Pankow (trombonist for Chicago), Robert Plant and Frank Zappa.

I'm been a lifelong smart-ass....which in my book is 'way better than being a life-long dumbass.

Anything else you'd like to know, feel free to ask. I'll try to give at least a semi-serious answer.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Tue Jan 3, 2012, 01:39 AM

230. I'm csziggy and my real first name is Anne

My user name is based on the forum site where I originally found references to DU and on the nickname of one of my horses - and that nickname is based on the name of the computer in Quantum Leap.

I started lurking at DU after the 2004 campaign, registered but then lost the password to that ID and couldn't get it sent to me because I had changed email. So this ID dates from 2008.

I have lived in Florida all my life and while I hate what the politics have become, I love where I live and would not leave for anything. I own a 60 acre farm outside Tallahassee, Florida. I used to board and raise horses, and still have some, but cannot physically do the work to take care of the farm or the horses.

Now I spend my time doing genealogy, needlework, reading DU, and reading science fiction and mysteries. Oh, and doing physical therapy to either delay knee replacement or build up my muscles to be ready for knee replacement.

I've been a registered Democrat all my life - back when I first registered, Florida did not have Republican primaries, so just about everybody was Democratic in order to be able to decide local races. I first got involved in politics when I volunteered for the Kerry campaign. Then I did it again for the Obama campaign and ended up being a team leader against my will. They want me to come back and work this time, but I simply cannot physically do it again.

As of this coming July hubby and I will have been married 35 years. I'll turn 60 the same day. I have one (insane) cat and five horses (soon will be seven!).

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Tue Jan 3, 2012, 03:02 AM

231. I like Pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain



I'm not much into health food. I am into champagne.













Okay, reading all these posts, I would love to get all of the DU musicians together for a DU All Star Band.


Now that would be fun.








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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Tue Jan 3, 2012, 03:38 AM

232. Rex, been around here forever.

Like DU and like the people here, they are always engaging and never dull or predictable.

New folks, welcome to the new DU3...it has great features and lotsa information...probably more then any other website(TM)!

Kick back and do some reading...

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Jan 4, 2012, 05:17 PM

233. Hello all old and new Duers!

I've been DUer since 2004 and I lurked for several years before that time.

I'm a born and bred Southerner living in Georgia. I'm the mom of a 3 year old little boy who is the joy of my life.

I love reading, cooking, trees, gardening, horses, movies, the great outdoors and, of course, politics and current events and DU!

I live in a town with a great Democratic and progressive history. I love listening to live music and checking out new visual and performance artists in my community.

I support my local organic farmers market. I love fresh organic fruits, veggies, meats and dairy products.

I miss my old DU friends. I hope to meet up with y'all again soon, either in real life or here on DU3.

Happy New Year to all of y'all!

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Tue Jan 10, 2012, 05:39 PM

234. Kick.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Tue Jan 10, 2012, 06:00 PM

235. I am Canuckistanian, destroyer of worlds

No wait, that's not right.

I'm just a long time DUer from Canada who enjoys the political discussions and social aspects of DU.

I took my name from Pat Buchanan's name for my country, "Soviet Canuckistan" when he criticized us for harboring terrorists. But everyone knows we're far too polite for that.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Tue Jan 10, 2012, 10:29 PM

236. My name WAS DeposeTheBoyKing and is now Catlover827

I used to post all the time and then got disillusioned for a while (I know this has happened to some of you). I have been lurking for some time and decided to reply to LynneSin's thread.

I was born in Kansas and now reside in Sugar Land, Texas. I am an attorney and have my own solo practice, focusing on family law and elder law. I am planning to do some pro bono work in the near future.

I am married and have 3 cats: Montana, aged 16 1/2; Morrissey, aged 7 1/2; and Sunflower, aged 4 1/2. (All ages approximate.) My husband is a psychiatrist and does schizophrenia research. We have no kids; our cats are our babies. I have one older sister and one older brother, who still lives in Kansas.

I became a vegetarian in April 2010, but am considering returning to eating meat occasionally, as I get practically no protein and I don't like tofu, lentils, etc. This is a difficult decision, as I love animals.

I am beyond thrilled that my sister (you know her as Bullwinkle925) has now moved to Sugar Land after selling her house in the Bay Area. We enjoy spending lots of time together and getting into trouble. She has gotten me back into bicycling, and I am now a road warrior after having crashed into a bush (wouldn't you know?) and falling off my bike! My husband has also gotten into the act and bikes with us occasionally. My sister and I are planning to write a book together with the possible title of "Penis, Texas" (inspired by misreading a bumper sticker outside Barnes & Noble).

I have a deep and abiding love for the following things: Cats. Morrissey. The Smiths. Justice. Seinfeld. The San Francisco 49ers. Pasta. Laughing. Writing. Astronomy. The cello. British history. Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball. Snow. The ocean. The Democratic Party (despite its many problems and inconsistencies). Iconoclasm.

Bullwinkle and I are looking forward to planning meetups with Houston-area DUers once we get her stuff unpacked and her house organized.

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