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Does anyone remember seeing this old house in Kansas City, Kansas?

I took the picture at least 23 years ago. I don't remember exactly where the house was but it appeared to be abandoned, at the time. Maybe it's not there anymore. I wish I knew. There's something eerie, desolate, about the place. It must have stories. I wonder who built it.

Posted by Fridays Child | Sun Jul 14, 2013, 09:15 AM (24 replies)

Rachel Maddow was in Tucson, tonight.

Centennial Hall at the UofA was packed. I don't believe that one seat was empty. Rachel spoke about her book, Drift, then she answered audience questions that had been pre-selected from an email solicitation that went out to ticketholders.

She's an amazing force.
Posted by Fridays Child | Sun Apr 7, 2013, 02:11 AM (2 replies)

Vegan tofu scramble--any suggestions to change it up?

I sauteed the following ingredients in EVOO:

chopped chard
shredded carrots
black beans
chopped onion and garlic
chopped pecans
chopped red bell pepper
Italian seasoning
tofu (duh)

Then, at the end, I seasoned the whole thing with Teriyaki sauce. All ingredients were fresh except for the corn (frozen) and the beans (canned).

I had it for dinner, tonight, and I'll probably take some to work, tomorrow, along with some tortillas from a little market just north of downtown Tucson.

I think this is one of those dishes that can be endlessly experimented with. What would you add, take away, or change? I'd love some suggestions.
Posted by Fridays Child | Sun Mar 24, 2013, 10:06 PM (6 replies)

Here's a picture....

There is a Spanish or Mexican term for a man who ravishes a beautiful woman and carries her away. Or maybe he rescues her. Or maybe the connotation of the term lies somewhere between "ravisher" and "rescuer." But, for the life of me, I can't remember the word. Any guesses? Here's a picture that illustrates what I'm talking about.

Posted by Fridays Child | Sat Mar 16, 2013, 08:53 PM (29 replies)

Help, please! What's a reasonable alternative to Verizon cellular phone service?

They've held me hostage long enough and I'd like to switch. I need unlimited (if possible) talk, text, and data for me and my son. I'd consider moving over to Credo, if the reception is adequate in my area (Tucson/Southern Arizona) and if the coverage is decent enough to use while traveling.

Any local experience and/or suggestions?

Posted by Fridays Child | Sat Feb 16, 2013, 01:56 AM (9 replies)

Thank you for the heart...you know who you are!

If you reveal yourself via PM, I will keep your secret.
Posted by Fridays Child | Sun Feb 10, 2013, 02:56 AM (0 replies)

A family member is traveling to Paris, soon. I have an electrical adapter question. :)

I've seen American/French adapters at Radio Shack. Is it sufficient to get one or two of those?

My family member will be taking some electric hairstyling tools, including a curling iron, a straightener, and a blow dryer. Should she have something more than a simple adapter in order to operate the blow dryer? It is labeled 125/250 V AC 60 Hz 1875 W. That's the styling tool I'm most concerned about because it has a motor.

The straightener is labeled both 120 V~60 Hz 177 W and 120 V~60 Hz 44 W.

The curling iron is labeled 120 V AC 60 Hz 14 W.

She will be staying with a host family in what I assume is a modern flat. I want to ensure that she doesn't catch anything on fire or short out her family's electrical system.

Any advice from fellow DUers with experience in this area would be so appreciated.

Posted by Fridays Child | Wed Jan 2, 2013, 02:30 AM (7 replies)

Is YouTube down?

Or is it just me?
Posted by Fridays Child | Wed Dec 19, 2012, 04:18 AM (2 replies)

Hand over the kittens and nobody gets hurt!

And please hurry! Kittens are the only antidote to the crazy gun talk (pro and con) all over DU. Better yet, I think I'll just stay in the lounge for the rest of the night.

Posted by Fridays Child | Mon Dec 17, 2012, 09:49 PM (38 replies)

Newtown minister: "Evil visited our town, today."

I wonder if assigning this horrific act to some amorphous, unmanageable, unseeable force as "evil" exonerates us from our responsibility to act on it in any meaningful way. I know it allows self-serving creeps like Bryan Fischer to make political hay but does it really help the rest of us?

Taking evil out of the equation, as I consider the proliferation of the guns in our culture versus the problem of mental illness, I'm struck by the fact that, again, we can't see, ahead of time, the level of mental illness that result will in mass murder by firearms. But we can see assault weapons.

With that in mind, doesn't it make sense to clamp down on what we can see and touch?

We need to dial way back on the permissiveness of violence in our culture--as portrayed in news, games, commercials, movies, music videos, print ads, and so on. But, until those representations of violence make exceedingly rare appearances, if at all, shouldn't we take the means of their execution in real life out of everyone's hands?

Control what we can, now, and begin working on the rest until, culturally, we're safe again.

*Please move this to the gun forum, if necessary.*
Posted by Fridays Child | Sat Dec 15, 2012, 09:09 PM (7 replies)
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