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Gender: Female
Hometown: Oswego County, New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
Member since: Fri Apr 23, 2004, 11:56 PM
Number of posts: 33,257

About Me

I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

Journal Archives

An observation about guns: it seems to me that the decision to own a gun for self defense is in

direct correlation with a combination of the perceived effectiveness of local law enforcement and rising mistrust of other people. Instead of focusing on guns exclusively, maybe it's time to discuss how to get at the roots of the problem. What will it take to make people stop fearing "the other" in their own community? What will it take to get people to buy in to self government instead of seeing government as an outside force?

Well, we finally have learned a lesson from the Vietnam War -

no more dominoes.

I heard the situation in Syria described as being the middle row house on fire, and we have to go in or all the other row houses will catch fire.

Please, please, please! Whatever you think of the situation, can we please stop referencing

the character from Joseph Heller's Catch -22 every time Edward Snowden is mentioned!

I and three of my daughters have serious problems with autoimmune disease:

Lupus, Fibromylagia, Sjogren's Syndrome and Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. There are pallative treatments for these, but nothing that really gets to the root of the problem, and nothing that really addresses the more serious symptoms without side effects. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to hear of this:

Biomechanics experts at Southern Methodist University have teamed with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to carry out a scientific study of the unsavory practice of player flopping in basketball and other sports.

Flopping is a player’s deliberate act of falling, or recoiling unnecessarily from a nearby opponent, to deceive game officials. Athletes engage in dramatic flopping to create the illusion of illegal contact, hoping to bait officials into calling undeserved fouls on opponents.

The phenomenon is considered a widespread problem in professional basketball and soccer. To discourage the practice, the National Basketball Association in 2012 began a system of escalating fines against NBA players suspected of flopping, including during the playoffs, “NBA announces anti-flopping rules for playoffs.”

The Cuban-owned company Radical Hoops Ltd. awarded a grant of more than $100,000 to fund the 18-month research study at SMU, Dallas.


Weird summer weather - so far

I've been very happy with the way all the shade trees keep my house about 10 degrees cooler than the outside all summer - except this summer, the outdoor temps have been running bt 65 and 70 degrees! I'm wearing sweaters indoors and not outdoors.

I think any politician urging us to go into Syria should put some skin into the game -

Bill, until Chelsea joins the Armed Forces, no more trash talk!

So I ordered some soft, soft yarn to make a baby bankie for the expected grandchild,

and it came, and it was so soft, and I was all set to start with it when I spotted the label :handwash, dry flat.

Why would anyone label a yarn for babies that is hand wash, dry flat?

If i really hated my daughter and/or were passive aggressive, I'd make a baby bankie that required special care!

Next time, I'll be reading the label more carefully!

It's 100% acrylic, so i suspect that the way it is spun to make it extra soft is what requires the special care.

Anyone here with severe dry eyes?

I have Sjogren's syndrome, and use drops anywhere from once to several times a day. I've been using drops just before bed, and waking up needing to add more drops in the middle of the night. So far, I've stayed away from drops with mineral oil and/or petroleum jelly, but does anything else get you through the night?

They are listening, but who are "they"?

Before you complain about the NSA looking for patterns in phone calls,

tell me you don't care about these things:

- the grocery store tracks your purchases

- the credit card company tracks your purchases

- on-line retailers track your purchases

- who knows what corporations are tracking your Google searches

- Facebook is tracking you
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