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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: 36,260

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

Ya know that Christmas snow globe you have? You shouldn't

ought to store it in a plastic bin with other decorations out in the shed during record breaking cold temperatures.

On the plus side, it was a small bin and my husband is determined to scrape the mold off the ceramic figurines!

The downside of tracking packages -

I love placing an order and watching it travel across the US from depot to depot to doorstep. But I sent a package to my son who lives in a townhouse complex with a central rack of letter boxes. Somehow, the shipping company translated the letter box number as a Post office box number. Right now the package is in limbo crossing from one end of the town post office building to the other and back. So close, and yet so far!

My husband and I saw the first Star Wars movie when it opened. We were on our honeymoon at the time.

That explains a lot, actually.

I just fell in love with the Iowa caucus -

after 40 years of "what's a caucus?" and "why do they get to go first?" I finally get it. The Iowa caucus measures how determined people are to get out and vote for their candidate. Polls scare me because it's easy to say yes or no over the phone, but if 5% doesn't bother to show up the Tuesday after 1st Monday in November, we're in trouble.

Gingerbread houses - why?

The gingerbread house in Hansel and Gretel is designed to trap unwary children, so how did it become a Christmas icon? Is this really a German thing brought to America, or is it descended from a how-to article in a women's magazine c 1923?

I don't think I have ever been this worried about the Presidential election

Remember when we were all afraid it's be Bush V Clinton? Ah, for the Good Old Days! The Republicans look closer and closer to nominating someone totally incompetent and wildly irresponsible take your pick - Trump, Cruz or Rubio. I've heard that many at the bottom are dropping out of voting, leaving angry white men (and women) to tip the balance.

Trump is OK because they called Reagan a fascist too?!?!

I vaguely recall Reagan being called a Fascist because of how he handled student demonstrators on state campuses. I don't recall it being a common label. Yet someone on Diane Rehm this morning was defending Trump with that meme.

Child raising tips not in the books:

Not having a sitter, I always took my young, well behaved kids with me when I went to donate blood. The Red Cross volunteers in my small town were glad to keep an eye on the kids and feed them chopped ham sandwiches and cookies.

The result? Now my kids who are eligible give blood as often as they can.

Why people in retail/food services need paid sick leave:

"Government inspectors cited the company for allowing an employee to work there while ill last week"


The other half of "it's looking a lot like 1933 again"

All through the 30's, people of Jewish descent fought to prove that they, too were first of all Germans or Americans or whatever. Today I see more and more reports of Americans trying to prove that even though they follow Islam, they too, are loyal Americans.

When do we all start wearing a star and crescent?

Case in point: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10027432118
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