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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
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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

Is "Lest we forget" a good policy?

I don't expect anyone who lost a friend or family member on 9/11 to ever forget. I don't expect anyone who actually witnessed the events to ever forget.

But - that doesn't include someone who knew someone whose cousin went to school with someone who died on 9/11

But - that really doesn't include anyone whose involvement consisted of watching the entire thing on TV.

I'm tired of anyone who has only a tenuous connection to the events demanding that I honor their loss. I think that's an insult to the people who did lose someone that day. And don't tell me all about your PTSD brought on by watching the television.

With those exceptions, should the rest of us be engaging in a policy of never forgetting the events of 9/11? I don't mean recording them in history books, I'm talking about keeping them front and center as a basis for foreign policy. Where would we be today if we had never "forgotten" Pearl Harbor? The USS Arizona is perhaps one of the most poignant memorials I know of, but that doesn't keep us from having Japan as a major ally today. The Vietnam Memorial is in a class all its own, yet American corporations are pouring money into Vietnam. I happen to work with two Vietnam vets who served in combat units and have gone back on company business.

For some of us, what happened is personal and will always leave an open wound. Those people deserve our respect and more importantly, our financial help for injuries connected to that day (I'm thinking especially of those rescue workers now dealing with respiratory issues, etc.) For the rest of us though, sooner or later, it's time to let it go.

Advice for scammers: If you're going to call me and tell me that you're from Microsoft

and you've spotted a dangerous virus on my computer, it might help if

- you didn't start the conversation by giving me an obvious fake first name

- I could understand your English

- the connection wasn't so poor and background noise so loud i had trouble hearing you anyways.

C'mon people, you've got to step up your game!

So- the 1 year old grandchild is a real climber -

keep using the crib he climbs out of, or go to a toddler bed?

Wow! This is one 9/11 remembrance I can get behind; and it wasn't planned this way:


The notion of the lights attracting birds, then releasing them is a fantastic symbol to me. It seems as if we are remembering those lost, then releasing them to go on their way.

Boy! that was dumb! For about 6 months now, I've had occasional bouts of

vertigo when I am lying down or when I tilt my head back. I'm sick of seeing doctors, and don't want to go through another round of tests, so I've adapted by being careful not to climb on ladders and sitting briefly before getting out of bed, etc. So today, I stood in the bathroom, tilted my head back to put my eye drops in, and came crashing down face forward. I may end up with a bruise on my cheek bone that will embarrass the hell out of my husband (No, really, she fell in the bathroom!), but I got away very light for doing something so stupid!

Do deer eat mint? If I plant it, will it keep them out of the garden?

Knowing of course, that mint is very aggressive.

Does MSNBC really lean left, or does it lean to reality?

Granted, Rev. Sharpton is an activist. But, how much of what the other reporters/moderators have to say sounds partisan simply because they are pointing out the untruths in Republican talking points?

Lockup on MSNBC: education or explotation?

I've never watched an entire episode, but it strikes me as very educational.

1. I think it eliminates the notion that going to prison, any prison, means getting a cushy ride at the honest tax payer's expense.

2. I think it confronts people with the faces of those in prison. I think most middle class people have no idea who ends up in prison.

Another reason why I love to live where I live;

Last July, we had a thunderstorm with high winds sweep through the area. It totally trashed the screen and concession stand at our beloved drive-in.

The old screen was insured, but it was mounted on wooden towers. New building codes require steel towers. After the insurance came in, the owner was about $100,000 short of putting up a new screen. This isn't a wealthy community, but people in two counties got together to raise the money.

The Midway is back, Baby!

(I think that's a shot of the old screen, but you get the idea! )

Co-pays - what a dumb idea! I have an autoimmune disease

which is progressive and has involved multiple problems over the years. Looking back, I realize that each time a new symptom arose, I really put off going to a doctor, telling myself it was from this or that. Even now, I take a ton of pills to keep everything in balance including several supplements. From time to time, I'll notice a symptom returning that I thought I had under control, and I'll realize that I quit taking this or that several week before.It's a pain in the butt following my regimen, but it works for me.

So, where did the idea come from that people need to be restrained from seeing a doctor and/or taking pills?
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