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IrishAyes

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Gender: Female
Home country: US
Current location: retired to MidWest
Member since: Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:15 PM
Number of posts: 5,885

About Me

Still an ardent Irish-American Catholic damnYankee Yellow Dog Democrat socialist after all these years. (cue Simon music) Army brat and wife for many years, now have been on the loose far longer than I was married. After my two red chows died, I took in a mini-beagle cross that I named Molly Maguire, thinking she might need a good Irish name like my original real one. Later she got a baby sister, a smooth-coat JRT I named Brigid after the greatest of the ancient Celtic goddesses. My great-grandfather and his son fought for Michael Collins and barely made it out of Ireland one step ahead of John Bull. They slipped over to Wales for new identities and then forward to the States for a fresh start. That makes me second generation of illegal but certainly justified immigrants. There are precious few people to whose defense I fly immediately, but the list includes Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama even when I disagree with him - it happens! - and living Irish patriots Gerry Adams and Martin \\\'Mind Your Kneecaps\\\' McGuiness. I pray earnestly for a united and free Ireland rescued from all official British occupation, with every square inch of alleged \\\'ancestral lands\\\' now held immorally and illegally by the invaders returned to the rightful owners. Irish-only rule for Ireland. No foreign masters anymore! I find it passing strange when Brits chide ME about \'interfering\' in Irish politics!

Journal Archives

Don't mistake this as male-bashing; I actually like most guys, having had brothers.

But when my ex and I split, on the day the divorce became final I sent him a greeting card quoting MLK (who was quoting an old spiritual): Free at last, Free at last! Thank God Almighty, I'm free at last!

Some people mistake me for a hard hearted bitch because I don't suffer hysterics when they get abusive. I just say FU and walk off, happy as a lark. That's the best revenge anyway, to live happily regardless.

later:

Oh, and the night he left, I promised to pack his clothes for him to pick up later. As soon as he was out of sight, I piled them all in the dirt driveway (we lived out in the boonies) and set them on fire. Pretty soon the volunteer fire department showed up, and they thought it was the funniest thing they'd ever seen. I went inside to fetch the beer, and we all sat around and watched it burn. They were still laughing when they left about half an hour later. When I hear a person begging someone to come back to them, I just want to slap them silly for their own good.

One more - What's the best frugal green way to rot out a tree stump?

I can't burn it because I'm afraid of underground fires even though I know we don't have the right conditions for one here. I'm just super careful about fire.

Please help identify a (boring) mystery item!

Because it was raining when a local church held a parking lot giveaway of personal and household items, there wasn't anyone else around to ask when I found this. (Apparently I'm the only one in town who doesn't mind a downpour when the price is right!) It's made by Remington and is shaped sort of like a foot bath except it's not big enough for most adults. I haven't found anything similar online as yet.

It held something akin to hardened wax with a slightly pleasant smell. At home I plugged it in and heated the wax so I could pour it out. Not only am I curious as to the exact original 'beauty' purpose, I also want to figure out an alternate use before I consider tossing it. Any guesses or ideas would be appreciated. Even though I cleaned the wax out thoroughly, the taste would probably make the thing unusable for a winter bird bath, wouldn't it?

Now for some of the other goodies I scooped up: A very nice heavy cable cardigan good enough for Sundays and FOUR pair of new St. John's Bay sandals and boots in my size; an electric roaster that works just fine, thank you; 5 antique glass bottles; several pieces of bakeware including a perforated pizza pan, all in good shape - I'm a very selective picker; a perfectly good scroll mouse and other electronic odds and ends; several insulated carriers that will be perfect for frozen food or electronics storage; and maybe best of all, a name-brand aircraft rolling suitcase that you wouldn't believe me if I told you the manufacturer. There were several nice purses as well that I know all sorts of alternate uses for, such as a mail catcher. Oh, and all kinds of garden pots I can use next spring.

I really hated to leave behind the two nice bikes but I already have one and they wouldn't fit in the car anyway - or yes, I would've hauled them away too. In the pouring rain, and I wouldn't care if the whole town had been watching.

Highjacking tv cable with coaxial was what I meant by 'piggybacking'.

And the phone company's certainly not going to give her anything in writing to allow free use of their service. More like a court summons or something.

I piggyback an open wifi signal from the church across the street with permission too, but that's different. I've noticed there are devices sold to hack someone's locked signal but I wouldn't do that and I KNOW that's illegal.

With today's technology, I bet the phone company can see who's using the fibre optic cable they installed, too. Right from their central office located about 45 miles away.

That's definitely where Harry picked up the term, as I believe he was involved with them earlier.

BTW, as an older lady I never got to join the ILWU myself but had relatives involved, including one who was Harry's West Coast business manager. Had a steel plate in his head from the Great Strike, etc. I was raised to believe and still do that anyone who crosses a picket line anywhere commits a mortal sin.

Two of my favorite pictures of Harry are of him as a young man shipping out for the States. He's barefoot on a wooden deck and in one picture has the wheel. You KNOW that was a lonnnng time ago!

What a service technician told my neighbor, which I can't quite believe:

Tiny as this backwater town is, it was fully wired for fibre optic cable a few years ago. A neighbor who just bought a house on our block knows a phone company technician who told her that since she has a router and a wall plug for a modem, she doesn't need to pay for isp service at all; that in fact she doesn't even need a modem due to the fibre optic cable. Supposedly she can just plug a modem cord into the jack with the other end plugged into her computer. Or something. I don't quite entirely follow.

This sounds fishy and even possibly illegal if true. But he works for the phone company and claims to know. Couldn't he turn her in for theft of service or something if they parted ways? I want to warn her but don't want to sound like the ignoramus I am either. I just don't trust people who try to tell somebody how to do something for 'free'. This town is tiny and remote, but I know in L.A. they had people who went around with devices that could tell whether tv cable was being piggybacked illegally.

At least I've learned long ago to either carry a tiny wrist strap 'purselet' or

something small like a multi-pocket camera case and long enough strap I can sling it across my body. I'm bad to go off and leave things, especially a regular purse which I don't like anyway. Just around town, what do I need one for?

Sometimes the pot that simmers longest boils over suddenly.

Hadn't thought of that - thanks.

Probably will do so. It's silly to go to too much trouble with locks around here because burglaries are very rare, and if somebody wanted in the house however, they'd just break the window. The main problems come for responsible if forgetful owners who don't want to add damage to their pain. I lock the door more as a matter of formality than anything else. Most people don't even bother. In almost 9 years here, I've only read about 2 burglaries and they were of businesses with attractive drugs such as a vet's office. That one was extra sad because it was the vet's grandson. Didn't do him any good, though. Judge threw the book at him because he had a long record of various scrapes with the law. Bad street drugs flow like water here, and the fact that there's almost no other crime attached makes me pretty sure the police are in on it. They don't want to provoke citizen complaints or federal interest. I suppose most of their customers make their $ to buy by dealing too.

Speaking of dogs,

until my 16-yr-old chows died, I fastened a key to their collars. With such heavy coats nobody could see it, and nobody was going to bother them anyway!

Two short coated dogs now, though.
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