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Taxloss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:04 PM
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OK, a few ground rules for you Americans and the 7/7 tragedy.
And I say this as a Londoner, so don't lump on me for being unsympathetic. I'm sitting in central London right now.

1. It's not a "subway". It's called the "Tube" or "underground". "Subways" are the things you use to cross under busy roads. Or a kind of sandwich.

2. We are not dashing out to buy bumper stickers. We simply do not work that way.

3. We still think America rocks, despite the whole illegal war thing.
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Spider Jerusalem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:07 PM
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1. Hehe.
re #2...it'd be nice if Americans could learn to be similarly reserved.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:36 PM
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9. Wish I'd said that. So very true. nt
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NV Whino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:11 PM
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2. But "Fuck 'em" works on both sides of the big pond.
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:12 PM
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3. We think you rock too, Taxloss
:thumbsup:
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Mojambo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:12 PM
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4. Fires, Plagues, and massive war time bombings
London's seen enough crap to handle this one.

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DemBones DemBones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:15 PM
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5. Thanks, Taxloss, you've been a voice of sanity

amidst the insanity today.
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greatauntoftriplets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:24 PM
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7. Agreed....
:thumbsup: to Taxloss.
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Lisa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:23 PM
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6. on 2) -- I don't ever recall seeing London festooned with Union Jacks ...
... in a time of tragedy. They break out the flags and bunting if it's, say, a coronation or royal wedding -- but not for something like this. Interesting, isn't it. Going all the way back to Boudicca's Rebellion, the city's probably seen more accidental disasters and deliberate attacks than all Canadian and US cities combined, so I guess it doesn't feel it needs an open display, to reassure itself that it's still here.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:15 PM
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11. Americans can't tell the difference between a national tragedy
and a national day of celebration. We're still teenagers over here, you know.

We're not at all sure we're still here most days. Mostly, on those really loud, surly, I need the car and $20 days.

:patriot:
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MuseRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:25 PM
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8. Hey Taxloss!
I have not responded to any of your posts today but I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciated them.

I am glad you are doing OK.

Thanks. Keep us up to date. From all I am hearing in redneckville Kansas we are more freaked by this than you all seem to be. :eyes: You all really do rock!

Our local forces are up to date and ready to roll in case the local Walmart gets hit. :eyes:

Hang in there and be well.
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:14 PM
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10. We love you back. One of the wonders of the modern world is your
tube stations. I love them. I love you, Brits. All of you.

:grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: :pals: :pals: :pals: :pals: :pals: :pals: :pals: :pals: :pals: :pals: :pals: :pals: :pals: :pals: :pals: :pals: :pals: :pals: :pals: :pals: :pals:
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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:22 PM
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12. I prefer the "Life goes on" attitude that London has shown.
It says more than any flag waving or grandstanding ever will. It proves that someone can try to change things but they never will.

It's the best testament to living.
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Misunderestimator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:24 PM
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13. LOL
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 08:25 PM by Misunderestimator
:thumbsup: Thanks for the laugh... that was cute. :)

Oh... and on edit... :yourock:
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Anarcho-Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:55 PM
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26. ...
:hi:
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Misunderestimator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:56 PM
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27. Hey stranger! How are things with you and yours?
Are you over there or here? :hi:
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Anarcho-Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:02 PM
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29. I returned to the U.K. in the early hours (U.S. time) today
I had a lovely time seeing my S.O. this last month. I'm a little depressed to have had to leave her and come back here... :cry: and of course with all this terrorism business.

Thanks for the welcome, I've missed DU :) and Misunderestimator especially :pals:
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Misunderestimator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:16 PM
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39. Aw...
:pals:
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progmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:19 PM
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44. A-S!!!!!
!!!!!!!!uoy dessim I

:loveya:
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Anarcho-Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:22 PM
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45. !!!oot uoy dessim I
:loveya: The coolest woman on the radio.
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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:28 PM
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14. Smokie and Bonnie Tyler are heading into the studio right now
Seriously, best wishes to you, yours and your great city.
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Lex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:30 PM
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15. Well, I think you Londoners rock. And you have for many centuries.
I fell in love with the Brits when I watched "Mrs. Miniver" on the late, late movie show one night.

Since that time I've visited London and everyone there was as nice and helpful as anyplace I've ever been in the world.

My heart goes out to you and all your countrymen and countrywomen tonight, Taxloss.



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Olney Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:39 PM
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16. Taxloss, my thoughts are with you and my favorite European city.....
:cry:

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ovidsen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:14 PM
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17. Taxloss, you're downright stoic.
Is that the word?

At any rate, I've been reading some British blogs today, and I was impressed by their dark wit... to wit:


July 07, 2005

on a lighter note.....

USA president George Bush - "I offer the United Kingdom all my intelligence...." hmmm, did you see that reporter smirking?

AND

has anyone told the BB7 housemates?
Posted by PinkFairyCat at July 7, 2005 10:31 PM
Send to a Friend | IM to a friend

I'm not making this up...

http://london.metblogs.com/archives/2005/07/on_a_lighte...

And in a similar vein, I saw a picture of a man outside his London home holding a sign reading:

YOU CALL YOURSELVES TERRORISTS??
MY GRANDMUM COULD DO BETTER!!


I wish to hell I could find the link for that one. It sure beats the hell out of Union Jacks bumperstickers.

But, I confess, after a half dozen visits to your fair city, I still call them subways. Sigh. My bad.
Keep 'em flyin' high, mate! :toast:

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Zuni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:32 PM
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22. That is hilarious!
"you call yourselves terrorists" --- :rofl:

London is truly 1 of a kind.
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Taxloss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:44 PM
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57. Our arch rivals! Hiisssssss!
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eyepaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:25 PM
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18. Interestingly enough
nobody has to re-gear how we say dates numerically dd/mm/yy vs mm/dd/yy. However, if required I would change to suit you. Also, I will now spell the word as colour. Britain is, and has been great in so many ways and times. I just want to state my sympathy and respect for the UK. and to borrow a picture from a post above,

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Anarcho-Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:57 PM
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28. Thank you eyepaddle
:hi:
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Zuni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:06 PM
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31. Hey A~S
longtime no see.

:hi:
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Anarcho-Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:09 PM
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32. Hey Zuni
:hi: One of my favourite posters. :hi:

I'm back online after a month away. :)
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Zuni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:13 PM
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37. Glad you are back
kind of a shitty day to make your triumphant homecoming, eh? I am glad you are ok though. I hope none of your loved ones was anywhere near any of this mess

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Anarcho-Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:19 PM
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43. Thankfully my loved ones were OK
I was in London at the time of the bombings, but I was safely in Heathrow Airport. Thanks for your wishes.
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eyepaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:10 PM
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34. You are more than welcome.
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 10:16 PM by eyepaddle
1940. You guys pulled that off, you can pull anything off.
:hi:

I'll even throw in a "centre," free of charge. However, I just can't call the last latter "zed." I just can't.

On edit: throw, through, whatever--I spell GOOD! Sigh.
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Zuni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:12 PM
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35. today we all went to the loo
:D
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Anarcho-Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:13 PM
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36. lol n/t
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Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:27 PM
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19. All I can really do besides pray is change my avatar in solidarity.
See?

Love to you all :grouphug:
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Zuni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:31 PM
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20. Hey Taxloss
:hi:

Keep up the good work!
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evlbstrd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:32 PM
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21. You guys got through the Battle of Britain,
and then all of the IRA bombings. Why should we expect any less of you.
And this is from an Irish-American!
Tally Ho!
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BooScout Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:39 PM
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23. Oh come on.........
Put a lil bumper sticker on your car. I have a "Cymru" one on my car with that pretty lil red dragon......but no one over here really knows what it means anyway. :P .....(DH the Brit thinks it's stupid)
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FunkyLeprechaun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:12 AM
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53. Wales
One of the benefits of having a Welsh fiance.
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LeftPeopleFinishFirst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:41 PM
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24. Hey! Not all of us do those things!
1. I called it the underground :)

2. I have NONE OF THOSE WEIRD BUMPERSTICKERS AND MAGNETIC RIBBONS, OKAY? I don't work that way either! :P

3. Um. I don't think America rocks, because of the whole illegal war thing.

There ya go ;)
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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:43 PM
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25. You have bumpers?
Are you sure about that?

;)
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StaggerLee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:06 PM
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30. I promise not to lump on you
I can pretty much figure what that means but lordy I hope the mods don't mistake that for sex talk!

:hi: It's good to hear from you again.

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Liberalynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:14 PM
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38. Brits are very classy and dignified
and true representatives of "keeping your heads about you, when all others are loosing theirs."

I'll even forgive the BBC for cancelling Changing Rooms, House Invaders, and Cash In the Attic though I will miss LLB, PHil Turner, Allistair Appleton, and Paul Hayes. They've cheered up many an afternoon.

My positive thoughts and sympathies are with you and all your fellow Londoners. :grouphug:
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Writer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:10 PM
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33. At least you Brits will be able to keep this horrible tragedy...
in perspective. And not believe that the heavens must be overturned because "I WAS ATTACKED!"

Tragedies strike us all, but it is how we respond that defines us as people.
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CrownPrinceBandar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:17 PM
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40. Thanks for checking in, Taxloss....
1) I have ridden in the Tubes, I have never been on a subway.

2) One bumpersticker: DU. Excessive stickering doesn't appeal to me either.

3) You folks are incredibly patient.

Hail Britannia!

:applause: :applause: :applause:
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ElTexican Donating Member (53 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:18 PM
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41. You were part of the war
;)
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katinmn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:19 PM
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42. Too bad America didn't inherit a bit more class from her mama.
:)
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ananda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:25 PM
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46. ummm
I don't think America rocks at all, and I'm American. Waayy too much conspicuous consumption and development over nature for me.

I'm glad ya'll don't do the flag and bumper sticker thing every time there's a crisis.

Sue
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Iris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:45 PM
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47. What? No sticker for your car saying "These Colors Don't Run"?
Why, that's, er. . . .




unAmerican.
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Missy Vixen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:54 PM
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48. Taxloss, thinking of you and of London tonight
I love London. The people are warm and kind, and since DH's company is headquartered there, he visits several times per year. We are happy to report that everyone at the London office is safe.

Julie
knows how to "mind the gap"
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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:55 PM
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49. Thanks, and
I'm glad to have heard from you. What can I say but stay safe and be well.
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hootinholler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:51 PM
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50. Well, if you ever come over here...
Don't walk on the pavement, use the sidewalk, as we seem to be quite fond of you and wouldn't want anything to happen.

-Hoot
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:05 AM
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51. Big hug to you!
:hug: :yourock:
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spacelady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:13 AM
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52. What happened today made my blood run cold; I could not be more sorry
and I certainly feel the US had a part in it.
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ghostsofgiants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:21 AM
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54. I thought a Subway was what Jared used to lose all that weight
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:27 AM
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55. I think that's what Taxloss meant by "a kind of sandwich."
:)
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ghostsofgiants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:40 AM
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56. Note to self:
Read before commenting.
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ChavezSpeakstheTruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:52 PM
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58. You could call it "the Fallopian Tube" It's still the Subway
:D
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TK421 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:53 PM
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59. What is the general mood there now? Are people settled down,in shock...
whats going on right now? I know this was just yesterday, but I wonder if the shockwaves will last as long there as it did here on 9/11.
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