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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:42 AM
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Help me stay awake for an hour or so...
I have to go pick hedges up at the train station sometime around 2-ish. His train was delayed (cow on the tracks? how does a TRAIN get delayed? :wtf:) in Chicago for like 2 hrs, so I didn't plan to be up this late. And I'm exhausted. :(

Entertain me? :hi:
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entanglement Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:44 AM
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1. I'll help you stay awake
:)
Why did you choose 'dolo amber' as your screen name?
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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:45 AM
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2. Heh...it was my *secret agent* name
given to me by a playmate when I was a kid. I have NO clue where he came up with it. :D

Thanks for the assist! :thumbsup:
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entanglement Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:46 AM
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4. How many times have you invaded Poland?
:evilgrin:
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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:50 AM
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8. I'm waiting for my buffalo-skin warrior hat from Montgomery Wards
:D
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entanglement Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:00 AM
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25. Do you have a nice suggestion for a signature line?
I'm looking for a new one and am too big a :dunce: to think up something good :(
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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:02 AM
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29. Mine's clearly no benchmark of quality at the mo'
:D

Well, not that Russ for President isn't like the BEST IDEA EVER, but it's not so much with the wit. ;)
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entanglement Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:04 AM
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32. Ok, I'm using it. Thanks.
:evilgrin:
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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:09 AM
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37. Oh dear...
That's awesome. :rofl:
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entanglement Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:22 AM
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44. ...
:)
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:46 AM
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3. This may help.
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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:48 AM
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5. Oh my
That just made me pee a little. :rofl:

Thanks heidi. :D
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:50 AM
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9. I'm never able to go back to sleep
after seeing that spectar at my patio window in the mornings. :rofl:
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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:03 AM
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31. That's YOURS?!
Oh man, I thought you just found that on the internets or something...holy crap that's AWESOME. :D
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:15 AM
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41. It's my sister-in-law's cat, Barley.
He lives across the street from us and is my cat's brother and play-pal. Here they are as kittens: Ginger, Barley and their sister, Tabitha. :)

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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:17 AM
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42. Those are so adorable they don't even look real
I would eat those kittens on a biscuit. :D
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:29 AM
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45. Yeah, they're cute, but they also
do this:

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EstimatedProphet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:49 AM
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6. BOO!
:)
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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:51 AM
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11. I need a mango hookah
;)

How's the lovely lady feelin'?
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EstimatedProphet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:53 AM
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15. Not too bad, considering
Meds are nice things
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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:56 AM
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17. Excellent
Give her a (gentle) squeeze from me. :)
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:49 AM
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7. WAKE UP!!!!!!!!
The conductor lost his little hole puncher thingy.....
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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:53 AM
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14. I like to imagine it was
an old-timey lady all tied up in ropes with some moustache wax abusing villan standing by chuckling menacingly and some crazy piano music in the background...

:D
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:58 AM
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21. Snidley Whiplash........
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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:59 AM
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24. Yeah! That guy!
:D
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:01 AM
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27. I saw him at an evil guy 12 step program.......
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Floogeldy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:51 AM
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10. Check your bed.
Be on the lookout for tarantulas, scorpions, rat shit, black widows and fleas. And cracker crumbs.

:puffpiece:
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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:55 AM
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16. Ok. Mission accomplished. Thread over.
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RevolutionaryActs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:52 AM
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12. That's just what hedges *wants* you to think
but it's not true. :tinfoilhat:
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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:56 AM
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18. I bet you're right!
:o

That sumbitch. :grr:
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RevolutionaryActs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:59 AM
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23. I think you should go to bed and leave him at the train station
for the night. :D
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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:00 AM
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26. Y'know, I think his ass might have to call a cab
:D
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RevolutionaryActs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:01 AM
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28. He needs to learn.
Lying is wrong.
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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:53 AM
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13. It could be a number of possibilities
Perhaps an incoming train got delayed so his train could not leave on time (Since trains typically share tracks at least to some extent, arrivals and departures are carefully coordinated. If either is off by a significant amount, it will alter the time of other trains sharing the same track. )

Weather could be another factor. The train may have had to wait out a snow storm, perhaps for snow to be removed from the tracks.

Mechanical problems could also be an issue--something in the terminal or a problem with the train itself.

Other than that I'm fresh out of ideas. :shrug:
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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:57 AM
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20. Awww, there goes my theory in post 14
:D

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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:08 AM
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36. You've been watching too many classic cartoons
:rofl:


A year or so ago my sister was travelling by train to visit her father. While already on the train they got stopped for some reason I can no longer remember. They sat on the tracks for over 12 hours in the middle of nowhere before getting started again. The snackbar ran out of food and drinks and everybody was getting very surly.

The worst thing that ever happened to me on a train was on a commuter rail. We had to go slower than normal because of wet leaves on the track, so the trip back took about 15 minutes longer than the trip up.
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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:11 AM
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39. 12 hours?!


I once got HAMMERED on a train from NY to Boston. I highly recommend against drinking and training. :puke:
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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:30 AM
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46. I can't imagine it would be a good idea
With all of the rocking and bumping.

I recall one time when I was travelling by air and our takeoff was delayed an hour because of a torrential rain storm (fortunately before we boarded). They were kind enough to provide a free cocktail to all who desired :9. Then since we took off way off schedule, our arrival was off schedule which had us coming in at a busy time. We ended up circling for a good 20 minutes before we could actually land. That was a real treat, being in one of those bitty planes that only holds around 20 passengers.
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politicat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:57 AM
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19. Was it the California Zephyr that was delayed? Not surprising.
The Nebraska and Iowa tracks are in crappy shape. Apparently the ones in southern Illinois are also bad.

Amtrak is having nasty problems, and since rail is so 19th century, there's no money going into it. Which is bad, because rail is the most efficient way to move people and stuff around the country.
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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:58 AM
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22. Nah, he's just coming from Milwaukee
to Cleveland...and he just texted me and said they're not even to Toledo yet. :cry:
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:02 AM
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30. "The Auctioneer" by Leroy Van Dyke
Hey well all right sir, open the gate
And let'em out and walk'em boys
Here we come and let in number twenty-nine
What are you gonna give for the little fella?

I want a 5 dollar, want a bid
Would ya bid it on a 5 on a 5 on a 5 would ya bid it on a 25?
Got a 25 dollar would ya bid it on 5 on the 5
Would ya bid it on a 30 dollar 5 on 5 would ya bid it on a 5
Would ya bid it on a 35?

Well there was this boy from Arkansas who wouldn't listen to his ma
When she told him that he should go to school
Well he'd sneak away in the afternoon and take a little walk and pretty soon
You'd find him at the local auction barn
Well he'd stand and listen carefully until at last he began to see
How the auctioneer could talk so rapidly
Well he said "Oh my, it's do or die, I've got to learn that auction cry
Gonna make my mark and be an auctioneer"

25 dollar bid ya now 30 dollar 30
will ya make it 30, bid it on a 30 dollar 30 dollar
Will ya give me 30, will ya give me 30 dollar bill?
I got a 30 dollar bid ya now
5 will ya bid it on a 35, bid it on a 35, 35
Who's gonna bid it on a 35 dollar bill?

Well the time went by and he did his best and all could see he did not jest
He practiced calling bids both night and day
Well his pappy found him behind the barn just a-working up an awful storm
As he tried to imitate the auctioneer
Then his pop said "Son we just can't stand to have a mediocre man
Selling things at auction using our good name
Well I'm gonna send you off to auction school and then you'll be nobody's fool
And you can take your place among the best"

35 dollar bid ya now 40 dollar 40
will ya make it 40, bid it on a 40 dollar 40 dollar
Will ya give me 40, will ya give me a 40 dollar bill?
I got a 40 dollar bid ya now
5 will ya beat it on a 45, bid it on a 45, 45
Who's gonna bid it at a 45 dollar bill?

Well from that boy that went to school there grew a man who played it cool
Well he come back home a full fledged auctioneer
And the people would come from miles around
Just to hear him make that rhythmic sound
That filled their hearts with such a happy cheer
Then his fame spread out from shore to shore
He'd all that he could do and more
He had to buy a plane to get around
Well now he's the best in all the land, let's pause and give that man a hand
'Cause he's the best of all the auctioneers

45 dollar bid ya now 50 dollar 50
will ya make it 50, bid it on a 50 dollar 50 dollar
Will ya give me 50, will ya give me a 50 dollar bill?
I got a 50 dollar bid ya now
5 will ya beat it on a 55, bid it on a 55, 55
Who's gonna bid it at a 55 dollar bill?

Well I sold that hog for a 50 dollar bill
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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:08 AM
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35. That was beautiful
:cry:
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:10 AM
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38. Oh, don't cry.
It had a happy ending. He sold the hog!
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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:12 AM
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40. And really, isn't that what life's all about?
"Sold the hog" sounds like it should be a euphamism for something. :D
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:19 AM
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43. It's the name of my forthcoming memoir under the Random House imprint.
Edited on Fri Mar-10-06 01:20 AM by swag
Shit-boring book, but the title will move units.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:05 AM
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33. My dear dolo amber!
Let me see....how can I help you stay awake?

Sometimes when I'm feeling sleepy, a little jazzy music to dance around to will wake me up very nicely.....

If you feel like moving a bit, that might help......Gets your blood going, and presto chango.......

You're awake!


:hi:
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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:08 AM
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34. I have to keep getting up and walking around
every few minutes...I don't want to drool on the laptop. :D

Thanks, CP! :hi:
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Magrittes Pipe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:25 PM
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47. I got in at 4:00 am.
Thanks for helpin' keep my gal awake. :hi:
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