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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:31 PM
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I'm sixty years old today.
I know that I should be posting this in the lounge, but GD is the place where I normally post and where most of my friends "live" so I wanted to share this post with you. Please, mods, be gentle with me and let me share this night with the people I have come to consider my friends/family.

Today my kids threw me a surprise birthday party and it included family and friends who flew in to the Florida Keys from Indiana and Michigan and Arizona. I was overwhelmed with blessings. They put together a special album with pictures and mementos of my life, including my birth certificate, baby pics, high school graduation stuff and wedding photos. And then they sang Happy Birthday to me, first in English, and then in Latvian, my first native language. My father, age 85 was there for the celebration, along with my youngest grandson, age 5.

My parents came to this country as immigrants after WWII, and struggled to put food on the table. We were lucky. Mom and dad got menial jobs at first, but soon after were able to earn college degrees to get into better situations. They sent for my grandparents who kept house and took care of me and worked some side jobs while my parents worked full time and went to school. On retirement they received a small social security.

I grew up, went to school and graduated as a nurse and spent thirty years nursing, and then went on to write three books for caregivers and families of Alzheimer's patients. Presently I run a resort in the Florida Keys. My daughter is a nurse/manager of an ER unit in a hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. My grandson is in pre-med at St. Joe's in Indiana.

Looking back, I see that my life is full of blessings, but mostly that these blessings came from a country that was eager and willing to invest in the dreams and hopes of a brand new struggling family.

My fondest birthday wish today is that we won't forget that our country is built on dreams. If we build a wall to keep them out, how can we ever hope to reach that magical Castle in the Sky?

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  - This Beer for you Happy B D  Monkeyman   Oct-30-06 09:32 PM   #1 
  - Thanks, Monkeyman, for the beer!  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-30-06 10:21 PM   #24 
  - Well happy birthday young fella!  Bluzmann57   Oct-30-06 09:33 PM   #2 
  - Sweeeeeet...but I'm a young (well...) lady...  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-30-06 10:24 PM   #25 
     - Oh good grief.  Bluzmann57   Oct-30-06 10:29 PM   #28 
  - Is this an indication that when I am sixty I will start caring about my birthday?  RGBolen   Oct-30-06 09:34 PM   #3 
  - Got up this morning and just wanted it to be a normal day.  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-30-06 10:29 PM   #27 
  - Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday,  judaspriestess   Oct-30-06 09:36 PM   #4 
  - Thank you!  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-30-06 10:30 PM   #29 
  - Happy birthday tinfoilinfor2005 !  jeff30997   Oct-30-06 09:36 PM   #5 
  - two pieces of cake for you...n/t  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-30-06 10:32 PM   #31 
  - Happy Birthday!  MuseRider   Oct-30-06 09:36 PM   #6 
  - But the Fonz is 61 today!  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-30-06 10:34 PM   #32 
  - Happy birthday!  wicket   Oct-30-06 09:37 PM   #7 
  - Thanks!  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-30-06 10:35 PM   #34 
  - congratulations, happy birthday, and here's to 60 more!  villager   Oct-30-06 09:37 PM   #8 
  - Not quite middle-aged anymore...  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-30-06 10:37 PM   #37 
  - Happy Birthday  DearAbby   Oct-30-06 09:37 PM   #9 
  - Dear Abby:  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-30-06 10:41 PM   #39 
  - A fellow Scorpio  CatWoman   Oct-30-06 09:38 PM   #10 
  - Hey Cat!  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-30-06 10:44 PM   #40 
  - that's so sweet  CatWoman   Oct-30-06 11:32 PM   #64 
  - hey catwoman!  shanti   Oct-30-06 11:02 PM   #53 
     - I'll be 51 on Saturday  CatWoman   Oct-30-06 11:32 PM   #63 
        - Damn teenagers...  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-31-06 12:20 AM   #75 
  - Happy, happy birthday to you!!!!  wanpete   Oct-30-06 09:40 PM   #11 
  - Awwww....  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-30-06 10:45 PM   #42 
  - Happy Birthday!  Kadie   Oct-30-06 09:40 PM   #12 
  - Kadie...  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-30-06 10:46 PM   #44 
  - What a wonderful birthday! Wow you are doing it up real fine  spacelady   Oct-30-06 09:43 PM   #13 
  - Weather is still in the eighties...  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-30-06 10:48 PM   #45 
  - Sixty years young!  peace13   Oct-30-06 09:44 PM   #14 
  - Sixty...boy, seems like someone made a huge mistake...  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-30-06 10:49 PM   #46 
  - Not far behind....Congrats!  spanone   Oct-30-06 09:46 PM   #15 
  - Hey, jump in...the water is fine!!  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-30-06 10:52 PM   #47 
  - Happy birthday to you!  rhiannon55   Oct-30-06 09:50 PM   #16 
  - Wow. You are so right.  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-30-06 10:55 PM   #49 
  - THAT'S a birthday party! ... Have a good one!  Bozita   Oct-30-06 09:54 PM   #17 
  - It truly was. And even better with your wishes.  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-30-06 10:59 PM   #51 
  - Cheers to you!  Mz Pip   Oct-30-06 09:55 PM   #18 
  - Mz Pip, awesome family and friends  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-30-06 11:03 PM   #54 
  - Wow - what a great family! Happy birthday!  bluerum   Oct-30-06 09:56 PM   #19 
  - Happy Birthday.  Disturbed   Oct-30-06 10:01 PM   #20 
  - Aren't they? You all included. (oops, that's my southern coming out...)  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-30-06 11:05 PM   #56 
  - Happy Birthday!  WakeMeUp   Oct-30-06 10:02 PM   #21 
  - Thanks, WakeMeUp!  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-30-06 11:08 PM   #57 
  - Happy birthday. As far as your question goes,  mmonk   Oct-30-06 10:09 PM   #22 
  - Hey, mmonk!  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-30-06 11:14 PM   #58 
     - Thanks. Hope your birthday  mmonk   Oct-31-06 02:08 PM   #81 
  - Happy birthday tinfoilinfor2005  me b zola   Oct-30-06 10:13 PM   #23 
  - ...alright...but just bun more weer!  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-30-06 11:15 PM   #59 
     - Since we're having just one more...  me b zola   Oct-31-06 12:39 AM   #78 
  - Young people should speak only when spoken to.  Benhurst   Oct-30-06 10:24 PM   #26 
  - Look out, old fart,  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-30-06 11:23 PM   #60 
  - Mom always said, "It's better to be over the hill than under it"  BigBearJohn   Oct-30-06 10:30 PM   #30 
  - No, no...actually mom said,  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-30-06 11:28 PM   #61 
  - Happy Birthday!  Generic Other   Oct-30-06 10:35 PM   #33 
  - Thanks...  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-30-06 11:30 PM   #62 
  - Happy Birthday fellow Scorpio  Ms. November   Oct-30-06 10:36 PM   #35 
  - hi!  shanti   Oct-30-06 11:01 PM   #52 
  - hi fellow scorp !!! yes we are!  Ms. November   Oct-30-06 11:04 PM   #55 
  - Well,  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-30-06 11:35 PM   #65 
  - What a great story  Steve_DeShazer   Oct-30-06 10:36 PM   #36 
  - Definitely not Sinatra's "My Way"...  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-30-06 11:50 PM   #67 
  - Happy birthday to you  realpolitik   Oct-30-06 10:40 PM   #38 
  - My husband said, "New Year's Eve you are allowed to remember."  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-31-06 12:00 AM   #68 
     - When I worked as a high priced software consultant  realpolitik   Oct-31-06 12:03 AM   #70 
        - Wonderful!  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-31-06 12:31 AM   #76 
  - Daudz laimes dzimsanas diena!  Canuckistanian   Oct-30-06 10:44 PM   #41 
  - Paldies!! (Thanks!)  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-31-06 12:03 AM   #69 
  - Happy birthday  Jack Rabbit   Oct-30-06 10:46 PM   #43 
  - So I'm supposed to be impressed by some juvenile delinquent?  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-31-06 12:07 AM   #71 
  - Happy Birthday!!!  NanceGreggs   Oct-30-06 10:53 PM   #48 
  - Thanks for the many many manies, Nance!!!  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-31-06 12:10 AM   #72 
  - happy birthday, fellow scorpio  shanti   Oct-30-06 10:58 PM   #50 
  - From your mouth, shanti...  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-31-06 12:12 AM   #73 
  - HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY!!  WinkyDink   Oct-30-06 11:36 PM   #66 
  - Well, RUB IT IN!!  tinfoilinfor2005   Oct-31-06 12:14 AM   #74 
  - Happy birthday, Grandpa  BlueStater   Oct-31-06 12:35 AM   #77 
  - bless your dreams, tinfoilinfor2005  dweller   Oct-31-06 02:25 AM   #79 
  - My friend...  StraightDope   Oct-31-06 03:49 AM   #80 
  - ooo, lots of Scorpios here!  Terri S   Oct-31-06 02:44 PM   #82 
 
Monkeyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:32 PM
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1. This Beer for you Happy B D
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:21 PM
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24. Thanks, Monkeyman, for the beer!
but if I switch to beer (after wine) at this point, I may meet the porcelain god... :)
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Bluzmann57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:33 PM
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2. Well happy birthday young fella!
Here's to you! :toast:
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:24 PM
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25. Sweeeeeet...but I'm a young (well...) lady...
No harm done, however... and :toast:
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Bluzmann57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:29 PM
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28. Oh good grief.
I am embarassed. Well (sheepishly), happy birthday to you. My apologies.
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RB TexLa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:34 PM
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3. Is this an indication that when I am sixty I will start caring about my birthday?

:shrug:

Happy Birthday to you

Just wondering if it means I will one day care about mine again.
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:29 PM
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27. Got up this morning and just wanted it to be a normal day.
As much as I hoped that the kids wouldn't make a big deal, it was so special to see the looks on their faces when they saw that they had given me a special day. So it wasn't so bad. Don't worry, we all live through it. :)
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judaspriestess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:36 PM
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4. Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday,
Happy Birthday to you :party: :toast:
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:30 PM
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29. Thank you!
:blush:
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jeff30997 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:36 PM
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5. Happy birthday tinfoilinfor2005 !
:party: :toast: :party:
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:32 PM
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31. two pieces of cake for you...n/t
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MuseRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:36 PM
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6. Happy Birthday!
Wow, that is a milestone. My husband turns 60 next year.

What a great story. We should never wall people out. The influences from around the world help to make our country interesting.
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:34 PM
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32. But the Fonz is 61 today!
So how bad could it be? (Happy Birthday Henry Winkler!)

PS...And Elehhhhhna shares this b-day too!
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wicket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:37 PM
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7. Happy birthday!
And many more! :hi: :hug:
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:35 PM
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34. Thanks!
for hugs and all... :)
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villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:37 PM
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8. congratulations, happy birthday, and here's to 60 more!
:toast:
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:37 PM
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37. Not quite middle-aged anymore...
Is there a plastic surgeon in the house??????
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DearAbby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:37 PM
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9. Happy Birthday
:toast:
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:41 PM
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39. Dear Abby:
What on earth has happened to my sex life??????? Oh, never mind. I'll write again once the grandkids are out of college...
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:38 PM
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10. A fellow Scorpio
:hi:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:44 PM
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40. Hey Cat!
Free smoochie treats on the house for all the kitties! :)
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:32 PM
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64. that's so sweet
sounds like you had a very good day :)
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shanti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:02 PM
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53. hey catwoman!
didn't know you were a scorpio too :D :hi:
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:32 PM
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63. I'll be 51 on Saturday
:hi:
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 12:20 AM
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75. Damn teenagers...
Someone hold my walker while I kick your butt!!

(Oh, and happy birthday... :))
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wanpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:40 PM
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11. Happy, happy birthday to you!!!!
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:45 PM
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42. Awwww....
Thanks... :)
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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:40 PM
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12. Happy Birthday!
:party:

:toast:

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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:46 PM
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44. Kadie...
:toast: Thanks!
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spacelady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:43 PM
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13. What a wonderful birthday! Wow you are doing it up real fine
Livin' in the Keys, Dad is there with the rest, just a real blessing of of love & good times had by all. Thank you for sharing - you keep on keepin' on! Happy Birthday!
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:48 PM
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45. Weather is still in the eighties...
Sending warmth and sunshine out to you as well!
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peace13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:44 PM
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14. Sixty years young!
Happy birthday! Nice to be in the trenches with you! Peace, Kim
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:49 PM
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46. Sixty...boy, seems like someone made a huge mistake...
Thanks, Kim!!
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:46 PM
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15. Not far behind....Congrats!
:toast:
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:52 PM
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47. Hey, jump in...the water is fine!!
(the wine ain't so bad, either!) :toast:
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rhiannon55 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:50 PM
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16. Happy birthday to you!
Thanks for inviting us to your party! Your life so far sounds lovely and full of abundance. May all the rest of it be, as well.
:party: :toast: :grouphug: :pals: :party: :grouphug: :headbang: :toast: :party: :hippie: :bounce: :grouphug: :headbang: :pals: :party: :smoke: :bounce: :grouphug: :party:
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:55 PM
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49. Wow. You are so right.
Made me catch my breath when you wrote "abundance"...so very much of that. I've tried to spread some around but need to do more...Thanks!
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:54 PM
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17. THAT'S a birthday party! ... Have a good one!
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:59 PM
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51. It truly was. And even better with your wishes.
Thanks. :)
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Mz Pip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:55 PM
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18. Cheers to you!
Sounds like you had a great party filled with awesome family and friends! :party:

Here's to many many more! :toast:

Mz Pip
:dem:
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:03 PM
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54. Mz Pip, awesome family and friends
and the friends I have here. Thanks! Couldn't wish for more. :hug:
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bluerum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:56 PM
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19. Wow - what a great family! Happy birthday!
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Disturbed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:01 PM
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20. Happy Birthday.
Here's to many more. :party:
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:05 PM
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56. Aren't they? You all included. (oops, that's my southern coming out...)
Thanks, blue... :)
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AwakeAtLast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:02 PM
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21. Happy Birthday!
I am a transplanted Hoosier and live outside Indy. :hi:

Great post!
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:08 PM
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57. Thanks, WakeMeUp!
My daughter lives in Shelbyville...drop by anytime; she is a great cook! :hi:
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:09 PM
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22. Happy birthday. As far as your question goes,
my hope that this new nativist era will pass soon. But then, I sometimes don't know where I am any more. As long as we remember dreams, a better tomorrow is possible. It's only when we remember no more that it passes.
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:14 PM
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58. Hey, mmonk!
I've always loved your posts...and I love the picture of our girl. Long live AAR!
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 02:08 PM
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81. Thanks. Hope your birthday
Edited on Tue Oct-31-06 02:08 PM by mmonk
was as you wanted. :hi:
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:13 PM
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23. Happy birthday tinfoilinfor2005
:toast:
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:15 PM
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59. ...alright...but just bun more weer!
:toast:
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 12:39 AM
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78. Since we're having just one more...
Let me throw my cyber arm around ya and say that the beautiful lady who stands in the harbor of New York also believes that putting a fence around us goes against everything that we are.

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Benhurst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:24 PM
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26. Young people should speak only when spoken to.
Nevertheless,

Happy Birthday!


Many happy returns,
Benhurst
(more than 2 years your senior)
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:23 PM
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60. Look out, old fart,
I'm going to soap your windows tomorrow night for that comment!

(Or maybe I'll hire some young hooligans to soap your windows while I stay indoors and enjoy some veal marsalla with a nice red wine...) :)
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BigBearJohn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:30 PM
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30. Mom always said, "It's better to be over the hill than under it"
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:28 PM
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61. No, no...actually mom said,
"Look, you little whippersnapper, I'll beat your ass if you ever mention that kind of stuff to me again, and if you don't get up there and clean your room I will tell your father and he will cut a switch as thick as your arm and don't you roll your eyes at me because I will..."
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Generic Other Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:35 PM
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33. Happy Birthday!
:party:
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:30 PM
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62. Thanks...
:)
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MzNov Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:36 PM
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35. Happy Birthday fellow Scorpio
mine is Wednesday and I agree and very much appreciate your post.



:hi:
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shanti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:01 PM
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52. hi!
scorps are special ;) mine is the 17th.
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MzNov Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:04 PM
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55. hi fellow scorp !!! yes we are!
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:35 PM
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65. Well,
just in case you don't post a gratuitous birthday wish to yourself (the big 60 reserves that privelege)...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!

:party: :party: :party: :bounce: :bounce:
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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:36 PM
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36. What a great story
A life well-lived, with much more to come.

Your story is very inspiring. Keep living.

Congratulations. Ms. D and I are right behind you!
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:50 PM
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67. Definitely not Sinatra's "My Way"...
Being a mom, there was a lot of 'their way' or 'his way' or 'family way' or 'work way' or even 'cat's way'. But it was by choice because I loved them all. But at the same time, there was also plenty of 'My Way.' Life is a give and take and I've done my share of both. And the only regrets are the times when I caused pain to someone else. Not often, but those are the only times I would take back. So lesson learned: don't hurt, don't regret.

Thanks for your kind wishes, Steve. :pals:
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Fovea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:40 PM
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38. Happy birthday to you
and my respect for your caregiving.
I gave 5 years to a trauma center ER and another 6 to Orthopedic Surgery.

I burnt out, so I respect your 30 year tour of duty.
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 12:00 AM
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68. My husband said, "New Year's Eve you are allowed to remember."
So every New Year's Eve I would remember the people who left me that year. Finally I said, "No more lists." I prayed for a job where people were happy and weren't dying. The following year God said,"You will work in a vacation resort." The first day on the job someone said, "We have an emergency!" I went running to the unit with my stethoscope and discovered that the emergency was a burned out light in the vestibule. The people never did understand why I fell on the floor laughing.
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Fovea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 12:03 AM
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70. When I worked as a high priced software consultant
I had a saying that I would tell my customers.

"If no one is cyanotic, or exsanguinating on the floor, what you have is a problem, not an emergency."
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 12:31 AM
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76. Wonderful!
One night we got an "emergency" call around midnight because somebody's brother had checked out (unbeknowst to us) and the other brother called because he wanted clean sheets on the bed. We have weekly maid service and I live seventeen miles away from the resort. We have since then always referred to that call as the "sheet emergency". Now, everytime the phone rings, my husband says, "Do you think it's another sheet emergency?" :)
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:44 PM
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41. Daudz laimes dzimsanas diena!
http://www.geocities.com/valtersf.geo/translate/sounds/...

Sorry, I looked it up!

I had a Lithuanian gym teacher, an Estonian childhood friend, but I never knew anyone from Latvia.

Sveiks!
:hi:
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 12:03 AM
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69. Paldies!! (Thanks!)
Aren't you a sweetie?!!!

Sveiks, right back atcha! :hi:
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Jack Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:46 PM
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43. Happy birthday
I'll be 55 on Friday.
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 12:07 AM
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71. So I'm supposed to be impressed by some juvenile delinquent?
:evilgrin: Happy happy, Jack!!
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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:53 PM
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48. Happy Birthday!!!
And many, many, many more!!!

:toast:
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 12:10 AM
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72. Thanks for the many many manies, Nance!!!
Sure beats the alternative! :toast:
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shanti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:58 PM
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50. happy birthday, fellow scorpio
my ex-husband had a bd today too :)

the castle is within reach! :thumbsup:
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 12:12 AM
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73. From your mouth, shanti...
You are a good soul! :)
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:36 PM
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66. HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY!!
(I'm 57 on Sunday!)
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 12:14 AM
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74. Well, RUB IT IN!!
Rookie!!

:party: :toast: :bounce: Have a great one!!
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BlueStater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 12:35 AM
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77. Happy birthday, Grandpa
Edited on Tue Oct-31-06 12:42 AM by BlueStater
Remember, 60 is the new 40. :)

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dweller Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 02:25 AM
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79. bless your dreams, tinfoilinfor2005
your's is the best thread i've read tonite, thank you for that history of your family and what this country once was built from, and could be again.

happy birthday! to many more years :toast:

off to bed with my self, perchance to dream again.
dp
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StraightDope Donating Member (716 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 03:49 AM
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80. My friend...
Edited on Tue Oct-31-06 03:50 AM by StraightDope
Brīniķīgs!

Llaimīgs dzimanas!

Sveicināt jo nākotne!

I hope I got that right... My Lithuanian isn't what it used to be, and my Latvian is almost nonexistant.

Oh, and incidentally, the character map is a wonderful resource. Let me know how poor or, God-willing, otherwise, my Baltic translation skills are!

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Terri S Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 02:44 PM
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82. ooo, lots of Scorpios here!
Happy Birthday, luv! I'll be 55 on Sunday, and you give me good reason to look forward to 60! What a wonderful life you've had. Thank you for sharing it with your friends and this du newbie here! May the best be yet to come!!



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