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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
Number of posts: 36,286

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

I've started several OPs today that I erased before posting.

There are many issues that I am reading about here and thinking about. When I've started the OP, I realize that I'm still working out what I think about this issue or that. I erased the OP rather than cause offense to anyone with very strongly held views.
I've made posts in the past and had my views changed by what others said in response. I've learned things here that I would never have known otherwise. Right now my fear is of getting labeled for the first thing I say regardless of where I end up. All too often now I see threads that generate more fire than heat as people talk past each other. I think we need to step back and consider whether this is a discussion site or a cage match.

I go to get fitted for hearing aids Tuesday -

I have lost my high frequencies - I can hear the toaster pop up but not the tea kettle whistling. It's hard to talk with most females - women's voice are pitched to high for me to catch everything. Forget hearing anyone if there is background noise. Phones are difficult because the low tones are too loud, the high tones too soft.

The irony here is that I was a faithful user of hearing protection for my entire working life and even used ear muffs at home before it became standard. My hearing was perfect until I had chemo. (Of course, I'd rather be here and partially deaf than have perfect ears in the grave!)

So - wish me the best!

How do you avoid infection when you are immune compromised?

Do you go to church or clubs?

How about gyms, swimming pools?

Grocery stores, malls?

Some odds and ends inspired by the shooting of the officer in Texas.....

I listened to a press conference and a little commentary after -

First off, the police officer was a real person with a real family and friends, and I feel sorry for their loss

But -

I think it was the sheriff who said something to the effect of how awful that someone was shot for the clothes they were wearing -
and all I could think was what about the color of their skin? The sheriff segued from Black lives matter to all lives matter to police lives matter........Irony is so little appreciated these days.

Then - the commentator was talking about how police protect us and how terrible it is when they lose one of their own; a clearer statement of us versus them than is to be had anywhere else. They may protect us, but they are not one of us. He went on to comment on all the effort that would go into finding the suspect, and I thought, "Aren't you supposed to do that whenever anyone is killed?"

Trump is not a joke - any more than Huey Long was -

Trump has come up with some Progressive statements that might attract voters -

- denouncing corporations that lay off Americans for cheaper foreign workers

-calling for taxes on foreign goods entering the US to compensate for lower manufacturing costs elsewhere

- saying tax codes need to be changed because hedge fund managers are getting away with murder

- supporting women's health issues

I'm all for legalizing marijuana, but I have to take the claim that

it kills cancer cells with a grain of salt. As far as I know, chemotherapy interferes with all cells, cancerous and non-cancerous. It's largely a race to kill the cancer cells before too many normal cells are killed. So why should I believe that marijuana can somehow kill only cancer cells?

For the record, I think the reason to legalize marijuana is that the War on Drugs has caused far more damage than marijuana ever could, even if marijuana was as harmful as some claim. Alcohol has wreaked far more havoc with my family than marijuana ever could!

Something rather trivial but I'd like some feedback -

My hair really thinned out during the first phase of chemo. It's still long, just about 1/4 of the volume that was there before.

Supposedly, the hair will come back with the new chemo.

Soooooo.........How long do I wait this out before I see any hair coming back (if any.)>

Do I get a crew cut now and grow it all out evenly again?

Isis - at some point does it implode?

I'm thinking of the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror. My understanding is that it reached the point where everyone was guilty of something, then several of the leaders went to the guillotine and things quieted down into Napoleon's military coup.

Has Bernie officially joined the Democratic Party yet?

Not meant as flame bait, just if he did, I missed the story. If he hasn't yet, I'm assuming he will.

BLM and the SCLC: we've been here before:

John Kennedy went into the Presidency more concerned about keeping the Cold War from turning into a hot war than he was about Civil Rights. He wasn't happy when Martin Luther King persisted in making Civil Rights the issue, but he did respond when he was forced to see what Black Americans were facing every day of their lives.
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