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Ron Obvious

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Name: Ron
Gender: Male
Home country: Middle Earth
Current location: Seattle
Member since: Tue Dec 13, 2011, 11:37 PM
Number of posts: 4,647

About Me

I got the nickname Ron Obvious because -- in addition to being a huge Python fan -- my name really is Ron and I used to start sentences with \"Obviously\" a lot. Obviously, that\'s no longer a problem.

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Today's Dear Abby

I enjoy reading Dear Abby because I enjoy irritating myself.

DEAR ABBY: I am in high school and I'm an atheist. My parents are Catholic. Over the past couple of years, for various reasons, I have realized I don't believe what my parents and priest were telling me. I haven't told my parents because I'm afraid of what they'll say. Mom will probably think she failed as a parent, my grandma would never talk to me again and I'll be forced to go to church every Sunday, do the sacraments and go to religion class.

I've been silent for a while, but I'm going to make my confirmation soon and I feel terrible. When I go to confirmation classes, I feel like a hypocrite. I want to tell everyone the truth, but I don't know if it's a good idea. Should I? -- NEW ENGLAND HERETIC

DEAR "HERETIC": Although this may seem counterintuitive, consider talking to your priest about your feelings. I am positive that it won't be the first time he has heard something like this. Keep in mind that as you grow older, your feelings about atheism may moderate. People have been known to return to -- and find comfort from -- the church after a long absence.


Grrrrr..... "Don't worry, dearrie; you'll grow out of this awful phase of your life." Also, notice "feelings", not "ideas", or "views."

At least the comments are positive for a change.

Yeah, answer me this, atheists!

Charles Aznavour

For some reason I thought of Charles Aznavour (sometimes dubbed the French Sinatra) today. I was pleased to learn that he was still alive and about to turn 94 in a month.

A wonderful voice that took me right back to my childhood. Listening to him now makes me a little melancholy:

La Boheme:

Yesterday when I was young:

Happy Easter.

Well, depending on timezone anyway.

This picture made me giggle this morning

110,000 condoms for Winter Olympics pushes topic of sex in South Korea

News that makes you go hmmmm.....

SEOUL, South Korea As athletes gear up for the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, they'll find some serious protection: condoms, and plenty of them.

South Korean condom manufacturer Convenience Co. is donating 100,000 of its latex rubbers to the athletes' village, while the Korean Association for AIDS Prevention will reportedly furnish another 10,000. It will be the most ever made available at a Winter Games, although the number falls short of the 450,000 distributed during the larger 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

While there's been some movement for South Koreans to start talking about a sexual revolution in part because of the widespread use of social media some observers are hoping the attention given to condom use at these games will get the socially conservative country to begin shedding its inhibitions.


Senza Mamma

This is a little different from what you're used from me posting.

Imagine a young girl in the 19th century being forced to give up her baby, checking into a monastery and then being told het illegal baby died without ever being held.... By you, or anyone else....

I'm sorry, but I'm moved to tears by this...

Name a song with 'colonoscopy' in the title.

I'll start!


This song is 50 years old this year..

Well, damn...

How the heck do I cancel Avast anti-virus autorenew?

My wife got suckered into a subscription for Avast while staying at a hotel a few months ago. By default, it keeps auto-renewing even though she's not using it. Trying to turn off auto-renew, you enter purchasing info, press "manage account", and sure enough, there's an on/off radio button for auto-renew. Clicking on "Off", you get an "Are you sure?" window in which you can't actually select anything. Here's the thing: every time you select "Off", you get that window WITH NO WAY OF ACTUALLY SELECTING "OFF"!

This strikes me as straightforward consumer fraud, but, short of telling our bank to cancel the payment, how do I actually turn off auto-renew?

Google is no help. The first x returns all point to avast, and then there's a youtube video in which somebody simply selects Off and everything works. Well, I can't seem to manage it.

Hints? Thanks in advance.
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