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Gender: Female
Home country: US
Current location: retired to MidWest
Member since: Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:15 PM
Number of posts: 6,151

About Me

Still an ardent Irish-American Catholic damnYankee Yellow Dog Democrat socialist after all these years. (cue Simon music) Army brat and wife for many years, now have been on the loose far longer than I was married. After my two red chows died, I took in a mini-beagle cross that I named Molly Maguire, thinking she might need a good Irish name like my original real one. Later she got a baby sister, a smooth-coat JRT I named Brigid after the greatest of the ancient Celtic goddesses. My great-grandfather and his son fought for Michael Collins and barely made it out of Ireland one step ahead of John Bull. They slipped over to Wales for new identities and then forward to the States for a fresh start. That makes me second generation of illegal but certainly justified immigrants. There are precious few people to whose defense I fly immediately, but the list includes Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama even when I disagree with him - it happens! - and living Irish patriots Gerry Adams and Martin \\\'Mind Your Kneecaps\\\' McGuiness. I pray earnestly for a united and free Ireland rescued from all official British occupation, with every square inch of alleged \\\'ancestral lands\\\' now held immorally and illegally by the invaders returned to the rightful owners. Irish-only rule for Ireland. No foreign masters anymore! I find it passing strange when Brits chide ME about \'interfering\' in Irish politics!

Journal Archives

? on getting ready to work wireless

I haven't yet logged on that way but will be doing so exclusively soon. In an effort to heighten security because I'll be tailgaiting on an open system with permission - not ghosting - I installed a vpn and revisited my internet security settings. I never did have them set to allow file sharing.

Don't bust a gut laughing now, but I had no earthly idea at first what mime sniffing is. It sounded dangerous so I disabled it. Now after further research I begin to suspect that perhaps I should leave it enabled since I installed a vpn anyway, and mime sniffing seems to serve a reasonably safe and perhaps necessary function.

What say you all?

Sorry I forgot to say at first that I run Win7 and almost exclusively use the Chrome browser. Used to be a FireFox fan, not so anymore.

When I start NetFlix soon

I hope to catch up on Game of Thrones and Homeland, although the company tells me their tv shows are always the previous year's episodes - but what do I care? I'm also looking forward to catching up on certain PBS series. Of course all this could be accomplished via computer and internet, but who wants to use an expensive device like a computer to do the work of a cheap and tiny independent streamer like Roduko? Not to mention the savings on power usage.

Thanks everyone for all the show recs. When I do get started on NetFlix, I'll probably have a tv orgy. Lost was my favorite series ever, but I had to listen to the first 3 seasons on radio! Too bad we don't have such radios for digital tv - but if anyone hears of that coming up, do let me know. I don't care for the expense of a tv in every room of the house, but radios are fine for many programs when you already know the actors' face. A screen almost demands to be watched, and that interferes with all sorts of other activities.

Brigid jumped the fence yesterday

I always knew she might, but I happened to be the accidental inspiration. The fence is only 4' tall because that's plenty for old chows, and I never intended to get another dog big enough to scale it. Well, Brigid's 17" tall - seems to have stopped growing like a weed now - and she's 2" taller than what Wikki lists as the standard for her 'broad' breed. The slight mottling on her right ear would've disqualified her from the show ring anyway, and I don't bother with that. But her extra 2" is unfortunate so far as the fence goes. Always before, I'd leave both dogs in the yard if I had to step outside the gate a few minutes and remained in sight.

But yesterday I went out to take something to the neighbor on the corner, and suddenly there was Brigid running circles around me. Fortunately after her brief romp she jumped back in my arms and I carried her home almost crying with relief. Give her another 6 months or so and she'll have me trained to a T.

The fence is the old fashioned wire kind with a scallop top, also known as rainbow from the 1920's. It was the only thing I ever wanted for this old house, and it took me 2 years to track down a source that still made it on special, once or twice a year when they had enough orders to justify a run. So there's absolutely no way of extending the height. The company told me they wouldn't be making them much anymore, and that was almost 6 years ago. Plus I'm not in any shape to shell out a king's ransom for more fencing, which would have to be at least 7' to hold her. The dogs have a quarter acre to run around on, minus the house footprint, but if I only let her loose when I'm out and put her in a smaller covered pen when I went indoors, you know how well that would go over.

Today she set up a great roar at a cat across the street but she didn't even offer to jump the fence. I'm hoping that she will stay put so long as she can keep me on heel!

BTW, while I'm at it, Brigid seems possibly stronger inch for inch than just about any dog I ever had, which never before included a terrier. (She's a terrierist.) Not bad for a starving little 3-mo-old my dog rescue friend brought me. She's spayed and microchipped, of course; I hope and pray that along with food and family location she'll stay put. The microchipping won't hold her back, but people have been warning me to be extra careful when there's a dog sale at the county fairgrounds, because a lot of pets 'disappear' around that time. One thing for sure, if that ever happened to Brigid, her first visit to the new vet would tell the tale. Nobody local would buy her because this place is so small everybody knows everything about everybody.

I keep thinking

(even though it's been shown to be dangerous) about the southern US Senator(?) who almost caned an opponent to death right in chambers in front of witnesses. I don't remember the names - one might've been Clay - but it was shortly before secession.

Regardless, a million wrongs don't make a single right. People shouldn't behave that way, taxpayer funded or otherwise. At times I'm even almost a bit regretful that I gave my dog one of those big rubber chicken toys on which I wrote 'MUTT' in huge red letters. She ran around the yard constantly, holding it between her teeth with her head held high, biting down at every step to make it wail. When she finally chewed the head off, I hung it by its feet from the side of the big wooden 'VOTE DEMOCRAT' sign in my front yard. Now that was a tad over the top, but nobody should do worse than I because I'm bad enough.

Especially funny, partly because

Huntington Beach has one of the shortest police response times in the country. At least according to a previous neighbor in California. He was a canine narc/trainer. Don't get me started on the time his worst dog got loose and tried to eat me.

Hey, a lot of them scare me too

I retired to RedNeckLand for financial reasons, and it has been an eye opener....

Oh my goodness...

Such a sad time for all. You're in my prayers. Sam doesn't need them anymore, but I will pray he visits you soon, if only for a brief fleeting moment.

Right on target as always.

I had to see my doctor the other day, and while doing the pre-exam workup her nurse confided to me that she's worried about what this state will do not only to lessen the effects of the ACA but to block it entirely. Like her, anyone with a family member who has a pre-existing condition for which they cannot get health insurance should be able to see what outright criminals make up the GOP.

Imagine, a nurse working for a doctor at a hospital and still not being able to get health insurance!

He always is awesome.

And I cheer him on all the way.

It was beautiful indeed

But then what else did we expect?
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