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  1. Just curious ... why sell NOW? ... with all that is happening? smee2
  2. Okay ... I Give Up ... Is there suddenly some trick to getting the news here on the forum? For the last week or so, every time I come to check "Whats New" I get told there is nothing new ... no new postings. HUH? Can't be !!! The members here wouldn't be quiet and hour let alone a day or a week. And I didn't get any email from Adam that the RV came and gone. So ... what is wrong? Did I goof somewhere? Did I stay away too long? Sorry for that but I seem to be a semi permanent resident in the local hospital these days and they do not take kindly to having patients drag a great big tower computer into a hospital room. I am currently, in anticipation of the next visit, putting all my files from this monstrous machine onto my brand new virginal hp notebook and it will be living by the front door so the next time the ambulance attendants wheel me out they can grab the computer as we go just as they would grab the hospital bag that is usually maternity patient on her way when the time comes. Thank goodness that is not the case here. But even loggin in and out does not get me to the forum new postings. So, if anyone can suggest what to do next I would appreciate it. Actually I keep hoping things will move fast enough I won't need to have the forum but hey, I have been hoping for that bluebird of paradise for far too long to even believe it will happen in my lifetime any longer. I suspect if this ever happens it will be my great nieces and nephews who will be reaping the rewards. Well, they are good kids and I guess they enjoy. ; ) smee2
  3. Huh??? Man I cannot believe this is a serious concern for anyone, least of all native Americans. To start with, I am not an American, not a sports fan particularly, not political much, and hardly believe that any part of this old world, let alone the supposedly, perhaps formerly, mightiest country on the globe would waste time, energy and resources even thinking about this kind of issue. Red Skins? Green Bay Packers The Browns White Caps (Canada - Soccer, eh?) The Blues (both Jays and Bombers) And what if we have to change team names? What next? Did you know that this B.S. already started decades ago when they had to change the red crayon in the Crayola box? Yup! It used to be Indian Red. T'aint so no mo' Jethro. Maybe metalurgists will be up in arms next and the Silverado will have to go hunting for a new name tag. Or maybe the manufacturers of tableware will get all out of joint and we will have to refer to false teeth as dentures instead of plates and extra terrestrial flying junk as UFOs instead of saucers. I mean we all have our own little quirks about nomenclature, right? Heaven help anyone who inadvertently uses a word that happens to fall over into the realm of another usage altogether and gets some other super picky person out there wanting to take a kick at the can, eh? I think we were all far better off when a complete usable vocabulary was about seven hundred words and only needed to go up to about nine hundred in cases where the subject that vocabulary had to serve was something so highly specialized that it took several years of intense higher study to even understand the basics sufficiently to make a stab at discussing it. I also wish that the entire population had read that super short story that was written many years ago by ... ah ... I think it was Azimov but I may be wrong. It was a short tale of messages coming to the population of earth, from the race that seeded the planet eons ago. They were returning to correct a major mistake they made when they seeded the planet on their first visit. They apologized for all the inconvenience and strife and horrible things that one part of the population had visited upon the other part of the population when we were all meant to be the same. Sadly we were left not the same but different in one way, in appearance. And they were coming back to correct that difference. And when that correction was made, then we could continue on living our lives as fully as they were meant to be lived. Yup, they would be arriviing shortly, and their work would take very little time and when they left, voila, the entire po;ulation of the planet known as Earth would be the same ... as it was always meant to be ... black. Think about it. smee2
  4. Yup ... every year, year after year after year after year ... and if you don't want it to drive you absolutely nuts, best you take a break for ... oh ... say about a decade or so. Better yet, just forget it all and wait for an email from Adam announcing the final RV.
  5. Okie ... hahahahahaha In the "Believe It Or Not" category, there is, really and truly, cross my heart, an on line site where Okie is resident, is bowed down to (which must tickle him pink), where he is considered a great source of absolutely accurate, and up to date, and "God verified" information on all things Iraqi and Dinar and Oil Field ... are you stunned yet? I was. To find this site and realize that so many people I had thought of as rational, and reasonable, and able to distinguish between the real deal and a fraud, actually lived on this site and thought Okie was the be all and end all of the IQD race to the RV. Absolutely amazing what some people will swallow ... I guess they want so badly to believe, that they will follow the person who tells them what they want to hear and stop using their own brains to determine what is and what is not. smee2
  6. OOPS ... IF YOU FOUND YOUR WAY HERE, YOU MUST BE REALLY CURIOUS ... I DIDN'T GET TO PUT IN THE HEADER BEFORE MY COMPUTER DID A LITTLE NUMBER ON ME ... IT IS ALIVE AND REALLY TRYING TO DRIVE ME TO THE NUT HOUSE ... HEADER SHOULD HAVE BEEN ... 'TIS THE SEASON ... BBQ RULES. IF ANY MOD CAN REPOST WITH THAT HEADER, I WOULD BE GRATEFUL ... MORE PEOPLE WOULD GET TO SEE THIS IF THEY KNOW WHAT IT IS ABOUT ... I THINK SMEE2 We are about to enter the BBQ season. Therefore it is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoorcooking activity . When a man volunteers to do the BBQ the following chain of events are put into motion: Routine... (1) The woman buys the food. (2) The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables, and makes dessert. (3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces, and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill - beer in hand. (4) The woman remains outside the compulsory three meter exclusion zone where the exuberance of testosterone and other manly bonding activities can take place without the interference of the woman. Here comes the important part: (5) THE MAN PLACES THE MEAT ON THE GRILL. More routine... (6) The woman goes inside to organise the plates and cutlery. (7) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is looking great. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer while he flips the meat Important again: (8) THE MAN TAKES THE MEAT OFF THE GRILL AND HANDS IT TO THE WOMAN. More routine... (9) The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces, and brings them to the table. (10) After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes. And most important of all: (11) Everyone PRAISES the MANand THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts. (12) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed ' her night off ', and, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there's just no pleasing some women.
  7. THE SENSITIVITY OF SENIORS. This letter was sent to the Lions Bay School Principal's office in West Vancouver after the school had sponsored a luncheon for seniors. An elderly lady received a new radio at the lunch as a door raffle prize and was writing to say thank you. This story is a credit to all humankind. Forward this to anyone you know who might need a lift today... Dear Lions Bay School , God bless you for the beautiful radio I won at your recent Senior Citizens luncheon. I am 87 years old and live at the West Vancouver Home for the Aged. All of my family has passed away so I am all alone. I want to thank you for the kindness you have shown to a forgotten old lady.. My roommate is 95 and has always had her own radio; but, she would never let me listen to it. She said it belonged to her long dead husband, and understandably, wanted to keep it safe. The other day her radio fell off the nightstand and broke into a dozen pieces. It was awful and she was in tears. She asked if she could listen to mine, and I was overjoyed that I could tell her to f**k off. Thank you for that wonderful opportunity. God bless you all. Sincerely, Edna ************ Definitely Not Politically Correct Went out last night and got really wasted. I woke up in the middle of the night next to some chick who was snoring and farting, so I knew I made it home OK. The wife's back on the warpath again. She was up for making a sex movie last night, and all I did was suggest we should hold auditions for her part. I've accidentally swallowed some Scrabble tiles. My next dump could spell disaster. My sister-in-law sat on my glasses and broke them. It was my own fault. I should have taken them off. I spent a couple of hours defrosting the fridge last night, or "foreplay" as she likes to call it. I woke up this morning at 8, and could smell something was wrong. I got downstairs and found the wife face down on the kitchen floor, not breathing! I panicked. I didn't know what to do. Then I remembered McDonald's serves breakfast until 11:30 A.M.. The other night, my wife asked me how many women I'd slept with. I told her, "Only you. All the others kept me awake all night!" My missus packed my bags, and as I walked out the front door, she screamed, "I wish you a slow and painful death, you bastard!" "Oh," I replied, "so now you want me to stay!" A Catholic boy in confession says, Bless me Father, I have sinned, I masturbated while thinking about my sister. That's a disgrace, said the priest, especially when you have two gorgeous brothers. I've just installed strobe lights in the bedroom. It makes the wife look like she's moving during sex. ************* ‘COCKPIT DUTIES’ Many years ago on a long R.A.A.F C-130 flight; I asked if I could visit the cockpit. When I got up there, I found four crewmen. I asked the first what he did, and he explained: That he was the navigator and what his responsibilities were. I turned to next one and asked what he did. He explained that he was the engineer and his job was to monitor and troubleshoot any system problems; To keep the flight operating smoothly. I turned to the next one and asked what he did. He explained that as the captain he was responsible for everything on the airplane and the functioning of the crew. I then turned to the first officer and asked "Well young man, what is your job?" He replied " Sir, I am the captain's sexual advisor." Somewhat shocked, I said "I beg your pardon, what do you mean by that?" "Very simple sir.” "The captain has told me that when he wants my f***ing advice, he'll ask me." ************* Will I Live to see 100? I recently picked a new primary care doctor. After two visits and exhaustive Lab tests, she said I was doing fairly well for my age. (I am past Eighty Five). A little concerned about that comment, I couldn't resist asking her, 'Do you think I'll live to be 100?' She asked, 'Do you smoke tobacco, or drink beer, wine or hard liquor?' 'Oh no,' I replied. 'I'm not doing drugs, either!' Then she asked, 'Do you eat rib-eye steaks and barbecued ribs?' 'I said, 'Not much... My former doctor said that all red meat is very unhealthy!' 'Do you spend a lot of time in the sun, like playing golf, boating, sailing, hiking, or bicycling?' 'No, I don't,' I said. She asked, 'Do you gamble, drive fast cars, or have a lot of sex?' 'No,' I said... She looked at me and said, 'Then, why do you even give a sh**?'
  8. LAWRENCE PETER BERRA - Yogi Berra - great quotes.... Hope you enjoy these too. These are timeless. An American original! Yogi Berra Lawrence Peter Berra played Major League Baseball for 19 years for the New York Yankees. He played on 10 World Series Championship teams, is a Major League Baseball (MLB) Hall of Famer and has some awe-inspiring stats. His name is consistently brought up as one of the best catchers in baseball history, and he was voted to the Team of the Century in 1999. Amazing accomplishments aside, they probably aren't how you know Lawrence . You know him as Yogi, a nickname given to him by a friend who likened his cross-legged sitting to a yogi. Yogi is famous for his fractured English, malapropisms and sometimes nonsensical quotes. He's closing in on 86, and there seems to be no end to his fans love for him. Here are 25 Yogi Berra quotes that will make you shake your head and smile. 1. "It's like deja vu all over again." 2. "We made too many wrong mistakes." 3. "You can observe a lot just by watching." 4. "A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore." 5. "He hits from both sides of the plate. He's amphibious." 6. "If the world was perfect, it wouldn't be." 7. "If you don't know where you're going, you might end up some place else." 8. Responding to a question about remarks attributed to him that he did not think were his: "I really didn't say everything I said." 9. "The future ain't what it use to be." 10. "I think Little League is wonderful. It keeps the kids out of the house." 11. On why he no longer went to Ruggeri's, a St. Louis restaurant: "Nobody goes there anymore because it's too crowded." 12. "I always thought that record would stand until it was broken." 13. "We have deep depth." 14. "All pitchers are liars or crybabies." 15. When giving directions to Joe Garagiola to his New Jersey home, which is accessible by two routes: "When you come to a fork in the road, take it." 16. "Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours." 17. "Never answer anonymous letters." 18. On being the guest of honour at an awards banquet: "Thank you for making this day necessary." 19. "The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase." 20. "Half the lies they tell about me aren't true." 21. As a general comment on baseball: "90% of the game is half mental." 22. "I don't know (if they were men or women running naked across the field), they had bags over their heads." 23. "It gets late early out there." 24. Carmen Berra, Yogi's wife asked: "Yogi, you are from St. Louis, we live in New Jersey, and you played ball in New York. If you go before I do, where would you like me to have you buried?" Yogi's answer: "Surprise me." 25. "It ain't over till it's over.....
  9. The last time I went into my bank and got rather suspicious looks from the tellers, it turned out that when I had last pulled up my slacks, I had not taken the time to properly tuck in my underwear and shirt. I was doing some free advertising for Fruit of the Loom. Then there was the time many years ago when I was still wearing skirts that I walked into the head office of a major Canadian Bank in a major Canadian city, not realizing until I passed a full length mirrored wall and seeing myself, that I was dragging my undies on the ground behind me and they were holding on to my ankles like they didn't want to be left behind. But I'll save that for another day, smee2
  10. Note, Just so you'll know ... The Newfie, to Canadians, is a resident of the Maritimes, our eastcoast fishery, always struggling to make a living on the water with all the cuts in species limits, closing of processing plants which usually closes the entire village, and generally a rough sort of life. In their speech, and their sometimes fishy perfume, they sometimes resemble the men of the United States east coast fisheries, if you know what I mean. And in attitudes and in their level of sophistication they might rank up there with the people who live in the shadow of the legend of the Hatfields and the McCoys. They are blue collar but have the red neck to qualify and certainly do qualify there. So, that is the kind of person you are going to encounter in this short story ... which made me laugh though it is borderline when it comes to whether I will share or not. This time I decided to share. Hope I didn't offend anyone. smee2 HOWLER OF THE DAY As good as this bar is," said the Albertan, "I still prefer the pubs back home. In Brooks, there's a wee place called The Brooks Hotel. The owner goes out of his way for the locals. When you buy four drinks, he'll buy the fifth drink." "Well," said the Nova Scotian, "At my local in Halifax, the Red Lion, the barman will buy you your third drink after you buy the first two." "Ahhh, dat's nothin'," said the Newfounlander, "back home at my favourite pub, the moment you set foot in the place, they'll buy you a drink of Rum, then another, all the drinks you like. Then, when you've had enough drinks, they'll take you upstairs and see dat you gets laid, all on the house!" The Alberta and Nova Scotian were suspicious of these claims. The Newfie swore every word was true, but they asked, "Did this actually happen to you?" "Not meself, personally, no," admitted the Newfie, "but it did happen to me sister quite a few times. "
  11. Wow ... .No discrimination here, nope! Lots of acceptance of others ... yup! Just the way we were taught from ... oh ... about Sunday school, right? Well, I have a spot of discrimination of my own ... don't we all? But mine is this ... I find I am disgusted by people who voice this kind of "opinion" ... filled with hate and discrimination ... people like you, sir, or madam if that is the case. Oh, I agree totally that you have the freedom of speech, as well as the freedom to live where you want, that decision based on low taxes, or better state economics ... or maybe even the type of people you do NOT choose to live near ... and you make that choice pretty clear ... by spewing hatred. So, you just go ahead and stay out of California, for all the reasons you quote, including not wanting to breath that filthy air that must have passed through the lungs of some "***/LEZ Holley-woodies" who, by the way, DO PAY their taxes, and since many of them work at very high paying jobs, they pay more in taxes most likely than you do. I rarely go OFF like this but your response to this post really jerks my chain. How dare you!?!? How dare you put down a whole group of people and accuse them of being the cause of a problem that is in no way the result of their lifestyle? How dare you? I would suggest you do a little research and find out what you are talking about before you go and spout your particular brand of hatred. But someone as close minded, as motivated by hate and fear, as you seem to be, just cannot be educated. You seem, at least those of your particular bent whom I have met, to be totally uneducatable. And yes, I have gone and made a class distinction here but not to spew hatred, just to state the obvious ... as seen over several generations of narrow minded individuals. Such as you. By the way, I am not a Californian, nor an American, and I am neither G A Y nor L e s b i a n . I agree that being such means I have really no say in matters strictly Californian or American. But I do have a say in the matter of people such as yourself who believe that a lifestyle determines that some people do not have, as you say "normal human needs". Why do I jump on this particular band wagon? Because your response is so discriminatory that it makes me sick. I am not defending any particular life style here. I am defending ALL lifestyles, even yours. We all have rights. And insinuating that people of a different sexual orientation than you, are not "normal humans" is really disgusting. You have some hate issues to deal with. I doubt you will do that though, and that makes me sad, for you. smee2
  12. I tried to edit my original post here to add information ... by hitting the quote button and then replying to it. After twenty minutes of experimentation and explaining what it would and would not do ... it told me, when I went to post it, You do not have permission to edit this topic Read more: Now I have not gone back to the http line to see what I might get, and it might be my expanded post, but if not ... don't worry about it. The program is not perfect. I don't expect it in me, or you, or the people who make the computer programs, so why would I espect the program to be perfect? Go, leave the computer alone, take some time to spend with the kids, or surprise the wife with time for her, or time for you ... go walk the dog, or sit out on the back deck and count the stars ... or whatever. You spend altogether too much time here keeping us all in line and on line ... we can buy almost anything, and everything but time. The RV won't give you this time back. There is a little button on the computer tower that says "off" ... you might consider using it. smee2
  13. Markinsa, thanks for the post .. I did not see the number you mentioned but I did collect information about the post ... Prayer Request divemaster5734 my posted response smee2 post #22 ... it had an edit button when I posted, but not now. thanks for any clarification you can give .... smee2 .
  14. I put my mouse over the "edit" icon as I usually do, right after I had posted my post ... it seems I see my mistakes right after I hit the post button ... and it goes out with some typo ... aggravating. Anyway, there was no elapse of time, just the message box denying me access to edit. Maybe it is a matter of waiting a little longer? Iv'll go and try it again ... hadn't thought that timing might have something to do with it. smee2
  15. Can you say bee ess? Maybe her information from the middle east has come in the form of some of that really great Afghanistan, Iran, and Iraq hashish. Over the years I have had a few friends who are "in the know" who have actually had to admit that the middle east can sometimes produce better weed than we do here in British Columbia ... and BC is known to be a great destination spot ... for pot ... just so you will be "in the know" hahahahahahaha smee2
  16. Recently I posted something which, as always with me, quite "wordy". After I had written, and proofed, and posted, I realized I had made a mistake ... not an altogether unheard of experience for me. Okay, truth, it happens quite often. It is because it happens quite often that I got rather used to being able to use the "edit" button and try to correct the mistake. This time, however, I got a message saying I was not allowed to edit. Huh? It took me some time, years, to find out how to edit, and actually do it, and now I am not allowed? The only other time I got that kind of message was when I got a "not allowed to post" message because I was not logged in. Can someone with the smarts to understand this system please tell me what I have done wrong? Is this a computer issue or did I tick someone off and they don't want me to edit my own posts? I will just sit here quietly, calm and collected, no ruffled feathers and wait for a forum IT expert to tell me what to do now. Sure I will ... Actually I will be checking back every day or so which means if this disappears down the list I will have to push it up to the front of the line ... sorry I am not usually a line jumper. smee2
  17. Our "community" here, quickly, and freely, and with wishes for such a great sense of compassion, share the need and requests for prayers for our loved ones who are infirm, aged, or going into danger. It is often overlooked that the ones who need the prayer sometimes even more, are those left behind to grieve, mourn, struggle with sudden unwanted tears and find they are subject to previously unknown fears ... and generally pick up the pieces of life again. I know from personal, and it seems ongoing experience, that these events in our lives sometimes make just the act of living, getting up every day, putting one foot in front of the other, moving on ... is so horrifically difficult that it often seems hardly worth it to even try. It is for those people, the ones left behind, the ones who put their lives on hold in some way to care for their lives ones, the people who share so much of their lives with our loved ones, those who find the pain almost unbearable, especially in the beginning ... those are the ones I feel the need to pray for most. I am so glad that you recognized those people in your post, and in your request for prayer. And yes, there are many things, especially the medical things that cost so much sometimes, that might have been changed before now, and therefore solved without loss, had there been more money in the past, or even now. And I know that members here all have the ability to have that kind of money, but we don't know when. We can wish for it now, pray for it now, jump up and down and scream for it now ... but it will happen when it happens. So, if I may add to this prayer request, it would be to give us all, those experiencing loss and heartache, and those of us who will face it, as we all will at some time ... the peace and resolve to understand that all things .... ALL things ... are done in the time, and at the time, they are meant to be done. This I pray for all of you, in the name of you use to speak to our creator, as we don't all have the same one of those either. smee2
  18. .A chicken farmer went to the local bar. He sat next to a woman and ordered champagne.The woman said: "How strange, I also just ordered a glass of champagne." "What a coincidence," said the farmer, who added, "It is a special day for me. I am celebrating" "It is a special day for me too, I am also celebrating!" said the woman "What a coincidence." said the farmer.While they toasted, the farmer asked, "What are you celebrating?" "My husband and I have been trying to have a child for years, and today, my gynecologist told me that I was pregnant." "What a coincidence," said the man. "I am a chicken farmer and for years all my hens were infertile, but now they are all set to lay fertilized eggs." "This is awesome," said the woman. "What did you do for your chickens to become fertile?" "I used a different rooster," he said. The woman smiled and said, "What a coincidence."
  19. My mom started telling me the same thing ... about the time I started asking for things like a pony or a baby brother. Hmmmmm ..... smee2
  20. Another Point of View ... I remember the day, or make that days, of 7-11 and the many days thereafter, when the entire "civilized" world, and at that time it meant anyone who didn't wear a djelba or turban (and that included people not even from the Middle east but India and Polynesia) ... the entire "civilized" world, considered any and every Muslim on the planet, to be terrorists, who should be dead, killed in the most terrible way possible, to try to appease the world, and make up for (? like anything could ever make up for) the horrific events of that day ... 7 - 11. Yup, you were in that group too. Don't try to tell me that you were holding out on your feelings and only wanting to punish and eradicate the Muslims that belonged to a group we had never even heard of before then, Al Quaida. You, and everyone else belonging to that "civilized" group of the population of the entire planet wanted all of them, every Middle Eastern person, especially those who were visible in our, get that "our" countries, to be gone from the face of the earth. And while we are at it why not make it a convincing argument for those who are fence sitting ... make the killing of Muslims something that is found in the bible, just as they found a way to hate us found in their Koran. (Neither of which is true, by the way. Both books are based on the same premises, love and acceptance.) How dare they, all of them, do such a despicable thing. And now, now many years later, we are suddenly a world of people who feel that just labeling anyone a terrorist is not enough, and these Iraqis should be forced, by some world wide consensus, to stop executing people they are labeling as terrorists. Bear in mind the Iraqis are attaching that label based on short term assumptions, or worse, knowing that these men they are executing are not really terrorists but people they want to get rid of. Now tell me, honestly, do you believe that there were none among our "civilized" society who were not chomping at the bit to do the very same thing in all our "civilized" countries? Of course they were, we were, you and I. And now we dare to point a finger and be all up in arms over this? Hypocrites ... all of us. smee2
  21. Me too! And this business of the "man cave" ... what about the "woman cave"? I suppose men think that the home is the woman cave, 'cause we have the responsibility, in a large majority of cases, to see that the home runs and is there for the whole family to enjoy and live in. But women have a need for a secret space, with secret hiding places. We too need a place where we can just go to laugh or dance or be lazy without a guilty conscience. We nee a place that is so safe, and secure, and only yours, where we can keep the kind of things this bookcase hides and secures. I was eleven or twelve years old when I heard my mother in her bedroom, with the door closed, and she was crying. I had never heard my mother cry before, never. Later when we were alone I asked her what was wrong. She told me that sometimes women just need to cry. And then she added that since I was growing up, and going to start to become a woman, there may be times when I felt the need to cry. If that happened, I was to use her room to go into, close the door, and have a "woman cry".It was one of the very few times that she got it right! If I'd had a daughter, it is one piece of wisdom I would have passed to her. So, hands up for a new international initiative ... the woman cave smee2 p.s. I also think we should have a girl cave, start our daughters young so they will grow up knowing that once they have become women, they will be able to use their power, a power they have as girls but don't know yet how best to use it, and fulfill their potential as women. Oh baby, I should have been around in the time of the suffragettes!
  22. Oh No!!!!!! I am so sorry that some of you thought I was referring to Adam Montana. It never even crossed my mind. I am not so seriously involved in the forum that "Adam" makes me think of him first. Force of habit ... I always think of the Biblical Adam first. Now if Adam had been named something else ... like ... oh let's say ... Elvis, or Woodrow, or maybe ... well, I was going to say "Donald" but then I wouldn't really know myself whether to think "Trump" or "Duck". smee2
  23. It seems to me that I was taught in grade school that the United States of America was settled, and established, by people from Europe who wanted the freedom to worship in the way they wanted ... what they thought was right. They were not out to push their religious beliefs down anyone else's throat, they just wanted a place where they would be safe to worship in their own way. I guess back in that time when communication between the colony (the US and Canada) and the motherland (Britain, Europe and Scandinavia primarily), took however long it took for a ship to sail the Atlantic, things were different. Your deeds were not exposed to the world in a matter of seconds as now. Not just personal deeds, but national deeds. So, here we have a country who is slamming people, in their own countries, for the way their faith is followed. The word "hypocritical" does come to mind. So what happened to those people who wanted to find their own place of freedom to worship, and were willing to ignore everyone else and allow them to worship in their way? Huh? Really, what happened? I think the first sign of decay was when those who came to North America for the freedom to worship God, started thinking that people were property. And that property was so easily identified ... it was a different colour from the original freedom seeking settlers. And then when it seemed that concept, of people being owned, was becoming a point of contention (North vs South) another visible segment was targeted. Women. Females. They felt if the coloured people were not to be owned, and treated as property, then maybe females should have the same privileges. Suffragettes were the people fighting for that visible class of people. But today, when we are back to religion being the thing that some people just want to be able to practice in their own way, and others are willing to go to war, to kill and completely destroy, it is the very nation that was founded on the principal of freedom to worship that is not allowing that freedom to be enjoyed by others. We are back to "If you don't believe what I believe, and worship as I do, then you are evil and must be destroyed." And unfortunately many of these people are part of groups who take their own freedom to worship from the pages of the Bible, as well as finding their justification to destroy other religions also in the pages of the Bible, and that makes it so hypocritical it is almost funny. But it isn't. It is sad. It is hurtful to both sides, It is despicable. Period. smee2
  24. Several years ago I found myself in a waiting room of an international realtor. He was licenced to deal not only in his own province (BC) and country (Canada), but most of the rest of the world. At the time I knew him he was riding high on having sold, and arranged a new purchase, for the richest man in British Columbia. That may not seem like a lot compared to most of what we consider the richest of anything but this wealthy man started out involved in a multi-level marketing scheme (MLM) and over the course of just a few years was the provinces most wealthy mogul. Anyway, in this waiting room, the realtor had magazines. Well, yes, what waiting room does not have magazines? but these were not just Cosmo and Readers Digenst. They were magazines that featured articles, most with pictures, of the really expensive homes in the world. Some specialized in just North America and that was what caught my eye. I knew nothing about the dinar then, and had absolutely no way to become rich enough to buy a home like that. My speed was a three bedroom, two bath, with deck, garage plus carport, and a fabulous view from the dual level backyard that was a pain to keep up. Anyway, in these magazines I saw and read the descriptions of a lot of homes that went so far beyond the basic meaning of "home" that it was stupid. No one needs that kind of space. Not even the rich and famous. I remember one of the homes was owned by Kenny Rogers (country music singer) anad it was close to what I would have liked at that time. But again it was in the millions. No point in doing more than dreaming about it. But I had time to look at a couple of magazines worth of these kind of homes. When I was first introduced to the dinar, and the possibilities it held (and hopefully still holds) one of my first thoughts was of the kind of expensive real estate I would buy. It would have to have a private air strip, not a large one, just big enough for my husband's small planes, and maybe the odd small jet belonging to an Arabian prince or British rock star (hahaha). I no longer need the air strip, and no longer prefer a place close to a very expensive country club with exquisite golf course, because I no longer have Neil to make use of those things. But for myself, I don't think I would want any of those really expensive homes now. I would like a home now that is wheelchair accessible, which is a far cry from a home that is on a private beach at least three miles long. But there are a few things I would like. A pool, indoor, but in my dreams it would have a large wall that rolled up like the roll-up doors of a mechanic's garage, that would open the entire stupidly large pool space to the outside where there would be a patio area with BBQ pit, great sunset view, and maybe even a part of the pool that goes out past the wall and becomes an outdoor pool. Yup, I have been thinking about this for a while ... since I thought that the dinar would hit big, hit soon, and hit me. That is partly why I bought the amount of dinar that I did. I wanted to be able to build or buy and renovate a home that is close to perfection, thought I will settle for the wow rather than the WOW. hahaha I also want a kitchen, pool and game room, in-home theatre, bathroom that isn't just a bathroom but a bathing room, complete with warm water plunge and massage bench, rather like the bathing rooms of the sultans and sheiks of old, bathing being a custom that was taken very seriously. All of these things I have seen in movies. It might take a while to find all the movies, but I think my memory on this is good enough that a few days of describing what I want to an architectural artist (which I was on a small scale for a while just out of art school) and a really forward thinking architect, they would know what it is I want. The only thing that is stopping me from dreaming about sandy beaches in tropic climes, and multi-level castles with towers and balconies in the alps, is the need to be wheelchair accessible. Oh, the multi-level places would be fine if I can install an elevator. But that isn't something that can be done in just any home. As much as I talk too much, especially with my fingers in places like this forum, I am also a very good listener. My dad was a builder and almost anything about building or renovating or restoring I find interesting. I have so often heard the professionals talking about the problems of bringing an old place up to code, like those gorgeous castles or estate homes with several stories and wings. And problems there are. Most of them cannot safely be modernized, and livable for this century. They just don't conform in ways that make that possible. So, I have stopped dreaming about those kinds of homes. They would be great to have, until the plumbing sprung a leak, or the heating system fails, and the fix was going to cost hundreds of thousands. Now I dream about building my own home. Something discrete. It will have all the bells and whistles I want, but it would not be ostentatious. A lavish kitchen for an in-house cook, pool and game room, computer and communications nook, perhaps elements of the in-home theatre, a walk-in pool of some kind. one wing of the house set aside for living quarters for staff (of about four) and the specialist staff that visit but don't live with me full time. Oh, and cat friendly too. That's it. It that can be handled by purchasing, okay. But if not, then we build. And hope to outlive the construction, furnishing and landscaping stages. So, I am now living with the constant hope that the Iraqis or others who are responsible for getting the dinar revalued to our benefit will GET OFF THE POT !!! A place in the country with the outward look ofa log cabin gone wild ... that would be okay too ... just thinking ... smee2
  25. God said, "Adam, I want you to do something for Me." Adam said, "Gladly, Lord, what do You want me to do?" God said, "Go down into that valley." Adam said, "What's a valley?" God explained it to him. Then God said, "Cross the river." Adam said, "What's a river?" God explained that to him, and then said, "Go over to the hill....." Adam said, "What is a hill?" So, God explained to Adam what a hill was. He told Adam, "On the other side of the hill you will find a cave." Adam said, 'What's a cave?' After God explained, He said, "In the cave you will find a woman." Adam said, "What's a woman?' So God explained that to him, too. Then, God said, 'I want you to reproduce." Adam said, "How do I do that?" God first said (under His breath), "Geez....." And then, just like everything else, God explained that to Adam, as well. So, Adam goes down into the valley, across the river, and over the hill, into the cave, and finds the woman. Then, in about forty five minutes, he was back. God, His patience wearing thin, said angrily, "What is it now?" And Adam said.... * * (YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE THIS!!!!!!) * * * * * "What's a headache?"
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