Rearranged Marriage, cont.



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I started to write, “I haven’t forgotten about Weird Wednesday,” but I realized it would have been a lie. I did forget about Weird Wednesday! It was fun that one time, though, and I will do that again soon. It’s kind of like going back over my own work and putting a silly caption over the original—probably making it funnier in the process. Today, however, is another two-fer as we continue rearranging the furniture. It’s Friday, and I must finish churning out new Arlo & Janis fare. I’ll try to post something over the weekend. Maybe “Silly Saturday.”

140 thoughts on “Rearranged Marriage, cont.”

  1. This series was a favorite of mine, both above are great! If I ever get done getting rid of stuff and giving away three lives worth of clothes I will rearrange and redecorate. Minion has great taste in most things it seems, if not in multiple husbands.

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  2. Just posted this at the bottom of yesterday’s posts:

    emeritus mn. biologist on 20 Feb 2015 at 10:30 am #

    Julia Richmond HS: First time I’ve thought about it since ’47 or so. I knew of it, but nothing else. Was it coed then? Maybe some in my Washington Sq. Pk. crowd went there. Will do a search.

    Willoughby’s used to be the big photo store in NYC, 32nd St., btw. 6th and 7th Aves., just across from Gimbel’s dept. store. Later combined with Peerless, a newer big photo store.

    Peace, emb

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  3. On wrap, we are Press- n – Seal kids. Besides, Loon looks great in things opaque. 😉

    On the daily twofer. I am always amazed at how cats notice changes. Even those you would think are out of their line-of-sight.

    On Weird Wednesday and Silly Saturday. JJ, it’s your sockhop, spin ’em as you like.

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  4. Sand, when I had my flower shop in Nassau Bay, TX we had a delivery of a huge five foot tall roll of shrink wrap (we did tons of gift baskets), darned things/shrink cost hundreds of dollars per roll. Driver left it on back door entrance, we saw it, did not drag it inside. Went out again and entire roll was missing!

    Were you working for NASA in the 1980’s? We were located a few hundred feet from main entrance to Space Center. We figured some kinky scientist hijacked it to wrap women in.

    Love, Jackie

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  5. Jackie, my where abouts between 1967 to 1984 are on a need to know basis. Loon just refers to the period as my dark years; my knowledge of the culture during that time span is close to a total blank.

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  6. d1: Not likely. You are new enough here to not know that emb is TV-challenged because he never watches it [Well, hardly ever.] I’ve heard of the TZ, but that’s all.

    Peace, emb

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  7. emb, the reference is to someone who has recorded the show but not watched it yet, who is then told how it went. Spoils the fun of seeing it herself.

    The Twilight Zone reference is to an episode called (I think) “Last Stop, Willoughby”. Man commuting by train to job in big city is miserable with modern life. Goes to sleep on train, wakes up to old train, conductor in old-fashioned uniform announcing “Willoughby”. Looks out, sees turn of the (20th) century town. Next trip he looks again and starts to get out, but stops. Finally he does get off train during driving snowstorm, into town with sun shining and band playing in the park. Then the scene reverts to the modern train, stopped, with conductor talking about crazy man who stepped off in the middle of nowhere. Last scene is stretcher with body being carried to a hearse. Name of funeral home is on the side. What name? Why, Willoughby, of course.

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  8. The original TZ was an amazing series, with some great performances by actors who were better know for other types of characters, such as Ed Wynn as a pitchman in the episode, “One for the Angels”. A fantastic piece of straight acting by a great comedian. Or Mickey Rooney carrying a whole episode solo in “The Last Night of a Jockey”. I need to start streaming it from the beginning again. Maybe while snowed in that will be something fun to do.

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  9. Lest anyone think I’m advocating a mass nasty end to the Village, I meant that it would be nice to be able to have everyone in the Village in a safe, friendly, caring, possibly slightly old-fashioned and charming small-town environment where nothing bad or troubling could ever happen to them again. Sigh. Just a little day dreaming.

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  10. Denise, that would be the Village in “Big Fish”. If you have not seen that one, it is fantastic movie. The town is called Spectre. Tim Burton directed and it is both mystical and Gothic fantasy all in one.

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  11. Denise: Sounds ~ Judy Garland’s “Somewhere, over the rainbow,” or a possible vision of a paradise, as in the last movement of Mahler’s 4th. This is one of those places where physics spoils it, or makes it more wonderful, depending on your viewpoint. If everyone in the Village were in one area, after a rain shower had passed, all of us with the late afternoon sun behind us, looking east toward the rainbow, we would each see a different rainbow. The closer we were to one another, the more similar the rainbows would be, perhaps overlapping, but no one of us would see exactly the same bow as the next person. It’s all geometry: you see green rays from those raindrops that are refracting green from sunlight at just the right angle into your eyes, the Cowardly Lion, to your right, sees green refracted from raindrops just to their right, etc. [Of course, cats are dichromats, so he cannot tell green from red.]

    Anyway, we’ll find out when we get there.

    Peace, emb

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  12. Mark: Thanks for the TZ summary. I watched, and liked, the Twilight Zone. There was something about Willoughby teasing my mind, but I could not come up with it. NOW I remember! I did not think that episode was macabre… it made me smile… sort of like “stepping on the rainbow”…

    Sand: I agree about the Press and Seal. Much easier to handle! When Jerry was doing dialysis three times a week, he had to apply a topical pain reliever ointment to his arm before the dialysis. Otherwise, those huge needles HURT. We would apply it at home, then wrap the arm in Press and Seal to keep all the goodies on his skin rather than on his clothes. It needed to be applied at least half an hour before they started sticking him. That wrap was much more manageable than Saran or the regular Glad.

    I did not actually get out yesterday, but my daughter did run to the store for a few needed items. She said that the roads were in good shape. She did have to detour from the beaten-down tracks to get out of the parking lot. The unspoiled snow to the side provided much better traction.

    It is actually up to 11 degrees currently! I really have a lot of sympathy for those like Debbe who have to get out and battle this weather. I know we are able to do what we have to, but it is still hard.

    And… Debbe: I have been a Christian for several years, and I still struggle! So do not get discouraged. It sounds to me like you are doing a fine job!

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  13. Steve in Royal Oak – Too young for that memory; however WOWO, WMEE, and WAJI were staples of my childhood. My mother was a huge music lover. In a twist she would be annoyed to learn she missed, Mark Evans, Magic’s”Man on the Street” was one of her pallbearers. Besides his multimedia career, he also works in the funeral industry. For whatever the reason, that old radio bit stirred up some old memories. Bittersweet, but cherished nonetheless.

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  14. Got some things done today, like changing utilities, everything takes hours longer than one would think it should. I keep adding to list faster than it shortens.

    Like my large deputy, he is a nice guy and I think we will get along fine. His mother would like to meet me, which is OK with me. I bet she is suspicious of an old lady offering free room and board to her seven foot tall “baby”. Probably thinks I am a really old cougar. He was impressed with my Glock, he has one too and told me where to go get my Hornady hollow tip bullets. I will do that tomorrow. I now have several people who will help me learn to use it properly and put me in touch with good instructors, help me get a concealed weapon permit.

    Went and bought myself an 8 x 12 foot garden house, premade Amish, has a small porch, real door, windows. Unfinished inside. They will deliver it Monday and I have to get a fence built around it for Mama’s pit bull Brownie. Brownie is looking awful but she deserves a nice place to live. I can either turn it into a real garden house when she passes away or a small guest house.

    Minion has weather channel on and they are excited about something but I have become anti-television lately. Like the peace and quiet or music.

    Love, Jackie

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  15. Dear Jackie, good that your many projects are getting under way. “Damn the torpedoes — full speed ahead!”

    Amen to your opinion of television. It is mine also.

    Love, Charlotte

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  16. Miss Charlotte, my hairdresser today said I looked remarkably better, the best she has seen me look in years, much improved. She made the observation that she thought I had spent so much time taking care of others that I had lost sight of myself and I deserved better. Hairdressers are often most observant people, like bartenders. Remember “Steel Magnolias”? And don’t laugh that it is a sappy girls’ movie, it is set a little further south in Louisiana than I am from but he did pretty good at capturing the genre. I did like it better in the play form, saw it performed in a theater in the round mode if I remember correctly? It debuted in Houston back when.

    Love, Jackie

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  17. Reposted from the bottom of yesterday’s post:

    Hi y’all! I’m back!

    We got a small ice storm over here, and the power went off Monday night. Thanks to our power company and all the crews from Alabama, South Georgia, and other places we got back online yesterday (Thursday) about mid-afternoon. We fared pretty well, though, as Husband is a firm believer in being prepared. He had just bought a spiffy new generator-the old one is a bit cranky-and it was gassed up and ready to go, so we could keep the fridge and freezer cold and run the pump and have water, and with kerosene heaters, a fireplace, and gas stove, we did okay. No hot water heater, though, so no showers, but since we couldn’t get down the mountain we didn’t worry much about that. Once we had hot water that shower felt really good, though. 🙂

    David, glad to hear you’re doing well enough to go home, and hoping the kidney wakes up and does what it’s suppose to!

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  18. Interesting story on Foxtrot Alpha about B-52 replacement brought out of desert storage. The planes nose art/name is “Gohst Rider”. The “Ghost Rider” B-52 rises from the grave to ride again.

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  19. Minion has met my new friend who moved into my mama’s apartment, thus having a change of heart about going to Florida with me for the Everglades Challenge. She has volunteered to stay here and clean house and yard, work on garden and flowers (which it does need of course) and thinks she will stay here and take care of my pets as well. Which is fine too, she says we won’t need to hire a pet sitter. Which is fine too. I just think it is funny and sweet, she has already volunteered to cook meals. She can cook and that is fine too, she keeps my two helpers on remodeling fed, one of whom is also single. Not saying there are ulterior reasons?

    So, I am heading off to Florida again but house won’t be empty at all and I imagine my neighborhood drug/criminals are annoyed. Because this is a lake and a retirement community with lots of older and part-time residents, they like the easy pickins’.

    Going to stay off most of the interstates and meander more if I can, hit some museums and local small towns, see if good joints still exist for seafood, I am supposed to find things to write about so I need to meander. I do, however, really want to try and make it to La Provence in Lacombe for the Sunday brunch if at all possible. Only “name” restaurant I’d like to revisit.

    Love, Jackie

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  20. Good morning Villagers…

    I think Jimmy should shoot for a “Cray Caturday” strip with Luddie 🙂

    Jackie, maybe they were watching TWC, they seem to get worked up about the weather, I try not to watch it, if I do, I hit select and zero in on the local weather. Otherwise, I rely on three different websites for my info.

    So, right now, we are have a mix…..arrgghhhh. I’ll be sliding into work.

    Speaking of work, I was madder than a wet hen when I went in. Seems someone put the thermostat be low freezing. I usually leave it on 40ish degrees. The drip from the faucet was one big icicle, the water in the toilet bowl and tank was frozen, my water bottle was frozen….at minus 14 degrees, things tend to freeze up. The few eggs I had brought in were even frozen. It took 2 hours just for it to reach 50 degrees….worked those hours in my Carharts and gloves.

    Remember the loose bird in the hen house? Well on Thursday, it had already ‘mapped’ out the place and was flying everywhere, diving at Dakota and Ian. So Dakota set up a ‘trap’…are ya ready”……he used a box, propped it up, put feed under it, attached some string to the prop and laid feed on the string. Went in yesterday, and the box was down on it’s side. All I could think of was an old “Woody Woodpecker” episode. No sign of the bird yesterday, so maybe it dived into the pit….hopefully.

    We’re babysitting little Kyler this weekend. My husband is all excited. Even made chili last night as Ky loves to eat chili. I sure have miss “little Red Chief” these past two weeks.

    gotta go…looks like I’ll need to warm up the car for a while to melt the ice.

    Happy Caturday…..

    Oh, and thank you Gal, Denise and Granny for the encouragement…

    And Jackie, please tell me you are not driving solo on your upcoming trip….please take someone with you…if all else fails, I’ll go with you 🙂

    GR 😉

    How you doing up there Indy Mindy???

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  21. Thanks for prayers for my grandbaby! He is doing well so far, and will be healing for the next couple weeks; hopefully no further surgery will be necessary. And Jackie, I am also concerned about you traveling alone – wish someone could go with you!

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  22. Morning Village!

    The BUFF’s are kind of in my system. Grandfather built them. Father maintained them
    I spent almost twenty years seeing them fly everyday. I still feel warm and fuzzy whenever I see one on static display. Special thrill is the flyovers prior to USAF football games.

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  23. Good Morning Village!
    It is currently 27 degrees (wow – a heat wave!) and snowing… and snowing… and freezing rain tonight. Won’t this month EVER end?
    Got some bad news last night. The husband of one of my best friends passed away yesterday – exactly three weeks after Jerry’s passing. My heart aches for her.

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  24. Debbe. if you really want to go adventuring in Florida and Gulf Coast, write me and I will come get you. Of course you may come home to Indiana (or not?) and find all the chickens frozen or the chicken house burned down!

    I have been trying to interest anyone I am friends with to come along, either male or female. The rooms are already paid for and booked and I will burn the gas anyway, so it isn’t cost I think. Perhaps I insult some of my male friends by this but it never bothered Mike, so I guess I might be rude in thinking it wouldn’t insult others?

    I will run into lots of friends down in Florida and I am stopping enroute to see a few, so I figure if I manage my blood sugars right and pace myself I should be OK. Granted I am a little older but I used to do this for a living, run the roads as a sales rep, not try to get men to go with me!

    Wrote a friend, female, in Key West and invited her to meet me up in Tampa if she’d like and go the Florida leg with me.

    Love, Jackie

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  25. Mindy from Indy:

    Glad that it stirred up memories even if they were bittersweet. Mark Evans is not related to me but I found it to be quite a connection.

    As many of you remember, I had my hip replaced in December 2012. I was walking 3.5 miles a day before, took about 2 months off and have been walking most every weekday. My little brother is running his 100th marathon in West Lafayette on March 28th. It is held in a park and you make 26 loops (and a part of another to get to 26.2.)

    I observed that my walking times were only slightly slower than his running pace, so I told him that I would enter, figuring that I could probably do about 10 miles. Around Christmas I started taking long walks and within 6 weeks I was up to an 18 mile walk. It has not been too cold until recently, but today I will try to do 20 miles. My feet get a little sore,but hip is fine. Walking is so much more easier on the joints. I forgot how much that I loved those long runs. I’ll update you when I walk next month.

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  26. Steve, you go too, my friend! That is awesome. We are often defeated because we DON’T do things, not because we cannot perhaps still do them with modifications. I believe that a “Challenge” is what we set ourselves to do, how we compete against ourselves from within. It is fantastic when we can face external challenges ourselves with our own goals. Sometimes getting to the end is winning but sometimes just getting to the starting line is winning as well.

    I was once interviewed by a Houston tv reporter who said he had observed I was so happy when my competitors won, more hugging than at the Miss America pageant. He said they seemed more like friends than competitors. I replied they were friends, my only competition was within myself, not they.

    You are already a winner in my book.

    Love, Jackie

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  27. And to think I had never heard it before you posted it! Hadn’t but my mind wanders.

    Friend who knows I love cats sent me this. Notice the guy, not the cat, has on a teeshirt with a sailboat? Cats and boats go together. I do not know the cat walker, however!

    http://youtu.be/5sy1MDHZ27M Can You Really Walk A Cat?

    Watch to end.

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  28. Jackie, you notice the tail is twitching while they are laughing at him? Better shake out your shoes in the morning, you might have a gift. The rollover and flop trick is what ours did when we put a kitty shirt on her trying to keep her warm.

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  29. We’ve only had one cat that we were able to walk on a leash. Others would do the flop as soon as the harness touched them. Anna had been an indoor cat all her life and quickly demonstrated her lack of street smarts on the rare occasions that she managed to sneak outside. She learned to tolerate the harness and seemed to really enjoy her tours of the backyard. Those ended the day she spotted a glass snake – in the blink of an eye she levitated a couple of feet off the ground, performed a twisting escape worthy of Houdini (from the harness that l thought was quite snug), and took off for the back door!

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  30. I have recently been working my way through a complete collection of Sherlock Holmes stories that I downloaded on to my Kindle. Wonderful stuff, and some interesting views of American society of that time by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. His analysis of the KKK in “The Four Orange Pips” is both accurate and fanciful at the same time. Basiclly I am working through them chronologically.

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  31. re: 6:35PM ” like changing utilities, everything takes hours longer than one would think it should. I keep adding to list faster than it shortens.” that’s the truth little dinky things that should take 5 minutes can take hours or days! banking insurance, etc. … . Yesterday I got a little wiped out feeling, my wife did cross stitch, she had done a Winter, Autumn and Spring, and going through all the closets I found her unfinished Summer.
    … but then I watch something like John Paragon’s Paragon of Comedy special, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmDivKy4czk and feel better. .. I’m on my final Agatha Christie in my kindle ap and don’t know if should try Ian Fleming or see what John Updike was all about

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  32. Don’t think Updike will be very cheerful reading or funny one bit. Look for humor! I have friends who email me funny youtube videos and jokes, humor, which cheers me up too.

    Have you read all of Dave Barry or Rick Braggs? Their collected columns are hilarious and the novels are too. I like to laugh aloud.

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  33. John, your story of your wife’s unfinished Summer really touched a chord with me. I, too, am a crafter. We take comfort in the fact that the things we’ve stitched, knit, sewed, and crocheted will live on after us.

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  34. John and Denise: As I was reading your comments, I looked across the room to my reading chair, across the back of which is draped an afghan crocheted for me by my sister. I’ve already resigned myself to the fact that I’ll be seeing or thinking of things, several times a day, that remind me of her, for the rest of my life or at least for as long as I have sight and comprehension. On the bright side, those things engender many more happy memories and thoughts than sad ones. I’ll take that.

    Alexandra is back on TWC today, so perhaps they are going to keep her around. She was just standing in front of the weather map, wearing a slinky red dress, and doing the “weather dance” that Arlo once wanted Janis to perform while wearing a little black nightie. Alex is just as lissome and willowy as I remember, but her hair is long and blonder, and her boobs seem to be larger. Wonder how that happened. Did I mention that back in the day on TWC, she was the Pokies Queen? I believe I did.

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  35. Mark,
    From an old War Eagle,
    Many thanks for the great references, especially to Twilight Zone. In my opinion, that show and Gilligan’s Island are about the only good TV shows. I’m pre-television since we got our first set when I was 15. I still like radio and recorded music, “old style”.

    I would really appreciate it if anyone in the Village could tell me how to get sound back on videos like U Tube. I have sound on my lap top and with I Tunes but not with videos. I’m almost computer illiterate.

    God bless us every one.

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  36. You may have set the mute button on the videos. It is down in left corner on mine and I am about illiterate too, my three year old grandson is swifter than me on a tablet!

    I am going to follow the guides om these things and learn them. If I could learn every part and what it did, all the functions of the sound systems and various things that a Lincoln or Mercury could do, each and every model, explain and demonstrate it to people, then I can master some of the Smart phone and tablet.

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  37. I thought it odd that the Christian.Mingle ad had a woman with low cut spaghetti strap top and large breasts. Of course, I thought of Ghost. I have no idea why I keep getting these darned women advertising they are looking for men?

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  38. Funny books and stories? Patrick F McManus, or some of the books by Farley Mowat. Mr. Mowat’s book “The Boat That Wouldn’t Float” is one of the funniest boating books you’ll ever read. The character Rancid Crabtree in McManus’s stories needs to be quoted at least once in a life time.

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  39. I have a copy on the shelf behind me and I think it is funny enough for non boaters to enjoy.

    I would also recommend any books by Randy Wayne White, a fantastically funny travel writer.
    “The Sharks of Lake Nicaragua” is great and his story of diving for golf balls on a golf course in Florida infested by alligators is truly hilarious and so true.

    I wish I could be Randy White.

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  40. Many years ago when we were first starting to get computers in our school one of our math teachers made the transition to head tech guru. She had the rare gift of being able to understand all the computer geek language, how everything worked, etc., yet she could turn around and explain it all in plain English to technophobes. To older women who were intimidated by all of it, her first questions were “Do you sew? Can you use a sewing machine?” If they answered yes, she assured them that they could learn to use a computer.

    We talked about that a number of times and decided that it probably had to do with following directions and with understanding the necessity of doing things in the proper sequence. My husband has used a similar analogy by asking people if they could follow an unfamiliar recipe if they were given all the ingredients and tools. As with sewing and cooking, once you’ve mastered one computer program, figuring out the next one and then the new, improved version gets easier.

    Believing you can do it is half the battle – and it’s obvious our Jackie does not lack confidence!

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  41. Ursen, I’m with you on the McManus books. One of the first books I read from our library was Farley Mowat’s story about raising a great horned owl. The picture he creates of the owl bringing a dead skunk to Sunday dinner with the pastor visiting is priceless. And the collections by Jean Shepherd, who wrote the story the movie A Christmas Story is based on is well worth your time.

    As for sound on videos. if other things on your computer have sound, you need to check the settings on the site with the video. They are located in different places, but look for the little icon that looks like a speaker. Click on it and see what you get. If the little slider that pops up is all the way down or all the way to the left, move it up or to the right. If there is an x in the speaker, click that to unmute.

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  42. Y’all are a bad influence, and a hazard to my bank account. After the comment on funny books I started research on an author I had almost forgotten, looking for a book I had read a long time ago. Richard Pike Bissell and his book “Monongahela”. Found it for my Kindle and absolutely had to get it, a bargain at 6.99. A new copy, hard back, goes for over $500.00. There are other books of his I want to read, but will have to wait until later.

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  43. I too agree on McManus and Shepherd, who I think helped shape the way I write. I became fans of Shepherd long, long ago. I find Fanny Flagg to be sort of spotty, some good humor, some not. I recommend Billie Letts, her “Honk and Holler Cafe Opening Soon” is just totally right on and hilarious.

    I looked to see what else she might have written lately, only to find out she had died in August of last year in Tulsa hospital. August 2014 was a bad time for me of course, so I wasn’t reading newspapers much. Her son won the Pulitzer for “August Osage County”, Tracy Letts. I just read something funny she said, “Everyone in Tracy’s stories gets dead or naked.”

    We probably are a bad influence, literate and enabling.

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  44. Ursen, go to Barnes and Noble’s Nook books, or Amazon’s Kindle books and search for megapack. These are collections of books/stories that are mostly 99 cents, plus tax. They have Sherlock Holmes, Victorian mysteries, ghost stories, sea stories, cat stories, etc. Lots of fun cheap reading as most are out of copyright so publisher doesn’t have to make a lot of money on putting these together.

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  45. If you want more Christie-type mysteries…have you read Ngaio Marsh’s work? Good stuff there.

    I watched the astronauts working outside the space station for a while today. It was neat! Reminded me of watching the astronauts on various moon landings- except the reception is much better today. 🙂 So cool what we can enjoy these days.

    And then I went back to my book. 🙂

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  46. Also agree with Llee on Ngaio Marsh. I used to love the Nero Wolfe books as well, the orchid growing detective written by Rex Stout. I just looked and he wrote 33 novels, plus lots f short stories.

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  47. Jackie Monies, there have been new Nero Wolfe books written by Robert Goldsborough that are also good.

    Find the John the Balladeer stories by Manly Wade Wellman for something out of the ordinary. Also the Master Li and Number Ten Ox books by Barry Hughart, (there are only 3 and there is an ebook edition containing all of them, so you won’t go broke trying to keep up). Unfortunately for the readers, Bantam books made a hash of publishing Hughart’s books, so those 3 are all there are. He got disgusted with them and quit.

    Read the Little Fuzzy books by H. Beam Piper too.

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  48. It’s been years since I encountered a mini-storm like the one that caused I-15 to close in the Ogden UT area today… It’s strange to drive on perfectly dry pavement for miles in either direction and to find a short stretch of road iced over. That last time I was heading up a slight rise with a curve on the other side of the crest on I-15 south of Nephi UT when I got a sick feeling of impending doom… I slowed down a LOT and, sure enough, the next quarter mile was iced over with about 6 big rigs and a dozen or so cars slid off the road and into each other. I crawled through at about 5 mph. There were several UHP patrol cars already there, and I saw several other emergency vehicles coming from Nephi, so I didn’t stop and add to the confusion.

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  49. I forgot to mention that I had completed 16 marathons until 10 years ago when the congenital condition in my hips finally slowed me down. Dr. said that running did not do me any damage and actually helped keep the arthritis away. My personal doctor told me that walking keeps me moving and endorsed the idea of trying this.

    So as I walked today I felt a little soreness that I had expected earlier in my training. As got to mile 10 or 11, I realized that with this bitter cold, I have not been able to get in much walking. As a matter of fact I did not walk all last weekend, so I shut it down. I still have plenty of time and because of my experience at running these things, I must remember the cardinal rule and that is to always remember not to push so hard that you cannot run/walk in the future.

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  50. EMB. I beat you by a few years, began reading them when I was about 7 years old, by age 9 I had moved on to Mickey Spillane and devoured all mysteries up until I was perhaps in junior high? I never read children’s mysteries or if I did it only took me an hour or so I think. I was a speed reader and just raced through. My mother while educated with a college degree never read anything at all, so she had no idea what I was reading and would let me buy all the paper backs I wanted, as they were inexpensive then. I do not believe my mother ever read a book after she got out of school, not by choice even then!

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  51. Jackie, one of the earliest books I read through: https://openlibrary.org/works/OL7150356W/Sermons_by_the_devil

    My maternal great-grandfather was a Methodist circuit rider and this was one of his books.

    My maternal grandfather was a meter reader for Alabama Power and I read through some of his training books. Don’t say I understood the technical information, but enjoyed it anyway.

    My mom read to me early on, but she didn’t realized I could read until I read the words on a traffic sign one day. I don’t know how old I was, but it was before I started kindergarten.

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  52. Mark, as I have mentioned before, the comics taught me to read and early. My mom bought comic books for me and I read them long before I began school. Either fortuitous or a prediction of the future? Anyway, I was lucky that I was allowed to read and once the librarian became convinced I could both read and understand books, I was allowed to check out books from school library to 12th grade level at age 7, after I read all those I moved on to the adult lending library which was housed at the oil company’s employee club aka. the country and golf club. Since few read them, I could read all I wanted, not appropriate but that was OK with me! My grandmother was extremely religious who helped raise me but I’d check out all my quota, her quota and all my cousins’ quotas from the Bookmobile lady and have them read by the time she made next trip out to farms.

    I never lost my love of the funny papers and I can remember vividly lying on my stomach and reading them spread out on floor on Sunday papers. Snuffy Smith and Pogo, all the classics.I think that is definitely where my love of words and language originated.

    Love, Jackie

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  53. Jackie, same here with the comics. My favorites were the Duck comics written and drawn by Carl Barks. Comic strip favorites were Dick Tracy, Li’l Abner and Pogo.

    Barks was a master at matching his images with the story line, and said that his inspiration for his adventure stories was Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant.

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  54. I loved Lil Abner and Pogo and I too loved the Uncle Scrooge, Donald and the Boys, Huey, Dewey and Louie. When Mad Magazine debuted I became a fanatical Mad fan and read every word in every issue. They were my mad comics heroes.

    But even the soap opera strips were far better back then, well drawn and often with plots far more complex than they use today.

    Love, Jackie

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  55. Maybe they have beavers in La., but they definitely have an animal called the nutra. Spellcheck doesn’t agree so maybe I’m wrong. In any case I think that I will take a break and just lurk for awhile.

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  56. Jerry, so far as I know, the nutria range in South Louisiana and the beavers in the northern part of state.

    Stay with us, Jerry! Wake up and quit lurking. I enjoy your comments.

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  57. Good morning Villagers…

    Re: today’s real time, it doesn’t apply to me. If it wasn’t for my Carharts, I’d freeze to death. In the house I wear two pair of sweat pants, one sweater and my fuzzy, warm housecoat, and three pair of socks with my house shoes.

    Gotta go….emergency at hen house.

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  58. Took a veg out day on Saturday. Just catching up. Love the theme about early childhood reading, doesn’t come as a surprise that this group started early. I recall the comics, big Terry and the Pirates fan.

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  59. Nutria or coypu [speelczech likes both], S.A. semiaquatic rodent, way larger than muskrat, introduced as a potential fur-farm critter, has largely replaced native muskrat in Mississippi delta, ranges N. along the Atlantic coast, but sensitive to cold. Is it in Chesapeake Bay yet? There must be web sites. Local college got sent a coypu skull from a biol. supply house when we’d ordered something else. Glad to have it.

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  60. I’ve been reading Sunday funnies and comic books for as long as I can remember. About the only strip I didn’t really like was Little Orphan Annie. Don’t know why, just didn’t care for it.

    We lived in Augusta Ga for several years when I was a small girl, and I remember many a Saturday or weekday in the summer when my Mom would drop me off at the city library while she shopped. I would bypass the children’s section and go to the adult section and settle in with Last of the Mohicans or something similar and stay til Mom came for me. We moved when I was ten, and I got the opportunity to raid my uncle’s bookshelves, and I discovered Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein, which started a life-long love affair with science fiction and fantasy. That’s still the first section I head to when I go into a bookstore.

    Speaking of mystery novels, don’t forget Robert B. Parker’s Spenser books or John D. McDonald’s Travis McGee!

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  61. Absolutely Travis McGee, have most of them on shelf behind me, What about James Lee Burke, for mystery-suspense with a large serving of angst?

    Sand, I thought Terry and the Pirates were real. They were to me, they lived in my mind. I still call them Dragon-lady nails which confuses my nail techs!

    I have already confessed to falling in love with Steve Canyon and the Air Force.

    Who else wants to admit to their childhood reading obsessions?

    Love, Jackie

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  62. When the public library wasn’t open, as a child I was fortunate to have access to those of parents’ friends and neighbors. In one I found a then-complete collection of Hardy Boys; their son was still buying them and leaving them at his parents’ house well into adulthood. Our next-door neighbor belonged to one of those mail-order book clubs so the selection there was usually more the adult best seller variety. One exception was War and Peace; I was in high school, I think, when I asked to borrow it and was told that I could on condition that I never bring it back.

    A few years ago my college roommate commented that one of her fondest memories of my parents was that both of them always had a stack of things to read next to their chairs in the living room. That was such a normal part of my life that I hadn’t really noticed it until she mentioned it.

    Yes, I was very lucky.

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  63. Yeah, well, OK…my life-long habit of reading anything that doesn’t read me first developed at an early age.

    Today’s (2-22-15) cartoon, along with the wintertime weather over large parts of the US, inspired me to dust off and recycle my “Eulogy for the Sundress”.

    The sundress is gone, with its intriguing bodice,
    But something comes to mind that gives me great solace:
    As time progresses into colder weather,
    The tighter the jeans and the snugger the sweater.

    Of course, that assumes the lady in question does not pull a Janis and bury the snug-wear under five other layers of garments.

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  64. Nutria are almost as plentiful as Cajuns in LA. The only thing that keeps their population down, besides Cajuns, is alligators. I have had the distinct pleasure of having had a run in with a 15 foot alligator at Rockefeller Refuge back in the early 90’s. It was exciting, to say the least. Note of interest: To tell the length of an alligator, the measurement in inches from the nostrils to the eyes, is equal to their length in feet. Of course, they have to be restrained to measure the distance from the nostrils to the eyes! Even when restrained, a large alligator can really cause some damage with the tail.

    Another note on nutria. In our former neighborhood, there was a wooded area nearby. One day a nutria wandered under my heighbor’s carport. I was called on to humanely capture the creature, which I did with a hog holder. I transported the nutria to a local river or large creek nearby and released it. Just before the scared creature entered the water, it turned and sort of saluted me as if to say, “Thanks for setting me free.” It gave me very good feeling. I’m probably one of the only male veterinarians around who has never been hunting.

    Wildlife lesson is over for today.

    Pogo was one of my favorites also, as was Bugs, Donald & family & Mickey & Minnie & friends.

    God bless us every one.

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  65. GR6, the sundress and other summer wear is out on South Texas. In fact, Loon is out doing spring planting in her garden. Noticed yesterda, one winter over tomato plant has set blossoms.

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  66. And I am off to Key Largo, Florida again and also to Mississippi Gulf coast where the weather in the Keys right now is upper 70’s and lows of 60. I imagine they are wearing less than sundresses right now but I probably won’t make it to that state of undress until perhaps next winter? If I keep on the “program” and remember why I am doing this?

    Still shooting for Sunday brunch at La Provence and making it to Tampa/St. Pete by Thursday, so not nonstop driving this trip, that allows for a few stops and museums and meals along the way. Have secured a small trailer at Bay Cove, the finish line for the Everglades Challenge for most of week following which puts me at the finish for some of the real “action” when people make it to finish, a feeling of elation I have been told. Also right next door walking distance to Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen, the best food in Key Largo.

    John Pennekamp is right down the road of course and the rest of the Keys are down A1A including Key West and Hemingway’s cats and the chickens.

    Have to make two dozen little bags of ashes for each of the monohull entries to take along, all hopefully will make the finish this year and Mike can finish two dozen times. Next year I will enter a boat but not me sailing it!

    Love, Jackie

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  67. OMG, it is snowing outside my office window! You all have sent it to OK. Sorry, Florida and Keys is looking better and better, I don’t care if the rest of America has already gotten there.
    I gave cabin fever otherwise known as boat fever, I have found an interesting sailboat in NC coast and I am going to look at it in April, if it is still on market!

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  68. Reading material as a kid was anything as well. My grandparents each had books/magazines/newspapers by each chair. My mother loved cheesy romance novels, no favorite of mine. Grandpa liked Erle Stanley Gardner, so I met Perry Mason early on, I guess I was eight or so. Lots of Reader’s Digests, National Geographics, and my grandma’s favorite – tabloids. 🙂 And I fell for the funny pages early. I used to cut out my favorites and paste them in old ledger books grandpa used to bring home for scrap paper from International Harvester. The only book he ever took away and forbid from reading before middle school was The Dirty Dozen. (Come to think of it, I never have.) The local school system and downtown library were not so lenient. They recognized my advanced reading ability, but kept trying to steer me away from “adult themes.” The cheat to that was to just squirrel away in a corner and read in-house: the librarians were generally too busy with their duties to monitor what I was looking at if I wasn’t actually checking out. 🙂

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  69. National Geographic took me to far away places, detective mysteries were my earliest loves, along with historical novels about sailing ships, sea captains, knights and castles and swash buckling swordsmen. Romance novels and tabloids didn’t seem to exist but I had the Miami Herald which offered lots of investigative reporting and good writing, which got me addicted to both comics and journalists.

    No one seemed aware of what I read mostly, I developed a love of scripts from Broadway shows and plays, gave me instant love of the theater and actors. They used to publish the scripts in collected volumes each year. Same with music, recordings gave me a love of classical music so that when I could finally see live performances, I already loved it.

    It just seems natural to me that all of us seem to share similar interests and backgrounds.

    Love, Jackie

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  70. Debbe, “emergency at hen house”? Uh-oh.

    Today’s real-time hit close to home. I’ve been putting on layers in the morning lately to go throw peanuts for the squirrels in the backyard. Usually, I just go out in nightgown, robe, and slippers, even when it’s in the high single-digits.

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  71. Nothing major at work….but, did get in some extra hours….only to find out, after a nephew-om-law requested “Have you ever seen Lorainne”….and only to discover….my ‘sound’ card has bit the ‘dust’……………so…..

    I am silent, I am mute, and I am depressed…dang the bad luck…..BUT…we shall over come, don’t know when, but we will 🙂

    Zero tonight…..haahahh, yee awhh, and my husband took my last pair of panty hose ( they have to be over ten years old and unused…so he put ‘them’ in place… I’ve got panty hose attached to my dryer ‘duct’ work blowing into my house…got humidity and heat..

    But no sound card….

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  72. Want to know ‘how blonde’ I am….I thought…great!!!! I have CD player in my tower!!!

    Meanwhile…a few minutes later………..’flippin’ reality set it 🙂

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  73. I too have always been a voracious reader. I recall that once, when I was about in the 3rd grade, my dad said he was going to take away my books and make me study more. My teacher talked him out of that one! That must have been the time I received a “C” grade in penmanship. But he didn’t censor my reading. He loved paperback Westerns and read every one when he was through with them. But I read everything – anything I could get my hands on. Quite a eclectic reading education!
    Yes, it DOES seem that like-minded people have come together in this Village!

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  74. The joke about me of course was that for lack of anything else, I would read a cereal box. I used to climb pecan trees and get up in a fork high above the ground to read in peace and hidden out on farm, read in bed with miserable lighting until someone forced me to go to sleep. If the rest of you were like me you did not have a “reading list” that anyone enforced, you just read and some was good and some was very, very bad!

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  75. Trying to decide if I should mention or not that I went out to retrieve a carton of Diet Cokes from minivan wearing a short sleeve teeshirt top and pj bottoms? There is no one out there except a lot of birds having a huge mixed party at the feeders and about six inches of snow. Since I have no “permanent” neighbors I never bother to dress around here!

    I did edit that, it originally came out “abut six inches of snow”. Ashes the cat has moved back into house seeking love on my desk.

    Love, Jackie (who is supposed to be writing about sailing lessons)

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  76. Mindy, yes, Perry Mason and Della Street are old friends! I think I read them before I discovered Sherlock Holmes.

    I will also admit to reading any number of Harlequin romances when my kids were little. They were easy to put down and pick back up at some later moment without having to re-read anything. {the books, that is-not the kids. 🙂 }

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  77. Mom and Dad would take the six of us to the public library and we would walk out with a stack or books and records over 3 foot high, and do that every two weeks. I would read anything and everything I could get my hands on. Science fiction was top of the list for a long time though. The biggest change in my reading habits had to be the Kindle as a gift from my Lady Christmas before last. My two biggest sources of books and music for that are Amazon and Gutenberg.org, a good source of free public domain books. I used to read to my kids, Christmas Eve was always the Christmas story out of the Bible, and The Littlest Angel.

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  78. Always loved to read! As the youngest of four children whose next sibling was seven years older, I often played alone. Once I learned to read, I also read everything that came along, including magazines and, of course, the comics. In the summer, my mother would take me to the library and I would check out a dozen books or so and was ready for another dozen the next week. Loved mysteries and still do, but not the graphic, gory kind. Funny thing is, except for my mother, I am the only one who loved reading. I had an aunt who lived with us a few years, my mother’s sister, who also loved to read (Erle Stanley Gardner!). Even my Daddy would read the newspaper and business publications in the evenings when he had time. My brothers don’t read and I don’t think my older sister has read a book since she got out of college, and, sadly, she is much worse off for it. I always read to my girls and I am thankful that they both enjoying reading and are passing that love along to their children.

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  79. Don’t know how I forgot Carl Hiaasen. Great plots, full of humor, and a strong Florida protection message too. And the Parker series by Richard Stark (aka Donald Westlake). If you like both mysteries and fantasy you should try the Garrett series by Glen Cook. They are hard to describe but easy to like and he’s been writing them since the late 1980’s so there are plenty out there. He took a tip from the Travis McGee series in the titling. But he uses metals instead of colors to make the titles stand out from each other.

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  80. As a youngster under ten, I remember reading a few real-life books, notably some by Osa Johnson who, with photographer husband Martin, went to distant places to record disappearing cultures (“Bride in the Solomons”) or animals (“Four Years in Paradise”). It may have been a year or so after that when I got hold of “Kon-Tiki” by Thor Heyerdahl. Parents were not fans of recreational reading – far too busy with church work – so I didn’t have the exposure many of you had. Personally, I preferred (still do) browsing reference works rather than fiction…guess I’m the odd one.
    Magazines included “Life” and “National Geographic”, the latter back to 1936 with a few earlier. In adult life, I got hold of, and read, bound volumes of NG back into the 1800s. Fascinating stuff.
    Favorite newspaper comics/cartoons included Major Hoople (was that titled “Rooming House” or similar?), Caspar Milquetoast, and “Toonerville Trolley”. Others were read, but not avidly: Alley Oop comes to mind. Our papers did not carry D. Duck and related stuff, but, as a rare treat, dad would come home with a comic book thereof.

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  81. Amazingly, my rigidly Baptist grandmother who allowed no recreation on Sundays nor work did not consider reading to be bad. You could read or cook meals, wash dishes, go to church at least three times a Sunday or miscellaneous days there were services. It probably helped that she had no idea what Faulkner, Steinbeck, Hemingway, Studs Terkel, or any of hundreds of authors wrote about.

    I don’t think my mother or stepfather ever read anything in book form.

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  82. c xp: I’d forgotten about Osa and Martin Johnson. Good stuff, though I recall little of it now. Also read books by Raymond Ditmars, curator of reptiles at the Bronx Zoo. Took ill and died in his 50s, I think.

    I, too, read little fiction. Most of my reading today is in magazines: Nat. Hist., New Yorker, Smithsonian [need to renew], Sci. Amer., Amer. Scientist, Sojourners, Sky & Telescope. Need to get some of Marcus Borg’s theology books. He died within the last month. Mostly familiar with him and other current theologs via DVDs at Adult Forum at UMC.

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  83. Just updated cptr. drives, which may explain the Anonymous above.

    c xp: I’d forgotten about Osa and Martin Johnson. Good stuff, though I recall little of it now. Also read books by Raymond Ditmars, curator of reptiles at the Bronx Zoo. Took ill and died in his 50s, I think.

    I, too, read little fiction. Most of my reading today is in magazines: Nat. Hist., New Yorker, Smithsonian [need to renew], Sci. Amer., Amer. Scientist, Sojourners, Sky & Telescope. Need to get some of Marcus Borg’s theology books. He died within the last month. Mostly familiar with him and other current theologs via DVDs at Adult Forum at UMC.

    Peace, emb

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  84. Been working tonight doing some writing, got ready to turn off computer and looked at trending subjects on Yahoo news and Ghost Rider was in top 10 list.

    What now GR6? (I know it is the B-52 bomber)

    How many of you have ever been out to the Boneyard and seen all the planes in desert? It is kind of impressive sight actually.

    Good night, Love, Jackie

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  85. Debbe, no we have not actually heard anything since David was being released perhaps to go home with his sleepy kidney. I admit to being worried.

    If you are ready to run away and join the circus, I can still possibly get to Indiana with a dog sled but the adventure dog only weighs 10# and has gone back to bed in the office!

    Love, Jackie

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  86. That is a double or triple joke, of course, as I will be in Sarasota area and winter home of the circus except for the poorer circuses who could not afford Florida and had to winter in Hugo, OK which is south of me on the Texas-Oklahoma state lines.

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  87. Jackie
    To answer your question about who has seen the boneyard, I have. In the very early 60’s I was stationed at Ft. Huachuca about 90 miles south of there and several of us used to go to the boneyard on weekends, Those days we were allowed to wander around at will. More recently my wife and I took the tour a couple of years ago. It’s an amazing place.

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  88. When Mike and I worked as sales reps, we were road warriors, thought nothing of rambling around country, alone or together. These planes are just unbelievable, sitting out there. I guess since 9/11 most of our country has become less accessible. I seem to recall another graveyard out in West Texas Panhandle too.

    It was kind of like my reaction to stumbling over the hot air balloon festival in New Mexico, I just wasn’t expecting it and suddenly here were these hundreds of balloons coming over the mesas and dessert.

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  89. Bob, in that case I bet you know where Ajo and Why are and the bombing range there. It was very upsetting driving through there and seeing all the “Do Not Get Off the Road” unexploded ordinances signs and equally unsettling to see the high water flood markers way deeper than the top of my F-150 pickup, should rain have happened. And yes, I had only my mom for company and no cell phones in those days! Not too ancient history either.

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  90. I began reading to my kids before they were born. Really. I got my stack of little Golden Books and read aloud every day, so they have never not had books around. As children when they committed punishable offenses (MY children?!? NO!!) they were not allowed to buy the toy they wanted, but books were never taken away. Books were not luxuries, they were necessities.

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