The Daily F Bomb, Monday 2/11/13

by: Floja Roja

Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 07:40:24 AM EST



Good morrow, friends! I trust you slept well? Grab some coffee and wake up your brain. It's Monday.

Queries: Did you ever have braces? Do you need glasses (don't we all)? Do you ride horses at all? When was the last time you rode a bike? What odd little treasures did you collect as a child? Have you experienced any earthquakes? Tornadoes? Hurricanes?

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On This Day

In 1531, Henry VIII of England was recognized as supreme head of the Church of England.

In 1752, Pennsylvania Hospital, the first hospital in the United States, was opened by Benjamin Franklin.

In 1790, the Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, petitioned Congress for abolition of slavery.

In 1861, House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state.

In 1916, Emma Goldman was arrested for lecturing on birth control.

In 1929, Italy recognized the independence and sovereignty of Vatican City.

In 1937, sit-down strike ended when General Motors recognized the United Auto Workers Union.

In 1942,  first gold record was presented to Glenn Miller for "Chattanooga Choo Choo".

In 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin concluded their conference at Yalta in the Crimea by signing a series of agreements on the governance of post-World War II Europe.

In 1953, President Dwight Eisenhower refused a clemency appeal for Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.

In 1975, Margaret Thatcher became the first woman to head a major party in Britain when she was elected leader of opposition Conservative Party.

In 1990, South African activist Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity.

Born on This Day

1466 - Elizabeth of York, wife of Henry VII of England (d. on her birthday in 1503)

1800 - Henry Fox Talbot, English photographer and inventor (d. 1877)

1802 - Lydia Maria Child, American abolitionist (d. 1880)

1833 - Melville Weston Fuller, American jurist and 8th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1910)

1847 - Thomas Alva Edison, American inventor (d. 1931)

1855 - Ellen Day Hale, American painter and printmaker (d. on her birthday in 1940)

Ida checks the paper for some right wing ravings she can use to line the bird cage.

1872 - Hannah Mitchell, English socialist and suffragette (d. 1956)

1902 - Arne Jacobsen, Danish architect (d. 1971)

1908 -- Josh White, musician who also recorded under the names "Pinewood Tom" and "Tippy Barton" in the 1930s.

1909 - Joseph L. Mankiewicz, American director (d. 1993)

1917 - Sidney Sheldon, American author (d. 2007)

1919 - Eva Gabor, Hungarian-born actress (d. 1995)

Hurry up and take the effing picture! These thorns aren't exactly cuddly, you know.

1920 - Billy Halop, American actor (d. 1976)

1925 - Virginia E. Johnson, of Masters and Johnson renown. American psychologist.

1925 - Kim Stanley, American actress (d. 2001)

1926 - Paul Bocuse, French chef

1926 - Leslie Nielsen, Canadian actor (d. 2010)

1930 - Roy De Forest, American painter (d. 2007)

There comes a point where you know your dog is eating too many raspberries.

1934 - Mel Carnahan, American politician and 51st Governor of Missouri (d. 2000)

1934 - Tina Louise, American actress

Ginger does Maryanne.

1934 - Mary Quant, English fashion designer

If she'd done a kid's line back in the sixties, I'd have been there!

1935 - Gene Vincent, American musician (d. 1971)

1936 - Burt Reynolds, American actor

1937 - Phillip Walker, American electric blues guitarist

1938 - Simone de Oliveira, Portuguese actress

1938 - Bobby Pickett, American singer-songwriter (d. 2007)

1939 - Gerry Goffin, American lyricist

1939 - Jane Yolen, American author

1941 - Sergio Mendes, Brazilian musician

1947 - Roy Carrier, American Zydeco musician (d. 2010)

1947 - Derek Shulman, English musician (Gentle Giant)

1953 - Jeb Bush, bush league American politician and 43rd Governor of Florida

1956 - H.R., American singer (Bad Brains)

1960 - Nick Currie, Scottish musician who performs as Momus.

1962 - Tammy Baldwin, American politician

1962 - Sheryl Crow, American musician

1964 - Sarah Palin, American political punch line and half-term 9th Governor of Alaska

1969 - Jennifer Aniston, American actress

1974 - Alex Jones, conspiracy theorizing American radio host

1974 - D'Angelo, American singer

1976 - Peter Hayes, American musician (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club)

1981 - Kelly Rowland, American singer (Destiny's Child)

1982 - Natalie Dormer, English actress (Game of Thrones)

1992 - Taylor Lautner, teen idol American actor (Twilight)

Died on This Day

1650 - Rene Descartes, philosopher of "I think therefore I am" fame, stopped thinking (h/t History Orb) (b. 1596)

1685 - David Teniers III, Flemish painter (b. 1638)

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1841 - Ferdinand Johann Olivier (or von Olivier), German painter (b. 1785)

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1862 - Elizabeth Siddal, British poet and artist and model for many of the Pre-Raphaelite paintings (b. 1829)

Here she is as Ophelia, a famous watery tart.

1868 - Léon Foucault, French astronomer (b. 1819)

1879 - Honoré Daumier, French caricaturist and painter (b. 1808)

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1948 - Sergei Eisenstein, Soviet film director (b. 1898)

1963 - Sylvia Plath, American writer (b. 1932)

1974 - Anna Q Nilsson, silent film actress (b. 1888)

Anna Q Nilsson

1976 - Lee J Cobb, American actor (b. 1911)

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1982 - Eleanor Powell, American actress and dancer (b. 1912)

Even big stars have superhero fantasies sometimes.

1985 - Henry Hathaway, American actor and director (b. 1898)

1986 - Frank Herbert, American author (b. 1920)

1994 - William Conrad, American actor (b. 1920)

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1994 - Nicole Germain, Canadian actress (b. 1917)

2006 - Jockey Shabalala, South African singer (Ladysmith Black Mambazo)(b. 1943)

2009 - Estelle Bennett, American singer (The Ronettes) (b. 1941)

2012 - Whitney Houston, American singer, actress, model and producer (b. 1963)

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One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne

Good morning, everyone. (2.00 / 14)
Here are a few answers:

Did you ever have braces? No, all of us at Casa Blue Jersey have straight teeth.

Do you need glasses (don't we all)? Hell yes, while straight teeth may be in our gene pool, good eyesight is not.

Do you ride horses at all? Dad and I were on a horse once. We took a ride when we were on Maui a couple of years ago.

When was the last time you rode a bike? My initial reaction was some time in the Kennedy administration, but I have ridden a few times since then.

What odd little treasures did you collect as a child? Coins and stamps.

Have you experienced any earthquakes? Yes, there was a 3.2 earthquake when I was a grad student in Philly back in 1972. Tornadoes? No. Hurricanes? Yes, lots of them. the first one I really remember is Hurricane Donna back in about 1960.


Hullo. (2.00 / 14)
Queries: Did you ever have braces? Do you need glasses (don't we all)? Do you ride horses at all? When was the last time you rode a bike? What odd little treasures did you collect as a child? Have you experienced any earthquakes? Tornadoes? Hurricanes? Who's the leader of the club that's made for you and me?

Braces, no.

Glasses, yes, but not until my mid 40s.  The crossword puzzle clues tipped me off.

I have ridden a horse, once.

Probably last rode a bike in the '80s.  I used to ride one to work sometimes.  Also, the beach has bike rentals.

Odd treasures... not showing up in my memory banks.

Very small earthquakes in California; one rather large one centered in VA.  Many hurricanes.  Matter of fact, when we had the earthquake, we had a hurricane the same week, which made us feel very special, indeed.  No tornadoes, thank goodness.  They scare me more than anything.

M-o-t-l-e-y M-o-o-s-e!

I'm lucky.


White T-Shirt Day? (2.00 / 15)
Seriously? I can't wear white t-shirts. OK, technically I can wear white t-shirts but only for about 15 minutes after which they are inevitably no longer white t-shirts.

I love this:

Maybe we don't need high capacity magazines. If you think you're out of bullets, try cleaning your gun. Many people find an extra that way.

- David Waldman (@KagroX) February 10, 2013

For those who don't follow David, he has been tweeting gun deaths and/or accidents for the last few months and it is amazing how many 'oops, shot self or family member while cleaning gun' accidents he has recorded.

Did you ever have braces? Yep. I had braces on when I graduated college. Of course, I was 37 at the time (a little slow, I am it).

Do you need glasses (don't we all)? Yep again. Needed distance glasses from childhood, had laser vision correction. Now need reading glasses.

Do you ride horses at all? Nope. Until I had my weight loss surgery a couple of years ago I was over 300 lbs. Never felt it was fair to the horse.

When was the last time you rode a bike? A couple of weeks ago. I got a new bike for Christmas (physically got it mid-January) but it has only been warm enough to ride it once since I picked it up.

What odd little treasures did you collect as a child? Pretty rocks.

Have you experienced any earthquakes? Tornadoes? Hurricanes?
Hurricanes, yes. Tornadoes, no. Earthquakes? Well I'm actually a little miffed about that. We had a small one here a couple years ago (the one that damaged the Washington Monument) but I was on the shipping yard slab at the time and didn't feel it. Folks in the building I work in did, but me...nuthin'.

Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.

Barack Obama 1/21/2013


Morning Meese. 34 and sunny in Columbia. The wind has finally (2.00 / 13)
died down. The wind came up after the rain left and we had gusts up to 45 mph.

Did you ever have braces?  Yes, as an adult.  Got 'em in my mid 30s.

Do you need glasses (don't we all)? I've worn glasses since I was 18 months old, so that means I've worn them for about 70 years.

Do you ride horses at all? Not since 1982.  We were in Scotland and the owner of our wonderful hotel outside Inverness accommodated our horse riding requests by booking us for 2 hours -- on an English saddle.  We ate dinner standing up.

When was the last time you rode a bike? Not since leaving junior high school in the 1950s.

What odd little treasures did you collect as a child?  Can't think of anything.  Too busy keeping my nose in a book to think about collecting stuff.

Have you experienced any earthquakes? All three.  Earthquake while still living in St. Louis (New Madrid fault), a number of tornado near misses in both Missouri and Texas, and Hurricane Alicia (1980?) while living in Houston.

"I base most of my fashion sense on whether or not it itches"  -- Gilda Radner


18 months! (2.00 / 10)
Wow, you got me beat. I lasted until age 3

"Most people worry about their own bellies and other people's souls when we all ought to worry about our own souls and others' bellies" Israel Salanter

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I was so cross-eyed at birth I had to be hospitalized because I (2.00 / 10)
couldn't even keep milk down.  No longer cross-eyed but I remember having to wear a patch over one of my eyes.  Assume it was my left because I am only 20/200 in it.

"I base most of my fashion sense on whether or not it itches"  -- Gilda Radner

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Which Columbia? (2.00 / 4)
South America...I'm guessin not

South Carolina...I'm guessin yes

Missouri...you brought it up

Mississippi

Maryland

Enquiring minds want to know!!?

Republicans only care about Republicans.
Democrats care about the Republic


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Missouri! I'm enjoying living here more than I thought possible. (2.00 / 4)
University town with loads of stuff to do.

"I base most of my fashion sense on whether or not it itches"  -- Gilda Radner

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So, on the 74th anniversary of Italy (2.00 / 12)
recognizing the independence of Vatican City, the German Pope announces his resignation.  Coincidence?  I think NOT!

Meanwhile, in a different part of Gotham:
Did you ever have braces? Yup.
Do you need glasses (don't we all)? Just call me four eyes
Do you ride horses at all? Yup.  Taught horseback riding at a summer camp as a teen.
When was the last time you rode a bike? About 1 1/2 years ago
What odd little treasures did you collect as a child? Baseball cards
Have you experienced any earthquakes? Tornadoes? Hurricanes?  No tornadoes (unlesss of beef), but

and



I am for the individual over government, government over big business and the environment over all. -- William O. Douglas


Good morning (2.00 / 12)
Braces:  yes, and headgear and teeth pulled cause they just didn't fit in my damn mouth.  I still have a permanent retainer cemented to my bottom teeth.  It's been there for 22 years.  

Glasses:  yep, but my prescription hasn't changed i three years, now I wait for the need for bifocals

Horses:  not a big fan of horses.  Took riding as a kid.  In vet school I came to dislike both horses and their money obsessed owners ( we saw a lot of racing quarter horses). Not people I enjoyed, to say the least.  

Bike riding:  last summer with the kids. Our daughter leaned on a balance bike and that got her on a two wheeler at four.  My son will start on the balance bike this summer.  I love riding bikes.

Kid collection:  not much, we moved a lot so we didn't have stuff.  It has carried through to adulthood.

Earthquake:  yep, a couple in Alaska and two here in Illinois
Tornado:  I have lived in OK for a total of 11 years of my life.  Plenty of tornadoes.  Including the big one though I was far enough away for it not to affect me, except to distract me from studying.  It was finals week dammit!
Hurricane:  when I was very young we lived in West Point New York and had a hurricane.  My mom remembers it vividly.  I got nothin.
Blizzards, draughts, heat waves, yep, yep, yep. I like weather


Answers for Feb 11 (2.00 / 12)
Did you ever have braces?

Yes.
Do you need glasses (don't we all)?

Yes. Since age 3.

Do you ride horses at all?

No.

When was the last time you rode a bike?

About 20 years ago.

What odd little treasures did you collect as a child?

Baseball cards.

Also, for a while around age 13 I was collecting offerings from "massage parlors"

Have you experienced any earthquakes?

There was a tiny one in NYC a few years ago.

Tornadoes?

No

Hurricanes?

Closest was Sandy which wasn't quite a hurricane, but almost, when it hit us.  

"Most people worry about their own bellies and other people's souls when we all ought to worry about our own souls and others' bellies" Israel Salanter


mornin' Bombers! (2.00 / 10)
Did you ever have braces?
shoulda', woulda', coulda' but it never happened

Do you need glasses (don't we all)?
yes and i put it off for years, absolutely hated the idea, always had better than 20/20 vision and it took several tries to find the right frames. now it's cool, i have a blue tinyed frame that i can just hide behind.

Do you ride horses at all?
when i lived in NY my friends and i used to visit a ranch in upstate NY, we rode a lot actually. rode on a beach in the Caribbean too.

When was the last time you rode a bike?
a few months ago, i ride all the time. i used to race and do triathlons, now i just refurbish vintage steel bikes and collect them. i have about 15 downstairs on display racks.

What odd little treasures did you collect as a child?
Baseball cards and car and airplane models. made dozens of those.

Have you experienced any earthquakes?

Hurricanes, yes 2 in NY but the blizzards were much worse.

time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


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Ah, I forgot about model cars and planes! (2.00 / 4)


I'm lucky.

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they were great, weren't they? (2.00 / 1)
there was a hobby shop in Long Island that my mom would take me to and that place was like going to heaven, absolutely crammed with model kits of every description and completed models of airplanes hanging from the ceiling.

the best part was the contact high from the Testors cement and paint that came in those tiny little bottles. :-O

time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


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mr. raina is from the plattsburgh area (2.00 / 8)
He showed me the news reports on the earthquake there a few years ago, I remember.  

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Three? Really? (2.00 / 8)
You beat me by two years. Thank God for contact lenses from about age 18-50.

I noticed when I switched I felt as though my eyes were vulnerable. The glasses had protected them.  

Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.


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Twitter is having fun (2.00 / 9)
with the Pope's resignation.

Lots of applications for the job:

*@ColbertforSC*: Reporting for duty, Vatican City!

*@Wolfrum*: They need a new Pope? I'm still officially Catholic, you knw. And I look good in costumes.

*@AndrewGatto*: I'd make an excellent Pope.

Or people making guesses about the next one:

*@PastorDan* GOP working on voter suppression scheme to get Abp. Chaput elected pope.

And warnings about that:

*@emptywheel*: Remember, whoever replaces Benedict controls 6 votes on SCOTUS.

Or suggesting new Post-Pontiff gigs:

*@cliffschecter*: Remember, with Palin & Morris gone, open spot for #Pope as FoxNews contributor.


One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne

HA! (2.00 / 9)
*@emptywheel*: Remember, whoever replaces Benedict controls 6 votes on SCOTUS.


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Stormy Monday (2.00 / 10)
Did you ever have braces?

- no, but could still use a bit on the lower deck.

Do you need glasses (don't we all)?

- since age 12. Need to cross the bridge to bifocals soon (now) but impotently resisting.

Do you ride horses at all?

- a bit. As a scout in Colorado went riding and went back to the same place a lot on my own. After a few times the owners let me take a huge, white, saucy stallion named Snowball out and he became "my" horse. Charging along with Snowball was incredibly liberating and exhilarating, and probably helped me stand up to the bullies in the end.

When was the last time you rode a bike?

- the fall.

What odd little treasures did you collect as a child?

- lead soldiers

Have you experienced any earthquakes?

- one that I noticed, in Tokyo. The streetlight outside the window of an American bar (where locals came to practice English) started swaying and I thought it had been hit.

Tornadoes?

- a couple near misses. Watched an inverted pyramid rotate over my head from the roof of our house in West Chicago in 1978. Rode the dock in front of Donna's family cottage tucked like a ski racer until the moment before it and all others were wiped out, a tornado touched down a few miles away just then.

Hurricanes?

- brushes. Slept in a hammock on my brother's porch in Key West as one banded over. Hugo took out massive chunks of tree in our yard in Greer, SC but veered and hammered Charlotte. Had the canal swell and fill our yard on Siesta Key, Fla once to the edge of the porch.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


Icy NJ F-@#$!@# for Monday (2.00 / 9)
Went out last night to clear snow off the cars in advance of work Monday morning; fell on the ice and crunched my ankle underneath me.  Hurts like the blazes, and I might be going to urgent care for an xray later.

Did you ever have braces? Do you need glasses (don't we all)? Do you ride horses at all? When was the last time you rode a bike? What odd little treasures did you collect as a child? Have you experienced any earthquakes? Tornadoes? Hurricanes?

Had braces

Verily on the glasses (can't see more than two inches in front of my face without them), although sometimes I go with contacts instead

Have ridden horses occasionally; last time was maybe 5 years or so ago.  Nothing formal, just trail rides.

Collecting as a child?  Umm...  stuffed animals, books?  

Had that minor earthquake a couple of years ago; the one that started in Virginia and was felt up to like Boston.  No tornadoes.  Hurricanes, yes - first I remember was Hurricane Gloria in 1985 I think it was.  Most recently superstorm Sandy.


Ouch (2.00 / 8)
Do go to urgent care. It's surprising how many folks wander around on fractured feet/ankles for days.

Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.

Barack Obama 1/21/2013


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I did; thankfully it's not broken. /eom (2.00 / 2)


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rainy morning (2.00 / 9)
Cantor: "Obama proposed the sequester because he didn't believe the GOP would destroy the economy on purpose. So if we do, it's his fault"

- The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) February 10, 2013

Certain democrats think like that, too, just saying.
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I wore braces about 20 years ago.

Glasses and/or contact lenses since I was 13.

I had a friend who lived on a farm and went horseback riding a number of times, but not since then.

Been a few years since I rode a bike.

I don't think I collected anything as a child.

Hurricanes- though they didn't hit our areas directly over the years, we did experience the effects a number of times, most notably Charley in 2005 when we lived in Naples, FL, about 1.5 hours south of where Charley made landfall and lost power for 5 days. Tornadoes, ditto. Earthquake- there was one last year about 30 miles from here, but I didn't notice it.  


I began collecting antiques as a child. (2.00 / 10)
It started with a toy steam engine from the early 20th century that made real steam, which my mother bought me from a thrift store. Then my great-uncle from Idaho sent me some arrowheads and a gold nugget. On a trip to California's gold country, my parents bought me a pair of 19th-century gold-rimmed spectacles which I treasured for years. Then in high school Mom used to take me to rummage sales with her and at one I bought a 1934 Philco floor radio for $2.00. I bought it in 1970 and it sits in my living room today.

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Braces, Glasses, Horses (2.00 / 10)
Braces? Yes, and I'm grateful to my parents. My teeth didn't fit my mouth.

Glasses? From the time I was five or six. Mother realized I couldn't see, took me to the optometrist and when he put the letters up (I could read), I'm told, I said "Puppies?" I couldn't hear either. Wax. Poor Mother. I can only imagine how she felt.

I've loved the few times I've ridden horses. Once was on the beach at Santa Barbara about 1970. Sigh.

Bicycle? No, I'm afraid of them. My legs are so short I can't ride a normal bike.

Odd treasures? I inherited an uncle's stamp collection when I was a kid. "Magyar Posta" has a poetic ring to it. I learned some geography too.

Weather? I remember that little earthquake Here Near DC, and the hurricane the same week. Lots of hurricanes over the years. I once saw a tornado in the distance in Virginia.


Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.


How do people (2.00 / 3)
collect stamps these days?  Do they still soak off envelopes with the new glue?

I've still got my dad's stamp collection.  Not sure what to do with it!

I'm lucky.


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The answers (I had to look them up) (2.00 / 9)
Did you ever have braces?

Boy did I! 4 years. Because I was a vain little tween and refused to wear my headgear (mine went across the neck AND over the head) so they actually had to wire it on for a while to get me to comply. Then a dentist when I was an adult removed my built in retainer on the lower teeth and my bite went to hell, so now I have Invisaligns.

Do you need glasses (don't we all)?

I got my first ones in 2nd grade, cute litte aqua cat-eyes with little rhinestones in the corners. I never wore them. Too vain (I had nothing to be vain about until I was about 17). When I was finally able to get contacts in my teens it was wonderful. Suddenly I could see all my friends! So, that's what they looked like!  Now I only wear the contacts outside (so I can wear sunglasses on sunny days or not get my lenses rained on on rainy days) and wear glasses in the office or at home. I have reading glasses and distance glasses, but I really should get the combo. My eyes are so bad that I like tiny lenses because the bigger ones weigh too much.

Do you ride horses at all?

I rode my then BFF's horse bareback a couple of times, then visited friends who had a farm much later and rode on a saddle (Western) once. It felt odd to me being on the saddle, like I wasn't part of the horse. Bareback I felt part of the horse and it felt much more secure.

When was the last time you rode a bike?

Maybe 20 years? A friend offered me hers during the last bus strike, but that would have required riding over a considerable hill, so I declined. I can walk hills, but the muscles for riding bikes up them are not there.

What odd little treasures did you collect as a child?

Rocks. Miniature things. Shells.  

Have you experienced any earthquakes?

Loads! My current batch of cats hasn't been through one yet, I am not looking forward to that.

Tornadoes? I missed the one that hit the L.A. Convention Center, and got to experience a warning while attending a Mad Men party at kirbybruno's place outside of Chicago.

Hurricanes?

Just the drink. The Pacific here isn't warm enough, yet.  

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne


bifocals are le suck (2.00 / 5)
I have trifocals, actually, but still. It's a PITA to read on the computer screen because I have to tilt my head up, which causes significant neck strain. That's desktop computers btw, laptops should be ok. Then when I'm in bed watching TV, It's hard to keep my head down to see out of the "distance" part. Also, there's only a teeny weeny window where the close-up part is in focus. Move your head a millimeter, it's out of focus, so not really conductive to reading. Sucks, all around.

I have an appt this Thurs. and I think I'm going to get bifocal lenses- they work better all around, and two separate glasses for distance and close-ups. Ins. only pays for one or the other, not both, but that's ok.


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bifocal contact lenses (2.00 / 5)
sowwy.  

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My glasses are no-line bifocals that also (2.00 / 5)
adjust for astigmatisms in both eyes - I have been fine with them when too lazy to take them off between "close" and "distant" viewing activities.  

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.


-- Oscar Wilde


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Bifocals and TV (2.00 / 4)
Then when I'm in bed watching TV, It's hard to keep my head down to see out of the "distance" part.

When I lie down and watch TV, I wear my bifocals on the end of my nose and tilted down.  Works well for me!

How do bifocal contacts work?  I can't figure that out.

I'm lucky.


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well, I'm not really sure (2.00 / 4)
How do bifocal contacts work?  I can't figure that out.
 Amazing, really.

I once worked in a contact lenses department very briefly. I think back then they could only do bifocals for hard lenses. It was so long ago, so I'm not really sure of the specifics, but they were somehow weighed on one part so the bifocal part were always in the right position. Not sure if they do it the same way for soft lenses.

Another way they do "bifocals" with contact lenses is to have one regular lens for distance and another for reading. I would think that would bug me, but my sister says it works for her.  


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I did that for a while (2.00 / 1)
but it stopped working for me, my eyes would be very stressed at the end of the day. I'm totally blanking on what they call it, though I know it will come back to me after hit post.

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne

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I have this system but I've had it since birth (2.00 / 2)
my right eye only works close up, my left eye works for distance. They don't work together

"Most people worry about their own bellies and other people's souls when we all ought to worry about our own souls and others' bellies" Israel Salanter

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I have builtin bifocals (2.00 / 4)
Right eye for close up, left eye for distance.

They don't work together however.  

"Most people worry about their own bellies and other people's souls when we all ought to worry about our own souls and others' bellies" Israel Salanter


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just mentioned that downthread (2.00 / 3)
I'm not sure that would work for me.  

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They were given to me by evolution or genes or (2.00 / 2)
whatever. I was, in short, born this way. :-).  

"Most people worry about their own bellies and other people's souls when we all ought to worry about our own souls and others' bellies" Israel Salanter

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Okay... finally some questions I can answer! (2.00 / 6)
Braces? Yes, thanks Mom & Dad. My teeth were nearly perpendicular to one another in my diminutive jaw rather than the usual parallel, so 4 were extracted, the rest responded to painful but necessary orthodontics.

Glasses? Yeah, for reading, computer, crosswords, etc. I selected a set of frames that the woman at the optometrist's office said were all wrong for my face, and I get many compliments on them. So there!

Horses? My mother rode, and her mother was an expert rider. My Uncle and cousins on dad's side ride and have kept horses even through challenging economic times. But moi? Horses kinda freak me out, other than to watch them.  

Last time I rode a bike? Before my osteoporosis diagnosis. I have the hips of an elderly person, and I now visualize them disintegrating as I fall off my bike.

Odd little treasures? Beach glass, which I have collected for most of my life now.

Earthquakes? Tornadoes? Hurricanes? YES! An earthquake in Massachusetts in the 1990s - I was sitting in a restaurant and people remarked that it felt like a train going by. While living in NH, a microburst tornado took out a bit of my roof and shrubbery. I have been through hurricanes in MA, NH, NC, and TX.  

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.


-- Oscar Wilde


my sister started collecting (2.00 / 4)
beach glass! She has a lovely collection. She's fortunate that she lives very close to the beach in Florida.  

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Hey Y'all (2.00 / 6)

Did you ever have braces? No,but I wanted them. May get'em one day

Do you need glasses (don't we all)?Had 20/15 til I hit 40 then needed cheaters, by 50 had trifocals...which need updating...again!

Do you ride horses at all? I LOVE hawsies, but mostly like big dogs...I like to be around them, clean feed pet walk etc.etc. and I have ridden them, been thrown, and gotten back on, but mostly I just like to be around them.

When was the last time you rode a bike? I think Lincoln was.... Late 90's I think

What odd little treasures did you collect as a child? Grandmama was a teller and got me new coins when they appeared..Eisenhower half and Kennedy whole dollar coins sealed in plastic..Post Marked two dollar bill on first day of issue.

Have you experienced any earthquakes? Several, the biggest was a 6.7 in Seattle around 2002. The building shook for more than two minutes, the news said the quake was 40 seconds...both are true. Turns out the fiftyish story building, I was on the 13th floor, is built on shock absorbers...who knew?

Tornadoes? Yep...wiped out houses 500 meters away and left me unscathed.

Hurricanes? Not only experienced them, I've flown in two, the trick is to avoid the thunderstorms. We had St. Elmo's fire all over the windshield and tip tanks...It was really cool, but when we opened the door we were completely soaked to the bone in seconds.

Back to unpacking

Mmmoooooo


Republicans only care about Republicans.
Democrats care about the Republic


hedwig, come out, hedwig. knock knock (2.00 / 4)
Who's there?
Ana.
Ana who?
Anagram. Get it?
Hint: _ _ _ _ _.
! Owl!?

Hi, Ja. Pope converting to some other faith?
Will there be a Barbara Walters interview?  


really should be for VD (2.00 / 5)
le heart day, that is, but I couldn't resist starting now- I'm making Alton Brown's chocolate mousse, so back to the kitchen. Will report results if I remember.  

chocolate mousse is very good (2.00 / 5)
very chocolately and fluffy. No sugar added, so it has a very rich chocolate taste. Definitely a mousse for chocolate lovers. Personally, I think it could use a bit of sugar, or maybe I'll try milk chocolate next time, used semi-sweet in this one.  

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I prefer semi-sweet chocolate. (2.00 / 4)
So I'd try adding sugar before I'd try changing up the sort of chocolate. :-)

Also, does the recipe call for any vanilla?

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


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no, it called for rum instead of vanilla (2.00 / 4)
but since I didn't have any around, I did use vanilla.

Well, after refrigeration, it set up very firm, prolly due to the little bit of unflavored gelatin added to it, not what I would call a mousse at all. Still, it was very good, and I'd use that recipe for a pie instead.  


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Clean out Your Computer Day? (2.00 / 6)
Fuggidaboudit. It would take me a year to recover.

BHD Alert:

In 1916, Emma Goldman was arrested for lecturing on birth control.

In 1937, sit-down strike ended when General Motors recognized the United Auto Workers Union.

And this:

My favorite rendition of this amazing song. What an incredible loss.


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


I liked that movie! (2.00 / 5)
n/t

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