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Off-Topic / Cleaning out kitchen shelves.
« on: April 28, 2012, 10:29:23 am »Message ID: 527993

Are you as good about cleaning them out as you are about cleaning the refrigerator?  I like to think I am a little better at this.  I just tossed a bunch of stuff from them, too.

Off-Topic / Do you hear planes or trains from inside your home?
« on: April 23, 2012, 08:53:47 am »Message ID: 525241
I live 10-15 miles southeast of a major airport.  My house is pretty well insulated so I don't hear cars going by or most noises.  Once in a great while the flight pattern must change and I will hear a series of planes going overhead.  Most of the time they are too high for me to hear them.  Occasionally one is low enough I feel I can wave at them.

On the other hand, I have no idea where there are train tracks.  I have gone quite a ways in all four directions.  Sometimes, if I am awake in the middle of the night, I can hear a train whistling.  It drives me nuts as I have no idea where it is coming from. 

Off-Topic / When did you last completely clean out your refrigerator?
« on: April 22, 2012, 10:19:20 am »Message ID: 524740
That means taking everything out, tossing old stuff and washing down the shelves and the sides.  It had been quite a while since I did it, and I ended up tossing some things that were way past their "use by" date. 

Off-Topic / Job applications and facebook password
« on: April 17, 2012, 11:01:41 am »Message ID: 522295
This is something new.  I think it is a total invasion of privacy.  It seems there are some companies out there that are asking for your facebook passord on their job applications.  I have read that it is mandatory.  I think somebody is trying to pas a law that this is not legal.  I don't have anything on my facebook page that I would not want an employer to see, but that is not the point.  We need some privacy.  People should also be a bit careful about what they do write on their pages. 

Off-Topic / Eating bananas
« on: April 13, 2012, 12:00:27 pm »Message ID: 520139
When you peel a banana, do you also peel off the strings that cling to the banana, or do you also eat them?  I always peel every one of them off.  I guess they are edible, but I don't want them. 

Off-Topic / Friday, the 13th
« on: April 13, 2012, 11:59:09 am »Message ID: 520138
Today is Friday, the 13th day of April.  Some people are superstitious on the 13th if it happens to follow on a Friday.  Are you?  I am not.  To me, it is just another day. 

Off-Topic / Bunny footprints
« on: April 03, 2012, 03:43:18 pm »Message ID: 515200
When the kids were small, the Easter bunny visited and left baskets and hid eggs in the house.  One year we got the idea of having the bunny leave footprints from the door to the baskets.  We had a small bowl with some flour in it, dipped our fingers into the flour and then made footprints with our fingers.  The kids loved it. 

Off-Topic / Mapquest
« on: April 03, 2012, 03:40:25 pm »Message ID: 515199
Do you folow their directions?  I recently had to look up directions and found out they were routing me in a long round-about way.  It turns out I could go north five blocks and then straight west to get to my destination. 

Off-Topic / Cost of cell phone ridiculous
« on: March 31, 2012, 10:53:19 am »Message ID: 513178
I am on my daughter's cell phone bill.  When it is time for a new phone, either she or my granddaughter get the latest ones.  Mine is just a plain cell phone, no bells or whistles.  My phone is old and is drying.  I can only call out.  My daughter took the phone to the cell phone store and they informed her it would cost me $200 to get a new phone.  All I want is a basic phone!!!  They said we would be eligible for a new phone in a few weeks.  I have no idea how much that one will cost.  I guess I get the new one this time.  Why can't you replace a basic phone for just a few dollars?  $200 is outrageous!

Off-Topic / Mad Men
« on: March 28, 2012, 12:25:24 pm »Message ID: 511617
I am glad they came back with new episodes.  I missed it last year.  I hear they are so authentic with their dates, etc. that they took out a song that was not playing until a little later that year.  Growing up in that time period, I recognize a lot of their props.  Of course, Don Draper is not hard to watch.  Peter does an excellent job at being a PITB.

Off-Topic / Have you ever given blood?
« on: March 21, 2012, 11:53:06 am »Message ID: 508376
I tried to give blood a couple of times, but I have small rolling veins.  They sent me home.  If I have to give some blood for medical testing, they have a very hard time finding a vein that doesn't collapse.  I usually warn them ahead of time so they can be prepared. 

Off-Topic / Using flashlights at night on NCIS, etc.
« on: March 16, 2012, 10:08:28 am »Message ID: 506050
I have noticed that on quite a few of the shows, when there is a crime and the team goes into a house or room at night, they never turn on the lights.  They almost always use flashlights.  It seems it would be much easier to just turn on a few lights, but guess the flashlights are used for effect. 

Off-Topic / Nicknames for grandparents.
« on: February 24, 2012, 07:27:09 am »Message ID: 494983
Do, or did you, have special names for your grandparents?  When I was very small, I strted calling my mother's parents Grummy and Pappas.  It stuck for the rest of their lives.  My grandather lived until he was 89 years old.  My granddaughter started calling me Somma and now all the kids and some of the adults and friends call me Somma.

Off-Topic / How many little blinking lights do you see at home?
« on: February 11, 2012, 10:19:35 am »Message ID: 489182
Our phones, our laptops, our desktops, our t.v., our printers, our VCRs, our TIVOs, our monitors, our microwaves, clocks, coffee pots, etc. all have blinking lights.  I see red, orange, green and blue ones at night.  That means that every one of these are using electricity.  I just read that if you unplug many of these at night,you can save a lot of money on electricity.  If you leave your phone or other charger plugged into the wall, it still uses electricity.  I know I am guilty of some of these, but am not willing to unplug a lot of them.  I do turn off my printer, but usually leave my computer on all the time, unless I am gone for a day. 

Off-Topic / The Invisible Wall - a good book
« on: February 10, 2012, 08:27:44 am »Message ID: 488455
It is written by Harry Bernstein and he wrote it when he was 93 years old.  It is a true story.  It takes place in England around World War I time.  The invisible wall is down the middle of a road where Christians live on one side and Jews live on the other side.  It tells of his family struggles and the relationship between their neighbors.  The two sides of the street always seem to be at odds with each other and only associate in exteme circumstances.

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