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  • Birthday 10/01/1950

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  1. This is basically a sanitation and flavor question. It's probably ok health-wise to boil things in a dirty pan because the heat kills the germs. It's probably not ok flavor-wise and texture-wise to add the remains of whatever was last cooked in the pan to your current food.
  2. A tail would make lying back in my recliner less comfortable because there would have to be a hole in the back for the tale to go through, which would limit moving around in the chair.
  3. My gifted and talented high school physics students would ask me why Winter begins on the shortest daylight day of the year and why the shortest day doesn't occur in the Middle of Winter. The reason is that there's a delay in how the ground and air above it cools as the days get shorter and the heat escaping from the ground helps warm the air until the ground finally loses the added heat it had stored during warmer weather and higher sun angles and that depleted heat condition roughly coincides with the Winter Solstice.
  4. There's no question I think more slowly and have less short term memory now at 70 than in my 50's and younger. If I'm doing some deep-thinking things like chess regularly, my thinking and memory improves a lot. If I don't check to see what groceries I have on stock and write what I need down on a phone list soon after I think about it, I don't do a good job shopping! I'll look at a few NFL players that are free agents in a fantasy league, check their stats on another webpage, and forget who the other two are while checking out the first one. My car's tire pressure dashboard icon came on as I was driving home, I looked at the tires, which looked fine, and decided to pump them up tomorrow. I'll probably start driving away in my car and not remember a tire is low until I see the icon after I start the car.
  5. I keep a quarter in my car because you need one to get a shopping cart at Aldi - and get one back when you return it to the rack. Otherwise I very rarely deal with coins at all.
  6. There are a lot of very wealthy people who live in "Richestan," as the book of the same name calls it and who have no idea of normal living. One of the people in the book was asked what he would advise a homeless person to do if he found $50. "Well, he could take a sky-diving lesson." But most of the well-off or wealthy people I know are worth around $2M to $5M and most didn't have extremely high-paying jobs: they were big on spending little and saving a lot. They're like the people invited to be interviewed by the book The Millionaire Next Door by Stanley and Danko who, when asked what their favorite beer was, answered, "Bud or free." They didn't recognize or eat the expensive pates set out for them to eat because they would never have spent the money for it. My mother gave me that book back in the 90's and it helped me build the assets that allowed me to retire comfortably - not rich but there no financial stress. But conditioning yourself to that kind of life causes you to do weird things, too. One neighbor, the richest on our block, would burn $5 worth of gasoline to save $3 on a case of beer: saving money on something gave him a rush. Personally, I kick myself if I use the wrong cash-back credit card and only get $0.15 back where the right card gave $0.45. It all adds up: I get about $800/year in cash-back, with several cards each offering the max. cash back for different things and times. On the other hand, I know people - a surprisingly lot of people - who wouldn't be caught dead in a discount food store or buying store-brand stuff in supermarkets, calling it "welfare food." I tell them that if anyone sees me at such places or with such things, all they'll be saying is, "See? That's why he's got more than a couple pennies to rub together." And most of the best low-cost food, furniture, etc. places I know of locally were pointed out to me by people making well into 6-figures.
  7. Similarly, I feel the same about people from the low-cost housing projects 1/2 to 1 mile from me that walk to the liquor and convenience stores a block from me then toss their empty containers on their way home - and sometimes steal UPS, etc. packages from porches.
  8. My favorite hat story, the source of the saying, "If only we could see ourselves as others see us." To a Louse On Seeing one on a Lady’s Bonnet at Church by Robert Burns, 1786 Original Common English Translation Ha! Whare ye gaun, ye crowlin ferlie? Hey! Where're you going, you crawling hair-fly? Your impudence protects you sairly, Your impudence protects you, barely; I canna say but ye strut rarely I can only say that you swagger rarely Owre gauze and lace, Over gauze and lace. Tho' faith! I fear ye dine but sparely Though faith! I fear you dine but sparely On sic a place. In such a place. Ye ugly, creepin, blastit wonner, You ugly, creeping, blasted wonder, Detested, shunn'd by saunt an' sinner, Detested, shunned by both saint and sinner, How daur ye set your fit upon her— How dare you set your feet upon her-- Sae fine a lady! So fine a lady! Gae somewhere else and seek your dinner Go somewhere else to seek your dinner On some poor body. On some poor body. Swith! in some beggar's hauffet squattle: Off! around some beggar's temple shamble: There you may creep, and sprawl, and sprattle There you may creep, and sprawl, and scramble, Wi' ither kindred, jumping cattle, With other kindred, jumping cattle, In shoals and nations; In shoals and nations; Whare horn nor bane ne'er daur unsettle Where horn nor bone never dare unsettle Your thick plantations. Your thick plantations. Now haud you there! ye're out o' sight, Now hold you there! You're out of sight, Below the fatt'rils, snug an' tight; Below the folderols, snug and tight; Na, faith ye yet! ye'll no be right, No, faith just yet! You'll not be right, Till ye've got on it— Till you've got on it: The vera tapmost, tow'ring height The very topmost, towering height O' miss's bonnet. Of miss's bonnet. My sooth! right bauld ye set your nose out My word! right bold you root, contrary, As plump an' grey as onie grozet: As plump and gray as any gooseberry. O for some rank, mercurial rozet, Oh, for some rank, mercurial resin, Or fell, red smeddum, Or dread red poison; I'd gie ye sic a hearty dose o't, I'd give you such a hearty dose, flea, Wad dress your droddum! It'd dress your noggin! I wad na been surpris'd to spy I wouldn't be surprised to spy You on an auld wife's flainen toy: You on some housewife's flannel tie: Or aiblins some bit duddie boy, Or maybe on some ragged boy's On's wyliecoat; Pale undervest; But Miss's fine Lunardi! fye! But Miss's finest bonnet! Fie! How daur ye do't. How dare you jest? O Jenny, dinna toss your head, Oh Jenny, do not toss your head, An' set your beauties a' abread! And lash your lovely braids abroad! You little ken what cursed speed You hardly know what cursed speed The blastie's makin! The creature's making! Thae winks an' finger-ends, I dread, Those winks and finger-ends, I dread, Are notice takin'! Are notice-taking! O wad some Power the giftie gie us O would some Power with vision teach us To see oursels as ithers see us! To see ourselves as others see us! It wad frae monie a blunder free us, It would from many a blunder free us, An' foolish notion: And foolish notions: What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us, What airs in dress and carriage would leave us, An' ev'n devotion! And even devotion!
  9. Lamer Jackson became the first QB to have four games with 200+ passing yards and 100+ rushing yards. Jackson looked awful in the 1st quarter, then the whole Ravens offense caught fire. With just over a minute left, the Ravens had a 4th and 1 on their own 43 yard line. They didn't want to put the ball back in Mahomes' hands, so they went for it, got the 1st down, and ran out the clock.
  10. Didn't the awesome icon used to be the thank you icon?
  11. I have a lot of little arm and leg scars and recall the incident where each one originated. I grossed out my SiL this week about a 1" scar on the my left arm where I fell off a bicycle in our yard when I was about 12 years-old and slid on the grass so my arm slid under one of the sharp points at the bottom of the chain link fence. I began to lift the fence off my arm, which was slightly cut, but my mother went into a panic, ran out into the yard, and tried to drag me by my legs out from under the fence. I was kicking at her and yelling at her to stop because she was dragging the point at the bottom of the fence through my arm. My father came out, pulled my hysterical mother away, and I extricated myself - with a deep 1" gash oozing a lot of blood. We went to a hospital for stitches and I didn't leave my poor mother off the hook, telling her she needed to keep calm next time and we wouldn't be sitting in the emergency room waiting room.
  12. Great weather here, upper 70's or low 80's most of the day. Sunday is NFL day for me. All three of my fantasy teams are winning in blowouts and the Raven host the Chiefs at 8:20 pm. I saved half a cheeseburger sub with LTMFOP (lettuce, tomato, mayo, fried onions, pickles) and half the huge amount of fries that are standard anymore to eat during the game. I had my excellent homemade chili for early Sunday dinner and my blood sugar has stayed nice and low all day, so I'll have some Turkey Hill Rocky Road Ice Cream tonight.
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