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  2. A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can it sing back to you
    when you have forgotten the words.

    - Shania Twain

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  4. Okay, I won't tell you that the site with the black lettered holidays, events, births and deaths was off line until 0:30 AM or that I zigged when I should of zagged and I lost all the illusions. So with the one off line site and the redoing of the illusions, here we are at 1:39 AM.

     

    Sorry,

    sandrewn

    (on a happier note,  the house is back to normal temperature)

     

     

     

     

    Q. Why were the teacher's eyes crossed?

    A. She couldn't control her pupils!            

     

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    An elderly pastor was searching his closet for his        

    collar before church one Sunday morning. In the back

    of the closet, he found a small box containing              

    three eggs and 100 $1 bills.                                             


    He called his wife into the closet to ask her about the

    box and its contents. Embarrassed, she admitted       

    having hidden the box there for their entire 30 years 

     of marriage. Disappointed and hurt, the pastor asked

    her, "Why?" The wife replied that she hadn't wanted  

    to hurt his feelings. He asked her how the box could

    have hurt his feelings. She said that every time        

    during their marriage that he had delivered a poor   

    sermon, she had placed an egg in the box.                


    The pastor felt that three poor sermons in 30 years

       was certainly nothing to feel bad about, so he asked

    her what the $100 was for.                                          


    She replied, "Each time I got a dozen eggs, I sold   

    them to the neighbors for $1."                                    

     

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    There once was a man who was so proud of the fact     

    that he had six kids that he insisted on calling his wife

    "mother of six."                                                                      

     

    His wife hated this name and asked him repeatedly     

    not to call her that, but he was a stubborn man and     

    was very proud that he had six kids.                               

     

    One evening they were at a dinner party for his            

    company and it was getting close to the time that      

    they should be leaving. The husband yelled from       

    across the room over to his wife, "mother of six, are  

    you ready to go?"                                                                

     

    Annoyed with his question, she responded, "In a         

    minute, Father of four."                                                      

     

    ...

     

     

    There was a perfect man and a perfect woman.                     

    They  met each other at a perfect party. They dated for two

    perfect years. They had the perfect wedding and the           

    perfect honeymoon. They had two perfect children.            

     

    One day the perfect man and the perfect woman                  

    were driving in their perfect car, they saw an elf by            

    the side of the road, being the perfect people they              

    were they picked him up.                                                          

     

    Well as the perfect man and the perfect woman were        

    driving with the elf, somehow they got into                          

    an accident. Two people died and one lived.                       

     

    Who died and who lived?                                                      

       

    The perfect woman, because the perfect man and            

    elves aren't real.                                                                       

     

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    How do you find Ronald McDonald at a nude beach?

     

    He's the one with sesame seed buns!                           

     

     

     

    14 January

     

     

    was

    National Dress Up Your Pet Day

    Ratification Day

    National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day

    &

    National Sunday Supper Day(2nd Sun in Jan)

    Caesarean Section Day

    Feast of the Ass

    Intl Kite Day

    Organize Your Home Day

    Take a Missionary to Lunch Day

     

     

    14 January

     

    2005 - The European Huygens space probe lands on

                 Saturn's moon Titan

    1967 - The Summer of Love is launched with the Human

                 Be-In

    1953 - Tito becomes President of Yugoslavia

    1943 - Churchill, Roosevelt and de Gaulle meet in

                 Casablanca to discuss their WW II strategy

    1559 - Elizabeth I is crowned Queen of England

     

     

    Births

    1969 - Dave Grohl

    1963 - Steven Soderbergh

    1950 - Rambhadracharya

    1875 - Albert Schweitzer

    1741 - Benedict Arnold

     

     

    Deaths

    2016 - Alan Rickman

    1977 - Anthony Eden

    1957 - Humphrey Bogart

    1901 - Mandell Creighton

    1898 - Lewis Carroll

     

     

     

     

     

    15 January

     

     

    was

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day(3rd Mon in Jan)

    National Hat Day

    &

    National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

    Elementary School Teacher Day(3rd Mon of Jan)

    National Day of Service(3rd Mon of Jan)

    Humanitarian Day

    National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day

    Wikipedia Day

     

     

    15 January

     

    2001 - Wikipedia goes online

    1992 - Croatia and Slovenia are internationally recognized

                 as independent nations

    1973 - Nixon orders ceasefire in Vietnam

    1892 - The rules of Basketball are published

    1759 - The British Museum opens

     

     

    Births

    1965 - James Nesbitt

    1941 - Captain Beefheart

    1929 - Martin Luther King Jr.

    1918 - Gamal Abdel Nasser

    1622 - Moliere

     

     

    Deaths

    1994 - Harry Nilsson

    1988 - Sean MacBride

    1950 - Henry H. Arnold

    1947 - Elizabeth Short

    1919 - Rosa Luxemberg

     

     

     

     

     

    Did you know?

     

    Anger makes you honest - WTF fun facts

     

     

     

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    Did you know?

    The Queen’s purse - WTF fun facts

     

     

     

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    Did you know?

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    I learn something new here almost every day

     

     

     

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    ILLUSIONS

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Roses and Noses Optical Illusion

     

     

    https://www.moillusions.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/optical-illusion-puzzle-roses-and-noses.jpg

     

    The only size offered and no hints given

    Good luck

     

     

     

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    Feng-Shui Dragon

    by Chow Hon Lam

     

     

     

    https://www.moillusions.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Feng-Shui-Dragon-by-Chow-Hon-Lam.jpg

     

    1 Dragon

     

     

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    Don Quixote Silver Coin Illusion

     

    The author behind the Don Quixote motif (engraved on this coin) is the great, Sandro Del Prete, and  the illusion should easily be seen, specially if you’re a Don Quixote fan.

     

     

     

     

     

    https://www.moillusions.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/don-quxote-coin-palau.jpg

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    A Few Solutions / Answers

     

     

     

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    https://www.moillusions.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/panda_natural_liquorice.jpg

     

     

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    The 5 Red Balls Optical Illusion

     

    https://www.moillusions.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/5-red-balls-optical-illusion.jpg

    Did any of you use his fingers to count the number of red balls?

     

     

     

     

    1. Show previous comments  3 more
    2. Puppilull

      Puppilull

      Feast of the ass...? Sounds interesting... ;)

       

      And thank God there are no perfect people. What would be the fun in that?

    3. droughtquake

      droughtquake

      Quote

      And thank God there are no perfect people.

      The joke suggested that the woman was perfect…  ;-)

    4. Puppilull

      Puppilull

      I saw that and obviously I don't agree.

  5.  

    RIP Dolores O'Riordan of the  Cranberries

     

     

    1. drpaladin
    2. sandrewn

      sandrewn

      I don't know about you, but with each of these, what I term premature departures, my own mortality weighs more heavily upon my shoulders.

       

      RIP Dolores,

      sandrewn

      (a fan, for ever and ever)

  6. Sorry... Anticipation,   adrenaline, Hyper, and loud, loud ticking of the clock... thunderous, booming as the hands slowly move... as my mind continues to rush full speed with blurred and ricocheted fears. My God it has been 4 years since I lost my sight...It may not seem important until you have lost it, and you realize life still goes on and you learn a new way of doing and becoming a stable person all over Again...! a community asset... not a deficit ... encouraging others through your quickly learned strengths while ... you struggle to learn more every day... and being the mentor to all you encounter... It is thrilling and invigorating and frankly quite scary...amazing how fast the mind works while operating in fear and excitement at the same time... when will it stop... when I had first lost my sight it was easy to accept, nothing I could do...! but now it's the opposite and I am more scared ..then before. why Is that...? when it's all said and done will I remain the person I have become through the loss of sight...I believe my inner character has matured, and all that is in me screams. I don't through gaining my sight want to lose what I"ve found when I lost my sight...Sound complicated...? be inside My head a while, and know I truly appreciate My growth and inner security since I lost my sight and If I will Lose all that I have gained.. since that time, is It Really worth the Gain... ??? My gain or my loss which will it be...? the choice remains Mine to sort through with the extreme intellect that examines all My accomplishments achieved by nothing Less than Integrity...!!! Blind... or sight I must remain what I've become while blind... Loving. compassionate, helpful, understanding... and Most of all A Mentor for all I run into...That will be the True reward.:rolleyes:0:)0:)

    1. Dodger

      Dodger

      I had to read this over twice to be certain that I understood what you were saying before replying but I knew that I had to reply.

       

      I can understand why you're questioning this; your head must be swimming with emotion at the moment and I know I would be thinking non-stop about it, examining every aspect.

       

      I don't think that you'll lose anything that you've gained over the past four years because I don't believe it's possible to undo or unlearn how to be a better person. I've heard people talk about how their other senses seemed to try to compensate for their loss of sight almost as if they knew that their jobs had become so much more important. I believe that the brain also steps up in these cases as it often does with people who lose the use of their legs.

      I don't see how you can lose these important gains, unless you deliberately choose to do so. You should be able to have the best of both worlds but don't feel bad about it. I would look at it as compensation for all that you have had to endure over the past four years. 

       

      Our thoughts are with you my friend.

    2. Dmrman

      Dmrman

      Wow... thanks, Dodger... the most exciting and profound part is... You got what I have been thinking and feeling... I read it a few...  times myself and even rewrote a few sections to really line up what and how I wanted to say... An internal Riddle of my mind and heart... and if everybody grabbed out of it what you have then I am sure within myself not only will I remain as good but become better...as a person if my life... the loss of sight meant I had to slow down and use other senses now with it back should allow me a broader use of those senses... thanks again and my reasons to write this the way I have has been to slow people down to think and use the very senses they have not just read a comment and move on...:hug::read::unsure2::D

  7. Crocheting, a throw over on my lap, a cup of tea cooling on the coffee table and the cat snuggling on my side. No, I'm not 80 :P

    1. Show previous comments  2 more
    2. clochette

      clochette

      Looping is okay. He came asking for kisses earlier, lying on the yarn but quickly went back to bed

    3. sandrewn

      sandrewn

       

      Of course you're not. If you keep up with your interest in crocheting, by that age you will have around half a century of experience, a true master of the craft.

    4. Caz Pedroso

      Caz Pedroso

      Sounds like a perfect way to relax to me :) 

  8. Yesterday
  9. Yay! Power just came back on. All power was cut off at 5:45, so that they could change the entire transformer. I actually played solitary with REAL playing cards and by candle light. The thermostats are all reading around 13 C. It will take a bit to get back up to the 21 C desired temp. Coat, scarf and gloves will stay on for a while yet. There will be an update tonight.

     

    Thanks everyone

    for your kind thoughts

    sandrewn

    1. droughtquake

      droughtquake

      I have my DSL modem plugged into a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) so I can be online with my laptop when the power goes out – for a while at least.  ;-)

  10. I think I have caught up replying to all the lovely comments people have left on my chapters. If I have missed one you've left please let me know.

     

    ( @Emi GS I know I am still a few behind on your ones (just seen them). I promise I am getting there :hug: ) 

  11. -7 F, outside right now. One of my tenants told me she had no heat in her apartment and that the stove did not work. I soon found there was nothing that uses 240 volts working in the house (triplex). I called the power company, they said not their problem and to call an electrician. Several electricians later, I found one who would be here in 1 to 2 hrs. All the others were booked solid till late tonight or tomorrow morning. I then noticed a power company line truck out front on the street. So I went out to ask them questions. Turns out that it is a power company transformer that blew and they are working on the problem. That I should cancel my call to the electrician as they were taking care of it. I cancelled the electrician and we are patiently awaiting the return of the power and eventual heat.

     

    When the heat has been restored, I will do the updates. I will not try to type wearing my gloves, sorry.

     

    sandrewn

    (just chilling)

    1. Show previous comments  7 more
    2. droughtquake

      droughtquake

      I didn’t realize PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric) provided Customer Service support to other utility companies. (PG&E is the one that kept insisting that they weren’t at fault for the North Bay fires, but went silent after a report was leaked that blamed them for poor maintenance of their equipment. My lovely utility company.)  :-/

    3. sandrewn

      sandrewn

      @droughtquake

      I didn’t realize PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric) provided Customer Service support to other utility companies. (PG&E is the one that kept insisting that they weren’t at fault for the North Bay fires, but went silent after a report was leaked that blamed them for poor maintenance of their equipment. My lovely utility company.)  :-/

      I might complain about our Hydro-Quebec, but it really is one of the best utility companies around, bar none.

    4. droughtquake

      droughtquake

      The California PUC (Public Utilities Commission) is filled with former utility execs and has not done a very good job of regulation our utilities. Aside from a few cities that provide electrical and gas services for their communities (like Los Angeles, Sacramento, Palo Alto, and the city of Alameda), most Californians rely on either PG&E, Southern California Edison, SoCalGas (Southern California Gas Company – owned by Sempra Energy) or SDG&E (San Diego Gas & Electric – also Sempra Energy). CPUC has done things like force utility rate payers to pay for mistakes that the utilities made instead of making shareholders fund the costs! But there has been so much attention paid to recent Utility incompetence and failures that things seem to be changing at long last. SDG&E was found to be the cause of a large wildfire in Southern California and it looks like their shareholders will be held responsible for the cost. This was not the case when a PG&E natural gas line ruptured and destroyed an entire neighborhood a few years ago. Rate increases that were supposed to fund system upgrades and repairs instead went to shareholder dividends!

  12. Just like that winter break is over and it's time to head back for my last semester of undergrad.

    1. Show previous comments  1 more
    2. SolarMaxx

      SolarMaxx

      You’ll do great Ace — No doubt in my mind!  Just be sure to savor every moment. It will all go by surprisingly fast.

    3. Aceinthehole

      Aceinthehole

      @mogwhy Thank you! The good news is i'm taking an American lit course on Gothic short stories and poems, so as you can imagine I'm actually really excited to get started!

    4. Aceinthehole

      Aceinthehole

      @SolarMaxx Thank buddy! I'll have to email you once the initial chaos passes and I find a rhythm again. It's been a little too long!

  13. My worst nightmare has come true.  Another guy wore a pair of gold Adidas Superstar when I was in the room.  HOW RUDE!

    1. Show previous comments  3 more
    2. Headstall

      Headstall

      He should have left in shame immediately! :P 

    3. BlindAmbition

      BlindAmbition

      My blind ass wouldn’t notice! LOL!

    4. Ashi

      Ashi

      Yup! Yup! Yup!  Only Ashi is allowed to wear them.

  14. RIP Dolores O’Riordan.. The Cranberries lead singer. Great music!

    1. Show previous comments  4 more
    2. Valkyrie

      Valkyrie

      Oh how sad!  I like The Cranberries.  :(  

    3. Headstall

      Headstall

      Very sad. And so young. :( 

    4. LitLover

      LitLover

      I heard about that.  Very sad to lose another talented person so young.  

  15. Used the leaf blower to clear my driveway, sidewalks and patio of the one inch of accumulated flurries we received last night.  The wind was whipping and the 19 F felt more like 2 F.  Needless to say, I didn't dally.  

    1. Reader1810

      Reader1810

      Leaf blower = mini snowblower. :thumbup: 

    2. Daddydavek

      Daddydavek

      It was powder and worked fine!

  16. Another song from my choir! See if you can spot the looney... ;)

     

     

     

    1. northie

      northie

      Excellent! Loved it.  👏👏

    2. clochette

      clochette

      Amazing!

    3. Caz Pedroso

      Caz Pedroso

      Wonderful :heart: 

  17. Happy Birthday Glenn!

  18. Love you little brother.

    1. Mikiesboy

      Mikiesboy

      love you too, dugh.. and mum xoxo

  19. Happy Birthday! Hope it's special.

  20. Happy Birthday. may it be a good one!

  21. Happy Birthday to a fellow WNYer! :D I hope you have an awesome day :D  :wizard:

  22. Happy Birthday! Have a great day buddy! 🏒

  23. Happy Birthday, glennish! Have an awesome day! :wizard: 

  24. The east coast of the US is now observing Martin Luther King Day. Honoring a brilliant human and voice. He embraced  the idea of improving the lives of everyone. His message and words are so tremendously important in this moment. We must move forward, not back.

  25. thanks for the follow!

    1. Aceinthehole

      Aceinthehole

      No problem! Sorry it took me so long! I'm pretty bad with working my GA page, but am trying to get better. The last update made it so much easier so I might as well finally capitalize on it.

  26.  

    It is a quarter past midnight. I will double post around noon. Three deletions in a row, tells me to give up for tonight and start a fresh, tomorrow.

     

    Thank you

    sandrewn

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    2. droughtquake

      droughtquake

      I appreciate your Status Updates no matter how long or short they are.  ;-)

       

      Setting yourself a goal like this (daily Updates) can become a huge burden. You shouldn’t feel obligated to force yourself to post just because that is your goal. You should feel able to take a break once in a while without feeling guilty.  ;-)

    3. Kitt

      Kitt

      I agree with everyone!  Also, I see no need for you to stay up so late to post!  Put it up when ever it is good for you!  You need to sleep sometime!

    4. Emi GS

      Emi GS

      Yep, I agree with Kitt and others. I do enjoy your posts, but you have to take care of yourself too, right!?  So don't feel guilty and post them whenever you are fine with...

  27. A newness of life, an experience of passion and desire... As the time approaches... to review and evaluate the upcoming surgery on my eye... excitement and anticipation are like living a fairy tale...one where the book is laid down and the story is just that... a story.:read: my mind trying to wrap around the possibilities once lost... in the depths of my mind... vague memories of visual sights that have stimulated my emotional senses...!! Is this even real...? am I dreaming...?? can I even readjust...!  from what I have already adjusted too... questions and no answers except one... the mere fact that the very boys who have been consistently in my life for literally 2 plus years... never able to relate their faces to their character... my heart endeared by this concept alone has caused tears and joy beyond my comprehension...:unsure2::blink: as I learn to express the gratitude for this gracious opportunity I am for lack of  better words... Overwhelmed and thankful-_-:glomp:

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    Detroit tigers player Daniel Norris with a gorgeous dog. How adorable.

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