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The Bar & Grill / Most interesting place
« on: November 20, 2020, 02:59:58 PM »
I found this in my Facebook memories today.

On my writing forum, someone asked what was the most interesting place we had visited. This was my answer:

First thing I thought of was my side deck where, as a bunch of young mothers, we would gather and talk about any and every damn thing under the sun. Everyone's opinion was respected and we did manage to slightly change ingrained habits on that deck.

Then I though maybe it was the day my grandson sat and patiently explained the skeletal system to me and which bones were where and how they worked and he was so earnest and happy to have someone like me (a nurse) to understand him.

Then I though how disturbing it was to sit in the Nuremberg courtroom and how the air seemed stiller, staler, more haunted and I was ashamed of humanity.

But maybe it is my daily life of sitting in front of this stupid computer and finding wonderful things to write about for each and every day of the year.

Maybe it was finding myself in a gym, which is a stupid place to find a little old lady, but that's where I was hiding.

So many interesting things to choose from. Each different in aspect.

The most interesting thing, I believe, is curiosity.

Since this was written four years ago, I have now also visited a world in Pandemic. A world of absolute stupidity, cupidity, and narcissism. As we head into Round Two of Pandemic USA, the idiots out there have once again stripped the shelves of toilet paper! I am astounded at my fellow human beings.

There are many things I have learned in the last few months. Resiliency is one. I had no idea I could manage to make some of the things work that are currently working. I have learned that my sisters and I can visit without actually traveling. And I have learned that I shopped way, way more than I ever needed to.

The most interesting place I have visited is when I can sit still and look inside and see what is making me tick (or ticked off, as the case may be). It is sometimes quite dark there, but at other times, the light streams brightly.

The Bar & Grill / COVID update
« on: October 27, 2020, 01:55:21 PM »
My niece's sister in law (her husband's sister) has COVID and is able to remain at home with some breathing treatments. So far.

My sister's school had seven teachers out today due to quarantine, one of them the gym teacher so affecting all classes. All three of the fourth grade teachers are out. Cheri's friend is out along with 15 other kinderkids because one of the students is positive.

I try to stay safe and have curtailed much of my routine in order to keep breathing.

Some idiot was again preaching about how children are missing out on social skills by not being in school and we need to get all the kids back in classrooms. Classrooms are not the same as they were last year.

I don't have an answer and maybe we just needed a plague to help with population boom and global warming and this is the Earth's way of getting rid of the irritants. But still, it seems like school is a primary target for spreading germs. Strep throat and flu run through schools like they are on speed. This is no different.

I just thought I would vent. Thanks.

The Bar & Grill / Funny pictures
« on: October 18, 2020, 01:27:04 PM »
Just a place to share some of the internet's best efforts.

The Bar & Grill / using pictures from the internet
« on: May 26, 2020, 02:42:57 PM »
Bruce Lee's daughter is suing some company for using her father's image in their logo. You, too, can be sued for using an image if you don't follow the proper protocols. Some images are free to use. Some are free to alter and use. Some are free to alter and use even commercially. Some are free to use in specific ways with the proper attribution. Some are not yours to share, so cut that out.

Google has offered us a way to search using advanced filters. I use this search to look for images that are free to alter and use, sometimes that does require an attribution, sometimes not.

The "usage rights" is the last line before you hit the advanced search. If you keep using the same page after the first search, it continues to use the same filter you had in place when starting the page. So if I search filtered for "waterways" and then erase that and search for "trees" it will keep the filtering specifics in mind when showing the results.

There are a few image sites that my Kaspersky anti virus thing always blocks or at least warns me about. Some image sites like you to register to use them. I do. So far I haven't been inundated with spam from such things.

If you use the internet to find things to share, make sure you are permitted to share them.

Word Play / Two sentence stories
« on: May 03, 2020, 01:06:46 PM »
We used to have a thread for six word stories, based of Hemingway's baby shoes for sale.

Would it be fun to try to tell a complete story in two sentences?

Picture is an example.

The Bar & Grill / Things other people have said
« on: March 06, 2020, 05:32:57 PM »
“A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.”
 --  Ring Lardner, American writer, (1885-1933)

Word Play / Challenge
« on: March 05, 2020, 01:38:21 PM »
My goal is to write some each day, but because I'm lazy, there are often days and days that go by without my actually doing any writing.

I know we did some sort of challenge a while ago where we were to write daily and be accountable to each other for actually doing so. Would anyone be up for that?

Would it be better to say we wanted to write a certain number of words per week? Would that make it more available to busy people with jobs that interfere with their life outside work?

There would be no prizes except the pat on the back you could give yourself. But sometimes outside forces can lead us to do more for ourselves.

What do you guys think?

The Bar & Grill / Playaway
« on: March 05, 2020, 01:23:13 PM »
I just learned about these handy little things. I have not tried them, but ...

Here in the States at least, they have these pre-loaded devices that contain an audiobook. They are said to be smaller than a flip phone and are available to check out at local libraries. I had no idea. They sound like such a great idea.

Even my crappy local library has about 90 books available on these things. I used to listen to books on CDs while I was cooking or cleaning. This sounds like it might be a great option.

The Bar & Grill / Mother Nature drinks, I'm sure of it
« on: February 23, 2020, 02:40:31 PM »
This cactosaurus was located near Phoenix, Arizona.

The Bar & Grill / Good day
« on: February 21, 2020, 03:01:10 PM »
There are a few workouts that have names and we do them from time to time and you can keep track of your scores and see if you are improving or not.

Isabel is 30 snatches (bringing the bar from the ground to locked out overhead in one continuous movement). These things hurt my arm for quite a while after my injury, but I've finally been able to work with them again. But I've been using a lighter weight.

I never use the "real" weight because I can't manage that much. But today, I did the same weight as last time and my time was 5.33 before, and today I managed in 4.12. That is a significant improvement. Maybe all this work is paying off in some way. Or maybe I just was able to start from a place where my heart rate was low enough to begin. That makes a difference, too. Whatever reason, I liked it.

The Bar & Grill / Technology update
« on: February 17, 2020, 11:54:04 PM »
I called the Great Courses and the man who talked to me was very polite and concerned and unable to help. But he created a ticket for me and would have the IT people call me back.

He had no idea how to work with a Fire Stick. I had no idea how to uninstall a program on my TV using the Fire Stick, which is different than just the TV itself.

I got tired of waiting for the return call which still hasn't come and so I asked You Tube how to uninstall an app with a Fire Stick. I did that and could do a clean install. Still doesn't work, so I hope the tech people still call me back eventually. I sure wish they hadn't helped me this much.

It still can't figure out how to load the lessons in order. I get 1, 2, 4, and then I have to go back to 3 myself and then it loads 4 after I'm done with 3 just like it should. However, 6 follows 4 and I have to start the process over again. When I look at my history on my computer, it doesn't register all the videos I've watch. It is a mess. Probably should have been better tested.

Still no watchlist showing up either even tho I timed a 3.5 minute wait while the circle thing spun and spun.

The Bar & Grill / The things I do for science
« on: February 16, 2020, 12:20:48 PM »
The first Nurses' Health Study began either the year I graduated from nursing school, or the one right after. So I've been participating in these studies for 44 to 45 years. The first longitudinal study ended, and they started a second one. They have data on a raft of nurses from across the country that does back for quite some time.

The stuff is being done through Harvard Medical School, so that's kinda cool. I got a bit discouraged at their memory testing and reflex testing over the last few years. I can recall seeing the King of Hearts, but by the fifth or sixth round, I couldn't remember in which round he showed up. In the first few, I could manage 100% but I never got that score by the end of the damn thing. I felt a bit stupid. I know my reflexes are slower than they used to be, as well.

Luckily, this year, they picked something different. Diet and exercise as related to longevity and/or health. I'm all in on that one. Then came the kicker, they wanted to know if I would participate in a microbiome study as well. That's essentially all the critters living in your gut. The way to find those critters is to collect shit.

So today, I had a little paper shit catcher taped to my toilet seat, and then could collect just the perfect amount of shit into each of three different vials. Then shake them vigorously for "at least 30 seconds" to mix it up with the fixative in the vials. Then came the paperwork. There were pages of dots to fill out.

The last thing to do was a tongue swab for a DNA test. This is supposed to give them a basis for comparing microbiomes to diet (the paperwork), the shit with critters, and the basic DNA I live with.

I knew it was going to be a process. I was right. It took nearly a half hour to get everything done and repackaged for sending back to Harvard. I hope it helps with some insight into whatever they are looking for. I assume chronic diseases, but it could be something else. Maybe, with my help, they will have a cure for diabetes before I turn into a full blown diabetic. That would be great.

The Bar & Grill / Technology likes Gyppo better
« on: February 15, 2020, 12:11:46 AM »
I pay for the Great Courses Plus and have access to lots and lots of educational video series. I love them and have learned a lot.

They have been bragging about their new interface and how wonderful it is. And they forced me to use it on all my devices. Great! It has all these new features, I'm told.

It doesn't work correctly. I used to be able to shut down the thing, go make dinner, come back, and the next video was ready to play when I started the Smart TV with Amazon FIRE attached. It worked perfectly.

Now, it doesn't. First, it doesn't start up. I have to go thru the menu to get to it, but then ... it still doesn't start. I have to encourage it and then it still doesn't work. Then, miracle of miracles, it does work but it doesn't show me the next video in the series. Instead, it shows me one I've already watched.

When I click the back button on the remote, I get a message saying "The consumer isn't authorized to access the %resources" and I have to go back to the main menu and start all over again.

I timed this the last time I started the thing. After the TV started and it would have been happily playing, it took me 3 minutes and 43 seconds to get to the point where it would finally play the correct video.

It took several tries for it to finally load the classes I'm interested in for later perusal, but it will not load those on my tablet - yet. I can't figure out how to tell which one is the "correct" one because although that used to be highlighted, it isn't now. You just get to click around and hope for the best.

I've sent them a request for some help and they have 24 hours to respond. I also have two toll free numbers I can call for help so by tomorrow afternoon, I may be talking with them.

And what is the feature that is the most spectacular? Those classes I want to watch later can now be sorted into categories. But they weren't on my screen when they did finally show up. If the thing worked, I suppose it would be great.

The Bar & Grill / How is this for an unfortunate word?
« on: February 13, 2020, 04:28:31 PM »
cuntline or contline or cantline

1. The spiraling groove between two strands of a rope.
2. The space between bilges (the widest part) of two casks stowed side by side.

The Bar & Grill / Half done
« on: February 10, 2020, 11:51:46 PM »
We have spent the last four days traveling and attending Ruth's funeral. The siblings were supported by spouses, cousins, children, nephews, nieces, second cousins (unless they are cousins once removed), in-laws, and their families as well as many friends. The service itself was lovely. Craig gave the eulogy, since he had done so for Grandpa. He had us in tears and in laughter, which is just as I think it is supposed to go.

We got to spend an afternoon with the extended clan (excepting all the extra Ohio relatives which will be present for the second half of this grand scheme). And then we got to spend a morning walking on the beach, collecting shells, and spending time with Craig and his family. Then yesterday afternoon, we got to spend some quiet time with Dick's sister and her husband, telling stories, complaining about the weird family members and their even weirder decisions and life choices. That's always fun.

Our drive home was uneventful. Craig also got home safely. As did all the other participants who had some distance to travel.

We get together for weddings and funerals. So, hopefully, next time (well, after the second half of this grand scheme) will be a wedding.

At least the trip to Ohio for the actual burial will be in about seven weeks and we will be flying back and forth. It will still be a long day traveling, but not the same kind of thing as sitting in a car for eight hours.

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