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nicole___ commented on a discussion: I'll Show You Mine/You Show Me Yours - M 3/18
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See that paw she's holding up? Limping. I threw her a BIG muffin and left another one for later.

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Lars

Closest thing to a fox I could find at the moment.

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nicole___ commented on a discussion: Monday's Trivia Quiz
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Moving

Changing Jobs

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blfenton

getting sick

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Rusty

Ice cream? Seriously? ? ?

So much for wild guesses. . . . . .

For today, traveling.

Going to a doctor.

Flirting.

Rusty

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nicole___ commented on a discussion: Any recommendations for an air purifier?
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I have a whole house "air purifier". It's by Aprilaire. I Googled it and they sell smaller versions. Aprilaire Allergy

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Michael

Yes on the vac discharge. That's just one reason we own a Miele.

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Elmer J Fudd

"That's just one reason we own a Miele"

Ditto, we do too.

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nicole___ commented on a discussion: Credit cards mileage vs. cash back vs. another thing
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I prefer cash back with my Chase Visa. Every month I get 5% cash back on the first $1500, then 1%. The problem with getting miles or gift cards is the limits on using the perks. Cash.....is the best perk....IMHO and....no annual fee. If you pay if off at the end of the month, no interest.

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localeater

“My spouse once had a card stolen - I didn't notify the issuer until I returned home because I wanted to continue to use it. Some $5K in charges had accumulated, all were reversed. Cost me $0.”

When you knew the card was stolen, and chose not to report it, You violated your cardholder agreement. You are required to notify them in 24 hours or you can be held liable. Increasing bank write offs contributes to why cards have high fees.

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Elmer J Fudd

I think I left out one detail, the story I was relating was a propos this thread - we were in Europe, on Day 4 or so of a nearly 3 week trip. She was the victim of a pickpocket but she was partially to blame because of forgetting to follow a simple precaution when in a crowd.

I called the card issuer the day I returned to the US. I'm an honest person - I told them exactly what happened, what I did, and why. The response was supportive and the rep on the phone said (as I recall) "that's fine, there's no problem. Let's go through recent charges and we'll reverse those that aren't yours."

They also got her debit card but for whatever reason that didn't get used. Maybe because of having a PIN?

PS- most foreign issued credit cards (including in our neighbor Canada) these days have PINs for protection. Most in the US don't but Chip + PIN cards are available from some US issuers and are useful for foreign travel. My second VISA is such a CHIP & PIN type. It's not essential to have but automated charge machines, like those to buy train or subway tickets, to pay for gas at the pump, etc., often won't take a US Chip and signature card. That's when my Pin version is useful.

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nicole___ likes a comment on a discussion: I'll Show You Mine/You Show Me Yours - 3/17
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nicole___ commented on a discussion: Gratefulness weekend - 3/16
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LOVED that video! Such pure...simple...JOY!

I'm grateful that I can do simple things. GF called us, they did without hot water for 2 days before bothering to call us to come over and light the hot water heaters pilot light for them.

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Annie Deighnaugh

My mindfulness teacher always said, as long as you are breathing, more is right than is wrong. I'm thankful for my breath...each and every life-giving one.

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yeonassky

I'm grateful for my dogs and kitties. They demonstrate unfettered joy. And make my heart sing and smile with their love and their personalities.

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nicole___ likes a comment on a discussion: The Good Doctor!
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lukkiirish

I watched that last episode last night and am so glad I did! I thought from the trailers that something bad had happened as a cliff hanger but I should have known better. What a great way to end the season!

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nicole___ likes a discussion: Sharing the green
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Mary506

Janie, I never said it was frustrating for me, I just made a statement that corned beef & cabbage was not a traditional Irish dish. lukkiirish, both my parents came from Ireland & it is not a way my parents wanted to celebrate their roots. I am not against St. Patrick's Day & think it is great that everyone wants to be Irish for a day. Another note St. Patrick was not Irish he was English. Most Irish immigrants could not afford beef in Ireland so no corned beef.

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glenda_al

Just give me a good Irish coffee! Cheers!



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nicole___ likes a comment on a discussion: I'm going to try this again...
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secsteve

I've gotten to that point where when someone starts berating the clerk, I ask them if they could do that persons job. Amazing how quickly that shuts them up.

There's absolutely no reason to berate someone who has no control over the situation.




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nicole___ commented on a discussion: Housing plan next door
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If your house stands out as "awesome", then a lot can be over looked. If your house has upgrades no one else has, a larger lot, a view, good schools.....all that is taken into consideration when pricing a home. There are no free rides because the rest of the neighborhood looks good and "those" houses have upgrades.

That's been my experience.

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chisue

Will the houses planned to sell for twice the township median be twice as large? 'New' should be desirable, but what's the rest of the appeal?

You say 'township'. Is there no more local municipality involved in approving the project, overseeing the build? How big is the subdivision? Will you need more roads, traffic signals, services, schools?

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functionthenlook

chisue our median price for our township is $172,000. The new houses will be between $300,000 to 350,000. Some of the new houses will be bigger than the average home and some will not. Presently demand out weighs supply in our township. The township is 33 sq miles and has a population of 5,500 in the 2010 census. If priced right they are under contract as soon as they are listed. . The township is mostly low to high middle income homes with still a lot of farms areas zoned agriculture only. Zoning is strictly regulated by each individual township/municipality.

One thing I don't like is the builder. He is one of the worst builders on the east coast. But the builder and its sister company are the only ones that build around here. The homes look good, but use the cheapest materials and very poor quality workmanship. Their contracts and warranties are not worth the paper it is printed on to the buyer. Once the home is closed on it is like pulling teeth to get them to fix anything. But even after hundreds of bad reviews people still buy them. Go figure? I really don't want to say who the builder is.


Not to change the subject but I liked the movie "Saving Private RYAN".

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nicole___ likes 3 comments on a discussion: Smile Today - 3/16
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Rusty


I'll probably get chastised for posting this one now. But it fits.

Rusty

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arcy_gw

It didn't even occur to me. I REALLY think people need to CHILL. If a person was truly offended we can apologize, if someone is just FEARING the PC police I say LET IT GO!! When people take offense where none was intended or even IMAGINED who is the smaller person?

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Sherry

I know. I do not like our new and UNIMPROVED society.

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nicole___ commented on a discussion: Montezuma's revenge
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I love Cabo. Hope you get to walk around the marina, the malls....and see a few local festival events. Happy Birthday to Kevin! Walking by The Giggling Marlin bar always makes me smile. It used to be almost dead center of the town, years ago.

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Lars

Sadly I think he is, but at least I had medication to give him. We have to check out at 7:30am and I hope we don't get lost again. We have no GPS here - just paper maps and I need to find one that I packed already. Thanks

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John Liu

That's such a bummer for this to happen to your vacation! I hope you and Kevin both feel better soon. Any photos of the trip?

I used to go to Baja Mexico - mostly Ensenada, sometimes San Felipe - to fish and sea kayak, frequently, when I lived in LA. Never went to Cabo, as it was too long a drive in a Jeep.

One early morning we were some miles offshore in the Pacific, in sea kayaks, when a pod of blue whales swam under us. I remember sitting still in the glassy water, and watching one whale surface a hundred feet away then submerge and glide beneath us, the swell gently lifting our boats. SWMBO remembers it better because she was only about fifty feet from the surfacing whale. The water was unusually smooth that day and the paddling was magical, each stroke seemed to propel the kayak effortlessly.

The previous day we'd paddled out to the Isla San Martin (?), in rough waters with people capsizing, being towed by other kayaks, and one person threw up in her kayak. The paddling was exhausting, as our boats went up and down the troughs and crests you had to expend energy bracing and steering, fighting through the water.

On rough days launching through the surf was difficult. We'd send one of the stronger paddlers out as a "probe". You paddle as hard as you can, when the big wave approaches you point your paddle along the boat and flatten your chest into the deck of the kayak, and try to punch through the wave. If the probe came swimming back, we knew the surf was too high to launch.

Other trips I went with my friend and we'd drink all night, then go to the docks early in the morning with a cooler and gear, hire a panga with a captain, and fish all day. Sometimes we got yellowtail, usually rockfish, and I learned that eel are delicious. We carried extra wallets with some cash and expired ID, when we were stopped by the police we'd hand over those wallets, while our real wallets and the rest of our money was in a secret compartment under the Jeep. The police didn't care about our fishing stuff or kayaks.

That was where I learned to love fish tacos and ceviche. Sometimes you'd beach your kayak and there would be a guy selling tacos with fish just caught and cooked from the ocean you'd just paddled in. Or a shack with beer and bowls of ceviche.

This was a long time ago when I was a lawyer. Then I got retained in a lawsuit arising from a murder on the road from Tijuana to Ensenada. The lawsuit was over the life insurance of the woman who was murdered, the dispute was whether her husband had murdered her, I represented the US insurance company who believed he did, in which case the proceeds would go to her minor children, so we also retained lawyers in Mexico to represent the children. The husband had some connection with the Ensenada drug gangs, and it was believed that he'd arranged for gang members to stop their car and kill his wife so he - and they? - could collect a million US dollars.

The Mexican lawyer was suing my client, but that was what we'd retained him to do, so we had a good relationship. One day the Mexican lawyer called me and strongly advised that I not go to Ensenada or Baja anymore. So that was the end of my Baja trips :-(

I never got the turistas on those trips. We took some precautions, but not many. Later we were in Indonesia and I'd go out at night and buy nasi goreng from the street vendors, who'd wave away the flies and scoop the fried rice onto paper plates. Never got sick from that either. However, I've been sick from food in the US and it would surely ruin a vacation!

In fact, when SWMBO and I went away together for the first time to some romantic getaway on the California coast, she got food poisoning and spent the whole weekend with one end planted on the toilet and the other end hanging in the sink - it was a small bathroom. It's funny now but she was kind of mortified at the time. I laid on the bed and read a book :-)

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nicole___ commented on a discussion: Are you ever a bit embarrassed to buy certain things?
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Yes, in Lowes. Found porcelain floor tile, .10cents a sq ft, loaded a cart FULL...then the cashier thought we were changing price tags/shop lifting when we tried to check out. The SKU on the yellow sale tag matched each box, we even brought the tag from the aisle. She had to call a manager....held up the line....everyone was looking at us like we were OBVIOUSLY robbing a bank......

Looking back on it....it was funny....

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nicole___

I remember running into a grocery store when I was about 16 years old ...buying one jar of baby food....for my baby iguana. The cashier said, "I hope your baby can survive on that!" At the time....I was just in shock. Now I'm thinking I should have had a quick come back.....

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lindaohnowga

Love the tampon ghost. I gave one of my tampon angels to a friend who hung it in her bathroom. She ended up with a very fat angel due to the heat and moisture from her shower. LOL We made some strange things years ago including sanitary pad slippers. LOL

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chisue

I'm not narcissist enough to think that what I buy is of any importance to a cashier.

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nicole___ likes 3 comments on a discussion: I'll Show You Mine/You Show Me Yours - Sa 3/16
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX


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dragonflywings42

Sunrise before a stormy day last week.

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Elizabeth


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nicole___ commented on a discussion: Ditz Moment
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lol Weeeeell.......I have my moments too. lol Cute Dawn.

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kathyg_in_mi

I go between reading books and reading on my kindle. Hate it when I tap my book trying to turn the page. Only works on the kindle!

Rob, I too try to swipe my computer. Use my pad a lot.

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rob333 (zone 7a)

I just could NOT figure out why it wouldn't work. Um, because you're an idiot Robin, that's why (giggle!)

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nicole___ likes 3 comments on a discussion: How Decorating Has Evolved
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mtnrdredux_gw

Keep in mind that "decorating" was initially an upper class endeavour, and at a time when labor was cheaper and income tax was nonexistent, the upper classes could well afford ample help. So they did not perform their own household chores and would not have decorated spaces used solely by the help.

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katrina_ellen

I did a tour of a wealthy families home from back in the 1920's and 30's and the main two floors where the family lived was decorated and done very nicely with beautiful finishes but the helps floor which was the very upper level was very utilitarian.

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Raye Smith

One exception that I can think of is the beautiful tile work that was done in the bathrooms of the 20's to 50's era.

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nicole___

cleaned house

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sweet_betsy No AL Z7

tired blood (remember that?)

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LoneJack Zn 6a, KC

blood thirsty

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nicole___ commented on a discussion: Can we start a new Chain Reaction Game?
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renewed hope

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LoneJack Zn 6a, KC

finished basement

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anitamo

Basement leaks

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nicole___ commented on a discussion: Friday/Weekend Quiz
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Coffee

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foggyj2

milk

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spam


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nicole___ commented on a discussion: I'll Show You Mine/You Show Me Yours - F 3/15
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Carol Mackie Daphne

They are an early Spring bloomer...

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schoolhouse_gw

An old fashioned favorite. I have some too.

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murraysmom Zone 6a OH

I have some too. And I love it.

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nicole___ commented on a discussion: Smile Today - 3/15
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kittywhiskers

Two young boys walked into a pharmacy one day, picked out a box of tampons and proceeded to the checkout counter.
The pharmacist at the counter asked the older boy, 'Son, how old are you?'
'Eight', the boy replied.
The man continued, 'Do you know what these are used for?'
The boy replied, 'Not exactly, but they aren't for me. They're for him. He's my brother. He's four."
"Oh, really?" the pharmacist replied with a grin.
"Yes." the boy said. "We saw on TV that if you use these, you would be able to swim, play tennis and ride a bike. Right now, he can't do none of those."

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