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Just curious -- how many people here have storm-related behaviors that might seem odd or even excessive to others?

My biological mother, for instance, would not touch any sort of plumbing fixture during a thunderstorm (yes, including that) as she had seen people come through the ER after being hit by lightning carried in the water and metal pipes -- turn on a faucet at the wrong moment and ZZZT!

She would, however, turn off/on electrical switches during storms and would drive a car (though, of course, an ER never gets an auto accident, right?).

My Grampa would head for the basement and drag the rest of the household down for tornado WATCHES, not just warnings with the sirens.

I like having the option of a storm shelter available, but generally won't use it until I can hear the "train" sound.  Therefore, I haven't yet used it.  I do NOT, however, head for the fenceline to watch for the funnel cloud!
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OK, so how do "they" decide that you have a xx% chance of dying of this and a nn% chance of dying of that...you omgWILL live x%/xmanyyears longer if you do this-or-theotherthing....

According to the CDC at this link (pdf), my granduncle LeRoy, born in 1903, had a life expectancy of 49.5 years; my grandfather, born in 1912, had 51.9 years.

Grampa died at 75, and Unca Roy was still driving the lawnmower up to the square to hang at the Liar's Bench.  He passed at 87.

Gramma (Unca Roy's sister, my maternal grandmother) died at 73; her daughter Virginia(yes, my mother), died at 60.

Uncle Roy started smoking at age 12, the roll-your-owns, I don't know when he started chewing but longer than I can remember for certain.  Never had cancer, emphysema, whatever. 

Grampa had adult-onset diabetes (runs in that side of the family -- his dad, brother and sister all had it too, and they died early b/c of NOT taking care), and I suspect that's WHY he lasted as long as he did -- he paid attention, did all the tests his doctor suggested, and kept track as well as possible for the state of technology then -- "dip-strips," eew!  Started with the pills in, oh, late 1960s? and went to insulin in the mid 70's if I recall right.

Gramma had "a bad heart" and hypertension for years; she died of congestive heart failure (and, I believe, a broken heart).

Virginia smoked for at least 25 years, two-pack-a-day (see previous rantage), but claimed that had nothing to do with the fact that she got emphysema later, that it was totally genetic, an enzyme deficiency.  And she was an RN *snort*.  Not just a river in Egypt.

SO.  Uncle Roy, smokes for over 60 years, no prob.  Ma, smokes for 25, quits to get remarried and lives another 15 years, dies from emphysema.  What's the difference?  Who would have predicted that variance?

"Every serving of alcohol takes three minutes off your life" according to some ad campaign a few years ago -- DH's dad should have died 5 years before DH was born by that criteria, says DH.

When married to Daughter's father, I took one of those stress questionnaires from a psych/counselor.  I should have been dead three years at the time I took the test, more than 20 years ago. 

That feller who started the whole jogging craze -- what was is name? -- much was made of the fact that he died of a heart attack.  I found an article that mentioned that he actually outlived what his doctors expected as heart problems "ran" in his family.

I have decided that there is only one thing that'll kill ya, and that's being born conceived in the first place.  Life has a 100% mortality rate (well, except for Elijah, and I'd call that the exception that proves the rule).  May as well enjoy it, and make your own decisions on what is and isn't worth giving up!






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There are still people in this town who don't know that "Mom" (DH's mother) passed more than two years ago.  One less yesterday, though, and one less today (if she picked up on what I didn't say). 


If they thought she was so swell and they were such good friends, why weren't they in touch while she was alive and why has it taken them this long and why did a stranger in the street have to make the announcement?

And howdaheck am I supposed to tell 'em, IF I am!?!?!  I don't want anyone having an MI on me!

Uhm...

Sep. 14th, 2008 07:36 pm
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" A [redacted] Business provides its clients with hands-on deep tissue massage, esalen massage, swedish massage, sports massage, prenatal massage, neuro muscular massage, myofascial massage, and reflexology massage, and also offers a line of oils, lotions, and other therapeutic products."


And hands-OFF deep tissue massage would be how...?
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 So other day I got to level 13 on Zuma, and it was one-only plate to clear.    But the way it twisted made it difficult to get at!  but finally, with one frog left, I got it.  

No bells, no whistles, just ... *bomph*  

Except that now I can't decide if I DID it, or DREAMED it and can't find an entry to verify doing it, so it must've been a dream.  How freaking bad is that, that I dream about a silly desktop game and use an online blog to keep track of my life?
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JUST wondering, this has NOT happened.  Yet.

So.  I'm in the basement, doing laundry or research.  There's a very loud knock on the door and I don't get there quite in time to suit the SWAT team on the other side.  They proceed to bust up the door and frame, likely shoot the dog, about give me a heart attack, and rip the house apart looking for something or someone I've never heard of.

Who is responsible for fixing the damage?  Does the PD have insurance for such things, or is it on me and the renter's/home-owner's insurance?  Does insurance cover something like that at all anyway?

You hear about cops getting the wrong house in the town down the street, but you never hear about a lawsuit for fixing the door or replacing the dog -- and this one is irreplaceable, I gotta admit, and I don't much like dogs.
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Grabbed two books basically at random on a Wallyworld run last week.

Different authors, different publishers.

In each book, a Mayan pyramid, a "snake god," an "other dimension," and Chichen Itza were prominent in the plot.

What's the odds?

Oh, and at least one "messiah figure" (like Aslan or Neo).

Soooo....

Apr. 16th, 2006 10:17 pm
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if the govenment isn't supposed to make any laws respecting one religion over another.....why are Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving _FEDERAL_ holidays?

Minor Rant

Apr. 6th, 2006 12:04 am
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Without claiming validity for any one Belief Path, I'd like to point out a certain inconsistency that's been nagging at the edges of my attention for a bit:

If the Christians are right, then it was necessary for the Christ to be executed in the manner claimed.  So why are they down on the Jews???????  Didn't the Jews HAVE to kill this person (whether any historical EVIDENCE exists is not, at the moment, the point) in order for the Christians to have their salvation?

Uh...

Mar. 2nd, 2006 06:38 pm
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Read an article in the new IFJ (formerly PNN) where someone mentions that during a NDE she saw Cerrunos and he was praying.

So now my brain is doing the whole ????????? thing: after all, to whom would a god pray? Another god/dess? The universe? So I'm shelvng that one for a bit.

EDIT: Husband suggests that a god would pray to US--to humans--that we don't stop believing in him/them. (Makes sense, esp if you've read AMERICAN GODS.)

Daughter suggests another god or an "over-deity."
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asked his friends list to define bravery.  AFTER the fact, of course, I remembered a movie (Yeah, so sue me) that did a pretty good job on ONE example:

Die Hard -- is it #3?  It starts with "Summer in the City" playing, which is punctuated by the front of a toy store blowing out (Whooooom)(big grin--Z like big boom!)--the bomb guy is trying to defuse a bomb in a school.  The counter is ticking down, there's no way e can get clear, and a entire industrial food warmer is filled with explosives and getting ready to go whomp.  He keeps going.  His boss even tells him to get out, they're moving the kids to safe distance, but he says there's no way to get them far ENOUGH in the time they have.  These are not his kids, he could run like hell and abdicate responsibility on the basis of his orders and that "they're moving the kids out, they'll be fine."

Has anyone NOT seen it who might want to?  Stop reading now if that's you.




So it blows.....and it's just koolaid or something innocuous like that.

But the bomb tech was still working on it when it blew.


Granted, it's just a movie, but it's a good example.
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has an interesting poll up today, one which got me to thinking (Danger!  Danger Will Robinson!) about aliens, UFOs, etc......

in all the "contact" books and articles I've seen--with the exception of the "Blue Book" stuff, which has no ACTUAL
contact--
the contactee is Joe/Josephine Average.
Or a tad below on the IQ/RQ end of things. Therefore, credibility for me is severely damaged. 
(Yeah, "they couldn't make that up if they're so dumb!"  Right.)

If ALFs want to crossbreed on us--which I can't for a minute imagine--wouldn't they want to breed for the MOST intelligent, successful, etc?
Not because I have anything against humans, or that I think aliens must be wonderful--but do you want to breed with a dolphin? 
They're intelligent, after all!

SO--and this is a two-parter--

1)  If you were an alien, would you want your species' genes mixed with the Cream-of-the-Crop, Forbes100, ISPE folks, or with the
less-educated,  "it-must-be-true-it-was-in-the-National-Enquirer" gawps that tend to get the interviews?

2)  ARE there "true story" contact books written by contactees from the upper end of the economic/social/intellectual range? 
     WHERE ARE THEY??????

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