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Soap Box Corner / Re: Gripes
« on: December 27, 2017, 09:38:41 PM »
More of the same..............

Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while
sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese.  So one moose, 2 meese? One  index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?  Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people
recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship?
Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You  have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which
your house can burn  up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling
it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity
of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are  invisible

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(And my particular favorite......................Why do we park in a driveway and drive on a parkway?  ?)

PS. - Why doesn't 'Buick' rhyme with 'quick'?
 
You lovers of the English Language might enjoy this.
 
There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is 'UP..'

It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP ? At a meeting, why does a topic come UP ? Why do we speak UP and why are the Officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?

We call UP our friends. And we use it to brighten UP a room,  polish UP the silver; we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and
some guys fix UP the old car. At other times the little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and
think UP excuses. To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.

And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP. We open UP a store in the morning but we close  it UP at night.

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!  To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized
dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty
definitions. If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more..

 

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP . When the sun comes out we say it  is clearing UP... When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP. When it doesn't rain for awhile, things dry UP.
 
One could go on and on, but  I'll wrap it UP, for now my  time is UP, so.........it
is time to shut UP!

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Soap Box Corner / Re: Gripes
« on: December 27, 2017, 09:26:17 PM »
Another example of our confusing language

 If you ever feel stupid, then just read on. If you've learned to speak fluent English, you must be a genius! This little treatise on the lovely language we share is only for the brave. Pursue at your leisure, English lovers.

Reasons why the English language is so hard to learn:

1.  The bandage was wound around the wound.
2.  The farm was used to produce produce.
3.  The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4.  We must polish the Polish furniture.
5.  He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6.  The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7.  Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
8.  A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9.  When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10.  I did not object to the object.
11.  The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12.  There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13.  They were too close to the door to close it.
14.  The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15.  A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16.  To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17.  The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18.  After a number of injections my jaw got number.
19.  Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
20.  I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
21.  How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

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Homemaking, Food & Gardening / Re: What's For Dinner?
« on: December 21, 2017, 07:56:24 PM »
THANK YOU.........

I'll check them out.

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Homemaking, Food & Gardening / Re: What's For Dinner?
« on: December 21, 2017, 05:44:41 PM »
Didn't see a link PAT...........

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Homemaking, Food & Gardening / Re: What's For Dinner?
« on: December 21, 2017, 05:40:01 PM »
Thank You Jean...that's the one.

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Homemaking, Food & Gardening / Re: What's For Dinner?
« on: December 21, 2017, 03:49:01 PM »
Looking for a recipe for 'Crusty Bread' that I thought I saw in this Forum.


Used 'search' but it didn't show up.

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Leisure Activities / Re: Poetry
« on: December 21, 2017, 11:20:42 AM »
MARILYNE:

I agree with you ......


IF ONLY.........................

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Leisure Activities / Re: Poetry
« on: December 19, 2017, 11:02:56 PM »
Not sure if this will get the recognition it deserves here but seems the most likely Forum for it...........

 This is a good one to think about!

A  CHRISTMAS POEM

‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF PLASTER AND STONE.

I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
AND TO SEE JUST WHO IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.
 
I LOOKED ALL ABOUT, A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS, NOT EVEN A TREE.
    NO STOCKING BY MANTLE, JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.
  WITH MEDALS AND BADGES, AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
A SOBER THOUGHT CAME THROUGH MY MIND.
FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT, IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER, ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.
 THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING, SILENT, ALONE,
CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.
 THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE, THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
NOT HOW I PICTURED A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.
 WAS THIS THE HERO OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO , THE FLOOR FOR A BED?
 I REALIZED THE FAMILIES THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS  WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.
 SOON ROUND THE WORLD, THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.
THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS, LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.
I COULDN'T HELP WONDER HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.
THE VERY THOUGHT BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
I DROPPED TO MY KNEES AND STARTED TO CRY.
THE SOLDIER AWAKENED AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
"SANTA DON'T CRY, THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;
  I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM, I DON'T ASK FOR MORE,
MY LIFE IS MY GOD, MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS."
  THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
I COULDN'T CONTROL IT, I CONTINUED TO WEEP.
I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS, SO SILENT AND STILL
AND WE BOTH SHIVERED FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.
 I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR SO WILLING TO FIGHT.
 THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER, WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA, IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE."
ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH, AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
"MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT."
  This poem was written by a Marine. The following is his request. I think it is reasonable.....
  PLEASE. Would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon, and some credit is due to our U.S. service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities. Let’s try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe.
 
Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us. Please, do your small part to plant this small seed.

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Photos and More / Re: Photo Slide Shows and Home Videos
« on: December 17, 2017, 12:53:17 PM »
Like RICK....not sure where to show this impressive Christmas presentation.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5mdybeyLVc

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Photos and More / Re: Show Me A Photo Of...
« on: October 23, 2017, 10:31:53 PM »
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Looks ominous but no trouble............

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Photos and More / Re: Show Me A Photo Of...
« on: October 23, 2017, 10:30:32 PM »
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Another ARIZONA sky..................

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Computer Store / Re: General Computer Q & A
« on: October 23, 2017, 09:46:09 PM »
CALLIE
Which browser do you use?
About the only time I get the "script message" is when I use Firefox as my browser.

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for October 2, 2017
« on: October 04, 2017, 05:01:04 PM »

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Wildlife / Re: Grey Squirrel
« on: September 27, 2017, 11:59:16 AM »
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Lead Singer of the Quartet......................

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Wildlife / Re: Grey Squirrel
« on: September 27, 2017, 11:55:09 AM »
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SEE WHAT I MEAN......................

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Wildlife / Re: Grey Squirrel
« on: September 26, 2017, 06:16:01 PM »
Welcome to the Club Sue. In my case I have a Black Walnut tree that they enjoy.
They are up in the tree, shaking down nuts the size of tennis balls.
I think they enjoy mocking us by sitting outside the window on our deck and leaving 
their mess right outside the patio door and on the railings, just to irritate. :tickedoff:

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Photos and More / Re: Show Me A Photo Of...
« on: September 10, 2017, 11:10:42 PM »
bubble.

It is a cactus but it is a plastic light up Arizona 'xmas tree'.

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Photos and More / Re: Show Me A Photo Of...
« on: September 09, 2017, 10:40:30 PM »
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COLD CLOTHESLINES

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Photos and More / Re: Photos Old and New
« on: August 27, 2017, 09:00:47 PM »
Hi FlaJean........My wife and I share that same date.      8/25/56

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Photos and More / Re: Show Me A Photo Of...
« on: August 27, 2017, 08:56:27 PM »
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On a Volkswagen.........known as a Bug in the U.S.

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Photos and More / Re: Photos Old and New
« on: August 17, 2017, 09:27:11 PM »
Jackie.........
Are you aware of this amazing group?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_lXqMmevog

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Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: April 27, 2017, 10:16:19 PM »
WOWWW...............VERY MOVING.

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Photos and More / Re: Photos Old and New
« on: March 18, 2017, 02:13:56 PM »
Belated Response....
Thanks for the comments on the AZ Sunset.
SHIRLEY....
We live in Wisconsin, and for about 20 years, we trekked down to Siesta Key Florida for a month or so.
In 1995, our daughter, son-in-law and two grandkids moved from WI to AZ.  We haven't seen Florida since.
At first, my wife complained about missing the beaches but I convinced her that out here there is nothing but beaches...just no adjoining water .
We usually come out here for March and part of April.

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Photos and More / Re: Photos Old and New
« on: March 16, 2017, 03:49:03 PM »


AZ Sunset last night.......................

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Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: March 08, 2017, 10:27:25 PM »
Wonderful acapella group. Inspirational song.

http://nethugs.com/music/how-great-thou-art-home-free/

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Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe Week of February 19
« on: February 25, 2017, 09:18:16 PM »
CIABATTA  or sometimes spelled CHIABATTA???

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Computer Store / Re: General Computer Q & A
« on: February 23, 2017, 03:33:44 PM »
Scam Alert for CHROME users.....from Clark Howard......

http://www.clark.com/google-chrome-scam-can-infect-device-with-malware

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Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: January 31, 2017, 04:47:08 PM »
I believe it's  Matthew McConaughey.

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