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November 22, 2013, 1:37 amCan $3.65 Save Our Country?
It's late...it's windy and chilly outside and brain is working overtime,lol. Was just in bed reading Little House On The Prairie for the umpteenth time. This time of year I always feel like spending time in Laura Ingalls Wilder's world out on the prairie with Ma,Pa and the fam. And we think we have it hard in today's world,huh! How'd you like to churn butter every time you wanted some on your bread? Or have to go out and shoot your dinner meat?
Christmas was just as special to Laura and her siblings back then as it is to children now. How they looked forward to their stockings. A cane of peppermint candy, a little cake and pair of mittens were joyously received and fawned over and appreciated. Those tiny gifts probably meant more to those children then all the modern gadgets given out and discarded the next by today's youth.
But,anyhoo. Reading these books always tunes me up. Sometimes it makes me feel very lucky to be living in these times...and sometimes not. I wish I could enjoy a pair of mittens the way the prairie children did.
Then that got me thinking of all the poverty,hunger and homelessness that still runs rampant through our good old US of A. I think of that almost every day and give when I can.
But then an idea came to me. I'm sure I'm not the only person who's ever thought of this.
What is a penny these days? Pretty worthless. But a huge bunch of pennies is worth something.
Then I started thinking...wow. There's 315,000,000 people in the USA. If every single person gave a penny a day to some sort of one pot "fund" think of all the good it would do. That's $3.65 a year from every person. Is that a lot to ask?
That's one billion one hundred and 45 million seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars. Nice chunk of change. Think of all the people and animals that could help.
The 365 Fund. How could we make it happen?
Well,it's too late for my brain to go any further,lol. Just my 2 cents today. I'm going back to the prairie for awhile then I'll sleep on it. They say where there's a will there's a way. There must be some way. Of course not everyone could even afford that much but then again, there are others who could afford to give WAY more than that. Could you do without...say...4 lottery tickets a year? Or a coffee at Starbucks. Just think of some small thing you could give up during the year that equalled $3.65. Imagine the smiles and happy tail wags that small sum could bring to a lot of faces who are needing help this very second :)
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November 19, 2013, 8:54 amTrivia Contest--Win A Prize!!
Yes,that time is almost upon us again. Answer all 8 questions below and win your first present of the season...step by step instructions for my Pick 3 system "Weekly Pairs".
A new Christmas tradition that I started a few years ago is buying myself one thing I really wanted all year.
Doesn't sound like a lot of fun,does it,lol.
Oh,but it is! And this year,especially! Because this gift is something I've been waiting for for years. It's silly and all but still can't wait to "open" it. (and yes, I will wrap it :)
So what could it possibly be? I'll give you the first clue. DVD's.
Get your thinking caps on and GOOD LUCK!
#1--This family drama/comedy show started in the late 1970's. What is it?
#2--It took place in my hometown. Which city?
#3--What year was this show last marathoned on TV?
#4--On what channel?
#5--One actor who joined the show in the last season was a contestant on Dancing With The Stars. Who was it?
#6--What newspaper did the father work for?
#7--There is no such newspaper here. But we used to have 2 papers. Name them both.
#8--One member of the cast made an album. Which one?
OKAY,kids....the race is ON!! First contestant who correctly answers all 8 will get exclusive instructions for the system :)
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November 13, 2013, 6:30 pmA True Romance...sigh
Many years ago I used to be a waitress at Lyon's Restaurant. They were mostly here on the West Coast. Somewhat similiar to Denny's but a little better quality for a 24 hr restaurant.
Talk about workin' your ass off,lol. Tough work but I got spoiled coming home most nights with $100+ tips in my apron. And that was years ago. I used to feel very rich :)
As comes with the territory, waitresses always get their "regulars". On Friday nights sometimes it used to be annoying because I'd have quite a few people requesting my station and once people become familiar with you..they expect you to stand and around and chat. It's okay if you have a table or two but a full station? YIKES. (I still have, to this day, what we called in the business "server nightmares". Those dreams where I get sat a ton of people and I can't get to anybody...like walking in quicksand and moving in slow motion. ERRRR,those are such frustrating dreams! )
One couple I used to wait on often were so cute together. They must have been in their late 70's. Come to find out the wife wrote Silhouette Romance books,lol. Here this cute little old lady writing romances..it always struck me as kind of funny. (But,hey why not? Proves you're never too old to fall in love!) Then I found out that they lived just a few blocks from me. Since I always wanted to be an author this was somewhat encouraging :) She told me she would bring me a copy of her newest book and sure enough she did. And autographed it to me! Phyllis Halldorson. Sweet Sweet lady...sweet sweet couple.
After they told me they lived in my neighborhood, once in awhile I'd see them walking down the streets....HOLDING HANDS! They had been together since high school or college, can't remember. Wow..to spend your whole life with the same person...gotta give that a high five. Beautiful.
A couple of years ago I went searching for some more of Phyllis' books to see if she had anything new. Unfortunately I saw that she had passed away.(December 28, 2007) Immediately my heart dropped because I thought of her husband "Jiggs" (his nickname) She always dedicated her books to him. After 33 years of marriage and raising her family she started writing and sold her first Silhouette novel in 1980. So doing the math they must have been married 60 years. I can't even imagine how broken his heart was.
Cut to yesterday at the supermarket in the produce section. There he was! Jiggs! A little older (it has been about 14 years since I've last seen him) but very recognizable. I quietly went up to him and touched his arm.
"Hi, I wonder if you might remember me? I used to wait on you and your wife at Lyon's?"
And he grabbed my hand and pulled his cheek next to mine. He made me want to cry when he said "We lost her". But he was smiling....he always was smiling. Now I'm not really sure if he remembered exactly who I was since it was such a long time ago but he was chatty and told me he's 94 now and he keeps pretty busy with his "kids" (who I imagine are probably all in their 60's) He had a "Life Alert" button around his neck and he said he still lives in the same house which I was happy to hear. Just writing this makes me tear up because I know that he was the love of someone's life and she was the love of his and what could be sadder than that?
It made me heartbroken but at the same time it was really delightful to see him, in the flesh, and know that the "Jiggs" I see in the opening dedication pages of Phyllis' books is doing okay. She wrote romance because she LIVED it and what a great legacy to leave behind. Love..True Love..it really DOES exist! :)
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November 9, 2013, 10:29 amWho Couldn't Love Bubba??
I came across this little guy on some rescue website back in July and couldn't stop thinking about him (or wanting to adopt him!) I found a recent update yesterday on Facebook that he is now in a foster home. (Thank you,wonderful people!) Bubba is a "special needs" dog as he has trouble with his hind legs.
God Bless this sweet boy...I just love him! (I put him on my Christmas List. Hope Santa's listening!!)
Here's a video all about him...
As far as the other doggie that I was hoping to adopt...still haven't seen her come up yet for adoption. Still waiting. It takes months to rehab these dogs so still hoping!!
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September 26, 2013, 10:46 amMy Saturn Took A Knight Ride
Yes...yes...I do find myself addicted to old TV shows,"Knight Rider" being one of them,lol. And who woulda thunk it but my Saturn turned into K.I.T.T. last week.
Sneaky little fellow. Can't take my eyes off him for a second. Don't know why but have always felt like old Satty is a "he". I often talk to him when driving. Rub his gearbox when cranking him up and he never lets me down. He always starts. His birthday is this month. Have had him since September '95 even though he was the 1996 model. Brand spankin' new. We've had lots of good times these past 18 years.
He's usually parked in front of my house and have never had any trouble at all.
Until this past year.
Around June it was,I think,I was set to do my grocery shopping one day and noticed that things were askew on the front seat when I went to get in.
I'd been ruffled through!
The door was NOT left unlocked,of that I was positive. Some sticky fingers had gotten in and creeped their way all through the car. Had just put 2 big bags of pennies in the trunk to cash in at the Coinstar machine a few days before. Checked and yep...they were gone. Goodbye $50.00!
Car break in's are no biggy nowadays. I'm sure you've been "ruffled through" a few times yourself through the years. This was my first time.
It's a numbers game just like everything else...my number came up and I was chosen. Nothing else was taken but the pennies so I considered myself lucky.
Fast forward to about a month ago. Went out to my car to run another errand but heard a strange noise when approaching Satty. WHAT?? The windshield wipers were on! I automatically stuck my key in the door to open it but it probably was already opened.
DING DING DING DING...the warning bell was ringing like when you leave your door open. Noticed that my ignition was pushed in and stuck. I unstuck it with my key.
So someone was trying to steal you,Saturn? Here you are...the oldest car on the street and people just won't leave you alone. The thieves must have tried to jam something in the ignition to start it and accidently pushed up the wiper handle.
I didn't report either of these incidents to the police. What for? What can they really do? It's not like this is a Rolls Royce...he's just my cruising around the neighborhood car and used for grocery runs. He usually doesn't travel 2 miles further then my home and is semi-retired.
But I still love him and wouldn't dream of getting rid of him though I've had several notes left under the wipers over the years with phone numbers asking if I want to sell.
I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised last Tuesday when upon awaking at my usual 4:30 a.m. and glancing out the front window that Satty wasn't in his usual place.
He was GONE! I mean here I am staring at this huge empty space in front of my house and my brain just isn't computing....SATTY's NOT THERE. POOF! Out joyriding somewhere? I closed the shutter..opened it...kept looking. Nope,still gone.
I didn't immediately call the police. Waited till around 7 or so. I was calm but in a state of disbelief really. Just couldn't believe I'd never see him again.
So I make the dreaded call. They took all the information over the phone. No policeman comes to your house anymore to make a report (guess you're just not that important,Satty...except to ME)
I spent the morning puttering around trying to keep my mind off it. Still I was pretty calm...not like it was earth shattering or anything. Oh those thievin' thieves! If there's one thing I can't stand it's thieves! Taking something that's not yours....just don't know how thieves can sleep at night. (Oh,that's right....they don't! They're up all night taking your things!)
Was on the Lottery Post when a phone call came about 11:00 am.
It was the police!
"This is Officer So and So. We found your car."
What!!? That was fast!!! Satty was found about 5 blocks from my house on a street right next to the grocery store (one of his favorite haunting grounds. See? He doesn't like being far from home :)
I got a ride over to pick him up.
And there Satty was.....just sitting there waiting for me. Nobody in the driver's seat...just like he drove himself over there. Just like KITT!!
Apparently a witness had seen 2 guys in a gray car TOWING him around 4 a.m.
If only I'd been up just a wee bit earlier!!
And of course! They couldn't start him because I have Loctronics...that wonderful magical little doohickey that disables the starter. They must have also tried pushing him because he had a couple of long scratches and some black rubber looking smudges on the bumper.
His window was open and when I got in the seat was pushed way forward and the radio was blasting on a channel I never listen to. The fusebox lid was on the front seat...they were trying to bypass the Loctronics but HA HA!! Neener Neener Neener!! They must have given up. There was also a long strap that had been wrapped around the whole front frame of the car hanging down that I guess they used to pull him.
Creeps! I washed everything down with some Wet Ones I had in my purse. They'd also wrenched out my change cup in between the seats...ERRRRRR!!! Looked around in the car but couldn't find it.
But Satty started right up as soon as I gave him his Loctronics. Thank God for that little chip. Saved his life twice now.
I just have one question...Satty,no one looked twice at you your whole entire life. Why are you so popular now?
You are like a fine wine....you just get better with age,I suppose.
He's in the driveway now and resting after his ordeal.
And so this episode is over for the time being.
Tune in next week for more adventures of "Saturn Rider".
September 20, 2013, 10:51 pmI Could Watch This Woman Roast An Old Shoe...
Okay...Okay...confession time. I have some "girl crushes",lol. It doesn't matter what sex you are...everyone has crushes on both males and females at times.
Joan Crawford...check! Bette Davis? Check! Barbara Stanwyck? Check! Catherine Deneuve? Check! Lana Turner? Check!
That does it for the "movie world" but my main squeezes lately have been on the Food Network.
Ina Garten...otherwise known as the "Barefoot Contessa" really rocks my world :) Like my title says...I can watch this lady cook an old boot. Something about her voice and manner...her show is great to watch right before bedtime...she's very soothing. And I love how they film the show in the East Hamptons where she lives...it's so beautiful there. My dream date used to be Robert DeNiro but he has some stiff competition now,lol. Ina would be my dream date if she cooked me up one of her suppers...no contest!!
Alex Guarneschelli, a judge on "Chopped" is another chickie I just so admire. Love her demeanor...she's a tough judge but then when you see her compete on other food shows she's so humble and cute. I was rooting for her so hard to become the next Iron Chef and was SO HAPPY when she did it!!
Anne Burrell is one tough cookie chef but she's a character and so very knowledgable.
I envy all these women....they just know how to cook EVERYTHING. I'm a pretty good cook myself but sometimes don't know my flavors very well...like what spices to mix together.
Wow...to be able to go into the fridge and just know what to DO with everything..to come up with recipes at the top of your head...just WOW.
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September 19, 2013, 11:48 pmWHY Is She A Tramp?
It's because.... "She hates California, it's cold and it's damp....."
THAT's why the lady is a tramp,lol. Never quite understood the lyrics to this popular Sinatra song but always love hearing this version as he sings it to Rita Hayward in "Pal Joey".
Yep,it's Kim Novak month on TCM and wound up watching this movie again tonight. Can't say it's one of my favorite Sinatra flicks since his character is a little smarmy and overconfident but when he sings to Kim Novak in one scene where she's wearing that beautiful purple dress...well...let's just say I wouldn't have minded being HER for the day :P
Kim Novak was a big deal back in the 50's-60's. Besides being gorgeous...there was something very vulnerable about her....very sympathic that you weren't expecting from this va-va-voom. She had such a perfect figure yet she was like a little girl. My favorite all time movie starring her and Kirk Douglas is "Strangers When We Meet". Made in 1960 it was the story of a married architect (Kirk) and married housewife (Kim) who meet at their kid's bus stop and start a little dilly dallying. It's a sad picture but when I saw it for the first time years and years ago I never forgot it. Was so happy they ran it on TCM one day and now it's forever on my DVR :)
So much talent forgotten from the "old days". Were they really that long ago? My sister and I used to hold our ears when my father played Sinatra songs when were kids. Now I listen with mature ears and know why my father loved that music. It really is timeless.
There will never be talent like that again. A crooner singing corny songs? Would that ever be accepted in this fast paced life we live today? LOL. I'm so glad I grew up listening to that stuff even though the Disco era was really my music. But so glad my father introduced that other world to me..of classical and crooners. Dean,Bing,Frankie. Wow.
Nobody today can hold a candle to these guys.
And nobody ever will.
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August 7, 2013, 10:16 pmThe Day The Cellphones Stood Still
Probably mentioned it before but no, I don't have a cellphone. When I leave the house I don't wanna be bothered. My answering machine works just fine,thank you. They had a story about cellphone services on yahoo a couple of weeks ago and I made a comment about not having one and,of course,some jerko had to reply.."Well...what are you gonna do if your car breaks down one day?" And I replied back..."Well...cars have been breaking down since they were invented...what do you think people did in the "old days"???? Yeesh!! My comments always seem to get a lot of thumbs down,lol. But I don't care.
A couple of days ago my aunt and I were taking our usual night time walk and when we got to the corner of my block we slowed down because we saw something ahead on the sidewalk. Approaching it, we saw that it was a squirrel. It looked like a dead squirrel but then we saw it move. Obviously,it was injured. We didn't see any blood but it was just kind of on its haunches and shaking. It started to like,keel over,then would right itself. Everytime a car drove by you could tell the sound scared him and he scooted around.
Well,need I say it? My heart broke right then and there. Poor little thing suffering. It looked like it was going to die any minute.
What do you do? You can't pick it up and cuddle it...it is a wild animal,after all. You can't exactly take it to the vet at 8:30 in the evening or even to an emergency vet since most (if not all) do not tend to wildlife. Here it was getting dark and this poor little guy looked like he was headed for that big squirrel kingdom in the sky. As we continued on I started praying to God to end his suffering SOON.
I knew from experience it is difficult to get help for wild animals in the city here of Sacramento. We're in the middle of 2 rivers and the small mammals like skunks and raccoons and possums make there way into the city and your backyard especially if they're doing any work on the levees.I've rented a few traps in my day from the feed store to catch possoms that were in my front yard. Then take them to the river. If you call the city for a trap they charge you and then just kill the animals.
About 4 years ago the "toilet squirrel" incident occured. My mother calls me on the phone..."You're not going to believe this. I started hearing this squeaking coming from the bathroom and there's a squirrel in my toilet!!"
So I rushed over,lifted the lid and looked in there.Yep...it was a squirrel. This was on a Saturday evening...GOOD LUCK getting any help. He couldn't get out because the toilet was too deep. But first of all where the heck did he come from?
Poor thing had to stay in there through the morning. I got on the horn...callled the city. NOPE...can't send anyone out. No funds in the budget for that kind of service. Called 3 or 4 other numbers they gave me and FINALLY got ahold of a guy who's specialty was dealing with wildlife. He lived about an hour or two away and it was about 4 hours before he got here and by then the poor little soul was dead. I still can't get that out of my head and it still makes me cry to this day. The guy looked around the bathroom and found a hole underneath the cupboard where he had crawled in. He had actually crawled through the wall and was probably so thirsty he went for water then...bloop! May God have mercy on his little soul...just such a tragic thing. Well,the guy plugged up the hole with some kind of special goop then left with $200 of my money and the sad little squirrel in a plastic bag.
This brings me back to THIS squirrel incident. (What is it with me and squirrels??) And about getting help for this little guy.
I left my aunt's house after our walk and drove by the squirrel again just to check on him on the way home. There he was....didn't see any movement at first....but then I saw him twitch. My heart just clenched and I drove on home and bawled my eyes out pleading for his suffering to end. (Is that a bad thing? Of course we don't wish for anything to die but the state that squirrel was in..there wasn't any life left to pray for,I felt)
Needless to say, I didn't sleep very well. Woke several times with a heavy heart just hoping and praying that God have mercy on him.
The street he was on is not a main street but it is HEAVILY travelled by people walking and exercising. I can't count how many people passed us by jogging,bikeriding,walking their dogs while my aunt and I first saw the squirrel. They all looked then looked away. It was pathetic,really. I wanted to yell at them...WHERE's your cellphones now,you jerks??? A small creature is sitting here writhing in pain and you dare look away? You dare to not call or TRY to call someone for help??? (Not that there was anyone to call really since at that time of night everything's closed anyway) But STILL.
First thing in the morning I was planning to go around the block and check on him. Thought for sure a cat would get him or a dog since he was just plopped right there on the corner in the middle of the sidewalk.
My aunt called me first thing in the morning and said,"I have some news. I just went to the post office and passed by the squirrel and it is STILL MOVING."
My heart sunk. Surely this little guy couldn't have made it through the night. My prayers weren't answered. Where was God? Did He not hear me?
Maybe He did. Maybe He was about to teach me a lesson or something. I grabbed some unsalted almonds before walking around the corner because maybe the squirrel was hungry.
There he was....still shaking. Still leaning over. I tossed an almond at him but he showed no interest. Now my mission was to save this little guy. I felt so bad for wishing him dead. Now I wanted him to live with every beat of my heart.
I ran home and got on the phone. My land phone! I called our community information line and they gave me some numbers of places that dealt with Wildlife. 2 didn't answer but one had a recorded message. There was a place I could actually take him...they gave all the instructions. Put it in a box...poke holes in it. I googled where the heck this place was....out in the boonies. I didn't care if it was in TIMBUCKTOOO. There was actually a place that could help him! Why wasn't I informed about this before? Why this...why that? Forget all that now!! Go get the squirrel!!!
I ran over to my cousin's house and said...come help me save a squirrel. He grabbed a shovel and I grabbed my laundry basket on wheels (the basket I used to bring BusterBrat to the vet in :) It makes a nifty animal carrying case. Plus is had a nice cushy flannel sheet in it.
We drove around the corner and my cousin used the shovel to guide him into the basket. The squirrel had a little more life now, it seemed. It took us quite a few minutes...everytime the shovel touched him he'd jump. But that was a good thing!! Then the sprinklers turned on at the house on the corner and the squirrel was getting on the grass and was completely soaked by the time we got him in the basket and slammed the lid down. He looked like a little drowned rat but at least he was safe in the basket and away from anything else that could hurt him. More people were going by and watching us but no one said a thing. I didn't pay much attention because we were on a mission now.
For the first time in hours I felt a little better. He was protected in the basket...he was out of harms way. I put him in the backseat... we jumped in the car and got on the freeway. Had just taken a glance at the directions to this wildlife association so wasn't sure exactly where we were going but, I tell you, God was driving that car yesterday...my hands were just the tool. We got lost a couple of times but somehow, about 30 minutes later we arrived at the Wildlife Care Association. I ran in, filled out a paper with my name and wheeled him in. I stared in the basket hoping that we werent' too late and his little wet head was up and he kinda looked back at me before the lady wheeled him away.I can't describe how HAPPY I was to see this little life still hanging on!
I asked if I would be able to find out what happens and she said probably not since they recieve around 6,000 wildlife animals a year. It's hard for them to keep track of all the smaller animals. They rehab them and send them back out in the wild. And get this...it didn't cost me a thing!! WHAT!!!! I was ready to sign my house over to these wonderful people who do this!! They are all volunteers...vets...specialists...etc. I can't believe a place like this exists!!
So now I'm going to make a donation...how can I not? They were the only ones who could help and hopefully I can spread the word out more around my city that this great santuary exists for these little creatures. And I'm going to call them in a couple of days to see if there's the slightest chance I can find out about his fate.
I feel relieved that he didn't wind up as a cat's lunch or didn't burn to death on the sidewalk (it was going to be pretty warm that day...luckily our evenings and mornings are cool) then get kicked in the gutter. Sweet little thing...I sure hope I can find out what happened.
Guess the lesson in all this is...NEVER GIVE UP HOPE NO MATTER HOW DOUR THE SITUATION. I admit...I gave up hope but God didn't let me. He sent a helpless squirrel to teach me that,"The Sidewalk Kid" we named him.
And it's a lesson I'll never forget.
It also taught me something about people. I admit I was so angry watching their averted eyes at something that was obviously in pain......but maybe they were as scared as the squirrel...about getting involved...about not knowing what to do.
I didn't know either but all I had to do was pick up a phone.
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July 29, 2013, 11:28 amO Happy Day Today!! Last Of Hoarding Dogs Saved!!
Just checked this morning and the 7 remaining Hoarder Souls were pulled yesterday!!!
Was praying my heart out these past few days. I,like a lot of people, were really rooting for these dogs to be rescued. Now they will get the medical attention they need and the love they deserve. I've seen 3 put up for adoption already.
Here's one....how cute is THAT??
What a difference a bath can make!!! These little guys are getting their first dose of TLC ever. This is one of the younger ones. Most of them are Shepard Mixes.
My heart is smiling for the first time since I've heard about this case. I will post more "freedom photos" of the dogs as they become available.
And now on to pay up my pledges for these dogs. This is the best money I've spent in years!!!!
July 22, 2013, 6:37 pm13 Hoarding Dogs Left...Praying Today
Hoping more rescues step up to the plate today...their time is running out. SIAR supposedly went and saved 7 more today...kudos to them for taking a majority of these poor souls.
One of the dogs had to have an operation to take a chunk of glass out of it's abdomen/stomach. These sweeties were eating dirt!!! I certainly hope the "hoarder" will be eating dirt one day....heck...they don't even deserve that!
God help you if you abuse animals....He is watching!!!!
July 16, 2013, 2:05 pmHoarder Dogs Need Your Help Please! 40 dogs left
As you know from my last blog entry I've been keeping an eye out on these poor dogs.
If anyone can help pledge a dollar or two to help the remaining 40 out of 135 San Bernadino Hoarder Dogs so that they may be rescued..please visit the Friends of Freddie page on Facebook today.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I've pledged for 3 or 4 dogs...seeing if I can dig a little deeper in my change pocket today.
These sweet babies have been living in squalor for years and desperately need us :)
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July 12, 2013, 4:05 pmHelp Me Name My New Maybe Baby Doggy!!
Some of you may have seen the story lately about the 130 dogs rescued in San Bernadino. My heart just broke when I saw this particular photo of one of the dogs after it had been taken to the Devore Shelter. Guess we can't explain why some things touch us more than others. I really wanted them all after seeing the pictures but couldn't get this one out of my mind. I wanted this baby!
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June 20, 2013, 10:18 amRIP Tony Soprano
Like most of the world today I'm in shock over James Gandolfini's passing. Couldn't believe it when I saw it show up on yahoo last night. It was like being socked in the stomach....felt that physical. Guess that show and character still packs a punch.
The Sopranos will go down in history as one of my (and millions of others) all time favorite shows. And not because I'm half Italian but just because it was a brilliant show. The character of Tony Soprano evoked so many emotions. This was a man who killed and hurt people (not only physically but mentally....just ask his long suffering wife Carmella).
Yet we loved him. And it was because of James Gandolfini's raw,soulful blood and guts acting.
We couldn't take our eyes off him. We saw his vulnerable side. We saw him cry. We saw him trying to be a good dad and struggle with "mother" issues. We felt his stress and pain.
This character was us. (well....except for the maiming part,lol)
Many of you may know that David Chase (the creator of the Sopranos) used to write for the Rockford Files occasionally. All of the shows that had to do with the "mafioso" were usually written by him. You will see the beginnings of the Sopranos in those shows. A couple of the same actors that played in those Rockford shows actually turned up on the Sopranos years later.
I never watched the show when it originally aired. Picked up the first season on DVD when it came out though. I admit I didnt really get into it at first. But then after watching the 4th episode...the one where he's taking his daughter to college...it finally kicked in and I knew there was something great here. After all these years I still haven't finished watching the complete series. Stopped around the 5th season. That's what happens when I really like a show,lol. Find it hard to finish watching it when I know there won't be any more episodes. Now I will have to go back and watch the whole thing. It will be that much sadder this time around but what better way to honor the timeless, gut wrenching great piece of work this show is.
The last drink at the Bada-Bing has been served.
This one's for you...Tony.
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May 11, 2013, 4:05 pmSystem Writer...Not Psychic
Yes, I love numbers. Yes, I love working with numbers. Yes, I like sharing what I learn.
I, like many others here on LP, am questioned frequently "What do you see for Tri State Mid or Ohio Eve...or Timbucktoo in 2023?"
Well,let me haul out the old crystall ball,lol.
Sorry, I am not a psychic. I do not make up magic lists of numbers for every state everyday. Don't have time. I have shared dozens and dozens of systems here. Go to the Lottery Systems Board and set the "Show Topics" box to "All History and peruse at your leisure all that the great family here at LP have written.
Here is what I CAN tell you....upgrade your membership here IMMEDIATELY to PLATINUM and you will "see" what I do.
Learn how to use the SEARCH DRAWINGS feature. Find hot numbers that show up in your state that you should be playing if you are really serious about lowering your odds in lottery games.
If you aren't reading this messsage now in my blog and send me a PM asking what will show up in your state I will send you this so you can understand where I'm coming from.
Sorry if I sound a little harsh but you have to realize that we aren't psychics. "Predictors" to a point...but that's about it. I am happy to answer any of your questions to the best of my ability or if you have trouble with a system or,when time permits,I can do a little searching for hot numbers for you. But as for telling you what is going to be drawn on any given day...NOBODY can tell you that.
Only the machine knows for sure :)
I just write the formulas like others here. Nothing I have shared on the LP or in my books is written in stone. That's the great thing about systems...you can change them to your heart's desire. I love it when people take something I've written and rework it. That's what it's all about.
We try our best about helping you lower your odds. Because that's all we can do. So,speaking for myself and all the other great contributors here,we love to help you. But,please,remember...we system writers have a lot of ideas....do a lot of studying and testing...but at the end of the day we're in the dark just like you until the numbers are drawn.
May 8, 2013, 12:37 pmDuty Calls!
Can there ever be a more wasted day in your life then being called for jury duty? LoL. I know,I know,it's an important part of being a citizen in the good old USA but can't they do something to make it less....what's the word I'm looking for....time consuming? It's the one day that you get to spend behind bars while the defendant stands out in the hall.
My first summons appeared when I was 19. Waaaay back then you had to serve for 2 weeks,lol! I don't know how I did it. One day now is excrutiating. Thank God they changed that,here in California at least. If you don't get picked to be on a jury that first day you're free to go. They can't bother you for the next 18 months. But bother me they do. On average I've been summoned every 2 to 3 years....UGH! It feels nice to be so loved....NOT!
I knew my time was coming. Yep,there it is! Last service was in 2011. I can just about set my watch to it.
The summons envelope arrived about a month ago and so I reported to duty this past Monday. Same old drill. Bad movies playing in the lounge...something with Rock being a "Bad Daddy" and Robin Williams in a motor home. Wasn't really paying much attention. I was "people watching" instead. Some creepy guy eyeing this young girl up and down who was sitting next to him at one of the desk stations where people can use their laptops. EWWW! Another girl on a laptop with a headset on staring intently at the screen. Every once in awhile she'd mumble quietly into the mouthpiece....things like..."sandmich....sandmich....el-ahsh...el-ahsh" I'll admit,THAT made me curious. And here I thought she was some kind of telemarketer or landing planes. ODD!
Then there were the "readers" (which I was TRYING to do but is almost impossible with all the commotion around you.) That's why I brought a large print Harlequin Romance because I knew there would be no "serious" reading accomplished that day,lol. Everytime I'd go to read the first line of Chapter 1, a tittering roar of laughter would burst out from the...ahem...white-haired group of people watching Rock dig into a huge plate of spaghetti or getting squirted with something. I smiled more watching them then at the movie...cute!
Tap! Tap! Tap! The ladies who are in charge kept tapping on the microphone before they made an announcement. It's really to wake you up, I think.
"Just to give you a heads up....We have 3 panels we'll be calling this morning...we're just waiting to hear from the courtrooms." Blah blah blah.
I have a little trick I do. Don't know if it's "foolproof" but it HAS worked the last 2 times I've been on jury duty. When they start calling out names from the lottery pool I start saying to myself..."no,no,no,no,no,no,no,no..." They call in alphabetical order and when it gets near my last name I REALLY turn it on and say it a little louder (only in my head,mind you...lol) "NO,NO,NO,NO,NO,NO.." And,hey,it worked! Didn't get chosen at all on Monday. Try it next time you're summoned :)
I still wish they could do something about the wasted time,though. There must have been 400 people there. That's a lot of twiddling thumbs. They called about 5 panels all day...about 20 people each time so...what? That's really only about 100 people they needed. You'd think they'd have some kind of idea how many trials would be going on but they never seem to. And it never changes in all the 20+ years I've been. The jury lounge even looks exactly the same! Someone really needs to improve the magazine section. Please! Not everyone is interested in golf.
So what did I learn while doing my civil duty? Men read Stephen King and murder mystery thrillers. Women read Nora Roberts and Tami Hoag. Men are more quiet but Women love to TEXT CONSTANTLY!! This society we live in is something else,I tell ya. In the "old days" I remember striking up a lot of conversations with people sitting around me. It was fun way to pass the time. Now everyone is so into themselves and their little screens. It's really pathetic. I don't even have a cellphone and like it that way!
I guess the day was really "summed up" when this older Oriental man with ipod headphones in his ears happened to turn around smiling and said "This is the most boring day of my life!" I gotta "lottolaughs" out of that one. Well said,sweetie. Made my day!
Signing out now....until 2015. This is one lottery I wouldn't mind losing for a change!
Last Edited: May 8, 2013, 1:04 pm