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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21930 on: June 26, 2013, 02:58:00 PM »
Well then it must not be fair to me since I too have no husband, and must dig out and shovel out MY car when it snows. The complex takes care of the parking lot, but I'm on my own with the car. Oh woe is me. I also dig out my 87-year-old neighbor's car too.

I once had a retired neighbor who bought a snowblower, and many was the time I'd come home to find my sidewalks cleared. I always felt sort of embarrassed by having someone 50 years older than myself doing my sidewalks, but he was so proud of the snowblower he would go up and down the block doing the sidewalks of those of us who had to leave for work early in the morning.

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« Reply #21931 on: June 26, 2013, 03:06:41 PM »
I once had a retired neighbor who bought a snowblower, and many was the time I'd come home to find my sidewalks cleared. I always felt sort of embarrassed by having someone 50 years older than myself doing my sidewalks, but he was so proud of the snowblower he would go up and down the block doing the sidewalks of those of us who had to leave for work early in the morning.

Haha, my husband bought one a couple years ago, he was way upset the year we didn't get enough snow for him to use it.  This past year, he went around the entire block and did everyone's sidewalks and the driveway of anyone elderly or anyone who had little kids.  He came home with 70 bucks, cause some people refused to let him leave without paying him, and later that day another neighbor brought us some home canned pickled green beans. What do I cook those with?  Ham, maybe?

Something horrific I saw mentioned several years ago, but I was never able to confirm it: a man put JAM on his child's cheek, so that he could get a picture of a bear "kissing" the child.  Sickening to think about, so I hope that bystanders prevented such idiocy.

Elfmama, I think that's an urban legend, at least according to snopes:  http://www.snopes.com/critters/malice/bearmaul.asp
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« Reply #21932 on: June 26, 2013, 03:11:12 PM »
Pickled green beans?  You just eat them like you would any pickle.  You don't need to cook them

Note to self:  must learn how to pickle.  I LOVE pickled beans and carrots and the way my garden is going, I'm going to have a lot of produce.
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« Reply #21933 on: June 26, 2013, 03:20:14 PM »
Pickled green beans?  You just eat them like you would any pickle.  You don't need to cook them

I have to say that never even occurred to me.  "Green beans" is immediately partitioned to "side dish" in my brain.  I spent all this time trying to think of an entree, and I could have been snacking the whole time.
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« Reply #21934 on: June 26, 2013, 03:57:15 PM »


I understand completely when it's his IBS that's giving him trouble.  (I wish he was a little more understanding about MY IBS, but oh well.)  Sickness gets a pass. 

 But if *I* go home in the middle of the day or don't come in for a few days, I am likely to get a lecture.   

You do realize that a symptom of IBS can be incessant and uncontrollable diarrhea?
The poor man may be trying to make it home before he humiliates himself at work.
I really think this trumps other stress-related ailments that might make it hard to remain at work during a stressful day.

I *do* realize that as my Doctor gave me the same diagnosis (mine is very mild, according to Dr, but I do know its problems).  Boss is very up front about telling us when he is taking sick time and why.  Today's problem was not IBS...it was simply that he was p***ed off with trouble we are having with patrons today and took vacation time.  He was equally up front about that.  Guess I should have made it clearer...I just stink at explaining stuff.

In any event, if I were to say I had had it with some of our patrons who are reality challenged I would hear "Good try."

My apologies, Yarnspinner. How I managed to quote that line, without comprehending that you did indeed understand IBS because you yourself have it, I cannot imagine.
I attribute it to...well... I'm not feeling so well today. You know why.  ::)

Gotcha!  ;-)

If I am being completely honest, I don't blame the boss for going home.  It is brutally hot here, the a/c being broken in several places, the patrons are, to be blunt, getting a little funky and the heat is making all of them more than a little crabby (it's OUR fault the heat is so high and the ac hasn't been fixed, you know) so it's probably a good idea he did go home.  He's probably being pro active and doesn't want to admit it.

And I love how there's an ad for Probiotics at the bottom of the page. 

Feel better, Jocelyn....if it gets much worse, I may be joining you!

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« Reply #21935 on: June 26, 2013, 04:01:01 PM »
Heck, can I nominate the whole library board?  Last year they had the roof fixed, which was nice (although it still leaks in places) except that the roofers knocked out the AC that goes to tyhe large staff office room and parts of the administrative floors.  Last year. 

They just put the replacements out to bid last month (or so I am told).  Why?  Because they liked having what looked like a surplus in the budget and didn't think we should spend the money.

They have, of course, paid for things we DON'T need in the last four months, but those pesky A/Cs and the (still only a dream) handicapped and new public bathrooms?

Nah. 

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« Reply #21936 on: June 26, 2013, 04:07:10 PM »
Pickled green beans?  You just eat them like you would any pickle.  You don't need to cook them

Note to self:  must learn how to pickle.  I LOVE pickled beans and carrots and the way my garden is going, I'm going to have a lot of produce.

I pickle green beans for DH every year. He swears they go great with beer. Pickling isn't too difficult, but I take over the kitchen when I do it.

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« Reply #21937 on: June 26, 2013, 04:22:32 PM »
I understand what everyone is saying.  If you are homesick, you are homesick...I would be, too....but I would not sit at a table full of people who had given you a job and tell them that their way of life and their country suck and that they have no idea what really good living is......If he had said "I really miss my home, it was such fun to do XYZ..."  but to say "This peach from X Farm is terrible.  Back in Mother Country We had peaches."  or to criticize (loudly and often) the economic practices that GAVE him a job....THAT grew old really, really fast......

Yes. There is an extremely large difference between "I miss my home" and "This place where I have chosen to live sucks, and here's why."

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« Reply #21938 on: June 26, 2013, 04:26:27 PM »
Re:  (Lightening and) thunderstorms (this is long - but I do have a point)

They are pretty common in my neck of the woods in the summer on those hot, hazy, humid days.  Growing up, I loved them.  If it was a mild one, I'd even go for a walk in the rain.  They never bothered me when I was camping or anything, unless it was right on top of us.

Then a coworker of mine was killed by a lightning strike when he was camping with his wife and another couple.  The boys had gone to re-peg down the tent; the girls were in the truck.  He was killed instantly and his buddy was also technically dead.  Coworker's wife knew he was gone but did CPR on the buddy and brought him back.  I don't know where she found the strength; her training must have just kicked in.

So now, while I still love thunderstorms, I love them from inside my house, where I'm not using any water.  (When he was a kid, my Dad's mother was at the kitchen sink and had just turned to talk to the family when lightning hit the house and the electricity was conducted through the metal pipes up through the kitchen sink drain.  Hence, no water use during storms.)

When I went to school in Pensacola, a couple special snowflakes (not from Florida) said "I don't mind the rain" and hung around the light poles in the dorm courtyard. Apparently they didn't grasp that Florida's summer thunder storms = get your butt back inside, away from the constant lightning. On a side note: Lightning hit so close to the kitchen window recently that all the kitchen dishes rattled, the cats were startled and the electricity in the bathroom was knocked out (yeah, I'm gonna need an electrician to come in)  :o

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« Reply #21939 on: June 26, 2013, 04:52:02 PM »

 On a side note: Lightning hit so close to the kitchen window recently that all the kitchen dishes rattled, the cats were startled and the electricity in the bathroom was knocked out (yeah, I'm gonna need an electrician to come in)  :o

Stupid question but I have to ask anyway. Did you check the breakers to make sure you just didn't trip the GFI?  The way some of my units are wired. 1 GFI tripping anywhere in the bathroom will shut off all of the bathroom breakers. (and for some reason, 2 outlets in the livingroom which are not on a common wall.)

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« Reply #21940 on: June 26, 2013, 05:19:23 PM »
N.J. man faces fines in bear attack.

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[He] was hiking at Worthington State Forest in Warren County with his three children late last month when he saw the black bear and tossed a bagel its way in the hope of getting a snapshot.

But the plan backfired. The bear devoured the bagel and went after Jacobs' 5-year-old son, Billy, who was left with claw marks on his arm and shoulder blade.

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« Reply #21941 on: June 26, 2013, 05:44:20 PM »
Pickled green beans?  You just eat them like you would any pickle.  You don't need to cook them

Note to self:  must learn how to pickle.  I LOVE pickled beans and carrots and the way my garden is going, I'm going to have a lot of produce.

I pickle green beans for DH every year. He swears they go great with beer. Pickling isn't too difficult, but I take over the kitchen when I do it.

Making dill beans is dead easy. 

Keep the brine from a jar of pickles you like. 

Blanch fresh green beans.

Let them cool and stuff them into the jar of brine. 

Adding some fresh chopped garlic and a sprig or two of fresh dill will help. 

Let sit for a week or so and enjoy. 

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« Reply #21942 on: June 26, 2013, 06:42:02 PM »
I highly recommend the book "Real Food Fermentation" by Alex Lewin.  He was at the Baltimore Book Festival last year and I was his handler.  Great book and designed to break down pickling and fermentation in an Alton Brown sort of way.  The stuff he made was fantastic.  I've been making my own coleslaw so far and I'm thinking of expanding into other things

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« Reply #21943 on: June 26, 2013, 07:00:55 PM »
N.J. man faces fines in bear attack.

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[He] was hiking at Worthington State Forest in Warren County with his three children late last month when he saw the black bear and tossed a bagel its way in the hope of getting a snapshot.

But the plan backfired. The bear devoured the bagel and went after Jacobs' 5-year-old son, Billy, who was left with claw marks on his arm and shoulder blade.

This kind of thing makes me feel ill. This sort of person should not be allowed to care for children or perform in any role involving responsibility for others. "Oh, look, a wild and deadly animal which is much stronger than me and about which I know next to nothing! I'll just lure it over here near my children whom I have forgotten in my much more important quest to get a photo!"

I have a Darwin Awards Omnibus (who doesn't?) and one of the most unsettling ones was about a woman who was merrily spreading honey on her child's face so that she could take a wonderful photo of the bear licking the toddler.

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« Reply #21944 on: June 27, 2013, 08:41:00 AM »
N.J. man faces fines in bear attack.

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[He] was hiking at Worthington State Forest in Warren County with his three children late last month when he saw the black bear and tossed a bagel its way in the hope of getting a snapshot.

But the plan backfired. The bear devoured the bagel and went after Jacobs' 5-year-old son, Billy, who was left with claw marks on his arm and shoulder blade.

This kind of thing makes me feel ill. This sort of person should not be allowed to care for children or perform in any role involving responsibility for others. "Oh, look, a wild and deadly animal which is much stronger than me and about which I know next to nothing! I'll just lure it over here near my children whom I have forgotten in my much more important quest to get a photo!"

I have a Darwin Awards Omnibus (who doesn't?) and one of the most unsettling ones was about a woman who was merrily spreading honey on her child's face so that she could take a wonderful photo of the bear licking the toddler.

I'm not sure if I've told this story here before, but I have to tell it. No food involved, but ****....

When I was a girl, we lived on an AF base in Colorado. A heavily wooded base. We had everything around there, coyotes, racoons, bears... They would come into our cul-di-sac both for the garbage and the crab-apple tree in one of the yards.

So, picture the scene. There is a bear prowling around our shared driveway, not doing anything, probably too busy digesting the apple glut to bother opening a trashcan, but still a grown female black bear. My mother and sister are in the hall, trying to calm down our panicking puppies, I'm in the kitchen, trying to keep our tom from busting through the wall to show this female who's boss, my dad steps out into our fenced yard to keep a better eye on our uninvited guest. This is all at about 11'o'clock at night. Dad looks over the fence, and what does he see?

Our next-door neighbor, having given his eight-year-old son a camera, standing in his carport, trying to get this groggy, still in his pajamas, child to go up to and get a better shot of the bear.

I swear, you could hear my father's "get the F*** inside!" from across the base. I didn't get to see the bears (being on cat-duty and all), but from the description (bear in driveway, guy in carport) there couldn't have been more then twenty feet, absolute max, between that bear and that child.

Yeah, we didn't get on with the neighbors on that side.  >:(

This is the same man who decided that ten-year-old me was responsible for making sure our toms didn't fight. If he'd come over and said Moonbeam was causing him trouble it would have been one thing, but going up to a young girl and berating her that her cat is horrible isn't going to help you.
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