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Tue 15 Jan 13 #1 
Ajax
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What Cheeses Me Off has reminded me of a platitude that, when I hear it, makes me want to punch someone in the head. "Nobody likes a Negative Nelly." God, I hate that.

So here are some things that make me happy. Add to the list.

Magnolia blossoming time. It's only a week or two but it makes me smile.
Science.
Music.
Watching Caleb's face as he lights the match in the first episode of American Gothic.
Seeing people do well. Anyone.
Cricket. (A man was walking along the street and he found a cricket ball. He walked a bit further and saw another cricket ball. He walked on a bit and found a dead cricket.)
Gaming consoles.
Bug meat. If you don't know what that is, google "morton bay bugs".
Chilli squid.


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Tue 15 Jan 13 #2 
kevg
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Happy ?? What is that ??


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Tue 15 Jan 13 #3 
Ajax
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Come now, Kev. Nobody likes a negative Nelly.


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Tue 15 Jan 13 #4 
Honey Badger
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I am so happy that you brought up happy, Ajax. Believe it or not, I am a very happy person. I love the sweet scent of roses, privet, and honeysuckle in the ait in June!

I love puppies and nice dogs!

I love to hear the ferries taking people to Fire Island at night as I am falling to sleep.

I love, love, love my flower garden!!!

I love finding a garden snake or a frog in my yard.

I love to walk on the beach.

I love science and history.
I think that's a good start, don't you?

(I love happy people!)


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Tue 15 Jan 13 #5 
Ajax
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Good start.

I forgot. My local butcher makes me happy. I can't account for it. He's an older gent with the old fashioned butcher's charm. Either that or he pumps happy drugs into the shop somehow. Either way I'm beaming when I leave.

I also love cats and cows and macaques.


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Wed 16 Jan 13 #6 
Sammi
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Oooooh! I like this one!

I LOVE:
Food
Mac and Cheese
Puppies
lasagna
kittens
candy
my family
my boyfriend
wil wheaton
crab bisque
vacations
fried chicken
Doctor Who
TV
Fried potatoes in any form
my friends
french fries
and food :)


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Wed 16 Jan 13 #7 
Sammi
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AND BEYONCE, MY SPIRIT ANIMAL


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Wed 16 Jan 13 #8 
Ajax
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wil wheaton. :D


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Wed 16 Jan 13 #9 
Honey Badger
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I like mucking around marshes in early spring and finding turtles and salamanders and seeing hummingbirds feeding off the wild irises with grow in the area.
Ajax, I love my butcher, too, because he doesn't cut the meat until you order it and it is always so delicious. I like that he wraps it in paper and uses paper bags. Is that silly?

I like silence so I can really hear good things. I hate loud.


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Wed 16 Jan 13 #10 
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Ajax! Saw the video! ! I know I would love Morton Bay bugs! (:


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Wed 16 Jan 13 #11 
Honey Badger
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What are they, Proofie?


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Wed 16 Jan 13 #12 
Knitwitty
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Ahhh this is better... I love kind people and my lovely friends and family... books... painting... knitting (of course)... books... playing my bass... walking in the hills on a crisp sunny day... Wales... the Isle of Man... did I mention books?
Oh and Ajax for calming my spirit down with this one :o)


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Wed 16 Jan 13 #13 
Knitwitty
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Eek! I've just googled Moreton Bay Bugs... very prehistoric!


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Thu 17 Jan 13 #14 
Proofreader
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The video said, I think, that they taste like a combination of lobster and crab....that sounds delicious.


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Thu 17 Jan 13 #15 
sally906
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Cook them in a creamy garlic butter sauce and you'd think you've died and gone to heaven!

Served with a top notch chardonnay and the happiness doubles


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Thu 17 Jan 13 #16 
Ajax
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What she said.


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Thu 17 Jan 13 #17 
JMK
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Morton bay bugs or our crayfish, both delicious.

What else makes me happy?

My daughter. The happiest moment of my life was when she was born and seeing her get married in our garden last year came a close second

Being around horses, such magnificent animals. I had my own when I was younger and nothing made me happier than cantering along through the countryside on a nice day with the sun shining, the cicadas chirping and the smell of new-mown hay in the air. Bliss. :)

Books

Good music. Especially the kind that gives you shivers because it is so magnificent. Listening to K.D. Lang sing Hallelujah, Opera in the Park, live concerts etc

Friends I have made online in places all over the world

Walking on the beach

Good food and wine consumed in the company of good friends

Seeing children's faces when they have a learning breakthrough. Magic.

Watching the Doctor Who Christmas special, or any Doctor Who really, and other good tv programmes or movies.

Intelligent conversation. Solving the world's problems, debating the origins of the universe, arguing about whether cats can be dead and not dead at the same time, discussing the latest movie I've seen. Anything that doesn't involve celebrity gossip or the latest fashions really.

My garden. Something about gardening that is good for the soul.


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Thu 17 Jan 13 #18 
JMK
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On a side note in relation to Ajax's mention of magnolia blossoms which I also love - I have two large magnolia trees (one is in my avatar) and both have been run over by cars. One was my husband's car which he was towing up the hill because it wouldn't start when the rope broke and it ran down the hill, over the magnolia tree which was about a metre high at the time, and into the pond. The tree survived and flowers each year.

The 2nd - the one in my avatar, was run over by my daughter when she was learning to drive. She backed over it and levelled it. Half the trunk snapped off. Everyone told me it was finished. I nurtured it back to health and it is now over 15m high and is a magnificent sight every year as it heralds the end of winter.


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Thu 17 Jan 13 #19 
Ajax
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Well done on that score. Every magnolia saved is worthwhile.


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Thu 17 Jan 13 #20 
Honey Badger
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Those are beautiful thoughts, JMK. I share many of them. I think I will have to get a magnolia tree. Many of my trees have been affected by the salt water flood.

JMK, you mentioned the cicadas singing. That is a wonderful sound of summer and I love it when it starts her, usually in August. It is so loud and such a definite cry that things are coming together for the growing season. I love it!

Walking on the beach is fabulous with the bright sun shining at my back as I look for beach glass.

I also love to read and avoid the "current fashions" both in people and clothig. It is of no consequence to me.. Hmmm.....I have to look for that magnolia tree and some more hygrangreas.


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Thu 17 Jan 13 #21 
Honey Badger
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As an aside, crayfish are called mudbugs here in the south.


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Fri 18 Jan 13 #22 
Lucy
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Something that made me happy today--My tumor has shrunk about a centimeter with 2 rounds of chemo. We are hoping this continues. I don't even feel sick but I am a bald woman.Got a wig yesterday but I prefer to go without. Life is good.


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Fri 18 Jan 13 #23 
JMK
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Yay, that is good news about the tumour. And bald is cool! Look at Sigourney Weaver - she rocked that look.


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Fri 18 Jan 13 #24 
jmaxg
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The Matrix did this too. Everyone was happy and there was no dynamic.

Crops failed, people starved.

You need some conflict otherwise everything just equals out. Just like heaven....doesn't make dynamic sense.

When I hear of a friend that needs support, I volunteer! Want me to shave my head for ya Lucy? I'll do it!

Ya see, that's dynamic. I'd rather not, but I'll do it if you want me to.

:-)


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Fri 18 Jan 13 #25 
JMK
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Don't let the Grinch ^ rain on our parade. We all need things that make us happy, they make life worth living. Otherwise why would we bother getting up in the morning.


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Fri 18 Jan 13 #26 
Ajax
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Good news Lucy. That should make us all happy. Wigs don't sound very comfy, and to tell you the truth, not many of my patients opted for them.


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Fri 18 Jan 13 #27 
jmaxg
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What makes me happy?

Warner Brothers cartoons from 1945 to 1959.

These people gave us a legacy of humour that will never be repeated. Charles M. Jones, Isadore Freleng, the music of Carl Stalling and the animation of Ben Washam.

Then there was Robert McKimson and his "Foghorn Leghorn" and his animator brother Charles McKimson.

Isadore Freleng was previously known as "I. Freleng" and from this guy we got Sylvester and Yosemite Sam. Where would we be without them in our life?

And Jay Ward.....oh, my God!

Fractured Fairy Tales, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Dudley Doright of the RCMP and, of course, the great Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose.

That laid the groundwork.....Jay Ward's greatest work was, and will ever be:

George of the Jungle
Super Chicken, and
Tom Slick

It just doesn't get any more goofy than that folks.


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Fri 18 Jan 13 #28 
Ajax
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Tomfoolery.


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Fri 18 Jan 13 #29 
jmaxg
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Is that meant in a "downer" context? Or are you just stating the obvious?


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Fri 18 Jan 13 #30 
Ajax
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The show. Tomfoolery.


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Fri 18 Jan 13 #31 
jmaxg
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Cool. Tomfoolery can be a cool thing.

Your approach seems clinical and not compliant to your forum's ideal.

Just an observation.


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Fri 18 Jan 13 #32 
JMK
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Fri 18 Jan 13 #33 
Ajax
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Thanks JMK. I knew what I meant.


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Fri 18 Jan 13 #34 
jmaxg
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I watched that.

I think I went quietly insane.

Thanks for that.


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Fri 18 Jan 13 #35 
kevg
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Great news Lucy.Take it from me, bald is sexy.


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Fri 18 Jan 13 #36 
Honey Badger
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Lucy, that makes me extra happy! :)))))


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Fri 18 Jan 13 #37 
Honey Badger
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Bullwinkle and company makes me very happy. My family never understood why which sort of made me even happier! LOL Foghorn the Leghorn is wonderful, I say, wonderful, too!


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Sat 19 Jan 13 #38 
sally906
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Lucy to see your news made me happy. Have you thought about head scarves. A friend of mine had a different colour for every day of the week. And did them different styles. Friday she knotted the 4 corners and had a pirate day :)

She said the wig made her itch the scarves were softer. Bonus is now she is cancer free she has pretty scarves :)


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Sat 19 Jan 13 #39 
Proofreader
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Very happy to hear your good news, Lucy....Keep up the good fight!!!!


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Mon 21 Jan 13 #40 
Java
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* Freshly brewed coffee made from beans
* Infants and children's laughter.
* The smell of lilacs
* Hearing that someone is defeating a disease or affliction
* Being able to communicate through a Google hangout with friends around the world
* A book that pulls you into the story and you can't put it down
* A hug after a long day at work
* Watching snow fall on a quiet afternoon
* Hot soup on a cold day
* Good conversation
* My granddaughter telling me her interpretation of what a black hole is
* A day when I can enjoy coffee, a blanket and a good movie together


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Wed 23 Jan 13 #41 
Honey Badger
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Seeing a cute little ribbon snake in my garden, I like that so much.


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Wed 23 Jan 13 #42 
jmaxg
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* A strong cup of tea in the morning. I now realise I miss that from over ten years ago.
* My grandkids. When I come in the door they all shout "POPPA!" even though I bring nothing but me. Wow!
* The smell of the perfume "Poison" (pronounced 'pwa-sson'). An extraordinary fragrance and yes, I am aware it all depends on the person that wears it. But still.....woof! Make's me want to devour my ladies' neck with my nose if applied properly. Yes ladies, fragrances DO make a difference. Any man that says otherwise is a liar.
* Hearing that my best mate is getting over a disease or affliction.
* A book that pulls you into the story and you can't put it down. Unfortunately, that hasn't happened in over 15 years. Can somebody please write a decent book? Or do I have to do it myself!
* Watching HUGE snowflakes on a mildly windy day. Michigan does that from time to time and it makes me smile because it's pretty and delicate. The resulting snow drift can be fun.
* Hot, thick soup on a cold day. A solid bisque beats a broth any day. A wonderful chowder or a steaming pea and ham. Soup is meant to be thick, creamy and hearty. Just ask the Soup Nazi. Stews included.
* Good conversation with my favourite person, my wife, Java.
* My granddaughter reading me a story.
* My wife coming home each night and the bearhug I give her. I just want to surround her so much to remind her she is my centre of gravity.


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Wed 23 Jan 13 #43 
jmaxg
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The thought of a wolverine staring down a honey badger and the wolverine stating "Go ahead, make my day."


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Thu 24 Jan 13 #44 
Ajax
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That would be pwazon. Pwasson (poisson) is fish.


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Thu 24 Jan 13 #45 
jmaxg
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It's the name of the fragrance.......it's spelled "poison".

Whatever, that specific scent is a knockout.


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Thu 24 Jan 13 #46 
jmaxg
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Quick research......it's from Christian Dior.


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Thu 24 Jan 13 #47 
Ajax
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I'm familiar with it. I used to wear it. Up until this afternoon. :D


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Thu 24 Jan 13 #48 
Ajax
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I like that when I get all confused with my maths lectures I can go to the Khan Academy and get it sorted pretty quickly. I am looking at a HD thanks to old Sal. Love ya Sal! (Never met the guy.)


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Thu 24 Jan 13 #49 
sally906
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What made me happy today our 5 year old grandson ringing me saying "Nana turn pooter in I must skip you" translation he wants to talk to us on Skype

When we do he has a toy catalogue with a black circle around nearly every toy that growls, bangs or zooms. He flicks the pages showing us each one and we can save up and buy them for him for this Christmas.

Then he sits cross legged on his lounge and reads us his new story book - when I'm grumpy.

Not the same as him being here but a gloriously happy moment


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Thu 24 Jan 13 #50 
Ajax
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Awwwe, so sweet. You know my girl still calls it a cumcuter.


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Fri 25 Jan 13 #51 
sally906
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Lol - I,like that :)


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Fri 25 Jan 13 #52 
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We should all write down (for family posterity) the imaginative, hilarious things that children say....I always liked (as an adult) hearing my mother tell something cute my
sister or I had said when we were little kids. For example, when asked how many children in her class were going to some special event, my sister said, "Well I don't know ezzackly.... but more IS than IS ISN'T!" I must add, she went on to be an English major in college. (:
Makes me happy to hear about "pooter" and "cumcuter."


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Fri 25 Jan 13 #53 
Ajax
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Lordy. We just used to write down the dumbarse things our mother said.


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Fri 25 Jan 13 #54 
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(: My children could write a book full!


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Fri 25 Jan 13 #55 
sally906
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My wonderful late mother-in-law could not pronounce helicopter - right up until she died at 86 she said helicofter always made me smile. The year before she died she got to fly in one - she use to be the local shopping centres Mrs Claus and her and Santa flew in that year and landed in the car park - she was rapt!


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Fri 25 Jan 13 #56 
Ajax
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I can't pronounce ambulance. Always comes out as ambliance. Which is harsh when you ring for one and they think you are pranking them. More embarrassing when you are in charge of the hospital that night. Frustrating when you need your patient shipped out.

So I became a computer programmer.


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Fri 25 Jan 13 #57 
kevg
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In charge ?? Good God !! You never worked at Arrowe Park did ya ??


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Fri 25 Jan 13 #58 
Ajax
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Is that a mental facility?


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Fri 25 Jan 13 #59 
kevg
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most of the staff are mental


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Sun 27 Jan 13 #60 
Ajax
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My little one wanted duck for dinner. So we had duck for dinner. Now we are both happy.

She kept saying how special it was. Made me smile from my feet.


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Fri 1 Feb 13 #61 
jmaxg
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The inauguration of an American President.

Actually, I have some criticisms. The current show is boring and scattered. There are things that happen on this day that the public doesn't see. Maybe they should.

And there are things that don't happen and maybe they should. For instance, I would like to see the Speaker of the House and the Leader of the Senate next to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States to state the following, in turn:

"We, the chosen representatives, do hereby confirm our agreement and adherence to the principal of the three branches of government. That we shall, to the best of our ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and that we do now and solemnly declare that our conduct is now and will forever be in support of this declaration.

We also acknowledge that the President, upon taking his oath of office, has by decree devoted the Executive Branch to this solemn oath."

I, personally, see this as a way of cutting out the BS. If the people (as in 'We, the People') see you actually taking an oath that you will not screw with the system, then maybe the crap that is currently happening wouldn't be so easy.

Plus, I have seen enough footage of Elizabeth II being crowned to know that there should be more pomp and ceremony.

Remember, when you crown a king or queen or when a President takes the oath, it's a statement about power and security and you should be ready to back that up.


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Sun 3 Feb 13 #62 
Mimoza
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for now I'll just join this Happy topic


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Sun 3 Feb 13 #63 
sally906
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I'm in too - think fluffy happy thoughts - a world full of hugs where conversations don't get torrid and people don't argue and chocolate is in abundance

This feed is my happy place.

A good glass of Pinot helps too :)


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Sun 3 Feb 13 #64 
JMK
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Chocolate and wine... sounds like a happy place to me.


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Sun 3 Feb 13 #65 
Ajax
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Had duck for lunch. Happy.


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Sun 3 Feb 13 #66 
sally906
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Had Duck for tea - with Pinot :) Actually a Tasmanian Pinot!!!


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Mon 4 Feb 13 #67 
Honey Badger
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My son called my Father "Beanpot" when he was 18 months old. It was very cute. My Dad loved it!


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Fri 8 Feb 13 #68 
jmaxg
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Ok....ya ready for this?

Panda Cheese from Egypt.  The best advertising campaign I have ever seen regardless of country or advertising agency......barr none.

These are the top five Panda Cheese ads.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6iHCFiSqIw

The point is, not only did the ads make me smile, but I remember the product and, in fact, if I happened to be touring Egypt and I was hungry, then I am pretty sure the locals will point me to a supermarket or store that has Panda Cheese!

Fait accompli.




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Fri 8 Feb 13 #69 
Ajax
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Amazing that they can milk such an aggressive bear.




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Tue 12 Feb 13 #70 
jmaxg
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But you know why.......




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Sat 16 Feb 13 #71 
sally906
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I'm happy because I am allowed to officially announce that we're on track for me to become a nanna for the 3rd time in August - whoo hoo!  Oldest daughter lost the last two she was carrying but this little one looks like it is set to stay!

Went along with daughter to her last check up and got to see the scan they did. Baby looks like a duck at the moment (SIL didn't like that description) but it was wiggling around and waving its arms.  Amazing technology!

I even got a copy of the photo - ok it looks like a ducky blob, but its my grand ducky blob :)




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Mon 18 Feb 13 #72 
jmaxg
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Thanks sally.....that is great news.....keep us informed.

What also makes me smile is flash mobs.

I am not saying that all flash mobs are great.  But some?

For a start I would just like to point out the massive preparation involved.

I have seen a few.  Mozart in a food court?  Seen that and loved it.

But my favourite?  Because of pure energy?

The Russian Flash Mob - Puttin' on the Ritz

These people don't have to do this.  Yet they choose to.

That makes me smile.




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