I went to psychology school in New York City. Although we were only required to have one externship, two were encouraged. A professor joked, "What do you call someone who does only one externship? A staff psychologist in Alabama." Much merriment. However, I fell in love with a girl from Alabama. After only one externship, she begged me to apply for work near her. I did, and, lo and behold, I became a staff psychologist in Alabama! (I lost the girl, but settled here anyway.)|
Reply #2041. Feb 24 13, 10:41 AM
Just bought online tickets to a Roger Waters concert. Fulfills one of my long time wishes.|
Reply #2042. Feb 24 13, 1:00 PM
Today is going to be a relaxing day. Play a few games and quizzes, watch the Daytona race and start repairing a PC for my sister.|
Reply #2043. Feb 24 13, 1:41 PM
My 14 year old son has taken a new interest in James Bond. After seeing the Daniel Craig movies, we have started back with Dr. No and watching each one in order on Netflix. I'd never seen them before, either. What fun!|
Reply #2044. Feb 24 13, 6:32 PM
I've just stayed up all night to watch the Oscars -- Shirley Bassey singing Goldfinger live made it worthwhile. Amazing singer -- and Adele too. |
Reply #2045. Feb 25 13, 12:21 AM
Week's holiday from work begins today! Very excited for a week of relaxation.|
Reply #2046. Feb 25 13, 4:29 AM
In telling this story, let it be known to all, far and wide, that I do not believe in ghosts or anything else supernatural. I tell you a first hand story, with only facts. Unadulerated, apart from the embellishments that memories accumulate with time.|
I am the custodian of the oldest courthouse in Australia. It was commissioned by Australia’s most respected early Governor – Lachlan Macquarie, designed by a convicted forger, famous for his architecture, Francis Greenway and built by a famous/infamous early member of the British part of Australian history.
In the past, people have been sentenced to death there and the sentences have been carried out close by, which gives rise to many stories of ghosts of Magistrates and those they sentenced to death by hanging.
I remember the incident well. It was a Friday the 13th in about 2006. It had been an un-extraordinary day. I had the feeling of stress being lifted, that comes with the end of the working week. I arrived home after buying fish and chips for my family’s dinner (neither my wife nor I felt like cooking after a hard week).
Instead of sitting down to a relaxing meal, I was told I had to get to the courthouse straight away. It was on fire and the Fire Brigade was about to open the doors with an axe. When I got there, there were three fire trucks, lights a-flashing. Fortunately, I arrived in time and used my key to open up.
We looked at the alarm display and discovered the alarm had been set off in the records room. Earlier in its history, the records room had been the overnight accommodation for the Magistrate, who would have travelled all day by horse and cart to get to, what was then, an outpost.
To get into the records room, you need to enter another room first. I went to turn the brass door handle, when a fire fighter stopped me. “If there’s fire behind there, the handle will be extremely hot and burn your hand. He opened the door and smoked billowed out from the room. He entered the room and found no fire, only smoke so thick you couldn’t see your hand in front of you.
We used fans to clear the smoke and then he entered the records room. Again, smoke billowed out and was even thicker than that in the ante room.
The fire fighters searched the records room and could find no sign of a fire. They searched underneath the building, they searched the roof and they explored the outside of the building, in case the smoke had come inside the building, rather than from within. Nothing.
The following Monday, I arranged to have electricians inspect the wiring, in case it was caused by a short circuit. Nothing. We had a follow up inspection by the fire brigade. Nothing. I wonder where the smoke came from? One thing I know, it wasn’t from a ghost smoking a pipe!
Reply #2047. Feb 25 13, 5:53 AM
Who knew that at almost 50 years old you could find the love you thought would elude you through your entire life? Certainly not me -- but it has indeed happened and I have never been happier!!|
Reply #2048. Feb 25 13, 7:04 AM
I participated in a demonstration of an experiment in school today, and got concentrated sulphuric acid on my hands :(|
Reply #2049. Feb 25 13, 11:03 AM
I went outside yesterday to video my husband working on the car with the help of our daughter's horse. It's really pretty funny how Gus "helps". I was on the porch and heard a rustling sound near the house at the foot of the steps. I looked and saw a fat garter snake with a toad halfway in its mouth. I opened the door to call my daughter to see and one of the dogs came out. In the process of getting the dog back in, the snake lost hold of the toad. He tried to grab toad again, but toad had puffed up and was too big. I got it on video! Reminds of a little joke I heard: What did the snake say to the frog? "Hello Lunch"!|
Reply #2050. Feb 25 13, 2:31 PM
Was a good boy today. Went to see my mother,cleaned the shed,cleaned up my toolbox. Helped the wife too. Good day.|
Reply #2051. Feb 25 13, 7:51 PM
A good sign in Michigan that warm weather is coming is the start of Spring Training for baseball. The hope that this will be the Detroit Tigers year springs eternal.|
Reply #2052. Feb 25 13, 8:52 PM
It was a good day!!!|
Reply #2053. Feb 25 13, 10:00 PM
I had a pretty productive day today. I did a lot of school work and therefore I don't have much to do tomorrow.|
Reply #2054. Feb 25 13, 11:14 PM
We seem to be encountering a never-ending rainstorm. It's rained all week and seems to just rain more. Sometimes I enjoy the rain, the sound of it hitting the roof as you try to drift off to sleep...|
I used to stay up and watch summer lightening storms spread across the sky. But then, I used to catch lightening bugs in a jar and roam carelessly about day and night.
I don't know if I just don't take the time to enjoy the rain drops or am getting stogy in my slightly advancing age, but I awoke today to the most violent thunderstorm I have ever experienced.
The sound of the thunder roared so that I thought it would go on forever. At one point, it seemed the only natural ending point to 45 seconds of solid increasingly deafening thunder would be some sort of explosion. But despite my groggy fears, the word did not end. Lightening did light up the still darkened sky, and it was so near that it shook ever window on the block. But it was all over by the time I went into the office, just a little cold rain left as a reminder of nature's wake up call.
Reply #2055. Feb 26 13, 12:56 AM
We had an awful storm on the weekend, and now expect another. i do hope the winds don't hit gale force again.|
Reply #2056. Feb 26 13, 1:11 AM
Thursday was six years that I have been a member of the number one team of Fun Trivia, classical music/mensan. I am proud to be a member of such a great group of people.|
Reply #2057. Feb 26 13, 1:46 AM
I hired a treadmill to use at home. My plan was to use it to increase my fitness a little, then send it back and start running outside instead. I've had it for three months now and I have to say - it makes an excellent clothes-horse|
Reply #2058. Feb 26 13, 5:27 AM
Well, two days with no snow. Hurray!!|
Reply #2059. Feb 26 13, 5:52 AM
Happy hour There's a local bar/restaurant, where I frequent. I absolutely love their Happy hour. You can get any of their beers on tap, or rail drinks for $3.50. and a lot of their appetizers are half as as well. The bartenders that work there are very friendly. The other patrons are nice as well. In the back, there is a dining room, if you wish to have dinner, or you can eat at the bar, your choice. And I'm looking forward to later this Spring, when a duplicate restaurant will be built just across the street. I hope that everyone has a wonderful day.|
Reply #2060. Feb 26 13, 7:26 AM
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