I live in New Jersey USA and have had an interesting couple of weeks. Our area sustained heavy damage in Hurricane Sandy and we were without power for six days. It gets cold at night here, so not having heat for that long was difficult. Two days after having power restored we had a major Nor'easter that dumped 6 inches of snow on us and created more power outages. You may say Mother Nature is not happy with us for some reason - maybe she doesn't like the TV show Jersey Shore.|
Reply #661. Nov 11 12, 12:56 PM
Last year when the time came to take a son from Florida to New York for college, Hurricane Irene roared uo the coast. Our flight was cancelled, and all the airports in the northeast were closed for days to come. We took a deep breath and drove up the Shenandoah Valley to stay west of the storm. We arrived in New York City a few hours ahead of the storm, before bridges and tunnels were closed. This particular storm did relatively little damage. This year a replay. Hurricane Sandy showed what even a Category One storm can do - serious damage along the coast, but for most people the risk to prepare for is days - or a week - or even weeks! - without power. Fortunately for our son, Sandy only knocked his power out for a week, and during that time he had a place to stay. Many others had much greater problems, and still do.|
Reply #662. Nov 11 12, 2:10 PM
My pet hate? So-called reality TV shows. A bigger waste of time and space is hard to imagine, but presumably there are enough viewers to make this trash viable (financially).|
Reply #663. Nov 11 12, 2:51 PM
I live in a small town and was riding side by side with a police car all through the town on the main street. We stopped at all the lights and maintained a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour.|
When we reached the end of the city limits, this officer pulled me over and gave me a ticket for speeding.
I stupidly said, "How can that be? We were side by side all the way."
He said, "Yes, but you went ahead of me a time or tow and I'm the police"
I had to pay the fine,but I still think this was unfair.
Reply #664. Nov 11 12, 8:45 PM
Who knew that even with all the new rules, a gridiron (American) football game can still end in a tie?|
Reply #665. Nov 12 12, 12:18 AM
Once upon a time an ugly old troll played a mean trick on a wood nymph. The story hasn't ended yet.|
Reply #666. Nov 12 12, 1:40 AM
This last few weeks here in the UK have proved to be interesting for, possibly, our most widely respected establishment organisation.|
What on earth is happening at the BBC?!!
Reply #667. Nov 12 12, 4:51 AM
I'm a geocacher (for those of you who don't know what geocaching is, just do a search. It's great fun) and was out last weekend.|
The cache I was searching for was a small one, nestled in the hollow at the base of a dead tree. The weather was great, with rolling clouds and a bit of a breeze. I was on a small dirt road and there was nobody around but me.
Suddenly, a Great Blue Heron glided past me and settled on a log at the edge of a small pond just a few yards away. It must have been snack time, because he immediately started scanning the surface of the water.
That's why I enjoy caching. It gets me outdoors for some exercise and also lets me see nature at work.
Reply #668. Nov 12 12, 5:20 AM
Isn't it great when you bump into a friend you haven't seen in a while? My morning commute was enjoyable thanks to meeting Joan & was so busy chatting didn't notice the journey passing|
Reply #669. Nov 12 12, 8:00 AM
My grumble is about my favorite football team QPR! |
They are at the momment sitting at the bottom of the english prem league for those who have no idea who they are.
I dont understand with the squad we have how they can be in this position.
They have a lot of good quality players who just dont seem to be gelling and with a total lack of fire power up front.
I doubt anyone besides me is interested in this but it makes me feel better to have a moan.
Good day to you all!!!
Reply #670. Nov 12 12, 8:22 AM
I was shopping in town yesterday and became a little concerned as to why a chap kept looking at me, and seemed to be following me. Eventually I couldn't stand it any more, so I stopped abrubtly and confronted the chap - he turned out to be a lad I went to school with over 40 years ago! He was sure he recognised me, but I didn't recognise him!|
Reply #671. Nov 12 12, 9:21 AM
When I retired I moved to Santos, state of Sao Paulo in Brazil, that is a beautiful city on the sea side.It is the most important harbor in South America. Santos is considerated as the South American Miami. because have a lot of retired people and is a good place for one to live. It has a beautiful sea side garden (6 km) and wide white sand beach.|
Reply #672. Nov 12 12, 11:55 AM
A sad story for me today... I lost my job last week. At least I have a month's paid holidays though!|
Reply #673. Nov 12 12, 5:16 PM
Hi, The day before Halloween I bought two medium pumpkins to carve, however I forgot about them. So since I like to cook I decided to bake and then puree them. After processing one pumpkin I ended up with 4lbs of puree. So far I have made 2 pies and 3 dozen cookies, and still have a whole pumpkin to go. Cookies, pie, bread any one?|
Reply #674. Nov 12 12, 9:52 PM
Today I for dialysis, one of four sessions I have a week.|
Reply #675. Nov 12 12, 10:29 PM
Time to buy a nightvision scope for my M4. The coyotes are restless.|
Reply #676. Nov 13 12, 12:17 AM
You throw away the outside and cook the inside. Then you eat the outside and throw away the inside. What did you eat?|
An ear of corn
Reply #677. Nov 13 12, 3:45 AM
Last Tuesday, a general strike day for all of Greece, found me stranded at the airport, desperately seeking a way to go home. There were no buses, trolleys, trams, metro, taxis, nothing at all. A total stranger offered me a ride, scared but still desperate, I decided to accept. My relief was so great when we got to my house that I offered him some money, to pay for his gasoline. He politely declined and told me that solidarity among people has no price tag. He made my day.|
Reply #678. Nov 13 12, 4:07 AM
Some people have been wondering about how I have been able to score so well recently. The simple answer to this is that I am currently off work at the moment. With nothing else to do I have been passing the time with Funtrivia. It was a timely introduction of the Daily Challenges and the ongoing Global Challenge. I haven't missed a day's play so I suppose some good may have come from my work abscence. |
Through my time off work I have had several appointments with psychiatrists. Under the topic of 'addictions' I did mention this place. So far the doctors are not concerned about my playing of this game. They were suitably impressed when I showed them a couple of games from our 'clinical disorders' category. My real life friends beg to differ about the amount of time I spend on here.
When I return to work, I'll still continue to play and until then I hope we all keep busy quizzing.
Reply #679. Nov 13 12, 5:15 AM
My mother lives in New York City in an apartment building (high-rise) that didn't have heat or electricity for over a week due to Hurricane Sandy. This included that the elevator wasn't working. She is on the eleventh floor and didn't feel able to walk downstairs to go somewhere else. So she was wearing multiple layers of clothing to keep warm. During that time the furrier who stores her fur coat in the off-season called to ask if he should deliver the coat. It would certainly have helped her keep warm, but unfortunately he wasn't willing to walk up the eleven flights of stairs either.|
Power has been restored, so everything is back to normal.
Reply #680. Nov 13 12, 5:51 AM
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