I'm 40 years young and was lucky enough to meet my first wild koala the other day, just ambling across the road. A much more enjoyable experience than when I 'met' my first echidna at 1am a few years ago whilst driving along a dark deserted highway. I needed 2 new tyres after that little experience.|
Reply #841. Nov 26 12, 3:05 PM
Why does looking after grandchildren seem so much harder than your children were? Our grandson may be small but he is seemingly tireless. Thank heavens that parents have been invented - to give grandchildren back to!|
Reply #842. Nov 26 12, 8:50 PM
I know that some may think what I am about to write may seem "out there" but the following is true. On Oct 1 2011 I was approached and asked for money by a strange man. I politely refused and kept walking. As a 49 year old man and an ex college football player I never really felt fear of being robbed or worst attacked. Well as I walked on I was attached from behind. As I was being pulled to the ground I felt a pop in my left leg. I knew something bad had happened to me and it was not getting better. I tried to get to my feet and could not. My attacker was now kicking and punching me in the head. I was trying to cover up as best I could but it was an all out assault. |
By the grace of god a young women who passing by saw what was happening and came to my rescue. She put herself at risk to help me! While she argued with crazed attacker I crawled to my cell phone and dialed 911. I was able to get my back against a wall and although in incredible pain was able to get up on one leg. (I guess it was adrenaline?) the police were on the scene within minutes and arrested the man who attacked me.
An ambulance soon arrived and rushed me to the hospital. After being examined, x-rays and an MRI it was revealed that I had a compound fracture of the foot, a dislocated ankle, a torn ACL and MCL of the knee and a broken leg. Great right?
Well 3 surgeries 6 months in and on crutches. Then another 6 months in a boot. 14 months later I still limp.
Just like the women who stepped out of the shadows to help me so has FUN TRIVA. Com!!!!! This site has been so important to my recovery and mental outlook words could never express!!!! I have played everyday since I joined I have learned laughed and pondered my future while on this site. It opened my mind kept the competitive juices flowing and has been there for me 23.5 hours per day!!!
I proudly lead my class 240, and have marveled at how many truly bright and nice people are on this site from around the world! My heart felt thank you to the owners, creators and players of Fun Triva.
Sincerely, Kurt. hdhnttr
Reply #843. Nov 26 12, 9:11 PM
I live in Central Florida and there was a story on the news about a teenager who shot and killed his father to protect his mother. What a choice for someone to have to make especially at such a young age. The father was strangling his wife so the boy was left in with no real choice but he will have to live with that horrible choice all his life. It makes a person all the more grateful for being raised in a home that had parents who might have disagreed from time to time but loved each other and me.|
Reply #844. Nov 26 12, 9:55 PM
I really had to hold in a laugh at work today . . . .|
I'm currently working as a consultant for a claims administration company which is involved at the moment in a significant claim involving a natural gas explosion in a residential area. I overheard one of the claims intake operators talking to a man who was describing the property damage sustained at his property, and who also advised that his elderly mother might have suffered a slight injury as a result of the blast. Evidently he advised the operator that at the time the explosion occurred it literally knocked the poor woman out of her rocking chair.
The operator's response was probably predictable but classic nonetheless: "So if I understand correctly, sir, your mother is off her rocker?"
Reply #845. Nov 26 12, 10:58 PM
Sometimes I wish I had a phone with a camera in it. I have one that my employer gives me and it does fine for a phone. I don't really use it except when I'm at work anyway. When I get home, there are enough computer gadgets around to occupy me that I don't feel I really need a "smart" phone of my own. I sometimes work in places where I'm not allowed to have a camera - thus - I get a phone with no camera.|
I would have gotten some really good shots of the Space Shuttle Endeavour as it made its way around Houston, piggybacked to a 747. It was flying so low and slow and flew almost directly overhead. I also drove alongside the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile for several miles coming back from Fort Worth a few months ago. Instead, I have no such interesting pics to share with my friends on facebook :p
Reply #846. Nov 26 12, 11:12 PM
My wife has won a scholarship that pays for a flight to Spokane, Washingtonto attend a five day seminar there, next October, and hopefully she will allow me to carry her luggage. Oh she also has to complete a project on how to retain young people in dog obedience training, but I will let her carry her own luggage for that.|
Reply #847. Nov 27 12, 12:26 AM
I just got back from Xi'an in China. I got to visit the excavation site of the famed Terracotta Soldiers. Huge pits of over 6000 terracotta warriors were discovered in 1974. A whole undergraound army had been buried by China's first emperor Qin to accompany him to the after life. It really is a spectacular site to behold. The cool part of the story is I was there on a day that the farmer who first made the discovery was visiting. Yang Ji De was a farmer digging a well on March 29th 1974 when he came upon a number of shards of terracotta pottery. He continued digging and unearted the first terracotta warrior. He is now in his 70's and he was kind enough to have his picture taken with me and sign my visitor's book. Cool weekend :)|
Reply #848. Nov 27 12, 1:57 AM
I'm starting my third day of being sick. I'm very grateful that it isn't the flu. The last time I had the flu was 1992 and I felt like it was going to kill me. I remember having a lot of difficulty breathing. This makes me grateful for the common cold, in a weird way.|
Reply #849. Nov 27 12, 2:02 AM
coachpauly, very cool weekend! :)|
Reply #850. Nov 27 12, 2:04 AM
I was taking my best friend, Casey, (a lovely golden retriever) for her daily walk. We always walk in the conservation district across the street. Suddenly two coyotes approached us. They did NOT run away. One kept coming towards us and the other circled around behind us on the path. I started waving my arms and shouting but they would not go away. Finally I called my husband on my cell phone and he came out of the house and chased them away. Thank goodness for husbands!|
Reply #851. Nov 27 12, 9:41 AM
When you've taught Kindergarten for many years, some activities become such habit that you do them without thinking. During Calendar Time, we always said the Pledge of Allegiance. I also used Calendar Time to practice whatever rote skill we were learning at the time: saying the days of the week, the months of the year, the alphabet, etc.|
One day, I suddenly realized that something was wrong. I had stood with the class, faced the flag, put my hand over my heart, and begun saying, "Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday..." Oops!
This was a good opportunity to teach the children--by example--that everyone makes mistakes, and to be a good sport about it.
Reply #852. Nov 27 12, 2:22 PM
Today we had to go into Newcastle (our nearest big town). It was how amazing how green everything is after a bit of rain. It will dry out and be back to brown in no time. |
Reply #853. Nov 28 12, 1:20 AM
November 27, 2012 marks another milestone in Philippine National Football Team (named Azkals), as I I felt so restless because our team can't score and most of the time the ball stays with the Vietnamese team. Then a miracle happened at the 85th minute of the game, Chieffy Caligdong, scored I felt so relieved I am so excited to watch another game on Nov. 30.|
Reply #854. Nov 28 12, 9:04 AM
Just recently returned from a trip to England, Wales and Scotland. Had a fabulous time. Got to walk the old course at St. Andrews. Only one of the many fabulous places we visited. Actually talked my husband [ a beer drinker ] to attend high tea! The most unusual thing that happened was while Touring the Tower of London I ran into one of my best friends from high school. had not seen him in over 30 years. Amazing what a small world!|
Reply #855. Nov 28 12, 10:01 AM
I travelled to the small seaside town of Teignmouth yesterday for a relaxing day fishing for flounders. I hadn't been there for more than an hour and a half when I noticed the water in front of me being stirred up by a huge, dark shape. The next thing I know, I'm sat there looking into the eyes of the biggest seal I've ever seen! It was like being stared at by a hungry dog. Of course, I had to leave the area after that as there was absolutely no chance of me catching anything with him around. |
Every cloud has a silver lining though...I spent the remainder of the day sat in 'Ye Olde Ship Inn' watching the world go by and drinking cider!
Reply #856. Nov 28 12, 10:12 AM
Additional: Whilst I was in the pub, I overheard a conversation that almost made me choke on my cider.|
The vocalised machinations of the mind of a young woman trying to work out how many Mercedes at £125,000 each, she could buy with a million pounds. Ye gods, and they say that our schools haven't dumbed down?
She thought that she could buy 9!
Reply #857. Nov 28 12, 10:27 AM
On top of the Christmas decorations going up the day after Halloween and the music starting before Thanksgiving, there is another reason I don't like the holiday season. It makes me feel bad. There are a few carefully chosen places that I will donate to but with the fires this summer and the prices of everything going up I just don't have anymore to give. It makes me feel bad when I see the Facebook postings and e-mails and know that I can't do anything without breaking myself. |
Reply #858. Nov 28 12, 11:08 AM
I would to share a certain story with you. It is not a recent story but it is a very interesting story (I think). It happened when I was about 21 years old, living in Tuscaloosa, Ala., going to school at the University of Alabama. A close friend of mine was getting married in Mobile, Al. And I was to be his best man. The wedding was to begin at 9:00 am because they had to take a early flight for their honeymoon. So I had to be in Mobile early Saturday morning. Being a young moron, I decided to have a few drinks with friends Friday night. Those few drinks lasted until the early morning hours. At 2:00 am, I decided to go home, pack my clothes and drive to Mobile and check in to my motel early. It is 200 miles from Tuscaloosa to Mobile. In those days the roads were all two lane. There are no large towns between the two cities and the roads were very dark. I soon became sleepy and I ran off the road. I didn't damage the car but I knew I couldn't make the trip. But, I didn't want to let my friend down. I sat in the car and prayed to God to forgive me for being so sorry and to help me make it to the wedding. I started driving again and came up behind a car on that empty road. I focused on the tail-lights and followed it all the way to Mt. Vernon, a small town just north of Mobile. As the darkness was turning to daylight the tail lights disappeared. There was no car! I was stunned. I went to the motel and I made it to the wedding on time. |
I was raised as a southern Baptist. My mother had me in Sunday school and church every week and I went bible school every Wednesday evening.
I believed and still do believe in Christianity but I never told a sole about my experience. I guess I thought people would think I was crazy or strange or something. It's only within the past few years that I have been able to talk about it. I don't understand exactly what happened, or why but I do believe that some "power" helped me make that trip.
Reply #859. Nov 28 12, 1:25 PM
Well, I had an epiphany last week. It all started with a quiz on Quantum Mechanics and Schrodinger's Cat. First, I have a pretty good working knowledge of basic science, but I had never been inclined to investigate Quantum Physics. Well, who knew that a branch of science could be so Zen--that science could investigate that a thing could be and not-be at the same time--perhaps in the same space? This has inspired me to do more reading on the matter (or not-matter). I may have had a sea-change. I'm still trying to figure it out.|
Reply #860. Nov 28 12, 2:08 PM
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