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On my way home for lunch the question popped into my head why so many adults (myself included) were/are so enchanted by Harry Potter.

I don't know why you care about Harry, but to me, he speaks to the child in me that in fifth grade, when I was eleven, just like Harry at the beginning of the series, looked at her mother and her brother one day and concluded that she must have been adopted because she couldn't understand how the people she called family could make her feel so insignificant and unwanted. To me, Harry represents the idea of rescue, the hope that our real family is somewhere out there. And he reminds me that the family doesn't necessarily choose the child. At some point the child also needs to choose the family.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] huinare at Non-Violent Communication in Barad-Dûr
It was inevitable that something like this brief satircal thingy would issue from my brain, but it didn’t seriously occur to me to post it until I noticed Pandemonium had recently had a birthday.  

Happy-somewhat-belated-birthday, Pandë!



Voici. )
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I work for a chamber of commerce in a small town in Florida and we get strange questions and rude callers all the time, but some just leave me puzzled - like the lady yesterday.

Me: "ABC Chamber of Commerce, my name is Nico1908. How may I help you?"

Lady: "Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, Tennessee."

Silence.


That was it. She didn't introduce herself, she didn't ask me anything, she just said "Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, Tennessee".

I decided to be nice to her and assume that she needed the phone number for that chamber, I even looked it up on the internet for her, but afterwards I was wondering how some people manage to get through life barely able to communicate.

I've often wondered if not introducing yourself when calling an office is an American thing. My boss does it all the time.
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... when you receive an invitation to a backyard party that asks you to bring "your favorite weapon(s)".
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Just wanted to let everybody know that I'm still around! Spent two weeks with my mom Christmas. She had her second round of chemo and was very weak at times. She has lost quite a bit of weight and I hope the doctors will send her to a health spa for rehab for a couple of weeks. Soon.

My stepson has moved in with his girlfriend who gave birth to their son on December 9. They live with her parents. Good luck.

And now I need to get back to work. I have a lot of catching up to do. I just wanted to drop in and wish you a happy new year. - Should be a good one for me: Year of the Tiger!

R.I.P.

Aug. 26th, 2009 09:39 am
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We lost Ted Kennedy, cornerstone of healthcare reform in the U.S. :-(

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHVwrCzRUX0

Personally, I think a public health insurance plan is not going to accomplish anything as long as patients still have to deal with no co-pays, deductibles, out-of-pocket expenses, limited provider networks, and lifetime benefits caps.

Another reason why medical conditions are a major contributor to personal bankruptcies is the loss of income, so even if your medical expenses are covered, unless you have managed to build an emergency fund, you are still in danger of losing everything.

What really annoys me about the healthcare debate is that everybody talks about what it's going to cost, but nobody seems to talk about how much money it is going to save; or the fact that healthy people will be able to work instead of staying home sick, which means increased tax revenue.

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On my way back home from a friend's house Sunday evening I passed an 18-wheeler in the middle lane whose driver had forgotten to switch off his turn signal. I made sure I was at a safe distance before I slipped into his lane and kept my signal on.

After a few seconds he switched off the blinker and flashed his high beams at me, which I took to mean "thank you". I hazard-flashed him a "you're welcome". - It was just a little exchange of courtesies, but it made me feel good. ☺

My rear windshield needs new tinting. I wish I could get one that says, "I ♥ Truckers".


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G., my husband, is still in the hospital. They fed him some broth, jello, and cranberry juice Saturday but put him back on water only after noon because they're planning to do a colonoscopy some time today... nobody knows exactly when because as per yesterday evening they had been unable to get a hold of a gastroenterologist. - There's your "greatest health care system in the world" in action!

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My husband has been having stomach problems and diarrhea on and off since last Sunday and last night it got so bad that he was passing blood, so he went to the ER this morning (without telling me; he didn't want to wake me up, the dolt. WTF?? Men!!!). They did a CT scan and detected an acute inflammation in his upper intestines. There was talk of surgery, but the surgeon examined him and checked the scan and diagnosed him with a virus infection. They're going to keep him until tomorrow night or Monday morning for observation and to make sure that the medication works. He said something about antibiotics, though, which makes no sense because to the best of my knowledge, those don't work on viruses, only on bacteria - but oh well... As long as it isn't cancer again, I'm okay...

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Imagine my surprise when I found THIS little critter munching away on my Iris today:

 (picture copied from the Wikipedia entry on this insect)

This striking caterpillar is called Saddleback caterpillar and is the larval stage of a rather unstriking moth (whose picture & description can be found
here).

Touching the freaky thing is not advisable: 
it stings and can cause a bad rash (there are several comments about encounters with saddlebacks on Dave's Garden).

ETA: Tuesday morning damage report: about half an Iris leaf has been consumed. I have no idea when the caterpillar will turn into a pupa, but I hope it's soon! :)

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It's ungodly hot and humid in my part of the world. At home, the AC starts working at 7 in the morning to keep the house at a comfortable 79 F (26 Celsius), and here at the office we set it to 77-78 F.

I just came back inside after changing the letters on our billboard. I'm totally soaked, and I swear it's not perspiration - it's condensation!

ETA: When I got in my car after lunch (2 p.m.), the thermometer had climbed to 100 F (38 C).

I wish...

Jun. 3rd, 2009 08:58 am
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... I had the money and could take a couple of weeks off to spend a few weeks at this place: http://www.gonomad.com/lodgings/0207/monastery.html.

How I yearn for silence!!!


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... why people who claim to be "pro life", yet kill other people, don't get called out on a large scale as the hypocrites they are?*

"Dr. Tiller's assassination is not the lone and inexplicable action of one deranged killer," Hern said Sunday. "This was a political assassination in a historic pattern of anti-abortion political violence. It was terrorism." (Article
here)


* Wait! I just remembered
this Website! It souds a little whacky in parts, but I believe they are right in their claim that the whole anti-abortion war is not about saving lives; it is about money and power.
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... by the results of a Gallup poll which found that the majority of Americans are now "pro life".

I think most people confuse "pro choice" with "pro abortion", which is a totally different matter, but without knowing what exact question was asked in the poll, there is no other interpretation.

To everybody out there: If you believe in the right of a woman to make her own reproductive decisions, now is the time to support  Planned Parenthood, NOW, etc.

(Cross-posted to
[community profile] pro_choice )

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fail owned pwned pictures
see more pwn and owned pictures

And there is so much more! Go check it out: http://failblog.org

For those among us who are of the female persuasion and who love men snarking about/at men, try WWHM (http://whywomenhatemen.blogspot.com/) or PLFM (http://www.psychoticlettersfrommen.blogspot.com/). Unbelievable stuff!

Well put!

Mar. 12th, 2009 11:53 pm
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"There's an inherent hypocrisy (within the GOP) that they can't reconcile.  They want the government out of their lives and out of their business, but they want to legislate what others can do so they're just like them.  Example: stay out of my life, but make sure two loving men in Nebraska can't get married.  Don't take away my guns but make sure a teenage girl who was raped by her uncle in Oregon has to deliver her baby." (Source here)

Thank you, Brian Crooks from Naperville, IL, for putting words to something that's been bugging me for a long time!

*headdesk*

Mar. 12th, 2009 10:37 pm
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"At Obama’s request, House leaders removed a $335 million Medicaid provision funding contraception programs for low-income people." (Source here)

Because those people need to have more children.

Great job, Mr. President.
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... that President Obama just pledged $15 billion to Medicaid programs.

What about those of us who do not have and/or cannot afford health insurance but aren't poor enough to qualify for Medicaid? Don't get me wrong - I'm all for helping the poor, but they already have basic medical care at no cost to them, while the rest of us have to pay extra to cover the losses from the uninsured.


I think those billions would be better spent to finally get a nationwide health insurance program started.

*end of rant*


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