Comments for en-gb 30 Fri 11 Jul 2014 14:53:56 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at happylaze Have a good trip;) Tue 03 Mar 2009 17:06:12 GMT+1 happylaze lol time can i get it as Preventative medicine .That and I forgot but there was another thing it helped with;) Tue 03 Mar 2009 17:03:59 GMT+1 timewaitsfornoman happylazeBefore I set off to a Thousand Islands and the I 81 a link for you. Tue 03 Mar 2009 15:40:47 GMT+1 happylaze If your looking for warmer weather we are at 47 f today. Tue 03 Mar 2009 15:34:18 GMT+1 happylaze 340 NO he was not exagerating.(SHHHH Have THEY gone?The californians?Good , look truth is it's not as bad as we like to boast he must have gone local on you.Overcast in the valley in the summer yes, but it does not rain that much. Maybe in a good yearLets put it this way if it were so wet how did this happen Tue 03 Mar 2009 15:31:50 GMT+1 happylaze 341 lol I thought you were in alberta for a while there(probably because of that link you sent about the Job up there) So sorry.Looking on the map in front of me it is funny to see that that invasive bit of Canada that sticks below the parallel Is further south than Eugene and all the way down to Medford or Eureka.Don't move it any more south.Poor TorontoonesBloody southernersBeen here for 8 years. Tue 03 Mar 2009 15:23:16 GMT+1 timewaitsfornoman bere54We have seen the storm move up the coast, but are hoping it is short lived. A change of scenery will be nice and I would like to get a feel for what is happening in the US. Thank you. I might check in if possible but otherwise as I said, full report on my return. Tue 03 Mar 2009 02:13:45 GMT+1 bere54 timewaits -Yes, did that once to escape a winter of ice storms while living in Virginia, which is how I discovered I don't like Florida. My sister lives in western NC; they're having cold and snow. But it might be warm by the time you get there. Have a good time! Tue 03 Mar 2009 01:39:02 GMT+1 timewaitsfornoman bere54"Florida" Been there more times than I care to mention. Lots of Quebecers too. But thanks. We will go down through NY. Just drive until it warms up, I'm sure you can identify. "This is a nice temperature let's stop here." Perhaps NC or SC. Tue 03 Mar 2009 00:43:11 GMT+1 bere54 342, timewaits -Vermont is south of Montreal (I know you know that!). But I am over on the New Hampshire border which is probably not the direction you're heading of you're looking for warm weather.I would suggest you not go to Florida. It is flat and ugly, and full of bugs and a lot of retirees from New York living in fancy trailer parks. Mon 02 Mar 2009 23:55:54 GMT+1 timewaitsfornoman 339 happylazeI think you have been in the States too long! Oregon is not in fact south of Montreal!! But thank you, if I am I will, just not this time when I go SOUTH!Have just checked the map and Portland is almost exactly due WEST.How long have you been there? Mon 02 Mar 2009 22:18:13 GMT+1 bere54 happylaze -Do I remember correctly that you live in Eugene? My son lived out there for a year and complained that it was cold and rainy in the winter and warmish and rainy in the summer. His only transportation was bicycle and roller blades, so felt the weather keenly. He claimed he was wet all year. Was he exaggerating? Mon 02 Mar 2009 22:00:25 GMT+1 happylaze 337 have fun on your trip e mail me if you are in Oregon Mon 02 Mar 2009 18:33:33 GMT+1 happylaze Time Go for it. just be back before the 2012 crap hits Mon 02 Mar 2009 18:32:13 GMT+1 timewaitsfornoman 335 happylazeThanks. As I said, just an idea for a temporary change, nothing more. Use to think when we have more time will spend it traveling the world. With the situation today; air travel nightmares, who can afford it?, etc. have started to rethink those plans. So the opportunity to go and live and work in a different environment "sounds" appealing. Only for a year or two and would return here in the summers. But sure don't want to find myself living somewhere I don't want to be!! I am not trying to escape.Sounds like an adventure, so wanted your opinion. As my father of a few words would say, "If you want to know something, ask an expert." I do not know their winter temperatures, but for sure it is not colder than here!! Some days, not this year so far, we are akin to Siberia - I kid you not!We have decided to go on a "road trip." Will venture south into the US and drive until the weather warms up. Check out what is happening down there. Will be gone for a week or so. In case you notice my absence. Might have the opportunity to check in, if so will keep you posted. Full report upon my return. Mon 02 Mar 2009 17:45:20 GMT+1 happylaze And they got swimming holes.(small but there) Mon 02 Mar 2009 16:29:31 GMT+1 happylaze 334 time green grass is found every where but a dessert .I do not know lincolnshire, but If you live in the cold north you maybe used to it.If you want to travel yes go.I like the beautiful swimming holes we have here in Oregon. So I stay for the meanwhile.If you like where you are try the "don't fix it ,if it ain't broke "approach.Nice country side. then there is the change of scenery.I travel and sometimes stay but you end up leaving a lot behind , and the net does not really shrink the distance as much as some say.Can't make that call.I'd say Devon is a nice place if you can avoid the "Rob s".Nice folk who don't know that part of them is not nice, the quiet bigots. Mon 02 Mar 2009 16:29:07 GMT+1 timewaitsfornoman happylaze"selling american cars" In that case I would drop the "sound as pound" if it refers to the British Pound. Which I presume it does, have never thought of it before. You wouldn't part with that cat and I know it. What is your take on teaching in Licolnshire? Just an idea we have, which we can quickly be dissuaded of and scratch that idea off our list. Sun 01 Mar 2009 17:40:59 GMT+1 happylaze 332 Free shipping . Your twisting me arm there , Tell you what You pay the shipping and I'll throw in a water bowl and food bowl.I was just practising my lying to get a job selling american cars. Sun 01 Mar 2009 16:48:21 GMT+1 timewaitsfornoman 330 happylazeJust a regular run-of-the-mill mantle.I'm tempted to say "yes" just to hear your reaction. Is shipping included? I ask as I drink my tea and nibble on Hob Nobs. They are very good, an acquired taste.bere54 So it either can or cannot jump on my mantle and knock over Don Quixote. Who (he, Sancho, and the tired horse!) are not in fact on my mantle. But in a much more secure location. Sat 28 Feb 2009 22:07:13 GMT+1 bere54 happylaze - I must have missed something. Why do you want to give away your cat? Are you tired of all that squeezing? Sat 28 Feb 2009 21:13:55 GMT+1 happylaze 328 TimeApparently the topic is fair ground cons."everyones a winner"Talking of winners I got this cat you might be interested in. Sat 28 Feb 2009 18:35:44 GMT+1 happylaze 328 TimeDepends on the mantle. (ummmm nervous tremble.. Thought"go on don't look at the rear end ")"sound as pound that cat Miss, go on. .ye,know at you want it. Look It's meowing TO you, how sweet."Opps didn't mean to shout.Marbles Agreed with that war. Sat 28 Feb 2009 18:34:22 GMT+1 timewaitsfornoman 326 happylazeI do not know where you got the idea from that there is anything wrong with my hearing. O.K. I admitted my eyes get weary from squinting at dark sites, but that is because I am also a trooper and persevere. Should my hearing diminish, which it has NOT, I will refuse to accept the fact and use my mother's line of, "Why is everyone mumbling?"I am honoured that out of all the posters on this site, you have chosen me to take on your cat. Is he able to jump on mantles, which is how we got on this topic? His future depends on your answer.To get back to Grans; mine was trapped on Malta during the war, finally evacuated to Gibraltar of all places (it was suppose to be Egypt but the plane was diverted), for the duration, as they say. What is the topic of this blog? Grans, cats and drugs? Sat 28 Feb 2009 13:52:27 GMT+1 allmymarbles 324, happy.The war I would like to wage is the war on drug companies. They are more successful thieves than the banks. They help keep America healthy, right? Sat 28 Feb 2009 00:23:31 GMT+1 happylaze 325 TIME ,I'LL SPEAK UP THEN. I SAID YOU COULD HAVE HIM , I'LL GIVE HIM TO YOU CHEAP.CAN'T BE FAIRER THAN THAT.;) Sat 28 Feb 2009 00:15:40 GMT+1 timewaitsfornoman 322 happylaze"a masterpiece" Well then I'm sure you would like to keep him. Fri 27 Feb 2009 23:40:29 GMT+1 happylaze 323 yep one huge con that "war on drugs". Fri 27 Feb 2009 23:08:06 GMT+1 allmymarbles 322, happy.The pharmceutical industry makes all sorts of synthetic narcotics for pain that are much more expensive than than the real thing, morphine.Big joke. Lotsa money. The real thing is cheap. No patent. Fri 27 Feb 2009 17:36:02 GMT+1 happylaze 320 time ,lol but time then I couldn't learn. but then there is the pint.318 time I didn'tshe didn't (not when I knew her.)and that cat, there's nothing wrong with that cat a very rare three leg friesian bobtail.nothing wrong with it ,he's a masterpiece, tell you what .I 'll throw in a bag of kitty litter.317 marbles.yep they have to make profit. here they convinced the us gov to let them produce a crappy (people I know who have tried the marinol have said it makes them queesy and basically had the wrong effect compared to the smoke.strange how this easy to grow crop that has a huge amount of by products that are good as well (fibre, oils) is illegal. But you can buy the pill version that has no high(some disagree,but it is bad) and makes you feel bad is legal.How is it that a pill derived through processing a chemical soup to try to "mimic" the original grows every where cheap and simple pot.But then we did the same to opium and created heroinand coca to coke(two medical advances)now to the christians, "do you really think we are going to do much better than God did on the pot issue." Fri 27 Feb 2009 15:18:21 GMT+1 timewaitsfornoman happylazeP.S. His mantra was, "I am willing to help anyone who is willing to help themselves." I try to live by that. Although I am not the "man" my father was. Fri 27 Feb 2009 15:06:13 GMT+1 timewaitsfornoman 319 happylazeIt did, that and the morphine. Thanks, it was a terrible experience. He was only 65 and I miss him to this day. He was the kind of person that everyone loved, respected and admired. You would have liked him, everybody did. He was a "man of few words" so you could have done most of the talking, which you seem to like to do, down at the pub over a pint. He would have paid. Fri 27 Feb 2009 04:41:44 GMT+1 happylaze 308 Time sorry for your Dad, I hope it helped. Fri 27 Feb 2009 01:14:52 GMT+1 timewaitsfornoman 313 happylaze"don't pay the poll tax" Oh! That is a fabulous line! Did you do as she asked?She didn't happen to read tea leaves did she, as one of my aunts did? Amazingly accurate.Regarding your cat! (Sorry can't help myself) - "you have let the cat out of the bag" regarding his physical condition as well as your affection for him. Thank you, but I must decline.310 timohioLiked your take on things. Thu 26 Feb 2009 23:28:46 GMT+1 allmymarbles 308, timewaits."When my father was dying of cancer that had spread to his lungs, his doctor prescribed it (cannabis) in pill form. It is very expensive. My mother commented to the doctor on the cost, his response, 'Can't your children get him any?' Which of course we did."Be fair. Pharmaceutical companies have to make a living. I was taking prescription Zyrtec. It cost about $2 a pill. The it went over-the-counter and it cost about about $.80 per pill. Then I found generic. It costs $.074 cents a pill. All this in less than a year. Maybe I should start a pharmaceutical company.... Thu 26 Feb 2009 23:20:33 GMT+1 happylaze 310. Tim , maybe so. but was Bush's reaction part of some strange rebound thing. like when many alcoholics find God all of a sudden.Anything to concentrate on .........Avoiding a drink.Hey but Van Gough (the painter not dead racist) was a drunk as well and did lovely pics.Many of the worlds best smiths are drunk all day.I'm not really opposed to booze, but I am opposed to the ridiculous ban on pot and the throwing out of medical benefits because of paranoid drunks who think ,because they can't walk in a straight line drunk ,that a pot head who can juggle at the top of a 6 ft giraffe unicycle(not me) (but I can diablo like a devil) is on a similar drug.there is no comparison. it doesn't work that way. Thu 26 Feb 2009 21:53:49 GMT+1 bere54 307, timewaits -I'll steal my daughter's chem lab goggles.I don't really have terrors about the rats, snakes, and spiders. That was just my facetious way of communicating the level of the danger and horror of the snapping, twanging, eyeball-slashing dulcimer string. Thu 26 Feb 2009 20:55:30 GMT+1 happylaze 308 thanks Time. she lived a fairly long life thanks to the great british NHS.who we have to thank for the years we had. She was the first real trooper I knew.Last thing she said to me was"don't pay the poll tax"Great lady.Thanks again. Thu 26 Feb 2009 20:27:38 GMT+1 happylaze lol 307 Time I gotta cat . do you want it? Thu 26 Feb 2009 20:07:10 GMT+1 kiki_dread This post has been Removed Thu 26 Feb 2009 19:28:46 GMT+1 allmymarbles 302, timewaits.I think your husband has never suffered great pain. I should think getting rid of chronic pain would improve one's outlook on life. People forget the original benefit of narcotics, which was to relieve pain. For some reason prejudice has dumped sufferers in with druggies, whose only pain is being alive. Thu 26 Feb 2009 18:40:29 GMT+1 timohio re. 305. happylaze:Personally I think most of the mistakes of the last 50 years can be laid at the door of testosterone rather than alcohol. Bush is apparently a reformed alcoholic and never touches the stuff. Didn't improve the quality of his decision-making, though. Thu 26 Feb 2009 18:38:59 GMT+1 timohio re. 303. bere54:Just a light coat of paste wax; you don't want them to be too slippery. If a peg sticks, you can put just a touch of bar soap on it. Again, only a touch because a slippery peg is worse than a sticky peg.Yes, the pegs could easily be cherry. I have a walnut dulcimer I bought years ago in Tennessee, and it has walnut pegs. Classical and early music instruments usually have pegs in a very hard wood like boxwood or rosewood, but as long as the hardness of the peg and peg box are similar, cherry pegs will work just fine.About a year ago I repaired a dulcimer that had been made by a local craftsman in the mid 70s. Someone had taken out the wooden pegs and replaced them with tuning machines--badly. I replaced the machines with rosewood pegs and felt like the instrument was thanking me. It just looked much better. If you don't have one, an inexpensive digital chromatic tuner speeds up tuning. You can buy them for 20-30 dollars. At least you can see which direction to tune and how close you are to being on tune. It's kind of funny at early music conferences to see a group of people with reproductions of medieval instruments all whip out their electronic tuners. As far as strings breaking, remember that they're wire and can stand up to a lot of tension. But you might not want to bend over the dulcimer while tuning. Keep your face out of the line of fire. I once had an entire bridge pop off a lute I was tuning. I had made the lute, so it was my fault. I had bent over it to tune, and the edge of the bridge just missed my nose. Now I make sure I'm well back when I tune, and I've improved my technique for gluing on bridges! Thu 26 Feb 2009 18:34:49 GMT+1 timewaitsfornoman happylazeWhen my father was dying of cancer that had spread to his lungs, his doctor prescribed it in pill form. It is very expensive. My mother commented to the doctor on the cost, his response, "Can't your children get him any?" Which of course we did. I'm very sorry about your Gran. Thu 26 Feb 2009 17:21:50 GMT+1 timewaitsfornoman bere54"rats, snakes, spiders, breaking strings . . ."Oh you have so many worries..... Reminds me of my mother saying, "If I have nothing else to worry about, I can always worry about the cat jumping on the mantle and knocking over Don Quixote." (A beautiful porcelain piece my parents bought in Florence - now in my possession - so I get to worry about it! We don't have a cat.) You could try wearing protective glasses!! Thu 26 Feb 2009 17:08:39 GMT+1 happylaze Oh And my Gran would not have to die because of peoples bigotry. Thu 26 Feb 2009 16:17:05 GMT+1 happylaze 300 lol mine never noticed.As a lot of people. one classic was back in the UK where a friends well educated father (who helped bring Gaddaffi into the fold) commented to his son that he liked me because i was the only one who was not stoned the whole time.Which was as it happened the total opposite of the truth.It is purely down to confidence, which all of life is. Being goofy does not also make one stupid, despite claims.I do not consider myself stupid though I am sure many out there disagree.Marbles you will get a buzz if you try it for medical reasons.PS I feel the same about alcohol, which does in my eyes make people stupid. they giggle, they communicate with mixed and confused signals, often starting fights(or if enough drunks get together) or even a war.I also believe that many of the mistakes of the last 50 years have been because the decision makers got "tipsy" too often.I agree that if we are to have prohibition then be fair ban the booze as well.PPS some people like the taste and can ramble on like wine snobs about different valleys .Then there is the huge amount of money waiting for the feds if they were smart.Then everyones a winner. Thu 26 Feb 2009 16:16:14 GMT+1 happylaze 294 vand 297 Marbles and Tim I had several friends who cycled (pedal) around london . they would come in after their commute wheezing and spluttering. "Ventalin" had done no good. but he home style remedy did. There are stories of gods giving it to a man to stop his burning lungs.It is legal in the US with a The mods removing my previous post for"condoning" illegal activity is a joke.The same joke that made me watch my gran with MS die having never been given the opportunity to try and see if it helps, Because even the discussion is banned.pathetic really. Thu 26 Feb 2009 16:03:58 GMT+1 bere54 297, timohio -Thanks, I will try the paste wax. I know the pegs are not ebony. I think they are cherry; at least the body of the instrument is so I'm assuming the pegs are. I am not a wood expert, only know pine and oak on sight. I do like my wooden pegs. Mechanical pegs look silly on a dulcimer, though wooden ones are not common anymore.Years ago I did a week-long dulcimer workshop at the Augusta Heritage Festival in West Virginia. I was the only one in the class with wooden pegs and the others all had to wait for me to finish tuning, but they were very nice about it, and fascinated, and would always clap for me once I accomplished it. We were always retuning for different modes.My worst problem with tuning is that I have an irrational terror of breaking a string and having it whip out and blind me. (You know - the usual terrors - rats, snakes, spiders, breaking strings . . . ) Thu 26 Feb 2009 15:13:25 GMT+1 timewaitsfornoman "Side effects"I woman I know, who can be very caustic, told us how she had been suffering from a very painful pinched nerve. She had been given Oxycontin and it was a relief to now be pain free. She said she had learned to be less critical of chronic pain sufferers. I commented to my husband how mellow she had become though the experience. He said, "Oh no, that's the drugs." Thu 26 Feb 2009 14:14:46 GMT+1 allmymarbles 300, publius."Are you sure you did not suffer any side effects? Or were your co-workers all wondering, 'What's going on with Ms. Marbles today?'. The people who were at the party probably thought they were acting their usual selves."In those days I didn't know about drugs or side effects and so was not on the lookout for them not being there. I remember thinking it was amazing that a small pill could remove such pain and I could do my work. (It was my first professional job and I was very excited about it.) Some years later, when I knew a lot more about medicine, I underwent some minor oral surgery. I was given some morphine tablets and told to take one as soon as I got home. I did and fell asleep even though it was the middle of the afternoon. The pain they expected me to have after the anesthetic wore off never came, which was surprising. That got me thinking about the only other time I took morphine and had no side effects. This time there was no pain and the morphine put me to sleep, perhaps because there was no medical need for it. This is why I am wondering about the effect of pot for asthma. Thu 26 Feb 2009 06:14:00 GMT+1 publiusdetroit Ref 299 allmymarblesI went to work as usual and it was a day just like any other. I had no pain whatoever, and there were no side effects.Are you sure you did not suffer any side effects? Or were your co-workers all wondering, "What's going on with Ms. Marbles today?". The people who were at the party probably thought they were acting their usual selves.I am afraid you will look and act stoned even if you are using cannabis for true medical therapy.At least that's what my brother tells me. I mean. I would never...He inhales. It's...ah...for his gout. Yeah! That's it! Gout. Thu 26 Feb 2009 05:37:53 GMT+1 allmymarbles 297, timohio."I decided in college that having an asthma attack in the middle of a roomful of stoned people was not a good idea.."I was at a party with people we had been doing business with. I knew them fairly well so couldn't understand why they sounded so vague and dumb and sat around with silly smiles. Did they mutate when the sun went down? I found out later that everyone had been smoking pot. I had never used drugs and this idiot display reinforced my non-habit. But I am wondering that if a substance is used for a specific medical purpose, does it still have the same effect as if taken for recreation? I once took morphine for a serious ear infection. I went to work as usual and it was a day just like any other. I had no pain whatoever, and there were no side effects. If I try weed and it allays the asthma, will I also not suffer the effects that are said to go with it? This is something I want to find out. I don't need pot to make me goofy; I can manage that all on my own. Thu 26 Feb 2009 04:55:58 GMT+1 allmymarbles This post has been Removed Thu 26 Feb 2009 04:24:30 GMT+1 timohio 287. allmymarbles:I'll have to give vitamin B5 a try.290. bere54:A light coat of paste wax helps the pegs turn smoothly. And you should always start by twisting down before tuning up. And seat the peg with a little nudge after twisting it. Keep the instrument in its case when you're not playing it. That buffers any changes from temperature and humidity. Pity me with 11 gut strings to tune with wooden pegs. Sometimes the first 20 minutes of my music lesson are taken up with my teacher and me tuning up. But I like wooden pegs. I turn my own on a little tabletop lathe. If your pegs are ebony, try to switch them for something like boxwood or rosewood. Ebony is traditional on violins, but it's really not suitable for tuning pegs. It swells with humidity (jamming the peg in the hole) and it contains silica, which grinds the sides of the peg holes.291. happylaze:I decided in college that having an asthma attack in the middle of a roomful of stoned people was not a good idea. And sucking anything into my lungs other than clear air just doesn't appeal. I'm not against it; it just doesn't appeal. Thu 26 Feb 2009 00:28:22 GMT+1 allmymarbles 281, timohio.The amount is 200mg daily, by the way. Who would have thought of using a vitamin! Wed 25 Feb 2009 23:24:45 GMT+1 timewaitsfornoman 292 bere54 "interest was "peaked,"Ok, I'm joking but maybe their interest had reached a peak, or was feeling poorly!Reminds me of the statement in my mother's local paper, "There will be no weather today." Wed 25 Feb 2009 20:09:57 GMT+1 allmymarbles 291, happy."that weedy substance does have an effect on it (asthma). a positive effect."I have never tried it. Perhaps I will. Wed 25 Feb 2009 19:24:49 GMT+1 allmymarbles 290, bere.I think the advantage of deadlines and writing in a rush is that the result is more spontaneous and lively. At least it is for me. Wed 25 Feb 2009 19:22:31 GMT+1 bere54 289, allmymarbles -Actually, you can follow a recipe on line if you have a laptop to perch on the kitchen counter, and you don't have to use a rock to hold it open at your page. But I do hope we will always have "real" books. I at least will always have them, even if I have to read the same ones over and over and over again. I cannot read a screen for very long at a time.If you think the NY Times is bad (and I agree with you there) you should see our local daily (NOT the one I have written for). A recent article mentioned how someone's interest was "peaked," (and that's the least of their errors). Too many people rely on spellcheck, which is not going to catch those bloopers. Wed 25 Feb 2009 17:19:05 GMT+1 happylaze This post has been Removed Wed 25 Feb 2009 15:58:38 GMT+1 bere54 285, 288 allmymarbles -I wrote a piece on deadline for a local paper, about a small alternative high school. I struggled over it and thought the end product was flat, boring, but the editor/publisher loved it, the school director loved it, other people complimented me on it - I still don't know if they were just being polite or if my judgment was wrong. Perhaps it was just that my normal writing style is rather loose and frivolous and I had to dampen that and keep the piece more "journalistic."I have read the Ladies' Detective Agency and Stephanie Plum books (or rather, I've listened to them on tape while exercising) and enjoyed them immensely. Both series are very witty. I didn't start doing the NY Times crossword until after Maleska's day so can't compare.281, timohio -Yep, that mandolin was a killer. My dulcimer has wooden tuning pegs so if I just manage to tune it I feel a great sense of accomplishment. Wed 25 Feb 2009 13:46:26 GMT+1 allmymarbles 278, publius."Electronic publishing is still an infant. It is growing and developing."But there will always be a place for books. You cannot read yourself to sleep with a computer. Or follow a recipe. And when the power goes off, you still have something to read. Wed 25 Feb 2009 05:39:30 GMT+1 allmymarbles 272, bere.Yes, I have noticed the deterioration, but there are still some very fine novels out there. The 'No. 1, Ladies Dective Agency" series is one, as are the early Evanovich (sp?) Stephanie Plum books. What horrifies me is what has happened to The New York Times. I find grammatical errors, incorrectly used words, and Short, who has taken over the crossword, is no Maleska. He makes mistakes. Years ago it was impossible to find any sort of error in that paper. It was a standard for fine English. And listen to those ignorant talking heads. They have a serious problem with our language. Wed 25 Feb 2009 05:21:26 GMT+1 allmymarbles 281, timohio."I have asthma, though, and need to be careful about exertion in cold weather."So do I, and I discovered something very pure and simple that helps it - pantothenic acid, vitamin B5, a natural anti-inflammatory. Wed 25 Feb 2009 05:12:29 GMT+1 allmymarbles 263, Steve."Afghanistan is a losing proposition. The region is over-taken by Traffickers of illicit narcotics and depraved sexuality. Obama should consider that militarization of Afghanistan will only massacre innocent Arabs. Kabul must develop real strategies and tactics. Drug Dealers are subtle, smooth, and lethal."Afghan drug dealers are not ghetto gang members. The farmers grow the poppies and a wholesaler buys them. Plain old everyday business. And what do you mean by "depraved sexuality"? is there something exciting going on that I don't know about?As mentioned by timohio, Afghans are not Arabs. I might add that they do not even speak a semitic language. Most of the country speaks Farsi, or languages related to Farsi, an unrelated language family. Wed 25 Feb 2009 04:59:42 GMT+1 allmymarbles 280, bere.I am a terrible procrastinator. If it were not for deadlines I might not have accomplished much of anything. I have found myself absolutely not in the mood and devoid of stirring ideas (uninspired, as some would say), but have had to sit down at my computer and type away because a deadline was closing in on me. You would think the article, or whatever, would turn out badly, but that is not the case. Something kicks in somewhere. Is it discipline, experience, obligation? I don't know. Probably all three. That is not to say that, sans obligation or deadling, I am never impelled to write something I feel strongly about. This blog is a good example, as is a project I am working on. However, I would accomplish the latter more quickly, and possibly with more verve, if I had a deadline. Wed 25 Feb 2009 04:40:45 GMT+1 publiusdetroit Ref 281 timohioSnowshoes require a little more exertion than walking on dry pavement; but not much more. You might try renting a pair. I don't know if you have an REI nearby. They have rentals. Wed 25 Feb 2009 03:58:10 GMT+1 dennisjunior1 Justin:I think that most everyone involved were winners in President Obama's first trip to Ottawa....~Dennis Junior~ Wed 25 Feb 2009 03:34:56 GMT+1 timohio re. 263. Steve-Beacon:"Obama should consider that militarization of Afghanistan will only massacre innocent Arabs."That would be highly unlikely in Afghanistan, I should think. The majority of the inhabitants aren't Arab. Muslim, yes. Arab, no. Same in Iran. Wed 25 Feb 2009 02:58:42 GMT+1 timohio re. 276. bere54:Oh, Appalachian dulcimers are wonderful instruments. I've built and repaired a few and played them badly. Somehow, just fooling around with one is just relaxing, though. Mandolins, on the other hand, seem really tough--all those strings in such a small space. If you can lay hands on a banjo, give that a try. All I can do on one is a couple of chords, but it's still fun. Even if you can't play them very well, it still sounds joyous. It's hard not to smile listening to a 280Like publius, I've written as part of my job--mostly educational stuff. Not exciting, but I get some satisfaction if a well-written piece helps someone learn. It sounds like you would be a natural for a blog of your own. Take a look at If nothing else, it's an outlet. If you develop a following, that's something to take to a publisher. It's no different than writing a column, or being an essayist. And personally, I enjoy the craft of writing. I suspect you do too, because you write very 279. publiusdetroit:I've wondered about snowshoes. I've tried cross-country skiing, but decided I didn't have the coordination. All that work and no forward motion. I have asthma, though, and need to be careful about exertion in cold weather. Mainly I wait for spring. Wed 25 Feb 2009 02:42:31 GMT+1 bere54 278, publius -I have published a few articles in a area monthly paper, but it's not my forte. I write in spurts, when I am possessed of a story I want to tell, and in this way I have written three novels. I will write for ten hours a day (not counting the notes I scribble - I always carry a notebook and have been known to pull off the road to write down a particularly good thought or sentence before it vanishes) for months and months, and then once it is finally finished, revised, edited, revised again and the agent (who is no more) is (was) satisfied, and sending it out to publishers, I may not write like that again for several years. It's not the way most writers write, but that's how it works for me. I don't write to be writing, I write when I have something I want to say or a story I want to tell. If I try to write when I'm not interested in the subject, what comes out is ghastly. I've never done technical writing and would not want to. The only non-fiction I've written besides the few pieces that were published is travel essays for a collection that I don't feel motivated to finish since I have no agent. But it's nice to know that someone is getting a check for writing now and then. Wed 25 Feb 2009 01:21:10 GMT+1 publiusdetroit Ref 276 bere54I do walk most days, more than I drive my car.Snowshoes! If you like to walk, you should find snowshoeing the thing to do in the winter. It is easy as walking. The new style aluminum shoeshoes are light and manueverable. Most come with built-in ice cleats so you do not slip. Cross-country ski poles provide stability.We have had a good base of snow with frequent snow showers all winter long here in lower Michigan. I have been having the best winter in years. The exertion keeps you warm. Dress in layers. Remember to carry water with you. You dehydrate fast in the winter. Wed 25 Feb 2009 00:04:09 GMT+1 publiusdetroit Ref 270 bere54I am constantly being told that old-fashioned publishing houses are going the way of the dodo because they are mostly huge corporations that are only interested in the few books they know will be best-sellers.Electronic publishing is still an infant. It is growing and developing. It took a Napster to change the music industry. I think the major challenges are how does the author get paid and how is copyright protected?I am learning a lot by submitting to small, niche newspapers. Dipping my toes in the water. The niche papers seem to go for my off-beat writing, ala Joe Six-pack. I stated in an earlier post that I have been experimenting with style. I submit articles in different styles to see how they are received. Feed back has been good. Every now and again there is a check. Tue 24 Feb 2009 23:44:49 GMT+1 john-In-Dublin Interesting article on a visit to Iran from The Times [of London] Tue 24 Feb 2009 23:18:23 GMT+1 bere54 275, timohio -I do walk most days, more than I drive my car. Until it got all snowy and icy outside, I was doing a long exercise walk most mornings (I used to be a runner, 5 to 6 miles a day, and can't do without exercise), but until it warms up a bit I get most of my exercise while doing errands. It's difficult to walk aerobically around here in the winter because the ice is so treacherous.A few years ago I decided to take up the mandolin. Man, did I work at that. Finally realized I wasn't going to get anywhere, so went back to messing around with my Appalachian dulcimer, which even a tone-deaf talentless person such as I can make music with.But nothing beats a good book for fun, relaxation, and edification. A book, a bowl of popcorn, a cup of tea. That's the life. Tue 24 Feb 2009 23:04:57 GMT+1 timohio re. 264. bere54:Having books available is good, and the volunteering is good, but it helps to get out and get some moderate exercise. That's why I mentioned a brisk walk. I understand that you are writing, but a creative outlet that isn't tied to books would be helpful, too. I work with computers and do web design and similar things for a living, so at the end of the day the last thing I want to do is mess with computers. This blog is about the limit. I've put up blogs for my extended family and similar projects, but it really isn't fun. It's nice to go home and do something with my hands other than keyboarding. I started taking music lessons in my early 50s because I wanted to do something different. It's humbling to be back at the beginner stage in anything at that age, but it keeps my brain from rotting. And maybe by the time I'm 80 I'll be able to play decently. If my hands haven't stiffened up completely by then :-) Tue 24 Feb 2009 22:04:52 GMT+1 allmymarbles 270, bere.It is true that I am out-of-touch with developments post-vanity press. Guilty!Have you ever worked as a writer? Most novelists I know didn't break into writing with a novel. They slogged along maybe writing for an encyclopedia or a trade magazine. Some started out as copywriters, or publicists, or copy editors. They wrote their novels on the side, meanwhile learning their trade and paying their bills. I can't think f one who was an overnight success. It is not an easy profession. Tue 24 Feb 2009 21:17:50 GMT+1 allmymarbles 268, bere.Sometimes a perfectly good novel is not marketable because it is out of siync with the times. That is one of the problems that crops up. It is obvious that it is easier for someone with a name to get published, but writers die or dry up and the empty places have to be filled by new people. Did you agent ever ask you to make revisions? Did he do a proper critique? Tue 24 Feb 2009 20:49:50 GMT+1 bere54 allmymarbles - addendum -Also, I don't know how much modern fiction you read, but it is evident from what I have tried reading (and this goes for non-fiction too) that publishers are downsizing their editorial departments. The mistakes are pervasive and ghastly. Which is one reason I avoid recently-published books. There is no excuse for having a character leave on a long trip and then mysteriously reappear two pages later in a scene he just left. Or for a character to put on his running shoes and then a few paragraphs later pull on his socks. Any good editor (and I do freelance editing) would have caught these. Tue 24 Feb 2009 20:29:00 GMT+1 Cadazian "Barack Obama needs Canadian support. Afghanistan is a losing proposition. The region is over-taken by Traffickers of illicit narcotics and depraved sexuality. "It sounds like Eastenders. Tue 24 Feb 2009 20:25:31 GMT+1 bere54 265, allmymarbles -My manuscripts have already gone through extensive editing and revision via my agent, before he died of course; he was also a book doctor, which apparently they all have to be these days. Print-on-demand is not the same as vanity press. I think you may not be aware of the move to self-publishing and print-on-demand and web publishing these days. I am constantly being told that old-fashioned publishing houses are going the way of the dodo because they are mostly huge corporations that are only interested in the few books they know will be best-sellers. Even editors and agents are becoming disillusioned with mainstream publishing. Vermont is a magnet for writers and I've had much advice from published fiction writers in this area. They all say pretty much the same thing. They also say that they are not given the marketing support they used to expect and have to do a lot of it themselves anyway. Tue 24 Feb 2009 20:19:08 GMT+1 gunsandreligion 259, happy, as far as incest goes, there are certain people who should be shot a few times in quick succession so that God can get a good look at their return address.I say, let's all kick in for a few stamps. Tue 24 Feb 2009 19:47:08 GMT+1 bere54 258, allmymarblesI don't how much experience you have with fiction publishing but these days whether the work is really good has nothing to do with it. I had an agent (no longer, because he dropped dead) who was terribly frustrated that he couldn't sell my first novel because he believed in it so much, but he and everyone else has told me for years how difficult it is to sell fiction unless the author is well known or has some "hook." I have a friend who can get anything published because she has a famous name. Her editor won't even look at my work, despite her advocating it. That's just the way it is, particularly when your writing does not fit into a "genre." I mean, where on earth would they shelve it in the bookstore if there's no category? Tue 24 Feb 2009 19:44:46 GMT+1 bere54 257 - Ah, you get your factoids from Faux News. That explains why you have no facts. This would be amusing except for the fact that you are slandering with lies a good man who is nothing as the right-wing faux news portrayed him. They kept "quoting" him as having said "I don't believe in punishment" when in fact he said no such thing. I have heard the transcript, which was read on a radio program here in Vermont in order to set the record straight. Have you read the transcript of the sentencing? No, or you would not continue to spout those lies. Bill O'Reilly, whom I'm sure you admire, lied over and over again about the judge, if you want to talk about lies. The record has been set straight about this case but you obviously are not interested in the truth if it conflicts with what your Faux News heroes say. Tue 24 Feb 2009 19:32:09 GMT+1 allmymarbles 243, happy."And are we going to provide skin cancer treatment for all those people who throw the burquas away. Practicality is the basis of many customs. Sometimes they get wrapped in religion,here is a clear case of practicality."The history of the burka, or the chador, or veil, has nothing to do with Islam. It was a practical protection from desert sun and sandstorms. With the advent of religion it became institutionalized and its form exaggerated. All people of the desert use some means of covering themselves - that includes the men. The kafiyahs that desert men wear are draped over their faces in a sandstorm. I was once caught in a sandstorm in Saudi Arabia. I took my chiffon scarf, pulled it down over my face and tied theends around my neck. I did this intinctively. Tue 24 Feb 2009 19:19:48 GMT+1 allmymarbles 240, bere.If you are talking about vanity press, that is not the way to go. You need a publisher for marketing. It is not something you can do yourself. Also, everybody needs an editor, even the best of us. You cannot provide that service for yourself.A few months ago I read the manuscript of a published author and made extensive suggestions for revision. I did not see the final draft which he presented to his agent. The agent made further recommendtions. Expert help is invaluable.As a final note, vanity press does not have the best reputation, the implication being that the book was not good enough to be taken up by professionals. This may not be ture, but it doesn't have to be. Tue 24 Feb 2009 19:09:54 GMT+1 bere54 254, timohio -I immerse myself in books; unfortunately I have a habit of buying them, but mostly from secondhand stores. I have stacks of to-be-read piles next to my bed and go through phases - lately my phase has been British mysteries by women (though now that I volunteer in a non-profit secondhand bookshop I've discovered good ones by men too) written mostly in the first half of the 20th century before blood and gore and excruciatingly disturbing details of serial killing came into fashion in novels. Then there is the Virago series of under-appreciated female writers of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries, which I collect and fortunately forget so can re-read them (another "left-handed" benefit of getting older - and by the way, as a left-handed person, I wonder when that "slur" will meet its demise?). And I'm looking forward to re-reading all of Dickens and Trollope. This is how I survive. Tue 24 Feb 2009 19:06:56 GMT+1 Steve-Beacon Barack Obama needs Canadian support. Afghanistan is a losing proposition. The region is over-taken by Traffickers of illicit narcotics and depraved sexuality. Obama should consider that militarization of Afghanistan will only massacre innocent Arabs. Kabul must develop real strategies and tactics. Drug Dealers are subtle, smooth, and lethal. Tue 24 Feb 2009 19:06:32 GMT+1 allmymarbles 228, saintD.I take back what I said about agendas. But they are not hidden. I feel I have to rectify misconceptions about Iran that are propagated by the government and the media. Tue 24 Feb 2009 18:56:03 GMT+1 allmymarbles 228, saintD."Thank you for all the wonderful descriptions of life in Iran."There is a very special book titled "Hajji Baba of Isfahan." It was written in the early 19th century by an Englishman. I read it before I first went to Iran and it was the best introduction I could have had. The temperament and the proclivities of the Persians have not changed, even though they now use IPods. The characterizations in the book were so accurate that Iranians refused to believe it was written by a foreigner. It is also very funny.The stories I write are absolutely accurate, with no adjustments or hidden agendas. It is life as I lived it among the Iranians. If I dwell on the humorous it is because humor is an outstanding trait of the Iranian people. Tue 24 Feb 2009 18:53:29 GMT+1 happylaze 247 dceiler well remembered. good article there.Good points about sexualisation in the media.I understand the revulsion to these pervs they see on the news. but how many are ignoring the home front there?Focused on the external evil not the evil within. Tue 24 Feb 2009 18:45:09 GMT+1 happylaze 250 lol GnRIf they all say "like" all the time I am not sure I want to.OOOHHHHH I see what you were saying.See at boarding school they used to take us on away fixtures to girls schools.And we were given alcohol.but that was after a lecture on CONDOMS.Of course they were not the same day that would be condoning an immoral act from the catholic schools point of view.I was just pointing out that there are some pretty mixed signals from SOCIETY (not the victims). And that sometimes innocents can be made to look bad. like Bere said about the tushie pat .Having said that I suspect that if the true figures on incestuous pedophile (cousins and uncles) was truly known there would be shock all round. Tue 24 Feb 2009 18:32:41 GMT+1 allmymarbles 223, bere." am so envious. I have been trying to get published for almost ten years, but I write fiction and nobody's ever heard of me so though I get glowing letters, they're all rejections."Get an agent. If your work is really good it doesn't matter if no one has heard of you. Tue 24 Feb 2009 18:31:16 GMT+1 MagicKirin ref #254That is the lie Judge produced when confronted by Fox News.The truth is the Judge has a history of not imposing punishments for crimes. Tue 24 Feb 2009 18:28:05 GMT+1 timewaitsfornoman 253 bere54"listen to the news" That does not sound like a good idea to me. How often do we hear good news? I suggest you read a book. Read Colin Dexter, he likes the Oxford comma, or not. Now I don't remember! Well you will have to read to find out."bad touching" That sounds like it could be so confusing for children at a young age. They generally accept what they are being taught, especially by the "teacher." Some of them might become frightened to put on a bathing suit. I can picture myself, Ohhh, I'm in a bathing suit, must be bad touching time!! And my parents being thoroughly perplexed. Tue 24 Feb 2009 18:25:14 GMT+1 happylaze Magic GherkinI have to say here that I sometimes may give the impression that you are some strange creature. true, but I have to give you some credit. Though I disagree about the Unions, those leaders like Tutu and Mandela(oh not to mention Kofi)and the rights and wrongs of Israel and Jessica, I have still got to give you credit for being Universally interested in the subjects that arise here (with or without Justins prompts).I am saying this because we often get some person turn up on one issue. as Peter on the other thread has. They debate one agenda and one posting with no interest it seems in any other discussions. Somehow a little trollish it seems.I also suspect that many of them are the same person.Their style of never answering etc .So I commend you for always speaking your mind and being broad minded enough to read more than one posting board.Keep it up Tue 24 Feb 2009 18:21:21 GMT+1 timohio re. 245 bere54I used to fret over things like you describe, but I find I no longer do that and I don't really know why. Maybe I've just reached a point in my life where I'm ready to let go of some of those memories, or maybe my memory isn't as sharp as it used to be. Wouldn't that be a left-handed benefit of getting older? And I can look at my life now and tell myself that whatever stupid things I've done in the past or bad things that that have happened to me, I'm still here and things are really not so bad.What you describe sounds basically like mild depression, although a counselor would have to make that kind of diagnosis. I have problems with winter depression, and I find that staying active and keeping my mind engaged helps a lot. I build musical instruments as a hobby, and that is demanding enough to force me to concentrate. Find yourself something like that that you can dig into. You can have a surprising amount of enjoyment sketching with just pencil and paper. Even having a supply of good books to read helps. I figure I'm getting my tax dollars' back just in my use of the public library. Anything to keep you from sitting and obsessing on negatives. Even a brisk walk in the sunshine helps. We've had an unusually sunny winter here, and that has made a tremendous difference for me. Just don't sit and stew. Been there. That eats you away from the inside. Tue 24 Feb 2009 18:09:01 GMT+1 bere54 249, timewaits -I do like your solution to fretting about nuclear war. My solution to drowning in my own inner angst is to listen to the news as I fall asleep at night, so I can fret about the state of the world instead. Guaranteed to make me wake up feeling like I've got a hangover!Regarding the obsession with pedophilia in this country: Back in Virginia when my daughter was in 3rd grade, out of curiosity I read the curriculum for what they called "Family Life Education." The unit on "Good and Bad Touching" was quite startling. They were going to teach my child that "bad" touching was any place that was covered by her bathing suit. A girl's one-piece suit covers a lot of territory. So a young child was being told that a pat on the tummy was "bad." A pat on the bottom would be "bad" for both girls and boys. Imagine how confusing and scary this would be for young children. Mommy is bad because she patted my tushie? What idiot came up with that, I wonder. If they can't be more explicit, they shouldn't teach it at all.Virginia had an "opt out" system for this program. I opted my daughter out, feeling that it could very well cause harm and that I was obviously much more capable of teaching her what she needed to know about this subject. I've always wondered how many kids went to the teacher or school counselor to report they'd been the victims of bad touching. Tue 24 Feb 2009 17:45:34 GMT+1 Jeebers76 241,As all good lawmakers should be. You want to REFORM the criminal types, otherwise they just wait out their turn in jail, only to begin anew once released. Tue 24 Feb 2009 17:34:45 GMT+1