General Discussion, Monday, November 19, 2018

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  1. Lucille says:

    “You know you’re old when someone compliments you on your alligator shoes, and you’re barefoot.” – Phyllis Diller

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  2. Lucille says:

    May a beautiful Thanksgiving week be yours…

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  3. Gil says:

    Im not not sure how people get to proclaim a national day, but a carbonated drink with caffeine day is strange! I found a website that lists everything done in a study vs. manufacturers label. Pepsi one is the cola to beat, but scroll down to look up drinks like root beers or starbucks.

    On occasion I have had a red bull or monster coffee before a long day but regularly a basic cup of coffee and a 5 yr old keeps me going. πŸ˜‹

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Barq’s diet root beer has zero caffeine but the sugar Barq’s does have caffeine. I mention that only as when eating New Orleans native sammiches (not those post-K carpetbagger sandwiches those Yankee interlopers done brung down, Barq’s is the correct accompaniment.

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      • czarina33 says:

        All life around me is better if I don’t drink much caffeine. I can have a cup of coffee or tea at breakfast, & one glass of iced tea at lunch, but not more than that, and none after about 3 p.m. First I get jumpy, then I talk too loud & too much, get paranoid, and I am WIDE awake for about 8 hours after. Thank heavens for decaf Coca-Cola so I can have a Cuba Libre before dinner in the evening (when I don’t feel like a Lynchburg Lemonade).

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      • The Tundra PA says:

        Growing up in Gulfport, Mississippi, in the 1960s, Barq’s root beer was the ONLY thing to drink. It was only made in Biloxi, and not available more than a hundred miles away or so. When I went off to college in upstate Mississippi in 1970, I took a case or two of Barq’s back to the dorm with me every time I went home. The company claimed it was the Biloxi spring water in their drink that made it special. Sometime much later, they sold out to a big bottler/distributor and Barq’s went national. Was never the same.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Barq’s was made in both Biloxi and NOLA, it was bottled in different colored containers. The Coke plants bottled it on a seperate line for the Barq’s family and finally bought them out in 2000.
          You probably didn’t drink the NOLA Barq’s or didn’t notice the slightly different containers. I thought it was a NOLS drink until I first found out about it. Still like it though.

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      • Gil says:

        We are root beer people. We used to have a soda shop that had a couple hundred varieties of soda. They closed and the store which used to sell them as a consolation stopped to sell kombucha and yerba mate instead 😝.
        So its not easy to find the fun stuff.
        My favorite orange soda is Sprechers based in wisconsin. Man is it good!

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    • TOG&C says:

      Morning Gil. Here are 3 more repro ships for the Little Guy. I have a couple of groups of new, tall ships after that. The tall ships are not repros of antiques but are stunning & beautiful.
      This 1st one below I forgot to post before is an interesting photo of the Dutch Batavia.

      The next 2 are the Predestinatsia (replica of the 1700 Russian ship of the line).

      (The last 2 will double in size to see detail. The 1st one about 150%)

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  4. Lucille says:

    How true…how true!

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  5. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) 😎 🍸 (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) 😎 🍸 (Old Fashioned)
    Mornin’ Menagerie! 😎 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel )
    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) 🐱 🍸 (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! 😎 🍸 🍸 (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! 😎 🍸 (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! πŸ™‚ |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! πŸ™‚ |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) πŸ™‚ |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ czarina33! (aka czarina) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! πŸ™‚ |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! πŸ™‚ |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! πŸ˜€ |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Covfefe! (aka “Wooly Phlox” aka “taqiyyologist”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sling)
    Mornin’ lovely! πŸ™‚ |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! πŸ™‚ (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! πŸ™‚ 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll πŸ™‚ |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! πŸ™‚ |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! πŸ™‚ |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! πŸ™‚ |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (β€œStellars”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kamikaze)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! πŸ™‚ |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1961 ChΓ’teau Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) πŸ™‚ |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ rheavolans! (aka “Rhea Salacia Volans”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! πŸ™‚ |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney! πŸ™‚ |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
    Mornin’ kinthenorthwest! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ patternpuzzler! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Old Lady)
    Mornin’ SenatssekretΓ€r FREISTAAT DANZIG! πŸ™‚ |_| (Red Russian)
    Mornin’ G-d&Country! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blind Russian)
    Mornin’ Gary! πŸ™‚ |_| (Yuengling)
    Mornin’ valeriecurren! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Flaming Sambuca)
    Mornin’ Lucille! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Peach Schnapps)
    Mornin’ Lburg! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lburg lemonade)
    Mornin’ davidhuntpe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ skipper1961! πŸ™‚ |_| (Brompton’s Cocktail – No cherry, no umbrella, no plastic monkey)
    Mornin’ mightyconservative! πŸ™‚ |_| (Benjamin Franklin’s clarified milk punch)
    Mornin’ NC Nana! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Beautiful)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! πŸ˜› (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! πŸ˜•

    Also just in case someday; mornin’ to Elvis Chupacabra, F.D.R. in Hell and sundance! :mrgreen:


    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Cinnamon rolls for coffee!

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  6. WeeWeed says:

    But wait! There’s more!! …. yeah, no. Mornin’ kids!

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  7. WeeWeed says:

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  8. TOG&C says:

    Todays painting is a lovely & colorful one by Kin Casebeer (Yup, 1st name is Kin)

    The below 1939 Saturday Evening Post cover I liked because it showed the grandfather & grandson together. The art is interesting because the turkey is detailed, but the background rather than the usual softened effect, is actually the opposite – pointalistic.

    Have a great day Everyone! πŸ˜‰

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  9. litenmaus says:

    Marie Antoinette’s pearl drop and diamond necklace sold for 35 million dollars. The rest of her jewels that were up for auction sold for an additional combined total of 17 million.

    The purchase of the pearls marks the highest record paid for an irritating grain of sand.

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  10. stella says:

    Wombat poop: Scientists reveal mystery behind cube-shaped droppings

    The Australian marsupial can pass up to 100 deposits of poop a night and they use the piles to mark territory. The shape helps it stop rolling away.

    Despite having round anuses like other mammals, wombats do not produce round pellets, tubular coils or messy piles.

    Researchers revealed on Sunday the varied elasticity of the intestines help to sculpt the poop into cubes.

    “The first thing that drove me to this is that I have never seen anything this weird in biology. That was a mystery,” Georgia Institute of Technology’s Patricia Yang said.

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    • Lucille says:

      The first time I saw deer pellets was interesting…but devoting one’s life to studying wombat and other creature poops?…but perhaps it serves a purpose?

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    • czarina33 says:

      This was totally new information for me today! Who knew there was a National Poo Museum! Who imagined the wombat could or would stack cubes of feces! How would I ever use this somehow in my life? Because this is exactly the stuff I retain in my memory, while being unsble to remember what was on the grocery list or where I put my keys…..

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  11. Lucille says:

    Lawsuit alleges discrimination against members of faith

    the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, is being sued for demanding that a Christian organization allow β€œatheists or other non-Christians to lead their Bible studies” if it wants to be recognized on campus.

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    A friend has this image in his store’s breakroom, framed, very large. And in his breakroom for the store in Holland, MI, too. Great picture for a breakroom. He’s my age, and we’re on the same page.
    How did the 18-28 year olds build the NYC skyline? How did they build the invasion of Normandy?
    Let alone gears like this one? It was 18-28 year olds that designed and made this gear. We got to talking about this. We got to talking about presidents. He said Wilson was the worst we ever had (before both our times). I agreed. I said Reagan was a Hollywood Liberal. He agreed. I said I’m a big fan of Nixon. He agreed. We’re both 47-50 and don’t see any 18-28 year olds doing these things. I lightened his heart, when he complained that our governor is still Stabenow (D), because, and only because these young’uns only wanted legal weed with Michigan’s Prop 1. I said, “I voted yes on one. And Republican down the line. So did most of the kids I know. And I know a lot of kids, because I work in the restaurant industry.” He said, “They’re all being influenced by the MSM and the schools’ Socialist leanings.” I said, “No, they’re all rebelling against that, and that’s why we’ll get Trump again in 2020. Of course they’re rebelling against the Establishment.”
    I think I gave him some hope with our conversation. He indicated that. I didn’t vote to legalize weed because I like to smoke weed. I voted to legalize weed because there’s meth, coke, crack, opiates, and who knows what else for the cops to risk their lives over, and every good person I know has passed me a joint, no matter what occupation they work in. Usually around campfires in campgrounds, where they are regulars for generations that equal mine and my folks’. That issue is not partisan. We’re not all unwashed hippies with long hair and hair down to their knees.
    I know of people who were caught in some states other than mine, where they had 1/3 of a joint in the ashtray. And it was The Third Strike. Life in prison. Most of the states south and slightly West of Michigan, all the way to the border, are like that. For a third of a g*dda^med joint.
    And yet I, and these rebellious kids today, will never vote for a Democrat, for what Democrats did to their whole youth, via TV and Public Education. It’s not because we like to get high. We just don’t like authoritarians. Democrats tend to be the authoritarians. Here’s what you can have for lunch. No, you can’t have anything else.
    This guy heard me, because I’m speaking the truth. Pot’s not the devil. Meth might be.
    Democrats and RINOs are.

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  13. I’ma go ride my bike, play a piano for a while, and see if my last comment shows up in a couple of hours. Apropos:

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  14. Gil says:

    Pumpkin pie is done. Yay! Getting prep done for other things. I never eat when anyone else does bc I do all the cooking and serving and cleaning. Maybe this year I can eat a hot meal.
    Very cloudy today and cold. Suppised to rain pretty hard all Thanksgiving day. Fire areas will get a lot of help if they get a good wash, just no mudslides!

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    • Gil, I’ll be experiencing Thanksgiving dinner like I have for the last 12 years, at my boss’s house, with his wife and kids. And I love it. I wouldn’t be alive if it weren’t for them.

      I do the dishes. Because of course I do. Gimme them dishes

      I’m their dishwasher, at all their restaurants, and I’m, for some reason, good at it.

      I fix their faucets, too. Easy. Down to the inner parts. I know what to get from the Hardware store, in ten minutes. Depending on the fix. Electriclal? Got it. Replace a fluorescent ballast or an electrical outlet? Got it. Dusting the ceiling fans and hanging lamps, moving a ladder around the FOH? Got it. Cleaning around the toilets with a new green scrubbie? Got it. Coming up with my own window cleaner, and doing all the windows? Got it.

      Picking up (by hand, with gloves) all the barnwood that it took to build this restaurant from a barn about 20 miles NW of Grand Rapids. With a couple of really cool black dudes from South Chi-Town that helped us, because they were working for the guy we were buying the barnwood from. Those two were so happy to be out of South Chicago, and to be here, tearing a barn apart and selling it to my boss, and helping us fill a trailer with really old barnwood.

      Our restaurant is 527.

      I and a nice gal laid out every single piece of barnwood on a parking lot. After scrubbing every single piece on sawhorses, with wire brushes, and metal scrubbies. And WE DO THIS BECAUSE WE GIVE A SH.T about the business. When we laid out all this immense amount of barnwood on the giant patio, off season, of one of his other places (summer only), we deck-scrubbed it, with lots of soap and sprayed water. I wish I could give you pictures (I probably did). That was a lotta boards. We then picked them all up and leaned them up against the building and the fences around the patio, and let them dry in the fall sun.

      Then, we brought them all three blocks across town to the restraurant they were meant to be used in. And they certainly were.

      This building was an antique store (I know both the owner and her hubby), years back. Then we spent and unGodly number of hours emptying out. It was one of those antique stores that you can barely walk through.

      Then we rocked it out like we do, and emptied an entire OLD-A&& antique store with vans and such, and turned it, somehow — mostly because Bossman is an idiot — into a Frozen Yogurt shop.

      I ran that place for two summers. After helping build it.

      Now it’s 527.

      I put the epoxy on the bars (both of them), know the brothers who constructed the tables. I put 7 layers of Poly on every single piece of barnwood in that place, except the ones trimming out the ceiling. Those were only 3 or 4. Nobody’s gonna get a splinter up at 9′, right?

      Oh, and I painted the floors, twice. And clear-coated them. 18″ roller + pole.

      I won’t even mention epoxy floor grout. “I am Grout!”

      So happy for the existence of YouTube.

      You just got to kick a^(. I’m starting to figure that out.

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    • Congrats, Gil! Hope you get to sit and eat with everyone and that the rains help with getting the fires under control.

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  15. Masterful band that is equal to any when Nixon was President.

    Yet I still have to hear The Who and The Eagles every other half hour on MSM radio.

    “Bands from when Nixon was President” would be a great name for a Boomer album.

    We’re SICK OF IT. We don’t wanna hear Credence any more. IT GOT BETTER.

    Somehow, all these late 60s groups get to be played in constant rotation for MY ENTIRE LIFE.

    Like I want to hear Hotel California ever again, when I’ve already heard it 10 million times.

    It all goes back to Laurel Canyon. And Satan.

    The music got better. Most people didn’t notice, because we still have to hear “Take a Load off Annie” every other song on our Pandora. And lots of Classic. Because it’s Classic.

    Why am I still hearing Jimi when I could be hearing Bonamassa? How many decades is it going to be before Bonamassa is recognized as better than Jimi?

    Does he have to sell his soul, too? Before most of America knows his name like they know Jimi’s?

    We are listening to music, against our will, from when Nixon was president. And it’s sick and wrong.

    /rant off


  16. Ed Sheeran is amazing. I’m almost 50, and I can see that.

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  17. Lucille says:

    2018 Turkey Pardoning
    Tomorrow, President Donald J. Trump will continue the time-honored White House tradition of officially pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey.

    And you get to decide which turkey he pardons…Peas or Carrots.

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  18. There are certain melodies that make people dance. Regardless of whether they want to dance or not. I do it on purpose, because making people literally dance against their will makes me happy. It’s malevolent, I suppose, making people smile and dance, when that’s not what they want to do.

    But they do it. I’ve made whole families smile and dance, so many times. Walking around, all morose, and then I ride by, and hit the brakes at a stop light. Then they’re all dancing and laughing and smiling. Four years old to adult parents. Just because Stevie Wonder.

    And it’s all for selfish reasons. It makes me happy to make others happy.

    Mashups are a way to make others happy, I think. And dance.


  19. One more mashup.

    Goodness, I feel old. I could make this stuff. I just don’t.

    The art of the mashup is astounding art.


  20. I listen to Sergei Rachmaninoff and Chopin. On a regular basis.

    I listen to everything. Time didn’t stop at the Rolling Stones and Kansas.

    Time keeps going. People keep doing really cool things with music.

    Bobby is older. I defer to Bobby in all things vocal.

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    • Listen to the whole album. You’ll poop, involuntarily.

      The album is astounding,

      No shame, I’ve done that. I had just flown back from southern Arizona.

      We only had two bathrooms in our house and it was the three of us.


  21. I listen to Sergei Rachmaninoff and Chopin. On a regular basis.

    I listen to everything. Time didn’t stop at the Rolling Stones and Kansas.

    Time keeps going. People keep doing really cool things with music.

    Bobby is older. I defer to Bobby in all things vocal. I really do.


  22. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  23. auscitizenmom says:

    Prayer for Justice Kavanaugh:
    “After watching her husband rip into pro-death senators who used Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in attempts to derail the appointment of her husband to the U.S. Supreme Court, Ashley is asking all people of faith to unite in praying Psalm 40, which reads:”


    In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

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  24. Lucille says:

    Medical Monday

    Mark Carriker has a very rare type of sinus cancer: SMARC-B1 deficient sinonasal carcinoma, and was only the 40th person MD Anderson Cancer Center has diagnosed with this type of cancer since 2015 when it was first discovered.

    His wife is shown with him in this YT vid. Here is a photo of Mark and his children taken from his GoFundMe page (where I also got the diagnosis info)…

    I started following various members of the Carriker family on their YouTube channels:
    1) Mark’s father, Dr. Lee (semi-retired veterinarian) from OutOnTheRanch YT channel (I’ve posted his vids here in the past); his brother, Matt, via the Vet Ranch YT channel which is dedicated to aiding ill or injured animals from shelters; 3) and then Mark on his [HE] Homemade Everything channel.

    This delightful and accomplished Texas family would greatly appreciate your prayers at this time of medical crisis and uncertainty.

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