General Discussion, Monday, March 4, 2019

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  1. Lucille says:

    Make it a good one…

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  2. lovely says:

    10 smiles


    Crown shyness is a naturally occurring phenomenon in some tree species where the uppermost branches in a forest canopy avoid touching one another. The visual effect is striking as it creates clearly defined borders akin to cracks or rivers in the sky when viewed from below.
    Although the phenomenon was first observed in the 1920s, scientists have yet to reach a consensus on what causes it.

    2) Warm homemade bread and real butter.

    3) Puppy toes.

    4) This is made out of a single dead redwood tree. It took 20 people and three years to do it. It’s all hand carved.

    credit: sculptor Dengding Rui Yao

    5) Childhood friends.

    6) This amazing tattoo.

    7) When President Trump tips his hand, like the moment during his CPAC speech when he said he appreciates the rhetorical value of using the word democrat over democratic when it comes to referencing the other side of the aisle.

    8) Duct Tape.

    9) This absolutely awesome shirt.

    10) Tupperware with lids that you can find.

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  3. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ all! Monday, again….

    Liked by 4 people

  4. stella says:

    An interesting thing happened to me this morning. I received an email from Quora, inviting me to become a member of the Quora Partner Program. So I joined. I was already a Quora member, but being a Partner means that you ask questions and GET PAID for doing so, based on the number of views and replies. My goal is to ask ten questions a day. I have no idea how much money can be earned, but it’s an intriguing prospect for somebody who loves to talk and interact, and the questions can be about anything.

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  5. Lucille says:

    Monday Movie Time…well acted, good script, and Taylor was at her most beautiful. When you look at her face you realize she doesn’t have a “bad side”…the symmetry is incredible. BTW, did you know that she had double row eyelashes? I can’t remember what the condition is, but unfortunately it (and I think the lavender color eyes, though I may be remembering the years-old article incorrectly) is connected to the health problems she had in her life.

    “The Last Time I Saw Paris” (1954) ELIZABETH TAYLOR

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    • The Tundra PA says:

      Distichiasis (dis-ti-KEY-asis) is the word for it. I have never known that about her. Lucille, you are a fount of interesting facts and tidbits about Hollywood. Thanks for sharing.

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      • Lucille says:

        Comes from appreciating the movies from the 30s, 40s, 50s when they were not only entertaining, but the major studios like MGM hired the best…from writers to directors to cameramen to actors to producers to the craft people (such as costumes, lighting and makeup). They were excellent and took great pride in their work.

        Many creative folk, of course, in the 60s to present also fell/fall into this category. But when the major studios basically petered out, a lot of the great craftsmanship did also. Also, television created new opportunities but various programs and series had to be done quickly and corners were cut. People got rather used to mediocrity.

        Most people look at the costumes, especially us females. However, if you don’t already do so, sometime when you’re watching a film, check out the sets and furniture, what the camera angles are, how the extras (non-speaking roles) interact with each other or react to the dialogue by the actors. Extras have to be subtle so as to not steal scenes or draw undue attention to themselves. Most know their place in the scheme of things, though.

        I worked with so many good people, some of whom remained lifelong friends. All in all, it was a great time working on the studio lots and later in the various corporate offices. Wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

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  6. Lucille says:

    πŸ”΄ President Trump FANTASTIC Speech at NCAA Champions Event at the White House
    Golden State Times


  7. The Tundra PA says:

    Howdy race fans! The early part of Iditarod is shaping up nicely. The current leader, Nic Petit, is resting at mile 163, with the second team–Pete Kaiser!–about 7 miles behind him and also resting. Aliy Zirkle is in the pack that is chasing them, one of 8 teams currently resting at Rainy Pass (mile 153, only 845 miles to go!).

    The trail has been a steady uphill climb to get over the Alaska Range; Anchorage is at sea level and Rainy Pass is at 1900 ft. of elevation, the highest point on Iditarod. From there, it is 35 miles of terror-inducing downhills through the Happy River Steps and the Dalzell Gorge to Rohn. There are many hairpin switchbacks and some mushers have compared this section of the trail to falling from a plane without a chute. Broken bones and busted sleds are not uncommon.

    My young friend Jessica Klejka is currently resting at Finger Lakes before beginning the steep uphill to Rainy Pass. She is fairly far back in the pack, but she is the lead rookie so far! It is a big deal to get Rookie of the Year and I really hope she takes it.

    Go Aliy! Go Pete! Go Jessica! GO DOGS!!

    Good photos at if you’re interested.

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    • lovely says:

      Go Aliy! Go Pete! Go Jessica! GO DOGS!!

      How exciting!

      I wonder if any of the mushers wear GoPros and if they’ll share the downhill from a mushers perspective. That would be awesome.

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      • The Tundra PA says:

        Yes lovely, some mushers do put GoPro cameras on their sleds and records parts of the trip; Aliy has done it in the past, don’t know if she is doing it this year. If she does, they will be be posted on her blog at This post from about 6 hours ago explains a bit about the terrain and the mushers’ strategies for running the race:

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        • lovely says:

          Thank you! You probably already saw this but Aily is featured in one of the photos on the Anchorage Daily News!

          So much fun.

          I started following Blair Braverman on Twitter, ADN has an article on her.

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          • The Tundra PA says:

            Yes, great photo of Aliy. She’s quite photogenic, I’ve never seen a bad picture of her. I’d never heard of Blair Braverman (which is apparently pronounced “Bleer”) before this race. She has a fairly large Twitter presence and has been blogging for several months about her Iditarod training. This is her rookie year–always a large learning curve. And she’s from your neck of the woods. Well, she’s from Wisconsin anyway; a town called Mountain, WI. Know where that is?

            I also learned today that there is a new series on Netflix called Losers which has a nice segment on Aliy. It premiered Saturday.

            If you want to read one of the greatest and funniest books ever written on dog mushing, get a copy of “Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod” by Gary Paulsen. Thigh-slapping, hold-your-sides and laugh-till-you-cry funny. Has a little bit of bad language (mushers are a salty bunch) but not much. Of course you can get it from Amazon, but your local library might have it too.

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            • The Tundra PA says:

              And I misspoke earlier; Happy River (and it’s steps) are before Rainy Pass; Dalzell Gorge is after.

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            • lovely says:

              Just looked on the Map. Mountain, WI. is 3 hours direct north of me. Definitely a lot of snow for a musher who is learning the ropes.

              I’ll get a copy of Winterdance. I love getting on the ground perspective of things , it is the most honest, people who study things to write about it are sharing their knowledge, people who write about their world are sharing their passion and their knowledge seeps through in everything they write.

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            • lovely says:

              Oh! And I intend on watching Losers! πŸ™‚ !

              Stan Wawrinka always played tennis well but he could never break the big 4 tennis greats.

              Until at age 28 he beat Rafa Nadal who was favored to win by maybe 100 to 1.

              Stan not long before tasting his first victory got a tattoo;

              Fail Better.

              From Samuel Beckett’s quote;

              β€œEver tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

              We are or should always be bettering ourselves and that is winning the journey, trophy or no trophy.

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  8. lovely says:

    Accurate, brutal response. Will Lin sue the Washington Post for its Editor’s Note? ( 🀣)



    Best line of Lin’s response ”With its unlimited financial resources, the Post likely spent tens of thousands of dollars on media defense lawyers to publicly parse and spin its false coverage in an effort to avoid accountability and limit its legal responsibility for its wrongdoing. The Post’s efforts were too little and too late.

    What a terrifically nuanced right hook directly to the face. Bravo! Mr. Wood and McMurtry.

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  9. auscitizenmom says:

    I just watched Brandon Straka, #walkaway campaign founder, on Mark Levin. It is a very good show, so I thought I would share.
    Life Liberty Mark Levin – Brandon Straka – FULL SCREEN – Fox News – 3/3/2019

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  10. 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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  11. auscitizenmom says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Col. Flynn:

    Prayer to St. Michael

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
    be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
    who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  12. Lucille says:


    Is my computer the only one receiving this message when any CONSERVATIVE article is posted here? For example:

    500 Internal Server Error

    Sorry, something went wrong.

    A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation.

    If you see them, send them this information as text (screenshots frighten them):


    • Lucille says:

      Starting around 2:15 PM PST today, my TV, Internet service and land line phone service went down, though WIFI didn’t. It stayed that way until around 7:00 PM. I’m wondering if it wasn’t an attack of some sort on Spectrum (Time-Warner Cable).

      The above notice is no longer seen when I click on various Conservative sites, but something definitely bizarre happened during that time period. I saw the Spectrum maintenance guys on our property and they said the outage was neighborhood-wide.

      I’m coming to the conclusion that it’s not a good idea to have a bundled service for TV, phone and Internet but it really is cheaper than having separate services for each. One of my neighbors has “rabbit ears” antenna hooked up and it works fine. I may do that and then cancel that portion of my bundle.



      • stella says:

        I no longer have cable television, but I do have cable telephone and internet. Adding an antenna (which I have) is a good idea. If you don’t have a digital television (though I assume that you do), you will also have to add a digital converter, but they are cheap. I have one on my old tv that I keep in the bedroom – a Sony that weighs so much I will have to have assistance to get it out of the house.


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