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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 17 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

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Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 19. 8 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 26. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on January 21, 2012 at 12:15pm

@Ian Mason: Yes, to both, but it was a long time ago.  I still have Spike Milligan's Puckoon stashed away somewhere. I should dig it out and reread it.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 21, 2012 at 7:54am

Just read Brendan Behan's "Borstal Boy". Lots of sentimental Irish nationalism and Catholicism but also a description of a suprisingly enlightened juvenile penal system in the years 1941-43. Enjoyed it and can recommend it.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 21, 2012 at 7:52am

I love those puns, Sk8eycat. Every read any Piers Anthony or Spike Milligan?

Comment by sk8eycat on January 14, 2012 at 8:39pm

@Steve

LOL!  Thanks! (And I just remembered a dreadful pun from one of spider robinson's stories. 

A "Mad Scientist" invented a self-reproducing, mammalian robot that could nurse its offspring.  It had tanks for the mammaries.

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[ducks for cover - skitters out of room]

Comment by sk8eycat on January 14, 2012 at 2:09pm

@Steve: Thanks for the condolencces.  I've loved Pyrex cookware all my life, and the loss of one piece is sort of like losing a friend.

The good news is that it didn't shatter completely, and when it slipped out of my hand, it hit the side of the sink near the garbahzhe disposal, so any little splinters went down the drain.

But yesterday was a weird day all over.  Lots of stupid little things happened...the stupidest was that just about the time the grocery delivery guy arrived at 4PM, I developed a bad case of the shakes...loss of coordination, etc.  I'd been so freaked out all day that I forgot to eat, and my blood sugar was down there with Basement Cat.

Well, now I do have a freezer full of food, and I should make a belated resolution not to pay attention to other people's stupidstitions.

I'm now going to start another discussion: Jessica Ahlquist, in Rhode Island is being threatened (anonymously, of course) about the lawsuit over the school "prayer banner."

Comment by Chris Dodds on January 13, 2012 at 10:56pm

ATTENTION EVERYONE!!  I would just like to say this, if the Broncos win the Super Bowl, I'll post a video of myself on this network Tebowing.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 13, 2012 at 2:59pm

@ Dr. Kellie: I just bought a replacement on eBay.  I didn't bother to bid, just bought it. Plus, we had a pair of the small saucepans (which I paid for in the first place), so it's not like she's going to suffer till the new one gets here. 

Maybe she'll learn to wash things and put them away as soon as she's through using them. 

Hah! Never happen. She's the only person I know who, when she wants a second cup of tea, what I would call a refill, has to get another clean cup out of the cupboard. By the end of the day, the right-hand sink is full of used mugs, dishes, pots, etc.  And the countertop is getting crowded. I don't touch any of it.  I learned a long time ago to clean all my stuff as soon as I'm finished with it.  Easier.

(I also alternate between cooked-from-scratch meals and microwavable frozen low carb entrees...she can't/won't do that. Frozen ready-to-eat food is "suspect." So... I've lost 25 lbs in the past year, and she weighs at least 100 lbs more than I do. She looks like the "before" woman in those Sensa pop-ups.)

Sorry.  I needed to b^tch a little.  Clears my mind.  Living with a 67-year-old Aspie is an adventure in frustration.

Comment by Paula T. on January 13, 2012 at 2:30pm

I love it when the 13th lands on a Friday!  That GIF is great!  

I may just start telling people my favorite color is green, dogs are my favorite animal, and my favorite numbers are 13 and 666 ;)  hehe

Comment by dr kellie on January 13, 2012 at 1:59pm

I don't know, sk8ey.  Years ago, a gf broke one of my favorite pyrex pieces, and I was pretty grumpy.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 13, 2012 at 1:55pm

Oh, shirt!  I forgot!  No wonder I dropped and broke a Pyrex saucepan this morning.  (My sister had left it in the sink overnight...without even rinsing it out...I just wanted to get it out of the way, but I'm losing the feeling in my hands, and....  The Drama Queen is grumping around the house as though I'd killed Jesus.)

 

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