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Title: Ponderings 14
Post by: Magispook on October 16, 2007, 09:46:38 PM
Outta the Blue - Strange how things pop into your mind.  Things that happened years ago and there is absolutely nothing you saw or heard today or yesterday that would cause you to remember it.  About thirty-three years ago I was a young airman working on B-52 bombers in Strategic Air Command.  Standard procedure was for a representative from each avionics shop to meet as a panel with the crew of each B-52 after their mission to discuss performance of the avionics systems.  I was on night shift and our panel consisted of young grunt-level troops.  We had assembled as always and were waiting for the crew to come into the room when someone way up the food chain dismissed us and a debriefing crew consisting of more folks way up the food chain came in to debrief the crew.  Seems the crew had seen a UFO.  At least, that's what we discovered a bit later.  I have no idea why that little incident popped into my thinker today.  Outta the blue (Air Force pun intended).
Title: Re: Ponderings 14
Post by: Magispook on October 27, 2007, 10:26:56 AM
Right, lads! - While I was in London a number of years back, one of my peers related a story I recalled today as I watched a britcom.  He went into a pub he had not been in before.  He was immediately aware of and became consequently uneasy due to the presence of an apparent motorcycle gang having a few pints.  They had on leathers, had scary tattoos, gang colors and embroidery on their clothing, etc.--classic signs we here in the States would interpret as a motorcycle gang.  After about five minutes, the leader of the group got up and said "right, lads, time to go."  They all got up and left out the door.  Curious to see what kind of bikes they preferred, my friend looked out the window to observe.  Expecting to see some imported Harleys and classic Brit muscle bikes, he was surprised to see the entire gang of very large intimidating guys ride off on Vespa scooters and little mini-bikes half the size of the riders.  It all goes to show:  appearances are not always a good indicator of the real situation--something to think of in terms of disaster preparedness.
Title: Re: Ponderings 14
Post by: Nurseforlife on October 27, 2007, 11:40:47 AM
Wise worrds Magispook!  :clap
Title: Re: Ponderings 14
Post by: Magispook on January 18, 2008, 07:57:53 PM
Allo Allo - I'm a great fan of the Britcom 'Allo 'Allo.  So much of a fan that I have collected the DVDs of the entire series.  I managed to get the BBC versions of seasons 1 through 6 and managed to get obviously (and poor quality) European versions of seasons 8 and 9.  Unfortunately, I was unable to even order the latest release version of season 7 until August 2007.  I ordered it during August so I could have it for my birthday the first day of September.  Well, the company making it again changed the release date to September 14th, then later changed it again to January 15th of 2008.  This caused a great deal of frustation as I really wanted to see the entire series and had been reading the doomer boards which heavily indicated the U.S. would not make it economically or would undergo some form of terrorist attack sometime during September, then October, then November, then December, then this current month.  I've increased my preps over the past six months with some influence from those doomer postings but also due to my personal concerns of where the economy is going and our personal situation of underemployment for the fourth month in a row now.  Fortunately, our preps and the financial prepping we did beforehand have made for very little change in how we're living our lives right now.  Can't say I've been on edge these past six months but I have been at a level a notch or two above my typical outlook.  Guess what?  There was no precipitous failure or attack.  Sure, the economy is getting worse.  I expected that.  There can be an attack.  I expect that.  I must claim some culpability--we humans interpret things as our life experience tells us, not always as they truly are.  If your life experience, especially during the formative years, has shown you the world is a dangerous place, it's difficult to not to interpret things as otherwise.  But there was no dramatic and drastic change in how we live our lives.   The doomers were wrong (so far).  Even a stopped clock is right twice a day though.  Not the best reason to prep but a reason nevertheless.  Right now, I'm enjoying watching Season 7 of 'Allo 'Allo.  Tomorrow will come regardless.  I plan on living it instead of fearing it.   :)
Title: Re: Ponderings 14
Post by: Nurseforlife on January 18, 2008, 08:20:31 PM
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Tomorrow will come regardless.  I plan on living it instead of fearing it.
  :clap :clap
Title: Re: Ponderings 14
Post by: Magispook on February 06, 2008, 07:47:59 PM
Wish I Was So Eloquent - Saw the below as a tag line on a veterans' forum.

"A veteran - whether active duty, retired, national guard, or reserve - is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to The 'United States of America', for an amount of 'up to and including my life'." (Author unknown)
Title: Re: Ponderings 14
Post by: Magispook on April 05, 2008, 09:55:08 PM
My wife received her lab test results in the mail today.  Doc wants to talk to her.  The HBA1C confirmed my suspicions--she has type II diabetes same as me.  So much for the classic Asian diet being superior to the Western diet in terms of chronic disease prevention.  Now she has to make the changes I had to make.  She supported me through mine.  Now I will do the same for her.  Caught her sneaking a Twinkie variation just now.  She tried to bribe me with the remainder but I wouldn't bite (pun intended).  We'll ask her doc to prescribe the same kind of meds as I'm on so we will simplify things and have better prospects if there is an interruption of the supply chain of some sort some day.  She'll have difficulty adjusting to taking meds.  Her culture just doesn't do pills long term.  But I can nag.  My turn, hee hee.  Now I'll have a partner for my walks too.  Looks like we will be doing even more together as we grow old.  It should be that way anyhow.  :love
Title: Re: Ponderings 14
Post by: PrairieGirl on April 06, 2008, 01:15:40 PM
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Now I'll have a partner for my walks too.  Looks like we will be doing even more together as we grow old.  It should be that way anyhow. 

Awww, thats so sweet.  Too bad it had to happen the way it did, but you're both lucky to have partners that support one another!!! 
Title: Re: Ponderings 14
Post by: Magispook on April 14, 2008, 09:50:16 AM
Mute Button - When I was a kid, one of my jobs was to function as what is now called a TV remote control.  Today's remote control, however, is much faster than I was.  That's a good thing.  I'm using the mute button lots more these days.  Historically I've used it to zap TV commercials.  I still use it for that but I have increasingly found it necessary to kill the audio on news programs.  About 95% of my TV viewing is news programs.  I have become so sick and tired of the political sniping I now hit mute as soon as I see a recognizable presidential candidate.  I believe my daughter and her classmates were better behaved when they were in pre-school.  I don't even bother to talk back to the TV as I used to--they can't hear me anyhow and it's just too upsetting.  Wish I had a method to mute radio as well but you don't know when the part you don't want to listen to is finished so you have to guess.   At least you can easily click out of reading internet posts like this one.  Hey, what're you going to do with that mouse?......
Title: Re: Ponderings 14
Post by: CountryLady on April 14, 2008, 10:59:38 AM
:cheer Way to GO, Magispook. :clap