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Gender: Female
Home country: US
Current location: retired to MidWest
Member since: Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:15 PM
Number of posts: 6,151

About Me

Still an ardent Irish-American Catholic damnYankee Yellow Dog Democrat socialist after all these years. (cue Simon music) Army brat and wife for many years, now have been on the loose far longer than I was married. After my two red chows died, I took in a mini-beagle cross that I named Molly Maguire, thinking she might need a good Irish name like my original real one. Later she got a baby sister, a smooth-coat JRT I named Brigid after the greatest of the ancient Celtic goddesses. My great-grandfather and his son fought for Michael Collins and barely made it out of Ireland one step ahead of John Bull. They slipped over to Wales for new identities and then forward to the States for a fresh start. That makes me second generation of illegal but certainly justified immigrants. There are precious few people to whose defense I fly immediately, but the list includes Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama even when I disagree with him - it happens! - and living Irish patriots Gerry Adams and Martin \\\'Mind Your Kneecaps\\\' McGuiness. I pray earnestly for a united and free Ireland rescued from all official British occupation, with every square inch of alleged \\\'ancestral lands\\\' now held immorally and illegally by the invaders returned to the rightful owners. Irish-only rule for Ireland. No foreign masters anymore! I find it passing strange when Brits chide ME about \'interfering\' in Irish politics!

Journal Archives

Turn about is fair play, not sexist. She's taking very unfair advantage of you. Maybe she's

clueless, but if so and nobody tells her, how's she to know? Was she always this self-centered? If you show her the very nicely worded OP to read, maybe she'll catch on. But if she pitches a fit, she needs the riot act read to her. This situation is so grossly unfair I'm embarrassed on behalf of women everywhere. She's spoiled rotten!

It turned my tickle box over. Maybe I have a high tolerance for noise, having grown up with rowdy

brothers and cousins. My two dogs race around like mad, play fighting, sounding like they're tearing each other apart. The smaller one, Molly Maguire, has a pretend scream that sounds worse than Piggy. And it goes on half the day. Should I send your Thanksgiving Dinner invitation to someone else, then? You should've known me when I had a 1/4 Bobcat. His territorial scream would curdle milk. No other sound quite like it in the world, not even a puma.

You're good to leap right back in despite your broken heart. When we lose a pet, we might not feel

like getting another ever, much less soon. But the fact remains that they need us, and we're here to serve. If you don't take the dog, you don't know what his/her life will be like. With you, at least one more animal is safe. That's why I always urge people to jump right back in - not for our sake but for the animal who needs us.

I just learned that Brigid had a brother who went to a family about a hundred miles from here. At least they were safely assumed to be littermates because they were the same age and discovered in the same place in the same condition - nearly starved. We'll never know for sure of the brother's fate. In a way I'm glad I didn't know about him until too late, because I would've been tempted and all reason shouts against my trying to keep 3 dogs unless they're super tiny.

Congratulations! It's a fine madness, yard sales. I love 'em. It's also a good way to get around

and meet people when you're new in town. ThiIs tiny town in flyover country, as you might imagine, is a hardcore poverty pocket - people aren't lazy, but there's very little employment. That's why I could afford to retire here.

Anyway, some people seem to think they can sucker others into paying top dollar for good used stuff, but most don't even try. We have a church sponsored clothes closet that charges 10 cents a garment, so I've learned to feel robbed if a yard sale item costs more than a dollar. Much as I love going to other people's sales, I never have one myself because of the dogs and the fence. If I have clothing to pass along and no way to get it to the clothes closet (where I'm likely to bring home more than I took), I just call up the local radio tell-and-sell program, state the size, and offer it free. I never listen to the program because it offers too much temptation to the ingrained collector side of my nature. If I resist buying something advertised, it only frustrates me almost as much as buying it.

What I gravitate to at yard sales now is books, mostly. Although sometimes I wonder if I haven't already scarfed up all the ones that interest me. I like old books mostly, from the 1920's backwards. Modern books tend to be political treatises, and there aren't any liberal ones to be found in this neck of the woods. The oldest book I ever found here is dated 1818. I also found a first edition of The Seven Pillars of Wisdom that I treasure even though it's only in fair condition. A few good Victor Hugo books, too.

Regardless, it's a lot of fun to hunt through stuff. Like a box of chocolates - you never know what you'll find.

I LOVE people - in fairly small doses. Wouldn't want my best friend at my elbow too much.

Dogs are another matter. I can't live w/o one (preferably 2) anymore than I could w/o air. That's one of the best things about retirement: my 4-legged best friends at my side pretty much 24/7. Maybe I was a dog in a previous life???

I lost my son when he was 14; but he was well on his way toward becoming a terrific man.

Retired in flyover country (that's a nicer term than RedNeckLand, don't you agree?) for financial reasons, I've had my share of problems with some of the local adult teabaggers. But I can say quite honestly that the kids have been great to me w/o fail over 8 years. Whether it's because I make so many of their parents mad, who can say? Anyway, I like them and they know it. Sometimes they'll turn to me with a problem I don't think they feel comfortable talking about just anywhere. That makes me feel good and I always try to encourage them though not in a way to cause more trouble at home.

When it comes to full grown men, I've said to more than one of them that what I honor most is a good family man. I couldn't care less about their $ or education or lack thereof. If they're a good family man, they have my utmost respect. Sometimes it's hard for me to keep my political beliefs out of the mix, but it has been a little easier the more I read about how people got so screwed up the way they tend to be around here. When I can see the frightened kid inside, it tamps down my gut reaction to go upside their heads with a skillet or something. Many of you have probably read the cluster of recent articles about how showing fanatics the facts only makes them dig in harder. Witness anti-vaxers, etc. And teabaggers. I don't let any of their leaders off the hook, though.

That guy looks like my ex.

But I still love pigs, especially the one in the insurance ads. Best one showed him riding down the mountain, squealing for all he was worth; he stops squealing long enough to say, "Pure adrenalin" and then resumes squealing. Since I relate more to him, I like the pig (and his life philosophy) better than the duck.

I was guessing at your imagination, not describing us myself.

You must be one bored puppy.

Well, I usually eat lunch during Dr. Oz, and this came on before I had a chance

to turn the tv off, luckily. I would've been snoring away while our president spoke otherwise.

I started off liking Politico but they've been getting as cracky as AlterNet can be sometimes.

Thinking of quitting both. Between Salon, Raw Story, Kos, and DU I could probably stay well informed.
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