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birdographer

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Gender: Female
Hometown: Ohio
Home country: USA
Current location: Western North Carolina
Member since: Tue Jan 30, 2018, 10:23 AM
Number of posts: 794

About Me

Getting back to real life slowly but surely! Spending more time outside with a camera, relaxed and peaceful. Ahhh...

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Our vaccination appt was cancelled

It's my fault. We got the call that we could register on a Friday. We both went online and registered. By Saturday night, we had not received the confirmation email they had promised. I called the phone number on Monday and got us registered.

I imagine they had perhaps 40 doses. This small town in western NC has no cell phone service and only occasionally internet connection. I should have known better and gone with the most archaic method available, the telephone. We drove out to find the health dept yesterday so we would know where it was. Cars were in line for their vaccinations. Those were smart people who knew to use the telephone, perhaps a rotary dial one, to register.

I have learned my lesson, we live in circa 1970. I am back to expecting to get the vaccine sometime from August-October. My husband is now 71, I will be 70 in April. We will be lucky if it comes to this backwoods place (with all the trump signs still up) by late summer.

Actually in tears in disappointment. But, my fault for living in this century instead of pre-internet and -cell phones.

Are there any collaborative online writing sites still up?

These were popular 10 years ago and some even more recently. Now they almost all seem to be gone. Some have turned into games, with "cards" to play in the story, which is ok if that's all there is out there. The only one I can find even a tiny bit active is storium.com, and it seemed to start dwindling in 2015 (based on reddit comments) so I'm a bit late to that party. I always loved collaborative writing, and it seems like an ideal activity for these COVID times, but I'm coming up empty-handed in searches.

Anyone know? And sincere apologies if this is off-topic for this group, but it's the only writing one I could find here.

Amazon takes down Parler

At least temporarily. Amazon's web-hosting service has removed Parler from the internet here in the US. Parler is of course going to look for a new hosting service (Murdoch will likely provide one, IMO) but in the meantime, this is good news!

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-capitol-parler-apple-google-incitement-to-violence_n_5ffa5757c5b6c77d85e766f4

(If the link doesn't work, front page of Huffington Post this morning 1/10)

To milk or not to milk?

Here's a distracting non-political question--do you add milk to scrambled eggs? My husband does. I never have. A Google search brings up a fascinating mix of "Milk is a vital addition" to "Adding milk ruins your scrambled eggs!" I have to admit that his scrambled eggs have a better texture than mine, but that may be more due to the cooking method--I scramble a lot more than he does. Our eggs are always fantastic as far as quality--they come from our own chickens. So--do you add milk? Why? Or why not?

Please recommend a good book!

I am having a problem I have never had before. I can't find a book I care about. I suspect this has nothing to do with the books themselves but rather is a side effect of my covid anxiety. I get a little over 1/4 through and realize I don't care about the characters or the plot and I either delete it from the Kindle or return it to Libby. I just downloaded a sample that was on Bookpage's best mystery and suspense list, reviews all indicated "can't put down" qualities. While I read fiction and NF, let's say fiction. Nothing heavy and deep, just engrossing. Compelling. I don't care if it's JD Robb (or any other author with 100 books), as long as it is a great story. Something to get lost in.

Given my inability to care about any book lately, this might not work, but it's terrible to not have a book to read! I am filling all my reading time with Erma Bombeck, and while I love her very much, I prefer her in smaller doses than every day of the week. Any thoughts?

Travel back to 2015

And let's talk to Donnie.

Don't run for president. As of 2019, not sure about now, you owe $421 million to someone, we think maybe Russians at least. The entire world knows about this debt, and it will be fully exposed soon. You will find yourself under such constant scrutiny that it will be difficult to work with the mob bosses you are in cahoots with. The money laundering, which is so easy for you now, will be impossible to continue. Your real estate properties will suffer because of your unpopularity, and ultimately will lose money for you and close down, like so many of your failed endeavors. SDNY will slowly and confidently build a case against you that may end you up in prison.

Your affair with a porn star and your payment of $130k to her to keep quiet is now known to the entire world. She has gone on talk shows to describe your ineptness at sex and your mushroom-sized dick. You are at this point a source of ridicule to everyone.

You think it will work to stack the courts with people you think will support you in your fall from political clout. But when you lose the 2020 election, very few support you. Not even your bestie Moscow Mitch (oh yes, that's what he is called now) falls in line for you. The military will not take orders from you. You are your worst case scenario--you are a loser.

Your former employees at your game show release the information that due to your age and your abuse of not just cocaine but ground-up snorted Adderall, you must wear adult diapers, which you shit into regularly, causing quite an odor in the area.

You are mocked at every turn. If you don't run for president, you can continue your grifting and con jobs under the radar. No one will know about the diapers. You will not be the most despised man on the planet and you will not ultimately be exposed as a loser.

Think about it, Donnie.

(Wouldn't that be fun???)

Your thoughts on dibs

So we only have one bagel left. We went to get more on Monday, but the bagel shop in our very small town decided to be closed on Mondays. So, one poppyseed bagel left. We were reading before bed tonight. I said "I'm going to have that bagel for breakfast tomorrow" and my husband said "Dibs."

I didn't technically dib it. But I did say I was going to have it, which clearly shows intention. Can I please have some DU opinions on the rules of dibs? Does his dib count???

Morning thoughts

I was just thinking about this this morning--not that I don't think about this on many mornings. There are a lot of books out about trump and his administration and his many flaws ("flaws" is far too gentle a word...). I am very interested in what motivates his followers--there are no books on that subject, are there? Lots and lots of articles to be found trying to explain it, but no book that I know of. What made them like that? It's too easy to say "They like him because he is them." Is it fear that drives them? Hate? Why? At some point all of us encountered that moment when we decided which way to break--for trump or against him. What made us say no way and them say he's my guy? I would really, really like to understand the psychology and origin of their leanings. Bad childhood? Bullied a lot? Abandoned?
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