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    Yep. University staff gatherings can be a lot of...

    Yep. University staff gatherings can be a lot of fun. We had an annual catered BBQ about this time of year rather than turkey. Seemed like the younger folk didn't really get into social events as...
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    Just to clarify...I did not specify abandoning...

    Just to clarify...I did not specify abandoning your DH. Just that he was no longer a worry to you - whatever imaginary form that takes.
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    Do you ever imagine how you would feel if all of...

    Do you ever imagine how you would feel if all of a sudden you were on your own with a new job you really enjoyed and your DH was no longer a worry to you? Imagining that, does it bring a great sense...
  4. Yep. I hadn't thought about it until all these...

    Yep. I hadn't thought about it until all these news stories but I was able to recall at least three incidents from my younger days of this sort of behavior. Things that could not really be discussed...
  5. Back home, just about everyone we knew had...

    Back home, just about everyone we knew had liberal viewpoints and the discussion were free flowing and usually in agreement. And I worked at one of those damn liberal universities. My two closest...
  6. Growing up in San Antonio TX, I had a lot of...

    Growing up in San Antonio TX, I had a lot of hispanic friends. It was just part and parcel. I loved that their families were large and tight as mine was the opposite. My first boyfriend was hispanic...
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    I can't say why exactly but when I see women...

    I can't say why exactly but when I see women wearing really tight skinny ankle pants with high heels, it looks odd to me - as if their pants shrunk in the wash. I am on a quest for some new blue...
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    Anything I can't wash. With clothing, I have to...

    Anything I can't wash. With clothing, I have to wash multiple times to get the Febreze smell out. The pants silhouette is irksome to me. Women everywhere now where skinny pants and or leggings. IMO...
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    Happy Birthday! DH and are nine hours apart in...

    Happy Birthday! DH and are nine hours apart in age and we have a tradition of traveling somewhere for our birthdays which are in late September. I think it makes more sense to make resolutions or...
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    For several decades, we attended the large family...

    For several decades, we attended the large family gatherings at MIL's house. Everyone brought a dish. It was an absolute expectation that we show up year after year. Most of those folks have passed...
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    Well...there are some up in the mountains near...

    Well...there are some up in the mountains near here...
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    Eating out for Thanksgiving

    T'Giving has always been my favorite holiday. Now that we are far from family, we are still trying to figure out what to do. I have never even considered eating out before but the more I think about...
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    Watching Alias Grace but ever since I downgraded...

    Watching Alias Grace but ever since I downgraded Netflix to basic level I have to restart it every three minutes. Really liking the show though.
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    If there are sociopaths running around with guns,...

    If there are sociopaths running around with guns, then we need to do something to protect those of us who are not so inclined. I know nothing of guns but if mass murder is defined as 4 or more people...
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    I think this is huge. I was reading a local...

    I think this is huge. I was reading a local teacher's lament about her daily job which is much more than teaching. She told of her elementary age students many of whom are neglected and witness to...
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    Something I always wonder about is that somebody,...

    Something I always wonder about is that somebody, somewhere knows that these individuals who do these horrendous things are not right in the head. I am concerned about a neighbor kid who is obsessed...
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    Other than remodeling this house, we have very...

    Other than remodeling this house, we have very few expenses since retiring - health insurance for DH ($253) and auto/home insurance ($158). Groceries/wine ($400). Cell phones are $70 for both of us....
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    Both of my parents died at age 69 but I...

    Both of my parents died at age 69 but I think/hope it was lifestyle more than genes - alcohol, smoking, etc. I don't have a clue then as to how long to "plan" to live but as mentioned whether it's...
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    Yes, I guess manicured lawns spells tidy and safe...

    Yes, I guess manicured lawns spells tidy and safe when one is hunting real estate. However, the Edward Scissorhands look scares me. I have a lot of trees to contend with on our little lot - a 40 ft...
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    I would have to put a serious pencil to it but...

    I would have to put a serious pencil to it but our monthly expenditures end up being around $1500 a month since we don't have a house or car payment. We only have one car and property taxes here are...
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    Well...I have already figured out that these...

    Well...I have already figured out that these three particular men have very conservative values on many topics and it is apparent that any explanations would not matter to them. Their minds are...
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    Rant of the day - Of neighbors and lawns

    So we seem to have landed on a street where the retired men spend their days tending turf. Mowing, blowing, watering endlessly - every blade green and perfect. And now it is fall and leaves are...
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    Fascinating book - The Ground Beneath Us by Paul...

    Fascinating book - The Ground Beneath Us by Paul Bogard. It tells the history and demise of the soil beneath us all around the world. Interviews archaeologists, historians and scientists. I never...
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    Seems like often in our lives, all the bad stuff...

    Seems like often in our lives, all the bad stuff happens together like that. Hopefully, you have endured enough and can rest easy now.
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    Hmm..if this was my story, I would sell the house...

    Hmm..if this was my story, I would sell the house you're in after the one next door closes and then rent for a while in your new locale. I speak from experience.
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