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  1. My grandfather was a WWI vet. My siblings and...

    My grandfather was a WWI vet. My siblings and cousins and I were all expected to memorize "In Flanders Fields." Grandpa made us stand in the middle of the living room and recite poems and short...
  2. When I lived in Boston, I used my car maybe one...

    When I lived in Boston, I used my car maybe one day a week, for errands like food shopping. The subway and buses and walking were my main modes of transportation.

    But since I've moved to a small...
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    I tend to cook a big batch of something on the...

    I tend to cook a big batch of something on the weekend, like tomato sauce or chilli, then freeze it in individual servings. That way, I have homemade food for the week, but without having to cook...
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    So I got curious and looked up the complications...

    So I got curious and looked up the complications of measles. From the CDC website:



    While my memory of having the measles (and the mumps and chicken pox) is one of being in bed feeling...
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    Having been on the receiving end of a...

    Having been on the receiving end of a conversations such as meri describes, I would not confront the person about why you are ending the relationship, unless you think that they have done something...
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    I think this is a good point. Most of these...

    I think this is a good point.

    Most of these diseases are "childhood" diseases. People don't think you can die from them. After all, it's just a "childhood" diseases. And medical science has...
  7. And right now, the mud patch that is the front...

    And right now, the mud patch that is the front yard is pretty amazing. The 8 foot pile of snow that has been masquerading as the front yard for the past 5 months is gone. Just a little bit of ice...
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    Another angle to the herd immunity is that there...

    Another angle to the herd immunity is that there are people who can't be vaccinated--they are immuno-suppressed or allergic to the vaccine. These people depend on herd immunity--that is, they depend...
  9. Catherine, that *is* pretty amazing. ...

    Catherine, that *is* pretty amazing.

    Yesterday, I took an elderly friend to the mall. There was a couple with a little boy who was about a year and a half old. He was just the happiest little...
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    New York City is also experiencing an outbreak of...

    New York City is also experiencing an outbreak of measles--but the number of infected is below 30. But it keeps spreading throughout the city. Some of the infected were immunized though, so maybe...
  11. I can understand your anxiety, but I think you...

    I can understand your anxiety, but I think you should wait to pull the plug on using Medicare until you have tried to straighten things out.

    It could be as simple as correcting the form, and...
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    Well, I stopped dropping by here when it seemed...

    Well, I stopped dropping by here when it seemed as if every post ended up in a political rant.

    Actually, many political rants, all the same from post to post.

    In the old forum, there was...
  13. Captain Renard? Take him or leave him, with his...

    Captain Renard? Take him or leave him, with his cryptic little phone calls to Europe, that do not seem to advance the plot, ever.

    But I love Grimm and it's take on fairy tales and the "truth"...
  14. At the university where I worked, the decision...

    At the university where I worked, the decision was that the banks of public use computers would not be filtered, as there might be legitimate academic research that required use of such...
  15. I used to be a student supervisor at the Circ...

    I used to be a student supervisor at the Circ desk in a university library. My computer was out back, not visible from the front desk. There were 2 hours every night when there were no staff at the...
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    Depends on what type of file the bank statements...

    Depends on what type of file the bank statements are in. Some files can't really be altered in the way that you want because of the type of file or because of the way they were created.

    Do you...
  17. One of my sisters-in-law had a scheduled...

    One of my sisters-in-law had a scheduled C-section with her first. But that was because they could see on the ultrasounds that one hip was dislocated and the baby's leg was sticking out to one side....
  18. I think the caffeine supply is one thing that...

    I think the caffeine supply is one thing that many people forget when they plan an emergency food stash. If you are used to a regular, daily cup of coffee, going without suddenly can lead to...
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    That's a very good point. I was thinking about...

    That's a very good point. I was thinking about this thread yesterday and thought that it was one of those first world problems. You know, not worrying about having enough to eat, or how to afford...
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    Define "healthy." The thing is, I pretty much...

    Define "healthy."

    The thing is, I pretty much agree with you that a vegan diet is, overall, a healthy diet.

    But not for me. And not for some other posters on this thread. So I disagree that a...
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    This thread has taken some interesting turns. ...

    This thread has taken some interesting turns.

    I have tried twice, for 4 years and 3 years respectively, to be a vegetarian. Both attempts left me with severe anemia that was not helped all that...
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    In a perfect world, I'd stay home every time I...

    In a perfect world, I'd stay home every time I got sick.

    But when I was unemployed and working two part-time retail jobs to afford rent and food, I pretty much had to go to work sick. The stores...
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    I just want to be healthy again

    Normally, I don't get sick much and rarely visit a doctor.

    But in January, I got a massive sinus infection and ended up seeing a doctor because the pain just got to be too much. My main symptom...
  24. I'm paying about $50. Some years I'll get about...

    I'm paying about $50. Some years I'll get about $50 back. As long as I'm at or under $50 either way, I figure I'm doing okay.
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    I know of a little Sears store that opened,...

    I know of a little Sears store that opened, carrying only appliances and things like tools and snowblowers. That seems to be doing well, at least in my area.

    But the big Sears store in the big...
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