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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2005 3:29:58 PM

This is the new home of me, Dirt Girl. Built at the request of a much loved GB icon. Actually, the old place was falling down and it was just cheaper to build a new one.
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dirt girl
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2014 9:30:10 PM

trugas, Maybe those trips to Boys Club camp made an impression on him. It's good he has friends he gets to go on trips with. :) I'm sure you get the dishes very clean washing them by hand. I hope you are able to keep your dishwasher. I have heard contradictions about the pneumonia vaccine also. I also know that getting it does not mean that you won't get pneumonia as there are different varieties. If you have a regular doctor, ask their opinion on whether you should get one or not as they know your health situation best. :)

Hope everyone else is having a good weekend. :)
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2014 10:54:36 AM

My son was always an indoor child, but as a man he goes with buds to outdoor vacations and has many good memories l am sure. As a single mother raising him, l didn't expose him to that side of life, except to send him to boys club camp in summer. He was such a skinny little thing, but you should see him now.

Washing my dishes by hand now, and when housekeeper is here, she does same.
I know l miss a lot and don't feel like they are clean as the dishwasher got them, but will have to do until l get an answer about whether or not l can keep the dishwasher here. The big germ season is coming up. I got my flu shot late last year and l never got the flu. That is unusual for me. Not to get the flu that is.. but boy did l ever have a round with pneumonia. Don't want to go thru that again. Will have to ask about another pneumonia shot. Opinions vary.
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2014 9:58:15 PM

goldieolds, I think probably most people who live in the northern part of the country and don't get outside much are probably deficient. I'm guessing that it gets worse as winter comes. I think when people are outside the sunblock only works for so long or blocks so much so the longer you're outside the more vitamin D you would get. At least that sounds somewhat reasonable. :)

db, A pretty good day and it seems to have stopped raining for the moment so it's time to cut the grass. :(

trugas, Hope the vitamin doesn't cause you any stomach upset this time. Sounds like your son and his friends are on an adventure. :)
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2014 10:42:19 AM

Vitamin D is the only vitamin the dr ever called me after a blood test and told me to take. l did til summer came and since l am out in sun a lot and never use sun block, l stopped.

Yesterday a lady gave me some "natural" vitamins and l took 1/2 yesterday at dinner and today l will skip and 1/2 again tomorrow. I will ease into it this time. People say it is the iron that upsets tummy.

My son took to the hills with buds he camps with. The houseboat that he went on vacations for years is no longer available. They are now searching out rivers.
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2014 7:49:11 AM

GM all.

dg- Hope you have a fun Saturday.
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 11:55:37 PM

I've been getting the double points all week, too. A few weeks ago they had a special promotion giving double points all weekend. Then it was over. Then it started up again this week, but during the week. We'll see if it ends after this week or if it will continue and where it goes from here.

I've had doctors tell me that just about everyone in this country, except Hawai'i, are deficient in Vit D if they are not supplementing it. I gotta wonder if that's really true in some of the Southern states, but even if people are out in a lot of sunshine, if they're all lathered up w/ sunscreen, it will block the sun from forming the Vit D in their skin. Up until relatively recently they were recommending an amount that was way too low. Now they're recommending amounts in the range of 3,000 - 5,000 IUs. I've heard many recommend 5,000 but I only take 3,000, plus what's in my multi-vitamin, and it seems to be enough for me. I've had the blood test.

Have a safe and nice Labor Day weekend, everybody!

[Edited by: goldieolds at 8/29/2014 11:56:55 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 7:56:11 PM

Dino, Cool teacher who takes the time to know songs that will hold the kids interest. :)

CO2, It happened about a week ago too for about 3 days and then went back to normal. This week it's been back at 2000. Don't know why but obviously not everyone is noticing because I've moved up about 6 spots. :)

trugas, Don't blame you for not taking something that doesn't make you feel well. Don't blame you on the chemo either. Here's hoping you won't ever have to make the choice. :)
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 10:47:55 AM

co2, I did as well and was totally surprised but pleasantly.

Thanks dirtgirl, l think l should have realized that 1/2 dose for new drugs myself, but even vitamins? I guess so. The dr said our soil is no longer providing good wholesome food, and the additives in everything etc is the reason he suggested adding a once a day vitamin. I am not sure l need them, but certainly won't take something that makes me ill. That's also my reason for saying no to chemo if l too got cancer like the rest of my family. It just is devastating and at my age l can't afford a year of that anyway..

Thinking of making a coconut cream pie. Had coconut if fridge for awhile. Was going for banana cream til l thought of the coconut.
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2014 11:14:38 PM

I just got "bonus points" and I didn't do a thing, except post some prices. What is that all about?
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2014 10:45:13 PM

Good evening DG and Co.

DG I remember another girl not making the Track team when she tried out her first time. That would've been Emily. She did track in 5th grade in addition to 2 years of basketball. She's now poised to start her 4th year playing and her 2nd year of middle school basketball. Even Michael Jordan got cut from his basketball team the first year he tried out. So, my thought to her is don't give up.

With this week's jukebox tune, I could talk a bit about the artist, mentioning she sang this and acted in the movie of the same name as well as that the song peaked at #4 in 1980. But I'd rather share a story about this song instead.

Going through school there are certain teachers we all hope to have. The "cool teacher" was wanted by everyone, but there were only 25 or so seats in the classroom. I got that cool teacher in 5th grade. It was Lubeck's 5th and 6th grade music teacher Mrs. Enloe. She played piano exceptionally well and knew two popular songs. One was the Oak Ridge Boys' "Elvira" and the other was tonight's jukebox tune. Getting ready to head out to board the bus nearly every evening, you could catch Mrs. Enloe's 5th grade class singing this popular tune from 1980. I still know all the lyrics to this day. Who says music doesn't soothe the savage 5th grader?

I - Irene Cara - "Fame"

Have a good holiday weekend. See you Monday night.
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2014 10:23:48 PM

goldieolds, I think the theory is that it's a heavy object that won't crush easily so if a part of the ceiling collapses, the sides of the tub will hold it up and provide you a safe though uncomfortable space. :)

db, Not a bad day. :)

trugas, I have a friend who used to be a nurse and since she has gotten older (70) she won't start any new prescription at full strength. It seems that along with all the other wonderful (sarcasm) things that go with aging, it looks like our bodies can't tolerate the change from even small doses of medicine. :)
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2014 10:29:22 AM

Thanks for the article dirt girl. It was very good to help me understand why and not give up hope. l do have one of the things listed as why l can't take full vitamins. IBS and that msy be the cause. Only article l saw was that indeed vitamins do cause diarrhea. Boy l had awful cramps all day Tuesday and yesterday l was so hung over and foggy brained and headachy, that l could not function. I thought l should call dr, but didn't. I may try the 1/2 pill another time, but today l am taking no chances and not taking anything other than my b/p and thyroid,and pantoprozole for stomach. Babe aspirin as l MUST get out and do errands.

I will suggest dr do the full blood work to see if indeed l even need any vitamins.

[Edited by: trugasCA at 8/28/2014 10:30:20 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2014 7:01:24 AM

GM all.
dg- Hope you have a good Thursday.
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2014 5:01:54 AM

DG, that sounds familiar. I think I've heard that, too, to stand in a doorway. I don't know about riding the "bucking bathtub", though. LOL

Tru, sorry to hear the vitamins didn't agree with you. There's a big difference in different brands and that is one that would not be on my list to try. First, each vitamin may be made in different ways. Some natural, some synthetic, and even within those categories they can be made differently. Some may be made from different substances, and one of those could be something you're allergic to. Also, there may be fillers, artificial colors, and who knows what. I try to be very careful about the ingredients of the supplements I take, but there is much I don't know about how to evaluate them.

I've been in a pickle since the multi-vitamin and mineral that I took for years and years, Schiff Single Day, is no longer available. I'm still trying to find the right one for me. The best ones are made from food sources, but all the ones I've looked at, and I've looked at many online recently, contain chlorella and/or spirulina, and I have a sensitivity to those sea veggies, so I can't take those.

There also may be different forms of the same vitamin. For example, I've been diagnosed with a gene mutation so that my body does not convert B12, B6 and folate into the active forms that it needs to be able to utilize those vitamins. So now I am taking those in their active form. Ex: most vitamin B12 supplements are cyanocobalamin and the body is supposed to convert it into the methyl form, but I have to take methylcobalamin, the active form. That means it is already in the form that the body is supposed to convert it into.
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2014 1:10:09 AM

Dino, Sorry to hear that she didn't make the cut. You're right, she has all year to practice so she can make it next year if she still wants it. :)
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 11:47:21 PM

Good evening DG and Co.

DG flash in the pan like many. We can hope.

The dream of Lanie being the family's next Lady Panther basketball player has come to an end this evening. She found out she did not make the cut:-( According to my Mom, in a text from this evening, there was 19 4th and 5th graders for him to pick from as well as 8 3rd graders. Unfortunately, he couldn't pick them all. I sent a message back offering some encouraging words and told her to keep practicing. There's always next year and now she has 365 additional days to practice and work toward making it next year. Interesting, Michael Jordan was actually cut from his HS team the first time he tried out as well. We all know how that turned out.

Dino's Jukebox tomorrow night. I've tossed around different ideas and have eliminated a few "I" artists. One of those included Iron Butterfly's "Inna Godda Davida." I like the song and own the CD, but the song is over 17 minutes long. Another band was modern rock/alternative band Incubus. It's not that I don't know a lot about them, but I'm just not a huge fan of their music. Even I have my dislikes. So I'm down to Irene Cara and INXS. I'll flip a coin later. I just stopped earlier to fill up the car, anyone have a quarter I can borrow?
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 9:20:22 PM

Dino, I going to take a wild guess and say that Justin Bieber won't be in the music business 30 years from now not to mention 60 years. :)

MadDog, I knew you would. ;)

goldieolds, I had heard some time ago that if there's an earthquake and you're inside, you're supposed to stand in a doorway. Maybe trugas can shed some light on that.

trugas, I don't know how accurate this is but I found this on multi vitamin and stomach pain. I have heard of people who get stomach pain from vitamins.:(
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 10:40:48 AM

No Goldie, l haven't called or heard about the complex l looked at in Napa, but l doubt they had too many problems. Sidewalks maybe as l have had here. Lodi is quite aways away.

I started taking One A Day vitamins again, and again they caused my stomach to cramp and this time l had many bathroom trips as well. Last time it was just gas and pain. I don't know why but l cannot take them. I am over the headache part but the temperature last night and all made me feel as tho l had been poisoned..

Still don't feel tip top today and l wanted to go buy HP printer ink at Costco on sale. $20 cheaper for the long lasting pair. This afternoon is the BBQ Hot dogs, and my stomach says no thanks. Maybe after l get breakfast in it.

Right dirt girl, l do fry a lot of foods, but l never really noticed sticky walls and storage containers from electric cooking.

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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 9:55:45 AM

Hi DG. Those instructions you gave are for tornadoes, right? The same for earthquakes? I never could remember which corner we're supposed to go to in a tornado, and never knew the reason. No basement now. Well, technically, I think there is one in the building, but I don't know how to get to it or what's down there; maybe only room to work on some mechanicals. But I have gone out in the hallway when there was the possibility of a tornado -- no windows there.

We had a storm once that I thought was a tornado, but it was straight line winds. I heard the "train" and went to close the balcony door. It was really blowing powerfully. Then I remembered you're supposed to keep it open a crack, so I went back to do that. It was really scarey, esp. to be by the glass to do that. Then I went out into the hallway. I kept saying to myself, "I'm glad I live in a concrete building, I'm glad I live in a concrete building, I'm glad I live in a concrete building."

It was someone talking about earthquake early warning systems who said that about getting under a table. I'd never heard that before, either. I wonder if a basement is a good idea in a quake. If the bldg collapses you could get trapped under there, and there isn't the threat of being sucked away like in a tornado. I don't really know about any of this, just speculating. Your mention of getting in the bathtub made me chuckle. It brought to mind someone sitting in the tub holding on to the sides as it rocked all around. LOL.

According to that guy, the early warnings do not give much time at all. If the train was in the middle of the bay (above or below) it wouldn't be enough time to get all the way across. Or so it sounded from what he said. Maybe he wasn't accurate. Oh well, since I'm no where near there, I don't have to worry about it at this time.

Tru, have you heard how the housing complex you looked at last week fared in the quake? And just for curiosity's sake, how did Lodi do? I bought some wine last week from Trader Joe's. It's a Zinfandel from Lodi and very good for the low price of only $3.99 a bottle. I have some more being saved for me, since it is one of their special purchase deals and is almost sold out. There won't be any more of it. The store I went to was already sold out, but they called another store for me, and they still had some, but not for long. It's such a great deal!

[Edited by: goldieolds at 8/27/2014 9:58:59 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 1:53:53 AM

DG....Yeah...I totally agree
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2014 10:40:46 PM

Good evening Dirt Girl and Co.

DG very well put. The lady in waiting will be waiting quite awhile I figure.

With the yard done yesterday, I turned my attention to the roof and the gutters. They needed cleaning and were long overdue. Some of the dirt had set in and was a lot like pulling up carpet so it came up neatly. Walking on a roof can alleviate a fear of heights. Luckily, our house is one story.

Weather is cooperative for outside activity. The neighbors across from work here (our building sits in a residential area) have a bonfire going full steam. Clear evening. Temps still around 70 here.
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2014 10:17:37 PM

goldieolds, "Duck and cover". That would be nice but I think the standards have changed a bit. Now, if you don't have a basement get in a room without windows...sometimes it's the bathroom. They say sit in the tub based on the fact that it's a heavy object. Also a closet would work or a halway. Anything where there is more support for the ceiling. If you have a basement, they changed the corner you should stay in from the SW to the NE since they found that most debris from the foundation and house ends up in the SW corner.

Dino, If Little Richard is the Queen then Justin Beiber is only a lady in waiting. To loosely paraphrase Little Richard, Bieber "keeps a knockin but he can't get in". lol

MadDog, The world is a crazy place. Sometimes it's good crazy and sometimes it's bad crazy. :(

db, Another good one. :)

trugas, I think it depends on what you are cooking on whether stuff gets sticky or not and not necessarily the method used for cooking.

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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2014 9:58:24 AM

In low income housing the electric coils on the stove have been half functioning or unlevel and replaced by other "used " coils and that is why l don't care for it. If l had a new ceramic top stove, l am sure l would love it. I just never knew how to adjust the durn things. Also when the elec goes out you can't light it and function, it is just out till they fix it. I liked the fact l could turn off the elec and it would finish cooking.

I don't like gas fumes or the danger of exploding like the town that burned down near me, San Bruno, and the stickyness of everything in the kitchen. As in everything there is good and bad.

Janrey we have solar power and l thought that meant it would be available but not true as there is no storage of it. That would be neat if it was like this computer, that the elec is still available for so many hours after l unplug ..If each solar house had stored energy enough to get thru til the transformer was replaced. I am so fortunate here in that l don't pay for the gas or elec at all. I think of that everytime l plug in something to charge, like the scooter, or power chair. Yes l chose wisely in moving here, and l need to appreciate what l do have.

Bart does have the early warning system which gives all trains time to slow and stop and to not enter tunnels or under the bay. Guees they have time to get out also. They stop everything and examing alltunnels bridges et befor startin up again.



[Edited by: trugasCA at 8/26/2014 10:03:34 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2014 6:48:52 AM

GM all.
dg- Hope today is good as well
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2014 12:18:56 AM

DG...yup....after seeing that a few fellas got beat up for the skin color in MS, I kinda wish I was flying. Guess it's a good thing that I'm going to be traveling with an arsenal! LOL
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 11:13:24 PM

Good evening DG and Co.

trugas maybe Justin Bieber is a close second. I'm thinking my first apartment in NC was all electric. It wasn't bad to cook with. My apartment I had when Former Mrs. Dino and I split was electric stove and gas furnace.

To keep you up to date on Lanie, her first day of tryouts went well. Coach Mike, that coached the team when Emily played there, is still there. He's a super good guy in my book. If she makes it, she'll have a great coach starting her out. We'll know if she makes the team later in the week.

Yard is caught up for a few days. Looking for a few dry days to where just maybe the grass won't grow as fast. I readjusted the mower deck as well to where it sits a bit higher and runs a bit smoother. It still took 3 hours to mow, but it got done. Thank goodness it wasn't very humid like it was Sunday.

Slow evening here otherwise.
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 10:23:35 PM

DG, I hadn't thought of it that way, but yes, that would be hard. I heard today on the radio something about an early warning system that gives three seconds warning, maybe ten or even twenty. If you're at home you can duck and cover. They said get under a table. And I thought, OMG, I don't have a single table here that I could get under. ;)

But what about BART trains under the Bay? Tru, do you know what would happen to them in a quake? Riding under the Bay scared me anyway, in normal conditions. I only did it a couple or few times, long, long ago. And what if you were on one of the big bridges (Golden Gate or Bay Bridge, for ex.)? No way you could get off any of those in three seconds. Or even ten or twenty. Unless you were already at the end of it. Yikes.

Sad about so much good wine going to waste.

You get used to using electric. Or at least I did. That's all we can have here, and the house I lived in, in St. Paul had electric. Briefly in between in Nordeast I had gas and didn't like the fumes, so kept the window open when it was on, even in the winter. As far as electric goes, I like the ceramic cooktop better than the coils. They are more dangerous.
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 9:13:08 PM

MadDog, At least you'll be home for the holiday weekend. :)

db, A really good day. :)

goldieolds, I think you just don't like that you can't tell when earthquakes are coming not like severe weather. :)

trugas, The positive about electricity for cooking is that you don't get hit with a fee if you don't cook, unlike the basic charge for gas. :)
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 8:58:28 AM

OH come on Goldie, once in 25 years you get shook up a bit. Come on out. Out of staters are able to get on wait lists, l know for a fact. Try online application or phone where you want to settle. Once you leave all that cold weather you will say to yourself, "what took me so long?" .
Actually l was thinking that it was brought to my mind that Napa wasn't for me. But then who am l to think l am that important to have a catastrophe aimed just for me. NO l mean l just thought that l wouldn' t be happy with all electric utilites and that was brought to the forefront of my mind. I have had all electric and was unhappy with it. Still it is lots cleaner. My kitchen here gets so sticky and we do a lot of wiping down cupboards and things. I should not have gotten open shelving either.

That was funny Dino. l got a good laugh from that. Little Richard. I remember him well. I hear there is a good movie out about James Brown.

Thanks db, me too. I hear the 54% chance is getting lower each day that passes.

Nice to get up and just plug in the coffee pot. Turn on my computer and not get "you are not connected to the internet". I didn't understand why l saw many who were connected, til l heard later that our complex was mainly all that went out.

So now we start out with a normal week again. I need to clean out the refrigerator and do it mostly a shelf or two at a time. Don't let the housekeepers touch inside my fridge.
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 4:21:08 AM

GM all.tg- Here's hoping you get no aftershocks.dg- Hope you have an easy Monday.
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 1:06:06 AM

Thanks DG! Still have 4 days! LOL

trugas...glad you are ok!
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 1:00:39 AM

Tru, glad you're ok. I thought of you right away when I heard about the quake. They said Napa city was hit hardest. I wonder how the senior place you visited is doing? Maybe the gods are trying to tell me not to think about living there. ;)

HI DG. Hope you enjoyed the weekend.
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 10:53:53 PM

Good evening DG and Co.

trugas I've heard that James Brown tune. The Godfather of Soul. The hotel we stayed at in Myrtle Beach had a DJ on the patio deck every evening that did Karaoke as well. He posed the question "Who was the queen of rock?" He said it was Little Richard. I was going to guess Justin Bieber.

dg "Weird Al" is quite a musician. He's best known for his parody records and his brother is well known for polkas and work on the accordion.

Back in the saddle again on a Sunday night. First week of school went well for all the kiddos. Spent Saturday afternoon hanging out at Mom and Dad's. Had a good visit. Looks like my Niece, Lanie could follow in the footsteps of her basketball playing Cousin as she'll tryout for the Lady Panthers at Lubeck on Monday afternoon. Pretty excited for her as she's talked about it all afternoon. We'll know if she makes the team later this week.

Meanwhile, the Lady Bobcat in the family got the opportunity to meet her next coach that will take over the 7th/8th grade team this Winter. He went to the school last week and ate lunch with only 5 or 6 of the girls he's wanting for the team this year. Emily was one of them. We all know going further up in the grades, the opponent is quicker and better. Will be interested in seeing how they play out under a new coach. We'll get our first look when he coaches the Fall Fun league for them.

Hot and humid here. Temps approaching 90 for only the third time this year.
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 9:28:03 PM

db, Somewhat restful. :)

trugas, Glad you are ok. The downside to having gas is if the gas line breaks there is a risk of explosion. At least you got breakfast. :)
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 8:26:27 PM

Not restful here, as our transformer blew when the quake hit at 3:20 this morning. Blue lightning! Was impressive. This area shakes more than when l lived in the Bay Area it seems to me, however the Bay Bridge section fell in 89 and The overpass was really a mess trapping many people in their cars. So happy to hear the freezer running again. 14 hours off. The ice cream got soft and l ate a couple of orange/creme bars, but think the meats are ok.

This was a 6 pointer and we could get a 5 pointer in the next week. The geologists say. I was able to light the gas stove and make breakfast, another reason l don't want all electric.
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 8:54:33 AM

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dg- Hope you have a restful Sunday.
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 12:30:54 AM

db, Very fun. :)

goldieolds, I think the vo-tec you are thinking of is now St. Paul Technical and Community College. Years ago it was known simply as TVI. I would assume they still serve food there as they have to practice on someone. :)

trugas, Since the population is aging, the waiting lists will only get longer. :(
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2014 11:54:43 AM

Goldie l looked online and Santa Barbara does have HUD and Housing choice vouchers. But sadly l noted the wait lists are closed. My friend who was visiting daughter in so cal and moved to Fort Bragg recently told me the wait lists for senior housing down there are 6 to 8 years. So put in the application NOW. LOL. I saw the lists are so full they closed them and that happens periodically. Did here in my town for awhile, but when l saw it open at another complex, l signed up. Was already moved in here when l received a notice from them. Very small cutesy complex.

My understanding of Federal and State funded units at Rohllf's in Napa, was that they built the Federally funded units first and thus are older, and don't have a/c or garbage disposal, and do have my hated baseboard heat. There is a step up to units and therefore l would have to pay for a ramp, again. They were built in 1962 but upgraded in 2009.

The State gave them the funds to build additional units in 1992, 30 years newer and they were also upgraded in 2009. What that entailed l do not know. I do know they have dual paned glass now that wasn't original. The state builts have a/c and heat units, electric, and no steps, just a gentle slope up to door. They have a larger fridge and stove, and also a small patio, not enclosed. Sadly they do not have a kitchen window, but l believe the door has glass window. Not positive. I wasn't shown the inside of any apts. only the library and community rooms.

There is a disparity of price to get in of course. You can get the federal with much lower income, but my choice voucher is transferable and I qualify for all their apts. Their highest rent is $632 for federal and $917 for State.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2014 9:46:46 AM

DG, where did you got to school? UMD? Or... I don't know why, but Morris comes to mind.

Seems to me, from when I lived in St. Paul, I remember there being a culinary school, a vo-tech, I think, over near the Cathedral, that served to the public for very low prices. I thought it would be good to try, but I didn't get there.

Tru, you are inspiring me to think about if there might be a way I could move out there. Does a person have to already be a CA resident to apply for low income/sr. housing? How do you get a voucher? Is it Section 8? What is the difference between the federal and the state units? Some day if you have time I'd appreciate any info you can share. Maybe in PM.

Don't know if I've mentioned, but I've *always* wanted to live in CA again. Lived there when I was a baby/toddler, and for one summer when in college. My frame of reference was SoCal, though. Had relatives there and while she was still there, I could always stay with my aunt. After the Northridge earthquake she moved to Las Vegas, and is now deceased. I don't think she was ever happy in Las Vegas. I think Northern California would be nice, too, esp. Napa. Although like you, I'd miss lots of convenient shopping. But think I could make do with Trader Joe's. ;) And I hope to be driving for quite some time yet.

A very dear friend of mine lives, for now, in Sacramento. She lives there b/c she works for the state, and should be retiring soon. Her daughter lives in the SF area, and she is hoping to be able to move to that area after retirement. She's lived there in the past. That's where they were the last time I saw them, a long, long time ago. Of course, the main issue would be financial.

But not sure I have another big move in me. In order to move anywhere, I'd have to get all the tons of stuff out of here and the condo needs lots of repairs and other work. The only way I could afford it would be to sell. We're not allowed to rent anyway. So we'll see. But maybe the incentive of going to CA would help me to do the necessary work.

Just curious, but does Santa Barbara have low income or senior housing? I know it is a very expensive place to live, but I would think that housing costs would be the biggest expense. I have a couple of friends from different parts of my past living there. We're not in touch, but I want to try to reestablish contact. Recently I decided that the image I have in my mind of LA (and Santa Monica) from the past is probably more like SB now. I know, it's all really a fantasy. But who knows? Sometimes dreams come true. :)

And then there's always winning the lottery. Or Publishers Clearing House. :)) I promise you, if I win I'll spread the wealth!

Oops, I wrote another book.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2014 7:48:14 AM

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dg- Hope you have a fun Saturday.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2014 12:25:33 AM

Dino, I like Hermans Hermits. I didn't know we lost Don Pardo. It seemed he was the voice of everything back then. Haven't heard that many Wierd Al songs. :(

trugas, Sounds like a management group that's on the ball. I've seen the full chef regalia back when I was it school. It does look strange out of a good restaurant. lol

MadDog, Drive safe and have fun. :)
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 10:22:22 PM

DG...nope...sure didn't.....that's why I said you were welcome! Right back at you! LOL ;)
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 4:53:27 PM

Dino l don't know about the "l lost on Jeopardy," but definately remember '"I'm into something good" Like that kind of song. My favorite is " I feel Good" James Brown? l believe so.
Use to holler it out in my car on the way to work.

Dirt Girl l sent the package off yesterday and they got it today and already called to clarify type of unit l want. I want no step, none, and definate a/c and heat cannot be that awful base board stuff. Tho they do have ceiling fan to bring the heat back down to eye level at least. I want the food prepared by someone else when l tire of my cooking and they have culinary students there running the cafe. Looked funny to see full chef regalia in low income housing. My income could not be below $1512 a month to get the unit l want. Except l have a voucher. So l am good to go. I would be an hour or so closer to my son.
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 12:38:12 AM

Good evening DG and Co.

DG the office computer is working much better tonight. The one on my forklift, the jury's still out and I know where a good sledgehammer is.

Before I spin tonight's jukebox selection, DT got the creative juices flowing for me. Last week we lost Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall. They say celebrity deaths usually come in threes and the theory holds up this time around. The voice of Saturday Night Live, Don Pardo has left us this week at age 96. He is also noted for being the announcer for the original version of Jeopardy that ran from 1964-1975. He is shown on camera in this "Weird Al" parody that also gives us cameos from Al's actual parents, original J! host Art Fleming, Greg Khin whose song Al is parodying, and one of Al's mentors and the guy that gave him his original big break, Dr. Demento. RIP Mr. Pardo
"Weird Al" Yankovic - "I Lost On Jeopardy!"

Now, this week's jukebox selection. This band was discovered in 1963 by Harvey Lisberg. They took this song to #13 in the US and #1 in the UK 50 years ago this month in August 1964.

H - Herman's Hermits - "I'm Into Something Good"
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 12:34:25 AM

db, One day and counting. :)

goldieolds, We still need the rain so it's ok. :)

trugas, You should get on the waiting list. If your name comes up and you change your mind that's ok but at least you'll be on it. :)
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 8:31:10 AM

I agree Goldie, but they don't want to let you do much that might cost them a little. Tho l lived in a place where l paid my own electric and they didn't complain about the dishwasher. I am not sure they even noticed it.

Who knows what they are thinking, the reason was given that these apts are not set up for dishwashers. Set up or equipped to handle. What's to handle? connects to faucet and plugs into normal outlet. I have used it here for 4 years and never blew out a fuse. We actually don't have "fuses" but l don't cause the power to go off even. So the load is fine.

Yes dirt girl, l love the Napa area. Don't drink so that's no problem. Beautiful area but downtown floods. This property is not near the river tho. I mis-spoke when l said there were 500 units. Only 355 but 6 maintenance men. Here one man struggles to keep up with 170 units. There are 5 or more in the office there, and two here. For half as many units here , we should have half the staff they have there. Maintenance wise. At least 2. Our maintenance man is wonderful and works so hard. He really needs help.
The Napa property was remodeled in 2009. I like the bungalows there as they are in a U shape. 5 plexes. Mail delivered to the door. One bad thing is no covered parking. Must be hot cars in summer. They are assigned parking. Here are lots of fussing over where to park. Just yesterday one lady told me a fellow tenant put 3 buckets to block where she normally parks. He is mad at her so being spiteful. LOL.
I don't want to move EXCEPT l do want to be able to have food prepared for me when l am ill. I get pneumonia fairly often, and don't eat properly then. They will bring your dinner to your apt if you let them know. Isn't that great?
Yes it is a beautiful area, not as convenient as here, and the traffic in summer is dreadful, but back streets could be used and how much longer am l going to drive.? They have a beauty salon of sorts. Maybe this is the push l need to leave here. Lots of time to think it over, as there is a wait list.

[Edited by: trugasCA at 8/21/2014 8:33:43 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 5:28:44 AM

More rain. :( But we've had some really nice weather, so I can't really complain, if it only lasts one day. (I hope).

Uh oh, I just looked at the forecast, and there's 40-60% chances of more thunderstorms through the weekend.

Tru, glad you have such a nice option. Napa is prime real estate, isn't it. It sounds and looks (on t.v.) like such a beautiful place to live. Although it might be a little too tempting for a wine lover like me. ;) Would you have room for your dishwasher and other things you've added? In the meantime, I hope your appeal is successful and you can keep your dishwasher where you are. Why wouldn't they want older people to have something like that to make chores easier? Doesn't make sense to me.
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 4:25:07 AM

GM all.

dg- Just means it's closer to the weekend. :-)
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 1:06:34 AM

db, That day just comes around too fast. lol

trugas, Sounds like a wonderful place and something to seriously consider. :)

Dino, Darned computers. :(

MadDog, Obviously you missed the ;) lol
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 12:22:47 AM

DG...you ok?
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