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jjdm

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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2010 11:52:20 AM

Welcome to my home!!!!!

Have a nice visit!

Thanks for visiting!!!
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Farful
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2014 4:40:25 PM

Good afternoon jjdm and All!
 
jj, Sorry that your Mom was getting yelled at! Hope that things are resolved so the other workers are doing their jobs.
 
Nice to have some time off, eh? Hope that you enjoy your new mattress.
 
TGIF!
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jjdm
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2014 1:31:47 PM

Good afternoon, everyone!

Today’s Picture:
My New Mattress

On Thursday, I enjoyed my first true day off since the beginning of September by doing a variety of things. I worked on some Accounting homework, took a nap, gave Katie a ride to work, cleaned and vacuumed my car, and worked on some yardwork (sweeping up the driveway and pulling the weeds in between the cracks).

By the time I was done with the yardwork, Mom was getting off of work. She said that it wasn’t that good of shift since she was yelled at. At Karwick, they assign a bagger to a certain hour for getting carts. Mom was assigned 6 of her 8 hours.

They had another bagger, from my store, go there since there was a call off. When it was this bagger’s hour for carts, Mom explained the system to her. Mom said that this bagger only got 5 carts the whole hour. So when it was Mom’s hour, there were many carts out there. During Mom’s last hour, the other bagger was scheduled to get carts. So Mom figured she didn’t need to get any more carts.

5 pm came and she was getting ready to leave. The office girl came up to her and yelled at her for not getting carts before she left. Mom explained to the office girl that it was the other bagger’s hour to get carts and how she was getting carts almost her whole shift. To that, the office person said that “I don’t care. You need to get carts before you leave.”

Mom expressed concern to me that she is scared of being terminated because of this. I calmed her down by saying that everyone at Al’s, including myself, has been yelled at by someone. I said that I’m almost certain that she will have her job still and if not, I would speak to someone about this.

At 6:40 pm, I went over to Tim’s house for our first dinner night in months. Jeff was already there. So we chatted. Jan pulled up at 7 pm, and we all sat and chatted. For an appetizer, Tim made biscuits, salad, and a cheese platter. All very tasty! For the main course, he made pasta with meatballs. Very tasty as well. As usual, Tim’s cooking was great and he was a nice host. Catching up and talking with each other was great. For dessert, we had lemon meringue pie.

I got home around 9:15 pm, and went to sleep after that. This morning, I woke up around 8:45 am, and got my paycheck. After sorting through my money, I did an hour of yardwork (pulling weeds and sweeping the driveway). Today Mom is off and I work 3:30 pm - 11:30 pm.

Please know that I continue to read your messages here daily whenever I get a break in my day.

MadDog, :) lol, I won’t get you (or me) started on that subject.

Midnight, great you enjoyed the update. The tomato on a grilled cheese does sound like an extra treat. Will take note. I believe Al’s does carry oyster sauce. This week’s ad...enjoy

TUrtLE, amazing! Always a great time with those pals. I still remember Wednesday nights at the old store. Jan would be the closing office girl, Jeff & Tim would be the two cashiers, and I was the closing bagger. Those were fun nights.

trugasCA, my new mattress is huge compared to my old one!

attitash, one never forgets how to ride a bike!

Good day!


[Edited by: jjdm at 10/24/2014 1:32:09 PM EST]
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attitash
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2014 10:23:52 AM

Good morning Justin...another wonderful day of sun with a high of 14°C/57.2°F. Able to cycle to work this morning...still remember how to ride it! Have a great day.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2014 9:36:26 AM

<don't know what to do with all my spare time> LOL. Good laugh there JJ.

The width of your new bed is larger. As a teen l had one of the mattresses like your old one. The sheets tell the difference too. Much tighter and may even have to buy new sheets.

Very interesting and I am watching for info you give on Info Systems. Shopped Target and got such good help l took their survey when got home.

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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2014 8:09:20 AM

Good Morning Justin,
A couple comments to you in TL.
How did you Thursday evening go with your friends?

Spouting Horn, Depoe Bay, taken by Greg Henton.

Clean those restrooms:

On her way home from a long trip, a blonde drove past a sign that said "CLEAN RESTROOMS 8 MILES."

By the time she drove eight miles, she had cleaned 43 restrooms.

Happy Friday!
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2014 3:11:47 AM

Good morning Justin!

Wonderful to read your update. Gave the eBay seller for his radid pkg and shpg. Like your 9 hours of sleep, eating out w/your pals, visiting your grandmother, buying encasements for your new box spring/mattress, even the grilled cheese sammies.

Try a slice of tomato and prosciutto in it. A bid step up from common ham. Also w/a touch of diced basil mozzarella, roasted tomatoes, niçoise (any kind) olives, oregano and aged provolone even cooked spinach in your sammie. Mushrooms and roast beef are also excellent. Eat well and experiment often!

Enjoyed the light rain on the drive to Littleton along the CT River Hwy. Saw the first wave of geese overhead, perhaps 60-70 of then honking up a storm. Not many leaves remain on the silver maples lining the CT River.

Bought at the mkt were Driscoll's raspberries $1.50 a pint, blackberries $1.67, cukes are up to 67¢ ea, a 1¼ lb head of leaf lettuce for $1.50, baby bella's were $2.25 for 10 oz, Limes 5/$1, lemons 5/$2, oranges 4/$2, Bartlett pears 98¢s a lb, and sweet potatoes just 54¢ a lb.

Here is the link to the latest prices from Big Papa's Market this week. In tax free Littleton, NH.

Shopped around for sesame oil in four stores. See that my small WM doesn't even carry it. Cheapest seen is $10.30 a qt at Shaws. Will use it to make my own oyster sauce, free of chemicals and MSG.

Also want to make pork, beef or chicken Lo Mein and beef and broccoli Chinese style w/oyster sauce. A common important ingredient to keep on hand. See most store do not stock it.

Returned home to enjoy some war games playing StarCraft II. StarCraft II continues the epic saga of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg waging war upon each other.

These three distinct and powerful races clash once again in the fast-paced real-time strategy sequel to the legendary original, StarCraft. Legions of veteran, upgraded, and brand-new unit types will do battle across the galaxy, as each faction struggles for survival. It has my interest.

Getting the brunt of the storm tonight. Winds gusts up to 25 mph w/a chance of rain near 100 percent. Will be fast asleep and hope the power remains on for heat and to post in the morning. You will know the outcome if there are posts or none.

The ISS orbits early (6:03 PM) and up to twice tonight (7:40 EDT) for those who can see it. See it and the other satellites in your area.

Civil twilight is 6:43 AM EDT. Night is 6:16 PM.

Sunrise: 7:12 AM. Set: 5:47 PM.

Length of day: 10h 34m. Length of visible light: 11h 33m. Tomorrow will be 2m 52s shorter.

The temp is 42° (5°C), the high will be 47° (8°C) w/light rain. Heavy rain is on the way.

Have a delightful day!

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[Edited by: MidnightSun at 10/24/2014 3:13:21 AM EST]
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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2014 12:45:21 AM

Justin....I'm sure you did well! BTW...don't get me started on EBT...Snap...whatever you call it! GRRRRRRR
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jjdm
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2014 10:57:26 AM

Good morning, everyone!

Today’s Picture:
Bigger Size

On Tuesday, Mom and I took care of a few errands and then went out to eat at Oriental Pearl. I had tea, egg drop soup, and sesame chicken over rice. Later on, I worked 3 pm - 11 pm, in grocery. It was going smooth until about 6 pm.

Around 6 pm, the SNAP (food stamp) lines went down. So Crystal (office girl on duty) and I tried to call in the orders. As the lines for us to do that were getting long, Crystal heard an automated voice on the phone say, “there will be at least a 10 minute wait.” So I went to everyone in line and told them the situation. Some decided to wait, some didn’t. Isaac and I put up signs up on our door saying SNAP lines were down. Heard from others that food stamp lines were down for a lot of stores in town. About 30 minutes later, a person came on the phone and said that they are working on the problem, it would take at least 2 hours, they would not be taking manual entries, and to not call back. So we informed the folks that were waiting.

After that, the store was pretty much dead for the rest of the night. Though, Isaac and I were behind about an hour and baggers had lots of go backs to do. So the rest of the night was pretty busy for us.

After work, Mom and I had grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup for dinner. Then I got about 8 hours of sleep. Marija, Ana, Aaron, and I came to school early so we could attend a makeup broadcast session for our leadership club. To be inducted, we need to attend 3 of them.

In Accounting, we learned about different ways to record depreciation. Then we went to Firehouse Subs for lunch. I ended up getting a turkey bacon sub. In Info Systems, we learned about how technology is going to change the grocery business and how technology is advancing in a way that we won’t need to carry cash on us. Though for me personally, I still prefer paying with cash.

Criminal Justice and Business Speech were both cancelled. So for the first time in over year, we all got out of school at an early time. When I got home, Mom and I did some grocery shopping. Then I came home and made chicken with rice. Around 7 pm, we went to visit Grandma.

I got about 9 hours of sleep that night. This morning, I woke up early so Mom and I could do our grocery shopping at Al’s. She is working 9 am - 5 pm today, bagging at Karwick.

Please know that I continue to read your messages here daily whenever I get a break in my day.

KHF, yes, the new mattress feels much better. Main reason I got the new mattress was due to the situation I told you up there. We only had Mid-terms for Info System. So all done.

Dino72, the grading scale here at all schools is 90-100 and so on. In some classes, 87-100 is considered an A. We have someone in town that goes all out for Halloween. Thanks for the Jukebox selection.

pinkelefant, thanks for stopping in!

MadDog, still waiting for a grade on the Mid-term…..and on my paper!

Midnight, had the delivery guys take away the old mattress. Something unseen was wrong with it. I also bought encasements for my new mattress, so I’ll have my new, current mattress for a long time. Great that gave feedback on your eBay transaction. Learned in Info Systems that everyone should do that. It helps future buyers. I hope you enjoy your new game!

TUrtLE, yep, you know the main reason why I bought the new mattress. BTW, I have encasements on my new mattress. Mom is still working at Al’s Karwick as a bagger.

trugasCA, I don’t know what to do with all of my free time. ;)

attitash, having the sun out helps to better ones mood!

HappyHiker, yes, this is my busiest semester to date. Still working 39 hours too, so I’m absent here. Great that you were able to go on that adventure!

Claudie, thanks for stopping by!

Good day!
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2014 9:26:48 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

Have a great day!
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2014 8:27:47 AM

Good Morning Justin,

Why are you yelling that?

A painting contractor was speaking with a woman about her job.

In the first room, she said she would like a pale blue.

The contractor wrote this down and went to the window, opened it, and yelled out "green side up!"

In the second room, she told the painter she would like it painted in a soft yellow.

He wrote this on his pad, walked to the window, opened it, and yelled "green side up!"

The lady was somewhat curious, but she said nothing.

In the third room, she said she would like it painted a warm rose color.

The painter wrote this down, walked to the window, opened it and yelled "green side up!"

The lady then asked him, "Why do you keep yelling 'green side up'?"

"I'm sorry," came the reply. "But I have a crew of blondes laying sod across the street.

Happy Thursday!
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attitash
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2014 7:58:29 AM

Good morning Justin...nice sunny day ahead(about time) with a high of 13°C/55.4°F. An outside day, golf, rake leaves & then mow the lawn. Have a super day.
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2014 4:24:13 AM

Good morning Justin!

That typo is 10% less. Save all that you can.

More nice and gentle rain fell today. Like that it does stop at various times so the ground can absorb it. Going to be a long bleak week w/overcast and rain day and night, right thru Sunday.

Hope to have sunny days next week w/temps in the low 60's (17°C). Will wrap the base of my house about 4' up in plastic. Also a few feet of the lawn. This so when the snow arrives, it can be blown again the house and add further insulation. Helps the heating bill noticeably.

Bumped into my pal the auto mechanic and explained the situation w/the Neon. He wants to tow it and work on it in his shop. There is a dead spot on the 2 year old new starter.

Or some other issue, such as the neutral safety switch. Not sure a few hundred bucks, plus new tires, reg and Ins is worth it. Will mull it over. The Dart has under 5,300 miles.

Bought turbocharged Dart brand new July 11. 2013 after looking at cars for a entire year. Notebook in hand. Why rush in and err?

Took a drive to see my pal the meat mgr at his store in Whitefield.He has Tues and Wed off. Did speak to the meat cutter about some flank and shoulder cuts.

Bought a nice mix of ground beef and pork combo for $2.99 a lb. May make meatballs of meatloaf. No need to jump into a meal plan w/o pondering about for a few days.

Cooked the last 2 unfrozen wild caught cod purchased for $4.99. Steamed some carrots, then nuked the red, yellow bell peppers ,onions,and green beans made a few days ago.

Still have plenty of uncooked veggies left from last week such as Brussel Sprouts that need to be cooked. The rain is easy to inspire cooking.

Began to learn how to play the newly arrived Star Craft II game. Graphic athe orchestra music are superb. The step by step tutorial and beginners game play slowly allow one to learn the ins and outs of this fantastic game.

The ISS orbits by early tonight at 6:52 PM for those who do not have overcast. See it in your area.

Civil twilight is 6:41 AM EDT. Night is 6:18 PM.

Sunrise: 7:11AM. Set: 5:48 PM.

Length of day: 10h 37m. Length of visible light: 11h 36m. Tomorrow will be 2m 53s shorter.

The temp is 46° (8°C), the high will be 50° (10°C) w/rain on and off. Our Mt Washington (6,288' 1916 m) sees snow. So far the rain is a slow, steady rain.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2014 12:47:06 AM

Justin...hope you have had a great week so far! Exam results in yet?
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Dino72
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2014 11:19:18 PM

Good evening Justin

The saga continues.

Got a call last week from the garage that I've taken the Dodge to for the pesky blinker problem. They came up with an idea to reprogram the codes on the power module using a computer from a former dealership they are in touch with in Parkersburg. I'd heard of the dealership and decided "At this point, what do we have to lose?" Mrs. K took it down today and, yes, you guessed it. Same result. To quote our own ohyeah, "GRRRRRRRRRRRRR"

Now the mechanic wants to take a couple of days to trace the wiring and look a bit closer on the situation. They said they wouldn't order a new part for the fact that they can't return it unlike the used parts they've tried. Luckily, the mechanic did not charge us today since they didn't get the problem fixed. But I know he's got to be as frustrated as we are.

With all this in mind, I'm taking tomorrow night off meaning you get Dino's Jukebox tonight. The "Q" artist does not have "Queen" in their name anywhere.

Tonight's tune comes from the year 1966 and has been claimed to be the tune that started the punk rock movement. The band took it's name from a 1957 Japanese film titled "The Mysterian" in which aliens from the destroyed planet Mysteroid try to conquer planet Earth.

The song was a #1 smash in 1966 selling over a million copies and is ranked #213 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest rock songs of all time. The band is headed by lead singer Rudy Martinez who officially goes by the name "Question Mark" or "?" I guess he beat Prince to being referred to as a symbol by over 30 years.

Q - Question Mark & The Mysterians - "96 Tears"

Have a great weekend buddies. If all goes well, see you Monday night at the earliest.
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2014 4:00:46 PM

Hi Jusstin, I looked back a ways here at your home and haven't seen much of you here. That must mean you're having a very busy semester at school plus your job at Al's.

I've been scarce at GB as well. After 4 years of retirement I finally decided to take a tour – 8 days to see “New England Fall Foliage by Rail.” We flew to Boston where we walked The Freedom Trail, then had a nice balance of motorcoach, walking and daytime rail tours for the next week. We visited all six New England states, staying mostly at very nice family–run inns with included meals.

On two of our train rides our group had our own private rail car with narrator. A gourmet lunch complete with linen tablecloths and china was served on one of these. We toured Mystic Seaport CT, Ben & Jerry’s Ice cream factory in VT, and the Vanderbilt’s Breakers mansion in Newport, RI and tasted the wares of many local businesses (cranberries, blueberries, maple syrup, salt water taffy) and I had my first whole lobster dinner!

The fall colors were fantastic in every state, and we made frequent photo stops for covered bridges, colorful trees and other beautiful scenery. This all inclusive trip was a great success. My iPhoto program has crashed, so I’ll need to get another photo sharing program so I can share some of the photos I took.
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2014 1:49:57 PM

Good afternoon Justin...played golf on a soaked golf course. Recent constant rain has the course in poor condition. Mix of sun & cloud with a high of 10°C/50°F. Sure feels good when the sun is out! Have a good day.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2014 10:23:41 AM

Things have eased up so much for you that you are practically retired...LOL
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2014 8:21:00 AM

Good Morning Justin,
Synchronized Flying from Kerry Terrell.

Thanks for taking the time to update us.

Let's put it this way...do I know the reason you bought a new mattress?

Was good to read yesterday that you are getting together with your friends Thursday for dinner.

Good that your mom continues to get in her hours at work. Where do they have her?

I deserve a first class seat:

A blonde gets on an airplane and sits down in the first class section of the plane. The stewardess rushes over to her and tells her she must move to coach because she doesn't have a first class ticket. The blonde replies, "I'm blonde, I'm smart, I have a good job, and I'm staying in first class until we reach Jamaica."

The disgusted stewardess gets the head stewardess who asks the blonde to leave. The blonde yet again repeats "I'm blonde, I'm smart, I have a good job and I'm staying in first class until we reach Jamaica." The head stewardesses doesn't even know what to do at this point because they still have to get the rest of the passengers seated to take off; the blonde is causing a problem with boarding now, so the stewardess gets the copilot.

The copilot goes up to the blonde and whispers in her ear. She immediately gets up and goes to her seat in the coach section. The head stewardess asks the copilot in amazement what he said to get her to move to her correct seat. The copilot replies, "I told her the front half of the airplane wasn't going to Jamaica."

HHD
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2014 3:51:07 AM

Good morning!

Used mattress? It looks nes w/o any sagging. Anything you are to buy, offer 120% less. Prepare to walk and return in a week. That is how to save 10% always. Adds up over a lifetime.

If you just place it by the curb, it'll be gone in the morning. Many do not even own a mattress and boxspring. Bought me a Seely y/a and am loving it.

Many cops are in deep stress. Many drink away their stress. Some have failed marriages because of both.

Was happy to learn the dinner night is agreed upon. Also that you made it home in one piece. Not so good when that does not happen.

Glad your mom is getting about 2 days of work a week. Have added 2 tbsn of evoo and chopped up spinach to my homemade chicken soup. Also add a ¼ of milled flax seed to my soup.

It adds Omega-3 Fatty Acids, phytoestrogens, vitamin B1, fiber and longevity. Add milled flaxseed to juices and smoothies as a natural thickener, or try adding flax to hot or cold cereals, as well as baked goods like homemade bread or muffins. It thickens sauces and stews healthier than corn starch of flour. Best to freeze it, at least refrig it, and not leave it at room temp.

Try making Italian wedding soup. Mini meat balls, pastina, spinach and a tsp of flax seed in each cup. Don't forget the evoo and garlic.

Make your own beef stock w/1/3 cup coarsely chopped onion, carrots, and celery. Also use peppercorns, fresh parsley, and a bay leaf in the 2 qts of water. A thick slice meaty beef shank w/or w/o bone really does the stock well. Love to cook!

Somehow getting my posts and rounds done an hour earlier w/o an earlier wake up. Like to be done before first light and have plenty of day left.

Have not heard from the phone Co. They could have worked on the w/e problem of the modem resetting itself a number places. It is working well as this is typed.

Went out to buy gas that is $3.09 in Lancaster. Was amazed that $10 gave me 3.2 gallons and a half of a tank. Went into Shaws and looked for oyster sauce. They had only one kind that read oyster sauce flavored. The ingredients confirmed my suspicions.

Wanted Sesame oil, Asian toasted. Saw several on sale. Will compare the price(s) that WM charges when at that store. Want to make a Chinese marmalade and sauce w/o all the chemical found in the store bought ones.

Stopped at the P.O. picked up my mail and saw the yellow card that reads an item arrived that can not fit in the PO Box. It was the StarCraft II video game ordered from eBay on the 15th and mailed on the 16th.

It took only 4 days to arrive from Hermiston, OR. Gave the seller 4 stars across the board and added "Super Service" as comments. Have a new pc game to learn, play and get lost in.

This rain is a perfect way to remain indoors and get lost in the three different worlds of the Terrans, Protoss, and the Zerg. The graphics are so detailed and are truly magnificent.

The rain will swirl in a counter clockwise pattern due to our 6 day nor'easter w/rain. This is a macro-scale storm along the upper East Coast of the United States and Atlantic Canada; it gets its name from the direction the wind is coming. It feeds off the ocean and pounds inland.

The ISS orbits by twice tonight, early for those who can can it.

Civil twilight is 6:40 AM EDT. Night is 6:20 PM.

Sunrise: 7:10AM. Set: 5:50 PM.

Length of day: 10h 40m. Length of visible light: 11h 39m. Tomorrow will be 2m 53s shorter.

The temp is 43° (6°C), the high will be 49 (9°C) w/rain on and off. Mt Washington (6,288' 1916 m) sees snow. This is a slow, steady rain.

Have a fabulous day!

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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2014 1:05:48 AM

Justin...that's great on one midterm! Sounds like you got that one out of the way! I'm sure you did well! Glad that mattress is comfy! Nothing beats a good night sleep!
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pinkelefant
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 11:29:23 PM

a quick hi n bye jj!
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Dino72
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 11:28:33 PM

Good evening Justin

Their grading scale seems to be standard all around

93-up A
85-92 B
77-84 C
70-76 D
69-below F

This was the standard when I was in High School, but it went to 90-100 and so on when I was in college. All our kids in both counties go by the above mentioned one.

RIP your o*d mattress.

For the first time in about 3 1/2 years, we are paying under $3.00 for a gallon of gas. I remember back when Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005 and we jumped locally from $2.69 to $3.09 just in time for Labor Day weekend. It was sticker shock at it's worst. Technically we're still over in Moundsville, but both Kroger and Speedway are advertising $3.02 with 3 cents off with their rewards cards. Never thought I'd be rejoicing over $2.99/gallon.

The kids got the house decorated for Halloween. The neighbors used to be nortorious for going all out, but they have since moved and left the house abandoned. I guess that's a Halloween decoration all its own.

Next week, I'll be putting the jukebox into overdrive. I've got some Halloween-themed tunes to play throughout the week and will be able to play one by an "R" artist on Thursday. I'll save the suspense, it's Ray Parker Jr.

Rainy day here. Temps have dropped into the 40s for the evening. Time to grab and extra blanket. L8R
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 3:11:45 PM

Hi Justin,

Good to hear that your mom continues to get regular hours.

The old mattress looks good, but I am sure the new one feels better. Good sleept is so important.

When will you finish your mid term exams?
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jjdm
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 1:31:38 PM

Good afternoon, everyone!

Today’s Picture:
My Old Mattress

Happy to say that my schedule has died down. :)

On Monday, we did not have Accounting since the teacher was at a meeting out-of-town. He did have an assignment that he wanted us to complete. Marija, Ana, Aaron, and I finished that Sunday night when we got together. So I was able to sleep in on Monday.

We all met up at the library around 12:30 pm since we wanted to do some more studying for our Info Systems Mid-term. At 2:30 pm, we went to the class and took it. There were 35 multiple choice questions and we had to answer 3 out of 6 essay questions. It was a pretty tough exam (friends thought the same). We are currently waiting for him to grade it.

In Criminal Justice, we watched a documentary about the stressfulness of police work and how it impacts some police officers. In Business Speech, we did part 2 of a group assignment. In doing so, we compared our social styles to that of our group members. The other two group members had the same social style as me.

When I got back into town, I called Tim and finalized plans for a dinner night this Thursday. This will be the first dinner night that we’ve had in months. I went into Al’s and told Jan the exciting news. I then sent Jeff a text to let him know.

For dinner, Mom and I had leftover homemade chicken noodle soup (which I made). After doing some household tasks, I was able to get a very good night sleep. I love my new mattress! I got about 11 hours of sleep. So far today, I’ve been taking care of errands, working on daily tasks, and completing the final copy of my resume for Business Speech. The only thing I need to do now for that assignment is buy some resume paper.

For those wondering, Mom is still getting 14-16 hours of work each week.

Please know that I continue to read your messages here daily whenever I get a break in my day.

Dino72, they play “Straight Up” at Al’s. Very good grades for Emily. Why is her grading scale different from the classic one? Or is that the normal one for your area?

MadDog, the new mattress is very comfy! Thankfully only one Mid-term!

pinkelefant, thankfully only one Mid-term! Am glad that it is done.

Midnight, lol, I did make it home in one piece! Always good to save money and keep warm at a low cost.

attitash, your weather is similar to ours right now.

TUrtLE, I always enjoy the blonde jokes! Mom and I also watched the Sunday movie. Always a good time to sit back, relax, and enjoy.

Good day!
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 8:11:29 AM

Good Morning Justin,

First experience horse riding

A blonde decides to learn and try horse back riding unassisted without prior experience or lessons. She mounts the horse with great effort, and the tall, shiny horse springs into motion.

It gallops along at a steady and rhythmic pace, but the blonde begins to slip from the saddle. Out of shear terror, she grabs for the horse's mane but cannot seem to get a firm grip. She tries to throw her arms around the horse's neck, but she slides down the side of the horse anyway. The horse gallops along, seemingly oblivious to its slipping rider.

Finally, giving up her frail grip, she leaps away from the horse to try and throw herself to safety.

Unfortunately, her foot has become entangled in the stirrup. She is now at the mercy of the horse's pounding hooves as her head is struck against the ground again and again. As her head is battered against the ground, she is mere moments away from unconsciousness or even death when Frank, the Wal-Mart manager runs out to shut the horse off.

Have a Terrific Tuesday!
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attitash
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 6:09:23 AM

Good morning Justin...more rain again today. High of only 8°C/46.4°F. Damp weather & low high today had me turn on the fireplace early this morning....not something I like to do in October. Driving to work today...an easy choice. Have a good day.
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 3:02:25 AM

Good morning Justin!

College, work, and fun in between. What a grand life you have!

Our low was 34° (1°C) yesterday and was higher than many places in southern New England. It was not warmer on the summit of 6,288' (1,916 m) Mt Washington. The manned Observatory saw 10°F (-12°C) for the low.

Finished my rounds and posts early this morning and saw 4 TV series on Netflix. After the last one a banner appeared and asked me to check my billing card which became outdated.

Bought three bolts at HD 2 m/a. My bank sent me a new card and cc number, in case the account was compromised. Changed to the new number and instantly rec'd a "problem solved" message, then 1 minute later a "updated your account." was successful. Thought it nicely smooth.

Found that my StarCraft cd has a skip on one of the orchestra songs as it is played. The disk has a nick in the center. Went online to eBay and order a new replacement disk in 'mint condition' for just $5.99, shpg is included. Such a deal as brand new one was $40, 16 y/ago.

Took a drive on the CT River hwy to see the silver maples have lost their leaves. Continued on to Littleton, went to Lowes and bought M-D Building Products 0.5-in x 10-ft Gray Closed-Cell Foam Window Weatherstrip and Frost King 1.25-in x 10-ft Black Foam Door Weatherstriping.

Spent just over $30 to seal the exterior doors and windows from the air leaks. My windows and doors are 25 y/o. Much of the front door weatherstripping was well worn from use.

Will save money on heat this winter. Walls are insulated to at least R-19 and the 2nd floor ceiling to at least R-38. Built all of my home. Usual cost of heating the house is $100 a month for the entire year.

Also using propane for cooking and hot water as well. Like to save money and keep warm at a low cost.

The ISS orbits over my area at 6:54 this evening. See it in your area along with the other satellites.

Civil twilight is 6:39 AM EDT. Night is 6:21 PM.

Sunrise: 7:09AM. Set: 5:51 PM.

Length of day: 10h 42m. Length of visible light: 11h 42m. Tomorrow will be 2m 55s shorter.

The temp is 34° (1°C), the high will be 55 (13°C) in partly cloudy skies.

Lots of rain arriving (up to 1 inch/25 mm an hour) remaining thru Saturday. 30-40 mph (48-64 k p/h) wind as well.

Have a wonderful day!

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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 12:37:07 AM

Hope you had an awesome Monday Justin!
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2014 8:10:16 AM

Good Morning Justin,
Thanks for checking in.
{{{hugs}}}

The blonde test taker.

A blonde reports for her university final exam which consists of mainly true and false questions. She takes her seat in the examination hall, stares at the question paper for five minutes, and then in a fit of inspiration takes her purse out, removes a coin and starts tossing the coin and marking the answer sheet: true for heads and false for tails. Within thirty minutes she is all done, whereas the rest of the class is still working furiously.

During the last few minutes, she is seen desperately throwing the coin, swearing and sweating. The moderator, alarmed, approaches her and asks what is happening.

"I finished the exam in a half hour," she replies. "Now I'm rechecking my answers."

Happy Monday!
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attitash
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2014 5:58:13 AM

Good morning Justin...cloudy day ahead with rain. High of 10°F/50°F. Driving to work this morning. Have a great day.
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2014 3:21:26 AM

Good morning Justin!

Go slow and get home in one piece. Ha!

Entertained myself playing StarCraft in the wee hours after my rounds and posts were completed. Later there was a problem with my internet connection.

The modem kept resetting itself and was up running 2-3 minutes before another reset occurred. Phoned FairPoint, my ISP, and reported this issue. The tech gal tested the line and net from Texas and showed a major problem somewhere.

Techs will test the line and come top the house tomorrow Kind of like this problem. It means a phone call to the biz office will get me a discount of half the usual months cost of $27.99 for 7 Mbps.

Ate the last of the beef stew. Simmered some basmati rice, made Julienne carrots and green beans nuked in the Pyrex mixing bowl. Cooked two of the cod, ate one, and has the leftovers in the fridge.

Will finish the cod, then make a crock dinner w/6-8 servings this week. Have lots of rice. Perhaps it is time for shrimp fried rice along w/a ton of veggies. Also thawed out a 1.5 lb pkg of ground pork sirloin roast. One year ago it was bought for $1.59 a lb. Dbl that these days.

Went outdoors twice after the rain ended at 10 AM. Raw as could be. Damp to the bone. The temp was 39 (4C) at 10:30. At 12:30 is was barely better at 41 (5C), the high for the day. Going to have to get used to the coming deep freeze.

Can hear lots of shots in the distance during the day. They are hunters firing their riffles during this now in full swing hunting season. The shots will ring out until December.

The ISS flies over at 7:44 PM in my area. See when it and the other satellites orbits by in your area.

Civil twilight is 6:38 AM EDT. Night is 6:23 PM.

Sunrise: 7:07AM. Set: 5:53 PM.

Length of day: 10h 45m. Length of visible light: 11h 44m. Tomorrow will be 2m 55s shorter.

The temp is 37° (3°C), the high will be 51 (11°C) in partly cloudy skies.

Have a pleasant day!

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pinkelefant
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2014 2:12:59 AM

hi justin! bet you'll be glad when midterms are done!
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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2014 2:01:58 AM

Justin...enjoy the new matress! Hope you sleep well on it! Good luck on midterms!
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Dino72
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2014 10:51:09 PM

Good evening Justin

School work and Al's seem like they keep you busy. Great to see you check in, though.

Slow weekend for me. Got the yard mowed for the last time this season. Tried to run the gas out of the mower and will look into added some Staybill that my Dad recommended. He's my lawn mower expert.

Wanted to touch base about my long Thursday. Emily's Parent Teacher Conference went well. She is sitting on 4 A's and 4 B's with one of the B's being a 92%. A 93% is needed for an "A". Grades close this week for the first nine week grading period of the year. Got to pick her brain as we were in there for over an hour. This was one of my only chances to see what she's doing in school and how she's doing it. I love going to the basketball games, but I've tried to emphasize that the grades come FIRST. As I told her in a text "Good Grades=Basketball."

Speaking of basketball, will have two teams to follow this up and coming season. The first one is obvious as the Lady Bobcats will take the court in about 6 weeks. Probably less. The second one is the Knights of the Middlebourne Youth League. Dylan has signed up to play again this year so it'll be two sets of games to go to. Yes, I'm giddy about this. Another team we'll be watching is the Lady Patriots of Parkersburg South High School. Their starting lineup from last year will return this year as Seniors. They should be poised to make another run for the state title in class triple A. I promised Emily we'd go to Charleston if they go back to the title game.

Cooler days for us. Daytime temps in the 50s. Daybreak not until after 7 AM right now. Back to work tonight for me. Have a great Monday buddies.
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2014 10:18:34 PM

Hello, everyone!

It's been a super busy weekend here. On Friday, I got a brand new mattress (pics later). Throughout the weekend, I've been working on tons of homework. On Saturday, I worked 3:30 pm - 11:30 pm. Then I had to be up at 5:30 am today since I was the lector at church this morning. After church, I worked 9 am - 4 pm. At 5 pm, Mom and I took Grandma to Olive Garden since she had a gift card to use. It was a fun and tasty outing! From there, I went to Marija and Ana's house to work on homework and study for a midterm. That is currently where I am at right now. Aaron will be here shortly.

As you can see, it's been a super busy past few days for me. Once it slows down, I will go back and read your messages. Thanks for stopping by everyone!
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Silverhand
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2014 7:42:05 PM

Hello, Justin!

Sunday funnies:
For Better or For Worse
Pickles
Pearls Before Swine
Grand Avenue
Agnes
Baby Blues

Have a great week!
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attitash
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2014 1:06:21 PM

Good afternoon Justin...tackled yard work this morning(mostly raking leaves) so I am free to watch some football. Mix of sun & cloudy with a chilly high of 7°C/44.6°F. Have a super day.
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2014 8:34:39 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

Have a great Sunday!
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2014 7:53:32 AM

Good Morning Justin,

Your Sunday movie is entitled Autumn is Near, from Chee Chee Martin.

The music is "Sweetness and Light" by Chuck Brown.

The movie is shorter than stated unless you want to listen longer to the music. After the credits there is a poem which concludes the graphics.

Hoping you have a peaceful autumn Sunday!
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2014 3:16:53 AM

Good morning Justin!

Still visiting daily. One day you'll have the time for an update. Perhaps a photo or two.

The diltiazem 240 mg a day for my heart palpitations is working fabulously. No longer 150 beats per minute since the first was taken on Friday morn. Could sleep easily and worry free. Perfect!

Enjoyed some StarCraft battles, then some TV Shows on Netflix. Watch 20 minutes of The Following pilot. Liked the escape, found the following 10 minutes of character build up to be boring. Watched an episode of Criminal Minds, which kept my attention gigantically.

The cod on sale at Shaw's, this w/e only was too big a savings to stay away from. Took a drive south on Rt 135 beside the CT River to see much of the sugar maple leaves knocked to the ground and water by the pouring rain.

Did get some pix the other day while the leaves were still green w/a light hue of color. No spectacular colors this year, due to the lack of rain for the past month.

Bought 4 more pieces of wild caught cod, some of the 18 oz cans of Campbells soups for $1 ea, and a HFCS free loaf of Shaw's bread. Still considering the six dbl wide rolls of paper towels for $5.99. That sale remains through Thursday.

Picked up my mail at the PO, then returned home. Had a meal of scrumptious cod, veggies and a healthy salad for my late lunch/dinner combo. Removed 1 24 oz container of soup from the freezer and replaced the space w/the new cod.

It rained on the severe side of moderate much of the day. Listened to the online radio of my fave station and looked through the pix taken all year. Will upload a few every couple of days by Monday's post.

Civil twilight is 6:36 AM EDT. Night is 6:24 PM.

Sunrise: 7:06 AM. Set: 5:55 PM.

Length of day: 10h 48m. Length of visible light: 11h 47m. Tomorrow will be 2m 57s shorter.

The temp is 43° (6°C), our high for the day in overcast skies w/a 40% chance of rain.

Have a splendid day!

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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2014 2:00:30 AM

Justin...I had an awesome weekend! Hope you do as well! Back to work tomorrow!
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Farful
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2014 1:14:01 AM

Good night jjdm and All!
 
Glad that you keeping busy with Al's and school. Keep up the good work.
 
Got my flu shot this week. Hope to get a shingles shot next month.
 
Happy Sunday!
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2014 1:06:17 PM

Happy Saturday! :)

Today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day!
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attitash
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2014 9:03:45 AM

Good morning Justin.....hoped to tackled the growing number of leaves on the ground today....planted 12 maples 23yrs ago. With a forecast of showers through the day & a high of 9°C/48.2°F I will have to do indoor tasks & hope to deal with the leaves tomorrow. Have a great day.
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2014 3:40:27 AM

Good morning Justin!

Not too busy at 3:40 AM. Will be by 5 AM tho.

Went to lay down after my early morning rounds and posts to get in a nap. All that could be heard was my heart racing and the sound echoing off the mattress from the pillow into my ears.

Drove to the hospital ER and saw the doc. Told him the sound was keeping me from sleeping and worrying me. Asked him to look up the heart specialist recommendations and results.

In under 30 minutes there was a call to Lancaster's Rite Aid for a Rx. Drove the 10 minutes to the pharmacy and had the script of diltiazem 240 mg a day waiting for me.

The pills are normally $60 for a 30 day script. It was an amazing $1.20 w/my AARP Plus coverage plan. Did not have another episode of palpitations since taking the med at 9 AM yesterday. Think taking the medication is a prudent decision.

Stopped at Shaw's for their w/e super sale. Wild, caught at sea, cod is $4.99 a lb. Purchased 4 pieces with thick loins. Normal price is $7.99 alb. Saved about 40% on the sale.

Fried up in evoo a large amount of red, orange, and red bell peppers. After a few minutes same sized chucks of yellow onion were added. Last 8 ounces of baby bella mushrooms were stirred in.

Had a delightful amount of cod, pepper jack cheese melted on top along w/the stir fried veggies. Like that extra was prepared for left overs all w/e. Also bought asparagus for the low cost of $1.88 a lb. Lots of veggie varieties this week to enjoy at mealtime.

The ISS orbits by the East Coast early at 7:44 tonight. See it in your neighborhood along with the other satellites.

Civil twilight is 6:35 AM EDT. Night is 6:26 PM.

Sunrise: 7:05 AM. Set: 5:56 PM.

Length of day: 10h 51m. Length of visible light: 11h 50m. Tomorrow will be 2m 56s shorter.

The temp is 46° (8°C), the high to be 61° (16°C) in overcast skies w/a 70% chance of rain.

Have a tremendous day!

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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2014 12:53:56 AM

Hope you have a great weekend Justin!
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2014 8:12:12 AM

Good Morning Justin,

I'm going ice fishing!
A blonde who got a fishing rod for her birthday decided to go ice fishing to make good use of her gift. Early the next morning, she got all her gear together and headed out to the ice.

When she reached her final destination, she cut a large hole in the ice and dipped the rod in. Then suddenly she heard a voice that said: "There are no fish in there".

So she moves to another spot and cuts another hole, but then the same voice spoke again and told her there were no fish in there.

So she moves again, and the voice tells her there are no fish in there. So she looks up and sees an irritated man staring down at her.

"How do you know there are no fish there?" asks the blonde.

So the man cooly says "Well first of all, this is a hockey rink, and second of all, you're going to have to pay for those holes."

Have a Funtastic Friday!
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2014 8:05:58 AM

I am still checking in for the latest. Your last post told it all, you are busy busy busy person. Understandable.

I am not busy. LOL. Healthy and Happy and glad to see your posts anytime. Smile.
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attitash
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2014 6:38:43 AM

Good morning Justin....cloudy with a few sunny periods in the morning. Threat of rain again through the day. High of 15°C/59°F. Hope to get a dry round of golf in this morning. Have a good day.
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2014 4:14:52 AM

Good morning Justin!

It is far better to be too busy than have idle hands.

Relished in completing my rounds and posts early yesterday to be able to relax and see several TV Shows on Netflix. The rain arrived at 5:15 AM. Heard it as the windows were open. Nice slow steady rain. Temp was a pleasing 62° (17°C). Inside the house was 74° (23°C).

Enjoyed the drive to Littleton. When the rain stopped, the clouds had three depths w/some blue skies as a background. The mountains saw swirling clouds pour over the summit ridges like an ever so slow waterfall.

Bought at the mkt were Brussel Sprouts $2 lb, 5 lbs of carrots imported from Quebec $2, broccoli crowns $1 lb, a Big head of celery $1.14, cukes 40¢ ea, green beans $1.75 lb, and baby bella mushrooms 10 oz for $2.25.

Bartlett pears 98¢ lb, as were most apples. No apples were purchased. Yams were at a recent history low of 65¢ a lb. Big Papa's Mkt was jammed w/8 AM customers.

Bought a few items at WM. Was going to visit my pal who is the mgr of Rite Aid. He took the day off. In fact he takes every other Thursday off. Great to make one's own working hours.

Rain returned in the afternoon. At no time was it moderate. Like having the slow steady rain for hours. We needed it as it did not rain for over a month. Temp was 73° (23°C) in the afternoon. Kept all the windows open. Yet not at night. Civil twilight is 6:34 AM EDT. Night is 6:27 PM.

Sunrise: 7:03 AM. Set: 5:58 PM.

Length of day: 10h 54m. Length of visible light: 11h 53m. Tomorrow will be 2m 58s shorter.

The temp is 60° (16°C), the high to be 66° (22°C) in overcast skies w/a 40% chance of rain.

Have a delightful day!

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