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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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KHF
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2014 10:20:04 PM

Hi Justin - 4 hours of overtime is a welcomed addition to your paycheck this time of the year.

Thank you for telling me what classes you will be taking next semester. It is a full schedule but nice that you have 2 online. It is also great that the 4 of you continue to be able to get into all the same classes together. It really helps the learning process to have a common study group.
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attitash
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2014 3:07:13 PM

Good afternoon Justin...busy day at work(no surprise)...trying to get some lunch. Cloudy day with a high of -5°C/23°F. Hope your day is a good one.
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jjdm
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2014 1:55:43 PM

Good afternoon, everyone!

Today’s Picture:
Washington Lights Premiere: Entrance

After eating dinner last night, I was able to catch up on some rest. I ended up sleeping for about 9 hours. Today I took care of my usual daily tasks and ran some errands. I also gave Katie a ride to work at 11 am. Later on, I’ll be working 9 hours.

Dino72, nice that you were able to attend Emily’s concert. Wonderful that they sounded great! Thanks for sharing today’s various tunes. The Little Drummer Boy is one of Mom’s favorite Christmas tunes. Still have not seen my favorite tune in your Christmas countdown. ;)

trugasCA, we also have those little pie type desserts at Al’s. Thank you, so far we love our new blinds. :) We also have blinds for our patio door (for about 10 years now) and haven’t had trouble with those. Hoping for the same for the window blinds. You are correct, Mom has saved ornaments over the years. Thanks for the nice compliment about our tree!

TUrtLE, thank you for that compliment. :) Yes, I have taken one online class before. It was during my last Spring semester. The class that we took online was Personal Finance. Correct, the four of us will continue to take all of our classes together. That is our goal and thankfully we’ve been able to do it thus far. :) Thanks for today’s Christmas activity/tune! I played the game twice...20 tries the first time and 18 the second.

Farful, thanks for the pic comment! Glad I was able to share something that you’ve never seen before! Try to stay warm!

Good day!
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Farful
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2014 9:28:08 AM

Good morning jjdm and All!
 
jj, You are most welcome for comment on your photo! Like your Vocation Cross photo. Have not seen one before.
 
Soup sounds great this time of year. Probably won't be getting above freezing today.
 
TGIF!
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2014 8:09:19 AM

Good Morning Justin,
That's right... you are at the highest level there is for Christmas tree decorating. :-)

I read your classes for next semester that you shared with KHF. Have you taken on line classes before? Will the 4 of you continue to take the same classes?

Sounds like a perfect Christmas bonus for you.

Are you ready to play a short Christmas matching memory game today?

While you play/post you can listen to Andy Williams sing, It's the Most Wonderful Time Of the Year.

Have a Fantastic Friday!
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2014 7:35:51 AM

Oh that's ok, l thought it was funny. Spoke to her later and she said she knew, but just said cookie on the message left. They look just like little pies.

I hope you enjoy your new shades as l was just telling you my experience with them. I have no choice as I rent. The owner wants all windows to look the same from outside, white.

Just looking at other people's trees, l still think yours is the best decorated. I figure you have saved the ornaments over many years. That way they mean something to you. More than just running out and buying balls all the same color etc.
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Dino72
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2014 11:09:25 PM

Good evening Justin


Just pulled in from Parkersburg (about a 2 hour drive). Emily's choir concert was tonight. Made sure to get a few shots of Emily in the choir robe as 7th and 8th graders wear. 119 total vocalists tonight among this group. They sounded great. Got video of the first two songs, then when I was going for "Carol Of The Bells" my phone stated it was out of memory.

As promised some various Christmas tunes tonight. Dino's Jukebox will pick up on December 28th with the "Y" artist. The countdown will resume Sunday night with #3.

We start with the best selling Christmas tune of all time. Enjoy.

Bing Crosby - "White Christmas"

Bob Seger - "Little Drummer Boy"

Perry Como - "Frosty The Snowman"

Brenda Lee - "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree"

Pentatonix - "Carol Of The Bells"

Enjoy. Have a great weekend.
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jjdm
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2014 10:40:34 PM

Good evening, everyone!

Today’s Picture:
Vocation Cross

On Wednesday night, I ended up getting about 8 hours of sleep. Today, I worked 8 am - 5 pm and Mom worked 9 am - 5 pm, bagging at Al’s Karwick. For the first few hours of my shift, I was on U-Scan. It was a slow start to the day, but it eventually got really busy and remained that way for the rest of my shift.

Around 11 am, Jackie had me shop for a delivery order. Then it was back to U-Scan for me. At 2:30 pm, I had someone else watch over U-Scan, so I helped the office person catch up with a few things.

Since someone at corporate is on vacation, Jackie wants me to input the bills into the computer. That was something I did regularly during the beginning of the year. So since I’m the backup person now, Jackie asked me to do it. I said sure to the 4 hours of overtime (44 total hours for the week). So I spent the last hour of my shift inputting bills and credits in the computer.

Once I got home, I took care of several tasks and ate a snack. Around 7 pm, Mom and I did our weekly grocery shopping. Thankfully we had 3 Al’s gift cards ($10 for Mom’s birthday, $10 Christmas gift for Mom, and $20 Christmas gift for me) that were given to us recently from the store. That helped cut the cost to our grocery bill this week!

After shopping, I made dinner: vegetable beef barley soup.

Dino72, I’ve heard that classic Mr. Grinch song; thanks for sharing! You’re welcome for the pic comments! I’m looking forward to the new pics later on. Looks like a white Christmas for your area!

KHF, next semester I will be taking five classes. All five will be new classes. Four of the classes, which are three credits each, will be all semester long. One of the classes is Business: Managing Behavior in Organizations and another is a Philosophy course. Both are 300 level classes, the first time at that level. The other two classes will be online. One is Managerial Accounting and the other is a Professional Writing Skills course. Once I get back from Spring break, I will start that fifth class, which is only a one credit course. It is actually a 400 level class! This will be a career planning course.

Maddog, that family Christmas is a really nice gift.

Claudie, I’ll be catching up on some rest. :)

TUrtLE, glad I was able to clear that up for you! Wonderful that you found your tea. Funny you ask about my hours as they actually did increase to 44 this week. As for next week, I’m not sure. Do know that I have two personal days and one vacation day that I did not use. That will make for a nice Christmas bonus. :-) Thanks for the Christmas activity!! As you know, I’m an expert with decorating those trees. hehe

trugasCA, not sure if blinds let in more cold. Do know most of my neighbors have blinds and not drapes. Just got the heating and electric bill today and it is up as it usually is for this time of year. Nice that you were able to hand out the Christmas cards and treats. Sorry that one lady thought it was a cookie.

attitash, thanks for your comment on my pic! Hopefully you get your snow!

GasMiser718, what is your question?

Good night!
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GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2014 4:38:34 PM

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attitash
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2014 12:16:49 PM

Good afternoon Justin....mix of sun & cloud with a high of -2°C/28.4°F feeling like -7°C/19.4°F. Ski hill to return to snow making operations! A potential weather system to arrive Christmas eve has been labelled the Santa Bomb by the media(hype ++). Fingers crossed it does indeed arrive & is a snow event. Have a great day.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2014 9:58:08 AM

I hope yours pleases you more than mine do too. But again, don;t they let in the cold outside in snow country more than drapes would?
I passed out all the Christmas cards here in the complex with a teensy pecan pie , and one lady called and thanked me for the "cookie". WAH.
No plans for today, just cleaning a shelf a day in the refridgerator.
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2014 8:09:49 AM

Good Morning Justin,
Okay, that tree test. I was thinking about your Christmas tree and had no idea what you were talking about. Now I get it. :-)
Speaking of getting it, I "got" my tea from you this morning. Thank you.

Enjoy your time between semesters. Will you be working more hours as if you don't work enough already?

Are you ready to decorate the Christmas tree?

While you're decorating and/or posting here is an instrumental version of O Christmas Tree that you can listen to.

Have a Thankful Thursday!
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Claudie
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2014 7:56:27 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

Hope you did alright on your last exam. Now you can 'rest' up some?

Have a great day!
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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2014 1:17:25 AM

Justin...the blinds look great outside too! My one gift is a small one for my grandmother. The others are getting the gift of a family Christmas from me....the cabin and food will not be cheap!
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KHF
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2014 12:51:08 AM

Hi Justin - the new blinds really look good from the outside. as well as inside.

YEA! You have a nice long 3 weeks of vacation. I am sure you will enjoy the break from school. What classes will you be taking next semester? All the same, or some new ones?
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Dino72
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 11:07:37 PM

Good evening Justin

These were some of the ones my buddy Robin took. She's VERY good at these. I will try to upload some of the ones I took soon as well.

First of all thanks for the comments over at Emily's new album. More pictures to come as the season progresses.

Some sn*w is approaching the area tonight. Cooler as well with temps around 30 F/-1 C. They're calling for a big storm coming next week just in time for Christmas.

Since I am doing the Christmas countdown, I will not do the regular Dino's Jukebox tune tomorrow night. Instead, I'll take care of a few requests and play the tune by the "Y" artist on December 28th.

Tonight's countdown tune comes with the various Christmas stories and movies in mind. A classic tune from Thurl Ravenscroft. He was the famous voice for Tony the Tiger on the box of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes (They're Grrrrrrreat!!!). He has quite a filmography including singing the "No Dogs Allowed" song on Snoopy Come Home, Dumbo, Pinocchio, Lady And The Tramp and a handful of Dr. Seuss movies and specials. Among those include Thing One on the Cat in a Hat, the Wickersham Brother on Horton Hears A Who, and another famous movie involving Whos. One I just happened to watch this evening starring Jim Carey. The mean one who stole Christmas comes in at number four:
#4 Thurl Ravnscroft - "Mr. Grinch"
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jjdm
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 10:52:29 PM

Good evening, everyone!

Today’s Picture:
Outside View

On Tuesday, I worked 3 pm - 11 pm, in grocery. For the first couple of hours, I changed an end cap and stocked items from the paper backstock. Then Isaac and I faced the store. Around 9 pm, I went to pull expired sale tags and then hang up the new window ad signs.

After work, Mom and I had breakfast for dinner. We had toast, scrambled eggs, and sausage. Then I did some more studying for my Info Systems final. I ended up getting about 7 hours of sleep.

On Wednesday, our third (and last) SNT meeting took place. That was at 10 am, so it was an early start to my school day. We told group members an update on our old goals and gave a new goal. Once that was done, Marija, Ana, Aaron, and I left the school for a little field trip. Marija had to go pick out some new eye contacts, so we waited in the car while she did that.

For lunch, we all went to Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria. I ended up having the lunch buffet (salad, breadsticks, and pizza). At 2:30 pm, we went back to the school to take our Info Systems final. As predicted, it was a tough one. 80 multiple choice questions and one essay question. I now wait for the grade. Anyways, I am now done with this semester!!

Once I got back into town, Mom and I took care of some tasks around the house. Then we went to Fortune House for dinner. We both had the buffet. Food was alright, though some of the food was cold.

After eating, we went to go visit Grandma. I showed Grandma the pics I took while looking at the lights at Washington Park. Then we took her for another ride to the activity room so she could see the big Christmas tree.

attitash, thanks for the comment on my pic! First you got to see the close up and now the big picture! Don’t worry, we open them up during the day and the light shines in!

KHF, thanks for the special reminder. :) The next semester starts on January 12th.

Wrench, thanks for your quick message to say that you agree with KHF’s reminder. An additional thanks for all of the pic comments!

Dino72, thanks for the Elvis Christmas song! Great job to Emily on the career high! Thanks for sharing some of those pics!

MadDog, thanks for your comment about my pic! I have at least 8 things to wrap. Is your one thing big or small??

Midnight, thanks for your comment on my pic! Healthy plant is getting huge. Might need a new pot or might plant it outside. Mystic sleeps under the tree thinking that she is under a forest tree! Good to see you come by with the latest update! Nice that you were able to drive again. Also nice that you were able to walk around the store without aid. Fabulous update and I know you are looking forward to hiking again!

Claudie, your Falcons are doing as good as the Bears. Did you finish all of your Christmas shopping?

TUrtLE, the tree test to see if it is a brown bear or a black bear. :) Thanks for the animal facts. {{{ HUGS }}}

trugasCA, oh my...sorry to hear that you haven’t had a good experience with your blinds! Thanks for your pic comment! Thankfully we don’t have a rod but instead have a cord to use to open and move the blinds. No need to walk window length to move the blinds. Just stand in one spot. So far we’ve just folded them to the side to “open” them. That lets in enough light for us. Hopefully our experience with blinds will be better than yours!

Good night!
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 12:39:58 PM

Good afternoon Justin....high of 2°C/35.6°F through the day. Afternoon it will feel like -2°C/28.4°F with the wind chill & change the rain to flurries....at last! Rain over the past few days has forced the ski hill to close today as I anticipated. They report snow is holding up fine & it will be better off if left alone...makes sense to me. Have a great day.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 9:40:06 AM

I'm sorry, but l really don;t like those blinds. They look good for awhile, tho mine are hard to open as they stick on every little thing, even each other and then they won't open until you go along and unstick each one. The thing that l really don't like is that then as you handle them, they get fingerprints and of course dust and how do you clean them? I tried wiping them down and the tug tears the older ones loose and then you are missing a slat. I do see the maintenance man replacing some. I tried putting a new hole on the broken slat to re hang but it doesn't last ...I have only been here 4 years.
But l don't know if they were new when l moved in. Hope you got extra slats.
How will the snow and cold weather stay out now? l know drapes help hold in heat and hold out cold.
At least l see yours has a chain to open all the way. Mine is just a rod and to open all the way, l have to either leave furniture away from the wall enough to get behind it or crawl over it. That has been my experience with them. Only good thing l find is that it doesn't collect quite as much dust as drapes, for asthma sufferers that is a plus.
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 8:13:32 AM

Good Morning Justin,
Again, please see my reply to you in TL.
What tree test? You lost me.
{{{{hugs}}}}

#7 Elephant ears signify species.

Two elephant species have been recognized in the Animal Kingdom: Asian and African. Besides originating from different parts of the world, one way to distinguish between the two is to take a closer look at the size of their ears. African elephants have larger ears that are shaped like their native continent. Meanwhile, Asian elephants’ ears are smaller because they don’t have to battle the heat like their African counterparts (elephants can flap their ears to cool off).

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
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Claudie
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 7:44:14 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

The falcons are not doing well at all this season; they're 5-9 with 2 games left.

It's a shopping day for me today! Many stops to make, trying to make sure I get everything finished up for Christmas. Not a bad morning, though. :)

Have a great day!
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 3:13:12 AM

Good morning Justin!

Enjoy seeing your photos and reading of your days. Both in college, at work, and during play. Keep busy.

The latest update:
Friday was a big day for me. Dug the Dart out of the snow, warmed it up and cleared the windows. Fired up the Arien 28" snowthrower and cleaned up the driveway and walkway.

Went nice and slow to scrape as much snow and ice off the 200' (61 metre) drive and 50' (15 metre)walkway to the house. Used the half barrel of sand mixed w/lots of salt that the town dropped off the week before on one side of the driveway and several times on the way to the house.

Was out 3.5 hours cleaning the cars on snow removal detail, and sanding. Without a doubt the time spent was exhausting. A 3 hour nap was taken. Sleep is still erratic. Longest rest is 3 hours, once and a while 4 hours. Body needs all the sleep that can be had.

Woke up the next day, after several sleep sessions, achy w/a hip that hurt as much as it did the next day after the hip replacement surgery. That surgery was just 3 weeks ago yesterday. Am halfway thru the typical recovery cycle.

It takes 6 weeks just for bone to recover cutting through it, even if one is a healthy teen. Am about halfway through the return to a normal state of bone health. Strength and stamina will follow.

Took the Dart for my first drive on Saturday. Visited Mac's Market in Whitefield. Spent 15 minutes explaining to my meat mgr pal the hip replacement surgery and the events that happened w/the trans bus driver. He was amazed that my composure was contained.

Bought some store made 80% lean hot Italian sausage for $1.98. Always good to have in stock. Made sausage peppers, onions, and mushrooms over the w/e. Also bought cod for $6.99 and had a feast w/evoo lemon added and plenty of veggies.

Monday saw the young female PT phone to say she was to be 40 minutes late. Asked her if Tuesday would work for her as it would for me. Yes, it would for us both.

Jumped into the Dart and drove to the super WalMart on Woodsville NH. Really needed some items and wanted to go for a soothing long drive. Also been having my heart set on preparing homemade teriyaki sauce — no MSG.

Bought a veggie loaded cold cut combo, a foot long for just $4. It is the customer appreciation discount special along w/the meatball sub, $2 for a 6", $4 for a footlong until the end of the year.

Returned an opened Taster's Choice instant coffee 7 oz (198 grams) container. My hip replacement surgery story helped to pull this off.

Had a field day shopping and walking in the store w/o aid. Had a hand basket to stock and buy items my local WM does not stock. Treated myself to a premium red velvet cake slice 6" long and 2" wide. Think it was $1.75 ea. Know it was a slice of heaven.

Was fatigued big time on the drive home, nearly 80 miles r.t. Put the food away and took a long nap. Woke up to find the walking was overdone. It was painful to walk normally up my stairs. Was the next day also.

The PT gal visited early Tuesday morning. Gave me an illustrated list of 7 exercises to strengthen my hip. She added positive vibes telling me so much has been accomplished in just 3 short weeks. My last home PT w/ her.

Took my 5th rest period of the day when she left. Can be awake and an hour later be so drowsy that another sleep session is needed. Know sleep is great for healing. Also know things will be fabulous once the sleepy feeling passes.

Am 3 weeks into the 6 week representative example of recovery. The last home visit of the PT gal was Tuesday morning. She gave me moral support, hearty PT, and excellent enthusiasm during all of her visits.

Know these next three weeks will see great improvement with the pain/soreness leaving forever. Looking forward to walking up and down the road and improving my stamina.

Crossing of my legs and bending at a 90° angle are no no's at the present time. It is nice to recover at the beginning of winter and sure do look forward to returning back to hiking, ever so slowly, when my hip is fully healed.

Spring will be extra special for me. A new year and more importantly, new beginnings.

Civil twilight is 6:43 AM EST. Night is 4:41 PM.

Sunrise: 7:17 AM. Set: 4:07 PM.

Length of day: 8h 50m. Length of visible light: 9h 57m. Tomorrow will be 18s shorter.

Temperature is 31° (0.5°C), the high will be 37° (3°C). There is an 80% chance of rain.

Have a fabulous day!

              : )
 
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 3:01:46 AM

Justin....nice view of the inside....I only have one thing to wrap!
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2014 11:19:14 PM

Good evening Justin

Glad you like the new avatar. It along with a few new game pictures are up on a GB album now.

As mentioned last night, I have some photos to share with you all of Emily's games so far. Everything posted so far comes courtesy of my friend and former co worker, Robin. She's very good at these. Last night they played Parkersburg Catholic and came out with a 38-6 victory over the Crusaders. Emily had a career high 6 points in the game. The Lady Bobcats are now 1-1 on the fresh new season.

Before I forget, here's the link to get to the Lady Bobcat album. These are visible to buddies only. If you're not a buddy already, send me a request.

2014-15 Lady Bobcats

Now, tonight's countdown tune as we now sit 8 days away from Christmas. There's a lot to say about tonight's artist as he is considered the King of Rock N' Roll. I grew up listening to this one as he was one of my Mom's favorites. I was only a young lad at age 5 when we lost him, but 37 years later his legacy and music are alive and well.

#5 Elvis Presley - "Santa Claus Is Back In Town"
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2014 7:05:44 PM

I agree
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KHF
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2014 6:32:36 PM

Hi Justin - I believe that your dad IS proud of you as I feel that he is with you always. You do your mom and dad proud with the fine young man you have turned out to be.

I am sure you are looking forward to Wednesday and being done for the term and a vacation period to enjoy. When does the next term start?

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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2014 1:22:09 PM

Good afternoon Justin...cloudy day with light rain developing this afternoon. 5mm/2" expected. Not so good for the ski hill! High of 3°C/37.4°F. Better picture of the blinds today! Have a great day.
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jjdm
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2014 1:06:44 PM

Good afternoon, everyone!

Today’s Picture:
Inside View

During the rest of my day off on Monday, I studied for my Information Systems Final. After about 30 minute increments of studying, I took a break and did other things to give my brain a break. Some of those things included taking an hour nap.

Around 6:30 pm, Mom and I went out to check out Christmas lights around town. We started by looking at lights on houses and then we drove to Washington Park to take a look at their annual display of Christmas lights. The ones that decorated did a magnificent job.

I took pictures throughout our whole drive, but will just share the pictures of the lights from Washington Park since they turned out the best. I’ll begin sharing those pictures on Friday.

Around 8 pm, I made shrimp pasta for dinner. Mom and I enjoyed this tasty treat. After dinner, I uploaded and organized the Washington Park Xmas light pictures. Around 11 pm, I went and laid down. Before falling asleep, I read some of “Rediscover Catholicism.” Due to my busy schedule, I haven’t had the chance to read lately.

I ended up getting about 8 hours of good sleep last night. So far today, I’ve been studying for my Information Systems Final and taking care of various tasks.

KHF, to think, I’m only 20 years old and will be in charge of the store for a night. I know Dad would be proud. The one food I didn’t mention that we brought Grandma was pumpkin pie. She also enjoyed that treat. :)

Dino72, thanks for sharing “Holly Jolly Christmas.” You are correct, the U-Scans are our self checkout lanes. Nice new avatar that you have!

MadDog, I still have wrapping to do! Once school is done, I will be able to start and finish that.

Claudie, sorry that your team lost. :( How are they doing this season? Thanks for the good luck!

TUrtLE, Mom and I always enjoy our visits with Grandma. In fact, Mom went for an extra visit last night. lol, but what if I wanted to try the tree test?

Farful, thanks for the comment on my pic. Several of our neighbors also have vertical blinds. After my final on Wednesday, I will be on Christmas vacation! Hopefully you mean gas in your area is $2.26 and not 3.26. $2.26 is also our lowest price. Nice turtle xmas pic!

Good day!
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Farful
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2014 9:54:33 AM

Good morning jjdm and All!
 
jj, Like your blinds. Son has that type of blinds in Florida.
 
That is great that you can close up the store at Al's. Shows that you have responsibility.
 
Glad that you visited your Grandma. Bet she appreciates that. Are you on Christmas vacation now?
 
Gas at Sam's this morning is $3.26.
 
Have a TUrtLEifIC TERriFIC TUesDAY!

[Edited by: Farful at 12/16/2014 9:55:07 AM EST]
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2014 8:19:34 AM

Good Morning Justin,
You are learning more and more and more at work.
Please see my post to you yesterday in TL.
Great to see you and mom are continuing to make regular visits to grandma. I've noticed it, but haven't said anything lately.

#6 Brown bears can be black and vice versa.

Don’t be fooled by the color of the coat! Despite their names, black and brown bears come in many different shades, often depending on the range and region of the subspecies. The best way to tell them apart would be to have one chase after you in the wild. If it follows you up a tree, you’ve got a black bear on your tail. If it just knocks the tree over, it’s a brown bear. (We seriously don’t recommend trying this.)

Have a Terrific Tuesday!
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2014 7:26:53 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

Falcons lost Sunday. Oh, well. :(

Good luck on your last final tomorrow!

Have a great day!
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2014 1:04:39 AM

Justin.....yw...nice blinds! Ready for Christmas?
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Dino72
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2014 11:43:07 PM

Good evening Justin

I'm guessing the U-Scan is like a self checkout? Just wondering.

You'll notice my change in avatar of one of my favorite basketball players in action. A former coworker named Robin comes to the games and photographs the girls in action. As you can see, she is very good at the photographs. I will be putting together an album here on GB of several of mine and her pictures soon.

Tonight's countdown tune comes to us from the year 1965 as there are several traditional Christmas songs done and redone over the years. You heard one the other evening from John Cougar Mellencamp and another from Taylor Swift. But when it comes to this particular song, nothing tops the original performance of this one. Written by Johnny Marks for the Christmas Special "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" which is celebrating it's 50th anniversary airing on CBS, it was originally to be sung by Larry D. Mann, but was given to Burl Ives due to his singing fame. Several artists including Country performers Alan Jackson and Lady Antebellum have performed this one, but in my opinion, you can't beat the original.

#6 Burl Ives - "Holly Jolly Christmas"

[Edited by: Dino72 at 12/15/2014 11:43:21 PM EST]
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KHF
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2014 4:28:38 PM

Hi Justin - You keep learning new jobs at work and soon will have everything down pat. It looks like a fast track to manager, which would be great.

I know Grandma loves the special foods you take her as I am sure any variety from in house meals is a welcome change.
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2014 4:05:16 PM

Good afternoon, everyone!

Today’s Picture:
Blind Design

On Saturday, I worked 1 pm - 9 pm, up front. For the first couple of hours, I helped in the office and opened up a register when needed. From 4 pm - 9 pm, I was on the U-Scan. We had steady business until about 7 pm and after that we were slow.

After work, Mom and I had chop suey for dinner. Then I went to sleep for about 7 hours. I woke up extra early, around 6 am, since I had to lector at church. Mom and I went to 7:30 am Mass, which was said by our Associate Pastor.

I worked 10 am - 6 pm, in grocery. During the morning, Steve (the assistant manager) showed me how to go on the SuperValu website to look up items. That way in the future, if a customer requests an item, I can now go on the website and see if we are able to get it in. From Noon - 4 pm, I was in charge of the store. Did have several phone calls and one request for a manager to come up front.

Other than that, I filled items in Grocery and Dairy and pulled expired temporary price reduction tags. I did go on my second break with Jan.

After work, Mom and I had leftover chop suey for dinner. Then we went to visit Grandma. As usual, we brought her a small container of chop suey, which is something that she never has at the Nursing Home.

I spent the rest of the evening relaxing, taking care of several tasks, and going to bed early. I slept for about 12 hours on and off last night.

I woke up around 10 am, feeling very refreshed! I took care of several tasks and ran a couple of errands. While I was turning in my insurance papers at Al’s, the Manager spoke with me. He said that within two weeks, I will be closing the store for the first time! He said that it will be a test to see if I can handle it! For the other errands, I finished the last of my Christmas shopping!

Farful, thanks for the congrats and comments on my update! What a fun evening with relatives! I have never played dominoes before. Mild temps in our area as well. Great that the two of you had fun at the Christmas program!

attitash, thanks for your comment on my pic! Hopefully you don’t have to wait too long. Thanks for the White Sox update!

KHF, nice that you think our tree is beautiful!

Claudie, glad that you thought it was pretty! Hopefully you had fun at the Falcon’s game and that they won!

TUrtLE, thanks for the congrats! That was a nice Christmas themed Sunday movie! Nice photos from the county website!

Silverhand, thanks for the funnies!

Dino72, I love this Christmas song that you shared. BTW, while at work the other night, I heard that one Taylor Swift Christmas song you shared. Best of luck to Traci!

MadDog, thanks for the congrats and for checking out my tree!

pinkelefant, thanks for the comment on my pic and for the congrats!

Good day!
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Farful
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2014 11:58:10 AM

Good morning jjdm and All!
 
Christmas program was really good at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center yesterday. Enjoyed the live music there by several musical groups. It was sponsored by Bettendorf. Over 500 folks showed up. We had cookies and soft drinks to enjoy during the performance.
 
Enjoy a magical Monday!
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2014 10:31:17 AM

Good morning Justin...cloudy day with a high of 2°C/35.6°F. Back to work...dang! Have a super day!
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2014 7:54:22 AM

Good Morning Justin,

Today I'm sharing several recent photos with captions off of the county web site.

After our recent storm...it turned REALLY quiet....

I thought you said there was a big storm here.
Yep, yesterday! You reeeeealy missed it!!
Photo taken by Maggie Hamlin.

And...once again we settle back down to
quiet beauty on the Central Coast.
Photo by Dan Wollin.

What did one baby goat say to another baby goat?

"Hey cutie- let me talk yer ear off."
Photo taken by Ken Gagne.

Have a Magical Monday!
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2014 2:01:35 AM

Justin, congrats on the great grade! Your tree is beautiful!
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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2014 1:20:37 AM

Justin...congrats on the grade! That's awesome! Tree looks good!
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Dino72
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2014 11:26:37 PM

Good evening Justin

You're welcome

Back up and running tonight. We said goodbye to a great lady here at work. My Boss, Traci said goodbye after 8 years with the company to pursue another opportunity. We wished her a tearful good luck with her new job with a special gift as well as donuts and McGriddles. The North Warehouse has definitely lost one of its cornerstones and the shoes will be nearly impossible to fill.

Not a bad weekend here. Dylan's team won their first game of the season on Saturday making them now 1-5. The Lady Bobcats are 0-1 after a loss to Jackson Middle School last week. My Dad's theory for the loss was that they didn't play Emily long enough.

Dino's Jukebox Christmas Countdown edition rolls on tonight. I've said a lot about this former Beatle simply because I enjoy his music so much. I even called up the local O*dies station in New Martinsville and requested it to hear it at least once tonight. It's worth hearing again at least for me.

#7 Sir Paul McCartney - "Wonderful Christmas Time"
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Silverhand
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2014 3:14:10 PM

Hello, Justin!

Sunday funnies:
For Better or For Worse
Pickles
Agnes
FoxTrot
Pearls Before Swine
Big Nate

Have a great week!
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Farful
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2014 11:44:43 AM

Good morning jjdm and All!
 
jj, Had a nice Saturday evening playing dominoes with relatives. The snacks were tasty too. We had chocolate cake, puffed pastry, garlic roasted crackers and garlic summer sausage.
 
Temps are pretty mild today again even if it is a gray day.
 
K. and I have reservations for a Christmas program today at Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center. Should be fun. Classmate and his wife will be there too.
 
Happy Sunday!
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2014 11:38:55 AM

Good morning Justin...cloudy today with a high of 2°C/35.6°F. Plan to watch afternoon football & the Maple Leafs who have a rare 5PM Sunday game. See the White Sox signed Blue Jay free agent Melky Cabrera to a 3yr., $42,000,000 deal. Knew he was done as a Jay late last summer. Sad to see him go. Keep an eye on him! Have a great day.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2014 7:42:18 AM

Good Morning Justin,
Good that Friday went well at work after the hectic prior day and some of the previous days you've had at work.

Congrats on your project grade for accounting.

Your Sunday movie is entitled, Christmas Long Ago. The song performed by Daniel O'Donnell is also entitled, "Christmas Long Ago."
If you recognize the movie, it's a rerun from 2011.
It's presented to us by Steve Politte.

Reminisce as you watch and listen.

Have a Blessed Sunday!
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2014 7:32:07 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

Aaahhh, such a pretty Christmas tree!

Alrightee!

It's time for a Falcons' game today! They play at home in the Georgia Dome. Hoping for a good outcome for my team; it sure would make for a better game day experience!

Have a great day!
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2014 9:29:09 PM

Hi Justin - Ta Da!!! Your Christmas tree is beautiful! I am glad you open the blinds some so your neighbors can also enjoy its beauty.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2014 5:36:18 PM

Good evening Justin...cloudy day with a high of 3°C/37.4°F. Ski hill opened today but stayed away with 2 runs open(1 being the learning run)...not worth the 1/2hr drive. Will see how things are on Wednesday but with temps above the freezing mark for the next few days I`m thinking my 1st ski days will be a longer wait. Have a great evening.
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Farful
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2014 1:10:23 PM

Good morning jjdm and All!
 
jj, Congrats on your excellent Accounting Project grade!
 
Christmas tree photo turned out well! Thank you for sharing. We use blinds in our living room also.
 
Glad that you are working plenty of hours at Al's. Great to socialize with friends after work too.
 
Enjoy a wonderful weekend!
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2014 12:54:56 PM

Good afternoon, everyone!

Today’s Picture:
Our Christmas Tree 2014: Finale

On Friday afternoon, Mom and I went out and took care of a couple of errands. I also got some more Christmas shopping done. Later on, I worked 3:30 pm - 11:30 pm, closing in the office. No issues at all and it was a slower paced night. Katie worked until 7 pm, so it was nice to work with her! I ended up sending several workers home early and saved 4 hours total.

After work, Mom and I had leftover pork loin for diner. Then I got about 7 hours of sleep. I woke up around 8 am since Mom and I had a couple of things to do before she left for work. She is working 9 am - 3 pm, bagging at Al’s Karwick.

I did my usual call in for the radio show and also worked on my Christmas cards. I estimate that I am half way done with my Christmas to do list. I finally got my grade posted for the Accounting project….95 out of 100.

KHF, and even with the blinds installed now, the neighbors still get a nice view of the tree when the blinds are still open.

trugasCA, thanks for your comment on my pic! I’m glad you love the tree. You should enjoy the finale.

Good day!
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2014 8:17:35 AM

OH YEAH machines.

Beautiful tree and you did a good job decorating it and should be proud. It's lovely.
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