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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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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2015 7:59:57 AM

Good Morning Justin,
Have a Totally Terrific Tuesday!
attitash
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2015 6:12:27 AM

Good morning Justin....should be off today but will be going to work for my CME. It is an OT shift. Have a great day.
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2015 3:50:24 AM

Good morning Justin!

PCB is always packed during spring break. Reserve a room early. Always keep this in mind.

Woke up 90 minutes sooner than usual yesterday morning. Got right to posting except found GB was very slow than usual to navigate thru the threads. Began 30 minutes earlier and finished 30 minutes later.

Took a pleasing nap and woke to see daybreak filled w/ snow in the air. Not big storm flakes, what is known here as ambient snow. It is a steady, yet a small amount that lasts throughout the day.

Watched many Netflix TV Shows and even Round 2 of watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. Did get to see Lost (2004–2010) Loved the suspense of wanting to know more. The survivors of a plane crash are forced to live with each other on a remote island, a dangerous new world that poses unique threats of its own.

Took a drive to the P.O. to get my mail, Shaw's for an 88¢ item for a Monopoly game ticket. Thern to McD's for a bacon clubhouse burger, no salt, no Mac sauce. (both have MSG mixed in.) Mgmt calls their salt, sauces, fries and etc w/their MSG additions "spices."

My 89 y/o lady windowed friend was there alone. Asked if she wanted company. We ate together and chatted for an hour. She is healthy and strong. Her good friend, whose hubby was a tournament player in my chess club, recovered at the 89 y/o's home from a surgery.

Now at home w/a nurse spending the night and often two nurses during the day.

One's health means everything. Especially in the later years. Good friends are like angels. They add blessings to your life.

The temp is 31° (-0.5°C) with the high to be 38° (3°C).

Civil twilight is 6:00 AM EST. Night is 7:41 PM.

Sunrise: 6:29 AM. Set: 7:12 PM.

Length of day: 12h 42m. Length of visible light: 13h 41m. Tomorrow will be 3m 05s longer.

Have a wonderful day!

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[Edited by: MidnightSun at 3/31/2015 3:50:39 AM EST]
MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2015 12:57:52 AM

Justin...Monday's over....Hope your day was well!
attitash
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 4:18:47 PM

Greetings Justin...sunny day with lots of wind. High of 3°C/37.4°F. Paid my property taxes($947...3 more to go this year) & have been studying for my CME which is tomorrow. Have a great day.
TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 8:56:31 AM

Good Morning Justin,
I don't always leave my daily C&P when you're so busy, but I thought you might like to ride the coaster.

Have you heard about this?
Carowinds officially unveils Fury 325 roller coaster!

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carowinds held a ribbon cutting ceremony last Wednesday morning for the world's tallest giga coaster Fury 325.

Carowinds ran its first test of the new Fury 325 roller coaster earlier this month.

The 32-passenger train climbing to the top of a 325 foot hill. The hill is followed by an 81 degree first drop and then races through a series of hills, curves and quick transitions while reaching speeds of up to 95 miles per hour. The ride lasts nearly three and one half minutes.

Do you want to ride? The video is 1:40 in length.

Have fun!
MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 4:57:26 AM

Good morning Justin!

Watched "Bless The Child" on Netflix (2000) R 1hr 47m. A Psychiatric nurse Maggie's (Kim Basinger) ordinary life becomes anything but after she takes in her sister's young child and uncovers a frightening truth about the girl.

Not sure why the critics gave this movie so many negative reviews. An excellent movie with a fine cast and solid acting. The concept of good vs evil is always entertaining. Jimmy Smits from NYPD Blue co-stars. 5/5 stars.

Opened the last pkg of point cut corned beef, simmered it in fresh water twice, then slow cooked it submerged in the crock pot for 4 hours. Nice and tender. Needed a break from the chicken drumettes made the other day.

Dressed for the 26° (-3°C) temps and went out to sand the driveway. The snow on it is now ice. The sand in the barrel has lots of rock salt to help melt the ice.

Took a Nalgene bottle of water and headed up the mtn. The road was a sheet of ice w/the melt of the days and the freezing of the nights. It was a struggle to get traction w/my hiking boots w/the road being all ice.

Had a heck of a time using great effort to get to the log cabin. Was not an enjoyable experience. The town needs to spread some pebbles. The views from the clear cut in VT and northern NH are magnificent. Blue skies w/o any clouds were super. 1 mile plus some elevation gain.

The temp reached 40° (4°C) mid afternoon. Tuesday into Wed morning sees a 60% chance for snow. Which is okay. Most days are now above freezing. Springtime in the northern NH mtns.

The temp is 23° (-5°C) with the high to be 45° (7°C). Snow is expected. Then rain, back to snow tonight.

Civil twilight is 6:02 AM EST. Night is 7:40 PM.

Sunrise: 6:31 AM. Set: 7:10 PM.

Length of day: 12h 39m. Length of visible light: 13h 38m. Tomorrow will be 3m 04s longer.

Have a pleasant day!

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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2015 1:56:06 AM

Justin...hope you had a great weekend!
Silverhand
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 8:30:41 PM

Hello, Justin!

Sunday funnies:
For Better or For Worse
Pickles
Wizard of Id
Family Circus
Garfield

Have a great week!
attitash
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 9:37:31 AM

Good morning Justin...sunny day ahead with a high of 3°C/37.4°F. Above freezing!!!! Still too cold for cycling to work but perhaps next week. Puddle Jump occurs today on the final day at the ski hill. I have never considered taking part in this event...would take all summer for the ski boots to dry out! Have a great day.
Claudie
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 9:01:03 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

Have a great day!
TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 8:10:22 AM

Good Morning Justin,

Today is Palm Sunday.
The first movie is a short clip, 1:38 minutes showing the triumphal entrance of Jesus riding on the back of a donkey into Jerusalem.

The second selection is A New Day with music performed by Ernesto Cortazar. If you have time you may want to watch the graphics...good ones.

May you be blessed today!
MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 4:02:11 AM

Happy Palm Sunday Justin!

Thank you for letting us know you are busy. See you next week. Blessings are sent.

Visited my pal the meat mgr in Whitefield to discover he had a vacay in Kansas City all week. His wife and him enjoyed the 75° (24°C) and the beauty of the area. Was surprised that my hands did not grab the low priced meats and left empty handed.

Went to Shaw's for their w/e specials. Bought reduced low fat 4 Italian shredded cheese for $1.77 for 8 oz's, All 2 liter coke products were $1. These two item offered bonus tickets to the come on game "80 Million in Prizes" Monopoly playing coast to coast.

Stopped at my PO to pick up my mail. Got a letter from some unknown that misspelled mt name and wrote the town as "Landcaster" (sic). Had the Postmaster return to sender: refused. Sure did not have that good feeling to it. The second letter sent from the same person/address.

Thought of the cheese for $3.54 a lb and returned to the store to buy 6 more in the 8 oz pkgs. One gets a ticket for the transaction plus 1 ticket for each additional "Bonus tix" item. The price of the cheese is the 2nd lowest ever. Can remember once at $1.59 for 8 oz.

Drove to the Fuller's Sugarhouse (see the 3m s video inc the entire operation). Was greeted by hosts Ed, Dave and Patti Fuller, their now adult children and a few smiling young ladies.

The gift shop and the sugar house were packed w/ people itching to get on a fine spring day. Had a wonderful coffee w/maple syrup as the sugar, plain homemade donuts to dunk, and a cone of maple syrup on snow, all gratis.

Took a tour of the section of the real post and beam building that sold sugaring tools, evaporators, lines, buckets accessories and has several reverse osmosis filters for sale.

Went in the boiling room w/their 3 y/o state of the art evaporator made of stainless steel, and non wood store firebox, a mere $90,000 investment.

Five weeks of sugaring is expected in the Lancaster area. Just 5 days ago was the first real sap flowing. They use a vacuum system. Thursday they boiled 9,000 gallons of sap to produce just 160 gallons of maple syrup.

The gift shop is stocked with nostalgia, paintings, maple sugar, candy, sampler's, and many items to fill its country charm store. Had a sample of local made blackberry jam. At $8.69 for 18 oz's, it is twice the price of the Amish jam sold at at Big Papa's Mkt for $4.50.

Educated the family on carrageenan. None was in their jam. Said it is a thickener found in many foods such as jellies, jam, meat, cookies, cakes, and dairy/ice cream products.

Same as adding two heaping tablespoons of Vaseline to hot chocolate to give it texture, thickening, and stabilizing agents. It increases shelf live. Many folks get stomach cramps from it. See carageenan is in most ice cream.

A gallon of maple syrup this year at the Fuller Sugarhouse is a whopping $79.95. Half gallon $49.95 this year. Non commercial mom and pop sugar house sell a gallon in the $45 and up price range in my area.

Learned there is a new standardized grading system implemented in Canada and in the USA. This page has the new grades and maple sugar history.

The temp is 7° (-13°C) with the high to be 35° (2°C).

Civil twilight is 6:04 AM EST. Night is 7:38 PM.

Sunrise: 6:33 AM. Set: 7:09 PM.

Length of day: 12h 36m. Length of visible light: 13h 34m. Tomorrow will be 3m 05s longer.

Have a blessed day!

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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2015 1:20:03 AM

Justin...good luck buddy! Back to the grind for me tomorrow!
jjdm
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2015 5:15:42 PM

Hi friends,

It looks to be another busy week with school. Lots of things coming up (papers, projects, readings, etc.) and I still have 40 hours of work. So I will be taking a week off from posting here at my home. I will be hear to read your posts. Just wanted to let you all know just so you aren't wondering why I am not posting.

Have a great evening!
attitash
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2015 9:31:59 AM

Good morning Justin...recent thoughts of cycling to work (need to get the legs ready for the next ski season) taken away with a cold -13°C/8.6°F feeling like -22°C/-7.6°F to start the day. Looks like cycling will have to wait until April. A high of -2°C/28.4°F feeling like -8°C/17.6°F under sunny skies. Ski hill have not very spring like conditions to end the season! Have a great day.
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2015 7:45:29 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

Well, Jake and Emma have soccer games this morning, one at 10 and one at 11. I'd like to go, but the problem is...right now it's only 36° and it's only supposed to get up to about 40° for game time. Thankfully the wind's not supposed to be blowing much and the sun will be shining brightly. I'll decide if I'm going to go, and, if I do, I better bundle up!

Have a great day!
MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2015 4:12:17 AM

Good morning Justin!

Looking forward to an update. Miss your pix as well. Thinking of a New Zealand giant as a new pet.

While it rained on and off yesterday morning, had a fabulous time watching women's MMA bouts on youtube.com. Soon there will not be any matches of female warriors that has not been seen. These women are not sissies. They fight like h*ll to win each minute of each round.

Some rounds are three minutes, yet most are 3 five minute rounds w/a Championship Match being 5 five minute rounds. World Women Bantamweight (135 lb, 61 kg) Champ "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC [Ultimate Fighting Championship]) has signed to fight Brazilian undefeated challenger Bethe Correia (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) in UFC 190’s pay-per-view main event on Aug. 1 in Rio de Janeiro.

Rousey has stated she to wants to embarrass Brazilian Correia in front of the fans in her home country. Makes for plenty of interest to the fans. And a higher gate for the promoters.

Kept hearing gnawing sounds the past few days around the outside dormer in my bdrm. Also heard scratching sounds. Went out during these sounds and saw a squirrel walking the steep slope of the gambrel dormer.

It did its chirping noise to me as a walk closer was done. In a minute it ran under a shingle and inside the outer shell of the dormer. Looked close and saw the creature ate thru my plywood roof, the asphalt shingles, along w/a corner of the natural wood trim.

Was all upset it made a hole thru the bottom side of the dormer and it could heard in the attic. Can only imagine the insulation and framing damage the varmint made.

Saw the rain dripping over the bottom of the hole. At least rain and water are not entering the side roof wall. The bdrm floor is dry so this is not an urgent repair.

Spent the rest of the early afternoon looking up ways to rid the tiny beast and getting a game plan for late April to repair this standing on a ladder. Plan on waiting for it to leave then covering the hole w/a piece of plywood. Then repairing it correctly this summer.

This in hopes that when the warm weather arrives the creature will have another place to live and not gnaw to re-enter the house. Have an access panel just above the bathroom door to enter inside the roof. So the vacation will become work for a day or two.

Temp this morning is 28° (-2°C) with the high to be 33° (1°C).

Snow is expected today. A 40% chance.

Civil twilight is 6:05 AM EST. Night is 7:37 PM.

Sunrise: 6:35 AM. Set: 7:08 PM.

Length of day: 12h 33m. Length of visible light: 13h 31m. Tomorrow will be 3m 05s longer.

Have a tremendous day!

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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2015 1:34:18 AM

Happy weekend Justin! Just got home from Eric Church! Great show as usual!
TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2015 8:13:22 AM

Good Morning Justin,
Ah blue books. Brings back memories of days/decades past.
Snacked on a "few" things. For some reason that popped out at me. :-)

Signs conclude.

Outside a muffler shop: "No appointment necessary. We hear you coming."

In a veterinarian's waiting room: "Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!"

In a restaurant window: "Don't stand there and be hungry. Come on in and get fed up."

Happy Friday!
attitash
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2015 6:19:38 AM

Good morning Justin....cloudy day ahead with scattered flurries. High will be around the freezing mark. Off to the ski hill soon....my last ski day of the year. Have a great day.
MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2015 4:49:43 AM

Good morning Justin!

Excellent to read your post. Like it much, as did the photo of Marija and you. Yes, Fun!

Labor unions are created to prevent bosses from being tyrants to there workers. Y/a entire families lived in their bosses' house a guest house, or even a barn and worked 15 hours each day. Wonder if that happens in Cambodia in those sweat shops and in many other countries? You bet that happens.

Sexual harassment should be taught as a mandatory course in H.S. to prevent it occurrence and educate folks. Great you guys are taking it.

It was quite noticeable the CT River Hwy side of the road edges had melted back 6-8 feet (1.8 to 2.4 meters) since a week ago. None of these roads have breakdown lanes. One just pulls over to get out of the way.

Last night's temp was the first to remain above freezing since last fall. We had 37° (3°C) during the night w/a high of 54° (12°C). The mtn road had tire tracks from vehicles sinking several inched in the gravel as they drove by.

Bought at the mkt were green beans $1.18 a lb, yams 58¢ a lb, limes 4/$1, avocados 88¢ ea, cantaloupes $1.50 ea, and oranges 4/$1. Did mot need much this week. Some of the prices and photos can be found on the Facebook page of Big Papa's Fruit and Produce Mkt.

See that WM medium pitted olives jumped from 98¢ to $1.42. More than a 30% increase. Re-filled my Rx there. Their new red tape saw two signatures, several agreements needed to continue. Told the Pharmacist 5 minutes of paperwork to pay is way to much. This has gotten out of hand. Will go elsewhere w/less checkout work.

Found out by visiting my credit union and speaking to the branch mgr that the collision check the Insur Co sent me was suppose to have been made out to the credit union in care of me, w/the funds released to pay the body shop.

Went to the local body shop to further ask Q's. Even they said when a bank has a lien, they receive the check not me. Asked if this is a criminal or felony offense. The fellow said to call the Insur Co and discuss this issue and not worry. This is not a criminal matter requiring jail time. The check was made out to me. Holy smokes!

Returned home w/light rain falling. Began to watch on Netflix Star Trek: TNG. Became so sleepy that a 3 hour nap was taken. Woke to the phone ringing. It was my good neighbor to the north. He wanted to know the elevation at the bottom of the mtn, his house, at the log cabin and the height of land on the road.

He is taking my advice on hiking the loop road daily w/a distance of 4.25 miles (6.84 km) w/650' (198 meters) of elevation gain. Rain and the afternoon of sleeping kept me inside. Will hike another day.

The temp this morning is 32° (0°C) with the high to be 43° (6°C). Light snow gently falls. Rain this afternoon. Snow tomorrow.

Civil twilight is 6:07 AM EST. Night is 7:36 PM.

Sunrise: 6:36 AM. Set: 7:07 PM.

Length of day: 12h 30m. Length of visible light: 13h 28m. Tomorrow will be 3m 05s longer.

Have a delightful day!

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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2015 2:02:28 AM

Justin....not at all buddy! It's now my weekend! Going to Eric Church tonight! Can't wait!
KHF
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2015 5:59:53 PM

Hi Justin - That is a lot of fun to be having in the archives - more than I ever felt back there. :-)
jjdm
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2015 3:53:39 PM

Good afternoon, everyone!

Today’s Picture:
Having Fun in the IUN Archives

On Tuesday, I worked 1:30 pm - 6:15 pm and 8:15 pm - 11:30 pm, in grocery. It was a split shift since I had a Parish Pastoral Council meeting to attend. Gary and Isaac were nice enough to let me create the split shift. During the first half of work, I changed an endcap, worked paperback stock, and faced the aisles. Isaac and I were both called up front on several occasions.

After the meeting, I came back to work and helped Isaac face some more. Then I pulled expired sale tags. For the last part of my shift, I helped Isaac move items away from the checkout area since the the floor in that area was being waxed.

When I got home from work, Mom and I ate bacon and scrambled eggs for dinner. Ended up getting about 7 hours of sleep. In Managerial Accounting, we learned about Flexible Budgeting and did some practice problems. Then Marija, Ana, Aaron, and I attended a speaker broadcast for the National Leadership Society. The guest speaker was Mrs. Fields.

In Business Ethics, we discussed Part III of “Where Am I Wearing.” In that part, the author of the book went to Cambodia to see the lives of the people that make his blue jeans. In Managing Behaviors in Organizations, we had a team working day. So Marija and I went to meet up with our group. But before doing that, we had to make copies of the book “The Lecherous University” for our Sexual Harassment Prevention project. Once we were with our group, we created work plans for the two projects.

Once I got home from school, I snacked on a few things and took a 3 hour nap. When I woke up, I made pizza casserole for dinner. Mom and I enjoyed that very much! Then I got about 7 hours of sleep.

This morning, I went to 8:30 am Daily Mass at church. It was very exciting since the new Bishop in our Diocese was visiting our Parish/School and said Mass! Since then, I worked on my final copy of my External Sales Proposal. I sent it to my school friends to Peer Review. Then I worked on Managerial Accounting and read some of Part IV of “Where Am I Wearing.” I also took a 1.5 hour nap.

TUrtLE, it’s all good TUrtLE...TUrtLE...TUrtLE. :)) Thanks for the congrats! I kept the blue book for the Business Ethics Exam and put it with the rest of the school papers that I save. Thanks for the signs and smiles. :)

KHF, thanks for the congrats! His grading was also delayed a week since he was sick.

Silverhand, thanks for the funnies!

MadDog, hahah I bet they didn’t like that!

Midnight, great that you have returned to walking outdoors….have fun!!! Wow, I’m glad everyone was able to get out of the bus in time!!

Claudie, thank you; all I do is try my best!

trugasCA, I try to do most of my shopping at Al’s since I’m trying to be loyal. If was my financial situation was worse, I wouldn’t be able to do it.

attitash, thanks for the congrats! If I get one more 100%, then I will start teaching the course. ;) Hope you enjoy your last weekend of skiing!

Good day!
attitash
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2015 2:47:58 PM

Good afternoon Justin....damp cloudy day with occasional light rain. High of 3°C/37.4°F. Studying at home for my CME next week. Have a great day.
TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2015 8:08:19 AM

Good Morning Justin,

Signs continue.

On a taxidermist's window: "We really know our stuff."

In a podiatrist's office: "Time wounds all heels."

At a car dealership: "The best way to get back on your feet - miss a car payment."

Happy Thursday!
MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2015 4:07:53 AM

Good morning Justin!

Here is the wildest clip of a tour in a bus gone wrong. (:44 sec) Everyone got out in plenty of time.

Yesterday morning's temp was only 3° (-16°C). Would like to say that is the end of it, yet it is not. Saturday night is to be almost as cold.

Slept an hour later than usual and somehow finished my rounds even a few minutes sooner than was normal. Had two slice of pizza for brekky at 3 AM. Then a few hours later has a cup of homemade soup.

Watched some Netflix shows until 6 AM then got dressed for the day. Somehow a splinter in the carpet poked thru my right foot and lodged. Got a hand held mirror, a good twisters and attempted to withdraw it.

My leg does not bend like it did before the total hip replacement surgery. Have trouble placing my rt ankle on my left knee. Tried for an hour to remove the splinter w/o success.

Finally folded thick gauze, cut a small circle out for around the splinter. At 8:30 phoned my PCP and told them of my situation. They made an opening for 11:30. Liked it much.

Waited for just 5 minutes in the waiting room Had lots of callous around the area. He did say he may have to give a local anesthesia and cut out the skin w/a scalpel to get to it.

In the end after only 10 minutes, the doc dug out the splinter w/a few tools. Did feel the probing, no blood, mild pain, no more splinter. A little bit of an alcohol, a bandage, and was out the door.

Too late for a hike and there was soreness from the digging. Ate at Subway. A foot long spicy Italian loaded w/veggies for $6 inc the tax. Have enough points added on my Subway Card for 16 free subs.

May need to have a party this summer to use up some points. 75 points = 1 free footlong. Have 1,200 points.

Yesterday's high temp reached an astounding 52° (11°C) in the afternoon. Will see a warm up this week. Some rain, perhaps more snow, then more springtime in the mtns. The road is a muddy mess w/streams of water flowing down the mtn. All part of spring in the mtns.

Off to Big Papa's Mkt in Littleton later, along w/a few visits to other stores.

The temp this morning is 39° (4°C) with the high to be 50° (10°C). 100% chance of rain is expected this afternoon.

Civil twilight is 6:09 AM EST. Night is 7:35 PM.

Sunrise: 6:38 AM. Set: 7:05 PM.

Length of day: 12h 27m. Length of visible light: 13h 25m. Tomorrow will be 3m 06s longer.

Have a fantastic day!

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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2015 2:32:45 AM

Justin...hope you are having a wonderful week buddy!
attitash
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2015 10:28:40 AM

Good morning Justin...unable to ski with rain moving in this afternoon...1/2" expected. Ski hill is closed until Friday & will be open for the final weekend of the season. Plan to take Friday off work for my last ski day of the season. Morning sun before the rain arrives with a high of 5°C/41°F. Plan to study for a CME(continuing education day) I will attend next week. Congrats on 100% on the exam. Perhaps you should be teaching the course! Have a great day.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2015 9:12:44 AM

Very few people in my view will shop without noting or looking for best price these days.
I do like the quality of meat and will pay more in that area, for some things.
TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2015 8:16:53 AM

Good Morning Justin...Justin...Justin,

Signs continue.

In a non-smoking area: "If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action."

On a maternity room door: "Push. Push. Push."

At an optometrist's office: "If you don't see what you're looking for, you've come to the right place."

Happy Wednesday Justin, Justin, Justin!
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2015 7:31:50 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

Wow! Fantastic grade on your exam! You're doing GREAT, despite your very, very busy life!

I got real excited the other day....I saw a 'scout' hummingbird! I thought this was waaaay to early for them to be back, but I guess not. I was going to get my feeder out there, but then I saw that the lows for this weekend will be below 40°, so I decided I'd wait until after that. A few more days probably won't make a difference at all.

Have a great day!
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2015 4:48:44 AM

Good morning Justin!

Have postponed Interstellar... just for now. Will finish it eventually. The biggest news of March is the stories college student have about Spring Break in PCB. It is a life long story to be told. Yes, check it out. College, work and sleep are one part of life. Yet one can never put a price on fun. It is invaluable.

Enjoyed completing my rounds early and getting in a 90 minute nap before many folks wake for the day yesterday. The low the day before was -8° (-22°C). Know spring in eventually on the way does little for me.

Forecast was to be above freezing for a change. Waited for the temp to rise by playing Star Craft for a few hours. Lots of joy commanding troops and defeating your enemies.

Left late morning when the temp was 25° (-4°C) with 3 layers, gloves, ear muffs, and a liter of water in a Nalgene bottle. Walked up the mtn to get limber and used to hiking again.

Signs of spring were observed. The frac14; of ice on the road was soft an breaking up as it was stepped on. It had that crunchy sound. The gravel road had some spring to it. Far from that solid as a block of ice feeling.

There was even a coating of mud where the sun could shine through the trees. The sun is noticeably getting higher in the sky. It reaches the above 10 o'clock position So that the sun is nearing above the tops of the trees.

No cars were seen or heard, yet a military jet flew over at 15-20,000' feet. It was not a fighter jet which is common in this area. It actually looked like the B1 Bomber. The looks and engine sound was sure different from anything seen flying in these parts.

Headed up to the 1 mile marker, past the height of land (highest point), and to the cottage by the road that the porch was stayed in during a downpour a few summer ago.

Several crows flew and cawed in the distance. Stopped to watch three juvenile blue jays flying, playing, and hopping among the tree branches. Smallest ones ever seen.

My hip felt good. My back was aching on the left side. It seldom does that. Figure those muscles need to be exercised, which will be happening more and more. Distance was 2½ miles with several hundred feet gain in elevation.

My plan is to get more and more mileage and work up to the loop road w/o getting tired. When this is achieved, it will be time to return to the mtns. The small ones at first.

The temp is 7° (-22°C) with the high to be 47° (3°C). Temps will be soaring above freezing for a few days.

Civil twilight is 6:11 AM EST. Night is 7:33 PM.

Sunrise: 6:40 AM. Set: 7:04 PM.

Length of day: 12h 23m. Length of visible light: 13h 22m. Tomorrow will be 3m 06s longer.

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2015 1:22:08 AM

Justin...I hope so too.....I threatened to leave for Thailand and never come back....they didn't like that too much! LOL Glad you had a short day at school!
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 9:56:46 PM

Hello, Justin!

Sunday funnies on Tuesday:
For Better or For Worse
Pickles
Pearls Before Swine
FoxTrot
Rhymes With Orange

Have a great week!
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 5:17:36 PM


Hi Justin - Congratulations on your 100% on your exam. At first I was bothered that it took so long for you to get the grade, but then read that it was an all written exam so that is good. It means he/she took the time to actually read them.
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 1:36:32 PM

Hi Again Justin,

DRAT! That's the second time I've done that. I will move one of you in my people folder so you are no longer next to each other and maybe, no promises, that will help.

CONGRATULATIONS on your perfect 100% on the Business Ethics Exam.
Are you going to frame it?

Oh well as far as Saturday goes. The good is that you will have the day left to use another time.

Enjoy a sunny Tuesday!
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 12:45:46 PM

Good afternoon, everyone!

Yesterday in Business Ethics, we continued on with our discussion of Part II of “Where Am I Wearing.” Part II was about the lives of t-shirt workers living in Honduras. Then we got back the Exam that we took on February 25th. For my first all written college exam, I got a 100%. :))))

In Managing and Behaviors in Organizations, the professor explained the two team projects that we will be completing. As for Career Planning, we got an e-mail from the professor saying that her class actually doesn’t start until March 30th. So we were done for the day.

Once I was home, I had leftover chili and then took a 2 hour nap. When I got up, I went to Al’s to visit with Jan and show her my perfect 100% on the Business Ethics Exam. Once I was back home, I posted on the forums for Professional Writing and then had the rest of the leftover chili.

I ended up getting about 8 hours of sleep. Around 8:30 am, I went to Daily Mass at church. Since then, I’ve been taking care of tasks around the house and reading Part III of “Where Am I Wearing.”

KHF, that is true. We will probably go out to eat at a restaurant and then come back to campus to work on some homework.

MadDog, hopefully things slow down for you buddy!!

Midnight, let me know how you like the final hour of Interstellar. When I get some free time, I will take a serious look at PCB. I see you continue to eat well...haha.

TUrtLE, I’m guessing you meant jjdm or Justin, not JQW. :) I decided that I would take the personal day. Though, when I was visiting with Jan, she told me how there is an Office Supervisor meeting at 1 pm on Saturday. While looking at the daily planner, I also saw for Saturday that my name was added to the schedule (a 5 pm - 11:30 pm shift). So looks like I won’t be taking the personal day.

trugasCA, I believe 75% of the slowdown is due to that. That is based off of my conversations with customers. In the summer, we will have Chicago folks that have summer homes in our area. Increased amount of people results in an increased amount of demand for groceries. Until that happens, 25% of the slowdown is due to that. These are all my estimates lol. I still remember when we first moved into this building a couple of years ago. So, so, so busy. A few weeks later, so many customers were complaining about the high prices. The result, over the next year we lost about 50% of our business to Meijer, Walmart, and Aldi. Thankfully we did get a little more competitive with our pricing and probably have gained about 10-15% of that back.

attitash, enjoy the sun today!

Good day!
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 10:32:45 AM

Good morning Justin...high of only 2°C/35.6°F but with lots of sun today it feels great! Not able to ski tomorrow....rain on the way. Have a super day.
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 10:09:40 AM

JJDM you are saying then that you believe the slowdown is because of higher prices than elsewhere? We have a store here that has higher prices called Raleys. It does good business, just not as busy as Safeway. Safeway is getting really high on their prices as well. I have been to Raleys once and spent $29.48. I went to Costco and spent $55 on food and more on drug items. I went to Safeway and spent $11. Shopping sale items mostly.So l bought more at the higher priced store because they had good sales. You may be onto something there. Smiles.
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 8:16:33 AM

Good Morning JQW,
Sounds to me like you need a personal day, one that you spend some time with friends, if any are available. You had a couple extra busy long days.

Signs of our times continue.

At a tire shop in Milwaukee: "Invite us to your next blowout."

At a towing company: "We don't charge an arm and a leg. We want tows."

On a taxidermist's window: "We really know our stuff."

Happy Tuesday!
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 5:11:33 AM

Good morning Justin!

So nice to hear from you. Thank you for explaining the way your store works when the check outs are busy. Great some baggers can use the registers as well as the grocery stockers.

In your spare time check out Panama City Beach. It is upscale and extremely popular and no doubt pricey. Great your mom and you both cook. Need to finish the final hour of Interstellar, it has my interest.

More cold and colder than the forecast. The high just barely touched the teens yesterday at 13° (-11°C). Lows each night are 2 to 4 (-16C). The prediction is after rain on Thursday, the temps will see above freezing on a regular basis. Time will tell.

Tough about the Wicked Awesome w/e Culinary Circle pizzas on sale. At 3/$10 and pies weighing in at 2 pounds, that is worth the splurge. Took the drive in 7° (14-C) to Shaw's.

Bought 2 supreme pizzas and another 2 litre bottle of Mugs root beer. Also bought crumbled feta cheese on sale 8 oz for only $3.99. Returned home and began to cook.

The two pizza's were baking for 23 minutes. The smaller crock pot, on since 9 AM, had been filled w/diced celery, carrots, onions, a tbsp of basil, and some garlic cloves.

Added a diced boneless chicken breast, mushrooms, milled flax seed, spinach, and ¼ cup of grated Romano cheese. Wheat rotini was boiled in the microwave oven to al dente. Then all added together. Had to eat some to make it all fit in the crock pot porcelain container.

Sliced the remaining boneless chicken in half added Mrs Dash, onion and garlic powder and soaked them in a beaten egg. Dropped them in spiced breadcrumbs, packing them well w/ broken oyster crackers and omitting the flour.

Fried them in evoo for about 2-3 minutes a side and added a combo of 5 graded Italian cheeses on the top of the first cooked sides.

Nuked a half pound of baby spinach and some thinly sliced baby bella mushrooms. Opened a can of medium pit-less black olives which were sliced. When the pizzas were cooked, these toppings were added and a handful of shredded cheese was added on top.

The two pizzas were returned inside the cooling off oven for a few minutes until the cheese was melted. Had a slice of pizza, a portion of the chicken cutlet and a cup of fresh made chicken noodle soup.

Late afternoon into the evening saw winds from the west at 15 to 20 mph (24 to 40km/h) with gusts up to 45 mph (72 km/h. Wind chill values as low as 17 below zero (-27C). Sure hope the power remains on in the morning.

The temp is -6° (-21°C) with the high to be 37° (3°C).

Civil twilight is 6:13 AM EST. Night is 7:32 PM.

Sunrise: 6:42 AM. Set: 7:03 PM.

Length of day: 12h 120m. Length of visible light: 13h 19m. Tomorrow will be 3m 05s longer.

Have a wonderful day!

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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 1:29:22 AM

Justin...great to hear! You do keep busy! I've been extremely busy at work! I get back and the machines have been going crazy! They have not been doing proper maintenance on them so I've been stuck fixing things as I go. I'm wore out and it's only 2 days into the work week for me!
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2015 6:13:42 PM

Hi Justin - Those 12 hour days at school are long, but as you say, you have good friends to study with you and you should have enough time to not have to do much homework at home at all. I am glad to hear that things continue to go well.

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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2015 11:03:54 AM

Good afternoon, everyone!

On Saturday, I worked 3:15 pm - 11:15, in the Courtesy Booth. Due to the start of a 2-day sale, we were super busy. :) I spent my shift, helping on the register/bagging, helping customers at the Courtesy Booth, running reports, and counting drawers.

In the evening, I changed the schedule a bit for some employees. I kept two cashiers over and sent a couple of baggers home early since there was a surplus of them.

In the end, we were up about 10% from what they projected and my Sales Per Labor Hours was right at 478, exactly what we are budgeted for! After work, I came home and made chicken alfredo for dinner. Mom and I enjoyed that very much. :) Then I went to sleep for about 5 hours.

On Sunday, Mom and I went to church at 7:30 am. Mass was said by our Associate Pastor and I had the opportunity to be an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. After church, Mom and I went to Al’s to buy some things from the 2-day ad.

I worked 10 am - 6 pm. I pulled expired sale tags, filled sale items in Grocery and Dairy, worked some backstock for Dairy and Frozen, and faced part of Dairy. It was a slow day until about 1 pm. Then it picked up. There were a couple of points that I needed to help up front.

After work, I made some chili for dinner. Mom and I thought it was pretty good. Since I was very tired, I went to bed and slept for 9 hours. There was no Accounting today, so I took care of some tasks around the house.

Today at school, my Career Planning (1 credit) class starts. I will have this class until the end of the semester. It starts at 7 pm and ends at 8:15 pm. So on a normal school today, I will be there for almost 12 hours. :/ At least I have my school friends to help make the long day go better. :) Today I’ll leave for school at 10:30 am.

Farful, each day, we are writing the Sales Per Labor Hours on the weekly board in the office. My game of choice at Blue Chip is the Video Bonus Poker. Am able to make $20 last a long time and usually profit in the end.

KHF, thankfully we had a busy day on Saturday. Not sure what the numbers looked like on Sunday, but we were busy in the afternoon.

MadDog, I always try to do that everyday!

Midnight, keep in mind, when I sent four employees home early, I didn’t do it all at once. Other workers still came in after I sent home two of those four. Later in the shift, for example, there was another cashier that came in later for the dinner rush. And if I ever do get jammed, we are supposed to use the grocery workers to have them help up front. In addition, some of our baggers are trained for the register, so they can open up if necessary. Based off your pic/link, a PCB Spring Break would look like lots of fun! I thought Interstellar was amazing! Mom and I still take turns cooking.

attitash, it is snowing right now. :(

Claudie, it is snowing right now. :(

TUrtLE, Jackie mistakenly scheduled me off next Saturday. There is a shift open for me if I want it or I could just take a personal day. Will decide by Wednesday. Yes, Mom and I were able to watch the Sunday movie. Thanks for sharing it with us!

trugasCA, compared to Wal-mart, Meijer, and Aldi, our prices are higher. Whenever I talk with customers, they usually ask why our prices are so high. We had a great 2-Day ad, and bam it was busy. Now that it’s over, it will probably go back to the slow trend.

Good day!
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2015 9:35:49 AM

Good morning Justin....sunshine today with a high of -4°C/24.8°F. Back to work after a wonderful weekend off. Not sure if my ski season is done...rain expected on Wednesday. Might take Friday off work if the weather looks good for one last day. Have a great day.
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2015 7:34:59 AM

Good Morning Justin,

Were you and your mom able to watch the Sunday movie?

May your have a great week, even though busy.

{{{hugs}}}
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2015 4:17:00 AM

Good morning Justin!

Bet your w/e was busy. Have an excellent week. That includes many hours of fun time each day. 8 work/fun/sleep is best. Are you cooking?

More cold and colder than the forecast. The high just barely touched the teens at 13° (-11°C). Lows each night are 2 to 4 (-16C). The prediction is after rain on Thursday, the temps will see above freezing on a regular basis. Time will tell.

Tough about the Wicked Awesome w/e Culinary Circle pizzas on sale. At 3/$10 and pies weighing in at 2 pounds, that is worth the splurge. Took the drive in 7° (14-C) to Shaw's.

Bought 2 supreme pizzas and another 2 litre bottle of Mugs root beer. Also bought crumbled feta cheese on sale 8 oz for only $3.99. Returned home and began to cook.

The two pizza's were baking for 23 minutes. The smaller crock pot, on since 9 AM, had been filled w/diced celery, carrots, onions, a tbsp of basil, and some garlic cloves.

Added a diced boneless chicken breast, mushrooms, milled flax seed, spinach, and ¼ cup of grated Romano cheese. Wheat rotini was boiled in the microwave oven to al dente. Then all added together. Had to eat some to make it all fit in the crock pot porcelain container.

Sliced the remaining boneless chicken in half added Mrs Dash, onion and garlic powder and soaked them in a beaten egg. Dropped them in spiced breadcrumbs, packing them well w/ broken oyster crackers and omitting the flour.

Fried them in evoo for about 2-3 minutes a side and added a combo of 5 graded Italian cheeses on the top of the first cooked sides.

Nuked a half pound of baby spinach and some thinly sliced baby bella mushrooms. Opened a can of medium pit-less black olives which were sliced. When the pizzas were cooked, these toppings were added and a handful of shredded cheese was added on top.

The two pizzas were returned inside the cooling off oven for a few minutes until the cheese was melted. Had a slice of pizza, a portion of the chicken cutlet and a cup of fresh made chicken noodle soup.

Late afternoon into the evening saw winds from the west at 15 to 20 mph (24 to 40km/h) with gusts up to 45 mph (72 km/h. Wind chill values as low as 17 below zero (-27C). Sure hope the power remains on in the morning.

The temp is 6° (-14°C) with the high to be 21° (-6°C). Light snow falls.

Civil twilight is 6:15 AM EST. Night is 7:31 PM.

Sunrise: 6:44 AM. Set: 7:02 PM.

Length of day: 12h 17m. Length of visible light: 13h 15m. Tomorrow will be 3m 06s longer.

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2015 1:24:18 AM

Justin..hope you had a great Sunday!
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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2015 12:11:28 PM

jjdm, l am all ears. What is your guess as to reason for slowdown? End of month?
As to cut backs and people being able to budget for lower income, l disagree with that. What can you do? No movies or extra gas? I don't go and don't use much gas. My rent went up a dollar more than the social security went up. That is ok but also a lot of other stuff went up and that puts me in a hole. Only thing left to cut back on is eating , eating goes first. Glad l keep my freezer stocked.
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