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“bELieve”

Since: Jun 09

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#75478 Nov 4, 2012
Well, at least that image literally made me laugh out loud! Thank you for that :)

I am being lazy this morning. Been awake since 5 am, but I'm still hanging out in bed watching TV while the boys play with trains in the other room and my husband is at work.

Later today I have to go out to do some election related errands and check in on some neighbors who are still without power. The boys can keep my grandmother company while I do that.

I am so frustrated with Romney's campaign. They keep shooting themselves in the foot. I got a robocall yesterday for a moneybomb for the campaign. When I zeroed out, the person who answered (who I know is just a volunteer) said that they have no control over where the calls are going. Someone does, though, and those calls should not be going to Jersey right now.
Anonymous

Plant City, FL

#75479 Nov 4, 2012
An hour behind dog? Surey you jest.
Here I am, awake at 8 on a Sunday, since my body thinks it's 9...a much better time to wake on a weekend.

Have church then must get all my stuff prepared for my conference this week! Flying to Portland on W to present. Stoked.

“bELieve”

Since: Jun 09

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#75480 Nov 4, 2012
cheluzal wrote:
An hour behind dog? Surey you jest.
Here I am, awake at 8 on a Sunday, since my body thinks it's 9...a much better time to wake on a weekend.

Have church then must get all my stuff prepared for my conference this week! Flying to Portland on W to present. Stoked.
Yay! Good luck! Can't wait to hear all about it :)

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#75481 Nov 4, 2012
cheluzal wrote:
An hour behind dog? Surey you jest.
Here I am, awake at 8 on a Sunday, since my body thinks it's 9...a much better time to wake on a weekend.
Have church then must get all my stuff prepared for my conference this week! Flying to Portland on W to present. Stoked.
I wish I was your derivative so I could lie tangent to your curves.

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

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#75482 Nov 4, 2012
Jess in NJ wrote:
Well, at least that image literally made me laugh out loud! Thank you for that :)
I am being lazy this morning. Been awake since 5 am, but I'm still hanging out in bed watching TV while the boys play with trains in the other room and my husband is at work.
Later today I have to go out to do some election related errands and check in on some neighbors who are still without power. The boys can keep my grandmother company while I do that.
I am so frustrated with Romney's campaign. They keep shooting themselves in the foot. I got a robocall yesterday for a moneybomb for the campaign. When I zeroed out, the person who answered (who I know is just a volunteer) said that they have no control over where the calls are going. Someone does, though, and those calls should not be going to Jersey right now.
I saw a headline that NJ is going to allow fax and email votes. How is that going to work? Maybe its my IL background, but I can think of a bunch of ways that can go wrong.

“...,to wit”

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#75483 Nov 4, 2012

“...,to wit”

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#75484 Nov 4, 2012

“bELieve”

Since: Jun 09

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#75485 Nov 4, 2012
PEllen wrote:
<quoted text>I saw a headline that NJ is going to allow fax and email votes. How is that going to work? Maybe its my IL background, but I can think of a bunch of ways that can go wrong.
It's not for all of NJ (the headlines have been misleading)- only residents who have been displaced by the storm or first responders. I think there are good intentions behind the plan, but I don't see how it is going to work.

Here is a response that I wrote to one of my cousins who commented on it earlier today (I am too lazy to modify my answer for this forum):

According to the article, email and fax votes are only being accepted for displaced persons and first responders. How do they prove/determine that? Also, you have to submit a request and wait for them to get back to you. Someone who is displaced is not going to have all day to sit next to a computer and wait for the county clerk's office to respond.

I coordinate the Republican poll clerks for my town, so I have to work with our county clerk's office quite often. They are doing all they can right now to make this election as normal as possible for the voters, but even at the best of times their lack of interoffice communication and willingness to give the public misinformation rather than taking a minute to find out the actual answer to a query is astounding.

I think there are good intentions behind this, but not enough training or preparation (on top of the stress and confusion that the residents of the affected areas are already feeling) for it to be effective.

“It made sense at the time....”

Since: May 09

Des Plaines, IL

#75486 Nov 4, 2012
good luck, chel.

hope things are going ok, Jess. i've been keeping you in my thoughts.

i'm enjoying a weekend just for myself, this time around. i think we'll ahve to go out and rake some leaves today, but my jackass neighbor hasn't done a damn thing about his, yet, so i'll have to hope for winds from the ohter side this week.

gramma is settling in to her new place. she's starting to bitch about things, so we know she's over the initial shock of moving in. so, we're telling her over & over to tell the staff that she didn't get the breakfast she ordered or that lunch was cold. the staff can fix that, not us. but, that's par for the course for her - complain to everyone BUT those who can fix something.... in otherwords, she's fine! ;-)

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

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#75487 Nov 4, 2012
Jess in NJ wrote:
<quoted text>
It's not for all of NJ (the headlines have been misleading)- only residents who have been displaced by the storm or first responders. I think there are good intentions behind the plan, but I don't see how it is going to work.
Here is a response that I wrote to one of my cousins who commented on it earlier today (I am too lazy to modify my answer for this forum):
According to the article, email and fax votes are only being accepted for displaced persons and first responders. How do they prove/determine that? Also, you have to submit a request and wait for them to get back to you. Someone who is displaced is not going to have all day to sit next to a computer and wait for the county clerk's office to respond.
I coordinate the Republican poll clerks for my town, so I have to work with our county clerk's office quite often. They are doing all they can right now to make this election as normal as possible for the voters, but even at the best of times their lack of interoffice communication and willingness to give the public misinformation rather than taking a minute to find out the actual answer to a query is astounding.
I think there are good intentions behind this, but not enough training or preparation (on top of the stress and confusion that the residents of the affected areas are already feeling) for it to be effective.
That problem occurs in Cook County as well. I hope it does not lead to a law suit.Do you know if the electoral college is bound in any way in NJ? Do they have to go with their pledged candidate or the popular vote?

Your observation that Bloomberg is teh mayor of Manhattan and does not pay attention to teh outer boroughs was an eye opener. I read the NYTimes and I have been looking at the regional/local news in a different light.

Maybe it is North/South chauvinism, but I have been mentally comparing Sandy to Katrina in terms of response and the actions of the populace. I doubt we will see FEMA trailers on Staten Island. I expect bad press for the insurance companies who rise questions of whether a house fell down from wind or flood damage. Lots of people do not have flood coverage and the news was talking about the big waves that were causing the damage.

Hang in there kid. I will say a special prayer for you and NJ and NY on Tuesday

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

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#75488 Nov 4, 2012
Aisle Sitter wrote:
good luck, chel.
hope things are going ok, Jess. i've been keeping you in my thoughts.
i'm enjoying a weekend just for myself, this time around. i think we'll ahve to go out and rake some leaves today, but my jackass neighbor hasn't done a damn thing about his, yet, so i'll have to hope for winds from the ohter side this week.
gramma is settling in to her new place. she's starting to bitch about things, so we know she's over the initial shock of moving in. so, we're telling her over & over to tell the staff that she didn't get the breakfast she ordered or that lunch was cold. the staff can fix that, not us. but, that's par for the course for her - complain to everyone BUT those who can fix something.... in otherwords, she's fine! ;-)
Glad your gramma is settling in. My dad had his 5th back surgery Wednesday and they are going to send him to a rehab center aka nursing home. Hugely traumatic for my mom who associates it with a warehouse where one is sent to die.
The hospital social worker does a survey of local places to see who has a bed and a skill level needed. Then we clear it thru my sister who is with a hospital in Chicago and then we try and sell it to my mom. Her inability to function on her own has been spotlighted this week, separate and apart from her usual attention seeking behaviors. My dad will most likely heal; my mom will not get better. None ofus sibs are prepared for what that means on a practical basis I am afraid.She is enormously resistant to any change.

Enough about me- how is teh B&G? Your SIL settling down as a single person yet?

“It made sense at the time....”

Since: May 09

Des Plaines, IL

#75489 Nov 4, 2012
PEllen wrote:
<quoted text>
Glad your gramma is settling in. My dad had his 5th back surgery Wednesday and they are going to send him to a rehab center aka nursing home. Hugely traumatic for my mom who associates it with a warehouse where one is sent to die.
The hospital social worker does a survey of local places to see who has a bed and a skill level needed. Then we clear it thru my sister who is with a hospital in Chicago and then we try and sell it to my mom. Her inability to function on her own has been spotlighted this week, separate and apart from her usual attention seeking behaviors. My dad will most likely heal; my mom will not get better. None ofus sibs are prepared for what that means on a practical basis I am afraid.She is enormously resistant to any change.
Enough about me- how is teh B&G? Your SIL settling down as a single person yet?
THey're doing ok... niece is apparently taking the role SIL used to have for her MIL. we've heard stories of other grandma showing up at the house, peering in the window, or even walking right in and whining for a cup of coffee or tea. SIL used ot be the one who went to the ends of the earth to do stuff for her MIL & FIL (at the expense of her personal time and was getting to be very co-dependant and feeding his alcoholism towards the end. SIL kept saying "ask YOUR SON to do this for you" and no one picked it up for her.). About a year ago (pre-breakdown) she started putting her foot down. other grandma is more co-dependent and useless on her own than we previously thought.

SIL is holding her own. she may have a roomie now, which will be a big help on the finances. her husband broke her smartphone, so she;s on an 'old fashioned' pre-paid flip phone now. she's not used to it, and hates texting on it, so we haven't heard from her as much recently. we take it as a good sign - no news is good news, so we take a deep breath when she calls...

good luck wiht your family... once we found a place for gramma, it was a relief. it started a new stressful chapter, but it was relief to get rolling.
Chazz

Tampa, FL

#75490 Nov 4, 2012
That is very good news

Toj

“Where is Everyone?”

Since: Jul 12

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#75491 Nov 4, 2012
Thanks for posting Abby, Pellen. Here's Amy.

http://www.topix.com/forum/chicago/THS1P4LI48...

Hope you take the title in stride.:)

“I Am Mine”

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#75493 Nov 5, 2012

Since: Mar 09

Miami, FL

#75494 Nov 5, 2012

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#75495 Nov 5, 2012
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/04/14...

Seriously, I cringe every time I see some small kid teetering on the edge of one of these enclosures. Do people just think they're invincible since it's a zoo?

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#75496 Nov 5, 2012
Matilda77 wrote:
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_new s/2012/11/04/14922258-boy-fall s-into-pittsburgh-zoo-exhibit- mauled-to-death-by-african-pai nted-dogs?lite
Seriously, I cringe every time I see some small kid teetering on the edge of one of these enclosures. Do people just think they're invincible since it's a zoo?
Heard about that. Idiot put her kid on top of a 4-foot-high concrete wall and didn't hang on well, he almost immediately "lost his balance" and fell in.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#75497 Nov 5, 2012
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
<quoted text>
Heard about that. Idiot put her kid on top of a 4-foot-high concrete wall and didn't hang on well, he almost immediately "lost his balance" and fell in.
There was a net that somehow failed as well. And nobody but the mom saw the kid fall. Kinda makes you wonder...

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

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#75498 Nov 5, 2012
Matilda77 wrote:
<quoted text>
There was a net that somehow failed as well. And nobody but the mom saw the kid fall. Kinda makes you wonder...
Makes you wonder what? You think she threw the kid in?

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