“MEOW!”

Since: Jun 06

Manchester, UK

#21066 Jan 3, 2013
franko wrote:
<quoted text>maybe the old Mickey Rourke but not as he is these days .. I find him too odd. Dwayne Johnson (The ROck) is a wrestler turned actor who could have done the part and has the size.
He is rather odd lately, I'll give you that, btw, did you see
The Wrestler? He was brill in that.
I am keeping an open mind on Tom until I see the movie.

“MEOW!”

Since: Jun 06

Manchester, UK

#21067 Jan 3, 2013
Deer Whisperer wrote:
<quoted text>
Hopeful here for a good prognosis from the vet,{{{ Cuz El }}}
Thanks so much {{{Cuz Luke}}}

please wish Tiger Lilly a very Happy New Year from me....

“MEOW!”

Since: Jun 06

Manchester, UK

#21068 Jan 3, 2013
Fisherman 808 wrote:
<quoted text>
Thanks for the welcome El.
I see it's time for you to go to bed, so, Good Morning, if that's when you're reading this now.
I figured you might find that family history interesting.
My mom (and her mom) have passed away, so it's hard for me to get information (I'm an only child.). My uncle, mom's only sibling has passed away too. I will try to remember to ask one of my cousins on that side what they know about names, if I ever get to see them. It's funny how I get some of the old stories mixed up. But, I'm sure my mom told me she thought the "Blank" name was originally preceded by 'Von', I might have made up the 'Blanc' spelling. Records show Blank. Most of my life I thought my Grandpa on that side died falling out of a train caboose on his head (I think he was part German too and did work for the railroad.). I brought it up to my mom not too long before she passed away, about 10 years ago, and she laughed and said something like-'where did you get that?'. She said he died of brain cancer. I think my parents must have told me that when I was little, can't believe I made it up- in my mind.
I know, when you look at history books, there are a lot of 'Von-.....' Germans. One question is, was that girl right, was the 'Von' from some other place, from people that moved to Germany?
Good Morning Fish...
I did a little research on the name and it is interesting to know that
Von means 'to' or 'from' and was only used by landed gentry and/or
nobility. Are you able to get the death certificate of your Grandad?.
that would confirm the cause of death. The site I mentioned is invaluable as you can access the census if you know where your grandparents lived in the USA, I started that way on a free trial basis with ancestry.com it's quite fascinating as you can find other people who are researching the same family name...and who knows, they could be your relatives!
I found a relative in Arizona in that manner, and oddly enough her father
was born and brought up in a house approx 12 miles from where I now live, I was able to take a photo of the house and send it to her, she shared her findings with me and I learnt a lot of our ancestors lives
from that.
Makes it harder when the next generation have passed away, often I think I should have asked more questions while they were alive, but I found that mine only told me what they wanted me to know!
Good luck with finding more on your Von Blanc family Fish..and if I can help....

“ain't she sweet?”

Level 7

Since: Nov 10

Location hidden

#21069 Jan 3, 2013
Boomer7 wrote:
Quinn, maybe we should bump travel time to 90 minutes! We are good to go.
Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee are all in reach.
More planning...
Maybe a weekend jaunt.
Enjoy your day.
I'm game -- not meaning to be indecisive -- I drove from Chicago to Minneapolis twice.....to follow a local band!

Enjoy the rest of your week.

“ain't she sweet?”

Level 7

Since: Nov 10

Location hidden

#21070 Jan 3, 2013
Denny Crain wrote:
<quoted text>All us Jack Reacher fans couldn't believe Tom Cruise was playing the part. Reacher is 6'5" and about 240 pounds. If you see the movie you will want to read all the books :)
Sounds good, the movies don't often do justice to the books.

“ain't she sweet?”

Level 7

Since: Nov 10

Location hidden

#21071 Jan 3, 2013
Fisherman 808 wrote:
<quoted text>(hi El, and thanks for letting us talk in your kitchen)
Things are OK lately, it's a long story.
It stormed last night, strong wind and lots of rain. The rain was good, it hasn't rained hardly at all for a LONG time, the plants needed it.
The Mrs and I are from Oregon and are of many mixed European backgrounds. I have French, German, English and others, and some native American, my dad was born on a reservation.'halo' is spelled 'haole'-
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haole
Yep, could be called that. I'd say I fit in more with the locals than the new haoles though. Left the mainland in '83. Haole is a derogatory term, and nobody calls me that to my face, lol.
I have a German heritage story... My Grandma (on one side- obviously) had a maiden name of Blank, which was said to be a shortened form of Von Blanc (sp?). So a long time ago, I was talking to a German girl and told her I am part German and my Grandma's maiden name was Von Blanc, and she said that's not German! That it's from a small country next to Germany, as I remember. So, I don't know much really.
My bad. Didn't realize its an insult.

Lots of Germans in the thread. My maternal grandmother's parents came over. Baumann. She even did the family genealogy in 1970, pretty interesting stuff and long before the Internet.

I had forgotten if you mentioned you were from Oregon. Very different lifestyle, huh? I would have loved to have stayed on Maui, probably not practical since the jobs must all be in the hospitality industry.

“near Halloween.”

Level 8

Since: Dec 06

#21072 Jan 3, 2013
tony1003 wrote:
<quoted text>
I wish - it's just that I have the time over this winter: who knows when it will become available again. To be honest, can't really afford it, but unless I do it, time will slip by. Haven't seen the friends in St Louis for around 20 years, so it's a "catch up" trip.
You are right to go as the mood takes you,
I LOVED ~Austria with a passion..
here is where I was "Fuschl am See"
in the state of Salzburg..

It was VERY BEAUTIFUL

https://www.google.ie/search...

mind you, reminded me a lot of WICKLOW in my own country,
so lovely it is called> 'The Garden of Ireland'

https://www.google.ie/search...

I saw great similarities between the two,
except for the snow(:

“Grab all the good”

Level 5

Since: Jul 10

Rowlett Tx

#21073 Jan 3, 2013
Boomer7 wrote:
<quoted text>
The pet rocks were later in pop culture.
No one has ever went broke by underestimating the intelligence of the American Public. So said HL Menkin :)

“Grab all the good”

Level 5

Since: Jul 10

Rowlett Tx

#21074 Jan 3, 2013
eleanorigby wrote:
<quoted text>
Thanks Franko...I believe the variation is Van in the Netherlands,
visited Belgium so do know where it is, lol...
oh..and ...je parle trois langues couramment!
LOL I saw an elevator in Nashville that had an inscription of Ludwig Van Beethoven instead of Von :)A very expensive mistake

“Grab all the good”

Level 5

Since: Jul 10

Rowlett Tx

#21075 Jan 3, 2013
eleanorigby wrote:
<quoted text>
He is rather odd lately, I'll give you that, btw, did you see
The Wrestler? He was brill in that.
I am keeping an open mind on Tom until I see the movie.
That is the problem you always see with liberals. They want the perfect solution. The perfect should not be the enemy of the good. 85% of people in America have health care insurance. With Obama care they will destroy the insurance companies trying to get 100% coverage

“Grab all the good”

Level 5

Since: Jul 10

Rowlett Tx

#21076 Jan 3, 2013
RMQuinn37 wrote:
<quoted text>
Sounds good, the movies don't often do justice to the books.
Tom Crusie followed the book very closely. He own the rights and was smart enough to not mess with them

“Grab all the good”

Level 5

Since: Jul 10

Rowlett Tx

#21077 Jan 3, 2013
RMQuinn37 wrote:
<quoted text>
My bad. Didn't realize its an insult.
Lots of Germans in the thread. My maternal grandmother's parents came over. Baumann. She even did the family genealogy in 1970, pretty interesting stuff and long before the Internet.
I had forgotten if you mentioned you were from Oregon. Very different lifestyle, huh? I would have loved to have stayed on Maui, probably not practical since the jobs must all be in the hospitality industry.
I really feel sorry for the Hawaiians. Nearly all the jobs are in the service industry and they don't pay much. Things are very expensive there. Then to make matters worse the locals speak pigeon which makes it harder for them to get a good job. Much like Ebonics

“Grab all the good”

Level 5

Since: Jul 10

Rowlett Tx

#21078 Jan 3, 2013
Grace Nerissa wrote:
<quoted text>
You are right to go as the mood takes you,
I LOVED ~Austria with a passion..
here is where I was "Fuschl am See"
in the state of Salzburg..
It was VERY BEAUTIFUL
https://www.google.ie/search...
mind you, reminded me a lot of WICKLOW in my own country,
so lovely it is called> 'The Garden of Ireland'
https://www.google.ie/search...
I saw great similarities between the two,
except for the snow(:
Are you back from your trip?

“Ridin' The Devils Little Horse”

Since: Mar 08

Straight To Hells Door

#21079 Jan 3, 2013
Hi Lady Eleanor...
Just stopping by to wish you a day filled with Sunshine, Laughter and Love...
I'm waiting on my Sister to get here so we can go shopping...
Time to replinish the food supply... Mine and the Packs...
:o)
I hope that no matter what you do today that you will have fun and enjoy yourself...
Sending you all of my warmest wishes....
((Love-n-Hugs))
@}-'--,---

“Grab all the good”

Level 5

Since: Jul 10

Rowlett Tx

#21080 Jan 3, 2013
Wildbluerose wrote:
Hi Lady Eleanor...
Just stopping by to wish you a day filled with Sunshine, Laughter and Love...
I'm waiting on my Sister to get here so we can go shopping...
Time to replinish the food supply... Mine and the Packs...
:o)
I hope that no matter what you do today that you will have fun and enjoy yourself...
Sending you all of my warmest wishes....
((Love-n-Hugs))
@}-'--,---
When the going gets tough the tough go shopping :)

“Ignore the trolls”

Level 6

Since: Oct 08

Poole, UK

#21081 Jan 3, 2013
eleanorigby wrote:
<quoted text>
nipping in...go for it Tony, the opportunity presents itself, grasp it!
Meant to thank you for your input on the question I put to you on the
liberals being held responsible, so thanks for that. Can hardly believe
the latest idea, and this is from the liberal party I understand, that
they propose councils across the country check on individuals who are obese, and on benefits, if they find they are not exercising to get fit, cut the benefits. Whatever next? Shrieks of dictatorship to me.
We are in danger of creating the nanny state - but we are also following the US in the overweight stakes, so it's a difficult one to call. Obesity is now starting to cost the health service dearly (diabetes, heart problems, circulatory problems etc). The Liberal Democrats have always had an element of the party that is faddist - normally shows itself most prominently at the annual party conference. However, as I read it, they are only talking about those who are grossly overweight and ignore the medical advice from their doctors about what to do to combat it. Part of me sympathises with the idea, part of me is fed up with the state telling us how to live our lives.

“Ignore the trolls”

Level 6

Since: Oct 08

Poole, UK

#21082 Jan 3, 2013
Denny Crain wrote:
<quoted text>That is the problem you always see with liberals. They want the perfect solution. The perfect should not be the enemy of the good. 85% of people in America have health care insurance. With Obama care they will destroy the insurance companies trying to get 100% coverage
You mix up liberals (with a small 'l') and the UK Liberal Democratic party, often abbreviated over here to 'Liberals', which was the party's name up to 1984, when they combined wiht the newly formed Social Democratic party, an offshoot of Labour. All UK mainstream parties are liberal (with a small 'l'), including the Conservatives!

“Grab all the good”

Level 5

Since: Jul 10

Rowlett Tx

#21083 Jan 3, 2013
tony1003 wrote:
<quoted text>
You mix up liberals (with a small 'l') and the UK Liberal Democratic party, often abbreviated over here to 'Liberals', which was the party's name up to 1984, when they combined wiht the newly formed Social Democratic party, an offshoot of Labour. All UK mainstream parties are liberal (with a small 'l'), including the Conservatives!
I agree completely. The words have total different meaning here. Your conservatives are Socialist who just think they can do it better. Your politics are very confusing to us

“Ignore the trolls”

Level 6

Since: Oct 08

Poole, UK

#21084 Jan 3, 2013
Denny Crain wrote:
<quoted text>I agree completely. The words have total different meaning here. Your conservatives are Socialist who just think they can do it better. Your politics are very confusing to us
We don't really have a socialist party over here any more - we have liberals of differing shades of "pinkness" depending on their social policies. No party over here now advocates state control of the factors of production, which is at the heart of socialism.

Politics of another country are always odd - I could never work out how a Democrat from the South could be in the same party as a Democrat from the North in the USA - their policies/ideology seemed totally different.

“Standin' In A”

Level 8

Since: May 11

Shaft Of Light

#21085 Jan 3, 2013
eleanorigby wrote:
<quoted text>
Good Morning Fish...
I did a little research on the name and it is interesting to know that
Von means 'to' or 'from' and was only used by landed gentry and/or
nobility. Are you able to get the death certificate of your Grandad?.
that would confirm the cause of death. The site I mentioned is invaluable as you can access the census if you know where your grandparents lived in the USA, I started that way on a free trial basis with ancestry.com it's quite fascinating as you can find other people who are researching the same family name...and who knows, they could be your relatives!
I found a relative in Arizona in that manner, and oddly enough her father
was born and brought up in a house approx 12 miles from where I now live, I was able to take a photo of the house and send it to her, she shared her findings with me and I learnt a lot of our ancestors lives
from that.
Makes it harder when the next generation have passed away, often I think I should have asked more questions while they were alive, but I found that mine only told me what they wanted me to know!
Good luck with finding more on your Von Blanc family Fish..and if I can help....
Hi El. Don't have much time this morning, but I'll try to get back later this evening.
I did a Google search about 6 months ago on that Grandfather. Found some information. There was an obituary in an old newspaper that said he worked for the railroad (don't think he rode in cabooses- lol), and another article that said he died of cancer. So I think that is the truth.
That German girl seemed pretty smart. It makes me wonder if there are groups in Germany that feel other Germans are not 'real' Germans. People are so territorial.
Another interesting thing about that ancestry.com was that I kept seeing how it would almost always say you were related to some famous person. That sounded like they were probably lying to get more interest and money, but I looked into it, and we are ALL probably related to some famous person. I'll have to check into it.

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