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Nov 25, 2012
 
Grace Nerissa wrote:
In reply to El and RM's posts,
Yes to a certain degree,
and we all do 'our bit' in different ways,
and not always in the spotlight..
and indeed that is welcome..
but, at Christmas time, at least it seems to me,
there is 'over kill'
Santa appearing everywhere,
visiting hospitals with a sackful of
toys, kind of superficial,
but then again,
if one sees it through a child's eyes,
it can be altogether different,
perhaps, through a child's eyes,
'I remember when I was 4 and ill in hospital
and Santa came to visit me'
and that is a very lovely memory to hold on to.
El,
I was chuffed with your line about
'no turkey for Christmas'
what a blessed thought.
Hey Gracie ...

I think that there are folks who will do charitable works year round, and there are others that need a little extra incentive to push them to that level ... so if soemone can use something like Christmas as that little bit of extra inspiration to get something from that portion of the population that contributes only once in a wile .. then at least it adds something to the total charitable contributions ...

WHile I dislike the commercialism of some of the holidays, I am not against the efforts to use those occasions to encourage a few good deeds.

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Deer Whisperer wrote:
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:)... I do.
My dad being frugal had not bought a color TV by the time I left the house. To view color TV, I would have to at friends or at my girl friend's house. Even when his console TV quit later on when I was on to my life, he bought a black-and-white portable for replacement.
I bought him a color TV a bit later when I sensed he wouldn't fuss much about it.
But the reason I use the term ... it's an homage to a posting buddy on Yahoo! message boards when I plied them. A witty fellow with a unique humor. For some reason he would use the term with mixing up the cases of the characters. I often mix them too, but sometimes don't.
He disappeared from the forum boards and it was subsequently learned he had passed from a cancer. He was in his 50s.
interesting explanatoin ... sorry to hear about your freind's passing.

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RMQuinn37 wrote:
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Whole heartedly agree with you especially after spending 4 years working at Macy's. It's crazy. And every year at least one person or more gets killed, trampled in the throngs at Walmart.
when yuo think about it ... the least they can do is let in 5 at a time at a controlled rate (5 SECOND INTERVALS) so the folk can disperse through the store in an organized manner.

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eleanorigby wrote:
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It's really sad...somebody daughter...
You read my mind there Tony, no way is this car going with all that
fuel inside. Fingers crossed the A55 is clear tomorrow.
Off track, but have you seen the price they are charging for tickets
for the Rolling Stones concert? One bloke was on the tv saying he
was quite happy to pay 700 for a 400 ticket..and..he has already seen them 17 times. He looked quite rational as well!
The most expensive at a re-sale site according to BBC News last night was 37,000! Madness to my mind, but guess they expect someone will pay it. Not sure I can see the point of paying that much to watch a bunch of OAPs, however good they once were.

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The most expensive at a re-sale site according to BBC News last night was 37,000! Madness to my mind, but guess they expect someone will pay it. Not sure I can see the point of paying that much to watch a bunch of OAPs, however good they once were.
Hi Tony, good to see you again. I've seen alot of mark up in the re-sale price of tickets but not that bad, however I was not trying to buy a top of the line ticket. I went to Chicage and tried to buy a Chicago Cubs Baseball ticket. If I remember right they wanted about $150 per ticket. I told the guy I didn't want to "buy the team" just watch a game, and I walked off.

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<quoted text>Oh crimony! Muddy water is the worst! And more rain tomorrow, gosh. I hope you remain high and dry Tony!
Cheers PP - we haven't had a problem - aside from the drive back yesterday when we had to divert as part of the road was washed away! We're lucky - although we have a gorgeous view overlooking the river, we are up above it by about 300 feet, so no difficulty with flooding. Little local villages suffered flash floods - the problem with Cornwall is that quite a few are built at the bottom of sttep-sided valleys as they began life as fishing villages. When we get heavy prolonged rain, a torrent can develop. Here's a couple of links from previous floods, one in Lynmouth in the 1950s, one from Boscastle in 2004:

http://www.google.co.uk/imgres...

http://www.youtube.com/watch...

Lynmouth is actually in North Devon, but the topography is the same.

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Hi Tony, good to see you again. I've seen alot of mark up in the re-sale price of tickets but not that bad, however I was not trying to buy a top of the line ticket. I went to Chicage and tried to buy a Chicago Cubs Baseball ticket. If I remember right they wanted about $150 per ticket. I told the guy I didn't want to "buy the team" just watch a game, and I walked off.
Hi CA, good to see you. We have the same problem with tickets for international rugby matches: what once cost less than 1 when I was a lad are now over 400 per game. Part of the problem is that corporate money for entertaining has pushed up the price of tickets. I now watch it on TV - I am neither willing nor able to pay those sort of prices to go to the match, especially when you factor in travelling up to London from the West Country.

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Cheers PP - we haven't had a problem - aside from the drive back yesterday when we had to divert as part of the road was washed away! We're lucky - although we have a gorgeous view overlooking the river, we are up above it by about 300 feet, so no difficulty with flooding. Little local villages suffered flash floods - the problem with Cornwall is that quite a few are built at the bottom of sttep-sided valleys as they began life as fishing villages. When we get heavy prolonged rain, a torrent can develop. Here's a couple of links from previous floods, one in Lynmouth in the 1950s, one from Boscastle in 2004:
http://www.google.co.uk/imgres...
http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Lynmouth is actually in North Devon, but the topography is the same.
my ex wife grew up in a small town just near the Bay of fundy where they have the highest tides in the world .. usualy around 45 feet, sometimes over 50 feet.....

The town itself has an area of several acres that is above sea level during low tide but below sea level at high tide ... in 1962 the dikes were overflowed by an exceptionally high tide ... I saw film footage of water nearly up to the second floor window of many houses ....with people in rowboats checking on whoever was trapped to get them to dry land ...

SInce then they added 6 feet height to those dikes ...

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franko wrote:
<quoted text>when yuo think about it ... the least they can do is let in 5 at a time at a controlled rate (5 SECOND INTERVALS) so the folk can disperse through the store in an organized manner.
That would be the responsible thing. If you cause the mayhem you should control the crowd.

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tony1003 wrote:
<quoted text>The most expensive at a re-sale site according to BBC News last night was £37,000! Madness to my mind, but guess they expect someone will pay it. Not sure I can see the point of paying that much to watch a bunch of OAPs, however good they once were.
Are you joking?!? That's like $60,000 US! The word crazy comes to mind again but I suppose there will be those who will spend it.

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<quoted text>Hi Tony, good to see you again. I've seen alot of mark up in the re-sale price of tickets but not that bad, however I was not trying to buy a top of the line ticket. I went to Chicage and tried to buy a Chicago Cubs Baseball ticket. If I remember right they wanted about $150 per ticket. I told the guy I didn't want to "buy the team" just watch a game, and I walked off.
Good Answer!!:-)

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tony1003 wrote:
<quoted text>Hi CA, good to see you. We have the same problem with tickets for international rugby matches: what once cost less than £1 when I was a lad are now over £400 per game. Part of the problem is that corporate money for entertaining has pushed up the price of tickets. I now watch it on TV - I am neither willing nor able to pay those sort of prices to go to the match, especially when you factor in travelling up to London from the West Country.
You can often see more action on the TV than live.

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Nov 26, 2012
 
RMQuinn37 wrote:
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You can often see more action on the TV than live.
Butting in here

[and.. Good afternoon El.. everyone]

I agree, not only with regard to sporting events
but other occasions too,
one can watch on TV & enjoy, more comfortably
in the confines of one's home home

[Jeez! I'm beginning to sound like the Queen [Ha!] >

'I would have thought ONE would
feel more relaxed in ONE's own home' ha ha!

but you know what I mean..lol!

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franko wrote:
<quoted text>Hey Gracie ...
I think that there are folks who will do charitable works year round, and there are others that need a little extra incentive to push them to that level ... so if soemone can use something like Christmas as that little bit of extra inspiration to get something from that portion of the population that contributes only once in a wile .. then at least it adds something to the total charitable contributions ...
WHile I dislike the commercialism of some of the holidays, I am not against the efforts to use those occasions to encourage a few good deeds.
Good points Franko,

only thing tho.. the commercialism can be so overdone at Christmas.

I dislike intensely those who wait outside a store to almost
entrap people coming out into giving..

does it ever occur to these people that many
of us might be involved in charitable events where
it is done privately and far away from the public eye.

Still tho'
the bottom line is,
they mean well.

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Nov 26, 2012
 
Paisley_Posey wrote:
<quoted text>I LOVE grocery shopping at 1AM! lol
No crowds, no hurries, friendly staff, friendlier and more talkative shoppers, and they're always restocking what the shelves had run out of, so that they have what you're there for.
I'm an admitted night owl though, and like empty streets too.
HIGH FIVE!!!!

AT LAST! A girl after my own heart!

PP

I remember one Christmas Eve,
as we were going out mid afternoon,

my neighbor, who is a very nice person,
but lives a very ordered life,
no room for ANY spontaneity
[well that's how *she* likes it, and fine by me]

Anyway she told us she was dead weary& completely stressed out
having queued 2 hours in the Supermarket with
lines of people.

'Why didn't you do what we did' I suggested.

'We shopped in the early hours of this day
2:30am!' came home then
and broke open a bottle of fine wine..
went to bed and slept late into the morning..
knowing our job done:

'CRAZY

' she replied.

'You folks are quite nuts'
I hope you dont mind if I say! NO WAY would I
sacrifice my sleeping hours just to go shopping'

I replied

'Hang on a second' YOU are calling Us 'nuts'!

eventho' we shopped in the essence of comfort & peace in the small hours
no frustration : no crowds, none of the stress you encountered
today

Now do a rain-check!'WHO exactly is nuts here, I'd like to know!

She smiled shook her head and went her way..

A sweet neighbour,
we agreed to differ

It's SUCH a gift that we're all made differently.

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Grace Nerissa wrote:
<quoted text>Good points Franko,

only thing tho.. the commercialism can be so overdone at Christmas.

I dislike intensely those who wait outside a store to almost
entrap people coming out into giving..

does it ever occur to these people that many
of us might be involved in charitable events where
it is done privately and far away from the public eye.

Still tho'
the bottom line is,
they mean well.
I agree!
However, what rubs me is where are the charitable folks in May thru September? The need is still great then. I know from experience after serving in a soup kitchen during those months. Holiday season, people are stepping all over one another; post holiday season, CUE THE CRICKET NOISE!

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RMQuinn37 wrote:
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That would be the responsible thing. If you cause the mayhem you should control the crowd.
you'd think they would know better after all these years, eh? Have any of these stores been sued when injury or death occured? Have any suits been won?

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Grace Nerissa wrote:
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Good points Franko,
only thing tho.. the commercialism can be so overdone at Christmas.
I dislike intensely those who wait outside a store to almost
entrap people coming out into giving..
does it ever occur to these people that many
of us might be involved in charitable events where
it is done privately and far away from the public eye.
Still tho'
the bottom line is,
they mean well.
I have gotten to the point that I just look down, avoid eye contract and walk by those people a store entrances. If one of them tries to push me, I tell them I already gave at another station.

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franko wrote:
<quoted text>I have gotten to the point that I just look down, avoid eye contract and walk by those people a store entrances. If one of them tries to push me, I tell them I already gave at another station.
Yes,

I do a variation on the same theme..
I add:

'Thanks.. but I am already very attentive to 'my own' charities'

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Boomer7 wrote:
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I agree!
However, what rubs me is where are the charitable folks in May thru September? The need is still great then. I know from experience after serving in a soup kitchen during those months. Holiday season, people are stepping all over one another; post holiday season, CUE THE CRICKET NOISE!
That's EXACTLY what I meant a few posts
back when I mentioned what you do now -
WHY all the hype at Christmas in particular?

Others answered that one here.

You & your good lady wife
seem very tuned into helping
the less fortunate.

Well done -

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