We've got some interesting people on HubPages with many points of view on many subjects. These things are good but if you are like me it is rather bewildering not knowing who the person looks like at the other end of the avatar or even where they are geographically. Call me old fashioned but I like the appearance of face to face conversations.
I understand that location is not something many people want to share. So, if you would like to be specific on your location that would be great. Equally as great would be if you felt better as to general terms like England, Australia, United States, Canada or where ever. Just curious from my end.
I reside in Shenandoah, Iowa in the heart of the United States. It's a town of about 6,000 in a highly rural and agricultural area. We basically have three major plants that keep Shenandoah alive. Never been outside the country but would love to hear from all of you.
I am from the West Indies, you know in the Caribbean. Not indigenous, Arab ancestry obviously( check the name),but I am a true Caribbean girl; " Ah luv up meh culture" . A little island surrounded by water but only have visited a beach only about five times of my 20 yrs, sad isn't it?
I am originally from Cairo, Egypt, who lived 4 years in Japan where I survived the 1995 Kobe earthquake. I moved to Rolla Missouri to study more about earthquakes! I now live in Overland Park, south of Kansas City, KS, where the seismic activity is low. Good for me!
Holly, you should come & visit me. They just shut down another plant last week along my commute. So, there is now an abandoned chemical plant AND an abandoned steel mill along my daily commute. I can't say the the electrical wholesaler left an abandoned warehouse, because they knocked it down. It is now a nice empty lot. Have I ever mentioned that I only drive 5 miles to get to work?
But I'll go ahead and say it again: I can't honestly figure out how, with all of the unemployment and the mass exodus, Detroit still has a traffic problem. Where the hell is everybody driving to? The buildings are empty but there are as many cars jamming up the streets as ever...
Well, I didn't realize how close we are! No wonder we get along so well
I'm beyond being upset by it. I'm just hoping to survive for another 18 months or so, so I can get on to my next plan... I'm still working but my salary got cut pretty badly. There are now three people I know (used to know?) who have gone missing. One walked away from a foreclosure, and the other two just dropped off. I have no idea where any of them are... e-mail accounts closed, phone numbers not in service... Scott? Chris? Carol? if you guys are reading this, call me OK?
I pictured you in New England. who knows why. It is very possible you already told me, and I forgot... but Great Lakes people stick in my mind, so who really knows.
We actually don't have any snow this year. I was bitching all through November in preparation for the fact that we can't afford snowplows. It must have been a reverse jinx We've only had a couple storms that melted fast. So far. It really stinks when you still have to go to work, even though there is nobody in a truck to plow out the blizzard.
You're maybe in Sheridan? I worked in Gillette one year, hung out at the night rodeo in Cody one other....
FROM Montana--born in Florida but left at 6 months of age. Have lived in 8 of the 11 western states, all but NM, UT, ID. Currently planted rather firmly in Arizona, about a mile from the Mexican border.
Close enough for me! I grew up in Powell and used to go to the Cody rodeo pretty much every week, then spent high school following my stepbrothers to every rodeo in the state I could make it to (hurt my knee bad, it kept me from competing myself ). Now I just have to content myself with spending the week at the fairgrounds for the Wyo Rodeo once a year and call it good...darn life getting in the way and all that .
Well now, I'm 25 miles south of Texarkana, AR/TX in extreme SW Arkansas. Texarkana is located on both sides of the state line. I grew up on the Texas side so consider myself a real Texan. Yall might remember the Tony Alamo drama this past year. Well, his compound is only a few miles from my house. this is actually the Sulphur River Bottoms. Nobody wants to mess with this area. Plus, I live 1 mile from Boggy Creek, home of Big Foot!
I am from Moldova, a former Soviet Union country (Eastern Europe). It's situated between Romania and Ukraine. We gained our independence in 1991, so now are building a market economy here. There are a lot of economical, political and social problems here. The last 8years we were ruled by the communist party... Here is a lot to say but it's already another topic.
As I mentioned in one of my comments here, the culture difference is obvious and I am doing my very best to be a part of the family.
My avatar is actually me in all my silver tress glory! I live in Maple Ridge, BC which is about an hours drive [on a good day] from Vancouver and two or three hours away from Whistler. Both are bustling with excitement for the upcoming 2010 Olympics. Maple Ridge is surrounded by mountains, lakes and the mighty Fraser River. Golden Ears provincial park is a mere 20 minutes from my front door and I have a fabulous view of the peaks from my back deck and the rest of the range from my living room window. I'm proud to be Canadian and to live in beautiful British Columbia!
I drove out that way several years ago on I-80. I remember at the time the relentless tolls I had to pay at. You mention "yawn". Now it can't be any worse than the outback wasteland of southwest Iowa. We'll have to exchange photos sometime.
Although I sypathize with the snow situation it still looks like a pretty nice place to visit. Forgive my ignorance but what is the "Med" you mentioned. Talk about placing myself out there like a sore thumb. I take it you don't get that much snow there.
OK, still far away from me but a WHOLE lot closer than England or France. You know what? I bet you are currently receiving the best weather out of any of us so far. That's just wrong! I say we should all pack up and have a barbeque at manlypoetryman's place!
Yeah, Captain Kangaroo! Just kidding. A little Monday humor never hurts. Last time I was in Memphis was about twenty years ago on a bus. I was on my way home from Desert Storm. I wouldn't mind going down that way for a looksy and a gander around.
B.C., If you go to Graceland, take a body guard with you. The neighborhood around there is not what it used to be. Sun Studios is great, in fact, Midtown is my favorite part of the city to hang out in. Lots of great bars and laid back people.
Thanks to the both of you..I will be leaving Ohio on the 8th and traveling the coast, visiting my aunt in N.C. and I plan on detouring to see SUN..and since you have mentioned other places you have me very interested in..I may just stay an extra day in Memphis to see all it has to offer TYVM
Wow..I had that in mind, and somehow forgot about it..I myself play a Dean and also have a fender..I will definitly see if I can get a factory tour..if you have any info on getting a tour, please, by all means e-mail me..I may even stay 3 days in Memphis..it sounds like it just might be one of my best stops!
OK, now you've lost me. I admit. I've seen the movie "Core" which takes place mostly underground but I haven't the foggiest where you are. I guess I'll have to grab a tree branch, close my eyes and see where it points me.
Oh and my contribution to this thread is yes I also live near the Med, in sunny Spain (SE), but I'm originally from Scotland. I was WARM in Scotland, houses were insulated against the cold. I've never been so bloody cold in my life as what I am here in 'sunny' Spain. Roll on Spring!
Nor probably do the Portugese, Italians or any of the other countries bordering the Med. To Goldenpath, we are pretty near the equator here. We get long hours of sunshine, warm sunshine, all year round, but night-time in winter especially is cold - not as cold as other places - but cold nonetheless. I read somewhere a comfortable house sits around 18-20 degreesC. My house sits around 5C in winter and 35C in summer. Too cold and too hot.
*A FORMAL INVITATION* When it gets too hot for you on those sundry days you are most welcome to fly over here to sunny Iowa to enjoy the "fun filled" snow and joyous crisp air. I tell you what. I will even through in a complementary spot of ground for you to make a snow angel.
Then again how 'bout we just exchange depressing post cards.
I'm 400 metres high in the mountains here. We got lying snow this year for the first time since I moved here. Not the first time ever - I'm told it's rare but it happens! Lost all my papayas We never get much rain unless there is a 'gota fria' where it rains extremely heavily for days causing all sorts of flood damage. I love spring and autumn. Hate summer, hate winter. Six months out of 12 of perfect weather can't be bad, eh? Ouzo! Yuk! Vodka goes down OK though, and loads of cheap red Spanish wine!
Well, sis. All I get here is hot and humid summers. Tornadoes in spring. Fall is pretty dead but yet dead pretty trees. The only "mountains" anywhere near here are the Loess Hills created by ancient glaciers. We also get a massive flood every twenty one years or so. I remember the Great Flood of 1993. It was devastating. Not looking forward to that again.
I am all for the barbeque. However, at the risk of sounding like a party pooper I must pass on the alcohol. I don't even drink high caffeinated products. Tell you what. I'll bring the lovely hot chocolate and we'll all have a great time chewing the fat over global issues.
It's a bit strange what's happened to me recently, and you saying you don't drink alcohol reminded me. I've been writing a lot of amazon hubs about gardening, they're my niche, so to speak. Anyway, on browsing their site, I realised they sell a lot of certain flower varieties, so instead of writing about annual or perennial flowers, I chose to write about the ones they sell most of. The first I chose were poppies, and the first thing I did was look up poppies on google for interesting things to say about them, only to discover that roughly half of all poppies are opium poppies! I thought they were some rare and foreign variety. So now I'm advocating drugs whether I wanted to or not. Today I thought, I'll write about Morning Glory flowers (there was a lot of them) and would you believe they also have a drug connotation! Jeez! That's probably why they sell so many!
That's cute. Over here we have Veterans Day. Every year we have ladies from Veteran clubs and organizations giving away poppy flowers to people to show support for Vets. Now I see their enthusiasm. Boy, when I was in the war I never had any poppy...
Nice little niche you got there. Watch out, though. You might get some wonderful hardcore fans from the black market.
Thirty years ago I probably would have been a very receptive customer. That would not go over well now that I'm a clergyman. You could probably put together some very interesting recipes. Perhaps Brownies ala High or maybe even Cream of Canabis Soup. For dessert how 'bout some Rocky Road Poppy ice cream.
My eyes are willowing up with tears. My nasals are draining. My knees are knocking. Oh the thought of this vacation sounds swell! Now I can type just fine but I don't yet know how to make all the cute little faces I am seeing. I can do smile and frown.
Greetings asanders3 from a little south of Little Rock, Arkansas. Your presence on this thread has added immensely to it's greatness. We are anxiously having a battle of global proportions as a few of us are salivating like wild dogs over the climate that others on this thread are having. Now, I'm a highly religious man but boy, I feel dumped on after hearing the heavenly weather in other parts of the world.
So far we are planning a barbeque where it's beautiful without rain eight months out of the year. Are you in?
Well, he's got to do something right? He really doesn't have the skills to be in politics and that is his own admission. I think he came into this with a plan, but didn't realize that as "the people" was much different as to what he could do in office...his heart was in the right place, he even worked the 1st year with no pay...California is just in a bad place at the moment.. google,yahoo, cisco systems, Intel...I mean the list goes on..you would think we would be in a better place since technology is here...but because of the money..prices go up with it..the majority of residents of this State can't keep up...so the little people kind of get pushed back...our kids, our elderly...I'm sure it is like that everywhere...(it is always worse were you are) but at least we have Arnold to keep our schools closed and homeless...well homeless, we feel better when an actor keeps us in our place
It's too bad. I don't live there but to me it seems that the powerhouse that California is with all it's industry and resources it could easily lead the nation in progress given the right leadership. I may be way off on this but it's just an outsiders view of that great state.