Revenge Of The Poisonous Ones

So you thought you got rid of us..

Since the last PO hub is getting slower by the comment, I’ve decided to rerun one the tales I deleted when HP was idling anything and everything. It would have been featured again along with others I removed from the site I believe.

I like this tale as it seemed perfect for the time of year for being thankful for what we have. Some of you have read it already and the others who haven't may feel free to skip the tale and continue gabbing as usual.

This one should hold us awhile until I finish a new one. Carry on fellow officially unofficial clicquers. You know who you are!

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A Life Of Bitter Sweetness

A Drink In The Bar

It’s funny how one’s mind can jump instantly back into the past by the mere sound of a familiar voice. This is what happened when I answered the phone one Friday evening after arriving home late from work. “Simon? Simon Griffin?” the voice asked. “Yes,” I answered “this is Simon Griffin, what can I do for you?”

A gentle laugh came over the phone and I suddenly remembered the face belonging to the voice, remembered the person owning each. “Joey Butler,” I exclaimed “You ole son-of-a-gun, so good to hear your voice again.”

But I was quite sure the face I now pictured was not as fresh as when it was last imprinted upon my brain. That last impression was made over 40 years ago. Yes, a long time for it to fade into a bit of an ideal picture of youth. But then, all memories tend to do this as I discovered in my later years, all of them. But Joey’s voice was still talking when I snapped back to the present, something about Aunt Jessie. She was very ill, Joey was saying.

“Anyway, she’s asking to see us all one last time,” he said. “Can you come down this Sunday, maybe for the day?” There was but one answer of course. I had to go, but still my mind threw up a few excuses before I forced them away. After all, this was Aunt Jessie who was asking for me.

There was nothing more important in the world for me to do at this point. Some things cannot be ignored in this life and Aunt Jessie was one of them. So of course I told Joey I would be there, would call him back to tell him exactly when. The memories returned then. But it was because I wanted them to.

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Aloneness

There’s nothing quite so tragic in a child’s life than to lose one’s parents, especially when the child is very young. I can attest to this personally, can avow as to how frightened this makes a child feel. I was only 10 years old when we had the wreck on US 41. My father tried to swerve and miss the stalled semi truck and trailer when we rounded the curve. “He tried real hard,” I told the first policeman to arrive on the scene.

I didn’t remember much afterwards for a couple of weeks, not much at all. I just knew I was all alone then, knew I didn’t have anybody else who loved me. I cannot describe the feeling of aloneness at that time. I almost wanted to die myself, to join mamma and daddy in heaven.

But instead, I got to go stay at Aunt Jessie’s and Uncle Bob’s house. Of course, they weren’t my real uncle and aunt. Nope, no relation at all. Just a couple of good lonely people who took in homeless children and raised them as best they could.

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Family Of Strangers

I was terribly frightened when I first arrived, but Uncle Bob and Aunt Jessie fussed over me so much I felt like I already knew them. But I wasn’t the only foster child there, not by any means. Joey Butler was there too, and had been for over a year. There were also three girls who stayed upstairs in the old farmhouse.

Shortly after I arrived another boy, Jimmy Waites was his name, came to stay with us too. The girls, Amy Sellers, Marcy Regan, and Jill Brown, were the same age as we boys were at the time. A sort of a Brady Bunch of the day we were.

I cannot imagine more of a stable lifestyle as a kid, even if my parents hadn’t been killed in the wreck. Both Uncle Bob and Aunt Jessie were both saints to us kids. They were never able to have children of their own, never had anyone to lavish their excess love upon, at least this is what Aunt Jessie always told us.

“The good Lord brought you children to us,” she said “I prayed for children and here you are. Things always work out for the best, even if it don’t seem like it at the time. Always for the best.” I suppose she was right about that. But then, she was right about things most of the time, Aunt Jessie was.

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Bob And Jessie

I realize there were horror stories told about kids in foster homes back in the 60’s, but they weren’t about people like Uncle Bob and Aunt Jessie. They raised us as if we were indeed entrusted to them by a supreme being. But they didn’t need to be afraid of not doing a good job, as they knew exactly what to do. They loved us completely, entirely and unselfishly so. And we loved them back even harder. We had no choice in the matter.

Uncle Bob’s little farm furnished us all a good living. No high-class lodgings for us, but still better than some folks had. We all worked the small tobacco patch for all it was worth. We kids also worked for other local farmers, helping gather their tobacco and peanut crops, making some extra cash for ourselves and learning the benefits of honest labor.

We tried to give Uncle Bob and Aunt Jessie some of our earnings, but they always refused saying, “No, we get paid for your room and board by the state, you know. And y’all more than make up for it just by your working here on the place, so you see, we all come out pretty good.“


That always made us kids feel good because we wanted to help repay them for having us there, for loving us too, as we knew they did. But even then we didn’t know how much they really cared for us. As I said, we were all the same age when we lived there, so we all graduated at the same time from the same high school.

We had all sat around discussing what we would do after we finished high school many nights in the months leading up to our graduation. Whether to try to find a job, try getting into the local college and work too, or there was another option for us boys, joining the military.

For Joey, Jimmy, and myself, this latter option was almost out of the question. We had heard about Viet Nam from some of the older boys who had been there. And Uncle Bob had spoke about his service in World War II. Not that we weren’t patriotic, no not at all.

But the Korean war had caused us to rethink the honor of battle a few decades ago, and we knew what politics could do in such a case. So no, the military was out of the question. Yes, we almost-adults had talked it over amongst ourselves, but we'd reached no sure decisions, Not until graduation night, that is.

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Graduation Day

When the ceremony was over and everyone started home, Uncle Bob decided he wanted to stop at the Clear Springs Dairy Queen for a celebratory ice cream treat. This really wasn’t so unusual as he often celebrated some obscure holiday if he got the urge for a “nanner split.” So while we all were sitting in the station wagon, cramming our mouths full of ice cream, Aunt Jessie dropped the bomb.

“Younguns,” as she always referred to us and always would “y’all can go to college if you want to, whether you work part time or not. Bob and me has saved a little money over the years, in fact, we saved what the state paid us for keeping you all these years and added some from the farm too. You always more’n earned your keep,” she said with her eyes shimmering with tears ready to overrun them at any moment.

“So you each have a savings account with enough money in it to help pay for a college education. Enough to study what you want to do and be in life. I know y’all will do well, you’re the best kids we coulda ever hoped for and we’re so proud of you.” Of course, not only Aunt Jessie’s tears cascaded, they seemed to be contagious on the inside of the station wagon. Again, we loved them so.

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Life Goes On

After graduation we boys scattered to the winds, while the girls married local boys--we said it was because they didn’t want to leave Uncle Bob and Aunt Jessie--and had wonderful families and lives. Us boys finally married too with families of our own. But I still checked in with Aunt Jessie every so often. No, never often enough I’m sorry to say, but she knew how I felt about her and Uncle Bob. They were more than family to me, after all.

So now it was time to go see Aunt Jessie. Uncle Bob had died only ten years after that graduation night. “Died in his sleep,” Aunt Jessie said. “ Died happy, happy as a man could die.” Nothing more was needed to be said by her about it. We all understood. Uncle Bob had enjoyed his life to the fullest and taught us to do the same.

And now Aunt Jessie’s time was near. Yes, life is bittersweet at best. Aunt Jessie had a saying about such things. “Swallow the bitter and savor the sweet.” She would pronounce this at opportune and especially sad times in our young lives. More times than you may think.

Last Visit Home

That was a few weeks ago and I did go home to see Aunt Jessie one more time. I got to see the other kids again too--even though we all have grandkids ourselves now--and we relived old times just like you’re supposed to, with everyone enjoying the reunion and seeing Aunt Jessie. “All of you “younguns” turned out so well,” she said “Bob was always bragging about y’all every time we went to town."

"Them is the best kids a man could ever hope to have, he always told folks, like y’all were his own flesh and blood. And y’all were IN his blood, if nothing else. I’d never seen him so happy before you younguns came to stay with us. There was just something missing around the place. Y’all brought this old farmhouse to life with your laughter, and even with your tears too. But y’all know how much we love you. I know you do.”

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Sweetness To Atone For

Yes we did. We’d known from the time we first stepped inside the old farmhouse, had sensed it when we walked through the door. So we had our last visit with Aunt Jessie before scattering to the four winds once again. But we “younguns” knew we would see each other again soon, but not too soon we all hoped.

Aunt Jessie didn’t last long after the visit, though. She’d seen her “younguns’ one last time and this was enough for her, I suppose. She died early yesterday morning. A truly full and fruitful life she’d led, with no waste of precious time for her at all. I got to tell her goodbye and that’s what was most important. To say goodbye.

But I’ve got to leave now. A funeral to attend to, you know. I’ve got a lot of bitter to swallow for the next few days. Got a lifetime of savory sweetness to make up for. But thanks for listening to me while I drowned my sorrows. I appreciate the ear you’ve so kindly lent me stranger so I told the bartender to put your drinks on my tab. But always remember, “Savor the sweetness while you can.”

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1908 comments

eppie 2 years ago

I call first!

On a serious note, Randy the story.. WOW.

@izzy As to what you were talking about. The serious nature of the body attacking itself is that it does not give prior warning or symptoms. It simply starts chewing. That is frightening. There used to be only a handful of conditions like that. But now the list is getting longer and longer!


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I think in the 'old days'--I've been waiting till I was old enough to actually use those two words--not knowing how many things could do you in. I remember as a child asking why a person had died. "He wuz jest too old, Honey," they would simply say. They really didn't know much about different kinds of diseases and cancers back then.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

LoL@ the 1st sentence in my last comment. Obviously I lost my thought somewhere along the way. Yep....I've got Old Timers Disease, known as OTD for short.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I see people are discussing Helium again. Beware those creeps as they will steal your work and sell it after they ban you from the site. I lost over 100 articles to them, articles that were making money before I was banned. They are thieves and liars at helium.com.


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PoeticFailosophy 2 years ago from Cuzco, Peroo

Neat story. I knew two families like, as a kid and as a young adult. But in both cases I think they were foster child hoarders. Most of the kids in those families were messed up in some way, even the biological kids, but they kept on taking in more and more. One of them homeschooled all the kids, so they were all dumber than a bag of hammers to boot. The state just looks the other way. When I hear about large foster families my skin crawls. I'm sure there are some decent people out there though.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I knew of some bad foster families too, PF. I also knew of some foster parents who actually loved the children as their own and raised them to be fine adults. The luck of the draw, I suppose.


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Beautiful story, Randy. I've been a foster mum and had the immense pleasure of hearing how my efforts made a difference in a child's life. There's nothing more rewarding than hearing a 'youngun' recount the stories that left a lasting impression and made a difference. And it is really lovely to hear that my parenting style is replicated in their lives with their own children.

Voted up and more of course. :)


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Checking in quickly before I take elder daughter back home. Will talk more later.


Ghaelach 2 years ago

Hi Randy.

An awesome story.

You might say I along with my two sisters where one of the lucky ones. Having wonderful parents, at least my mother was. Father was a bit to heavy handed.

We see it all the time in the news papers about foster kids being mishandled, so reading your story makes things a little easier to believe.

Have a great NEW YEARS bash.

LOL Ghaelach

Europe 2:25pm


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

LongTimeMother--I so admire you for raising foster children, and especially how they learned parenthood from such a good person. You never cease to impress me! Thanks for your time and great input on this tale! :)


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

@Ghaelach--I appreciate hearing both sides of the situation from both you and LongTimeMother. There are also horror stories told by the children of REAL parents these days. Thanks so much for relating your experience and for your time reading this tale. :)


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Thanks Randy, but I'm a long way short of perfect. lol. Interesting though, my eldest daughter (the one I wrote about) has been encouraging me to become qualified as a counsellor for foster kids. She says she likes how I "help make the world a better place", which is lovely feedback to get. I'm just sorry I haven't figured out how to make her world better right now.

I promised her I'd look into it. Not sure how I feel about going back to school at my age though. :)


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

I read this beautiful tale this morning, Randy. It is very uplifting. I guess one of the problems of people fostering children nowadays, at least in the UK, is that I believe in most cases the natural parents are still alive, they just fail at parenthood, so in many cases the foster children have been through terrible neglect, or even abuse, which makes them very challenging in their own way. So foster parents might start with the best intentions, but still not be able to do right by the kids.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

I was hesitant to start my poisonous whining here so soon after publication, but my card has apparently been cloned and somebody was spending money I don't have on the Christmas sales. Just cut all my cards up and handed them to a courier. Aaaarrgh. Horrid criminals preying on defenceless, unemployed people!


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Follow your heart, LTM! I do indeed understand your concerns about having to go for further education though. I'd dread the loss of time studying at my age--time is worth more to me than money--but you may be of a different bent with your ability to help others in such a manner with a different reward in mind also. :) I applaud your willingness to help such unfortunate children any way you can.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yes aa, it may be quite a challenge for some foster parents to undo the damage already done to the children by their real parents. That's why I so admire the foster parents who achieve the job of looking at the world as being a wonderful place to inhabit rather than some kind of hell to endure.

About your card being compromised, you shouldn't be responsible for the charges you didn't make on it. My debit card--a Visa--has been compromised several times but I've never been charged for the losses. My bank simply sends me a new card a few days later. Any suspicious activity on my account causes notification to be sent to me listing the charges.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Yep Randy, the bank guy said they would refund me and send me new cards. But he said they would have to do an investigation of my cards before doing that, which is why they sent a courier to pick them up. No idea what and how they will investigate. Maybe they need to check that I really wasn't using the card to buy these things. They must have asked me about 10 times to confirm that I didn't do this transaction.

Whoever was using the card was trying to spend a little bit over £900 in a department store! They arose suspicions because they tried to do the exact same amount twice! How very weird. Apparently they were then asked a few security questions, which they couldn't answer. Unfortunately I don't think this was grounds for arresting them.

I'm just glad I answered the phone. I often don't because all my calls are from people in India trying to convince me that I was in a car accident, and I should sue, or that I should sue my bank for PPI charges.


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

I still actively help foster kids and their families in my area but I doubt I'll bring any more into my home fulltime. My husband deserves a bit of peace and quiet. He gets far more stressed than I do.

My daughter remembers how useless and unhelpful counsellors were when I was new to fostering and she was just a child. We managed okay, but there are other families who really struggle and there's no counsellor available in my neck of the woods so I'm an unofficial one.

We spoke at length about it a couple of days ago. She was very insistent. Her health is very poor at the moment and I was surprised by how long she spoke and how she was trying to get me to enrol in a course straight away. I can't help but wonder if she's trying to get me busy and give me a goal and a purpose in case I lose her. I desperately hope that's not the case, but it seems like the kind of thing she'd do.

I know she's not giving up, but every day is very difficult and she's very weak. Nice of her to be thinking of others, don't you think?


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I wonder how these people actually pull these things off, aa. Do they make fake credit cards with the correct numbers on them, or simply give the retailer the numbers on the card? If I were a retailer I would be suspicious of anyone without the actual card in evidence. It puzzles me how easy the thieves pull off these transactions without going online and ordering products.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I can believe your daughter is thinking about your well being, LTM. Simply another indication of the great job you did as a parent. She has to know you worry tremendously about her and the future.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Yep, the guy kept asking me about how I could have had the card "cloned". I'm afraid I couldn't really give satisfactory answers, which is probably why they are investigating.

The guy actually had the card with him in store, and he was knew my PIN (in the UK they moved to the PIN system, rather than signatures). The two possibilities the fraud guy had was that I used a fake ATM (which apparently are becoming quite common), or that somebody had copied the card when I was paying for something (so they must have had a "fake" card reader, which recorded the PIN). But that is so unlikely, because really I just use the card in supermarkets. I use it a lot online, but they couldn't have got my PIN from that.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I can use my ATM card as a credit or debit card and it comes right from my bank account. I don't think using a card reader enables a thief to obtain the PIN when the card is swiped, otherwise every thief would have one.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

I think what they do is have "bad" card readers, which record the numbers you press into them, in the UK you now have to enter your PIN every time you pay with your card. The difficulty from the thief's point of view, is that he also has to take down the details of the card, without looking suspicious, which is why the suggestion is that it might have been in a restaurant, and the waiter might have taken the card away for a bit, but I haven't been to a restaurant for ages.

So the "fake" ATM is the better possibility, but I must have been pretty unlucky, because I've hardly withdrawn any cash in the last few months.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

aa, I was reading something about fake ATMs the other day- however, if you have used a fake ATM, wouldn't your bank list where money was withdrawn on your statements? I'm really sorry to hear about it anyway, barstands!!

Randy, I'm off to read your hub now :))


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Off to the doctor to check out my "bite" or whatever it is. Later on POs!


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

We've seen stories about this on tv in Australia, aa lite. The explanation is really very simple. ATM machines are the most likely places for it to happen. The scanner is attached to the card slot and makes the 'entry' a little deeper. As the card is pushed in, it records the details. A tiny camera is positioned above to record your fingers pressing your pin number. Fake cards are made overseas.

Most of our ATM machines have warnings (on stickers and also programmed onto the screen display) warning us to cover the keyboard as we enter our pin. It is very common in Australia for people to place one hand above their fingers. I've been doing it for years.

We now have a special chip in our cards that make it 'near-impossible' to copy them. However, if you lose your card you have to notify the bank immediately because many banks now have automatic approval below a certain amount. There's no need to enter your pin at all.

Challenge your bank if there's a problem. They should have warnings about the scam process just like ours do. I'll send you photos of Australian ATM machines if you like. Complain about their negligence in not passing on appropriate information that would have helped protect your account from unauthorised access.


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gmwilliams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Randy and all, hope you had a beautiful Christmas. Aalite, sorry to hear about your situation. Yes, Helium is a horrid place. I also put a thread on Helium if anyone is interested in commenting: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/119093


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Randy, this is a sweet, wonderful story. Too often we hear horror stories about foster homes and foster kids. I'm sure there are plenty of Uncle Bobs and Aunt Jessies out there.

Great story!


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

That's really worrying about your PIN being known as well, Aa!


eppie 2 years ago

Anyone else see the guy in the forum? Follow me I will teach you how to make money on adsense. LOL Hollie saw it. I think it will end up on my blog.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

@BraveWarrior--Glad you enjoyed this tale of bitter sweetness. Such people do need to be recognized for their selfless time spent raising children who've had a hard time. Thanks for the comments! :)


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Yes it is WA. Unless (and I'm getting paranoid now) it was the call itself that was the scam. I don't think so, he had me call the bank, and then the woman from the bank connected me back to him. So it wasn't a case of somebody just calling me, telling me these things and then me giving my cards to a courier.

Although he did ask me to type the PIN into the phone, to cancel it, which seemed weird.

I guess it could be something as simple as somebody watching over my shoulder when I used the pin, and me not noticing it. But then how would they have the rest of the card details?

You should all head over to PF's corner of HP and read his newest, if you haven't done it yet. It is very funny.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

LTM, UK ATM machines also have warnings, but I never heard about cameras. The warnings are usually about the machine looking strange, or behaving strangely when you use it. I did actually talk out some money a week ago or so, and not from my bank's ATM but one of those "generic" but non-charging ones.

From what I understood the bank is going to cancel the charge (£900, yikes!) and send me new everything. I'm not sure what they need to investigate, I think they want to make sure that I hadn't bought this myself and then lied about it. Not sure if they can tell this from the card, but maybe it leaves some kind of unique "footprint".


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

That all sounds kind of odd, aa. I'd be heading straight to the bank and closing any accounts linked to those cards, withdrawing any cash and opening new accounts without any kind of link to the old account numbers. In fact, I'd probably change banks.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Touching hub Randy. My wife and I were relief/respite foster parents for a few years. Kids would come to stay with us for a few days to a couple of weeks to give their permanent foster parents a break. We often got very attached to the children and were sad to see them go,


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada

Hi Randy, I enjoy the photos you use to illustrate the time frame in this story. That old 1958 Ford wagon is a beauty, a real family car. I am always impressed when I hear about people like Aunt Jessie and Uncle Bob with their genuine caring and nurturing. They make the world a better place for sure. Regards snakeslane


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gmwilliams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Again, this is a wonderfully told hub. Keep on writing such wonderful stories.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Damn HP and their useless stats which don't work. I think my traffic is up a bit, but of course I can't check.

I'm now getting paranoid that the phone call yesterday about my card was, in fact, the scam. The only re-assuring thing about it was that I phoned the bank's "lost and stolen" cards section, and they connected me back to the guy. Would the scammers be able to compromise the bank's phone line? It's just that handing one's cards to a courier does not feel very safe. Although they were cut in half, but does that make them unclonable?

Damn the feelings of helplessness created by modern technology!


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

aa, I wouldn't have thought so! As long as you were able to verify that the number you phoned was the bank's "lost and stolen" section and not a number they offered you. Why don't you try to ring the bank again and ask them to confirm that this is the procedure when a card has been cloned? If only to put your mind at rest!


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

No, it was the number at the back of my card. Of course the simplest thing to do would to phone the bank, but that would mean doing something…..and I so like to sit there and stew in my own miserable juices.

The guy said he would phone me on Monday morning for a progress report.

You know, I think this is what I find so suspicious about this whole thing, the level of service, sending a courier to my door, who was here so quickly etc. I mean I expected them to just cancel my card, and then leave me sitting around and waiting for the next one to arrive, whenever that might be.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Don't panic, but on GMTV they were discussing these scams etc. Apparently, the scammers contact you and then ask you to ring your bank, but when you put the phone down they do not- so you are still connected. The one being scammed rings the bank, before the phone rings they answer but it's another scammer, they pretend to put you through to the dept and put you through to the same person you have just spoken to. I'm not saying this has happened to you aa, but I would definitely ring your bank, just to confirm all is well.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Yep calling people now. You know I my instincts were right, and the fraud call was a scam. There were some weird things about it.

And actually I think I didn't get the muzak and the computer voice yesterday, that should have sent alarm bells ringing!


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I wish I'd bloody well remembered that part of the footage last night, aa. At least they haven't got until Monday, the pigs.


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habee 2 years ago from Georgia

Hi, guys. Randy had an accident yesterday evening. He fell off the roof and landed on his left foot. His heel bone exploded, and a big chunk of the bone was pushed up and out the side of his foot. He's in the local hospital now, but they might have to send him somewhere else. I just talked to him, and he's in a lot of pain. We're about to go see him now.

Obviously, they're worried about infection because of the open wound. They've already put him to sleep once in order to clean the wound, and they'll do so again tomorrow. Please send Randy your best thoughts for a complete and speedy recovery.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Oh no, that's awful. He kept saying that 2013 had been a bad year for him and it wasn't over yet. Send him my love and best wishes, Habee.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Yep the fraud call was the fraud. There were a lot of weird things about it, but I kept thinking to myself: I called the bank and they connected me, how could it not be legit.

I thought the call disconnected as soon as soon as one party put the phone down. I've always hated phones!

Anyway the bank said they would refund the money by tomorrow, they will send me some forms, that I absolutely have to sign but otherwise it looks like I might get off with minimal damage.

I do however feel like such a fool. It is not pleasant to allow oneself to be scammed by some skum bag.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

And thank you very much Hollie for remembering this! You guys are life savers.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

I've just read your message Habee, that is really terrible. Tell him we're thinking of him!


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

You're welcome, aa, just wish I'd remembered last night. I wasn't watching the program really, my daughter was- I just caught glimpses of it.

aa, they are able to succeed because of the element of surprise and the clever way they are able to make it look legit. They do not give you time to think about what is happening. You're not the fool because you are not the one who will be serving a prison sentence!


eppie 2 years ago

Oh no! Randy get better! That is an eerie thing. He was saying about 2013 you guys are right! That is just awful. It goes to show that you never know when something will happen. You just never imagine that it will be someone you know from the internet. We should send him an e card or something. I think I have his email somewhere. Hes on google +

@AA that is terrible about your card, your thing about the cut cards is correct. Online and for cheep and legal you can buy a card programmer and blank cards. Then, a bit of reverse engineering and you have a "slip over reader" they put it on top of an atm and when you walk up you can not tell! Most are programmed to allow an atm to work through it. In America we have scammers like that but they use a different tact. In my area they call you and tell you they have kidnapped your mother, father, brother, wife, etc etc. Then they say that if you call the cops they will be killed. You are in a panic at this time. Then they tell you to send them cash in a fed ex box or mail them a box of cash. No gps chips no other calls. They do not allow you to hang up your phone either. the way it got busted up is a funny story. A man hated his wife and he got a call that she was kidnapped when they gave him directions he said keep her and hung up. He figured he should cover his rear and called the cops. They put out a public warning about it on the news. His wife came home from the store a few hours later having spend some kind of large amount of his money and I guess they are getting a divorce. They were on the news, it was first a scam alert story then a late night joke story on them.


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PoeticFailosophy 2 years ago from Cuzco, Peroo

Randy, I hope you heal soon, and know that all of us are wishing the best for you. And stay off the roof; you can just fix a leak from the inside with duct tape and hot glue. ;)


eppie 2 years ago

Well, there you go PF you can write a DIY home improvement hub. It should be funny.


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Alastar Packer 2 years ago from North Carolina

Bless Uncle Bob and Aunt Jessie. Heaven knows the world needs more like them and always will. And bless you too my friend for this wonderful story. Now, if I could only get two young men nephews to read this my happiness would be complete.


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Hey Randy. We were expecting an update from the dermatologist, not news you'd fallen from your roof and shattered your foot. I have pretty good idea what the next few months will be like for you and your wife. My husband fell from a tall tree earlier this year and broke his ankle. He how has metal plates and screws holding it together.

If it is any consolation, he has no limp and was back at work just three months later - despite the doctors' predictions it could take a year or more. When I wrote hubs about reducing the swelling, and foods for healing broken bones, and using comfrey on his wounds I had no idea they'd be relevant to you.

I suggest you take a look though. Everything I know on the subject can be found in my hubs. If I knew your address I'd post you some Mobicosa gel.

Good luck to both of you. Glad you landed on your feet, not your head. :)


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Marcy Goodfleisch 2 years ago from Planet Earth

Randy - I'm thinking of you and sending prayers, Dear Friend. So sorry to hear of your accident.

Habee - please keep us posted; you're in a position to get updates. Thanks!


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IzzyM 2 years ago from UK

So this is where you have all gone!

Randy's injuries sound very serious and we can only hope and pray hemakes a full recovery. If you are reading this, Randy, we are all rooting for you.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Randy, I really do hope your foot heals fast and without complications!


summerberrie 2 years ago

So sorry Randy about your crushed ankle. Glad you have Habee close by..


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

Oh no! Randy! I'm sorry to hear of this latest bit of bad luck. I hope you heal up fully and quickly. 2014 has got to be better for you! Just four more days of 2013 to go -- stay safe.


eppie 2 years ago

@izzy, I agree beths comments are a bit inappropriate but I guess that is how it goes. I wanted the forum to have something about Randy that is why I made that account and posted there. I knew i would get banned soon enough but that is neither here nor there. I wanted something other than the usual trash on the forum. Randy deserves nothing less. I think we can all agree. If will wrote about randy beth would have commented about will. The way she acted is how she used to treat me in Private messages and my hubs comments and on the forums. That is why one afternoon I went loco in the forums. Any way, I know Randy will ask that we all get an update so I am waiting on that from habee.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Randy, I am so sorry to hear about your accident. My gosh, what a horrible thing to happen. I hope you get the proper rest and treatment for your foot -- and plenty of goodies for your pain. Waiting anxiously for an update.

BTW - This hub is great.


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Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

Randy, this is another wonderful story, but I read it after I found out about your horrible accident and I surely do not like thinking about death right now with you in pain in the hospital! I hope you're much better and can have a little Champaign to start 2014. So many are thinking about you and be sure to see Eppie's post on the HP Forum.

Eppie, don't let Beth's bad behavior get to you. It's not worth your attention. Thank you for making the Forum post and I still like that monkey avatar. (Animals should stick together; they are so much better behaved than humans.)


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

You know you've either had too much to drink, or your short term memory has become seriously impaired when a friend request that you sent on FB is accepted. Even though you have no idea who the friend is or any recollection of sending it.

I'm not talking about tonight, or even yesterday, but possibly Christmas Eve or the day before- I'd had one or two Woo Woo's. Or, perhaps, I'd accidentally sent a friend request. Is that even possible??

So embarrassing! I received an email saying that my friend request had been accepted, and felt compelled to thank this person for accepting it. How ridiculous!


eppie 2 years ago

Thank you WF for the encouragement. I hope you guys keep that thread alive. People are fighting for the top few spots. Randy deserves to be the first on that list. I also put up a message on my website about this and had a link to here for people to leave comments. This whole situation is just awful.


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Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

It's definitely a serious injury, Eppie. I think most of the people who know Randy aren't on the HP Forum anymore so they wouldn't see it there anyway. I really feel for his wife, Beth, because I know this is an extremely difficult time for her and I hope she will see all of the support posted here.


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Marisa Wright 2 years ago from Sydney

So sorry to hear about Randy. By coincidence, I just broke my ankle two days before Xmas. Nowhere near as seriously as Randy, but I know what mine feels like so I can only imagine what he's going through. Get well soon buddy.


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IzzyM 2 years ago from UK

The trouble with that thread is that our newly-crowned forum queen got her oar in a little early. She is back-tracking fast enough now (who do you think reported the 'troll') but if I reply again it will only fan the flames that she started. Thanks Eppie for posting it. I would not have known myself as I missed seeing the post where Randy posted his new hub. I have still to read it.

His injuries sound very serious. A bone going through skin always is, and Randy is not exactly in the first flush of youth. I think this damage may be permanent and he may always have a limp, providing he pulls through. Not a time for petty forum remarks like Beth wrote, that is why I am annoyed at her. There is a time and a place for everything.

I wish Habee would come back and update us, but possibly there is nothing new to report at this time.


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IzzyM 2 years ago from UK

@Marisa, I am so sorry to hear of your accidental injuries too, and hope the road to recovery is not long and hard. Haven't been over to Bubblews for a while, how did your back operation go?


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I would imagine that as long as they can keep infection at bay, it's then a matter of rebuilding (?) his ankle bone. Not that I know anything about it, just remembering when they had to rebuild my son's knuckles and bones in his fingers. But he's obviously younger, so perhaps the procedure was much more straight forward.


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IzzyM 2 years ago from UK

It's not his ankle bone, but his heel bone. I can't help thinking that this must be a much more serious injury and it 'exploded' according to Habee.

Youngsters heal quickly but Randy is not a youngster. I have no idea how they will treat this or what they can put back together.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Jeez, I have no idea. I wish he'd have stayed in until NY's day, as I suggested. He knew something would happen. I expect Habee will report as soon as she's able.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

I'm sending mega-vibes to Randy. Hope the situation will resolve in the best possible way.

I've bubbled about my marvellous West Gallery carols day. To save burdening this thread with an equally long description, I'm linking to that post should anyone be interested.

http://www.bubblews.com/news/1918609-uplifting-day...


eppie 2 years ago

Ha! If you search randygodwin in the HP search bar HubPages suggests renegading...that's funny. I kind of wish we could get an update here I'm fighting sleep to hear something.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Eppie, I actually don't think there might be much to update for a while. Right now they are probably just doing pain medication/keeping the wound clean, until Randy can be seen by a specialist who will decide what is to be done next.

Right now no news is good news, I think!

Aaarrgh! I've decided to prepare my first ever invoice! I am sure I will mess it up horribly, not get paid and make an even bigger fool of myself than usual.


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IzzyM 2 years ago from UK

@aa, I read about that scam you experienced . They phone you, but stay on the line after you have disconnected. They play a recording of the dialling tone so that you think you really have disconnected, then answer the number you have dialled. Clever stuff. Wonder where I read about it?


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

I've since seen something about it on the BBC website. Apparently, to be safe, you need to wait 2 minutes before using the phone again, because BT disconnects after 2 minutes.

Well I was assured that Barclays would refund the money after 24 hours, then they will send me some documents and I have to sign them and return them, otherwise they will take the money again. I wonder what the documents are about?

I have almost no cash left, and I really can't be bothered to go to the bank. I need to get some sauerkraut because I promised a friend bigos for New Year's Eve. Luckily sauerkraut is cheap so I should be able to scrape enough coins together for it.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Aa, Proz has a free invoice generating tool:

https://www.proz.com/invoice/try


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Yep WA, I know and I have generated an invoice, then I spent forever with adobe being confused about all their digital sigs possibilities. Then I decided that it just really needed to be signed, and I have a photo of my signature.

So in the invoice there is a space for invoice number. Does this have "legal" implications? Can I lie and call it invoice #371, so I don't look like a complete n00b, with invoice #1?

Honestly I'm contemplating trying out for some science jobs. I'm a really old hand at being a failure as a scientist. I have all the tools (how to give a 1hr lab meeting, even though nothing's worked and there are no results, a 5 minute, very involved answer to a question even though I've got absolutely no idea what the asker is talking about, etc. etc. With this freelancing thing, I feel like a newborn babe.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

No, you can add any invoice number you want. It is there to serve as a unique identifier. Accountants like your invoice numbers to be consecutive, but there is no legal need. What I do is have a code at the start to identify the agency. So say I did something for an agency called Best Translator Agency, my first invoice to them would be BTA-0001, the second BTA-0002 and so on. That way they have no clue how many other jobs I have done either in total or within any given period. It also gives me an instant overview of how regularly I get work from a particular client, i.e. whether they should go on my priority list for accepting jobs.

I don't generally sign invoices, because I issue them in the name of my company. One client does insist on a signature. I insert a scan of mine signature into the Word document then save it as a pdf, so they can't tell it hasn't been signed by hand.

I bought some software called Translation Office 3000 for my invoices, because it lets me use various currencies. It also means all the information is set up for each clients, i.e. currency, prices, contact details. TO3000 can also be used to manage jobs and projects, display timelines, etc. However, it does cost 189 euros, so not something to acquire until you are snowed under with invoicing!


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Randy, I sincerely wish for you and your loved ones a very happy, blessed and safe New Year. I enjoyed reading Revenge of

The Poisonous and hope to read a lot more of your writing -- so, please stay off the roof and do more writing. I pray all goes well with the treatment and healing of your heel and that you will be back on your feet soon. You do seem to be a great warrior, but, thank goodness your name is not Achilles.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

That's very helpful, WA, thank you. I don't mind doing consecutive numbers, but starting from 1 would have been so humiliating.

I've actually found the Proz thing very easy to use. I thought a lot of EU countries wanted them to be signed, at any rate Preview on my mac allows me to insert the signature straight into the PDF. Adobe reader allows it too, but Preview as I discovered today also lets you take the signature directly into the program using the onboard camera, and it guides you so the piccie is the right size etc. It also remembers it so from now onwards I don't have to look for the file.

So all in all this was easier than expected (actually many things are once I get over the required hours of procrastination and moaning and get down to it). Now for the far more complex task of achieving a state of being snowed under with invoicing :)


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

You just never know what 2014 has in store for you, aa! This time next year you may well be snowed under.

Had a flood in the kitchen this morning and discovered the waste pipe from my kitchen sink contained a huge slit through it. Decided that I'd go to B & Q, buy and fit the pipe myself because plumbers are so expensive to call out. Anyway, couldn't unscrew the damn pipe to take to B &Q, so had to wait for my neighbour to come home to unscrew it for me. Anyway, all is well and was able to easily fit the new waste pipe. Total cost: £13. I expect if I'd have called a plumber it would have cost ten times that amount.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Well done Hollie, I hope the flood didn't do too much damage!


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Back from surgery now but will have to have more in the future, according to the surgeon. My heel bone was shattered and couldn't be repaired so they removed it for now.


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ziyena 2 years ago from Southern Colorado

Ouch! Sorry to hear Randy BUT at least you have the Hub to keep you busy :)


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PoeticFailosophy 2 years ago from Cuzco, Peroo

It's a relief to hear from you Randy! So sorry about the foot. We're all sending you positive thoughts for a complication-free recovery.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Sounds terrible Randy, I hope you end up ok in the end. Will they be able to use metal rods, or whatever it is they do nowadays? I feel sick just thinking of what it must have been like when you fell. Hopefully they're giving you some proper pain killers!


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Good to hear from you, Randy. Sounds horrible, but like aa says I'm sure they'll come up with some options for you. Get some rest, we're all thinking of you!


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

At first I thought it was merely some cuts and scrapes to deal with but then I noticed the big bone sticking out the sock beneath my left ankle. The pain came later on !


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Marcy Goodfleisch 2 years ago from Planet Earth

Randy! I'm so glad you're well enough (or dosed-up enough) to check in with us! You've been in my prayers. The accident sounds gruesome. It's good that you were able to get it addressed fairly quickly. But removing your heel bone???

Sending you hugs, and more prayers. Wish I were close enough to visit. We love you!


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Oh Randy, I think I would've passed out- I don't even want to think about how painful that must have been (still is) I don't know if this is even possible, certainly not at that the moment I know. But my Mum had a nasty fall a few years ago and shattered her wrist bone- during physio she had the opportunity to use some form of wax machine (I didn't actually see it so can't really describe it) and she said the relief was unbelievable.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Coulda been worse, Hollie! Especially If I had landed in the pile of bricks close by. :)


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

It could, Randy. Sounds like you basically had the same accident as my son (his was also a fall with a very long drop) As horrible as this is, at least you have do not have any spinal or head injuries. And remember, it's pretty amazing the way they can rebuild your bones these days.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

It's always the luck of the draw. Hollie.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

So, so what so. Randy Me.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Do you know when you'll be discharged, Randy?


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Glad to hear from you, Randy, although not glad about your news. I hope they can sort out some sort of prosthetic heel replacement.


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Hey Randy. My husband says he feels for you. I think he is also quietly relieved that someone else who is old enough to know better had a similar accident to his. lol.

I am really pleased that you had a pile of bricks nearby. Beth can keep reminding you how lucky you were to miss the bricks in the next few months when you're going mad. I took a photo of the tree stumps and fallen branches my husband managed to avoid when he hit the ground and reminded him more than once (okay, more than 100 times) that it could have been much worse.

Top tip ... beware the constipation that comes with strong pain killers or you'll feel like you actually did land on those bricks. :)


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada

Hey Randy, good to see you, tough break there man! Hope you get through it ok...Maybe write about it. My grandfather was killed young in a roof collapse, he was up shoveling snow off the shed, sad.


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IzzyM 2 years ago from UK

Randy, just think '2014'. You must associate with my birthsign or something, I'm Aquarius, my ex-husband is Libra. In 2013 his mother died and my father died just 2 weeks later. Then one of his best friends died. Then something else bad happened to him (I can't remember what exactly now), and everything bad is continuously happening to me (my mother is sliding rapidly into an abyss).

2014 has got to be better!


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

I really hope the fall hasn't damaged your sense of humour, Randy. I've just read the recent comments again, including mine, and I'm thinking we all need lessons in being sympathetic in a nice, encouraging way. I started chuckling, then went back to read them again and am laughing out loud.

With friends like us, your journey to recovery will undoubtedly make a very funny hub one day. :)


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SomewayOuttaHere 2 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

Hey Randy......and oh no.....

i hope for a speedy recovery...and to think you were commenting on 'slippers' recently!

xo to you and Beth


eppie 2 years ago

Glad to hear your getting better Randy! Tough road ahead but you will make it. You are a Poisonous one, that entitles you to a faster recovery than others. LOL Its good to hear from you.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

Beautiful story especially, as you say, for this time of year. I greatly admire these selfless people who can take in children and give them the care and love they need; it takes a special something and a huge heart.

Happy New Year! I hope 2014 is good for you and yours. Ann


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

2014 in my part of Australia already. Happy New Year all. :)


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Happy New Year to all of my Poisonous comrades! They say I can go home today and am looking forward to a good bath. Thanks to everyone who wished me well, I believe it did wonders for me. :)


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Randy, you are one of the best. Hang in there and be good to yourself.


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Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

Glad you're up and about now, Randy. Have a party!


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks Para, I'll be here to the very end if I have my way about it! :)


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Not so sure about partying, WF. I 'm just happy to be going home before the New Year! :)


eppie 2 years ago

Admit it randy.... your an automaton. That is why you are healing so fast.

Happy new year to all...to Randy 0111011100110 0011010111 I trust that you know that means happy new year.


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

Great news, Randy! Being in the hospital is the pits. I know you've got plenty of healing yet to do, but to be able to go home is huge. Happy New Year!


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

All those positive thoughts being sent your way must have aided your recovery, Randy! I expect a Fuzzy Navel will await you, or perhaps not if taking pain killers.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

@eppie, S&F, and Hollie--I do think positive thinking aids in the healing process, especially when it is done by good friends. Thanks for your good thoughts! Well, one Fuzzy Navel couldn't hurt!


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

And it is New Years Eve after all!! You'll also be seeing the back of this rotten year :)


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Gotta go now as I'm checking out of this place. Catch you later on, peeps! :)


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Good to hear you'll see the new year in your own home Randy! Hope 2014 treats you better.

Really wish I could stay in tonite, but my friend's invited me over and there was really no way to refuse. Why do people keep ignoring my extremely misanthropic nature? I guess I will enjoy it when I'm there, but honestly, I would also enjoy staying in, without the "pleasure" of having to walk over to her place in the cold rain.

I shall wish you all a happy New Year now, in case I am too drunk (and cold) when I return.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I'm supposed to be going out but have cancelled as Thomas leaves for France on Friday and also I'm taking my Mum out tomorrow- so need a clear head. Have a good time aa, and happy New year to you too!


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gmwilliams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Happy New Year to Randy and all. Randy, rest up and heal. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Glad you're back home, Randy. Now you will be able to sleep and rest properly to speed up the healing.

I'm not going anywhere tonight thank heavens. I stopped bothering about New Year a number of years ago. Being in a room of drunk people all kissing each other at the stroke of midnight is to me like one of Dante's circles of hell.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

I could never understand what the big deal was with NY's eve. I guess it's a vaguely memorable moment that a new year is starting, but really the whole thing is completely arbitrary. Personally I find the winter solstice to be more remarkable, at least I know the days will start getting longer.

People going to parties is one thing, some parties can be good if done with the right people, what I really don't get is people going out, like there will be huge crowds at the river tonight to watch fireworks. Crazy, I cannot imagine how that can be enjoyable.

I got my bank card today, and my account is refunded so that was a relief (assuming it stays that way).


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

I can honestly say that in nearly 60 years of life, I have not attended a single party where I haven't wanted to leave and go home after about half an hour. I really do not like idle chat. It bores me rigid. Unfortunately, that is all most people want to do at a party.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

No partying for me tonight as I'm enjoying being home in my own bed. Like WA, I haven't enjoyed many NYE parties before as Beth is the jealous type and I tend to get in trouble if I so much as talk to an attractive lady at the party. lol!


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Alastar Packer has published another of my tales, but I think he hasn't proofread it yet because 0f the minor spelling mistakes contained in the story. I do appreciate him highlighting this one on his site as always.

http://alastarpacker.weebly.com/5/post/2013/12/sou...


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Welcome home, Randy.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Well, my son has decided to go out as it's the last opportunity he'll have to see his friends before he goes. My daughter is staying at her friends as her Mum and Dad are having a NYE party. Therefore, it is just me and the dog. Kind of relieved tbh, would have to make the effort if those two were home and I really can't be bothered. I am, however, going for a nice meal tomorrow. Thankfully, after seven years, my mother has decided that we should have a change from Chinese restaurants. Italian tomorrow.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

I bought a reduced price M&S mushroom risotto from the motorway services on my way home yesterday. Had it for lunch today, and it was delicious, seems to contain lots of porcini mushrooms. Tonight I fancied lentil soup with cheese and bread. Decided to use tinned soup. Since I was too lazy to go out for bread, I threw together a rapid loaf, making the dough from white flour, rye flour and oats, baking soda, olive oil and water. It baked in 30 minutes and tastes very good indeed although it was a bit crumbly when I sliced it warm from the oven.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I absolutely love mushroom risotto- When I shopped at Tesco I always used to treat myself to one. You also mentioned lentil soup, another one of my favourites. The bread sounds lovely, tbh, I've only ever made it bread in a bread maker, which was nice but took so long. I also lost (I have no idea how) one of the little measuring scoops so I could never get it right after that. Alas, my bread maker has sat in the pantry, unused, for years.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

I tried a breadmaker and it was disastrous. The thing was incredibly noisy. The loaf it produced had a crisp crust for about ten minutes, after which it went really soggy. There was a huge hole in the bottom of the loaf marking the exit route of the mixing blade! I gave it away after about five goes.


eppie 2 years ago

Happy new year party people! Happy 2014. It is going to be that in about 5 hours here in East coast US. But my ability to type will deminsih with the housrs. Party on those that can...party on! Randy we will party for you.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks eppie, I'll have what you're having! :)


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

OMG! Did I just talk a few hours ago a both the sad people who were outside in the rain watching fireworks? Well fuss where I ended u p tonite. Halfway up primrose hill in the rain waiting for fireworks

it appears that my friend didn't just invite me for a little get together in her place. The going to see the fireworks a]was part of the deal. I was just going t or refuse to go, bt a few vodka and sprite mellowed me out.

To add insult to injurtm I executed a very graceful split and slide un a mud puddle on the way down the hill. My trousers are now absolutely caked in mud from knees to nail.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Woo whoo, aa. Perhaps you had a bit too much to drink, but after all, It's New Years Eve. :P


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IzzyM 2 years ago from UK

Hogmanay was the biggest time of the year in Scotland. Last year, I was left all alone as both Mum and Dad went to bed early.This year, I was prepared for some of the same, but Mum stayed up. No kisses, cuddles or tears from her, although. Par for the course I suppose. I still remember Hogmanays past where my granny would be crying, and my mum, and me too. I remember Hogmanays with my own kids where they would all be be laughing at me crying - because my husband's family didn't cry at the Bells. I remember the years in Spain being surrounded by friends, who didn't know what to make of my tears. I don't ever remember being with Javier at the Bells. I think he stayed out of it - wasn't his custom. I'm feeling kinda sad that it has all been lost. Everyone should stay up and have a good cry at midnight, then get on with celebrating the New Year.

I think 2014 might be a good 'un. Just a feeling I have, but I have no idea what I would wish for to make it better.


eppie 2 years ago

Music lod cannt here. This is soooo silly!! Lol what the he.. Am I writing lol soooorey eppie out.


eppie 2 years ago

Happy new year its midnight here. May 2014 be awesome!!!! And I am not sure who was using my tablet earlier.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Old memories are the best, Izzy. I had to go look up "Hogmanay" as it sounded so ancient somehow.

Yes eppie, I'm so glad to see the asp end of 2013.


SomewayOuttaHere 2 years ago

Hey AA - read your post....lol...sounds like NY is a good time your way!....you too eppie! .....lol.....

happy 2014 everyone!.....i plan on it being a good one

....just spent the last few hours talking to my good friend on the other side of the country.......drank of bottle of wine while we talked and laughed...it's ny for her.....still early where i am....anyhoo!....i'm probably off to bed....i'll miss midnight but oh well....it's been a hoot!

glad you are home Randy!................................

xo all!


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hello Someway! Happy New Year to you too! I've already made it past midnight but I'll probably turn in early tonight because there's someone checking on you every few hours in the hospital. I'm a light sleeper so I don't get much rest there at all.


SomewayOuttaHere 2 years ago

Hey Randy.....so....i must ask.....do you have to go back to hospital for more medical work on your heel/ankle?....or is everything done?.....and rehab/physio or sumthin like that is next.....you're home fairly quick...sooooo....i'm hoping you don't have to go back


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

At this point the docs haven't really specified as to the procedure they have planned, SOH. I get the feeling they are reluctant to make any promises as to the outcome of any prospective operations. They mentioned a specialized clinic not far away I may have to visit, but nothing definite until the foot heals a bit.


SomewayOuttaHere 2 years ago

i figured you were home fairly quick....with no mention of surgery....so...that will be next sometime in the future

ahhhhh.......well.....that's later....but for now...you are home .....

nite Randy!.....i'm sure you are glad to be sleeping in your own bed and i do hope you are not experiencing much pain.....later....gater......and happy 2014 to you and Beth......


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CMHypno 2 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Happy New Year Randy! Hope 2014 is a great year for you and that your injuries heal really fast.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Happy New Year, cliquers!! aa and Eppie, your posts had me in stitches. I'm just trying to imagine sliding down Primrose Hill after a few vodkas.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Mornin' Aa! How ya feelin'? *giggle*


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Morning Poisonous One's. Admittedly there was not so much sliding done, more just sitting in a big puddle of mouth. That's what happens when you go walking off piste! My legs were in absolute agony this morning. I must be incredibly unfit.

I still haven't been brave enough to try and figure out how I'm gonna de-mud the clothes. Maybe wait till it's all dry, then brush it off before trying to wash it? I'll deal with that tomorrow.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Hang it out in the rain?


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Good morning fellow POs! Had a restless night because of the pain, but it is worth it to be home in my own bed. I have plenty of pain meds so I'll simply have to use them when it gets too rough to handle. HNY everyone! :)


eppie 2 years ago

My head hurts:( the house is a mess...bigger than normal. Firework mess outside. I don't know some of the people leaving.....is that bad?


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Not as bad as if they were staying, eppie! :P


eppie 2 years ago

Figured it out. Neighbors party mated with ours, some sort of party offspring was born here near 2 am.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Off to eat black-eyed peas and hog jowls at my Mom's house. Fortunately for me she'll have fried chicken too! I need all the luck I can get this year! :)


eppie 2 years ago

Get a rabbits foot as well.


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

Happy new year, Randy and all. Randy, I'm glad you're feeling well enough to get out of the house! I've got my black-eyed peas ready to go, but I'm nursing quite a hangover and can't imagine eating anything at the moment. At least I didn't roll down a muddy hill, right aa? LOL, that is a funny story. (Sorry!)


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

The same to you, S&F! Couldn't eat much myself as I still don't have an appetite to speak of.


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Marcy Goodfleisch 2 years ago from Planet Earth

Happy New Year, Randy! It's good to see you here; I'm glad you're at least able to go a few places. I hope the docs find some good repairs for the places that are still banged up.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Well, still stuck on page 2 of search... http://hubpages.com/technology/I-am-extremely-terr... An article that I'm sure will make Randy rest easier... :D


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hi Marcy, good to hear from you this first day of 2014. Yeah, I messed up again by tryin' to be a smartasp. My mobility is hampered but I don't know yet how much. Could've been much worse though. I hope both you and your family are well. :)


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Randy, you are a good egg.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

@Para--"That's a yolk, son." :P


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Happy New Year all.

Randy, let me gently remind you that everything you eat has to make its way out again - and strong painkillers are notorious for making that process very difficult. Do you grow parsley in your garden? Now is the time to eat lots of it. :)

And onions are really helpful. They help avoid blood clots when you are immobile. Pumpkin soup is really good for you. (Do you still have some around after halloween?)

http://hubpages.com/health/Broken-Ankle-Healing-Br...

Do you have broken bones to heal? Or did they remove all the broken bits?


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

LTM--Yes, I realize that painkillers are notorious for causing constipation in some people, but so far I've 'passed' with flying colors. :P

As for onions, well Georgia's Vidalia onions are famous the world over for their great flavor.

I think they removed the shattered heel bone the 2nd time they cleaned out the wound, so yes, I assume they got all of the pieces.


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

lol. I enjoyed your play on words there. Not too sure about the flying colors in that context though!

Your bones must be strong for none of the others to break. I'm thinking that's good news. :)


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Although the docs didn't mention any other bones being broken, I wouldn't be too surprised for them to change their minds. Funny though, I would've never been able to place the bone which shattered as being what laymen would call a 'heel bone.'


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

I'm looking at a photo of a 'weight bearing side view' of my husband's ankle and trying to figure out which bit you had removed. It's not that huge bone that seems to extend beneath the ankle is it?


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yes indeed, LTM! It was protruding through my sock just below the ankle on the left side of my left foot. I never realized I had such a large bone in my foot. 'Had' being the grammatically correct word to use at this point in time....... :(


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Wow. So how do you put your foot in a 'resting position'? That's an awfully big piece of the jigsaw puzzle to have missing!


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

And have you lost a ligament as well?


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Hmm. Do you want me to put the photo on one of my hubs so people can see what you've lost? Or is it better just to leave it to their imagination. Yikes. Just had a thought. Do you know what the bone actually looks like? ... or have the doctors just spoken about it in general terms? You might not want to see the photo. :(


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Mental note to self. It is 2014. Google exists. lol. I need to remember that the rest of the world has broadband that allows googling of everything. Suddenly I'm thinking I live the life of Ma and Pa Kettle. Remember that tv show?


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Alastar Packer 2 years ago from North Carolina

Gotta be glad your back home with that great sense of humor intact! Happy and prosperous 2014 to you and the family...including the PO's of course.

Tale of a Southern Belle is up and bringing in your fans on OUAH. You've got a comment or two directed your way on there as well.

Wish more than ever you had that heirloom presently up north for temporary use or at least maybe some inspiration. Till later my friend.


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EmpressFelicity 2 years ago from Kent, England, UK

Morning everyone, and happy New Year. Yesterday I lay on the sofa nursing the biggest hangover I've had in two decades. We had a good time on New Year's Eve - it's just as well we were able to stagger the 100 yards home on foot! Was glad to be able to kiss goodbye to 2013, six months of which were an absolute nightmare due to the aforementioned neighbours from hell.

Speaking of feet: Randy, here's wishing you a speedy recovery. Hope the docs come up with a good solution.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Good morning LTM, EF, and Alastar! Will check out the Southern Belle hub sometime today, Alastar. Hard catching up with everything since getting released from the hospital! Thanks as usual friend! :)


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PoeticFailosophy 2 years ago from Cuzco, Peroo

Happy to learn you are back in your own home to recuperate, Randy. Did they give you any idea of how many more surgeries you might need to replace the bone?

Merry new year to everyone!


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

No PF, nor did they seem to sure about what to do next. lol! I assume they are waiting for it to heal up a bit before making further plans.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

After your accident, Randy, I read that there are a couple of options; prosthetic ankle bone or making a replica heel using bone from other parts of the body, to name but two. Not that I know anything about it! They'll come up with something, they always do.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yes Hollie, I have no doubt there are several options to choose from for this particular injury. I seriously doubt I'll fully recover from this accident though. Que sera! :)


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

You'll recover, Randy, just might not be able to climb onto the top of the roof like you once did. :)


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

No problem for me there, Hollie. I have no further desire to climb back up there at all. I have complete satisfaction from the last time. :o


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Many of the male members of the Godwin family are apparently cursed with "Lucky Legs" syndrome. When I queried my father concerning this traditional malady, he replied to the question in his usual style.

"It's 'cause our legs are so skinny, ya know. We're lucky they don't break off and stick up our ass." :P


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Skinny is better than chunky, Randy. If it's any consolation my son has since developed an aversion to heights- whenever he is 'high-up' he wants to 'throw-up' True.

We were talking tonight about his accommodation in Bordeaux. I said, "I wonder if they'll be a balcony?" We gave each other an alarming look, then changed the subject!


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

I just published a new hub on my alternate account. It went through MTurking without a problem……but it has a score of -1! Strange.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

But having a balcony could be conducive to his getting over his dislike of heights, Hollie. Having to face these small crises head-on instead of putting them off to a later time could be of benefit for your son. Uncertainty is always the villain in these situations involving our loved ones. There is no sure-fire answer Hollie, but I'm willing to believe you're doing the best you can under the circumstances. :)


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Randy, I will worry about him incessantly whilst he's away, but this is something he must do. I was kind of joking about the balcony. I've tried to raise my kids for a life of independence as soon as they're able. Not because I want rid of them, but because that's my job and I will not always be around for them to rely on.

Having said that, it's hard with my son. He already had a development disorder before the TBI and implications of such. He's also gay, not that it should matter- but the world is full of Ars******. Would you not worry, if it were your son? But he should do this, branch out and go for it- he has my full support.

aa, I have no idea why you have a score of 1. Perhaps a glitch, some internal HP wisdom which we might be made aware of later on. Either way, in the scheme of things I doubt it will make much difference when it comes to the success of your hub. Btw, I paid 13c for a list of 100 places to promote your art and craft work. I'm gonna write a hub about 20 of them- but will email the list of 100 to you, if you're interested :)


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

I think it's quite normal that you worry about your son Hollie, but you're doing well not letting that worry stifle him.

My score is actually minus 1, -1 not +1, I'm sure it's some kind of bizarre glitch, funny though.

Where did you buy the list from, and is it any good? I'll wait for your hub. Looking at my pathetic attempts to make money, Zazzle is actually bottom of the list. I've been there since august 2012, have put a lot of products, and I've made less than $300 so far. Christmas was absolutely dead (and last year it was pretty good, no idea what happened).

I'm actually going to try and target valentine's day, if I manage not to puke. I've figured out I can make heart fractals. The thing that gets me, is that the stuff they promote, and the stuff that seems to sell, isn't really all that good (and the stuff I sell, I often don't like that much). I really like designing for Zazzle, but really I should spend my time writing Amazon hubs.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hollie, I do realize you worry about him a lot, and that's simply normal I believe. And yes, even though my son is--and always has been--to independent I still worry about his well being. But this is merely the price we must pay for enjoying raising them in the first place. It goes with the territory I suppose. :)


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

My December Amazon sales were the worst for last 6 months and it just seems a bit fishy for this to be so.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Indeed, Randy. My Mum says that you do not give birth to children, but the bill for your latest nervous breakdown. lol! She really is an old cynic, but there's some wisdom there too.

From an old hand Etsy seller, aa. Many of them of them are obvious, but the majority (excluding link exchanges) are not, and the list is very nichy for arts/crafts sellers. Zazzle.com sells and promotes absolute shyte!! Cute, commercial, girly, tacky shyte!!

November I did really well- December was a washout! If you and I targeted the winter/summer solstice and other alternative celebrations, we'd clean up!!!!


eppie 2 years ago

Actually aa and Hollie there is a website that allows you to sell your work in a virtual gallery buy I have no idea where online. LOL that is how it goes. Listia is fairly good if you want other stuff in exchange it's a giant online bartering market. You get points, bid on things and then anyone who wins your things you get paid points to use. Etc, rinse spit repeat.


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Hope your son enjoys his adventure, Hollie. :)


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Been getting a kick out of reading the LDS something or another forum where a newbie--I predict a resident of Tennessee or Alabama, or some other Bible Belt state--. claims she prayed to god for youthful looks and a part time job. And he answered her prayers. You just can't make this stuff up! Definitely a Southern

Baptist! lolol!


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

I kind of like looking my age. Don't want to confuse everyone. :)


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Me too, LTM. I'm weary of being hit on all of the time. :P

And I finally received one of the esteemed EC designations.


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Congratulations - on both points I guess. lol. I'm thinking I'll click the button that stops EC. Bothers me that some that were doing quite nicely are now getting very feeble monthly stats. I'm wondering if my LTM subdomain actually rates better than HPs general site. I looked a while back and I'm pretty sure that was the case.

Google is very kind to many of my hubs, but certainly not the EC ones. :(


eppie 2 years ago

Nice night 0°F 25 mph wind, wind chill -13F!! 4 in snow so far and more on the way. We lit the fireplace and closed the thermal curtains. Staying warm and praying for the less fortunate to survive the night,


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

lol. Further evidence we live in different worlds. Our nightly news just announced that 2013 was the hottest year on record for us since they began keeping records over 100 years ago.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

I was most pleased to see the return of MrHat to the forums today! Glad I didn't take off the hat from Zoidberg.


eppie 2 years ago

LTM our local news did a story about that heat. They did it with a sad kind of wishful thinking tone of voice. We woke this morning and the thermostat on my tablet told me it was -1F with a windchil of -26F. I opened our cacoon of warmth (room that is sealed up with fireplace) to find ice on the floor and wall by each window the pipe had burst in the kitchen that we were worried about and froze on the floor. The hose is old and drafty. We are trying to use torpedo heaters to bring back the ambient 50F temp in the house. But we are fighting with 8F temp outside. Police rounded up all homeless and less fortunate and made them stay at a shelter in town. That is for there own good. They are out patrolling the mountain by day to look for anyone that may run off the road on the mess, they would die in their car overnight. We are not without amusement over this, by sunlight the valley looks spectacular and sledding is still at a premium up here. LOl I don't do sledding any more, at least not regularly. Once the temp can get itself over 10F those that do sled will be in heaven.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Just dropping by. Am hoping to become more cheerful than http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/119285 :D Still no joy in the new year, but I keep pecking away at things needing to get done.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yep, loved the last comment there, Para. There's a self-appointed mystic in every bunch! lol!


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Mamma sez, "Life's like a box o' chocolates...........


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

And each chocolate is firmly fastened to a mousetrap...


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Which bruised Beth's lip........


eppie 2 years ago

Randy.. Careful.. I nearly had a will joke to throw in there and it was not PG!

Well.. It is -2F outside. I am going to bed. Spent all day fighting with a puppy that does not like too pee outside on cold days. Consequently I am out of paper towels. Good night all. I log out tonight wondering where Izzy has been.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I'm tired too, eppie. As well as, sore near my affected areas, and with a good case of cabin fever to deal with at this point. Sleep well everyone! :)


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

How's your traffic guys? I'm very pleased with mine, and from the forums it looks like a few other people have seen an increase.

It's Saturday 8pm, and already I've had more views according to GA than on many full days even before Christmas. Maybe Google made a NY resolution not to be so nasty to us anymore. Or maybe it's just giving HP a few good days, so we can feel the pain of Google hate more keenly when it cuts it again :(

Hope you're seeing the same increases I am. On the other hand the bloody earnings not updating is most annoying. Ok, I know they will update eventually and all will be fine, but I like seeing the penny fruits of my labours every day.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Nope, same crap as always for me. 22 hubs - grand total of 28 views currently.


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

Mine's about the same as usual. Decent but not great.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

That's too bad WA and S&F, well as I said I don't expect my surge will last for much longer. But according to quant cast, HP has improved overall, I think it is now ranked 64, I think it was in the 70s before.

Squidoo is still tanking amazingly. I have 50 lenses and am seeing less than 200 views a week.


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erikdierker 2 years ago from a cubicle where i write professionally and listen to taylor swift

let's see how long it takes profile flaggers to shoot me down. Go back to your cubicle you little girls!


Eppie 2 years ago

lol i had to search but that is funny! Mr Dierker you should write some hubs about intestinal situations. Keep us informed oh great phd.


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

Greetings, good doctor! :)


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erikdierker 2 years ago from a cubicle where i write professionally and listen to taylor swift

Hootenanny! Live it, breathe it, bathe in it.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Slumming again, eh Erik? So kind of you to deign us with your.....er......I really can't use the word presence.....perhaps essence will work here instead? :P


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calculus-geometry 2 years ago from Germany

LOL I almost choked on my tea reading New Erik's posts. "Ericdierker" and "erikdierker" must be models for a before & after plastic surgery advertisment.

http://hubpages.com/@ericdierker

http://hubpages.com/@erikdierker

What plush red lips you have sir. Some of the commenters on that thread have not caught on that there are two Ericks! Not even real Eric seems to have noticed!


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

LOL! I did not notice!!! :D Gonna go check it out!


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calculus-geometry 2 years ago from Germany

I opened the profiles in two tabs and am flipping back and forth between them. Can't stop laughing.


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

I thought he seemed way too riled up by what was being posted there, LOL. erikdierker got me good! :D ;)


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I indeed noticed the new guy's avatar appearing a bit more comely than the old one. :P


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Oh I have to read this!!

Son arrived safely in Bordeaux but the host family that he is staying with have no English. He is frantically using his phrase book, much to the family's collective amusement. Lol!

I've had to get a new phone because my other has given up the ghost. My daughter has an iPhone and I really dislike it but realise there are benefits to having a smartphone. Anyway, my new phone is a Nokia Lumia 520- Nokia's low end smartphone. I really like it- can't stop fiddling with it.


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calculus-geometry 2 years ago from Germany

I don't think I would have noticed it except that I set the zoom level on my device really high because my eyes are crap. Something about his face seemed more pinched than usual.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Pleased to hear your son is taking things in stride, Hollie! I still just use my Android phone to call people as a phone should be used. And yes, too lazy to read the instructions. :o


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

My eyes are crap but my screen is not zoomed, so I didn't notice at all. All the stuff "erik" was writing seemed to fit right in with eric's mindset, so I just thought he had gone completely insane. Good work and hilarious writing, "erik." LOL! Well done.


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erikdierker 2 years ago from a cubicle where i write professionally and listen to taylor swift

The boys down at the shipyard never complain about these lips! Hollerin' hootenanny!


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Those pictures on the forum are tiny. I detect the style of our PF in this.


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erikdierker 2 years ago from a cubicle where i write professionally and listen to taylor swift

It's hard work getting those poopoos out! One's face could become permanently stuck like this!


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I suspect your are correct,aa!


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Eric, you really have excelled yourself this time!Can't stop laughing. Thanks Randy, all is well with Le son!


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

My stats won't load at all. Page just spins with promise but no results. The last time I could view my stats I was happy. I don't think it has anything to do with having turned off EC because I viewed them once since then. Nearly 24 hours since I could view my page though. Just won't open. Anyone had this happen before?


eppie 2 years ago

While the fun lasted, erik was funny. RIP best impersonation. R..I..P


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Only the good die young.


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

I agree, that was fun, and erik was very funny. One of his incoherent posts I thought he made up to sound extra crazy, but going back and rereading the whole thread, he just copy-pasted what the the real eric had written. :D


eppie 2 years ago

They may be able to end an account. But they can't kill comedy. The ban was curiously fast. Moderators are notoriously slow. Many on that thread were not catching on. I bet the real eric was noticing.


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PoeticFailosophy 2 years ago from Cuzco, Peroo

What's all this hootenanny? What'd I miss?


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ericdeirker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I bet. Curious is not the right word.


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PoeticFailosophy 2 years ago from Cuzco, Peroo

Now there's three, lol. I admit to being "erik" but who pray tell is this new guy?


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

You've been cloned, PF!


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PoeticFailosophy 2 years ago from Cuzco, Peroo

I love it! parody upon parody is the only proper response to my shenanigans. I hope Eric3 lasts longer than my erik.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Me too, I was laughing my head off. Potatoes for all in the cubicle of SEO-ology-even the short ones which HP should bring back here.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Me too, I was laughing my head off! Potatoes for all in the cubicle of short pieces which HP should bring back here. I mentioned the dreaded S-E-$O in my last response, which the filter nazi ate.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I found nothing in my spam filter, Hollie. I have no idea where it ended up?


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ericdeirker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I think we all know that as soon as I hit the forum.. Its all over. (LOL)


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Perhaps it's your breath, Eric? :P


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I expect so, Eric. You could write a hub though ;)


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PoeticFailosophy 2 years ago from Cuzco, Peroo

You gotta go stealth and not post at the same time as him. That was my mistake.


eppie 2 years ago

That one is gone also Did not even post anything except here. They are watching. It is creepy. Someone here reported or they are watching.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

HP keeps an eye on these posts too, eppie.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

HP keeps an eye on these posts too, eppie.


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

Potatoes for all!


eppie 2 years ago

Yes potato's for all yes yes.....potatoes.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Battery has died on laptop so had to order a new one. Not coming till the 8th so a bit stuffed until then, will try to use daughters but its new so she will be reluctant to let me use it for long. It never rains

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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Arrggh, that is too bad! Especially since you rely on computer to earn.

I have desktop as a reserve in case something happens to beloved macbook, still hate it when it goes out of action.

I'm starting to feel annoyed with gecko dealer who owes me 40 quid. Told him he could keep it as prepayment in case he managed to find me a female williamsii in December, but if he can't find a female I want my bloody money!


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IzzyM 2 years ago from UK

How long have had macbook for, aa? Would you recommend them? I've had pcs since 19canteen, but am seriously considering a macbook pro with retina display. All my computers die after a couple of years because I use them so much.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

I've this one for almost 2 years now. I absolutely love it. My sister has a macbook pro (but without retina display). It doesn't look much thicker than my air, but it seemed quite a bit heavier.

The only problem I've had with this one so far, was that I needed to get a new power adapter, because the wire frayed to bits, and because it's an apple product it's bloody expensive. Also the hard drive is tiny (because it's an SSD) so I have to keep dumping stuff to my external drive at regular intervals.

One of the things I love about mac laptops is the keyboard is so comfortable! I know it seems like a small detail, but I can't stand typing on other keyboards now.


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IzzyM 2 years ago from UK

I've never felt comfortable on my Samsung keyboard! I manage all the same. I've got an ipad with retina display although i didn't actually realise it had it until recently. Couldn't figure out why the screen display looked so much clearer than on my other android tablet. There is no photo can show the difference unless you see it through a retina display screen. Even reading text is easier. My eyes are getting worse! I think i need a retina display screen (higher pixellated than HD). I can buy a 1Tb card with the laptop if I buy from Apple. It's a bit too expensive. It will take the credit card limit for the month away so that I would need to pay cash for Tesco shopping. Still thinking about it.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I'm now using my daughter's HP Pavilion. I would not have chosen this laptop, for the same amount of money (or slightly less) she could have had a Toshiba (which has been highly recommended by a couple of my friends) with 8gigs instead of four and a host of other features. However, she chose this donkey because it was available in white (?) The mouse pad is rough which feels weird, whereas mine is smooth.

I've had my Fujitsu Lifebook AH531 for two years and love it to bits. It's a bit slow to start now because I have so much software on it, but my own fault because I need to adjust the settings so that they don't all load on start up. Battery's as dead as a dodo but I think that's to be expected after two years of very heavy usage. Other than that, it still performs really well.


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Finally finished my gold hub. Resisted the temptation to mention how worthless it seems when my daughter is fighting the greatest battle of her life.

Hey, Randy. Did you ever get to the dermatologist? Probably the least of your problems at the moment, but have you been offered a solution there?


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Not yet, LTM. Tuesday I think. Pain killers also kill brain.


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gmwilliams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Randy, stopped by to check up on you and wishing you well. Rest up, take care of your health, and get well. I am thinking of you.


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Shortly after my last post here, I received a call from my oldest asking me to please come. She's having an episode involving her brain stem and fears she'll have to go back to the hospital but is scared about going on her own. She is seriously unwell.

Dropped everything, booked a flight, but by the time I drove to the city and arrived at the airport the flight had been cancelled. No other flight to Brisbane until tomorrow. When I explained my predicament, they moved me onto a flight to the Gold Coast and gave me a Taxi voucher to Brisbane. Takes an hour by road so the taxi bill will be huge.

I am sitting in Virgin's executive lounge waiting for my flight ... and just been advised they've upgraded me to business class. How lovely are these people?

The wait is torture, but made easier by the space and comfort. Thanks to the staff who recognize a woman genuinely desperate to get to her daughter.

There are still some nice people in the world, thank goodness.


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gmwilliams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

So sorry to hear about this. Your daughter is in my thoughts and prayers. To oldest daughter, please heal and get well.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

I'm very sorry to hear this LTM. Hopefully you will be with your daughter soon. My thoughts are with you both.


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IzzyM 2 years ago from UK

Thinking of you LTM, and sending you and your daughter all my best wishes. Bless the airline staff too for being so sympathetic. Virgin Atlantic? Please keep us updated on your daughter's progress, if you get the chance. We are all rooting for her.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Hope the journey is smooth and that your daughter gets the treatment she needs to keep out of hospital or to get her back home as soon as possible.


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

YesLTM, I too hope all goes well for you in your travels, and your daughter in her health. It's great to hear the airline is taking such great care of you.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Good morning GM and others! My problems pale in comparison to LTM's. Hoping for the best! :)


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I hope you're with your daughter soon, LTM, and that she receives treatment promptly.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Anyone heard from LTM since she was en route to see her daughter? I hope she will have some good news to share with us when we finally do hear from her. I was feeling a bit down about my stupid accident, but it pales in significance compared to LTM's. I worry about her! :(


eppie 2 years ago

I am sorry to hear of your situation LTM and I hope that things go well.

I was feeling sorry for my self like you randy. Back in July I dove in a pool messing around and being funny and broke my knee. I thought all was well.

On Sunday this week we had a devastating ice storm and I fell outside. I was "found" by family and figured it was just a dislocation. When they did the x ray today I thought it was wrong. In both knees the ligaments are destroyed the knee caps themselves are about 50% in tact. They will do surgery soon to remove the dozens of fragments and to repair the ligaments. I will walk fine in about a year or two of therapy. For now I sit and grit my teeth and watch countless hours of TV.

PA is headed into a cold snap that makes all others over the last 40 years pale in comparison. Here the temp will be near -12 with a windchill of -20 to as low as -40 F. That is cold enough to kill. For now it is a crime in our area, punishable up to 1 week in county prison and a fine for your rescue, to leave any structure after dark and wonder into the night for any reason. People may die if the power goes out. They are calling it a polar vortex.

I thought things around here were pretty dark then I came here and read LTM post and I thought, "things just are not that bad here". I can not imagine trying to get to your daughter like that and all that must be in her mind. I will pray for her. Perspective is the best way to suddenly feel better when you are in a bad situation.


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IzzyM 2 years ago from UK

I saw on the news all about this polar vortex. They said street temperatures are down to minus 30C. I remember our temperatures fell below -25C here in Scotland twice. The first time, 40 years ago, all my houseplants died and the water in the sink froze solid (we had no central heating). The second time, 20 years ago, I had two taxis on the road and both had to get to get major repairs after the steering fluid fluid froze in the pipes.

This time, we have strangely mild weather. The garden plants are all trying to flower! But we have had storm after storm battering our coastlines bringing devastastion in its wake. They say this is to do with the same weather pattern that is hitting the US and Canada.


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IzzyM 2 years ago from UK

I have a strange idea in my head that I was hoping someone could clarify for me. You all know my situation with Mother, and those that read the forums will have seen what I said about some of the other elderly people in this town. Last week, they had to bring an ambulance transport from out of town to take the old dears to day care. The ambulance driver did not know the area, but managed to find their addresses. His ambulance turned up at the hospital with only one old lady on board. (I was there at the time because I had brought Mother in by car). He'd located all the rest, but could not take them in because they could not find their house-keys! I am shocked to say the least. I had no idea these poor old souls lived alone. My God they are just like Mother! How on earth can they cook, or make themselves a cup of tea, or just survive...on their own??

I have seen them all together at day care. None of them share a wit between them!

Meanwhile I am increasingly annoyed at the size of the gas bills arriving on the mat. Dad got a new system put in last year, because the gas board told him his old system was inefficient and out of date. This new system was to keep him and Mum warm at an affordable cost.

It is anything but!

The bill for the worst three months of last winter was £1000! and it hasn't improved since. I would leave it off, but mother gets cold easily. So we have a lovely warm house that only mum appreciates (I hate the heat).

So, why not invite all those poor dementia sufferers to spend their afternoons here? Mum has a piano and can still play, I am happy to provide teas and coffees, and assist with toilet care.

I can't do it all by myself. I would need a helper here too, and transport. I have a car, but it's a bit much to expect me to arrange and pick them all up too. They'd be nice and warm if nothing else, plus Mum would get company.

Is that a daft idea? Or does anyone think it worth discussing with the Health Board?


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

Sounds very sweet and wonderful of you, Izzy. It also sounds like a good bit of work, but I think you would love that warm fuzzy feeling, and enjoy getting to know them all. You should look into it.


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IzzyM 2 years ago from UK

I'm good at coming up with ideas, but not so good at following them through. Personally, I would answer the door with "hello, how are you, now f off". I'm becoming increasingly anti-social. I hate mornings. Always did. But by afternoon, I'm OK. 30 years ago I'd have had this off the ground by now, but I wasn't that late a baby! I just think there is something more I could do here.

My neighbours came back from their Christmas break the other night. I decided to start afresh - new year and all that. So I took a bottle of milk to their door and offered it, but it turned out they had visited the local supermarket and stocked up before returning here.

It was the male part of the twosome I spoke to. He had big smiles on his face and was all nicey-nicey.

Then today I saw him doing his Sherlock Holmes looking for dog's dirt in his garden. There was none on their precious drying green, nor on the shared pathways, because I had been removing them daily. Keil is growing, he is doing it less.

Man he doesn't make this easy! He is a church minister FFS!

So, I turn myself towards Care in the Community of the elderly. It still just seems a waste to have this house heated to a degree where I could grow equatorial plants, while others are freezing to death.

I am not sweet. I was once, but not now. But I am still willing to open what is left of my parental home to others in need.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

You are to sweet, Izzy! Sounds like a great idea, but then there's the logistics to consider.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Izzy, you might find there is a lot of bureaucracy attached if you try to do it via the health service: insurance, police checks, who knows what else...


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

I also thought it was a great idea Izzy, but like WA I wondered whether the health board would find bureaucratic obstacles if you approached. I know it is crazy if you are not suggesting you get paid for it, and if the old people are by themselves anyway.

Still worth asking about it, you never know.

But maybe test it out with only a couple of people to start with, to see how you can cope with the situation, see whether your Mom likes it.

Maybe trying to find help elsewhere rather than the health board so its just a visit rather than "care of the elderly" might be an idea. Perhaps some of these people do have some relatives living nearby, perhaps the church could help (although if your neighbour is a minister maybe not).


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IzzyM 2 years ago from UK

I fear Cynthia is right. There will be obstacles like Health and Safety inspections. Never thought of that. I can't do it on my own. I am knackered as it is. It was a nice idea that I hoped would help everyone and give me some time off. Ah well. Church of Scotland would help. Him upstairs is Free Church which is the ultra right fire and brimstone crowd and not connected with the moderate Church of Scotland. I never go to church, nor have I taken my mum since dad died, but she used to go every week. I don't know that I could be bothered getting them into help.


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Thanks for your concern, everyone. She's not doing well but she seems a little better today than she was when I arrived last night. Had a lawyer come to her bedside today. I am now her guardian regarding health issues so if she becomes too unwell to make decisions or the medical folk don't agree with her decisions, they have to deal with me.

Taken a load from her shoulders knowing that doctors cannot force her to endure steroids or any of the other 'usual' things doctors try. Didn't work for her before and in the case of steroids, gave her complications that then had to be addressed.

She's unlikely to have the energy to explain her story and experiences until now and argue with doctors. I will do it for her. Happily.


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Extraordinary number of visitors to my hub about staying warm. Suspect they are all from the US. Cuddle up and stay safe.


eppie 2 years ago

There is nothing more frightening and beautiful as a mother in protective mode. LTM glad you can be there to be her guardian. In today's age so many wouldn't find the time.

In regards to temps..we broke the record here, its 0 in bright sunlight.


eppie 2 years ago

I am not happy.,.the power went out!!! This is bad.


eppie 2 years ago

We just lost our fireplace. We had to call for assistance.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Interesting shenanigans on this content marketplace I'm writing on. I submitted this thing about a week ago (they have 2 weeks to approve it, which is annoying). Anyway a couple of days ago the agency's proofreader, queried something I'd written, she asked for a reference.

I replied, and there's been silence from the other end since then. But there is a clock running on my "revision requested". Not a huge problem.

But what is really weird, is that it now shows that my keyword density is under what it was supposed to be. I've just checked, and I can't submit it because of that, so when I first submitted it, it had to be alright.

Also it really seems to me that the original keyword was, blah blah myth, whereas now it is blah blah myths. Which could explain why it's gone under (stupid system thinks they are different keywords). Or maybe I remember wrong and she changed something and took out a keyword, but I can't see the difference. Imagine changing the keywords on a person after they've done the job!

Also I'm pretty sure that in the original instructions it asked for links to open in a new page, and I took care to make sure they did that. I can see that she's been messing around with the target thing of the link and has put them all back to "self". Perhaps she is new and doesn't know what she's doing.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

If you've added a reference aa, then you've added text which would lower the KD, perhaps?


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

No, I didn't add the reference to the text, I just pm'd the proofreader with it. And it almost halved the kw density. Very weird, I wouldn't have thought they could change the kw or the required density after the thing was written.

It is possible that the proofreader changed something in the text, they actually work on it on the site, and I can see the changes they make, although it is difficult because the formatting is in HTML. I haven't noticed her messing with any of my myths.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Perhaps the keyword counter is stuck? That's happened to me a couple of times and I've had to refresh the page. Once I forgot to copy and paste the damn article before doing so, because it was saving either.

Have had a hell of day- will write about it on Bubblews and earn some pennies in the process.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

off to bubbles to read about it


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Not written it yet, aa, just chilling for a while after very stressful day!! Having something to eat and trying to calm down before I write it- or risk using the F word repeatedly. Lol!


eppie 2 years ago

Hollie perhaps you could bubble about ways to avoid the F word. Or ways to creatively get around it.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Fudge and fiddlesticks. I'm about to write my rant and it's about a bank- They need to be named and shamed. Fujitsu hell!


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Where's our Randy, and how's he doing?

Izzy, I think it's a great, generous idea. As well as the health board however, I also think you need to think about you. Looking after all those people with so many needs could take its toll. You can't be everything to everyone- you also have to consider yourself and what you need.

LMT, your daughter has you to fight her corner and you know her best- that's why she chose you:)


eppie 2 years ago

LMT?

Those are very good F replacements Hollie. You should Youtube The F word credit karma commercial. Its funny.


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

I am exhausted after a long day at the hospital. She was dehydrated and her heartbeat was irregular and racing, so I took her to the hospital and we requested they put her on a drip and monitor her stats.

Doctor was quite quick to move from the normal 'get the meds into her' approach to accepting that he just needed to monitor not intervene. I understand why she felt she needed my backup and I'm pleased I can be here for her.

Haven't given up hope. I keep reminding her it might be a 'healing crisis' so we keep working towards a positive outcome. I am very proud of her.


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Forgot to mention, I've brought her home safely to her own bed. Didn't leave her side for a moment the whole time she was in the hospital. :)

By the way, my drama doesn't diminish the impact and relevance of what's happening in everyone else's lives.

Is Tuesday over yet? Are we due for Randy's spider bite update?


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IzzyM 2 years ago from UK

I can Feel a campaign coming on. Spoke to the ambulance driver and she told me she is frequently required to take ill people home from hospital - Folks not well enough to be discharged. They are taken to empty homes and sat in a chair and just left. No care package in place. No fresh food or milk in the house. There is no way I can help anyone because as she said, you can't even boil a kettle to make a cup of tea for someone without someone wanting the kettle inspected and registered as safe to use! There is a large elderly population in this town who have grown up here but whose adult children all left to find work as local unemployment soared with the loss of the heavy industries. There are more old women than men, as their husbands died off. No-one is caring for them. The local geriatric ward closed in the last round of cuts. Sonographic scanning for pregnant women has been moved to a town 90 miles away, and just heard X- ray dept is to close. The town's population has dropped from 6000 to 5000 over the last 20 years, but there are another 10,000 people in surrounding areas depending on the services here. They say the power of the pen is mightier than the sword, but I need to think long and hard about how best to launch a campaign, and get others on board.

LTM, you and your daughter are still in my thoughts and prayers. And Randy too of course with his painful shattered foot. And all the Us people caught up in sub-zero temperatures.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Izzy, we're going back in time. In the 90's and whilst I was at university, I worked with adults with severe learning difficulties- all of them living in the community. Do you remember the care in the community outrage?

I'm all for supporting individuals who are capable of living independently with some support- institutions are not the best places and not suitable for all. But the people I worked with needed mammoth support, which they simply did not receive. The policy was only ever about saving money- and it's the same with the old folks now. Whilst the govt. are pretending to care for older people, they're snipping away at adult services and leaving these people to fend for themselves. It's disgusting.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Good morning fellow POs! Had a bad last couple of days but am feeling better now. spent most of yesterday evening in the doctor's office for the first check-up after the accident. Still in pretty bad pain but I'm hangin' in for now. Glad to hear from LTM after she saw her daughter. I agree with eppie in that a mother's love can heal things medical science cannot. Hope you are all doing well. :)


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Good to hear from you, Randy. I'm sorry to hear you've been in a lot of pain, hopefully this will diminish soon. Have they offered you some decent pain killers?

LTM, there's nothing like your own bed, imho. At least your daughter can get some proper rest now, and as she has you by her side she doesn't have to worry about dealing with the doctors. This must be a big relief for her.


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Alastar Packer 2 years ago from North Carolina

Doing much better hearing that you are, bro. Hey, last week or so they had to blast a marble sized-stone out of my horseshoe- shaped kidney. A nurse attending said that having big stones beats having a baby hands-down. Anyway, hope you heal up well and quickly,Randy. Oh and thank Beth for all her ministrations and love to you please!


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

Sorry to hear about everyone's health and weather troubles but glad to hear things are looking up!


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

@Hollie, Alastar, S&F, and others--I enjoy a good drug induced stupor as much as anyone, but trying to communicate with a keyboard while experiencing such a state has its difficulties. There, I'm tired already.........


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Randy, I was under the impression that you were in a position to self-medicate. Surely the natural organic stuff is superior to the nasty chemicals pharmaceutical companies grow fat on.

Hollie or WA. What do you call a couple who are about to be married in English. I'm translating wedding invitations, an insane number of them for peanuts because I'm a desperate loser. In Polish there is "mloda para", which literally translates in "young couple", but for me the Polish version is specifically used for people getting hitched, or who've just been hitched. But maybe this is because I've lived in Poland in more conservative times when people "saved" themselves until they were married. Well actually they didn't, but everybody pretended they did.

In English "young couple" I think, just means that, it doesn't have the wedding connotation. Although I suspect I'm splitting hairs, and it will do.

Dictionaries also suggest newlyweds, but on wedding invitations they are really the newlyweds-to-be

So when you're talking about the names of the 2 people who will be getting married, what can you substitute for "2 people who will be getting married"

Di


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Actually having just written that I've decided "young couple" works fine. I'm just always suspicious about literal translations.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I don't think there is a specific term in English, aa. Unless they are talking about each other when it would be fiancé. At least, I can't bring one to mind.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Bride and groom to be?

Young couple might be OK if they really are young. It would look very funny if they met at their local OAP club.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Yep that's what I was thinking re young couple, WA. I guess in Poland everybody marries young. I think bride and groom is actually pretty good. I don't feel compelled to add the "to be". Thanks.

I've started watching "the bridge" season2 just started on BBC4 and available on iplayer. It is not as good as "the killing", which I absolutely loved, but it is decent. I just love Scandinavian police dramas. The problem is you can't "watch" them and do other things on the computer as well because of the subtitles.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

The other thing you might want to consider and mention to your client, Aa, is that Polish tends to be far more formal than English, as in the use of Pan/Pani instead of "you" (as in vous not tu). So where Polish has "the young couple", it might be more natural in English to have a dotted line to be filled in with the first names of the couple.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

These are descriptions of the wedding invitations, WA, so that particular phrase was in the bit about how the price included adding laser-cut names of the young couple. It's like writing Zazzle descriptions. There is actually more copying and pasting involved than translating. The only thing is I find I really need to pay attention. Sometimes there are heart motifs, at other times there are flower motifs etc. etc. I'm worried I'll mix them all up in all the copy and pasta.

I was getting quite depressed about nobody giving me anything to translate, so I'm not complaining, even if it is pretty shitty work. My ambition right now is to do enough translating/writing to pay the rent. The online stuff almost makes enough to pay the other bills, so I need to dip into my rapidly melting savings for food and pleasure only.

One can always forage, poach or shoplift, eat geckos, if one gets really desperate, and with the internet there is a lot of "pleasure" that is free.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Could you use Wordfast Anywhere? If there is lots of repetition, it could save you quite a bit of time. There is also Omega T, free CAT software that works on a Mac as well: http://www.omegat.org/en/omegat.html


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada

aa could be betrothed.

Good to see you Randy, when the going gets tough the tough get going...or so I've heard.


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IzzyM 2 years ago from UK

Saw the orthopaedic surgeon today. Must be getting old because she looked like a school-girl! She's referred me for an MRI which was what I wanted, but don't know yet if I will get it because of the metal plates in my back. She thinks the lowest lumbar discs may have degenerated because the plates hold three vertebrae rigid and that puts extra strain on them. Hope they can operate and sort it. I don't mind more plates and am no longer scared of back operations. I could have been put in a wheelchair for life a long time ago, but wasn't.

I am certain Mother is having another mini-stroke too, so her degeneration continues :(


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IzzyM 2 years ago from UK

@HollieT, I remember well the days of Care in the Community which is a misnomer if ever I heard one.

We used to have large psychiatric and mental health hospitals which Maggie closed down in the 80s. I worked in some of them in the 70s and they were not ideal. The people in them were institutionalized and used to a hospital routine. As trainee nurses, we were not allowed to read the case notes nor know why patients were there. Some had been there since the 1930s simply because they got pregnant out of wedlock! (we discovered that much later). They were kept doped up to the eyeballs, and not allowed out in the summer sun because Largactil (the drug of choice) was contra-indicated against sunlight. They had no mind to wander anywhere. It was a cruel and horrible existence, brought about by early institutionalization.

Maggie's answer was to close the hospitals and find them a bedsit to live in. These people had no skills to live on their own and a heavy drug dependency!

There were other hospitals where mentally subnormal or severally physically disabled people also got thrown out - their hospitals not only closed but razed to the ground and the land sold on cheaply to housing developers.

How they got on the 'Community' is anyone's guess.

But the elderly were always cared for. I saw the rise in private nursing homes in the 80s, and most of them were a disgrace with untrained staff and poor food. There was no legislation in place at the time to set a standard. I'm not even sure if there is now. But the NHS and many highly-regarded organizations planned and cared for the old ones. Now it seems, the NHS has dropped out, leaving only private care. It's all wrong.


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gmwilliams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Randy and all, just checking up to see how you all are doing. Randy, rest and get better. To LongTimeMother, pray that your daughter is healing and well. To Hollie, Izzy, and WA, hope that you ladies are well and have the usual vim and vigor! Izzy, how is your mother, is she well? My father died decades ago and my mother had alzheimers. It is so sad, like losing one's best friend. My mother and I were friends and close for years before that horrid disease. Hope there is a cure for alzheimers and dementia later in this decade or early in the 20s. God bless and keep you all always!


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Shoot. Suddenly every page is peppered with those annoying underlines with alien links, including my hp feed page. Plus an extra 'related searches' strip down the lhs and ads automatically opening on new screens.

Can't for the life of me remember what causes it and how to get rid of it. Any clues please?


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Midnight here. Good news for the day ... nausea under control, food being eaten, strong enough to stand and move around. Acupuncturist helped restore her appetite. Went to the doctor to get a better understanding of the hospital blood test results and file a copy of the legal papers so they know to call me directly if anything happens in the future. Hoping we are past the worst this time but will stay until next week before deciding whether or not it is time to go home.

Thanks so much for the supportive messages.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

LTM, from the drop down menu in the top right hand corner, click history. Then click settings- check for some nasty tool bar add on or other app that you didn't know about. Click remove.

If that doesn't do the trick, try uninstall and look for something that you may have inadvertently downloaded.

I'm very pleased to hear that your daughter is feeling better :)


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Lol I do believe Nedine Dorries has just blamed flooding on immigrants. Now we know why the tidal wave of Romanians hasn't materialised, is because they were transmogrified into real water!


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Indeed! I kept thinking, WTF, the question was about immigration. I would dearly love to see all those studies which our friend BNP/UKIP skin head Paul, cites, supporting the theory that immigration does not contribute to economic and social development. Lmao.

They're all full of shit. The labour representative (can't spell his name) appears to be the the only lucid commentator. And I don't vote Labour.


eppie 2 years ago

Hey all, I hate to post and run but we had pipes burst in above ceiling plumbing on Monday and now the ceiling is starting to fall. I will be brief. I am happy to see that things are looking up for everyone, and that everyone's situations appear to be in improvement.

For all Mturkers on here. I put some real news about crowdflower on my blog. They are a major part of Mtruk and they will be closing their account. I ended up accidentally getting first dips on that news so I am posting it.

Night all, I hope to be on more in the future.


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Thanks, Hollie. They are now gone. Couldn't get my brain to kick in and provide anything resembling a solution.

I'm thinking I'm in internet heaven. Youtube videos play instantly instead of waiting 15 minutes to download each minute of video. My days and evenings are full but I get a few hours each night to plug in the laptop. There's so much I want to write about (inspiration for hubs everywhere here) but it is hard to resist watching videos that don't make me wait. :)


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Because I've been too preoccupied to read every post here, I went back and began at the beginning. Is it really only 2 weeks since we were chatting about foster care?

Two weeks ago Randy had both heel bones and was walking around, eppie had two functioning knees and a house that didn't deserve a mention, aa had no idea there'd be a credit card drama, Hollie still had her old phone and laptop and her son hadn't left yet ... and Izzy hadn't yet felt inspired to become a foster mum to all the old folk in her town.. Plus it was still 2013.

Randy, all this has happened in the past 2 weeks so you'd better start working on the next hubs to host our future chats. At the rate we're all experiencing the unexpected,I guess there's going to be a lot more to discuss before we reach the end of 2014. :)


eppie 2 years ago

LTM... I hear you on that. But its a bit shocking. Two weeks! It is amazing what 2013 completed with and how much 2014 wants to prove itself already. I hope that things iron themselves out soon. I am noticing through the congealed mass that is everyone's situations that a light is starting to shine in 9 out of 10 situations. For instance (and because I can only speak for myself) our ceiling looks like a disaster but a contractor told us it is a single section only a few feet long.

If I can quote a source that I am not sure on without Google..."Things are the darkest before the dawn".


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I've just been going through my "started and yet to finish" paintings and drawings. I have no fewer than 30!! Some are dreadful and some may have potential- I really need to see thing through and not just give up on things.

Wish I had an art teacher. Think I might start going to classes.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Happy Saturday campers!! Randy, how are you feeling today? I sincerely hope the pain is subsiding :)


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

I am somewhat struck by how when an Arab kills white people he is described (quite rightly) as an arch terrorist. But when an Israeli kills Arab people he is "a highly controversial figure".

Other than that, racing madly describing invitations, so have no time to chat sadly. My hands are so cold, it is hard to type, I don't know why it is not particularly cold.

I really wish I had listened to WA earlier. This will teach me!


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Good luck getting it out of the way, aa, at least it's money in the bank. :)


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Good day, Peeps! Still a bit under the weather because of the pain I'm experiencing with my foot. Been trying to do without the pain pills so much, but so far, the pain has gotten the upper hand. Hopefully the pain will subside enough for me to get back to my regular routine sometime during the next week. I'm to see a specialist soon so this will tell the tale. Sorry to be so uncommunicative with you guys. It's definitely not my style. Later on! :)


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Sorry to hear about the pain, Randy. There's no point suffering more than you have to though, so if you need to take the painkillers you should. Here's hoping you're feeling better soon, then we can get down to our usual poisonous meanderings. :D


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Does the word "thong" always have racy connotations in english? The dictionary tells me that's the translation for the polish "rzemy", which is basically a kind of thin leather rope.

Somehow I feel weird putting thongs all over wedding invitations! Are my insticts off?


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I'm not sure they always has racy connotations, certainly no more than suspenders- if that helps. It does, however, seem an odd word to have on wedding invitations. I suppose it depends on the context.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

It is indeed strange to slather thongs over wedding invites! I did a search and think I found such an item. If I am right, then instead of thong, I would say "pull string", or maybe, if it is actually leather, "leather pull-strip".


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Well, sports fans. My main website just hit 30,000 views, http://www.websitewithnoname.com/ Got a hub you would like me to post about there? Let me know.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

I've just tweaked my hub about how zinc may help improve asthma symptoms.


eppie 2 years ago

Congrats paradigm...maybe my site will get there someday.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

@WA Now there's two keywords I've never gone after before... :D Added it.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Thank you very much, Para!


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

@eppie Thanks. The thing isn't much of a money earner though; thinking it's time I splatter a big, fat, ugly advertising banner across the top. Alas...


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Hi paradigmsearch. Feel free to pick any of mine that appeal to you. :)


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

@LTM I decided to enter the land of all things chia.


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

rofl. You and a lot of other people too. :)


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Thanks WA. Actually wikipedia says that one of the meanings of thong is "a thin leather strip" so the dictionary wasn't completely wrong. But that is not really what people think of when they hear the word.

Just heard from another agency that didn't like my sample. One day I'm going to ask you for a huge favour, I'll send you a sample and maybe you could have a quick look at it and see whether I am really that bad. I mean I know I an a messy writer, but I do proofread the bloody things, I'm not a complete idiot! Not now though because I am exhausted with the whole concept of translating, or work, or taking any responsibility for anything.

I might do the dishes in a few hours after I've had watched some computer TV, but that is it!


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

On a brighter note one of my entries for UFredux group DEC contest was one of 5 finalists, members are supposed to vote to select a winner. For me the clear winner is velvet glove, her fractal is at the bottom here http://fav.me/d71ok9m I'm utterly amazed by almost everything she produces, I think she's head and shoulder above most people.

My pearly octopus is here in case you're interested:http://fav.me/d6x470a although you might have seen it on bubbles.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Well done aa!

PDS, I do not have much in the way of hubs but you're welcome to any you want. Having said that, I'm going to start a new hub this week because I have no work. :(


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

I'll do whatever I can to help, Aa. I am a very demanding reviewer/editor so you'd get the full critique and some more. Apart from anything else, do watch for double spaces between words/sentences. In my opinion, this is totally irrelevant, but agencies get very a__l about it. It's easy enough to catch though if you show formatting by clicking on the paragraph symbol.

I was really lucky when I started. A couple of smaller UK agencies were interested in my work. They were very supportive and helpful despite the major messes I made from time to time. Later, things changed drastically for the worse in one of them; they even kicked out one of the original founders of the company (the only one who was a linguist/translator!). However, I am still very good friends with the other agency and will go the extra mile for them when needed.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

You know, I've picked up on the the double space after a sentence. Which I always leave. I'm pretty sure that when I was teaching myself to type, this is what one was supposed to do. Otherwise why would I do it? But I think this is why I was losing points with the freelancing places.

But this is the kind of thing that I would completely ignore, because, really who cares? It is interesting though to know whether my problems are these kinds of bs little details, which I can do something about when I know about them, or whether I am just shite at a more fundamental level. So I will welcome your harsh critique when I can get it together to request it properly. Man (and even woman) must suffer to be wise. (As Aeschylus (sp?) once remarked).


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

When I did my touch typing course in the summer between school and uni (1972!), two spaces after a full stop were de rigeur.

Ha! After the usual pre-Xmas madness, I thought I was having a bit of a slow phase in the New Year. Over the first week, I got a few little jobs of the £15-30 type. Having earned a lot in December (and exhausted myself in the process), I was quite happy with that and had made plans for other writing and was enjoying leisure activities without any pressure. All of a sudden, towards the end of last week, three clients got in touch and I suddenly found myself with about 36,000 words to return by the end of the month. So it's nose down once again.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Aa, there is quite a learning curve in medical translation, because a lot of the documentation is produced for regulatory purposes, where certain things are very strictly defined. Then there is the need to master concepts and terminology for all the different areas of medicine. There are still occasions when I might spend more time researching/reading than doing the actual translation, just to be sure I've got it right.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

yep I do sort of get that, and the samples I'd been sent had huge lists of diseases and symptoms which did require quite a bit of chasing.

I'm quite prepared for things being hard to start with. The problem with a learning curve, though, is that you have to get on it to learn. If I'm just sitting here making fractals and watching web tv, I'm not actually doing any curved learning. Bit of a conundrum.

However I've earned 5% of the minimum I need to earn in a month, so I will now go and watch web tv. If you guys in the UK have a bit of time, The bridge season II is on iplayer and it is pretty good.


Eppie 2 years ago

I am looking to do a Google+ experiment. PDS you may want to try this as well. I just followed nearly a thousand people on G+. What I want to do is find someone on here (anyone can volunteer) who has a hub that gets low views. This hub must consistently get low views. Then I am going to share it on my blog and that should share it to those nearly 1000 people. I want to see if they will all rush to read it. If they do I am going to follow another batch of about a thousand and run the experiment again. If this goes right, we may have a way to generate a viral hub at will. Let me know guys, I need a hub to share.

PDS if you follow that many people then share, re share, or post the same hub we could accelerate the process a bit.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Eppie, this hub is averaging about 1 view per week. Doubt it's viral material though:

http://hubpages.com/education/What-Does-Endangered...


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

@Eppie Thanks, but when it comes to G+, I'm the lamest user on the planet. I dislike their whole format even more than I dislike FB's. As such, I seldom visit my accounts on either one. And as for number of followers, I am pathetic in that regard as well. lol


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

I average 10-30 views a day in total on 22 hubs, so if you want any further material for your experiment, take your pick!


eppie 2 years ago

OK, this is good. I will post that one Hollie, wa I will pick one. PDS g+ is obnoxious but I am seeing its merits. People are still in the follow anyone phase and there is a lot of activity that picked up just after x mas. It may become a good networking tool.


Eppie 2 years ago

All right Hollie. Phase one of the experiment has begun. Check the views fairly often over the next 24 hours. We will see where this goes. If anything you should end out at a few dozen. The best part is they are genuine views. The link does not go right to your hub its to my blog with a brief intro then a link to the hub. This weeds out curiosities and sets for only the ones that wanted to read it. The experiment will not be a total waste at that point. WA I am going to upload yours soon. I am locating a few more "super circles" these are huge collections of people you can just follow with a click. That way they will get an email and you will get a follow back. I added 16 in 20 min of hitting accept. They just follow me. It is a great tool. If this all works we should implement it for something useful.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Thanks, Eppie. I'll keep checking my stats.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

OMG Chomsky's gonna be on Ch4 news in a minute!


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Or rather he already was just noticed I was watching 4+1. He must be truly ancient by now.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I like watching the Youtube videos of Chomsky. Especially the really old ones, the world panned out as he suspected it would!


eppie 2 years ago

Ok Hollie. We are now at roughly the 4 hour mark what are the views at? They may take time to adjust. I saw a minor spike on my end of about 50 just after the link went up. I just added 450 people from a circle. They may all mostly read my profile then hit add. Most just hit add, so they miss old posts. I may post again in about 2 or so hours.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

3 from Randy Godwin HP, 2 Hp.com and 1 from Henhouse Forum.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

A long time ago Chomsky was going on about how the corporations really rule the world, politicians are there just to do the bidding of business. I remember being young and enthusiastic and arguing about this with lots of people, who all thought he was crazy. Now it is pretty much universally accepted.

I once had an email from Chomsky (actually a couple of emails, I think). It basically just told me that I was an idiot, but, hey, I still felt very proud of it.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I'd be quite proud to receive an email from Chomsky, even if he called me an idiot. He's always had Israel's number though. I posted an old Chomsky Youtube video on FB around New Year- he was discussing Reagan- no one gave a sh** so I deleted it. Not that most people are interested in what I post anyway.

Did you see Blair at the Butcher of Beirut's funeral? Can't wait to see Blair at the ICC, case has been forwarded. Doubt he'll ever be prosecuted- but we live in hope!


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

I did see Blair and it pissed me off, but I was expecting it. But at least the BBC did end up interviewing a few good people, I shudder to think what the coverage in the US is like.

But they had a bunch of talking heads dreamily going on about how if he hadn't had the stroke, he would have brought peace to the ME. As if.

After Rabin was assassinated and Netenyahu was prime minister the first time (did you notice that they always seem to have the same politicians, they just use them over and over again), there was this blog called Bibi watch, run by some Peace Now (I assume) guy, and on the attached forum, I met this other guy who decided that he was going to set up a big website for reconciliation, blah blah blah.

So I mentioned some of Chomsky's ideas to him, and even though he was another Peace Now guy, the stuff was so far from his world view it was funny. Then he got it into his head that he was going to get bring Chomsky into our little discussion group, which I thought was ridiculous, but he had delusions of grandeur. It was thus that I cosigned an email to Chomsky and got some replies. As expected Chomsky wanted nothing to do with us, you can hardly blame him.

The Bibi watch guy said that Chomsky was a holocaust denier, which made me seriously lose respect for him.

My impression is that my Israeli friend moved quite a lot to the right. I think a lot of the Peace Now people got very fed up with the Palestinians. You know Isreal made huge "concessions" and gave bits of land back, and the Palestinians were so ungrateful. Horrible terrorists all of them!


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

It's hardly surprising that even "Peace now" moved to the right. Israel imprison their own citizens for refusing to join the army and incarcerate Palestinians behind that big, open air prison wall. What for the squealers? Free society is a misnomer when it comes to Israel. I'm one quarter Jewish, just in case anyone wants to sling certain accusations.

Chomsky got the same treatment as Finkelstein, and he got the same treatment as so many others. The rhetoric contains nothing more than adhoms. Still, one of the butcher's gatekeepers, who is now drilling in the Golan heights (allegedly brought to his attention by the butcher himself) is in serious trouble. For how long can they suppress the news?


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IzzyM 2 years ago from UK

I stay out of the whole Israel/Palestine debate as much as I can. My so-called 'partner' is Israeli insofar as he was educated and did conscription there (it's compulsory), but he was born in Spain, and as far as I can see is Spanish through and through. The only thing to suggest he might be Jewish is a hexagram he wears round his neck! Aren't Jews supposed to avoid certain foodstuffs?

Anyway, he is not top of my favourite people list at the moment. I sympathised with him for the longest time, because as a child he was subjected to frequent bombings. He lived next to the Israel/Syria border, within throwing distance, and bombs were frequently hurled in his direction.

The fact that he claims to be a member of Mossad while he throws out letters addressed to my husband suggests not.

The only letters that ever come to my husband are from the authorities, who have it on record that my husband owns the house we live in. He doesn't but that is beside the point. They might as well address them to 'the householder'. I am sick of explaining this to this guy. Effing thicko! Surely to God the Israeli intelligence employ people with common sense!


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IzzyM 2 years ago from UK

I saw the specialist the other day. She said she will refer me for an MRI scan and that she thinks they will be able to do one. Those damn metal plates in my back could interfere with the magnetic thingummies, but is unlikely to because they have been there a while, so she says.

She thinks what might have happened is that the strain of holding those three vertebrae rigid has caused the lower one to go into self-destruct mode. Just a slight movement in it would put pressure on my sciatic nerve. It might be there for life! Not happy, but won't know the outcome or potential treatment until I have the MRI scan done. Have to travel 150 miles to have it done, so have asked for plenty notice to give me time to decide what to do with mother when I have to go. There is no way I can take her with me.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I'm feeling vague stirrings of thought about switching from hpads to adsense; but not just yet.


eppie 2 years ago

Someone recommended Hpads to me. They said it was better than adsense. I thought at the time of the supposed British insult.. waffle. A load of waffle. I have a very proper cousin from London who asked me very politely that I never say something is a load of waffle in front of him.


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IzzyM 2 years ago from UK

As a business person, did some sums the other night. Imagined the cost of a 5 bedroom home, plus the costs of refurbishment to turn it into a care home. Added ludicrously high heating and lighting bills, plus business rates. Employed 7 staff at ridiculously high salaries. A cook, a cleaner, and 5 carers to cover both day and night shift. Overstaffed for only 5 people!

It still comes to nowhere near the £1000 a week charged for care of the elderly! The NHS was founded on 'cradle to the grave' care for all.

These same people now in need of it, voted for it, and paid for it. If they developed cancer or some other morbid condition, their care would be free under the NHS.

Why should dementia mean the goalposts are moved? Some high heid up one was on the news tonight saying they found a 'surprising' number of elderly in care had dementia. What is so effin surprising? Anyone who has worked in health care knows that when an elderly person can no longer take care of themselves, dementia is to blame. It has been that way for at least 40 years that I know of!

In the UK, if the Social Work Department recommend institutional care for your loved one, you can get a £700 reduction on the weekly cost. That still leaves you with having to fork out £300 per week, which is way more than most benefits, even if you have a work's pension.If none of your relatives have Power of Attorney, they take over, and sell your parental home. But £700 is already paid by you, by everybody, in rates. This is what your council tax is paying for. It's that other £300 per week that is getting my goat! This is money paid to private enterprise, just for existing. Thanks Maggie!


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IzzyM 2 years ago from UK

Pre- the big Panda thing, I was Adsense only and brought in 10 times the earnings I have now.

My traffic cliff-dived, but I started again on new subs. Now I once again have the overall traffic I did before, but only a fraction of the earnings. HPads are great when you have social traffic because that type of traffic never did click ads. And by the way, those that read the forum where having 100 views on a hub were required before you got that all-important top right ad...well go ahead and refresh your own pages, because once they get 100 hits they get the ad! (I tested)


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Think I'll put out an APB on Randy if he hasn't checked in by Wednesday. Meanwhile, bedtime for me. I hope tomorrow is NOT an adventure...


Eppie 2 years ago

Ok, Hollie. I have busy day tomorrow, so I am making a last min report from my end. I only have 7 views on your entry. However 52 to my blog since then and 7 people shared your hub to there G+ timelines. This may actually pan out. I followed 1.7K people today, Google stopped me till 24 hours passes. I found out that Google only allows you to follow 5000 people at any one time. That is total. You can have an infinite number follow you though. So, I am hoping that things pan out to a lot following me. Tomorrow I will add an entry for WA.

Oh, and Hello Izzy. Its been a while since I have seen you on here. LOL Same with smart and fun, writer fox, and poeticfail. Randy i can understand. He has some things he is going through.


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PoeticFailosophy 2 years ago from Cuzco, Peroo

Hi everyone, hope y'all are doing well. How is Randy and his heel? I just wanted to drop by and let everyone know that marijuana is a veritable kancer kure. I read it on a forum so it must be true. If you don't believe me then you should educate yourselves, you worthless philistines who do not recognize my poetic greatnessitude.

http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/119254#post2529209


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Izzy, they tried an mri on my husband's leg with his plates and screws. Completely corrupted images. Then some einstein suggested an ultrasound instead. That worked a treat. :)


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

paradigmsearch, here's the update for you. Googles from around the world but no stat showing your page yet. I'll keep watching. Thanks.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

o sheet, do u guys have a vat number. I looked into it and it seemed to me that you only need to care about VAT if your turnover is 70,000something a year, so about 100x more than I make.

But these guys I invoiced in Greece say they are obliged by law to ask for a vat number etc. etc. and will probably not pay me unless I make one up.

What to do?


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

I had a vat number when I lived in the UK. Surely there must be something on their website telling you the wording of the appropriate statement/declaration when you don't have one or need one. Otherwise, do you have an accountant friend who can tell you what to write?


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I've been asked for a VAT number by foreign clients aa, and they didn't actually mean VAT at all. They just wanted to be sure that I was registered with the Inland Revenue as self employed/business owner. I'd contact them again and explain that you're not VAT registered and VAT would not be pertinent in their country of origin anyway. Failing that, if there's a forum where you obtained the work, ask in there and see how others have managed to get around it.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

There was a bit on the invoice that specifically asked for a VAT number, so I think this is what they man. I have seen some stuff about it on the ProZ forum, so I will look read it. I don't know any accountants (well my brother is one, but he knows about taxes, what with working in the UAE).

Very annoying. Surely lots of freelancers don't have VAT numbers given how much you need to make to be liable? Can't be the first time they've come across this problem! Why is everything so bloody difficult. Arrrrgggh!


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Yes, I was specifically asked for a VAT number too on the invoice, but they had completely misundertood what VAT was. I can't actually remember what I had to supply in the end I'm afraid. Someone will come up with solution.

That's very handy, having a brother who is an accountant. :)


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Aa, the problem arises because the VAT threshold in some EU countries is extremely low or even non-existent, so most of their freelancers are forced to register. Unfortunately, many people out there do not seem to be aware the situation is vastly different in the UK.

I work through my own UK company and am not registered for VAT. My invoices all go out in the company name and are paid into my company account, so VAT is even more pertinent. At the bottom of each invoice I put:

"NB: The company turnover is below that required for mandatory VAT registration in the UK and therefore the company has elected NOT to register for VAT"

I have never had any problems. If you make a similar declaration (obviously referring to yourself not a company!), they might just get back and ask you for your tax reference number. I guess the NI number would do the trick if they really insist.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Yes, tax reference number- that's what I supplied. It rings a bell now that WA has mentioned it.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Thanks v. much WA I know I got some kinds of numbers when I registered with Her Majesty's tax collectors. I'll try to find which one is the tax reference. Hopefully this will work in most cases when you give ppl some kind of number, it usually satisfies them. Definitely better than leaving them empty handed.


eppie 2 years ago

Well, good morning all. I woke this morning rain, but i dont mind. Rain is a good thing.

Hollie, I am just wondering about stats. Now, 9 people have shared your hub but only 7 views. It makes no sense

@PF I think parodissitude makes sense a bit more. And oddly my spell check thinks that is ok as well.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Good morning everyone! Glad to be back in the land of the conscious--or at least semi-conscious--again. If I had known landing on my feet would cause so much pain, I would have endeavored to glide a bit more. I believe this pain has to be worse than my ACL surgery over 30 years ago.

Anyway, I hope the worse is over now but I'm dreading to hear what the future may bring. I wonder where I can get one of those metal feet the Olympic dude used?


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Aa, I've just found I sent out an invoice to an agency in Greece in December following my usual format with the declaration that I am not registered for VAT.

Their work order said to include VAT No/ID on the invoice, but they accepted it happily without that. I did put their VAT number below their address. I think that is also something you need to do in some countries.


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

Hey eppie, I am here and lurking. I just don't have anything interesting to add. I do hope everyone is dealing well with all the personal emergencies that have popped up.

Randy, it is great to hear from you! I do hope the worst is over for you.

I had a good laugh over the weekend at the latest Poo Poo doctor impersonator. Also, I noticed today, in yet another incoherent forum thread started by the Poo Poo Doctor that "WD Curry III" has made an appearance. :)


eppie 2 years ago

First good to see you S&F. Sec. I saw WD Curry as well. Wondering what the deal is there myself.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks everyone, glad to be back at least until my meds kick in! lol!

Was also surprised to see WD make another appearance. That gator never gives up!


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

He showed up in one of my threads as well. Things are starting to get interesting around here again.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

And thanks Hollie. My incoherent bit about my brother meant to say that he was an accountant in the UAE so I doubt he can be much help with taxes.

WA, I amended the the invoice in Proz, and put my tax ref. in my profile, and it automatically added it under the address, so that should be fine.

Anyway we'll see what they have to say. I think they should be fine as long as they have some kind of number.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Hey Randy, my message welcoming you back got eaten! Never mind, just so you know I'm not ignoring your return :)


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Well, well. Hub traffic during the weekend and on Monday were starting to get me a little disconcerted. Today, though, looking good. Me beginning to hope that prosperity will rule until summer kicks in.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Mine is back to lowest point: 18 views on 22 hubs.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

And it looks like my illustrious asthma post has only gotten 4 hits. Hopefully they all continued through to your hub.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

That hub is sitting at 3 views, so is one of the top ones. I cannot even imagine how people get 100 or so views in a day on a single hub.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Good to hear from you Randy and glad you're feeling a bit better. We've all missed ya!

aa, you're welcome and Eppie, four visits from you blog- for which I'm grateful :)

Which reminds me, according to analytics I had over 200 hits to my sub last Friday, but not according to HP and it just says direct traffic so I have no idea where all those visits came from. Looks like a false spike.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Hollie. My ink cartridge post about your hub is getting action every day now. Go pretty it up some more with some fresh content. I want that hub to get as many views as possible. :D


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Nothing in my spam filter, WA. Are you sure it wasn't approved? Anyway, thanks for the welcome back. Pleased to see many of the regulars here today. :)


eppie 2 years ago

Ok WA now its your turn to be a test rabbit. I posted your hub about coffee as a preventive for cancer. I did it in a new way. Please keep us informed about the change in views if there is any. The last two experiments will be on the same two hubs but as raw links right in G+. We will see how all this works out. Hollie, I have not forgotten your hub, it was shared 18+ times! However the follow through seems a bit off. Since you joined the other thing that you joined I will share it off as a raw link now, WA same for you I will let you know the other hub I pick for that.


eppie 2 years ago

Ok WA the other one will be polish food the art of healthy eating.


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Update for paradigmsearch. Still no sign of traffic from you but it probably wasn't a good one to choose. You are competing with google from 10 different countries plus pins plus hp traffic. Sorry I don't have better news for you.


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Glad you are back on the keyboard, Randy. Don't give up hope. We have to tough out the difficult times before we see improvements.

I had a moment of encouraging progress today. It appeared my daughter had a stroke earlier this week (after I arrived) but she has a small amount of control over her eyebrow today so it might be Bells Palsy instead.

Most people would see Bells Palsy as a bad thing. Compared to a stroke, it seems the preferred option.

It's all about perspective.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

I was thinking Randy, that if they put metal diss to repair Izzy's back, they should be able to repair your heel. Ok you might be partly Borg, but Seven of Nine wasn't so bad in the end. True you might not be allowed to dance on the roof anymore. You will learn to live with that, everybody does.

I am guessing the doctors are waiting for everything to heel before they decide the best thing to do, but you should press them about what the options are.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Hi eppie,

I have 3 views on the coffee hub and 2 on the food hub at 11.30 am UK time.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Eppie,

I have 3 views from the Henhouseforum.blogspot


eppie 2 years ago

Ok, I think it may be working a little bit. People are posting a lot of stuff. But they keep +1 ing the links. This is interesting to say the least.

PDS how are things going with you? I thought you were doing something as well.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Nah, not really. Just the occasional blog post.

On another note, I have just become CPM unamused. My HP CPM has now officially dropped below what I would normally expect to get from straight AdSense. Looking more and more like decision time...


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

My Adsense has been up from my peak season and my Amazon sales have dropped. Less traffic but more and better ad clicks from Adsense. Too chicken to switch to HPads as I make Adsense payout rather easily now. Too bad we cannot choose which hubs we want HPads or Adsense on.


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habee 2 years ago from Georgia

Hi, RD. Sandi just made a post on Bubblews about the pond parties. We need to have another one! How's the foot? When do you go back to the doctor?


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

PDS, there really isn't much I can add to it- I have been thinking about altering the title though?


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Title looks pretty good to me, but I'd definitely add "How to" in front of "...Refill Printer Ink Cartridges". And scatter "how to" around in the content.

Bonus idea. Add a section on How to Make Binders Full of Women. Include lots of pics with lots of skin. :D


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Would I then have to put it in the sexy pictures category???

I'll change the title and sprinkle 'how to' around :)


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

That would probably do it. Based on previous experience, I seriously think Google could really grow to love this hub over time. It gives the reader exactly what they are looking for. Be sure to nurture it and give it lots of food and water.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

I've had a few hubs that Google really liked to start with, then it seemed to go off them. Not completely they still get maybe 50 views a day, but at the beginning they got 200.

I think Google really likes new stuff now, sort of the opposite of what used to happen before. The only solution seems to be to keep writing new stuff, I haven't tested whether a major rewrite works at reigniting its interest.

I'm actually having good traffic today, but CPM has become ridiculous!


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Thanks PDS, have been absent due to painting Geisha girl, which I painted ages ago but didn't finish. I'm quite proud of it now- it will take pride of place in my arts and crafts hub.

I agree aa, at the beginning my hubs did pretty well, now I'm averaging between 30-40 hits a day on 9 hubs. Probably my own fault, should write more and chase subjects which attract a decent amount of traffic.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

I have 7 views on the coffee hub, of which one is from the hen house, plus 5 views on the food hub, but none of these are from the hen house.

I cannot imagine even getting 50 views a day on one hub, let alone 200 views!


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

It really does depend on the topic. The hubs that work well for me are advice about buying stuff, of the best blah blah for blah blah format. And they make Amazon money as well.

My bitcoin hub is getting about 100 views a day now as well. I think with the recent huge rise in price people are interested in it. And actually, even if I say so myself, I think it is pretty good (especially after you edited it :)

It's more "technical" than the stuff on news sites, but a lot less geeky than the real bitcoin forums. It might actually fill a gap. I doubt it will last forever, though.

Other than that, my "informational" hubs are not getting very much traffic. Although things likes "types of….." or "facts about….." do get a few views a day.


eppie 2 years ago

Ya, on my blog I got 50 a day on winter storm ion then the same on my story about the east coast quake predictions. I guess when u fill a hole for info people swarm there for it. It does not last though.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

@Habee--Foot still sucks. We'll have to plan a pond party a little later on I suppose.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I have a few hubs which get over 100 views a day, but not near enough to suit me.


eppie 2 years ago

Hello everyone. How are we all doing this cold day? LTM I realize this does not apply to you as you are in a very warm environment. It must be nice. LOL.

We are expecting another polar vortex. I learned that the local weather men, love catch phrases as well. So, they will be using polar vortex whether it applies or not.

I am feeling good today, I wonder how everyone else is. It seemed everyone had a situation or two over the last few weeks. How are all of them?

Well, off to work. I will see you all this afternoon. 3:30East coast time.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

1.15 pm here and I have only just finished breakfast. My body clock is totally skewed at the moment, and the low atmospheric pressure is not helping.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

I don't do breakfast, but I started the day with a Skype conversation with my Mother, who once again pointed out the ridiculousness of my situation, and my general failure in life. So I am once again bummed out.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

As if you are to blame for the ridiculous situation in UK academia!


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

OH but I am to blame for going into UK academia in the first place, rather than settling on something stable and boring.

I am rather disgusted with myself tbh, so I am now going to sink my head into the sand of scandinavian crime drama, hoping to emerge in a more positive mood, in a few hours.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Good morning, all. Well, got all sorts of happy stuff done today already. And I discovered that my http://www.bubblews.com/news/1070671-the-day-the-d... bubble is Number One in Google search. It CAN be done! This one was an accident; going to see if I can do them on purpose.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

My parents, on the other hand, were mortified when I left academia. Not having had the chance at higher education themselves, their dream was for me to become "a professor". Must admit, I'm glad fate intervened. The sort of academia I would have liked belonged more to the humanities than to the sciences and, anyway, disappeared decades ago. I mean the full-blown ivory tower stuff: long esoteric discussions with colleagues, seminars with a small number of intelligent and dedicated students, hours rooting through the library stackrooms and no worries about finance.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

My parents were more ambitious, they were waiting for the Nobel prize, but really they wanted me to be a doctor or something else equally respectable.

I suspect the situation in the humanities now is also pretty far from the ivory tower scenario. There were many bits that I really liked about life sciences, at least from a distance. But then there was the mindless pipetting of liquids from one eppendorf into another, and running gels, and repeating experiments again and again that just wouldn't work.

And being exploited and treated like a moronic child by psychopath PIs. I used to think that I would be utterly devastated to be out of science, but actually in the end it was a relief. Now if I could just deal with the simple problem of finding money so I could pay the rent and the bills, life would actually be good.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

But now aa, you're an award winning fractal artist! Seriously though, I used to help run a sociology tutorial one afternoon per week at my local university until 12 months ago, and almost all the staff that I came into contact with only had temporary contracts. I think the "not knowing" what the future may hold was possibly worse than the reality of unemployment.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

I was actually quite remarkable in that I got a "permanent postdoc" contract, which almost doesn't exist, but at some point the MRC introduced them in an attempt to show that they were doing something about the dreadful state of science careers.

Unfortunately the head of my lab was had suffered some kind of breakdown after he got his lab, basically didn't do his job all the time he was there. He'd managed to get tenure by the skin of his teeth, but then failed at the quinquennial review, his lab was closed down and we were all made redundant.

Working there, seeing him not doing his work, was like being on a slow-motion bus crash, pretty soul destroying. What's more I couldn't keep it to myself, so I had major rows with him, when I used to tell him he wasn't doing his job etc. etc. for which he used to threaten me with disciplinary action. Fun times.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

As difficult as the freelancing path can be, at least you do not have to rely totally on other people. I just don't think I'd be able to cope with a normal job now- too many personalities to deal with.


eppie 2 years ago

Just got off a long shift, and man am I tired. Had company coming over and rushed home only to find they are not coming. This is twice now, I am seriously considering not inviting them anymore. LOL

I am going to try my hand at a small fiction tale on my blog. The usual twist, a hard choice, and some amount of cliff hanger so I dont boink myself for a sequel post. You never know it may become a thing. Like a continuous story or something. It will have to have its own blog if that is the case. I will post when it is finished. I am going to post about the doomsday clock announcement first though.

Hope everyone is well. aa, your not alone in the expression of disappointment. I found I was never good enough in my grandmas eyes. Especially trying to be a fully functioning artist and general free spirit. She asked why not try a normal persons job. such is life of course.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Ouch! The pitiful payment for yesterday has been removed from my HPads balance. One can only hope that it will be replaced by something with better CPM.

I have the best traffic I've ever had, a certain magical number is still some way away, but its shining on the horizon, and yet the payout is pathetic, hopefully down to some advertiser being late reporting or something.


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IzzyM 2 years ago from UK

In my experience, CPMs go down after final figures show. Not always, but nearly always.


eppie 2 years ago

How is everyone today? The air in my neighborhood is a buzz with construction. Two of the 3 houses across from us have construction vehicles stationed and working. One house lost her entire downstairs in a flood from her water main breaking in the hallway, during the polar vortex. The other house lost its roof during hurricane Sandy and the land lord finally came back to replace it and gut out the inside and replace it. They had it tarped up and sort of closed up but mother nature has a dry sense of humor about silly construction work. Wind+Rain= Mold.

Our home is all fixed up, compliments of the offer of free beer and pizza. We had plenty of help. Apparently people like free beer and pizza. Go figure.

I have decided to get into a bit of clickbank with my blog. A few hand made side adds that sell how to books or something. It should serve as fairly passive income.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Not sure how well Clickbank does at the moment, eppie. It has got a bad reputation for flogging scams. Also, with people now selling how-to content on Kindle for a couple of dollars, I think CB might be being priced out of the market.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Look forward to your fictional endeavors, eppie! I love to spin a tale occasionally. Hope everyone is doing okay today. Feeling a bit better myself but still dreading seeing the specialist and finding out what I'm facing in the near future as far as surgery is concerned. Goin' stir crazy in the meantime.....


Eppie 2 years ago

Ok, so I got off work early something about a problem with the heaters. So, my story will be an ongoing tale into the delightful exploits of Doctor Elliot Fields. He has a wife who hates him, a boss who sleeps with his wife, and 4 interns that cause him nothing but constant problems.

His webiste is http://doctorfields.blogspot.com/

All are welcome to tune in when there is a new "episode". The first one should be going in soon. Episode one, Death row, and deceit.

I hope it goes well.

Episode one.

A death row inmate needs heart surgery to keep him alive until execution. Dr. Fields wife wants a divorce. And the hospital hires a team of 4 interns that know nothing of real life medicine.

Tune in for episode one, at the URL above.

That is the synopsis that will go out on G+ in about two hours. I am finishing typing it up now. Its going to be a lot of fun. I think I will make it weekly.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

So the doc fools the interns into removing his wife's heart and transplanting it into the death row guy???


eppie 2 years ago

OMG! I should add something like that! Credit to WA for that of course!.

I am almost done writing. They are short entries, sort of.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Everybody likes a good love story! :P


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I think Marcy's petition to HP proves what I already suspected.HP has no clue as to what exactly Google wants. Only around 10% of my hubs make money. These hubs are on subjects no being done to death on the net. I do think quality plays a part in the success of a hub, but only to a certain point. Also, HP admitted that many of the successful hubbers had around 100 hubs and had been here 5 years or longer.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

OMG! Did Paul E just say that the top earners get 30k from HP ads? With an average of 105 hubs? Is that possible, or is it a typo?


eppie 2 years ago

I saw that petition and am not really that surprised that HP has not answered all the questions. A majority of this site is automated. The majority of moderating has to do with reporting by members and then after that we all know the rest.

What they dont understand is that if just a couple hundred high earning writers pulled content the site would disintegrate. History books show us though that a majority of the time this will not happen.

Oh and FYI, the first episode is ready for reading. It will be expanded upon over time. Yes, WA I added that part you suggested.


eppie 2 years ago

Never mind strike that part about no response. I read what Paul E wrote. The last line.. does that refer to those of us who have been thrown out? That last part really got under my skin and Im wondering if a blog bashing post is in order. They dont worry about the community! You know what. Im not doing this here. I will take it off site so that Randy does not get punished for anything I say.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks eppie, I have enough trouble of me own! lol!


eppie 2 years ago

Your welcome Randy you have done so much for those of us who dont have a voice. You gave us all a place to "hang out" and I know that not everyone is thrown off the forums or site but you know what I am saying. I said before that I am turning over a new leaf and I meant it.

I emailed Paul E and expressed my self in a proper manor.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I know what you're saying eppie, but it seems we have our hands tied as far as who HP wants to represent their site on the forums. Really though, the forums aren't of much worth these days as a place to have real discussions among the writers. Too bad for those of us not wishing kiss asp. lol!


eppie 2 years ago

On a related but not really related note, Have you read my story yet? Dont be shy, what did you think?


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yes I read the story, eppie. Not sure I understand what you're going for, but I suppose this will become a bit clearer as the plot expands a bit.


eppie 2 years ago

Ya, I had to do that. I dont know how often I will post but I want to make room for plenty of posts. The posts will connect. Next time I post I will show what happened to Cones and where the interns came from and also mix in some of the plot involving where the divorce is going.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Cool, will look for it!


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

It wouldn't be a typo, aa lite. I can see how that could be achieved. I know which hubs are my best earners. I just leave the other ones there to make it hard for other people to guess. lol.

Mind you, I only show as having reached the 10k milestone. Thought I would have a marker for 50k but maybe I have to hit the 100k before it changes. Don't really care about the accolades, but if I was to post a comment about getting traffic or making money I'd look like I know nothing. :)


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Hi Randy. Have you had your fill of ps3 or wii or whatever your gaming device is? Too early to have finished writing the next great american novel ... but you could put it on your list of things to do. :)


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I no longer play video games, LTM. Since my recent fall I've not been able to really concentrate on much of anything because of the painkillers I am forced to take. I'm slowly getting better and cutting down on them day by day but still, I have enough pain to keep my attention.

I have been working on a plot in my head--as I usually do before putting a tale into words--but I'm still a bit too loopy to judge the plot for myself. Hopefully I will soon be back to.....well...not exactly normal, but something akin to it. :)


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Email me your address, Randy and I will post you some Mobicosa and gel. Natural painkillers in them managed to get my husband of the meds after the first week. I know his injury was different but if you've seen my hubs you've seen he also had real pain. Worth a try I'm thinking. :)


eppie 2 years ago

Hey all, checkg in before bed. I found out today that the sun has apparently fallen asleep. Scientists are warning of the possibility that if the sun does not resume normal activity global temperatures will plunge.

They concluded today after several thousand verification methods that there are nearly no solar flares, or spots forming. The sun is nearly a smooth motionless orb. They saw this in the 1600 s and the river Thames froze solid as a rock right to its lowest depths. This lasted for nearly 50 years. There was some thawing cycles to it, but summers were only in the low 40s or less. The common winter temps were below zero. I am speaking in Fahrenheit of course. The US education system failed me as usual regarding metric measurements. Its all imperial for me.

They are not sure in full what causes the big ice ages that make glaciers. They think that there has to be a huge event to do that.

This solar thing explains why weather forecasts have been as accurate as two drunks playing darts during happy hour free shots. Today we were scheduled for a dusting of snow by morning. In the last hour we are warned to expect 4 or more inches and high winds.

On that pleasent note. Good night all, I hope to talk tomorrow.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yes eppie, the "Little Ice Age" was well documented by weather stats and paintings of the time. Other things such as volcanic activity, global wildfires, and certain celestial events--asteroid or comet strikes on the earth--may cause a mini-ice age of several decades duration. Interesting to ponder, eh?


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

That's fine for you heading for bed, eppie. Not much help to the likes of me who get to dwell on your news for the rest of the day!! :)


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Here's a tip. This link is absolutely worth following ... just to see the photo from Norway. :) http://spaceweather.com/


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Cool link, LTM! Apparently eppie didn't see the article on the same page about solar flare activity.


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

That crossed my mind as well, lol.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Happy Saturday, PO's!

I'm feeling unusually positive and optimistic today and wondering if this is a hormonal thing. Randy, you're beginning to sound like your old self again- welcome back!!

My son is working in a cafe-bar in the centre of Bordeaux, near Pont de Pierre, and loves it! (so far, that is) He's managing some conversational French but has made a few errors when it comes to serving drinks. He is also riding a woman's bike with a basket at the front!!


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Happy Saturday to you too, Hollie! :) Glad your son is enjoying his new job and is adjusting well. Yep, feeling better everyday and hope to get back to normal soon. Beautiful sunshine here but still a bit cool for my tastes.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

You're definitely sounding a bit perkier, Randy! It's going dark here now but the weather has been fairly bright today, if a bit on the cool side.

I'm home alone tonight and considering whether to treat myself to an Indian take-away. Can't decide if I fancy a vegetable biryani or rogan josh. Decisions, decisions.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I have yet to try very much Indian cuisine as there aren't many restaurants serving it here in the deep south. Beth loves to experiment with different kinds of food but I'm basically a meat and potatoes guy myself. Soul food suits me just fine. :)


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Living in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic city has many advantages, particularly when it comes to food. I live in a town which is absolutely full of take-aways. I can easily get my hands on Caribbean, Indian, Malaysian, Thai, Chinese, Italian, Turkish, African and Spanish food. There's even a tiny little Tapas bar that delivers. Gorgeous!


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

There's no lack of cultural restaurants in nearby towns--nearby being in a 50 mile or so radius from my home in the country--but I'm not as apt to experiment as Beth is, especially when I'm really hungry. So I wait to see how she likes something new before deciding if I want to try it or not. Besides, we still differ on what is considered 'good' or merely edible.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I'm just a pig, tbh. I still like traditional foods such as stews, casseroles and broths- but I love trying new things too.

I'm actually writing a hub, it will only have taken me 6 months to reach the 10 featured mark. Lol!


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I'm a couple of months away from the 1 million views accolade which I should have reached a couple of years ago if not for my account being penalized by the Big G for reasons still unknown to me.

And too I removed some hubs which became unfeatured in the great hubicide debacle not long ago. when the good was thrown out with the bad.


eppie 2 years ago

I read the link. Odd, the info I read was also reputable but they oppose each other. Oh well that is the internet.

Some one emailed me and said my Dr story is enough material to make fun of me for a long time. Its sad when u "need" someone else's work to have something to write about commedicaly, that badly.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Eppie, I read the summary on your blog. Sounds like a page turner!

Randy or anyone, how long does it take for hubs to go Qrap these days? I was pretty impressed a few months ago, it was only taking a couple of hours.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

My last few hubs went through rather fast, Hollie. It may depend on the amount of traffic the hub draws, however.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

It's gone through now, Randy. Just over one hour from publishing to being featured. That's pretty damn good in my book.

Do you remember when they first introduced QRAP, it was taking a couple of days? I have to say that my traffic here is pretty stable now, there haven't been any nasty surprises other than when one of my hubs was made an EC. Traffic to that hub definitely dropped, but does seem to be slowly climbing again. Not that I get much traffic, but I knew when I wrote the hubs that they weren't highly searched.

Do you think HP might be slowly gaining favour with Google again?


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I don't have any idea what's going on here now, Hollie. My Adsense earnings are continuing to slowly creep up while Amazon sales are all over the place. Gotta get the rest of the ebay capsules off of my hubs as they benefit no one but HP now.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I've never bothered with ebay, tbh. I'm really crap at selling Amazon products too- I sell some, but I just hate writing sales hubs. More than anything I just use Hp to promote my Zazzle store and to have a small online portfolio. Not that I'd send serious clients here, but when I need work and apply to the rubbish sites such as crap content.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I have made as much as $300 commission on one sale from Amazon and many for at least $60 in the past. Spring and summer seems to be my optimum time of the year for Amazon sales.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I wish I could do that, I make a couple of dollars. Think I'll be in my sixties before I make my first payout from Amazon.

Having said that, I've not really tried that hard. I don't like writing sales hubs so I avoid them, I suppose it's because I don't really believe in what I'm selling half the time. And Amazon gets on my nerves, they're just another big, beast who swallows up all the little fishes.

I should try harder, if I'm going to bother writing hubs I should at least try to make them profitable.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I haven't wrote a sales hub in a while either as I really find them boring to create. The ones I have written in the past have really made me a nice chunk of change and still do now. I'm lucky since I have experience in subjects and techniques not well known to most people these days. I think this is the key to success writing online anyway.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I think maybe that's it. I don't have any sort of specialist knowledge, I'm rubbish with anything techie, I do odd jobs around the house and garden that most people get their partners to do- but a lot of women, if they don't already know how to do things, might just pay someone to do it for them.

And, tbh, when I do repair things etc. I start out with absolutely no idea of what I'm doing. I just pull things to pieces, losing bits and bobs along the way, then just try to see how it all fits back together. That's how I usually discover the problem. At the end of it all, however, I often can't remember how I got things to work again.

That wouldn't make for a great hub. It would be like watching an episode of Mr. Bean, I expect. Lol!


eppie 2 years ago

Hi Hollie, I am not sure page turner is the word that I am going to use after the 5 paragraph anonymous email I just got that basically told me I was arrogant and naive and that if I was to do people a favor I should take down the story. I am so disgusted right now. I was called arrogant for having grammar mistakes. I could get sick right now cause they wrote it so well that they actually made sense. Now I cant help but wonder if other people felt the same way. I realy cant help the grammar problem.

As a solution I am going to have an editor come in and fix it all. They owe me a favor or two. After that then I think that page turner is a good word.

Thank you Hollie, and Randy for at least take notice of it. Granted the page views went over 100 in 24 hours that is something good. I never had those results in HP.


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IzzyM 2 years ago from UK

Hope your pain is subsiding, Randy.

Hope also that your surgeons know of a way to put your foot back together.

Talking of sales hubs, one I wrote in December in doing very nicely for sales if not traffic.

I honestly think the key to success nowadays is to write for Facebook.

Think of a title which is attention grabbing and write your hub around it.

$5000 that lassie made, in just a few days, and it will continue to earn for years to come.

But no-one would Google-search it.

There is a lesson to be learnt here.


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IzzyM 2 years ago from UK

@eppie, sorry but I did not read your article.If you ever need an editor, give me a shout, I'd be happy to help (free of charge, when I have the time) :)


eppie 2 years ago

Hi Izzy, thank you for the offer. If you want to do it. Please copy and paste the story to your own editor and then do your thing and paste it in an email to me. henhousecontact. The rest is @, then gmail dot com.

I hope that was easy to understand, man it looks weird from my end.

I think if you scroll up here, then go to the link for my stories, then click view episode on the top entry on the blog, you should get the entire story.

Thank you so very much for that. If you want, when you edit it, if you wish to promote your own work in any way. You can replace the section that has, "my grammar is not perfect bla bla bla, with your own editors mark and a link to your own work. Or if not, that is fine also.

Thank you again. I must go back to shoveling we got 3 more inches of snow last night. It is getting old.


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

Paging Poo Poo Doctor impersonator to the forums. I repeat, paging Poo Poo Doctor impersonator to the forums. Your wit and lulz are needed.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I've been reading the thread you reference, S&F. ED seems to be full of it.....or himself. Same thing actually. lol!


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

LOL, yeah I wonder about that guy. I think his eggs are scrambled. Or something....


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I believe he simply resents the criticism of his grammar and/or spelling used in his hubs. He claims he has degrees in some subjects, but obviously journalism and basic English aren't among them. He seems to not learn anything from his forum posts or else is a glutton for punishment. I'd wager on the former. lol!


eppie 2 years ago

Here is something fun for you all. I created an account. It was total and completely legitimate. I produced a hub. I did not comment anywhere on the site. I did not answer any questions or even go to the forums. I was banned inside of 4 hours. I was actually trying to quietly make a legitimate account. I was not doing anything wrong. This is crazy, crazy, crazy!!!


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

Don't they ban based on IP? I think maybe you would have to go through a proxy. Isn't there something called Tor that would do it for you? On the other hand, I am terrible with this stuff. I know nothing about it, so don't listen to me. Isn't your original account still up, though?


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PoeticFailosophy 2 years ago from Cuzco, Peroo

Perhaps the poo poo imposter is trying to reach out to his fans but his comments are getting swallowed. Or perhaps he was banned from merry-making activities.

Potatoes for no one :(


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hmmmm...sounds intriguing, PF. I love a good conspiracy theory. :)


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PoeticFailosophy 2 years ago from Cuzco, Peroo

How's the foot Randy? How are you able to walk these days, do you use crutches or are you chairbound? I hope the pain is becoming manageable.


eppie 2 years ago

HubPages apparently thought of proxies. I tried several and you can not publish or add anything.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

The foot is a bit better but I still cannot get around very well yet, PF. Going to see a specialist next Thursday to see what my options are so I'll know more then. Walking with crutches or a walker is tough as the pain of my foot hanging down cannot be ignored long. Add to this my other leg has a knee without an ACL and my bad leg is now my good leg. lol! I do hope the pain will soon subside from what it has been, but hey, it could have been much worse. :)


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Yahoo goes into an outright, spastic hissy fit when you try to go there with a proxy. Apparently they've developed a lot of enemies over the years.


eppie 2 years ago

To those of you who read my blog I am sorry that you had to see the ridicules things that anonymous person is saying. It is cruel and rude.

To the person who is doing it.. stop. The game is over. I am tired of the who is who and who is not who games. The anonymous and fake names and the Im not her she is him stuff that seems to not go away here. Its clear, most people here have pen names. That is fine. But stop coming to my blog pretending to be anyone of 6 people, none of which is your true name anyway and harassing me. You clearly read this and clearly what I am typing is getting under you skin. Either grow a pair and confront me right here and now like a grown adult, or go away.

Sorry everyone else, that had to be done. My inbox is so flooded right now its slow!

Oh and to the same person, no joke about two teenage girls doing anything inappropriate is ever ok. You have asked me to write adult stories about that, more than a dozen times. I think it is sick and Im not going to write something like that.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I haven't read the blog comments, eppie. I've always used my real name whenever criticizing or congratulating another writer.


epppie 2 years ago

I know Randy, you are a good person. LOL its not a bad person to post from a pen name, it is the beauty and tradition of being a writer. But the line that this person crossed is insane. I understand criticism, this is not that.


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