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Seven Years A Grave?

I've been writing on HubPages for almost 7 years now, and it has been quite an experience for me. Some good, some bad, but mostly confusing for an old dirt farmer/ freelance writer. It isn't the same place I first joined, not by a long shot

You should have seen some of the crap HP allowed on here at the time. Indian Auntie hubs—mostly unattractive women in diaphanous garb one wouldn't want to see anyway—and pure spam, some of which received millions of views pretending to be actual complaint departments of well known companies. Yes, we honest authors complained.

Anyhow, I've gone from making dollars a day to now earning pennies. I feel like a ball because I've been bounced from the main HP domain to sub-domains and back to the main domain again. Figure for yourself if they know what they're doing.....I sure as hell don't know and doubt they do either.

HP staff have never been too good at dealing with their writers. I suppose they'll never change until it's too late... like the other now extinct writing sites. Cut me some slack will ya, I'm prohibited from posting in the forums you know. I ask too many hard questions and upset their tea service, I suppose.

At any rate, I felt like a good spring story would possibly raise the hopes of the faithful—and the others of us of a more cynical bent—for the coming year. Yeah right! So, the tale.....

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My True Garden Story

I've come to a conclusion concerning gardening. It is an inherited genetic trait. Not that you can't be a good gardener without the gene, it's just harder to not garden if you do have it. I practically grew up in a garden, a vegetable garden for the most part, but my mom made sure there were also some flowers to grace the table with.

Everyone I knew had a vegetable plot of some size or another, even the town folk. Here in southern Georgia not growing your own produce was as unthinkable as not attending church on Sundays. Besides, you had to have something to give the preacher when he came calling, which he did frequently during the two garden seasons we enjoy down here.

Like almost everyone else around here, my parents were farming people, as were their parents, and so on back down the line. Mom and Dad were both born and raised during the Great Depression and knew how times could be tough. They didn't have much money during most of their younger years, but they always had plenty to eat. Perhaps you've heard the song "A Country Boy Will Survive," well everyone ate good out in the country, even in those terrible times

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Shortly after my parents married the U.S. became involved in World War II. Despite the fact of my father being in the middle of growing his first tobacco and corn crops, he and two of his brothers were drafted into the army. The younger of my uncles never saw action during his service, the older went to the South Pacific with all of it's many Japanese held islands.

My father , a simple country boy who had never been far from home, was suddenly sent to Fort Benning and from there to Texas for his basic training. "They weren't nothin' to basic training" he would say, "us farm boys was used to following a mule's rear end from dawn to dark and a twenty mile hike weren't anythang." Then he would tell how he and another Georgia farm boy carried this yankee friend of theirs, a city boy, almost half way back to keep him from having to repeat the hike.

Dad, and thousands of other equally disoriented young Americans, were then placed on transport ships to England. He would tell about the nightly bombing raids in London and the people seeking shelter in the subways. He was witness to a V-1 buzz bomb dropping through the clouds and causing devastation to the ancient city. As a young man used to hot sunshine and blue skies, he would say this of England, "I was in England for six weeks and never did see the sun shine.

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D-Day was on and my father's company were among a group heading to Normandy for a section designated by the name Omaha beach. I never wanted my father to see "Saving Private Ryan" and he wouldn't anyway. He just wasn't the movie watching type. He went on from Normandy with Patton's army to Paris for the liberation of France. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, entered into Germany, and helped free some of the remaining Jewish prison camps.

What kept my father going through all of this terrible ordeal? This was one of the few questions he would respond to concerning the war. Like many of his fellow warriors, he chose not to talk about some aspects of being a soldier during this war. But when he did respond to the question you knew how serious he was about the ordeal.

His answer was always the same. "Wherever I was at night, foxhole, tent shelter, or curled up beside a stone wall, whether it was raining, snowing, or sleeting I would think about the garden I would have when I got home. I would imagine how warm it would be and how green everything would look, the taste of familiar foods grown by my own hands, and this would help me relax and drift off to sleep."

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He told about having to eat green apples and horse meat when their supplies were cut off and about the struggles of the native population trying to cope themselves. He had to think about something fresh and growing instead of the death and destruction reality offered. I guess you could call it country boy therapy. Whatever, it seemed to work for him.

Dad said sometimes when they were tired and hungry with the snow falling heavily outside the shelter, one of the men would say "hey Georgia boy, tell us some more about your garden." Dad would go into great detail about how good the tomatoes would taste and how mom would fry a chicken better than they had ever tasted. "They didn't seem to understand about turnip greens and boiled peanuts" he said.

"I made my self hungry by describing the food and they were too, but it seemed to make us content for a while and this was the best we could hope for" Dad said. Having grown up in the deep south, he had heard about the "damn yankees" most of his life but he found out they were just people too. He would remain friends with many of his war buddies until he died.

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Every year they would have a reunion at one or the other's home town and I had the privilige to meet them and become friends with their children. He was, in many ways, closer to these men than his own brothers. Many would stop on the way to or from Florida and had the chance to eat some of the food Dad had described. Mom couldn't fry the chicken fast enough. I will always cherish those memories.

Well, he finally made it back home and indeed grew fabulous gardens. Some of my very first memories are of being there and helping plant the many vegetables we grew. It was work to me then and I really didn't care for it. My father however, always whistled and hummed as he worked in the garden. But sometimes he would get a faraway look in his eyes for a moment and I knew he was remembering something which happened during the war.

But he wasn't just good at growing garden food, he excelled at any crop he tried to produce. Although he, nor my mother, ever used tobacco in any form, he was famous for his beautiful golden harvest. Whatever you may think of tobacco, it was king then. He and my mom bought a farm and paid for it in two years growing tobacco. This was hard labor people. Tobacco takes most of a year to produce and the process is intricate

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Growing up and working on the farm with Dad I learned a lot from him. The older I got the more I appreciated gardening and growing things. In my case it was more exotic plants such as orchids and bonsai trees. I grew vegetables also as you can't buy a decent tomato anymore. But before long it was the whole shebang or nothing. Like my Dad, I needed a little country boy therapy myself and so do most of us.

My dad died while out working in the field one spring evening. He was almost 85 years old and as happy a person as I have ever known. When my mother and I found him lying on the ground beside the tractor, I thought he was asleep. He had been in much pain lately but would never stay inside the house. We knew we would find him dead on the farm someday but this was what he wanted. As he lay there he looked so peaceful and contented.

My father was not a rich man, nor was he famous, but he was loved by everyone. It seemed like he knew everyone in this area. He had given most of the local kids jobs in the summer and they never forgot this when they grew up. They would ask if their own children could learn how to work on Dad's farm like they did. For such a simple man my father had the largest attendance at the wake and funeral than any well-to-do person ever had around here.

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Although my father had fine clothes, he wished to be buried in his overalls. I slipped a pair of pliers in the side pocket and a small writing tablet and a two inch long pencil into the bib. A new John Deer cap was placed at his side, (one he had been saving) and he was ready to go. He was a truly religious man and had no doubts as to what lay ahead after death. I think for him heaven would be a garden.

After the funeral and the out of town visitors had left,(many were sons and daughters of former war buddies from all over the U.S.) I hung up my suit and headed out to the garden, only to discover my Mom and brother already there planting potatoes. It was spring and the garden needed planting and certainly dad would approve.

Planting the potatoes and making sure the eyes were pointed up made me think of dad when he would say "don't bend over in the garden granny, you know them tater's got eyes." This line was, of course, purloined by another Georgian, Louis Grizzard, for the title of one of his very funny books. For the most part though, we worked in silence because we were busy thinking about Dad.

Once I thought I heard him humming a tune, like he always did when working in the garden. But then I realized it was just me. I was also thinking about the pleasant look on his face when we found him. I wondered if he was dreaming about gardens. I think I now understand his contentment. It's in the genes I tell you.


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Randy Godwin profile image

Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

Your wish is my command, Princess Lela!


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fpherj48 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

LOL......WOW! I may have underestimated your power, Lela!! :)


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Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

Never underestimate the power of suggestion, Paula. Besides, I'd already considered it today before Lela mentioned it. Sorry, Princess! :P


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fpherj48 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

LOL You guys are the best. A good place to come for laughter (and purging....don't forget the purging!)


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Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yep, we all need a bit of "purging" occasionally. :P


Austinstar profile image

Austinstar 2 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

Thank you, Randy! You're the dadgumbest bestest hubber ever!


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Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks Lela, I cannot wish for any higher praise. I never figured out what "dadgum" meant although I've heard it used my whole life. I suppose it can be used as a bad or good adjective depending on the circumstance at the time. Dadgummit! :P


Austinstar profile image

Austinstar 2 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

Dadgummit and Dagnabbit. Hunting dogs for sure. I love the southern colloquialisms. Heckfire is another good one.

There are even more in Spanish! Fun with languages. Like Sheldon's Fun With Flags :-)


Austinstar profile image

Austinstar 2 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

Poor WB. He wants to fit in so much. Too bad he is such a loser. It's amazing the amount of time he/she spends chasing me around.

Keep looking behind you, WB. Karma is a bitch.


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Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

Good bye, Bill. Yes, I forgot to change the new comment capsule settings to disallow you but guess what, I'll do so now, turd.


Austinstar profile image

Austinstar 2 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

Aww, Randy, you have that heart of gold. But you should let him keep making assinine comments! He really shows off his brilliant intelligence level :-)

Remember how Putin called Trump, "brilliant"? At least Trump thought he did. The russian word actually meant "colorful", you know, like a clown.


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Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

I do not like trolls of any sort, Lela. If they cannot speak as a known person then what they say isn't worthy of my attention. Trump is a moron....and the American meaning of the word is......moron! LOL!


Austinstar profile image

Austinstar 2 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

I defer to your good judgement, of course! Especially when you speak of the Trump B.S. moron.

Trolls and bullies - Trump is the master of both worlds.

Ivanka is saying now that all the Trump kids will put Trump businesses in a blind trust so as not to create a conflict of interest if he is elected President! Daddy won't have a say in any 'deals'.

Seriously? And I have a nice ocean front property in Oklahoma to sell them. Cheap!


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Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

I certainly hope they won't have to do anything because the Don will lose the race. How much you want for your oceanfront condo? :P


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Will Apse 2 months ago

Weren't there many hundreds of comments on this page at one time?

Have they been purged? Just curious.

Mainly I was wondering what happened to PDS.

The forums are getting more and more North Korean everyday. Needs something that does not involve a tongue lapping somebodies cloaca.


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fpherj48 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Hello P.O's...Hope you are all having a good day. I want to share with you, something you will appreciate in terms of toxic characters like WB.

In the vital subcategory of Human Behavior Science, within the medical field of Mental Health, there are entire text books wherein chapters are dedicated to the study of the mental illness diagnoses in severe character flaws & pathological personality disorders.

To a professional, an integral red flag for initial diagnosis is in fact, the need for predators, stalkers, criminals & hopeless addicts to maintain "Anonymity." Now, you may think, "Yes, of course, it is easy to understand why a mental patient may feel the need to hide his/her identity from the world." However, to truly understand this need, one must be familiar with the neurological disconnections in the brain of this unique patient.

Despite a fairly low I.Q. in these individuals, they can distinguish between the elementary right vs wrong, legal vs illegal and occasionally moral vs. immorality. Because of this ability to discern, those who strive to maintain anonymity, do so out of shame & embarrassment & fear of retribution for their unacceptable behavior.

The irony of this is clearly evident in that these people are, to begin with, victims of social & familial rejection, shunning & disgust. This then becomes their one goal in life, to be noticed, accepted and appreciated. The pathology takes root in an obsession and takes the form of any and all negative & destructive behavior. (Think: children who have moments of hysterical tantrum based upon the attention it will draw, although always negative)

Not to belabor this, one final message for the patient by the professional is to help them to come to terms with (in so many words) "getting what they wish for in their anonymity." The vast majority of healthy people do avoid, ignore and/or impede this personality type as though they are in fact, "invisible" or as they wish, anonymous.

This is a 3-day Tutorial and costs $475.00 for students at educational facilities. Because I love you guys, it's free....or you may consider it payback for all your help through the years. OK? It's what I have to offer. This and a hug. Paula


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Austinstar 2 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

Wow! Paula, you have described our anonymous worm to a T!

The only thing I would add is that there is no good way to deal with such a person. They are their own worst enemy.

"The irony of this is clearly evident in that these people are, to begin with, victims of social & familial rejection, shunning & disgust. This then becomes their one goal in life, to be noticed, accepted and appreciated. The pathology takes root in an obsession and takes the form of any and all negative & destructive behavior. (Think: children who have moments of hysterical tantrum based upon the attention it will draw, although always negative)"

If we give them attention, it just reinforces their personality type. If we ignore them, it also stimulates them to act out even more in order to gain attention.

I certainly do feel sorry for this WB individual, but he has BAD social interaction traits. I am sure it carries through to his personal life as well. HubPages is a "safe" place for him to throw his little hissy fits. There really isn't much we can do except encourage him to get professional help.

Unless you have some suggestions?

@Will - Paradigm Search has his own website now. He has moved on to bigger and better things!

@Randy - How much money do you have to spend?


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fpherj48 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

I have suggestions but none I can put in print...........How do I find Para's website? I had no idea he intended to leave here! Oh well, I wish him much luck. On to bigger, better things is always a great idea.

LOL.....Let me know if Randy buys your oceanfront property. I have a yacht for sale.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 months ago

Hi Lela, maybe you could sell the condo to WB and he could put the bridge to nowhere on it and go over is /;o}


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Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hey guys, been out taking Mom to her therapy--mainly walking-and to the grocery store. She'll 95 next month and I can hardly keep up with her in the store. I'm gonna have to put her in my will...

Hey Will, you must be bored to venture into the PO hood. :P Yes, the forums got to tame for Para I suppose. Or he may be pouting because there was no Forum King category in this years Hubbie Awards. You know how sensitive he is......

A condo AND a yacht? Let me check my mad money, but I can hardly resist since the condo is on the oceanfront.


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Austinstar 2 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

WB just wished for me to die early. He wrote it on a Diogenes hub about cars where I said that that I loved my Chrysler so much I would probably be buried in it. He said he hoped it would be sooner, not later.

What a guy!

Para's website - http://www.websitewithnoname.com/

I personally like the Hillary/Trump War tweets - side by side.

Paula - Trump's yacht was repossesed, maybe you should just give him yours.

The condo is submitting a health report today. No mold, thank goodness.


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Austinstar 2 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

http://hubpages.com/autos/A-Few-Cars-I-Loved-or-Ha...

And he's back......

Get this - Now Wild Bill wants me to quit harassing HIM! hahahaha


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fpherj48 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Trump needs a yacht? My price just tripled!....Seriously, his yacht was repossessed?

Randy your Mom sounds like a Spring chicken!! Bless her heart. At 95 she must have just about seen and heard all there is to know!


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fpherj48 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

BTW Lela, Yes, there surely is a way to deal with snakes like W.B. In fact there are several ways. Since any & all encounters here, exclusively on a writing site of course, ways to deal with the darlings are obviously limited to print. Our beloved Randy has utilized the wise, quick & actually the best way. The painless Delete action & certainly refusing to respond any comment from them at all. The benefit to this is that it encourages others to go ahead and be brave and just do it! I really don't know why people hesitate.

The delete action seems to have caught on in the case of our lovely Scripture Screecher (N..!) I have noticed at least 3 fellow-writers who

have instantly deleted each & every one of her rants, almost as quickly as she can post them!! LOL....Oh and she does continue to post them. That woman is not only cuckoo, she's also stubborn. Poor thing.

I received an email from one of our well known and much loved hubbers who has had several lengthy communications with HP on the matter of trolls, sock puppets & the like....Cutting to the chase, I understand that when things begin to settle down and slow down a bit for all the big guys, this is an issue they fully intend to tackle full force. That will be a wonderful thing. Till then, we continue to grin & bear.....well, maybe not the grin part!


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Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hey guys, been out again and just logged on to see your posts. I went to Bob's hub and read about your confrontation with WB. I wasn't surprised at his claim of innocence as all trolls act in such a manner. I think it turns them on in some perverted manner. I liked that you asked him why he was so angry with you. He never answered, of course.


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Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

Paula, yes Mom is a trip. She has seen a lot of things in her life and remembers all of them. She's one of the last true southern cooks left in this area and is much loved by those who know her.


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fpherj48 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

He's just an angry person.....angry at people, places and things, angry with himself....even angry at the wind. Must be so sad to be that way. No joy, no laughter, no friends, no loved ones....just a whole lot of empty hours to harass and stalk, lie and bicker and play silly childish games....... What? Who ME? I didn't say "Hopefully sooner rather than later about YOU....." Yeah, right, OK Sir LieAlot, we believe you. Now take your meds and go Beddy-bye.

Oh Randy, thinking about your Mom's authentic Southern cooking is making my stomach growl!!


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Austinstar 2 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

I'm trying to find someone who wants to drive to upstate N.Y. with me. Bob won't go because of his back and his agoraphobia, LOL. He will hardly go to the store.

I won't fly because I did so much of that when I was a consultant. And I have this nice big land yacht which is perfect for an extended road trip.

If I find a traveling buddy, I want to swing through Georgia and eat some of that food you speak of! Hollee's and your mom's cooking sounds like just the perfect ticket. Plus, I always wanted to see Brunswick. We almost picked that place to move to from Hawaii. Austin won out because of the music scene.

Paula, my older, elder sister lives near Saratoga Springs. Is that nearby for you?


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Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

Come on down, Lela! We don't need an excuse to have a party down here. Be glad to see you! :)


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Austinstar 2 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

I'm working on it. She wants me to come up and she isn't going to live much longer. She's 10 years older than me, so I've got to get up there soon.


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Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

I can understand your wanting to see her in person, Lela. Phones and computers are great to communicate with people, but it's not the same as seeing them in person.

Sure, crank up that Hemi and hit the road. Gas is around $1.90 per gal here. How many gallons per mile do you get in that monster? :P


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Austinstar 2 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

On the highway, I have gotten as much as 25 mpg. Driving around normal I get about 18. The Hemi really only kicks in when I punch it. Which I do admit to having a heavy foot. That Richard Petty driving course taught me to always drive fast.

I was in Macon, Georgia once. Wasn't much to see there as I recall. But the folks were friendly.


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Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

Not bad at all. Yep there's still not much to Macon. but yes, the folks are typical southerners. You mentioned Brunswick, it has grown so much over the last decade or so. There are some beautiful old houses in the old part of town. They were making a movie with Ben Afleck there last fall when we stayed at Jekyll Isle. I can't remember the name of it but Beth would know I'd wager.

What made you consider Brunswick?


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Austinstar 2 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

It was in a strategic location and really looked like a nice place. It's right on the Interstate that goes up to New England where Bob is from. I liked it because it was 'southern' and near the ocean, plus it was a medium sized city. Also, the Chamber of Commerce said that they never get hurricanes because of that 'bend' where Florida meets Georgia. The hurricanes go from Florida up to South Carolina and just pass Brunswick by. Well, that's not true, but the hurricanes are rare for that part of Georgia.

And I love peaches!


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Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

It's a very old town as it was the second settlement after Savannah in Georgia. Scots founded the town around 1735 and you're correct, hurricanes seldom strike there. And another great thing is that shrimp is dirt cheap there. That is, if you like 'em.


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Austinstar 2 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

My brother had his own shrimp boat. I grew up on Gulf shrimp. It's still my favorite food. But now when I eat it I get a gout attack. I still eat it as often as I think I can get away with it. Do they have red snapper? Or flounder?


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fpherj48 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Lela.....Depends on your idea of "nearby." I'm at the furthest western point (on Lake Erie). Saratoga Springs/Saratoga County (North of Albany, State Capital) is almost a straight line East of me approximately 350 miles.....Driving I-90 (NYS Thruway) around 5+ hrs......haulin ass & strong bladders!

Randy....Could the Ben Affleck movie have been "Gone Girl??"......Fabulous (disturbing) movie!!


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Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

Gulf shrimp cannot touch Atlantic shrimp for good taste, Lela. The difference is amazing. And yes, you can get red snapper easily and flounder are considered "trash fish" they are so numerous around The Marshes of Glenn. There are so many shrimp there it's the best place in the world to catch spotted seatrout.

Paula, Beth said the movie is called "Live By Night" she thinks. It's due to be released sometime in 2017. I think the time frame was in the 30's but not sure.


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Austinstar 2 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

Paula, don't know much about that part of N.Y. I hear the finger lakes area is nice. I really want to see Niagra Falls which is not too far from my sister's place. But I'll look at the return trip coming back through the interior.

On the way up, I want to go coastal!

But it's still in the planning stage. If I don't make it this fall, it will have to be next summer, probably August for the horse races.

I don't think I want to drive in snow or ice, LOL.


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Austinstar 2 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

Finally! Do we think that Sergeant Prepper is now going to quit calling Obama a "muslim, Kenyan, non-citizen, horrible, rotten, terrible" President? Oh, I am laughing so hard at the conspiracy theorists RWNJs!

This just in, Obama is now calling the Donald out on his promise to PAY anyone 5 Million dollars to prove that Obama was born in the U.S.A. (or Kenya). Whatever.

It's fun watching the clowns dig themselves into holes they can't get out of. Well, until they blame Hillary.


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Austinstar 2 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

Great question, Randy! He has made half hearted attempts at apologizing. Of course, he's considers himself the best apologizer ever. Everyone say so.


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Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

I simply cannot understand why his followers like the way he operates. Even when he admitted Obama was born in the US he blamed the Birther movement on Hillary. I'm hoping someone can come up with something he is on record for giving an apology for a wrong he did someone. I believe he has a mental thing about apologizing for anything.

But we'll see if the usual Trump pushers even deign to answer. I noticed they had little to say about the Income Tax question. LOL!


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fpherj48 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Lela......Niagara Falls, NY or Niagara Falls, Canada? Obviously just across the bridge from one another.....but I'm about an hr. from N.F. NY

and your sister would be about 4 hrs from N.F. NY.....Just take a look at a map of NY.....Your sister is (like I said) nearly straight line across the State from me. If you wind up thinking you'll be out this way, let me know, I'll send you my Number!


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Austinstar 2 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

Paula - one of the reasons I don't want to fly is that I LOVE road trips! I can't afford an RV and all the maintenance, and this trip would be to road trip through the Eastern part of the U.S.A. It's actually cheaper to spend all day in my car and rest in hotels at night, rather than try to buy an expensive RV, fuel, maintenance, and towing, and 50 other things. I just want to jump in the car and go!

I did 10 states in the Western U.S.A. and it was the most fun in my life.

I don't plan too far in advance. But I do plan the route in general. And I try to discover the best things to see. So, if me and sis get up to Niagra Falls, N.Y. I will definitely give you a shout out!

Randy, my whole family are Trump supporters. I'm the black sheep, of course. They sincerely believe in the superiority of the white race. That means never having to say they are sorry. But it is DEPLORABLE! LOL


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Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

I've always enjoyed road trips alone myself Lela. I've not took one in a long time though. Seems like there's no pressure at all to stick to either the route or a schedule.


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Faith Reaper 2 months ago from southern USA

Randy, your story is the best ever! I fell in love with your Dad through your story. I am partial to country boys it seems.

I'm glad I'm clueless as to what all of these comments are concerning and so I will just reiterate that I really love your story.


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Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

I'm so pleased you liked the story of my Dad's life, Faith. He was one of the most humble and well liked men I've ever known in my rather long life. This tale covers but a small part of his experiences in the war and after he came home again.

I plan to write an expanded version sometime soon. Thanks again for your nice comments, Faith. :)


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Faith Reaper 2 months ago from southern USA

I so look forward to reading the expanded version, Randy!

I know your expanded version will be just as fine a write too, and even more so without nothing else added to distract from the story. : )


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Austinstar 2 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

I just came from my cardiologist. and I had to list what my dad died from, also what my mom died from. It reminded me of this story about your dad, Randy.

We have so many memories of our parents.

My dad died because of his profession. He was a photoengraver. He made big metal plates for The Houston Post. This was back in the days when they still used 'the presses' to print newspapers.

He etched the photo plates with strong acids. The acid fumes ate up his lungs. This was in the days before OSHA and even air vents.

He slowly suffocated to death because of the damage to his lungs.

I would not wish that kind of death on my worst enemy. I often wonder if he regretted his choice of professions. But I think back then, the newspaper game was the only one in town.

I went to journalism school. The same one that Dan Rather went to. I never became a journalist though, unless you count HubPages.

Do words live forever? Do metal photographs? How will we ever know?


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Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

I believe our dads knew what they loved to do with their time, Lela. I don't believe anything lasts forever, even the human spirit dies at some point. Just my opinion though. I hope I'm pleasantly surprised otherwise, of course. :)

Hope you get good news from the Docs!


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Austinstar 2 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

Got some heart monitor tests ordered. Fun times. Then a colonoscopy too. It's the 500,000 mile check up. Middle age. You know the drill.


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Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yep, I do indeed know the routine, Lela. Just had my oil checked a few weeks ago and am good for 3 more years. Don't say "drill"....


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Austinstar 2 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

Here is my profound thought for the day....

"I think there should be a law requiring ALL children born to be "interracial".

The sooner we produce generations of children that are all the same shades of brown, the sooner we can stop killing human beings over "race" differences.

Oh, and there should be a law about killing other humans over religion too."


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Say Yes To Life 2 months ago from Big Island of Hawaii

Austinstar - sounds like something a Baha'i Faith person would say!


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Austinstar 2 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

Well, for sure it's something this atheist will say!


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Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

I agree with you, Lela! I also think the policemen should take an IQ test before they get the job. Too many gung ho ex-military and civilians are filling their ranks.


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Austinstar 2 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

So the "undecideds" finally saw Hillary and Trump side by side apparently for the first time ever. The poll of those undecideds is running 80/20 pro Hillary. Go figure.

My work here is done.


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Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

Trump had his plow cleaned, as we sodbusters refer to it in the Deep South. Not surprised at all as he finally met someone he couldn't bully like he did during the primaries. What a dumbass he is....


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Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yo POs, still hot enough to enjoy the pool down here. Yes, I do believe in Global Warming because I've lived through the different weather patterns in this same part of the country my entire life.

Farmers--specially us old 'uns--spent a lot of time looking at the clouds and wishing for rain, and in the process, gained a bit more insight into the weather than city folk as a rule.

But what really convinced me was when the iceman--I think they called him Autzi or something similar--thawed out after being frozen for over 5000 years. Now that was a clue! LOL!


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Austinstar 2 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

The polar bears running out of ice to hunt from was a big clue. Now they are hunting more humans because they can't get to their natural food source anymore.

The whole world is slowly losing oxygen too. Probably because all the rain forests are being reduced while the human population keeps going up.

We are getting to the point of too many people for this planet to sustain. Soylent Green is just around the corner. Enjoy your crackers, people.


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Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

Trump will solve the problem by starting a nuclear war and decreasing the excess population, Lela. Of course, he'll be in a bunker like a former tyrant of note...


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Austinstar 2 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

Maybe that is why so many clueless breeders are Trump supporters. They know the anti-Christ has to rise before the rupture, er, rapture.


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Austinstar 2 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

How many illegal deals and r@pe charges are going to be filed on Donald before they arrest Hillary?


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Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

I really don't think Trump wants to go there, Lela. Too many skeletons in his OWN closet.


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Austinstar 2 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

These Trump supporters are just giving me the giggles. If Donald's head literally blew up, they would still blame it on Hillary!


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Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

Donald told us early he could shoot someone and his followers would still back him. One of the only times he spoke the truth. LOL!


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Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

Watched the presumptive VP debate. No defense of Trump by Pence at all. Cannot blame him and he seemed to be looking ahead to 2020. Sometimes I wish the presidential term should last at least a lifetime, but not mine, of course! :P


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Austinstar 2 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

I watched part of the VP debate. There were no surprises as far as I could tell. I found it interesting that one of the news networks released the "fact" that Pence won - 2 hours before the debate started!

Today all the news reports are saying that Pence didn't even bother to try to defend Trump - well how can he or anyone defend that lying sack?

Pence is a good Stepford wife for Trump. He is plastic and is pre-programed with all the RNC talking points.

How anyone can vote for Republican policies is beyond my capacity to understand. They could just all check themselves in to the nearest loony bin.


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Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

I saw the "fact" that Pence won the debate before it took place, Lela. LOL! I agree the VP debate made little difference to anyone watching. Looking forward to Sunday's Trump/Hillary debate.


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Austinstar 2 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

Best quote came from Pence - "You whipped out that Mexican thing again....". So funny.


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fpherj48 8 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Randy....Re: Hurricane Matthew, is your part of Georgia safe from him? I just read a news article that mentioned parts of Georgia. I'm sure you know where "Helen" Georgia is.....what about Helen & the Hurricane?

Any info you have is appreciated. Paula


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Randy Godwin 8 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hey Paula, I live about 100 miles from the east coast and hoping the storm will stay as far away as possible. I doubt Helen will be affected much by the wind because of the mountains, but excessive rainfall may cause a problem.


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fpherj48 8 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Thanks Randy. I finally woke up and realized I could just go to the National weather forecast site. (Duh) but then I always like to hear things from the locals because they're the best source. My son & family live in Clarkesville, very close to Helen. I texted my DIL because I was worried. I hate to do that because they think I'm a worry wart. I am but that's beside the point. She tells me they'll be just fine. I'm sure you will be too.

Linda (Sunshine625) is expecting 50 mph winds in Orlando! I can't even imagine a hurricane. I have no concept except for movies. It seems the only safety is underground? Be safe. Paula


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Randy Godwin 8 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

I've ridden out several hurricanes before. A couple in Florida and one in Jamaica is the totality of my experience. Of course, we get the remnants here often but usually not too bad.


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Austinstar 8 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

100 miles inland is probably safe from wind damage from a hurricane. The biggest problem will be torrential rain which can reach pretty far inland. Just stay warm and dry and take care of the animals! Be safe.


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Randy Godwin 8 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Just starting to rain a bit now. Hopefully the power won't go out during the storm.


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Randy Godwin 8 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Lela, still think Brunswick is hurricane free? We'll see what happens there soon. I hope the storm drifts further east and the area isn't harmed. Normally we'd be on Jekyll Island this time of year, but this time we decided to wait until cooler weather before hauling the camper there. A good decision on the face of it....


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Randy Godwin 8 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hey POs, Trump has finally shat in his Easter Basket as I knew he would. The latest release of an audio/video of him talking lewd about women he'd groped and ran around with when he was married may be the final straw for everyone but his most loyal--and therefore dumbest--supporters.

This is even more embarrassing than Sarah Palin's VP run. Damn there's a lot of ignorant folks in this world!!! :o


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Austinstar 8 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Hi Randy! Yes, Brunswick is going to be hit, but probably not as bad as Florida. Weird hurricane that Matthew! Going to circle around and try it again. Again, the evangelicals and tea drinkers are blaming gay sex. LOL

Re: Trump - If this isn't the final nail in his coffin, then I cannot imagine what it is going to take to force the dimwits to "smarten up". There is already a conspiracy theory going around that if Hillary wins, she is going to round up all the Trump voters and force them into re-education camps.

Did you see Samantha Bee's interview with Trump supporters. They actually believe that if Hillary wins, the system is rigged, but if Trump wins, it isn't.

Logical thinking just isn't their strong suit.

Brad Ocalcutta is STILL asking questions that only people in nut houses ask. He asks the same questions over and over again and wonders why no one wants to be his friend. And that TamaraWilhate - she's a piece of work. I wonder if they are paying her to troll for Trump?


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Randy Godwin 8 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Lela, I feel bad for those trying to defend Trump this time. They look like a deer in the headlights! If this new revelation doesn't seal it for Hillary, then we'll have to simply surrender to the backwards evolution folks. Ever watch "Idiocracy?"


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Randy Godwin 8 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

And who wants to be friends with an idiot Trump fan? There has been paid shills on here before, Lela. They disappear immediately following the election. LOL!

Meanwhile, light winds and rain here, but then, the storm is still a bit below us at the moment. I do worry about Brunswick and Jekyll though. It depends on when the tides are high when the storm hits if major flooding occurs.


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Shyron E Shenko 8 weeks ago

Randy, I do hope you are not hit by the hurricane and all is well with you.

Blessings my friend.


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Randy Godwin 8 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Shyron, made it through the storm with no damage other than a few limbs in the pool. Very little rain here and no bad winds to speak of. Thanks for the good thoughts! :)


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fpherj48 8 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Hi there P.O's......I've always been proud & pleased to be an Independent and grateful I live in a country that assures me the right to my choices.

Unlike most (if not all) of the crazed staunch R-wingers HERE at HP, I've managed to get through my decades of being a voter, w/o harassment, insults, lectures or bullying.

Since day one ~throughout this election politics, I couldn't be more clear nor honest about my disgust & disappointment in BOTH candidates. I have equally berated or defended each of them in terms of my opinions. I know for certain I am not the Lone Ranger with this position. Never before have there been so many Americans who feel precisely as I do.

Yet here~I have been insulted for riding a fence (?) not having the courage nor intelligence or loyalty to take a stand & make a choice, being an air head who simply "doesn't understand" the huge importance of PARTY loyalty....blah blah blah. (Brad has told me more than once I base my opinions on "emotion" rather than facts!!) The friggan nerve of him~ who BTW knows absolutely nothing about me, my beliefs nor philosophies....but most of all he doesn't know were we face to face when he blurts out his shit at me, I'd give him some FACTS that would bring him to his damned knees.

Mr. Don't Taze me bro...now there's an entire Psychiatric text book in the flesh. All that young, mouthy, insulting, delusional punk requires is some heavy duty intravenous meds! He's managed to stir the ire & hatred of some here who have never before thought to utter the word $hit with a mouthful!! And for what, I ask you? When DT loses by a massive landslide ( it sure is looking that way) his only option will be to get the hell off HP!! He'll be the Jeffrey Dahmer of Death row!

What a wonderful free study of people and authentic human behavior this site is. If only it existed 35 years ago, I could have saved myself $60,000 worth of grueling education, damn it!

No, of course I'm not celebrating that HC has this thing wrapped up, but then that's my problem, no one else's. Life goes on for Christ's sake!

The reality & bottom line of this is, who each of us support and vote for is the American way. The fact that our choices suck (IMO) is unfortunate for those of us who cannot find it in their conscience to vote for either. Frankly, for the lunatics who feel I must face the firing squad for my lack of commitment, I ask that they let me stand with my back to them so that before they shoot, they can kiss my ass.

I feel better now...Oh how I love this Place of Purge.

Have a great day P.O's.............Paula


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Austinstar 8 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Paula, I do respect your desire to be i dependent. I am too. But i have been convinced by the obstructionist, backwards thinking, Republicans to now go to the polls and attempt to fire each and every one of them.

I will proudly vote for Hillary and firmly believe that by uniting the Democrats, we will get real progress going, most especially in the area of woman power.

I would personally love to kick all of the old, angry white Trump supporters right squarely in the sack.

I respect Hillary for keeping her marriage together because I know how hard it was for her to do so. But now is the time to give these cheating bastards the heave ho. If Hillary has to stoop to their level to get them out of power, then that is what will happen.


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Austinstar 8 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Just uploaded a new profile pic - It's my cat, Lucy - Don't grab my pussy! Vote for Hillary!


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Randy Godwin 8 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hey Ladies, been watchin' football most of the day and just checked in. You are both independent and capable people and I respect your opinions highly. We have to play the cards we are dealt. Sometimes it's unfortunate, but there it is......

Lela, even the HP filters didn't like your Trumpish remark! LOL! I had to approve it before it would appear. :o


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Austinstar 8 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

All the more reason to believe Trump is the worst candidate ever.


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gmwilliams 8 weeks ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

In the question answer, JL is discussing the hyperbole as to how Hillary will dismantle Christianity if she is elected President. Well, I stated that JL is being hyperbolic again (can't say the actual word, you know personal attack goshdarn). I even put a picture of the twilight zone from my picture arsenal. JL indicated that her future is assured while mine ISN'T. I didn't know that JL was psychic....more like psycho if you ask me.

On a more serious note, hope you are safe Randy. It is raining in New York. I may go out later but am enjoying my day. I am becoming more grateful for my life. I have cousins around me. My mother, my best friend, died last year. It's hard to believe that she has transitioned.

P.S. Hi to Lela, Paula, & the wonderful logical people that make up this page. Write & speak on.


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Randy Godwin 8 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

JL is a dingbat, Grace. End of story. Yes, the storm wasn't bad at all here with very little rain and light winds. We dodged a bullet with Matthew.

My mother turned 95 last week and I'm so grateful she's still able to enjoy life. I may have to put her in my will......


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Austinstar 8 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Hi Grace! Good to hear from you. You are right that JL is a psycho! She believes every conspiracy theory out there. And, I mean really BELIEVES them! I have no idea why she got so radical, she seemed sane once upon a time.

Sorry to hear about your mom. I have an older brother who is in the hospital now dying from melanoma. My sister that lives in NY is really broken up about it. She is only 2 years younger and facing her own mortality, (Aren't we all). I am 12 years younger than this brother, so not so bad for me.

Yes, we should all enjoy every moment of our lives. You never know when something will happen. No one's future is "assured".


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Lady Guinevere 7 weeks ago from West Virginia

Anyone here remember Charles Campbell? He was put in hospice today.

You can read about him on his fb page:

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1000003359...


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Austinstar 7 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

That is such sad news for Charlie. He is a funny guy. He will be missed.


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Randy Godwin 7 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Couldn't access the link, Deb. I don't remember him at the moment. Did he have another user name?


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Austinstar 7 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

His HP name was Ralwus (a misspelling of walrus). He was a raunchy poetry guy and he was very funny about it. He had a purple lizard that he talked about a lot. And maybe a parrot?

He was one of my favorite hubbers and we got to know each other better on FB.


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Lady Guinevere 7 weeks ago from West Virginia

He wrote poetry that made you think twice about the meaning in his words.

I am currently on this link and it is his page there:

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1000003359...


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Randy Godwin 7 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yes, I spoke with Ralwus several times as he and Habee were friends. The link still doesn't work for me though, Deb.


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Shyron E Shenko 7 weeks ago

I just went to the link above and it belongs to Charles Campbell. Guess I will send him a friend request.

Blessings to you all.


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Randy Godwin 7 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

And the same to you, Shyron. :)


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Lady Guinevere 6 weeks ago from West Virginia

I haven't heard anymore about Charlie. A few others had passed that way that were on HP too. Mary Hyatt was one and not another Mary Craig. Christoph Reilly was another and there are more, just can't remember them at the moment.

Shyron, I don't think he is alive or that anyone is monitoring his page.


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Austinstar 6 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Mary Craig was known as Tilsontitan, and I just learned that she passed away from lung cancer. Didnt know about Reilly though. We are having a bad year it seems.


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Randy Godwin 6 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yes Lela, it does indeed seem we are losing hubbers at an alarming rate this year. Hope I'm not next!!


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Austinstar 6 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Me too, Randy, me too. I have been experiencing some frightening symptoms of late. Seeing too many doctors this year.


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Randy Godwin 6 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Getting old is a bitch, Lela. Better than the alternative though. Just found out a friend has inoperable brain cancer. Things can always be worse...


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Randy Godwin 6 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hillary kicked the Don's ass again last night. He's an idiot!!


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Austinstar 6 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

I have figured out that women that believe Trump must be battered and abused women that believe men have the right to abuse them.

Stockholm syndrome!

I would kick Bob out of the house if he said on video that he grabs women by the p*$$y. Especially if I were pregnant at the time. What a P.O.S!


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Randy Godwin 6 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

He's always been a dick...


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Austinstar 6 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Who? Trump or Bob? LOL! No, seriously, even Donald knows he is done for. How much more dirt can he throw? He has emptied the dirt pile.


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Randy Godwin 6 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Of course not Bob, Lela. I'll wager he has his moments like most of us males though! LOL! Trump has made this a memorable election year, and hopefully, his type of campaign won't be repeated in the future.


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Austinstar 6 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

I know what you meant, I was just teasing. Yes, Bob does have his moments. He is currently trying to assemble a porch swing I bought myself for my birthday. He is too hard headed to have our neighbor come over and help him. He absolutely refuses to ask me for help and gets mad when I offer it. Macho Male Pattern.

I just hope my swing actually holds together! I offered to call a service that assembles stuff, but he insists on doing it. It usually ends up costing me more money.

But I didn't marry him for his handyman skills. If I had, we would have parted ways many years ago.

I am hoping against hope that every state votes Blue this year, just to send a definitive message to the right wing nut jobs.


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Randy Godwin 6 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yep, I tend to be a bit stubborn myself when it comes to taking advice from Beth. But then, I'm fairly proficient in the handyman department.

I agree with you on the message to the right wing nut jobs. I wonder what our pro Trump outspoken hubbers will do after the election? Probably bitch for the next four years as they usually do.


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Austinstar 6 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

There is no way to reason with the unreasonable. They will continue to eat sour grapes their entire lives. Fortunately, they will end up in the cemetary like the rest of us.

I would rather be reasonably happy, than be miserable complaining old farts for a lifetime.

Hillary is looking very presidential these days!


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fpherj48 6 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Hello Mild mannered Independent here! No right wing nut job nor bat-shit crazy liberal. (joke- joke..pls don't beat me.)

Lela....I intended to reach you somehow yesterday. I had to email the Team with what I feel was/is an urgent issue.....at least it is for me. I'll try to be as brief as possible...(famous first words) It's got to do with our slimy snake in the grass troll. Actually, It's probably best that I email you, because he sleazes around everywhere~ especially here. What I want to share with you is not for his eyes.

Have an errand to run now so I'll try to get an email off to you later

Hope all the P.O's are well & happy. I'm sure you miss your good buddy para! How's he doing? Later, Paula


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Austinstar 6 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Well, now you have me on the edge of my new swing seat, Paula! Bob did a good job, I was worried for nothing. As a handyman, he makes a great guitarist. But the swing was pre-marked and pre-drilled, so it didn't take a carpenter to put it together.

I suspect our snake troll is using a new identity, other than WB. Or maybe he has been arrested for threats against someone? LOL

Pare pops up on my FB feed once in a while. He seems to be very calm of late. His website seems to be progressing faster than mine for sure.


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fpherj48 6 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Lela.....Yoo Hoo. I sent you 3 emails but had to use the gmail address because for some reason I lost the other address I had for you. Hope you get them. If not ,email me another address & I'll resend them.


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Austinstar 6 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

The gmail address is the only one I use now. I moved my domains and therefore lost my cool address (star@austinstar.com) where those emails are going, I really have no idea. Off into cyberspace somewhere, LOL.

I did get your emails and I sent you one back. This is going to be fun!

P.S. be sure to delete any comments from youknowwho if there are any on your content.


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Randy Godwin 6 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Ha! WB commented on one of my ordinary hubs yesterday. Needless to say I denied it. He's still around apparently.


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Austinstar 6 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

And causing poor Paula more trouble. He is using her HP username to leave comments anonymously. Fukker just won't sign in to an account. Did you know that if you comment without being signed in, you can use anyone's name for that comment?


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fpherj48 6 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

I don't believe he's ever trespassed on my site. He'd be a damned fool. I'd delete within half a second. Going to read my mail.


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Austinstar 6 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Ok, I sent you the q&a email and the screen shot of how to set your hubs to "only signed in users can leave comments"!


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Austinstar 5 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

I see Jackie is making up new stories about the Dems again. Flag burning for Jesus, er Trump! Where does she get this trash?


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Randy Godwin 4 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yo peeps, spending a few days in the Smokies admiring the wonderful fall colors. And eating too much as usual! Hope everyone is well. :)


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Austinstar 4 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Sounds like fun! I have always wanted to tour the Smokies. Got to get that good food!


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Shyron E Shenko 4 weeks ago

Jackie gets her warped info from ms. wilhite.


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Austinstar 4 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

I won't even read anything they post any more. What is wrong with these 2 women?


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Randy Godwin 4 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Having a great time, Lela. So beautiful with the fall colors. Hold down the fort guys!


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Randy Godwin 4 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Home again! What did I miss? Anyone tired of politics yet? I see the same ole pro-dumpsters posting false or misleading anti-Hillary threads as usual. Another 4 years of their nonsense is not pleasant to consider.


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Austinstar 4 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Hey Randy. Glad you're back! I am freaking out over this damn election. Comey announced today that there is STILL no reason to bring any charges re: the damn emails.

Trump is ducking his own people at rallys. Claims his own people are out to get him, claiming they are democrat plants. Paranoid much? Donnie? He is also blaming the FBI for not throwing her in jail. Ha!

The whole thing is the most insane thing i have ever seen.

I early voted for Hillary. Hope my vote counts!


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Randy Godwin 4 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Gonna wait till Tues to vote, but I think Trump is a maggot no matter who wins. I just don't see the what the Dumpsters see in him!! Even if he wins neither side will gain in this crazy election.


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Say Yes To Life 4 weeks ago from Big Island of Hawaii

You guys - ever notice how only Republicans or Democrats win the Presidential election? What if things were like 1988, when neither candidate was desirable? The solution then would be to vote for the one of the three other parties available. Some people may not even be aware there are three other parties!

You may feel as if you're throwing away your vote by choosing one of them, but if we increase awareness enough, we can give them a fair chance.

Check out this quiz:

https://www.isidewith.com/political-quiz

In addition - I have always stated I am nonpartisan, voting for whoever gives me the best snow job. I've discovered a fabulous way to find out who is on the ballot, so I can research and make my choices before going to the polls. You go online snd get a SAMPLE BALLOT. If you find additional names when you go to the polls, you can use your smart phone to do quick research on them.

Happy voting!


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Austinstar 4 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

I took the isidewith quiz and it said I support Hillary, which I do. She has the experience and she is a smart woman. Sorry, the other parties can't get the electoral votes. If you vote for an independent, your vote is only a tiny percentage of the count.

Personally, I wish there were no political "parties". Everyone should run based on their own merit with no party affiliation other than "American".


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Say Yes To Life 4 weeks ago from Big Island of Hawaii

I got the Green Party, with Clinton ranking a close second. But I'm voting for Clinton, because I don't want 6-time bankruptcy filing Trump to win. It would be a huge hassle for me to flee to Mexico; I don't think I could make it there before they erect that wall to keep the flood of Americans out.


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Shyron E Shenko 4 weeks ago

If Hillary is a crook, she is the smartest one that ever lived. repugnut have been trying to prove what they say she did wrong for over 35 years. So I am with her.

I am in the reddest of the red states, I sure hope my vote counts.


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

It does Shyron, it really does. Trump is going down in flames.


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Sorry I missed out on this discussion today, but I was out shopping for a new car for Beth. What fun

It'll all be over tomorrow.............hopefully!


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

I foretell the gnashing of teeth and ripping of hair from HP's Dumpsters later on today. They thoroughly deserve it....


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

If Hillary wins, they will go either silent or bonkers. No middle ground. They are not known for well thought out plans, or organized peaceful protests.

It's gonna be a bumpy ride. I wish i drank. I would get drunk tomorrow. I predict huge sales of alcoholic beverages.


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

Dropped by my polling place and did my civic duty. I forgot to bring my vote-early-and-vote-often sign, but they were fine with that. Police presence there was. They forgot to give me my bitch ticket, but I remembered and went back for it; given to me of course. I wonder if all our bitch tickets are the same?


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

I just now checked, apparently I am once again allowed to post on the forums, mulling about that.


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fpherj48 3 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Hi fellow P.O.'s.....I promise I will not be gnashing my teeth nor pulling out my hair (they're both painful)....In fact, in case your girl wins, I'll Congratulate you in advance. I believe all's fair in love & war.....and not sure what heading politics comes under...maybe both?

Of course we all want our person/team to win but there's nothing worse than a poor sport. Gotta take it on the chin. Scream, swear & get over it!

Hello para. You have been missed.

Lela.....WB our sweet troll has followed me everywhere! It's becoming beyond annoying, but all I can do is laugh. He's pathetic.


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

Is it me? Or am I not allowed to start discussions anymore?


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

Never mind, that access "fixed".


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Well, may the best woman win! and I am already looking for one way tickets to Uruguay. Safest place in case of nuclear attack. Also, one of the best South American countries to live in (in case Trump should win).

Welcome back Para. I wonder if I will ever get access back. How did you do it?

WB is a cracker ass wipe that i no longer respond to. Stupid Troll.


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

Never mind, that is not fixed.


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Randy, what happened to Georgia? This sucks. I can't believe Trump is ahead in Georgia and Florida. WTF?

Hang in there, Paula!


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

Surprised there is no talk here, what a...


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Ericdierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

We seem to be watching a rebellion in a peaceful nation. The results of voting showing us just how we are upset. I am a spectator in a land of politicos, But I am a Pacific coast boy and I can read the tides. I wonder who will win the EC.


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

Pacific Coast.


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Ericdierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

That is where I live and coast doe not mean a region or locale it is a way of looking at life.


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

What a wild ride this one has turned out to be!! I'll be okay no matter who wins and I hope we all are. :)


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Ericdierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

A close call so far as HRC will carry the 55 in Cal. Dude that is a given.


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

It's looking like a squeaker no doubt, Eric.


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Rochelle Frank 3 weeks ago from California Gold Country

I'm Ok too, Randy. Looks like the mainstream media is not in touch with the voting public.


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Ericdierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

This will all just kill our confidence in our system - maybe it should. HRC will win EC even though DT carried the popular. We are in for one hell of a change. This is bigger than hanging chads.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 weeks ago

There will be consequences, and DT will not be kind to those of us who voted against him.

I just heard that he plans to meet with Putin before he is sworn in.

I feel sick.


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

DT is not accustomed to being kind to anyone, Shyron. He's never had to be. So embarrassing for our country!


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aa lite 3 weeks ago from London

really? REALLY? I put some money on this happening yesterday at 4:1 so I have the money to drown my sorrows. I think I'm going to forget about going to work and just head straight to the pub.


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

I have no words this morning. I am crying in my coffee. It's a curse to be able to be smart enough to see the future. My 3 words are all I have today, "Life Goes On"


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Be very, very, afraid!


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Robert Sacchi 3 weeks ago

Maybe you could write a Hub about what the future will bring.


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

We are about to live in very interesting times.


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Ericdierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I was thinking about looking up the word "occult" but just chose to contemplate the concept. Perhaps many would argue that Trump is of the occult of politics.

I used to say something was weird to my children. They were not pleased with that negative word. I just explained that that was a word that meant different. Perfectly OK but different.


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

We truly do live in different eras, Eric. 23 skidoo and all that! :P


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

Well... The Orange One is President (as in messing with my social security and medical care); California cig taxes got major jacked up; California herb shops aren't due to make an actual appearance until 2018. My world has ended as I know it, http://www.websitewithnoname.com/2016/11/life.html


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Roll with the punches, Para!


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

Exactly right.


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

Apparently not permanently banned yet.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 weeks ago

Para, I am glad you are no longer banned, I think I came pretty close with my last question, HP deleted it and gave me a warning then turned around and allowed worse questions to be published and by people who have no hubs and just joined HP. I think they are trolls with a 2nd or 3rd account. I don't get it.


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

I've already reduced my hub count from 90+ to 50-low. I very much want to see the down cycle stop.


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Para and Shyron - I used to have a 100 score, like for over a year. Then I got attacked by our well known (by now) trolls and I haven't been above 80 in about a year.

Randy is still in good graces! You go, Randy!


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

Profile scores are now supposed to be major affected by hub scores only. I scrapped most of my low score hubs, but profile score still seems to be unaffected. Oh, well.


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

I kept a 100 profile score on and off for years, and then I was banned from the forums permanently. Since then I've never achieved a perfect score again. Also, they removed some of the accolades I'd had since I joined HP. Apparently, I told the truth one too many times.....


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fpherj48 3 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Hello all.....Para, I don't know if your info is more recent or accurate than what I was told last week about our profile scores, but for what it's worth, I was told that our profile scores are based 80% on traffic now due to the new niche site change. If I understand the other 20% is based on our interaction & "other." ?? Don't know what to believe.

Randy...I hear you loud and clear. I don't like them and they sure as hell don't like me ...OR my truths. I care about the same as you do too.

Lela, I just happened to realize that your score is not 100 anymore. It was so consistently 100! Is it because you moved so many hubs?

If I have to think that WE are penalized because of NON-member effing trolls, I'm afraid that would have to be the very last straw. I can't imagine anything worse....except being stoned to death because I was raped!!


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Yes, Paula, we are penalized for every complaint against us, justified or not. So, I have obviously pissed off a whiner and complainer or two.

Whatever.

I'll be leaving soon. I recommend Quora.com and Facebook. At least with Facebook, we can block anyone we don't want to deal with. And with Quora, we are among like minded individuals.

It's all "garbage in, garbage out" around here. Present company excluded.

Yippee Eye Oh Ka yay, MFs!

Who put these mutha F'ing snakes on this mutha F'ing plane?


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fpherj48 3 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Quora, ha? I will check that out right away. Did you post UR hubs there? Thanks 4 the info. I sent U an email too...forgot to mention it before. You're so famous, you're being quoted by a fan (?) speaking of MF'ers!!


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Ericdierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Interesting, I did not know this concept. But now that I think about it -- I was in the high nineties and got forum banned and have been around 80 ever since. Cool, so 80 is a badge of honor. Makes me proud of myself.


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

fpherj48, I was away from the forums for 2 to 3 months, so it's very possible I no longer have any idea what is going on around here these days.

Anyone want to give me a review; not the side forums, just the main page?


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yo POs, been reading the comments and we all seem to be treated as old shoes, despite the hubs we've provided for HP's benefit more than ours. Kinda like in real life....


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fpherj48 3 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

LOL! yeah, first we're treated like old shoes....then we're kicked in the ass with the same old shoes! Hey, it's ok....we have each other!


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

That's right, Paula. Misery loves company they say.


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Austinstar.com is my alternate website, Paula. I have moved about 100 hubs to that one and to Bob's website - bobcargillmusic.com

I have a third one, but it is a private server, lol!

I also do some mild mannered programming for a couple of medical sites. I'm really good at data bases. Blood banking is my specialty. So, if you ever need a blood transfusion...

Yes, we are old soles! LOL. Tough as shoe leather. The trolls must love what I have to say since they copy my every word, hahaha. I am so happy I have a parchute or two up my sleeve.

I would hate to live with so much hatred in my heart like the new Nazis.

Randy, you are my hero. You have a kind heart. I don't care what your employees say. Watermelon pickers all. Thank you so much for providing this space for us P.O.s


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

I'm so pleased you guys enjoy the time here, Lela and Paula. I love talking to you peeps and consider you some of my closest friends now. I'm sad many of our former group check in so infrequently as I wonder if they're all right, but then, they have other things to do I suppose.


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

"The 'funniest' reactions to Donald Trump winning the presidential election."

http://www.someecards.com/news/politics/donald-tru...

"21 funny reactions to Donald Trump meeting 'good man' Barack Obama at the White House."

http://www.someecards.com/news/politics/donald-tru...


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Sorry, Para, but it's really not funny anymore.


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

God grant me the serenity

to accept the things I cannot change;

courage to change the things I can;

and wisdom to know the difference.


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Seriously? Para, I'm an atheist. And a realist. The people who elected Trump have no clue as to what's coming. Ben Carson - Secretary of Education? Newt Gingrich - ??? Rudy Guliani - Attorney General?

Do YOU have a clue? The next 4 years are going to be terrifying! if not fatal for this country.

Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it.

Those who DO study history are doomed to watch people repeat it.


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Ericdierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Well I just learned something. The president is all powerful and not restrained by law and constitution. Well maybe Hillary would have been a better president as she seems to have this down.


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Eric? - Where did you learn that nonsense?


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Apparently people are guilty without a trial or charges being made against them these days, Lela. The right wing propaganda machine did a job on Hillary these last 8 years and the Trumpsters fell for it hook, line, and sinker.

I too am terrified of the next 4 years.....if we last that long! :o


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Ericdierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Just now from you. There is no way that your dire predictions could possibly happen without an all powerful president. The position of POTUS judging by your suggestions would be like a Pol Pot or something.


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Eric, only time will tell. I had hoped to die before WWIII, but I fear that it will happen sooner than you think.


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Eric, with Rudy, Newt, and Cris involved in the handling of the day to day business in the White House, and with the Donald overseeing things, a Republican Senate and Congress, a majority vote in the Supreme Court spells doom for our economy and the well being of the middle class. So what Lela suggested will happen is not too far off of the mark.


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Randy, there is no point in arguing with Eric. I have dealt with him before and he knows everything there is to know about everything and everyone else is wrong.

P.S.

PolPot happened

Hitler happened

Stalin happened

Putin happened

and now, this Trump administration has happened


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

The racists and bigots have won the day, Lela. I just finished watching 'Idiocracy' again a few minutes ago. Every time I see it, it scares me because it has a lot of truth in it. The dumbing down of society is really happening...


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

I'm just going to find myself a hobby that is fun to do and that somehow contributes to society in the process.


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Ericdierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Interesting personal attack. Possibly a proper description. As you said I was not that I thought was.


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Yes, Eric, run off and report me again. I really do not give a fig about anything anymore. I've been raped for the last time.


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Ericdierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Jeesh I don't even know how to report someone. Never even thought about doing it. I think that is dead wrong and reserved for cowards. I like your comments -- so big deal we do not agree. My wife and I disagree so what?

You are very bright and bring a spice to this writing site.


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

Austinstar. The country survived Nixon, it will survive Trump. And you will love this article, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/201... :D It might very well be dead on accurate.


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

The country will survive Trump because the middle and left and independents outnumber the right wing nut jobs.

What won't survive is the economy. You do remember G.W.'s recession? The World recession will be 10 times worse.


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

I'm contemplating what consumer items to buy before the tariffs kick in...


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Eric, there's no problem with you giving your opinion. We all have that right. but it's hard to understand when the country selects someone many of us consider a disgrace as a person and has never had to hit a lick at a snake in his lifetime. Even if he's voted out in 4 years I fear the damage he will do will last for decades if not longer. I sincerely hope I'm wrong.

Now some of his spokespeople are backing down from the deportation claims made by Trump and also the wall just may be "metaphorical" now. Backing down on his promises before he's ever in office.


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Ericdierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Randy I am thinking of greats like the Roosevelts, Lincoln, maybe short lived JFK and for sure Washington. They were forced to take action that the really did not want to take. Civil War and Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War come to mind.

Your glorification and absolute belief that a president can really change the course of the nation is rather juvenile. Even Nixon acted in large part on what he thought was good for the nation however misguided, began the reduction of troops in Vietnam. JFK escalated it.

It is just plain foolish to believe that a president can ruin a nation or even make it stronger. Our system just did away with that power when Washington rejected the invitation.

So many on both sides of the isle act like OMG and that is balderdash. 240 years and it ain't happened yet. The Sky really is not falling chicken little.


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

I hope you're correct, Eric. In any case, I don't think it will take long to find out. Have you considered nuclear war yet with Trump at the button? He is no JFK.....or perhaps you think Trump is of JFK's caliber? Donald claimed he loved war as well. What a mess.....


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

I was talking to an acquaintance yesterday who commented on Trump visiting Obama at the White House. My acquaintance said, "Trump said he'd never get the smell out of the White House."

This type of racist remark is common down here in the Deep South and such will increase now with a bigot in the Oval Office. I suppose groping strange women is okay also, as well as, ripping off people one hires to do a job. America is looking good to the rich folk! LOL!

Now back to the old trickle down economics which Reagan and both Bushes used to ruin the economy. My advice is to buy gold.


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Ericdierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I don't think you understand trickle down economics. But that is OK. Maybe you are not meant to understand it.


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Eric, do you remember how sure you were that Hillary was dying of pneumonia?

Well, maybe you will belive me when I tell you that this country is going to die from trickle down economics.


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

I understand it doesn't work, Eric. Dubya proved that at the end of his tenure in the White House when he left a near Depression for Obama to clean up, just as his dad did for Bill. It never has worked as the Republicans claimed it would and it won't work this time around when the tax breaks for the rich are even better than before.


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Ericdierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I am amazed, once again I am told that the president can do something totally beyond his control. A housing bubble burst was caused by the president. Wow that is incredible. I am quite sure he changed the price of oil while he was at it. I would bet that the president can even determine the value of the dollar.

Randy this is foolishness. Presidents do not now or ever determine the health of an economy. Blame or credit for the ebb and flow of the economy is silly.

Remember FDR? All the stuff he did to correct the great depression, and he did a lot, did not get us out of the depression at all. And that took him 16 years. And I dare say that FDR did not cause the depression either. Carter did not cause that ridiculous adjustment in the economy or outrageous oil prices. Gas lines. But so many idiots blamed it on him. totally ridiculous.

Is Obama to blame for the crazy high national debt? I don't think so. The economy is.


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

G.w. raised the crazy high nation debt with the Iraq war.


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Not just the president Eric, he has to have his cronies in the senate and the congress to back his plans, such as Dubya had. At any rate, we'll soon find out what Trump can or cannot accomplish. He's already made over half the nation embarrassed with his arrogance and lack of class or decency and hasn't been in the office yet. Wait until he actually takes office and we'll talk.

He's already backtracked on sending all of the illegal aliens home and on building a wall. Now he's saying unless an illegal has committed a crime they will not be deported. Duh, the same plan Obama had already. What a jerk!


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Ericdierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Randy it truly is a remarkable time. Those folks in Congress and the Senate are going to be a stumbling block I think. I reckon it just would not work for election if the candidate says "I will try to get this done".

I just would like people to realize, that the reason we have thrived as a nation is that we are a nation of laws and not led by an all powerful. We must remember that the GOP establishment did not overwhelmingly endorse Trump. On the other hand it appears that many GOP'ers road in on Trumps coat tails.

I think like always Trump will have bent, but that does not mean anything radical is going to happen. In historic proof it just never has.


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Eric, were you even alive during the G W. Bush years? Like I said, those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it. As dumb as Dubya was, he was many times smarter and classier than Trump.

You get what you vote for, enjoy.


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Ericdierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Wow, you can tell all that by the mass media? I was alive during JFK, well actually a babe with Eisenhower. I am a amazed that you who have not earned anywhere near what Trump has is so much smarter than him. I suppose you are as you are smarter than any Bush that has walked this earth. I come they are so successful and you who are not, can criticize?


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Trump didn't earn his money, he INHERITED IT! You can't seem to figure these things out.

And you have no idea how much money I have, so how can you judge?


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Lela's correct, Eric. If my dad loaned (gave?) me 14 million dollars--and my relatives loaned me another 30 million when I went bankrupt on the first millions--I believe I would make it okay too. LOL!


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

I finally found the perfect word to describe all politicians. It's from a Dana Carvey show - it describes Trump perfectly!

He is a BUNCHAFUCKINBULLSHIT! It also applies to every politician on the planet as well as every religion!

It works for a sneeze too :-)

P.s. Trumps inherited over 30 millio when his dad died and he cut his own brother out of the will. He leveraged all that money and defaulted on loans left and right. Yep, I cculd have been more sucessful too with all that money. As it turned out, I am sucessful enough.


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

And remember folks, Trump supporters lose their sh!t over the color of a Starbucks coffee cup!

Happy Holidays, y'all!


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

Does a peaceful week lie ahead? Stay tuned...


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

I'm staring Xanax soon. So, what, me worry? Not a chance.


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Perspycacious 3 weeks ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Are we overlooking the biggest lesson of Election 2016? Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Greens Libertarians, Etc., can all do a better job of choosing their candidates for us to elect to govern us.


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Not true, some of those cannot tell a lie from the truth, Perspy!


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

I am amazed at the level of bigotry showing after only one week. They are threatening kindergardners here! Threating to throw little Mexican kids over the wall that they swear Trump is going to build TOMORROW!

And I had to block someone over her insisting that Hillary is a murderer and will be thrown in jail for life, then executed cause everyone keeps dying around her. They are still chanting Lock her up!

This is insanity, folks. Maybe someone will figure it out. But I am am beginning to doubt it. The blind are leading the blind.

And I am now convinced that Trump chose Pence as protection against being assasinated. He is so much worse than Trump!

Blacks are being told to go back to the back of the bus already.

Yep, Trump is going to make America white again.


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Ericdierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Certainly it is on both sides of the isle.


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Who are we in the center bigoted against, Eric? Whose kids are we threatening? Who is chanting, "Lock Him up"?

What, exactly are the majority of people protesting about? Do you have the smallest of clues?

Who won the popular vote?

Who said the election was rigged?

Who wants to deny gays their human rights?

Who wants to rip hijabs off of Muslim women?

Who wants to sexually assault women?

Who want to bully little kids just for being born with brown skin?

Who wants to appoint an EPA person who doesn't believe we are poisoning our own atmosphere?

Who wants to "pray away the gay"?

Who want to get rich off of the hard work of small businessmen, but not pay them for that hard work?

Who wants cops to get away with shooting blacks for traffic stops?

I could go on and on, but you won't listen.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 weeks ago

I just heard today that the trumped up piece has asked for a security clearance for his adult children and son in-law so they can run their businesses out of the White House, talk about trickle down, more like gush down into the trump coffers.

So much for nepotism laws.


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

And so much for pride in one's president, Shyron. :(


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Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

The president has no nepotism constraints. Aint that a kick in the balls?


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

I suspect we'll all have to grow a set--if we don't already have 'em--before this is over, Lela.


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Ericdierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I heard a report the other day that those that carry on so after the election actually suffer from cognitive dissonance. Their beliefs are so strong that they cannot change or accept difference because they are so invested. The outbursts and convincing is more for their ego than to convince anyone else.

I suppose really just a psycho babble theory but an interesting one to keep in mind.


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Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Well, if you heard a report about it, Eric, then it must be true. Enjoy what's left of your life.


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Ericdierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Wait that is what you do with Trump. That long list was just made up out of headlines and rumor and for sensationalism. But a report I hear is not worthy because it is just a report? That is a nice hypocrisy for you to enjoy for what's left of your life.


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Why don't you just stick to your sermons, Eric. You're much better at silly supernatural events than at political BS! LOL


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Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Eric, why can't you answer the questions I asked? All you want to do is post nonsense.


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Ericdierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Clearly your questions must be rhetorical and not looking for hard answers. But clearly the answer to them is another question. Based on headlines and nasty innuendos or based on what any of us can know with certainty of fact. Which I am sure rational minds would conclude that normal news watchers cannot answer.


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Ericdierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Randy I am quite sure that in your limitations a person could only do one or the other. Perhaps you should broaden those a little ;-)


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

I'm fine, Eric. I don't need a supernatural invisible sky-daddy to rule my life. That's your thing apparently. I suppose you approve of Trump's grabbing women by the p---y. LOL!


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Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Did you hear the rumor that Trump is the Anti-christ? I heard it so it must be true!


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fpherj48 2 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Eric, I have no doubt that a man such as yourself who preaches love for fellow-man, as well as open-mindedness & our given right of choice, you might have a moment of charity & awareness.

Many of our friends are in very somber, reflective moods with some sadness as well.

It could only be kind of you to back off, feel empathy and show respect & consideration.

Please translate this as you choose. take the not-so-subtle hint that your comments are annoying and insulting, not to mention unwelcome.

These people are my friends. Be a good man and play elsewhere.

Thank you for helping me to practice tolerance, which can be very difficult.....and rare, for me. (Frankly this may be the first and last time.) Did your Mama never tell you ~never to push harder than you wish to fall?


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Ericdierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Yes I will not provoke them further in their suffering. Although we believe they suffer from different things but yes suffer they do.

Love is charitable yet not always warm and fuzzy. But even in it's form of harsh honesty it can be kind and not add to suffering.

So be it.


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Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Don't answer the questions. It requires facing reality and I know you can't do that.

No one here needs to worry about my feelings. I am a big girl and can take care of myself.


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thank you, Paula. I hope the future bodes well for Trump so we can all get back to normalcy......whatever that is going to be. :)


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fpherj48 2 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Lela, I know you're very capable of taking care of yourself. I did not comment to Eric based solely on the fact that he insisted on taunting. I chose to do that because Eric does this once too often to many of our fellow writers (including myself) and it's damned high time he be the man he pretends to be and knock off the BS.

I'm aware he has terminal cancer as well as serious bouts with Bi-polar disorder. It's always a red flag that he's cycling when he randomly decides to zero in on a particular hub or topic or person & relentlessly needle them with his "nonsense" as you aptly referred to it.

I have a sort of mission for whatever amount of time I decide to remain here with HP. I see the drastic shift that has crept in around here, just as others have become aware of it. There's too much of it and nothing is as comfortable & pleasant as it was even just 2 yrs ago. Too many Wild Bill types....a$$holes.

Whether or not Team HP intends to take action and clean this site of it's garbage, crap and debris, frankly I dislike it intensely & refuse to tolerate it on a daily basis. When & if "they" feel I've over stepped my boundaries, they may do whatever the hell they wish. I contend this is MY SITE TOO...despite the fact that they have the ultimate power. There doesn't seem to be a single place to turn where someone else doesn't have the power over the vast majority of lowly schmucks.

I'm a rebel, a fighter and a self-appointed advocate/champion for whatever good may come of it.

Surely did not intend to piss you off, but IMO, Eric had really over stayed his welcome. I could see you were disgusted and justifiably so.

Randy...I too am hoping the aftermath begins to calm down and smooth over enough for people to relax a little and smile again. None of us can know what lies ahead. Like I said a moment ago.....we're not the ones with the power. We just get to sit in the stands and cheer or boo. Take care.

I suppose I better be scarce for a while too. I want no hard feelings with people I care about, if I can help it.


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

You're always welcome here, Paula. The PO's are made up of cantankerous people and I love them for it! :) Don't you dare be 'scarce.'


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Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Paula, you know I think of you as the most fierce defender of the lowly hubsters. Sure didn't mean to hurt your feelings in any way.

Eric is the tip of the iceberg around here. I just don't feel the need to listen to their crap anymore.


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fpherj48 2 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Lela, you're entitled to have your moments. It's all cool. None of my favorite peeps are "lowly!!" Quite the contrary. That's one of the problems. The bottom feeders are green with envy! Low life's only attack those well above them. Human nature. (Wild Bill for example.)

I'm like F. Lee Bailey~~High-priced~~only defend the rock stars! ~except Bailey may be the only defender older than I am.....(I hope).


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paradigmsearch 2 weeks ago from USA

Hello, all. Just thought I'd drop by. Been having some medical adventures recently, figured folks might find them interesting. Also includes a resource list for when having to deal with this kind of stuff: http://www.websitewithnoname.com/2016/10/medical-i... . Hopefully, the resource list will prove helpful for folks somewhere down the road...


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Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Hi Para, as a medical prfessional, I can tell you that insurance companies are denying coverages left and right. One of the big ways they do this is to insist on perfect coding which changes constantly (per insurance companies). They aren't going to fix the problem anytime soon either.

Basically, all old people are screwed if they don't have enough sense to fight for their rights. Sigh.

Insurance companies almost universally deny payments 3 times per claim now. They are run by bean counters, not medical pros.

Labs and radioligy departments are fighting for every dime now.

It's a nightmare and I am so glad to be retired. Just do what you are doing and keep up the fight.


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paradigmsearch 2 weeks ago from USA

Thanks, sure does play havoc with one's quality of life. Ends up turning each day into a fight just to survive. Crummy way to live.


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Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Costco can provide some low cost eye exams and frames or Target. These are often much cheaper than the optomitrist offices that the insurance companies refer you to.

And old people don't need a lot of tests that doctors recommend just because we are old.

Shop around!


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yo Para, my eye doc gives me samples of glaucoma medicine which saves me around $200 a month. It's worth asking for.


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LongTimeMother 2 weeks ago from Australia

Hi Randy. I was thinking of you, Paula, Para etc when I posted a link in the forums a few minutes ago. Mentioning it here in case you don't see the forum.

Life-changing series of documentaries about autoimmune conditions (and health in general) currently airing for free, but they'll soon be charging for viewing.

http://hubpages.com/community/forum/138899/essenti...


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Good to hear from you, LTM! I'll check out the link although I don't know anyone with this ailment. Don't be a stranger! :)


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fpherj48 2 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Yes....It is very good to see you LTM. Funny you were thinking about us. I think about you every time I find myself longing to abandon the rat race and seriously simplify my life. I've missed both you and our friend peebles (ansalo).....is she busy posting on your site? I've lost sight of both of you! She always had bright & interesting input! Please give her my best .


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Shyron E Shenko 2 weeks ago

Insurance companies are not the only ones who want to charge for things, Quest labs will charge for test after Medicare pays and the supplemental insurance has paid they don't think they got paid enough so they bill my hubby after they collect from everyone else.


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Insurance companies are simply gambling bookies. No one should have to worry about medical expenses in this country of plenty. The rich spend more money on their pets and cars than we spend on insurance for our medical care. There's something rotten about that.


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paradigmsearch 2 weeks ago from USA

Poking forums. Permanent ban eminent. Or not. We shall see.


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paradigmsearch 2 weeks ago from USA

"Sorry, that discussion has been removed or does not exist."

Well, as one can see from my activity list, the adventure continues. As to whether it got me banned or not, don't know. Haven't worked up the energy to attempt a new post or not yet.

Meanwhile, all is well. Having a blast with my website, looking to network.


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paradigmsearch 2 weeks ago from USA

Not banned.


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Good effort though, Para!


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paradigmsearch 13 days ago from USA

Randy, banned; including now. Do I need to do a personal visit re SF?


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Randy Godwin 13 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

You're closer than I am, otherwise I would have visited long ago. I'm know for acting ugly when confronting someone who does me wrong. I'm not referring to violence, of course. I've found using facts delivered in a calm voice usually gets things settled to my satisfaction. Threats of legal recourse work well also. :)


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paradigmsearch 13 days ago from USA

Wow.

Meanwhile. I have been totally banned. Misunderstanding I hope.


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paradigmsearch 13 days ago from USA

"You were permanently banned from the HubPages forums for repeatedly violating our terms of service. Your forum privileges will not be reinstated. "


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Randy Godwin 13 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Wow! My ban said, "Your forum posting privileges are not scheduled to be reinstated." You must have really pissed 'em off, Para! Ha, you're more evil than I am. LOL!


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paradigmsearch 13 days ago from USA

I've fired off an inquiry as to why. We shall see.


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Randy Godwin 13 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Good luck getting a lucid response!


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Austinstar 13 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Mine says the same thing. I wonder if they are trying to phase out the forums as well as the Q&A. Nothung important ever happens in either place now.

All everyone wants to do is whine and complain. You would think that HP is trying to get people back into writing hubs!


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Austinstar 13 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Does anyone else besides me want to slap that snide smirk off of Paul Ryan's face?

I had to unfriend an old co-worker and friend? yesterday for gloating over the election. I told him, "You got what you voted for and you're STILL not happy"?

I now officially have PTSD - Post Trump Stress Disorder.

So sad for this country.


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Randy Godwin 13 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yep, since the Trump fiasco there's been many reports of racism all over the country. I suppose it's okay now since Trump's been elected. :(


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paradigmsearch 13 days ago from USA

Still no response. My inquiry consisted of three words,

"Please send copy."

Should I try again?


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Austinstar 13 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

White Pride! (Fist with middle finger extended)


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Randy Godwin 13 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Sometimes they never give a response, Para. Technically I don't think they are required to. They never explained how I was "accidentally" banned nor apologized for their mistake. Just a simple "Your forum privileges are now restored."


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paradigmsearch 13 days ago from USA

Checked, still banned. Mulling things over...


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Randy Godwin 13 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Being banned from the forums isn't so bad since HP screwed them up by banning all but those causing all of the trouble. Funny, most still posting have very few hubs to speak of. Go figure!


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fpherj48 13 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Randy....I am all done trying to "F"igure......I've moved on to another "F" word for those lame mods. with an additional phrase of Kiss my butt. They do not see the error of their ways.


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paradigmsearch 12 days ago from USA

I think I've found the post that got me banned. http://hubpages.com/community/forum/138930/random-...


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paradigmsearch 12 days ago from USA

Forwarded your message in it's entirety Worth a shot.


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paradigmsearch 12 days ago from USA

Where'd the message go? Fine with it.


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Randy Godwin 12 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yep, sounds about right, Para. I once received a forum ban for saying Onusonus gets his A's and O's mixed up on occasion. True story and you can see how much the mods care about such joking from adult writers. Moderators here are simply grown up hall monitors like we had in grammar school.


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paradigmsearch 12 days ago from USA

They are responding. There is still hope.


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paradigmsearch 12 days ago from USA

And apparently they still like me, "paradigmsearch, we've selected one or more of your Hubs for a HubPages Network Site!"


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paradigmsearch 12 days ago from USA

And I feel a song coming on...


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paradigmsearch 12 days ago from USA

I suspect I've done Della and the Dealer and a Dog Named Jake and a Cat Named Kalamazoo, so...

My child arrived just the other day.

Came to the world in the usual way.

But there were planes to catch and bills to pay;

He learned to walk while I was away.

He was talkin' 'fore I knew it,

And as he grew he said,

"I'm gonna be like you, Dad,

You know I'm gonna be like you."

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,

Little boy blue and the man in the moon.

"When you comin' home?"

"Son, I don't know when. We'll get together then.

You know we'll have a good time then."

Well, my son turned ten just the other day;

He said, "Thanks for the ball, Dad. Come on, let's play.

Could you teach me to throw?"

I said, "Not today. I got a lot to do."

He said, "That's okay." And he walked away,

and he smiled and he said,

"You know, I'm gonna be like him, yeah.

You know I'm gonna be like him."

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,

Little boy blue and the man in the moon.

"When you comin' home?"

"Son, I don't know when. We'll get together then.

You know we'll have a good time then."

Well, he came from college just the other day,

So much like a man I just had to say,

"I'm proud of you. Could you sit for a while?"

He shook his head and he said with a smile,

"What I'd really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys.

See you later. Can I have them please..."

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,

Little boy blue and the man in the moon.

"When you comin' home?"

"Son, I don't know when. We'll get together then.

You know we'll have a good time then."

I've long since retired, my son's moved away.

I called him up just the other day.

"I'd like to see you, if you don't mind."

He said, "I'd love to, Dad, if I could find the time.

You see my new job's a hassle and the kids have the flu,

But it's sure nice talkin' to you, Dad.

It's been sure nice talkin' to you."

And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me,

He'd grown up just like me.

My boy was just like me.

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,

Little boy blue and the man in the moon.

"When you comin' home?"

"Son, I don't know when. We'll get together then.

You know we'll have a good time then."

To fade.

Guns N' Roses - Cats In The Cradle & A / The Silver Spoon ~ Little boy blue and the man in the moon


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Austinstar 12 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Oh dear, love the song, but i am concerned about the mods and plaiger....


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paradigmsearch 12 days ago from USA


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Randy Godwin 12 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

I hope this isn't true, Para.


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paradigmsearch 12 days ago from USA

The guy lost it, for whatever reason.


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paradigmsearch 12 days ago from USA

Meanwhile, still banned. Bottom line, trite in all respects.


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paradigmsearch 11 days ago from USA

Correspondence still going on with HP, but I think I'm dead.

Expected reply: "No Sh!t!"

Not from them. but from here.


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Randy Godwin 10 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow PO's! My Mom--who's 95 now--cooked dinner for her whole clan. She's one of the last of great southern cooks and as always, everything was delicious. (burp) :)


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Austinstar 10 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

And my BBQ brisket nachos were amazing! Had to take my Cobb salad home for later.

Happy Hollidays, yum!


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fpherj48 10 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Sorry I'm a little late....but hope ya'all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family & other loved ones.....over now for another year. Next up, more of the Holiday Season. Years are passing by much too quickly.....or is it just me?

It really is important to live in the moment. Peace & happiness to all!


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Randy Godwin 10 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

What, no turkey Lela, sacrilege! :P And what in the hell is a Cobb salad? Sounds like a Yankee dish!


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Randy Godwin 10 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hey Paula, being thankful is good for the soul. :)


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Austinstar 10 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Paula, nah, smoked turkey around here is as common as hen eggs. I would never pass up a chance to eat brisket.

Cobb salad? You aint never et that?

Lettuce, bacon, tomato, chopped eggs, avocado, blue cheese (chunky style). Blue cheese dressing.

And some garlic bread for dessert!


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Randy Godwin 10 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Sounds too vegetarian to me, Lela. Some type of animal has to die before my appetite is sated. What can I say?


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Austinstar 10 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Well, I can't have sugar anymore, so I have learned to try to eat vegetarian. Cobb salad is hardly vegetarian, LOL. No pecan pies! I feel like life is over, sigh.

I sneak in the BBQ once a month anyway. And I go to a woman's club for luncheons where I sneak in a bite of dessert once in a while.

But, I wonder, what in the world am I saving it all for? I'm going to die of something, might as well be gluttony, maybe?

If I make it to 80, Ima gonna eat doughnuts for the rest of my life.


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Randy Godwin 9 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Glad I can eat almost anything I want, Lela. But since I retired and can't work Like once did, I'm gaining a few unwanted pounds. So it's merely the quantities I watch now, but not too close. I too love a good homemade pecan pie and Mom had one yesterday at her feast. Wonderful it was! :)


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Austinstar 9 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

I am drooling over my keyboard. Pecan pie is my favorite.


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Randy Godwin 9 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Since there's many pecan trees--both domestic and wild--on our farm, we have those great pies year around. Mom used to carry dozens of the pies up north when Dad's army reunions were held each year. The Yankees couldn't get over how many pecans she used making the pies. Of course, pecans up north are rather expensive to buy.


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Austinstar 9 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

I grew up in an area with many pecan trees. My grandfather and I would always go pick pecans in the fall. We loved pecans the best of all the nuts. I still do!

I planted some pecan trees here on the ranch when we first moved here, but they died in this limestone crap soil. Got to have rich, river bottom soil for good trees!


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Randy Godwin 9 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Too bad Lela, the squirrels make sure there's plenty of wild trees growing here as they forget where they hide the nuts in the fall. I have several wild tree in my backyard due tirtheirefforts.


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walmart cher 8 days ago

what happened to pds?


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paradigmsearch 8 days ago from USA

I did one forum experiment too many and was exterminated. Have moved on.


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fpherj48 8 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

pd....it doesn't surprise me that I exist out-of-the-loop or perhaps don't get the same memos as everyone else. This is fine except that I can't help but be curious.

Would you please explain what it is you did or wrote or experimented with that caused you to be "exterminated?"

I confess I know very little about you except for your presence & interaction here among the PO's . You impress me as a person who chooses to intentionally be a mystery or enigma of sorts, all due respect.

Frankly, I'm hoping this is the case. Otherwise I need to accept that what I read in your forums is simply not meant to be understood by anyone you choose to bar from your discussions.

I would like to simply know what it is I'm missing......or might I be better off not knowing? Thanks.


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fpherj48 8 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Meant to mention Kenneth Avery's contribution to your "Random Chat"......these are the comments I find unusual to say the least. Is it me? Just say so. It will not ruin my day, trust me.


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Randy Godwin 8 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

I like the username "WalMart Cher." LOL!


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walmart cher 7 days ago

you seem to be taking your permanent ban in stride, pds. thanks for checking in. i was genuinely concerned when you disappeared again.

i have a permanent ban from asking and answering questions, posted a ton of g-rated non-pol, non-relij questions the mods didn't like for some reason. but they didn't delete them after the banned me, still get about 100 views a day from q's. what does that amount to, enough to buy a donut every month? the way some people go at it on the forum though...hp should pay them.


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paradigmsearch 7 days ago from USA

In answer to the inquiries, one (or a few) HP Staffers didn't like my...

1. Neverending, random philosophical observations; my objective being to see what responses those observations elicited. By far, the vast majority of the responses were positive. And HP made a fortune in ad revenue in the process.

2. Politically incorrect forum titles, even though the thread content itself was perfectly fine. In fact, the thread content's purpose being to prove the opposite of the politically incorrect title.

3. Unfortunately, it appears that my deadly accurate observations concerning the repeated behavior/actions of two specific entities is what was the final extermination trigger. One was about the decade long behavior of a specific individual. The other was about the lustrum long actions of a specific business entity.

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All in all, it was a great 7 years. And let's face it... Everything that is any good, always, and I do mean always, always comes to an end.


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walmart cher 7 days ago

think i know who the 10 year person is, but don't know what the 5 year business entity is.


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Randy Godwin 7 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

I know who the decades long person is like WC, but am a bit fuzzy too on the 5 year thingy, Para. You may elucidate if you feel the need to.....or not.


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paradigmsearch 7 days ago from USA

Other than to say they don't deny it, best to let sleeping exterminations lie. Lost cause anyway.


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Austinstar 7 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

It's like you need to keep a scorecard around here. Who is WC? Maybe someone can email me?

I tried making a list once, but the bad guys outnumbered the good guys, so I gave that up.

I have started a new hub though. Still trying to give it one last go.


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paradigmsearch 7 days ago from USA

Contemplating Year 2017. A redux of 2016 would be unacceptable.


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walmart cher 6 days ago

wolf cologne. weren't you also banned from q and a austin?


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paradigmsearch 6 days ago from USA

Have started a big, fat writing project my own wonderful self. Google wants to get buried in content on a single page? So be it.


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paradigmsearch 6 days ago from USA

First, the good news... Because of the forum extermination, I was going to permanently dump the HP Ad Program at the end of the month. However, the current CPM level is such, I am having second thoughts.

As for the bad news... My HP traffic is just flat out not making it. My list of hubs I am adding to my exodus list keeps growing, and growing, and growing...

Meanwhile, made banner progress this morning on my current writing project.


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Austinstar 5 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Is anyone writing hubs anymore?

When you click on the HP icon (top bar - left side), there is an option to "explore hubs", but the "hubs" displayed, are not hubs - they are Q&A and Forum posts with maybe one hub title. And there is no option to show more.

There is no emphasis on writing hubs at all anymore. Just agitators and "discussion" freaks.

This is disheartening.

And the niche sites? Don't get me started. I hate going over to a niche site, having to sign in AGAIN, and not being able to get back to the regularly scheduled program without hitting the back button. (No menu available to click over to my account or other).

It's really a big fat mess here these days.


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paradigmsearch 5 days ago from USA

Austinstar, substitute "HubPages" in place of "tavern". :-D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KODZtjOIPg


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Randy Godwin 3 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yo POs! Been out and about the last few days and haven't checked in for a while. Finally got a little rain here as we've had none for a couple of months. Sure makes things look better.

The forums here suck! I once loved to check them first thing and they often gave me inspiration to write about something or other. But HP obviously made an effort to quell any sort of free thinking and innovative concepts for some obscure reason. I just don't get it!

Anyway, hope you guys are subsisting. :P


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paradigmsearch 3 days ago from USA

Am alive and well and happy Friday morning! Yep, the forums are indeed dead since they exterminated their last, live remaining entertainment. Meanwhile, my latest writing project continues full steam ahead. I am looking forward to a very productive December, both in writing and in the getting lots of business of living things done.


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Randy Godwin 3 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

What are you writing about now, Para? I too am working on another historical fiction piece but not through with it quite yet. It's difficult to make myself keep at it with so much stuff going on around me. Onward!


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paradigmsearch 3 days ago from USA

Alas, recent events here have resulted in a new found paranoia on my part. Thus, my current and future writing project topics shall remain forevermore unrevealed. However, in the event others may be having some concerns, I can say that the project has absolutely nothing to do with HubPages or anything related to them; not that they'd even care. LOL


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Randy Godwin 3 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

I too care not for HP's druthers. They simply use our work but wish to have nothing else to do with the writers. Typical business!


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paradigmsearch 3 days ago from USA

I miss the good old days when we were a family, thus the youtube I posted. Oh, well.


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Randy Godwin 3 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

I do too, Para. This once was an inspiring and exciting site to enjoy and profit from. Many good folks gone now......some are really gone. :(


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paradigmsearch 8 hours ago from USA

HP Ads Program CPM suddenly did a significant drop. So I went with my original plan and switched to straight Google AdSense. I'll see how that goes for awhile.

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