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Am I A Narcissist? Take The Quiz!

Updated on July 15, 2012

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Narcissus

Are you?

I was looking in the mirror today and after I blew myself a hot, sultry kiss, I had to ask me - am I a narcissist? I looked at my image again - are you?

Narcissism is self love and in particular - caring about only one's self. A true narcissist will gratify his own needs regardless of injury it may cause others.

Narcissism has been a source of contemplation for hundreds of years.

According to the Greek Myth, Narcissus was a very comely and robust young man. He was so handsome that a nymph named Echo fell in love with him. As unrequited love stories go - Narcissus would have nothing to do with Echo. She languished and was reduced to nothing but a whisper - hence her given name. Once Nemesis, the goddess of vengeance got wind of this, she made Narcissus fall in love with his own reflection. This tale of woe ends with Narcissus reaching into the well to embrace himself and drowning. In his place a Narcissus sprouted.

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The public has been demanding to know the identity of the person Carly Simon was thinking about when she wrote the song, "You're So Vain". Simon married James Taylor in 1973 but she says it definitely wasn't about him. The other suspects are Mick Jagger, Cat Stevens, Warren Beatty and Kris Kristofferson. Simon was interviewed in 1973 in Rolling Stone Magazine and she said then, "I can't possibly tell who it's about because it wouldn't be fair."

In 2003 Simon participated in a charity auction when she said she would divulge the name of the person she wrote the song about to the highest bidder. It made international news. The highest bidder had to sign a confidentiality agreement before the revelation. The name was never given to the public. The mystery still tantalizes the public.

Narcissism is not just for people!

A narcissistic number is said to be a number with a length of n digits. It has the property of being the sum of the nth powers of its constituent digits. For example 1. 11 is one digit long so the nth power would be 1. And 11 = 1. This could be applied to any one digit number.

Are you a dangerous narcissist?

Next we have narcissistic rage. A narcissist may have explosive tantrums when they do not get what they want or when they are deprived of control. Many murders and mass murderers have been committed by narcissists. Hitler, Stalin, Ted Bundy.

A narcissist will do anything to protect their perceived self image. They tend to be very superficial and egocentric. Scott Peterson is another famous narcissist. He didn't want to get a divorce like normal people do - it would have sullied his image. Murder, however, was completely acceptable to him. Susan Smith killed her own chldren to garner the affection of a could be lover. I suppose giving the children to her husband wouldn't have been very noble.

Narcissism is normal to a certain degree. Having a positive self image, or feeling confident and successful is normal. Excess, as usual, is where the problem lies. When a person manipulates and lies to achieve a positive self image, the house of cards must stay in tact for the true narcissist. If the life they fabricate is threatened by exposure the narcissist will cheat, lie or kill to maintain the facade they created.

Actors and actresses are quite often narcissisitic. Pablo Picasso was a well known narcissist.

Look in the mirror again and ask yourself - are you more beautiful and important that anyone else? Would you kill for that face? Is the reflection that of the most perfect, special person you have ever seen?

Take the quiz and find out if you could be a narcissist!

"I love Los Angeles.  I love Hollywood.  They're beautiful.  Everybody's plastic but I love plastic.  I want to be plastic.Andy Warhol

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Ok so you're pretty normal then, huh? I think - we are all paranoid about being narcissists:) lol

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    quicksand 5 years ago

    No worries, RealHousewife, I won't fall in! I am too much of a narcissist to "let go!"

    Cheers!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hahahaha Quicksand! I hope you didn't fall in the tub - maybe I better call HUB 911 and send the Elites to check on you?!

    Thank you!

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    quicksand 5 years ago

    Interesting article. I guess we all have a little bit of narcissism in us. Otherwise we would not be dressing well, eating good food, taking days off to have a good time, and so on.

    It was great to spot Carly Simon here and that long lost song "Clouds In My Coffee!"

    Now I am off to check out my reflection in the water, the bathtub is nearly full!

    Peace!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Integrity Yes - ditto to your comment! Whoa! Cool! lol

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    IntegrityYes 5 years ago

    WHOA! COOL!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    haha! Ok Susan - we can talk about how you just made me laugh! lol

    You are witty and very wise as well!

    Yeah I know, Carly managed to just get more publicity for nothing...she didn't tell the secret to everyone - she just whispered it into one persons ear! What a rip!

    Thanks so much for the votes and shares!

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    Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

    "I am pretty, oh so pretty..." I'm afraid to take the test. LOL What a great conversation going on above. Your videos are so funny. I am still mad at Carly Simon for selling the name of the person that "You're So Vain" is supposed to be about, and creating legal documents that keep it a secret. GOOD GRIEF!! Like Hollywood and Rock Stars aren't all about drama????

    Now, let's talk about me... LOL

    GREAT HUB! Votes and Shares... (I didn't know our interview would result in this hub... LOL J/K!!!)

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi izettl - wow thank you so much! I really appreciate the time you took to explain that in detail....I was not really meaning to imply that we should actually - physically go and take a look in the mirror. I meant it in more of the "go check yourself" way.

    Also - I totally did not mean to write a research paper or diagnose anything really - it was more for fun and self reflection but with valid research and points. I think you are probably right on with your information though!

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    Lizett 5 years ago from The Great Northwest

    You have "Muder, however..." instead I think you meant "murder", maybe a misspelling.

    Anyway, I hate the term narcissist because ever since self-help books, we throw that term around for anybody who is selfish when they are quite different.

    As often as the term is thrown around, there really aren't many people who are actually narcissistic. Narcissism came from Narcissistic personality disorder which includes pretty extreme requirements to fit into this which do not have to do with looking in the mirror a lot., but rather 5 of the following, grandiose sense of self-importance, preoccupation with success, power, brilliance, beauty, requires excessive admiration, sense of entitlement, only to be associated with high-status people, lacks empathy and can't recognize feelings of others, envious of others or wants them to envy them, arrogant behaviors, intolerant of criticisms. It's pretty extreme and all joking aside (often naricissism is thrown around jokingly) these people are extremely hard to be around and you know it if you meet one. They're not your average run of the mill selfish or over-confident person...or even kids who may seem like they have a lot of these features but it's not a diagnosis one gets as a kid.

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Thanks again Kiara - yeah see? WE aren't the narcissits - it's all the other pretty people! lol

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    klarawieck 5 years ago

    Hahaha... No! We're not narcissists at all. All those hours spent looking at ourselves in the mirror and talking about how wonderful we are trying to impress every stranger we meet down the street are completely justified! We are THAT good! Lol

    I will look up Barbergirl28 and read her articles. The pictures are very cute. She did a good job and so did you!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey kiarawieck - no I'm sorry - if posting your video makes you are narcissist then everyone is! No, that doesn't count ESPECIALLY because I can tell that you are slightly embarrassed - they don't feel that:). Hey I'm going to be so excited when I read 2 years I might make my first video! Lol.

    Oh hey that little girl belongs to Barbergirl28! If you haven't read her work yet she's awesome too! She's a great photographer so was sweet enough to help me out with a perfect photo - don't you think? Or am I being narcissistic again? Haha

    Thank you so very much!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Vocal Coach - oh thank you so much!! You are such a favorite of mine - always have been! And now I am getting so fond of Lisa too!

    You aren't and never do a bad job of anything. Now here's a housewife who has been up all morning dehydrating vegetables and fruits and I get a break and read your lovely compliments that make me feel SO great and it's bad how?!? LOL. I love you!

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    klarawieck 5 years ago

    Yayyy!!! I'm a narcissist! Hahaha...

    What made me read your hub is the fact that yesterday I posted a video of myself thanking my HP friends as a way to commemorate my second year HP anniversary. And it was such a random and uncharacteristic thing to do that I am still embarassed and have only left it up there because it came from the heart and my friends have responded to my video. So, that being said... Am I a narcissist? I don't like looking at myself in the mirror and I've taken all my recorded performances off youtube because I don't like to advertise myself. But I guess I do like to call attention to myself by doing unusual things and surprising others. I don't think I do it for me, but for them, to shake things up a little; but I don't know... maybe subconsciously I'm doing it for me. Lol It's hard to tell.

    So here I am.. a narcissist with a best friend who is a sociopath! Life can only get better for us!

    BTW, what a gorgeous little girl in those pics!

    As usual a wonderful, informative hub! I wouldn't expect any less of you. :D

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    Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    Wow - what a hub! And what an amazing array of comments. I enjoyed my last 6 hours reading and reading and reading Kelly's hubs.

    You see, I actually started with a completely different hub...which lead me to a test, which lead me to another hub which lead me to a mouse which lead me to a cat, which lead me to a house that jack built! :-) (or something like that).

    The point I'm trying make (and doing a very bad job) is this: I love these hubs of yours and all the comments (I read every single one) and must say that I enjoyed an entertaining experience the likes of which may never happen again.

    From Hitler (I loathe even saying this name) to narcissim and other personality disorders and sprinkled with delightful humor, this was and will continue to be a thought-provoking and winning hub!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi tireless traveler! Thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub!

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    Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

    I frequently shower and start the day. Sometime down the road I think "Oh dear I have no idea what my hair looks like". Luckily a good hair cut and curls come to my rescue.

    Love the way you draw readers to your other hubs.

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Victoria - thanks! I would love to know the answer to that question. I have a feeling - it really may have just been a good song she wrote - with no particular person in mind. So when the hoopla about "who is it" came around - it might have been easy to just say "can't tell ya?" lol I would like her just to tell us the truth though since we have all been curious fans all these years:)

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    Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    RealHousewife--I got a 7 too. Fun article here! I'd love to know who Carly Simon was writing "You're so Vain" about!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi ExoticHippieQueen:) love that name:) haha - yeah I probably do too! Among other things:) lol. Thanks so much!

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    ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

    Wow girl! You have so many comments,it's almost a book in itself!!! My daughter actually has Narcissistic Personality Disorder among other things..............it's a trip! Very interesting hub!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    I knew she would! She is going to be a movie star! Or Cinderella....just a guess:) lol Awww it is the perfect photo for this! Tell her thank you so much for being a beautiful model for me!

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    Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

    Bella now thinks that she is famous... I told her that you wrote this and used her picture and all these people that have commented on this have seen it (she doesn't need to know you just added it) But she did have a huge smile on her face. I think she likes to be in the spotlight! LOL

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    BBG - thanks for the awesome perfect picture! Did you show her? I hope she loves it too! You have such beautiful children and so funny. I can not believe you spotted that one - and so lucky you are such a GREAT photographer! Thank you again!

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    Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

    Ha ha - that is too cute... I just couldn't resist when I was looking through the pictures and then it must have been fate because you totally plugged this one today! Thanks for giving my daughter a piece of fame!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Sunshine - yep! We know! lol XXXOOO

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    Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Psssst....I can hear you!! lol xoxoxo

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi fpherj48 - I know! She is a treasure and I am so glad to have sunshine comments here:)Your comments are appreciated as well!!

    I am so glad you are lauging with us!

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    RealHousewife....Ditto! I often wonder if sunshine knows she's so funny or if she surprises even herself!!. she constantly cracks me up!! Even her comment here is so typically "Sunshine" and I AM L M A O!!!! She's a treasure!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Sunshine! I had fun with your comment too! haha! You are a 10 my friend so the score must be accurate! I do love that Carly Simon song - always wanted to know the answer too!

    You do ROCK and you make me LMAO!

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    Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

    I scored a 10! OMG is that a bad thing? Celebrities score closer to 18...does this make me a wannebe celeb? I'm glad I'm not like Casey Anthony! UGH! Good one fpherj!

    This is one fun hub REAL DEAL! I loved the video of Austin Powers! Carly Simon...awesome! Well I'm glad I stopped by this hub which told me I might be too into myself! Geez. The questions were repetitive...they were messing with my head! It's all good, I'm not all that but Sunshine rocks! LOL Ok I'm outta here! I had fun with this hub and my comment:)

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi fpherj48 - you are so right! Casey Anthony is one of the biggest narcissists in history! Great example!

    Ohhh be careful dropping down those hub rabbit holes! Lol. You can end up in hub land forever and a day! Lol.

    I did not think I would get this big of a response! Never! But I know I'm interested in what makes someone work - click - whatever. I am curious about what makes people tick and human behavior. This subject seems like everyone is interested in so I was encouraged to learn with this one if I just think about what I'm intersected in I can research it, learn more about it and write a hub that brings lots of fun!

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    RealHousewife....I see this is an older hub, but since I'm just a few months into the Hub community, I'm "catching up" with as many fellow-hubbers as possible. I'll guess this is the case with most newbies...My goodness! What an INCREDIBLE response you got to this hub!! I thought I would never scroll down to the END! When you wrote this, did you expect all these visitors?? You did? Oh yeah, that's right, you're a narcissist..lol...kidding kidding! What went through my BIG head as I read this was...."Hmmmmm, you could actually change the Title of this Hub to: "All about Casey Anthony." It is stunning how very much your definitions describe her to a TEE! Don't you agree?

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Thank you Neil - this was super fun to research and write:) I checked out your profile page alone and I have to agree with you - you for sure have star quality! Lol. Thanks for the read and great compliment!

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    Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

    cool hub and fun test -- wow -- I'm almost someone who is a star and famous... almost.

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Epi - you crack me up! Lol. Beauty is only skin deep my friend:) I have known some gorgeous top notch jerks in my day! Haha! And at the end of the day - the only reflection I have to live with is my own. I hope I can smile back at it with every glimpse I get. I am positive that YOU can.

    As always you use words in the most beautiful way! Thank you for gracing this hub with your presence.

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    epigramman 6 years ago

    ...well when you look like me you can't afford to be a narcissist - lol - that's why I've got the cat in this picture with me - lol - and it took me so long to scroll down to the bottom of the screen that I came up with a famous brand new epi top ten list for you:

    TOP TEN THINGS THAT EPI DID WHEN PUTTING THIS SCREEN ON 'AUTOMATIC' SCROLL:

    10. prepared his morning pot of coffee

    9. fed his cats

    8. put the Real Housewife on his honor list

    in his profile introduction hubpage

    7. phoned into work and checked my starting time tonight

    6. had a banana

    5. checked the weather forecast on the TV

    4. went back outside to check on my cats

    3. came back here and sat down

    2. and thought about this most definitive hub on narcissism and how well you write and provoke your readers into all of this feedback

    1. ....and c'mon let's be serious here: in my profile picture, really, who is the pretty one ...¸lol

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    I didn't mean to compare the two that way - only that those are two examples of things that I think should be a personal choice. I'm not saying they even belong in the same conversation other than private rights, really.

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    Katharella 6 years ago from Lost in America

    I know you didn't. But the two cannot compare, as abortion is murder at any stage, and cannabis has never killed anybody. What choice did the aborted baby get. (That's not a question, because if people didn't let doctors perform abortions, it'd be done the old fashion way and women would die too.) Then two deaths would have occurred.

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    I'm not disagreeing with you on either point. I did not say I agreed or disagreed with abortion - I said I think it should be a personal choice is all. I wouldn't judge anyone for what they felt was the right thing for them,

    I think marijuana should be legalized for anyone who needs it.

    Both arguments - to me - should be a choice every American has.

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    Katharella 6 years ago from Lost in America

    That's the point Kelly, it would be strictly regulated as a drug that is what it's about. I would like to eliminate using a narcotic to control my pain, and another ailment, but it isn't a personal choice like abortion, so I need to disagree on that.

    Abortion is murder and not healthy, and can be of much regret later as someone I once knew, cried for years having done it. It cannot be UNdone.. BUT having pain relieved rather than the damages of alcohol, which I knew someone did to "enhance" his narcotic and nearly died, like I said to Stu, show me PROOF someone has died from it physically, as I can show you proof of physical damages of abortion and alcohol. I'm divorced due to alcohol, and a girl I knew was told she'd never be able to bear children because her uterus was damaged during a procedure.

    I guess it's time to stop wasting time on people who only care about themselves. I'm glad Michigan legalized, because it prolonged the life of a loved friend who was dying of cancer. BUT.. I'm sure nobody really cares about her or others, or the highly decorated Veteran who was gunned down just outside FT Bragg. People who don't care, just can't be made to care. One cannot inform those who don't want to be informed. I'll not bring it up to either of you again. I promised a dying Veteran I would help him, and I guess although I'm not a dying Vet, I still will fight for my country and the Veterans who I nursed their tears for 8 years.

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Legalization will be a dual situation forever. Just like abortion. You will have a portion of people that are for it (and for excellent reasons!) and you will have a portion that are against it (and for excellent reasons!) then you will have people that experience more of life and change their minds for some reason.

    I'm just all about allowing us to have personal choices. When you are allowed to choose for your own reasons - based on what you have seen in your life - it will be less of an issue.

    I am bothered by a drug - that can help people - not be allowed to be used. If it helps someone - let them have it. Just like narcotics though - it should be strictly regulated.

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    Stu From VT 6 years ago

    Katharella,

    Your conclusion may be correct. I wasn't saying your point of view is wrong; I was simply saying it is not an issue I have studied deeply enough to have a credible opinion.

    Stu

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    Katharella 6 years ago from Lost in America

    Stu.. I really thought you were smarter than that. If it was a path way, then why did a highly decorated officer want a step down. You didn't even read up on him. If it's a drug people get "hooked on" then whey did I have it from age 13 to age 40, and stop and move away? Um, I didn't get hooked, and I know many many people who have never gone past that one thing. No drug is one sided, but obviously you need to endure some narcotic hell, because I am one person who wants OUT of narcotic HELL and into a lesser form and more controllable relief.

    You go look up some statistics of how many deaths have became of narcotics and how many deaths have become of MJ.. do that research and get back with me. Or.. you could sit around and lick your but while veterans get hooked on morphine and have their intestinal tracts torn up, then become addicted to laxatives and their bowels begin to become dependent on them. How many people have DIED from both, look it up and get back to me on that... seriously. How many livers have been ruined due to alcohol? How many livers have been ruined due to MJ? Answer that, convince me with SOLID SCIENTIFIC PROOF and you'll sway my opinion.

    This isn't about getting high it's about getting out of pain. Get back to me on that. Statistics. Google it.

    I get a much better high on a couple Vikes and a benzo.. but I'd rather not have my intestines tore up. Don't be media brainwashed or whatever it is your parents told you, or just go pour out your liquor and do without that self medication. I'm for bringing back the prohibition. People that think it's not just one sided need their drug taken away. I'm for taking alcohol away. All of it. ;)

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    Stu From VT 6 years ago

    Hi Katharella,

    Gotta think about this one. I know about the pain issues, but for some MJ is a pathway to more serious drugs that can cause overdose. People might start on MJ for medicinal reasons, but later get hooked, and want a better high. This is not a one-sided question.

    Stu

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    Katharella 6 years ago from Lost in America

    Stu, pass that to Ghost please.. or any other Vets who need pain control! PTSD or any other ailment.. there is a list, and please don't let these people suffer any longer if there is a GOD GIVEN PLANT that helps them, and they want it, then they deserve it! ANY Vets in NC near FT Bragg need to know of Perry Parks, he was not just some guy who wants to get high, he wanted OUT OF PAIN. He fought for this country the least we can do is help these people who are short of drinking gasoline to help their pain get some relief from the mental and physical hell narcotics put them through.

    So are you going to anxiously await, or write congress and tell them our country need to help these vets who fought your YOUR FREEDOM? hummmmmmmmm?

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    Stu From VT 6 years ago

    RH,

    Sounds intriguing. Will anxiously await.

    Stu

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    Stu From VT 6 years ago

    Hi Katharella,

    Thanks for the good post and link.

    Stu

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Kat - thanks for keeping things alive girl;)

    Stu - I will tell you Obama and Clinton are in it! Lol!

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    Stu From VT 6 years ago

    HI RH,

    Looking forward to them!

    Stu

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    Katharella 6 years ago from Lost in America

    Stu read about murdered highly decorated Christian Veteran Perry Parks. He lived in Rockingham NC and stationed at FT Bragg and was in search of getting away from Narcotics for his pain. Other Veterans have made a website for him wwwtheperryparksDOTcom, but this is not for "fun hippies" it's for people IN HORRIBLY PAIN and other ailments that pills are causing them more detrimental effects to their health.

    The police came into his home, maced him and shot him in front of his wife and daughter. All he was trying to do is get pain relief, and he said it worked, and please read his story before you pass judgment on him, anyone else who reads this please! http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2011/Bills/house/PDF...

    People can think what they want, but if people drink alcohol or smoke cigs, or drink coffee to over extent for the caffeine, then they are self medicating for a reason. It's time to stop lining the pockets of the pharmaceutical companies and take control of our lives back. There WAS a time in history when alcohol was illegal, but young people don't know diddly about the prohibition, nor do they want to learn about it, but if their alcohol was taken from them they'd be seeking other forms of relief from their mental and physical pain, and nobody can argue that fact. I think you know that already though, don'tcha Stu ;)

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Right Stu - "Come here I have to tell you a secret" are mighty powerful words;)! Lol! I'm working on a couple of hubs now but one of them - I just can't wait for you to read:). Funny!

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    Stu From VT 6 years ago

    RH,

    That is so true. If you scream something from the rooftop, nobody will listen. If you whisper, everyone will want in on what they don't have a right to know.

    Glad to be puppied in.

    Ruff!

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Stu - lol! Yes you are puppied in and can use RealHO:)

    Too funny and so true! Doesn't everyone love a delishious secret? Nothing so irresistable. I always say if you want someone to listen - whisper:)

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    Stu From VT 6 years ago

    RealHo (hehe, I can say that cause we're buddies),

    Con - Telling someone "you can't tell this to anyone" means everyone will know with a few days.

    Pro - If you draw a picture of a duck, ask someone to copy it, ask someone to copy the second, and so on for about 30 iterations, you'll get a picture of an English Sheep Dog.

    So, the secret will be out, but it may have nothing to do with what you originally said.

    Stu

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    Stu From VT 6 years ago

    Katharella,

    What exactly does Bill 577 do?

    Thanks, Stu

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    I know! I know! Omg! I used to purposely say a little something (always silly not to be hurtful) but just to watch it spread like Wild fire! It works in the office place too:)!

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    Katharella 6 years ago from Lost in America

    Yes, that is why I TALK TO NO ONE!!!! NO ONE! I will drive into town to get one little thing rather than go to my own town store. Not cos I don't want to support my town, but ONE WORD and it might as well be on the news :::NEWSFLASH::: KATHY ALLEN HAS SWITCHED FROM PEPSI TO MT. DEW AND BOUGHT A BEER "GASP" lol seriously.

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Omg! I didn't realize your town was that small! I have lived in towns like that and I tell you, life can be very interesting in small towns;) I want to retire in a town like that.

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    Katharella 6 years ago from Lost in America

    The only reason we're getting a library is because its beside the playground for the kids. No, we have a tiny general store, a post office about as big as my living room and the town hall doubles as a fire department. LOL.. no when I say I live in a small town, I'm talking BLINK and miss it. :) It's mostly farmland is the only reason I can say it's bigger than 2 blocks.

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    It was a great idea - for those of us who just really like checking in and saying hello too;)

    You're right about lending books - I usually do not get them back. I'll only lend to family cuz I can hound them;) my goodness you don't already have a Library in town? I don't know why I'm surprised - we don't have a good bookstore in our town. I have to drive over to the next little city:(. It is exciting though - and funny that we would be the type to think so! Lol

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    Katharella 6 years ago from Lost in America

    Um, let's just say, there needed to be a general place so jibber jabber wouldn't detour others from topics they came to read about. I'd hate to be the cause of someone turning away! I have hubs in the makin' :) no worries!

    I'll ALWAYS love GWTW.. I just love Vivian Leigh and what a perfect choice for her! "I'll think about it tomorroa"

    As far as the book, no.. the original owner had already a few WRONG lol answers in, so I fixed them, but no, I think it was someone I read on there that had a ":(" after loaning a book out and never seeing it again.. you? Not sure but my dad once told me, NEVER loan a book or you might as well give it away you'll NEVER see it again. Well, I did once, and sure enough, never seen it again (it was on female clairvoyance) GONE! Then got a book for Christmas and hadn't had a chance to read it (Tommyknockers Stephen King) and was asked to borrow.. I said my husband bought that as a gift and I WILL GET IT BACK UNSCATHED! Promises promises.. "well I broke up with my bf and I'm not going back to get it" I said "Well, that'll be $6.00 then" She looked at me AS IF!!! I said I'm serious, I want the money or the book! She took her $6. out and said my god remind me never to ask to borrow something from you again. I said, no need, the answer is already no! LOL we did remain friends for awhile, until she moved, but we didn't stop being friends, she just got on drugs and didn't want me yelling at her about it. COME TO FIND OUT her oldest daughter is the daughter of my bf's brother!!! Long story short.. last time I seen her, she was 15 and pregnant and I took her out to get food cos there was NONE in the house! I was pissed and blew off at her mother cos of it. Gave her some and said HIDE IT for later, but when I went back over they'd moved out!! ::sigh:: No more book lending though nope! I do have some however I'm donating to our town, we're going to get a library!!!! YaY!

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Kat - I just read a new hub of yours I bet that is the one you mean? Where you were giving yourself a little trouble for not getting enough done on Sun? Lol!

    I loved Gone with the Wind so much! Rhett Butler and Scarlette! Omg! Classic.

    I do not write in my books but I do always place a sticker with my name and add. On them so if I loan them out I'll hopefully get them back:)

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    Katharella 6 years ago from Lost in America

    Aw tanks, if only we could open me and find money! LOL!!! OMG you're killing me with the one legged man thing.. was at my buddy's wedding. His grandpa has one leg, but has his fake off and it was leaning upside down on the side of the house.. well, you KNOW I'm not going to let that prime wedding pic go to waste! LOL I snapped it upside down with tennis shoe n' all, and when he copied the pix off my card, HE POSTED IT TO HIS WEDDING PHOTOS!! We say we are the brother and sister that neither of us ever had.

    Oh I'm going back to school there's no iffin' about that! I just want to maintain that 4.0 and I can't do it without the add med. And as soon as Scott gets here he's taking classes too, so me and my honey bunny will be schoolin' it together.

    Oh.. I LOVE GWTW!!!! I couldn't get tired of it for nothing! While I do have the dvd, I still have it in my queue in Netflix so I can see it on Blu ray. lol. Now with the trivia book (I got NEW FOR .50 at the resell shop go figure) I'll pick up on some of the questions I skipped over! I truly love the book, and I'm that person who WRITES THE ANSWER IN THE BOOK lol!! I figure it's mine, I'm using it! lol. There's something that comes over a person who had eyesight, lost it, and was able to regain it. I kinda felt like.. I'm never going to get rid of it until I finish it so WHY not write them in! :) Oh, I did a hub if you wanna check it out, and I did post links from my friend in Warsaw.. musta been on Mo's other site.

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Kat - you are a treasure:). I'm so glad you got the house! You must be busier than a one legged man in a butt kicking contest. Hey MO knows some Polish. She can pray in Polish anyhow;)

    I think you should go back to school if you want! I love taking classes and probably will keep taking things that interest me until I'm dead.

    I should watch Gone With the Wind again! I have bought that one;)

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    Katharella 6 years ago from Lost in America

    OH have you guys Google Earthed Russia yet? Oh I love the Kremlin, I want to live there. :) Da!

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    Katharella 6 years ago from Lost in America

    lolz (I'm getting addicted to the z on lol now) yea yea yea.. I need to type a hub.. I just got my house and really am doin' lota switchin' n' changing before work men get tearing things apart! :)

    I am very good friends with a girl who lives in Warsaw. She's from Texas so I'm guessing she's good, I'll ask her how she learned and get back with ya.

    RH: You brought up a great idea with the getting disk and pausing them. But while you can do that sometimes they're not always facing the camera. BUT I did learn a little french by a video (back in the day of vhs lolz) heh, the girl would say it slowly so you could see the way her lips and tongue formed. Lots of our words are latin, so it'd be a good place to start on which ones are latin or derived from. Also remember too that a lot of our words are the same with different meanings. The only thing that really makes English harder is we have things like "two, to, too" they don't. My friend is taking Spanish right now for her Archeology dig. She typed out a sentence, and while I don't know spanish other than what I learned at 123teachme, I said "And your DentiaIST(sarcasm) is going to be pissed when he sees you've not stopped drinking Mt.Dew" lol!

    When learning any other language I find it easiest to shoot for BEING SLOW and learning the alphabet, (alpha-greek) and colors, and nouns.

    Austin* is helping me with my pain, and she said something (I'm still waiting on my Dr.'s return call I'm assuming he's researching it)I HOPE, she said Omega3. I thought.. omg.. I want Alpha3, maybe even Beta3, Delta or gamma, but WHY Omega. nothing like wanting to be 1st. lolz heh. I'll ask my friend about learning polish, but one thing to remember, the older you get, the harder it is to learn a new language. When babies are taught two growing up, that part of their speech center in the brain is more colorful on a ct scan than that of an adult. NOT TO SAY getting older is a reason to stop learning.

    STU: I'm in on the letters to Congress, I haven't kept up with Ghost as of late, but I have a few to hound (heh, pun intended) them with myself. NC is on the brink of a new ADD med, which I need as well as for another 3 other ailments. I know someone with Sleep Apnea and it will help him too so we need to get this bill 577 to pass and I don't think this time it's going to be that hard as they're ppl like me, who cannot take add med, that this certain strain is equal to and I have proof in a 4.0 gpa and sleep patterns, as well as chronic pain that were not as exacerbated until I stopped that and began narcotic hell.

    I am willing to submit my personal medical info as well as some non's that have seen the transitions and how detrimental these other meds have been to my health as well as keeping me mentally depressed rather than focused and busy. NOT having it has been extremely harmful to a number of physical abilities that were NOT present before. Just gotta brush buckies more often, which I know doggies hate, but my dog also benefited as she was quite the lil' thief in her day.. when there was quality. She snubs non quality and dogs don't tend to lie unless they are the one who broke the lamp, but their eyes ALWAYS give them away. (as well as that droopy face you can't be mad at) NC needs bill 577 passed. Thanks FOR ALL YOUR HELP FOR A HEALTHIER country and maybe we can phase out everything but burbon::ahem:: if you're good. :)

    I LOVE YOU GUYS. I wanna go back to college really bad, and despite I live 30 miles from town 10 miles up the road is a community college!! :) I want to go!!! Badly, plus read all the books I have that I'm ready to give up on. (although I'm doing well with my Gone with the wind trivia book LOL)

    It's all about how pretty dresses were back then, forget all that war part, it's just drama)

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    Stu From VT 6 years ago

    RH - OK, cool, Stu

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Stu - I know - I didn't even realize there were that many languages! If I get my hands on one first, I'll let you know;)

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    Stu From VT 6 years ago

    Hi RH,

    Will do. Things are busy right now with work and bombarding Congress with emails, but I'd really like to fit this in somehow. I suspect this software is very good though. Alot of Fortune 500 companies and major federal agencies use it. Also, it's amazing how many languages they offer (something like 30 or more).

    Stu

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Stu - let me know how it works! I would like to learn Spanish too. I am really curious if it works.

    You can have 5 votes Stu - take one from the lazy people who don't use their vote:)

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    Stu From VT 6 years ago

    I third and fourth that. I'm allowed to vote twice (I used an SEIU serviced voting machine).

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    Stu From VT 6 years ago

    Hey RH,

    I probably will get Rosetta Stone when I have a little more time to devote to it.

    I still remember all the French swear words. Just ask if you need any (very handy - you can attack your enemies in complete stealth - when they ask, just say it means "good morning" or something like that).

    Stu

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    I second that! Did you hear that Kat?

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    Motown2Chitown 6 years ago

    She really does, Real! I wanna see more hubs from that woman! :-) Did you hear me, Kat?! ;-)

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    MO - I am always surprised by Kats knowledge! She just has bits tucked in her head about everything. You can totally tell that lots of us are readers;)

    Sun Girl - well thank you very much!

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey one of you guys should contact Rosetta Stone and tell them to give you a free bee and if you like it and find it easy to learn you will write a hub about it? Maybe they will cut you a break?

    Stu - you'd pick it right back up. I have a couple of apps that are free with instructional French exercises - I do those while I'm waiting for the bus or have a few minutes. It helps keep it a little fresher. Some of them are really good!

    I've also heard of people that learn new languages by watching t.v. That's why I listen and watch movies in French and I turn English subtitles on. Fro as well plus you learn some slang. The books never teach you the dirty words. I did buy a French dictionary of dirty words but someone borrowed it:(

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    Sun-Girl 6 years ago from Nigeria

    Awesome and quite a fascinating hub you actually shared in here which i love.

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    Motown2Chitown 6 years ago

    Kat, you're my trivia source for the day! That is such interesting information. I'm going to have to check out that website. I personally LOVE the sound of Russian. I would love to be able to learn Polish and Russian...those are my first two language desires - despite the Romanticism and, in the U.S., the utility of Spanish.

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    Motown2Chitown 6 years ago

    A head start is always good, Stu. I just wish that Rosetta Stone wasn't so expensive! It's a great program, and I know that because I know others who have used it. AND, they've got knockoff types in the store. The whole immersion concept to me is as close you can get into throwing yourself into the culture in another country, you know?

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    Katharella 6 years ago from Lost in America

    Da! Yes! lol my only Russian word. I too am fascinated by Russia and their culture. Kel, when you're relative said "over my dead body" they took him serious. It's a VERY frugal language. (I had a Swiss friend who didn't understand slang, and I said "Daniel that is the shit" and he showed me to the restroom) LOL. With Russia tho, I have it high up in my Google Earth program lol, because they actually let you see way more of it than China. You can only get few snaps of China. But if you've not seen The Hunt For Red October, it's so frugal that you almost don't need to read what they are saying because when you hear the English, you can gather what they are conveying back! I actually did an online learning of Russian, and one thing about their (and other far Eastern) languages is some of their letters mean things like.. say if we said "communication" we say "tion" as "shun" all that is cut out and is a symbol for a sound. China does it too, and one thing I thought kinda neat but sad, is that the AT "@" symbol in China means "Love Him." There was a couple who wanted to name their little boy @ but their Government wouldn't let them. They don't have enough letters to make unique names like we do, so they wanted something different but ah, just like in Germany, you cannot name your baby Adolf. I was going to legally change my name to "Fuck Off" but found out, I can change my last name to "off" but not my first to "Fuck" LOL I almost went with Phuck LOL! If anyone wants to learn Spanish online, you can get a good start from 123teachmeDOTcom If anything you'll be able to read it, some of the people speak to quickly, but when the kids speak it's slower like they like to teach. it's a great site and is used in schools.

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    Stu From VT 6 years ago

    RH,

    There are six national romance languages: French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Catalan. There are numerous other romance sub-national languages, as well as regional romance dialects.

    Stu

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    Stu From VT 6 years ago

    Motown,

    I was thinking about getting Rosetta Stone. I took many years of French in middle and high school, and really loved it. Sadly, I've forgotten most of it, but I bet I could learn it back again quickly as I have a head start.

    Stu

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    Motown2Chitown 6 years ago

    Austin, I like the big and boorish ones that look like bears (like Tevya in Fiddler on the Roof and my husband...lol).

    Real, I've read a lot of historical novels about Russia...and I always want more.

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    Lela 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    OK, Mo, I think that's weird. Russian men? They all look so sneaky or something.

    I really like tan and tall.

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    I am fascinated by Russia - period! The KGB - spies! Vodka! I had an uncle who disappeared for like forty years. Grandma's only brother. He was in the AF - somehow he ended up working on a technical computer thing - high tech for those times. He had a partner. The Russians approached him and told him they wanted to know how the thingy was made - he said, "over my dead body." So they killed him. Uncle Dick found out he was killed and got out of dodge. Grandma and he finally got back in touch after he retired from the service. He had been all over the world - living in foreigh countries all those years. He died but I would have LOVED to given him a polygraph about his years in the service! So - now you know why I am really interesed in that country! He said stuff like that happened every day.

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    Motown2Chitown 6 years ago

    I don't think it's classified as a Romance language, but that's how I think of Russian. I think it's a beautiful sounding language. And, I have a weird thing for Russian men. I think they're hot as hell!

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Austinstar! LOL! Madame;) And wouldn't that be the Texan way? They say everything so politely. In St. Louis they call those "ladies" something a little more vulgar!

    I wonder if they use French much in Louisiana anymore? I think they would have a Cajun dialect though....I have been hooked on this show "Swamp People" which takes place in Louisiana - you have to catch that! I bet you would like it too - these guys catch Aligators! They have to thin out the population because they threaten the people near the Bayou. It is fascinating - I want to go back there and cruise the swamps:)

    You pegged that one - it does sound like they are coughing up a lugie! Like German - that's rough. The romance languages are my favorite and I heard that they are so closely related if you learn one its easier to learn the other 4 - I think there are 5?

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    Lela 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    So do the hub on French! Spanish is nice, especially for poetry.

    You can use your French in Canada. When I was in Montreal, I felt so special because everyone was calling me Madame, which in Texas has a whole 'nother meaning. But it was melodic they way they said it.

    I had a friend from Bolivia who lived for many years in Europe and never spoke anything other than Spanish. It's almost a universal language like English.

    I much prefer the romance languages over the gutteral ones. That's not romantic at all sounding like you are coughing up a lugie.

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Yes I have kicked myself several times for taking French rather than Spanish! So dumb - I mean we have a gazillion people fluent in Spanish here. I want to go to France someday - so I took French basically for a two week vacation! LOL

    My mom wants to learn Spanish on Rozetta Stone - so funny you mention that. She just said I should learn Spanish that way and then write a hub about it. I said well that would be one expensive hub to write! Ha!

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    Motown2Chitown 6 years ago

    Hahaha...I love the sound of all Slavic languages (Polish, Russian, etc...) Most of their letters sound like ours but some are very, very different. I wish I knew more. Michael and I are very seriously considering investing in the Rosetta Stone for Polish...the majority of the foreign population in Chicago is either Hispanic or Polish, so either language would be a bonus for us. Ukrainian (Ukraine used to be a part of the Soviet Union) sounds a lot like Polish because Ukraine and Poland are so close. My religious community when I was a sister was founded in Poland. That's how I learned the very little I know. Spanish is always a good language to know in the U.S. because so much of our non native population speaks that language, yanno?

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Neat Mo! I wish I would have taken more languages. I suppose the love for reading and writing would fall into place with love for written word and the need to make sense of them.I was thinking about taking Spanish! Through the community ity college - not for credit.

    So Polish - do their letters sound much like ours? That's cool Mo. I also love the sound of Russian - or Austrailian! Oh la la!

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    Motown2Chitown 6 years ago

    But, it's impressive, Kel...lol I can pray in Polish, but only if I'm reading it, like you with French. I understand very little of it spoken, but I know the phonetics so I can read it like I'm a pro...lol

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Stu - No - im certainly not fluent. I wish.I took two years of it for my college credits but I loved it! I got straight A's and "tested out" of French 3 and went straight to French 4 (Reading). I still try to practice by reading French Magazines and listening to French films:) sometimes I fall asleep while listening to them hoping I will retain it better! Haha! I read it much better than I can hear it in conversation. It's maddening.

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    Stu From VT 6 years ago

    Hey RH,

    That's pretty good. I took alot of French in high school. Are you fluent?

    Stu

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Djyonos - merci beaucoup! Je ne sais pas? C'est difficile savoir. Qu'est-ce vous pence?

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    djyonos 6 years ago

    thank you for this, I reposted it to my fb wall. What is you opinion on the French sentiment of noblesse oblige and how it relates to narcissism?

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Tina - yes that is the best!!!

    Kath - What movie?

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    Katharella 6 years ago from Lost in America

    YaY I'm still the winner!! lol.. It's a movie quote Kel. :D