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Revenge Of The Poisonous Ones

Updated on March 4, 2015
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Randy Godwin is a true southern male who enjoys writing about the past in his part of the world. I hope you enjoy my Tales of the South.

So you thought you got rid of us..

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

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

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

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A Life Of Bitter Sweetness

A Drink In The Bar

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

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

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

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

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

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Aloneness

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

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

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

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Family Of Strangers

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

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

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

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

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Bob And Jessie

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Graduation Day

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

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

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

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Life Goes On

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

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

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

Last Visit Home

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

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

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Sweetness To Atone For

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

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

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

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    • Randy Godwin profile image
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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Thank you, Catherine. I do so like to spin a yarn. :) I appreciate your time and the nice comments.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      A lovely story. I've said it before, but I'll say it again. Yu are a great story teller.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Check it out, POs! The new chat hub is published.

      https://hubpages.com/literature/Return-of-the-Pois...

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      Well, my Beavers Galore! post was my number one traffic post for the week; makes me proud of our species... Hollie, your printer cartridges hub is my number five traffic post; that thing continues to get traffic each and every week; fame and fortune awaits us.

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      Spent the day filling out medical forms; I am doomed... And I think I've hit a new forum low, http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/120911 Meanwhile, my picking-on-bank-of-america post got some visits; nobody seems to like them very much...

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      She already knows and is falling apart too. Aching like buggery (that is a very northern expression) after weeding garden. I didn't make it to the Zumba class because my mum had the fall and last week daughter had arranged other stuff. I was really kind of relieved, I'm not very good in group situations at the best of times but farting around whilst wearing a pair of leggings (and to music) is my kind of hell.

      Son home! Woot! Lovely to see him and feels, on some level, like it's been years but on others like it was only yesterday that he left.

      aa, doesn't surprise me at all. We could accuse this accuse this govt. of being incompetent, but I do not believe that the to be the case. They had an agenda and in the main have achieved it. They will leave power not giving a sod for the devastation they have left behind. Marketisation all the way...baby!

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I have a feeling she already knows. :P

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      We really are falling apart, but don't tell Hollie.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Just beginning to put my weight on it and it hurts like a bast.....well...you know! :o

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      How's the foot thing doing, reasonably close to back to 100%?

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Good luck, Para. I'm dreading my next visit also. I think I'm continuing to lose sight in my right eye despite the medications I'm using. I suppose it could be worse though. :)

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      Well, next week is the Week of the Eye. Based on all of my previous experiences with our beloved American Medical System, both as to competence and ethics, I have a real fear that things will not go well in so many ways... No wonder I'm so freaking depressed most of the time. What normal person wouldn't be? Oh, well.

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      aa lite 3 years ago from London

      Ha! This article from the guardian says that the government is close to the point where the massive hike in uni tuition fees is actually going to cost (the taxpayer) more than it saves! http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/mar/21/s...

      This is because so many graduates are not repaying because they can't find jobs. Right now, non-repayment rate is around 45%

      You couldn't make it up. Introduce a policy which stops not-filthy-rich people from going to uni. Makes people who go into higher ed. start their working lives with massive debts. And still end up with universities costing public finances more than they did before. Very competent!

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      One day I will open that rolltop desk, but it's not a priority. Instead I finally opened that package from Amazon that has sat in the porch for nigh on 2 years, and set up my new mini greenhouse. Placed all my baby tomato, sweet pepper and sweetcorn plants in it. Can't stand corn myself, but the hens love it. Am annoyed at all the tomato seedlings that have come up. I thought I'd only planted a few seeds. There must be some twins or triplets amongst them! Have only 5 peppers. Planted about 8 seeds..Hopefully at the end of the month (when mum is in care) I will get the chance to clear out the greenhouse and parts of the garden to get them all planted up. Got some seed potatoes too. Going to grow them in containers because no way can I dig the garden.

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      Saddened to read Eppie's parting post, looks like someone really got to her, and that's plain nasty. I've never been the stalker type, nor been the stalkee, neither of which is much fun I should imagine.

      You take care, Eppie. Wishing you all the best!

      I've been on FB instead of HP following the Yes Scotland debates. Exciting times! But in the middle of all that I accepted a friend request from a stranger. His profile listed him as a US soldier currently serving in Iraq. Thought to myself, he's probably a friend of a friend so accepted the friendship. Well, this evening he started to chat and I only chatted back because I thought he was maybe lonely or something. I've already received a marriage proposal, I kid you not! i let him down gently, I'm quite nice that way lol

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      Well, my Beavers Galore! post has run its course. So now I'm picking on Bank of America. I've already reached my spam quota for the week, so you'll have to find the link on your own.

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      Beware any dogs there that might happen to be wearing glasses. They're looking for mates, too.

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      Raven 3 years ago

      Arf! Arf!

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      SomewayOuttaHere 3 years ago

      Arf?

      Not yet but there is a wolf hanging out in one of my favorite walking areas looking for a mate. We'll hang out at the beach instead over the next while.

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      I wonder if a bear has eaten Raven yet?

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Yo Someway! Good to hear from you. :)

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      Hello, stranger. :D

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      SomewayOuttaHere 3 years ago

      Just dropping by to say good morning all all. Spring is finally here to stay onwith the west coast of canada

      Yay!

      Xo

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Ha! Made over $350 in Adsense clicks yesterday. Yeah right, like that is going to remain! lol!

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I wish you the best of luck in whatever you do, Eppie. You are always welcome here if you change your mind. :)

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      LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

      btw, I am aware that sometimes when youngsters are 'in love' one of them can pick up a lifelong conviction based on the age of their partner. i have always considered that to be sad and very unfair, particularly when both youngsters claim it was mutually agreed to proceed, unaware of the potential drama.

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      LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

      You never fail until you stop trying, eppie. So, are you telling us you've stopped trying? It would surprise me if you are.

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      aa lite 3 years ago from London

      aa lite backs away slowly avoiding eye-contact

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      Eppie, 3 years ago

      Hello everyone, I have something special to say then I will be on my way.

      Ok folks it is finally time you all learned the truth behind the swirls of lies and the mess that has followed. After this you can just simply go on with your life. Secure in the knowledge that your hands are clean in what has happened. That is the case...if your hands are clean.

      It all started 6 months ago. My name is actually not important. I have shared it with so many of you before and yet I still get stuck with the name eppie. LOL, it does not even make sense. Frankly, it is sort of cool that I get a new nick name. Everyone else gets to go by whatever name they come with but not me, nope, I get eppie. My real name really is Jen. Jennifer Christine Robinson to be exact.

      Lets start by explaining my user name, epsonok0 is a combination of bad timing and a cluttered desk. Epson is my printer ok means no one else would have it as a user name and 0 is the frosting on the cake. A quick swish through google and you will find some oddities in that user name. Namely, the oddity that proves it is a user name others have used. Oh, my! But I went with it. Shame on me.

      I never really expected it would cause me any problems. I dont exactly have a "normal" life but I have a rather quiet life. Of course I never anticipated coming across some of the truly weird people my travels online have come to.

      Somewhere online I pissed someone off. That is all I know.

      This person is faceless. This person is nameless. Sometimes they present a false name.

      Along the way it has been beth37, Calculuss-Geometry, PoeticFailosophy, and now this strange Wendy Tyrone. The others have all been derivations of that. They were Grammar Helper, Spell Checker, and a host of other names. One even came out as willassie.

      No matter the name that has come along and no matter how many different people are actually on that list above the result has been the same. I fail at everything I try to do. Its not a matter of me being bad at anything, its a matter of this faceless, nameless person who is apparently married and has children. The way this person has come at me in attacks is evidence that they are a vindictive human being. Most people in this world get to know the true identity of who attacks them. Most of the time they also get to know the real reason why.

      I don't get any of that.

      I am a woman in her mid 20s who gets to suffer at the hands of this shadow that seeks her out like a missile every time she makes a move online. The stress would kill a normal person. We established earlier that I am not normal.

      I have a secret. And its hot time you all learn it. You have been like family to me but I have tried to gloss this over. I hid something from you all that you need to know. My best friend in the world is a S*x offender. I go to his house and we hang out and we enjoy each others company. We enjoy life. I also shamefully use his Internet. I don't have the money for my own.

      His story does not need fully shared here because it is of no business to any of you. Sorry, but after the way poeticfailosophy treated him that ship has clearly sailed. His history should not be important but I must point one thing out. Don't be fooled by labels. Just because your criminal record says sex offender does not mean you are a child molester or rapist. Think about it, or at least Google it. Pennsylvania has over a thousand ways you can end up on that list.

      Moving on.

      What happened the other night was not fair or true.

      Wendy Tyrones website has a message for me that I wish to respond to here and now.

      I have never stalked anyone. The only person to ever accuse me of that is poeticfailosophy and beth37. Both of whom were wrong in that accusation. I do not have a desire to stalk anyone. I dont care how magnificent you think that you are. I dont care what you do online or in your life until you did what you did the other night.

      I received emails that are now in the hands of the police. They are very curious. Temporarily they have taken custody of my website. A sacrifice I was not happy to make, because according to officer Bryant they dont have to return any of the passwords to me, they have established new passwords and have taken my blog offline. But with it, and some good skill they are investigating why some one threatens me like they did, demands I take down my content, and then makes an entire blog about me. This same person also makes vague threats regarding arson. The police tell me that they are serious when it comes to that because it is frequent in my area. Lucky me. They are happy because I never delete my Internet history. Hanging out in a house with someone who is under scrutiny means that you take care never to put them in a bad position.

      In time, some one somewhere will be arrested. They will be taken into custody. The content of there hubpages accounts will be used in evidence and there blogs, emails, and other content will be dissected. It will be a humiliating moment for them. One I wont be part of. That makes me a bit sad, I dont get the joy of seeing that.

      One of the best parts about where I live is that even after you say you are not pressing charges the state simply takes over. You no longer have to be a part of it. I was dumb enough to say I was not pressing charges.

      I don't really want to know who has ruined my life. I worked for 6 months on something that was not a casual Sunday hobby. I wanted to make a life as a writer. That was taken away from me without reason, by a person without a face or a real name. That is something I may never forgive.

      I may move on someday but in different circles. Away from the chance of this level of destruction again.

      I will build a new blog in a new corner of the Internet. I will do so without connecting the dots to where I came from.

      I part ways today with hubpages. And that unfortunately means to you all.

      You have been some of the most inspirational people I have ever met. I thank you for that.

      I will be checking in from time to time to read how you are all doing. I hope things go well.

      I wont be participating and I wont be making any accounts.

      You will no longer see a daily or multi daily post from "eppie".

      It is with a heavy heart that I must say good by. I wont be leaving contact info nor any traces. It would not be a good way to do things, it would defeat the purpose. I may return someday, surprising you all months from now or years and telling you all that I am fine. But I am not going to promise it.

      Once again thank you all.

      And a special thank you to Randy, I hope that everything you do works out. It takes a special person to run a small group like this. You are very talented. You are all talented. But special thanks must go to the host.

      Oh, and one last note, Izzy, Please let us all know when you fix that darn roll top desk. LOL

      Good by everyone.

      Sincerely; Eppie.

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      I'm here PDS and thanks I'll remove the / from the hub! Been getting some fresh air and doing a bit of gardening again so will no doubt be stiff as a board tomorrow.

      I'm actually really shattered and feel like sleeping so bath and then bed for me :)

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      I've put out an APB on Hollie.

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      Sorry, couldn't pass that previous post up. LOL

      For the record, Matthew unpublished the one hub I submitted.

      Have had no desire to try publishing anything since. Starting to give Bubblews a more serious regards.

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      Arf!

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      WriteAngled 3 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      Ah, the power of Proz! Good on you, Aa!

      Latest HP spam hit my inbox today: "Since the HubPot Challenge prizes depend on the number of Hubs submitted each day, we hope to get as many people writing as possible." - This is precisely the reason why I would not dream of submitting a hub during this period. I have no intention of feathering the nests of HP pets, not even in a passive way. I suspect they are doctoring the CPMs paid to the rest of us so as to get the money for this lark.

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      aa lite 3 years ago from London

      It's nice that your US relations turned out nice, and their kids well behaved, Izzy.

      I feel so powerful! I ranted about my non-payment from the Greeks on the Proz blue board a couple of days ago, and just received an email from them claiming never to have received any of my emails. Now I do know they received the first invoice, because they were the people who wanted my VAT no.

      Having said that I did find it a bit strange, because they were rated highly on the blue board (although all the ratings stopped in 2009).

      They were 'sorry that I felt it was necessary to write on Proz."

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      Yo! HollieT! The "/" may be messing up your "cartridge" keyword, https://hubpages.com/technology/Can-Ink-Cartridges...

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      My American cousins have been and gone. Lovelier people I couldn't have hoped to meet. Mom, Dad, two teenage boys, both of whom will be heart-breakers, but they were ever so polite. Keil adored them! Mom looked a bit like me, its the Scottish genes! I'd bought a dozen cans of lager in for the kids, but at 17 and 15 they weren't allowed to drink any! Their faces lit up when I told them that in continental Europe. kids can drink wine and lager at 14. Think that info's a bit out of date now, but used to be true. Anyway, really nice family, and really easy to understand accents! (East Coast, they live in Connecticut). Sorry to see them go on on their UK travels next day.

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      Love Tuesdays! So long as I remember to wake up in time, I can pack Mother off for the day, well for 5 hours which is the only break I get.Last night after I went to bed, she was up prowling. Normally I'd get up to shoo her back to bed, yet again, but I just couldn't be bothered. Good move! This morning, all the house lights were on but at least I had slept enough to make sure she was dressed and decent to go out.

      I finally got the item of clothing back from the Care Home.

      I'd gone in to see them last week, and they said when it was found they'd send someone to my door with it. meanwhile, their bosses have sent me two invoices, which I had no intention of paying until her clothing was returned.

      Correct me if I am wrong, but I find it demeaning in the extreme to find my mother's clothing labels marked with her initials! It is a private care home, with hotel prices. Hotels don't do that!

      Today at the supermarket I was approached by dozens of people, who either want to help or sympathise. Small town, but it makes me feel good that I am getting something done about a severe problem.

      Spoke with the lady who runs the day-care and she tells me they have been screaming out for funding and it is being ignored. They want to open more hours than they currently are - 10 hours per week.

      Yet the Health Board told me on the phone that funding was available?

      My mother is not going to see the benefit of all this. She is dying. I don't know what is wrong, but her urinary output has severely diminished in the past few days. I managed to get her doctor on the phone today, and he wants samples. I cannot think of any drug they can give her that will reverse the trend. Her circulation is shot to pieces. She takes blue turns, and cold and clammy turns, and now she is not peeing properly. And she does not have a clue where she is or who she is with, yet she can still get up and walk out of the door. She did that almost a week ago, in her nightie. Right into the street, with the dog not a leash, again. Doors all locked again.

      I still want to arrange something for the old ones and their carers, even if Mum dies.

      I am thinking again about that bungalow Mum and I viewed last year. It is still up for sale. Huge dining room. Huge sitting room, Huge kitchen. 2 baths and 3 bedrooms with a floored loft that could be converted into another 3 large bedrooms. Fantastic views. Good parking. Easy access.

      This house does not have easy access because the driveway is narrow, but can't be widened because the boundary walls as well as the house are listed.

      I would like there to be a community resource for the elderly, especially dementia sufferers obviously, and I already have the names and phone numbers of about 20 people who are willing to give up their time for free. The ideal would be a day centre, but in emergencies, night accommodation could be offered too. I can't do that here. It would all be free of charge, as it should be anyway IMO.

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      This is the first time I've opened my laptop for about 2 weeks! Been on the iPad. getting used to one finger typing! It totally pisses me off that a high spec laptop less than 3 years old takes 5 minutes to boot, or wake up from sleeping. I am really considering replacing it with a Mac.

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      I'm giving HP Amazon a month across most of my accounts. If it doesn't pan out to my usual sales, I'll go back to Amazon. So far, however, it seems to be much the same, overall. I've had about half my usual monthly sales, except we are slightly more than halfway through the month. I've also had a couple of sales from Amazon direct, which means I probably have a direct link to Amazon on these sales pages. Shhh!

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      Well, had 4 clicks disappear from my HP Amazon report. Not orders or shipped, just clicks. Still makes me nervous about things though...

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      S&F. You are right. Oh, well.... Kind of funny actually. Google liked that hub the first year or so; then the traffic pretty much stopped. I guess I wasn't giving the searcher what they were looking for...

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      SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas

      You forgot "Big Hairy Beavers," para. Maybe if you added that section you'd see an upturn in views, LOL.

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      Well, my Beavers Galore! nonsense experiment netted around 20 views. On to the next adventure. All's well in Mudville.

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      The Beavers Galore! event has begun. http://www.websitewithnoname.com/ If I remember to, I'll post the total visitor stats at the end of the day.

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      aa lite 3 years ago from London

      Well my Amazon Amazon conversion rate is now 3.4 and I sold another laptop. I shudder to think how much money I lost for testing out the HP Amazon program. This truly cannot be a coincidence. The rate dropped like a stone as soon as I switched, and is recovering nicely as soon as I switched back.

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      LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

      The task of displaying the previous 50 of 1,860 comments has proven beyond the ability of my phone. Hope everyone is well. :)

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      It will be interesting how many visits tomorrow's nonsense brings. If it works, I've got birds and bears next. :D

      Until then, a yawn and goodnight.

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      I just fired off another tweet, "#Beavers Galore in only 14 more hours."

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      SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas

      Beavers Galore! LOL! I can't wait....

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      Well, seems like I was obstructed everywhere I turned today. But I still got stuff done.

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      I just made the following tweet, "Tomorrow is #Beavers Galore Day! Stay tuned..."

      I am now off to create said masterpiece. A paradigmsearch's work is never done...

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      aa lite 3 years ago from London

      Morning Randy, I am sure it will be very good as usual. Clean slate will be nice to post on.

      So I've been with the Amazon Amazon program for the last few days, and my conversion rate is 2.6%, which is not great, but better than the ridiculous 1.2% I had for March (and the less than 1% I've had over the time I've been with HP Amazon). Hopefully it will get better.

      The (still) low conversion rate is made up for by the fact that I sold 2 laptops for around $1000 in the past 3 days. Of course Amazon pays a maximum of $25 on computers, and they haven't shipped yet, but this is the Amazon program I know and love.

      On the other hand, my last Amazon cheque still hasn't cleared, and it's been about a month since I took it to the bank. Getting seriously worried now, even though they warn it could take up to 6 weeks. What is the point of actually having sales, if one doesn't end up seeing the money?

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      G morning, fellow POs. Actually it's past noon here as I slept late because of the continuous rain. I'm almost finished with the new chat hub and will try to publish it today sometime. Don't expect much from it as I haven't been very inspired lately. It will be a clean slate to post on and that is the important thing.

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      aa lite 3 years ago from London

      I've been gargling with salt, and ate some honey. It's actually getting a lot better, probably because I just swallowed some painkillers.

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      WriteAngled 3 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      Hot lemon, ginger and honey is good too.

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      I know it sounds obvious, but eucalyptus cough drops have always worked for me. :)

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      aa lite 3 years ago from London

      I find it very hard to believe that the Wendy person is for real. Nobody can possibly be stupid enough to demand that somebody removes all their online sites!

      I had a phone call earlier from the HR person at the place I interviewed last week. Apparently the guy thought the interview went well, but he needs to get the ultimate client to sign off on it before they can discuss details, or something like that. Perhaps they are taking care to reject people gently, after lengthy preparations, and ultimate blaming it on the 'ultimate client'. Apparently the guy who interviewed me is expecting to know by the end of this week.

      Right I am in great need of NSAID drugs I've swallowed everything I've had in the house. They dull the throat pain a bit. Must drag myself into some clothes and to the shop I guess.

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      LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

      The world is much bigger than hp. I think it is a great place to write hubs and provide a brief distraction from any dramas in real life, but I don't believe the two should merge. Eppie, forward the letter to your friends, copy and paste it here if you want so that hp staff and others can see it when they come visit ... then move on.

      Use hp as no more than just a site to post hubs and avoid the hassles. There must be something else you can do when you are bored. :)

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      aa lite 3 years ago from London

      Randy can easily check that by looking at the IP from which the messages were sent. Of course it is hard to prove a negative.

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      SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas

      I'm starting to think they're all the same person and we are all punked! LOL!

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      aa lite 3 years ago from London

      Ok, now I'm scared. That sounds positively Goauldish!

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      Wendy Tyrone 3 years ago

      Sorry everyone. Eppie/epson/jen or whoever is going to be logging off of here permanently. Don't worry she/he/whatever is full of hot air about physical threats. But I was crossed and I dont appreciate it. I will leave him/her alone if he/she takes down the content they have anywhere online. Carry on with you lives as if nothing happened here. You have all been deeply burdened by the presence of this cex offender. You don't have to suffer that burden any more. I have taken care of it for you. Individuals like this should not be allowed on the internet.

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      aa lite 3 years ago from London

      Lol eppie, the plot thickens. Shootings and burning of house! Who exactly wrote to you with these threats? Please say it wasn't Christy, she is so nice!

      Surely the PF thing is long over. And surely HP wasn't too happy with PF either, as he used his account to satirise the questionable stuff on this site, I think they banned him once as well. I was intrigued you think PF was calculus-geometry, I think he did a hub on one of his hubs. Never saw calculus do much that was wrong tbh.

      To the Person Who is Watching us All, if it is you who occasionally tries to break into my Yahoo account, please stop. I have absolutely nothing of value in there, only have that account for flickr, and I have nothing of value on flickr. However, the yahoo emails telling me I should change my password are annoying (I can't remember what my password is!)

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      eppie 3 years ago

      Hi all. I may be off of here for a while. Apparently the whole PF V me thing is not over. This recent forum situation is not a random event. I was banned because one of the people involved is a sock puppet to a staff member. They dont like how I acted towards PF and have apparently informed me that if I dont take down my website and stop coming on hubpages, they will paying me a little visit in real life. The threat includes both shooting me and burning my house down. They say they have some tracking tools that they managed onto my PC and they are tracking everything I do online. I thought it was a bluff then I ran a careful check. Surprise I found tracking bugs in my browser and on my hard drive. They are contained right now. I think I will let this play out. I have given the person a chance to walk away and not bother me. There is a chance this is all part of a bunch of empty threats but it is an act of terror non the less. Some foolish person is playing with a potential NSA/FBI problem if they continue. I will keep you all informed. Its the same person that has been following me all along. They are here right now, watching, and reading. They know where all I go online and they seem to know some of my passwords. I had a few accounts alert me to the fact they were broken into. This is interesting to say the least.

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Eppie, I dropped that account because it was majorly Google slapped so I moved articles to Wizzley. After that, I had no idea whether it was still slighted by a Google penalty, hence, my new carnation.

      Well done, Izzy!! And bloody good for you :)

      I despair at the Guardian, unless I've missed it previously, they have become thoroughly right wing and nasty over the previous few days. Their obituary to Tony Benn was....dishonest. An opinion piece that blamed Benn for the split in the party to which he remained loyal, blaming him for those back stabbing SDP defectors who were also responsible for ensuring that Healey won the leadership. What complete and utter bastards! And now, in more or less tabloid style, they are harping on about his eldest son, Steven, becoming a lord. What gets me is that they're not emphasising that the peerage is hereditary, that he has neither sought it or had had chance to refuse it... just that he's got it!!

      Ffs, his father died just a few short days ago. Surely he should be given some grace to either refute or accept the peerage, before the media hound him about this? It's probably the last thing on his mind!

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      Eppie 3 years ago

      Oh well. Water under the bridge now. I found my new favorite. Its called tangling. Or zentangles. Awesome stuff. I will share when I have a few done.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Apparently good folk are welcomed on the forums, Eppie. I know my bans were petty at the very least and some were simply ridiculous. HP is a business and has the power to muzzle some of the members who ask hard questions of them. They take full advantage this fact as we have observed many times before. They do not care for the right and wrong of it.

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      eppie 3 years ago

      I got my last licks in. I went to beths blog and complained to her that I felt it was her fault. She keeps accusing me of stalking her. Then she accuses others of stalking. She is one weird individual. I also got my last in on Calculus-Geometry. http://hubpages.com/@descentiongal Hope she likes it. You don't threaten to have some banned then get angry when they call you out as a rat. Now people will forever see the truth.

      The wool is certainly over the eyes of a lot of them. We are a dying bunch Randy. A truly endangered species. Good honest people who thing snitching is for cowards. A group of people who stand up for the low man (or woman, thank you very much) on the totem pole. Good folks who are not afraid to get there hands dirty and work for there supper. You know the type. Its us that all hang out here.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Toldjaso, Eppie. The forums seem to be moderated by a select few hubbers these days. Fun is not allowed unless these particular members approve of who's providing it.

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      eppie 3 years ago

      Great news Izzy its so nice to hear that things are starting to look up for you and your mom.

      On another note, I wonder what a hole reported my account. Calculus did make a comment regarding getting me banned but I figure she didnot have it in her to do me in like that. What a piece of work.

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      SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas

      Wonderful news, Izzy!

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      As I said, "the squeaky wheel gets........! Great news, Izzy. I know you''re fully experienced in what the elderly require because of the time spent with your mother. You go girl! :)

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      aa lite 3 years ago from London

      Wow Izzy, it definitely looks like your project is taking off! Excellent news!

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      LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

      Well done, Izzy!!!

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      Now got 8 helpers, plus someone to cook and bake and two men to do driving and gardening/heavy lifting.

      I am amazed at the generosity of people!

      Plus, the Health Board got in touch. They think it is a great idea and want a meeting with me to see what they can do to help!

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      LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

      It must certainly be springtime for the rest of you. because I am digging out our winterwoollies.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Spelling was always easy for me, but I understand some people have problems with it. It doesn't bother me here or on the forums though.

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      eppie 3 years ago

      Lol there is a word for that I just suck so much at spelling we have to call it an unsurping. Dethrone the bit##

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      No, getting the queen's notice is not worth getting banned over. Her reign will soon be at an end. We need to form a Hubbie voting bloc and take this place over.

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      eppie 3 years ago

      At this point I'm trying hard not to get banned. Calc is pf I know that now. Sigh. I was afraid of running into the real PF eventually. It kind of sucks but a showdown is looming. I just want it all to go away staff is gonna be busy by Monday. But I'm not playing along. I am staying out of it.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Cal is a piece of work also. Not funny though. Must be one of the queens advisers.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Courtesy is often boring, Cardisa! :P

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      She is a queen, after all. :P Gee, this place has really gone to the dogs!

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      eppie 3 years ago

      I'm out of that discussion she is going to goad me into something bad. She wins this round.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      She's a real Holy Roller on the religious forums also. On those she shows her ignorance concerning science vs The Bible. She must be from Alabama. :P

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      eppie 3 years ago

      Fun in the forums. Beth really irritated me and almost blew cover. Thank god I avoided that one. I still say her and PF are one and the same. They both bit*h about spelling mistakes all the time.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I've never eaten wild goose and enjoyed it. Very dark and gamey tasting. I believe one has to grow up eating wild goose to really appreciate the flavor. Sorta like grits.

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      eppie 3 years ago

      ~Para, here is a good one for you. https://www.google.com/#q=turducken+recipe I think its about the best thing they have come up with yet.

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      eppie 3 years ago

      Spring appears to be here as well. The land of frost has thawed out. I think that spring is coming due to several signs.

      1. The robins are back.

      2. The ducks are back.

      3. The sage plants out back have white bumps on them.

      4. It is windy and mild out.

      I rest my case on that argument and pass it back to prosecution for closing arguments.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Yep, Spring has sprung down here in the land of swamps and alligators. I have a few pairs of Canada geese nesting in the pond behind my house. Noisy basterds!

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      SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas

      It is pouring rain now, but otherwise weather has been beautiful. I think maybe the harsh winter has people finally outdoors, or at least that is what's happening down South where it is warm in March. I'm commenting from my feed page, as I am in a hotel and the wifi is so slow! I can't get all the comments to load -- so I'm not sure if what I'm adding is exactly pertinent. I can only see aa's comment from the feed. I hope everyone is having a great weekend.

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      aa lite 3 years ago from London

      Jesus Christ! I just texted my cousin that I was ill, because they were going to visit tomorrow, suggesting they come the week after. He told me that I should take 2 aspirins, and he'll phone tomorrow, because his mother is leaving next Saturday.

      Don't you hate it when people just won't take no for an answer! I really don' feel like shopping and cleaning for them tomorrow! Really missed off now!

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      aa lite 3 years ago from London

      I've seen some explanations on the forum about March being a slow month. The thing is, other than November and December, aren\t they all 'slow months'. January and Feb are slow because ppl are resting after the Christmas excesses, then March is slow because of spring break, then there is the 'summer slump'………….I guess 3 monhs of the year have good traffic, and the others are slumped. So isn't the 'slump' really the 'normal'?

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      We love our Hollie. :D

      You know, I think this is the slowest activity on both HubPages and Bubblews I've seen this year. I'm guessing the rest of the month is not exactly going to be a traffic barn burner.

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      eppie 3 years ago

      I have seen far to many imposter accounts. He he he! Guilty as charged.

      But no seriously, why did you drop it?

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Indeed it is, Eppie. My first carnation on HP, I'd have thought you would have known that it was me? I think most others here do.

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      How about: Cooties - The Untold Story

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      aa lite 3 years ago from London

      Well it's official, I definitely caught some cooties from my cousin and his lot. One should avoid all contact with young persons, they are such germ carriers.

      The terrible throat pain has gone, but I am really fuzzy, and achy, stiff necked, and shivery. It is simply impossible to write anything under these conditions!