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The PO's Last Gasp? Or Is There Hope After All?

Updated on July 18, 2017
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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.

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Seven Years A Grave?

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

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

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

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

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

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My True Garden Story

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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    Randy Godwin 3 hours ago from Southern Georgia

    Don't remember what the email was about, Para. Oh well...

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    Person of Interest 6 hours ago from SoCal, USA

    Randy, I just discovered an email from you dated December 3, 2017 that was in my spam folder. I told gmail not to do that again.

    Meanwhile, the infamous #1 hub fiasco continues. Am just so tired of it all...

    Wait until my doc appoint with the retina specialist happens. When I get those results, things might really get interesting.

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    Randy Godwin 37 hours ago from Southern Georgia

    Not me, I'm happy where I am. :P

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    Lela 37 hours ago from Somewhere in the universe

    And yet we continually search for the mythical garden of eden or utopia.

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    Randy Godwin 37 hours ago from Southern Georgia

    It seems to be a stalemate on the hill. Interesting to see who'll blink first.

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    Liz Elias 37 hours ago from Oakley, CA

    Yes, Para; or to use a phrase an aunt of mine used to say, "Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose.". (Sorry, the accent marks are not available on my Kindle.)

    Translation: " The more things change, the more they stay the same."

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    Person of Interest 37 hours ago from SoCal, USA

    The world is a mess. In other words, nothing has changed. :D

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    Lela 37 hours ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Poor Donny had to cancel his golfing weekend at Maro Florida. Awwwww. I'm sure he'll find a way to get there anyway.

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    Verlie Burroughs 2 days ago from Canada

    ooh boy, Friday the 19th, America is officially shut down, mind boggling what goes on.

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    Person of Interest 2 days ago from SoCal, USA

    That snipped part is "brainless, fcking idiots."

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    Randy Godwin 3 days ago from Southern Georgia

    I thought you were trying to get banned? :P

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    Person of Interest 3 days ago from SoCal, USA

    Cross-post. Not a problem.

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    Person of Interest 3 days ago from SoCal, USA

    You guys are gold.

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    Liz Elias 3 days ago from Oakley, CA

    Agreed, Grace; and what's even more pathetic, is the trumpanzees apparent ignorance of the fact that every word is recorded in some media or other, and can be brought forward at will, to prove the bigotry, lies, hypocrisy, and misogyny.

    SMH...hopefully, they will get the lot of them ousted before very much more time goes by.

    Two words that do NOT belong in the same sentence: "President" and "tRUMP!"

    #notmypresident

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    Grace Marguerite Williams 3 days ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

    It is so amazing how people are defending Trump, saying that he NEVER utter such racial statements. Tommy Sotomayor, radio host, contend that Trump never said such. It keeps on coming, coming...coming. To Trumpites, the emperor has clothes on while to most intelligent/logical people, the emperor has no clothes on. Then comes out another turd-bucket, David Duke. His racist spiel continues yet ad infinitum. These racists have got to GO!!!! They are on THE WRONG side of history-THE WRONG SIDE!

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    Randy Godwin 3 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Sorry I was gone, Para. I had to take a Trump!

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    Verlie Burroughs 3 days ago from Canada

    ‘Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).’

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    Person of Interest 3 days ago from SoCal, USA

    Should have tacked on a question mark on that. Sorry, you would have to pay me.

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    Person of Interest 3 days ago from SoCal, USA

    Curious, you.

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    Person of Interest 3 days ago from SoCal, USA

    I will give reality a break, 10 minutes.

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    Verlie Burroughs 3 days ago from Canada

    I read the Turpin family house of horrors story with dismay. The news gets brighter every day. oops, poet hat still on.

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    Person of Interest 3 days ago from SoCal, USA

    How do sincere contact?

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    Verlie Burroughs 3 days ago from Canada

    Helloo. So my new poetry site is suffering from crashes. Figures, just my luck.

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    Person of Interest 3 days ago from SoCal, USA

    Now 5 minutes.

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    Person of Interest 3 days ago from SoCal, USA

    2 minutes.

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    Person of Interest 3 days ago from SoCal, USA

    Hesitation.

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    Person of Interest 3 days ago from SoCal, USA

    We are Now

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    Randy Godwin 3 days ago from Southern Georgia

    What's real time?

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    Person of Interest 3 days ago from SoCal, USA

    F5 semi works.

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    Person of Interest 3 days ago from SoCal, USA

    Real time talk?

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    Randy Godwin 3 days ago from Southern Georgia

    I read about those sorry parents. I hope they rot in their own particular hell!

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    Person of Interest 3 days ago from SoCal, USA

    And drop by wrong. Nothing to do with this.

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    Person of Interest 3 days ago from SoCal, USA

    You just never know.

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    Person of Interest 3 days ago from SoCal, USA

    Present. (a memory).

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    Grace Marguerite Williams 3 days ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

    @Lela, when I read the article, I wasn't surprised. Physical abuse of one kind or another is endemic in large family households. It is quite common for children in large families to be physically abused. Parents of large families somehow seem to be psychologically impaired. This article more than confirmed what I believe about large families. Children in large family environments aren't normal because of the pathologies of large family life. I wasn't surprised in the least. Proved my point on large families.

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    Lela 3 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

    There are way too many crazy people in the world. Especially religious ones. I hope they get the death penalty. Chaining up kids and not taking care of them is a capitol crime. This case is top prize for nuts.

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    Person of Interest 3 days ago from SoCal, USA

    ack what

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    Grace Marguerite Williams 3 days ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

    Did anyone read about David & Louise Turpin who mentally & physically abused their 13 children ranging in ages from 2-29. The couple kept their children tied up in shackles. They were only allowed to eat once a day & shower twice a year. Also the parents filed for bankruptcy because the expense of raising 13 children was too high. Guess what, the couple is "devoutly religious."

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    Lela 3 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Question - does anyone know about mail in ballots. Both Bob and I are eligible, and I sent in the forms, but they kicked it back to me because we didn't choose Dem or Rep. One would think that this decline to choose might mean, oh, I don't know, Independent????

    And if you make a choice, is it required for you to vote that way?

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    Randy Godwin 3 days ago from Southern Georgia

    3 in attendance for this oh so important meeting of the POs!

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    Lela 3 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

    And you and me :-)

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    Person of Interest 3 days ago from SoCal, USA

    what do what spell keys

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    Person of Interest 3 days ago from SoCal, USA

    And a cat named Kalamazzoo

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    Randy Godwin 3 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Me and you.

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    Person of Interest 3 days ago from SoCal, USA

    So, who is here?

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    Verlie Burroughs 4 days ago from Canada

    Truly frightening Yoleen, can't imagine the panic.

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    Yoleen Lucas 4 days ago from Big Island of Hawaii

    Congratulations, Para and Austinstar! Yes, I would have invited you guys if there was time to organize an End of the World party. No one, including myself, thought of it - however, the government employees who committed the error have gotten death threats!

    The End of the World party will have to wait until the next doomsday cult makes headlines.

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    Verlie Burroughs 5 days ago from Canada

    Well it's been five hours Para, still contemplating? Just curious. :) Oh I just read your earlier post! Man, that's a weight off , congratulations!

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    Person of Interest 5 days ago from SoCal, USA

    Kind of contemplating what to do.

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    Person of Interest 5 days ago from SoCal, USA

    Thanks. Planning on getting forum banned today, just the kind of guy I am.

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    Lela 5 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Good news, Para! Thanks for letting us know. I've been told they can't fix my afib, but they can do some expensive stroke preventatives that will lower my stroke risk 4%. I turned them down, my kidneys will kill me first. Wish I could move back to Hawaii and at least have good weather all the time.

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    Randy Godwin 5 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Wonderful news, Para! You're tougher than a lightwood knot! :)

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    Person of Interest 5 days ago from SoCal, USA

    I owe you guys a good news post.

    Did doc appointment yesterday. I have been reclassified as benign tumors. The critters are not growing and no new ones are appearing. Benign tumors means not malignant lung cancer. Am on monitoring status; told me the next time they want to bother to check is in a year.

    That last sentence says it all. A year? That tells me the issue is off the table. Would be a big deal if got a benign tumors report in my 20's or whatever; but at 67, it will be something else that nails us first. LOL

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    Randy Godwin 5 days ago from Southern Georgia

    I'm sure Yoleen would have invited us if she'd had time, Lela! :P

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    Lela 5 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Yoleen, did anyone have time to organize a disaster party for the end of the world? I'm glad you survived!

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    Yoleen Lucas 5 days ago from Big Island of Hawaii

    I survived the missile attack!

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    Randy Godwin 6 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Ha, good link, Verlie!

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    Verlie Burroughs 6 days ago from Canada

    OK, it's your dime, seems like you could have written it yourself...

    https://hellopoetry.com/the-trumpoet/

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    Randy Godwin 6 days ago from Southern Georgia

    It stinks whenever there's anything to do with Trump anyway, so what's the harm, Verlie!

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    Verlie Burroughs 6 days ago from Canada

    Hey Randy et al. I found a Trump poet, wouldn't ya know it. I could send a link, but don't want to raise a stink. What do ya think?

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    Randy Godwin 6 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Come on down Verlie, the water's nice! :P

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    Verlie Burroughs 6 days ago from Canada

    Omg! I'm moving south (just kidding).

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    Randy Godwin 6 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Gas is around $2.25 here.

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    Verlie Burroughs 6 days ago from Canada

    And our dollar is only worth 80 cents! Life is tough in the fast lane.

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    Person of Interest 6 days ago from SoCal, USA

    Well, I can see that Canada is never going to be in my future. I'm not buying gas anymore, but I'm guessing somewhere between 4 to 5 bucks.

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    Verlie Burroughs 6 days ago from Canada

    Yes, it's steep, and how about the price of gasoline? It's $13. a gallon here.

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    Person of Interest 6 days ago from SoCal, USA

    Holy Hot dog! $12!!! SoCal was $5, now it's $7; and that's only when you can find the rare deal of the century.

    My plan is one cigar a day. When the craving strikes, I'll take 3-4 hits and then put it out to use repeatedly. Even if I end up using two cigars a day that way, it will still cut my costs in half.

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    Lela 6 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

    When I was tapering down from smoking, I would pay a quarter for each cigarette I bummed. I would have to pay a buck each now! Cripes, the rich just keep getting richer. That's why they adict us to drugs and alcohol, right? Now to get vicodin, I would have to see a specialist and go though expensive therapy to get them. I still have to jump though hoops to get xanax for my tremors. I hate the old white rich shitheads!

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    Randy Godwin 6 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Around $5 a pack here in the Deep South.

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    Verlie Burroughs 6 days ago from Canada

    Aw, so how much for a pk of cigs in SoCal land? About 12 bucks here now.

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    Person of Interest 6 days ago from SoCal, USA

    Switching from cigarettes to cigars. What with the new, nightmare California cigarette tax, I figure I'll save a fortune.

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    Person of Interest 7 days ago from SoCal, USA

    This page really should be known as the Trump fan club thread. LOL

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    Grace Marguerite Williams 7 days ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

    To all, I am being Cleopatra this weekend. Just being languorous in my bed- well that is between the Trump is an ***hat forums which I enjoy participating in, thanks to Randy & Credence2. I also posted a forum to the old ***hat. Trump is hanging himself bit by bit......

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    Person of Interest 7 days ago from SoCal, USA

    I like disconcerting. I think it is supposed to be. :D

    Write something. After HP recovers from the shock, maybe they'll stick it on a niche site. I'm one to talk. I just checked, it's been over 4 years since I have written a new hub; all I've been doing is deleting and moving them as I get in various scraps with HP. Hopefully, that is all over with.

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    Lela 7 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

    I watched the first season of Black Mirror. I found it disconcerting, but will try again. Very different than other shows, that's for sure.

    My satellite decided to stop satelliting. Must have been that ballistic missile that was supposed to hit Hawaii. Can't get a repair person until Monday. So now all I have for the weekend is Netflix. Oh well.

    I haven't written a thing for 2 years now. Still get the occasional HP check. But that's it. Bob gets thousands of views on the music sites, but no money at all. Just pennies in the account. If only some movie would pick up one of his fabulous guitar originals, we would have it made.

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    Person of Interest 7 days ago from SoCal, USA

    Lela, thanks. I put it on the list. I highly recommend the Black Mirror series. It's unusual to find stories these days where one doesn't usually figure out the ending in advance.

    Meanwhile, am frustrated with both google and facebook. However, I've learned to Accept Those Things One Cannot Change.

    Still throwing time and labor at WWNN, and I do still get weekly triple-digit figures as to views and users; but if the stats don't go back soon to what they used to be, I'm probably going to relegate the site to low priority and let it collect dust for awhile.

    Nothing exciting to report today. Using the day in preparation for the week ahead. That and the neverending paperwork that keeps showing up in my life.

    And I miss my Camaro.

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    Lela 9 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Para, a really good Netflix binge is "Godless". Lots of western action and some pretty good acting! High body count though.

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    Randy Godwin 9 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Yo peeps, another rainy but warm morning here. Temps in the 70's but will chill down after the rain. More sub-freezing mornings to look forward to.

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    Verlie Burroughs 9 days ago from Canada

    Morning Para, hope it keeps working for you! Friday. gotta work, but waiting for ice to melt on the car, always something. Crows are waiting to be fed. Peanuts are all gone, stale bread? Now I'm worrying about their nutrition.

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    Person of Interest 9 days ago from SoCal, USA

    Friday, Friday. Yet another new day. Started the day off with a bang and published 2 new WWNN articles. However, as of 9:00 am, I'm spending the rest of the day in day-of-well-earned-rest mode. General messing around, naps, and hopefully lots of Netflix. I say hopefully because my internet connection is acting up; have had to reboot modem several times already. It's always something. Oh, well.

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    Person of Interest 10 days ago from SoCal, USA

    Verlie, back to sunshine and 70's temps. Another productive day planned.

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    Verlie Burroughs 11 days ago from Canada

    Para, it's not reigning peace, gee that's a surprise. :) btw is it raining still in SoCal? Or did you get any rain where you are?

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    Person of Interest 11 days ago from SoCal, USA

    You are welcome.

    Meanwhile, I may have spoke too soon about the "peace reigns" thing. Oh, well.

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    Robert Sacchi 11 days ago

    Thank you Person of Interest.

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    Lela 11 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Verlie, no doubt, lol. I have noticed how the number of disasters have increased since t became the idiot in charge. Hurricanes, fires, flooding, mass shootings, nazi resurgence...... the list just goes on and on. The blind leading the blind. I throw up in my mouth every time t's cultists open theirs.

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    Verlie Burroughs 11 days ago from Canada

    Hey Lela, I'm just bugging Randy...But on the subject of forums, I've noticed that people with high scores seem to post the most. It takes guts to post with a low score. Years ago my score was much higher, before panda + pending + featured + niche sites + mobile + full width + now Maven. Oh yeah, and I'll just throw Trump into the mix. He surely has something to do with my low score :(

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    Person of Interest 11 days ago from SoCal, USA

    A wild and very long thread that explains all: https://hubpages.com/community/forum/144457/big-ne...

    Which incidentally has evolved into no longer being a mess. Peace once again reigns.

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    Robert Sacchi 11 days ago

    Person of Interest, or anyone else, could you elaborate on Maven?

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    Person of Interest 11 days ago from SoCal, USA

    "The Maven Thing", the mess that never stops. lol

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    Lela 11 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

    No biggie. I have never had nuch to say on the forums anyway. I'm looking at the Maven thing now.

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    Randy Godwin 11 days ago from Southern Georgia

    I may have to email Lela with my secret weapon, Verlie. I use it on rare occasions when dealing with--shall we say--stubborn people. :)

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    Verlie Burroughs 11 days ago from Canada

    Could you help Lela with the ban problem Randy? I thought you said awhile back that you were going to talk to Matt about the 'rules'...Mr. Sensitive.

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    Randy Godwin 11 days ago from Southern Georgia

    That's right. bash the old man!! :P You guys know how sensitive I am!

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    Lela 11 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

    I know, right? I can't possibly be as evil as Randy!

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    Person of Interest 11 days ago from SoCal, USA

    Verlie, am alive and well and in no danger.

    Meanwhile, I see the MVEN forums are still blistering along. The thread that wont die. :D

    Lela, maybe they overlooked you in the general amnesty. Drop them a note. If they would un-ban Randy, they'll un-ban anyone. :D :D :D

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    Verlie Burroughs 11 days ago from Canada

    Para, hope you are alright. I've just been reading about the rain/mudslides devastation happening in SoCal.

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    Randy Godwin 12 days ago from Southern Georgia

    I threatened Matt pretty well after my last forum ban, Lela, I was tired of the petty bullshit bans he seemed to impose on certain people while others got a free ride. All of a sudden mine was lifted...go figure!

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    Lela 12 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

    I am still permanently banned from forums cause I just tried to comment on your new forum post, Randy. Wow, I got perm ban lifted from q&a, but not forums. What does a girl have to do? Of course, q&a is now defunctified (thank goodness!)

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    Randy Godwin 12 days ago from Southern Georgia

    I usually read and watch TV or play on the puter.

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    Verlie Burroughs 12 days ago from Canada

    I have about five or six TVs available, just being stubborn, I've never had TV hookup. Just get to watch it when house sitting, not doing that lately. Anyway, I'd rather read...