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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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  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    14 hours ago from USA

    Well, I've actually found myself working on two new articles. It's sporadic and maybe I add only a few sentences a day. Both are over-saturated topics and will probably never see the light of day on Google, but it seems to be what I am in the mood to write. So, if nothing else, they will nicely bulk up the website. And one never knows, there's always that 1 in a 100 chance.

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    Liz Elias 

    37 hours ago from Oakley, CA

    Good one! So true!

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    45 hours ago from USA

    I like one of the quotes on my quotes page that Google adamantly ignores, "You can ignore reality, but reality won't ignore you."

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    47 hours ago from Southern Georgia

    Yep, you cannot ignore bad luck. But you can always look around to find others worse off.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    2 days ago from USA

    Between my Social Security and my writing income, I muddle along ok. I used to be quite financially prosperous, but some events along the way destroyed that. Some of those events were just plain bad luck, but many others were just plain my own dmn fault. Considering articles I've read saying millions of people are just 2 paychecks away from homelessness, I'm actually grateful.

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    Randy Godwin 

    2 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Thanks Para, I'm afraid to write anymore how-to hubs as the ones I already have keep me busier than a retired person want to be. Not complaining about the extra cash--AdSense payout out every few days--But the question you see to me on the feed is just the tip of the iceberg. I get a lot by email as well. I may have to re-retire.. :P

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    Person of Interest 

    2 days ago from USA

    Triffid project completed for the time being. Now I just have to wait and see how they do.

    Yep, looks like my AdSense has indeed finally crashed and burned for the remainder of the summer. Not particularly concerned since it was expected.

    Liz, good forum joke.

    Randy, I don't think I ever did get around to congratulating you on your annual summer writing revenue success. WTG, I know the work you put in answering all the commenter questions on your hubs.

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    Person of Interest 

    3 days ago from USA

    Oddly, my traffic here and WWNN are doing ok, I might even say fine; a mystery, considering my chosen topics. As for real world as they say, been a pleasant and product week (thank you A/C).

  • DzyMsLizzy profile image

    Liz Elias 

    3 days ago from Oakley, CA

    Blue arrows have reigned supreme all month!!! :-(

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Finally got a little rain here. It's also been in the 100+ degree heat index with the humidity as high as it can get. There's been rain all around us for days, but we couldn't seem to be under it.

    The new hurricane sent a spiral band over us I think.

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    Person of Interest 

    3 days ago from USA

    Been having 100+ degrees days here. Getting tired of it. Month-and-a-half to go.

    Noticing that my AdSense click values are dropping. I think my Dog Day Afternoon time of year finally arrived, oh well.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    4 days ago from USA

    Will both the HP Ads Program and straight AdSense hit payout this month? Going to be close. The drama! The intrigue!

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    4 days ago from USA

    I'm starting to inhabit some FB groups on a regular basis. The flame wars are truly entertaining.

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    Randy Godwin 

    4 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Here it is, Para. And you know me.... :)

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    Randy Godwin 

    4 days ago from Southern Georgia

    I'll see...

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    Person of Interest 

    4 days ago from USA

    Randy, my last message got HP scarfed again. I'm pretty sure I know what word triggered it.

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    Person of Interest 

    4 days ago from USA

    Liz, that article got buried in traffic daily when it was on HP. But because it was on the hub pages . com domain and HP wouldn't move it to a niche site, it never earned diddly. I keep throwing different keywords in there to try and get the traffic back on WWNN, but so far to no avail. Frustrating, oh well.

    Randy, please don't ignore the threat HP sent you awhile back. A lot of people would really miss you, including me.

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    Liz Elias 

    4 days ago from Oakley, CA

    Para--Just browsed through your list of one liners on your WWNN; saw the link on Facebook.

    Had to laugh--but one thing that struck me right off the bat was your image of Freud--it seems to me he bears a striking resemblance to the late George Carlin!

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    Randy Godwin 

    4 days ago from Southern Georgia

    I rolls the dice. I takes my chances!

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    Person of Interest 

    4 days ago from USA

    No reason to hasten the process.

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    Randy Godwin 

    4 days ago from Southern Georgia

    What's the use then? I figure my days are numbered anyway.

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    Person of Interest 

    4 days ago from USA

    Randy, be careful on the forums. Remember, there is an HP staff member that apparently has it in for you. He or she is just laying in wait to nail you. I'm pretty sure I likewise have an HP staff member who isn't a fan, thus I really do try to behave myself.

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    Person of Interest 

    5 days ago from USA

    Hmm, HP Ad Program showing definite weakness. Meanwhile, straight AdSense on HP also being a total dud for me. WWNN still holding up.

    Meanwhile, checking out penny stocks. This is a game where one is a sucker looking for an even bigger sucker. Desperate times.

    Triffid science experiment continues; final phase nearing completion.

    I see that Randy is paying homage to Trump again in the forums. :D

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    Person of Interest 

    6 days ago from USA

    Hopefully, HP appreciates my reducing/withholding negative comments about them on the forums. Doesn't accomplish anything anyway.

    Meanwhile, yep. AdSense does seem to be becoming much more coordinated lately.

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    Randy Godwin 

    6 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Been killing it on AdSense. Amazon not bad either. Especially if a sell a few more RV air conditioners.

    Or what! :P

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    Person of Interest 

    6 days ago from USA

    HP Ad program showing some weakness, am giving straight AdSense another spin. Note I posted this comment here, instead of the forums. Am I a nice guy or what?

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    6 days ago from USA

    I'm waiting for them to become mobile.

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    Liz Elias 

    6 days ago from Oakley, CA

    Triffids, indeed! LOL Good luck with those! :-D

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    Person of Interest 

    6 days ago from USA

    Liz. Despite many of my previous posts, I am likewise still young at heart. As an example, I now have some Triffids growing in front of the front windows of my home. The critters are now taller than the home; this an offshoot of my epic-fail bougainvillea experiment of awhile back. Having fun with it.

    Meanwhile, frustrated with FB again; posted an on-topic link in one of the groups, but as usual got the minimal response. Oh well, the lack of response was expected; so no big deal. Onward.

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    Liz Elias 

    7 days ago from Oakley, CA

    Para, I refuse to grow old gracefully: I'm fighting every inch of the way! ;-)

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    Person of Interest 

    7 days ago from USA

    I've been rich. I've been poor. Rich is definitely better. And it's not over 'til it's over.

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    Randy Godwin 

    7 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Yes, they're better than ever. I'm looking at an even better month now than last month. I may have to buy that hibachi grill I've been wanting...

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    Person of Interest 

    7 days ago from USA

    Liz, your current hours remind me of my teenage and younger-years hours. I guess you haven't gotten old yet.

    Randy, I remember that your topics make this the party time of year for your earnings. I'm guessing you are really raking it in this year around.

    Meanwhile, my dearth of new writing ideas continues; so I just keep doing WWNN updates to keep occupied. Maybe that's why the site is doing so well.

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    Liz Elias 

    7 days ago from Oakley, CA

    You're the opposite of me, Para--if I'm up at 4:a.m., it's because I haven't been to bed yet! ;-) My late hubby was, as well. He used to say, "4:00 is a good time to go to bed--not get up out of bed!" LOL

    Definitely a night owl--always have been. I tend to get up anywhere between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. ... the former usually only if I've set an alarm. LOL

    Like you--I'm retired, and without any regular daily demands on my time, so I let my body dictate what it needs to do. The only regular "chore" is getting my kitties fed, and they are accustomed to eating anywhere within that 2-hour window...at both ends of the day. Depending on what I've been doing, their dinner is anywhere between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. ;-)

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    7 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Mine seem to be doing well too. CPC is up as well.

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    Person of Interest 

    7 days ago from USA

    Forums unusually active for a Monday morning; unfortunately nothing even remotely enticing.

    HP article stats not looking bad either; WWNN stats also looking good. Considering my topics, it's all kind of strange. I shall enjoy it while it lasts.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    8 days ago from USA

    Yep, with the alarm clock days gone, I just let my sleeping pattern evolve to whatever it wanted. Though plenty of exceptions, I'm generally in bed by 7 pm and up by 4 am. It's what my body wants to do and I figured why not let it.

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    8 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Damn, you DO go to bed with the chickens, Para. :P I'm sorta a night owl...and a day owl, for that matter.

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    Person of Interest 

    8 days ago from USA

    A pleasant 4-day holiday for me, earthquakes and all. Time for bed, the new week awaits.

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    Randy Godwin 

    9 days ago from Southern Georgia

    It's another left wing liberal hoax, Liz! :P

    Nah, be careful and keep us posted...

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    Liz Elias 

    9 days ago from Oakley, CA

    That was in So. CA--yet there is some uproar going on in my area, about 400 (+/- 100) miles away--of people claiming waves and sloshing in their pools and chandeliers swaying.

    I live anywhere from mere blocks to maybe 3 miles from those reports, and felt nothing, even though I was sitting still in the office. Nothing swayed or rattled. I duuno if the cats noticed--they've been skittish all week, but then again, a couple of them are routinely that way, and if they spook at a shadow, it sets the others off scrambling as well.

    And, we're on very sandy soil--perfect medium for really feeling any quake!

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    Randy Godwin 

    10 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Geeze Dean, I would have headed for the swamps!

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    Dean Traylor 

    10 days ago from Southern California

    Naw, the ocean along the coast isnt deep enough. It was good, long shake. But, the door and shades were rocking. Also, for the time, i saw neighbors vacating their home. Luckily, it hit the high desert area. It did stop a game in Las Vegas, according to ESPN.

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    Randy Godwin 

    10 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Haven't heard about that, Dean! You aren't gonna fall in the ocean I hope?

    Seriously, take care, dude!

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    Dean Traylor 

    10 days ago from Southern California

    Another earthquake in the same area. This one was bigger than normal 7.1 is the first report. Not your typical aftershock.

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    Randy Godwin 

    10 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Who from, Dean? Not the Trumpsters I hope?

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    Dean Traylor 

    10 days ago from Southern California

    Just had another good jolt.

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    Randy Godwin 

    10 days ago from Southern Georgia

    A pool and any size is a must here, Liz. The heat and humidity demand it.

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    Liz Elias 

    11 days ago from Oakley, CA

    Ah--you at least have a pool! (Insert jealous green monster here!) ;-)

    We have the space, but not the budget! I really wanted a pool when we bought this property, but hubby had had pools in the past, and said "too much trouble, and add $200/month to your electric bill!"

    I said, "No way--I'd put the pool equipment on solar--100% off the grid." As to maintenance, it's all about "Hello? Pool maintenance guy??"...

    HOWever, it never happened, and now, I'm thinking it couldn't happen. If you need to drain the pool--I imagine you have to be connected to city sewer, and we're on a septic tank system. :-(

    We did have, over the years, a couple of above-ground pools--one had an inflateable rim to keep its shape; the other had an outside frame. But they were ridiculous, really--can't swim in 10 or 14 feet of round pool...only good for dunking and fooling around. Bah, humbug!

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    Person of Interest 

    11 days ago from USA

    I likewise avoid certain holiday chaos; July 4th, Halloween, and New Year's Eve particularly come to mind.

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    Randy Godwin 

    11 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Us too, Liz! Swimming in the pool, having a few adult beverages, and scarfing up on some good grub. What could be better?

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    Liz Elias 

    11 days ago from Oakley, CA

    Happy 4th, everyone! We're doing a big fat nothing! We make it a point to stay at home and off the roads on holidays! ;-)

    Randy--the majority of earthquakes are no biggie! CA has hundreds each year, and the vast majority of them are only detectable on sensitive seismometers! If you hear of a 3.5 intensity quake--hell, I sneeze harder than that!

    Generally, you won't feel anything below a 4, unless you're sitting statue-still, AND are near the epicenter. ;-)

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    Randy Godwin 

    11 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Hay Yoleen, wondering where you've been! :)

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    Yoleen Lucas 

    11 days ago from Big Island of Hawaii

    Hi, you guys! I'm still here! I haven't been swallowed up by the volcano!

    I've been busy working on a series of books on money management for high school students. So far, I've written 6, covering various regions throughout the US. My plan is to write 15.

    Any marketing ideas are welcome!

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    Randy Godwin 

    11 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Glad you guys are okay! Never felt an earthquake....never wanted to.

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    Dean Traylor 

    11 days ago from Southern California

    It was a good roll. No damage in the OC.

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    Person of Interest 

    11 days ago from USA

    Yep, had an earthquake. Not near the epicenter. The hanging lamps were swinging their little hearts out, but not even one item fell. Those further north were not so lucky.

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    Liz Elias 

    2 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Philately is also a fun hobby. I tried it for a few years, but found I lack the patience. ;)

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    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Lela, interesting you mentioned that. As a kid, along with being a mad scientist I was also a coin collector. To this day I still always scan my change.

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    Lela 

    2 weeks ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    Perhaps you should get a hobby, para. I hear numismatics is fun and profitable.

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    Liz Elias 

    2 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Copacetic: A-OK; all's well that ends well; groovy; good to go.

    ;-)

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    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    What does "copacetic" mean, Liz? You know we don't know those big words, Liz! :P

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    Liz Elias 

    2 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    ROFLMAO! You both are too funny!

    Meanwhile, I tracked down the checkbook error--as I suspected, it was a stupid mistake I made--so all is copacetic now!

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    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Cougars, now that might be a different story...

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    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    You know what they say about the cougars, Para.

    They don't yell,

    They don't tell,

    They don't swell.

    And they're grateful as hell. :P

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    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    And isn't your vision bad? Just squinch your eyes if they're old...

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    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    I was figuring by the second......

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    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    I do believe you mean $500 an hour. Still a no-go for the 70-year-olds.

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    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Think about the money.... $15 an hour is nothing to sneeze at. That's at least $3 a Jill...

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    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    The problem is what I'd be willing to do when a 25-year-old asks is not something I'd be willing to do when a 70-year-old asks.

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    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Just tryin' to get some job security for Para, Liz! :P

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    Liz Elias 

    2 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    ROFL, Randy!

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    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Gigolo?

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    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    The increasing prices for everything are starting to get me kind of desperate. I've got to find something to replace the writing gig.

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    Liz Elias 

    2 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Ah, well, that's ONE thing I don't have to worry about! I do not allow auto-debits from my account by ANYONE! So PG&E** is not to blame, nor is my mortgage company or any other utility or service.

    If that's the only way a company wants to do business, then I don't do business with that outfit. (A health club I was going to join is a prime example. No dice!)

    **PG&E = Pacific Gas & Electric, our NoCA utility, a.k.a. Pacific Greed and Extortion! ;-)

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    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    SCE is our electric company in SoCal. Lucky you. :D

    Meanwhile, Google Drive has a free spreadsheet program. Easy to use and beats the heck out of the old calculator days.

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    Liz Elias 

    2 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    What is SCE?

    I've already looked at all the listings on the bank's side--nothing looks suspicious. I've checked all the entries off against my check register.

    It's more likely possible I added something I should have subtracted...

    I'll be having another look through it today. Just got flustered and fed up yesterday. This is one time an old-fashioned calculator that prints a tape would come in handy--then you could check your entries for typos...I have one, but the ink is dried out, and most likely no one carries replacements anymore. :-(

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    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Liz, seriously, I've seen posts about SCE erroneously debiting people's accounts. For that matter, you may have been hacked. The discrepancy may not be your fault, look for erroneous or fraudulent withdrawals from your account.

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    Liz Elias 

    2 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Interesting? Not unless you call a $600 discrepancy between my bank and my check register "interesting." UGH!

    Luckily, I"ve not paid any bills yet this month, so no overdraft--hoping to find a simple arithmetic error--very possible in my case!

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    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Anybody doing anything interesting these days?

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    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Looking forward to a peaceful Friday.

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    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    As you've no doubt noticed, poked HP with a stick on a serious issue; we;ll see how that goes. Meanwhile, am rebelling on grocery prices; looking for alternatives; Amazon epic fail.

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    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Well, despite my earlier doom and gloom link I posted earlier, I've extended the expiration date on WWNN by yet another two years. The darned thing keeps leaving little presents on my back porch each and every single day; kind of got me enthusiastic.

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    I completely understand, Liz. I'm on pace this month to make the AdSense pay out at least 5 times before the month ends.

    This doesn't make me a great writer, but it does tell something about my knowledge. I answer many questions daily, either in the comment section of the particular article, or via email. Sometimes it gets irritating, but it's a hobby anyway.

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    Liz Elias 

    3 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    I don't get many comments; they're few and far between, but I do answer those that occur. I turned off questions, because I don't suffer fools lightly, and I became disgusted with stupid questions that were already answered, had the person actually bothered to read the article, as you mentioned, Randy. It took every ounce of my willpower and good upbringing not to give a snarky answer!

    My "good year," I was getting around, and a tad above, $100/month; now, I make payout, but not much above--in the neighborhood of $60 - $75 or so.

    I might make better money were I to author a best-selling book! LOL Like that's about to happen anytime soon! ;-) I don't think I have a thick enough skin to deal with multiple rejection letters--(a common scenario when chasing traditional publication)--whereas here, the "rejections" are silent and anonyomous--merely those whose names I will never know, and who simply do not deign to visit or comment. ;-)

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    That's the ticket...

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from USA

    There are too many obstacles and uncertainties when writing for HP. However, I still post to WWNN when the urge to write strikes. I have fun with WWNN now the way I used to have fun with HP way back when.

    As for the future of online writing, might as well keep having fun while the party lasts; no reason not to.

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Good that you enjoy writing, Liz. Although I enjoy the extra beer money I earn here, sometimes it's a pain in the ass to answer questions already answered on my hubs.

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    I suppose it depends on the luck of the draw, Liz. I've already made the AdSense payout 4 times this month. Of course, I answer many emails and comments this time of year.

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    Liz Elias 

    3 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Well, I enjoy writing, so I will probably continue to post until and unless the site is actually shut down, or until my final day on Earth, whichever happens first.

    I've never made more than pocket change on here, anyway, though 2017 was my best year; it has gone downhill to about half of what it was then, since the Maven takeover.

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    I have ridden a few, Lela. Unintentionally of course!

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    Lela 

    3 weeks ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    I am picturing you riding a wild bull, Randy. I am laughing my ass off!

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Perhaps, but I'll ride it like a wild bull!

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from USA

    Both HP and WWNN are doing very nice for me as well. The problem is that I broke out the binoculars and looked at what's coming down the road for the future. As a result of your inquiry, I rewrote the June-2019-Update part of my article. Frankly, I think this is probably our last good year; I could be wrong.

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    My income is better than ever, Para! What gives?

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from USA

    Back to doing daily yard work. And since HP won't pay me for the previously mentioned link, here it is for free; but only for you guys here: https://www.websitewithnoname.com/2019/03/how-goog... It's the June update that's the death knell, I see noway around it. Both for HP, WWNN, and many, many others. The internet continues to evolve.

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from USA

    Am rebounding from last week, https://hubpages.com/community/forum/344100/quote-...

    Meanwhile. looks like vision is really getting bad. Am misspelling more words incorrectly, than I do spelling correcting the first draft around..

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    Randy Godwin 

    4 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Yes, already welcomed Tony back, Lela! Good guy!

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    Lela 

    4 weeks ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    Hey y'all, pcunix is back! He was the guy with the rainbow clown hair!

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    Person of Interest 

    4 weeks ago from USA

    Checking out.

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