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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 41 hours ago from Southern Georgia

    I'm much more dedicated to willful revenge at this point. I needed a good crusade for a change. Exposing a dishonest program seems to fit the bill well. You'd be surprised how many important people I know in cases like this. Helium and AC/Yahoo were as well.

    Stay tuned!

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    Person of Interest 43 hours ago from SoCal, USA

    You could put a link to http://www.websitewithnoname.com/2017/01/ohms-law-... in all your even remotely relevant hubs. :D

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    Randy Godwin 43 hours ago from Southern Georgia

    Really don't give a big dog f**k at the moment. Perhaps when my revenge is complete....

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    Person of Interest 45 hours ago from SoCal, USA

    Btw, if you haven't already, you might want to check that your ID is intact. I checked mine, all is well. Start at https://hubpages.com/community/forum/143628/adsens... It will tell you the what and where and glenn even tells the how.

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    Randy Godwin 45 hours ago from Southern Georgia

    Yep, staff is great when something's affecting their pocketbook, but not worth a damn otherwise. I cannot imagine anyone reporting me for both petty arguing or trolling. Naturally they don't explain their reasons when similar comments from others are ignored. As I said...horseshit!!

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    Person of Interest 46 hours ago from SoCal, USA

    The AdSense disaster was 100% Google's doing. HP staff actually deserves a medal for figuring out what Google had done and then coming up with a workaround that saved all the Straight AdSense users.

    As for the forums; yep, that's generally a case of whoever the on duty moderator happens to like the least. I've survived so far this time by simply announcing that I am departing a problematic thread and then actually and permanently departing. :D :D :D

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    Randy Godwin 46 hours ago from Southern Georgia

    Both. You just cannot trust a site which allows discrimination of any sort by the staff. I've witnessed too much of it here to let it slide any longer. I've already helped destroy similar sites for even less. :P

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    Person of Interest 2 days ago from SoCal, USA

    Are you referring to the forum ban or the AdSense chaos?

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    Randy Godwin 2 days ago from Southern Georgia

    I'll never trust anything HP staff says again. I've learned my lesson. See ya on the flip side!

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    Person of Interest 2 days ago from SoCal, USA

    Hey, Randy. Sorry for your loss.

    As for the operation; yep, medical sure is fun, isn't it?

    You? Forum banned? Unbelievable! :D :D :D

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    Randy Godwin 2 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Hey guys, had a sudden death in the family, as well as, another eye operation to deal with. Also, I received a month forum ban for--get this--petty bickering and trolling. What a bunch of horseshit!! LOL!

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    Person of Interest 2 days ago from SoCal, USA

    Randy, I hope we haven't lost you. Meanwhile, AdSense is back in business.

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    Person of Interest 5 days ago from SoCal, USA

    I tell ya, AdSense is really starting to p!ss me off.

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    Person of Interest 7 days ago from SoCal, USA

    How is the AdSense fiasco affecting you? Or did you escape it?

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    Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    I missed on my July guess as well, but I like the way Mueller is holding his cards close to his chest. Today's indictments are just the beginning of the end for Dirty Donnie I hope!

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    Lela 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Well, I was close. I had October, remember? Mueller is moving just a little slow. But 3 down is good. Hopefully all the trumpanzies will finally have to quit the cult of Twittler.

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    Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Thanks for the info, Lela. :) You're the best!

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    Lela 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Bromsite is for inflamation and pain relief. Like aspirin for your eyes. Durezol is a topical steroid for inflamation and pain. Besivance is an antibiotic to keep your eye from getting infected after cataract surgery, so it is important to use this one for sure. I'm sure you have been told not to rub your eyes. I can tell you from experience that if you do rub too hard, it will be very painful! Also try very hard not to get water or anything else in your eyes. But it will heal fast, and you will have a brand new lens and will see much better. Hang in there and get well soon!

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    Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Okay Lela, I've 3 different drops. Bromsite, Dourezol, and Besivance.

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    Yoleen Lucas 2 weeks ago from Big Island of Hawaii

    Thanks, Austinstar. I wasn't aware of that. Ironic, huh?

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    Lela 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Prednisone is a steroid that is supposed to keep down swelling. I don't think they use it for eyes much anymore.

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    Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Thanks Yoleen, I'm not on prednisone because they are using another med instead. What is prednisone for, pain or something else?

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    Yoleen Lucas 2 weeks ago from Big Island of Hawaii

    All should go well. I had cataract surgery 4 years ago. The only problem I had was getting weaned off the prednisone drops. I developed extremely painful macular edema, and finally had to be put on half strength drops to get weaned off.

    Best of luck to you guys!

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    Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Thanks, guys! I've had such bad luck with my eyes it's good to have them on the mend. My second eye has some retinal damage but is still worth having the cataracts removed.

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    Lela 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Glad you are getting your eyes fixed, Randy! It will be neat not to wear glasses. Hope it all turns out well.

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    Kari Poulsen 3 weeks ago from Ohio

    I bet, but I think you will be very pleased after the second eye is done. When I worked in the operating room, people could not say enough good things about their outcomes. You'll be in my prayers. :)

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    Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Thanks Kari, turned out well and am scheduled to have the cataract removed from my other eye in a few more weeks. I'm sorta cross-eyed at the moment without any glasses to fit both eyes. LOL!

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    Kari Poulsen 3 weeks ago from Ohio

    Good Luck with your appointment. :)

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    Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Back to the eye doctor again today, Liz. Can see a bit better though.

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    Liz Elias 3 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    A speedy recovery to you, Randy!

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    Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Had two eye surgeries today. One successful and the other not so much. I suppose 50% isn't bad.

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    Kari Poulsen 4 weeks ago from Ohio

    Liz, I usually grow cherry tomatoes with success. Last year I had jalapeno peppers and arugula. I wished for more arugula, but got plenty of pepper. I usually have good luck with vine plants, had lots of yellow squash. Maybe I need to try swiss chard. :)

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    Liz Elias 4 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Kari,

    We get good tomatoes from our garden, but pretty much everything else either fails miserably, or doesn't produce as well as it should. Go figure! This year, I had "bell" peppers that were shaped more like the Anaheim peppers; very elongated, and not the usual chunky shape that you can stand up on end.

    We got two (count 'em, exactly/only 2) cantaloupes from that vine, and they had zero flavor! Very disappointing!

    However, we were inundated with the Swiss Chard; had more than I could even successfully give away, and it's still going; threatened to take over the entire garden patch!

    Matches the rest of my life, I guess, where inconsistency is my biggest constant. LOL :-D

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    Randy Godwin 5 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Hey Kari, I'll bet we've both done our share of garden work. And there were a lot of those "damned Yankees" who became regular visitors and favorite friends of our family over the years.:)

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    Kari Poulsen 5 weeks ago from Ohio

    I'm one of those damned Yankees, but my family has always had gardens also. I remember one day I came in from pulling weeds and weeds were all I could see. I'm never happier than when I'm working in my garden. Really, I'm always happier out doors. And I agree, you can't buy a good tomato anymore!

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    Person of Interest 5 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    This thread has been neglected.

    Year 2017 - Your Friday the 13th Guide - And How Entropy Messes with Us - http://www.websitewithnoname.com/2015/02/year-2017...

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    Randy Godwin 6 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Me too, all my hard work and injuries are telling on me now. I've almost been killed on several occasions doing farm work with heavy equipment. I suppose I'm fortunate to still be around, pain or not.

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    Lela 6 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    I'm doomed. Hard and work are 2 four letter words to me, LOL

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    Randy Godwin 6 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Wish I knew, Lela! Hard work and clean living, I suppose. Everyone loves her and they should!

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    Lela 6 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Randy, what is your mom's secret? Spill the beans!

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    Person of Interest 6 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Looks like HP got tired of looking at the last post on https://hubpages.com/community/forum/143121/testin... sitting at the top of the main forum page for 29 hours straight. :D :D :D

    I will always remember what HP simultaneously did to my 12-hub matrix, but now I can move on from it.

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    Randy Godwin 6 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Liz, I'm simply trying to pay back all the love Mom has given me over my lifetime. I fear I'll never succeed though. :)

    Good on you for taking in your Mother-in-law. Some folk won't do!!

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    Liz Elias 6 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Wow, That's awesome, Randy! Good for her, and kudos to you! We just had my mother-in-law move in with us; we were 3 hours away, if anything had happened, and what little family she still had in the area was treating her like dirt.

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    Randy Godwin 6 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Hey guys, been out with my mom most of the day. She turned 96 today and Beth and I took her out for lunch and shopping. Beth and I were more tired than she was. She just had her driver's license eye test so she's good to go. I'm gonna have to put her in my will I suppose. :o

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    Liz Elias 6 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Hahaha, Lela; I do believe that FUBAR is the new "normal." :-(

    And I love your "ought to vs. is" scenario! Maybe that's what I'll use the next time hubby grumbles about something totally out of our control. Maybe that will work better for him than the currently popular phrase, "it is what it is." He HATES that saying and gets mad every time he hears it!

    LOL :lol:

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    Person of Interest 6 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Deleted my Las Vegas shooter post on FB, too depressing.

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    Person of Interest 6 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    You definitely have a point. I call it "ought to versus is", meaning ought-to-be versus what-it-actually-is scenario/situation. I do indeed often become perturbed/perplexed on such occasions. I'm working on it; I am much better than I used to be.

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    Lela 6 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Awwww, it's cute how you expect everything to be easy instead of FUBAR

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    Person of Interest 6 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    FB's Boost ad menu system is one convoluted, entangled mess. I've spent hours on it (today is not my first time) and I still don't have a clue what I'm doing. I've worked with programming languages less complicated than this pile of spaghetti.

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    Person of Interest 6 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Re: FB Boost Ad.

    Hey, guys. I don't know how it is happening, but FB people are showing up at my actual website. I was just hoping for visits/likes to/on my FB page, this is totally unexpected.

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    Person of Interest 6 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    I also made the same post with some humorous asides in the forums. However, no one responded; so to heck with them and I deleted it. 90% clueless strangers there these days.

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    Person of Interest 6 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Well, I wonder what Wednesday is going to bring.

    Meanwhile, I must be in a real messing around mood today. Just spent$4 "Boosting" my latest post at Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/websitewithnoname/ . Doesn't even have any links in it, sole purpose is just to attract attention. Hopefully, some people will scroll down to see my other posts and will "like" the page. If the slackers don't, I'll recover from the $4 loss.

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    Person of Interest 6 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Anyone want to make a comment at https://hubpages.com/community/forum/143121/testin... ? I'm not the only one concerned about that "significant investment" language.

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    Person of Interest 6 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    When I read something like what happened today, it usually doesn't get to me anymore than it does to anybody else. But for some reason, this one really got to me.

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    Randy Godwin 6 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Yep, and 18 guns, as well as, explosive material and electronic components. They also discovered ammonium nitrate in his car. He was pissed of for some reason. I don't like most country music either, but damn.... :o

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    Lela 6 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Now, they have discovered 1000s of rounds of ammo in the guys house.

    If true, this guy really really hated country music, I guess.

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    Person of Interest 6 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    That's re-sent, as in sent new repeat request; not resent, as in rezent. lol

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    Person of Interest 6 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    I just discovered my FB friending you had disappeared. Resent new friend request.

    Meanwhile, you should post your theory on FB? I've already thought of a reply.

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    Person of Interest 6 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    That's a darn good theory!

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    Lela 6 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    I'm beginning to wonder if this guy was set up somehow. Like someone hijacked his room, shot him, then escaped leaving everything behind.

    The guy sounds way too normal to have done all this. But I am truly baffled.

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    Person of Interest 6 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    If anyone wants to read my thoughts on the Las Vegas shooter, it is at https://www.facebook.com/websitewithnoname/ If anyone else has posted thoughts on this subject, I'd like to read them.

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    Lela 6 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Use garlic powder!

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    Person of Interest 6 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Couple of updates...

    A. HP traffic still permanent doo-doo.

    B. Thanks to Lela, I also discovered today I have to knock off adding garlic salt to everything re: the kidneys.

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    Person of Interest 6 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    I did not know about the kidneys versus potassium, good thing I've been paranoid about the arrhythmia. Fortunately, I've been going after the potassium-rich foods only at the first sign of impending muscle spasms. Dodged a bullet there I did. Speaking of dodging bullets, total change of subject: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-02/north-korea-...

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    Lela 6 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    The doctors have to use the PET scan in order to pay for it. Just ask, will knowing the results of A PET scan make a real difference in your treatment? Or can they treat you without it?

    I believe in vitamins too. And Potassium is a real puzzle to figure out. Good for kidneys? Bad for kidneys? Just gotta try it.

    Steak and vitamin C sounds like a treatment I can live with.

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    Person of Interest 6 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Excellent! I've avoided more doctor visits by first eliminating the easy options on my own. When none of those work, only then do I make the dreaded phone call. Enjoy your steak and OJ. :D Odd note, first I see your post, then the fire department and ambulance pull up next door at another one of my neighbors; go figure that one out. Meanwhile, I'm a big fan of taking those B-50 complex vitamins once or twice a week. Still avoiding doing that radiation-infested PET scan. Why not just let all the little critters grow another half-centimeter, then will know they're malignant and not have to mess with the PET scan?

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    Lela 6 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Para, I'm an expert on anemia. That was my specialty in the medical field. I have iron deficiency. So, that's good news.

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    Person of Interest 6 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    I used to have muscle spasms all the time. Researched it, two dozen possible causes there were. The easily fixable one was low potassium. I changed my diet and it worked! Spasms gone. Interestingly, too much potassium causes heart arrhythmia; got to be careful with that one.

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    Person of Interest 6 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    I see there are several types of anemia, I hope you got the easily fixable one, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/iron...

    Yep, I'm not exactly thrilled with doctors either.

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    Lela 6 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Liz, I had to MAKE my doctor check my hemoglobin count. I knew I was anemic just from how I felt. Big surprise, I was right.

    Now, I will just tell them what to do (and where to go, lol).

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    Liz Elias 6 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Oh, no Lela! How awful! I'm sure glad you pulled through and are still with us!

    Doctors can sure be arrogant SOBs sometimes; they seem to forget that we are the ones, not they, who inhabit, and are familiar with our own bodies!

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    Lela 6 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    I am PO'd with the medical profession today. I ended up in the hospital last week. Why? Because the treatments they were giving me for my heart arrhythmia were killing me. I lost blood, had to have a transfusion, kept getting weaker and weaker. But now I'm back and will never trust another doctor as long as I live. I know what's wrong with me, not them. Right now I am madder than a wet hen in Alaska. I threw out almost all of the pills they were giving me. Well, not the Xanax. That stops me from killing them. I will make these idiots listen to me or they will be fired.

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    Person of Interest 6 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    My forum posting blitz, urge seems to have done gone and dissipated. Don't know if going back into hibernation or just extremely sporadic, e.g., only when a really good rant or meme comes to mind.

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    Randy Godwin 7 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Been out and about today. Traveled on a lot of empty country roads. I liked it a lot...

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    Person of Interest 7 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    This is the best thread around. Made me do an LOL. Nothing to contribute at the moment.

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    Randy Godwin 7 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    There are always those who want others to think as they do, Liz. Always will be, I suppose..

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    Liz Elias 7 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    I sure as hell don't give a rat's patoot! I go by Mark Twain's statement of, "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and the government when it deserves it." ... 'nuff said

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    Randy Godwin 7 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Does anyone really give a big dog f**k if someone kneels during the National Anthem?

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    Randy Godwin 7 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Gotta play the cards you're dealt, Para!

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    Person of Interest 7 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Just wandering around. For me, total chaos as usual. Life is a pain in the neck, but it is the only game in town.

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    Randy Godwin 7 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    That's good sound thinkin', Liz! Being cold all the time is bad for us elderly folk. :P

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    Randy Godwin 7 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Yo Para, yep getting lots of questions for this time of year, but it usually means more Fuzzy Navel money. It's also entertaining to make the Trump fans make up excuses for his behavior. A laugh a minute in most cases.

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    Liz Elias 7 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    RE: The 'falling into the sea' myth...CA does not have that type of fault system. We aren't going to fall off the edge of the rest of the continent.

    What 'may' happen...in about 6 or 8 thousand years, is that San Francisco could become a suburb of Alaska...but I don't believe I'll hang around long enough to see that happen.

    :-D

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    Person of Interest 7 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Randy, glad to see you are alive and well. Dealing with all those RV/etc questions must be a pain. But I also noticed the politics; just noticed the entries, didn't work up the energy to read.

    It is fun to mess around.

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    Randy Godwin 8 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Sometimes inspiration is difficult to ignore.

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    Person of Interest 8 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Decided to make the dome transparent, so I can watch all the little fishies.

    Meanwhile, lost all will and desire to write or do website work for over a week; but got it back this morning. Got all sorts of site work and writing done. Back to doing at least a little everyday and then waking up one morning and discovering I'm ready to publish yet another endeavour.

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    Randy Godwin 8 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Gee Rochelle, I surfed a lot on the east coast during my teen age years. That was a helluva long time ago..

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    Randy Godwin 8 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Beachfront, I hope! :)

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    Randy Godwin 8 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Glad to see you, Rochelle! Feel free to "barge in" anytime. :)

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    Person of Interest 8 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Wow. Hadn't realized HP changed our display names. Forums are only a matter of time probably.

    Meanwhile, yep, checked the faultline. I need to start building that dome immediately!

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    Rochelle Frank 8 weeks ago from California Gold Country

    Thank you Para.. err... Person, I have to go check my Faultline map.

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    Person of Interest 8 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Randy, I actually don't know. Guess I better look into that.

    Rochelle, you did not barge into the conversation. You are a member of the conversation. The more, the merrier.

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    Rochelle Frank 8 weeks ago from California Gold Country

    OOoops, sorry to barge in-- I only saw Randy's post and didn't know I was barging in to a conversation.

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    Rochelle Frank 8 weeks ago from California Gold Country

    I think I'm on the new beachfront side, but haven't checked lately. Seems like one time placed us in the coastal island probability. I'm good with it -- still have a surfboard.

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    Randy Godwin 8 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Which side of the fault line are you on? The "falling into the sea" side or the "new beachfront" side?

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    Person of Interest 8 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Of that, I have no doubt. Meanwhile, I have now dodged three earthquakes; one to the south, one to the west, one to the north. I just hope it is not some sort of buildup, where the grand finale ends up being me.

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    Randy Godwin 8 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    I'm a tough ole bird, Para! Watch out for those quakes.

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    Person of Interest 8 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Hey Randy, how you holding up? Things back to reasonably sane and normal yet? Dodged two earthquakes so far. Hoping the west coast doesn't join the south and east coast "parties". Enough is enough already.

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    Randy Godwin 2 months ago from Southern Georgia

    Finally got power restored......... again. Just in time for Maria, I suppose! :(

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    Person of Interest 2 months ago from SoCal, USA

    Randy, you around?