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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 15 hours ago from Southern Georgia

    Sometimes inspiration is difficult to ignore.

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    Person of Interest 18 hours ago from 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 28 hours 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 28 hours ago from Southern Georgia

    Beachfront, I hope! :)

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    Randy Godwin 28 hours ago from Southern Georgia

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

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    Person of Interest 29 hours ago from 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 29 hours 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 29 hours ago from 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 29 hours 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 29 hours 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 30 hours 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 31 hours ago from 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 2 days ago from Southern Georgia

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

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    Person of Interest 2 days ago from 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 5 days ago from Southern Georgia

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

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    Person of Interest 6 days ago from USA

    Randy, you around?

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    Person of Interest 7 days ago from USA

    Rack it up. Let's play. First one wins, LOSES. So let's be careful?

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    Person of Interest 7 days ago from USA

    Saw you. Pick a thread for us to mess around in, obviously :https://hubpages.com/community/forum/142929/the-se...

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    Randy Godwin 9 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Came back home Tuesday because the power was back on. After about an hour it went back off again. They say it may be this weekend before the power is fully restored again. In the meantime I'm back at my son's house. Will check in again later.

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    Person of Interest 10 days ago from USA

    Last I heard, Jose is acting erratic; so you might dodge that one.

    Got sick of all the medical cr@p, so I've just shunted it all aside until the doc appt; few weeks won't make any medical difference anyway.

    Back to messing around and having some fun for a change.

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    Randy Godwin 11 days ago from Southern Georgia

    We're fine now as the power is back on at home. My brother has the well at his house right down the road and he still has no power, so we don't have water pressure at the moment. There will be quite a bit of cleaning up to do for the next few days, but I'm thankful the storm wasn't as bad as expected here. I feel for those in Texas and Florida as they must be disheartened and miserable.

    The south bound lane of I-75 looks like the north a few days ago so people are heading home to see how they fared after the storm. Hurricane season isn't over yet...

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    Person of Interest 11 days ago from USA

    Glad to hear you and yours are all alive and well. Between that and the scheduled nuclear war being cancelled, this is starting to look like not a bad week.

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    Randy Godwin 12 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Made it through the hurricane with negligible damage. Still without power but fortunately my son is not. We're staying at his house until we have power again. Hope everyone else in the south is okay.

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    Randy Godwin 13 days ago from Southern Georgia

    We're already getting some light rain from Irma. It remains to be seen which way she'll finally decide to go.

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    Person of Interest 13 days ago from USA

    I swear, Irma is the slowest moving hurricane I have ever seen. That thing either really has a problem or is extremely PO'd for some reason. This could go on for the entire week.

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    Randy Godwin 13 days ago from Southern Georgia

    We're hunkered down, Hollie! More than likely we'll be without power for a few days so I'll be offline for a bit until it's restored. We have a cell phone tower on our property so there's always that. Unless of course, the wind knocks it down. :o

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    Person of Interest 13 days ago from USA

    Yesterday was my worst earnings day in months. What with "half" the country shutdown, can't say I'm surprised.

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    HollieT 13 days ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

    PDS, I knew you lived somewhere sunny. I'm glad you're not in the eye of the storm.

    Randy, hope all's good with you and the storm/winds pass quickly. Stay safe.

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    Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Believe it or not, I was one of the lucky farmers and still have all my fingers. Farming was once the most dangerous occupations one could have. My dad died while working on the farm. I've been close myself...

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    Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Randy, sounds like you are a breathing, walking example of every e.r.

    Don't run with scissors.

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    Person of Interest 2 weeks ago from USA

    Neat trick with the bucket, born of experience or did someone advise you in advance?

    What do you grow mostly? Or do you regularly rotate crops? Have you ever played the commodities market? I did, it did not go well.

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    Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    I spent most of my time driving a tractor or repairing farm machinery. Having hot metal from a cutting torch run down into one's shoes and between one's toes is an unforgettable experience. Not enough time to remove one's shoe so a water filled bucket close by is a necessity. :o

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    Person of Interest 2 weeks ago from USA

    I could not have worked in the medical profession if my life depended on it. Me sticking a needle in someone is just something I could never be able to do. You are to be commended.

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    Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    After working with tons of blood and every pus filled fluid that can be cut or oozes out of the human body, I'm surprised I don't have ebolaHIVbubonicplaguemalaria or worse. Handled all of that for 38 years. Sitting behind a desk would have been nice.

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    Person of Interest 2 weeks ago from USA

    My body is falling apart as well, and I sat behind a desk most my life. So don't blame yourself.

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    Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    I'm paying for all my wild adventures and accidents in my latter years. There aren't may square inches of my body which haven't been cut or skinned at some time during my farm labors, but it goes with the job.

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    Person of Interest 2 weeks ago from USA

    I remember that, I still have the satellite pic.

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    Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Perhaps, but falling off my two-story house roof stunned me for a moment. :P

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    Person of Interest 2 weeks ago from USA

    Randy being Randy, that guy would survive a direct asteroid hit.

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    Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Thanks for the good wishes, Liz! :) I'm not too worried as, "A Country Boy Will Survive." :)

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    Liz Elias 2 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Oh, Randy! At least put plywood over the stained glass! Expensive to replace!

    I hope you are able to ride it out with no or minimal damage, and that it's weaker when it gets up your way.

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    Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    With 23 windows in my house, not to mention a stained glass door or two, I'll wait awhile on the plywood.

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    Person of Interest 2 weeks ago from USA

    Decided plywood on the windows yet, or would that be going overboard?

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    Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Looks as if we're directly in Irma's projected path through Georgia. Hopefully it will be somewhat weaker when it goes by on I-75.

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    Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    I haven't visited my FB page in a week or so, Hollie. Thanks for reminding me as I probably have other BD messages I haven't addressed. :)

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    Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    I think all these new natural disasters are due to Trump's election disaster. It all started on that day. Prove me wrong!

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    Person of Interest 2 weeks ago from USA

    Hollie. I am alive and well in Southern California, leastwise until the next 8.3 earthquake hits.

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    HollieT 2 weeks ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

    PDS, aren't you Florida? Where will you go, what will you do?

    Randy, I did wish you happy birthday on FB but the post seems to have disappeared. I didn't imagine it and it's gone. Anyway, happy birthday Randy!

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    Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    A hurricane party? Why not?

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    Person of Interest 2 weeks ago from USA

    Well, the forums have certainly liven up lately, particularly: https://hubpages.com/community/forum/142842/why-ar...

    As for Florida, you can get in, but the question is can you get out? I'd stick with Yoleen and do the cake and wild party thing instead.

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    Yoleen Lucas 2 weeks ago from Big Island of Hawaii

    Thanks, Smart & Fun and Paula!

    Randy - you can solve the birthday problem by moving to Florida. However, I think it's better to use it as an excuse to order an elaborate cake and throw a wild party. You could do that now, in fact!

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    Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    We've been lucky the last few years. I fear the warming oceans will spawn even bigger storms in the future. The water temp where Irma is now is over 85 degrees. A soup kettle for zephyrs....

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    Person of Interest 2 weeks ago from USA

    Jose is next, already a category 3. Three in a row like that, I'm starting to wonder if they are being artificially induced. The technology has been mentioned for years.

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    Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Yep, Irma's a doozie of a storm. The lower track takes it about 50 miles east of me. Hopefully it will be downgraded a good bit by the time we feel any effects from the wind.

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    Person of Interest 2 weeks ago from USA

    Jeez, maps further down that page are even worse.

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    Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    We're pretty safe from flooding, but the wind is my main concern now. Power outages are possible, but we have access to generators if we need them.

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    Person of Interest 2 weeks ago from USA

    Georgia is also now being mentioned in the news. Have you safety hidden all the turtles?

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    Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Better than drowning!

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    Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    It's fascinating watching the exodus from Florida before Irma makes landfall. I-75 goes through one of our farms and the north bound lane is bumper to bumper. The south bound lane is practically empty except for flatbed trucks hauling huge generators and fuel tankers trying to replenish the gas stations in southern Fla.

    I live about 50 miles from the Fla/Ga line and 10 miles up the road in Tifton where 4 or 5 main highways meet it's bedlam trying get across town. I heard there are no motels/hotels available clear up to Tennessee. What a mess!

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    Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Don't worry about the length of the list. It never gets shorter at our age. I seldom look at mine.....

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    Person of Interest 2 weeks ago from USA

    I even remember the TV ads. Congrats on saving the money contractors charge.

    Got stuff done today, but the list is still too long.

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    Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Yep, had to wait a few days for it to arrive, but I saved over half the normal cost of the unit by doing so. Installation went smoothly and it's KOOL INSIDE. Remember when store's had the cigarette ad on their doors?

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    Person of Interest 2 weeks ago from USA

    Got that new A/C up and running yet? Or did various inanimate objects obstruct at every turn, as inanimate objects are wont to do whenever we try to accomplish anything.

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    Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Done!

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    Person of Interest 2 weeks ago from USA

    Got HP scarfed again, the link no doubt.

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    Person of Interest 2 weeks ago from USA

    Not one single thread in the forums that gave me any sort of inclination to respond, not even my own.

    Meanwhile, traffic up, earnings down. Odd.

    Did someone around here say, "birthday"? Bah. Humbug. I likewise and also always make it a point to completely ignore my own.

    Completely undecided as to whether to make this an inspired day or a deadzone day. Maybe the coffee will render a decision.

    Business-of-living backlog building up again. It just never ends.

    The coffee and a walk outside already seem to be having an effect.

    Btw, if you use Blogger, you will want to see this: http://www.websitewithnoname.com/2017/08/important... A true boobytrap.

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    Paula 2 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Oops! I just saw that! "Happy Birthday," to you TOO, Yoleen!

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    SmartAndFun 2 weeks ago from Texas

    Happy Birthday Randy and Yoleen!

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    Paula 2 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Word has spread that Mr. Randy is celebrating a Birthday. Kick your shoes off, live it up and then take a few days to HEAL............Happy Birthday! Paula

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    Yoleen Lucas 2 weeks ago from Big Island of Hawaii

    Happy birthday, Randy! It's my birthday, too! I spent it on Mauna Kea.

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    Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Thanks Lela, I actually forgot it was my birthday until my son-in-law stopped and wished me a Happy Birthday. Of course, I was in the midst of installing my new AC and was so hot I literally didn't know what day it was at the time. LOL! About the time I got it up and running we had to attend a barbecue over in the next county. It was great but I'm wore out now and fixin' to crash! :)

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    Person of Interest 2 weeks ago from USA

    The hand. You are just like me. You are just like me. You know the song.

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    Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Happy birthday, Randy! Hope you are eating cake!

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    Person of Interest 2 weeks ago from USA

    Still messing around. Still haven't been banned. Amazing.

    Life is fun, I am going to miss it.

    No benign god would have created the reality where we all die; and even worse, we all know it.

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    Person of Interest 2 weeks ago from USA

    LOL Having fun.

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    Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Knew you couldn't resist for long! :P

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    Person of Interest 3 weeks ago from USA

    Back in the forums with a vengeance.

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    Person of Interest 3 weeks ago from USA

    Glad to hear it. Loss of sight is a deal breaker.

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    Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Thanks guys, not really worried about the cataract removal process, but the pucker on my left retina may cause another operation in the future. It causes the objects I'm seeing to appear a bit larger and out of sync with my right eye. Needless to say, it's bit annoying trying to focus clearly.

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    Person of Interest 3 weeks ago from USA

    Depending on my state of mind, I will be removing my last 10 next week.

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    Person of Interest 3 weeks ago from USA

    I posted a forum thread. When I went to look at it, I got "Sorry, that discussion has been removed or does not exist."

    Looks like I am done with HP.

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    Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Randy, the cataract surgery is easier than it sounds. I've had both eyes done. Doesn't take long, but the drugs aren't that good. They don't knock you out and that is scary watching things happen. But it doesn't hurt, just blinds you with the light!

    Surprisingly, I've never had a PET scan. A few MRIs and x-rays, and CAT scans, but not PET. I wonder what the differences are.

    Good luck and good results. Following link now.

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    HollieT 3 weeks ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

    Fantastic news, PDS!!! You're clearly going to be absolutely fine!

    Randy, my sister had cataracts removed years ago. From what I can remember the operation is pretty straight forward and I don't remember her complaining of any pain, but there were certain things that she couldn't do for a while, like wash her hair

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    Person of Interest 3 weeks ago from USA

    Jeez, AdSense is outstanding. Contemplating starting forum thread.

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    Person of Interest 3 weeks ago from USA

    We need to make this thread more cheerful. After yesterday's doctor visit, I bought a lottery ticket, first one in months. The drawing is tonight, drum roll... Yeah, I know, fat chance.

    Meanwhile,

    "here is the "September Bang". I don't need to spam WWNN anymore, so the link is to FB, https://www.facebook.com/websitewithnoname/ . That's where I need the attention. Following the link from the top post will be entertaining, but that is secondary; though I do think it is a good one. What I need is to wake up FB that I am indeed trying to contribute to society. Admittedly, the current post is entertainment, but most of the others are to help people. I need those articles splattered every way imaginable, then the hive mind can decide. Needless to say, odds are 99:1 that HP is going to scarf this comment, because of the link. Was astounded the last one wasn't."

    No reaction from previous, so did it again. Last time, I promise.

    NK dropped off the top 10 media list, I wonder what that sucker is going to do next.

    After yesterday's doctor visit, this could be a wild day. I might post all sorts of cr@p here. For anyone so inclined, let's make this a fun day.

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    Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Yes, I have lots of good people, both family and friends. but I don't want for them to interrupt their lives taking care of me.

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    Person of Interest 3 weeks ago from USA

    Hard line to define. You have people, I don't.

    For me, unrelenting pain and inability to take care of myself would probably do it.

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    Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    I've always been in favor or Physician Assisted Suicide when one's quality of life has diminishing returns, on the patient and the patients family.

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    Person of Interest 3 weeks ago from USA

    Randy. We had on the November ballot last year a proposition as to suicide doctors; it passed. If I ever get handed that piece of lab rat shit as to total, I will immediately make that call. Bureaucracy is no doubt involved, so set it up in advance; so that all you have to do is make the call and they will come and get you and it is done.

    If not available in your state, check out neighboring. Do not attempt with pills; screw it up and you could remain paralyzed-alive for god knows how long; maintained by people that don't care; and eventual, neverending pain from other sources that could last forever.

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    Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    That's good news, Para! Do what you have to do for the PET scan. You can do 24 hrs. on your head. :)

    Went to the eye doc yesterday as planned and had a bit of bad news. I've had trouble focusing my eyes for awhile now and the doc thought it may because of the shunt placed in my right eye to vent the pressure on the retina caused by glaucoma, but it turns out I have a macular pucker in my left eye. It's some type of fibrous growth on my retina which makes the image look offset compared to my right eye.

    I also have to have cataracts removed from both eyes around the middle of November. I'll find out more when I travel to Thomasville in a few weeks. It's always something!

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    Person of Interest 3 weeks ago from USA

    "I haven't had a cigarette for 20 years, or coffee for 1 year!" Lela, you must be shot. LOL

    Meanwhile, here is the "September Bang". I don't need to spam WWNN anymore, so the link is to FB, https://www.facebook.com/websitewithnoname/ . That's where I need the attention. Following the link from the top post will be entertaining, but that is secondary; though I do think it is a good one. What I need is to wake up FB that I am indeed trying to contribute to society. Admittedly, the current post is entertainment, but most of the others are to help people. I need those articles splattered every way imaginable, then the hive mind can decide.

    Needless to say, odds are 99:1 that HP is going to scarf this comment, because of the link. Was astounded the last one wasn't.

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    Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Well, that's good news, then! Let's celebrate. I haven't had a cigarette for 20 years, or coffee for 1 year! Maybe I'll eat a doughnut to cheer you on!

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    Person of Interest 3 weeks ago from USA

    This is not the "September Bang " comment I mentioned in my previous comment, that will probably be next. I just wanted to mention that malignancy is still on the table, but the doc's demeanor indicated worst case scenario is radiation blasts as opposed to dead man walking. In other words; if something prevents me from seeing 2018, it will not be malignancy-related, the critters are small enough to be dealt with.

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    Person of Interest 3 weeks ago from USA

    I just got back from the new doctor's office. Totally positive vibes from beginning to end. I figured I'd be thrown out for sure when I had printed in big capital letters ""ONLY PROVIDE INSURANCE COVERED SERVICES ONLY" directly above everyplace where they wanted my signature on that multi-page contract. You can read more at the bottom of http://www.websitewithnoname.com/2017/06/governmen...

    Next for me is a PET scan. A government website says no coffee or cigarettes for 24 hours before the scan; kill me now. We'll see what the PET scan place has to say, maybe I can at least get away with nicotine patches.

    Odds are 99:1 that HP is going to scarf this comment, because of the link.

    Wait until you see the next comment and link. I decided to start off September with a bang.

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    Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Certain politicians are blind to the light. They live like mushrooms.

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    Person of Interest 3 weeks ago from USA

    I looked up Atlantic hurricane season. Runs from June 1 to November 30. Maybe if one of them were to drop by DC, certain politicians might see the light.

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    Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Irma can head straight to Mar a Lago. We sure don't need another one here.

    Yep, Harvey set a new record for rain - 51.7 inches in Port Arthur. This is the highest ever recorded since the 1800s. Global climate change is real folks.

    Yoleen, thanks! Of course Hawaii still has the record for most days of rain in a row. Something like 100 or more, if I remember right.

    Bob and I just saw 2 National Guard helos fly right over our house. Big mothers. Must be headed for Houston.

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    Yoleen Lucas 3 weeks ago from Big Island of Hawaii

    I'm glad you're safe, Austinstar!

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    Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Yep, she's already a Cat 3 hurricane. I don't worry about flooding as I live on what was once a barrier island when the ocean covered most of the land east and west of me as well as north and south. The wind and tornadoes though, don't care for those at all!