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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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  • Austinstar profile image

    Lela 

    7 minutes ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Oh, Liz, I am so sorry for your loss! I'm older than Bob by 5 years and I know how devastating it will be if he goes before I do. He is my best friend in the world. But one thing I do wish for us all is to go quietly in our home bed, asleep in peace.

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    Randy Godwin 

    89 minutes ago from Southern Georgia

    So sorry for your loss, Liz. Words are worthless at a time like this, but know people are thinking about you and hoping you will indeed cope with this tragic loss.

    I know your husband would want you to keep on living your life as best you can without him. Stay strong!

    Randy

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    Liz Elias 

    8 hours ago from Oakley, CA

    I am shocked, saddened, nay, devastated! I have lost my soulmate. My darling husband, who has been so good to me, just didn't wake up this morning.

    I know he is now free of the suffering and annoyance he had with his assorted medical issues, but that is of small comfort at the moment.

    There are just so many ironies; his last words before he went to bed last night were, "I'm just to ornery to die." And another irony; he was scheduled for an appointment with neurology for tomorrow (8-20-18)...we thought we'd find out what had been causing his newest set of problems; vertigo and involuntary tremors...now, I'll never know. But HE does, now.

    I don't believe in dieties or demons, but I do believe in the permanence of the spirit; that spark of life that is energy, which can neither be created nor destroyed: the essence of who we were simply moves on to another form and realm.

    Somehow, I never really expected him to go first; he was such a fighter for so long. I'm 10 years older; I thought I'd go first. I guess I was in denial about how sick he really was.

    I'll pull through, somehow, and manage to keep on living, but without much joy anymore, I'm afraid, until my time comes...

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Have shed a few tears today on Aretha's behalf, and proud of the memories she's left me with. Never met her personally, but I admired her talent and her ability to remain so regal.

    During my years as a musician I got to meet many great artists of the soul genre. Percy Sledge was a close friend of our band's lead singer and he was a treasure to know. I really admire these early soul artists for their efforts during a very trying time for any black entertainer. I'll miss Aretha....

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    Randy Godwin 

    4 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Darren, some of us who talk on these hubs were dubbed, "Poisonous Ones" because we are sometimes cantankerous about HP policies.

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    Darren Gall 

    4 days ago from Saskatoon

    whats a PO?

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    Lela 

    4 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

    I still use FB for it's original purpose of staying in touch with relatives and friends. Also for the hilarious tRump memes!

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    Randy Godwin 

    4 days ago from Southern Georgia

    I don't use FB anymore.

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    Person of Interest 

    4 days ago from SoCal, USA

    Now if we could just get him to stamp out the fires...

    Meanwhile, per the forums, FB really is getting ripped a new one.

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    Randy Godwin 

    4 days ago from Southern Georgia

    I blame Godzilla as well! :P

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    Person of Interest 

    4 days ago from SoCal, USA

    Folks were indeed joking about it online. One even posted the infamous we-shall-rebuild meme. Another posted a Godzilla pic and blamed it on him.

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    Liz Elias 

    4 days ago from Oakley, CA

    4.4? Pfft. I sneeze harder than that! :D

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    Person of Interest 

    5 days ago from SoCal, USA

    4.4 magnitude and no replays yet.

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    Randy Godwin 

    5 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Is it the big one coming, Para? You may have an oceanfront view if it does. :o

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    Randy Godwin 

    5 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Indeed she does, Lela!

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    Person of Interest 

    5 days ago from SoCal, USA

    We just had an earthquake. They usually come in series where I live. I can hardly wait.

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    Lela 

    5 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Randy, does the Democrat for governor of Georgia have your vote? I'm voting agaunst Ted Cruz in Texas for sure.

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    Randy Godwin 

    5 days ago from Southern Georgia

    True dat, Liz! :)

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    Liz Elias 

    5 days ago from Oakley, CA

    That's the thing about spirals; they go up and they go down, and they go in circles and twists and turns.

    Hang in there! We're all rooting for you!

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    Randy Godwin 

    6 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Go for it, Para!

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    Person of Interest 

    6 days ago from SoCal, USA

    My spiral back upward has begun. A lot of work ahead.

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    Person of Interest 

    10 days ago from SoCal, USA

    Second "offer" rejected, considerably longer FB pause.

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    Person of Interest 

    10 days ago from SoCal, USA

    I just fired off a second post to that FB group. What will rule, self-interest or politics?

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    Person of Interest 

    10 days ago from SoCal, USA

    Liz, there was a news blast within the last month about the exact and same thing. Probably what caused my original post.

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    Liz Elias 

    10 days ago from Oakley, CA

    I agree with you, Para; as Robert Green Ingersoll said, "Hands that help are better far than lips that pray."

    (LOL, Lela!)

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    Person of Interest 

    10 days ago from SoCal, USA

    Leastwise the admin knows how I feel. Meanwhile, entire west covered in smoke.

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    Lela 

    10 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Now don't go insuling the new Religious Rights Task Force. Jeff Sessions might throw a hissy fit.

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    Person of Interest 

    10 days ago from SoCal, USA

    FB group admin threw it out. Probably for the best. I guess the religionists own that group. Had to do with the fire and crime victims in California.

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    Person of Interest 

    10 days ago from SoCal, USA

    I just posted this in an FB group:

    'Let's stop with the "prayers". Talking to an imaginary friend doesn't help and upsets the victims.'

    Stay tuned for the flood of attacks...

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    Randy Godwin 

    11 days ago from Southern Georgia

    I seldom access mine anymore.

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    Person of Interest 

    11 days ago from SoCal, USA

    Am taking down all social media accounts.

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    Lela 

    2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Awwww, shucks. Thanks guys.

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    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Yes, she does.

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    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    You really do have keen judgement, Lela! :P

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    Lela 

    2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Bob is amazing! He does all, sees all, and just wants my happines above all. I could not have a better husband! If every man were like you and Bob, we would have a perfect world.

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    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Bob must be a cool dude, Lela! :)

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    Lela 

    2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    I have bionic eyes now, Para! piece of cake. But i have turned down the bionic back implant. (Spinal cord stimulator). Might change my mind if I can't get rid of the spinal stenosis by winter. Wheelchairs are nice when Bob pushes me around.

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    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Keep plugging along, Para. I'm a-pullin' fer ye!

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    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    3 eye injections. Now doc used word: "cataracts". I'm not kidding; every morning I wake up saying "fck it". I am so going to miss the ability to communicate; you'll know when it happens; absence,

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    Liz Elias 

    2 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Saw an ad for a product called "Preservision," (or some similar type of name), supposedly targeted specifically for AMD.

    Maybe your doc would know about it? Worth a try under the "can't hurt/might help" umbrella??

    The ad was on TV, and was presesnted as if it is an OTC product...

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    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Not kidding about not giving a dmn. Opened cheap prokerage acout; reputable comapney; now it is is wait and see and reearch.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    SS phone calls were no help. Dumped it all in a folder. Maybe I'll address the issue in a couple weeks.

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    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Isn't there some help you can get to read through the crap, Para? Check local assistance for the blind or whatever's available. You deserve it!

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    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    I just got buried with a mountain of government paperwork. No way I can get it all done. I can't even read the crp, much less fill it out. Looks like the party is over sooner than I thought it would be.

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    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Back from a two day fishing trip. Rained the whole time....

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    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    These California fires are every summer now.

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    Liz Elias 

    2 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    We are a good 5 hour drive from the fires, but we are getting enough haze from the smoke here to make the daylight a 'funny color,' kind of a pale brownish yellow. Not so much when looking at the sky, but when looking at the light as it hits the concrete or other objects.

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    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Well, California continues to burn down. I can see the smoke. No ash yet.

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    Liz Elias 

    2 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    YAY!! We have A/C again! Whew!

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    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    My Visit to Home Depot

    Home Depot has ATM’s. I did not know that.

    I decided I needed $40. I put in my card and made the request.

    The ATM informed me in effect, “Sorry, dude. Am offline.”

    I really needed that $40.

    Home Depot has sledgehammers. That I did know. I went and got one.

    I once again properly addressed the ATM with my card. But once again, no joy.

    10 minutes later I had my $40. Home Depot could no longer sell the sledgehammer as new. Sorry about that.

    As for the ATM and money scattered all over the floor, I really did feel bad about that. But I really needed that $40. I even left a note on what was left of the ATM so they could deduct it from my account.

    I went about my business...

    While standing in the checkout line 15 minutes later, two nice police officers showed up.

    “Hi!” said I.

    “You’re under arrest,” said they.

    The cot was quite comfy. But alas, they had taken my $40.

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    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Been adhering to the "D" option myself, Liz! :P

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    Liz Elias 

    3 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    P.S. A straw poll of sorts: mullling over my next article. Should I write

    A) Another of my travelogue pieces

    B) Another selection of antique songs from my parents' and grand parents' eras

    C) Another article on cats

    D) Nothing at all; just sit and watch the dollars roll in :lol:

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    Liz Elias 

    3 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    A/C install to at least begin tomorrow--at the crack of 8:00 a.m.; not exactly our hour of the day, but it beats sweltering!

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Hmm. I notice I am already beginning to see typos in my posts; forum days are probably soon to be gone.

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Quality of life hasn't dropped there yet. but we all know that the deal breaker is going to come along sooner or later. I intend to have fun and not give a dmn until then.

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    I understand somewhat, but don't be hasty!

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Am tired of living in grinding poverty and impending blindness. Am spending what's left of my money and then I am gone. It's been fun.

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Ya got me, Para!

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    "Georgia not going to happen; ya do as how landed; as done I"

    And how did I come up with that? Total complement.

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    And another forum post disappeared; tech. they should pay me. Still wondering away with the others.

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Randy. Am working on another forum post; may or may not happen.

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Have a few laughs, Para. The world is your personal stage. At least that's my attitude...

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Well, been busy on the forums again; this time I don't expect anything to be deleted. I understand and have quit slamming people with reality; we all know what's coming, so I've stopped belaboring the subject. No more Downer Danny and I do apologize for that.

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Now you can "cool it" for a change, Liz! :P

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    Liz Elias 

    3 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Awww, that was sweet of Holle! She is a nice lady.

    (And how hot is it in our house? Well, M&Ms are NOT SUPPOSED to melt! New A/C system scheduled for Monday...)

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Forum "X" has also disappeared.

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    By the way, Habee (Holle Abee) painted a picture of Ally for Beth and I. She's a dog fan and understands our loss. Good friends.....

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Looked for it, Para. Not to be found under any of the filters. Must've been nasty!! :P

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    I still see not orig posted, that's ok.

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Be happy, Liz! I have the 4 or 5 in-a-row troubles before I can relax a bit. It's always something....

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    Liz Elias 

    3 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    And the general-purpose shit sandwich continues. First is was someone crunching the back of my (show) car in a parking lot; then the control panel on our oven went out; now the A/C is out, and we're in a heat wave with triple-digit temps, and a house full of senior citizens.

    A/C not reasonably repairable, so a whole new unit has to be installed, and because the prior unit was installed/obtained by someone who, we belatedly learned, turned out to be on the shady side, a whole lot of extra work has to be done, including a new support system (it's rooftop mounted)!

    And because it's combo A/C-Heat, the price tag is $10K, for the size appropriate for the square footage of our home!!

    MIL is paying, but even at that, it's going on a payment plan!

    I hope that now satisfies the usual quota of 3 things in a row going wrong, and we can have some smooth sailing!

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    I'll try to release your captured post, Para. Been away all day and just checking in. How're you doin' ? We've been worried about you, you ole dawg! :)

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Checked, nothing to reply to.

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Onward to forums, let's see banned or what.

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Last post HP scrapped.

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Thanks so much for the kind words, Paula. I have lots of memories, as well as, photos and videos of her over the years. Yes, she was a loyal member of our pack. :)

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    Paula 

    3 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Oh Randy...I know how sad you must be, losing your beloved "Ally." They really do become our best friends and mean as much to us as family members. It's an empty feeling & we actually grieve.I know you're grateful for having her for 17.5 years. Hang onto the great memories.

    I am sorry for you . :( Paula

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Thanks Liz! I was accustomed to having big dogs around the farm which usually didn't live very long because they were too dumb to avoid both vehicles, farm machinery, and rattlesnakes.

    Ally was aware of all of these dangers and lived a very full and long life. I hope she's sitting my dad's lap as we speak. :)

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    Liz Elias 

    3 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    So sorry for your loss, Randy. I know that pain all too well. May she run free over the Rainbow Bridge, and may you find solace in happy memories of her.

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Yes it hurts, Lela! She went to work with me for over ten years and would ride with me in the tractor or whatever machine I was on at the time. She was much loved by many of our friends and family members.

    This article made her famous as "Ally the fearless rattlesnake killer." Also makes me a few bucks in the process.

    https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Snake-Dogs

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    Lela 

    3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Losing a furry friend really hurts. I had a terrier mixed mutt for about 15 years. She was the best!

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Lost my little Jack Russel Ally last week. We had her for over 17.5 years and we miss here terribly already. She was the smartest and best behaved dog I've ever had the privilege to know. There'll never be another Ally!

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    I haven't heard anything from him, Lela. I may send him an email as I'm worried about him as well.

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    Lela 

    3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Anybody got an update on Para?

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    Randy Godwin 

    4 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    I wonder how Para's coping with his latest vision problem? I'm missing him being here! :(

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    Randy Godwin 

    6 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    One of the problems of being adoptive mama, Liz. :)

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    Liz Elias 

    6 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Ho, hum--SSDD around here! Hubby fighting with recurring bouts of vertigo. Not good!

    Still have not gotten the 2 remaining kittens adopted; they refuse to show well--just lay in the cage like a couple of lumps, uninterested in toys, while everyone else's fosters are lively! They're perfectly active normal kittens here at the house! Frustrating!

    End of rant.

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    Randy Godwin 

    6 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    That's a deep subject for such a shallow mind!:P

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    Person of Interest 

    6 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Well,

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    Randy Godwin 

    6 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Huh?

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    Person of Interest 

    6 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    The forums. How do I respond to that?

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    Randy Godwin 

    6 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Saw the pics Jr. photoshopped and posted, Lela. Amateur Hour at the WH! :lol:

    We'll someday be seeing Spanky's historical photos and films and will compare them to Der Fuhrer's reign in Germany.

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    Lela 

    6 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Whoa! DJTJ is about as 'un-lit' as one can get. Didja see the 7-4 photos he posted of his dad?

    And Yay! Restaurant shaming works! Scott Pruitt resigned! Hope it works for HuckaSanders too.

    And a Texas man attacked a guy for wearing a MAGA hat and stole it. I hope he plans to hold a public hat burning! Say, that sounds like a good idea, ya'll.

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    Person of Interest 

    6 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Thread seems to have completely disappeared. What the heck was posted on there to cause that!?!

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    Person of Interest 

    6 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Long time as every thing else.

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    Randy Godwin 

    6 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Did it work?

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    Person of Interest 

    6 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    New experiment.

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    Person of Interest 

    7 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Some of the people in the forums sure are excitable. Hopefully, my last GDPR-thread post will calm them down.

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    Person of Interest 

    7 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Amazing! I just made a burst of posts on the forums. Am now going back into hiding.

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    Person of Interest 

    7 weeks ago from SoCal, USA

    Just made a scathing Facebook post. No doubt a waste of time, but I did it anyway.

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