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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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  • DzyMsLizzy profile image

    Liz Elias 

    7 days ago from Oakley, CA

    LOL Para! Yeah, I get money back, but they're still not fixing their pollution issue; they simply got a permit to continue business as usual. :-(

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    8 days ago from USA

    I couldn't help but reply. :D

  • DzyMsLizzy profile image

    Liz Elias 

    8 days ago from Oakley, CA

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    Liz Elias 

    11 days ago from Oakley, CA

    Luckily, we're not in an area that will be affected...so sorry for those who are. PG&E should maintain its equipment better...

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    11 days ago from USA

    Power outages have started, https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/09/pge-cuts-power-to-... Am trimming my Triffids today in an attempt to keep the the winds from slaughtering them Thursday night.

  • DzyMsLizzy profile image

    Liz Elias 

    12 days ago from Oakley, CA

    That's a good one!

    Reminds my of a stunt my great-aunt pulled one time, way back before guns were everywhere, and robbers just used strong-arm tactics.

    A couple of thugs came up behind her as she was unlocking her front door. Before they could lay hands on her, she tossed her purse and keys inside and shut the door. Then, she turned and faced them, hands on hips. They left.

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    Paula 

    13 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Para...Better than a guess. That's the video. Thanks so much!

    Yes, Randy....I agree.

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    Randy Godwin 

    13 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Time wounds all heels, Paula! Sounds like a perfect ending...

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    13 days ago from USA

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    Paula 

    13 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    It was a video of a typical thug who barged into a store and went to the cash register and demanded the cash...... the clerk got the 2 people who were in the store to come outside with her and she locked the thug inside the store. When he realized he was trapped, he lost the thug act and became a 5 year old, begging to be let out and saying he was sorry.......the cops got him. It was a beautiful thing!

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    Randy Godwin 

    13 days ago from Southern Georgia

    No problem, Paula. But no, the link did not get through. :(

  • DzyMsLizzy profile image

    Liz Elias 

    13 days ago from Oakley, CA

    Yes, and I read recently that they're only 1/3 of the way through with their 2019 tree-trimming schedule. SMH

    And no, I couldn't find the game on Google, or even in my copy of Hoyle.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    13 days ago from USA

    Liz, this is how the power companies decided to respond to being sued for the previous fires. Power companies versus politicians, and the consumers are stuck in the middle.

    Alas, couldn't find anything on Google regarding the card game you described in the forum.

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    Liz Elias 

    13 days ago from Oakley, CA

    Oh, goody! Fun and games with Pacific Greed and Extortion!

    I recently got an email from them stating the importance of 'responding to their alerts.' Why? They're going to do what they're going to do, and the fact that we will be alerted is a bonus. I doubt they'd actually bother to read the thousands of replies...

    I took kind of a break from my home repairs for today; I was sore from yesterday's efforts. Maybe I'll go out in a little bit and get some more done once the sun is past the high point in the sky...

    By the way, anyone here have a solution for me on this forum post?

    https://hubpages.com/community/forum/345378/solita...

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    13 days ago from USA

    Liz, https://sfist.com/2019/10/07/pg-e-issues-power-shu... SoCal is probably next. As if we don't have enough problems...

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    Liz Elias 

    13 days ago from Oakley, CA

    Monday blues (arrows, that is!) :-( That usually happens over the weekends!

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    Paula 

    13 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Randy...I sure hope you received my explanation about the video link I sent you...Don't know what the mix-up was but apparently you didn't get the "link". Hope you got it the 2nd time I sent it. It was actually something I had found and thought was soooo funny, I decided to share it with a few people I thought would like it. Sorry I confused you a little.

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    Randy Godwin 

    13 days ago from Southern Georgia

    I'd rather see him behind bars....

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    13 days ago from USA

    What paradigmsearch said a week ago, the world says today: https://www.foxnews.com/media/trump-organization-e... Randy, a link that will make your day.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    13 days ago from USA

    Same here. It starts with absentmindedness.

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    Lela 

    13 days ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    The body falling apart sucks. But so far, I haven't lost my mind. I know it's coming though.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    13 days ago from USA

    Lela, I'm tired of my body and mind falling apart. Meanwhile, check this out: https://www.healthline.com/health/bone-marrow-tran...

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    Lela 

    2 weeks ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    It depends on the cancer. I have seen people cured of cancer. Bone marrow transplants seem to have a good chance to rewrite your cancer cells.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Cancer cells are an army. When you kill them off in one place, they just show up in another.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    A friend I've known since high school has died. Cancer. I have seen this time and time again on the news where a famous person gets a whole bunch of cancer treatments, destroying what's left of their remaining days of a decent quality of life, and ends up dying anyway. And now it's happening to people I know. The day I'm informed I have cancer is the day I set into motion the getting of the suicide pill. I'll hang on to life as long as possible, then will take the pill when the painkillers no longer work.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    The big deal was I lost an item. Cab service solved it. There is g

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Liz, I know what you mean; especially your phrase: "I'm sort of 'walking wounded' these days". As if I don't have enough problems, I just self-inflicted one on myself. I made a mistake people of all ages make, but I'm blaming this one on my age anyway. More "exciting" details to follow.

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    Liz Elias 

    2 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    I wish that "Murphy Guy" was real and could be sued for all the trouble he causes!

    As if I haven't had enough difficulties lately, now I've discovered that vent screens have become compromised, allowing roof rats in!!

    Bad enough, but the cost to eradicate is more than I get in a month!

    Not satisfied with that, he saw to it that my water heater is leaking and needs replacement! Grrr!! Doesn't seem that long ago we put a new one in: maybe 8 or 10 years...and it was just the cost of the appliance--we installed it ourselves. This time, I'll have to pay for an installation!

    When does it end???!!! As much as I'm sort of 'walking wounded' these days, I have to do the best I can to repair the screening myself, leaving only the cost of setting bait traps to the exterminator. Sigh.

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    Liz Elias 

    2 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Congrats on the win, Para! Maybe they'll have learned their lesson, not to mess with you?? (Hope springs eternal...)

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    I've already served several 4 month bans.... I may be grandfathered in! :P

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Randy, I see more flame wars are going on (not you). No doubt, more bans are imminent. Please be careful and stay way from those particular individuals. Based on previous experience, I believe the next ban after the 1-month ban is 4 months.

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Sweet justice, Lela!

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    Lela 

    2 weeks ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    Then Nancy would pick Hillary for Veep, then step down and Hillary gets her rightful place as President.

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    With Pence's ass caught up in the Ukrainian crap, Nancy Pelosi is 2nd in line to become POTUS. Time wounds all heels!

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    I won't take a guess as to the probability percentage, but I do think there is the possibility that a Nixon might happen. There is also the possibility he might not even run for a second term.

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    Lela 

    2 weeks ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    At least it's not as hot here as it is in the White House right now, hahahaha.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Randy, I took my victory lap around the front, side, and backyards. The weeds were not amused by this.

    Lela, I put in a requisition for a knockdown to 71 degrees. Your results may vary.

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    Lela 

    2 weeks ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    Can you do something about the 100 degree days in OCTOBER?

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Take a victory lap, Para!

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    I just found out I won my latest bureaucracy war. A Happy Camper Day. Onward to the next life-challenge.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Randy, I do believe year 2020 is going to be the most chaotic election year we've seen in decades. Thinking of stocking up on the popcorn early.

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Para, did a month ban, but back in action. Trump sux!!

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Lela. Oddly, I've been getting unusual traffic from Chicago. Makes me wonder if you've just explained the reason why.

    Randy. Haven't seen you in awhile. I miss your Trump admiration comments.

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    I'll say, Lela. James claims Trump has never told a lie.

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    Lela 

    2 weeks ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    Pare, The old religious hubs reminded me of James Watkins. You'll be surprised to know that he is still a problem child

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Liz, wow! Thanks! Loved the book! That was a difficult article for me to write. I well remember the HP religion forums of yesteryear; thus my attempting to both dumb down and yet keep the article reasonably intelligent, not an easy task. Then there was the matter of dealing with Google's proclivities. It will be interesting to see what the future holds. Will the article lay there moldering in the dust or is it a time bomb just waiting to happen? Probably take a couple years to find out one way or the other.

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    Liz Elias 

    2 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Found it--loved it--and left you a book to read at the end! ;)

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from USA

    Liz, as you know, religion and politics are polarizing subjects. For that reason, I buried it in the mustiest, darkest corner of my site, where only the search engines would find it and where it would be impersonal and non-confrontational. That is the reason it is not labeled with any obvious menu choices. If there ever was an outlier topic in relation to this website, this one would be it. One could say X marks the spot.

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    Liz Elias 

    3 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Para:

    Went looking for the very article you just referenced; couldn't find it. Looked under "Metaphysical" and "Misc." Didn't see another obvious fit among your other section headings...can you please post a link, or email it to me, if you'd rather not make it public on here? ;)

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from USA

    A miracle occurred. After my 5th or 6th modification, Google no longer hates my God/Religion/Realities article. The critter even showed up on the front page when using only a few of the keywords in the title (without quotes and incognito). Still zero traffic, I guess not much demand for that subject. Happy Sunday anyway and getting things done.

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from USA

    I just checked another article. Same thing!!! Bunch of stolen copies before, now all the stolen copies are gone.

    Has Google suddenly gotten very, very good or is something else afoot?

    I also made some other interesting discoveries while doing this research.

    Despite the current, frenzied forum thread going on; until such time I discover an actual betrayal, me thinks I'm leaving my remaining articles on HP for the time being.

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from USA

    Something darned odd. I just checked one of my HP articles for stolen copies. There were absolutely none! What makes this extremely odd is that the last time I checked (sometime between 6-12 months ago), there were at least 20-30 stolen copies out there. This really, really is very strange; I'm trying to figure out what to deduce from this.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from USA

    Liz. Yep, quite a ruckus going on there. I am so glad I reduced my financial exposure to HP. I've contemplated transferring my remaining articles, but having to deal with the stolen copies first is such a pain.

  • DzyMsLizzy profile image

    Liz Elias 

    3 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from USA

    Even though a total waste of my time, I've updated all my medical articles this week and still haven't deleted any yet. Depending on a new experiment I'm trying, there may still be hope. Meanwhile, I certainly made a cheerful post at https://hubpages.com/community/forum/345148/adsens... Candles in the wind...

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from USA

    Thanks again, Liz. Fixed that one as well. I'm beginning to wonder if my site has become too large for me to properly maintain anymore.

    As for who makes the "determinations of obsolescence", that would be me. I use the "deemed obsolete" phrase when I've finally given up on Google sending traffic to a particular page and have also gotten tired of wasting my time doing updates on it.

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    Liz Elias 

    3 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Grrr. Thanks, Para--I was able to get to the article, but within it, the link reading "SWAG CONTRACTS" is also broken. This is what appears:

    "Whoops, looks like this article may have been either moved or deemed obsolete. If you feel lucky, check the homepage."

    So, who gets to go into a person's privately operated website and make determinations of obsolescence??!!

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from USA

    Liz! Thanks! Fixed it.

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    Liz Elias 

    3 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Para--I went to your sites, and the top link to information about "SWAG" is a broken link; comes up as "whoops! looks like that information was deleted or moved."

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Cool beans LTM, hope you're earning lots of dough! Long time no see. :)

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    LongTimeMother 

    3 weeks ago from Australia

    Hmmm. Just checked my stats. One of my accounts is nudging 10 million views. Must be doing something right, I guess.

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from USA

    Well, bureaucracy war has been major escalated. Am now getting state and federal involved.

    As a side note, you might want to bookmark these two pages. Sooner or later, you will need them.

    https://www.websitewithnoname.com/2011/10/worthy-m...

    https://www.websitewithnoname.com/2017/06/governme...

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    Liz Elias 

    3 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    LOL Para--but they don't have enchiladas, either! ;)

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from USA

    Taco Bell has never failed me. :D

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    Liz Elias 

    3 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Just tried out "Chipotle" Mexican Grill. Ugh! Never again!

    I ended up just opening my burrito and eating the filling out of it. The tortilla was so tough I couldn't even cut it with my sharp Swiss Army knife I always carry. Needless to say, their stupid plastic knives did nothing at all. My own knife barely tore the thing open!

    And WHAT kind of Mexican restaurant doesn't have enchiladas on its menu???!!! That's what my MIL wanted to order; she settled for soft tacos, and had the same issue with tough tortillas! She too ate only the filling, as she couldn't chew them!

    I left an appropriate review on Yelp!

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from USA

    Forums deader than a door nail. HP and WWNN traffic and earnings doing fine. Bureaucracy war on hold, will find out what's next when I make the follow-up phone call tomorrow; jeez, did I ever move to the wrong county or what?

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    Person of Interest 

    4 weeks ago from USA

    Drat! I got around to visiting the police website. They haven't updated that critter since year 2011. Though they sounded enthusiastic when I called, I'm pretty sure that was a wasted phone call and email on my part. Oh, well.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    4 weeks ago from USA

    Well, my bureaucracy broadcast on FB unleashed an onslaught of responses. I know of at least one person who even got banned. Plus, the responses initiated my posting of some links to WWNN. I do believe I helped a lot of people yesterday, a feel-good feeling.

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    Person of Interest 

    4 weeks ago from USA

    Well, been stirring things up today. Did a broadcast about the bureaucracy problem, it might even help both the office and the other people being victimized.

    I also fired off an email to the police department about getting one of my driving articles linked to; might even go national. Ya just don't know unless you try.

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    Person of Interest 

    4 weeks ago from USA

    Hi, Liz. There have been so many of these bureaucracy wars that I have become immune to them; I now consider them just another routine part of business. Plus, this apparently has happened to so many people so many times, that both state and federal have implemented separate agencies to deal with these kind of situations. Just for starters, I can file a Hearing Notice that will protect my medical care beyond the local bureaucracy's self-imposed deadline. One way or another, this will be fixed once again.

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    Liz Elias 

    4 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Take a screenshot and send it to the morons! And yes, your legislators can serve as ombudsmen. Best wishes.

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    Person of Interest 

    4 weeks ago from USA

    Well , folks. The aforementioned bureaucracy war is once again in full swing. Once again they are claiming I never sent them the data. Meanwhile (as I'm being told this), I am gazing at the proof on their website hat I did in fact send them the required information. This has happened way too many times for me to continue to perceive this as simple incompetence. I am now perceiving it as deliberate obstructionism and outright sabotage. Have decided to get both California State and the Federal government involved (surprisingly, both are a patient's friend in such situations). Fortunately, I discovered the problem 2 weeks before the bureaucracy's imposed deadline, so my stress is minimal at this point.

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    Liz Elias 

    5 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Mine are very rarely more than about yesterday's amount, and only sporadic, as in once or twice in a quarter. ONCE and once only, I made $16 on one day...but that was a total fluke. Otherwise, my largest amounts (and has only happened 2 or 3 times) is one or two bucks.

    I'm thinking it's not worth it.

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    Randy Godwin 

    5 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    My Amazon sales can be several hundred one month and 30-40 the next. This is odd for my sales until lately.

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    Liz Elias 

    5 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Woo-Hoo! Earned 31 cents from Amazon on Thursday!

    Break out the champagne!

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    Randy Godwin 

    5 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Gotcha, Para. LOL!

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    Person of Interest 

    6 weeks ago from USA

    Randy, HP scarfed my comment again. This time I know why. You are going to love it.

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    Person of Interest 

    6 weeks ago from USA

    I learned a new phrase this morning, https://www.insider.com/chrissy-teigen-trump-pussy...

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    6 weeks ago from USA

    Randy, HP once again scarfed my comment. No idea why.

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    Person of Interest 

    6 weeks ago from USA

    I don't know how AdSense is doing it, but my WWNN earnings just keep getting better and better. There's an option on the AdSense account that basically says, " Let AdSense experiment to it heart's content with your website." I clicked "yes" awhile ago. Despite the neverending SEO battle, I am starting to become downright fond of Google.

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    Liz Elias 

    6 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Para: Send the items registered mail, return receipt requested. Then they have to sign for it, and you have PROOF that it was, in fact, received!

    Lela: Most cities have a way to collect unwanted/expired drugs. Here, the sheriff's office holds a pickup day about every quarter. I understand that in the town next door, they can be dropped off any time at the police dept. Worth calling around/Googling.

    Just don't flush them or put in regular trash collection.

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    Person of Interest 

    6 weeks ago from USA

    Highly possible. That office has become the town joke on FB for claiming they don't receive what people have sent them. Last time I removed the post office from the equation and sent them everything via their website. Sure enough, they claimed once again they never received anything from me. When I told them I had sent them everything via their website and that they could no longer blame the post office, they suddenly shut up and became more cooperative. Of course that sudden cooperativeness might also have had something to do with my contacting and getting the State of California in Sacramento involved. We will see how this time goes.

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    Randy Godwin 

    6 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    I choose "B". :)

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    Person of Interest 

    6 weeks ago from USA

    Well, sports fans. Spent the day filling out and sending a bunch of demanded bureaucracy forms and documentation. Now I get to sit back and wait a week to see if:

    A. They are happy.

    Or

    B. They are going to initiate another war.

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    Lela 

    7 weeks ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    LOL, My discard pills fill a regular size trash bag! I've tried 7 different Parkinson's meds. Only the expensive ones work (of course).

    What to do with the useless pills?

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    Liz Elias 

    7 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    LOL, Para! Indeed!

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    Person of Interest 

    7 weeks ago from USA

    We should re-name this page to "The Medical Mess Club". We are all certainly members.

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    Liz Elias 

    7 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Thanks, Lela. Did you have to do PT after the surgeries?

    My doc said to wear the brace 24/7 for 4 - 6 weeks! Argh!

    I have a TENS unit--I wonder if that might help?

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    Lela 

    7 weeks ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    The surgeries are very small. I've had worse cuts on my forehead. :-)

    I was fortunate to get the foremost hand surgeon in Austin. And it was all worker's comp.

    However, it did cost me my job of 13 years as a laboratorian in a 500 bed hospital.it was the sheer volume of work that ruined my hands. Fotunately, I am able to do computer work, and I went on to a become a data specialist for a worldwide medical computer company.

    Strange thing, I can no longer snap my fingers! So my beatnick poetess career will never take off.

    Ok, I have one more suggestion, Theraworx. It's available at Walgreens and other fine drug stores. It is an absorbable foam that has magnesium in it. It actually works to relieve muscle pain, so it might work for tendonitis too.

    The main time to wear your brace is at night while you sleep.

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    Liz Elias 

    7 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Wow, Lela! 5 surgeries! Yikes...

    I hope I don't have to go that route, but this brace makes it near impossible to do everything that needs doing--daily--and I have no help.

    I have to help my 81-year-old MIL as it is with her laundry, etc. ... she's very weak, & while I can lift and carry her laundry hamper with one hand, she can't even lift it at all, and tries to drag/push it, and I don't want her doing that, because she uses a walker, and has a history of falling.

    Then there is the daily chore of scooping out the litter boxes--and I can't afford that new litter that doesn't stick, so there's a lot of pressure put on my hand/wrist in that chore.

    I can't do diddly squat with my left hand; I'm so very right-hand dominant that my left hand is virtually useless. Anything I try to do left handed rarely ends well. :-(

    So, I don't know HOW I'm going to be able to "rest" my hand to recuperate! :-(

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    Lela 

    7 weeks ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    Liz, I had DQ and Carpal tunnel entrapments on both hands. I had a great hand surgeon who fixed it. I had five surgeries on my hands to clear the nerve traps.

    Now, I still have a bit of pain on my left thumb, but they gave me a stainless steel Murphy's ring. It is worn just like a regular ring, but on the thumb. It stabilizes the thumb. I got it through my physical therapist, but you can get them online.

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    8 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Life's tough occasionally, Liz. More often than not...

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    Liz Elias 

    8 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Well, my writing has been cramped--my wrist decided to act up on me, and I developed a condition called "De Quervain's." It affects the thumb side of the wist, and is not the same as carpal tunnel, though the treatment is similar, minus surgery.

    I have a specialized splint I have to wear 24/7 for 3-5 weeks, and that makes it very awkward to type. I was also told to get a special type of keyboard. Naturally, they were out of stock, so it's on order.

    Meanwhile, this brace is in the way of everything, and I keep knocking my wrist pad thingee on the floor; it catches on the velcro from the brace! Grrrr...

    Next problem: how to get cat fur out of velcro!!

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    8 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    LOL! Lela...

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    Lela 

    8 weeks ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    Well, the last person to declare he was the "chosen one" got nailed to a cross. I will bring the popcorn!

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    Person of Interest 

    2 months ago from USA

    "that poster" might be misconstrued, meant "the poster", who was not Randy.

    Meanwhile, finally published the G&R article. I might work up the energy to inflict the link on you guys at a later time.

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    Person of Interest 

    2 months ago from USA

    Hey, Randy. Pretty tricky using one truth to distract from another truth. You know what forum thread I am referring to and who I am referring to.

    And for the record and to whom it may concern, I am not referring to Randy. I could have posted the relevant TOU link in response to that poster, but decided departing the thread was the wiser thing to do; nothing to gain.

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    Liz Elias 

    2 months ago from Oakley, CA

    Oh, okay--I see what you mean.

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    Robert Sacchi 

    2 months ago

    That's exactly my point. If Maven is getting a larger share of a shrinking market we all might end up like the buggy whip makers.

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    Liz Elias 

    2 months ago from Oakley, CA

    Never heard of "The Street" prior to the "M" announcement...what is it, anyway?

    As to buggy whips---consider the timing, not the monopoly. The automobile was coming into more common usage at just about that time.

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