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The Poisonous Clique Strikes Again! : That'll Teach You.

Updated on October 22, 2013
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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.

A typical Clique member at rest.
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One More Time.

I feel it is my duty to once again provide a place where friends can meet and chew the fat. This hub will endeavor to please the Hub Gods--such as they are--by cloaking this article under the facade of creative writing. Actually this fools no one, but it pleases me to feel a bit sneaky at times.

At any rate here it is, and please do take into consideration I'm sorta doing this under a type of duress, as inspiration is not always easy to come by. Whatever, I hope you enjoy having a place to talk trash if you feel the need. I know I will.

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Home From The War.

The closest thing Clear Springs, Georgia had to a town drunk was Virgil Taylor. He didn’t stay pickled all of the time, but on the weekends he made up for the other 5 days. Virgil was never a mean drunk, never got arrested for destruction of property or fighting with anybody, though he did have some rather strange behavior when he was in his cups.

A rather short man he was, his hair and eyes seemed to be the same shade of brown, an unassuming color which seemed to suit his life in general. His clothes were much the same. Nothing flashy or colorful, mostly shades of brown and gray. Even though he smiled a lot and helped everyone he could, his eyes had a look of seeing things just over the horizon, things so forlorn, so sad, he just couldn’t let himself fully relax.

According to my dad --he being Dave Tyson and I’m Doug--Virgil showed up in Clear Springs shortly after WWII ended. There were lots of boys home from the war and the competition for jobs was tough in most places, so apparently Virgil liked this small town just fine. I always wondered why he chose Clear Springs though, it being in a dry county and all, but I suppose he knew what he wanted better than I did. Yes, I thought about such things, considered them often at my then present age of 13 years.

Virgil's Final Binge

My dad always referred to me as a kearce young ‘un. I never got up the nerve to ask him what “kearce” meant, nor did I correct his pronunciation of the word “curious,” if that was indeed the word he was striving for. No, things were not done in such a manner in those days as a certain respect was called for when dealing with one’s elders in the 1950’s south. Besides, he was correct in that I was curious about everything. If the truth be told, I do believe he was sort of proud of my curiosity, especially later on in my life.

Naturally I was curious about Virgil, was keenly interested as to why he would work hard all week and then simply pass the weekend in an alcoholic stupor. He had a wife and daughter who lived with him in a small rental house a short ways out in the country. Virgil’s wife, Elise, could not speak English very well, but was a friendly woman everyone seemed to like. His daughter, Ruth, had her mother’s blond hair and blue eyes, something I had noticed early on since she was my own age.

They found Virgil dead one morning down next to the stockyards, lying almost beneath an old cattle car. This wasn’t totally unexpected as he tended to end up there when he was particularly drunk. It was well known that Virgil talked to himself and to other people only he could see when soused. He would bang on the side of the old cattle cars and yell, “Come on out now, no use waitin’ any longer, don’t make ’em mad!”

Acts Of Respect.

Sometimes he ended up crying, as many drunks are wont to do, especially near the end of a binge. No one bothered him though, they simply let ole Virgil alone with his visions. He always went home to his wife and daughter anyway. Except for the morning they found his body, that is. “His heart must of give out finally,” old Doc Haynes said .”It’s no wonder though, ole Virgil was under a lot of strain. I don’t know what kinda demons he was to tryin’ tuh drown with all that whiskey, but he finally got it over an’ done with.”

The Taylor’s were not known for being very religious, or at least they didn’t attend any of Clear Springs’ three churches, and besides, Virgil was usually still upending a bottle during the time morning worship services were being held. There was to be no funeral for Virgil, simply a small memorial service to be held at the Clear Springs Funeral Home chapel.

I was surprised and pleased at the number of folks who showed up to pay their last respects to the town drunk. No surprise I suppose. Virgil was a handyman who had performed some small chore for nearly everyone in town at some time or another. He fixed bikes for the boys and baby carriages for the girls for no charge other than a smile and a thank you. Everyone loved Virgil.

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Death As A Commonplace Thing

There were no preachers on the raised dais in the crowded chapel, only Elise and Ruth were seated there, and only Ruth would speak. While her mother was dressed in black widow’s weeds, Ruth was wearing a dress the color of her wonderful blue eyes, her curly blond hair framing her beautiful face. When everyone was seated Ruth approached the podium, opened a folded paper, and began reading.

“I want to thank everyone for honoring my father with their attendance at his last meeting on this earth.” she said. “My mother, as you all know, cannot speak English very well, so she asked me to read her words for her. She wishes you all to know that Virgil Taylor wasn’t always a man quick to drink, was once a calm and wonderful person before the war. He was a hero to many people, and still is to those whose lives he saved not many years ago.”

“Virgil was part of a bomber crew which was shot down over Germany during the latter stages of the war. Instead of being sent to a POW camp, the Germans discovered he could speak several languages and he was sent to a death camp to interpret for the Nazis. It was in this same camp where my mother met him. She was caught harboring a Jewish family and was sent along with them to certain death in the Holocaust camp.”

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A Life Of Deadly Memories

“Virgil’s job was to check the cattle cars for those who didn’t survive the transport to the camp. There were always some who died in transit and had to be hauled away in the back of a horse drawn wagon to be dumped in an open pit. My mother had only fainted, but Virgil hauled her away with the other unfortunate passengers and secreted her in an old cellar he had found quite by accident on the edge of the compound. Over the next few months he managed to save a few other people. Including a few children and adults.”

“Virgil managed to keep us all from starving somehow until the camps were finally liberated by the allied forces. He then married my mother and brought her back to America with him, but never again would he rest peacefully at night unless he was completely drunk. When the wind blew a certain way, even from our house out side of town, he could hear the railroad cars slowly clacking along the rails, just like they did when a new trainload of Jewish prisoners would enter the huge death camp.”

“He couldn’t resist walking to town during these times, just in case there was another soul who needed saving from the gas chambers and ovens. I wanted you good people to know this about my father, that he loved this small town and the people who never asked him why he acted as he did. I hope now you understand.”

And we certainly did.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Thank you Sur Smelly! (Great name by the way) :)

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      sur smelly 3 years ago

      Satisfying story sir. So, suspenseful.

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      Hope you get it sorted out, aa. What an awful thing to happen! I know they have a way of fixing hole-in-the-wall machines so that your card and pin gets recorded when you make a cash withdrawal. But this was a credit card, right? I hate the low down scum of this world who take from others instead of working to earn their own money.

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      aa lite 3 years ago from London

      I honestly can't figure out how this happened, because they knew my pin it is unlikely that this was an online crime. And I haven't been to restaurants where I give my card away for ages.

      I have a vague memory of something weird happening when I was on my way to France, but I don't know whether it's a fake memory or something, and really I can't remember what it was.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Have you noticed the new PO hub, aa? A bit easier to load than this one. :)

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      aa lite 3 years ago from London

      Oh dear, I just spent half an hour with the bank bureau of fraud, apparently my card was cloned and some evil doer was having his way with cash that wasn't in there in John Lewis a couple of hours ago. Knew my Pin number and everything.

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      I love lentil dhal, WA. I became addicted when we were in Sri-Lanka, but they had to seriously reduce the amount of spices used for the tourists- the amount and intensity of the spices the locals consumed would ultimately blow our heads off. I must have been really tired when I first read your posts last nignt, I thought you meant that you had literally eaten half a cobra. Now however, I'm assuming that you meant lager. lol!

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      aa lite 3 years ago from London

      Eppie, what is this thing about scientists finding the "second strand" of DNA. They've known it had two strands since Watson and Crick built their model (actually I think Rosalind Franklin's X-ray data showed that, but that's another story). Why do you think it is called the "double helix".?

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      WriteAngled 3 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      I did my PhD on possible mechanisms operating in autoimmune haemolytic anaemia. That was in the days when we knew there were B cells and T cells, and that T cells could be divided into cytotoxic, helper and (the exciting new discovery!) suppressor classes. Now the whole thing is considered to be far more complex in itself as well as having input from other body systems.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I recycled a previous hub because the one I was working on became more interesting to write than I supposed. In the meantime feel free to comment here:

      https://hubpages.com/literature/Revenge-Of-The-Poi...

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      @eppie, it is not something anyone of us should hub about, unless it is the Top 10 Things that Cause...".Serious studies are published on serious hi-tech sites which we have no chance of outranking.

      Honestly, I have written on a few health topics, coming from an angle of fact and personal knowledge, and they go nowhere.

      On a personal level, I am still interested, especially in autoimmune diseases - body cells attacking other body cells.

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      eppie 3 years ago

      Izy, I am sorry to hear of your mum. My grandfather had awful dementia. I can not say it was that awful. He died while laughing. Something had him really amused till the end.

      On another note, I am watching Malcolm in the middle, the bowling alley episode. I can watch on the tablet and be online on the PC. It is kind of fun. I am trying to blog but nothing is coming out. I am thinking of trying to promote some amazon, after Christmas items.

      I am sorry to hear that Hollie doesn't like hers, and that randy does not like a kindle. I forget, my generation is the tech one.

      @izzy, I must say you are on to something regarding the body attacking things. I read about the second strand of DNA scientists found. Perhaps it holds clues. Some one should probably write a hub about that.

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      WriteAngled 3 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      Hello all,

      Popping briefly on my way to bed. We went to see "Dickens Abridged" this afternoon, a 90-minute romp through the works of Charles Dickens, which was well conceived, expertly presented and very funny. There is a good description here:

      http://oughttobeclowns.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/revi...

      We made our way back to Wimbledon via Tooting, where we enjoyed dosas with chutneys and dhal. I had a half of Cobra and one daughter had a mango lassi. The total bill was just under £20 for all three of us, which is amazing since I was expecting £20-30 per head for a meal in London.

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      Taking each day as it comes is one thing, making a life-changing decision, like putting her in care, is another. Unfortunately, places in the limited number of care homes as so limited that one has to enter a waiting list. So while I am quite happy to plough on until I have reached the end of my tether, I would have liked to put Mother on the waiting list before that stage is reached.

      The local dementia care home is situated yards from here. My mother spent a week there in October. It only has something like 25 beds.

      Everyone seemed healthy and hearty when I visited, but there has been two deaths there since then.

      I'm a nurse. I can see when death is close. I saw it in my Dad before he died, although because I was too close to him, I refused to accept it.

      I did not see death closing in on anyone in that home, which made me think I should decide to put her on the waiting list. Yet two have died since! I read about their deaths in the local paper. Two in two months. One a month, quite a changeover rate.

      Edit: Happy Boxing Day to you too :)

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Happy Boxing Day, Izzy! And everyone else:) Glad you had a good day with your family, and for once someone, your daughter, was doing something nice for you:)

      When it comes to your Mum, maybe you just have to take each day as it comes. Whatever you decide to do, I'm sure will be the right decision.

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      No worries, S&F!

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      @eppie, I don't know what to say.I have never heard of the body attacking thyroid medication which is taken to replace a hormone in your body that its reproductive gland no longer produces enough of. I am quite probably out of touch. Thank you for explaining it, which I understood even without the long techie words. Its this damn autoimmune thing again. WTF is going wrong with our bodies that is making healthy cells turn against healthy cells? It's like a jigsaw puzzle with a piece missing. In the absence of my Dad, who knew everything, I discuss medical issues with my daughter, who is a mature third year student midwife. I didn't know until today that they study general nursing too. (In my day, you had to be a general nurse before you could start midwifery training, but times have changed).

      If I get the chance, I will ask her about your condition, see if we can throw some light on it. I know you understand well enough, but the more input people can throw into a topic, or an illness, the better the chance of success.

      I am a trained nurse with 20 years of experience, but from 30 years ago, and things have changed, moved on, updated.

      I was discussing the condition of my mother with Lynne today. I said she could live for years, and I hope she does because even though she is unrecognisable as my mother, her body is healthy.

      Lynne told me my mother would die quite soon because she has multi-infarct dementia and a major stroke will kill her sooner than later. That hit me like a slap in the face. Seriously.

      I was thinking of getting her admitted to an establishment, because giving 24 hour care, 7 days a week, is taking its toll. Now I am thinking she would be better off spending the rest of her short days with me.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Thanks guys, it finally appeared after several tries. :)

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      LTM, I think felafel would be good, but it actually doesn't really need anything else- just experiment.

      Mark Ewbie, shame on you for kicking a dog! Lol! I've just poked you on Facebook, and I have absolutely no idea how I might express that differently. Lmao!

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      Doesn't the top line contain the web address? I noticed that if you change the title, even to correct a spelling error, the web address has to be manually changed too, but only on the first page.

      Try again, afresh, with your hub title.

      If it doesn't work, its a site error which will no doubt be rectified by tomorrow.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Thanks LTM! Will do. I keep getting a warning to add a web address while trying to publish a new hub, Trouble is, there's no place to put it on the page. Anyone? It usually does it automatically when entering the title. Has something changed?

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      LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

      Hey Randy. When you see your dermatologist, ask if they know anything about using oregano oil on your bite. You might get lucky and find they have an interest in herbal remedies. I'm thinking you should be trying it and if you want to know how, let me know and I'll give you some clues.

      Walking out my door now and your appointment is tomorrow so let me know after you've been for your appointment. Good luck.

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      LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

      Won't show me the page unless I log in, Hollie. Don't have time right now but I'm making a mental note to take a look. I have plenty of nuts and herbs and garlic here now and might just wing an attempt at making some balls with tomato puree.

      I wonder what would happen if I added some falafel mix to the bowl. Hmmm.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Obviously a way around Big G's filter! lol!.

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Randy, I was amazed at the comments received for nut balls. Still, kept them visiting my site. Lol!

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      I can't LTM, because I let my domain name lapse with blogger and didn't renew it. Then I had to rescue it somehow, which all seemed a bit too much effort, tbh. However, found some of the recipes (pics) on Pinterest.

      http://www.pinterest.com/source/meatfreerecipesand...

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      LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

      Sounds great, Hollie. Can you give us a link here?

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      We have access to both peanuts and pecans because they're grown on our farm. Probably make good nut balls too. Hee hee, you said 'nut balls'!

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      LMT, they're gorgeous, honestly! Mixed nuts, tomato puree, garlic and various herbs and spices-all ground and moulded into nut balls (don't laugh) Really, even non veges and vegans find them tasty!

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      LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

      Hollie, with a vegetarian husband, the thought of vegan nut balls is giving me a good chuckle. Mind you, I'd click and check it out. It is always nice to spot something new and interesting in the way of vege or vegan food.

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Randy, ages ago my vegetarian food blog (which consisted of mostly vegan recipes tbh) received a massive spike from Reddit. One particular post, think it was my vegan nut balls, was posted on Reddit and received loads and loads of hits (think four figures, at least, daily) for a good few days. Clicks were also disappearing at an alarming rate. If the clicks and traffic were coming from Asia or something, I'd get it- but the majority of traffic was coming from America and Canada. I'd be lucky if one click remained on the account at the end of the day. I think there's something in the theory that G caps your traffic, and also think there's something in the theory that G caps your clicks, too!!!

      PDS, it's really difficult to predict. I think that just like HP (?), they're looking for useful, well written and original content. I don't think a rant will go down well, but perhaps a well researched and well written piece about topic with which you are familiar and have had problems with, can offer advice about (healthcare, insurance etc) But at the end of the day, providing your page is of the quality expected and is approved, it doesn't really matter whether how well it goes down with Wizzley members, but how Goggle views it.

      My best performer on Wizzley has only ever received one comment, has the lowest score, is purely informational and the target audience cannot even buy the crap I've offered through Amazon (that bit was intentional) but receives the highest levels of traffic, year round, and has made the most in Adsense clicks.

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      Hollie. Btw, my latest experimental hub is already on page 2 of google; got hopes for that one, come the new year. What topics do best at Wizzley do you think? What about a rant about everything wrong with American society; would that go big over there?

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I'm getting extremely tired of Google taking my clicks away. It seems like they do it on a daily basis now, where as before it was a rare occasion when such happened. It's times like this makes me wonder if HP is seeing the same thing on their end of the clicks. Too bad we can't see what our hubs earn for HP. I wonder why they care? :P

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      If I were just starting a Wizzley account now, PDS. I'd try and sneak some relevant links from my hubs to my new Wizzley articles (not vice versa, if you were thinking of doing it that way) You can also add some links to your blog, etc on your profile page, but also on the footer of each page- oh, and forum posts too. Don't expect as much traffic as you receive from HP, but Wizzley has certainly earned me a few quid (bucks to you!) The pages are also really easy to format and look really good- plus, there's a host of other opportunities for making money there, I just haven't taken advantage of them.

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      Hollie, thanks. Sounds like Wizzley does indeed get traffic. And I hadn't even thought of backlinks.

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      I'm hoping 2014 will be one of great prosperity for us all. I wonder if any of my wedding invitations will sell next year. I've been looking at some of the best sellers on Zazzle, and I really don't think they're anything special, with a few exceptions. Either these store owners are great when it comes to marketing their products, or they have sussed out what the searcher really wants- I'd opt for the former.

      I'm totally rubbish when it comes to promoting products- I don't even get Pinterest really, it amazes me that so many people are able to drive so much traffic to their articles/stores by using Pinterest.

      I'm going to make a massive effort to drive traffic to my wedding store in 2014. Only a few days to go, Randy, and 2014 will be upon us. I'm always glad to see the back of the year!

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Yes it has, Hollie! Come on 2014!! lol!

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Oh dear, hopefully the dermatologist can get to the bottom of it. 2013 really has been a crappy year for you, Randy!

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Probably because this hub is getting near the point of being replaced, Hollie. Unfortunately I can't stay home because a few weeks ago while doing the plumbing on the new bath I had a strange bump bump appear on my chest after being underneath the house earlier in the day. I assumed it was some sort of spider bite as we--my friend Russ was helping me--had spider webs and egg sacks all over our caps when we finished up the job.

      The main spot--there were two smaller areas around the same big bump which I assumed were bites after the insect used most of it's venom on the first bite. To make a long story short....went to a clinic because my doctor was unavailable where they took a culture which came back indicating a staph infection. Took antibiotics which didn't seem to help much so I see the dermatologist tomorrow. As I said earlier...2013 ain't over yit. :)

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Nice Amazon sales this Xmas, PDS, but Adsense clicks worthless for me. Probably the topics which I've written about etc. Ok for sending traffic to my Zazzle store too.

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      Hey, Hollie. What's your opinion of Wizzley these days? If you still like them, maybe I'll give them some of my hubs.

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      I have a kindle, Randy, and I don't mind that-but the tablet gets on my nerves. It took so long to scroll the comments here with it last night, that I gave up in the end. Also, typing is a nightmare- you have to have tiny, little elf like fingers or you hit the wrong keys.

      Randy, stay in until NY's day- just to be on safe side :)

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      A year ago today I found out why they call some shoes "slippers". Slipped and fell down the stairs and cracked a few ribs in the process. It seemed to be a portent of things to come in the year 2013. And it's not over yet......

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hollie, I do indeed understand how you feel about the tablet. A couple of years ago I received a Kindle but never felt as comfortable reading from it as I do holding a book in my hands. Every time I see it I feel a bit guilty for not using it.

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Oh that's a real shame, aa. There's obviously nothing you can do about it now though. Hope the other baby's ok!

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      Mark Ewbie 3 years ago from Euroland

      I trod on a dog and then kicked it when it panicked and went the wrong way. Fortunately I have no obvious bruising.

      A chill Xmas which has been nice and I hope the clique prosper in the New Year.

      Oh, the dog is OK too.

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      aa lite 3 years ago from London

      My mood yesterday was somewhat spoilt when I discovered I pancaked a baby gecko. I was always freaked out by the way they lodged themselves at the top of the tank door, with good reason as it turns out.

      It looked totally like roadkill, completely fat. Its sibling is still hiding in the door. These kids just never listen! And I'm worried that the remaining baby has something wrong with its foot, its toes are so tiny, I can't really see, but I'm worried.

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Good afternoon, cliquers. Hope you all had a good day yesterday, however you celebrated (or otherwise) My sister bought me an android tablet for Xmas, and am feeling really guilty because I don't like it and will probably never use it. My daughter loves it and has therefore claimed it. I mentioned that I was buying my son a tablet for Xmas, so I'm assuming that she thought I'd probably want one too!

      I'm just chilling and making wedding invitations at the moment, which technically I suppose is working- it's just nice to have the day to myself and do whatever I want though- even if work related.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Put your liver on a diet, eppie! Hope you get to feeling better soon! :)

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Good morning Cliquers and PO's. So pleased not to have to do anything today associated with Xmas. Slept till eleven and still in my jammies now. May stay in bed all day unless someone makes me get out of it. And someone probably will.......

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      eppie 3 years ago

      Got back from hospital. I have a mildly fatty liver. They recommend low fat low cholesterol dieting. I have a thyroid test late jan.

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      eppie 3 years ago

      Woke today to a large amount of snow. Cops are everywhere even some unmarked. This is odd, they do not come to this ares unless there has been big, big trouble. I will keep you all well informed of what they are doing as it happens. In a neighboring town a few weeks ago we had two thrill killers. They went on craigslist and posted for a date then they had the date. They kill people for entertainment. The community is devastated.

      I got a watch for christmas, I wanted to show everyone but its hard to do. It is on amazon, as Youyoupifa Trendy Design Long Lasting Shockproof Army Style LED Watch with Alloy Bracelet. They are cheap. I know it looks like a mens watch but I had to have it, it was so cool! It actually looks good on even a woman. If not as a cool gift to give to a guy. I am fascinated with tech and advancements in tech. Some of our coolest tech is now being used for entertainment and fashion. Decorating for the next century is a niche that many could make money on for a long time.

      uh oh, more cop cars. I am off to the hospital for my testing. Best to everyone.

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      LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

      lol. It is nearly midnight here and we are about to enter Dec 27. Christmas and Boxing Day are behind us for another year. It is strangely amusing watching you folk heading we've already been. lol.

      Izzy, I saw your comment about Indian restaurants in Scotland and I wholeheartedly agree. When we lived there we went to quite a few, but we particularly loved an Indian restaurant down a side street opposite the Kings Theatre in Edinburgh. I would happily have eaten there every night!

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      I had a lovely Christmas. My daughter arrived armed with all the ingredients and cooked and prepared the whole dinner. All I had to do was set the table. Fell asleep during 'Call the Midwife' but have it recorded so can watch it again. Rest of the family arriving tomorrow on a day trip so don't need to worry about cooking dinner for 11 as they'll be gone by then.

      Mum has a Hostess trolley, so there is no stress in cooking for numbers. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hostess-HL6232DB-Connoisse... What are they called in the US?

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      It sounds like our experience is typical, S&F. Trying to make all of the family gatherings, preparing different foods and beverages, not pissing anybody off, buying gifts for people you have no idea of what they want, and losing one's cool is quite a feat in itself. I'm already in my PJs and am planning a lazy day tomorrow myself. My 92 year old Mom will probably call and wake me up at 7:30 am. :o

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      SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas

      Things have finally wound down here and I'm looking forward to spending the entire day tomorrow in my pj's. It was a nice Christmas but I'm exhausted. My better half found me in the living room at 3 a.m. last night, sitting on the floor upright, surrounded by wrapping paper and gifts, but sound asleep.

      Merry Christmas to all the poisonous ones! Happy Festivus too, and merry Thunderkattywampusmas!

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Thank goodness the day is almost over! It's great to see family and all, but starting out with breakfast and opening gifts at my Mom's, then driving about 20 miles away to Beth's sister's home to eat---again-- opening gifts--again--then finally getting back home after dark, takes its toll. And it seems like Christmas comes every 4 months!

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      eppie 3 years ago

      Just checking in. Got a tablet, android, for Christmas. Hope we are call behaving, I'm stuffed!

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      What a Christmas for you, Snakeslane! Hope things settle down enough for you actually enjoy the day. :)

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      snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada

      Thanks Randy, Im well, just got back online after the CRASH...Oh, and fighting a war on my street with a mad killer dog and his goofy owner, two of my cats killed, another neighbors cat also...very sad situation. I need a fence, but live at the beach where traditionally the yards are open, frustrating to put it mildly.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      The very same to you, Snakeslane! I hope you and your family are doing well. :)

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      snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada

      Hey Randy, Merry Christmas to you and yours...Peace, snakeslane

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I may be away most the day tomorrow too, but I'll surely check in sometime during the day. Yes, helping others is what it's all about. That plus partying with old friends and family. :)

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      Eppie 3 years ago

      Also, Quick new cast for you all. its half an hour to technical midnight and snowing. It will be a white Christmas for the area near our home up to a mile. LOL I wished for that! The ground is turning white as we have a last glass of nog by the dying fire. The puppy is asleep and the presents are set out. The fat man will be on his way over soon, I suspect. I hope he bundled up, it is currently 20F and steadily getting colder. I would not have it any other way.

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      eppie 3 years ago

      Here is the exact train of life of my thyroid problem. My body took the thyroid medication like it should. Usually it takes it and then makes it right inside of you and your thyroid can do the rest of the work. I dont know the exact terms. In my case a bit into it, not long, and they told me my body was attacking the medication and my thyroid. That is the autoimmune part. So, without the medication and normal routes they are flumoxed. I hope I spelled flumoxed correctly.

      My thyroid is under active.

      I must also say it is so wonderful to hear of each of your Christmas plans. I imagine that our usual clique members not present must have things a buz. But we must not forget that there are those that have much sadness this day. They sit alone, and upset and depressed. There are also those that have nothing. I gave a lot, I do each year to ensure that they do not have to do it alone. Even if you spend Christmas afternoon or evening at a nursing center or old folks home. You are brightening someones day. I usually buy a small gift and take it to the local retirement home. I ask the nurses who the least visited person is. They have a list most of the time. I go to that person and try to talk to them and then give them the gift. I do not get sad till later when I realize that is our fate, to grow old, forget so much and then pass away. Humanity must embrace the idea that we are all friends and fellow humans.

      I can tell you that at the moment they open the gift and smile, you feel so in touch with the sole of the one you reached out to. To see the lonely eyes loose that hollow sad look for a moment and twinkle with joy and warmth is worth all the money and possession in the whole earth. I wouldn't trade that opportunity for anything.

      Not a dry eye in the room? Sorry I tell it like it is.

      Have a very blessed and merry Christmas. I may not be on at all tomorrow until night time US East. I hope every one can have a wonderful time.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I'm on it, Izzy. Give me a few days till all the celebrating slows a bit. Me celebrating mainly. :P

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      @aalite, congrats on the 7%! Seriously. I consider myself to do quite well on Amazon, but I think I only hit the magic 7% once before, a long time ago. Now 6 and a half percent is doable....

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      Randy you are going to have to prepare us a new corner to be poisonous in. All these comments (Guilty, mi Lud) slow the page load time down.

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      WA, I will need to look up Hashimoto's as it is not one we were taught all th0se years ago.

      I'm a bit flummoxed at your saying "a real Indian restaurant". In Scotland, if it says Indian, it is Indian. I did notice on a recent visit to England that the local Indian curry shop was staffed by English people, which I thought was odd.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I think being sensitive to sad things does increase with age, Izzy. But then, so does knowlege of reality, or experience perhaps. Or maybe both.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hashimoto's sounds like a Japanese steak house, WA. :P Merry Christmas to you. :)

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      Yes I am, now that you have pointed it out. I didn't send a single Christmas card this year. I missed out one of my own daughters from the cheque list, but I will sort that when things calm down. I have all the cards Mum received and taken note of those that arrived addressed to Dad too, and will see what I can do in the new year about contacting all those people. ie card and lovely letter enclosed from someone called 'Johnny'. No surname, no address. Mums knows who Johnny is, but can't remember his surname, nor where he lives. She'd already misplaced her address book when I arrived and I haven't yet come across it. So how do I write back? This has been happening daily this month (different people obviously). It is quite distressing for me, because these people are probably elderly too and they will be left wondering.

      Other people locally put a notice in the paper to say they will be donating to charity instead of sending cards. I don't have time for all the kerfuffle.

      So, take the mandatory sending of Christmas cards out of the equation (the Spanish don't send cards) and life becomes a lot easier, if a bit more isolated, because it is only at Christmas you ever hear from these people.

      I'm fine. I did notice I am more inclined to cry at sad stories, videos, books whatever. Was in floods watching the TV documentaries about the 25th anniversary of Lockerbie.

      When news broke, I was out in taxi. Me and a whole bunch of guys decided that they would probably need emergency blood and plasma taken down there, and thought we could do our bit by doing it for free.

      News filtered through that there were no survivors. No need for our services. We couldn't help. But we wanted to.

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      WriteAngled 3 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      Izzy, Hashimoto's is an autoimmune disease diagnosed by the presence of anti-thyroid antibodies. Usually it manifests as hypothyroidism.

      Anyway, I'm off to bed now. Daughters have Xmas food sorted. On Boxing day we are going to see an afternoon performance of Dickens Abridged, followed by curry in a real Indian restaurant. On the 28th, I'm off to play and sing West Gallery carols in Byfield near Northampton, and on the 30th I return to Wales.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Yes Izzy, I grumble a lot about all of the hustle and bustle but I'm glad to see my grandchildren as one is off at school and the other one is going to be shortly. Family is worth it all!! Merry Christmas to you and I'm pleased you're enjoying it this year. :)

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      I was in the bank today when I met an old friend from school. She just said Friday can't come soon enough.

      For all we moan and groan about the stress of Christmas, we should take a couple of years out, like I did, where we don't see family and we don't celebrate it.

      It's a sad time then. Christmas is a time for family and friends, and while it may be stressful, it is worth it.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Just got in from Habee's house where there was the usual buffet of everything good, as well as, adult beverages to wash it down with. The drive home was a little squirrely in my condition but thankfully were on country roads most of the way.

      Will have breakfast at my Mom's and lunch at Beth's parents, so it will be another full day I suppose. I'll be glad when it is over! :)

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      It's 2.20am here and so I just want to wish every one of you Happy Christmas. I think I'm coping pretty well, considering. Mum is not long off to bed, and some of my family are here (they rented a cottage nearby). It was lovely tonight seeing my two little grand-daughters all excited about Santa coming. It's a sign of the times that that they asked their father every two minutes "Where is Santa now?". Some app or other on their smartphones. The rest of my family are coming on Friday for the day. I get on better now with my ex than we ever did when married. I am glad they care enough to visit - we are in a remote spot well away from civilization so getting anyone at all to visit is something. Of course, Mum is even more confused than normal by all the activity, but at least she is relatively contented. Better to have real people around than imagined ones! Even the dog has been well-behaved. Everyone wants to teach him manners, and he is willing to listen, for a change. I got the dining room sorted (at the last minute) and Grampa's wee tree is up. I'd wanted a real tree, but there was no way I'd have had time to build a base (OK it's only two sticks, but they need to be nailed together) so things are OK all things considered.

      @eppie, am I right in thinking you have an underactive thyroid gland? In that case, all you need to resolve is the correct dosage of thyroxine to make your body function normally. If it is overactive, I think you need an operation to cut some of your thyroid gland out. Of course, my knowledge of such things is at least 20 years behind the times, but I doubt if anything has changed that much. As I think someone pointed out above, underactive makes you slow, sluggish, tired, more hairy than normal, prone to rapid weight gain. Overactive and you are thin, restless, have bulging eyes, on-the-go constantly, and hairless. I didn't know about the relationship between thyroid dysfunction and disturbed liver function results. Interesting.

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      Ah the good old days of the Christmas parties! Not that I've ever actually been to one. My last paid employment was a nurse in a hospital, and boozy nights out weren't one of the things we did. I think I once went to Christmas dinner with a crowd of them, and we were all sorely disappointed at the level of catering. As a taxi driver, however, Christmas nights out (for everyone else) was a boom time for us. I was just thinking of that on Saturday past. Best working night of the year.

      Now I'm just glad if I can make it through the day and still consider myself to be relatively sane at the end of it.

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      eppie 3 years ago

      Christmas party numeral uno went off without a hitch. Festive and non alcoholic. That is all good. Hashimoto's is what they told me I have! You helped me remember WA! Thank you.

      I had a good first round of Christmas, I got a few things that I guess I will share. The book Dont look back illustrated by Mary Engelbreit. A T shirt that has "aint no body got time for that" printed on it. My brother also got me a Sheetz gas station gift card and a copy of the movie "a Christmas story.

      They are such a good family, it was nice that they came. My brother had things to do so he was here briefly he and his wife are nice people. Christmas tomorrow, (tech, 5 hours from this post) will consist of a large brunch and a morning party hosted by my mother. It will be the bigger of the two parties. I must go now, the puppy just peed on my chair.

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Happy holidays, GM!

      Are we all in good mood, or oozing toxins in a corner somewhere?

      Well I've done it again, pigged out cheesy puff strips, a Quorn burrito, quiche and chili heatwave Doritos and a spicy dip. I made a buffet which also included various unidentified caucus on sticks for my offspring. Vegetarian buffets are no fun when you are in the minority, you could not possibly eat all of the assorted treats available, so you limit yourself to just a few. I'm also drinking my first Woo Woo and feeling rather mellow. aa, I hope you're not working :))

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      The best to you too, GM! Happy Holidays! :)

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 3 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      To Randy, HollieT, Izzy, Aalite, Eppie, and all others, Have a Merry Christmas. The Poisonous Clique is such a misnomer. You all are the NICEST and TRUEST souls around. God Bless!

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      And the very same to you, our wondrous poisonous leader. :)

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      A typical day for the Xmas season here in the Deep South. Sunny and in the 60's but with a slight breeze. We haven't had enough cool weather to kill the grass yet but I'm sure we'll have some frost and ice before long. This will be a busy day as we prepare for tomorrow's festivities with our families. I'm pleased to claim all of you guys as friends and hope everyone has a great Christmas and New year. 2013 has not been good to me and I look forward to better things in 2014. :)

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      WriteAngled 3 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      Eppie, from a scientific paper:

      "Thyroid dysfunction may perturb liver function, liver disease modulates thyroid hormone metabolism, and a variety of systemic diseases affect both organs. We highlight the intricate relations between the thyroid gland and the liver in health and disease."

      The full paper is available at:

      http://qjmed.oxfordjournals.org/content/95/9/559.f...

      Also, looking at some forums out there, a number of people with Hashimoto's thyroiditis are reporting high levels of liver enzymes.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hope everyone is enjoying Xmas and suited Santa. Eppie, don't party too hard, especially with a liver condition! We still have almost a full day left before we start celebrating the day but I'll probably start early as usual.

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Eppie, I hope they find the root cause of your health problems and sort them out. I'm afraid that I cannot help with the correct spelling of Hubbosphere, but understood what you meant- so it's all good.

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      LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

      Christmas Day here in Australia already. White bearded one made it safely to our house. :) Hope you all have a great day.

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      eppie 3 years ago

      Holiday party number one is going to start at 4 Pm I must clean the house and wash the floors to a shine for guests. Then, set everything up. My step father spent a fair bit of time and attention on my mother this year. Very impressive. I like him I think. She can not be disappointed with him.

      Hollie, i am sure that the hospital will be fine. It is a bit of a drive but that is ok. I am just upset, first the thyroid now the liver. I am suspecting a general cause but they wont listen. Also, hubbosphere is a very hard word to spell correctly. I am still not sure that I am doing it right.

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Merry Christmas oh venomous ones!

      Eppie, can I just say that you worked SHy*te beautifully into your greeting. Good luck at the hospital!

      Glad you had a safe journey WA. I must say that the weather in Manchester is extremely mild- hope it stays that way.

      I love mushroom pierogi aa, and sauerkraut- no wonder you're happy! :))

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      aa lite 3 years ago from London

      Merry Christmas poisonous friends! Glad you made it safely WA, some bits of the UK look pretty dire on the news (but I have the sound turned off so not sure which parts).

      I've just had my Amazon rate increased to 7% today (113 items shipped), the internet's Christmas present to me. It's actually not all that profitable cause a lot of the items were cheapo toys, but one has to enjoy the tiny victories amidst all the flood of misery and failure.

      I'm celebrating Christmas by stuffing myself full of sauerkraut and mushrooms pierogi from Sainsbury. Life is very nice!

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      eppie 3 years ago

      And, how is everyone and their shyte (lol hollie your crack me up) existence on the hubbosphere? I had to work shyte into the greeting so no one get mad.

      Merry Christmas eve, I am off to the hospital soon, (liver troubles again) and then its Christmas parties for the next 48 hours.

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      WriteAngled 3 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      I assumed that stupid picture was a stock photo. It is about on the level of those awful marketing images you see everywhere on low quality products. I've no idea what MR looks like and have only had a couple of interactions with her several years ago. I know nothing of, and have no interest in, her personal life/history.

      Am in Wimbledon now with my daughters. The drive yesterday was remarkably easy with hardly any traffic on the roads. I think many people were put off by the dire warnings, amber alerts, etc. However, as far as the M4 corridor and adjacent areas were concerned, I must say I've driven through far worse weather conditions in the past.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Sleep well, Hollie! :) I'll hold down the fort.

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Randy, I'm off to bed now- almost 2am and I fell asleep in beached whale position last night, by my laptop.

      See you all Xmas Eve- nighty night! :)

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Yes Hollie, the writing on HP hasn't really improved much as far as I can tell. Same old same old on the forums. Adding the ads to the forums is sorta desperate.

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      The ads they've place on the threads smacks of desperation to me, Randy. In times past,when the forums were full of heat and people fought tooth and nail- HP had a major engagement. They didn't need to place ads on forums, they had lots of enthused writers (even if their hubs were just a reaction to a forum thread) the community wrote often, and with some..., ok, a few exceptions, pretty well. I do not see any improvement, overall, in the quality of articles written here. Perhaps the hot aunty hub collection has not been added to of late, but with a few exceptions, neither has the quality hubs collection.

      Now, it appears, there are just a few quality hubs- lots of shyte (Eppie, I know you love that reference..:)) And silly comments from forum queens- not even comments, but just, look at me, laugh and tell me how great and sexy I am. All a bit sad!

      I abstain from the forums almost altogether. Was just a matter of time before I was banned altogether.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      @Hollie--Precisely why I ended my self-ban and went back on the forums. I knew it was simply a matter of time before HP would use any excuse to make my forum ban permanent. I wanted to get it over with once and for all.

      I do believe they intentionally banned those who asked difficult questions as there was a certain time period in which many of these same people were banned for some very questionable reasons.Coincidentally this was right before HP asked for some input from the writers. Duh! I suppose now they have the forums just as dull as they want them. I do wonder about the ads they've placed on the threads though.

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      aa, been there with the sleep thing- make yourself go to bed now! The longer you stay up, the more you'll be tempted to read some daft article, watch a YouTube video etc. GO. TO. BED. :))