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The ***OFFICIAL*** Weekend Singles' Thread -- Remembering/Honoring the Gipper (June 9-11, 2006)
DollyCali & All the Singles at FRee Republic | June 9, 2006 | DollyCali

Posted on 06/09/2006 3:35:29 PM PDT by DollyCali

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To: bevlar

When I lived in Ohio, there were coyotes everywhere, so I never let the animals out after 9pm, especially in summer.


151 posted on 06/09/2006 7:50:21 PM PDT by darkangel82
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To: ozarkgirl

I agree with the brainwashing part here.

Lovingly applied.

So far, I'm going to stick with "not until 30" but I may relent in time... say, 25 or so?



152 posted on 06/09/2006 7:52:41 PM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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To: DollyCali

Yea - about the Reagan pix.


153 posted on 06/09/2006 7:54:14 PM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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To: DollyCali
IMHO the first one you loose is the hardest. My Judy will always be special to me and I cried a lot over her. I certainly think it helped that my parents insisted we got another dog as soon as possible.

We bought a puppy the only puppy I remember as after that we bought adult dogs. The nearest one that come close to Judy in my affection was Ziggy and in a different way Gizzy.

Ziggy was the first one I had to make the decision to have put down and that was hard but I knew it was the right decision she was suffering.

Me and Judy

Me and Lassie the only pup I have had

Me and Ziggy

154 posted on 06/09/2006 7:54:54 PM PDT by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME))
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To: bevlar; pcottraux; Victoria Delsoul; snugs; rzeznikj at stout; bannie; proud_yank; AFPhys; ...
I am going to get a bath & take care of a few things also.

BTW...

our Kate (ilovew) is now in Minnesota at camp for about a week.

Rockin is on his way tomorrow to DC & then to Boston to "meet the parents".. good luck FRiend.

Hello.. from Supernatural via FReepmail. He may key in a greeting to us but initial note says he "misses us".. and we miss him!
155 posted on 06/09/2006 7:56:31 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: AFPhys

Hi M.. will try to find them (on one of MANY external hard drives) & post sometime over the weekend)


156 posted on 06/09/2006 7:59:16 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: DollyCali
I did not think Americans had corded lawn mowers I remember Ohio being amazed the lawn mower that her daughter had in England.

The most popular one here is the hover type

157 posted on 06/09/2006 7:59:29 PM PDT by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME))
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To: snugs

Your pooches are sooooo very beautiful. When I did your thread I noted the love regarding Judy

She awaits you at the Rainbow Bridge. Hope she & Oliver are romping with gusto!


158 posted on 06/09/2006 8:00:44 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: darkangel82

lots of coyotes & also grey wolf.


159 posted on 06/09/2006 8:01:55 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: DollyCali

My final post: for you and others who might know HOWLIN.

There is a thread started to offer condolences on the death of her mom today. It might be easy to miss the way things are here, but if you search for her name in the title field, it will pop right up.


160 posted on 06/09/2006 8:04:21 PM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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To: pcottraux

Smells like something is burning outside...must go check it out. (Maybe it's Scary Tree!)


161 posted on 06/09/2006 8:08:51 PM PDT by Maximus_Ridiculousness
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To: AFPhys; All

Link to the prayer thread for Howlin

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1646608/posts


162 posted on 06/09/2006 8:10:04 PM PDT by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME))
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness

What is scary tree?

To all time I turned in - see you all tomorrow night
Love
Eleanor


163 posted on 06/09/2006 8:10:58 PM PDT by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME))
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To: AFPhys
So far, I'm going to stick with "not until 30" but I may relent in time... say, 25 or so?

You must be realistic, do you want your girl to not find a life partner till she is at least 30? Actually I think 25 is good but she'd have to look before then. I can only say I had a son who was very spiritual and chose his wife at 25, I think that's a good age. If you are a male parent, please do not hesitate to be the dad and scare off any unsuitable males.

It seems to me you are the protective dad. That's not a bad thing.

164 posted on 06/09/2006 8:12:12 PM PDT by ozarkgirl
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To: AFPhys

thanks fpr reminder.. I have that on the list of threads to get to tonight. Howlin has shared her struggles with her mom's illness.. difficult times for our good friend


165 posted on 06/09/2006 8:16:26 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness

Oh no!


166 posted on 06/09/2006 8:17:45 PM PDT by pcottraux (It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
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To: snugs
This is Scary Tree:

It's a big scary tree that stands 5 stories tall (this picture was taken from the second story window) and leans ominously towards my window. Unfortunately it sits in the neighbor's yard and we can do nothing about it but complain.

167 posted on 06/09/2006 8:18:44 PM PDT by Maximus_Ridiculousness
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness
Maybe the tree spontaneously combusted.
168 posted on 06/09/2006 8:21:37 PM PDT by darkangel82
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To: darkangel82

That would be wonderful.


169 posted on 06/09/2006 8:22:53 PM PDT by Maximus_Ridiculousness
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To: darkangel82

I guess it was a false alarm. Neighbors got a new pool today. They're splashing it up and making lots of noise. Then a really funny burning smell started coming through the window. Must be firing up an old BBQ or something. It's seems to be gone now.


170 posted on 06/09/2006 8:29:56 PM PDT by Maximus_Ridiculousness
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness

Another dead thread?


171 posted on 06/09/2006 8:30:03 PM PDT by darkangel82
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To: darkangel82

Seems like it.


172 posted on 06/09/2006 8:30:17 PM PDT by Maximus_Ridiculousness
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To: darkangel82

173 posted on 06/09/2006 8:32:33 PM PDT by Maximus_Ridiculousness
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness

I just had to leave the room for a minute, and everyone was gone when I came back.


174 posted on 06/09/2006 8:32:44 PM PDT by darkangel82
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness; darkangel82; All
our power has gone off a couple times. not sure what is going on but will turn off computers etc for now. If I don't see you until later or tomorrow, all have a good night & may we all remember the blessing that the Gipper was to our country & to his family.

May we all strive for a worthy legacy.

hugs FRiends!
175 posted on 06/09/2006 8:32:52 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: DollyCali

Thanks, Dolly! Night! Sorry about your power.


176 posted on 06/09/2006 8:34:54 PM PDT by Maximus_Ridiculousness
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness

177 posted on 06/09/2006 9:11:01 PM PDT by Maximus_Ridiculousness
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To: ozarkgirl
If you are a male parent, please do not hesitate to be the dad and scare off any unsuitable males.

The important word here is "unsuitable." I know a couple of guys at work who talk about the power games that they try to play with the guys who date their daughters. They always justify it with "You remember how it was." What I remember is that I didn't date in high school for a number of reasons. However, if I had started dating someone and her father played these games with me, I'd have dropped her immediately. I wouldn't have said anything like this to one of my elders, but my attitude would have been, "Hey, I'm a dedicated, born-again Christian who is committed to remaining celebate until marriage. I have enough problems and don't need your power games. I'm sure your daughter will find someone else willing to play those games with you. He'll play those games because he intends to get something that makes those games worth playing. I hope you'll be happy with that outcome." I don't try to tell these guys how to handle things with their daughters, but inside, I'm just shaking my head. I often think that those girls may be more likely to bring home the kinds of guys their dads fear because their dads have never really stopped being that kind of guy and modeling that kind of behavior.

In my case, I know that I was too passive throughout my high school and particularly my college life. I can see positives and negatives to dating in high school, but college should be a time of frequent dating. After leaving college, I rarely met suitable women and almost never met them in situations that would be conducive to starting a good relationship. College is a time when young people, particularly guys, need to "practice." I'm not saying that they should practice doing things that are immoral, but they should practice approach skills and learning to read signals. A guy who leaves college without these skills has a much higher probability of ending up single, lonely, and unhappy. Most of us are not made to be single, and remaining single past our time is not healthy.

Bill

178 posted on 06/09/2006 9:11:22 PM PDT by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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To: DollyCali
Dolly,

Thanks for posting this topic tonight. I had largely forgotten that this week marked the anniversary of President Reagan's death. I'd like to post something that I wrote for my own website two years ago (when I still had a website). As it turns out, this was my last commentary before Yahoo killed my website.

One More Tribute to President Ronald Reagan

This week will be filled with tributes to Ronald Reagan and rightly so. Understanding his place in our past will help us find the best path to our future. I'm part of that forgotten group between the "Baby Boomers" and the "Gen-X'ers," and I often feel that younger people don't understand how my generation feels about President Reagan. Others will give better reviews of his life and his presidency, but I'd like to explain why pictures of President Reagan and recordings of his words put a lump in my throat.

My earliest political memories were of Watergate and Vietnam. I barely remember the '72 election. I remember my parents saying that most politicians engaged in dirty tactics and that Nixon differed only in that he had been caught. The country had overwhelmingly rejected McGovern's liberalism, but the country was now acting as if it regretted that choice. I didn't understand many details, but that regret seemed misplaced. I understood even less about Vietnam, but the sense of having suffered a shameful loss was prevalent.

The election of Jimmy Carter in 1976 was the embrace of what he would later call "malaise." I occasionally read the history books in my junior high library, and I sensed the strength and pride that America felt after World War II. The attitude of the late 70's seemed to be that those feelings would be gone forever. The attitude seemed to be that communists were just too strong for us; we'd just have to learn to live with being subordinate to them; and maybe they were right anyway.

The communists were strong, dangerous, and wrong. I'm always amazed to hear otherwise intelligent people suggest that communism wasn't a big threat. These people talk about how communist governments have never been able to meet the needs of their own citizens as if that failure were relevant to the communists controlling the West. No communist government has ever cared whether it could meet the needs of its people. When demand rises above what communism can supply, communist governments kill their subjects until supply and demand are balanced again. Anyone who complains about either the unmet needs or the killings is killed also. In the last century, communist governments killed about 50 to 70 million of their own people. Communism is a bloodthirsty ideology. Through the late 70's, communism was expanding, and the only answer offered by the Carter administration was to boycott the 1980 Summer Olympic Games.

The Iranian hostage crisis defined the Jimmy Carter presidency and the direction that he represented. We had allowed our embassy to be taken without firing a shot. Our soldiers and citizens were bound and blindfolded in the face of our enemies. Our one attempt to rescue the hostages ended in disaster in the desert. Rescue missions are always risky, and the failure "could have happened to anyone."

Ronald Reagan was special because he reminded us that we could rise above what "could happen to anyone." He told us that we could defeat communism abroad and "malaise" at home. He told us that we didn't have to listen to those who advocate surrender and appeasement. Advocates of surrender and appeasement have never forgiven him either for being right or for telling us that we didn't have to listen to them.

President Reagan was never a certain pick for the Republican nomination or for the presidency. If George Bush had won another primary or two, he would have been the nominee. In the general election, Mr. Reagan not only faced Jimmy Carter but also faced a third-party run by John Anderson, a former Republican who was expected to take many Republican votes. A week before the 1980 election, people expected Jimmy Carter to win.

To be honest, I don't remember many details of the Reagan presidency. Eight months after the inauguration, I went to college and buried myself in books for the next seven years. My main goal was to be the best engineer that I could be, and striving to be my best fit the new attitude that most of us felt. I followed a few events, and they generally confirmed my trust in President Reagan.

I remember hearing of the Grenada invasion on a radio newscast while I was having breakfast in the dining hall. I had rejected an opportunity to join NROTC, but I halfway expected to be drafted someday. I hoped to finish college first to avoid having to start over later, but I thought my time had come. A friend and I watched the morning news in the student union building, and we were relieved to know that "the war" was already won without us.

I remember that tax cuts really did help the economy, but unfortunately, I don't remember "tear down this wall" when it was first spoken. I was vaguely aware of Iran-Contra, but even in hindsight it seems to be a great deal of prattle about very little substance. I wish that President Reagan had been able to reduce the size, scope, and cost of government as he wanted. If he had done so, we would be better off today. As it was, he did well with the situation that he had and won the Cold War.

Mostly, I remember that a future that once had often seemed dark was much brighter. I no longer feared that we just had to accept being less than the best. Certainly, we have problems that continued through the Reagan administration, but President Reagan really did move the country towards his vision of a shining city on a hill. For younger people who don't understand why some of us revere President Reagan so much, you have to know the difference between how we felt in the late 70's and how those feelings had changed by the late 80's.

God Bless you Ronald Reagan.


June 7, 2004

Copyright 2004 by William K. Kelly

179 posted on 06/09/2006 9:21:32 PM PDT by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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Hi, Dolly, GREAT tribute to a GREAT President! I enjoyed reading the quotes from him, some I knew, but not all of them.

So, how's everybody doing tonight?


180 posted on 06/09/2006 9:24:41 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (Veni, vidi, velcro - I came, I saw, I stuck around...)
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To: Theresawithanh

What a slow thread we have here.


181 posted on 06/09/2006 9:38:39 PM PDT by pcottraux (It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
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To: pcottraux

Seems so! I'm about to turn in myself, I've got an early appointment tomorrow.

I've missed visiting with everybody on the weekend threads lately, due to problems with pain with typing, but I'm slowly coming back. Glad to see the OST is still active.


182 posted on 06/09/2006 9:41:40 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (Veni, vidi, velcro - I came, I saw, I stuck around...)
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To: Theresawithanh
due to problems with pain with typing

You should start typing with your nose. It's a little trickier, but I'm sure you'll get the hang of it.

183 posted on 06/09/2006 9:44:20 PM PDT by pcottraux (It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
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To: pcottraux

Hey, (speaking of Reagan) I got some pics from when me and hubby went to the Reagan Library (after his death). Wanna see some?


184 posted on 06/09/2006 9:44:31 PM PDT by Maximus_Ridiculousness
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness

Sure thing.


185 posted on 06/09/2006 9:45:04 PM PDT by pcottraux (It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
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To: pcottraux

Now that's something I didn't think of! I've a pretty big nose, so what I'd type would just be mostly gibberish. Oh, wait...


186 posted on 06/09/2006 9:47:18 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (Veni, vidi, velcro - I came, I saw, I stuck around...)
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness; pcottraux

(Cue music) Ju-ust the three of us...

I'd love to see your Reagan pics, MR!


187 posted on 06/09/2006 9:50:01 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (Veni, vidi, velcro - I came, I saw, I stuck around...)
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Hubby and I stopped at the Reagan Library in the summer of 2004 while coming home from a trip to Vegas...


188 posted on 06/09/2006 9:50:30 PM PDT by Maximus_Ridiculousness
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness

Cool! That looks like a good place to go.

Where exactly is the Reagan Library again?


189 posted on 06/09/2006 9:55:28 PM PDT by pcottraux (It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
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To: Theresawithanh

I got one snapshot of me (floating around somewhere on my computer) of waiting in line to see his casket in June of 2004. Our entire trip lasted 22 hours straight. Drive time from San Francisco to Simi Valley is normally about 4.5 hours, but it took us 8 hours to get there. I think we waited in line for 12 hours...trying to remember. I'm trying to find the photo.


190 posted on 06/09/2006 9:55:41 PM PDT by Maximus_Ridiculousness
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To: pcottraux

Simi Valley, just northwest of Los Angeles.


191 posted on 06/09/2006 9:56:39 PM PDT by Maximus_Ridiculousness
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness

I should have known that. Silly me. I watched the funeral on TV, for crying out loud.


192 posted on 06/09/2006 9:58:38 PM PDT by pcottraux (It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
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To: pcottraux

Well DUH!

Just kidding.


193 posted on 06/09/2006 10:06:35 PM PDT by Maximus_Ridiculousness
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness

I know, shame on me.


194 posted on 06/09/2006 10:07:17 PM PDT by pcottraux (It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
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To: pcottraux

Nah. It's Kalifornia. Don't worry about it.


195 posted on 06/09/2006 10:11:42 PM PDT by Maximus_Ridiculousness
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness

Yeah, the People's Republic.


196 posted on 06/09/2006 10:18:21 PM PDT by pcottraux (It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
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To: pcottraux
I found it.

From left to right, me, my nephew, and my sis waiting in line to see Reagan's casket. It was about 9am. We drove in the evening before and had not slept since. My sister's husband was holding my cellphone to take the pic. Hubby was still in Iraq and due home later that same month.


197 posted on 06/09/2006 10:38:09 PM PDT by Maximus_Ridiculousness
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness

Cool. I just watched it on the TV. You were really there and everything.

Sis and you don't look alike at all.


198 posted on 06/09/2006 10:43:31 PM PDT by pcottraux (It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
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To: pcottraux

We do in different light.

Yeah, we was there and EVERYTHING!!!!


199 posted on 06/09/2006 10:45:57 PM PDT by Maximus_Ridiculousness
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To: pcottraux
This thread is really asleep.


200 posted on 06/09/2006 10:48:33 PM PDT by Maximus_Ridiculousness
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