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#313540 - 08/12/19 11:54 PM Re: The Challenge of Returning [Re: pondering_it_all]
Jeffery J. Haas Offline

It's the Despair Quotient!
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Originally Posted By: pondering_it_all
I can still do 5 star sudokus, even with some holes in my brain. I just can't spell sudoku right without looking it up! Thank God for Google.


OMG I used to win spelling bees and now I'm running to "The Goo Goo" 3 or 4 X a day!

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#313694 - 08/14/19 01:59 PM Re: The Challenge of Returning [Re: itstarted]
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It is so good to see so many old friends again. I've been neglecting RR for a bit, but I'm jazzed now. I am also in catch up mode - whoda thunk? But I'll be playing catch soon.
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#313733 - 08/14/19 09:57 PM Re: The Challenge of Returning [Re: itstarted]
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This might be a high jacking of It's thread, but - I'm not sure I'm going to stick around very long. I've seen linked stuff today that made me wash my hands and clear my history. I'm not sure my brain wants exposure to such dreck.

Still thinking but, really, neoNazis? I expected change when I wandered back in, and I'm aware that My choices are tolerate or leave again. I'm thinking.
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#313735 - 08/14/19 10:18 PM Re: The Challenge of Returning [Re: Mellowicious]
Jeffery J. Haas Offline

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Originally Posted By: Mellowicious
This might be a high jacking of It's thread, but - I'm not sure I'm going to stick around very long. I've seen linked stuff today that made me wash my hands and clear my history. I'm not sure my brain wants exposure to such dreck.

Still thinking but, really, neoNazis? I expected change when I wandered back in, and I'm aware that My choices are tolerate or leave again. I'm thinking.


Julia, the marketplace of ideas is large and sometimes host to overweening expressions of ideas which many find unpleasant.
But as someone near and dear once said:
"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."

Without you, we lose yet one more branch that bends toward justice.
You ARE the change, you ARE the hope.
I truly do hope that you will reconsider, stay and help us rebuild the Rant. I am still actively recruiting and I hope to also bring in new and fresh Ranters who fill out the empty places and invigorate our home.

Please consider sticking around.
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#313740 - 08/14/19 10:55 PM Re: The Challenge of Returning [Re: itstarted]
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Jeffery, the marketplace of ideas may be large but some of its offerings are abhorrent. Whether or not I want them as part of my life is a judgment call on my part. I'm not suggesting the Rant should change; I'm suggesting I don't really want those materials, in my life. Now that I know they are a (pseudo)legitimate part of the rant, I can choose whether to read it or avoid it. This one caught me by surprise.

I'm still thinking, as I said.
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#313774 - 08/15/19 03:59 AM Re: The Challenge of Returning [Re: itstarted]
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Oh, please, please stay, mellow.

I joined the retiree community five years ago, waaay too early for my age. My honey, however, is disabled and (slightly) older than me, and I truly wanted to get as much out of our life as we could while we could. We bought a small RV which we have used to travel over 62,000 miles over the last 4 1/2 years (it's been fantastic!). It has, however, taken awhile for me to get my orientation in the new lifestyle without the constant demands and imposed order of the working life.

Now that I have, however, my honey wants to change it up and move into a retirement community. She wants to "downsize"! I feel like we finally have room to move around within our own home! I barely qualify for "over 55" communities, and I am nowhere near ready to jump into a CCRC. Soooo...

Instead of the expense of a CCRC (at least for now), I have convinced her to spend money on fixing up the house we're in (new roof, new fence, landscaping) so we can enjoy it, and get outside help and resources in the community. She finally (after 5 years of nagging) acceded to hiring a housekeeper! We joined our city's "Senior Activity Center" (the average age is easily 15 years older than us), but there are activities and classes and groups we can participate in (although I have yet to find a motorcycle riding partner... durn). I have signed up to be a volunteer, although I warned them I may become unavailable for stretches of time (especially as the election gets closer).

For years now my primary source for political discussion has been the Rant. Neither my son nor my wife puts up with it much, and I have to turn off the news whenever they enter the room (seriously, they insist!). You, my friends, are my lifeline and my sanity, even if some of you are off your rockers! wink

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#313777 - 08/15/19 04:04 AM Re: The Challenge of Returning [Re: itstarted]
Jeffery J. Haas Offline

It's the Despair Quotient!
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Loc: Whittier, California
I agree wholheartedly. The world is much better with Mellowicious in it.
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#313890 - 08/16/19 11:05 AM Re: The Challenge of Returning [Re: itstarted]
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Had to look up serial 7s after it occurred to me it was here that I first heard of that challenge. I donít recall the gentleman who mentioned it to me - Spence? From the Seattle area?

Anyway, itís the sort of thing I do in the middle of the night if I canít sleep...all sorts of math exercises. Wifey thinks Iím crazy.

As I told Spence(?) at the time, be careful because counting back by 7s leads to all sorts of negativity if you donít know when to stop... grin


Edited by BC (08/16/19 11:06 AM)
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