By Emerald63 on Aug 3, 2016 at 4:37 PM
Hiya Bee! What you been up to? I'd noticed you hadn't been around for a while. You OK? There've been some changes here, both with the site and with our dear Sylvia. Best way to get updates is to check out the info LOLs in catsuberalles' Stuff file. You can also check out my Messages to see our conversations. He's been sending me back copies of what I write to him, so it's still available even after he deletes it out of his own Messages. ++ On a more hopeful note - I hope - the Olympics are only a couple days away! (Lots of reports are saying Rio is simply not ready.) Are there any summer sports you keep up with? I like gymnastics and diving best. Did you ever see American Greg Louganis dive in the 1980s? Holy Crap, it was like watching a red hot knife slice through butter. The man was *flawless*! Oh, and how weird is it that it's actually winter in Rio right now? The only other southern hemisphere summer games I can recall are the Sydney games. I guess maybe each of the venues is far enough north to make it not super wintery. Rio's much closer to the equator than Sydney, so it's probably still quite warm there. ++ I look forward to hearing how you are! :D
By catsuberalles on Jul 25, 2016 at 4:24 PM
Ohai . FORM LETTER FOLLOWS: For five-plus years I have not added friends and I know I will regret changing course for all the reasons I've given in the past, but here goes: welcome. Of the 160 pending requests I had as of 24 July, I'm going to add a few. People who are still around (or are sentimental old-time favorites), who I like, or at least don't irritate me *too* much. ;-) PLEASE do not inundate me with messages or I will start ignoring all but my original friends. (I don't know how to type, which makes it worse.) There aren't enough hours in the day and by now I think I owe time.
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By Emerald63 on May 17, 2016 at 3:51 PM
WooHoo it is then. :D As for it being international, I'm reminded of something that wasn't. I was in Florence, Italy, in July of 1985. I happened to be there on the Feast of John the Baptist, the city's patron saint, and there were fireworks to celebrate. Some of the younger locals, who were sick of tourists and probably too young to fully appreciate tourists' contribution to the economy, made fun of the Americans for saying "Oooh!" and "Ahhh!" after an especially good firework explosion. To be clear, they made fun of us in a very mocking, almost intimidating way. There'd been some violence over a soccer match earlier, so it really made us nervous. I still don't know what sounds the Italians make about great fireworks, but I'm pretty sure it's not "Oooh!" or "Ahhh!" :\ ++ And yes, Max speaks English quite well. It will be interesting to see if his win was beginner's luck or if he'll be able to be a true, long-term champion. I hope for the latter for you both.
By Emerald63 on May 17, 2016 at 2:41 PM
Oooooops.... Sorry! I've never heard that about early bee-day grats. My bad. Maybe it's a Dutch or European thing? But considering how you spent Friday the 13th, I agree - you'll bee fine! :D ++ It's been in the lower teens here most of the week, but we should catch up with you by the weekend. ++ I saw that about the 18 year old driver winning. I just read the headline and blurb, though, so I didn't know he was Dutch. Congrachamalayshunz!!! Hmm... what's the Dutch equivalent of "WOOT!" aka "WooHoo!"?
By Emerald63 on May 16, 2016 at 6:41 PM
OH!!! Happy Early Birthday! :D Are there any celebratory D-Day events that are fun for your birthday? You know, not somber remembrances but "Hot Damn, the Good Guys Are Here!" happy dansin type of thing? ++ I'm sure we have bats here, just not in huge flocks. I suppose the biggest number might be in attics of abandoned barns or houses. but since we don't have caves or any other large natural venues, we see them in much smaller groups. I used to live in the eastern part of the state where there are caves, in a somewhat larger town. For a while I worked for the Public Works Department. Our offices were in administrative area of a decommissioned church. One room had a fireplace and evidently no one had ever closed the flue because we had a bat come in through the chimney. We closed the flue after that! You have to be careful about bats, at least ones acting weird, because they can carry rabies. ++ Yeah, I'm the one in our house to "escort" large spiders out the front door. I don't like squashing things, especially big things that leave a gooey mess. But also, spiders are our friends because they eat the ooky stuff that would otherwise try to get into our food. However... they're our friends like the big biker guys next door, the ones with the nunchucks, are our friends. Useful, but not especially sociable. >:D ++ We're back to being really chilly again, and rainy. The rain is a good thing, but the temps being 20' below normal is NOT. Due to last till this weekend. Grrr.....
By Emerald63 on May 5, 2016 at 3:46 PM
You have wild hedgehogs just wandering around? Like squirrels? HOW COOL IS THAT?!!! We have plenty of Canadian geese, which is to say, too damn many. To think, at one point they were almost extinct. Balance, people, we need balance! Because wherever there are Canadian geese there's Canadian goose poop, and lots of it. When I was looking for an outdoor venue for my wedding, I had to pass on more than one lovely lakeside park because I didn't want my guests getting goose poop all over their good shoes. Grrr... ++ You live in the city, right? We live in a mid-sized town (pop ~40k) so our neighborhood is more like a suburb. Translation - birds, but not enormous, noisy flocks. Ya know, I hear there's some good eatin' on squab... But if you *really* hate pidgeez, you'll love this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhuMLpdnOjY. And this is my favorite from the same artist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvhYqeGp_Do. ++ < bows head in honor of Remembrance Day > YEA Liberation Day! And yea Wikipedia for telling me what Schiphol is! That's some video you found. I could see a few cars still going, but slowly. But the planes, just stopping... Before that, it was cool how the time-lapse made them look like cars zipping in and out of parking spaces. Over here, though, I'm not sure any airport would shut down for anything other than a weather or terrorist event, or maybe a major animal incursion. Some airports use dogs to scare off birds and deer to avoid that last one, 'cause we've got to go, go, go! ++ We have Memorial Day, which is traditionally May 30th, but it's been moved to the closest Monday so folks can have a 3-day weekend. And tons of people travel because of that. So... no traffic slow-downs. :( I have a personal upside, though - May 30th is my anniversary (18th this year) and our actual wedding day was on what would have been my grandfather's 100th b-day, had he lived that long. :) ++ Question: "the REAL force came the 6th"? Are you referencing June 6th, D-Day? If not, what? ++ BTW, I looked up Heidegger, as I had been unfamiliar with him. I don't think there were any of his speeches on TCM. I hate to say it, but I think I probably would have fallen asleep if there had been. >_> zzz...
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