February 16, 2009 - Msg 70349: Possum, that's "hold down the "Alt" key. I used <> instead up above, and it just blanked out. --Romeena

February 16, 2009 - Msg 70350: Well, at least I made myself useful, after that lengthy post on the last page. Will someone else dust the windowsills, I've got to run!--Romeena

February 16, 2009 - Msg 70351: Morning Dears.
I think that's some sound advice Ro. I'm sure sometimes well meaning folks who care for someone who is ailing don't realize they can be more an hinderence than a help when visiting the sick. Then there are others who can be just a pain in the rear for general purposes. Personally, I hate going to Hospitals. I really struggle visiting folks who are ailing. And unless it is someone I know well, or a family memeber who I know will appreciate the visit, I typically will not go there. I guess folks are of different mindsets, but I'm not sure when they are really feeling poorly, how much they want to be visited. I've been blessed in that I have never had to spend a night in the hospital, so maybe I shouldn't speak on the subject, but I know when I'm home sick with something, visitors are about the last thing I need. I think it's because I feel the need to be a good host, and put on a smiley face or whatever, when all I really want is to be left alone. But my opinion of that could differ I guess if I were in the hospital for long.

Des, what a sad story. It just breaks my heart to see family's falling apart like that. I have always felt that family's are a reflection of our society. And when a family is functioning like the one you describe, that satan has claimed victory there. I do hope they can pull together and get the help they need.

Well we have almost two feet of snow sitting on the ground (some old, some new) but they are calling for temps to rise this afternoon and a chance of rain. But it won't last long as they say it will turn to snow by tonight, and all day tomorrow. And even some on Wdenesday. But being the end of February, I know things are about to change soon. Spot's talk about lawnmower gas reminds me I better get thinking about prepping my mower for the season. Need to change the oil, get new blades for it, new plugs for it, (she's a two cylinder, she'll take two) and heck, maybe even give her a good wash. Boy I love the idea of spring pretty fine. :)

Happy Presidents day to you all.


February 16, 2009 - Msg 70352: §

February 16, 2009 - Msg 70353: I'm Ept! Thanks,Ro!
possum again

February 16, 2009 - Msg 70354: possum, you can follow Romeena's great suggestion about "just hold down the key and at the same time, type 7-8-9", but if you don't remember that, just copy and paste like I just did with Romeena's quote.
Romeena, it appears that you left out "ALT" when you mentioned the word "key".
Here's an additional tip for those of you who use a laptop. You might also have to hold down the FN key along with ALT when you press 7, 8 and 9 in succession.

from Poor Horatio

February 16, 2009 - Msg 70355: Romeena, that is some great sound advice you posted about visiting patients in hospitals. There should be signs made up with that information and posted at the visitor's desk in every hospital. Or maybe post this information on the back of all visitor passes after they have been enlarged.

Finaly, remember this comment I give when people thank me for my patience ....
"Only doctors and nurses have patience (as in patients), I don't"

from Poor Horatio

February 16, 2009 - Msg 70356: Yall are to smart for me I aint gona even try...I might delete myself {poof!}.dog gone!.SPOT

February 16, 2009 - Msg 70357: If a po§§um can do it,so can you- try it §pot!

February 16, 2009 - Msg 70358: Hi All.
Will it starting to snow today.
Thank you for the prayer for my niece here is a update now.
She have a infected lymph node on hre nick and had surgery she came o k but now her temp keep going and down.
Doc said he did not no why.
So please kep her in your prater.


February 16, 2009 - Msg 70359: Hey I want to know how to the the Des squiggle thing.......hey possum...supper menu:Stuffed bell peppers,cream taters,greenbeans,apple pie,drink of choosing...SPOT

February 16, 2009 - Msg 70360: SPOT, if you have a desktop computer and a keyboard with a numeric keypad to the side of your alphabetic keys, do the following.
First of all, make sure NUM LOCK is active so that when you press the number keys on your numeric keypad, numbers appear. You will be using the ALT key and the numeric keypad for numbers.
Hold the ALT key down, then press 7, release 7, then press 8, release 8, then press 9 and then release 9, then release the ALT key.
The § should be displayed.

from Poor Horatio

February 16, 2009 - Msg 70361: TOM, I will continue to pray for your niece. But I am glad to hear her surgery was successfull.

from Poor Horatio

February 16, 2009 - Msg 70362: Good afternoon, porch. I'm pooped! Joe and his helper just left, and we planted 26 flats of flowers and three rose bushes. Still have another rose to plant, but I can't decide where I want it. Joe is coming back later this week and bringing a power washer to clean the flagstone walkway and the flagged courtyard up front, so he'll plant it then.

PH, I did put the ALT in, but forgot that the < and > signs are signals, and I enclosed the ALT in them - don't ask me why, I don't know. So, it just didn't register. I think I'm only half ept.

Boy, the yard looks good. It's really shaping up. If we don't get a hard freeze, and have plenty of warm weather for the next six weeks, things should be gorgeous for the wedding. There's still more to do. I've requested at least eight flats of impatiens, probably more like ten, but it's too early to plant them. They're not even in the garden centers yet. Just the minute they're available, though, I'll get them in the ground, because they will need time to mature, and time is getting short.

The grass is greening up, and some of the non-evergreen shrubs are budding. The evergreens are starting to refresh their foliage too, they'll be looking pretty very soon.

Well, I'm aching in every fiber, and need a hot shower and my chair, and my sweet little Starr in my lap. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

February 16, 2009 - Msg 70363: Evening Folks:
Just thought I'd drop by for the first time in a long time... Been just too busy to take a look see.
Glad to see everyone. Got a lot of reading to do, so I'll go get started. ~New Neighbor

February 16, 2009 - Msg 70364: ok here goes Horatio.....hum that didnt work let me try again.. E55..hum till trying...§..well happy hush I did it.....yee haw....thanks Mr H...let me put up Otis...§...get ur done..SPOT

February 16, 2009 - Msg 70365:
§§§... neat o!


February 16, 2009 - Msg 70366:

February 16, 2009 - Msg 70367:

oohh!! hehe ...fun, and I don't even play cards.


February 16, 2009 - Msg 70368:
I never knew those keys did that.


February 16, 2009 - Msg 70369: Who has the rook? cool..ok who"s bid is it? §..neat..whos bid is it? who am i partners with?...§..HEE OH MY...SPOT

February 16, 2009 - Msg 70370: The winning # 44...what # did ya get Henry?..SPOT

February 16, 2009 - Msg 70371: Yall watching the ept about the race"s Opies legs were just too short!....prayers yall...waffle house in the morning...work for me at 6am...SPOT

February 16, 2009 - Msg 70372: §terling Holobyte

February 16, 2009 - Msg 70373: Just wanted to see how it would look. :)

Have a nice night all.

-Sterling Holobyte

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70374: Good evening, porch. Yeah, poor little Opie. He had some chubby little legs too, didn't he? I never realized it until I saw him in those shorts.

Well, I'm off to bed. I'm pooped! Be blessed, all! --Romeena

"Who's Malloy??"

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70375: I like it, Sterling! Makes you seem mysterious...like someone from "someplace else" (as Barney would put it).

I am going to start a moulage here...I read something today about Eva Longoria founding a group called (in English) Parents against Cancer (or something like that) and the paper said it supports "Latino children with cancer". Don't misunderstand me, any group that helps any child with cancer is a wonderful thing. Here's what I am thinking, though...it seems strange to me that any foundation would help only children of a certain race. If I were to start a foundation to help only white children with cancer (not that I would), I think the outcry would be unbelievable. Does it seem to anyone else that the white folks are the only ones that can be discriminated against and it's considered "politically correct"? Something about a foundation that would only help children of a certain race, seems immoral to me. It's a free country and people can put their money where they wish but it rubs me the wrong way (and if it supported "whites only" I would feel the same way). I think it's outrageous. I may be wrong, though, and will consider other opinions.

Time for bed!


February 17, 2009 - Msg 70376: or maybe that was "somewhere's else"...can't be sure.


February 17, 2009 - Msg 70377: Alright, it's official~ I think yer ALL nuts! Ha! Love that quote Romeena saw the episode with the Skipper from Gilligan's Island tonight, how funny. I'm off to the ironing board, but I hope it ain't gonna be a whole night of adventure sleeping, too tired for that.
Night Porch

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70378: Get up yall....Boo you and Asa come by and get me on the way to waffle house....I got a newspaper...SPOT

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70379: You got it, SPOT.


February 17, 2009 - Msg 70380: Morning.
Move over Boo. I'm driving.


February 17, 2009 - Msg 70381: Morning porch people. hope all is well today. I am looking forward to Waffle House. Cold here this morning, around 20 degrees.

Lunch menu will be: grilled cheese, tomato soup,
chips, pickles. brownies with ice cream. tea, lemonade to drink. See you all at noon.

Better get to work

Prayers and blessings to all.

Big Maude

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70382: Asa Boo is gona drive next time..I about lost my head holding it out the window those signs got close!..SPOT

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70383: Good morning everyone. I only have a few minutes this morning...

Prayers for all those requested, including TOM's, DES neighbors, LUCY, and MAVIS'.

ASA: I hope the reason you didn't delete your post was because of me. Some have mentioned that I can tend to rub the wrong way. I don't mean to.

AUH2O: I agree with your choice of drinking buddies. I saw the article as a sort of cautionary tale. I don't think most people realize how far we've actually gone down that road, and that both parties have pushed us farther down it. As far as clearing the porch, well, I wear deodorant fairly regularly.

Well aren't you all ept with your squiggles and card tricks.

MYSTERIOUS POSTER: Sorry our lack of TAGS talk iritates you. There are other message boards out there. For myself, I apologize that I can't think and post all TAGS, all the time.

I agree with BOO and POOR HORATIO; we should continue to post what we want, when we want. The truth is, if someone wants to come and post TAGS stuff 24/7 they are welcome to do so. I'm sure we'll all join in when the mood strikes. But I'm kind of over people stopping by and informing us what is appropriate and what is not appropriate. That iritates me.

I listen to a whole lot of gross mayo and Vicks talk. Y'all are stuck with my kumbaya left-leaning socialistic propaganda ;).

Now, who wants to talk "Room 222." That Karen Valentine had my heart as a kid.


February 17, 2009 - Msg 70384: This is the "Room 222" 24/7 chat site, isn't it?


February 17, 2009 - Msg 70385: so great seeing alof you again... yesterday i celebrated my annual age increasing, i survived, ha. sunday i go to the hospital for a week so I;ll be out. Just need my carbrator er, heart adjusted. mdc- just sent you somemore articles. prayers for all . auh20 great seeing you. hey to spot, tom, me-they, asa, romeena, boo, big maude, mavis, sterling ,dess, possum and everyone. spot- i love playing rook but in the midwest you can"t find one player like you can in yourneck of the woods,. anyone remember the plugs folks use to patch holes in pots and pans? i found a card of them recently- works great on pots ant pans but not on pipes, ha.. have a great week... pappa bear

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70386: just think in a few days we will be in the third month of 09 and spring will arrive. sundays daytona 500 had a quirky ending didn"t it. what"s for supper? pappa bear

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70387: Supper?..pappa bear we aint even had Maude"s lunch yet!..hey M-T..and yea the 500 was not what I build up a year for...Maude thanks for lunch love grilled cheese..I want 2..and lots of pepper in my soup...SPOT

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70388: Good morning, porch! Boo, I'll join your moulage. (surprise!) Can you imagine a "Miss White America" contest? Or a White Chamber of Commerce? Miss Black America and the Black Chamber of Commerce started during the old segregation days, and were justified then. However, since we have had some black Miss Americas, and every major city's Chamber of Commerce is mixed, perhaps it's time to do away with the "black only" ones. Can you imagine an organization called "La Raza Blanca"? (The White Race) Yes, for you northerners, there is a large and active group which calls itself "La Raza" (The Race), and it's for Hispanics. How about a United Whites Only College Fund? Or a NAAWP?

Now, like Andy said, folks have a right to have their clubs, and they surely have the right to say who they do or don't let into those clubs, and I'm all for that. Only problem is, that doesn't apply to white folks. It used to, but it sure doesn't anymore, nor should it. Let white people form a group and exclude people of color, or even certain members of the white race (Jews) and the battle will be on, as it should be. I freely admit that in our history whites did all of that. People of color certainly were discriminated against, excluded, denied entry, refused service - all those awful things. The discrimination against Jewish people was a bit more subtle - they were rarely denied physical entry into restaurants and such, but membership in many organizations was denied, and there was certainly discrimination in housing.

All of that was (and still is, wherever it occurs) just awful and should never have happened. However, it did, and there are still a few die-hard ignoramusses who try to perpetuate it. Those instances should be nipped, nipped in the bud!

Most of the folks today have moved past all that. Unfortunately, there are still those among the groups who suffered such discrimination, who are simply not willing to let go of the past and all get along. They want to keep the race card in the deck, so it can be whipped out and played whenever they feel it would give them an advantage. Guilt is a powerful thing. Even the devil knows that, and uses it against us all the time. Most white people still feel a bit of guilt for the sins of past generations, and so we permit the use of the race card to influence our responses to situations.

I think it's time for us all to "get over it". We can't change the past, but we don't have to perpetuate it, or let it poison our relationships today. Instead, we should learn from it.

Incidentally, discrimination can work both ways. Ladies, did you ever walk into a black women's beauty salon? I did, on a business errand, and you would have thought I had three heads, the way everyone stared at me. Some of the stares were curious, some amused, and some were downright unfriendly. I was greeted at the desk with "What do YOU want?" I finished my errand and got out of there, because I definitely didn't feel welcome. It was a good lesson and reminder for me.

Be blessed, all. --Romeena

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70389: Who's doing all that card playing? Boy,don't let Howard Sprague's mother find out-she'll have one of her dizzy spells!
I hear ya,Ro.Remember,I was the only white person at my last high school reunion,and have been (along with my sister) the only white person at a black funeral. However,I was warmly accepted at both events.I can imagine it's a different atmosphere entirely in a black hair salon though.It works both ways-I've been in a "white" barber shop when a black man & his son came through the door.He looked around,and high tailed it outta there! I would have loved for him to have actually come in and asked for a haircut.Curious as to what would've transpired. Because the prejudice does work both ways,for sure.But,like I said,he yanked his son out of the doorway and took off like a mad dog was after him!
Sorry I missed breakfast.Somebody stop by & give me a ride over to Big Maude's place for lunch,ok?
See y'all later!
possum under a rock

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70390: Speaking of high school reunions,if I see that commercial on TVLand ONE MORE TIME promoting that STUPID High School Reunion show,I'm gonna scream! I for one,don't give a rat's rump that one guy graduated without any pants,that one girl was a snob,or that all the girls wanted that one guy who calls himself "The Player." Has he looked in the mirror lately? PUH-Lease! Who watches this lame junk? Certainly not me.
Ok,crawling down off of the soapbox now.
possum again

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70391: Well Ro, I expected you would take the bait and you didn't dissapoint me. You make some very good points. I, for one, feel anger towards the actions of white people towards other races, but I don't feel guilty. I don't like racism that comes from any direction. You know, I was going through the channels on Sunday and happened on a program celebrating Black Gospel in America. The lovely auditorium was filled with beautiful black Americans and the music was amazing! I couldn't help but get a lump in my throat thinking about how the ancestors of these same people were enslaved and abused. I thought to myself, 'I wish those slave owners and traders could see the children of those humans that they enslaved...how God has blessed them through it all and prospered their future generations'. Within our American culture today, they are the best of atheletes, the best of artists and musicians, and a wonderful picture of the power of freedom. I thank God for it, and for those willing to fight for that freedom.

Gotta go take care of Emily today...wish me luck!


February 17, 2009 - Msg 70392: Oh, ditto on High School Reunion, Possum...yuck.


February 17, 2009 - Msg 70393:
Hi folks, I havebeen AFK for three days and instead did some tags watching and tried to relax a little bit. Now it's back to the rat race.
Great Daytona 500 even tho it was shortened by rain.
Prayers continue for all. No time to read the archives, sorry. Tom prayers for your niece continue.
Yes, please keep pappabear in your prayers as he will be in the VA hospital all next week for ticker and kidney checks.
More later,

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70394:
A few tags quotes:

"Maude threw a chicken at him."

Andy: "I'm just beat to the socks."

Barn: Will you just take your vacation.

Gomer: What's maximum security?
Barn: That's keys in the drawer.

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70395:
Barney: Yup, these are my "salad days."

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70396:
"I crochet too"

More quotes later,

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70397: "Knitters and crocheters seldom have stomach disorders"
~ Barn
jennie boone
We used to have this quote-a-thon where the next person to quote had to use a word from the previous quote. It was fun! "Will yo help us?"

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70398: Hey folks.

Welcome to New Neighbor and Pappa Bear after long absences. Sit a spell and chew the fat with us. Pappa Bear, good luck with your medical tests next week.

I was doing some thinking (and boy does my brain hurt). Regarding Gomer's famous phrase of "Shazaam", did he every use it in The Andy Griffith Show (TAGS) or was that only from "Gomer Pyle USMC?".

from Poor Horatio

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70399: Hello and sorry jennie boone, but I don't have time to look up a quote since I have to pick up someone from work.
Whoever posts next can follow your lead for now.

from Poor Horatio

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70400:
PH- He used it in Tags. Just this weekend I watched the ep about the gold truck truck, and at the end gomer says, "A decoy, shazam." to which andy answers. "Yeah, shazam." (I think that may be
the only time that ANDY also said it .)
"And get that gun outta your mouth!"

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70401: Oh, yes, PH, Gomer used "Shazam" on TAGS. Remember the gold truck episode? Gomer said it about three times when Andy was explaining that the truck was a decoy. Then at the end of that scene, Gomer said, "A decoy!" and Andy said, "Shazam!". --Romeena

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70402:
Jennie Boone, well how are ya!?
Ya didnt give me much to work with there. ha
Didnt Andy say, "that'll lay in your stomach."?
maybe not, so i get a do-over. ha":

Andy: Pop a little popcorn, play a little chinese
checkersor somethin'

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70403:
RO- You and me make a pretty good team! ha

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70404:
Ro- but i think your quote is actually more precise than mine.

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70405: You beat me to it, MDC. You're quick!

Boo, perhaps "guilt" isn't quite the right word, but it comes as close as I can get. Regret for the actions of white people generations back, I guess. I've done nothing to feel guilty about, it's true, but I'm still sorry that wretched period in our history exists. However - and everyone please cut me some slack and understand how I mean what I'm about to say - the whites weren't alone in the guilt for the slave trade. The Africans who were taken into slavery and brought to America were sold to the white men by other black tribes. At least that's my understanding of it. Tribal wars resulted in the taking of captives, who were then sold to the white slave traders. Shameful, on both sides. Another point is also true. Most black Americans today enjoy a much higher standard of living than the descendants of the people from which they came. Many Africans today live a miserable, eked-out existence, disease is rampant, tribal wars still rage - most black folks living here today wouldn't return to their "roots" for all the tea in China. The road may have been rough, but the destination was an improvement. That doesn't excuse the slave trade, or the poor treatment of black Americans after the emancipation, or even the prejudicial treatment that still exists in some small, unenlightened pockets of America today, but it does make it a bit easier to take. At least, I hope so.

I work with some very bright, well educated young black women at the hospital, and we have had some lively conversations. They seem to trust me, and are very open and honest about their feelings. Some are Africans from Nigeria mostly, but most are American-born. As I said, we've had some rousing conversations! --Romeena

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70406: Human cruety, as well as tragedy,knows no color barrier. If all people truly are the same under the skin, and I beleive that they are, they have the same capacity for evil given the chance. Thankfully, they also have thsd ame opportunity for good.

Good to see so many of you all hanging out today.


February 17, 2009 - Msg 70407:
"see...there were these folks...and they needed
to be emancipated..."

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70408: forgiveness is the fragrance that the flower left on the heel of the one who crushed it.

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70409: "Which is it gonna be? Edgar Coleman or Barney Fife?"

"Swept into the dustbin of history, exit Barney Fife."

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70410: "History! That's my subject!"
Barney Fife

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70411: You know, I will never hear the words "Emancipation Proclaimation" without thinking of Barney...never. Too funny.

Well Ro, one thing that did come out of the horrible circumstances of slavery, is that the slaves heard the gospel and seemed to relate to the suffering savior and came to Him. Also, many African christians are being horribly persecuted and even crucified.

I remember working with a wonderful African who had not been living here for long. She was beautiful and so nice. We used to tell stories at night when things were slow. She used to talk about how foreign American modesty was to her. In her village, people often didn't wear clothes and she said that you could drive through town and see naked men bathing in the water holes. She talked about how breasts are s#xualized in this country, but not so where she is from. She said it would not be uncommon for a new mom to be instructed in breast feeding by an elderly neighbor man! haha. Many women in her village didn't even wear shirts. So funny how different cultures have different views on things.

Well, SPOT, did you watch American Idol tonight? I was not that impressed.

Sorry, can't think of anything to follow that last quote...


February 17, 2009 - Msg 70412: In paragraph two above, the idea I was trying to get across was, that at least here in America, people are free to worship God without persecution.


BTW, Gomer also says "Shazam" in the Remshaw House episode, when he and Andy and Barney are looking at the picture of Old Man Remshaw and he hears the story of Remshaw killing his hired man with an ax.

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70413: Wow, lots of lively conversatiion on the porch, I enjoy it. Just my 2 cents worth, but, I went to a doctors appt. one time when i was out of town,didn't know anything about the doctor, just almost had pneumonia and had to get some antibiotics. Anyway, walked into the doctors office, noticed all the patients in the waiting room were black, didn't think much about it I felt so bad.Anyway, they were all looking at me funny,then I was called back. The doctor was black, and he looked totally shocked to see me. I could tell he wasn't comfortable with this situation, and, I was happy to get my prescriptions and get out of there. But, he was Polite. Gotta go,talk to you all later-ky girl

February 17, 2009 - Msg 70414:
Hello porch family

Happy Birthday Pappa Bear (a little late)! I will be praying for your upcoming medical test.

Ro and Boo.....I agree with you both 100%! I think that one problem is that some people don't want to get over something and move on because they "use" the blame game just to have an excuse not to apply themselves. They hang on to the excuse to stay right where they are. But the excuse is getting old!

Well Spot, you pick the place for breakfast and I'll get there early to save us a table big enough for everyone.

You all sleep good and know that you're in my prayers!

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70415: I forgot to say something to Me-They yesterday...I can't believe you mentioned Room 222. I was just thinking about it the other day and wondering why we never see it in syndication. My brother in California met Karen Valentine once on an airplane and said she was was a real nice girl. He also played in a charity golf tournament once with Clint Eastwood...I think I may have mentioned that before. He said Clint was quiet and polite. I guess when you live in California, you have more opportunities to see celebrities. David (my bro) also played golf with Charles M Shultz on more than one occasion, years ago. David has always been an avid golfer and now he actually coaches a woman's golf team at the college where he is ahtletic director. Anyway, thanks for the memory...I had not thought of Karen Valentine in many years....wonder what happened to her?

Better go pull Erin out of bed. She seems to finally be back to her normal, active and sassy self.


February 18, 2009 - Msg 70416: One more thing....I have to take my dad to the doctor this morning because I think he has pneumonia. I have mentioned before that he has a lung full of asbestos from working in an aluminum plant for years and he is prone to pulmonary problems. He just wasn't doing well yesterday and I am concerned about him at age 83. Please remember him (Jennings) in your prayers.


February 18, 2009 - Msg 70417: Morning Dears. Hope you are all well.
Snowed here yesterday like it was nobody's business. Got almost a foot of very wet snow here in the valley. One of the local resorts got 3 feet of snow. The avalanche danger is extreme to say the elast.
Boo, sorry your Dad is ailing. I will keep him in my prayers for sure.
New Neighbor, good to see you. Your staying way to busy girl.
I'd have to say I agree with most all that's already been said here on race issues. Know need for me to add more to it.
MDC, Is Warner going to remain a Card? Hmmm, could be interesting.

Well gotta go move some more snow. Dang, it's getting late in the winter and I'm tired of snow.


February 18, 2009 - Msg 70418: Good morning, porch. Gosh, it seems so strange to hear about all the snow. It's 57 degrees here, and the grass is really getting green. Another week, and it will need to be mowed. All those little flowers we planted are so pretty! They're still small, young plants, but will soon be big colorful mounds. From my window, at this moment, I can see seven squirrels. Three in my yard, and four running through the trees in the yard behind mine. When there are no leaves, I can easily see them as they chase each other around back there. Those trees are about 150 feet away, but with my new lens implants I can see them clearly. I can even see the ones in the trees behind the houses across the street from the ones behind my house. Does that make sense? I can't estimate that distance, but it's a long way, probably about 150 yards!

Medical technology is amazing sometimes. I remember when getting cataracts ultimately meant blindness. Then they learned to remove the cataract, but there were no implanted lenses. The person had to wear glasses with half-inch thick lenses, that gave barely-acceptable distance vision, and very little close-up vision. Now the lenses are implanted, and I don't even need reading glasses. My vision is 20/20, in all ranges. God is good.

Boo, I'm glad Erin is feeling better, and will pray for your dad. Asbestos in his lungs? That can't be good.

Well, gotta get busy. Things to do today. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70419:
Boo-which only answers the question as to why we lads of the 50s-60s were so facinated with National Geographic Magazine. teehee

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70420: You know something folks? It sure is refreshing to visit a forum where people can discuss controversial or sensitive subjects without being derided or cursed at. And we accomplish this with minimum intervention by our host.
You folks are a great bunch of people to be associated with.

from Poor Horatio

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70421: 57 degrees? Green grass? Ready to mow? Romeena, you're killing me here. I just spent 2 hours trying to clear ice off of sidewalks. It snowed until almost midnight last night, then cleared and froze. My only hope is it will melt fast being this late in the year, I hope anyway.

MDC, I thought you'd give up on them National Geographics when you subscribed to The Police Gazzette. :)


February 18, 2009 - Msg 70422:
Rev- good to see you again brother (Love's travellin' salvation show.)
BTW, many think that Neil D was makin' fun in that song, but he said in an interview that he was totally serious!
Asa- I think Kurt will stay, but we shall see.
Boo- I think that show would be pretty dated, but it would be fun to see room 222 again.
Here is a little i found on the web:

Early life
Valentine first won a spot representing California at the Miss Teenage America pageant. When Ed Sullivan saw her act (where she would comically dance in a flamboyant costume while lip-syncing to Eydie Gormé's, "Blame it on the Bossa Nova"), he was quoted as saying, "I want that girl on my show."
In 1969, Valentine won her breakthrough role as a school teacher on the TV series Room 222. She was nominated twice for an Emmy and once for a Golden Globe, winning an Emmy in 1970 for Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role.
The actress later starred as Gidget in the film Gidget Grows Up, and on her own television series in 1975, Karen. Valentine was a regular on Hollywood Squares, often trading quips with Paul Lynde.
She guest-starred on many series, including Starsky and Hutch, Baretta, McMillan and Wife and multiple episodes of The Love Boat and Love, American Style. Though her career slowed after the 1980s, she continues to work in television and on stage. She co-starred with John Larroquette in a 2004 Hallmark TV movie, Wedding Daze. She also had a major role in an episode of another Hallmark series, Mystery Woman ("Mystery Weekend").
Personal life
Karen married twice. Her first marriage was in 1969 to Carl MacLaughlin; they divorced in 1973. Karen is currently married to musician Gary Verna, whom she married in 1977

Prayers for all,

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70423:
Asa, Don't you remember,Andy found my issue of "Love" in the Mayberry dump as we looked for the chain letter! ha
Poor Horatio- Life is too short to be constantly
at odds with each other, so our moulages usually
dont last too long! ha
Thanks for the kind words, arnt ya kind!
and Thanks ffor the prayers for pappabear.

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70424: Hey Y'all. Boy,it took me over an hour to get online with this stinkin' computer! Cannot wait to get a new one! Anyhow,I made it.
Karen Valentine has been showing up lately on GSN-she co-hosts that GSN Live thing they do during commercials-you know where viewers call in,play games & win prizes? She's been on a few times-looks great.Keep a lookout around 3pm,you may see her again.
Boo,glad Erin is feeling better.I will keep your dad in my prayers.

Back at ya,Poor Horatio!

"No sir,Mister Tucker,don't go doin' that with your neck there"
possum under a rock

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70425: Good morning everyone. It’s snow…no raining…no sleeting…no, it is snowing…here. The weatherman can’t seem to make up his mind. Maybe the weatherman is a weatherwoman ;-). With a crack like that, I’m bound to loose my Alan Alda fan club membership.

We watched “The Church Organ” and “The Return of Barney Fife” last evening. I like both of these color episodes. One thing that bothers me about the episode about the organ is how Clara refuses to play with an out of tune organ. I understand it would be annoying, but it doesn’t seem to be a very good attitude, especially considering the reason for playing to begin with. Even though Barney was a rat to Thelma Lou by leaving town, it still gets to me at the end of the reunion episode when he and Andy are sitting in the car at the end. All I can think of is who else would put up with his shenanigans? Poor Barney’s fear of commitment seems to result in a life spent alone. Sad.

MDC: In case you didn’t read about it, the Pope smacks down Pelosi (not literally): http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29256800. Maybe that’s clear enough for her.

BOO: You’re welcome. I really did have a crush on Karen Valentine when I was young. Next to my Kindergarten teacher, she was my first unrequited love. And certainly not my last. It’s funny that you mention about it not being released on DVD; I Googled it and found out that season one is being released on March 24. We could have a “Room 222” all-nighter. I’ll bring the pizza (mozarella—it’s my favorite) and little yellow cookies.

ROMEENA: After our discussion about English as a second language I happened to read a letter to the editor in our local paper that got me thinking about another angle. The letter was from someone ticked off about taxpayers paying for English courses for non-speakers. I couldn’t help but think about the other letters from people complaining about the broken English of fast food workers, etc. that I’ve also read recently. This area has a fast growing Hispanic population and it’s becoming a very hot issue.

That got me wondering, how people can expect it both ways? If people don’t want to subsidize English classes for new immigrants at the local public schools and community college, then it stands to reason the immigrants themselves will have to pay. Well that means they will have to work, which requires filling out forms, and probably getting a drivers license. So they will be trying to get a job without speaking good English, then will be working that job not speaking good English. It does take time to learn to speak, read, and write another language. We very well can’t expect them to master it in a few weeks, months, or even a year. So I guess it comes down to either helping them out one way, or the other. As long as we accept immigration (legal) we must accept the consequences of that.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying people shouldn’t help themselves when they get here—they need to learn the language—and I’m also not saying we shouldn’t allow immigration. All of us were products of immigration at one time. It’s kind of selfish to think that now that we’re here we need to slam the door. Anyway, I never thought of it that way before.

POOR HORATIO: Ditto! I think it's because even though we don't always agree with one another, we respect and care about one another. And we're not too sensitive (who you callin' sensitive?!?).

Prayers for PAPPABEAR, BOO's dad, and others. It’s great to hear from NEW NEIGHBOR and other spotty porchsters (that is not a crack at your looks!).


February 18, 2009 - Msg 70426: AUH2O: From the It's Not as Easy as It Looks Department, today's Pravda, I mean New York Times, features the article: "Obama's war on terror may resemble Bush's."

"How do you say that? Vasiliovich?"

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70427: Excuse me.


February 18, 2009 - Msg 70428:
B.O. is HERE today. He had to fly all the way
to Phoenix to talk about his plan??
My brother, who was in the white house military office in the '90s told me that every time Air Force One flies to domestic locations, it costs about a million dollars of taxpayer money.
Oh well, when your spending trillions of borrowed money, what's a million or two to tell us how you're going to "save" us!
Andy:"I need a vacation, sit back, relax, read my

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70429:
Oh, A.P.B. for HAZEL, Homemaker, C. DARLING, SALLY and others!

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70430: "What kind of person are you Norbert?"

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70431: "He's a nut."


February 18, 2009 - Msg 70432: You are so clever, Me-They. Thanks for the prayers for Dad (all of you). The doc gave him an antibiotic and did a chest xray. Hopefully he will be feeling better soon.

Yes Ro, he has asbestos in his lungs and if you could see his chest films you would think he was full of lung cancer. He has had several work friends that have died of Mesothelioma but he has been very blessed and so far, so good. He worked for years for Reynolds Aluminum and they knowingly exposed their employees to asbestos so they had a huge class-action law suit that dad has benefitted from over the years, and it enabled him to do some traveling and some of the things he enjoys doing. Unfortunately he lives with a certain dread that he will eventually develope lung cancer and that weighs on his mind. I told him that if he hasn't gotten lung cancer after having asbestos in his lungs for over 30 years, I doubt it would develope now (I hope, anyway). Poor thing just has been pretty miserable for a few years now. He isn't ready to go, though, and said as much to me today. Sad how the spirit wants to go on living but the body gives out.

MDC, your comment about the National Geographic reminded me of an episode of Happy Days when they mentioned looking at National Geographic because it contained pictures of "naked pygmies".
Andy seemed to have quite a fascination with "the Geographics"...let's hope he liked reading the articles. ;)

Thanks Poor Horatio!

Sorry about all the ice, ASA. It's supposed to reach 85 here in south Texas today....(can you feel me rubbing it in?)...:)

Better go. I'm getting really behind on the housework around here and I hate that.


February 18, 2009 - Msg 70433: Good afternoon, porch. There are so many other things I should be doing, but I'd much rather be sitting ri'chere on this porch with my friends.

Me-They, I agree completely. If immigrants are willing to do what it takes to learn English (and it's not easy) then I think it's not too much to ask of a community to provide the classes. I think I've mentioned before that my church offers weekly ESL classes at no cost, and even serves refreshments. I would love to teach in those classes, but because I often have to work on the night before, my attendance would be irregular and that wouldn't be good. My landscaper's most trusted and capable helper is Hispanic. He's smart, willing, a hard worker and dependable. He's also illegal. Under the current restrictions, getting legal is just about impossible. I'm not a supporter of President Hussein's new amnesty proposal for a lot of reasons, but I must admit that it apparently has offered hope to Jorge, because he told me last week that he and his wife are now attending ESL classes two nights a week. By the way, he works four nights a week as a fry cook at a local chicken place, in addition to working with my landscaper five days a week. Also, he and his wife clean houses on the weekends. They cleaned my rent house when it went vacant, and did an excellent job. No one can accuse them of not working, and obviously they're interested in fitting in, since they're learning the language. I'm all for amnesty in cases like that, but Pres H's current proposal is waaaay too liberal. Jorge would survive a background check, but he won't have to, because the current proposal really doesn't include one. That's pretty scary. The answers come hard, don't they?

Well, guess I'd better get back to work. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70434: Hi, there, Boo. I was wondering about the mesothelioma thing with your dad, but didn't want to bring it up. I'm glad he hasn't developed it, and I think you're right, if he hasn't got it by now, he probably won't have it.

85 degrees, huh? We're at 73, which will probably be about our high for today. Beautiful out there, so sunny and pretty. Squirrels everywhere! I buy peanuts in the shell, and also buy pre-cracked pecans. I love them both, and if I buy the shelled ones, I eat too many. By having to shell them myself, I don't eat nearly so many. Naturally, there are bits and pieces of peanuts and pecans both left in the shells when I'm finished. I usually empty my bowl of shells into a flowerbed instead of into the trash. The squirrels come and pick through them for the leftover pieces (I deliberately don't pick the shells very clean). Then in a few days, I take a spade and turn the area over, burying the shells, where they decompose and enrich the soil. Waste not, want not. --Romeena

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70435:
"Hello little girl, may I see the lady of the house? Oh you ARE the lady of the house..."

Miracle Salve ep. Too bad they werent selling VICKS!


February 18, 2009 - Msg 70436: ¼ » ½ ¬ ░ ▒ ╜ ¢ æ Ñ

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70437: Ooops. SOrry folks, just goofy around
Thomas A. Moody

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70438:
MDC< love the Miracle Salve episode.

Dr. Pendike and Opie Taylor Sr.. What a duo!

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70439:
BARNEY: What man would vote for a woman?
FOLEY: The same weak kneed, chicken livered, turn coat that would sign a petition!
BARNEY: I'm just waitin' for you to go to far.

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70440: Thomas A. Moody