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Old 07-11-2018, 12:00 PM
 
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Wow! AZDesertbrat, you are really leaving right away!!! I predict you will be slowed down in "your" Walmart, as you sound like the kind of person who is going to get a lot more "Good-bye" and "Best Wishes" hugs before you finally get out the door!
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Old 07-11-2018, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Only 98 today (so far), grilling a hamburger on my stage 2 fire ban approved gas grill. My Australian Shephard is laying under the air conditioner and fan snoozing away.
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Old 07-11-2018, 04:35 PM
 
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Some "monsoon" weather is stirring up in the SE Valley of Phoenix, but I doubt we get anything out our way.

Jim, I think your pup has the right idea, sleeping under the a/c sounds like a good way to spend time!
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Old 07-11-2018, 05:42 PM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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The man below has a fun job performing at schools and libraries. He enjoys what he does and it shows.

Our Friends of the Library group sponsors great summer programs and had him here today. He loves interacting with kids in his act and they love him. I loved him! He goes by the name Jiggleman and his show is mime, music, assorted size balloons, and a leaf blower! It was a fun afternoon for all ages and I laughed as much as the kids did.

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Old 07-11-2018, 07:59 PM
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Location: Middle Tennessee
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Big day for me today. For over 35 years I have wanted to have a Franklin Tree. Couldn't grow one in Florida and upon moving to Tennessee, I was astounded to find that a tree farm down the road had these rare trees. Had one planted in February and today I had a bloom open up. There are about a hundred more buds on the tree, so it should be quite something when more get opened.

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Old 07-12-2018, 05:50 AM
 
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Never heard of a Franklin Tree- looks lovely- hope it thrives!
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Old 07-12-2018, 07:22 AM
JRR
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Never heard of a Franklin Tree- looks lovely- hope it thrives!
It has an interesting story. It was first found in the wild in 1765 in Georgia (a three acre patch) by John and William Bartram and in 1773 some seeds were collected and taken to Philadelphia by William and grown. It has never been found anywhere else and has been extinct in the wild since 1803. Trees today are all descendants of the seeds collected in 1773. It is named for their good friend, Benjamin Franklin.

It does have a reputation as hard to grow, so I have my fingers crossed, but just had to give it a try.

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Old 07-12-2018, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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Pretty flower. I can see why it would have a hard time, especially in the wind. I wonder if there's a way to protect it until it gets sturdier. I had never heard of one either.
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Old 07-12-2018, 11:58 AM
 
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JRR - Thank you for posting the pic of the Franklin Tree! It has a pretty flower on it. I hope it grows well for you.

Jean -- So happy for you that you now live close to your grandchildren and you are able to take them to the library events. I agree, that looked like a great program for the children.

We had some excitement last night. Not us, but the firefighters. A Safeway grocery store caught on fire. It was a huge fire and the roof collapsed [likely from rainwater weight]. The firefighters did a wonderful job and there were no injuries. However the store is a total loss, meaning all the employees are out of a job unless they can transfer them. Safeway had also announced closure of two other stores in the area recently and had hoped to transfer those employees to other locations. The main thing is that the firefighters did a great job -- it had the potential to be a lot worse.
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Old 07-12-2018, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Central NY
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I need to vent a bit. In a town not that far from Syracuse, NY (Waterloo, NY) there was a bad situation where a man was violent toward a woman and others and over some time he had three orders of protection against him. Then he did something that violated these and the police talked to the judge about it saying they felt he was a real danger to the other people.

The judge said NO.

That man just shot 3 people, killing two of them.

Talk about not doing your job. That judge failed miserably. There is no getting those 2 dead people back.
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