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Old 07-10-2013, 04:43 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Perhaps not in Los Angeles, but in this Salt Lake Valley, pretty much every home built from the 60's to the 90's has a swamp cooler.

I suspect the same in other dry states.
Thanks for that info. I wouldn't have guessed that widespread use of swamp coolers persisted in some areas as late as the 1990's.

 
Old 07-10-2013, 05:06 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default Other people's interests

I happen to be a World War II history buff. I just discovered that one of the two senior moderators (Yac) is one too. He has recently posted in the History Forum. The other senior moderator is Marka, but I don't know what her personal interests are.

The present moderator of this Retirement Forum (earlyretirement) is the first to have an active interest in the subject himself. A couple of other mods also post here, but are not assigned to actually moderate this forum. I have often wondered if it is a good idea for moderators to actively participate in the forums which they moderate, and if this presents difficulties staying objective and above the fray. But Earlyretirement seems to have an excellent personality for this, rolling with the punches with good humor and tolerance. Another mod who is very active in his or her forum and also does a great job is Nei in Urban Planning.

Who among us would want to take on the difficult and unpaid (except perhaps for the two senior mods) job of moderator? Not I. But I'm glad some people do, as they keep this forum usable and (pretty much) under control, thus benefitting us all.
 
Old 07-10-2013, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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I happen to be a World War II history buff. I just discovered that one of the two senior moderators (Yac) is one too. He has recently posted in the History Forum. The other senior moderator is Marka, but I don't know what her personal interests are.

The present moderator of this Retirement Forum (earlyretirement) is the first to have an active interest in the subject himself. A couple of other mods also post here, but are not assigned to actually moderate this forum. I have often wondered if it is a good idea for moderators to actively participate in the forums which they moderate, and if this presents difficulties staying objective and above the fray. But Earlyretirement seems to have an excellent personality for this, rolling with the punches with good humor and tolerance. Another mod who is very active in his or her forum and also does a great job is Nei in Urban Planning.

Who among us would want to take on the difficult and unpaid (except perhaps for the two senior mods) job of moderator? Not I. But I'm glad some people do, as they keep this forum usable and (pretty much) under control, thus benefitting us all.
Seems to me that moderating is much the same as facilitating a group of any kind. When I facilitate groups, I participate because it makes me not a "teacher" but someone who can contribute and also have much to learn from others. The gift is not being an expert in a subject, but being a good facilitator ensuring that everyone gets a voice, mutual concerns about issues come to the fore, and that we stay pretty much on topic. Sounds like an easy job but it's far from that. Hearing that a mod has a passion for a certain subject makes her/him human, rather than some abstract rule maker behind the scenes. The only time I don't participate in a group that I'm leading is when it's a focus group (say a marketing focus group) when I have to stay out of it or I'd skew the results. But in CD, to me the mods' participating is great.
 
Old 07-10-2013, 06:05 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Another steamy day ahead. I wonder what it's like in Orlando. Those who hate humidity, try to stay cool. These are the least flattering days for New England (winter is a welcome thought).
 
Old 07-10-2013, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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In my state and NYS, there are recent articles warning of senior scams. While few if any on this forum would fall for them, it's good to be aware again and warn our elderly or vulnerable relatives not to. Some of them are, to some folks, believable.

DA Warns Seniors: Beware of Scams | The New York County District Attorney's Office
 
Old 07-14-2013, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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It took only four days for this chat thread to move to page two of our forum. But that's a good thing because it shows we have a busy, active forum. Things were pretty wild during the last two weeks or so; let's hope relative calm will now prevail for a while. I appreciate this chat thread, as it's almost impossible to be off-topic. I never did understand why other threads of the "chat" type were considered desirable when we have this one.

Trivia for the day: One hundred billion is the approximate number for three things:
1. The number of galaxies in the universe
2. The number of stars in our Milky Way Galaxy
3. The number of brain cells most of us have (I know, I know - maybe Escort Rider has fewer).

The vastness of the universe is quite mind-boggling. I cannot quite wrap my mind around it.
 
Old 07-14-2013, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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It took only four days for this chat thread to move to page two of our forum. But that's a good thing because it shows we have a busy, active forum. Things were pretty wild during the last two weeks or so; let's hope relative calm will now prevail for a while. I appreciate this chat thread, as it's almost impossible to be off-topic. I never did understand why other threads of the "chat" type were considered desirable when we have this one.

Trivia for the day: One hundred billion is the approximate number for three things:
1. The number of galaxies in the universe
2. The number of stars in our Milky Way Galaxy
3. The number of brain cells most of us have (I know, I know - maybe Escort Rider has fewer).

The vastness of the universe is quite mind-boggling. I cannot quite wrap my mind around it.
Yes, the chat room is for people talking past each other and going off topic at every turn, the way it will be in the old folks' home most likely. Apparently we can post whatever within reason. Here's something new in our universe:

Hubble telescope spots azure blue planet where it rains glass - CNN.com
 
Old 07-15-2013, 06:15 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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I rarely get caught up in what is going on in some unknown to me( but famous) person's life. Typically, I could not care less what celebs are doing. But with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, I have been on "baby watch" and am excited about this next generation in England's Royal family.

I identified with Diana, as we had our sons in the same time period. So I have enjoyed watching William grow up, along with my own son. It has been so refreshing to see Kate project some style, good manners, public decorum and grace in an era when it seems to be popular to dress like trash and do outrageous things when in public.

So I am looking forward to the birth of William and Kate's baby. And I am curious about the name he/she will be given.
 
Old 07-15-2013, 07:00 AM
 
Location: East Coast
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I rarely get caught up in what is going on in some unknown to me( but famous) person's life. Typically, I could not care less what celebs are doing. But with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, I have been on "baby watch" and am excited about this next generation in England's Royal family.

I identified with Diana, as we had our sons in the same time period. So I have enjoyed watching William grow up, along with my own son. It has been so refreshing to see Kate project some style, good manners, public decorum and grace in an era when it seems to be popular to dress like trash and do outrageous things when in public.

So I am looking forward to the birth of William and Kate's baby. And I am curious about the name he/she will be given.
I'm on baby watch too! Kate and Will make a terrific couple...I think it's really a love match. She is quite an amazing young lady, and has not made a single social faux pas, in my opinion. I wish them much happiness.
 
Old 07-15-2013, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Originally Posted by anifani821 View Post
I rarely get caught up in what is going on in some unknown to me( but famous) person's life. Typically, I could not care less what celebs are doing. But with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, I have been on "baby watch" and am excited about this next generation in England's Royal family.

I identified with Diana, as we had our sons in the same time period. So I have enjoyed watching William grow up, along with my own son. It has been so refreshing to see Kate project some style, good manners, public decorum and grace in an era when it seems to be popular to dress like trash and do outrageous things when in public.

So I am looking forward to the birth of William and Kate's baby. And I am curious about the name he/she will be given.
So interesting and what a coincidence. This morning as I read the "news" and saw Kate in her "hat" my reaction is how overblown the interest is in royalty. Personally I couldn't care less, but I do understand the general following. Last night on PBS was yet another British royalty documentary (the dukes and their families and mansions) and from a sociological/anthropological point of view I marveled. I wonder if in the natural/animal kingdom such royalty stuff gets played out. The news will soon be saturated with more! Yes, Kate is cute!
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