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Old 03-08-2014, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Waterville
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I have no horses - these belong to a friend - but I have always wanted a horse. Need to find myself a rich horse ranch guy. But would take a llama too


Why do we get so giddy at the sight of a baby anything?

I don't know horses. When I turned 50 I vowed that it would be the year that I got on a horse for the first time. More than 12 years later I still haven't done so.

I love llamas, but what I really really really want are alpacas. Tres expensive.

 
Old 03-08-2014, 03:27 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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I love llamas, but what I really really really want are alpacas. Tres expensive.
Over thirty years ago I went on a trip to Peru with my mother. We managed to book not only a few nights in Cuzco, but a couple of nights in the only (it was government-run) guest house in Macchu Picchu*. My first morning in Macchu Picchu I got up very early, at the crack of dawn, so I could explore the ancient ruins of that lost city of the Incas on my own before the hordes of day-trippers arrived later in the morning by train from Cuzco. Well, the were llamas grazing around and one very friendly one came over to me and just wanted to be petted (maybe fed? I don't know, I didn't have any llama food on me ... besides they were grazing on grass). This llama was so affectionate and just followed me all over the place. I took his picture and have it to this very day.

When I was in Peru we visited a well known village called Pisac that had a weekend market and I bought a beautiful alpaca sweater. (I browsed through hundreds of sweaters to find the right one!) I had it for over 10 years but in time it literally started to fall apart.


* My mother, who had a wonderful sense of humor, called it "matzo pizza"! She also thought the beautiful lake we visited high in Andes had a hilarious name: Lake Titicaca.
 
Old 03-08-2014, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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UMBRIA - so enjoyed the photos!!!!! Amazing stuff . . .
There have been a few births already at my friend's farm - each one so cute. Love this name -"Prada" - but another one is named "Bode" after the Olympic guy.
 
Old 03-08-2014, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Why do we get so giddy at the sight of a baby anything?

I don't know horses. When I turned 50 I vowed that it would be the year that I got on a horse for the first time. More than 12 years later I still haven't done so.

I love llamas, but what I really really really want are alpacas. Tres expensive.
Yep - baby humans & critters get you every time.

Not sure why I have such a love for horses - every experience has been negative. When I was about 14 I went riding with a friend whose family had a horse farm. I got the "nicest" horse in the barn. So as we were riding her horse started kicking my horse and the two horses got into a fight. Her horse gave a kick and got my leg - split it open. The doc said 1/4 inch over and it would have broken my leg. Some time later I was at this same horse farm and Cindy told me to get a horse out of it's stall. Huh I'm a total idiot when it comes to horses and they know it. I tugged at this horse to get it to move and it literally looked at me, picked up it's hoof and planted it on my foot - then refused to move. I was yelling for Cindy to save me and she walks up, cracks the horse on the butt and it gently walked out of the stall - and off my foot. I still like them
 
Old 03-08-2014, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default Government operations are NOT always inefficient.

My CPA filed my California income tax return electronically on February 28, 2014. My California income tax refund was deposited electronically into my checking account on March 6, six calendar days later. Not bad at all for speed and efficiency. I am favorably impressed.
 
Old 03-08-2014, 08:56 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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My CPA filed my California income tax return electronically on February 28, 2014. My California income tax refund was deposited electronically into my checking account on March 6, six calendar days later. Not bad at all for speed and efficiency. I am favorably impressed.
My very last income tax refund from California, received after we moved out of state, was for something like $1.36. I still have the check and occasionally think I should frame it. It was for the year we moved and had to file here and there.
 
Old 03-09-2014, 02:02 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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Why do we get so giddy at the sight of a baby anything?
My niece is surrounded by babies at the moment. Half-way thru calving season, and there's 160 so far
 
Old 03-09-2014, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque NM
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I haven't seen StealthRabbit on the forum in a while and did a search - he hasn't posted for the last month. I hope he is ok and is just off on one of his international trips or something.
 
Old 03-09-2014, 04:35 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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please check in Stealth!!!!!!!
 
Old 03-09-2014, 05:45 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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Filed my taxes about 10 days ago.

My refund was electronically deposited in my bank account yesterday. Unfortunately most of it will be spent on having some major maintenance work done on my car which has over 100,000 miles and I decided to keep for another couple of years, rather than buying a new one this year and start making monthly car payments.

Spent weeks and even months doing a little research and discussing it with friends: buy a new one or fix the old one? Everyone seems to agree that it is more cost effective and frugal to just fix the old car (a 2004 six cylinder Hyundai Sonata).
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