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Old 03-20-2014, 05:11 PM
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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In anticipation of warmer weather (I hope) I went and got my hair cut short. It was so overdue, must have been 6 or more months since my last one.

Last week I finally decided to subscribe to our weekly newspaper and got my first delivery today. I had expected it to come in the mail as it does for many of my friends but it turns out I'm on a home delivery route so the guy dropped it on the ground by my mailbox. Stopped at several hardware stores to try and buy one of those plastic tubes that you attach to the mail box post for the newspaper but none of the 3 places carried them. Went by the newspaper office and found out that they will be supplying one sometime or other but they can't say when. Like so much around here they must run on "Floyd time". It was a nice change to read the weekly paper on the day it comes out rather than after the weekend, when I've missed various events around the community that I might have gone to if I'd known about them.

A couple of days ago I received a very nice letter from the daughter of a friend. The young woman and her twin brother are both sophomores in college and this summer she is participating in a program called Bike & Build. The team she will go with is one of 8 teams and they bike from coast to coast, stopping in several communities to help build low income housing. Each team member must raise $4,500 to help fund both the trip and to contribute to the cost of building supplies. I am happy that I can afford to send her some money and will be following her blog about the 80 day experience as she travels from Jacksonville, FL to Monterey, CA, a trip of over 4,000 miles. She spends a lot of her time volunteering with Habitat For Humanity both in her home community and in the area where she attends school. It gives me hope about the younger generation.

Old 03-20-2014, 05:58 PM
Location: Prescott AZ
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Originally Posted by Escort Rider View Post
Today I got a "friend request" from someone whose user name I didn't know. I tried to look at the profile, but it was restricted to "friends only". So I accepted the request in order to look at the profile. I also looked at the top five forums for that poster, none of which were forums that I look at, ever. I noticed the person has 191 "friends". Well, I "removed" that friend a couple of minutes after accepting him/her (I know which but I don't want to post identifying information). I did send a direct message explaining that as far as I could see we have nothing in common as far as our interests go, and I also thanked the poster for the friend request.

I am not angry, not even irritated, as I consider it a compliment to receive a friend request. However, I am puzzled. I have eight "friends" right now. I do not seek them out, except in very rare cases where I have a feeling of strong compatibility. In other words, I am not on a quest or a competition to have a large number.

Does anyone see the point of having 191 City-Data friends? Note that I have nothing against it - it certainly isn't hurting anyone if someone has 300 friends! It's more that I don't understand it.

Anyone share my basic attitude about this? All those opposed to my attitude are welcome too!
Well then, I am honored to be considered one of your "friends", ER. But, there were probably a bunch of posts that you and I shared that got this "friendship" going, sometime in the past. I don't regularly ask people on here to be my friend since I don't see any value in it ! But if someone asked me to be their friend, I would consider it an honor, since they must have read my posts and agreed with most of them. Surely they wouldn't have asked to be friends, if they hated me.
Old 03-20-2014, 06:38 PM
Location: Near a river
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Originally Posted by lv2trvl View Post
Really? I introduced it to him. I am always talking about what I've read, or pointed him to a thread I wanted him to read. I am on it a lot more than he is though.
So now I'm wondering how many husband-wife/partner teams are on CD-Retirement. Anyone care to guess or divulge?
Old 03-21-2014, 05:29 PM
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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I'm single.
Old 03-21-2014, 06:00 PM
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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I'm single but sometimes my evil twin roguz tries to get me to post replies in some threads that drive us crazy.
Old 03-21-2014, 06:29 PM
Location: State of Being
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Originally Posted by boogie'smom View Post
You can let the natives teach you how to cope with the heat

I was here before air conditioning was the norm. I don't like to be sealed up indoors either. You get up early and work outdoors, have a bath and nap or read in the afternoon. Go out late to supper (no early bird specials).

Open up the house at night and run the fans. Keep the blinds closed on sunny windows. You soon develop a seasonal routine of opening and closing drapes and blinds to keep out the heat, let in the sun, etc..... probably much the same as you all do in the north to keep out the cold.

Young(er) people think window coverings are for decoration and control indoor climate with the thermostat

You plan shopping trips and outings so that you are not out in the heat of the day. Movie theaters and libraries are great places for spending hot afternoons.

You move a little slower..... that one seems to be hard for people from cooler climes to embrace. We are not lazy. We have adapted.
Accurate description!!!!
Old 03-21-2014, 07:07 PM
Location: East Coast
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Originally Posted by Escort Rider View Post
Does anyone see the point of having 191 City-Data friends? Note that I have nothing against it - it certainly isn't hurting anyone if someone has 300 friends! It's more that I don't understand it.

Anyone share my basic attitude about this? All those opposed to my attitude are welcome too!
I never send out friend requests...to me, City-Data is not like Facebook (friend-wise), so I don't get the point of having friends. That is, unless you decide to keep your profile private, available only to the friends on your list.

A number of people have sent me friend requests, but most were people I hardly knew, so I saw no point in accepting.
Old 03-21-2014, 10:59 PM
Location: Nebraska
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You know you getting old when your children start getting gray hair. My son and I went to IHOP this morning. He got asked if he would ordering off the 55+ menu as well. Today was his 44th birthday.
Old 03-21-2014, 11:13 PM
Status: "Support the Mining Law of 1872" (set 19 days ago)
Location: Cody, WY
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I have never understood why anyone keeps a profile private. It reeks of paranoia with delusions of grandeur or maybe just plain old delusions of grandeur without any paranoia.
Old 03-22-2014, 02:48 AM
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I woke up at 3:30 in the morning to see the Dodgers play at 4:00 only to have a rain delay. Oh well rain in Sydney so I stopped in here.
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