What do you come here for?


Dexter Sinister
#1
Just curious. I come here because here I find some bright, thoughtful, and articulate people who don't always agree with me, and I find the challenge of discussing issues with them stimulating, useful, and sometimes enlightening. If you've read my posts you'll know that I have a substantial and well-defended ego and tend to think I'm right about everything (don't we all?), and this place challenges me to justify that, whicn can only be a good thing, at least for me. And as I said somewhere in one of my posts, if we agreed on everything, what would we have to talk about? Helps me keep my mind alive, which has become something of an issue for me since I retired (Freedom 55, a great idea) on April 1st.

There's also a lot of good entertainment here, whether I choose to respond to certain threads or not, and there are many discussions I read with great interest without feeling moved to contribute to.

So what's your excuse?
 
mrmom2
#2
Jo,Vanni ,Peapod ,REV ,Ten Packs,Hard Luck Henry,Galianomama,Twila,Zen,all make make me laugh almost every day I find that very refreshing in a cold world

P.S.
Theres lots of other people too sorry if I forget to mention ya

A guys got to have some humor or he gets bitter real fast
 
Huron
#3
Web forums are an excellent avoidance mechanism, e.g., there are dishes to be done however, it's really important that I provide my opinion as to which party will form the next Canadian government, so I'll skip the dishes until tomorrow.
 
Ten Packs
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by Huron

Web forums are an excellent avoidance mechanism, e.g., there are dishes to be done however, it's really important that I provide my opinion as to which party will form the next Canadian government, so I'll skip the dishes until tomorrow.

and your point would be.....?

 
Ten Packs
#5
Quote:

Helps me keep my mind alive, which has become something of an issue for me since I retired (Freedom 55, a great idea) on April 1st.

My heartiest Congrats, Dex! As a 4-year retiree (though not 55 yet), let me welcome you to the fold - yet another "drag on Society"! - screw the young-uns, I say - let's indulge ourselves, while we have time! LMAO!

(just kidding - see my posts about deficit-budgets and government borrowing)



Dex, it will take a couple months to sink in.... for quite a while, it feels like "vacation", even if it's a bit long. Then slowly you realize.... "NO, all that stuff that AIN'T gonna happen anymore!"

THAT'S when you realize how much you miss it.... about as much as you miss a toothache, after you went to the Dentist!

 
LadyC
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by TenPacks

As a 4-year retiree (though not 55 yet)...

I may be mistaken, but I think I read somewhere that you're FIFTY-FOUR YEARS OLD.

Or am I thinking of someone else?
 
peapod
#7
Why do I come here, good question dex :P its become a habit now like brushing your teeth. There are so many great people here, I can't list them all, I would probally exclude someone and there by igniting a resentment I like all the different representation of people here from canada and europe. Especially little ricky, I just want to desperately pinch his cheeks:P He is just the cutest thing, smarts and class in someone so young. This sounds like a academy award acceptance speech

I have learned alot of things here, some not so pleasant, but such is the price of awareness. I hope someday I will also get to meet some of the people that awe me at this board, no names of course.

Thanks mom :P I am glad I can make you laugh every so often. Like I said from the begining mom, its just mom and pod
 
missile
#8
I came in for the free cheese and the beer.
 
Dexter Sinister
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by missile

I came in for the free cheese and the beer.

There's free cheese and beer? I missed that when I signed on. Where is it, I want my share... I bet pea and Galianomama got it...

Quote: Originally Posted by Ten Packs

...screw the young-uns, I say...

Do we have time for that? Is that part of the sign-on package here too?

More seriously now, much thanks for your cheerful good wishes, Ten. Here I am on day 20 of my retirement, and it still has a curious quality of unreality about it. Some part of my mind still doesn't quite believe I'm free, that I'll never again have to deal with the boneheads at Head Office, the pathetic personal problems of a few maladjusted staff, or that dumb sonofabitch in the next office... I spent the last 10 years of my working life in the federal public service, a job I took because I hoped I could make a difference (and I think I did, in a little way), and lemme tell y'all this about that: all the bad things you've ever heard about the federal public service are all true, and I came to a point where I had to choose between joining the boneheads or moving on. I moved on. Nice pension plan though.

And now I'll attempt to drag this back toward the original subject. I started lurking here a long time ago because it was like a breath of fresh air after the daily grind of that weasel race at the office, and I was most disappointed to discover I couldn't get to the site from the office, it was blocked at the firewall so I couldn't even get some relief over my lunch hour. People with wit, knowledge, style, and some highly entertaining eccentricities hang around here.

Plus a few total dipsticks, of course, but they're everywhere, and don't generally last long.
 
peapod
#10
Dex...I smell freedom
 
peapod
#11
Pffft...if there was cheese and beer within snorting distance of galaniomama..poof...gone...sucked up and thrown into the abyss. :P
 
Vanni Fucci
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by peapod

Dex...I smell freedom

Are you sure that's what you smell, Pea...

I mean with galiannomama gobbling up the gouda and guzzling all the beer, I think we have cause for concern over what's wafting in the air...
 
peapod
#13
Well maybe its not quite like that :P Galaniomama loves food, I don't just mean eating it. She examines everything she eats, texture, color, shape, history, trivial facts, receipes and so on. And she likes to sniff her food to. She makes friends with her food and than bids them fond farewell as they head for the abyss. :P
 
Dexter Sinister
#14
Quote: Originally Posted by peapod

Dex...I smell freedom

Yeah, me too, and it's wonderfully liberating. I'm still slightly euphoric almost three weeks into it, best high I've ever had. I don't remember a time in my life when I've been so relentlessly cheerful for so long. Or got so much done, frankly. Every nice day I've been out in the garden getting my hands dirty, and while it's still a month away from planting time in this part of the world, I'm ready like I've never been before. All the beds are ready, all the old leaves and trash are mulched and in the compost bin, the soil's been turned, the roses pruned, and the trees are beginning to bud... Ah, nothing like mucking about in good clean dirt. Now I await the May long weekend, to plant the garden and get the bedding plants in. I envy you folks on the wet coast, with your longer gardening season.
 
Dexter Sinister
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by peapod

Galaniomama loves food...

So do I, especially the stuff I can grow myself. I think I'd like Galianomama a lot, if I knew her in real life. And you too. That gardening thread you started a while ago really caught my interest, because my garden was under a meter of snow at the time and I was yearning to see the dirt again. There's just nothing with the flavour of home-grown tomatoes, and cucumbers, and squash, and potatoes, and peas, and beans, and beets, and carrots... Pardon me, I have to go walk around my back yard again. Even in the dark, it makes me feel good.

That's what I come here for, really: the support and comfort and interest I find in the people here.
 
peapod
#16
Its not longer dex, it never stops out here, even some of the annuals out here don't realize they are suppose to be dead. Right now all my birdhouses have become bee houses. Bees are using my birdhouses! Here is something else I noticed. Bees do not like the sound of a lawn mower. At first I thought they were just going into the houses, but they were actually coming out everytime the lawn mower came anywhere near their beehouse. I tested my observations over and over again, and sure enough those bees definately did not like the sound of a lawn mower
 
Dexter Sinister
#17
Quote: Originally Posted by peapod

Its not longer dex, it never stops out here

AAWWWGGG! I am eaten up with envy. It clearly stops here on the high plains, October to March is hopeless for gardening. Half a year wasted...
 
Dexter Sinister
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by Vanni Fucci

Are you sure that's what you smell, Pea...

You're disgusting Vanni. I like that. One of my grandfathers used to say, "A little cheerful vulgarity is good for you," and my siblings and I used to quote that at our mother frequently, to which she would respond, "He said a *little*, a *LITTLE*..."
 
gerryh
#19
I originally came here because I heard there wasn't the hypocracy of gripe...... I see now that CC is falling into the same hypocritical trap that gripe fell into.
 
Dexter Sinister
#20
Quote: Originally Posted by gerryh

I originally came here because I heard there wasn't the hypocracy of gripe...... I see now that CC is falling into the same hypocritical trap that gripe fell into.

What the Hell are you talking about? You see hypocrisy (learn to spell) in this thread? Could you point it out for us?
 
Ten Packs
#21
Quote: Originally Posted by LadyC

Quote: Originally Posted by TenPacks

As a 4-year retiree (though not 55 yet)...

I may be mistaken, but I think I read somewhere that you're FIFTY-FOUR YEARS OLD.

Or am I thinking of someone else?

I will be 54 in August - I may have been "embellishing"....
 
Ten Packs
#22
Quote: Originally Posted by gerryh

I originally came here because I heard there wasn't the hypocracy of gripe...... I see now that CC is falling into the same hypocritical trap that gripe fell into.


Ya wanna troll? - get a boat, Gerry.....
 
galianomama
#23
hey dex....just read your posts. yeah, we would get along just fine, thank you very much....i have everything coming up really well in the greenhouse, tomato plants - 3 varieties - my beans, sweet peas i have planted out now, huge sunflowers (which i am saving for a garden sale) hands off pea, trying to grow rosemary. you would probably have much better luck with it where there is snow. it likes to start off slow and cold. hmmm, kinda like a beer ha!

yeah, if you and yours ever mosey thru this way, we will show you a good time, just ask emma......emma where are you? maybe we scared her off!

as far as the food critique - i loves me food! not too keen on the ol' pickled herring that pea keeps trying to fry up after a goony night out. she just can't seem to remember to leave it cold. still, those little bones drive me nuts. other than that, throw it at me.

i love coming to this board just because of all the great people i have had the opportunity to meet. and agrue with. honest
 
peapod
#24
Blah!!!!! I cannot even look at pickled herring Mr and Mrs dibbs are still in vancouver, they do not fly home until saturday, if you had remained sober during their visit you would have remembered that :P
Also I do not need your sunflowers I have my own...but ehm...I have eaten half the sprouted ones...yummy sunflower sprouts are good they taste peppery....yes its so hard to grow something in a greenhouse ...

PS....I looked at your pond...there is no water in it...you are going to kill your pond plants. yes the pond goes to hell, but you got sunflowers :P
 
peapod
#25
What do you come from? and why are you not here! I excepted to read more of your garden journal Dex :P
Myself, I really tried to get something done in my garden this evening. Blah! I cannot wait for the brew haha of spring to finally stop. It started off alright, just me and the weeds, than I hear my neighbours lawn mower. I stay low, hoping he will not see me. Drats! no such luck. Not that he is not a good neighbour, but once he starts talking there is no escape. So we spend the next half hour discussing his wisteria. Its always about his wisteria He does not seem to mind that it appears to be ripping the roof off his house, his roof looks like it has a purple boa feather wrapped around it. The boa continues down the side of house, down the entire fence line of the driveway. It is now starting to climb the huge fir tree in his yard. We then move on to hostas :P

Finally I get back to my own garden, but hammie shows up with bucket and wants some of my riches, I still don't know why she was wearing blue jeans coveralls, I thought maybe she wanted to work or something. :P No such luck, we had to do a walkabout and discuss every plants merit and bad points. I finally managed to get her over to my clematis and help me tie it up to the fence. Pffft... it has the wisteria all beat to hell, and my blooms are pink

Just when I think okay now I can get something done, Another gardener!!!! This one at least brought me some garlic to plant, and than two more...I will be glad when spring awakening is over and I can get my garden done
 
Dexter Sinister
#26
Quote: Originally Posted by peapod

What do you come from?

You mean where? Regina. As for what, I guess that'd be my parents...

Quote:

and why are you not here!

I was out in my garden, of course, where else would I be if I weren't here?

Conventional wisdom around here is that you can't plant anything until the May 24th long weekend, when the odds are good that all danger of frost is past, and the soil's tolerably warm. Root crops like potatoes can safely go in a couple of weeks earlier, but any earlier risks a killing frost. It was, for instance, -2 when I got up this morning. Even that long weekend is no guarantee, we've had overnight freezing in every month of the year, more than once, during my life as a gardener.

Now I'm ready, all I can do is wait for the weather to catch up with me, and envy you folks in warmer climes. But my tulips are coming up, and some of the perennials are greening up and sending out new growth, so at least there's something to look at and think positively about. And weeds, as usual, are exceptionally hardy...
 
peapod
#27
HA! weeds are very clever dex...have you noticed how they can even make themselves look like other plants in the garden...they defiantely intend on surviving on the planet.
 
no1important
#28
I come here to read the articles and editorials. Which are always pretty good. This site actually has a lot of real good links and resources in addition to these boards.
 
peapod
#29
thats true important, and here is something I learned this weekend which I feel is important, so I will share with you, important :P

The physics of beauty requires math. The sunflower has spirals of 12, 34, 55, and 89 and in very large sunflowers 144 seeds . Each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers. This pattern is everywhere, pine needles and mollusk shells and even in a parrot beak and spirial galaxies. After the 14th number, every number divided by the next highest number results in the sum that is the length-to-width ratio of what we call the golden mean. In our own spiral-shaped inner ear's cochlea, musical notes vibrate at a similar ratio. The patterns of beauty repeat themselves over and over again.

All that in a sunflower :P
 
p106_peppy
#30
I wanted to discus Martins address to teh nation, but no one on totse had any idea what I was alking about. I then earched google for "canadian politics forum".
 
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