Judith

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  1. The way I heard it, a Texan and his wife were visiting Australia and doing the usual obnoxious thing, seeing things and saying that they were bigger in Texas. Then they drove by a bunch of kangaroos, and the Texan said, "What the heck are those?" The Australian guide deadpanned, "Mice."
  2. I assumed it wasn't a good thing based on the context. Thank you. Interesting analogy. I don't watch TV, so I'm not familiar with the current ads for either. Odd thing is, though, I always liked the YouTube links that people sent me for the playing horses in the Budweiser commercials, especially the holiday one with the horses playing in the snow. Since I don't like beer, though, it wouldn't get me to buy the product. :-) Judith
  3. It depends on who you are writing to and what you are selling. If I were selling a dog training course, I would never expect good results from: "Are you tired of hearing neighbors complain about your dog's barking? Well, that's one thing you don't have to endure!" You could always tell the dog owner prospect: "If you use the techniques in my course, I don't see that your dog's happiness will be seriously cramped thereby." ??? What in hell's wrong with those constructs? They sound just fine to me. Except, of course, for the dangling "that" (I don't know the technical term for it, but I
  4. And then there's this old joke: A Texan is visiting a friend at Harvard. They had agreed to meet at the library, but the Texan is lost, so he stops a passing student. He asks, "Could you tell me where the library's at?" The student replies, "Around here, we don't end our sentences with prepositions." The Texan responds, "All right, then, could you tell me where the library's at, asshole?" As I heard it, a tourist was touring Boston and asked a local, "Can you recommend somewhere we might stop at?" The local replied, "I would recommend, sir, stopping before the 'at'." The whole problem often a
  5. ??? "From whom it was" sounds perfectly normal and colloquial to me.
  6. I've got no problem with breaking rule #2 in colloquial speech or writing. Rules 1 and 3, however, sound so ugly when broken, and are so easy to avoid breaking, that there's really no excuse for breaking them even in oral communication. When broken, they just sound WRONG and grate on the ear. Judith
  7. Thanks, Ed. I needed that.
  8. You know, every time I think things can't possibly get any worse in the world, I read something new and find a new low. BO's antics are bad enough -- but I followed the links in Ed's article and found out about the European and UN attempts at tax harmonization. Makes me glad I don't have children. Only thing is, the world might well crash while I'm still alive. :-(
  9. Do your research. Excellent quality heart surgery, orthopedic surgery, and others are available in India in resort-class hospitals with superb service for about $10,000. Times have changed. Judith
  10. I'm still confused. What the heck are the differences between A, B, and D? Is there a C? :-) Are you saying you could go abroad for treatment of something serious because it would cost you less, you being uninsured, or because of legal issues with Medicare? YES!! YES!! A thousand times yes! I wish people would begin to understand this concept. God damn it, that's what the term insurance MEANS! One doesn't buy auto insurance to cover replacement tires and oil changes! The coverage that always gets me whenever I'm looking over plans is "well baby visits". I'm supposed to pay into the
  11. !!!! Under what circumstances, specifically, can and cannot a senior citizen pay with his or her own money for health care determined directly between him/her and the doctor, just as one does with one's veterinarian and with no intervening interference? I need to know. Judith
  12. The symphony and recitals and great plays are not "talking heads". And speak for yourself. I've never found my limit for quality entertainment and found a need to "escape" to mindlessness. Never. When other people start talking about boring stuff (like gossip) I just wait until I can bring the conversation back to something interesting; if I can't I go do something else. I suppose different people have different capacities for intensity; mine is pretty much 100% until I crash and then I sleep. Judith
  13. Sounds ideal to me. Good music, good dramatic plays, good conversation -- what's lacking? I remember reading it for the first time and thinking, "Wow. Can't wait to go there!" Whenever I go on cruises, the stupid entertainment is one of the things that bugs me; more of this kind of thing would please me greatly. Judith
  14. So far, these responses seem to be proving the point made in the original post about everyone hastening to assure everyone else that they disapprove of children having sex, but no one really being willing to discuss it. The question is, WHY is it bad or wrong for children to have sex, either with each other or with adults? And yes, I'm making the usual disclaimers that I don't think it's good for them either, yada, yada, yada, lest I be accused of approving of it simply by asking the question, as everyone seems to fear. But WHY? Vague generalities aren't answers. Judith
  15. A couple of years ago a guy lent me a (clean, unused) handkerchief to clean my glasses. I was appalled that anyone still carried cloth handkerchiefs in this day and age. I'm appalled that anyone uses cloth diapers in this day and age. But this ... this ... is beyond words. We definitely need separate countries ... separate PLANETS ... from people who think like this. PLEASE, let's hurry with space exploration so we can get away from these nuts. Judith
  16. As Christopher phrased the question, the venomous snake was just "near" the child, not actually threatening it. Snakes differ. We in North America are fortunate to live among the shyest venomous snakes in the world; the snakes generally mind their own business and leave if they perceive humans in their vicinity, unless of course they are cold on a cool night and want to curl up next to you in your sleeping bag. In places like Australia, on the other hand, venomous snakes are actually aggressive, and upon perceiving a human will chase the human and attack. I have no idea how aggressive the
  17. I love Arizona. Tucson is wonderful in the winter, and Flagstaff is wonderful in the summer. Just need the private plane to get me to a decent symphony once every two weeks or so.... Judith
  18. I generally hate to harm any living thing. When ladybugs come into the house during the winter, I consider them welcome winter guests. I do, however, draw the line at self-defense. Mosquitoes, invading rodents, whatever carries disease and/or attacks me is fair game and brings out all the primitive hunting instincts I have. I remember being in a Florida hotel a few years ago. I generally hate Florida: humid, hot, insect-ridden, and overall unpleasant. I was there for a seminar and had checked in late, so the only rooms left in my reserved block were the fancy corner suites on the upper fl
  19. Okay, over the months and years, more than one contributor here has mentioned or implied or hinted to the effect that purported world elite conspiracies such as the Illuminati, Bilderbergers, CFR, etc. are more than paranoid fantasies, but every link I've ever seen and every search I've ever done on the internet has led to nothing but rabid paranoid Christian Armageddon-ridden type exorcism and demon-type stuff talking about massive famiy bloodlines where the kids undergo satanic rituals from birth, etc. Folks here seem to be fairly bright, so where's the research and links that support this
  20. Perhaps it's time to start saving up money (or gold, or unset gems) for travelling to India or Central America for necessary health care. Those places are already becoming centers of fine heart surgery and knee replacements in luxurious hospitals for prices under $10,000 for many Americans. Judith
  21. Is anyone as horrified by this issue as I am? I've been following it with a great deal of concern. I've also read that the "bail-out" bill provides for federal downloading of all patient computerized records to this new agency. The following article, published today at Jewish World Review, summarizes the issue nicely: --------------------------------------------------- Prescription for medical malpractice By Wesley Pruden Feb. 13, 2009 Nasty surprises are always nasty. We can expect to see a lot of them as the details of Barack Obama's Big Bopper Bailout unfold over the next several months.
  22. Ed, that's horrible. I'm so sorry. Judith
  23. Mazel Tov! No bad news is definitely good news. Chris, have another in a year, regardless. --Brant I'd second that. There's nothing like early detection, it's worth the cost if insurance won't pay it, and you'd really, really hate to kick yourself if you don't do it and later think you should have done. Congratulations on the great news! Judith
  24. I think we're talking about apples and oranges here. Roark didn't perceive Toohey as a threat. He figured that people who wanted his work would perceive its value and come to him regardless of Toohey's blathering and plotting. To a certain extent, he was right; Roark might have lost a few clients, but others would come to him; people like Heller, etc. On the other hand, al Quaeda and the other jihadis are a real, physical threat. Roark would not have ignored them. Neither should we. Judith