And That's The Way It Was - Walter Cronkite

By: palmettobug53 , 2:14 AM GMT on July 12, 2009

The nation's Uncle Walter is gone. I had posted in comments a couple of weeks ago, that there were rumors of his impending death; that his health had taken a turn for the worse. Family spokesmen denied this, saying that he had been sick but that he was home and doing well.

I grew up watching Uncle Walter on TV. His tearful delivery of the news of President Kennedy's death and his joy at announcing that man had now walked on the moon are indelibly engraved in my memory. And who can forget his signature sign off every evening? "And that's the way it is." His reporting from Vietnam and other areas of the world are a far cry from today's blow-dried, talking heads, many of whom are not, nor ever have been, hard core reporters of Cronkite's ilk. So much of today's morning and evening "news" shows have turned into sound bite entertainment, as if the public is too slow, too stupid or doesn't have the attention span for serious, in-depth news.

Even though he has not been a regular on TV in quite some time, he's never been too far from my thoughts and I'll miss him. I wound up sitting up last night until after midnight, watching retrospectives of his life on TV.

Happy sailing, Uncle Walter!

Walter Cronkite, Wikipedia

Art Buchwald on Walter Cronkite, from his 1981 essay

New York Times

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Last month, we lost a national treasure, Philip Simmons. We Charlestonians were, and are, inordinately proud of Mr. Simmons. He was a true artist whose work graces dozens of residences and buildings here in the Lowcountry. His work is in museums ranging from the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia SC to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

Mr. Simmons apprenticed himself at age 13, to a former slave and ironworker, Peter Simmons. His career spanned 77 years and went from making horseshoes and everyday practical items to decorative gates, window grills and other artistic pieces.

Even after he laid down his hammer, he still oversaw the work at his forge, designing pieces that were then made by his cousin, Ronnie Pringle, and his nephew, Carlton Simmons. His work and artistry will continue.

You can view a lot of his work on Google Images just by searching with his name.

Artist In Iron Dies from the Post and Courier.

The Philip Simmons Foundation

Philip Simmons From the University of South Carolina-Aiken.

Remembering a Master A blog for Drayton Hall.

Pluff Mud Love

Excerpts from Simmon's book, Charleston Blacksmith You might have to click on the image to get it started.

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81. palmettobug53
12:16 AM GMT on July 27, 2009
Hey, Shore! Will go check your blog. Crowder peas may be called black eyes in different areas of the country. They're not what we call black eyed peas.

I need to put up a new thread. This one smells a bit stale! Kinda have an idea but I'd need to do some research first. I think I might just put up something temporary in the meantime.
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80. shoreacres
3:16 PM GMT on July 26, 2009
Bug ~ Thanks for stopping by. I left you a comment re: the Crowder peas over at my place. Mom and I were just talking about them, and she'd never heard of them.

Are they what we would call Black-eyed peas? That's what one site I found says, but there could be regional variations in that, too.

have a good one - you've certainly got a good menu going there!
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79. palmettobug53
2:27 PM GMT on July 26, 2009
You certainly do! Can't get much more Charlestonian than the Citadel! LOL

Which reminds me... it's been quite a while since I've been over that way and it's not but a few blocks from my office. I ought to ride over there after work one afternoon. I guess they still let you drive onto the campus. And there's Hampton Park, right there, too. I used to spend a lot of time there with my Mama when we lived downtown, before moving to James Island. We had some friends that lived about a block from the park and we'd all go together. They had girls my age.
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78. OGal
2:22 PM GMT on July 26, 2009
Bug, just got my Southern Living Mag. Nice article about Pat Conroy's new book and Charleston. One thing I keep forgetting to tell you is that my dad spent two years at The Citadel. I have several of the letters he wrote to his momma while taking the train to and from school. I intend to get a Citadel sweatshirt this year. My dad was there when it was still a prep school. I think he attended two years prior to majoring in engineering at Purdue. See I have a Charleston connection.
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77. palmettobug53
2:09 PM GMT on July 26, 2009
Good morning!

Boy, did I oversleep today. I've gone from terrible insomnia to really making up for lost time! LOL

I woke up earlier this morning but dozed back off. When I woke up again and looked at the clock? It was after 9! I will admit that I did sit up until almost 12 last night reading a book, while keeping one eye on the TV.

I think I got most of my errands and stuff taken care of yesterday. I still have the laundry to do and our Sunday dinner to cook.

The menu today:

Ham steak
silver queen sweet corn
crowder peas

The corn and rice are from the Farmers Market at work Friday.

I also got some really nice peaches, which I'm going to slice up, so I may run up to the grocer and get some vanilla ice cream.

Off to see who'd doing what for a few minutes, whilst I finish my coffee.
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76. Proserpina
1:34 PM GMT on July 25, 2009
Maria's photo

Good morning. How is your road trip with Sandi going along?
My butterfly and I say hello and happy weekend.
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75. shoreacres
1:14 PM GMT on July 25, 2009
Morning, Bug,

About five years ago I had a bout of that vitreous detachment business. Mine was particularly annoying because I had a fuzzy spot right in the center of my field of vision, about the size of a nickel. As it turns out, that's what happens BEFORE the stuff detaches and turns into floaters.

I got the same advice to just wait it out. It did work itself out - my vision went back to normal and eventually the floaters dissolved or went to Vegas or did whatever they do. And, I haven't had a problem since, which I suppose is the good news. In any event, if I ever get that blurry "spot" again, I'll not panic quite so much!

Sounds like your day is going to be as busy as mine. The first thing I have to do is get myself to the Big Birdseed Store. There are about 30 birds of various sorts sitting 10 feet away from me on the railing, and the look in their eyes isn't pleasant. I'm obviously at the bottom of their pecking order rigbt now!

Have a good one - looks like you've got pleasant weather for buzzing about.
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74. palmettobug53
1:02 PM GMT on July 25, 2009
Good morning! Just have a few minutes to do a quick check of the blogs and then I've got to get going.

I am headed over to my cousin's this morning. Won't be staying long, though, as I seem to have a whole list of things I need to get done this afternoon or I'll be stuck doing it all tomorrow.

They told me that this repair can wait a while, if need be. It's urgent but not an emergency, like retinal repair is. As long as I don't start having the signs of retinal detachment, it can hold off for a bit. What is annoying, is that I now have some visible floaters in my left eye. The ones in my right eye are still there, though they seem to be slowling dissolving and are not as big as they were in March. It does make reading and computering a bit of a strain on the eyes. At least, the ones in the left eye are not as big as the ones in the right eye were.

Time to finish sipping my tea and make a quick breeze around the blogs before I leave!

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73. seflagamma
12:35 PM GMT on July 25, 2009
Oh bug,

That makes my eye water just reading about your eye problems. you get that fixed as soon as you can. oweeeee!

Yes, it appears your alter ego is off on an adventure with Sandi in England.. that is funny!

Well it is Saturday, are you up and about yet? enjoying a lazy morning of coffee.. (or tea?)

Are you going to your Cousin's today?

Just checking in to say Good morning and Happy Weekend to you!
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72. PeaceRiverBP
12:42 AM GMT on July 25, 2009
Bug; Sorry to hear about the eye problems; my niece recently had to have her retinas re-attached, and she's only 26 years old. I hope it doesn't happen to you! Fingers, eyes and toes will be crossed!

In the mean time, I hope you & Sand are having fun!
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71. palmettobug53
4:40 PM GMT on July 24, 2009
Happy Friday, everyone!

My ortho had been called out of town and they had not been able to reach me to let me know or reschedule. Left there and went straight over to Storm Eye Institute, as I had noticed some oddities in my left eye. Turns out I have posterior vitreous detachment in that eye. That's what happened to my right eye around the end of March.

The doctor that did that laser surgery is on vacation and they want me to wait until she returns to do the repair. Vitreous detachment increases your risk of retinal detachment, so I am to remain vigilant. If I have any of the symptoms of retinal detachment I'm to head right back over there.

Fix one body part and the next one goes bad... I can't win for losing!

Now, to go see what "I" am up to!
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70. seflagamma
11:30 AM GMT on July 24, 2009
That is great, "Where in the World is Bug?" LOL

Well , I think you and Sandi are off to the North English country, didn't she say Yorkshire?

Your "alter ego" is having a great time!

May have to see if Sandi can send you to me next and I will take you to Key West in Mid August! LOL

Hope your doc's appointment went well yesterday afternoon and your Friday goes by quickly!
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69. palmettobug53
3:37 PM GMT on July 23, 2009
I thought something was up, when I ran across that post about me on OGals blog yesterday at lunch. I thought I'd felt funny lately. Must be the jet lag! LOL

This is a hoot. I wonder if I can out-do Matt Lauer?

Am having an early, and short, lunch. I have an appt to get my knee xrayed this afternoon and then see my ortho guy for a one year post surgery checkup. I'm hoping this will be the last one.

(Bug wanders off, humming "Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?")
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68. Beachfoxx
1:48 PM GMT on July 23, 2009

Watching you globe-trotting around from one WUBA to another is so much fun!!! Thank goodness you are a "light traveler"! ROFLMAO

Hope all is well....
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67. sandiquiz
1:46 PM GMT on July 23, 2009
Ah, well, the cat is out of the bag now!!! LOL
What would you like for dinner this evening??
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66. seflagamma
1:42 PM GMT on July 23, 2009
Girl, you get around, the other day you were in the US Virgin Islands and today you are sipping coffee in England on Sandi's patio! LOL

That is so funny and what a wonderful thing this has turned out to be. You are sort of "Symbolic" of all of us in your travels around with the other WU friends! We are there in spirit. Now you are across the pond!
Aren't you glad you did such a great job on creating that image of yourself in life size form!

Hope you are having a good day and your work week is now on the almost weekend side! :o)

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65. MNTornado
7:12 PM GMT on July 22, 2009
Hey there Bug,
Hey things were a lot different back when Walter was the prime news anchor. You could actually believe what he was telling us. Now a day, when something happens, you get so many stories during the first 30 to 60 minutes after it has happened, you don't know who or what to believe. New people don't seem to think that accuracy and integrity are important anymore. Just be sure that we get those ratings. That is all that counts anymore.
When Walter retired, things began to change to a "Let's line our pockets with cash" attitude and who cares if we get it right. Just make sure that it's exciting and draws crowds.

I miss those days when we could trust the anchor man and the news service to be telling us "LIKE IT IS".
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64. seflagamma
7:01 PM GMT on July 22, 2009
Hi Bug, LOL I saw somewhere you posted that you were with me??? I was hoping not because I have not done anything exciting all summer! LOL

I see you were with the other "Patti" around here...she is out traveling and somehow got your icon. LOL

Girl you get around.

Thanks for your post this morning, will do!

on lunch break now, but it is just about over now. I need to back track a little and see what has been going on ...

enjoy your afternoon!
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63. OGal
5:16 PM GMT on July 22, 2009
Sorry Bug, you are with Rediagain Patti, the teacher from Mississippi. She has been in the Virgin Islands :)
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62. palmettobug53
4:40 PM GMT on July 22, 2009
Hey, everybody!

I think Cronkite held on until the anniversary of the moonwalk, myself. When you see the film clips of him doing the news, when they did the walk, you could see how excited he was. From everything I've read, he was really big on our space program.

Karen, I'll bet it was funny watching Ian process that info.

I'm traveling again, OGal? I'll have to go see where I'm at now.

Pros, what a lovely flower!

Shore, if you find that article, let me know. I hate when that happens. You find something online and don't bookmark it. Then, you can't find the thing again.

Glad you have all the appts out of the way this week. I have one on Thursday. The one year checkup on my knee. Then I have a two week checkup on my toe next Monday. After that, I think I'm done. Sorta. Got a card from my dentist and it's time for the biannual checkup with him next month.

It's a never ending cycle, once you pass 40 or so....

Hope everyone is having a great Wed. Gotta go check for blobs...
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61. Proserpina
12:00 PM GMT on July 22, 2009
Wednesday Pictures, Images and Photos
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60. shoreacres
11:39 AM GMT on July 22, 2009
Morning, Bug ~

Much better day today than yesterday - details about that little experience over at my place.

I found and then lost and will try to re-find an article about the wood trim on post-1900 storm houses in Galveston. I'd never thought about it until reading your header about the fellow who's your national treasure and his work, but there's relatively less ironwork in Galveston. There were some reasons for it, but I can't tell you until I find that article!

Have a great day - I'm looking forward to a pretty good one myself. It's been a little chopped-up so far, as I had to take mom to the cardiologist on Monday and dentist on Tuesday, but the apppointments are over for the week and I can concentrate on earning a sheckel or two!
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59. OGal
10:43 AM GMT on July 22, 2009
Hi Bug, Border Collie here too. Did you see that you went to St. John with Patti. How funny! She said that she put lots of sun screen on ya so you really had a nice trip. Girl, you know how to travel.

Have a happy Wed.
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58. SBKaren
12:37 AM GMT on July 22, 2009
Hiya Bug,

Walter was a good, good man and he had the voice. He will be missed.

The boys were here yesterday and there was a short segment on TV about the moon landing. Well, Ian loves the big, big moon, and I told him that 40 years ago today (this was yesterday), a space ship went up in space and man walked on the moon - that big, big moon up in the sky. He looked at me just a little extra long - I think he got it!
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57. palmettobug53
4:27 PM GMT on July 21, 2009
Happy Tuesday!

I overslept this a.m. Something tripped my alarm and I woke up after 7, with the stupid thing blinking at me. Managed to get showered and dressed fairly quickly but by that time I got out of the house, the morning traffic was in full flood. I didn't get clocked in until about 8:20.

Waves and "hellos" to Blu, Sandi, Peace and Code.

Heheheheh.... I'm a tad OCD, so maybe that's why I ended up a Border Collie!
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56. code1
3:45 PM GMT on July 21, 2009
Hiya Bug! Quick flyby to check on blobs. Saw you bumped up via Ms. Sandi (waves hi to you as well!). Read quickly about Uncle Walter. Will go back for the links. Work calls.
Anyhow, I too did PL's quiz. I am a lab. Too funny. I wanted to be a poodle. I read up on some who were. Nahhh, I still see the stereotype fallacies about them there. sheesh I'd put my girl up against any shepherd or lab for stamina and intelligence (and have in classes, she shines). Actually she could compete with a border as well if she had OCD tendencies. My boy is a clown and lover though, perhaps he would fit the stereotype better. Although he is still young. LOL
Have a great day all.
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55. sandiquiz
3:27 PM GMT on July 21, 2009
I made it today!!

Happy Tuesday, I hope it is going well!!
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54. PeaceRiverBP
3:17 PM GMT on July 21, 2009
Bug; Nice tribute to Uncle Walter!

When are we going to see a photo of you in your new gardening outfit?

I took the dog quiz, too. I'm a German Shepherd.

You are a German Shepherd!
Doggedly dedicated to getting the job done, you don't let silly little distractions get in the way of putting in a full day's work. And after you come home, chowing down on a little grub and taking a little catnap is all it takes to get you up and at 'em for round two, whatever that may entail. Your dogma emphasizes the importance of hard work, and you swim laps around your dog-paddling, time-wasting co-workers. Your cleverness leads to you often being entrusted with some pretty important tasks, which you are always more than happy to sink your canines into. You really dig being outdoors and love a bit of exercise, but you draw the line at the ridiculous stuff, choosing a game of beach volleyball over Pilates in the park any day.

Lorne and I just started health insurance, too, now required by the state of Massachusetts, whether you can afford it or not. They say the state will provide insurance for those who can't pay for their own, but that's a crock! Since they say we HAVE to have it or face stiff fines, we tried to get state insurance last winter, when both Lorne and I were only working part-time and the state refused us, saying we were making too much money. :-/ Now, we are working more and can finally afford (under duress) to pay for insurance, but I'm really under-whelmed at how it's working. We've submitted receipts to them for prescriptions we've paid for since we started and haven't heard boo back in almost two months. :-( Ugh about sums it up.
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2:27 AM GMT on July 21, 2009
uncle walter...yep. was watching the local recap for today and they played the voice of uncle walter on the tv coverage of the moon landing...kinda ironic

at the Cape today..they had a guy dressed in a moon suit serving moon pies to the tourists. Gotta love the mentality of central Fl theme parks.

I was 15 when they landed and remember a wonderful teenage watch the summer of '69, the summer of Love...Crazy to remember.
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52. palmettobug53
1:54 AM GMT on July 21, 2009
It never did rain, that I could tell. If it did, it was just a quick shower or two. I didn't even see any wet roads.

Was just checking in for a few, before getting ready for bed. I needed to email my aunt, as I hadn't sent her one in over a week. We try to touch base once a week, if we don't get sidetracked. And we have been sidetracked lately. A lot. Both of us have promised to do better.

Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!
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51. sandiquiz
5:01 PM GMT on July 20, 2009
Darnation - I popped around all the blogs this morning, but saved yours to do before your lunch time recess.... and then missed you, as I keep forgetting things are earlier in the summer!!
Hope you had a restful weekend, and are ready for the new week, well at least by the time you read this, you will be one fifth through!
You are not much warmer than we are today, and this is our best day of the week supposedly!!
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50. palmettobug53
4:13 PM GMT on July 20, 2009
Good afternoon!

Overcast with chances of showers today. Just hope they don't hit during my afternoon commute. I have a couple of stops to make and I don't want to have to be dodging rain to do them.
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49. palmettobug53
11:30 PM GMT on July 19, 2009
I ran across a sad but nice story in the local paper this morning. I can't seem to find it online in our paper but it evidently was printed in several others here in SC today.

The Little Boy of Aiken, SC. It's sad because no one knows who he was, where he was coming from or where he was going. I can imagine the pain of his family (if he had one), when he didn't show up as expected. On the other hand, the people of Aiken, SC have done right by this little mite, in making sure that he was buried with dignity and provided with a grave marker. His gravesite is still tended to this day, even though it's been over 150 years since he died.
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48. palmettobug53
8:46 PM GMT on July 19, 2009
Shore, I don't recall anything, off hand, re: Felix and the NOAA plane. I do remember that Felix and Dean were rather nasty and we are always on tenterhooks when those planes go up. Esp. now that we know Randy from blogging with him.

Am in the middle of cooking up our supper; the okra and squash I got Friday, along with the tomatoes and cukes, sliced up. I cheated by going to Publix and getting a whole, cooked lemon-pepper chicken. I also got a cantelope while I was in there. I got home and peeled and sliced it up and it is one of the sweetest I've had this year. Also got some blueberries.

(All those blackberries I got at the Farmers Market Friday? Those got eaten out of hand and were gone by last night!)

I'll go look at Earl's blog after we eat.

And you do have such a nice boss, Shore! LOL

Gams, I see you've got a yardful of men this afternoon!

Sandi, hope your day has been nice. It's probably not too far from your bedtime now.
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47. seflagamma
4:40 PM GMT on July 19, 2009
good morning Bug,

LOL that is what I think Ogal was also a Border Collie... I still haven't found any "Goldies" yet..will check it out.

Hi everyone,

not going to have much time for blogging today...busy at home as usual.

You all have a great day.
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46. sandiquiz
3:52 PM GMT on July 19, 2009
My boss gave me the day off, so I can piddle ;-)

That is a very kind boss you have there, Linda!! LOL
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45. shoreacres
3:44 PM GMT on July 19, 2009
Bug or Aqua ~

This stopped me short: Stayed up that night till forever, after Felix spat out the little NOAA hurricane hunter, waiting for LRandyB's flight to go into Felix next. What a scary night. There must be a story here I dont' know about - did something happen with a plane? I don't even remember Felix - got to go look it up. It's natural, I suppose, for us to focus on the storms that affect us directly. For me it's Alicia, Allison, Ivan, Gustav, Dolly, Humberto, Rita, Katrina and Ike.
Let's see - would that be enough for a lifetime, O Great Hurricane Gods? LOL!

Bug, I popped over to suggest you go take a look at EarlB's blog and read the links there. It's the kind of story that you like, I suspect - a story of what anthropology used to be like, when human begins were fodder for collectors. Amazing.

We had rain yesterday afternoon and night! Everyone is happy, and I need to get roling with my chores before (with luck) we get more rain. My boss gave me the day off, so I can piddle ;-) Hope your day's great - later!
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44. palmettobug53
3:32 PM GMT on July 19, 2009
Good morning, or afternoon, depending on where you are!

I slept in a bit this a.m. and then watched the CBS Sunday Morning tribute to Cronkite.

Just making a short visit to the blogs, as I do have several things I need to get busy with, what with my late start today.

Hope everyone has a great Sunday! I'll try to pop back in later.
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43. sandiquiz
1:48 PM GMT on July 19, 2009
Hubby would choose a border collie if I would let him have a dog!!
I was a lab... soft and gentle, that's me!! hehehe

Hope you have a relaxing Sunday arranged. I really need to get out in the garden but the weather is keeping me indoors. It is growing wild and jungle like with all this rain!!

Going to spend the afternoon watching an episode of Miss Marple and Poirot, while I make some cards:))
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42. aquak9
11:39 AM GMT on July 19, 2009
G'morning Bug. I know this is off-topic, but I had to comment on your post in shoreacres blog. The video of Felix, that LRandyB made, yes indeed, The Doors song. I too will always associate those two.

Stayed up that night till forever, after Felix spat out the little NOAA hurricane hunter, waiting for LRandyB's flight to go into Felix next. What a scary night.

Have a good Sunday.
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41. palmettobug53
12:26 AM GMT on July 19, 2009
Just took the What Breed of Dog Quiz over at Penguin's blog. I'm in total shock...

I'm a Border Collie?

Wow, You're a Border Collie!

Border Collie
The Achiever

You've heard about this "second-place ribbon" thing, but really don’t ever plan on getting one. Not a chance. Highly competitive, you keep one eye on the Best in Show prize and one on the rest of the pack, making sure you're always at least one paw ahead. You love your family and enjoy the company you keep, but you'd trade all of them in a heartbeat for a corner office and some meaty stock options. When you're not licking your professional coat, naked skydiving and triathlons keep you entertained. You idolize the top dog and will do so until you sniff out a way to take over the company and do a little "restructuring." Learn more »

FAMOUS BORDER COLLIES: Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters

LIKELY PROFESSIONS: CEO, Banker, Manager, Astronaut

I'm low man on the totem pole at work and perfectly happy there. Give me something to do, put me in a corner and leave me alone! I was an interim supervisor for about 6 months, many years ago and I hated it.

I wouldn't mind a corner office and some meaty stock options but I wouldn't trade my family and friends for them.

I am so NOT competitive. I would describe myself as a free spirit, one of a kind, but I'm not ambitious.
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40. seflagamma
1:05 PM GMT on July 18, 2009
Oh Bug, I guess that explains it. It is a good thing you have Thor. I am afraid most people would not have been able to handle that.

one of my neighbors "adopted" 2 outdoor stray wild cats.. all that means is she put food and water out for them.. and then once a year she put on gloves and tried to capture them to take them to the vet..she did have them nutered also.. but they would never get "tamed" well actually in the last couple of years one of them got to the point she will come in the garage when we were all sitting around.. and eventually we could "touch" her then she started letting us pet or brush her... right before she was found dead, she would get in a few of our laps.. but this took like 10 years to accomplish. the other one never was tamed at all.

Thanks for the explanation.. and to find out what kind of dog you are.. go to PenquinLover's blog.. she had the link for the test in her blog on Thur.

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39. palmettobug53
12:48 PM GMT on July 18, 2009
Gams, I've never had cats like these two before. I understand why Daisy is so high strung and hates to be touched. Thor has picked on her all her life and she associates being touched or held, with him jumping her. He doesn't do it quite as much in the house, these days, though he did it a lot when they were younger. If he catches her outside? He immediately gives chase. As a result, she is always on high alert and her flight/fight response is always "on".

As to why he is the way he is, I don't really know. The vets and I have discussed this and the only thing we can come up with is that he must come from a long line of feral or woodpile cats, with a very strong wild/mean streak. I've wondered, too, if he may possibly sustained some head trauma before Hubby found him thrown in that garbage can at 3 or 4 days old. He has mellowed some, now that he is 13 but cuddly, he ain't. And because of him, Daisy isn't, either. It's the main reason why I've not added another kitten or puppy to the mix. I've been afraid that Thor might actually kill them. Plus, there's the added cost of a third pet in the house and our budget is tight enough, now.
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38. seflagamma
12:10 PM GMT on July 18, 2009
Good morning Bug,

I loved your tribute in your header about "Uncle Walter".. you did him true justice. I feel the same way.
Thank you.

girl, I cannot believe people have pets who they cannot touch! Those cats are something else. I take it they are not your "companion cuddle up with" type of pet. ROFL!

Sounds like you have another busy day. Take care and have a good weekend.

Of course, I'm working today..then I will only get 3DAYS off because next week I must come in Wed also so next week will be 4 days again. One of my peers is on vacation and I really need to come in to oversee his team.

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37. palmettobug53
11:59 AM GMT on July 18, 2009
Good morning!

It's a bit cloudy out there and quite cool, at least for July! 73F out there right now, with a high today of about 92F. Scattered showers are in the offing.

I may, or may not, get over to see my cousin this morning. I'm trying to get Thor in the cage for an emergency visit to the vet. He's obviously been squabbling with someone and has an abscess on his left front leg. It was Shadow, next door, most likely - they get into it quite frequently. Since he spends the majority of his time outside, I didn't notice anything until yesterday morning. I was never able to get a good look last night but his leg was swollen and he was acting more P.O.'d than normal. Very tetchy. I tried to examine him last night and very nearly got my arm taken off. Thank heavens my reflexes are still good or I'd have some serious wounds this a.m.

I was able to lightly run my hand down his leg a little while ago, whilst getting the morning paper. The abscess has ruptured. If I can't get him in the cage soon, I'll forego taking him in and simply stop by the office on my over to my cousin's house and see if they will give me some anti-Bs. They've done it before, as they know he is difficult to bring in. I always do that with the promise that, if it doesn't clear up, I'll have to bring him in.

I also need to touch base with them re: Daisy. She has resisted all efforts to get that transdermal gel in her ears, for her thyroid condition. I've about exhausted all efforts to medicate her. She refuses the pills disguised in the Pill Pockets. She refused the compounded kitty treats. The gel was my last option. Other than shipping her off for radioactive iodine treatment, which we've decided would be too much, considering how high strung she is. Plus, there are downsides to that treatment. Kidney problems, for one.

This afternoon, a friend of ours who is in the construction business is to come over and assess some of the things we need to have done here at the house. We have several things that need attention and we'd like him to take a look, give us some estimates and decide which job needs to be done first. We will try to do them in stages, according to importance and to be able to budget them out, a little at a time.

My cousin has some other cousins staying with her this weekend but they come down and go sightseeing and shopping. They spend some time with her and usually cook supper while they're there but they tend to be gone most of the day. They will probably already be out and about by the time I get there this morning. My cousin has a wedding to go to this afternoon.

Hope everyone has a great Saturday!
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36. palmettobug53
9:28 PM GMT on July 17, 2009
Came home with a nice haul from the Farmers Market. Baby yellow squash, okra, cukes, tomatoes, boiled peanuts and some of the biggest blackberries I've seen in a long time. I was sneaking those this afternoon, while I was working and my mouth and fingers are stained purple! LOL

Stopped by CVS on the way home. My insurance company refused to OK the Omnaris nasal spray, due to the cost. They won't, until I've exhausted all efforts at trying other, cheaper sprays to see if they work. And then I'm sure they have some more hoops I'd have to jump through to get the OK. Stupid insurance...

I've been with this same company since November of 1969, if you can believe it. Never had any problem with them before, though they have cut benefits and raised premiums over the years. I was on my Dad's policy, when he worked with the State of SC and, when I got my job with the State, I simply transferred off his and onto the group plan with my employer, with no loss of coverage or any waiting periods.

Anyway, the pharmacist had to call my doctor, who prescribed something called Flunisolide. I have no idea if this spray will work as well as the Omnaris or not. I guess I'll find out. I still have some of the Omanaris left in the sample I got last week, so will use that up before starting this new scrip.

The company that makes Omnaris has a plan that will only cost you an $11.00 copay for the initial scrip and all the refills for a year. I don't qualify because I have insurance. Well, poot! You either need to be rich enough that you don't care what things cost or poor enough to get them for free or almost free. Us folks in the middle get the shaft.

Ok, rant over.... LOL
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35. sandiquiz
4:42 PM GMT on July 17, 2009
That's right.... I thought you might recognise it!! LOL
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34. palmettobug53
4:40 PM GMT on July 17, 2009
Hi, everybody! Nice of you to stop by JFL, Foxx and Sandi.

Sandi, isn't that the Grand Hotel, the one that Herriot was stationed at, when he was in the RAF?

Going to make this short and simple, as I'm trying to eat fast so that I can get over to the Farmers Market and get some veggies.

Hope everyone is having a great Friday!
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33. sandiquiz
2:48 PM GMT on July 17, 2009
I am glad you had fun this week when meeting your relatives. No walking on the beach? Aww!

Here you are, have some of mine! Scarborough in June :)

I am having a "meeting new folk" day tomorrow. I am meeting up with someone for lunch who I met on WU three years ago, (she doesn't come by any more). But I became re-acquainted with her through Flickr.
Then in the evening I am meeting up with two girls I have met through one of the Flickr groups. We have decided to do the digital photography course at the local University, starting October, together, so are meeting to see if we get on!! LOL

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32. Beachfoxx
2:54 AM GMT on July 17, 2009
Wow Bug,

Mr. Simmons was so talented. I just loved looking at his work & designs! I was glad to see that so many appreciated his work and that there is a foundation set up...

Hope all is well with you.

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