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By: ricderr, 2:51 PM GMT on November 27, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving Eve to one and all. The cooking starts tonight and will go into tomorrow morning. The good news is most of the dishes and cooking will be done before noon, so we can enjoy the afternoon and evening. Not to mention FOUR, yes FOUR, wonderful days off. Might not seem like such a big deal, but when you work 6 days a week four seems like a luxury vacation. We'll catch up on movies that we've wanted to see and hopefully stay away from the malls. I think bowling might be on tap but mostly we'll just play it by ear and that leads to the QOD;
What are your Thanksgiving plans?
By: ricderr, 4:07 PM GMT on November 26, 2013
I was bitterly disappointed over the weekend as my plans for a little snow never panned out. Oh, if you lived in the Northeast El Paso, you got 2-3" inches of the white stuff. Same for the north and even the West. Yet, here on the east we received a little bit of ice pellets and that was it. Mother nature owes me one.
Besides that, just trying to get through Wednesday and then a wonderful 4 day weekend. We'll spend a quiet Thanksgiving, just family, eat too much watch some football and then just a few day activities the rest of the weekend. Oh and sleep, wonderful nap time is something I'm looking forward too. Me and Hopie falling asleep on the couch sounds like a perfect way to spend part of an afternoon.
I'm thankful for work and also thankful for some much needed time off. I'm also thankful for each and everyone of you that take the time to read my blog. It's nothing special, just a way for me to enjoy the limited interaction we have, but once again thank you for taking the time to read and that leads to the QOD:
What are you thankful for?
By: ricderr, 5:09 PM GMT on November 23, 2013
Oh yes, somedays the importance is in the little things and while this might be little to some, I have just got to know;
Stuffing, inside the bird or outside?
By: ricderr, 7:08 PM GMT on November 21, 2013
Well here in lovely (cough, cough) El Paso, the wintry weather is heading our way. This weekend we should see snow on the Franklin's and the Sacramento's and there is a chance we could also get snow and or freezing rain. Regardless of the precipitation outcome it's going to be cold. bring on turkey and stuffing and then Santa Claus.
In the office we had a discussion on which we preferred more, Thanksgiving or Christmas. Answers varied ranging from Thanksgiving is simpler, less marketed and yet others felt the joy you see on your children's face as they open their gifts, well there's nothing better. So as we start the feast of the bird preparations I ask you;
What do you enjoy more, Thanksgiving or Christmas?
By: ricderr, 4:11 PM GMT on November 13, 2013
25 facts that will make your stomach churn
The Romans used crushed mouse brains as toothpaste
When eskimo babies have colds their mothers suck the snot out of their nose
FDA regulations allow 10 insects and 35 fruit fly eggs per 8 oz. of raisins
They also allow 1 pound of peanut butter to contain 150 bug fragments and 5 rodent hairs
Butterflies have been known to drink blood
Your desk, kitchen sink, grocery cart, cellphone, restaurant menu, and ATM all have more bacteria than your toilet bowl
20% of office coffee mugs contain fecal matter (University of Arizona study)
16% of cell phones have poop on them (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
Koalas actually eat their mom’s poop
Tired of poop? Too bad. Depending on the brand of toilet paper you use to wipe, the fecal matter can travel through up to 10 layers
According to the FDA the average person consumes a pound of insects per year, mostly mixed into other foods
Your feet can sweat up to 20 liters of fluid per year
If you smell something, molecules from that object are sticking to the inside of your nose
The chance of you dying on the way to get your lottery tickets is actually greater than your chance of winning
More than 40,000 parasites and 250 types of bacteria can be exchanged in one kiss
Most of what we know about the stages of hypothermia came to us from Nazi human experiements
Male chicks are often tossed into a grinder as babies because roosters aren’t as tasty as hens
Approximately 2,500 left handed people die every year as a result of using equipment designed for right handed people
Ice machines in restaurants are usually not cleaned. They even have a part called a slime guard and if you saw it on a bad day you would never get ice again
During WWII an American plane crashed on a Japanese island (Chi Chi Jima). There were 9 men on board. Eight of them were captured and eaten. The one who was rescued was George H W Bush.
The average mattress doubles in weight over the course of 10 years due to accumulation of dust mites and dust mite poop
If a male lion takes over a pride he executes all of the cubs
There are more vacant houses than homeless people in the Unites States
15% of the air you breathe in an average metro station is human skin
There are over 200 corpses on Mount Everest and they are used as way points for climbers
and for the QOD:
can you name a 26th?
By: ricderr, 3:27 PM GMT on November 07, 2013
Decatur, Indiana (CNN) -- It's a grim topic: What would you want if you were on life support after a life-altering accident? Would you want to live in a wheelchair, or would you want to die?
An Indiana deer hunter and father-to-be who was left paralyzed after falling from a tree chose the latter, state authorities said Wednesday.
Timothy E. Bowers, 32, of Decatur was hunting Saturday afternoon when he fell about 16 feet to the ground from a tree stand, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said.
Bowers suffered a spine injury and paralysis, authorities said.
On Sunday, he chose "to remove himself from life support systems," the department said in a statement. He died that evening.
i saw this story in my morning reading. It's very very sad. Tough on everyone involved and it makes you wonder what would you do in his situation. I've personally never been afraid of death, nor would I want to burden my family with caring for me so maybe that's why I can see this mans perspective as some I know think his act was selfish. It leads to the QOD:
Is there a point or a circumstance where you would rather die than live?
By: ricderr, 1:49 PM GMT on November 02, 2013
Well here we go once again, where we move our clocks in what is some maniacs way of saving us an hour of sunlight. Oh I know I rarely answer my own questions but come on folks, twice a year my sleeping schedule gets screwed up and for the next two weeks I'm going to be either up late, not wanting to wake up or just plain confused. OK, I'm confused on a daily basis so I guess I should say I'll be even more confused. Set the clock at one times and for the love of God, leave it alone, which leads to the QOD:
Do you like or dislike our semi-annual time change?
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