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  • Enjoy your visit with your son. :)
    No, thanks for caring. I was hurting when I wrote that.

    He was off and on about coming for 2 days. It was emotionally exhausting. He's in Melb. for a week from the US, but I'm a 2.5 hr drive from there. I would have happily driven up to see him, but we both wanted him to see the new house.
    Too many characters for 1 message.

    He finally decided he would come, then said he couldn't get a hire car. That's when I wrote that. Then he got a loan of a car from a friend.

    Brought his girlfriend. It was lovely to meet her. He looks well and happy.

    I'd like to see him for more that 2hrs every 10 years, but you have to be grateful for small mercies, neh?
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    So glad you got to see him at last! ❤️ Yes, you deserve more than two hours every ten years. :)
    Thanks for the concern, small scare there for a bit. My entire family/work/wife/child converged on me for support at the same and I had a bit of a breakdown. I've had to quickly pivot and get my head back in the game as the due date's coming up. How are things going for you?
    Thanks for your nice comments on the painting thread. Love ya!
    Hah! I can't get used to the idea of cold and dry together. I know the moisture freezes out of the air, but here it's only ever cold and sopping.
    I use a saline spray. That's about all I need. It's just this cold, dry time of year that this happens. :)
    You hear about it all the time in Hollywood movies and nearly every single cop procedural but I've never known how you would build it.

    Turns out it is basically my Bolognese recipe with beans and chili. I'm going to try it some time, when i'm not cooking for the kids, adding those long greeney-yellow capsicum things whole name I don't know, and extra olive oil.

    I am dumbfounded that you didn't know about chili! As loud and obnoxious as American culture is, I would have thought everyone on the globe knew about chili. It's a Mexican dish, but it's a favorite of Americans, particularly in Texas, where they ruin it with too much spicy heat. It's Texas, though, and they have to feel like they're bigger and better than everyone, so I suspect much of that spice is to prove something. I prefer actual flavor with mild to moderate heat. Anything above that is just showing off, not eating. :D
    There is a visitor messages tab on each user's profile page, which can be reached by clicking their name on any post they have made, and selecting 'View Profile':
    Thanks for the note. Agreed, Quiet is a great read.. I might have to give my copy another look again some time soon.
    Thank YOU. I tend to read only books that people I respect say they enjoy, so the reading thread here supplies a few, or books that grab me from the library shelves. The first 2 of yours sound good to me.

    I'm going to give you the back-of-the-envelope-summary. Remembering that this is fiction, one of the characters talks about how film stock was developed (no pun intended) it "was optimised for white North-west European skins." and that makes images of other skins ... not quite right. She suggests that differing photographic design would make "blackness ... look ordinary, whiteness ... look odd."

    She talks about how sweaty Sydney Poitier was in In the Heat of the Night. It was at least partially because the lights were turned up full blast, because the cameras didn't "see" his skin. Metaphorical, huh?

    Thanks for the recommendation. I saved a bookmark to my desktop, but I'm currently in the middle of reading: A Universe from Nothing (Lawrence Krauss), Stamped from the Beginning (Ibram X Kendi), Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism (Aron Ra), Demon-Haunted World (Carl Sagan), A Nation Under Our Feet, vol 2 (Black Panther comic, Ta Nehisi Coates), Ironheart vol 1 (Iron Man comic).

    Cripes, I'm never gonna finish it all!
    I can just remember my Mum talking with her friends about the Pill when I was maybe 7. It changed things in ways the show doesn't acknowledge, though I suppose that wasn't the point of it. I love the human angle of it and cry at every single birth, for some reason. Hope you are hanging in there. I've just started on turmeric. It helped. :)
    Oh I know the 60s were still the dark ages for women in many respects. I just didn't know how far the show would take the topic. Turns out, it didn't piss me off that much. Conditions were appalling, yes, and the show revealed that, but it didn't submerge any characters into a debate that would make my blood boil. There were only maybe two outright mentions of the backward moralizing, and they allowed the story to reveal the cultural forces of oppression of the era.
    Yes I am a very, very happy vegemite. Sorry for the delay in responding.
    I was there in 1982 and can finally get over it.
    Thanks for the comment. I kinda fell away from the forums when Facebook took off. Still only pop back in from time to time, but have been visiting a bit more lately.
    Thanks for the lovely note. I just finished an hour of stationary bike, so I really could enjoy that cupcake right now. :D
    Thanks, Spike, that is so sweet of you to say. My father would be so glad. :) <3
    Lash away. The world can be a cruel and unjust place. Fortunately we have friends to help shoulder the load.

    Hugs to you.
    I have to spread some rep around before repping you again. The quote from Paradise Postponed is wonderful. I'm going to steal it and flash it around without apology. :)
    You might be confusing me with Norm who lives in Geelong. I live in Altona Meadows, just up the road (25kms)
    I'm giving it my best shot, Spikey, thank you. You do the same! :)
    I would truly love to share such experiences with you, spike, if you ever wander up this way. :) I suspect you would enjoy many of the same things which I do. (Rhubarb wine, also, perhaps...?):D
    Thank you very much for the rep (and on many other occasions also). Yes, on a beauty day riding a lovely horse, no doubt some may feel a bit of envy. The same emotion does not stir in people at the thought of getting up before midnight and driving in to work while the rest of the world sleeps. I pays my dues. :D
    Thank you for the rep. I have two daughters who are now successful adults. Both were in their late 20's before having their first baby, which is something I consider to be a victory. I can't count the friends I have who are raising their grandchildren, born of teenage daughters. The "college rape crisis" is as contrived a thing as we have ever encountered. There is no epidemic of false rape accusations. The simple fact is, women now have the voice to say something. It's always a shock when a new voice is heard.
    Maybe one day we will. Meantime, there's always a virtual veranda. It's not like our brains will know the difference. ;)
    It gives me hope, too. And I've been thinking about that for a long time. I've been on the web since the early 90s. Did you know that some parts of your brain do not know the difference between a text conversation and an in-person interaction? As long as you believe there is a human being there, it's in essence the same thing. Even without a person's physical presence or even their voice, all the same shit happens in your brain and body when you're communicating with someone in text only. The aspects that are missing are filled in. Your brain creates a whole person just based on their text responses. Of course, you get a lot more accurate clues in person or even over the phone, stuff you can't sense or read from people over the internet, but emotionally, it's a complete experience. I'm glad I've gotten to know you over the internets, btw. :love:
    You are a good judge of horses. She is my youngest horse yet I chose her for this mission because she is really 'into me', and I am confident that you will know exactly what I mean. : )
    Well thank you! I hope you don't think I was upset when you said you were going to go minimalist. You are my friend either way ;) And thank you very much for returning the warm and fuzzy :D
    Hey! What happened to the fire-eater avatar? That was a good one.
    I'm doing 'water', now all we need is 'earth' and 'air'.
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