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Cookie
11-22-2010, 11:28 AM
I am sure if we all looked into our lives we could find something to be thankful for. I am thankful for my family. I have great kids with loving hearts, good sense of humors and ready to help anyone, I am thankful for the people they have become. I am thankful that I will celebrate this day without having to undergo chemo, that is a real plus, and it gives me hope for the bigger holiday, Xmas, that is coming. I am thankful for the roof over my head, even though it is a struggle alone to pay for it, I am thankful I am able to do it. I am thankful I have an income which provides the shelter, food and other essentials in life. I am thankful for those in my life I once had and lost to illness, I am thankful for my good friends, to a rather grumpy employer because she can sometimes look the other way when I need a day off, and I am thankful for my 2 cats who make me laugh even when I don't want to. I am thankful for even the tough times, for without those times, I wouldn't know the good ones.

I am wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, a day filled with love, peace and happiness.
Cookie

Ian Gills
11-22-2010, 01:23 PM
My neighbors always laugh at me because I get Thanksgiving mixed up with 4th July.

Cookie
11-22-2010, 01:34 PM
Just don't blow up the turkey! lol. Happy Fourth to you, Ian, :)

Ian Gills
11-22-2010, 01:50 PM
Let's just say they are thankful we're not still here!

Cookie
11-22-2010, 07:01 PM
You are so bad. :)

Cookie
11-25-2010, 07:19 AM
I am surprised that no one has anything to be grateful for that they could put here. But, I will tell you something about this morning. At 10 am, the turkey was popped into the oven. In walks my 23 year old cat, named Bob, he has bad vision these days but, he still recognized the bird. Either that or the smell... but, it wasn't baking yet. He stopped walking in his tracks, he looked up at me, saying, OH MY GOD A TURKEY! and, he thanked me over and over. The last I saw of him, he was still sitting by the oven with a big smile on his face.

Gary Slusser
11-25-2010, 08:23 AM
I'm thankful for making it to age 68.

I'm thankful that finally an increasing number of Americans are starting to understand our present political/economic situation and doing something about it. It gives me a bit of hope that I may be wrong but I'm afraid it's too little too late and many of us won't survive what I think is coming.

Among other things I'm thankful for, I'm most thankful that that hasn't happened yet and that I am able to continue preparing for it.

Cookie
11-25-2010, 09:10 AM
Gary, this is probably one holiday that isn't about politics. Thankfully, their is one.

Let me tell you about a man I met in the supermarket yesterday. I was telling Terry about this and was laughing about it.

I was getting a can of coffee when I noticed an older man was looking through coupons. So, I said, to him, " I got an extra one for a buck off of any Maxwell house, and while extending it to him, I said, " do you want it, take it." And, he said, " oh, thank you, that is mightly nice of you, you know I will be 100 in 2 days."

He looked great, was sharp as a tac, clean as a pin, nicely dressed and, I told him, "WOW, God bless you! you look wondeful." He went on saying, that he is still driving and can legally drive until, 102.

I asked him, "what is your secret, you got to have one?" He looked at me, saying, " I have laughed most of my life, always laughed... and while looking at me, looking at me.. lol, added, " I had lots of sex!"

I was still smiling and laughing when while driving home I noticed my aged neighbor walking to my mailbox. I parked the car and said to him, " you the mailman today?" He started laughing and handed me my mail, which was a bill... I said, " nah, I don't want that one."

He asked me how I was. "Fine, I am fine, how are you?" He went into how getting old sucks, he is 84, or 86, and, for some reason, I started telling him about the nearly 100 year old man in the supermarket.

When I told him this man's secret, he said, " I want to live to be 100, too... and with this little shine in his eye, he said, " I think I will go see what Margaret ( his wife) is doing."

ha ha ha ha, I walked into my house, talked to my 2 cats, and knew... I was doomed. ;)

So all along the secret to living long is to laugh and have sex. No politics, that stuff will kill you.

Terry
11-25-2010, 11:15 AM
I will keep that secret in mind.
It's not going to do me much good today though.
I will be seeing kids, grandkids, a sister and some brothers, thier spouses, some neices and newphews. and my 93 yo mom. She's making it to 100 sans sex, but does a lot of reading.
We had a couple of inches today in Seattle, and I guess it looks more like Christmas then Thanksgiving.
Some of my family comes from the East Coast a long time ago. Miles Standish (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myles_Standish)is one that sticks out in my mind. \
My son Taylor is here from Boston this week. It's been a while since I've seen him. He's been at wentworth institute of technology.
So I'm looking at football today and maybe board games later with family.

jimbo
11-25-2010, 11:37 AM
Thank you for this forum and all the good folks who hang out here!

We are having a low key holiday, as we are packing bags and double bagging all the food in the house....the condo building is being tented for termites next week. We wil be on a mini-vacation in a hotel for 4 days! Big pain, but is just a fact of life in Southern California.

Terry, your son should check out the plumbing museum http://theplumbingmuseum.org/hours_and_directions.html Watertown is a short subway ride out from downtown Boston.

Ian Gills
11-25-2010, 12:16 PM
In the Tea Party view of the holiday, the first settlers were actually early socialists.

These guys are such a joke! As are all those that support them.

Happy Thanksgiving everybody.

I have yet to eat my "socialist" dinner. Ha!

The correct version of this happy tale is the following:

The British settlers who had arrived in the New World on the Mayflower in 1620 were celebrating the next year’s good harvest in good ol' English style, sharing in the bounty with Squanto and their other Indian friends, who had taught them how to hunt and farm on new terrain. As English people do. Just getting along with other people, helping everyone out and looking after the land.

This all changed a few years later when one of them wanted to be King.

His Majesty Washington.

Things have never been the same since. But the English are still celebrated for which we give thanks.

Terry
11-25-2010, 12:26 PM
Don't you have a Royal Wedding to look forward to?

If you can please leave us to our Holiday, that would be nice.

Ian Gills
11-25-2010, 12:38 PM
And isn't she a beauty?

God Save The Queen And All Who Take Up The Cause.


Now, please carry on with your Holiday.

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01763/prince-william-kat_1763685b.jpg

Cookie
11-25-2010, 03:17 PM
She is lovely Ian. Really. Funny, Princess Di and I were both married the same day, and had our kids strangely, on the same day. This amazed us.

Terry, you might think it is without, lol. My kids think I am the virgin mary. :) and only play Bingo.

I had a good dinner with the boys, it was fun. My grandson is especially a delight. He is just about the cutest thing I ever laid eyes on. I asked again, if I can have him, lol. But, after a while I had a hard time holding him due to my arm problem. My right arm is about 75% useless. I want to grow a new one. So, it is back in the compression wrap, and sling. It's not that bad.

Ian Gills
11-25-2010, 05:44 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-OFXUaMIv8&playnext=1&list=PLA6FD0CED101F99DC&index=40
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Cookie
11-25-2010, 07:12 PM
I love the Muppets! I had to sign what they were saying years ago to a bunch of kids, and believe me, that was the hardest thing to do, cause I was laughing.

Gary Slusser
11-25-2010, 09:45 PM
Gary, this is probably one holiday that isn't about politics. Thankfully, their is one.
Ah but... the political lesson learned by the Pilgrams but not spoken about in history books helped to build America. It was the failure of their communal living (communism) for their first three years while more of them died of starvation than the half of them that died in their first year.

After 3 years of growing their food on a communal basis, with some of them choosing not to work to grow food, the colony was failing. Then the leaders allowed those that wanted to work to keep more of what they grew than those that didn't work, and that saved the colony. Prior to that, those people didn't like working hard to give those that didn't want to work the same volume of food that they were given. Once they were allowed to keep more of what they grew, the colony prospered.

To me that makes this holiday as important politically as the 4th of July.

Recently the US has turned from capitalism to State Capitalism, formerly known as national socialism which came out of communism. All of Europe is going broke due to socialism and severely cutting their 'free' services (government spending) while becoming very fiscally conservative trying to survive; and that may not succeed. Personally I don't think it will and I think we are heading for a very deep depression and I don't see anything being done to prevent that. I see things being done to cause that.

ps. I won't be living to 100.

Ian Gills
11-26-2010, 05:58 AM
Your historical facts are wrong Gary. The pilgrims were practising communal farming at the time of the feast and did not give it up until years later.

The current crisis in Europe, that started here, really shows that the profit motive has become slightly outmoded, and must be complemented by the incentives of the welfare state. Your traditional system of individual freedom alone is incapable of solving the complex problems of the 21st century. If you want proof, look at the value of my house. It has dropped by one-half and is continuing to fall. And my salary has hardly increased in two years. This cannot be termed success by any measure. Perhaps your pocket book is doing better. I hope it is.

The housing market went bust here, under Republican free market policies, and everything has imploded.

Helping to meet the material needs of the the free men and women of this country through the full power of centralized government is now the only way to go. With nearly 10% unemployed as a result of the Bush recession, what other choice do they have?

We have so many people who can't see a fat man standing beside a thin one without coming to the conclusion that the fat man got that way through his own hard work. So they are going to solve all the problems of human misery through less Government. Well, now, if Corporate America had the answer and we've had decades of it, shouldn't we expect it to read the score to us once in a while? Shouldn't they be telling us about the increase each year in wages? The reduction in the need for public housing and unemployment benefits? It's not happening. Wages have stagnated and the jobless are going up.

Washington D.C. is the answer. And the people that work there are very very nice.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVnmIbzExOA

Gary Slusser
11-26-2010, 09:25 AM
Yes Ian, we both agree that the Pilgrams had to stop the communal living and go to capitalism to survive. There was no government then nor any of the modern things our federal government says we require today, and that we can not pay for.

The dems have controlled congress something like 50 yrs out of the last 60 yrs, and presently since Jan 2007.

For those that don't like politics... politics controls every part of our lives. To pay no attention to politics is dangerous to your way of life and that prevents you from being prepared for the changes that are coming that will change our lives for the worse and forever.

The problem is that too many people don't see what is happening and by the time they do, it will be way too late to do anything about it. I believe we may be past the point of no return already. If I'm wrong it won't harm you at all, if I'm right, you being unprepared will make your life much harder and you may not survive for very long.

We are monetizing our debt (instead of seriously cutting spending). If you don't know what that means and what that leads to, you should read up on it.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=&q=monetizing+our+debt&sourceid=navclient-ff&rlz=1B3GGGL_en___US358&ie=UTF-8

Ian Gills
11-26-2010, 12:47 PM
I owe much more than I have in the Bank. So bring it on.

If the value of the dollar goes down, then so does my debt.

And house prices would go up too.

I would not want to be a saver right now though. And the last thing you want to be in is gold. When that bubble goes, there will be another mess.

I wouldn't worry too much about America's debt. You don't owe that much, at least relative to your size.

But you do spend too much on the police and the armed forces. I'd cut veteran benefits right away. They're squeezing the system.

I have never been to a country where ex-servicemen drive such nice cars.

I wish I earned as much as a retired vet. Being in the army here is a good job if you can get it. Especially when you leave.

Cookie
11-26-2010, 01:20 PM
Wow, Ian, I can't speak for all retired vets, and you knew I would chime in on this one, right? But, my dear ole' dad who served in the big one, lost his hearing, and as he would put it, some other things, only got still at the time of his death in 1992, a whooping $55.00 a month in army disability/pay. That was it. He was a brillant man who because of PTSD, had a hard time working, although he did, and I was supporting my dad when I was graduated just from high school. I was buying food at age 15 for my family. I have always, and probably will always be accountable for everything not only in my life but in others' as well. I don't know if you grew up with a dad with PTSD, but it wasn't fun. His nightmares in the middle of the night became mine. I never knew how to help him. In his nightmares, he would be yelling about guns being pointed at him. Over and over. My dad, in the big one, was a hero, which he always was to me anyway in life, he was a nice man, but it was hard to understand his fears. I would hold my dad and pat his back. Therefore, I kind of developed this routine, I held and my patted my sons backs growing up, and then, my husband's but, when I started to so-call date again, and patted my dates... well, it didn't go over well. lol. I am very motherly, lol. He never called again, lol. :) that is okay. He was weird anyway.

Those retired vets, those vets in general, without them, without them serving and laying their lives on the line like they do, we would be unprotected here at home. I give them my thanks. And, if my taxes are higher because of it, so be it, they deserve it.

My 2 cents worth, on behalf of my dad, who taught me everything I know, including electronics, and raised me to be a girl in a man's world and hold my own. I owe him everything. So does the many mens lives he saved that day in Anzio.

For this he got $55.00 a month. I don't know what cars you are thinking of, but he drove a small truck, which didn't have a radio or heat.

Ian Gills
11-26-2010, 01:56 PM
He was clearly a very good man Cookie.

All the vets I see nowadays seem to get a free college education, home loan guarantees, great (free) healthcare and drive around in Ford Harley Davidson F150s.

Something must have changed. I wonder if it's the Democratic Party giving handouts?

Gary Slusser
11-26-2010, 02:00 PM
I owe much more than I have in the Bank. So bring it on.

If the value of the dollar goes down, then so does my debt.

And house prices would go up too.

I would not want to be a saver right now though. And the last thing you want to be in is gold. When that bubble goes, there will be another mess.
I figured that. So when the crash comes you won't have a house or be able to buy one, and you'll be broke too.

You'll just have the clothes on you and in a bag tied to the end of a stick that you can throw over your shoulder as you plod along to the local urban overcrowded homeless shelter.

You can't spend gold, so don't put any money in gold. Spend what ya got now to buy a ton of rubber bands (rope is better), or beans, toilet paper, water bottles (you can scoff them out of your urban dumpsters now for nothing) so you have something people need so you can barter/trade them for meager amounts of food and water.

If you really could plumb and weren't waving the union jack constantly I'd think of saving you from shelters and soup lines. We are going to hide'n thrive in Texas. I'm thinking if I have to go to my backup plan, plan B, it will be to catch a couple of Jose's north bound boys with the 60 lb packs of 'weed' and we could package it individually'n sell it. You could be my mule to get it into the great progressive democrat band members in Austin and San Antonio to trade for their electronic toys; iPhones, iPads, laptops, a couple guitars. A few brass instruments too so we can sound Hispanic after dark around the campfire. That would help with us acquiring the raw materials for our business. Along with boots, guns, belts, new jeans, shirts, jackets and fake IDs to barter with. And black backpacks for you to take things to/from town in.

Ian Gills
11-26-2010, 02:06 PM
when the crash comes

Wake up call. It has happened!

And none of the rest will happen. Way before that point is reached, the poor and disillusioned will revolt, steal from the rich and balance will be restored.

We either do it the easy way, through taxes and bigger Government, or the hard way.

End the Bush tax cuts for the rich.

Funny how the only people kicking up a stink about it are the rich. I don't hear anyone earning below 250k raising an eyebrow.

But if we do return to a barter economy, I've got a great pump you might be interested in.

Cookie
11-26-2010, 02:20 PM
I donate my time and have been for many years to the Vet Hospital, and I see many people like my dad. That is why I do it. I couldn't help him, so maybe, I can others. I have been working on a book, called, Shell-Shocked, so, if anyone here wants to contribute I would love to read and listen.

My own nephew joined and is coming home in 2 weeks, he is in basics. He saw a plane with a lot of coffins coming off and he was heading over there, to Afraghanstan (sp) for 2 years, he knew of. He was told he would have a 50% chance of coming home not unlike, what he saw. So, not knowing how this works but while in basics one can change their mind, and he decided he didn't want the military. He is going back to being a mechanic, which I am glad. He already got his education, $50,000 worth before he joined. He just always wanted the military. I am glad he changed his mind. Plus, I need tie-rods. :)

Cookie
11-26-2010, 03:21 PM
My dad had the GI Bill for home buying, but he never bought a house. But, it isn't the ownership on paper which makes a house a home. Now, as an RE agent, those vets gets tons of help whenever I can. My husband was Air Force, and we used his when we bought our first house, no money down and a much lower interest rate. Now, so far as education, he paid his way. As I did, too. My dad would not even sign the papers for me to get a grant. lol. You pay your way. I did. My sons both got grants and what they couldn't get as grants we got as loans. They pay monthly. The way it should be, they or both of us, paying for their educations.

I had a very good dad, he was very funny. People never realized he wasn't pretending he couldn't hear and he got the biggest laugh out of it, when they thought he was rude. I would tell him what they said, lol.


He was clearly a very good man Cookie.

All the vets I see nowadays seem to get a free college education, home loan guarantees, great (free) healthcare and drive around in Ford Harley Davidson F150s.

Something must have changed. I wonder if it's the Democratic Party giving handouts?

Cookie
11-28-2010, 08:38 AM
For all you people who wake up each morning and so far are pretty healthy,not having to fight something fatal, do not take this day for granted.

For all you people who have a mom to call, or a dad to visit, do not take this day for granted.

For those of you, whose spouse is sitting next to you, or within an arm's reach, do not take this day for granted.

Give thanks.

Redwood
11-29-2010, 11:38 AM
I'm thankful that finally an increasing number of Americans are starting to understand our present political/economic situation and doing something about it. It gives me a bit of hope that I may be wrong but I'm afraid it's too little too late and many of us won't survive what I think is coming.

It's too bad because they are the dumbest ones....

A good many of us saw this train wreck in the making start over 40 years ago....

And now we look at these newly informed sheeple lined up waiting for words of wisdom from the likes of Glenn Beck & Sarah Phailin...

Oh boy! That should finish the process of this nosedive into the ground....

Redwood
11-29-2010, 11:44 AM
Anyhow back to the subject of the thread....

Many do not know this but the first Thanksgiving in the new world was actually in Texas in the year 1541...
Held by Coronado's men with an Indian tribe in the Texas Panhandle...

http://catholicism.org/first-thanksgiving.html

Gary Slusser
11-29-2010, 12:34 PM
Wake up call. It has happened!

And none of the rest will happen. Way before that point is reached, the poor and disillusioned will revolt, steal from the rich and balance will be restored.
What I think I see coming has never happened on the scale I see. Yes, the unions will strike and riots will break out, that will be the beginning of the end and the only way the government will 'balance' things will be with a dictator and a bunch of guns.



But if we do return to a barter economy, I've got a great pump you might be interested in.
My solar system is large enough but I wouldn't run a regular household size pump on it. I can only store 100 gals of fresh water anyway. I have a 12vdc pump for that. I'll be gathering water in small containers and then transferring it to containers that will allow me to boil it in quickly. Most of us will have to do that if I'm right, yet many or most won't be able to. I'm looking at a "solar furnace" to do that with. It can melt soft drawn copper tube in like 30 seconds. It's a bit larger than I need or can use so I'll have to downsize it considerably. I'd like to cook on it in cast iron equipment.

Other than the pump, what else have you done to get prepared?

Do you have a good pemmican recipe?

Redwood, how about you, you should be totally prepared to be totally off grid'n self sufficient, any hints?

Ian Gills
11-29-2010, 01:20 PM
Gary. You're going a little OTT on this one.

None of that stuff will happen. If it were to, it would be the end of the world and I'm not sure I'd want to live in it. Way before we reach your point the US military would be robbing and stealing from other countries to feed citizens at home.

Then martial law and rationing (yes, even with your "freedom"). And if that failed it would be all out anarchy.

If that happens, fresh food and water should not be your concern. Your concern should be the very real fact that me and some mates could break your door down and steal it from you.

The nuclear option will be extended well before we start living in the horror world you are so busily preparing for.

This is America, after all. And while it pains me (an Englishman) to say it, if it goes to pot here, it goes to pot everywhere.

Personal responsibility is BS. But it is a good way of lining the pockets of stores that feed off of your fear. But the Government will be along way before then.

Keep a couple of tins of tuna for the odd day you might lose power. Not crates for the end of society. That will never be allowed to come.

Gary Slusser
11-29-2010, 03:10 PM
Gary. You're going a little OTT on this one.

None of that stuff will happen. If it were to, it would be the end of the world and I'm not sure I'd want to live in it.

Then martial law and rationing (yes, even with your "freedom"). And if that failed it would be all out anarchy.

If that happens, fresh food and water should not be your concern. Your concern should be the very real fact that me and some mates could break your door down and steal it from you.

This is America, after all. And while it pains me (an Englishman) to say it, if it goes to pot here, it goes to pot everywhere.

Personal responsibility is BS. But it is a good way of lining the pockets of stores that feed off of your fear. But the Government will be along way before then.

Keep a couple of tins of tuna for the odd day you might lose power. Not crates for the end of society. That will never be allowed to come.
I hope I am OTT.

I can survive that and frankly it would be fun to learn how to survive some even if its not needed. I'm not selling softenrs any more, just sitting around typing this stuff and visiting parking lots; eating ice cream 'n burgers!

I and my wife don't want to live in the world we see coming either.

We didn't see this until the last year or so and I always laughed at the idiot 'survivalists' living out in the woods but, when we start monetizing our debt, and doing nothing to prevent the monetary and economic failure I think I see coming except to print more money to be able to spend more, what else is there but a 3rd world economy?

What do you see the government doing to prevent it?

I see a number of things the government has done recently that can only lead to the failure. And it may not start here, it may start in Europe and move to the far east, frankly Europe is well into the start now; the EU is in financial and economic crisis with rioting in the streets right now.

A couple cans of tuna ain't gunna git'r done, even IF the government steps in and I'll be damned if we are moving into as city environment to stand in soup kitchen lines.

We have decided that we can not be totally or even close to secure so if you'n others show up to take our stuff. So we will give up some but not all of it. And you'll have to find us first and that won't be easy. I suspect you and the mates being urban puke kinda guys, or at least not comfy in a down home country sitting out in the woods at night, will have to overcome some fears before venturing out to where we are. So we plan that you aren't going to get it all of our stuff and we will trade what we have selected to trade and get more ASAP out of our caches we have around our area of influence. That area would be at least the distance a 223 can reach out to touch someone or thing.

We are going to start our sourdough starter soon. Maybe Amish friendship bread starter too. And learn how to make flat bread and build a solar oven and a small smoker for fish and meats. I'm getting a manual meat grinder to make pemmican with. And I'm building a 12 vdc solar tracker now for1-2 of my solar panels.

If I'm prepared and don't need it, maybe I can become one of those stores you mention?

Redwood
11-29-2010, 04:02 PM
Redwood, how about you, you should be totally prepared to be totally off grid'n self sufficient, any hints?

Plenty of guns, ammo and fishing equipment is a good start.

Food can be had with any of those tools and I predict the have nots getting a little testy...

After years of claiming it was nothing but a crack pot conspiracy theory our government has finally published "The Plan" read it at the link below and weep.

http://www.foia.cia.gov/2025/2025_Global_Governance.pdf

Ian Gills
11-29-2010, 05:35 PM
A mob with hammers and spades can overcome one man and his wife with a gun.

So I suggest hiding. Or they'll come at you with gas-powered lawn mowers.

Monetizing debt does not necessarily spell disaster. It does signal a weaker dollar but not necessarily a worthless one, despite what Fox news tells you. And a weaker dollar could do much to boost the economy.

It increases the value of my house, for starters. But most importantly, it makes American exports more competitive abroad. Heck, I might even be able to afford one of Terry's Totos if I buy it in pounds a year or so from now.

It all depends on how the process is managed. And I predict it will be managed well. America is too big to fail. Too stupid to fail as well.

Should have kept the King.

Gary Slusser
11-29-2010, 09:22 PM
Plenty of guns, ammo and fishing equipment is a good start.

Food can be had with any of those tools and I predict the have nots getting a little testy...
I don't think anyone can store enough food and water. If we go into the depression I think is coming, the population today can not survive as it did in the 1930s. And with monetizing our debt, we will end up with worthless dollars and super inflation with a daily increase in inflation. You can't plan your way out of that. And everywhere monetizing has been done, albeit very rarely, it has failed. The longer we go without accepting the fact that as a natin we are broke, the deeper and longer a depression will be. And if I'm right Washington is pushing us into it because any there want it to happen.

I have the boat hanging on the side of the motor home. I found 4200 rounds of .22 long today for $145.

There's a lot of people that haven't a clue about what is going on and they should read the stuff at your link. I like #2 but think it will happen long before 2025. Maybe in the next 18-24 months if not sooner. And I sure hope I'm wrong.

jane4566
11-30-2010, 01:05 PM
@ Cookie: This was a very thoughtful thread to start. Even though I'm a few days late, here's a few things I'm thankful for:

- a brand new job that practically fell into my lap less than a month ago (left my old job after 4.5 years)
- a boyfriend who's on the same page (i.e. we're both okay with taking it slow and developing the relationship over time)
- my mom, dad, and dog (whose name is, coincidentally, Cookie)

Cookie
12-09-2010, 10:27 AM
Ah, Jane, I am sorry I didn't see your post sooner. I stopped reading this thread because of the junk. I am glad for you that you got a new job and isn't it really really nice when it just falls into place, and falls into your lap? I love that. You are one up on me with the boyfriend. I date but then, I just can't get interested in them. They are just not the right ones, and I guess, I am looking for Mr. Right and I am very picky. Cookie is a great name for anything, even your pet. Happy new year to you Jane.