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  1. Gil Davis

    The Question Game

    Most experts agree that popcorn originated in the Americas with explorers learning about popcorn from Native Americans. The dates vary from 5,600 years ago to at least 1000 years ago. Just a little before our time. So, who invented the first popcorn machine? "Si hoc comprehendere potes, gratias age magistro Latinae."
  2. Gil Davis

    The Question Game

    OMG, NO! Why leave aperfectly good airplane? To be fair: Question Have you or would you sky dive? "Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?"
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    Rough terrain hike

    Hey, alright! I'm sure if anyone can do it, you will! I have a friend who recently retired from the local department. About 15 years ago he lost his right lower leg in a motorcycle accident. He was able to do the whole "Strength and Agility" test after a year of recovery and training. Although he was rated as a Field Officer, they assigned him to the jail. Never missed a day! When we went fishing (his boat) I had to get into the water if there was a problem, cause he couldn't get his leg wet. Jeez, the water's cold right out of the mountains. :o :o :o
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    The Question Game

    I believe there are others in this galaxy. We'll contact them, in some way, in the next 20 years. Or, they will contact us! Or maybe they are among us now! I use a desktop both at home and at work. I would prefer a desktop, the screen is easier to read. Cheryl, I know how you feel, They "revived" me three times after the accident. Or, at least that's what the told my insurance co. What is your fondest dream, that hasn't happened yet? "Non torsii subligarium!"
  5. Gil Davis

    Your Having A Bad Day?

    I guess you could say "Non Gradus Anus Rodentum!"
  6. Gil Davis

    The Question Game

    Hey guys Wasn't this "The Question Game" thread? New question. What advantage/s do you have now that you didn't before your amp?
  7. Gil Davis

    More trouble in the trouser department !

    Gingertop What you need is "Mending Tape". You can find it on the search engine "Dogpile" or : http://www.dogpile.co.uk/ In the US it's called "Bondex" and can be found at: http://www.jkmribbon.com/wrights/bondex.html One source is: http://www.sewessential.co.uk/Category.asp...ge=5&page=2 They have mending tape in a range of colors at what seems to be a reasonable price (GBP 1.75). I hope this helps, at least for a while. If your socket has a raw edge, there are adhesive U-shaped strips that might also help. I'm a BK, so this is the best I can do. Then, if you get bored try printing on cloth: http://www.art-e-zine.co.uk/imagefabric.html
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    Rough terrain hike

    Is it time to schedule your "Strength and Agility" test. Or do they have that in your department? That was quite a climb and although the downhill seemed rough it's posible that a little "tweaking" of your socket may help that. Thanks for sharing that experience.
  9. Gil Davis

    The journey has now begun

    Anne We have followed your posts because it is a true story of overcoming adversity (on several fronts). I can easily second Cheryl"s statement that you are a valued part of this community. This is witnessed by the number of people who looked at this thread. Please keep us informed.
  10. Gil Davis

    Triple amputee on his way to jail

    Too bad that he couldn't have found a better outlet for all that energy and inventiveness. It sounds as if he had been treated like a "juvenile", with his hand slapped numerous times. Maybe a few years in the slammer will change his attitude. We can only hope.
  11. Gil Davis

    A True Dictionary Of Tools

    Jim I believe it would be the "DAMMIT" tool. I am blessed/cursed with too much upper body strength so I have twisted off innumerable bolts, studs, etc. That would be my usual reaction to the aforementioned event. I'm the same way with cordless screwdrivers, but once the item is started, then I can turn the little monster on. Driving, I still have to finish by locking but I've saved myself a little effort in the meantime.
  12. Gil Davis

    What Supermodels Think

    1. ON COURAGE "They were doing a full back shot of me in a swimsuit and I thought, Oh my God, I have to be so brave. See, every woman hates herself from behind." -- Cindy Crawford 2. ON SELF-KNOWLEDGE "Everywhere I went, my cleavage followed. But I learned I am not my cleavage." -- Carole Mallory 3. ON POVERTY "Everyone should have enough money to get plastic surgery." -- Beverly Johnson 4. ON FATE "I wish my butt did not go sideways, but I guess I have to face that." -- Christie Brinkley 5. ON PSYCHOLOGY "I loved making 'Rising Sun'. I got into the psychology of why she liked to get strangled and tied up in plastic bags. It has to do with low self-worth." -- Tatjana Patitz 6. ON ARRIVING "Because modeling is lucrative, I'm able to save up and be more particular about the acting roles I take." -- Kathy Ireland, star of 'Alien From L.A.' and 'Danger Island' 7. ON CAREER CHOICES "My boyfriend thinks I lost my true calling to be a librarian." -- Paulina Porizkova 8. ON PRIORITIES "I would rather exercise than read a newspaper." -- Kim Alexis 9. ON GEOPOLITICS "Mick Jagger and I just really liked each other a lot. We talked all night. We had the same views on nuclear disarmament." -- Jerry Hall 10. ON INNER STRENGTH "I love the confidence that makeup gives me." -- Tyra Banks 11. ON DEATH "Richard doesn't really like me to kill bugs, but sometimes I can't help it." -- Cindy Crawford 12. ON TRAVEL "I haven't seen the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre. I haven't seen anything. I don't really care." -- Tyra Banks 13. ON BREAKTHROUGHS "Once I got past my anger toward my mother, I began to excel in volleyball and modeling." -- Gabrielle Reece 14. ON EPIPHANY "I just found out that I'm one inch taller than I thought." -- Christie Brinkley 15. ON HEREDITY "My husband was just OK looking. I was in labor and I said to him, 'What if she's ugly? You're ugly.'" -- Beverly Johnson 16. ON THE BASICS "It's very important to have the right clothing to exercise in. If you throw on an old T-shirt or sweats, it's not inspiring for your workout." -- Cheryl Tiegs 17. ON INTRODUCTIONS "I think most people are curious about what it would be like to be able to meet yourself -- it's eerie." -- Christy Turlington 18. ON COURTSHIP "The soundtrack to 'Indecent Exposure' is a romantic mix of music that I know most women love to hear, so I never keep it far from me when women are nearby." -- Fabio 19. ON PARADOX "Sometimes I get lonely, but it's nice to be alone." -- Tatjana Patitz
  13. Gil Davis

    Issues with my weight

    Lisa That is quite an achievement. I know you want it to go faster and last longer. I can relate something that happened to me. When they let me regain consciousness in the burn ward I looked at my arms and they looked like the Auschwitz survivors you may have seen in old newscasts. I had gone in there weighing about 230 (a bit over 16 stone) I clearly remember being weighed and the nurse writing down 111 (just shy of 8 stone). I was offered fortified shakes and ate any and everything presented to me. I weighed 174 (12 stone) when released. Exercise is the key. At least for me. There has been a lot said in this thread about "body image". In my opinion, if your body image is too far removed from your physical type you're bound to be unhappy. The only way to resolve this is to get some assistance in being a bit more accepting of where you are. You mentioned losing 15.5 inches, I'm assuming this was your mid-section. There are no good time-tables for these things. There are sooo many variables but it sounds like you're heading in the right direction. I'll guarantee you, none of you ladies want to look like this!
  14. Gil Davis

    A True Dictionary Of Tools

    Jim You left out my favorite. Rechargeable Electric Screwdriver Allows the user unlimited range in the number and quantity of screwheads they can "bugger" up. Only runs out of charge when you have a screw half way in/out of it's threaded hole.
  15. Gil Davis

    Anger Management

    A different sort of management A woman pregnant with triplets was walking down the street when a masked robber ran out of a bank and shot her three times in the stomach. Luckily the babies were OK. The surgeon decided to leave the bullets in because it was too risky to operate. She gave birth to two healthy daughters and a healthy son. All was fine for 16 years, and then one daughter walked into the room in tears. "What's wrong?" asked the mother. "I was taking a tinkle and this bullet came out," replied the daughter. The mother told her it was okay and explained what happened 16 years ago. About a week later the second daughter walked into the room in tears. "Mom, I was taking a tinkle and this bullet came out" Again the mother told her not to worry and explained what happened 16 years ago. A week later her son walked into the room in tears. "Its okay" said the Mom, "I know what happened. You were taking a tinkle and a bullet came out." "Not exactly," said the boy, "I was playing with myself and I shot the dog."
  16. Gil Davis

    Anger Management

    When you occasionally have a really bad day, and you just need to take it out on someone, don't take it out on someone you know, take it out on someone you don't know. I was sitting at my desk when I remembered a phone call I'd forgotten to make. I found the number and dialed it. A man answered, saying "Hello." I politely said, "This is Chris. Could I please speak with Robyn Carter?" Suddenly a manic voice yelled out in my ear "Get the right f**in number!" and the phone was slammed down on me. I couldn't believe that anyone could be so rude. When I tracked down Robyn's correct number to call her, I found that I had accidentally transposed the last two digits. After hanging up with her, I decided to call the 'wrong' number again. When the same guy answered the phone, I yelled "You're an arsehole!" and hung up. I wrote his number down with the word 'arsehole' next to it, and put it in my desk drawer. Every couple of weeks, when I was paying bills or had a really bad day, I'd call him up and yell, "You're an arsehole!" It always cheered me up. When Caller ID was introduced, I thought my therapeutic 'arsehole' calling would have to stop. So, I called his number and said, "Hi, this is John Smith from Telstra. I'm calling to see if you're familiar with our Caller ID Program?" He yelled "NO!" and slammed down the phone. I quickly called him back and said, "That's because you're an ARSEHOLE!" One day I was at the store, getting ready to pull into a parking spot. Some guy in a black BMW cut me off and pulled into the spot I had patiently waited for. I hit the horn and yelled that I'd been waiting for that spot, but the idiot ignored me. I noticed a "For Sale" sign in his back window, so I wrote down his number. A couple of days later, right after calling the first arsehole ( I had his number on speed dial,) I thought that I'd better call the BMW arsehole, too. I said, "Is this the man with the black BMW for sale?" "Yes, it is", he said. "Can you tell me where I can see it?" I asked. "Yes, I live at 34 Mowbray Blvd, in Vaucluse. It's a yellow house,and the car's parked right out in front." "What's your name?" I asked. "My name is Don Hansen," he said. "When's a good time to catch you, Don?" "I'm home every evening after five." "Listen, Don, can I tell you something?" "Yes?" "Don, you're an arsehole!" Then I hung up, and added his number to my speed dial, too. Now, when I had a problem, I had two arseholes to call. Then I came up with an idea. I called Arsehole #1. "Hello." "You're an arsehole!" (But I didn't hang up.) "Are you still there?" he asked. "Yeah," I said. "Stop calling me," he screamed. "Make me," I said. >"Who are you?" he asked. "My name is Don Hansen." "Yeah? Where do you live?" "Arsehole, I live at 34 Mowbray Blvd, Vaucluse, a yellow house, with my black Beamer parked in front." He said, "I'm coming over right now, Don. And you had better start saying your prayers." I said, "Yeah, like I'm really scared, arsehole," and hung up. Then I called Arsehole #2. "Hello?" he said. "Hello, arsehole," I said. He yelled, "If I ever find out who you are..." "You'll what?" I said. "I'll kick your arse," he exclaimed. I answered, "Well, arsehole, here's your chance. I'm coming over right now." Then I hung up and immediately called the police, saying that I lived at 34 Mowbray Blvd, Vaucluse, and that I was on my way over there to kill my gay lover. Then I called Channel 9 News about the gang war going down in Mowbray Blvd, Vaucluse. I quickly got into my car and headed over to Mowbray. I got there just in time to watch two arseholes beating the crap out of each other in front of six cop cars, an overhead police helicopter and a news crew. NOW I feel much better. Anger management really works.
  17. Gil Davis

    Sick and tired of stumps bleeding

    Ian I use a product called "Doctor's Choice". It's like a band aid with a hydrocolloid to absorb leakage and keep the surface dry. http://www.scivolutions.com/ I think they ship anywhere.
  18. Gil Davis

    The Question Game

    Very seldom. Both my son and I like to cook and there are no really good retaurants in this little town. What is your favorite fruit?
  19. Marilyn I'm sure the exercise you get with that bad girl (trike) will certainly "firm up" your "recumbutt", if not reduce it. You have to remember that muscle weighs more than fat, although it occupies a smaller area. If you feel you're gaining weight, check your pants size and/or feel the developing muscle. Riding that puppy will help strengthen your legs for walking. And with 21 speeds you're going to fly! I'm still jealous!
  20. Gil Davis

    The Question Game

    Jim Is it true that you run with a nail gun? Hobby. Yes, several. Gardening, Stained glass, firearms collecting. Does anyone else garden? Or have a vegetable garden?
  21. Gil Davis

    Questions about Australia

    OK, Cat Now just what kind of "Red Wine" do you prefer? I have a connection with the local winery and would consider it an honor and privilege to ship you a couple of bottles of something red that you would like. That is if Australian laws will permit. And please don't tell me "Bojolly". I can get almost anything up to and including Port. The ball is now in your court. :P :P :P
  22. Gil Davis

    Fire in the Basement

    Skully It sounds as if you had a "lint fire". These are more common than you might think. Contributing causes are long runs of vent tubing, especially with changes in direction, and gas-fired dryers. Locating a dryer in the basement will result in a long vent tube. You are a very brave woman to go down there legless to shut the dryer off. Your butt will heal (after turning an amazing variety of colors). There are exhaust fans that would help the lint fly on out to the open air. Clothes lines are excellent. They dry your clothing without shrinking them and clothes smell sooo good after a few hours in the open air.
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    Glad to see you back in the forum. You can easily catch up to the "drift" of things. They can make us prosthetic limbs, but when a loved one is gone, they can only remain in your heart. It sounds like you're "coping" but if you want to PM me (I have some personal experience with these things).
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    If that site had used "WhywontGodhealtheblind.com", we wouldn't be here. My personal philosophy is more on the order of "God (Supreme Being, whatever) is testing me". How do I respond? First, by surviving. Second, by using what I know and can do to make life a bit easier/better for those around me. Third, by being the best one-legged man that I know how to be (just as I did when I had two legs). At the scene of the accident, a form was seen to appear at my door (by others). There was no way that a mortal person could have gotten there. That may have been my "guardian angel". Am I sure? No. I only know what I've been told and what I believe. I believe that someone/something had a further use for me. I'll get off my soap-box, again.
  25. Gil Davis

    Questions about Australia

    And we take the cans and decorate our back-bars with them. I've had a number of Australian beers. One of my favorites is VB, fourex is Ok. I notice that a German brewer took top prizes this year in Melbourne. I've never had their beer, but I do like DoppelSpaten. Right this minute, I'm working on a nice Guinness Draught. I must admit I've never had P--s beer, or Weak P--s for that matter, so I can't comment on that particular brand. We have a local micro-brewery (Sierra Nevada) that does a number of styles of beer. I've found that I prefer the darker beers (in my old age).