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jjdm

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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2010 11:52:20 AM

Welcome to my home!!!!!

Have a nice visit!

Thanks for visiting!!!
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attitash
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 12:45:57 PM

Good afternoon Justin...bright sunny day but a cool high of 8°C/46.4°F. Happy I`m off the weekend...just have to get through today that is going ok so far. Have a great day.
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 4:59:53 AM

Good morning Justin!

Hope you will plant tomatoes and other veggies. Your mom and you both can share the planting, maintenance, and harvest. Add a little of triple 10 fertilizer and some nice organic stuff. Is there a veg/produce compost pile in your yard to make black gold?

Boiled a half lb of tri-color pasta in the microwave yesterday. It was al dente in 11 minutes. Pan fried some thawed cod, red bell peppers, vidalia onions, then microwave cooked some broccoli florets.

To this a drained can of pitless medium black olives and some peel and eat shrimp were prepared. Nice sized shrimp that are 41 to the lb. Mixed it all up with some lightly cooked diced garlic and a liberal amount of evoo added.

Made homemade Japanese shrimp sauce using the following:
3/4 tsp paprika
2 tbsp rice vinegar
3 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp garlic powder,
+ or - per taste
3 tbsp melted butter
mix all into a plastic or glass mixing bowl
add 1 cup real mayonnaise (never salad dressing)
Light or no fat is okay. Mix well.
Cover and refrigerate 4-6 hours or overnight.
It allows all the flavors to mingle.

Optional: a teaspoon of tomato paste for added color and acidity. You can also add a dash of cayenne pepper for a little spiciness

One can just dip the shrimp into the sauce, as an appetizer, or mix the creamy sauce with the entire contents for a salubrious feast.

After eating this scrumptious meal, a fancy dessert was in order. Made a coffee cup size root beer float with real maple syrup, chocolate and pistachio nut ice cream. Was so delish a second cup was enjoyed.

The low yesterday morning was just 19°F (-7°C). The high was 28°F (-2°F). 3" of powder fell and remained. The temp is 12°F (-11°C) with the high to be 47°F (8°C). Will shop at the market and a few other stores later.

Have a fantastic day!

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Dino72
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 11:08:06 PM

Good evening Justin

First order of business, I want to send out a special request to all you.

I am asking for prayers for a close friend of mine that is in a world of hurt right now. Give them strength through a rough time in their lives and that they may have the courage and strength to move forward from this tough situation. I have said it once and I'll say it again and again. God has blessed me with the best supporting cast one could have. Thanks a bunch. I have kept this person anonymous out of respect to them. Thanks to you all.

Now, for this week's edition of Dino's Jukebox. Doing it a day early as I will not be working tomorrow night and won't be able to get to the computer.

This week's edition of Dino's Jukebox comes as a special request from our own TUrtLE and KHF. The song was written by John Fogerty in 1968 and was released as a single that peaked at #2 in March of 1969, a little over 45 years ago. The song has been taken from other parts of songs where one of which was about a "washerwoman named Mary." The line "Left a good job in the city" was written following Fogerty's discharge from the National Guard, and the line "rollin' on the river" was from a movie by Will Rogers. It has been covered numerous times by the likes of Solomon Burke, Kenny Rogers, David Bowie, and Buck Owens. It was notably famous by Ike and Tina Turner in 1971 and rereleased by Tina in 1993 for the movie soundtrack for "What's Love Got To Do With It." You can't beat the original and it is tonight's jukebox selection. Happy Easter weekend everyone.

P - "Proud Mary" - Credence Clearwater Revival
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Wrench9765
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 5:31:21 PM

Hi Justin,Haven't stopped by in a while. Glad to hear you are getting a lot of sleep(they call it beauty rest). Sounds like you & your mom had a real nice vacation even though it was a short one. It's good to see her smile & I'm glad to see that you both visit grandma often.

I made 10 quarts of home made spaghetti sauce today. The Italians call it gravy. The tomatoes were in the freezer from our garden, we had so many when we were getting ready to leave for Florida that I just throw them in the freezer. Now that it's all made & cooked I will put it in containers & freeze for later use.

Tomorrow Wrench & I will celebrate our 60th wedding anniversary. When we got married it was a beautiful sunny day with some rain showers. Last night we had a little snow & it was in the 30's. Take care
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attitash
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 3:15:03 PM

Good afternoon Justin...lots of troubles getting onto the GB site today. Finally made it! Sunny but a high of only 2°C/35.6°F. A light morning dusting of snow had me drive to work today. Might be able to pedal to work tomorrow. Have a great day.
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 12:09:17 PM

Good Morning Justin,
Photo taken by Julie Sccchetti at Shore Acres and posted on the county web site.

Good that you had time for sleep and school studies.
Best of all was the lost thumb drive that was found and the video with your dad in it. I hope you have a copy to hang on to forever.

{{{Hugs}}}
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 5:52:06 AM

Good morning Justin!

Really dig the photos of the tower and surrounding area. Wonderful to read about your week, you found your flash drive and could see and hear your dad's voice.

"...the instructions never said that we had to do the final step." Point this out and ask for 17/17. You followed all the instructions perfectly. Question authority. Often.

It sure did rain yesterday. The 100% chance was right on the money. Went out to the and soaped it down with a big car wash sponge and a bucket of soapy water. Lots of mud to rid. Did let the rain rinse it off.

Got right into the underwater City of Rapture in the X-Box 360 game of BioShock. Orphaned young girls known as Little Sisters are protected by powerful Big Daddies, men grafted in giant metal diving suits for armor, that protect the girls at all costs.

The first person shooter, named Jack, who crashed into the Atlantic, must fight altered human beings named splicers drugged to the max on "ADAM". The game is set in 1960 with much nostalgia, including songs and memorabilia of the late 1950's.

BioShock is the fifth highest rated Xbox 360 game released to date. BioShock (video is 1 min) toys, action figures, and collectibles are routinely sold out. It has a 95+ out of 100 rating in over 4 million sales.

The temp is 21°F (-6°C) with the high to be 37°F (3°C). It is snowing moderately. 3" so far on my window boxes.

Have a fabulous day!

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[Edited by: MidnightSun at 4/16/2014 5:54:00 AM EST]
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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 12:30:36 AM

Great pics buddy!
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howard
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 11:58:28 PM

Hi Justin,
Good pix of your vacation. I enjoyed the old time museum and the wall drawings.
Thanks for sharing. H
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Dino72
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 11:26:43 PM

Good evening Justin

Back to work a bit later because of the concert. She looked great and sang wonderfully. Emily is a second generation choir student at Blennerhassett. The first generation? Yeah, you're talking to him. This was a county choral festival for the 6th graders with five of the six public middle schools performing. Williamstown, Parkersburg Catholic, and North Christian were three other MS's that weren't there. The show ran very smooth and organized and 11 songs were completed in about an hour.

Blowing sn*w has come through the area. It was 61 at this time last night. Currently, it's 31. This should be our last bout of sn*w this season. At least, we can hope.
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KHF
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 9:39:35 PM


Justin - Great photo of the pictographs in the Indian tower.

YEA on your mom finding your thumb drive. Whew!

How wonderful that you have that video of your dad and his voice, too. that will be a treasure for you for the ages.
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jjdm
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 12:41:29 PM

Good afternoon, everyone!

Today’s Pictures:
Looking Down

More Wall Art

The Stairway

Designed Ruins

From a Distance: The Tower

Living Dangerously

On Sunday evening, I came home from work and made dinner for Mom and me. I ended up making stuffed mushrooms. Like in the past, it tasted very good. :) After I was stuffed with mushrooms, I decided to go to sleep early again to catch up on my rest. I slept pretty good and got about 9 hours of sleep. On Monday morning, I woke up around 6:30 am since Mom and I wanted to go to Confession at church. After we did that, I had an early start to my day and finished all of morning tasks.

Since I had extra time, I worked on some Personal Finance homework. Then before going to school, I started getting all of my things together. I noticed that I was missing one of my thumb drives for school. So I spent the next 15 minutes looking for it. I had no luck though and left for school feeling frustrated. :( It was no big deal that I didn’t have it with me that day though since I had all of my homework up to that point turned in. I was just worried about how I would get future homework assignments done.

Once I got to school, I asked Mom to help look for it. I also talked with Marija and she said I could use her LogicCola program. She would just log out and I would log on. So at least I had a backup plan. In Philosophy, we learned about Unknown Evaluations and did more practice problems. Then we got back some graded papers. For the quiz we took last week, I ended up getting a 30/30 on it. :)) For the group work that Marija, Ana, Aaron, and I did on that one Sunday, we ended up getting 17/20. We didn’t do one of the final steps, so we got docked a few points. However, the instructions never said that we had to do the final step.

In Interpersonal Communications, the professor apologized and said that she didn’t get the chance to grade our journal entries or research paper since she had a busy week. For the lesson, we finished up on Family Relationships and continued onto Workplace Relationships. After that class, the four of us went to the cafeteria to eat lunch. For my lunch, I brought a sandwich, Cheetos, and two pop tarts from home. After eating, we relaxed and chatted in our booth. We also ended up watching some YouTube videos that Aaron had uploaded a few years ago. I also showed the three of them some of my videos. To my surprise, I found a video (filmed during my graduation party) that had my Dad in it. It was so comforting to hear his voice. I never thought I’d hear it again, so that was a nice surprise.

At 5:30 pm, Aaron left for the day, and Marija, Ana, and I went to our Computer Science class. This week we started on Access. This was a lot harder, but we got the lesson and assignment done a few hours later. At the end of the class, the professor said a nice comment about us. She told us that she usually uses our assignments as a key to grade the other students’ assignments. Before leaving the school, I got a text from Mom saying that she found my thumb drive. It was in my recycling bag!!! I guess when I finished working on homework on Friday, I threw away my scrap piece of paper. I guess when I crumbled up the paper, the thumb drive was in the paper!

When I got home, Mom and I had Eckrich sausage, mashed potatoes, and corn bread for dinner. After that, I went to sleep and got a solid 9 hours of sleep. At 7:30 am, I woke up and felt refreshed. So I began my day early. After getting ready, I worked on more Personal Finance homework and then worked ahead on my Philosophy homework. After that, I helped Mom fill out some applications online.

Thanks for stopping by everyone!
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 10:21:58 AM

Good Morning Justin,
Better stick with the hot tea. I still drink it here in the morning and will drink it all day when I return to Oregon. Thanks.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 9:26:02 AM

Good morning Justin....back to winter weather. Snow started around 0730hrs...5-10cm/2-4" expected through the day. High of -3°C/26.6°F. With the ski areas closed even I don`t need anymore snow! Have a great day.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 5:55:32 AM

Good morning Justin!

Have a super week! Don't omit sleeping well.

Twas a great morning to get the laundry done. Washed the 500 count new red Egyptian cotton sheets, pillowcases, shams, blanket, and bedspread. Not one drop of red on any of the other clothes, mostly jeans. What a nice soft feeling after the sizing is washed out of the new material.

Took my camera and the Dart for a scenic drive on the CT River Hwy. Saw many ice floes, though they were not giant, yet many small ones. Over 100 geese and scores of ducks were resting in the river.

At times the river created the perfect mirror images of the reflections that on the sides of the banks. Ended up in beautiful downtown Northumberland, NH.

The population was 2,288 in the 2010 censuses giving it a density of 63/sq mi (24/km2). There is a covered wooden bridge that is most delightful that is only open to foot traffic.

Photos of the floes in the river, reflections mirrored in the water, geese, ducks, and the mtns in the distance, still snowcapped were taken. Also took more photos of the metal bridge between VT and NH on US Rt 2 that will be replaced. Construction has been delayed for 1 year.

Returned up the mtn road to see a female moose (bulls antlers growth in moose begins in late winter with the formation of velvet, a soft, blood-filled skin that fosters development.) trotting up the mtn. As soon as she saw me she went into a gallop and went off into the forest.

Must have shot close to 100 photos during my three hours in the field. Will have some to share one day when a new album is created and the photos uploaded. Have been told by other members there is an 80 pix limit on GB.

The temp is 62°F (17°C) with the high to be 66°F (19°C). There is a 100% chance of rain on the way. Sadly overcast is covering the full Moon eclipse.

Have a wonderful day!

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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 1:20:59 AM

Good morning Justin! Have a great week buddy!
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Dino72
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 11:05:25 PM

Good evening Justin

Got a great request from one of my buddies here for the jukebox tune. Already featuring the letter "P" this week. How time flies. With this week being the week before Easter, I get Thursday night off from work. So, you'll get this week's tune on Wednesday night. Gas prices have taken steroids or at least it seems here. I got in at one of my local stations for $3.62. Just as I finished filling up, a tanker truck pulls into the lot. Timed it just right.

I got some big news last Friday, the Tyler Consolidated Marching band performed in a competition on Friday afternoon. They got scores of all 1's (highest rating) in the competition. Something that has never been achieved from any of the school's bands dating back to 1993 when the school opened. This is the band that my Stepdaughter, Kia performs in.

More music in the air for us tomorrow night. We'll make the trek to Parkersburg for Emily's 6th grade choral festival. Sing loud, sing proud.
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 10:42:16 AM

Good Morning Justin,

Photo by Ken Gagne posted on the county web site.
The caption reads, ...the morning silence of a new day…

I did stop yesterday to check out what has been going on, a lot. I see most all does revolve around work. Hope you aren't neglected school. Then there is your sleep....

[Edited by: TUrtLE1625 at 4/14/2014 10:42:33 AM EST]
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attitash
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 10:16:01 AM

Good morning Justin...cloudy day with a high of 17°C/62.6°F. Plan to rake the front lawn by the road...lots of sand on the lawn from a winter with lots of snow. I have a very small pile of snow in my backyard that I expect will be gone after today. Have a great day.
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Claudie
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 7:52:12 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

Still real busy, I see.

Have a great day!
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 6:14:47 AM

Good morning Justin!

Enjoyed you latest photos very much. Glad you remain busy, are eating out with your mom, and visiting your grandmom.

Enjoyed the 1995 movie remake by director John Carpenter of "Village of the Damned." 99 min, A horror, sci-fi, thriller starring Christopher Reeve (in his final performance before before a horse riding accident on 27 May 1995 left him paralyzed), Kirstie Alley, and Linda Kozlowski.

All people and animals in a small country village become unconscious. 9 months later the women give birth to special gifted children. As the children mature it is discovered they are alien beings posing as humans.

The original version was released in 1960. This was Reeve's last film before a horse riding accident left him paralyzed. Well acted and directed. Rated R for some sci-fi terror and violence. "Village of the Damned." is way better than the imdb.com rates it. 4.5/5 stars.

Set up my new Vizio 42" HD Smart TV. Only have PBS locally to watch. There is no cable or satellite reception. After lots of thought returned to WM to purchase a slim wall tilt mount for up to a 70" TV for under $25.

After nearly 3 hours, the wall mount, TV, DVD, XBox 360, and the RCA 5 speaker surround system were installed. Now need a long ethernet cable to hook up the new TV to my downstairs phone to get all the internet features which are many.

It rained until 2 in the afternoon. A great day to set up my new entertainment system. Temps hit 52° (11°C) and the clouds left for an occasional afternoon of sun.

The temp is 31°F (-0.5°C) with the high to be 73°F (23°C) in sunny skies.

Have a pleasant day!

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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 1:32:09 AM

Thanks for sharing the pictures Justin! I've never been to the Grand Canyon!
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KHF
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2014 11:25:57 PM


Justin - I continue to enjoy your photos. Thanks.

I hope that your pay discrepancy is fixed very soon.
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jjdm
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2014 8:16:38 PM

Good afternoon, everyone!

Today’s Pictures:
Outside Stone Stairway

My FB Cover Photo

Inside the Tower

Interesting Designs

Mom Waving

Stairway to the Roof

On Thursday afternoon, I worked 3:30 pm - 11:30 pm in the office. As always, there was lots to do. I had a cashier scheduled to leave at 6 pm and I could have easily used her until 7 pm. I was on register for about 30 minutes between 6 and 7. I also could have easily used another cashier until 10 pm, but instead my last one left at 9:30 pm. Somehow though, I was still able to leave on time and punched out at 11:32 pm. For dinner, Mom and I had breakfast for dinner. We enjoyed sausage, scrambled eggs, and toast.

On Friday, I slept in until 10 am. Then I got my paycheck from work and saw that I got part of my 50 cent raise. Was curious as to why I didn’t get the full 50 cent raise. So I stopped at Jackie’s office and asked. So she pulled out the form and said that it was a full 50 cent raise. So I looked at the form and saw that she had my starting pay 24 cents below where it should have been. No wonder I was missing that other 24 cents. So she put in a request for another 24 cent bump and I will get back pay as well.

After that little issue was solved, I came back home and sorted through my money. I also worked on some Philosophy homework. Around 1, Mom and I took care of a few errands and then went to Oriental Pearl for lunch. I had Shrimp Fried Rice, which tasted very good. Though, not as good as mine. ;) Later on, I worked 3:30 pm - 11:30 pm in the office. Overall, it was slower compared to Thursday. However, I had a cashier scheduled until 7 pm on Friday. That was confusing, but oh well. It was an easier close and I punched out at 11:27 pm. After work, Mom and I had a salad and clam chowder soup for dinner.

I only got about 5 hours of sleep that night since I had to be up at 6 am for work. I worked 8 am - 4 pm, but at a different store. The drive was about 25 minutes. I worked in the Dairy department there since they their old Dairy manager left. For the first two hours, I worked on stocking items from next week’s promo load. Then I helped grocery for an hour and stocked item’s from their Friday load. Then from 11 am - 2 pm, I went through the whole Dairy department (which was very small) and checked every single product to see if it was out dated or not. If it was close to being outdated, I marked it down. Overall, I found many, many out dates (about 13 milk crates worth).

I let the assistant manager know that since he had to scan them out of the system. While he was doing that, I filled various items and faced the department. I couldn’t believe how slow this store was. There were times that there were more employees than customers inside the store. I don’t know why this store remains open. Around 2:45, the assistant manager had the out dates scanned out of the system, so he had me throw the products away. After that, I spent the remaining part of my shift facing Frozen.

When I got home, I took care of some usual daily tasks. Then Mom and I went to Holly’s for dinner. We each had a $10 coupon, so our bill was very cheap. :) Though, I made sure the tip was a good amount (18% of the original amount). I ended up getting Pot Roast w/ mashed potatoes, bread, and broccoli/cauliflower. After dinner, Mom and I went to visit Grandma. We had a good visit with each other. :) When we got back home, I laid down to take a quick 15 minute snooze. However, I didn’t wake up again until 12:30 am.

I woke up to take care of a few more things. Then I went back to sleep. Didn’t sleep as well during that 2nd sleep, but I got a few more hours of rest in. At 6 am, I woke up and got ready. Then I composed 2/3’s of the update. Mom and I went to church at 7:30 am. After church, we went to buy the newspaper. Before heading to work, I had pancakes for breakfast. I worked 10 am - 6 pm. For the first 5 hours, I inputed bills into the computer and helped out up front. Then for the next two hours I pulled expired temporary price reduction tags. I also went on my 2nd break with Jan. For the last hour of my shift, I stocked items that were backstock.

Thanks for stopping by everyone!

Happy Sunday!


[Edited by: jjdm at 4/13/2014 8:18:34 PM EST]
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Dino72
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2014 5:07:11 PM

Good afternoon Justin

A beautiful weekend is coming to a close here in the Ohio Valley. Temps are sitting at around 80 for the first time locally this year. The Dodge showed 78 yesterday at one point. Perfect for driving around with the sunroof open.

As promised, several new pictures from around my hometown area. Over 60 have been uploaded to the Flickr page. A few highlights include:

Brad Paisley Blvd. Glen Dale, WV. This is a street just a few blocks from my workplace named after the Country superstar who is originally from there.

Marathon Gas Station Newport, OH. What makes this station unique is that they do not charge the extra 9/10 cents per gallon. The only one I've seen of it's kind.

Parkersburg Easter Parade. Start here in the photo stream for over 30 shots from the annual Easter parade.

Hometown pictures Over 30 new shots from around and about the Parkersburg area start here.

Enjoy
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Silverhand
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2014 3:06:46 PM

Hello, Justin!

Sunday funnies:
For Better or For Worse
Pearls Before Swine
Real Life Adventures
Pickles
Baby Blues

Have a great week!
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attitash
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2014 2:31:04 PM

Good afternoon Justin...I must be getting older as morning rain had me drive to work. The thought of cycling in the rain was not very appealing to me! Now have a mix of sun & cloud with a high of 18°C/64.4°F...temps not seen in a long time. Have a great day.
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2014 10:15:06 AM

Good Morning Justin,

Your Sunday movie is entitled, "Spring Is In The Air." by Village Vine.

The musical selection is "Splendoarea," performed by Viktor Vogel.

There is no text. Sit back, watch, listen to the spring sounds and enjoy.

Have a Splendid Sunday!
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Claudie
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2014 8:26:18 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

Have a great day!
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2014 4:52:24 AM

Good morning Justin!

Hope you continue to be very busy. Glad you have so many good friends. See you in church.

Woke way too early yesterday morning. Finished my rounds, then took the most pleasing 3 hour nap taken in weeks. How refreshing. It felt like a brand new day.

Got ready to go to town and buy some items forgotten on Thursday. Figured it is to rain today so it was a good time to go for the drive. Big Papa's Mkt saw a Big crowd. Vidalia onions were 88¢ a lb and all colors of bell peppers were $1.50. No need to go w/o.

Headed to my Greek friend's Gold House Pizza and Restaurant to order a meat Gyro (souvlaki) for lunch. Cost was 6.86 inc/tax. Like them. Think the steak bombs for a $1.20 more are my fave.

Shopped in WM and bought a few items during the flood of shoppers. Top of the list was cottage cheese. They ran out of the fat free version so the 4% was purchased for $1.86 a lb.

Crossed the lot to stop at Shaws. Really just wanted a small amount of sliced chicken breast to purchase to play their come on game "Monopoly." Perhaps a 50¢ off coupon will be won, that is $1 less everyday at WM.

55 million in Monopoly prizes at Albertson's and Shaws are touted. Both were owned by SuperValu of MN, who owns Sav-A-Lot from Maine to Cal, the Nation's leading discount food chain.

SuperValu also owns lots of market share, and former chain stores. (Scroll down.)

The temp is 34°F (1°C), with the high to be 56°F (13°C). There is a 90% chance of rain.

Have a splendid day!

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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 9:08:59 PM

Justin...congrats on acing that Excel exam! Thanks for sharing more pictures! Now go have some fun! LOL
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 11:42:28 AM

<waving> to Justin from Calif.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 11:17:26 AM

Morning: Your pics of stone lookout brought back memories of my trip thru there. Then l continued East and on to Oklahoma where my brother asked "Why did you drive?' I would never have seen those fantastic things had l taken a plane. l took 3 days from CA to OK and stopped at many sights along the way. I missed the big hole (crater). Smile.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 10:58:00 AM

Good morning Justin...more sun today with a high of 14°C/57.2°F. My 2nd day cycling to work & it feels good! Have a super Saturday!
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 4:25:37 AM

Good morning Justin!

Hope Al's is very busy this w/e and you make time to enjoy some fun before going to sleep.

Really enjoy the new 24" Samsung LED monitor. Sharp, crisp graphics and true whites unlike the CRT one. Am highly thankful and satisfied saving $70 off list.

What a joy to play Starcraft and see HD movies. Played Starcraft and was lost for hours. StarCraft: Brood War is the expansion pack for the award winning military science fiction, real-time strategy video game StarCraft.

There may be no such thing as a perfect game, but StarCraft: Brood War comes durn close. A Real Time Strategy game that has stealth, base building, air and land assaults, sieges, squad building.

Having the 3 races is great for the reason that you have to learn how to use them separately because they are so different. The game is also addicting Have played it since 1998 when it exploded on the market.

Watch the 1965 pulse pounding spaghetti western film by Sergio Leone, "For A Few Dollars More" This is a Western, action & adventure movie rated "R" that runs 2 hrs 7 min.

It is about life and death in the old SW. Where life had no value, death, sometimes had its price. That is why bounty hunters appeared. Lee Van Cleef and Clint Eastwood star in this 2nd Dollars series.

Now on streamimng Netflix.com or free to watch on putlocker.bz. A classic Western with lots of whistling, singing, shooting and in many ways, curiously poetic.

Here is the original soundtrack. 2 min 48 sec. Here is the free movie on putlocker.bz 2 hr 12 min. 5/5 stars, to a lover of genuine Western action.

Spent an hour outdoors loving the warm windless afternoon. Temps reached 62°F (17°C) in blue cloudless skies. Enjoyed having the snow at the edge of the forest facing the sun completely melted to walk on the ground for over 100 ft. Shorts and a t-shirt were worn. The vitamin D felt healthy.

The temp is 28°F (-2°C), with the high to be 60°F (17°C).

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 2:49:32 PM

Hi Justin, I enjoyed viewing your latest batch of photos. I recognized the Meteor Crater, we stopped by there on a trip to Ohio in 1968. My mom, teenaged sister, 10 month old daughter and I went to visit my Grandma and her new husband there.

How nice that you were able to get classes with your friends. It's great to have a built in study group, and you also will have scheduled time off for social activities as well.
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 12:51:55 PM

Good afternoon Justin...beautiful sunny day with a high of 13°C/55.4°F. Finally able to cycle to work(a good month behind my normal schedule). Left over pizza for lunch...like it as much as when it`s fresh! Have a great day.
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 8:25:56 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

Nice that you were still able to keep your classes for the next semester (will that be the summer months or in the Fall?) all on Mondays and Wednesday.

About the pollen (OMG! It's about 4000 today!)...the weather guy (last night) said there's about 10 more days of this and then the numbers will just drop off quickly. Wow! Another week-and-a-half of this! :(

Have a great day!
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 4:26:53 AM

Good morning Justin!

The Conjuring was awesome, The Shining is right up there with it. Copy this link into a LED monitor/TV and see the Village of The Damned for free. It will astound you. Promise!

Glad college is going well for you. Nice that your mom and you visited your grandma. Best wishes w/Cynthia. Hope you share her beauty w/a pic at some point. To be 19 again, and know what is known now. Good luck!

Left yesterday morning on welcomed frozen ground. The road was nicely solid to prevent getting stuck or spraying mud on my Dart. The other side of the loop road remains closed to thru traffic. It is the 5th day of mud so deep that two vehicles were towed out.

Arrived at the market early. Bought were snow peas for $3.50 a lb, cukes 3 for $2, 1 liter (33.7 oz) of evoo for $7, loose chestnuts for $3 a lb, green leaf lettuce for $1.50 a hd, red grapes $2.35 a lb, and a bottle of Cactus Joe Avocado Starter 24 oz just $1. Not much was needed as lots of veggies remain fresh in the fridge fro 1 and 2 weeks ago.

Decided to buy a Dell 24" flat LED monitor at WM for $169. My old CRT 21" monitor was going fast. The Degauss needed to be used increasingly more often (daily) to see the correct colors.

Then drove a ¼ ; mile to Staples to see a Samsung 24" higher quality LED monitor on sale for $149. Reg Price is $219. Bought the Samsung, then returned the Dell to WM. Am very happy with the super high picture quality of the Samsung made for gaming, industrial use, and graphics.

Getting caught up to the 21st Century rapidly. Good to buy Christmas presents for oneself. Especially those that are high quality and on sale.

Saw two geese and two ducks resting and threading water in the Ammonoosuc River. Soon there will be 1,000's returning. They often fly north at night. Hope to see each of their V formations during the day.

The temp is 43°F (6°C), with the high to be 54°F (12°C).

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 12:28:42 AM

Justin - Thanks for more great photos.

Good to hear that Aaron is able to sign up for the same schedule as the three of you. That will be nice next semester.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2014 10:57:52 PM

Good evening Justin

The grilled cheese and tomato soup sounds great.

Tonight's entry beginning with the letter "O" was written by George Jackson and was recorded by Michigan resident Bob Seger for his 1979 album "Stranger In Town." The song would have mild success peaking originally at #28 on Billboard's Hot 100. Here's an interesting quote from Seger about the song:

"All I kept from the original was: "Old time rock and roll, that kind of music just soothes the soul, I reminisce about the days of old with that old time rock and roll". I rewrote the verses and I never took credit. That was the dumbest thing I ever did. And Tom Jones (Thomas E. Jones) and George Jackson know it too. But I just wanted to finish the record [Stranger in Town]. I rewrote every verse you hear except for the choruses. I didn't ask for credit. My manager said: "You should ask for a third of the credit." And I said: "Nah. Nobody's gonna like it." I'm not credited on it so I couldn't control the copyright either. Meanwhile it got into a Hardee's commercial because I couldn't control it. Oh my God, it was awful!"

That same song would go on to become number two on the Amusement & Music Operators Association's survey of the Top 40 Jukebox Singles of All Time in 1996. The song would resurface in 1983 in the movie "Risky Buisness" starring a young Tom Cruise left home alone. This would bring about an iconic scene of Mr. Cruise lip syncing the song in his underwear. This was later repeated in an episode of the NBC hit TV show Alf and for various spots for the video game Rock Band. I think the song might've grown on Mr. Seger. He shares my sentiments with his lyrics on this one.

O - "Old Time Rock N Roll" - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2014 4:09:04 PM

Good afternoon, everyone!

Today’s Pictures:
Pointy Cactus

Looking Down

Panorama Shot

The Colorado River

The Indian Watchtower at Desert View

Beautiful Stones

On Monday evening, our Computer Science class was cancelled. However, we still had to take our Excel exam, which was administered online. Before doing that, Marija, Ana, and I took the practice exam 3 times. Then we took the official exam. I ended up getting 54/54 on it! After that, I left there house and came back home. Was super tired, so I went to bed after eating some leftover tacos. I slept for 12 hours and caught up on some much needed rest.

On Tuesday, I took care of some errands and then Mom and I went to Steak N’ Shake for lunch. It was a tasty and quick lunch. I checked online for my gradebook and saw that I got a 94/100 on my Interpersonal Communication exam. :) Later on, I worked 3 pm - 11 pm, in grocery. For the first two hours, I stocked items from a Kehe load and also helped out up front. From 5 pm - 9 pm, Isaac and I faced the store. Then I pulled expired sale tags and put up the new window ad signs. The last thing I did was face part of Dairy.

After work, Mom and I had grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup for dinner. Then I worked on my research article paper for Interpersonal Communications. I had a rough draft done, so I just needed to dress it up. I got it finished by 2 am. Since I had to be up around 8:30, I only got about 6 hours of sleep that night. After getting ready, it was time for another day at school. In Philosophy, we continued to learn about Propositional Logic and truth tables. We also did some practice problems. In Interpersonal Communications, we turned in our paper and then took a quick quiz, which I got a 5/5 on. Then we learned about family relationships.

For our lunch break, we went to the cafeteria and I had food that I brought from home (PB & J, cheese popcorn, and a granola bar). Then we read our Geology assignment (it was a few pages). In Geology, we had a prelab to take. Then we learned about erosion of shorelines. Lastly, we had a lab to complete. After that was all done, the four of us went to the library to sign up for classes for next semester. Aaron will be joining our group and taking all 4 classes next semester with us. We ended up signing up for an accounting class, a business speech class, a criminal justice class, and a business information class. We will still be going to school on Monday and Wednesday’s still.

After we signed up for classes, Aaron left. Then Marija, Ana, and I worked on Personal Finance homework. After that was done, we took our online quiz. I got a 20/20 on that! Once we were finished with that, we had finally completed that busy week of school. Once home, I took care of a few tasks and then Mom and I went to see Grandma. She was doing well and I had lots to update her on. We also showed her Mom’s pictures that she took while on vacation. When we returned home, I made chicken, mixed vegetables, and potatoes for dinner.

After dinner, I completed this week’s forums posting for Personal Finance. Then I went over to Jeff’s house. Instead of a ride this week, we decided to watch a movie. For the first time, I saw “The Shining.” I thought it was a good movie. It was more creepy than scary, but it did have it’s scary moments. Out of all of the movies I’ve seen, I still think “The Conjuring” was the scariest one. After hanging out with Jeff, I came back home and slept for 8 hours. Only had one scary dream. ;)

This morning I had to take care of some errands. Mom came with and we completed those. Lastly, we did our grocery shopping for the week at Al’s. For lunch I met David at Oriental Pearl and we had a good meal and caught up with each other. The Chop Suey I had was tasty and filling!

Thanks for stopping by everyone!

TUrtLE - Okay, I'll share the recipe. :) I'll be giving Tim a call sometime soon, so once I have the recipe, I'll send you a message.

Midnight - Cynthia is my almost my age, 19 years old. Will see what happens. I know Cynthia is going to try to get two more days off of work and I'll request the same days off. That way we can have fun without rushing.

[Edited by: jjdm at 4/10/2014 4:09:20 PM EST]
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attitash
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2014 11:21:12 AM

Good morning Justin....mix of sun & cloud with a high of 13°C/55.4°F. Strong wind of 40km/25mph has it feeling cooler. Running a few errands today. Have a great day.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2014 5:15:14 AM

Good morning Justin!

Hope you are beyond busy. Make time for some fun.

Was looking at sales that Best Buy, Amazon, and WM had on the internet for mid size TV's. Spent some hours comparing LED TV's on Tuesday and researched them further Wednesday morning at 5 AM. Found several with the kind of features that was wanted.

Decided on a VIZIO E420i-B0 42" LED Smart TV HDTV with a 1080p resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. Price was $428. If a 22.9% WM charge card was signed up for and used in 24 hours on an order over $75, a $25 discount on the total would be $403, the final cost.

After an extended time in thought and re-reading the terms several times, it was decided to apply for the cc card which was instantly accepted. Ordered the TV that was in stock at the Woodsville NH Super WM, 20 miles south of Littleton.

Arrived early for my dental 8:45 AM exam appointment. Naturally there was lots of paperwork to complete for my first visit. After a routine check and a panorama shot. We spoke extensively.

Many of my teeth are ground down due to excessive grinding. For the cost plus the time for the extensive work that would take months and months of tedious work, it was decided the fastest and most permanent care would be oral surgery and replacement dentures.

Am all for this to get the dental aspect over with asap. Now my ins has to approve the surgery and this could take up to 6 weeks before it is approved and an appointment made for the oral surgery. Times marches on.

Stopped in the same building to visit the ServiceLink Resource Center. It helps for free educational programs and free counselors to help people make choices about their futures such as financial planning, living arrangements, service availability, and social connections.

My health ins monthly premium increased 300% beginning in January. 30 minutes with a free counselor had me switch carriers so that beginning May 1st, there will be no cost for monthly medicine coverage. May cap is no more than $6.30 for all brand name med's. $2 and change for generics. Am all for this.

Cruised down the smooth US Rt 302 Blvd from Littleton to Woodsville in my Dart. Asked the Electronic Dept Mgr many questions on Vizio and LED TV's in general. Then my recipe for the order was shown, he got the pre-ordered TV and brought it to my car.

Across from me wa a young lady who had just parked in her Dart. Asked her how she liked hers. Said she bought it in Sept '2012, now has 17,000 miles on it, has no mechanical problems, and she loves the ride, comfort, and super acceleration from the turbocharger.

We spoke for 15 minutes. Told her mine has just over 700 miles and feels great for the few miles driven. Am getting 36-37 mpg away from the mtns and the engine is not even broken in until 1.000 miles.

Returned to Littleton to the Gold House Pizza. Parked on the Main St in front of the restaurant for 25¢ an hour on the meter. Ordered a 12" Steak Bomb Special, (onions, peppers, and mushrooms) and had a pleasing $8.06 tax/inc lunch.

Jim, the owner, was putting the finishing touches on 15 giant Greek salads to go, 6 18" pizza pies and a huge cardboard box full of drinks, chips and etc. It took the woman 3 trips to bring the order to her car. The Gold House is where the locals eat.

The temp is 20°F (-6°C), with the high to be 53°F (12°C). Will visit the market and other stores later.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2014 1:35:51 AM

Hope your week is going well Justin!
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Dino72
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2014 11:22:58 PM

Good evening Justin

Busy day in the news. Found out that the man who called himself "The Ultimate Warrior" died of a possible heart attack on Tuesday. He was a pro wrestler who was big in the '90s and had just got inducted into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame this past Sunday. He was 54.

Was on the way home this morning and heard about a series of stabbings going on at a high school in Pittsburgh. 19 students and a security guard got stabbed but thankfully, no fatalities. The suspect was tackled by the Principal and later taken in by police. Yet another example of how crazy this world truly is anymore.

Warm day ahead. Possibly the warmest of the season with temps hitting the mid 70s. Got the jukebox plugged in and warming up for tomorrow night's "O" tune. See ya then.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2014 10:25:24 AM

Enjoyed pics and your reports. Doing well.
Our temp was 86, then 82 and today a big drop. That's CA!
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2014 10:11:39 AM

Good morning Justin...nice sunny day with a high of 10°C/50°F. Plan to enjoy the sun outside. Have a great day.
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2014 4:23:18 AM

Good morning Justin!

Always enjoyed the fun Mickey shared. Thank you for the GC pix. Stay busy. It is very good for you.

Finished my posts very early yesterday morning. Took a 3 hour nap that was needed. My right hip was so sore from the many places walked the day before. The napped added much more comfort.

Rain arrived and it melted the final snow off the roof of my house. It has been about 6 months since rain was heard on roof. Also could hear the rain dripping onto the two propane tanks in the back of the house.

Played each of the three races that StarCraft offers. Commanding Terran, Protoss, or Zerg forces, players must complete a series of missions while managing resources, amassing armies and defending their base.

Each race is truly distinct with unique units, technologies, attributes, and abilities. A cinematic of the original StarCraft opening clip is here. 3:45 min.

Had a salubrious lunch of shrimp, veggies, and linguine made the day before. Dessert was a chunk of cored pineapple and cottage cheese. It was so good seconds were eaten.

Took a leisurely walk down to the foot of the driveway. Some of the gravel and lawn in between the tire tracks are seen. This is not my driveway.

Could smell Spring. The smell of thawing balsam firs are unmistakable. The air felt warm. It was 53°F (12°C). Soon the brooks will break out with the roar and echo of water heard in the distance. Some clear, sunny days are upon us. Spring has really arrived in the mtns.

The temp is 34°F (1°C), with the high to be 42°F (6°C). Off for my dental exam this morning.

Have a fabulous day!

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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2014 1:18:09 AM

Midnight....that's sad....he's awesome!

Hey Justin....hope your week is going well!
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