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  1. That's already happened. I'm thinking about the boys and the girls on a camp out in the woods.
  2. Well that must be the problem. I have a new, expensive computer. (Did you ever notice that software "upgrades" always seem to eliminate the features you like and make the things you do the most more difficult? And there is no logic behind most of the GUI changes; they change things only for the sake of change. I have a friend that says there are no computer upgrades. They are downgrades.)
  3. Actually, under the ADA laws, if the dog is legit and the dog owner can't control the dog, the dog is misbehaving and the store owner CAN make them leave. Much of the "paper work" is fake. There are dozens of sites on the net that will sell such stuff.
  4. Daff, I'm right there with you on this. I say BULLSHIT! What I've learned is that emotional support animals are NOT service dogs and the laws on service dogs in public places to NOT apply. Stores and other public places can prohibit "emotional support animals." (Even service dogs can be prohibited if they display behavior problems the owner can't control, or are not housebroken.) Service dogs are highly trained and behave properly. If someone needs one, fine. But otherwise, LEAVE YOUR FUCKING DOGS AT HOME!!
  5. Here's a story about a resort community that sells homes only to those who prove they are church-going Christians. The story says, "Bay View homebuyers must not only be Christian, they must have a minister’s letter to prove it." The ACLU supports a suit to stop the practice: https://www.aclu.org/blog/religious-liberty/using-religion-discriminate/beautiful-lakeshore-views-abound-resort-town-only
  6. Ho hum. Another hit-and-run. Bye bye Jimmy.
  7. Many times in the last month or so, when I try to access the "unread content" link in the upper right, my browser spins and spins and then delivers the dialog: This site can’t be reached www.ex-christian.net unexpectedly closed the connection. The site loads just fine otherwise. It's only the "unread content" that doesn't work. I've tried two different browsers and get the same result. Any ideas?
  8. So I was in Lowe’s the other day and there was this woman near the returns desk with a dog on a leash. The dog was mid-size, about the size of an Australian shepherd or smaller Lab. The dog is wearing a vest that says, “Service Dog.” As I turn away I sense some movement in my peripheral vision. I look back and another person has come into the area with a small dog in her arms. She puts the small dog down and both dogs proceed to jump excitedly and check each other out in a playful way. Service dog my ass. No genuine service dog would react that way to another dog. They
  9. Haven't seen that. But when we toured the battleship Missouri in Hawaii our guide told us that when the ship was fitted out for Desert Storm the original 1940s era mechanical calculating machines used for aiming the big guns were kept and used as adding modern digital gear would have been expensive, complicated and no more effective.
  10. While in New York try to get to a good Jewish delicatessen. A bagel with cream cheese and a Dr. Brown's Celery Soda would be good, as well as a pastrami sandwich on rye. I don't know of one to recommend but you can certainly find one easily enough. And it's worth it to see the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall.
  11. Thanks, Casey. Now some of you other folks have some adventures to tell about. Let's hear it!
  12. Ask Siri to define the word "mother" and ask for the second definition. NSFW. https://www.pcmag.com/news/360745/siris-definition-of-mother-is-just-a-tad-inappropriate
  13. Welcome to Ex-C! Glad to have you here. Glasgow! Scotland is number one on my list of places to go back to. Didn't get any time in Glasgow but loved Skye, Oban, Edinburgh and all the rest of it. Beautiful scenery and people who have such an exuberant love of life and a fabulous, whacky, irreverent sense of humor.
  14. You're welcome, and thanks for the compliment. But c'mon, you guys. Cough up. I don't want this to be the Older thread! How about some stories that aren't military related? Some of you must certainly have had some interesting adventures.
  15. Anushka: Please take Buffetphan's advice. I can attest to its value. Three times in my life I've done that and I can say that it really does help. We can listen here, but there is no substitute for face-to-face, in person, communication. There are many resources you can take advantage of, but you have to take the first step. But it's worth it. After reading this, set a date and a time to make that call.
  16. Hi Jimmy:You wrote above: "I was just hoping to leave this up for those who have left the Christian church and don’t understand." You are making a presumption that we don't understand. We do understand, Jimmy, more than you will ever know. But the thing is that most everyone on this board has been there and done that, and invested considerable effort into it, and discovered that it's all fake news. You also wrote: "I want them to know where they can turn for help even if you guys want to annihilate everyone’s belief in God." You are making another presumption. I'd speculate that th
  17. Ah, you've answered my question above: You believe because you are afraid that bad things will happen to you if you don't. Fear is one of the greatest human motivators. Overcoming fear leads to true freedom. Some day I hope you will escape from Plato's cave and find real freedom.
  18. Hey Jimmy: So you believe in this power that exists everywhere, knows everything (he knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you're awake, he knows when you've been bad or good so be good for goodness sake), and can do anything (except eliminate cancer in children, or causing some to be born with horrific birth defects (https://pro.magnumphotos.com/image/NYC6985.html, https://pro.magnumphotos.com/image/NYC6978.html, https://www.medicalvirals.info/article/1724) (there are thousands more examples I could link to if you wish)), and who loves everyone on the condition that they love
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    Here's a personal story: I'm convinced I have attention deficit disorder. When I was in junior high and high school I could not concentrate on homework at all. I'd find my mind wandering no matter how hard I tried. (I still deal with this.) I flunked out of a community college. But when I got out of the Navy, I realized that I needed a college education in order to earn a decent living, and I found some techniques that helped me with the ADD. One of them was to never wait until the last minute to study or do coursework. I studied every day according to a schedule I created, and did most o
  20. Read Weezer's last line again: "Have faith in yourself, and choose your own path." As a college professor I saw many, many young folks struggle with these issues. It's tough when you think your friends are all squared away and your folks are pressuring you. Time and distance will help with the parent problem. As soon as you can move out, do so.
  21. Skip: Kudos for encouraging kids to use tools. I've seen too many folks who barely know the difference between a hammer and a screwdriver, and can't open a sack lunch without help. As to charities, I got burned once and since then I'm more careful. I also discovered that the CEOs of some of these big charities take home incomes of a half-mil or more. That just rubs me the wrong way. There are sites on the net where you can research a charity to see it's annual report that lists salaries and expenses, and see how much of their income they actually spend on their professed mission. I
  22. B.O., I don't deny that there can be some things that are binary. What I think we fall into is approaching everything as though it is on a linear spectrum, whether that is limited to a one side/other side view, or separated by a distance that provides for intermediate points. I suggest that our enculturated mode of thinking pushes us to think linearly when other ways might be better or at least equally valid.
  23. I would take a more nuanced approach. I think there are many ways to look at issues and problems; not everything is binary. And that BO writes above that on some things there is no middle ground (BO: I'm not criticizing you, just using what you wrote as an example) shows a linear thinking that we all seem to suffer with. But not everything is linear, and some of what we think is linear really isn't or doesn't have to be. There are many things that are more like a 3D scatter chart, with data points in all sorts of places. But I think our culture has created this left/right notion in the way we
  24. Well this thread has been dormant for a while but I got a like from Casey today (thanks, glad you enjoyed the post) so I’m motivated to tell you another story. I was a photographers’ mate and spent a year shooting photos in a large photo facility. We were called to take all kinds of pictures from handshakes and portraits to damaged parts. Sometimes the subjects would come to our studio and sometimes we’d go out in the field. For the latter we rarely got much information as to what we were to shoot other than a vague description that might be “broken part in cockpit.” W
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