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I had a Spirograph, don't recall string art.
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I had a Spirograph too (and it was fun!!). I think string art was more in my daughter's generation. In honors fourth grade math, her teacher had them doing string art for weeks at a time after they had all finished the standardized curriculum. I will never forget that since we were very dissatisfied with that treatment of kids who learn faster than the norm.
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More geeky Grapher stuff

Cycloids are curves that a point on the edge of a wheel traces out as it rolls. Here is a Grapher animation.

Cycloids have an amazing property. Imagine the curve as wires with beads sliding on them. The beads all reach the bottom at the same time no matter from where they were released!

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I consider today my First Day of retirement. I have to go in on Oct. 1st but I'm off till then. Had coffee while setting outside watching everyone going to work, enjoyed it. Had breakfast,walked,puttered on internet, napped and worked in the yard pm. Walked again after supper and now waiting on T-storms to move through. Gotta love it!
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I consider today my First Day of retirement. I have to go in on Oct. 1st but I'm off till then. Had coffee while setting outside watching everyone going to work, enjoyed it. Had breakfast,walked,puttered on internet, napped and worked in the yard pm. Walked again after supper and now waiting on T-storms to move through. Gotta love it!
It gets better.
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for me it is only getting closer... then it will get better
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Toured model condos in this recently completed development

with friends who are considering high-rise living. Their circumstances make it reasonable: one is a doctor and the other a professor. Talk about job security!
The place is spectacular, but madre dios, the prices!
Spring Condominium - A new residence in downtown Austin.
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Some mundane household stuff (dishes, freezing strawberries, laundry).

I've been putting this one off for a while...I finally called the local SS office to investigate LH's SS benefits and get a written determination. I had attempted doing this years ago, but my brain was fogged up and got nowhere with a very unhelpful staffer. I found out (again) that he didn't have enough quarters, but the very nice and helpful lady I talked to today said she would personally do a review of w*rk records for completeness and get back to me. She will send me the hardcopy I was never given when I initially requested it, pending her boss' approval. Whew!
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I found out (again) that he didn't have enough quarters...
What a bureaucratic mess.

I don't mean to make this any more painful than it already is, but I'll bring it up because it's not publicized-- let alone easily understood. I don't know if there's any link between quarters and dollars in the Social Security "military wage credit" system, but it might be worth asking if it's applicable:
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But this benefit might not apply until after the minimum number of quarters.
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What a bureaucratic mess.

I don't mean to make this any more painful than it already is, but I'll bring it up because it's not publicized-- let alone easily understood. I don't know if there's any link between quarters and dollars in the Social Security "military wage credit" system, but it might be worth asking if it's applicable:


But this benefit might not apply until after the minimum number of quarters.
Not painful at all...well not as much anymore. I'll take all the advice I can get. I'll copy this into a new thread (I'll provide more details there),
UPDATED: see Need advice for survivor SS benefits
and as long as you all aren't squeamish, I won't be. Tuff girl...remember ?
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Sitting here wondering what my next body reaction will be to whatever "bug" I've had for a week. First, body aches, feeling tired...moved on to tummy ache...over that and went to body aches again. Then came the "fuzzies" in my throat and chest. Today minor aches, a few less fuzzies, but now it hurts to move my eyes.

Eh...at least I don't have to go to w*rk.
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Sitting here wondering what my next body reaction will be to whatever "bug" I've had for a week. First, body aches, feeling tired...moved on to tummy ache...over that and went to body aches again. Then came the "fuzzies" in my throat and chest. Today minor aches, a few less fuzzies, but now it hurts to move my eyes.

Eh...at least I don't have to go to w*rk.
if it hurts to move your eyes you should go see a Dr. as that is one of the symptoms of inflamation to the meninges and you would want to rule out meningitis.
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bbbamI, here's another vote to see your doctor. I hope you aren't getting swine flu.

As for me, I am starting another two week "staycation", so I slept in (of course!). Got up and got to the gym by 10 AM, and had a great 1 hour workout. My intention for the rest of the day is to do nothing constructive whatsoever. I might break down in my resolve to do nothing, and go to Supercuts since I really need a haircut. Or not. There is always manana.
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Over the weekend attended an EVOC (emergency vehicle operators course). It was well worth it, especially at the 1/2 price with retired rates.

According to the instructor it was the smallest class he ever had. Only eight people. It was a fun class for me. Not so much for the young whippersnapper fire fighters and ambulance driver wannabees. For them it is a required course, must pass.

Actually learned a lot. Like what emergency vehicle drivers must and cannot do. All the legal liabilities if not operating exactly within the confines of the laws.

Lots of good info on vehicle dynamics, coefficient of friction of road surfaces.

Mostly took the course for the fun of it. The driving qualification course was a blast.
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In celebration of the coolest day we've had in over six months, I'm working on a big pot of chili for dinner tonight.
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if it hurts to move your eyes you should go see a Dr. as that is one of the symptoms of inflamation to the meninges and you would want to rule out meningitis.
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bbbamI, here's another vote to see your doctor. I hope you aren't getting swine flu.
bbbamI...ahem...please get thee to a doc or
Do we have to 'sic' RichInTampa and Meadbh on ya?

Seriously, worsening symptoms should not be ignored.
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Yumm. Genuine Texas chili. What time is dinner?
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I went through a depression cycle last month because of pain and pain-killers.

I am feeling much better and have started cooking up batches of soup (with summer and autumn vegetables).
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