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Old 01-19-2015, 09:13 PM   #16061
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I think Selma worked because it was so narrowly focused in time and place. It served as a illuminating window into Dr. King's personality and approach without an exhaustive (and exhausting) review of all his work over the years. The events surrounding the march to Montgomery serve as a searing example of the greater civil rights struggles of those times. I thought it was well worth the time, and I am hopeful that high school teachers will show it to their students in the years to come, as a reminder of where we were as a country and as a partial explanation for some of the tensions that still exist today.
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Old 01-19-2015, 10:29 PM   #16062
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Old 01-19-2015, 11:08 PM   #16063
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I finished reading Unbroken last week. I did not want it to end. Best book I think I have ever read. I will try and see the movie soon.
Cannot wait until I see American Sniper. I think I will just skip on that book for now and see the movie first
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The plow was badly broken and will take some extensive rebuilding. The spare snow plow head had a crack in it so I took it apart and took it down to Pueblo on Sunday. It was a good excuse to go down there and spend time with friends. Went to a welder and got the plow welded back up on Monday. Stopped and bought some parts for the plow in Colorado Springs on the way back home.
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Today, I plan to change all the oil, filters and hydraulic fluid in my tractor and crank it up for the first time in several months. Getting ready for spring a little early this year.
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Taking a road trip to Auburn New York tomorrow. Our son has a theater audition scheduled and thought we'd spend a few days together. Spent yesterday and part of today gettin 4x4 truck ready lol.


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Hey Gumby -
Where are you going in Italy? I love that you make it an annual trip. Since we schlep kids with us - we have to separate trips by a few years for budgetary reasons... but will be going there this summer (among other places.) Our plan is to visit cousins (2nd cousins of DH) in Sicily, then up to Bologna and to Venice. (Then off to the rest of Europe)
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I finished reading Unbroken last week. I did not want it to end. Best book I think I have ever read. I will try and see the movie soon.
Unbroken, the book, was a real page turner. I found the movie disappointing. At least half of it took place in the Japanese POW camp, and the unrelenting abuse of the stoic hero by the camp commander was just dehumanizing and depressing. I couldn't wait for it to end.
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Unbroken, the book, was a real page turner. I found the movie disappointing. At least half of it took place in the Japanese POW camp, and the unrelenting abuse of the stoic hero by the camp commander was just dehumanizing and depressing. I couldn't wait for it to end.

+1 I agree. I read the book first then saw the movie. Enjoyed the book but was unimpressed by the movie. They left so much information out.


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Unbroken, the book, was a real page turner. I found the movie disappointing. At least half of it took place in the Japanese POW camp, and the unrelenting abuse of the stoic hero by the camp commander was just dehumanizing and depressing. I couldn't wait for it to end.
+2. I did not read the book but had been told the story by friends who loved it. I felt really guilty when I realized I couldn't wait for the movie to be over.
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Ron, that is an amazing picture of that bird. Did you take it? What kind of bird is it?

Thanks aja888 - I took the photo - it's a green heron


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Renewed my driver's license. It took 45 minutes, almost all of that waiting at various stages. Usually it takes about 30 minutes so they were running slow today.

Gotta love West Virginia. In MD that can easily take 2 hours or more unless they've made some radical changes since we moved.
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Where are you going in Italy? I love that you make it an annual trip. Since we schlep kids with us - we have to separate trips by a few years for budgetary reasons... but will be going there this summer (among other places.) Our plan is to visit cousins (2nd cousins of DH) in Sicily, then up to Bologna and to Venice. (Then off to the rest of Europe)
This year, we are flying into Rome and then driving up to stay at an agriturismo in Magione, just outside of Perugia. We will make it our home base and each day drive out to one or more of the various small towns in Umbria. We like to stay in one relatively small area for the whole week so that we can really get to know the place. Last April we spent a week in Venice, which we of course adored.

We spent a week in Sicily back in 2009. I really liked it there. We landed in Palermo, rented a car and then essentially circumnavigated the island, staying in Agrigento, Siracusa, Taormina and back to Palermo. It struck me that virtually every square inch of land not actually in a city or at the rocky top of a mountain was under cultivation - olives, almonds, lemons, oranges, tomatoes and more wherever we looked. It was also incredibly old, with the coolest Greek temples you can imagine. I enjoyed seeing the very things described in Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War.

We have not yet been to Bologna, but I hope to make it there soon.
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Spent an hour plus on the phone with three entities to try to straighten out COBRA insurance service's failure to notify the actual insurance company that this month's payment had been made and cashed in due time so my upcoming second cataract surgery is covered to the hospital's satisfaction. Really frustrating helpless feeling. Grrrrr. Hate this stuff. Should have gone with an ACA policy. Six more months til medicare, when the COBRA middleman and its administrative fee will be gone.
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Spent an hour plus on the phone with three entities to try to straighten out COBRA insurance service's failure to notify the actual insurance company that this month's payment had been made and cashed in due time so my upcoming second cataract surgery is covered to the hospital's satisfaction. Really frustrating helpless feeling. Grrrrr. Hate this stuff. Should have gone with an ACA policy. Six more months til medicare, when the COBRA middleman and its administrative fee will be gone.
With my experience with ACA, you are still dealing with the same government driven health insurance. Working through ACA with DD has been pretty frustrating.
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I spent a cold and breezy day putting the snow plow back together. Good thing its done. We are supposed to get 3 - 5 inches of snow tomorrow.

DD came up for the day. We chatted for a while then she was off to do stuff at the kid's camp.

We were going skiing tomorrow, but with the snow forecast, we will probably postpone. The two lane mountain roads in a snow storm are no fun. It takes about 2 hours to get to the slopes on a clear day.
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Major workout on the elliptical this AM while watching a DVD. Now up in our guest bedroom sorting out the stuff we piled there this year. Watching the snow through the window. It is beautiful. I'm a California girl who loves the beauty of snow. I'm finally able to embrace it, after 30 years of working. My house is filled with music, due to DH and DS. I have nowhere I need to be.

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