Forum posts made by gypsy

Topic Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted 15 Apr 2019 12:13

Devastated to hear about the fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.

So far at least no human casualties are known, and my heart and thoughts go to the fire fighters and emergency workers of Paris.

Those men and women are the valiant and courageous first line in all disasters. As catastrophic as the damage to or total loss of a monument is, loss of human life or injury is far worse.

Que les conséquences soit moindres par rapport aux risques.

That the consequences are minimised in proprtion to the danger.

Topic Weird, neverending crossword thingy.
Posted 07 Apr 2019 10:48

Nailed it Maggie.


Next clue: six letters - bane of busboys

Tables ?

Knives ?

Diners ?

Busses ? j/k on that one

Topic Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted 27 Mar 2019 07:36

Can't sleep, but what else is new.

I'll take a ginger ale and I'll curl up in a comfy chair to look up the history of Ireland. Thanks, Ping.


This Irish Times article might be helpful in trying to grasp the gist of the tragic history of Ireland.

The History of the Irish Border From Plantation to Brexit

Ping is correct, Brexit will very likely affect the border and risks disrupting the peace that has prevailed along the border since the Good Friday Agreement ended the blood bath euphemistically known as "the troubles".

This is just one of the many things that worry many of us here in the EU.

Topic Shall We Dance? - Movement around the world
Posted 13 Mar 2019 05:28

Topic Add a Joke
Posted 04 Mar 2019 04:19

Transcript of a radio conversation between a US Naval ship and the Canadians, off the coast of Newfoundland, Oct 95. Radio released by the Chief of Naval Operations 10-10-95.

CANADIANS - Please divert your course 15 degrees to the south to avoid collision.

AMERICANS - Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the north to avoid a collision.

CANADIANS - Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the south to avoid collision.

AMERICANS - This is the captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.

CANADIANS - Negative. I say again. You will HAVE to divert your course.


CANADIANS - We are a lighthouse. Your call.

Topic Add a Joke
Posted 03 Mar 2019 05:19

A duck goes into the pharmacy and waddles up to the counter.

DUCK: "Have you got anything for a sore beak?"

SHOP ASSISTANT: "Try this ointment. That'll be 2.99 please."

DUCK: "Would you put that on my bill ."

Topic Writing Prompt: Primeval Forest
Posted 01 Mar 2019 12:40

Did I misunderstand? Was I not supposed to post here or is everyone else late to dinner?


Submit it as a text for publication, or as a text in this thread.

Having gone for the thread choice, I think you could quite rightly submit it for publication.

Because, you know, it really is excellent...

Topic Add a Joke
Posted 27 Feb 2019 11:41

A proper burial.....

A young preacher was asked by the local funeral director to hold a grave-side burial service at a small local cemetery for someone with no family or friends. The preacher started early but quickly got himself lost, making several wrong turns.

Eventually, a half-hour late, he saw a backhoe and its crew, but the hearse was nowhere in sight, and the workmen were eating lunch. The diligent young pastor went to the open grave and found the vault lid already in place.

Taking out his book, he read the service. Feeling guilty because of his tardiness, he preached an impassioned and lengthy service, sending the deceased to the great beyond in style.

As he was returning to his car, he overheard one of the workmen say: "I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years and I ain't never seen anything like that."

Topic Add a Joke
Posted 27 Feb 2019 06:02

A police officer is sitting at a stop light as a car passes by containing a man driving the car and a penguin in the front passenger side of the car. The officer turns on his lights & siren and promptly pulls the man over.

"Mister, what are you doing with this penguin?" asks the officer.
"I was just taking him for a little ride, sir," responds the man.
"Well, this is just not acceptable. I want you to take this penguin to the zoo right this instant!" scolds the officer.
"Well, ok, if you insist," responds the man sadly, and drives off.

The next day, the same officer is sitting at the same stop light. Once again he spots the same man driving down the street with the penguin perched neatly in the front seat. He wastes no time in turning on his lights & siren, and chasing the man down.

He is quite angry as he approaches the car, and says to the man "I thought I made myself very clear yesterday that you were supposed to take this penguin TO THE ZOO!"
"Oh, officer, I did exactly as you told me to, and you know what?" said the man with a smile on his face "He liked it so much, we are going again today!"


Topic opposite word game
Posted 24 Feb 2019 03:45

Depressed - Buoyant

Topic Weird, neverending crossword thingy.
Posted 15 Feb 2019 00:55

Sorry, Andrew, I'm not good at crosswords unless they are really, really uncomplicated.

But could you also specify the word count for the answer, cus in a crossword, you usually know that much, and it might be helpful.

Topic Challenges and Prompts
Posted 12 Feb 2019 10:11

If the next contest is something along the lines of, 'Threadjack of the Year' this sucker will win hands down, imo. ;)


God, the threadjacks I've seen (on other sites, not this one). This is minor, Rump.

Or maybe not so minor, if one takes into account the inversely proportional size of this site in comparison to those others.

All in all, I'd say it's a hack-saw gradiently frivolous appropriation of what is a perfectly valid opening and then summarising statement.

Topic How do you choose a book?
Posted 09 Feb 2019 11:10

Reviews, recommendations from friends, books podcasts, looking at the books on my book shelf and deciding to reread one of them...

Browsing a bookstore and seeing new titles, reading the blurbs on the back, reading the first few pages, flipping forward to read random pages...

Looking at the featured section at the library, browsing the stacks at the librarry, checking out what is new...

There are so many ways to chose a book, sometimes the choice falls into place, sometimes, not.

Topic On This Day In History...
Posted 06 Feb 2019 09:19

On February 6th, I will be celebrating 48 years of marriage with the same woman. My wife will be going through her annual WTF was I thinking mode and calling old boyfriends to see if there's still a chance.

Happy 48th anniversary to you both, Larry and Mrs Dream.

Lucky you, to catch and hold onto your Dream. Best wishes to you both for the coming years. angel7

Topic On This Day In History...
Posted 02 Feb 2019 06:41

February 2nd, 1990:

Topic Challenge: describe the singer
Posted 02 Feb 2019 02:52

I can't post a link but it's up and the video is on my profile.


Here's the link to your story, Steffanie.

Challenge: Linda Ronstadt - Steffanie

It's strange your number of posts is listed as -2


Topic Story Openings; the good, the bad, and the pitiful
Posted 02 Feb 2019 02:46

“The day Somebody McSomebody put a gun to my breast and called me a cat and threatened to shoot me was the same day the milkman died.”

'Milkman,' by Anna Burns

Yes, that opening line is great! As is the book, which I had to force myself to read slowly, so that it would last longer.

Topic Daily Ecological Alternatives
Posted 01 Feb 2019 11:07

I take my own cloth bags to the grocery store and the nice thing if I forget and I'm at dollar General they have reusable bags (they are cute) for sale for $1 for small ones and $2 for the bigger ones . I use vinegar A lot to clean with (windows, sink after dishes& I mop with it).

The stores that have reusable bags for next to nothing are great, and it makes it so much easier when one has forgotten to take the bags.

Topic Daily Ecological Alternatives
Posted 01 Feb 2019 11:05

To save on wasting paper or plastic at the store you can bring your own bags. I've been doing that for decades. Just wash the cloth bags occasionally to keep them clean.

On a related note, we use mainly reusable, washable containers for taking lunches to work.

Yup, we do that as well. To my amazement, one litre, plastic ice-cream containers are incredibly sturdy, for putting left-overs in, whether it is for lunch or for freezing food. My husband microwaves them with his lunch in, at work and those things are resilient in an amazing way

What about keeping your own utensiles on hand, in case you buy something for lunch, and prefer not to use the plastic ones that are usually offered?

Topic Daily Ecological Alternatives
Posted 01 Feb 2019 11:00

I don't like to replace things that can be repaired.
In the unfortunate scenario that something cannot be repaired then I scavenge as much as possible to make alternative use of, such as repairs to other things.
The remainder is recycled whenever possible.

I totally agree, and prefer to repair before replacing, and when getting rid of things that cannot be repaired, have them go to the recycling center.

Do you take into consideration the potential long-term viability of items that need to be replaced?

Topic Daily Ecological Alternatives
Posted 01 Feb 2019 10:58

We do the vinegar stuff too, even in the garden for pests. We don't burn firewood. We recycle paper, glass, metal, plastic, and food scraps. We donate to clean water and air organizations.

How is the water supply where you are, Larry? I know you're in California, do you have restrictions, do you have to purify water for drinking and everyday use?

Topic Daily Ecological Alternatives
Posted 01 Feb 2019 10:56

To save on wasting paper or plastic at the store you can bring your own bags. I've been doing that for decades. Just wash the cloth bags occasionally to keep them clean.

yes, thank you, Larry. I've been doing this for so long, I don't think of it as being note-worthy.

Topic On This Day In History...
Posted 01 Feb 2019 10:55

On this day, in 1904:

"The Norwegian Nobel Institute was established 1 February, 1904, tasked with supporting the Nobel Committee in its review of nominations and candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize. According to § 12 of the Nobel Foundation statutes, "each Nobel Institute shall be under the leadership of the prize-awarding body that established it." The Director of the Institute is the Nobel Committee's permanent secretary, and the Institute can be regarded as the Committee's secretariat. The events in December are all planned and coordinated through this office."

The Norwegian Nobel Institute

Topic Daily Ecological Alternatives
Posted 30 Jan 2019 06:46

Are there ecological alternatives that you use in daily life? I mean things that are either non-polluting or not too harmful, such as cleaning products.

For instance, using white vinegar for cleaning windows (it works really well!), rather than an ammonia based product. White vinegar is also fanatstic for removing calcium build-up in electric kettles.

Bicarbonate of soda, baking soda, is another thing that is really good to use for many things, including as a shampoo. A few spoonfuls of it in a basin of warm water makes a fantastic foot bath that softens the skin and soothes hot feet. It is also excellent as a fire extinguisher, which makes it good to have on hand in the kitchen.

Those are just two items and a few of their uses.

It would be interesting to hear of other things!

And just to clarify, this is to share things that are positive, which people can put into practice, not to open a discussion or debate about things one might not want to change or give up.

Topic Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted 30 Jan 2019 06:34

It was a long day but I finally finished cleaning out my parent's attic, sheds, and utility room.

I'm too old to be carrying things down three flights of steps.


I want to spare my children that experience and haven't figured that out yet. I've thrown out most things purchased in my twenties and thirties. I'm less successful with "stuff" from my forties and fifties. Am open to anyone's wise advice on this.

More tea and honey, please. Is there a small piece of lemon cake around?

Gill that is a huge achievment, good for you! It sounds like you could use some time at a spa now, if you enjoy massage etc.

Wordpusher, you've likely heard of the clutter-busting craze going on at the moment, and the whole "does it spark joy" thing. If something doesn't "spark joy" apparantely it is supposed to be gotten rid of. help

The sparking joy thing puzzles me, and my take is rather, if something sparks irritation in me, then it is quite likely time to get rid of it.

I had an aunt who set up a rule, if something new came into the house, something old had to be gotten rid of. She was rather ruthless about it, too, which had my cousins sneaking things in when she wasn't looking. geek

Topic Challenge: describe the singer
Posted 27 Jan 2019 05:06

Mine is up , thank you muchly Uncle Rumple, for both the challenge, (it was a tricky one), and the quick verification.

Topic Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted 22 Jan 2019 06:50

My wife and I lost our best friend last night. Puppy Doggy (miniature poodle) adopted us seventeen years ago. Now she is memories of the good times we had. Teaching me how to fetch her treats.

Ah, I'm sorry to hear that. Seventeen years is a long time with an animal, and it is so painful to lose one. All my sympathy to you and your wife.

Topic Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted 22 Jan 2019 06:48

Nothing a good American woman loves more than queens and the history of England.

I always find it interesting how fascinated Americans are by an institution that they gave the boot to more than two centuries go. Meanwhile, I live in a constitutional monarchy and am bored to tears by the whole thing.

The French are quite fascinated by the British monarchy, royalty and all that as well. And their removal of the monarchy was quite brutal, to say the least. My take on it is they enjoy the pageantry, the scandals, the history etc because they don't have to live with it or under a constitutional monarchy themselves, or pay for any of it.

Topic What are you listening to right now?
Posted 17 Jan 2019 06:58

Rain hitting the window and the electric heater making noise.

Topic Add a Joke
Posted 13 Jan 2019 01:32

Ghost Photography

An enterprising journalist decided to get the scoop of the day by photographing the fearsome phantom that lived in the spooky old mansion house at the edge of town.

When he entered the house, armed with only his camera, the ghost descended upon him, moaning and wailing and clanking chains.

"I mean no harm; I just want your photograph," the journalist said bravely.

Pleased at this chance to make headlines, the ghost posed for a number of shots, and the happy journalist rushed back to his darkroom and began developing the photos.

Unfortunately, they turned out to be so underexposed that nothing could be seen in them.

He was distraught, and went to a local pub to drown his sorrows. Meeting his friends there, they asked what was wrong. Not wanting to tell the whole story, he simply explained with a single sentence: ......

"The spirit was willing, but the flash was weak."