Forum posts made by gypsy

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."

Topic Add a Joke
Posted 11 Jan 2019 11:43

In a small town - somewhere in the country side - there was a family with two boys, age 8 and 10. And whenever there was mischief, it's most likely these two boys were at the center of it. The parents were at a loss what to do about it. They tried everything!

One day a new pastor came to town. He was a rather young man who travelled the world and was supposed to be great with straightening out kids. It wasn't a church the parents went to, but they were desperate so they gave him a call anyway and begged him to help them with their two boys.

"Okay" he said: "But I won't see them at the same time. First send me the youngest one. I'll see him tomorrow at 10:00 am." So the parent agreed and sent the youngest one over first.

The younger boy went to the pastor, wondering what would happen this time. He was sent into an empty room with only one chair. So he sat down and waited. When finally the pastor came in, he walked over to the boy and stared at him for quite some time. Then he asked with a rather loud voice: "Where is God?"

The boy just sat there and didn't even blink. So the pastor asked again, while staring at the boy: "Where is God?" Again the boy didn't respond at all.

So the pastor came really close to the boy and asked up close for the third time: "Where is God?"
Just then the boy jumped up and ran out of the room before the pastor could say anything else. The boy ran down the block straight home. He ran straight up the stairs and fled to his room. The older boy saw his younger brother almost flying into his room and wondered what was going on. So he went up there and found his brother hiding under his bed.

He kneeled down to ask him what was going on.

"We're really in troubled this time, brother!" he answered: "God is gone and they think we did it ..."

Topic Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted 11 Jan 2019 07:06

Ugh. I woke up with a sore throat, head-ache and aches and pains today. So I'll be making a hot drink of lemon, honey and grated fresh ginger to ease the sore throat. And there will be a thermos filled with it on my bedside table to sip on during the night, when I wake up feeling miserable. Am also taking paracetomol to combat the aches and pains. I will be exiled to the spare room so my husband won't be disturbed and hopefully be spared this thing.

Stay healthy people, it's the misery season!

Topic Add a Joke
Posted 11 Jan 2019 06:55

There's a little fellow named Junior who hangs out at the local grocery store. The manager doesn't know what Junior's problem is, but the boys like to tease him. They say he is two bricks short of a load, or his elevator doesn't go all the way to the top.

To prove it, sometimes the boys offer Junior his choice between a nickel and a dime. He always takes the nickel, they say, because it's bigger.

One day after Junior grabbed the nickel, the store manager got him off to one side and said, "Junior, those boys are making fun of you. They think you don't know the dime is worth more than the nickel. Are you grabbing the nickel because it's bigger, or what?"

Junior said, "Well, if I took the dime, they'd quit doing it!"

Topic Add a Joke
Posted 10 Jan 2019 06:56

Talking dogs...

A guy is driving around Kentucky, and he sees a sign in front of a house:

Talking Dog For Sale."

He rings the bell and the owner tells him the dog is in the backyard. The guy goes into the backyard and sees a Labrador Retriever sitting there. "You talk?" he asks.

"Yep," the Lab replies.

"So, what's your story?"

The Lab looks up and says, "Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA about my gift, and in no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping. I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running. But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn't getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals. Then I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I'm just retired"

The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.

"Ten dollars," the guy says.

"Ten dollars? This dog is amazing. Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?"

"Because he's a liar. He never did any of that stuff."

Topic Add a Joke
Posted 09 Jan 2019 06:21

Excerpts from a Dog’s Diary…

8:00 am – Dog food! My favorite thing!

9:30 am – A car ride! My favorite thing!

9:40 am – A walk in the park! My favorite thing!

10:30 am – Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!

12:00 PM – Lunch! My favorite thing!

1:00 PM – Played in the yard! My favorite thing!

3:00 PM – Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!

5:00 PM – Milk bones! My favorite thing!

7:00 PM – Got to play ball! My favorite thing!

8:00 PM – Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!

11:00 PM – Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Excerpts from a Cat’s Diary

Day 983 of my captivity. My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.

They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a ‘good little hunter’ I am. Bastards.

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of ‘allergies.’ I must learn what this means and how to use it to my advantage..

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow — but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released – and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.

The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicating with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe.

For now….

Topic Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted 08 Jan 2019 06:35

Coffee - Cure Of Fast Frenzied Energy Everytime

And in French - Café

Ça Aide Fortement Enerver

Loosely translates as "it helps to get really enervated". VERY loose translation.

Topic What is the Premium length of a story?
Posted 02 Jan 2019 11:35

Gypsy is preaching my sermon for me.

In other words, you owe me, dude. Fees, writing time, copyright, hurt caused by head scratching and hair pulling on my part to write that sermon, just for a start. To say nothing, or not much, about your appropriation of my carefully crafted words to no effect, yeah, whatever, blah, blah, blah...

You owe me, BIG TIME!!!!


Happy New Year Bill, best wishes for 2019.

Topic What is the Premium length of a story?
Posted 01 Jan 2019 11:26

to me there is no amount of words are needed to be counted or look for, I rather allow myself to read and become a part of a story or poem

ny one else have an opinion?

Yes, I just didn't have the time to post.

The story has to be good and hold my attention.

If it does not do that , regardless of length, I'm done reading it.

A long good story that should be broken into chapters shorter than the intial one, yes, that should be done because reading by scrolling down as is the case here, is not always comfortable for me as a reader.

Topic What are you reading at the moment?
Posted 29 Dec 2018 05:50

I just finished reading every post in this thread. The range of reading material is great!

Topic Santa's Bag...
Posted 21 Dec 2018 11:56

A perfect darkroom with plenty of room, an enlarger that can print negatives from 35mm to 4x5, a brilliant print washer, and print dryer, and excellent ventilation system for the set up.

Otherwise, a reliable source for high quality wool socks and he can bring me two dozen pair. Should last me a good while.

Oh also a new stove and oven. That would take the worry out of cooking Christmas dinner, and wondering if the old one will hang on through it.

Peace on earth and an end to war, destruction, famine and all that other crap would also be nice.