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  2. There's a school here in the UK where this is the uniform: http://www.christine-lee.co.uk/cms/photo/schools/Christ_s_Hospital_school_pupils.jpg A bit more info about it: https://www.christs-hospital.org.uk/about-ch/history-of-the-uniform/
  3. It is exasperating to see the paralysis of educational administrators, whose environment seems to detach them from common sense. Here is a hot weather streak that causes at a minimum great discomfort to the boys in long pants, undoubtedly ruining any hope for proper learning, and in the worst case poses a threat to their health and welfare. It's a transitory situation with an easy solution -- tell the boys that the rules against shorts are suspended while the heat wave continues. But the administrators can't see past the fact that "rules are rules," and start wandering into bizarre issues of fairness and equity because, they worry, not all boys can afford shorts and therefore it is unfair to allow anyone to wear shorts. I have confidence that boys who want to wear shorts can beg or borrow some if they don't already own them. The world will not end if the schools offer a practical solution to a rare and temporary problem. So why is it impossible for them to do so? R
  4. Colin, thanks for the heads-up on the links. I'm just barely learning Google Photos, or whatever they call it. I'll definitely fix the links, but I need to go mow some grass. :) p
  5. I paid a visit to my local doctor's surgery to have my ears syringed. The nurse asked me to hold a kidney-shaped bowl under my ear while she squirted warm water into my ear and, presumably, flushed out excess wax into the bowl. While she worked she advised me how I could reduce the need for future visits. "Warm a little olive oil," she said, "and oil your ear, and your willy." I was so surprised I turned to face her, interrupting her procedure. "My willy?" I said. "No, cloth-ears. Your ear. And do it about once a year. Annually!" I think I went a little pink. (I just came across a version of this story, on a TV chat show, and thought who better to share it with than my old friends here at AD?)
  6. Believe it or not, the whole reason I did this was to train my assistant to do inventory so I would no longer have too. My BF is not happy with me working so much. The other day he was so frisky and right in the middle of the act I fell asleep. Needless to say I'm still not forgiven for that. Luckily he loves my bald head. J
  7. Very bad Cole...my buns are the perfect shade of workaholic white. I'd show you but I don't want you to become blind j
  8. Can't agree to writing off Joe Biden. Seems to me 78 is the new 56 in this modern era of medical advancement. (At least I hope so.) Joe Biden is one of the few seasoned pro politicians left with blue collar roots and an expert understanding of how Washington works. He just might be able to pull this fractured nation back toward the center.
  9. Hi Peter... Um... unfortunately, the two "roses" links don't work. The "verdant" one does. Now, "verdant" should certainly be "quoted" because that field needs some truly major tough love! Where I live the fire department sends out people when they find out about a "verdant" field or yard or side-yard. It's one of those "You have 48 hours to clear all of this or we'll send someone to do it and bill you on your property taxes." Sometimes it pays to just let the fire department go ahead and have it done (right) and get billed – which means the cost will be split over the two annual property tax bills (November and April). Anyway, I like the story. I sent the link to my granddad so he can read it. He's 78 and doesn't use a hand mower. He uses a gardening service. Colin
  10. Nickels and Dimes ~ A Short Story by Cole Parker. Can people change for the better? Can they grow after reaching their teen years, and beyond? Is it harder for a teenager or an adult? Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. The Best of Friends ~ A Short Story - Beginning by Codey - Ending by DesDownUnder. Three friends go on a hike and find something unexpected. Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  11. Joe, Sure... send it along won't know if there are any problems if I don't have the story. Send it along to dude@awesomedude.com. Mike
  12. Hi, I'm having the devils own time with this. But oh well. I've been working on a novel for some time now. Douglas is editing/proofing and he has raised a concern about the footnotes I use. I started using them to explain some of the usages in the story. For example, in the name Catesby ap R Jones the letters "ap" appear. This is not a typo, it's the Welsh patronymic. And there are some other explanations as the story develops. Douglas and I wonder if these will come through at your end. Similarly, I have had great fun with illustrations (and I've gone to considerable lengths to be sure the pix are in the public domain). Will these come through. The story is eleven chapters long. We've done a final proof on the first two. Would you like to see them? All the best, Joe
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  14. ...and with that, having extracted everything of value from the episode that I called "Musings," I am placing it in the trash can. It's served its purpose. p
  15. Pretenders to the throne need to be stepping to the front now so as to be well-enough known to have a chance come election time. But who in his right mind would want to enter the mire we now have at the top? One has to wonder, too, if any moderate has a chance. We seem to be going through a period of eat-your-opponent-alive politics, and have a widely-divided and over-passionate electorate body. C
  16. Seeing hatred come alive and be personified is always a shock, always disturbing, always dismaying, and always more so when it comes from purported Christians. Strong video. C
  17. Thank you.
  18. As much as I like and respect Joe Biden, I think his time has passed. Whether people liked or disliked Obama, his reign brought a level of youthful vitality that hadn't been on the scene in quite a while. And Biden will be 75 this November, three years before he could be elected President. Even George Washington was only 56 when he took office. And if you think age isn't a factor in elected office, just look at Nancy Pelosi and John McCain for evidence. So where are the 50-somethings, perhaps even 40-somethings ala JFK, who will be wiling to run the next time it's possible? Or are the Democrats going to stay so busy re-re-rebattling over this past election that they forget there's another one just a few years away? And heaven - or maybe hell - knows what the opposition will be.
  19. I did that burnout routine once upon a time myself, Jason. You've got to back off it, delegate, divide the workload. Easy to say, very very hard to do, but sanity is at stake here.
  20. Wow, very powerful. Thanks for sharing, dude.
  21. The year 2016 will be remembered for a long time as the biggest mistake the Democratic Party ever made. Perhaps Hillary Clinton was not the worst choice, but she was not the best. So after Donald Trump sells the U.S. to the highest bidder, kills off our elderly and poor with the destruction of health care, then perhaps we will all remember that we had a better choice and didn't take it. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/joe-biden-recalls-lessons-learned-as-the-only-white-lifeguard-at-inner-city-pool-in-1962/ar-BBDkoPB?li=AA5a8k&ocid=spartandhp It was quite evident that Joe Biden did not want to be president after enduring the eight years of hatred and venom heaped upon the Obama administration. His life had reached a crisis point, and like a good family man he set aside ambition to care for those he loved most. Now we have a president who has little love for anyone but himself, an ego gone berserk. Don't forget Joe Biden, we may need him to put us all back together again.
  22. Very nice
  23. Thought you'd enjoy a recent video of a song written by a couple of friends of mine and originally recorded by Dusty Springfield in 1968. This portrayal is just what composers Ronnie Wilkins and John Hurley had in mind when they wrote the song! Enjoy! Mike
  24. Burned buns can be quiet a problem. I'd suggest sunscreen. Oh, wait. That's comes before, doesn't it? C
  25. So waking up at 3am to go to work to complete inventory and payroll before working a ten hour day. Can life get any better I ask you? Seriously...please tell me life can be better.... TELL ME!!!!! Oh darn, I burned the muffins.
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  27. Easy to see how talented he is. He has the grace to go far. C
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