Skeeter lubidowicz

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skeeter01 wrote:
snoopybg Yeah, I know... and you're right.  I should get with the times.  The Soviet Union broke up decades ago!  But in my defense, when I look at Paul McCartney, I don't think Wings... I think Beatles.  I'm an old dog, I guess.
skeeter01 wrote:
Zismo I always figured yoda was a very old Grover.
skeeter01 wrote:
One thing I’ll say about our Russian friends, they are true artists.  From the famous ones like Tchaikovsky, Chagall, Dostoyevsky, Pushkin on down to your everyday craftsman like the people in Kiev who make the black lacquer boxes, or those nesting dolls, and (of course) this guy.  Hell, look at those patio tiles on which those beautifully restored pedal cars are sitting!  You probably can’t find something like that here.  

Seriously, whatever undertaking those Russians set their minds to, they achieve it; often with dazzling results.  Sadly for us, that overachievement also includes hacking and election meddling.
skeeter01 wrote:
Love the photo of the band, Boston above.  Two Porches, a Jaguar, a Honda motorcycle, and a 10-speed bike.  I’ll bet the guy with the fro is still very wealthy today... assuming he’s not dead.
skeeter01 wrote:
Albuquerque, NM - in 4th grade.
skeeter01 wrote:
It is painful to watch him struggle to read through this scripted speech.  At :51, he reads to the end of the line on the teleprompter, pauses at the wrong spot and makes it obvious he is a terrible reader.  Sensing this, he apparently decides to add an unnecessary aside so it sounds less like he's reading and more like he's speaking from the heart.  This happens at :55 where he says: "...to ensure Iran never," (pauses and blinks to add extra emphasis) "and I mean, never, acquires a nuclear weapon."

I had to stop watching/listening after he pronounced Tanzania "Tan-ZAY-nee-uh".  It's pronounced "Tan-zu-KNEE-uh". 

Jesus... how on earth did this idiot get elected?  Oh wait, I remember now... Republicans.  Enough said.
skeeter01 wrote:
fancylad hmmmm... I guess I should assume that if I haven't yet received an email from you asking if I'd like to be a mod, I shouldn't consider myself among the "stable-minded" folks?  Bummer.  
skeeter01 wrote:
This is gonna hurt, but I will come clean.  I am TomZ.  TomZ left this site a few months ago after 5cats used the N-word for no reason other than just to use it, and I was pissed.  I was able to stay away from the site for about a month, but I missed it.  While I haven’t changed my beliefs, and I still feel strongly about certain things, this new version of TomZ is kinder and gentler.  If this reveal offends anyone, my apologies.  I don’t consider this a sock-puppet by the classic definition, but if you do, and if you wish to ban me, well, so be it.
skeeter01 wrote:
wibble4321 thanks for that.  Looks like our guy has got a tough case ahead of him.
skeeter01 wrote:
In the photos of the women posing with the creeper, only Mira sorvino looks uncomfortable.  Not doubting any stories, though.  Hope karma treats him the way he deserves.
skeeter01 wrote:
markust123 a visit to Normandy is on my bucket list.  The idea of it being haunted has moved it up a few notches... it’s now ahead of “get some sleep” and “eat a little something”.  I like to set my goals pretty low, so when I do come to my end of days, I can look back and say with all honesty that I’ve achieved all I wanted to.
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I’ve got plenty of stories along these lines.  A house we lived in From 2005 - 2010 was brand new construction and is located in between two civil war battlefields: Manassas battlefield, and a smaller one, known as the battle of Bristoe station.   So I think it’s reasonable to assume union and confederate troops were marching and moving all over the area.  So while the house itself isn’t likely haunted, the land could be. 

Anyway, after about two weeks of living in this house, I started seeing movement just at the edge of my field of vision. I’d turn my head and there would be nothing there.  Always in the periphery, and always in shadow. This happened to me almost every day.  I never saw anything directly, but I was certain many times that someone ran into a room, or walked down a hallway, and when I called out or got up and investigated, nobody was there.

After about a year or two of living there, my eldest son - 8 or 9 at the time - came running up the stairs from the basement (we kept all the cool toys down there - game systems, tv, ping pong table, darts, etc.) and was very upset.  After calming him down, he told me that there was a soldier in the bathtub downstairs.  I immediately go down, look in the bathroom, and there’s nothing.  The sliding glass door leading to the outside was closed and locked, all windows downstairs were closed and locked, and besides, I would have heard the alarm system chime if anyone opened a door or window... so nobody entered or exited the basement.  I looked all through the basement, just to make sure some crazy stalker or something wasn’t hiding, and found nobody.  I go back up, tell my son there’s no soldier down there, he starts yelling that he saw him, and I ask why he says it’s a soldier anyway.  He says he had a blue uniform with stripes on his arm, and a scruffy beard.  He wouldn’t go downstairs alone after that for the rest of the time we lived there.  He absolutely insisted that when he was down there, the bathroom door had to be closed, and he never used it.

A while later my second oldest (5 or so at the time) ran screaming from the living room where he was playing around on the piano.  He took a lot longer to calm down, but when he finally did, he told us he saw a man with a big hat standing in the corner watching him.  He said he had a “mean face” and when my son looked at him, the man “jingled his keys at him.”  That boy is probably the smartest of my three kids. He is always very serious, and is not prone to telling lies or making stuff up.  His abject terror at that moment convinced me he saw what he said he saw, but none of the rest of us did.

The last episode involved a plastic cup spontaneously falling into the bathtub in the middle of the night.  We bathed our youngest (3 at the time) in the bathtub in the master bathroom.  We used a plastic cup to wash and rinse her hair, and we always set it upside down in a recessed area near the tub when we were done.  It had never fallen from that spot before, but it could be that the cup fell that night because we didn’t put it away right, or it got bumped later or something.  So I don’t put too much weight on that episode.  What I DO put weight on is that immediately after that happened, my wife said that we cannot watch any more ghost shows (I love them).  My wife is a scientist, she’s not spiritual at all, and scoffs at the idea of an afterlife.  But that cup falling was the last straw for her.  I still watched the ghost shows, though, so her proclamation didn’t stick.    After talking to her about it a few years later, she admitted that the stuff that happened in that house unnerved her, and shook her belief system.  She says she saw and heard stuff too, but still won’t tell me about it.  Her belief system has since recovered, so ghosts and the afterlife are once again pure nonsense in her view.  

I believe there is something after this life.  What it is, I don’t know.  But based on my own experiences (and there are many more I can share), I truly think there is something.
skeeter01 wrote:
markust123 zooming in, it looks like a burl to me.  I can see how it could look like some kind human-ish shape, though.
skeeter01 wrote:
Whenever I've been in the hospital, the last thing I wanted to do was eat - no matter how good the food was (or was not).  Most recently I was in for intestinal surgery and was told to expect to stay for 3-4 nights.  I came prepared, ipad, books, even one of those coloring books for grown ups - supposed to be a zen thing.  Turns out I touched none of it... especially the food - which wasn't great, but it wasn't horrible either.  When I wasn't sleeping, I just watched TV and hoped the pain and nausea would go away.  Hospitals are awful places.  
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I'd like to know more about how these guys bilked the system.  Did they rig the drawing so certain numbers would come out (e.g. weighted ping-pong balls or something?)  Or did they fraudulently print tickets after the numbers were drawn?  

If the former, then the guy who "legitimately" won didn't actually win a legitimate drawing.  The state could argue that the entire drawing was fraudulent, and that this guy should consider himself lucky he's able to keep his 1/3rd of the winnings.

Now, if the guys printed fake lotto tickets, then yes, this guy should win the entire amount.  

My guess is that the drawing was rigged, and if that's the case, then the guy will lose his case.
skeeter01 wrote:
In the screen capture above, he looks like a cross between Jimmy Fallon and Christopher Walken.
skeeter01 wrote:
monkwarrior probably a good idea.
skeeter01 wrote:
lockner01 pulling out the anatomy smarts!!  Three points for you!  Incidentally, I almost bought a Volvo once, but it was too pricey.
skeeter01 wrote:
5cats, still not sure who you’re talking about but no matter... I’m not to smart to begin with.  But what I will say about that video, that Arianna Bennet is kinda dreamy.  I wish they spent more time with her on camera than that Ryan whatshisname chump.
skeeter01 wrote:
5cats At :55 seconds into the video, there's an old guy with a beard who's face is obscured by the sign he's holding.  How on earth anyone could guess that's the LV shooter?  Hell, maybe the unknown comic is the LV shooter.  Now THAT would be major news.
skeeter01 wrote:
This is probably the best adaptation of a Stephen King novella.
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I’m surprised these conventions aren’t declared biohazard superfund sites.  They’re largely attended by young, male nerds who’ve probably never been laid, and reasonably attractive, scantily clad women.  I shudder at the thought of what the men’s room must look and sound like during one of these things.  They’re probably just two teaspoons cleaner than an interstate porn stand... I mean, gentlemen’s club.
skeeter01 wrote:
trimble Good point.  My phrasing is a bit awkward and redundant.  But just like a "girl too pretty" or having "too much money," there are definite downsides to having an "overpowered gun".
skeeter01 wrote:
5cats ...sigh... https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/las-vegas-police-release-timeline-of-events-for-mass-shooting
skeeter01 wrote:
dwaterd “...Christ on a cracker...” sounds delicious.