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  1. SoBad

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    OZ would be okay, too -- would love to go for a walk in the snow any day now.
     
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    Every day at 2:46 pm my time (which is about 10:15 am British time) about 10 minutes ago, it seems this server (or process) reboots/restarts. I have noticed this for a couple years. I am usually reading and poasting at this time and my posts get stuck. I look up at the clock and see 2:46 pm.

    Then i hit the 'post reply' button again, and it seems a duplicate post has happened. In the earlier forum, a duplicate post did not happen at this time, and the restart was a lot longer.
     
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    I am a tad concerned. Been having some itching on the stomach for some days. Today, i checked carefully and find some small spots around the navel. Red maybe brown, can't say. About eight to ten spots scattered around a small area.

    Wonder what this is ?
     
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    Jim Morrison sets off to buy illegal Sureshsian spray and Sureshsian Bastalt crystals in late 1960s Amsterdam.
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    Jim Morrison a few hours later.
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    I guess I didn't know what I was buying from a hairy, bearded dude on the corner at Dam Square one summer day in '72. It changed my life!:eek:
     
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    Last night I had a tennis dream. Can't remember much of it. I was playing doubles, and one of the persons on the other side was Andy Murray. There was a huge crowd watching so it must have been some big match.

    I can't remember who the other two players were, or maybe it was singles. But I must have annoyed Murray in some way. So before I could even reach the court (from the changeover), he served an ace. And then another. And the game was over before i could even get in position.



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  7. Murrayjuannow

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    Some kind of rash? Bed bug?
     
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    Not a rash. It's on the stomach, near the navel. On one side. I've applied a cream and the itching has gone totally. But the spots remain. I am wondering if it's the heat -- but it's never happened before. Let's see if it goes away in a few days, or else I'll fix an appointment with the doc.
     
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    You seem to have found a glitch in "The Matrix". ;)
     
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    Xenophobia, maybe? :eek:

    Seriously, I have no idea. it could be anything. From bites from very small insects/mites to an averse reaction to some garment. It doesn't sound like it should be something to worry about. In general, the things you have to worry about are the things you can't see.
     
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    About 7 years ago me and my wife inhaled some SureshSpray (this was before the 4S formula was perfected) in front of some Amsterdan cops. I have the pictures to prove it.
     
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    BabySureshSpray fur Kinden? :eek:

    I think the Sureshsian factory hadn't opened yet, so you might have gotten some counterfit stuff.
     
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    Too much chocolate cakes?

    Have green tea with your meals. Good for your skin and your immune system.
     
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    Do you have anything for my grammar? I am seriousness concern.
     
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    Jeremy Clarkson was sacked from Top Gear for punching a producer for providing a cold lunch, instead of a hot lunch.

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    Saturday 18 July 2015 16.40 EDT Last modified on Sunday 19 July 2015 09.33 EDT

    It is, says Jeremy Clarkson, very difficult to make a television show about cars. You have to remember to look at the right camera and to provide the right details about the car you are reviewing. And you have to do so without being incredibly boring.

    Sure you could boo them, but the last episode hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May is imaginative, artfully made television.

    So it’s just as well that, for the purpose of their live show, which had its first Australian leg in Perth on Saturday night, Clarkson and fellow former Top Gear hosts James May and Richard Hammond have never appeared on television. “For legal reasons, nothing we have ever done together has ever happened,” said Clarkson. “Our lawyers tell us that, for legal reasons, we have never met.”

    A collective amnesia about their 12 years as hosts of the popular BBC programme was the running joke throughout Clarkson, Hammond and May Live, the first public appearance of the trio since the BBC dropped Clarkson in March after a “fracas” with a producer. That incident provided the fodder for the first joke, a GoldenEye-style clip that showed Clarkson hitting someone and being told: “You’ve crossed a line, so you’re sacked.”
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    How old are your grammar and grampa? Would a bikini be all right?
     
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    My grampa would object, but unless he becomes a zombie and rises from the grave I'm not too worried.
     
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    TT&I has now eclipsed O&E as my preferred forum to scan...the Battle By The Border and the proposed LeeD vs sureshs match threads are filled with much win. I am excite!:eek:
     
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    Is that the Tennis Trolls and Idi..Ignoramus's Section ?

    Do keep us poasted on how the Match of the Century goes, for those of us who daren't enter that dangerous territory.
     
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    http://www.lrb.co.uk/v37/n15/julian-barnes/selfie-with-sunflowers

    First para:

    Selfie with ‘Sunflowers’

    Just as there are writers’ writers, so there are painters’ painters: necessary exemplars, moral guides, embodiers of the art. Often they are quiet artists, who lack a shouty biography, who go about their work with modest pertinacity, believing the art greater than the artist. Noisier painters sometimes unwisely patronise them. In France, the 18th century gave us Chardin, the 19th Corot, and the 20th Braque: all true north on the artistic compass. Their relationship with their descendants is sometimes one of influence, more usually one of semi-private conversation across the centuries (Lucian Freud doing versions of Chardin, Hodgkin painting ‘After Corot’). But it also goes beyond that – beyond admiration, beyond style, homage, imitation. Van Gogh, even as he was violently wrenching himself towards a form of painting which still startles us today, was filling his letters and his mind with thoughts of Corot (he also greatly valued Chardin). It was a tribute by the living artist to his predecessor’s clarity of seeing, an acknowledgment that this is what painting is. Just as the young John Richardson, visiting Braque’s studio for the first time, felt that he had arrived ‘at the very heart of painting’.

    But these apparently quiet artists often turn out to have been more far-sighted and more radical than we assume. Corot, for example, once dreamed the whole of Impressionism. As Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo in May 1888, ...

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    Van Gogh’s ‘The Pink Peach Tree’ (1888).


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    Pierre Bonnard’s ‘Almond Tree in Blossom’ (1947).
     
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    Much disappoint for me...I thought this would be about obsessed selfie-takers like Maxi getting addicted to sunflower seeds.
     
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    I'll have to drop buy, thanks Tom.
     
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    Thank you, Sentinel.

    One of my favorite passtimes is taking some lunch and going up to Mount Diablo (a California State Park). A very peaceful experience, which contrasts with its devilish name (apparently, given to it by Spanish soldiers as some captive Native Americans evaded their custody and seemed to disappear into the thick woods).

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    Is that where you often take your lunch ? Is that place near to you ? oh, man, copying pic to desktop asap.
    Mein Gott !!! I could kill to be in such a place. Even once. Just look at the green.
     
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    Thank you, Sentinel.

    Yes, it's one of the places I will go to have lunch (or even dinner in the Summer) sometimes. It's about 10 miles from where I live as the crow flies.

    But that picture is not mine, although I have some pictures somewhere. There are many "rest areas" along the way of a very winding road that goes all around the mount. They also have a sort of museum/shop at the top, but I haven't been there in a long time. It used to be free to get in (I think), but they have been charging for a while. It's up to $10 now. I'm not complaining though, I think it's nice that they keep Forest Service personnel there, and everything is kept quite clean.

    That picture was probably taken somewhere between late February and mid April, based on the amount of green there is. Later, much of that green layer is gone, although the thick brush stays green longer. I believe oak is the predominant tree in the area. It's funny because the vegetation is more Mediterranean than the usual Pacific stuff you see closer to the Coast, or even in the Sierras (further up North, past Sacramento). It makes me wonder whether the Spaniards brought some of their trees/vegetation with them.

    BTW, some of the most beautiful images I have seen are much closer to your area, the Kashmir region. I don't know if you have ever been there, but... WOW!

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    oh yes, i have been to Kashmir long back, and trekked a bit in the Himalayas. Stunning spots. However, these are not exactly places i can just take my lunch to. They involve long, arduous journeys in tiny, very cramped local buses just to get to the spot where you start trekking from.
     
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    I use to bicycle up Mount Diablo in college. It felt like my knees would explode during the last bit towards the summit. I would be useless on the tennis court the next day.

    Currently, I mostly live just east of Berkeley in Contra Costa County. Mount Diablo is not very tall, but has an amazing panoramic view because it is relatively flat around it. Usually it is very dry and light brown. I remember being able to see both San Francisco and the Sierras from the summit on a clear day.

    From Lafayette, there is a very good view of the valley and the mountain. You can see Mount Diablo from San Francisco.
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    LZ is GOAT!:eek:
     
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    Signature updated but have run out of lines. Something good must go next time.

    #unhappy ending
     
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    Yes, I understand what you are saying, Senti. For me, on a regular day (not peak hour traffic) I can get from my doorstep to a nice spot in Mount Diablo in around 30 minutes. It's really a privilege to be able to do that. There are some very nice properties (residential homes) by the foot of the mountain. That's just such a beautiful location to live, but I am sure the prices are prohibitive.

    One of my favorite things about Mount Diablo is that you are not too far at all from where all the action is, yet you can go up there and not hear a man-made sound (except an occasional high altitude jet engine). Just the wind rustling the leaves of the trees, birds, and the occasional lizzard rushing through the ground.
     
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    Thank you, Mike. Very nice pictures. I never get tired of looking at Mount Diablo. Good memories there!

    Yes, I agree with you. Very beautiful views of the surrounding area from there. Very peaceful to be able to observe the cities from afar and not hearing a single noise too.

    Whenever I go up there, even in the hottest days, I rarely fail to cross several bicyclists. When you are going up the winding road, since it's just a 2-way road, it forces you to be extremely cautious when passing them, as there are many spots with no visibility. I've never climbed up there, but it's not an easy climb for sure. I think some cycling competition often uses Mt Diablo as the ending of one of its stages (but I might be wrong).

    I'm in Contra Costa too (not right now, as I'm on a trip). Been there for 18 years. I really like the Lafayette/Moraga area. All that stretch of CA-24 before reaching the Caldecott tunnel is very scenic. Every time I get a chance to visit I look forward to it.
     
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    "A properly installed net beats LeeDF consistently". LOL!!!!!
     
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    Too many vodka cranberries today for only 3€... It helps to drink at work!
     
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    I think you guys live in heaven, ... without realizing it.
     
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    What I really like about the US is the fact that there is a lot of nature, different vegetation, landscapes, etc. In California alone, you have a huge variety from the Sierras (tall mountains populated by thick redwood forests, lakes, etc) to the Mojave desert. And that's just one state. Also, the US is still underpopulated by global standards.

    As for useless information, I learned once while looking at an appartment in San Mateo, that apparently apartments over there don't even have Air Conditioning units installed, because the breeze from the bay renders them unnecessary. At least, that's what the salesperson told us. Mike can probably comment on this.
     
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    Also, there is a huge demand for IT personnel (especially qualified, managerial staff) in Silicon Valley. If you ever wanted to come over here I don't think you would have any trouble.
     
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    The other thing is that you have a low population density. Compared to third world countries, especially.

    Whenever i visited the US, my colleagues and I would drive long distances over the weekends, visiting nearby places. Here in India, with the traffic and stuff, one would not dream of driving anywhere. Phew ! Driving is something I totally avoid. Just bought a nice new car, but hardly driven it.

    I was in Redwood City for six weeks or so, wonderful time. Highway One. Loved driving on it.
     
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    The thing about it is that in the US population is highly concentrated in a few areas. The Bay Area is one of those areas. Simply horrible, horrible traffic. It has surely gotten worse since you were here last. On top of that, the high demand for housing means that prices climbed before 2008 to levels which very few people could afford. I've known people who commuted from Tracy to Mountain View everyday. If you don't know where Tracy/Manteca is, look it up on a map. Imagine driving that twice every single day. :eek:

    When I was driving to Cupertino, sometimes I left at 4:30 AM, and there was already lots of traffic in 580. Just crazy stuff.

    Highway One? Yes, beautiful stuff. Senti, you ever went up North into Marine County?
     
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    I did go to Lake Tahoe, and also some half Moon Bay. Can;t recall Marine County.

    I do recall traffic issues even back in the 90's. When i was in LI, some people came 2 hours early to work from NY, to avoid the traffic. Some mainframe company that wanted it's application moved to Oracle.

    Even in SC, we drove out of the city to a factory on empty roads, both ways roads were empty, but the opposing traffic was always backed up. Lots of people living outside the city driving in to work.

    I remember the traffic when i used to drive to Orlando during long vacations like Christmas and July 4th. I missed @stringertom by a couple of decades. And you and Mike, too.
     
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    Tahoe is just beautiful, isn't it? I've been there a lot, because my in-laws live there. There are some amazing lakefront mansions there. One time we took the boat to the Eastern shore where there was a nice beach with nobody on it. We were about 300 feet from this huge mansion that had a covered hub for a waterplane. :eek:

    Marine would be just going north and crossing the Golden Gate into San Rafael and North. Really neat places there.

    I remember the traffic being bad in the mid/late 90s, but it has gotten much worse in my opinion. Also, real estate was expensive (or that's what I thought back then). If I could go back, I'd bought something surely, as it turns out it wasn't expensive at all compared to how things are now.

    Man, you've been all over the country. I bet you have seen more of the US than the vast majority of Americans. :)
     
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    Not much. I haven't seen much of the west other than some of Calif. Not seen any of the other states about it, nor even the middle of US. Only some of the East Coast. NY, Atlanta, LI, SC, parts of Florida.

    I've seen A LOT of America in movies, though :D
     
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    Many people in the U.S. never travel outside their state though. I've only been in NY and Florida at the airports.

    One time I was in the Miami airport in December and it was incredibly hot and humid. :eek:
     
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    Hawaii is the only state in the USA that I have ever visited. Perhaps next year I will visit US mainland or Canada.
     
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    It occurs to me that I have spent a lot of time in California, but haven't seen much of the U.S. My father was sent to Washington D.C. when I was a kid, after living in Europe and Asia, and we lived in Northern Virginia. We would sometimes go to N.Y.C., and I remember going to my first McDonalds in Philadelphia. The french fries are the main thing I remember about Philadelphia. My father was then sent to San Francisco, and I decided that I like it here.

    As an adult, I have been to D.C. and N.Y.C. quite a few times, but not many other places in the U.S., and never to the South, other than Dallas. Almost all of my travels have been to Asia and Europe. I have been to almost every country in Europe, and spent a lot of time in Denmark and Russia. Paris, Sweden, and the Czech Republic are other places I have parked my arse.
     
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