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Old 07-05-2012, 03:50 PM   #11
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Can now see for miles and drive without glasses Yippeeeee but I hate having to wear glasses to dice foods, eat, read a recipe, paint my nails EAT ARGGGGH it's a game we now play on and off with the glasses
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Old 07-05-2012, 04:01 PM   #12
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Just things to keep us on our toes, I guess, Kadesma. I wore glasses to drive all my adult life until about 6 years ago. Suddenly I could pass the DMV test without them and don't need them any more. At the same time, I never needed glasses to read, and now I do. And when I get in the car, I always think I've forgotten my glasses.
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Old 07-05-2012, 04:29 PM   #13
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I have to disagree with the Star Spangled Banner. I think we place far too much emphasis at times on the sanctity of tradition. To begin with, it didn't even begin as a song. It was a poem written by Francis Scott Key. The music didn't come about until people began singing the poem to a mangled version of a song called "To Anacreon in Heaven" (the original version can be found here), an 18th century drinking song that originated in a London gentleman's club in the 18th century. As you can hear, the music as we now know it evolved from the original. So you might say that it was "fooled with" from the very git go.

Second, music is an art form that readily lends itself to re-interpretation. I remember hearing Whitney Houston sing her version of the Star Spangled Banner at the 1991 Super Bowl. She may have "jazzed it up", but she did it in such a way that made the hairs on the back of my neck stand at attention. It was inspiring and none of us up until that time had ever heard it performed that way before. That version of the song ended up making our national anthem a Top 10 hit that people sought out. How can anyone look at that as a bad thing?

Now I do agree that there are some performers who shouldn't touch it. Roseanne Barr comes to mind. But as a former performer, I can honestly say that music is all about expressing what's in your heart. And if love of your country is what's in your heart when you perform the song, who's to say your interpretation is wrong?
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Old 07-05-2012, 04:37 PM   #14
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A pet peeve: eyesight that can't see the little grains of salt from the shaker and I have to find glasses in order to see how much I'm adding. Or that can't read the directions on anything without a pair of glasses. Rats.

me too!! and sometimes it takes a magnifying glass.
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Old 07-05-2012, 04:39 PM   #15
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people that talk down to children.
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Old 07-05-2012, 05:07 PM   #16
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Folks, men mostly, that acquire certain breeds of dogs in order to look cool, or as an enhancement to a certain body part because they feel inadequate. Then when something bad happens, its "Don't blame the breed, blame the deed!". Duh, if you don't have the breed, there won't be a deed.

Yup bud, you come explain to that little girl why her cat was torn to pieces defending her kittens instead of fleeing to save her own life. Why the dog was being looked after by your elderly mother that had absolutely no chance of controlling the dog, even if it was on a leash!

I'm done now.
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Old 07-05-2012, 05:47 PM   #17
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A pet peeve: eyesight that can't see the little grains of salt from the shaker and I have to find glasses in order to see how much I'm adding. Or that can't read the directions on anything without a pair of glasses. Rats.
I have gotten in the habit of placing my (clean!) fingers over what I want to salt so I can feel how much I am salting


One pet peeve that comes to mind is my MIL not wearing her hearing aides and always saying things that she thinks she hears... especially when it comes to my child
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Old 07-05-2012, 05:50 PM   #18
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I have to disagree with the Star Spangled Banner. I think we place far too much emphasis at times on the sanctity of tradition. To begin with, it didn't even begin as a song. It was a poem written by Francis Scott Key. The music didn't come about until people began singing the poem to a mangled version of a song called "To Anacreon in Heaven" (the original version can be found here), an 18th century drinking song that originated in a London gentleman's club in the 18th century. As you can hear, the music as we now know it evolved from the original. So you might say that it was "fooled with" from the very git go.

Second, music is an art form that readily lends itself to re-interpretation. I remember hearing Whitney Houston sing her version of the Star Spangled Banner at the 1991 Super Bowl. She may have "jazzed it up", but she did it in such a way that made the hairs on the back of my neck stand at attention. It was inspiring and none of us up until that time had ever heard it performed that way before. That version of the song ended up making our national anthem a Top 10 hit that people sought out. How can anyone look at that as a bad thing?

Now I do agree that there are some performers who shouldn't touch it. Roseanne Barr comes to mind. But as a former performer, I can honestly say that music is all about expressing what's in your heart. And if love of your country is what's in your heart when you perform the song, who's to say your interpretation is wrong?
what makes us great is that you can express your incorrect opinion without fear of reprisal, steve.

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Old 07-05-2012, 05:54 PM   #19
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I agree, Addie. Adding all those extra notes - I call it yodeling.
I think they call it "doing runs", all I know is that it gives me the runs!

All I know is that it sounds like they can't hold a note properly, I hate it. That and every year, I am forced to watch American Idol, and every year there is one doing runs and one screeching, like a screech owl, I can't listen to that!
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Folks, men mostly, that acquire certain breeds of dogs in order to look cool, or as an enhancement to a certain body part because they feel inadequate. Then when something bad happens, its "Don't blame the breed, blame the deed!". Duh, if you don't have the breed, there won't be a deed.

Yup bud, you come explain to that little girl why her cat was torn to pieces defending her kittens instead of fleeing to save her own life. Why the dog was being looked after by your elderly mother that had absolutely no chance of controlling the dog, even if it was on a leash!

I'm done now.
Don't blame the breed, blame the "owner". Those people who get certain breeds of dogs to be cool often train them to aggressive or don't train them at all.

About 20 years ago the macho dog of choice was the Rottweiler. The son of the owner of a convenience store near me had one. He used to bring him into the store when he was working. He (the dog) would walk around scaring the customers. He jumped up to jump on me, but I lifted my knee into his chest. The dog seemed to think this was cool. He followed me around licking my hand. I and the dog became friends. The dog's owner was not happy.
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