“I must have the equivalent of a couple or three hundred dollars in foreign change or "worthless" bills (unusable outside the country of issue like Hungarian florints). It would be great to have some kind of legal collection point at international airports around the country where travelers could donate foreign coins (that US banks wont accept) or bills left over from foreign trips they will never take again, those donations to be used by the facilities for servicemen and women at just about every airport I've ever been to. Also a good use for those US coins that people abandon at TSA checkpoints. No additional bureaucracy, no politics, no capital outlays. Just some willing banks to exchange money at going rates and recycle it back to the foreign source. Virtually no cost and great PR for the banks.”
Romanul on Dec 8, 2013 at 12:17:07
“They have already that in all airports in Europe!”
“I agree with you. I have very little use for her as a politician and thank (whomever) that she is not the VEEP; however, I think that the remarks made by Mr. Bashir, whether his own or attributed to someone else, were pretty disgusting and I think she comes out of it looking better then he.”
Dec 5, 2013 at 12:57:01
“Anyone who knows about Einstein, much less can quote him, has to be OK. :-)
" I'm from a town in Pa that has an old colonial theater that still has a pipe organ. I believe Kevin Bacon owns it." I must be your long-lost twin. I'm from a town (well, a small city) in CA that has an old "Hollywood/Baroque" theater that still has a pipe organ. I believe David Packard owns it. (Of Hewlett/Packard.) The organ rises up out of the orchestra pit! It is beautifully restored inside and out with rolling lighting around the outside marquee and gilt columns like Egyptian papyrus rising to a deep blue, star-studded ceiling. Lots of reds and blues.”
Dec 5, 2013 at 10:49:45
“Very profound, Drewood. I'm not sure if this is the quotation you are thinking of, but it fits. Einsein had a friend, Besso, who died. Einstein wrote a letter to Besso's family, saying that although Besso had preceded him in death it was of no consequence, "...for us physicists believe the separation between past, present, and future is only an illusion, although a convincing one." But I'm not sure if that fits so well with the loss of old films. I am a film buff and am also fortunate to live near an old movie theater that has been restored to 1920's glory and features only films from the silent era up to about 1950.”
Drewood on Dec 5, 2013 at 12:40:43
“I'm not sure it fits so well either, haha, I was feeling poetic, rage against the dying light kind of thing. You want to believe their efforts to create weren't wasted and lost just because they were put on fragile plastic, or even if it's lost it has some cosmic worth, and that Einstein thing is kind of a catch all for loss. I'm from a town in Pa that has an old colonial theater that still has a pipe organ. I believe Kevin Bacon owns it.”
“I imagine that you are implying that gun ownership is rising within criminal elements? I'm not certain that household gun ownership is going down. An on-line article by Matt Vespa: "What Decline? New York Times Uses Poll to Suggest Sharp Drop in Gun Ownership," suggests otherwise. Increasing gun ownership is NRA' proposal as a way to stop killings, especially mass killings. With that kind of thinking in mind, I propose that we need more drunk drivers to stop DUI's and more suicidal terrorists to stop terrorist bombings!”
“It wouldn't matter if President Obama moved an embassy, closed an embassy, or opened a half-dozn embassies within or near the Vatican. As the news article said, "Conservatives were quick to criticize Obama on the move" and it would have been the same not matter what he did or does. I'm surprised that Jeb Bush bothered to open his mouth about it.”
rtrout9496 on Nov 28, 2013 at 11:20:38
“i wonder what they would be saying if some Radicals bombarded it and killed 4 americans ? thats one reason why its moved.. its Not Stealth enought... secure ect.. besides that the Vatican wants the space back ...”
“Good luck, Steve. Much to be done but it will be worth it all in the end. Those who have endured suffering HAVe endured and come out of it better. No one gets stronger by having a life of silver spoons. Keep your eye on the compass. Ray”
“St. Jewish Park High. Also funny. My friend Michael (he says he is not a Jew, just sort of Jewish) and I walk every Monday morning and have coffee after the walk. He taught in a school with a lot of Hispanic kids and said that one asked him, "Are you one of those Hewish people who speak Jebrew?" Funny and not racist.
I have other funny stories that you hear between pilots and air traffic and ground traffic controllers. A pilot (NOT I) taxiing an American Airlines 747 at LHR (Heathrow airport,London) made a wrong turn on a taxiway and caused a traffic tie-up that set off the woman ground controller in a long tirade blasting him for causing a problem that would take her a half hour to straighten out. After the tirade, there was a long silent period, none of us wanted to upset her even more! Then a male voice, "Wasn't I married to you once?"”
lordgamble on Nov 25, 2013 at 22:20:32
“I'm out of humor at the moment. I have news that elicits happiness and relief simultaneously.
My lady finished our paper work with the municipality of Chorrillos today for our marriage license and we have a set date of December 20th, assuming I pass the blood test and psyc exam when I get there. lol This has been a long time in the making....... I am grateful the day is upon us. Her efforts to finish her divorce from the man that deserted them a decade ago also took 10 years. A herculean effort on her part. A hundred things to do now in the next two weeks before I go.
Again, the best Thanksgiving be you and yours and I will see you again,
“Married up, yes. She is (was) Dutch and I am surprised at the ability of everyone in the country to speak English, German, and French from the time they hit high school. I'm lucky that English is the common language of ATC all over the world. Funny story heard over the Air Traffic Control in Frankfurt, Germany . . . A decidedly English voice from a British Air pilot asking for clarification from the German control tower. The German, obviously annoyed, repeated the direction adding "haven't you ever been to Frankfurt before?" The pilot replied, "Yes, twice. But it was in 1944 and wasn't planning on landing at the time."
I wanted to tell you that I found "Married for Life" on Amazon and bought it. I expect delivery early December. Thanks for the tip. 40% Jewish? You weren't in Kansas with Toto. :-) I'm Irish background (Boston by way of Tullamore, Ireland ancestors) but I have a favorite Talmud quotation that speaks to the difficulty we ALL have in "seeing" things:
"Perception. It isn't what it is, it's what you are."”
lordgamble on Nov 24, 2013 at 22:09:42
“I'm a bit of everything European north of Paris and west of Poland. I'm glad I wasn't in Frankfurt in 1944/45. But your story is funny. My future legal daughters have been learning English since before starting school and in school since so they will catch up in no time when forced to use it all the time. The younger the better to learn additional languages they say and I sure think so too... I went to St. Louis Park High in MN. We were referred to as St Jewish Park back then. .... My home is just into the countryside north of Mpls/StPaul and there is a local bookstore I buy from as part of my own support for the little guy. It may cost me a buck or four more to get Roberts' book but it's worth it. Enjoy "Married for Life" . I suggest you read only a story or two at a time. Stretch it out. You'll see what I mean when you've read a few love/life stories......An excellent quotation! One of my Jewish friends told me an old Jewish joke with a bit of wisdom within it. "On old Jewish Rabbi once said; When in doubt, follow your nose."
How often in life has the best path been straight ahead no matter how difficult it may seem to be?”
“I would too. We all have our scars in life, you certainly have. But going forward looks wonderful Truly, best wishes next month. I don't know how long HP let's us carry on a conversation but I'm going to try. I'm going to look for your recommendation, "Married for Life." Hard to believe, but in 43 years we have never had a fight. She is beautiful, intelligent (# 1 in her university graduating class of 600, summa cum laude), an MBA in international business, four languages, and I am still nuts about her. As a pilot I have flown into many states, many countries, but I bless the day and remember every minute when I walked into that lobby. Love at first sight . . . and how lucky for a shift change that she was there when we (crew) checked out in the morning. I had the nerve to give her my home information and ask for hers so I could write. :-) One good turn deserves another. My recommendation is "From This Day Forward," by Cokey Roberts. A warm and often funny story of her (Catholic) and Steve (Jewish) Roberts' marriage.”
lordgamble on Nov 24, 2013 at 13:04:19
“Seems you married up? ;-) Me too. Four languages? Learning Spanish has been a labor of love but 2 more? Discipline and a natural talent would seem to be required to be fluent in 4 languages. ......... I've heard of Cokey's book but your personal recommendation will move me to find it. The Catholic/Jewish aspect of their marriage is of a personal interest for me as I went to a high school with a 40% Jewish student population. I dated a young Jewish lady and remember our time together fondly and remain long distance (2k miles) friends......I think replies stay on for up to 5 days and a thread that is added to may run much longer, We'll see and I'll find you on other threads, I am sure.”
“I fear that happens too often. I try to remember that most of us love our country and can have civil disagreement but try to work on ways to accomplish common goals. I don't always succeed but we seem to have broken through the initial bristling. I too am fortunate in having someone who thinks I'm OK too, for the past 43 years. I flew into Holland one day, checked into the hotel, and fell in love with the receptionist. From that day, she has been the love of my life. Best wishes for the holidays. Ray”
lordgamble on Nov 23, 2013 at 16:25:26
“Congratulations on a life long love story. I have a book called "Married for Life". It is a collection of 2 page stories and insight of couples that have been married 50 years or more. I bought the book to share with my wife during the last couple of years of her battle with cancer. We saw many love stories in the book we could relate too. I am sure you and your wife would as well. It has been some 8 years since my wife passed and to be loved again so well is humbling. I hope to replace my icon photo of my fiancée and I with a wedding photo after we marry next month.
Feel free to bristle in a friendly way anytime you read my pontifications here. We may find more common ground to share in the future and I would like that.”
“On THAT we are in complete agreement. From both sides of the aisle (running along the keel, that is). You might be OK after all. I see that someone loves you. :-)”
lordgamble on Nov 22, 2013 at 18:30:44
“Thank you. God only knows why she loves me but she surely does and for which I am thankful. Maybe, in part, she loves me for one possible reason why I may be "ok". I can take a joke/shot and laugh at myself.
Ray, I would prefer to engage people here with friendly dispute but it so often is anything but that. I don't mind in the least if someone disagrees with me. Yet so many can't disconnect the disagreement from the personal and jump off the deep end into vindictive. This incivility crosses all lines, I single out no subsection of our society in particular for this criticism.
I wish you and yours the best Thanksgiving Day yet and may God awaken in all of us a bit more civility towards one another.
“Do you prefer the tyranny or the minority? The T-Party is doing a pretty good job of destroying the decent Republicans who are willing to work with centrist Democrats to actually get something done in Congress. Congress! The lowest approval rating even of the president and his record suffers because of the obstructionist minority in Congress, Balance of Power meant all voices heard to move forward, not stop everything. If you are beaming with pleasure that the GOP has succeeded in tarnishing POTUS, the pendulum swings and the Liberals could do the same thing to a Conservative POTUS in a future election. There ARE more Democrats than Republicans and they are growing in number.”
“Lordgamble. Sigh. "Such is the human race. Often it seems such a pity that Noah didn’t miss the boat."
lordgamble on Nov 21, 2013 at 20:03:39
“I had to carry the old fella onto the boat and pull the anchor up by myself. At least we had a nice stockpile of manure with which to fertilize our new gardens when we finally made high ground again.”
“The ACA is not working out as intended, that is clear. But I wonder how many will be LOL-ing when we are back to insurance companies denying coverage to people who need it, dropping coverage to patients who develop catastrophic illness, and medical costs outrunning inflation by 14 or 15%. Ha ha, the funniest thing. What a riot! And the funniest thing? the poor and indigent will still be able to get medical treatment and mdog and mytaxes and caray will be paying for it.
By the way, the AMA has said the jury is still out on Obama Care. Still out means there are questions, not that it is guilty.”
“Sorry, I have no use for Sarah Palin no matter how you slice her baloney, but Martin Bashir's comment exceeds anything that has come from her. Neither side of the political aisle can claim the moral high ground on many serious issues that face this nation, but demonizing and trashing individuals because they don't agree with you lacks class, upbringing, taste, refinement, and everything that separates us from the lowest common denominator.”
missmo1951 on Nov 21, 2013 at 01:59:32
“Her map with "bullseyes" was more immoral than anything anyone on MSNBC has ever said. Her"blood libel" comment was a close second. If she is going to invoke slavery, she had better be prepared to be slammed by people who know much more about it than she does.”
teegee531 on Nov 20, 2013 at 22:32:29
“I had to hurry and fave your post before it was deleted like mine was. Apparently, dissention will not be tolerated!”
“"Who let the jester out of her room? It's going to be a shame when she leaves...who is going to provide us with entertaining?"
I AGREE, but more than mere entertainment, she helps more and more wise independent voters to vote against the T Party, whether to centrist Republicans or Liberals doesn't matter. Anything to quell the Rabid Right.”
“The Boeing comment is unfair. Any plane can develop a flaw in the hundreds of thousands of parts and wiring that go into production. There is ample redundancy built in to take over, but nothing is perfect 100% of the time. Airbus makes exceptionally reliable airplanes as does Boeing. Come to that, the Piper Cub was a great plane. As a high school kid I learned to fly in one. :-)”