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Most Americans Get Fake Christmas Trees, But Here Are Some Of The Greatest Real Ones

Most Americans Get Fake Christmas Trees, But Here Are Some Of The Greatest Real Ones

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 10:14:14 in HuffPost Home

“averages can be so misleading. if they were concerned about accuracy they would have looked at regions not making use of some national average. an average that wrongly assumes say that los angeles residents cut or put up real trees at the same rate as in colorado. its just common sense that those of us who live in heavily timbered areas are much more likely to cut our trees than say someone along the gulf coast or s. cali. no matter ours is up and will stay up til at least a week into jan. one really nice aspect of cutting a tree is that its fresh not cut on some farm last summer with needles falling in mass before it ever makes it home.”
Most Americans Get Fake Christmas Trees, But Here Are Some Of The Greatest Real Ones

Most Americans Get Fake Christmas Trees, But Here Are Some Of The Greatest Real Ones

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 10:05:56 in HuffPost Home

“i can only speak for co and wy but most of us cut our own trees. none were planted to be christmas trees to start out with except for a few areas down in the urban corridor where farmers have gone and planted some of their acreage in trees for locals to cut. that said the lion's share of those who cut trees are directed by either the state forest dept or forest service to locations where new trees need to be thinned as they grow too close together. for us we had to replant our entire hillside to replace all the beetle kill trees. you always have some that don't make it so we planted more to be safe. now we just head up the hill and where they need a little more space to grow that is where we end up cutting ours. cutting trees has been a tradition handed down for generations. so for those totally opposed to cutting think of it in our case more like thinning in a garden. besides to replace the beetle killed trees i have probably planted a good 200 trees so far more go in than come out.”

takawalk on Dec 7, 2013 at 13:42:30

“Christmas trees are like any other farm produced product. Just a longer growing period than most things.”

AvgJoeBlow on Dec 6, 2013 at 10:26:30

“Midwesterner myself, one of my best buddies in the Service was from Rifle, CO. When we were stationed in Korea back in the 70's, we'd go pheasant hunting with the locals where their wasn't even a limit (there were so many). The Koreans take their equivalent of Arbor Day pretty darn serious, one of their biggest Holidays where every family pretty much finds a place to plant a tree. I think it had to do with the Japanese cutting down all the old growth during the WWII occupation. Most of those trees were all about 20 or 30 years old back then, boy I'd like to see what they look like now. I read about that beetle, its a shame, hope the DNR can come up with something soon. Merry Chistmas to all of you, and if anybody knows Poke Styres, tell him I say howdy.”
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Nelson Mandela Dead: Former South African President Dies At 95

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 17:27:49 in Black Voices

“we were both thinking along similar lines. as soon as the h.post put up the story i made mention of gandhi, king and teresa. i thought if all those great people were to sit and talk, it would be a conversation for all time.”
13 Things Every Man Should Buy Now That Will Make His Life Better In 20 Years

13 Things Every Man Should Buy Now That Will Make His Life Better In 20 Years

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 17:23:28 in Style

“a list compiled by materialistic urban dweller, can we say petit bourgeois?

one of my old profs words come to mind after seeing this list. he said you spend most of your life sleeping and eating, get a good bed and a good set of pots and pans, that is what matters most in regards to material possessions.

as for the list whomever compiled it needs to get out into the real world more often. these things are the trappings of mostly young, virtually all urban dwellers and even then its a stretch.

tens of millions of us who say live in the high country of colorado or other less densely populated areas will never need anything shown above unless going to a funeral or out of town wedding.”

staciel199 on Dec 5, 2013 at 17:33:08

“I hear ya. In RI, my husband likes dive bars where they hang blow up Dale Earnhardt cars (the father, not the son) from the ceiling and half the folks literally are missing front teeth. This list is not for them. But, in beantown, makes better sense.”
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Nelson Mandela Dead: Former South African President Dies At 95

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 16:55:03 in Black Voices

“when i was young i remember how s.africa and then white rhodesia were the last bastions of blatant cruel racism. we had the reverend martin luther kind, africa was blessed with nelson mandela. a sad day but such a life, such a legacy he will never be forgotten. rest in peace sir.”

mboddie on Dec 5, 2013 at 17:12:49

“And India had Ghandi. Can you imagine a conversation between those three?”
How Emotionally Intelligent Are You? Here's How To Tell

How Emotionally Intelligent Are You? Here's How To Tell

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 15:58:54 in Healthy Living

“if you are able to look at yourself and your actions from the outside looking in, then you can see, understand the reasons why you act, feel, do as you do. being self aware is not easy or common as it would appear to be. i would also add one small thing that made my life so much better. every day i go over each and every positive act. every time you meet someone who is friendly, nice. every blue sky, every time one of my kids laughs out loud our our dog acts like a total clown. even on those days that are just bad no matter, but then to focus on how it could have been worse. to live life seeing all in "glass half full mode" that is imho about the most emotionally intelligent act any of us can do.”
Mandy Patinkin's Beard Is No More On 'Live! With Kelly And Michael'

Mandy Patinkin's Beard Is No More On 'Live! With Kelly And Michael'

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 15:40:03 in TV

“he looks his character from "dead like me" now.”
Now Is A Horrible Time To Cut Food Stamps, In 1 Depressing Chart

Now Is A Horrible Time To Cut Food Stamps, In 1 Depressing Chart

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 14:46:43 in Business

“if you are a single person you first must be below the poverty line of $11490 a year. sadly there are millions of americans who through no fault of their own have to live off that or less! poverty is no joking matter. income disparity in this nation gets worse with every passing year so but for the grace of god you may very well be one of those signing up for food stamps in the near future. no one with an ounce of common sense would choose to live in poverty. that said anyone who views poverty and food stamps as "the easy life" needs another form of assistance but not food rather mental health.”
Climate Change's Biggest Threats Are Those We Aren't Ready For: Report

Climate Change's Biggest Threats Are Those We Aren't Ready For: Report

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 14:30:12 in Green

“underwater golfing maybe? who by the way in academia makes a blanket statement that "our coastal climate" will be made "more pleasant" due to global warming?”

koos458 on Dec 5, 2013 at 12:02:43

“OSU scientists say this. Go Beavers! Ever see a picture of the Oregon coast? It's almost all mountains. Come out and vist.”
Principal Put On Leave After Trying To Forbid Spanish In Classroom

Principal Put On Leave After Trying To Forbid Spanish In Classroom

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 14:09:56 in Latino Voices

“a nation such as our with so much cultural diversity needs something in common to unite us as one people. from a sociological perspective little is more effective at uniting a diverse people than language. english just happens to be that one common thread which binds us all together. that said language can also be a divisive tool one that is used to isolate and stigmatize, prejudice's best friend so to speak.

i myself am multi-lingual. that said i've been on the other side of the language barrier. i was a groomsman for a friends wedding in ca several years back. he was filipino and out of the entire wedding party i was the only anglo. they all spoke english well and did so in public but in private the switch was flipped and not a soul spoke english. everyone reverted back to their native tagalog.

i only know a few tagalog words and phrases. i spent virtually the entire wedding, bachelor party, etc. sitting in my own silent world. i was excluded, not deliberately but still i felt like an outsider even amongst friends. i learned from that experience what it must feel like to be new to this nation and not speak english.

throughout history waves of emigrants speaking many different languages have all successfully mixed in our great melting pot grasping the importance of knowing one primary language. in the old world language divides, here historically it's been the glue uniting us as one people.”
6 Reasons Why People -- Not Things -- Will Make You Happier

6 Reasons Why People -- Not Things -- Will Make You Happier

Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 11:48:39 in Healthy Living

“back in 1998 i was very ill told if i didn't have surgery i would die soon. prior to surgery i did a lot of thinking, remembering, memories of events, loved ones, friends. that was all i focused on and for me it was all that was important. when my little sister passed a few years ago she knew months in advance and when we talked it was always about memories, good times, loved ones just as i had done. her new mcmansion, "prestige" car, things money bought not once during all that time did they ever come up in our talks.

for me that is sufficient proof that what matters most cannot be bought. we don't think about our cars, tech toys, etc. things associated with money when our time draws near or even as we get older. instead we all somehow find our way to focus on those human centric things and consequently in doing so prove people and relationships with those matter most of all. everything else is so far down the list we don't even give those a second thought.

sad for many of us it takes us so long, so many years or being faced with our own mortality to realize what is and isn't important in life. for a time i was a one percenter but after my surgery chose to take a substantial pay cut for a better quality of life and it was the smartest move i ever made.”
Sharon Stone Stuns In Floor-Length Gown At Marrakesh International Film Festival

Sharon Stone Stuns In Floor-Length Gown At Marrakesh International Film Festival

Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 14:32:57 in Celebrity

“saw carol burnett on some show just a couple of days ago and for someone who is 80 she looks amazing. she doesn't look like say joan rivers or bruce jenner but rather like a 60 year old who has aged naturally and well. if we all aged as well plastic surgeons would be changing specialties left and right.”

Mika Mensch on Dec 1, 2013 at 18:28:52

“funny you would think she'd have more "laugh" line that burnett!”
Paul Walker Dead: 'Fast And The Furious' Actor Dies In Car Crash

Paul Walker Dead: 'Fast And The Furious' Actor Dies In Car Crash

Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 14:06:25 in Celebrity

“our local broadcast affiliates always take time to honor those lost by taking time to mention them and details about how they were lost, their families and services for. i do agree with you on point entirely. however i also strongly believe that at times like this, two young lives snuffed out like this. they deserve comments that are on topic out of respect for their loved ones.

we can talk about the charity event for the philippines typhoon, the careers and family of the two men, driving too fast for conditions. even comparisons with other stars involved in similar type accidents, james dean, princess diana, sam kinison, jackson pollock because we all have short memories, self included and sometimes need be reminded that we all have expiration dates some much sooner than expected.

it is always a tragedy when a young life is cut short.”
Peter Kaplan Dead: Legendary New York Observer Editor Dies At 59

Peter Kaplan Dead: Legendary New York Observer Editor Dies At 59

Commented Nov 30, 2013 at 18:44:50 in Media

“gee thanks for letting us know. next time maybe just don't comment at all that is if you have nothing relevant whatsoever to contribute?”
The Best Turkey Soup Recipes To Make From Thanksgiving Leftovers (PHOTOS)

The Best Turkey Soup Recipes To Make From Thanksgiving Leftovers (PHOTOS)

Commented Nov 30, 2013 at 14:32:47 in Taste

“another option to consider and not for us humans but rather our dogs.

all those contaminated jerky treats from china. treats our dogs love but mine doesn't get any longer because i simply won't risk her life no matter. let alone the cost of those dog treats. so if you don't want turkey for the next month of sundays strip off the meat into bite sized portions and dry it. make your own safe, cheap jerky treats.

you'll be happy not eating turkey day in and day out and your dog will be one happy puppy for all the new treats. just do a search using the following key words, "how to make chicken dog jerky treats." it so simply anyone can do it.”

SOULFLOWER2 on Dec 1, 2013 at 01:41:26

“Why thank you! Doggie got the large turkey bones from our house and my parents' house but I hadn't thought about treats. Good one.”
The Very Best Apple Black Friday Deals In The U.S.

The Very Best Apple Black Friday Deals In The U.S.

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 20:02:42 in Technology

“i don't do black friday but doesn't mean i don't read the ads. i guess wally world had the ipad mini for the same $199 but unlike w/the apple store they handed out $100 wally world cards. i believe the person who wrote this forgot to check other outlets for apple products prior to putting up "the very best apple,..."

just goes to reinforce what every bargain hunter already knows, do your research, be thorough and don't believe the hype no matter where it comes from.”

Apocolypse12 on Nov 29, 2013 at 20:13:34

“Wal-Mart had the iPad Mini for $299, and THEN get a $100 gift card. A better deal than Apple, but at least use the facts.”
The Very Best Apple Black Friday Deals In The U.S.

The Very Best Apple Black Friday Deals In The U.S.

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 19:56:49 in Technology

“so what would that make apple products sold at wally world? criminally fantastic lol.

just joking, have a good one.”
Leftover Turkey Sandwich Recipes That Thanksgiving Dreams Are Made Of (PHOTOS)

Leftover Turkey Sandwich Recipes That Thanksgiving Dreams Are Made Of (PHOTOS)

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 19:48:55 in Taste

“after a day skiing, picking snow out of nooks and crannies i never even knew existed until today,...i was too tired to even think about food but now that monte cristo. i am ready to start eating all over again. good excuse to make the kids bring in the wood and get the fire going so i can work on feeding the always hungry horde.”
News Anchor's Rant Against Snow-Covered Patio Furniture Pictures Goes Viral (VIDEO)

News Anchor's Rant Against Snow-Covered Patio Furniture Pictures Goes Viral (VIDEO)

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 19:38:42 in Media

“i have watched kyle on tv since he started back in 2007. he is one of the few journalist that station has after gannett canned the rest several years ago leaving us with ken and barbie doll types for the most part. he never comes off as arrogant or full of himself as some have posted.

i actually met him and we talked back when he covered our high park fire. we were helping friends with that disaster and he was there at my old jr high CLP like a regular person considerate and polite. UNLIKE the other news piranhas that only cared about getting their story and the people at risk of losing all or had lost all, they could've cared less about.

as for the patio furniture pics people send those in by the hundreds every time we get more than an inch of snow? i guess because its easy and they want to show visually, "hey look how much we got." i understand that but any of us after just a storms worth, hundreds of patio pics would glaze over, hope and pray for that last pic.

kyle made a point but in jest w/nothing harsh said at all. folks need to get a grip it really is no big deal. lastly he didn't do this because he goes through the all the photos himself, it's interns that get that job but they aren't in a position to suggest to viewers to try something "new."”
News Anchor's Rant Against Snow-Covered Patio Furniture Pictures Goes Viral (VIDEO)

News Anchor's Rant Against Snow-Covered Patio Furniture Pictures Goes Viral (VIDEO)

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 19:12:18 in Media

“he is one of the few decent anchors at 9news in an ocean of big hair, mannequin like anchors. back when he started before the state was flooded with out of state newbs, before everyone had a camera, before digital was the norm,...then they would get but a few dozen pics. now they regularly get hundreds of photos for run of the mill storms from newbs who think anything more than an inch is a "big" storm, NOT.

besides they actually go through each and every photo submitted, who wouldn't get tired of seeing so much patio furniture. kudos for them taking the time and not just taking the first dozen or so and deleting the rest. most importantly anyone who has watched him over the years knows that piece was mostly a humor piece. why anyone would get their panties all in a bunch, all i have to say to them is please get a life.”
The Best Black Friday Deals Of 2013

The Best Black Friday Deals Of 2013

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 13:59:50 in Business

“so true. times like this make me so thankful we live where do. our county in n. central colo is two thirds the size of the state of delaware but a population of give or take just 1300. the nearest /towns cities of any size are all good 1-2 hour drive (laramie, steamboat springs and fort collins).

point being we're close enough to those larger towns to access the amenities the offer yet here in the county on thanksgiving nobody not even my bar is open and no one drives anywhere to take part in the black friday nonsense. it is so nice, so quiet and so very much like it was back when i was young. its all about memories, family and friends period.

i had planned on taking the kids over to steam boat to board a few days ago but instead decided to put it off until today so we all could work off the those extra calories from dinner. nothing better, certainly not shopping, than being on the slopes buried in hip deep fresh powder the day after thanksgiving. the kids left at the crack of dawn and i'm leaving shortly. for my wife who doesn't ski she prefers letting us escape while she enjoys a day of peace and quiet putting the christmas decorations up on the tree.

this is our holiday tradition and is much the same for all those who live in these parts. sometimes old traditions are absolutely the best ones.”

Wyvern Wycliffe on Nov 29, 2013 at 15:01:51

“People like me dream of ever becoming independent enough and wealthy enough to live exactly where you live. I consider you wealthy, largely based on where you live and the fact that you live there sustainably. That means your perspective on the urban phenomenon of consumerism *as a pastime* is through a funky lens.”

Denise Basham on Nov 29, 2013 at 14:18:33

“Sounds wonderful !”
Comet ISON May Have Survived Encounter With Sun, Scientists Say

Comet ISON May Have Survived Encounter With Sun, Scientists Say

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 13:27:10 in Science

“i remember watching the hale bopp comet in 1995 and it was such a fantastic thing to witness. i do hope for so many who weren't around then or were just too young to enjoy that cosmic show that with a bit o luck ison made it in good enough shape to give us another similar show. just a matter of time to find out and hope that if it did make it in good enough shape for a night time show that the weather will cooperate as well.”
Brian's Death On 'Family Guy' Causes Fan Uproar

Brian's Death On 'Family Guy' Causes Fan Uproar

Commented Nov 27, 2013 at 13:30:16 in TV

“ralph bakshi animation was some of the best.”
Brian's Death On 'Family Guy' Causes Fan Uproar

Brian's Death On 'Family Guy' Causes Fan Uproar

Commented Nov 27, 2013 at 13:27:36 in TV

“sad when a cartoon character gets more attention and concern from the general public than say the hundreds of men, women and children that have died, victims of gun violence in chicago this year alone.

kill off a cartoon character get 30K+ motivate tens of thousands to take action.

kill off inner city innocent men, women and children of color in the hundreds get an occasional paragraph buried on the back pages of a local newspaper at most.”

PatientZeroBeat on Nov 27, 2013 at 15:15:01

“I'm against murder. There, I just took the same amount of action as people are doing by writing in the this forum about Brian.”

JoeCrownOnTheRocks on Nov 27, 2013 at 13:37:25

“So I guess we aren't supposed to enjoy anything in life, eh?”
Pit Bull Licks Sleeping Owner's Face, Proves Your Dog Literally Never Stops Loving You (VIDEO)

Pit Bull Licks Sleeping Owner's Face, Proves Your Dog Literally Never Stops Loving You (VIDEO)

Commented Nov 27, 2013 at 13:19:18 in Good News

“its hard i know myself having especially as a kid been the ire of my parents bringing home every single stray or hurt animal i came upon. every pet we ever had was one i found. but there simply far too many dumped abandoned animals for just one person to care for. you did the best you could and that dog it at least had a peaceful end and that is far better than what would've happened had it been left on the street to die a slow miserable death.

my last save is now my sister's cat. before that i was driving down I25 bumper to bumper gridlock when i saw a spaniel all panicked half running between the lanes of cars. we weren't hardly moving so i got out of my car grabbed the dog and put into mine. i took it home gave, fed it with plans to take it to the humane society in hopes they'd find the owner. while watching the news i saw that just down the interstate where i'd been a truck had been in a roll over accident. the lone occupant a young woman was in serious condition but awake and was distraught according to the news person because her dog was thrown from the truck and missing. turned out her dog was the one i walked into traffic to grab. i contacted the hospital and the two were reunited, there are happy endings sometimes.

Happy Thanksgiving To All :-)”
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