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Old Oct 6th, 2004, 07:05 PM   #41
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Cameo, re your comment that "Sinc, Dr. G, two true gentlemen and real sweethearts.", I can attest to Sinc being a gentleman. As for me, I shall stand on my record and let the voters of ehMacLand cast their ballots one way or the other.

Still, you shall find most ehMacLanders to be understanding and compassionate.
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Old Oct 6th, 2004, 09:52 PM   #42
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Oklahoma, where the ***** comes flingin'...

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Old Oct 7th, 2004, 07:42 PM   #43
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"Dear Lord: I go to work every day and put in 8 hours while my wife merely stays at home. I want her to know what I go through, so please allow her body to switch with mine for a day. Amen."

God, in his infinite wisdom, granted the man's wish. The next morning, sure enough, the man awoke as a woman. He arose, cooked breakfast for his mate, awakened the kids, set out their school clothes, fed them breakfast, packed their lunches, drove them to school, came home and picked up the dry cleaning, took it to the cleaners and stopped at the bank to make a deposit, went grocery shopping, then drove home to put away the groceries, paid the bills and balanced the check book. He cleaned the cat's litter box and bathed the dog.

Then it was already 1 P.M. and he hurried to make the beds, do the laundry, vacuum, dust, and sweep and mop the kitchen floor. Ran to the school to pick up the kids and got into an argument with them on the way home. Set out milk and cookies and got the kids organized to do their homework, then set up the ironing board and watched TV while he did the ironing.

At 4:30 he began peeling potatoes and washing vegetables for salad, breaded the pork chops and snapped fresh beans for supper. After supper, he cleaned the kitchen, ran the dishwasher, folded laundry, bathed the kids, and put them to bed.

At 9 P.M. he was exhausted and, though his daily chores weren't finished, he went to bed where he was expected to make love which he managed to get through without complaint.

The next morning, he awoke and immediately knelt by the bed and said, "Lord, I don't know what I was thinking. I was so wrong to envy my wife's being able to stay home all day. Please, oh please, let us trade back."

The Lord, in his infinite wisdom, replied, "My son, I feel you have learned your lesson and I will be happy to change things back to the way they were. You'll just have to wait nine months, though. You got pregnant last night."
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Old Oct 7th, 2004, 09:59 PM   #44
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Cameo,

No worries. I came out of a very bigoted mindset, where jokes about blacks, immigrants, jews, etc. were just a part of the rural lifestyle. It took years for me to gain an understanding and appreciation for the often nasty things people who are not part of the dominant culture have to go through.

My family benefitted from my travels, and the friends I've made at university over the years. In the early 1990s, I began inviting my classmates - those who were in Canada alone, with few local friends and no family - to our cottage for Thanksgiving weekend. It wasn't so much the observance of the holiday, as it was giving them something to do when everyone else they knew disappeared from the city to spend time with their families.

My parents, my sibling, my friends all learned - gradually - that the things they used to say off-handedly, or jokingly, were offensive. They saw the very real hurt that words can cause.

At the peak of my undergraduate days, we had on one Thanksgiving weekend about 13 nations and 18 or more languages represented. (And the food was a delicious melding of our usual roasted Turkey with papadam, rice, curry, salsa, etc.). It enriched our lives in many ways, culturally, emotionally, gastronomically (!) and politically.

Having been in a long-term relationship with an immigrant, a visible minority of the Muslim faith, perhaps I am a wee bit sensitive to things that were not meant to offend, but which do cross the line.

I believe that prejudices persist because we allow them to. Were I not to raise the issue with you, it would be the same as condoning the content.

I accept that you had no ill intent. I hope I don't come across as being reactionary... but I said what I believed to be appropriate.

Shall we be friends?


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Old Oct 7th, 2004, 10:59 PM   #45
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As stated in my post - I don't hold grudges.

Although I am certainly aware that people can be bigoted, prejudiced and stupid, I am none of the above and to be quite truthful, never really think about it unless it is obviously right in my face.

I have never cared about anothers nationality, color, or even their sexual preference - but have treated others as they treat me. I also stand up for my beliefs and I applaud you for that.

My first thought was that you were waay to serious and quickly defensive - you obviously have reason for it.

It is sad that people can be deliberately nasty to others for such things as race.

We all bleed

We all breathe

We all feel love, hurt gladness and sorrow.

Some are really blind tho.

Indeed, lets consider ourselves friends.

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Old Oct 8th, 2004, 02:42 PM   #46
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In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship and it was also before commercial fertilizer's invention, so large shipments of manure were common.

It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, it not only became heavier, but the process of fermentation began again, of which a by product is methane gas.

As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you can see what could (and did) happen. Methane began to build up below decks and the first time someone came below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM! Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was determined just what was happening.

After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the term "Ship High In Transit" on them which meant for the sailors to stow it high enough off the lower decks so that any water that came into the hold would not touch this volatile cargo and start the production of methane.

Thus evolved the term "S. H. I. T " , (Ship High In Transport) which has come down through the centuries and is in use to this very day.

You probably did not know the true history of this word.

Neither did I. I thought it was a Golf Term!

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Old Oct 8th, 2004, 02:50 PM   #47
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SINC.. now THAT is something interesting.

Ship High In Transport.

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Old Oct 8th, 2004, 03:00 PM   #48
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Bopeep, yes, Sinc is full of it all right....... I do refer to his being full of knowledge and unique stories when I say he is "full of it". Just wanted to keep the record clean.
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You know Bopeep, I can almost see Dr. G.'s tail waggin' after that last post!

His devil's tail that is!

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Old Oct 8th, 2004, 04:17 PM   #50
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Umm.... where was the dig at the Liberal government in that joke Sinc? Pile Only On Platform - deck. [img]smile.gif[/img]
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