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Originally posted by Black Viking:
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Originally posted by EbonyRose:
I am so sick and tired of this stupid election, I don't know what to do. Roll Eyes

Vote Obama. Big Grin



I dunno about that, BV. Apparently voting for Obama can make otherwise beautiful people do and say some very ugly things. Roll Eyes

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Originally posted by kresge:
You and me both. I am thinking a protest vote. Are you going to vote early and get it over with.


You know, kresge .. some days I'm not sure if I even want to vote at all. sck I never early vote, though. (Trust issues .. lol) And since I still have no clue who I really want to vote for .. it's probably best I wait until the last minute .. lest I go up in there with an attitude and vote for my damn self! Big Grin 'Cause I'm sick of everybody else.
I am grateful....

For thoughts that aren't so random and sense that does not seem to be common.

I am grateful....

For grace and the ability to keep Standing Under the construct of what is inherently Good in the world.

I am grateful....

For alternative points of view and the ability to recognize my own growth in various areas.

I am grateful....

For little children who speak innocently and for the tutoring time we get together; they learn from me and I learn from them.

I am grateful....

For my very breath and pray that I will always use it positively.

"Wisdom Is A Woman Who UnderStands!"
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Originally posted by SistahSouljah:
Those grapes in ShayaButHer's avatar look delicious.

I wish I had energy today grrr.... Frown


Lady, I think yesterday was a low energy day for everybody...it is the change in weather it seems.....or all of the flu and colds going across the country.

The Grapes: My Father always used to take my brother and I to the store and he'd let each one of us pick out a HUGE bag of grapes....I mean more grapes than we knew we probably could stand...lol. I used to get sooooooooo full off of grapes. Many a time my belly stuck out from having eaten too many grapes...

But as I grew older, I knew when I'd reached my limit...and I still love grapes to this day!

"Wisdom Is A Woman..."GrapeFul" for the ritual!" LOL...
I took my daughter and two of her friends to the skating rink yesterday, and we had a blast.

I'm an OG roller when it comes to roller-skating. . .I started at about age 4 or 5, and have been roller-skating every since.

I do all the supposedly 'risky' stuff, the spins & quick turns & stops, flips, backward skating, trio skating, backward skating couples, backward skating singles. . .I even dance on my skates (to entertain the crowd...lol). And they love it, I am an entertainer out there on the skating floor.

After so many years of roller-skating, I am more comfortable with wheels on my feet than I am wearing high heel shoes.

When I was pregnant, I skated well into my 8th month of pregnancy, until my ex husband & the manager of the skating rink pleaded with me NOT to return until 'after' I had given birth.

The thing is. . .My doctor encouraged me to continue my activies, as long as I didn't try anything new, it was OK. . .

So that's what I did.

My ability to skate (& skate 'well') was nearly stolen from me in a very bad car accident. . .for a while, I lost my joy for skating; too risky, given what I had gone through (the result of my accident). . .

So I am humbled when I skate because I know it didn't have to be this way.

Yesterday, as usual, I received many compliments on my style, unbelievable what I can do on wheels (they say). . .

The reality is. . .when you have been doing something for over 30 years, if you are not GOOD or better than 'good', something is wrong.

That said, when two young guys asked me to skate with them during 'Trio' (when only 3 partners can skate 'together' on the floor), I stepped right in there to join them. . .

When they started whipping me around (a new style of skating that I'm not familiar with), I had to put a stop to it real quick. . .

See, I no longer take risks (on wheels) that I'm not familiar with. . .

While I am ecstatic that I can STILL do all the things I used to do before my accident, I'll be damned if I risk re-injuring myself.
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Originally posted by ShayaButHer:
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Originally posted by SistahSouljah:
Those grapes in ShayaButHer's avatar look delicious.

I wish I had energy today grrr.... Frown


Lady, I think yesterday was a low energy day for everybody...it is the change in weather it seems.....or all of the flu and colds going across the country.

The Grapes: My Father always used to take my brother and I to the store and he'd let each one of us pick out a HUGE bag of grapes....I mean more grapes than we knew we probably could stand...lol. I used to get sooooooooo full off of grapes. Many a time my belly stuck out from having eaten too many grapes...

But as I grew older, I knew when I'd reached my limit...and I still love grapes to this day!

"Wisdom Is A Woman..."GrapeFul" for the ritual!" LOL...


Yeah grapes are the bomb. I feel you on the weather. I don't operate well at all if I don't have sunshine in my life.
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Originally posted by EbonyRose:
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Originally posted by Fabulous:
I took my daughter and two of her friends to the skating rink yesterday, and we had a blast.


Did you ever skate at the Sports Arena on Sundays? At Venice Beach on Satudays? And at the rink, do you know Nelson? Confused


Yes. . .

yes and. . .

I know a Nelson but don't know if he's the same person you're thinking of. There are 3 skating rinks that I go to. . .

I met Nelson at a skating rink in the valley (on Sherman Way). He's an older black man in his 50s or he could be older.

Since you're on the West Coast (as I am) maybe you're familiar with the area.
No, Nelson is Hispanic, from Guatemala actually ... wears a ponytail and I think he lives at every rink in the area! He's always skating. Smile

I skated at the Sports Arena for years before I let them talk me into going into the rink. After that it was every Tuesday and Thursday until I moved away. And I still hit it up when I go back to visit. They don't even know what an adult night is here ... so, I usually get my roll on in the backyard while I'm cooking BBQ. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do! Big Grin

I never got into the Venice Beach scene ... I'd always end up playing in the water rather than skate. And I only went to the other rinks maybe once .. Rosecrans and Glendale.

You've made me homesick ... now I'm gonna have to plan a road trip to get my skate on properly! Big Grin
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Originally posted by EbonyRose:
No, Nelson is Hispanic, from Guatemala actually ... wears a ponytail and I think he lives at every rink in the area! He's always skating. Smile

I skated at the Sports Arena for years before I let them talk me into going into the rink. After that it was every Tuesday and Thursday until I moved away. And I still hit it up when I go back to visit. They don't even know what an adult night is here ... so, I usually get my roll on in the backyard while I'm cooking BBQ. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do! Big Grin

I never got into the Venice Beach scene ... I'd always end up playing in the water rather than skate. And I only went to the other rinks maybe once .. Rosecrans and Glendale.

You've made me homesick ... now I'm gonna have to plan a road trip to get my skate on properly! Big Grin


Ohmygoodness, I've been to Rosecrans. . .wow, small world. And it sounds like you've been skating a long time, heck, that makes you an OG roller too (like me Wink).

Right on sister tfro. . .then you know the vibe at the skating rinks, but the sports arena?!?! Oh, you're good. I know you are. A person can't hang at those places and 'not' be good. 4

I like Oldies night best (25 & over). . .and family night. . .

I try to avoid the young 20 something males (at the rink), cause there are so many of them. . .

they often mistake me for younger than I am (more their age) and I have to tell them I'm old enough to be an older sister. . .

Unfortunately, this is never a deterrent. td6

That's why I much prefer the skating company of the older, more mature skating crowd.
Peace....


What the hell is music?? How is it that by just engaging a song you can somehow travel against the flow of time, back into some remote region of your past?

How can music do this like nothing else??

Damn...


Perhaps it is worthy of those who study Quantum consciousness...Mind tunneling perhaps...



Kai
I FINALLY found a used car for my nephew, after weeks of shopping around.

This is his first car and I wanted him to have a dependable, economy car that wouldn't cost an arm and a leg for gas. I have to admit, I was getting really tired of looking.

And. . .with my spending limit. . .the pickings were slim. 9

When we found a car that he liked (& I liked 'for him'), I paid cash ...

At seventeen, he can't enter into a contract of any kind (& despite having a driver's license, they wouldn't let him test drive the dang car because of his age Eek), so the car is in my name as well as the car insurance.

For me, this means a slight increase in my insurance payments (to add yet another vehicle to my policy), however, since my nephew doesn't live with me, I got off a LOT cheaper than I thought.

Ah well. . .

It's over now. . .the whole purpose is to keep him off the bus. These days, it just isn't safe for a young black boy (in the city of Los Angeles) to even contemplate 'waiting around' for a bus, period. & imo.

I know there's a whole 'nother worry involved with the driving (like keeping an eye out for the po po AND anything & everything related to driving while black Eek), but I'll sleep better knowing he isn't using public transportation.

The good news is. . .

this whole process cost a total of twelve thousand dollars & some change (including tax & license & extended warranty) ... Money well spent (from what I can tell at the moment).

I'm just glad to get it out of the way and I think we got a good deal. Smile

Needless to say, my nephew is VERY happy and I'm happy for him.

Now, if his grades drop or he breaks curfew. . .

I'll suspend his driving privileges quicker than it took me to fork over the cash.

Anyway. . .

His FIRST car. 4

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Originally posted by Fabulous:
I FINALLY found a used car for my nephew, after weeks of shopping around.

This is his first car and I wanted him to have a dependable, economy car that wouldn't cost an arm and a leg for gas....


Awwww Lady!

You are so sweet! I bet he REALLY appreciates the car!

You know, I wanted to take the time to thank you for being such a positive person on this forum! Seriously, I have not been able to contribute as much as I would like here until recently, and even then, my time has been very limited....and for the times that I do come here, you are ALWAYS such a positive factor...and I am grateful to you for that.

Even if they do not tell you, I know that the people in your life have got to truly love and value you, as you take care of yourself, you look after your friends, you help your family members, and have great love for your community...characteristics that only a true Lady of Virtue exhibits patiently and persistently.

Lady, don't ever let ANYONE steal your joy; keep doing what you do to make a POSITIVE difference daily...because you truly DO make a difference!

"Wisdom Is A Woman Who Appreciates Positive Sistahs (Who Are DOIN THANGS....LOL)!"
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Originally posted by HonestBrother:
I just got fitted for contacts. I'm walking around able to see without glasses for the first time in living memory.

This is bizarre.


lol... So you are blind too huh?

Didn't everything feel too close or too far away at first compared to glasses?

Are you near sighted or far sighted?
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Originally posted by Oshun Auset:
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Originally posted by HonestBrother:
I just got fitted for contacts. I'm walking around able to see without glasses for the first time in living memory.

This is bizarre.


lol... So you are blind too huh?

Didn't everything feel too close or too far away at first compared to glasses?

Are you near sighted or far sighted?



YIPPEEEEE!!! ... I was finally able to get the things out ... Eek ...

Am I blind?

Ironically. Very. Nearsighted.

At first it seemed like everything was sorta out of focus. It took awhile to adjust.


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Originally posted by kresge:
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Originally posted by HonestBrother:
I just got fitted for contacts. I'm walking around able to see without glasses for the first time in living memory.

This is bizarre.

Just curious, what prompted the switch to contacts?



I went in for an eye exam and to update my prescription. To be honest, I just wanted to get new glasses and go about my business. I have astigmatism and for the longest time they didn't make contacts suitable for me. So I've just gotten accustomed to wearing glasses. It's become a part of my persona.

But the optometrist said that not only are there suitable contacts now ... but that a fitting would be covered by my insurance. It would cost me nothing extra to get fitted for a complimentary pair of contacts.

But it was quite an ordeal. I actually had to go in TWICE in order to get the hang of putting them in and taking them out.

There's just something unnatural - or at the very least contrary to everything my mother taught me - about poking your fingers into your eye.

I've had them in all day. It was actually pretty cool.

But my eyes started to get really irritated.

Now I'm just happy I was able to remove them all by my lonesome at home.

I'm undecided at this point whether I'm going to go in for a year's supply.
HB,
The last time I tried contacts was about 12 years ago. Because I used to be a science geek, contacts were a no-no (chemicals et al). I am also quite nearsighted with astigmatism. I kept up the contact regime for about a year, but gave it up due to it being too much of a hassle. I am now resigned to being bespectacled. Cool
Every couple of years I go back and forth between contacts and glasses. I've concluded that glasses are better for my work life ... I spend a lot of time reading [both paper and on the computer screen] and glasses seem to lead to less eye fatigue; but on the weekends, contacts are the way to go. They are far more comfortable and less worrisome when playing sports ... Plus, you can wear some really cool looking sunglasses, a must here in AZ where the sun shines 360 days a year.
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Originally posted by HonestBrother:
I just got fitted for contacts. I'm walking around able to see without glasses for the first time in living memory.

This is bizarre.


LOL...

Brotha HB,

I saw this before and laughed, because I remembered two things:

First: I remembered the first time I had put on glasses. My father had taken me to get the exam and get fitted for glasses....and when we finally picked up the glasses, the eye doctor put them on me and I looked all around saying, "I can see! I can see!"...Everything was so vivid and I don't think I will ever forget that; especially because my dad was laughing at my saying, "I can see....!" He said, "Those big ol' eyes and she couldn't see AnyThing!"

LOL...

The second thing: When I got my first pair of contacts, I was way too nervous because I couldn't stand the thought of putting anything "in my eyes"....I just knew that I would not like wearing contacts....and to be true, I hated wearing them until I got with an EXCELLENT eye doctor who was able to fit for my eyes. I will never forget the day that I put in the CIBA vision lenses...because they were the first contact lenses that I could wear that did not seem as if they were "sucking on my eyeball." In addition, I could wear them all day without any irritation!

I get fitted for my new ones next week...I've toyed with attempting to try different colors...LOL. They have some fun ones nowadays and I'd get a kick out of wearing different ones...

"Wisdom Is A Woman Who Can ReLate!"
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Originally posted by kresge:
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Originally posted by HonestBrother:
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Originally posted by HonestBrother:
I need to learn how to ignore fools ... In fact, I should probably put a certain fool permanently on my ignore list.


I should take this more seriously.

fo lol


LOL@ "Fo shizzle my nizzle" in a Kresge post...

"Ignore" doesn't work for me, as I usually don't sign in until I post... But that's where our own internal "ignore" list has to be activated. At the point where people who live to get your goat have to outright lie in their attempts at doing so, they've automatically lost whatever argument they were trying to have, and so there's no reason to respond.
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Originally posted by ShayaButHer:
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Originally posted by HonestBrother:
I just got fitted for contacts. I'm walking around able to see without glasses for the first time in living memory.

This is bizarre.


LOL...

Brotha HB,

I saw this before and laughed, because I remembered two things:

First: I remembered the first time I had put on glasses. My father had taken me to get the exam and get fitted for glasses....and when we finally picked up the glasses, the eye doctor put them on me and I looked all around saying, "I can see! I can see!"...Everything was so vivid and I don't think I will ever forget that; especially because my dad was laughing at my saying, "I can see....!" He said, "Those big ol' eyes and she couldn't see AnyThing!"

LOL...

The second thing: When I got my first pair of contacts, I was way too nervous because I couldn't stand the thought of putting anything "in my eyes"....I just knew that I would not like wearing contacts....and to be true, I hated wearing them until I got with an EXCELLENT eye doctor who was able to fit for my eyes. I will never forget the day that I put in the CIBA vision lenses...because they were the first contact lenses that I could wear that did not seem as if they were "sucking on my eyeball." In addition, I could wear them all day without any irritation!

I get fitted for my new ones next week...I've toyed with attempting to try different colors...LOL. They have some fun ones nowadays and I'd get a kick out of wearing different ones...

"Wisdom Is A Woman Who Can ReLate!"



Day 3 with contacts:

I can now get them in and out in less than 10 minutes (for some reason my right eye goes a lot quicker than my left one - the right one can be done in seconds ... but I fumble around awhile with the left one).

The thought of putting my finger in my eye is becoming less repellent. If for no other reason than it means that I will spend far less time putting my finger in my eye if I just don't blink and get it over with.

I'm still not sure if I like it because I feel naked without my glasses. 9
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Originally posted by Vox:
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Originally posted by kresge:
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Originally posted by HonestBrother:
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Originally posted by HonestBrother:
I need to learn how to ignore fools ... In fact, I should probably put a certain fool permanently on my ignore list.


I should take this more seriously.

fo lol


LOL@ "Fo shizzle my nizzle" in a Kresge post...

"Ignore" doesn't work for me, as I usually don't sign in until I post... But that's where our own internal "ignore" list has to be activated. At the point where people who live to get your goat have to outright lie in their attempts at doing so, they've automatically lost whatever argument they were trying to have, and so there's no reason to respond.


Good point.

Especially when they have to resort to outright lying on a thread about Jesus. Roll Eyes
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Originally posted by Vox:
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Originally posted by kresge:
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Originally posted by HonestBrother:
[QUOTE]Originally posted by HonestBrother:
I need to learn how to ignore fools ... In fact, I should probably put a certain fool permanently on my ignore list.


I should take this more seriously.

fo lol


LOL@ "Fo shizzle my nizzle" in a Kresge post...

yeah 17 lol


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"Ignore" doesn't work for me, as I usually don't sign in until I post... But that's where our own internal "ignore" list has to be activated. At the point where people who live to get your goat have to outright lie in their attempts at doing so, they've automatically lost whatever argument they were trying to have, and so there's no reason to respond.


I need to learn to do this more too. I do it sometimes, but other times I slip.
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Originally posted by HonestBrother:
Day 3 with contacts:

I can now get them in and out in less than 10 minutes (for some reason my right eye goes a lot quicker than my left one - the right one can be done in seconds ... but I fumble around awhile with the left one).

thought of putting my finger in my eye is becoming less repellent. If for no other reason than it means that I will spend [b]far less time putting my finger in my eye if I just don't blink and get it over with.[/b]

I'm still not sure if I like it because I feel naked without my glasses. 9


You got skills. I hold my eyelids open with one hand while putting the contact lense in with the other. I could never stop blinking as my finger approached my eye, and therefore could never get them in that way.
I'm afraid of putting my finger in my eye, but i need glasses all the time. I'm nearsighted and have astigmatism....

what if I poke my eyeball out?

sck @ Shayabutter's contact lense "sucking on her eyeball"

Has anybody had that Lasix surgery?

I'm a fraidy cat on that one too. I keep thinking i'll be the one person to wind up on the news blinded by the surgery... Frown
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Originally posted by negrospiritual:
I'm afraid of putting my finger in my eye, but i need glasses all the time. I'm nearsighted and have astigmatism....

what if I poke my eyeball out?


lol You don't 'push' them in...

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sck @ Shayabutter's contact lense "sucking on her eyeball"


Actually, my eye doctor back in Cali told me about a person who wore the extended wear contacts for two long(over a year) and never took them out... One day when they attempted taking them out, the contact lenses had vacuum sealed themselves to her cornea, and the cornea attachment had loosened because of it and her entire cornea came out with the contacts. I don't know if it was true, or if he told me that to frighten me into not wearing the extended wear too long.

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Has anybody had that Lasix surgery?

I'm a fraidy cat on that one too. I keep thinking i'll be the one person to wind up on the news blinded by the surgery... Frown


I also heard a horror story about this. A young women I was sitting next to on a trans-Atlantic flight told me her father was blinded because he had the surgery when her little brother inadvertantly puched him in the eye and collapsed his cornea. It seems the cornea is structurally weakened and can collapse if any trauma occurs afterwards.

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