LIVELY DISCUSSIONS SPOKEN HERE

Hosted by sallye bates
Group active since Mon, Jun 24, 2013

This is an open forum for anyone to start a new thread (discussion), or comment on existing or future discussions. Feel free to post any subject or question at any time as long as you abide by the rules below.

We certainly don't require that you adhere to our personal beliefs and opinions.

We do require that you adhere to the following rules, which are simple:

1.Honor and respect other’s opinions, even if you disagree with them.
2.Use no profanity or obscenities
3.No personal, racial, ethnic or religious slurs (see rule #1)
4.If you see a subject which truly upsets you, take a step back and calm down before you post a response (again, see rule #1 and #3)
5.No pot smoking or excessive drinking (just kidding)

I hope you will participate with enthusiasm. I love open lively discussions with my friends. I think they help us learn and expand our outlook on life.

AFTER ALL, DIVERSITY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE.

We'd love for you to join our discussions.

sallye bates
5 Hours Ago

Topic for Discussion - Amusement Parks

There have been so many accidents (some fatal) and ride failures at amusement parks lately, I thought that would be a good subject for discussion.

•What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘amusement park'?

•What is your experience of amusement parks?

•What are the differences between amusement parks and theme parks?

•What's the best amusement park in the world?

•What kind of rides are best?

•Would you be a good amusement park designer? Why?

•Are there any bad things about amusement parks?

•How dangerous are the rides at amusement parks?

•Who enjoys theme parks more, children or adults?

•What do you think of the price of food and merchandise at amusement parks?

•Do you think amusement parks give good value for the price? 

sallye bates
6 Hours Ago

Today's Horoscope

Sunday, January 22, 2017


Moon Alert

After 6 AM EST today, we have the "all clear" to shop or make important decisions. The Moon is in. Sagittarius

Aries (March 21-April 19)
Shake up your daily routine and do something different because down deep, you want some action! You want adventure and a few thrills. If you can't travel, be a tourist in your own town. Go someplace you've never been before.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
You are the financial wizard of the zodiac. Today is a good day to discuss financial arrangements with others or anything to do with inheritances and shared property. Whatever happens, you will keep things secret and on the down low. (Hush, hush.)

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Because the Moon is in a sign that is 180 degrees opposite your sign, you have to go more than halfway when dealing with others. This simply requires a little patience, tolerance and accommodation. No biggie. In two weeks, when the Moon is in your sign, others will have to go more than halfway dealing with you.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Very likely, you will use a portion of this day to get better organized. You might want to tidy up little messy areas in the kitchen or the bathroom. You might want to try to find the floor of your bedroom closet. Likewise, it's good to get organized at work as well.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
This is a lovely, playful, flirtatious day! Enjoy parties, casual get-togethers, sports events and fun activities with children. See movies, musical performances and anything connected with the entertainment world. This is also a romantic, fun-loving day.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Because home, family and your private life are your top priority today, you will enjoy cocooning at home if you get the chance. It's the perfect day to pour over the newspaper with a second cup of coffee. A conversation with a female family member might be important.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
This is a busy active day for you. In particular, you want to enlighten others about something. You want to talk. However, you don't want to engage in superficial chitchat about the weather. Oh no, you want to get right down to the nitty-gritty of things, "How's your love life?"

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Money, finances and everything that you own will be your priority today. (That's why this is a good day to take care of what you own by repairing or cleaning it.) Ruskin said, "Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness." So true.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You will find that inexplicably, favourable situations and people are attracted to you today. You just have to wait for everything to come your way. In addition, you will very likely get your way if you ask for something. What can you lose by trying?

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You will prefer to work alone or behind the scenes today just because it feels better. You might still be busy, but whatever you do will be on your own terms and you will be your own boss. Ideally. You might even be involved secrets. (I'll never tell.)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Your interaction with a female friend might be important to you today. Quite likely, you will feel maternal to this person or concerned about their welfare. You might even feel jealous if they pay more attention to someone else. Oh well, it happens.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Be aware that you are a bit high viz. today and people notice you, especially parents, bosses and people in authority. Yes, this includes the police. Obviously, this is an opportunity for you to make a stunning impression on someone.

If Your Birthday Is Today
Actor Gabriel Macht (1972) shares your birthday today. You are loving and generous to others. You can also be impulsive. In the next two to three years, you will experience a time of culmination, success and financial accumulation. That's why it is wise to start to settle your debts this year. The year 2017 will be a social year. It will also deal with the results of the changes that took place last year.


sallye bates
16 Hours Ago

Saturday Night Music

Click on the link to hear Willy explain tolerance and our beloved country perfectly. Our country's heart is still there, even though it is battered and bruised at the moment --- it WILL survive and flourish if we just give it a chance.

youtube.com/watch?v=BfiqENNv47Q

View photo

sallye bates
16 Hours Ago

Saturday Night Adult Humor

PLAYGIRL, INC.

Dear Mrs. Smith,

We wish to thank you for your letter and the polaroid picture of your husband. We agree that his appearance in our March issue as the Playgirl's "Man of the Month" centerfold would have been a truly fitting way for you to honor your 75th anniversary of wedded bliss, and as a life-time memento on his birthday.

We submitted the picture to our various panels of judges, as it is our routine procedure, with the following results:

When rated by our panel of average American women (ages 25 to 40) on a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being the highest), his body was rated a -2.

To further justify our ratings, we submitted your photographto another panel of women in the age bracket of 45 to 100. We couldn'tget them to stop laughing long enough to take the time to rate him.

The old American women panel, aged 70 to 100, widowed for over twenty years, said, "We'll retain our widowed status!"

The Organization of Nude Portrait Painters (thinking perhaps they could touch up the picture), said "We can't perform miracles!"

We therefore regret that we will not be able to satisfy your request for John on his 75th wedding anniversary. We do, however, invite you to submit other pictures for Playgirl's centerfold. Please be advised that the minimum requirement is that the staple used to hold the centerfold in place in the magazine cannot completely obliterate what we refer to as "the item of interest" as it would in John's case.

Yours truly,
Jane Brown
Playgirl, Inc.

sallye bates
Yesterday at 7:12 AM

Today's Weird Word - Zugzwang

zugzwang
noun zug·zwang \ˈtsükˌtsfäŋ\

Definition of zugzwang
plural -s
:  the necessity of moving in chess when it is to one's disadvantage

A position in which any decision or move will result in problems

View photo

sallye bates
Yesterday at 7:03 AM

Today's Horoscope

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Moon Alert:

After 8:15 PM EST today, avoid shopping or big decisions. The Moon is in Scorpio.

Aries (March 21-April 19)
This is the perfect day to deal with inheritances, taxes, debt and shared property. All parties involved will be amenable to whatever is fair and right for everyone. This is also a romantic, affectionate day for lovers. And it's a great day to ask for a favour or money, like a loan or a mortgage.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Relations with partners and close friends will be energetic and friendly today. People want to help each other and also to benefit each other. It's a good day to settle negotiations or initiate new negotiations including partnerships.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Your relations with bosses, parents and VIPs will go well today, especially if you are at work. This is such a positive day that even your health feels better and more vigourous. It's also a good day to deal with pets or pet-related situations. Woof!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Romance is in the air today because today is the stuff of movies. Enjoy creative, social situations, the arts, musical performances, sports events and playful activities with children. Parties and casual get-togethers will be active and pleasant for everyone.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
You might have excellent redecorating ideas today. Or instead, you might use this same energy to entertain at home. This is also a good day to ask for the support both physical and financial for something that you want to do at home or within your family dynamic.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
This is a lovely day to relate to others, especially siblings, relatives and neighbours. People are mellow and inclined to be friendly and cooperative. There will be an increased interest in the arts and all social occasions. Enjoy your day!

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
"There's money in them thar hills!" This is an excellent day for business and commerce and all financial negotiations. It's also a good day for important purchases except do keep your eye on the Moon Alert to save headaches and financial losses.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
This is a strong, powerful day because the Moon is in your sign dancing beautifully with both Venus and Mars. This softens relations with others, and at the same time, it energizes them in an active, positive way. It's a good day to go after what you want. Just ask for it and see what happens.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Although you prefer to work alone or behind the scenes today, you will feel happy and content. You are active and keen to accomplish things but you want to do it on your own terms. It's not that you are antisocial; it's that you simply want to be by yourself and enjoy your own company.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
This is a great day to relate to others, especially female acquaintances. Join forces with others because if you find a common goal, you will accomplish much. You might also want to share your hopes and dreams for the future with someone to see if they have helpful feedback for you.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You look mahvellous dahling. In fact, you look especially mahvellous to bosses, parents, teachers and VIPs - even the police. This is why you might get your way if you need official permission or sanction from some authority. Parents will particularly approve.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You will adore travel or having a chance to see something different and do something adventurous today. This is great day to make travel plans or to get out of town. Any kind of study or a chance to learn something exciting will thrill you.

If Your Birthday Is Today
Singer/actress Emma Bunton (1976) shares your birthday today. You are fun-loving and charismatic. You are also a humanitarian, who is generous to anyone in need. People enjoy your company and want to be around you Get ready to take advantage of opportunities that will arise in 2017 because this is the year you've been waiting for! Expect a major change, perhaps as significant as what occurred around 2006. It's time to test your future!