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12 Hours Ago

Wednesday Morning Humor

This is a story which is perfectly logical to all males...

A wife asks her husband, "Could you please go shopping for me and buy one carton of milk, and if they have eggs, get 6."

A short time later the husband comes back with 6 cartons of milk.
The wife asks him, "Why the hell did you buy 6 cartons of milk?!"

He replied, "They had eggs."

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13 Hours Ago

Today's Grandiloquent Word

It's spring time, everything is turning smaragdine!

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13 Hours Ago

Today's Horoscope

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Moon Alert

Avoid shopping or big decisions from 8 AM until noon EDT today. After that, the Moon moves from Aries into Taurus.

Aries (March 21-April 19)
You will be serious with all matters pertaining to money, cash flow and finances today. You won't overlook a thing. Furthermore, you will be conservative and not overestimate or overspend. You might want to save money for a rainy day.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
This is a day for serious thinking, which is why you might be a bit more reserved when dealing with others. You're not being unfriendly; you're just concerned with issues that require thought and attention. A conversation with someone older will benefit you.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
This is an excellent day for research of any kind because you have the focus, endurance and patience to keep looking for the answers that you seek. Furthermore, you have an excellent eye for detail today. Nothing will escape you! No stone will be unturned.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
This is a good day to seek out the counsel of someone older or more experienced. Either way, someone can help you because they've been around the block. You might as well listen because obviously, you don't have to reinvent the wheel. Use all the help you can get.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
A discussion with someone in a position of authority (a boss, parent, teacher or police person) will go well today because people are cautious but they will also be practical and seek out solutions that are common sense. Someone might be impressed with your take on things.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
This is an excellent day to study because you have the focus and motivation to do so. You won't overlook details; and you will find it's easy to keep your mind at work, especially mental work. Serious discussions about politics, religion and racial issues might take place.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
You're in the right frame of mind for important discussions about shared property, inheritances, taxes, debt and such. You'll find it easy to focus on these matters; plus you won't overlook details. In discussions with others, you will seek out practical solutions. And you will be patient.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Your interactions with partners and close friends will probably be a tad serious today. That's because people are very nose-to-the-grind-stone today. They want results and so do you. This is why you will work to organize your environment and also work to get better organized personally.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Lucky you! In all likelihood, you will have a productive day at work because you're ready to do hands-on activities and do them with purpose and energy. The bottom line is simply this - you want to get the job done. And you want results. And you intend to just this.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Discussions with younger people and your own kids will be serious today because the vibes are serious. People are not interested in frivolous diversions. Furthermore, they're not going to blow money on silly things. Not today. (This suits you just fine.)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You will make headway if you tackle home repairs today because you have the energy, endurance and follow-through to keep working and get things done. Family discussions will go well if they focus on serious, practical plans. Listen to an older family member who might have practical advice.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Your mind is excellent today! It will pay attention to detail and stay focused on whatever you choose to do. Because of this, you will probably get a lot done. Great day for study, learning something new or working with your hands.

If Your Birthday Is Today
Actor Brendan Gleeson (1955) shares your birthday today. Home and family mean everything to you. You are intelligent, thoughtful and well loved by others. In the next three years, you will experience a time of culmination, success and financial accumulation. That's why it is wise to settle your debts this year. This is also a social year that also deals with the results of last year's changes.

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13 Hours Ago

A Combo - Feel Good Story Plus a Warning About Scams

A pair of Target employees are being praised for saving an elderly couple from falling victim to a vicious scam that would have drained their bank account of at least $4,000.

In late January, a couple from Hanover County, Virginia, received a suspicious phone call from an unknown number. The caller claimed to be a police officer, explaining that their grandson had just been arrested.

“The person posing as a police officer explained to the couple that if they wished to get their grandson out of jail, they would need to purchase two Target gift cards of $2,000 a piece,” the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Tuesday. 

Concerned, the pair immediately drove to the nearest Target in Mechanicsville with a credit card in hand. When they walked through the sliding glass doors they took a direct turn toward the register, plucking two gift cards from a nearby wall.

The cashier, Matthew Drye, asked how much they wanted to put on the cards.
“$2,000 each,” they responded.

Hesitant, Drye asked the couple why they needed two gift cards for such a large sum of money. He called his coworker, Mariah Thomas, over to assist as he continued to chat with the seemingly panicked pair.

As the couple carefully explained their situation, both Drye and Thomas looked at one another, and told the couple that they might be getting scammed. It turns out, they were right. Their grandson was safe at home — not in some jail cell awaiting their rescue.

“This simple act of kindness made the couple question their decision and they too recognized they had fallen victim to a heartless scam,” the sheriff’s office said.

The scam, known as the “grandparent scam,” has been around for years. Usually, it involves the scammer calling senior citizens, impersonating a grandchild in distress, begging for cash. In 2015 alone, the Federal Trade Commission received 10,565 “family/friend impostor” fraud complaints, according to the AARP. Earlier this year, the FTC reported that impostor scams have overtaken identity theft as the biggest fraud problem in the country.

On Tuesday, Drye and Thomas were awarded Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Challenge Coins for following their instincts, which ultimately kept the couple’s hard-earned cash in their own pockets, where it belongs.

“As law enforcement officers, we can’t be in all places at all times. It warms my heart to see our citizens go above and beyond to help each other, which in turn acts as another set of eyes and ears for the Sheriff’s Office,” Col. David Hines said. 

Lee Bowles, who identified herself as the couple’s daughter on the sheriff’s Facebook page, thanked the employees and police for saving her parents from making a terrible mistake.

“I had never heard of this scam before but grandparents will do crazy things when they think their grandchildren are in trouble,” Bowles said.

© 2017 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Tuesday at 8:57 AM

Learn Something New Today

More than half of the coastline of the entire United States is in Alaska.

The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20% the world's oxygen supply. The Amazon River pushes so much water into the Atlantic Ocean that, more than one hundred miles at sea off the mouth of the river, one can dip fresh water out of the ocean. The volume of water in the Amazon river is greater than the next eight largest rivers in the world combined and three times the flow of all rivers in the United States.

Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country. Ninety percent of the world's ice covers Antarctica. This ice also represents seventy percent of all the fresh water in the world. As strange as it sounds, however, Antarctica is essentially a desert. The average yearly total precipitation is about two inches. Although covered with ice (all but 0.4 % of it, i.e.), Antarctica is the driest place on the planet, with an absolute humidity lower than the Gobi desert.

Brazil got its name from the nut, not the other way around.

Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined. Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village."

Next to Warsaw, Chicago has the largest Polish population in the world.

Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, carries the designation M-1, named so because it was the first paved road anywhere.

Damascus, Syria, was flourishing a couple of thousand years before Rome was founded in 753 BC, making it the oldest continuously inhabited city in existence.

Istanbul, Turkey, is the only city in the world located on two continents.

Los Angeles's full name is El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula --and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: L.A.

The term "The Big Apple" was coined by touring jazz musicians of the 1930's who used the slang expression "apple" for any town or city. Therefore, to play New York City is to play the big time - The Big Apple.

There are more Irish in New York City than in Dublin, Ireland; more Italians in New York City than in Rome, Italy; and more Jews in New York City than in Tel Aviv, Israel.

There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio, every one is manmade.

The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn in Polynesia, at just 1.75 sq. miles/4,53 sq. km.

The first city to reach a population of 1 million people was Rome, Italy in 133 B.C.

There is a city called Rome on every continent.

Siberia contains more than 25% of the world's forests.

The actual smallest sovereign entity in the world is the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (S.M.O.M.). It is located in the city of Rome, Italy, has an area of two tennis courts, and as of 2001 has a population of 80, 20 less people than the Vatican. It is a sovereign entity under international law, just as the Vatican is.

Desert In the Sahara Desert, there is a town named Tidikelt, which did not receive a drop of rain for ten years. Technically though, the driest place on Earth is in the valleys of the Antarctic near Ross Island. There has been no rainfall there for two million years

Spain literally means 'the land of rabbits.' Huh?

St. Paul , Minnesota, was originally called Pig's Eye after a man named Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant who set up the first business there

Chances that a road is unpaved in the U.S.A.: 1%, in Canada: 75%

The deepest hole ever made in the world is in Texas. It is as deep as 20 empire state buildings but only 3 inches wide.

The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one-mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

The water of Angel Falls (the World's highest) in Venezuela drops 3,212 feet (979 meters). They are 15 times higher than Niagara Falls.

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Tuesday at 8:38 AM

Today's Grandiloquent Word

Used in a sentence:
"The office manager is constantly spouting off with some of the dullest sciolism I've ever been forced to endure."

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Tuesday at 8:30 AM

Today's Horoscope

Tuesday 3/28/17

ARIES. (March 20 - April 18): That sticking point isn't worth fighting over because there will always be a fly in the ointment. Let it go and move on.
TAURUS. (April 19 - May 19): The Moon in Aries triggers macho energies (even in women). Remember that you're a Child of Venus: it's better to persuade than to push
GEMINI. (May 20 - June 19): Your opponent's position isn't as inflexible as it looks. Back off and you'll see him proffer a compromise.
CANCER. (June 20 - July 21): A farfetched hope winds up being more realistic than thought. It's not every day when things work out like this.
LEO. (July 22 - Aug. 21): It's amazing how someone who began as a pain-in-the-derriere evolved into an invaluable ally. Don't keep it secret. Let him/her know.
VIRGO. (Aug. 22 - Sept. 21): You get support to try a new direction, but are you being encouraged to experiment or is it a set up for failure? Only your success will tell the difference.
LIBRA. (Sept. 22 - Oct. 21): Everyone but you profits from the situation at work right now, but don't be discouraged. The fact that it takes you longer to collect means your reward will be tenfold.
SCORPIO. (Oct. 22 - Nov. 20): The last thing you want to think about is money. What's important about this new venture of yours is that you find it fulfilling.
SAGITTARIUS. (Nov. 21 - Dec. 20): Make an effort to win back friends. You've leaned on them pretty heavily and their moral support is showing signs of fatigue.
CAPRICORN. (Dec. 21 - Jan. 18): Demanding types force you to step up to the plate - and in a good way! Sometimes others have a better take on your abilities than you do.
AQUARIUS. (Jan. 19 - Feb. 17): It's hard to believe you worked so hard just to get to the starting line, but here you are. Thank heavens the race will be easier than the prep.
PISCES. (Feb. 18 - March 19): You've made so many exceptions to the rule that it's hard to remember what that rule was exactly. You shouldn't be watering down something that's meant to protect your interests.