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Comment by booklover on November 9, 2012 at 11:27am

Comment by booklover on November 9, 2012 at 11:26am

Tony, that IS a beautiful picture!  I'm glad you put it up!

Steph, I love the sarcastic cat. :)

Wow Joan, snow already?  It's in the 50's here in Northern Illinois, and it's supposed to be 60 and sunny here tomorrow.  My husband is going to take his Corvette for one more spin tomorrow before he puts it away for the winter.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2012 at 10:55am

It is now official, my winter hibernation starts today; we had 2+ inches of snow last night and the garden is absolutely gorgeous! 
I have never had a cigarette in my mouth, nor have I tried MJ. My only experience with it was while in graduate school, every night students got high and acted so silly I just didn't want to participate. I still don't like second hand smoke, whether tobacco or MJ. That old victorian upbringing holds a tight hand, but at least I can disregard its chatter when I want to. 

I really am looking forward to winter, even if it predicted to be a "cold/hot" one. Last time we had such a winter I lost a couple dozen roses to the freeze/thaw patterns over and over. Everything was well protected, but it could not stand up to the fluctuations. So, perhaps more will die this winter. It's OK because it will open up room for more vegetables and fruits. 

Hope everyone is warm, well fed, doing something you like to do with someone you like to be with, and content. 

Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2012 at 10:43am

It's true, I had the same experience with cannabis; it's really wonderful to smoke a joint and look at art. But I've also seen a lot of people who used whatever they could find as an escape from the problems they should have faced, and there are more reasons to be careful with cannabis. Tobacco is a much nastier addiction, by the way.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 9, 2012 at 10:32am

I take it elated-cat is being sarcastic.  Hehe :)

Comment by Steph S. on November 9, 2012 at 10:25am

Comment by Steph S. on November 9, 2012 at 10:20am

Hugs to you Ian - I love that Snoopy.

Booklover - I love that Irish cat!

Tony that looks like it is a picture from the National Geographic.

So how is everyone doing this Friday?

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 9, 2012 at 10:15am

Joan, that's interesting about Carl Sagan's cannabis use.  I've not heard that before, so I looked it up on Wikipedia.  I think it should be legalized as well, but I've never used it and don't plan on trying it at the present time.

While reading about his life, I saw this humorous comment: 

Sagan units

As a humorous tribute to him, a sagan has been defined as a unit of measurement equal to at least four billion, since the smallest number that may be described as billions and billions must be two billion plus two billion.[41][42]

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 9, 2012 at 9:52am

Patricia, I'm glad you've found an atheist doctor, and Sk8eycat, your secular jew specialist sounds like a keeper also.  

And, it would be a horror story to me also, if an eye surgeon wanted to pray with me before the operation.  There was a cat-lick hospital here in the past, but it thankfully went out of business.  The present one here appears to be secular, but there's a butt-load of mormons working there, and they ask for your religious preference when you first come to them.  I just said none.

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 9, 2012 at 8:49am

Didn't really know where to post this, so I'm gonna put it here. It just struck me when I saw it. Just beautiful.

November 9, 2012

Hamar Portrait, Ethiopia

Photograph by Pascal Mannaerts

This Month in Photo of the Day: 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest Images

The Hamars are a people of East Africa living in southwestern Ethiopia in a fertile area of the Omo Valley. The gracious Hamar women, freeing pride and dignity even in the midst of the bustling weekly market, are easily spotted with their characteristic outfits. They take pride in their dress and accessories and win the prize as the most decorated of the Omo people. The traditional dress code for unmarried Hamar girls includes elegant cowrie-shell collars, seeded or glass-beaded necklaces, and decorated goatskin clothing.

 

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