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    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd, 2008 9:29pm (Jan 22nd 2008)
     
    Neil, I'm sorry about your car troubles. Just as long as you are OK, that is what matters the most of all. Cars and trucks are just nuts and bolts and can be replaced. We are flesh and blood and can not. Sometimes though it seems cars do have a mind of their own though. I hope you have a good warranty on you car and will not have to pay an arm and leg to fix it..... seems like a major repair. I am in the " get her fixed " group today.... having to get the whole teperature control system fixed ... replaced in my husband's truck......it shorted out.... over $400.00....I hate all these computer chips in vehicles.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2008 4:19am (Jan 23rd 2008)
     
    I think I'm going to have my car hauled to the junkyard..it's turned into a piece of "Runny Poo"...when they start to go bad now days, you fix one thing and something else goes wrong..I too hate computer chips, Janice...I think I just need a new car.:angry:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2008 12:22pm (Jan 23rd 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you for your understanding Janice! It seems cars are a big drain which you pour money into (literally!). Hopefully this time it will be on warranty (it runs out next month I think), I'm sure they'll try and put it down to "wear and tear" though!

    Wouldn't be as bad if the garage's cared about their customers, the guy I spoke to couldn't care less that I'd been given completely wrong advice and had actually broken down as a result.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2008 5:22pm (Jan 23rd 2008)
     
    Why don't you contact the maker? They HATE bad PR and if you point out that you run an INTERNATIONAL website with a HUGE AND INFLUENTIAL membership (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA), they might panic and do something. What make & model is it, Neil?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2008 6:48pm (Jan 23rd 2008)
     
    My mother in law had a Renault Clio, and something on the indicator arm broke when it was about 6 months old. They said it was wear and tear and made her pay to have it repaired!!! (See, don't go using those indicators, lights, breaks, knobs or buttons).
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2008 7:29pm (Jan 23rd 2008)
     
    I had the same with a window winder on a Seat Arosa. "Have you been using it a lot?", asked Spotty Oik, accusingly. Given that it was one of the hottest summers ever... :\
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2008 9:25pm (Feb 1st 2008)
     
    Neil , It is good that you got your car out of the shop.... finally . You wrote a great complaint letter. Well here is an update on the Sansing's Nuts and Bolts situation. OH, DEAR !!!!! or shall I say OH DEER or best said " OH Sh_t " My hubby hit a doe and a big buck deer last night and demolished the whole front of his truck and the radiator and front fender and door. He called me up and told me what happened and I thought it a good idea to send the police out for an accident report for the insurance. I called 911 and they dispatched the Anti-frezze Policelady herself. Stanley , asked her the question that has been eating at my brain .... " Did she really taste for anti-freeze or was she pulling Jerry's leg? ( She and Stan are pretty close friends, so he can talk to her). She did not taste.... of course... but laughingly said "I have seen it all. " This is a great police lady who was offered a chance to be Chief but turned it down. We do not have many female police chiefs around this state but she would have been a wonderful one. She wanted to know if either deer died as she wanted to send her "Partner " out to harvest the meat. Yuck .... road kill is not for me. We have the best insurance GEICO and when my husband called the claim in at 9 AM , they sent an adjuster out to take pictures and have an estimate of $ 2500.00 written up and ready for the repair shop by 1Pm. So I am going to say Nuts!!!!!! and bolt out of here. Take care everyone and be careful .
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2008 5:25pm (Feb 2nd 2008)
     
    Blimey, Janice, you aren't half suffering at the moment; if I were you I'd give in gracefully and buy a unicycle. With a heated seat for snowy days... :wink:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2008 10:24pm (Feb 2nd 2008)
     
    ... and warn the local wildlife next time Stan's out and about! Its good to hear Stanley wasn't hurt in the accident and that your insurance company are on the ball. I almost ran over a squirrel about 14 years ago and it still traumatises me - couldn't cope with the roadkill everyone else on here experiences!
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2008 2:31am (Feb 3rd 2008)
     
    Yes, I am putting out a bulliten, " Everyone off the road, Here comes Stan the Man . "He has hit and killed too many deer for me to count over the past 12 years we have lived over here in Grenada County... but always in that big milktruck and mostly on the Interstate . There is usually no way to duck them either and it is sad to see them die. I had a pretty little doe dash in front of my car and I barely glanced her but as I went on by she turned and ran back in front of a poor old couple ( with no replacement insurance on their car )and they hit her. I came back to see if I could help the couple and the poor little doe was thrashing about as she was dying. I still bothers me when passing that spot, The main thing is that Stan is OK.He asked me why God is punishing us lately and I told him that God has his reasons for all things and maybe it is better for the truck to be in the shop rather than one of his beer guzzling friends decide to borrow it and kill some people . Stan and I do not drink anything but water, tea, juice and milk( health problems) but there were so many beer bottles and cans in the truck that I could not get them all out before the insurance adjuster arrived (and I was greeted with "That buck must like Budweiser "which was just a nice way of asking " Are you sure someone just did not get drunk and hit a tree ?" I have no problem with anyone drinking as long as they do not endanger anyone or thing. By the way.... I am a happy drunk... should I ever get drunk LOL. Way back in 1989, Stan and I were invited to a Christmas party at one of the Judge's homes. Stan did not want to go but told me to go and have fun. The food was great... wonderful roast beef , homemade yeast rolls , great desserts..... I was offered a "Coke " and then a second " Coke ". The Judge came in and said " Janice (and the names of a couple other women) , come in here I have something to show you . There stood the Judge in a pair of Christmas boxer shorts... I excused myself .... did not like where Rudolph's little red nose would be on them . I sat down and drank two more of those good little ole "Cokes " not knowing they were spiked with rum. Stan said that when I got home I had a silly.... happy side that he had never seen in me. He told the Judge later on " I don't know what got into Janice at your party but WOw it sure was fun ."The naughty little Judge said , " Well Janice is a little high strung and I thought she could use a little losening up. "
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2008 2:12pm (Feb 3rd 2008)
     
    My nan used to say (she had a million sayings!) that God works in mysterious ways. She always believed there was a reason for everything and we didn't always need to know it to accept it. I don't think people realise how much alcohol affects their reactions and judgement.

    That judge has a damn cheek! (Has Stan ever tried to get you drunk since?!) My youngest got drunk a few years ago when he was about 16 and was hilarious! I wish I could've recorded it to watch whenever I feel a bit down. He always used to greet the cat with a gentle headbutt, but decided he'd lick their head instead like other cats do. The cat appreciated it but his tongue didn't!
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2008 3:44pm (Feb 3rd 2008)
     
    Yes, that Judge is a cheek ..... a butt cheek LOL. Stan has not tried to get me drunk,since neither of us can drink . I went to a church picnic when I was a teen and some kids had snuck in some beer. I brought a can home and locked myself in the bathroom to take a taste. I dropped it and did not know it would blow up . When I popped the cap .... beer went all over the room. My dad came in later and could smell beer and found where I had cleaned it up and put the can in the trash. He thought it was funny.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2008 7:14pm (Feb 3rd 2008)
     
    That was fortunate...some dads wouldn't have been so understanding!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2008 9:33pm (Feb 3rd 2008)
     
    He probably figured you wouldn't try THAT again!
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2008 12:29am (Feb 4th 2008)
     
    He knew he had done some silly things in his teens and learned some lessons. Back when he was a boy there were no refrigerators (1920s-1930s) in his home and my grandparents would keep large metal milkcans of buttermilk and fresh milk in a cold mountain spring. Dad used to sneak a few guzzles of milk or his favorite buttermilk when he was out there. One Sunday he wore his best white suit to church and went down to the spring between services and drank alot of the buttermilk. As he tried to go back into the church...... it hit......... runny poo. Poor Dad.
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2008 12:46am (Feb 4th 2008)
     
    When we would vacation up there in the mountains of his childhood, we would visit that deep blue, cold spring and he would tell that little story on himself and tell us about the old country church with its kneeling benches. The women wore those long dresses and thought it unholy to show their legs. He loved to tell about Sister Zelma Lee and the bald headed man who came to worship. ( I do not know if it is true or he was pulling our leg). One Sunday a bald headed man came to church and as everyone knelt to pray..... Sister Zelma Lee opened her eyes during the prayer and in the horror of thinking it was her bare knee exposed...... pulled her skirt down over that man's bald head.
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2008 1:00am (Feb 4th 2008)
     
    There was only one thing I dreaded about those vacations back to his homeplace and that was his visit to the old family burial yard. He would go the plot of his grandparents and break down in sobs because they both died young and left 10 little orphans . She buried with the 11th baby in her arms and her husband a month later from a broken heart. Mother said that the last time they went there ( a few months before his stroke ) he did not cry. Maybe he accepted the situation after all those years or maybe he was at peace with his life in general and knew he was joining them soon.
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2008 1:11am (Feb 4th 2008)
     
    We used to have something called a Homecoming or Decoration Day each year . Extended family would get together and sing and have a picnic together and then go put flowers on the graves of loved ones. We made the flowers from crepe paper and they were bright and beautiful. They do not have that tradition since the older generation have passed too.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2008 9:49am (Feb 4th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aww some really sweet stories there, some funny and some very sad... You have a gift for story telling and I really feel I get to know a bit more about you each time - strange really when you think how far from each other we all are, and yet we know each other so well!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2008 5:56pm (Feb 4th 2008)
     
    Wonderful stories, Lynn - I do hope Diane appreciated the Runy Poo one... :devil:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2008 7:25pm (Feb 4th 2008)
     
    Yes, perhaps we should copy it to that thread for her!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2008 8:05pm (Feb 4th 2008)
     
    I leave that to your superior technoknowledge!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2008 8:13pm (Feb 4th 2008)
     
    Second thoughts no, let's surprise her that runny poo is now running (sorry!) through 2 threads!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2008 8:21pm (Feb 4th 2008)
     
    Ooo, she'll be SO pleased...I can just imagine her lickle face lighting up...
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2008 9:04pm (Feb 4th 2008)
     
    2 threads of Runny Poo...Diane is going to be ever so pleased. :cheer:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2008 5:56am (Feb 5th 2008)
     
    Yurp. :fierce:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2008 4:52pm (Feb 5th 2008)
     
    TOLD you she'd be pleased. 'Yurp' is evidently an american expression of delight...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2008 6:37pm (Feb 5th 2008)
     
    One to add to your new dictionary CC! And the new thread of adverts had poo in too! What a weird site this is!! :confused:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2008 5:42am (Feb 10th 2008)
     
    LOL. That actually caused me to get my (American) dictionary out. Alas, no *yurp* - I guess its my own interpretation of a sound. I wonder if Lynn & Janice knew what I meant. Closest spelling in the dictionary was Yurt. :D
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2008 1:06pm (Feb 10th 2008)
     
    I don't know how you expect us to keep up with the Anglo-american dictionary if you're going to start making words up!!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2008 8:25pm (Feb 10th 2008)
     
    Sure, I knew what you meant, Diane...you meant, BaRf, RalPh, Chuck up Spells, blow chunks, hurl, spew, throw up. :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2008 11:43pm (Feb 10th 2008)
     
    See!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2008 11:45pm (Feb 10th 2008)
     
    Which caused me to look *barf* up in the Oxford American Dictionary. Lynn, would you believe it isn't there either? Closest word spelling is *barfly.* There's one I'm certain CC knows...:D
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2008 6:24pm (Feb 11th 2008)
     
    "yurp " to yawn and burp at the same time. This comes from THE URBAN DICTIONARY. also, to say yes , to be agreement with. It is a fun expression, Diane . Thanks for making us aware of it. Very catchy. Caught myself saying " yurp " for yes. A funny way to answer the question, " Where did you go on vacation ? " We got on a plane and flew to Yurp . ( Europe ).
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2008 6:34pm (Feb 11th 2008)
     
    I thought it was "yup" for yes? You yanks!!! ;)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2008 6:50pm (Feb 11th 2008)
     
    Diane says 'yah'...which here would make her a Sloane Ranger! Frafflyorfly...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2008 6:54pm (Feb 11th 2008)
     
    Posh bird!
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2008 7:01pm (Feb 11th 2008)
     
    I say " yep" sometimes. Sometimes, I say "ya".
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2008 7:01pm (Feb 11th 2008)
     
    Language is such fun.
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2008 7:06pm (Feb 11th 2008)
     
    I wish we could all hear one another's voices on here. I have heard Diane's and Neil's and Red's voices and they are all such nice voices. I wonder if you could even understand what I'm saying... as I probably pronounce words kind of funny with this southern accent.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2008 7:17pm (Feb 11th 2008)
     
    If Kate could do a broad Brum accent, that would be entertaining for you...I can do broad Buckinghmshire, but with the influx of Londoners it gets more and more watered down.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2008 7:29am (Feb 12th 2008)
     
    I have a squeeky little mousy voice... :(

    LOL - love it that yurp does have a definition. If I yawned & burped at the same moment, I WOULD yurp.

    It would be GRAND to hear Kate & Janice talk with each other. Truly cool. Janice, one of the things I love about southern speech are the sayings like "one brick short of a load," or "the lights are on but nobody's home," can't remember the best ones. My friends from Texas are the most likely to speak like this.

    CC! You've been studying my tapes! Thanks coach.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2008 3:14pm (Feb 12th 2008)
     
    The mis-understandings would probably be the funniest bits!! I can't understand the broad Irish or broad Scots, but get most other accents. My son is excellent at accents - he used to fool people he was american!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2008 6:18pm (Feb 12th 2008)
     
    I had that small misunderstanding with that American woman and her dog...but other trhan that I can usually sort accents out all right. Something to do with music and the ear, I think. I pick up accents easily too - stayed with Kiwi friends for a week and came back with mangled vowels and phrasing iverything as a kwistion?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2008 8:37pm (Feb 12th 2008)
     
    When I read that it came out as South African first time! Had to imagine a Kiwi talking to read it properly!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2008 8:42pm (Feb 12th 2008)
     
    Sorry...I speak it better than I write it...:)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2008 8:44pm (Feb 12th 2008)
     
    You write it better than I speak it!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2008 8:50pm (Feb 12th 2008)
     
    Dunno; never heard you speak it!