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Old 12-16-2013, 08:51 AM   #8149
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Not to take away any of Marty's thunder, but since prose and poetry was mentioned, I thought I would share something with my fellow mutants. I wrote this many years ago when DW and I went through a really tough time and have since had it published.

Inner Strength

There are times like these

you could drop to your knees,

as you wonder how much you can take.


But as some people know

with their troubles in tow,

there is always a choice
 they can make.


To drown in our sorrows,

saps up our tomorrows,

and makes everything in our lives
 seem bleak.


So, just count your blessings

and not your misgivings,

and somehow you'll not feel so weak.


Just change what you can,

put the rest on a shelf,

and keep misery at an arm's length.



For it's the wealth of those

who can conquer their woes,

that's the secret to "Inner Strength!"
Most excellent words of wisdom.

I will keep it for my reference and with your permission
I would like to share it with a couple of friends.
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Old 12-16-2013, 10:43 AM   #8150
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Spanish moss flows from these southern pines and live oaks....
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Old 12-16-2013, 11:44 AM   #8151
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Spanish moss flows from these southern pines and live oaks....
You made it to the south! I'm so jealous. Spanish moss always reminds me of days long gone when the south was gentile. Too bad the moss is a parasite that will eventually kill the tree if not controlled.

Enjoy some warmth and sunshine for me.
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Old 12-16-2013, 12:39 PM   #8152
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Spanish moss flows from these southern pines and live oaks....
Spanish Moss - neither Spanish nor Moss methinks. Trees older than dirt are home to the "moss" which is basically an air plant that usually doesn't kill trees. Where I lived from age 10 to 18 the place was covered in it. Just a few miles up the road from Wayne. It makes for an eerie scene at night. So does Wayne! Boo!
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A quick Google search reveals that Steve is correct. Spanish Moss rarely kills trees, but grows more abundant on dead trees and branches due to the gases emitted by the dead wood acting as a fertilizer for the non-parasitic air plant.

Now we all know.
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Old 12-16-2013, 01:40 PM   #8154
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A quick Google search reveals that Steve is correct. Spanish Moss rarely kills trees, but grows more abundant on dead trees and branches due to the gases emitted by the dead wood acting as a fertilizer for the non-parasitic air plant.

Now we all know.
Ha! Barb - If you could see the little town I grew up in (back then) you would have known I new a thing or two about the stuff lol. Our town had it's own bayou - named after it. We did not live directly on the bayou - maybe a 1/4 mile from it. From anywhere on the bayou, you could boat your way to gulf. My friends and I camped on oyster shell islands in the bay. All the trees along the bayou were home to moss. The bayou was home to alligator gar the size of battleships, nutria, fish and cottonmouths.

As a 10 year old kid moving there from the City of Angels - I went from city mouse to Huck Finn almost overnight. It's a nice place to be from...
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Ha! Barb - If you could see the little town I grew up in (back then) you would have known I new a thing or two about the stuff lol. Our town had it's own bayou - named after it. We did not live directly on the bayou - maybe a 1/4 mile from it. From anywhere on the bayou, you could boat your way to gulf. My friends and I camped on oyster shell islands in the bay. All the trees along the bayou were home to moss. The bayou was home to alligator gar the size of battleships, nutria, fish and cottonmouths. As a 10 year old kid moving there from the City of Angels - I went from city mouse to Huck Finn almost overnight. It's a nice place to be from...
Would that have been Blooo Bayoooo?

Isn't it fun to see what ponderances flow from a fairly simple sentence? Love it!

Steve, didja ever run across the tiny red mites that live in Spanish moss? In N'Awlins once, we were told to beware of them if we took any home. Scare tactic or truth?

I too went from So Cal city kid to country bumpkin, as a 9yo. No place to roller skate! No friends nearer than a mile, and a country mile at that! No traffic noise to go to sleep to at night! And those darned owls!!!

I love the place now.
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Would that have been Blooo Bayoooo?

Isn't it fun to see what ponderances flow from a fairly simple sentence? Love it!

Steve, didja ever run across the tiny red mites that live in Spanish moss? In N'Awlins once, we were told to beware of them if we took any home. Scare tactic or truth?

I too went from So Cal city kid to country bumpkin, as a 9yo. No place to roller skate! No friends nearer than a mile, and a country mile at that! No traffic noise to go to sleep to at night! And those darned owls!!!

I love the place now.
Linda Ronstadt was the Blue Bayou girl. If ya look for Wayne's place on a map you'll figure it out - but my Internet life doesn't go back that far.

As for mites in moss - not sure - but it was a place for things to hide out. If we had our hands on any we were probably throwing it at each other.

You're right about skating - and I even had a wooden wheel skate board before such things were common. Our road was made of oyster shell. We had a pear tree, two plum trees, a grape arbor, grew okra, and lots of other things. Chameleons and snakes everywhere. Possum, armadillo, and who knows what all roamed the right. Purple martin were in competition with bats to see who could eat the most Mosquitos and other pests. The town had grown to the point only one kid rode a horse to school a few times.

No McDonalds - a cafe next to the railroad tracks appropriately called the Railroad Cafe. Even in my senior year we had to drive to Waynes town for Jack N the Box. It was like going back in time. Looking forward to happier times on Blue Bayou - not so much....
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A quick Google search reveals that Steve is correct. Spanish Moss rarely kills trees, but grows more abundant on dead trees and branches due to the gases emitted by the dead wood acting as a fertilizer for the non-parasitic air plant.

Now we all know.
Did say Wayne is eerie too?
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.... You're right about skating - and I even had a wooden wheel skate board before such things were common. Our road was made of oyster shell.
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Yeeowchie!!! Cement sidewalks and semi-paved streets were bad enough in the city, but oyster shells could scar a body for life! As for biking, those gravel roads in the country were murder too.

My fave city conveyance (before the big girl bike) was a scooter. You know, the pre-skateboard with a tall steering handle. Wheeee!

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Spanish Moss - neither Spanish nor Moss methinks. Trees older than dirt are home to the "moss" which is basically an air plant that usually doesn't kill trees. ....
So did Barb's article say why it is then called "Spanish" and "moss"? This sort of misnaming so often happens, and sometimes there's a great backstory.
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As a last resort, I re-installed Win7. Scan still doesn't work from my desktop and tech support still hasn't called back. I lost all my emails on this computer, but was able to save the Address Book.

I lost the address of one person I was conversing with over the problem. Wayne was it you? I think the email address was something like rvtrash dot something or other. Email me if anyone remembers.
Hey Mike, yep that was you and me, and yes I'm the rvtrash @ somewhere.com (not the real address but the rvrtrash is correct. Anyone wanting an email from that wonderful email address, just holler at me via email. I'm surpirsed you could even load Win7 on a 10 year old computer. As stated, I'll bet your problem is the new hardware technology at 64 bits versus 32 bits. I'll do some more research and get back to you via email.

Oh, as for loosing your email I'll bet that the path just changed to the .eml folder/files. I think you are using Outlook so search for a file ending in .eml and reset your path to that, or import the file. Could be .msg

EML files can be saved and opened by wide range of email applications such as Apple Mail, The Bat! Mozilla Thunderbird, Microsoft Outlook (latest versions only), Microsoft Entourage, IncrediMail. EML file can be opened also by Opera, Firefox and Internet Explorer. You just need to change the file extension from .EML to .MHT and then it can be opened.


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So did Barb's article say why it is then called "Spanish" and "moss"? This sort of misnaming so often happens, and sometimes there's a great backstory.
It looks Spanish and Mossy? Not sure why.

On another note - this is the quietest the mutants have been in a long time. Those not traveling must be out buying my presents! Or, visiting old and new grands, or shopping for others. Or a million other things on the rainbow.

I'm a big online shopper and have been for years. We are even taking the easy way out with the Christmas meal this year. I ordered the Baby Grand from HoneyBaked Hams on Saturday. An 8 lb spiral cut Honey Ham, 2.5 lb turkey breast, 1 lb of Cheddar, wafers and mustard. Haven't done that in years. Hope they're as good as I remember them to be! We will of course focus on home cooked side dishes. Annie shops all year for her family and friends. She shipped it all off today.

So how about you mutants? Online or out and about. A mix of both perhaps? Let's hear it! And while I know we have great smokers, grillers and gourmet cheftants, any meal buyers, hotel buffeters, or others take the easy road to the big meal?
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I have a "refurbished computer" 32 bit version of Win 7 I got with a reburb'd IBM Thinkpad. I'd like to load XP and be done with it, but I wanted to be able to at least scan a document and maybe send/receive a fax.

Your's and Barb's were the only email addys I lost. I had saved the address book as an .ldif file just days before the reload.

Seriously thinking about a new computer. Only need it for emails, research and going to forums.
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