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76  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 19, 2015, 01:49:38 pm
Here's a paradox:  on the Tulsa's CBS affiliate Noon news, they just had a Weight Watchers healthy cooking segment sponsored by... Get ready... Braum's...  That doesn't make sense!  I know Braum's real well and I would never use it and Weight Watchers in the same sentence other than "You need WW after eating Braum's."
77  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Webb vs. Huckabee on: January 19, 2015, 12:35:01 pm
I would say Huckabee narrowly by virtue of taking Florida.
78  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Lindsey Graham announces creation of "testing the waters" committee on: January 19, 2015, 12:32:21 pm
He'll have the success of Duncan Hunter.
79  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 19, 2015, 12:23:13 am
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I did the next best thing and kicked five individuals off my Facebook who kept bringing stuff from my Facebook into the Update. They were like dogs who kept dragging in road kill. 

you're a monster Cry

Now you know how it feels.  You've insulted me and put me down all these years, but you always get mad and deny it when I call you out on it and make me look like the bad guy.  The road goes both ways.  I don't feel a bit sorry for my post.
80  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Super Bowl XLIX Predictions on: January 18, 2015, 10:42:18 pm
It all depends on which Seattle team shows up.  If it's the team that played today, they'll have trouble.  If it's the team that played the second half of the season, they stand a chance.  That said, I think this is Tom Brady's year.  I like New England 27-20
81  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 18, 2015, 08:52:10 pm
Bushie, Jeff, whatever

Please take my advice and just deactivate your account... please. You were gone for a week and these fools had to make up stupid jokes just to keep this sh**ts alive...come on man. You know you are better than this, delete this and your Facebook, and these bums will be as screwed... many of them base their whole lives on this update thread, just force them to do something worthwhile.


Thank you for your advice.  I do need to just stop posting.  I did so good for almost two weeks, then I just couldn't hold it any longer.  Unfortunately, though, I cannot delete my forum account.  Plus, I enjoy talking politics, so that wouldn't work too well.  As far as Facebook, I have too many other real friends (over 500 worth) that it would be very time consuming to re-add them all with a new account and I don't want to lose the communication I have with them.  I did the next best thing and kicked five individuals off my Facebook who kept bringing stuff from my Facebook into the Update.  They were like dogs who kept dragging in road kill.  I still have some of the forum on my Facebook, those who I feel genuinely like me for more than entertainment purposes and don't bring stuff over.
82  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 18, 2015, 05:29:28 pm
Jeff, show an ounce of sanity and do your change of address form online. I would guess that you've been "up" at some point today, so the burden of getting up to get your wallet is a moot point. You'll pay more in time and fuel costs by going to the post office to fill out a paper form than you will the the $1.00 confirmation charge.

I know you wanted to make your week sound "busy," but aside from cleaning a house, you don't have much going on. Work smarter, not harder -- fill out the form online and use that valuable time on Tuesday to build a LinkedIn profile, continue the job search or reach out to some professional connections.

I'll do it online.  I don't know if I'll do it today or tomorrow or Tuesday, but I'll do it online.

I've already got a LinkedIn profile, but honestly, I do not know how it works, so I never look at it.

What are you doing right now that is so G*d damn important that you can't take five minutes to change your address at the link I basically spoon-fed to you?

Chill... I'll get to it soon.  I've got all week.
83  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 18, 2015, 05:28:28 pm
I've already got a LinkedIn profile, but honestly, I do not know how it works, so I never look at it.

But aren't you an IT genius that was prepared to pass the A+ Certification with no experience for a helpdesk job? How do you not get LinkedIn?

I'm good at IT, but I have never understood LinkedIn other than it's a networking site.
84  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 18, 2015, 05:14:14 pm
Jeff, show an ounce of sanity and do your change of address form online. I would guess that you've been "up" at some point today, so the burden of getting up to get your wallet is a moot point. You'll pay more in time and fuel costs by going to the post office to fill out a paper form than you will the the $1.00 confirmation charge.

I know you wanted to make your week sound "busy," but aside from cleaning a house, you don't have much going on. Work smarter, not harder -- fill out the form online and use that valuable time on Tuesday to build a LinkedIn profile, continue the job search or reach out to some professional connections.

I'll do it online.  I don't know if I'll do it today or tomorrow or Tuesday, but I'll do it online.

I've already got a LinkedIn profile, but honestly, I do not know how it works, so I never look at it.
85  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 18, 2015, 03:26:54 pm
bushie majored in e-commerce, still refuses to do simple tasks online.
That's a really good point. Crazy! Maybe he's aware of some especially frightening internet security issues the rest of us don't know about. Or maybe he's just being Bushie. Sigh...

bushie also prefers paper job applications and paper pay checks instead of direct deposit.

I'll bet he's one of those people who spends 15 minutes paying at the grocery store because he insists on writing a check. And the 60+ year olds he routinely hangs out with tell him there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT.

Wrong.  I only write a check to pay the rent.  I use my debit card and/or cash for everything else.
86  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 18, 2015, 03:25:46 pm
bushie majored in e-commerce, still refuses to do simple tasks online.
That's a really good point. Crazy! Maybe he's aware of some especially frightening internet security issues the rest of us don't know about. Or maybe he's just being Bushie. Sigh...

bushie also prefers paper job applications and paper pay checks instead of direct deposit.

I prefer face to face communications, which is why I like to meet the employers and apply in person.  Most of the time, that's not available, so I have to submit an application online.

I have never said I prefer paper checks to direct deposit.  You made that up.  I like the convenience of direct deposit.
87  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 17, 2015, 10:51:47 pm
Sleepover in the Train Room?

Of course, a mere sleeping bag would wreak havoc on Jeff's back. No doubt the Family Brown is making a trip to Wal-Mart to spend some money on an air mattress and electric air compressor.

Someone of Jeff's weight would destroy a fully inflated air mattress. Even me, at a normal weight, find myself waking up in a half-deflated mess with severe muscle aches every time I try sleeping on an air mattress.

This is all too accurate.  Air mattresses are just a touch better than the floor itself, but yeah, the mattress is more than half deflated and I'm popping the Aleve the next day like they're vanilla wafers.  That's a little exaggeration, but you get the picture.  I do have to take some Aleve almost immediately after I get up and then find myself a real bed very soon.
88  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 17, 2015, 10:14:45 pm
Tuesday, I need to run by the post office and fill out a change of address form.

No you don't.

I know I can do it online, but I don't like wasting a dollar just to verify my address.  I don't know why I don't like spending that dollar when I have no problem spending money most anywhere else, but I guess it's a strange quirk.

I guess it's not the dollar that I mind, it's just having to get up, get the credit card out of my wallet, inputting the information into the appropriate fields, then putting the credit card back up.  It's still totally illogical because the other alternative is getting up, putting my shoes on, grabbing the keys, getting in the car, driving to the post office, going inside, filling out a change of address form, getting back in the car, driving back home, etc.
89  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 17, 2015, 09:48:30 pm
6 1/2 days until I return to Tulsa. This will be a busy final week in the Choctaw/Harrah area. Monday, Mom and I will be going over to Grandma's and cleaning her house for her and I will finish getting the room I stayed in ready for my aunt who will be staying in there for 8 days starting Tuesday. Tuesday, I need to run by the post office and fill out a change of address form. Also, on Tuesday, my aunt and uncle will be coming into town. That night is also the 2015 State of the Union address to Congress by President Obama. Wednesday, we will have our first supper at 1700 and then I will immediately hit the road to Tulsa to get ready for my job fair on Thursday morning. Thursday is the job fair and then I will drive back to Choctaw for dinner. Friday will be my last dinner with my aunt and uncle until they come back through in March and then I plan on leaving for Tulsa to stay at 10:00 Saturday morning.
90  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 17, 2015, 09:14:27 pm
I just got a cupholder/recliner couch a few months ago. Not big like the pic. Just two super comfy seats with a console in between. I love it! Way more comfortable than the old, low three seater, where you'd never want to use all three seats due to lack of personal space.

I've got a cup holder loveseat sitting in my Tulsa apartment.  It's quite comfortable and since the cup holders are in the middle, where a third seat would be, it allows for elbow space and adequate arm rests for the people on the end.  The loveseat also has a storage box underneath the arm rest in the middle which is a good place to store/hide the remote controls.

EDIT:  It looks like we're describing the same thing.
91  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 17, 2015, 08:12:26 pm
I sleep on the couch.

That must be quite a sturdy couch. My ~200 pound brother used to sleep on the couch and caused huge dents in it.

I expect the Browns have a couch along the lines of this - maybe smaller but still complete with built-in cupholders for the XXL Braum's to-go cups.



Actually, it's just a normal 3-seat couch with no cup holders.  It does have a recliner on each end, though.
92  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 17, 2015, 08:10:43 pm
I sleep on the couch.

That must be quite a sturdy couch. My ~200 pound brother used to sleep on the couch and caused huge dents in it.

The couch is several years old and hasn't shown any signs of stress due to weight.
93  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 17, 2015, 07:17:02 pm
I sleep on the couch.
94  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 17, 2015, 02:43:21 pm
Not only am I looking in Tulsa and my best friend is looking in OKC, but apparently, my church family in Tulsa is looking on my behalf.
95  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 17, 2015, 11:53:49 am
They require:

"missionaries must understand their own weakness, can expect to face hardship of one kind or another and must learn to be totally dependent on the Lord. They need to be prepared that progress may be slow and so they need to be committed to the idea of lengthy service. For those ministering in foreign countries, they must be willing to seek to become fluent in the local language, to be sensitive to local customs and to live on an income consistent with local levels."

Understanding his own weaknesses is not Jeff's strong side (to put it mildly), but the rest should be possible. Lengthy service might also be a problem. Still, he should try it.

I know my own weaknesses.  But, one other question on the IMB application is "Are you willing to die for the name of Jesus Christ?"  That's a tougher question to answer than all of the other questions combined.  The IMB will do its best to evacuate its missionaries if threats to their lives are made, but there are naturally things that escape the eye of the IMB, or they don't get there in time to get you out safely.  The world is a very volatile place and a lot of places are very hostile to Christians, especially Muslim areas like Iran and Indonesia.  I don't think we have anybody in Iran because it's just too hostile and a Christian is likely to be tortured in a dungeon like Pastor Saeed is being held erroneously just because of his faith.  Some nations are receptive to Christians, but there are still small coups and factions wanting to stamp out Christianity that the IMB are not always aware of.
96  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 17, 2015, 11:45:11 am
I can't imagine such an idea making it past his church friends, much less Ma and Pa's game plans. 

He could bill it as a trip to holy sites. Now I know the first thought will be "But...those are Cat-o-lick places, Jeffie!" I still think there's a way to work it.

Do any non-Mormon US churches send missionaries to (re)evangelize post-Christian Europe? I know some African churches try to. It would in many ways make more sense than going to already Christian parts of Africa.

I know the Internaional Mission Board goes all over the world to Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, Australia.  We have a mission to tell every single person on the face of the planet about Jesus Christ and give them the opportunity to acknowledge there is no other way to heaven but through Jesus Christ and accept Him into their life.  That's why the Bible is being translated into every single language and dialect on earth including local African languages like Luo and Swahili.
97  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 17, 2015, 11:40:29 am
I just got my ears lowered.  It is about time to start packing.
98  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 17, 2015, 09:52:53 am
Good morning, folks.  On today's agenda is a haircut and packing up my room at Grandma's.  I will be staying at Mom and Dad's for a week starting tonight.
99  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 16, 2015, 11:18:07 pm
Update is not a comedy. It's a dark, dark show that has some funny moments, but even those are usually grotesque la Breaking Bad.  Update is to America what Charlie Hebdo is to Islam. Fierce. Biting. Unrelenting.

I'll admit it does take a certain type of person to enjoy a series such as this.  It's even better when the viewer can take a non-judgmental approach to all the characters involved in the filming of the episodes.  It's hard, I realize, but a lot less stressful.

The previous paragraph shows I can laugh at myself quite well.
100  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 16, 2015, 10:35:41 pm
Have requirements for partial or full disability been looked into, out of curiosity?

And it's not hard to get an appt. with a physician. You don't have to try to do that. You just get one, unless you want in now, in which case they probably won't have any slots open.

As far as the disability, I have not really looked into it, because I still believe I can work just like everyone else.

As far as the doctor.  He is a busy doc.  I can sometimes get an appointment if I call before 0815 every morning, and even that's really too late.  His cancellations fill up very fast.
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