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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: September 22, 2014, 11:58:34 pm
Matt, why are you making it seem like the term "loving on" kids is kin to what a pedophile does? It is not a creepy term and is a normal term used by many, many people.  No one should ever take it as a creepy term, because it's never meant in that way.

What the Oklahoma?
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do You Live in an Urban, Suburban, Exurban, or Rural Area? on: September 22, 2014, 11:49:06 pm
the American distinction between urban/suburban/exurban

I tried to find a good definition on line.  There is of course an unconvincing entry on exurbs at Wikipedia, in an article which also defines urban sprawl, suburbs, and commuter towns.  

Urban dictionary defines Exurb as "Master Planned Communities that lay outside the ring of city suburbs. Exurbs are where people can live in big, crappily built houses on the cheap, pretend to be rich yet shop at Walmart, while they spend 2 hours a day commuting to and from their highly mortgaged cribs. A place where a trip to the grocery store is a social event that involves a 10 mile drive.Where Daddy feels pressure to lease his teen a BMW, while he makes mom drive the 10 year old mini-van."

Notwithstanding the fact that "crappily" is not an actual adverb, and overlooking the grammatical error consisting of the use of the transitive verb "lay" rather than the intransitive (and correct) verb "lie", I admit that some of this applies to me.  We live in a master planned community outside the ring of city suburbs.  On the other hand, my job is only about 25 minutes (9 miles) from my crib, and the big grocery store is only 2 miles away (smaller ones are much closer.)  There are several restaurants, a small grocery, my son's dentist, our athletic club with gym and pool, a park, auto fuel, and, significantly, a liquor store, all within 1000 meters from my crib.  Also, I don't have a BMW and my wife doesn't have a mini-van.  Moreover, we definitely do not "pretend to be rich."  Rather the opposite, in fact:  despite the many threads and posts on this forum that try to apply that term to all of us in the upper quintile, I object to the term being applied to me or to my neighbors.  Still, I have to admit that a trip to Wal-mart is definitely a social event.  

m-w.com has this to say about suburb:

1  a :  an outlying part of a city or town
    b :  a smaller community adjacent to or within commuting distance of a city


and this to say about exurb:

:  a region or settlement that lies outside a city and usually beyond its suburbs and that often is inhabited chiefly by well-to-do families

Citycomfortsblog makes the argument that the distinction between suburb and exurb is neither useful nor relevant.  Not sure I agree with that either.

I suggest the following:  If the community in the 3.14 square mile area immediately surrounding your crib has a population density of 5000 people per square mile or greater, then it is urban.  If it is less than 5000 but greater than 1000, then it shall be deemed suburban.  If it is less than 1000 but greater than 100 then it shall be deemed exurban.  If it is less than 100 then it is rural.  These numbers are arbitrary and random, of course, and someone can come up with numbers that correlate to something concrete--e.g., the population density above which you are likely not to have to walk more than a mile to the nearest McDonald's or to your child's elementary school--but I suggest making the distinction, if it is to be useful, based on wholly or primarily on population density rather than aggregate population or other factors.



I even think that is a bit subjective, because there are quite a few suburban areas with a higher density than that, (primarily the older inner-suburbs),

My community is 6,582 per sq mil,  other surrounding communities
7,134 per sq mi
6,155 per sq mi
5,962 per sq mi
6,023 per sq mi
7,700 per Sq mi

These are all in southeast Nassau County,
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Predict when Bushie will reveal what his family's mysterious dilemma is. on: September 22, 2014, 11:32:32 pm
Perhaps this is why Bushie's family didn't want him to reveal it, Bushie's Great Uncle perhaps??

4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: September 22, 2014, 11:28:09 pm
I've eaten at BWW twice in the fall of 2013.  I'm not too thrilled with their food,  to be honest.  I don't like wings generally, so I was only able to get a cheeseburger there both times and felt I've had better burgers.  I only went because the church men's group met there for dinner and football while the ladies had a Bible Study.  It's not a place I would go on my own.

What the hell is Bible Study?

Bible Study can come in different forms.  One can either study the Bible on their own or, as these ladies were doing, studying the Bible together.  The Bible is more than just a good book.  It is the how-to book on life.  It is God's written, holy, and infallible Word to man.  It is to be studied, not just read like a John Grisham novel.

How would one go about studying the bible?  Highlighters?  Index Cards?  Giving each other quizzes on who said certain things??
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: September 22, 2014, 09:38:07 pm
I've eaten at BWW twice in the fall of 2013.  I'm not too thrilled with their food,  to be honest.  I don't like wings generally, so I was only able to get a cheeseburger there both times and felt I've had better burgers.  I only went because the church men's group met there for dinner and football while the ladies had a Bible Study.  It's not a place I would go on my own.

What the hell is Bible Study?
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do You Live in an Urban, Suburban, Exurban, or Rural Area? on: September 21, 2014, 11:26:29 am
I live in one of those inner suburbs that popped up right after WW2.


^^^ This
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Former Governer of CT John Rowland headed back to Jail- faces 57 years on: September 20, 2014, 12:14:04 am

Rowland is at it again....

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Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland, who resigned from office a decade ago in a corruption scandal, was convicted Friday of federal charges that he conspired to hide payment for work on two congressional campaigns.

Rowland, once a rising star for the Republican Party, served 10 months in prison for taking illegal gifts while in office and now as a repeat offender faces the possibility of a much stiffer sentence.

The government's case centered around a contract between Rowland and a nursing home chain owned by the husband of 2012 congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley. Rowland's attorneys argued he volunteered for the campaign while receiving $35,000 to consult for her husband's company, but prosecutors said the money was an illegal payment for campaign services.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ex-conn-governor-john-rowland-convicted-conspiracy-charges-article-1.1945899
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: September 19, 2014, 12:56:11 pm
Nothing really wrong with Bushie's breakfast for a normal sized person, probably not the best idea for someone his size, but not completely horrible.  The skipping lunch is not good for someone with an already screwed up metabolism.

Bushie, since you went to Walmart the other day, did you buy the dumbbells I suggested and have been for motnhs & months??
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: KY-ccAdvertising: McConnell (R) + 9% on: September 19, 2014, 12:02:18 pm
The crosstabs might be the most hilarious thing I have ever seen



10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 House Election Polls / Re: NY-04: Siena: Rice (D) easily winning on: September 19, 2014, 11:38:21 am
Pretty much where I would expect this race to be.
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: KY: Gravis: McConnell opens 10-point lead on: September 18, 2014, 01:40:19 pm
 McConnell has a clear advantage at this point, but isn't up 10.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: CO-Quinnipiac: Gardner +8 on: September 18, 2014, 10:05:09 am
So an NBC News poll showing Udall with a comfy lead is totally plausible but a Quinnipiac poll showing Gardner with a similar lead is not?  Sorry, but that doesn't make much sense to me.

Either way, Democrats here and elsewhere have pointed to Udall's consistent lead in the polls as evidence of the supposed "lean D" status of the race.  In two days you have as many polls showing Gardner winning, one of which is well outside the margin.  Is he up eight?  Probably not. But he may very well be leading at this point, which is means that this race is far from Lean D.

The +6 might have been a stretch, but it was at least in the ballpark of other polls (the two before and after it was +4, +2, +3, +4).  This poll is 7 points off from anything else out recently, 6 points off from anything out the entire cycle.
13  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: NFL Pick Em, Week 3 on: September 17, 2014, 11:47:08 pm

Week 3: September 17 - September 23
Thursday Night Fooball

Tampa Bay at Atlanta 

SUN, SEP 21

San Diego at Buffalo   
Dallas at St. Louis   
Washington at Philadelphia 
Houston at NY Giants 
Minnesota at New Orleans
Tennessee at Cincinnati 
Baltimore
at Cleveland
Green Bay at Detroit 
Indianapolis at Jacksonville 
Oakland at New England 
San Francisco
at Arizona 
Denver at Seattle
Kansas City at Miami 
Pittsburgh at Carolina

Monday Night Football

Chicago at NY Jets

Tie Breaker -  Total Score Houston at New York Giants  44

14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: NFL Pick a Winner Week #3 on: September 17, 2014, 11:43:44 pm
Patriots
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: September 17, 2014, 04:02:05 pm
Franzl, I'm not going to attack and accuse because I know it's bad for me.  I'm still trying to find ways to replace it with little extra expense.  There are no restaurants anywhere close (probably a good thing).

Do Deli's exist in Oklahoma??
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Rass Polls on: September 16, 2014, 10:28:46 am
In the past it was option 3, with the firing of Scott and changing their methodology I think they are a bit closer to option 2, but still not sold on them.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: September 16, 2014, 09:27:57 am
Good Tuesday Morning!  I am awake and ready for Day 31.  Tonight, I need to make a quick run to Walmart and then I'll watch two episodes of Big Brother (Sunday and Tuesday).  No games on tonight.

Buy some dumbbells when you go to Walmart??
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: September 15, 2014, 01:33:24 pm
Lunch time!  This has been a really good first day in the new office.  I have a little more privacy than I did in the old office, but everyone is still accessible.  My boss wants me to leave at 1600, not 1700 all week because of logistics.  I may be able to work til 1700 next week.

Uh oh.......
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What are you listening to right now? II on: September 10, 2014, 11:15:21 pm
Hardwell & Joey Dale Feat Luciana- Arcadia
20  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: NFL Weekly Pick Em Week #2 on: September 10, 2014, 11:03:00 pm

Week 2: September 10 - September 16

Pittsburgh at Baltimore
Miami at Buffalo  
Jacksonville at Washington  
Dallas at Tennessee  
Arizona at NY Giants  
New England at Minnesota  
New Orleans at Cleveland
Atlanta at Cincinnati  
Detroit at Carolina  
St. Louis at Tampa Bay  
Seattle
at San Diego  
Houston at Oakland  
NY Jets at Green Bay  
Kansas City at Denver  
Chicago at San Francisco
Philadelphia at Indianapolis

Tiebreaker 51
21  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: NFL Pick a Winner Week #2 on: September 10, 2014, 10:59:48 pm
Packers
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who was President when your parents were born? on: September 10, 2014, 04:09:54 pm
Mom: Truman
Dad:  Eleanor Roosevelt (2 weeks before FDR died)
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 10, 2014, 12:04:13 pm
Hey, guys, I'll pop in here for a second.  My job is going fine.  I just received a less-than-appealing 30 day eval.   I just have to go in there and change my boss's perception.  I'm just carrying on like normal.  I leave at 1630 everyday because that's when my shift ends.  Anyway, I've got to go, but don't worry about things at this point.  I'll share more tonight.

Do you read what you post??  The two sentences there just don't..  Forget it...  You really need to start being honest with yourself first and foremost. 
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Final Predictions for the NY Gov./Lt. Gov. Primaries (9/9/14) on: September 09, 2014, 09:46:55 am
Cuomo 68
Teachout 30
Creidco 2

Cuomo wins every county, Teachout gets close in Tompkins


Hochul 59
Wu 41


25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Cuomo v. Teachout on: September 09, 2014, 09:43:44 am
I voted just before 9:30, I was the 2nd voter in my precinct (it could have even been entire polling place which has several precincts in one, but I believe it was for the precinct).

 I'm in South Farmingdale which is a fairly Republican portion of Nassau County.

How'd you vote (if you don't mind sharing)?

Cuomo/Hochul.  While I don't agree with Cuomo on everything I think he has done a pretty good job.  I'm not one to jump on the Primary protest candidate bandwagon unless someone really shows that they are garbage or have serious ethical issues(would have supported Lamont if I was in CT in 06, supproted Rangel's primary challenger).  I also don't really get much of the liberal opposition to Cuomo.
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