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  1. "I thought I was gaining weight, but turns out I just had to rethink my body image." Anonymous teen pop singer on her new look.
  2. That is cold. I've lived in close to that temp for a winter. With the windchill, it was dangerous to be out long unless you were dressed to live. One day there was a local news announcement that an elderly man had frozen on his front porch after apparently struggling to pick the right key, or placing and turning it to get into his house. Bulgakov
  3. Good for you for doing something NJ., and for sticking with it. No way to be sure how it will turn out, but you're guaranteed it won't be like it is now. That's the risk, that's the reward. You've done the heaviest lifting now. Hope you find a place you like. Bulgakov
  4. If he's the maturing feisty male you've talked about, then be ready for more than dirt. Young males like to screech at each other in the night, then they fight, and you are looking at tending puncture wounds--gotta keep removing the scab--and other injuries. Bulgakov
  5. Just now, on a news banner across the bottom of the screen on FOX: "Gen Z says the crying emoji is not cool." I don't make this stuff up. Tell those crying emojis to buck up.
  6. The auto censor software is not a sharp tool. I had capitalized the word, thinking it would pass as a proper noun . . . and now it's been turned into something indecent. Thinking like this is going around. Bulgakov
  7. Good summary. I think any mainstream diet would agree with you . Too, like you said, some of the diets are controlled by proprietary diet food that are part of the package. And that's just business as usual. As you have, with some thought most people could plan a less carb/less sugar starter diet for themselves. Yours is a more structured diet because you have specific nutrient goals. The first of the only two books I've read on diet was written by a standup comic and political activist named d**k Gregory, written in the 60s. "Diet For Folks Who Like To Eat," I think it was titled. It wasn't that great, but he did relate in the beginning that he had tried to lose weight first by cutting out all meat. The public wasn't well informed on diet and the idea that the fat on meat was a major contributor to fatness was popular. He said he ate only vegetables, lots of them, like potatoes--probably with gravy since that wouldn't be meat. And he got fatter than he was before the diet. Then he started to look into nutrition. But yeah, it wasn't that long ago that most people thought cutting out meat was the best way to lose weight. Bulgakov
  8. My only trick for this is to intercept my gut level message to my brain, before the anger can make its play reflexively. Mystic forefather and cognitive behaviorist Thomas Jefferson said it best: "When angry, count to 10 before you speak. If very angry, a hundred." Google results say this notion has been "born out by science"--but I didn't click on any of the links. It seems like common sense also. It doesn't always work, and maybe shouldn't. It's sage advice, similar to "think before you act," but sometimes you just have to derail the anger for the moment so you can think. Can't hurt to try Jefferson's idea, it's harder than it sounds. good luck, Bulgakov
  9. I went to some of the tent vendors in town today. I live in a dusty town of around 3,000, but tourist season--Oct/Nov to March/April--swells the place to 1 to 1.5 million according to past records. It's several big areas around town with the vendors, food wagons and stands, etc. Anyway, today when I went to the main area, the owner of one of the large tents had pulled his double size truck up in front of his area, facing a main waking area, and big in the rear window it had big block letters "Buck Fiden." A woman, likely the wife, mulled among the passers by with her own small flag on a pole that said Buck Fiden also. I try not to purchase from people who insist on putting their politics or religion on display at their place of business. And I don't get it. I wont buy from him now because I think he's an axehole, and I know a lot of people would agree with me. Biden supporters with a sense of loyalty won't shop there either now that's its clear they aren't wanted. It's amazing. Bulgakov
  10. For most men in the world, it's hard to strike up a conversation with a female they don't know. Some are naturals at it, but most I think are not. It makes everyone nervous. You can say anything that doesn't sound in sane. Like job interviews, the more you try it, the more relaxed you get at it. Just try it, take that risk. I've been turned down up and down the social scale over the years and I'm wonderful. You can't take it personal, it usually isn't. Good Luck, Bulgakov Best, Bulgakov
  11. I've seen this in a few posts lately. I'm not the hall monitor for the world, still . . . PSA: Since even before this time of wakeness and fear, the word "retard", when used in a pejorative, or deprecating manner has been discouraged. They are a group of diverse people who share similar challenges in cognitive abilities. To say "I'm such a retard," or to make references to the funny antics of the retarded shows a lack of awareness of some sort. Just keep those jokes for friends. Bulgakov
  12. Lots of "days" are like that. Once a friend told me his niece was going to celebrate her quinceanera, a coming out party for 15-year-old Latinas. His extended family was kind of like the Mafia in that everyone was expected to contribute. I asked what the occasion was about, where it came from. "It's about getting you to spend your money," he said. but, remember that Valentines always falls only a day before Cheap Candy day. Bulgakov
  13. I lived for awhile in North Dakota. Even the apartments I lived in had block heater connections for every parking spot. Cheaper than new parts, engine blocks, engine heads! Bulgakov
  14. Me too. I watch only clips from other news. Most news is politico/media theater now. The "littleness" of the thinking gets to me. I listen to news besides the impeachment, but a lot of the analysis done by talking heads amounts to a re-summary of already tired news, an attack on the opposition, and a hurrah for their team or cause. It's one sided, so can never be analysis. Bulgakov
  15. If you're not vegetarian or vegan, then I've been using an old cooking trick I can recommend. It's rendered bacon, or bacon fat, or bacon grease. My favorite brand of bacon is "Ends and Pieces," and it can be found across the country. So I carefully pour the bacon oil left after slow frying into a jar. It goes in yellow, but dries to a cream white. My grandma used to keep a jar under her sink, and so did my mom. Lots of uses. One of the OG flavoring agents. Bulgakov
  16. "It's All Over Now Baby Blue"---Bob Dylan First Verse: You must leave now, take what you need, you think will last But whatever you wish to keep, you better grab it fast Yonder stands your orphan with his gun Crying like a fire in the sun Look out baby the saints are comin' through And it's all over now, baby blue
  17. Hi June, I think you're o.k. Unless you're in politics, a court would have to be convinced with proof of some sort, any court, that you did it. Your neighbor has to prove you did what you didn't. Without a eye witness of some sort, or a video, sounds like noise. Good Luck, Bulgakov
  18. I'd say that's one helluva well trained cat. Bulga
  19. Still learning to cook things in the air fryer oven. The frozen french fries cook in 8-10 minutes and are as good as any deep fried anywhere, amazing.
  20. James Cagney's best actor Oscar for "Yankee Doodle Dandy" has been cancelled due to the fact he smashed a grapefruit in his girl's face in his earlier movie "The Public Enemy". kidding, but just barley, Bulgakov
  21. I leave Fox news on most of the day at a low volume. I don't agree with the Fox view of things, but I know their bias, and try to separate that from the facts as I go. That's required for most news today. I heard a snippet from one of the talking heads--a panel "guest" talking head--saying that too much news today discussed personalities. He mentioned some old news guys like Walter Cronkite, Huntley/Brinkley. Those guys, he said, seemed to just announce the news. I'd had the same thought a few days before I heard the guest's comment. I was thinking of the quote: “Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people (personalities).” - Eleanor Roosevelt. This is a real problem for all media, the growing tendency to gossip, to discuss personalities. Many of today's analysts are young women trying to distinguish themselves by talking faster, harder, and louder--men have always done this. I don't mean to generalize or take a swipe at women. I'm just sayin' news reporting is, as the guest suggested, taking the small mind road. Bulgakov
  22. Navalny could be the George Floyed moment for Putin and Russia. They've started arresting members of his family, and friends. That's just old school tyranny. When the government tries to poison you for speaking freely, now that's authoritarianism. Bulgakov
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