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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 10:59 AM

Enjoying a day off today. Ask me anything.

Getting ready to head out for a nice breakfast. But don't worry: they have wi-fi. Talk to you then...

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Reply Enjoying a day off today. Ask me anything. (Original post)
Aristus Dec 2012 OP
Denninmi Dec 2012 #1
Aristus Dec 2012 #2
Shadowflash Dec 2012 #3
Aristus Dec 2012 #4
shintao Dec 2012 #5
Aristus Dec 2012 #6
Denninmi Dec 2012 #7
Aristus Dec 2012 #8
Denninmi Dec 2012 #13
shintao Dec 2012 #14
Aristus Dec 2012 #15
riderinthestorm Dec 2012 #9
Aristus Dec 2012 #10
Denninmi Dec 2012 #16
Aristus Dec 2012 #19
Yavin4 Dec 2012 #11
Aristus Dec 2012 #12
HipChick Dec 2012 #17
Aristus Dec 2012 #18
fizzgig Dec 2012 #20
Aristus Dec 2012 #21
fizzgig Dec 2012 #22
Aristus Dec 2012 #23
fleur-de-lisa Dec 2012 #24
Aristus Dec 2012 #25

Response to Aristus (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 11:00 AM

1. What's the weather like there this time of year?

Here, we had about 6 inches of snow Wed evening, so we are in winter wonderland mode.

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Response to Denninmi (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 11:26 AM

2. Cold and gray, with scattered rain showers.

It's 7:24am here, and the sun's not up yet. There's a glimmer in the East, and the sky tells me it may be partly cloudy today. I'd give anything to see the sun...

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 11:30 AM

3. Why do we park on driveways and drive on parkways?

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Response to Shadowflash (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 11:36 AM

4. In order to give budding comedians something to talk about when the airline food jokes run out.

Thank you...



...I'll be here all week...

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 11:46 AM

5. What Makes you live in the land of drizzle?

 

I was born in Portland, but lived most of my life between Arizona and California in search of maximum sunshine, tong beauties, and water sports. In fact I spent a year in Washington state as a child around ten or so.

But WHY do you stay in such a gloomy raining, fog, cloud ridden land? I spent a year in Oregon, and went through a tornado there, the rain pounding down day and night drove me crazy and into depression. Working in the rain, driving in the rain, watching the rain, goooooooooooooood!!! Never so happy to leave a place, cept nam was worse, in my entire life. I even vowed to never work in the rain again after the Oregon experience.

So tell us, what is about Washington that you like.

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Response to shintao (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 11:53 AM

6. A childhood spent in Texas.

My dad was a career Army officer, and I grew up in warm climates all over the southern US. Texas, Arizona, Louisiana, Kentucky (okay, it gets cold in Kentucky, too; but it gets cold when it's supposed to get cold: November-March). Then my dad was assigned to Ft. Lewis for his last duty station. The cold and perpetual rain took a lot of getting used to. So much so that when my dad retired, he moved us back to Texas, to Houston. Now, for any DU-ers who live in, and love, Houston, please be patient with me. I thought Houston was a pestilential hell-hole, and so did the rest of my family. We begged my dad to move us back up here, which he did. I've lived here ever since, except for my own time in the Army.

The Northwest is my home, rain and all...

And now the sun is coming up. No rain so far...

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 12:21 PM

7. What's for breakfast?

?

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Response to Denninmi (Reply #7)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 12:49 PM

8. Biscuits and gravy.

You can take the boy out of the South (see above), but you can't take the South out of the boy. Six days a week, I eat high-fiber cereal with skim milk for breakfast. Once in a while, I like to treat myself, even if it's just humble, lowly, biscuits and gravy.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #8)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 01:35 PM

13. Being good to yourself is important.

And, all things in moderation.

My usual is a banana and a protein bar or shake. About once a month something like a couple of eggs on toast.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #8)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 02:21 PM

14. LOL! Same thing here ~ B&G

 

How I recall SOS in the Army. Always seemed sour on toast.

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Response to shintao (Reply #14)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 06:41 PM

15. I could always judge the quality of a particular mess hall

by whether they served SOS on biscuits or on toast.

Biscuits meant an Army baker had to get up at 0200 and make 5,000 biscuits before breakfast was served. That's dedication.

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 01:09 PM

9. Is there any truth to the old wives tale that a cold will go by faster if you let it run its course

 

without medicating it?

I picked up a miserable cold on Christmas Eve but as a farmer, I've still got to work every day outside. So I dose myself with cold meds and slog through til its over - which takes a week or more to run its course.

My daughter won't take a thing when she gets a cold. A week later she's still snuffly and has a bit of a cough but she's not nearly as miserable as I am.

Oh, and one more question (if you don't mind?) do you have any plans for the rest of the day? (I have no life and have to live mine vicariously through others )

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Response to riderinthestorm (Reply #9)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 01:17 PM

10. You're not an old wife, are you?



No, a cold is a cold is a cold. An acute viral illness. Medications for a cold are meant to treat the symptoms, not cure the illness. Your body will cure itself over time, anywhere from 7-10 days usually, more if one is immunocompromised somehow.

Outdoor farmwork can have an effect on the duration of the illness. If your body is devoting resources to keeping you upright and working, instead of curing your viral infection, recovery time may be increased. That's why I recommend bed-rest for my patients with viral illnesses. Your body has nothing else to do but get you better.

I'm just enjoying some coffee at the local family-owned coffee shop not far from my house. Later, I'm going to get in a good workout, and then go for a massage. I'm hoping to be able to convince my supervising physician to prescribe massage for stress-relief. Then I can get my insurance to pay for it.

It's not a trip to Paris or anything, but I hope you enjoy it all vicariously...

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Response to Aristus (Reply #10)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 07:17 PM

16. Ah, yes, massage therapy.

Another one of my new indulgences. It seems to help with lack of mobility in my left knee, and the massage therapist is in one of my fitness classes so we have become friends, which is nice.

What kind of exercise do you do when you work out? Cardio or strength or both?

Any special activities you do, such as running or biking?

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Response to Denninmi (Reply #16)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 07:37 PM

19. I usually do an hour on my elliptical walker.

And then 20-30 minutes of weight-lifting and sit-ups.

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 01:19 PM

11. Is It Feed a Fever / Starve A Cold?

Or feed a cold / starve a fever?

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Response to Yavin4 (Reply #11)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 01:26 PM

12. Neither. Eat a normal diet as tolerated.

Your body needs nutritional resources in order to combat the virus. What's more important, though, is water. Drink enough to stay well-hydrated. When you have a virus, your body goes through water very quickly.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #12)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 07:23 PM

17. does it have to be water?

I have a 12 pack of Becks...it looks lonely

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Response to HipChick (Reply #17)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 07:37 PM

18. Yes.

Alcohol will dehydrate you; not good when you have a virus. Or any other time, either...

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 07:38 PM

20. how's your day off been?

i've actually been productive today. the kitchen is mostly cleaned and i busted out my new spot carpet cleaner to address some cat messes. now if i can just figure out where the new blender is going to live...

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Response to fizzgig (Reply #20)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 08:27 PM

21. Had a nice, tough workout, then a wonderful, relaxing massage.

My neck and shoulder muscles haven't been this loose in years. The masseuse said my neck and shoulders will need more work. But I was planning on a few follow-ups anyway. It just feels so good.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #21)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 08:41 PM

22. nothing like a good massage

i am way overdue for one, that loose feeling is so nice.

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Response to fizzgig (Reply #22)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 09:29 PM

23. You got that right...

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 09:54 PM

24. Why is religious belief/doctrine called 'dogma'?

Shouldn't it be 'godma'?

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Reply #24)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 10:31 PM

25. It's based on a Greek word that means "to think, to believe, or to imagine".

The root word for 'God' is Germanic.

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