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Bertha Venation

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Name: Bertha. What else?
Gender: Female
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Home country: home, sweet home
Current location: Fountain Valley, CA
Member since: Wed Oct 15, 2003, 09:30 PM
Number of posts: 21,475

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We're going to Rehoboth Beach this weekend

to celebrate our second wedding anniversary!

What are you doing this weekend?
Posted by Bertha Venation | Fri Sep 7, 2012, 10:02 AM (13 replies)

Hi, Nostradammit

I didn’t choose the name of a movie. I chose a play on words.

I used to sing with a community chorus in Long Beach, CA. One rehearsal the director announced that the amounts we paid for our dues (which took the form of a donation to the chorus; one could choose one’s own amount) would be listed with our names in the next program. I rebelled, and the day before the program went to the printer, I asked the person overseeing the project if he would change my name to “Bertha Venation” * -- the first name that came to mind when considering a pseudonym -- in that section of the program. He did. Of course everyone in the chorus figured out that it was me (process of elimination), and I was henceforth known as Bertha Venation.

* “Bertha Venation” is the name of a drag queen in Harvey Fierstein’s play/movie “Torch Song Trilogy.”
Posted by Bertha Venation | Mon Aug 27, 2012, 04:08 PM (0 replies)

Mrs. V.'s dad is moving to the nursing home today, and he doesn't know it

because he has advanced Alzheimer's.

Mrs. V. is heartbroken. She has never cried over her dad's condition, but she is crying now. She wishes desperately that she were in TN to take him to the home. Her mom will be alone for the first time in over 60 years.

Please keep Mrs. V. and Mamaw V. in your thoughts today. Thank you.

Dear god, I wish I knew of something to do for my beloved.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Tue Aug 7, 2012, 12:27 PM (23 replies)

Drug testing for people on welfare?

My neighbor posted this on FB: "Thank you Florida, Kentucky and Missouri, which are the first states that will require drug testing when applying for welfare. Some people are crying and calling this unconstitutional. How is this unconstitutional????? It's okay to drug test people who work for their money, but not for those who don't? . . . Repost this if you'd like to see this done in all 50 states. If you can afford to buy drugs and extra illegal things then you can afford your own groceries."

I'm stumped as to how to answer this. All I could post in reply was "This assumes that everyone on welfare uses illegal drugs. This assumes that everyone on welfare is able-bodied."

What are your thoughts?
Posted by Bertha Venation | Sun Jul 22, 2012, 09:52 AM (57 replies)

Do not read if your brain explodes at incredibly bad writing.

I know it's long and I don't blame you if you don't read it all.

Did you ever see "Mars Attacks?" This article is the yodeling to my Martian brain.

From a waste of bandwidth called baseballtvschedule.net


The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, as they are officially known as, are a baseball team in the Western Division of the American League in the MLB. The Los Angeles Angels were first formed together in 1961, in the current city they are in. Throughout the years, the team did experiment with the team name which became final in 2005, when the called themselves the Los Angeles Angels. One of the very first stadiums in the baseball industry was the Wrigley Field. The LA Angels played the Wrigley Field before moving into the Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The team players are easily spotted on the field, in their dark red uniform with Angels written across.

In 2002, the Los Angeles Angels won the World Series against the San Francisco Giants. It was there only World Series win and Pennant in their time at the MLB. From 1979 to 20011, the Los Angeles Angels won eight Western division titles, which is considered to be a good record. Most teams in the league have won just as much in longer periods. The ownership of the team was moved around frequently in the early years of the team, which resulted in many administrative issues for the team. However, today, things seem to have gotten in the right track for the Los Angeles Angels.

The 2012 Los Angeles Angels schedule indicates that the first game of the season will be played against the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of an exhibition game. There have been issues between the Angels and the Dodgers in the past, and it makes this one of the top games for people to see at the start. The spring training session will not really give us much of an indication of how things will work out, but it should be interesting to see how the new players perform. Not only does the team have rivalries but the fans do as well. Some of the top rivalry teams for the Angels include, the Dodgers, Yankees, Mariners and Rangers.

The Angel Stadium of Anaheim is a baseball field which was a football field for the St Louis Rams. The stadium was built in 1966, but it only went through modern renovations in 1998. The renovation that lasted between 1997 and 1999 ranked up costs to one hundred million dollars, which produced a very modern ballpark for the Anaheim district. The seating capacity at the stadium is about forty-five thousand with a couple hundred more spots for standing. If you haven’t checked out the 2012 Los Angeles Angels schedule, you should probably do so, to see the upcoming games and opponents.

Here are a few comments.

1. The Angels' standard uniform is white, not red. A few times a month, they wear red jerseys.

2. For the first thirty years of the franchise, the Halos had one majority owner: Gene Autry.

3. The third paragraph is hilarious.

4. The St. Louis Rams never played in Anaheim.

5. On edit: Oh, yeah, they got Wrigley Field right, but the Halos didn't play in the Wrigley Field that was one of "the very first stadiums in the baseball industry."

Disclaimer: I am a grammar nazi and a thoroughly biased Angels' fan.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Fri Jul 20, 2012, 04:06 PM (10 replies)

If the god of the bible exists, I guess I'm going to hell, because

in more than one thread today I have said that that god is fucked up.

Posted by Bertha Venation | Thu Jul 19, 2012, 02:41 PM (45 replies)

Running down the stairs . . .

. . . never a good idea for the portly among us. In my haste I missed the bottom two steps. *CRACK* went the right ankle, then I fell ass over teakettle and broke my glasses in the deal. Four surgeries and a fused ankle later . . . .

Then there was the time I shot myself in the foot -- intentionally -- with the BB gun.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Fri Jun 29, 2012, 04:43 PM (1 replies)

My post about torn-out trees and our new tree.

In reaction to seeing that magnificent tree killed, I vowed to plant a tree.

A couple of weeks ago we planted (rather, had planted) a peach tree in our front yard. Here's a pic. (I'm usually a little savvier than this but I can't figure out how to turn it. Maybe someone else can do it.)

the torn-out trees thread
Posted by Bertha Venation | Tue Jun 12, 2012, 04:04 PM (9 replies)

a question about journals

I just noticed that my journal hasn't been recording the threads I've recently marked for journal. Anyone know why? Thanks.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Tue Jun 12, 2012, 02:08 PM (7 replies)

My sister's TLC, my grandma's last days. (May be disturbing to some)

My paternal grandmother, Florence Elizabeth Janzen Harris, was born on Monday, February 19, 1917. She died on Friday, October 27, 2006.

I moved away from my native home in Southern California in 2000. I last saw Grandma two years before she died. I was not there to spend time with her as her dementia progressed. My sisters were, and did. Before she moved to "the home," they each visited her several times a week and helped her with everything imaginable, from cleaning her house to clipping her toenails. After she went to "the home," they each visited her at least once a week, although she didn't know them. She always seemed surprised to see any visitors, usually saying "Are you here for ME?" then smiling when the answer was "yes." She seemed to understand when my sisters explained that she was their grandmother. On every visit, she asked -- several times -- "Do you have a man? Do you have babies?"

I recently asked one of my sisters, Marie, with whom I correspond by email all day through the workday, to tell me about when Grandma died. I remembered only that she had asked them both, as she lay literally on her death bed, "Is it ok if I go now?" This was my sister's reply:

"We were both there, I don’t remember who she asked. There was about half an hour where she was fully lucid and in the right time period, where she knew who we were and was able to carry on an actual conversation (not just “do you have babies?”). That was fantastic, and they say it happens often at the end. I think it was the next day, as they were preparing to take her to hospice, she was really sick and out of it. Feverish and delirious, she kept throwing off her covers and gown and pulling off her oxygen. I went in a little before Denise and found her fully exposed and asleep, so I covered her before Denise came in. Denise said she couldn’t have handled that. Not sure why, maybe because she’s so “proper”?

"I went to the hospice and saw her as soon as she’d been put in a room; she’d messed herself. Nurse cleaned her up and when I went back in, she was fully exposed again. As I began to cover her, nurse said it’s really best not to. She’s dying, at least she should feel comfortable and if she wants to be naked, we’ll let her. So I let her. I stayed for a while, but she never came around enough to realize I was there. She died early the next morning."

I miss my grandma so much.

Grandma in 2004, sharing her cooky

Posted by Bertha Venation | Mon Jun 11, 2012, 03:50 PM (2 replies)
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