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Bertha Venation

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Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Current location: Charles County, MD
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Camping Questions - Follow Up

Here is what I've learned of the event.

It is held each year on private land in northeast Connecticut. The campsite is near the parking lot.

I'm told the temp is around 70s-80s during the day and the 50s at night.

There is running water, but I don't know about sinks. There are no showers or toilets (save for a port-a-potty).

I don't know if there's a grocery nearby. However, someone will make a daily ice run, so basics must be nearby.

The camp is for five days (four nights).

I failed to ask today if there's electricity. I'll find out tomorrow. I also have to ask if there's cell reception. I sincerely doubt it.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Thu May 28, 2015, 01:44 AM (2 replies)

Camping Questions

Hi. I'll be going camping for the first time in August.

Can you recommend a good and inexpensive (oxymoron?) 4-man tent? What is the best source for tents?

Do I need a sleeping pad if I have a cot?

There will be communal dinners, but I don't know anything about camp cooking. I'll probably take a cooler full of sandwiches for myself. But if I should need to contribute, what should I take to make and share? What's easy but good? And what kinds of pots & pans & utensils will I need? And how will I boil water for tea? Gotta have my tea.

I am looking up answers to these questions as well as posting here. If you can offer any advice besides answers to my questions, I'd welcome it.

Thanks!

Cross-posted to Outdoors
Posted by Bertha Venation | Tue May 26, 2015, 08:46 PM (42 replies)

Camping Questions

Hi. I'll be going camping for the first time in August.

Can you recommend a good and inexpensive (oxymoron?) 4-man tent? What is the best source for tents?

Do I need a sleeping pad if I have a cot?

There will be communal dinners, but I don't know anything about camp cooking. I'll probably take a cooler full of sandwiches for myself. But if I should need to contribute, what should I take to make and share? What's easy but good? And what kinds of pots & pans & utensils will I need? And how will I boil water for tea? Gotta have my tea.

I am looking up answers to these questions as well as posting here. If you can offer any advice besides answers to my questions, I'd welcome it.

Thanks!

Cross-posted to the Lounge
Posted by Bertha Venation | Tue May 26, 2015, 08:44 PM (31 replies)

Welfare fraud discussion w/ RW'er on FB: "a lot more than gov't stats show"

This is what Lena said in response to a statistic I linked to (8.1% fraud in improper welfare payments in 2013): "There are the legitimate needy and there are abusers, a lot more than the Gov. statistics show. I worked for the Fed. Government so I know a little about waste, fraud and abuse. Let it go."

Let it go? Let it go? Oh, I don't think so. Now I'm pissed.

Off to surf for more stats. Meantime, anyone have any handy links at their fingertips?
Posted by Bertha Venation | Wed May 20, 2015, 09:25 AM (2 replies)

My wife sees a therapist for (not revealing confidentialities)

She is learning how to live with, to deal with, someone with borderline personality disorder.

Me.

This is a new diagnosis. It goes with major depression, generalized anxiety, and bipolar II. I take four psych drugs.

Now borderline personality disorder. Even though I've read a lot about it, I don't really understand it. Anyone else with this particular affliction?

I really feel bad for my wife. She didn't know what she was signing on for 15 years ago.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Tue May 19, 2015, 09:45 PM (8 replies)

What do you think of this?

I'm a member of the Maryland Choral Society, a wonderfully talented chorus. It humbles me to think that I passed an audition and was accepted into this group.

It seems to be assumed that everyone in this group sings in a church choir and is a Christian. The president of the chorus is a Baptist pastor. I'm an atheist.

I can deal with this. I can sing sacred texts and standard religious carols and such. I see myself as an actor when I do this. The words mean nothing to me.

I'm facing something unique in my life. I'm somewhat apprehensive about coming out as an atheist. I wouldn't make an announcement, but I would come out in one-on-one conversation. I have already been asked twice what church I sing with. I just said "none right now" once and "this is my only group right now" to the other.

It is not important to me to flatly set the record straight. I don't have any notions that I must be true to myself, to be out fully so that I can sleep at night.

I just don't like dodging questions, and am apprehensive about how/when to answer fully.

Your thoughts?

Oh - just got an email from the president. A member's toddler grandson died today, and he's asked us to remember the family in prayer. This is an email to a secular chorus.

Cross-posted from the Lounge
Posted by Bertha Venation | Wed May 13, 2015, 10:46 AM (10 replies)

What do you think of this?

I'm a member of the Maryland Choral Society, a wonderfully talented chorus. It humbles me to think that I passed an audition and was accepted into this group.

It seems to be assumed that everyone in this group sings in a church choir and is a Christian. The president of the chorus is a Baptist pastor. I'm an atheist.

I can deal with this. I can sing sacred texts and standard religious carols and such. I see myself as an actor when I do this. The words mean nothing to me.

I'm facing something unique in my life. I'm somewhat apprehensive about coming out as an atheist. I wouldn't make an announcement, but I would come out in one-on-one conversation. I have already been asked twice what church I sing with. I just said "none right now" once and "this is my only group right now" to the other.

It is not important to me to flatly set the record straight. I don't have any notions that I must be true to myself, to be out fully so that I can sleep at night.

I just don't like dodging questions, and am apprehensive about how/when to answer fully.

Your thoughts?

Oh - just got an email from the president. A member's toddler grandson died today, and he's asked us to remember the family in prayer. This is an email to a secular chorus.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Wed May 13, 2015, 10:16 AM (23 replies)
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