Posts by CountingOutTime

    Here's a funny Christmas story...my first wife, we were married in 1993, divorced in 1994, gave me a used George Harrison CD for Christmas in '93. Mind you, I'd been burglarized a month or so before Christmas. All my CDs, about 500, we're stolen, plus my new Cerwin-Vega floor speakers(worth $500 each) and my television. I had marked many of my CDs with my driver's license number. Imagine my surprise when I opened the George Harrison CD and saw that it was mine, one of the stolen CDs. Of course, I asked my wife where she bought it. I went to that music store and saw all my CDs. I called the police and they met me at the store. The officer told the store manager that he must give me back all the CDs that I had marked, about 140. The others that weren't marked I could buy back at $1.00 each. I bought back maybe 40 more. I was really upset that more than 300 CDs had to stay in the store. I knew they were mine . The officer asked the store manager if he thought it might be a bit strange that someone would sell their 500-CD collection for pennies on the dollar? The officer also asked if he could describe what the person(s) looked like. To my shock, he described two people, one being a black man and the other being my wife. This set into motion a series of very disturbing discoveries about my wife. She apparently had hooked up with some drug addicts and had sold our property for drug money. We divorced after 11 months of marriage. I wonder if anyone ever purchased any of the 300 or so CDs that I wasn't willing to pay to get back? I could only get back the ones I could prove were mine. Sad story, I know, but funny in that my wife was clueless to the fact that she was giving me a CD for Christmas that was in fact mine already, and that she had stolen from me. The homeowners insurance settled my claim for $10,000. I was happy about that, but would rather have had my stuff back. How's that for a Christmas story?

    In our house, we love the Christmas classics by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Johhny Mathis, Perry Como, Burl Ives, Teresa Brewer, plus all the Mannheim Steamroller albums We also like the classic rock Christmas songs by The Eagles, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Greg Lake, Sammy Hagar.


    So sorry to hear that David Saunders aka NedFlanders123 has passed away. :(


    He has a post just above in this topic.


    R I P David

    What!!? My heart goes out to his family, especially his wife, Janice. I'm shocked to hear this. He posted not more than a few days ago. So sad! ;(

    My mother got infected. For some days it looked like she did not have to go to hospital, but then we had to call the doctor. They said it's most likely getting worse and we have to prepare a decision what action has to be taken when that happens (i.e. do we want to send her to intensive carem put her in a coma etc, problem is that most likely would have caused damage to her brain oder other parts of the body). So we said no intensive care etc.

    I'm quite happy that she managed to go through this and will be leaving hospital soon.

    Very sorry to hear this news of your mother, Christian, but very happy that she's on the mend. Today is Thanksgiving Day in America. I am thankful for your Mom's recovery. Best wishes.

    Toronto and other big cities have started their lock down.


    We are in red alert, which means restricted hours going out.

    California is on lock down with a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. thru December 21st. Where we live, San Bernardino county, the Sheriff says he's not going to enforce the curfew. He's referring people to the Joint Information Center to report public health violations.

    I've got one final thought on the difference between Democrat and Republican. The Dems have been consistently on the side of the working man and woman. They believe that the government should be by the people, for the people and of the people. Politicians are elected by the people. It would do them good to remember this every time they make a decision that affects us. We need term limits for all politicians. They should not be making a career out of politics at our expense.


    For at least the last 20 years, the Republican party has been getting more and more corrupt. It is their core belief that the federal government has no place in making decisions for the people, and that local government should be making these decisions. Less government is better. This is why they are hell bent on not wanting nationalized healthcare. Even though 'democratic socialism' has existed for decades in the United States in the form of Social Security (retirement income for people 62 and older) and Medicare (healthcare for seniors). Both of these programs are funded by taxpayers through payroll deductions. The Feds 'borrow' this money for their limitless programs and never pay it back, which is why Medicare and Social Security are expected to be broke in the next 10 years.


    I've said before that I consider myself to be more of a centrist in politics. I'm a registered Democrat and have voted for candidates of both parties in years past. I vote for the person and not the party.


    Corruption is part and parcel to politics in every country, but America seems to be leading the way at the moment.

    I hate all the "left" and "right" framing that hijacks every political discussion these days. Here in Germany particularly we seem to have entered an era in which "left" and "right" seem to be synonyms for "good" and "bad", or by now "trustful to your government" and "dangerous for society". I just hate it.

    I completely agree with you. We need to be voting for the person, not the party. I know many Americans who have voted Republican their entire life and only vote down party lines, ignorant of the issues involved in each election. It's very frustrating. They're not voting for Trump, they're voting Republican. They don't even know why. For this reason, the facts about Trump and all his ugliness are moot. As he has said, "I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters." Republicans will twist the truth in order to win over voters. The current run-off election in Georgia is for 2 Senate seats that could give control of the Senate to the Democrats, but the political ads the Republicans are releasing contain blatantly false accusations against the Democrats. These are sick minds that wouldn't know the meaning of a "fair election." Oh, and Trump won't leave the White House...there's that.