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Do something different in September

Do something different in Sept.

(text copied form rest of year)

A While ago, we had a "Do Something Different" thread.

I beleive Emperor-Fool used to run it (Thanks to GoryDetails for the info)

If I remember rightly. the idea was to do something different a month (bi- monthly, anually. insert own time scale)

This can range from anything like, "I tried a different, cake/restaurant" to "I climbed a mountain" or anything else.

So please feel free to join at anytime. post what you have done different or new.
Please don't feel obliged to join in, it is merely a bit of fun.

(looking at it Emperor-Fool tried to reply to all coments, I can not promise to do that.)

Hope all this makes sense and i am not treading on any one's toes by running it.

link to Jan here: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/538147
link to Feb here: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8893845
link to March: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/540108
link to April http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/540934
Link to May: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8942964
link to June: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/542617
link to July : https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/543228
link to Augut: https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/544298

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Do something different in Sept.

(text copied form rest of year)

A While ago, we had a "Do Something Different" thread.

I beleive Emperor-Fool used to run it (Thanks to GoryDetails for the info)

If I remember rightly. the idea was to do something different a month (bi- monthly, anually. insert own time scale)

This can range from anything like, "I tried a different, cake/restaurant" to "I climbed a mountain" or anything else.

So please feel free to join at anytime. post what you have done different or new.
Please don't feel obliged to join in, it is merely a bit of fun.

(looking at it Emperor-Fool tried to reply to all coments, I can not promise to do that.)

Hope all this makes sense and i am not treading on any one's toes by running it.

link to Jan here: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/538147
link to Feb here: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8893845
link to March: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/540108
link to April http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/540934
Link to May: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8942964
link to June: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/542617
link to July : https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/543228
link to Augut: https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/544298
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On the 8th I will volunteer with a raccoon rescue organization for the first time, so I bet there will be a lot of new experiences that day.

I leave a few days later to drive out to St. Louis for a nursing conference. I'll visit cities I haven't been to before (with all the new things that entails), meet new people, go to lots of lectures, and even take part in a cadaver lab.
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Wow! Raccoon rescue and a cadaver lab. My life is so boring!
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Boring life

>> My life is so boring!

I doubt that! Just different means of excitement. :)
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On the 8th I will volunteer with a raccoon rescue organization for the first time, so I bet there will be a lot of new experiences that day.


Awesome! Although I think I'd find it hard to remember that the goal is to rescue and rehabilitate the raccoons, NOT to try and cuddle them {wry grin}. [Not that a wild raccoon would permit such liberties without taking prompt vengeance!]

I leave a few days later to drive out to St. Louis for a nursing conference. I'll visit cities I haven't been to before (with all the new things that entails), meet new people, go to lots of lectures, and even take part in a cadaver lab.


Also awesome! Though for me, the cadaver lab sounds the most interesting. Obligatory book reference here: The Anatomist: A True Story of Gray's Anatomy ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7337319/ ).

Best of luck with your endeavors!
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>> Awesome! Although I think I'd find it hard to remember that the goal is to rescue and rehabilitate the raccoons, NOT to try and cuddle them {wry grin}. [Not that a wild raccoon would permit such liberties without taking prompt vengeance!]

They're not resistant to human contact -- apparently while cleaning out their cages I will likely be climbed all over -- though they are not so cuddly. I'll definitely come back with stories!

>>Also awesome! Though for me, the cadaver lab sounds the most interesting. Obligatory book reference here: The Anatomist: A True Story of Gray's Anatomy ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7337319/ ).

I'm looking forward to the lab most of all, but I did get to pick what lectures I'm going to, which is excellent. It's a wide variety of topics, and all sound interesting to me. I'm looking forward to it very much!
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Going to visit a couple of towns I used to live in, plus of course other places. My mother is coming with me, as she lived in them too. I left one town over 40 years ago and the other even longer ago than that. I have been back a few times to each town, but not for many years.
My, how Nimbin (one of the towns) has changed since my day :)
Nimbin views: https://www.google.com.au/search?...
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Going to visit a couple of towns I used to live in, plus of course other places.


Sounds like a great nostalgia trip - hope you have a fine time!
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I visited Nimbin with my husband and his sister and brother-in-law a few years ago. It was a fascinating and very "different" place but it was so hot that we didn't enjoy it as much as we could have done. We also visited a Hare Krishna temple/settlement on the way there which was very interesting.
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"different"

I lived there pre the present changes, so it is "different" for me too :) these days. When I lived there it was a quiet tiny village off the beaten track. Now it is the centre of alternative lifestyle. It changed after the Aquarius Festival in 1973. My parent's old house was converted into the medical centre and my bedroom became a doctor's consulting room. It was in the main street and convenient to the tiny hospital, which had to extend with all the new arrivals. Despite the changes to our old house, it was nice to see the original coloured glass around the entrance was kept. The previous, smaller doctor's house and surgery became extra class rooms for the small primary school, because it couldn't cope the size it was. When I was there different age groups shared the same classroom. Eventually a bigger new school was build and the old Central School became an art centre. Yes, the town has changed since my day there.
Aquarius Festival in 1973: https://www.google.com.au/search?...
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My city installed eight of them in a literacy initiative, and asked for volunteers to keep an eye on them, so of course I signed up. Got the list of assignments, and this one is mine, placed on the grounds of the Advanced Learning Center:

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/825174

I'm one of two stewards assigned to this one, and I suspect I'll be checking up on most of the others, if only to keep them on the "go hunting" pages with a release a month, if not more.

I do hope they work out, without suffering vandalism or having all the books cleared out at once, or - perhaps worst - lack of interest, but so far, so good!

(I'd have set up one in my own yard long ago, except that my street is narrow, has no sidewalks and lots of traffic, and tends to accumulate large snowplow mounds in winter, so it isn't easy-access for book-browsing.)
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I'm in Dessau.

I've never been in Dessau before. So it's different. :-)
I've seen the original Bauhaus building, it's fascinating!
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That takes me back to college days. The school I went to (first) required that a mini-thesis be written in one's major field. I was (nominally) an art history major at the time and did research for a paper on the Bauhaus movement.

Never finished the paper. I wasn't a particularly dedicated student at the time, to put it mildly, and, therefore, didn't graduate from that college.

But it takes me back, nonetheless.


What took you to Dessau? The Bauhaus?
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What took you to Dessau?

A couple of trains.
Seriously now: there's a BC Uncon going on and while I can't go to ALL the Uncons, not even the ones in Europe, I can often make it to German ones because they're easy to travel to, and because the German 'crossers are so active (and for that reason, buy a lot of BC supplies) that having the Supply Store there is worth it.
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I'm having Euroenvy.
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I'm having Euroenvy.

On the other hand... okay, I'm coming up empty. I was trying to make you feel better, but I got nuthin'.
At least we have the internet!
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It will be in Loughborough and I'm really looking forward to it. Have signed up for the NSS parcel and Creative Writing. Wonder if I'll have to write an essay or a story......
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Getting new business cards for Crafty Pegs - markets are coming up.
Publishing my new book soon - finishing touches on it! Yay!
Getting a new car stereo system installed! Yay! No more being deafened by the shorting-out one.
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Publishing my new book soon - finishing touches on it! Yay!

Wow! What's it called?

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Publishing my new book soon - finishing touches on it! Yay!

Wow! What's it called?



'A Quick Read' ... it's going to be some of my flash fiction from my blog - but with a difference: I'm going to add a bigger twist to them and then my readers will have to go onto my blog and see which ones they like better... the ones online, or the ones in the book.

Then, there's another book I'm also working on called, 'The Tour Guide'. It's a time travelling love story. I just finished writing (blurting it) onto the screen... now to leave it alone for a few weeks, and give it to some of my first readers to read. Mainly Loey, who I know will love it. :D
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...but this cache - The Cache of Lost Souls in The Pines ( https://coord.info/GC1Q9J3 ) - took me to a new place: a long-neglected cemetery for the indigent dead from the Tewksbury MA state hospital. The hospital had a long history as a last stop for patients with tuberculosis and other ailments - and there was a foundling section for orphans, of whom the best known is Anne Sullivan, who grew up to become Helen Keller's teacher. The burial grounds lie in wooded areas, and the graves are marked only with numbered metal markers; recent attempts to reclaim the area have led to the unearthing of many of these, but many more still lie unseen. Walking through the woods, I kept noticing more and more of them, as my eyes got used to the terrain...

Here's an article with some information about the hospital and the burial grounds:

http://creepychusetts.blogspot.com/---/tewksbury-state-hospital-cemetery.html

I like finding unusual historical spots, abandoned towns, old graveyards, etc. - but this combination was unique.
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I normally don't do that.
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I normally don't do that.

It must have been a good book. I don't normally reread books either.
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Because it finally dawned on me that my tennis elbow just might have something to do with my computer habits. So I installed Workrave, and I'm diligently taking my microbreaks and rest breaks; with every microbreak, I do some stretching and I may be reading between the lines here but it feels like I'm doing something right.
Free software, and it works on GNU/Linux and Windows; if you happen to be on Ubuntu or Linux Mint, you'll find it in the repos. Recommended.
http://www.workrave.org/
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Exactly!
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at our local public library last night. It was a lot of fun!
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Went to a "Chocolate and Champagne" fundraiser event held annually by our local Planned Parenthood chapter. VERY well attended (actually quite crowded), which was gratifying. I don't drink alcohol, but the munchies and chocolate were tasty, and I believe they did well financially.

My daughter-in-law is one of their volunteer escorts.
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I don't drink alcohol either, but I love chocolate!
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I've gotten a lot done:

Fixed the garden gate with a new paling.
Grown a new lawn.
Halfway through sorting out my home office (yes it's that messy!).
Ordered my new business cards with Vistaprint (they're on their way).
Cleaned my mattress with bi-carb soda.
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I've gotten a lot done:

Fixed the garden gate with a new paling.
Grown a new lawn.
Halfway through sorting out my home office (yes it's that messy!).
Ordered my new business cards with Vistaprint (they're on their way).
Cleaned my mattress with bi-carb soda.


Very impressive - congrats! Sounds nice and refreshing, too.
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I've gotten a lot done:

Fixed the garden gate with a new paling.
Grown a new lawn.
Halfway through sorting out my home office (yes it's that messy!).
Ordered my new business cards with Vistaprint (they're on their way).
Cleaned my mattress with bi-carb soda.


Very impressive - congrats! Sounds nice and refreshing, too.


Oh! And today, I started on the first step in making Lemonchillo ... yummo! 13 lemons - zests without pith - and a bottle of 40% vodka later: I have yellow liquid which looks disgusting! But in 3 months, I'll be simmering water and raw sugar together to make syrup, straining the vodka/lemon zest mixture, mixing those together and then waiting 3 weeks until Christmas - and... Christmas pressies! :D
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Lemonchillo

That word had me sitting there and looking at it for a while before I realised that you most likely mean limoncello. Lovely stuff and what a great idea for presents!
(Pressies means presents, right?)
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Lemonchillo

That word had me sitting there and looking at it for a while before I realised that you most likely mean limoncello. Lovely stuff and what a great idea for presents!
(Pressies means presents, right?)


Doh! I spelled it wrong! :P

Yeah, pressies = presents. :)

Mum's loved Limoncello since Lake Como, Italy. :D
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Mum's loved Limoncello since Lake Como, Italy. :D

Your mum's not wrong!
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in San Francisco!!


OK, that's just awesome! I've been on the Golden Gate, but never sailed under it - very cool!
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It was fun to sail under the Golden Gate Bridge!! I caught video footage of it, but am not sure how to share a link of it here on Bookcrossing!
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in San Francisco!!

I've never done that either. I have driven across it, but for no other reason than to say "I have driven across it" :)
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I've driven across the Golden Gate Bridge as well. My hubby and I would like to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge as well at some point!
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We live in Florida, and pretty much the whole state was under a hurricane warning during Irma. Things were looking pretty bad for northeast Florida, so we decided to take a road trip and try to get out of danger. We did everything we could to our house, took our little cat, and hit the road. We took all back roads so we avoided all the bumper to bumper traffic that people had to endure on the interstate highways. it ended up to be a pretty relaxing ride and we went through some lovely old towns. I made reservations for four nights in Montgomery Alabama at a hotel that allowed pets. It wasn't easy finding a hotel, so I had to take what we could get. It was a pretty dismal place, but I was determined to make the best of it. After the third night, my husband woke up in the morning with about 7 bites on his body and a bed bug in the middle of the bed. The room had two beds, and I decided to sleep in the other bed because I didn't want the fan from the air conditioner blowing on me all night. I escaped being bitten. It was disgusting, so we checked out immediately. We were tired and didn't want to drive the 12 hours home that day, so we stayed at another hotel that we thought was nicer. No such luck. That night we found roaches in the room. I slept in my clothes that night, and in the morning washed my face, brushed my teeth, ran a comb through my hair, and once again we hit the road. I was so glad to be home and to see that our home and neighborhood was not damaged by the hurricane. We had to wash and clean everything we took with us.Next time there's a hurricane, I'm staying home. As bad as our experience was, it pales in comparison to what other people have had to deal with after hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. My heart goes out to those people much more. My grandkids and I have been making lunches and delivering them to a local homeless shelter. They were wiped out by Matthew last year, and now again 11 months later. Last year the building had to be completely gutted and volunteers had to rebuild. This year isn't quite as bad, but they have no power and they had some flooding. Their food pantry is closed. They are relying on volunteers to bring meals and water. It's a sad situation for thousands of people.
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My grandkids and I have been making lunches and delivering them to a local homeless shelter.

That is so nice of you.

I am pleased your neighbourhood was not damaged by the hurricane.
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Thank you goldenwattle.
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Yuck. From what I've heard, bedbugs are truly awful. And very hard to get rid of.
I'd actually choose roaches over bedbugs, if I had to choose.
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bedbugs

Fortunately I have never encountered them, but often I check the bed of motels, etc on arrival looking for signs of them, such as blood. Any motel of whatever amount of stars, can be unfortunate and have them introduced.
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bedbugs

Fortunately I have never encountered them, but often I check the bed of motels, etc on arrival looking for signs of them, such as blood. Any motel of whatever amount of stars, can be unfortunate and have them introduced.


I actually did check the beds, and they seemed to be fine. I don't know what I would have done if I had found any upon arrival because there weren't any rooms available for miles. I've never encountered bed bugs before, and I hope I never do again. I'd rather face roaches any day, and I'm sure not fond of them either.
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I'd actually choose roaches over bedbugs, if I had to choose.

I've seen cats in Chad hunting and killing roaches. I imagine that cats can't hunt bedbugs. So roaches are definitely easier to deal with if you have enough cats!
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This is located in South Lyon, MI and is a tribute to all the dogs who have served in the various wars and many of them gave their lives for our warriors. One of the most moving things was the Vietnam Wall. More than 4000 dogs were left behind (most were euthanized) because they were deemed too expensive to bring home. This wall has their names and it is very emotional to see.

When a dog who has served dies, it can be buried here. My daughter and her two German Shepherds belong to a group who attends each burial. They are given a full military burial, with service men in uniform, bag pipes, taps, the works. As they fully deserve. Some of my daughters friends have dogs who can howl on command, and they do this as a way of saying goodbye. Right now, my daughter and her dogs will be part of the escort to the burial plot.
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This is located in South Lyon, MI and is a tribute to all the dogs who have served in the various wars and many of them gave their lives for our warriors.

Wow. I had no idea that there was a memorial, but it's fitting.

One of the most moving things was the Vietnam Wall. More than 4000 dogs were left behind (most were euthanized) because they were deemed too expensive to bring home. This wall has their names and it is very emotional to see.

Oh, that's very sad - most dogs trust people and people are not always worthy of that trust. Skeeterbess once worked for a company that used beagles for detecting termites and ants; she told me that when the company shut down the dogs were all euthanized. She said the handlers wanted to adopt them but the people in charge didn't want their "secrets" to get out.
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(I have no idea why adding the glottal stop changes the font on my screen...it might be a browser issue.)

My cousin chartered a ride for her son's 3rd birthday: it was a good time for all. The guides gave a lot of interesting history about the railway and the area, I got to add 2 towns to my "52 towns" list, etc. :)

I didn' t actually take a photo of the one we rode (although I took some photos while we were *on* the train), but the kids played all over this one, which was used for the sugar cane industry: https://www.flickr.com/---/dateposted/

http://www.hawaiianrailway.com/index.html
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Starts with a glottal stop, eh? I'm sitting here in my church's office in the middle of the night, trying (out loud) to pronounce that. Rather unsuccessfully.

I'm glad no one can hear me. :)
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Starts with a glottal stop, eh?

Technically yes, although most people (including me) are lazy and don't always include it in print.

I'm sitting here in my church's office in the middle of the night, trying (out loud) to pronounce that. Rather unsuccessfully.

I'm glad no one can hear me. :)

The glottal stop at the beginning of the word is a little tricky - it's generally more noticeable in the middle of a word. I'm by no means an expert, but I usually hear it pronounced more-or-less like this:

E - like the "e" in "nEck"
wa - similar to "vuh" - rhymes with "huh?" but without the rising tone.

Think of a singer singing "ever" and dropping the r.
Dionne Warwick singing "I Say a Little Prayer": "Forever and ever" ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?... )

("W" is often pronounced more like a "V" in Hawaiian.)
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Tricky, yes. I actually can manage the click at the beginning of "Xhosa" pretty well, but I find this a bit more difficult.

I imagine it's somewhat similar to the (n) at the beginning of the second word in this: "Siko hii (n)diyo ifanya Bwana, tu ta shangaliya ne kui furi hia"...except I find it easier to do it front of a consonant.

* (Kiswahili for "This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.")
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I threatened someone with a dead chicken, does that count?

I picked up a dead chicken from a friend who kindly offered it to us for our reference collection, however my electrical keyfob had been reset, resulting in me not being able to get into the maceration lab to put the thing in the freezer. The counter person was being very unhelpful, telling me to come back some other time. Until I - tired and annoyed already for various other reasons - plunked the bag with the dead chicken on the counter saying 'This is a dead chicken, it needs to go into the lab freezer asap!' Counter person looked alarmed and could suddenly produce a keyfob I could borrow to get in and dump the chicken in the freezer. Apparently worried I was going to leave the thing is his care until someone with a working key showed up :-D
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But perhaps your chicken was just resting, or pining for the fjords.
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But perhaps your chicken was just resting, or pining for the fjords.


My profession does allow for situations that make other people go 'come again???' :-D

Last week an outsider visited the reference lab and was slightly taken aback that I was using a ca. 2000 y.o. dog skull as a paperweight because I had the window open and it was windy (he assumed it was a replica). It was just the nearest heavy thing on my desk so I put it on the stack of papers, it never occurred to my that that is indeed slightly unusual. I handle that kind of things on a daily basis and am so used to them, that I do not register the oddness of it unless someone points it out to me.
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I'm rather used to such things also, but another part of your original post gave me a bit of a chuckle, as it put me in mind of an incident in my past.

A sweet "little old lady" in my church came into the office one day and, with evident embarrassment, shared privately with the couple of women present that she'd just come from her doctor, who had said something distressing when examining a foot rash that was giving her trouble. She blushed a bit as she reported that the doctor seemed to suggest that she had been pleasuring herself.

Pleasuring herself?

I took a wild stab. "Did he say 'maceration'?" I wondered.

Her face lit up. "That's it!" she said.
She was enormously relieved to learn that he hadn't been using That Other Word.
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I took a wild stab. "Did he say 'maceration'?" I wondered.


*sniggers* I didn't know this word had other meanings than the one I am used to until now, something learned :-)
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using a ca. 2000 y.o. dog skull as a paperweight


I love that story (and the chicken anecdote as well)! I'm fond of... unusual... home decorations myself, and sometimes have to step back and look at things through the eyes of unsuspecting visitors. "Yes, that highly realistic human skull is actually a model of one found at the battle of Visby in 1361. And I have it sitting on my bookshelf because I really like skulls... Here, let me put that in away before you settle down for the night." [Fortunately, most of my friends and family are cool with my decorating ideas, and those that aren't are comfortable telling me if they prefer not to have skulls or Cthulhu or miniature crime scenes looming over them.]

Speaking of grisly decor, this History Blog post about Jeremy Bentham tickled me:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/---/49017
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"Yes, that highly realistic human skull is actually a model of one found at the battle of Visby in 1361. And I have it sitting on my bookshelf because I really like skulls... Here, let me put that in away before you settle down for the night." [Fortunately, most of my friends and family are cool with my decorating ideas, and those that aren't are comfortable telling me if they prefer not to have skulls or Cthulhu or miniature crime scenes looming over them.]

Intriguing. Any photographs?
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I tried to find the site where I bought it, but no luck so far. I found this photo on Pinterest:

https://i.pinimg.com/---/d5192542a347dcda4680ed7b2052c0ad.jpg

I *think* it's of the same replica, rather than the original skull, but it's hard to tell. Once my company's gone home and I put my skull back in the bookcase I'll try and get a shot of that. (With Cthulhus and crime scenes too!)
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I tried to find the site where I bought it, but no luck so far. I found this photo on Pinterest:

https://i.pinimg.com/---/d5192542a347dcda4680ed7b2052c0ad.jpg

I *think* it's of the same replica, rather than the original skull, but it's hard to tell. Once my company's gone home and I put my skull back in the bookcase I'll try and get a shot of that. (With Cthulhus and crime scenes too!)


Oh nice, someone put a sword to it. In the lab I have one that has been bashed in with - probably - an axe, luckily most people ending up in my lab are people interested in stuff like that.
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